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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/27/23)

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Time to play it by the numbers!

The Road to WrestleMania begins right here with the Royal Rumble! Who will make it through 29 other superstars to then main event in Philadelphia?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Bayley wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Fatal 4 Way: Roman Reigns VS Randy Orton VS AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Roman wins and retains the title.
  • WWE United States Championship: Logan Paul VS Kevin Owens; Logan wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.
  • 2024 Men’s Royal Rumble match: Cody Rhodes wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 40.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!

Join Jackie Redmond, Booker T, Wade Barrett and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of the action tonight!

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

Kayla Braxton walks up to the Women’s World Champion as she is “very deep in thought.” Kayla asks if it’s okay to talk for a second. Rhea says, “Only if it’s for a second.” Kayla says Rhea is watching the ring, what’s going through her mind. Just looking at it, remembering last year when she won it. And wondering who is gonna pull it off this year. Which woman is gonna win the 2024 Royal Rumble match? And, who are they gonna challenge? Because if they choose Mami, they’re just throwing away their golden ticket to WrestleMania. But Rhea wouldn’t put it past them.

Kayla notes Rhea won from number one, so any advice to who ended up number one tonight? Rhea laughs and says, “Good luck, because there’s only ever been one woman to accomplish that, and that’s me. And it’s gonna stay that way.” But Kayla’s been here long enough, time to leave. Kayla agrees and hurries away. Will the winner of the Rumble choose to press their luck by choosing the Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Byron Saxton is with The Wise Man as he holds onto Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship, and Byron says that tonight, Roman Reigns has his back against the wall in this Fatal 4 Way. What kind of mindset is Roman in knowing he could lose the championship without actually losing the match? Heyman says that’s a good question but it’s also only a half-truth. Byron’s better than that. Tell the truth. Welcome to the final night of Roman’s reign. That’s how the WWE wants it, right? WWE doesn’t have a system set up anymore for a champion that last three and a half YEARS! They don’t have a system to promote a dynasty anymore!

WWE doesn’t want the New York Yankees, the Boston Celtics, the LA Lakers or the Dallas Cowboys! They want a champ in, a champ out, and a new replica title while we’re at it! That’s the new system, isn’t it? It isn’t designed for Roman Reigns! For Roman to be a champ going on four years! That is why “this villainous James Bond,” Nick Aldis has put Roman Reigns in this Fatal 4! This practically guarantees Roman loses! Keyword: practically. The last time Roman was put in a situation like this, it was across the bay. And what’d he do then? He stacked Daniel Bryan and Edge, pinned them both.

Now Heyman is not suggesting tonight, Randy Orton, LA Knight and AJ Styles get stacked. But he’s not suggesting they won’t, either. Because in the end, Roman defies the odds. Roman goes past three and a half, heads towards four, and heads to WrestleMania 40 as not only Your Tribal Chief but as reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion! And while the panel can sit there and offer predictions, this, ladies, gentlemen and Byron Saxton, is what they call… a spoiler. Heyman heads out, but will his “spoiler” be what gets spoiled by a contender?

 

Peter Rosenberg takes us on a tour of backstage.

Peter Rosenberg walks over and Grayson Waller & Austin Theory mockingly call him “Sam Roberts.” Wow, nice haircut. Peter corrects them but says it’s okay, he likes them. Theory’s going into his third Rumble, how is he feeling? How is he feeling? He’s Austin Theory! He’s a veteran of the Rumble now. Then has he imparted wisdom on Waller? Yes, and they’re gonna do something special. Something that hasn’t been down in roughly 20 years! Two men are going to win the Rumble, and those men will be Waller & Theory. They don’t care who it is, whether it’s CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, or Austin-

No, wait! Waller would never throw Austin out. A-Town Down Under for life! Peter says okay and he heads further along. He’s going along the path to gorilla, and oh, there’s CM Punk! Punk, please wait there, Peter will be right with you! But first, it’s R-Truth! Why is he in the batting cage? Truth says sup, dawg! This is a whole different set of balls. He wants to reenter for a new number. These don’t open like those balls last night. Truth, these are MLB baseballs. What? No, Truth doesn’t play baseball. The Rumble lottery had balls that pop open to get a number. Well, okay. You keep at it, Truth. Judgment Day 4 Life. Gesundheit.

Peter heads out and very exciting for him now. Chicago’s own CM Punk! Punk thanks Peter and he was just Facetiming Larry. Larry misses Punk. Peter points out ten years ago, the last time Punk was in a WWE match, it was the Rumble. Did he ever imagine being back here? No, but that’s the great thing about life and about the WWE. It isn’t the same old Punk, in that he is a bit older. But he’s still the Best in the World. Any nerves? He seems calm. Oh, he is calm, but if he said there were no nerves, he’d be lying. He left because things no longer made him nervous and he needed to fix that. So he is nervous, but he’ll make those butterflies fly in formation.

Then welcome back. Punk appreciates it. They shake hands, and Peter continues through gorilla to get on the runway, and boom, the curtain. The portal to glory! Peter walks out on stage to see the fans and this reminds him so much of the time John Cena came back at spot number 30 and won it all. Can the panel hear him? Booker confirms, they can. Peter says Booker should’ve made his return this year so that he could go on this shorter ramp and not blow himself up before sliding into the ring. Ha ha. But Booker admits, that’s a good point. Peter says hi to the fans, they cheer as we’re nine minutes away from the main show.

St. Pete is ready for history to happen, but there’s still plenty of kickoff show so stick around!

 

Backstage interview with Triple H.

Kayla says it is intense already, but what is special about the Royal Rumble? What is special about tonight? HHH says it is the fact it begins the road to WrestleMania, and perhaps the biggest WrestleMania of all time this year! 30 men, 30 women, pour their hearts and souls into that ring all for one thing, and that is to live the dream of main eventing WrestleMania 40! That road starts here. On top of that, there are already 40 THOUSAND PLUS screaming maniacs about to blow the roof off of Tropicana Field. So what’s special about tonight? Everything! It all begins here. And like the man said, if you’re gonna come and you wanna rumble, you better be ready.

So then HHH will answer the question with a question of his own: “Are you ready?” Fans fire up but he says, no no, ARE! YOU! READY?!? The Game has set the tone, who will answer by winning it all?

 

“This place is special.”

Hulk Hogan tells us that he spent most of his life around St. Pete, Clearwater, Florida. “Beautiful to look at, rich with wrestling history. It shaped some of the best. So if you’re gonna waltz down here and kick the hornet’s nest, then you better be ready. And not just any ‘ready.’ Rumble Ready.” Everyone works out to the max, until they’re sweating and panting. Hogan knows what it takes to win, and he also knows that “nights like tonight are when names are made, legacies primed, and tickets punched. Unfortunately for a few, you gotta go through him.” The Fatal 4 Way looms, and everyone loves a prize fight!

“WWE Universe, let ’em hear ya, brother! Clear a path! Because the Royal Rumble is here! Whatcha gonna do when the Royal Rumble runs wild on you!?”

 

Pat McAfee is here!

Corey Graves is upset but the fans love that Pat is back! He is going to be special guest commentator for the night and Michael Cole is ready to have some fun right alongside him!

 

2024 Women’s Royal Rumble match!

Just as The Game and the Hulkster said, it is time for 30 hungry and determined superstars to pour their hearts and souls out in the ring, but only one will get to punch their ticket to WrestleMania 40! Who wins big to then move on to the biggest Showcase of the Immortals in history?

First out, it’s the Queen of Harts, Natalya! And joining her as number two, it’s NAOMI! She returns to make an impact on the Rumble, will we all #FeelTheGlow? The bell rings and fans are fired up already to welcome Naomi back. Naomi fires up being back home, and she shakes hands with Natty. The two former champions circle, tie up, and Natty headlocks, Naomi powers out, but Natty runs her over. Natty cheers herself, but things speed up. Naomi hurdles, Natty waistlocks, but Naomi pries the hold and booty bumps. Naomi whips, Natty dodges and Naomi hits buckles! Natty gets Naomi up to sit her down! Natty steps on Naomi, but Naomi RANAS!

Fans fire up and Natty gets up, but Naomi slides under! Naomi kangaroo mule kicks, but Natty blocks. Natty trips Naomi, dropkicks her, and now we get entry number three! It’s BAYLEY! The Role Model had a bad reaction to her number last night, but will she make the best out of a bad situation? Bayley stares down Naomi and Natty, welcomes Naomi back, and then revels as the fans cheer her on. Bayley fires off on Natty and Naomi but Naomi hits back. Bayley knees low, whips Naomi to a corner but Naomi reverses. Bayley reverses back but runs into the TWERK ATTACK! Natty then DISCUS LARIATS! REAR VIEW from Naomi!

Naomi gets Bayley for a BULLDOG, but Natty basement dropkicks them both! Natty throws Naomi at ropes but Naomi holds on! Bayley helps out, she and Natty mug Naomi then go to lift her out! Fans boo but Naomi fights them off. Bayley ROCKS Natty, whips her, and then ELBOWS Her down! But now we get entry number four! Naomi JAWBREAKERS Bayley, but here comes Candice LeRae! The Poison Pixie is here, she runs down and slides in to then fire off on Bayley! Natty fights with Naomi while Candice stomps away on Bayley! Fans are torn, but then Natty drags Candice back to scoop.

Candice slips free, kicks low, and she kicks Natty’s legs out. Then BUZZSAW! Then the step-up CODE BREAKER SENTON COMBO, taking down Bayley and Natty! Naomi stares Candice down and they tie up. Candice arm-drags, but then Naomi dodges, scoops, but Candice RANAS free to ENZUGIRI! Bayley runs up to CLOBBER Candice! Fans fire up but Candice hits back. Bayley CLUBS Candice, RAMS her to a corner but Candice fights. Natty tries to scoop Naomi up and out again but the countdown is back. Entry number five is… JORDYNNE GRACE?! The TNA Knockouts Champion is here?!?

Grace, who took her title off Naomi, runs in to run Candice over! And Bayley over! And Natty over! And then she sends Bayley into Natty to GERMAN SUPLEX Bayley! And then scoops Natty to SLAM her! Candice leaps, but Grace catches her to POWERSLAM! Naomi stares her rival down and fans fire up! They hug it out! Fans cheer that, but then they start firing off forearms and the fans cheer that even more! Grace ROCKS Naomi, scoops her, but Naomi slips free to BOOT! Grace ELBOWS in return, then pump handles, MADE IN JAPAN! Grace drags Naomi up, pushes her to ropes, but Naomi holds on.

Bayley CLUBS Grace, stomps Natty, but Natty holds on. Grace CLUBS Bayley back, then she kicks at Natty. Natty still holds on, the countdown is back, and we get entry number six. It’s INDI HARTWELL! Indi hurries down to reinforce Candice, she throws Bayley down and CLUBS and JABS Bayley! And then LARIARTS Natty! And LARIATS Grace! Bayley hits back but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Candice teams up with Indi, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! The Way work together to go after Bayley, but Natty storms in to get her own shots. Grace almost throws Candice out but Candice holds onto ropes!

Bayley fights back as Indi and Natty both try to throw her out, and then Bayley lands on the apron! Bayley slides back in to safety! Natty scoops Candice but Candice resists. The countdown is back, number seven is ASUKA! The Empress of Tomorrow just won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships back, and now she’s in the Rumble! Bayley is rather confused by this, she thought she had this solo. Naomi stomps Bayley in the distraction! Asuka MISSILE DROPKICKS Indi and Natty down! Fans cheer and Asuka says she’s here to help Bayley! Well, okay, if she says so. They double whip Natty, then DOUBLE LARIAT!

Fans cheer as Asuka signals high-five, but then leaves Bayley hanging to go after Indi. DMG CTRL double whip, then DOUBLE LARIAT again! They get Indi up but Indi fights back with forearms! Indi whips, Asuka reverses and Indi goes up and over! Indi holds on but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES her! HIP ATTACK misses and Indi has Asuka! Bayley saves Asuka, fires off on Indi but Indi DECKS Asuka! Indi drags Asuka up and out but Bayley BLASTS Indi to ELIMINATE her! Fans cheer but the countdown is back. Number eight is… IVY NILE! The Diamond Pitbull gets her Rumble debut, and she’s ready to take a bite out of the field!

Ivy dodges Bayley, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS her, then ELBOWS Asuka! Ivy whips Asuka into a corner, runs up and DROPKICKS! Ivy scoops Naomi, to POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Ivy as she stares down Natty. Natty dodges Ivy, makes her sit down, but Ivy turns that around to send Natty to a corner. Ivy ROCKS Natty, Natty RAMS into Ivy! Candice fights Grace off, Bayley and Asuka go after Naomi but she fights them off. Naomi ROCKS Bayley but Asuka ROCKS Naomi! Bayley talks trash on Maggle Cole, but the countdown is back. Number nine is… Katana Chance! The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion hurries to get revenge!

Candice dodges Katana but Katana handsprings to RANA! Then she KICKS and KICKS Asuka to sweep the legs and basement dropkick! Grace runs in, Katana dodges, but Grace turns wheelbarrow into back suplex! Ivy scoops Candice to FALL AWAY SLAM! The two seem to be indirectly competing as powerhouses. They both suplex Katana and Candice to show off their stalling powers! Then they both SLAM them down! Fans fire up as Ivy and Grace kip up and stare down. They go after each other, block and dodge, but then Ivy ROCKS Grace! Grace PELES Ivy! Fans fire up while Asuka fights off Natty.

The countdown is back, and number ten is here! It’s BIANCA BELAIR! The EST marks getting through one third of the field, and she slingshots in to fire off on Bayley and Asuka! Bianca CLUBS away on Asuka but Bayley runs up! She and Asuka mug Bianca, but the fans rally as Bianca turns double whip into DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER! Bianca TOSSES Bayley up and over, but Bayley holds on! So Bianca TOSSES Asuka! Asuka holds on, Katana runs up but Bianca elbows her away! Bianca scoops Katana to FALL AWAY SLAM! Katana staggers up, Bianca fires off in the corner! Fans count and Bianca goes all the way to seven before Candice goes after her!

Bianca backflips over Candice to RAM Candice into Katana! Then she fires off hands on them both! But Bayley gets Bianca! Bianca backflips up and over her, then wrenches to suplex! Fans fire up as Bianca SPINEBUSTERS Candice, then gives Katana the GlamEST Slam onto them both! The countdown is back while Bianca HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS all three!! Number 11 is Kairi Sane! DMG CTRL has three members in, and the Pirate Princess is ready to help Asuka and Bayley! She flies in to CLOBBER Bianca! Then she dodges Katana to INTERCEPTOR SPEAR! Fans fire up with the Kabuki Warriors!

Bayley also joins in the celebration btu still seems like a third wheel. They all mug Bianca anyway but she fights back. They whip Bianca, trip her, then KICK, AX KICK, BULLDOG and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! DMG CTRL makes sure the ESET is the sorEST. They throw her at ropes but she holds on. The Kabuki Warriors mug Bianca but Candice has Bayley for a SLEEPER! Bayley throws Candice away, Asuka runs in, but Candice puts Asuka on the apron! Kairi runs in, she’s also put on the apron! The Kabuki Warriors stay off the ground, Bayley runs in but Candice throws her out, too!

But then DMG CTRL swarms! They drag Candice up to TOSS her and ELIMINATE her! The countdown is back, and number 12 is… TEGAN NOX! The Girl with the Shiniest Wizard flies in, then DECKS Bayley! And DECKS Asuka! And fires off on Ivy! Nox CLOBBERS Ivy, UPPERCUTS Bayley, and then hits Naomi. Nox choke grips Katana to CHOKE SLAM! Nox fires up, and CANNONBALLS Bayley! Nox hurries up top, and hits a MOLLY-GO-ROUND on Bayley! But then Grace CLOBBERS Nox, hauls her up, but Natty makes the save! Natty & Nox mug Grace but Grace shoves Natty. Natty DISCUS LARIATS in return!

Nox and Natty hug it out as tag partners, but then Natty whips Nox! Nox reverses and TOSSES Natty out to ELIMINATE her! But then Bayley TOSSES and ELIMINATES Nox!! Bayley says that’s what they get! The countdown is back, and “lucky” number 13 is… Kayden Carter! The party ramps up as Katana’s teammate is here! Kayden helps Katana with the SILLY STRING RANA on Bayley! Then a BOOT WASH! then IMPLODER LEG DROP! Kayden runs up to BOOT WASH Asuka! KC Squared get Asuka up but Kairi runs in! Kairi is sent up and over, but she manages to GRIP the apron and stay off the floor!!

Fans fire up as Kairi fights gravity, Asuka tries to help her, but Katana BOOTS Kairi! They ELIMINATE Kairi, and then Bianca HANDSPRING KICKS Asuka down to ELIMINATE her! Bayley is all alone, and upset that the plan didn’t work out. Then Bayley gets mugged by Bianca and KC Squared, but the countdown is back. Number 14 is… “Shh! It’s Chelsea.” Chelsea Green, that is! Chelsea struts her way into the ring, but Bianca TOSSES her up and out! Cheslea lands safe, she won’t be eliminated so fast this year. But then Bianca TOSSES her the other way! Chelsea stays safe, slides in, and hits a ZIGZAG?!

Fans fire up with Chelsea but then Grace SPINEBUSTERS her! Grace and Bianca stare down as the strongEST in this match and fans love it! Grace kicks Bianca, whips, but Bianca reverses. Grace goes up but skins the cat! Fans fire up as Grace ELBOWS Bianca then whips her out! Bianca stays on the apron, RAMS into Grace, and then Bianca dumps Grace out. They brawl on the edge, this is risky as Bianca torture rack’s! APRON K O D!!! Grace falls, Bianca ELIMINATES her!! The fans are thunderous as Bianca proves she really IS the StrongEST! But Bayley CLUBS Bianca! The countdown is back, and number 15 is… Piper Niven!

Chelsea’s pal is here, marking the halfway point of this match. But KC Squared is after the Hot Mess! Piper hurries, she catches Chelsea before she hits the floor! Chelsea smiles, but then so does Piper! Piper fakes Chelsea out, no dumping here. Piper sets Chelsea on the steel steps, then storms into the ring. Katana RANA blocked, Piper makes it a POWERBOMB! Kayden hops on, but Piper SLAMS her onto Katana! DOUBLE SENTON! Ivy runs up but gets a HEADBUTT! Piper wrenches and reels Bayley in, SAIDO! Chelsea helps get Bayley in a corner, Piper scoops Naomi to SLAM! Chelsea gets Naomi in another corner.

Piper SPLASHES Ivy, then SPLASHES Bayley, then SPLASHES Chelsea as Naomi gets away! Piper panics a bit, Kayden CLUBS away on Piper! Bianca joins in, as does Ivy! They know Piper is the biggest in the fight so they gotta stop her now! They drag Piper up, the countdown is back. Number 16 is… XIA LI! The Exterminator returns from her excursion to NXT, and she rushes into the ring! Xia BOOTS Kayden! And BOOTS Bayley! And HEEL KICKS Ivy! And DROPKICKS Piper! Kayden kicks and whips but Xia reverses to send her to a corner, RISING FIST! Clinch and EXPLODER! Xia fires up and fans are torn, but Chelsea gets Xia!

Xia turns chicken wings into torture rack! But Piper runs up, only for Chelsea’s boots to hit her! And again! Xia spins, UFO NECKBREAKER! Xia drags Chelsea up, Bianca holds on to kick Naomi away, and Bianca is safe. Piper goes after Xia, CLUBs her, Bayley BOOTS Katana. Bianca scoop SLAMS Naomi, then SPLASHES! The countdown is back, and number 17 is… ZELINA VEGA! La Muneca spreads her cybernetic wings before getting into the ring. She ROCKS Katana, pushes her aside, but Kayden goes for a buckle bump. Zelina turns that around, GAMANGIRIS Kayden, then climbs the corner to METEORA!

Bayley scoops Ivy, Zelinda kicks Katana’s legs out to KNEE her down! Zelina wheelbarrows Naomi to send her into Naomi! But then Piper storms up on Zelina! Zelina dodges, runs, and fires off forearms! Piper HEADBUTTS back, then whips Zelina to a corner. Zelinda goes up but gets caught before she gest over! Piper spins Zelina but Zelina uses that to DDT!! Fans fire up and Zelina hops on, but Chelsea SUPERKICKS Zelina down! KC Squared mug Xia, then MONKEY FLIP SENTON onto Piper! The countdown is back, and number 18 is… MAXXINE DUPRI! She makes her Rumble debut, ready to SHOOOSH everyone!

Maxxine dodges Bayley, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Maxxine says “A THANK YEW~!” but Bayley fires off on her in return! Bayley whips Maxxine, Maxxine tilt-o-whirl again, and goes around and around to RANA Bayley! “A THANK YEW~!” But Piper storms up on her! Maxxine fires forearms but it doesn’t do anything! Piper shows fist and Maxxine falls! Maxxine then grabs Piper’s leg to anchor her. Bianca helps Zelina hop on, but Piper blocks Code Red! So Bianca KNEES Piper to get it to work! Fans fire up and Bianca helps Zelina get Piper up! They go for the ropes but Piper holds on! Kayden helps out, but that’s not enough!

Chelsea makes the save and she fights the others off. Bayley keeps after Maxxine, Piper BLASTS Kayden out to ELIMINATE her! But the countdown is back and number 19 is… NIA JAX! The Irresistible Force storms her way up, confident as ever. Nia catches Zelina off the top rope to THROW her into Xia! Xia hits Nia with shoulders and headbutts, but then Nia picks Xia up to put her on the apron! HEADBUTT, Xia falls, Nia ELIMINATES her! Ivy goes after Nia but Nia pushes her up and over! Nia POSTS Ivy, Ivy falls, Nia ELIMINATES her, too! Chelsea runs up but Nia scoops! Piper runs in, Nia sends her into Chelsea!

Nia comes back, Piper sends her into Chelsea! Piper suplexes but Nia is too big! So Piper RAMS Nia into Chelsea! And again! And again! Poor Chelsea, she’s a ragdoll now! Piper tries to wake Chelsea up, Nia DECKS Bayley! And DECKS Bianca! Zelian runs up, as do Bayley and Bianca! They all work together but Nia HEADBUTTS them all away! Nia and Piper run in, to SANDWICH Chelsea!! Then Nia HEADBUTTS Piper! Piper runs up, but Nia scoops?! To SLAM Piper onto Chelsea! Nia soaks up the heat, but Naomi FLYING CHUCKS! Nia falls onto Chelsea! And number 20 is here! It’s SHOTZI! She rides her tank to the ring!

Fans fire up for The Wild Child while Naomi brawls with Piper. Nia CLOBBERS Naomi in return! Naomi DROPKICKS Nia down, then Piper SENTONS! Noami hits a LEG DROP! Shotzi goes up, BALLPIT SENTON!! Fans fire up and Maxxine swivels her hips a la Otis! REVERSE WORM! Maxxine, Shotzi and pretty much everyone gets Nia up! They all push her, but Naomi EXPLODES free!! Fans boo as Nia proves she is be the strongest! Bayley TOSSES Maxxine to ELIMINATE her! Nia HEADBUTTS Piper, Shotzi goes after Zelina. Nia shoves Piper up and out, BLASTS her down and ELIMINATES her!

Fans boo but Nia waits for someone to bring it., Katana runs up, but Nia scoops her! Nia trophy lifts Katana to TOSS her onto Piper, Chelsea and Xia to ELIMINATE her! The countdown is back, and number 21 is… BECKY LYNCH! The Man has come around to St. Pete and the fans are thunderous! And Becky eyes Nia! Becky dodges Nia, fires off fast hands, then UPPERCUT! SOBAT! Clinch, but Nia elbows free! Nia HEADBUTTS Becky, throws her out but not down! Becky KNEES, KICKS and climbs up! Becky MISSILE DROPKICKS Nia down! Fans fire up with Becky, but Zelina runs up! Becky gets around, dragon sleeper!

Shotzi runs up, Becky kicks her! DOUBLE DDTS! Bayley runs up, but into a BECKSPLODER! Becky hits a forearm in the corner, then sends Chelsea into Bayley! Nia runs in but Chelsea dodges, the SPLASH hits Bayley! JUMP KICK for Nia! JUMP KICK for Bayley! Chelsea pulls hair, but Becky throws her out! Becky sees Chelsea on the apron, pats her on the head, and shoves her down! Becky ELIMINATES Chelsea! Fans fire up and the countdown is back. Number 22 is… Alba Fyre! Isla Dawn accompanies her wicked companion to the ring, and Fyre gets in to SUPERKICK Bayley! Fyre TOSSES Bayley at ropes!

Bayley holds on, Bianca runs in! Fyre gets her for a TORNADO DDT! Fyre kicks Zelina, Gory Especials, but Shotzi runs up! Fyre blocks and manages to add Shotzi to the GORY BOMB! Fans fire up as Fyre and Becky brawl. Nia sends Fyre to a corner, misses and Fyre SUPERKICKS! Becky whips Fyre, Fyre reverses to put Becky outside! Nia runs up and CLOBBERS Fyre! Nia drags Fyre up to throw her over, but Fyre holds on! Nia gloats, though, as she SPLASHES Becky and digs her boots in. Naomi has Bayley for a CORNER BULLDOG! The countdown is back and number 23 is… Shayna Baszler!

The Queen of Spades wastes no time to get in, she CLOBBERS Becky! And DECKS Bayley! And twists Fyre’s arm for a double wristlock suplex! But Bianca waistlocks, only for Shayna to switch and GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna throws Fyre again, then kicks Shotzi to gut wrench SLAM! BIG KNEE for Shotzi! Nia runs up, but Shayna manages to SAYANAGI! Fans fire up and Shayna goes after Fyre. Fyre fights her off, Shotzi kicks Becky away to then CROSSBODY! Bayley drags Bianca up by her hair and goes for ropes! Bianca kicks her away, the countdown is back and number 24 is… “Valhalla,” Sarah Logan!

But wait, is that R-TRUTH!? He’s in the wrong Rumble!! He slides in, sees everyone in the ring, and then sees Nia! He calls for a timeout, he thought this was the Men’s- Nia TOSSES Truth! Pearce is there to tell Truth this is the WOMEN’S Rumble! Sarah gets in, but Nia TOSSES her out and ELIMINATES her! Sarah is furious and wants after Truth!! Pearce gets Truth out of there while Naomi JAWBREAKERS Nia! Naomi runs, Zelina ROCKS her at the ropes. Zelina runs in to METEORA! The countdown is back and number 25 is… MIA YIM! Michin is ready to prove she’s the Head Baddie In Charge!

Mia dodges Fyre to then SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT! Mia ROCKS Becky, Shayna waistlocks but Mia switches! Mia catches Bayley, URENAGE DDT COMBO! Mia SOBATS Shotzi, reels her in and shouts out Styles, only for Nia to CLOBBER them both! Naomi TOSSES Fyre but Fyre holds on! Mia goes after Becky, Fyre shoulders in but into a KICK! And then HEATSEEKER! Fyre falls back, Naomi ELIMINATES her! Becky fires fists on Mia, Shotzi bumps Bianca off buckles, and Bayley CHOKES Nia on the ropes while talking trash on Maggle! The countdown is back, and number 26 is… ZOEY STARK!

Fans fire up as The Hunter runs up and springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK Mia! And SUPERKICK Becky! And then she spins Naoim around, short arm LARIAT! Stark kicks Shotzi’s legs out to then SLIDING KNEE! Stark stomps Zelina, reels her in, but Zelina RANAS free! Zelina kicks low, hops on, but Shayna drags her off the Code Red! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Shayna throws Zelina up and over, but Zelina HOTSHOTS! Shayna kicks, misses, and ends up on the apron! Zelina ROCKS Stark, KICKS Shayan, and RANAS, but Shayna blocks! Shayna gets Zelina up, Stark GAMANGIRIS so Shayna can BOMB Zelina onto Fyre, and that ELIMINATES her!

Stark & Shayna mug Naomi in a corner, the countdown is back again, and 27 is… ROXANNE PEREZ! The Prodigy of NXT is here, even with her NXT Vengeance Day title match on the horizon! Roxie gets in, dodges Stark and hits a THESZ PRESS! Becky runs up, Roxie ROCKS her! Roxie runs to fire off on Shayna but Shayna whips her away. Roxie reverses to then UPPERCUT! Roxie sends Stark into her, UPPERCUTS again, then runs to tilt-o-whirl RANA Stark! Roxie kips up and fans fire up with her! But Bayley TOSSES Roxie! Roxie holds on, skins the cat, and she RANAS Bayley away! But Nia storms up on Roxie!

Roxie dropkicks legs out, ROCKS Nia, but Nia URENAGES Roxie down! Shayna runs up to get Nia in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Nia powers up and deadlifts Shayna to TOSS her and ELIMINATE her! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia, and TOSSES her out to ELIMINATE her! Nia CLUBS Stark, Shotzi runs up but into a kick! Nia reels Shotzi in to get her up, and she BOMBS Shotzi out onto Shayna and Mia to ELIMINATE her! The countdown is back and number 28 is… JADE CARGILL!!! The storm has arrived in WWE and the fans are thunderous! Nia snarls as the “new girl” finally makes her in-ring debut!

The fans are losing their minds as Nia and Jade are face to face! Then they fire forearms! Jade gets the edge, but Nia fireman’s carries! Jade fights free of that, to fireman’s carry back!! And then WIDOWMAKER! Jade aims and BOOTS Nia to ropes! Then Jade scoops Nia, to TOSS and ELIMINATE her!!! Nia is stunned and even Becky’s jaw drops! The fans lose their minds again and Becky says that’s what Nia gets! Bayley goes after Jade but Jade ELBOWS her away! Jade ROCKS and SUPERKICKS Becky! Jade runs in but Becky dodges, Jade POSTS herself! And the countdown is back! Number 29 is… TIFFANY STRATTON!

The Wrestling Barbie makes her Rumble debut at a prime spot, and she runs right up to go up top, and she SWANTONS everyone! Fans fire up for #TiffyTime, and she stares down Becky. This is a rematch from their NXT Women’s Championship feud, and they fire off forearms! Tiff LARIATS Becky, whips her, then SPINEBUSTERS! Roxie runs in, Tiff dodges to cartwheel ALABAMA SLAM! Tiff runs corner to corner to handspring and ELBOW Becky! Tiff snapmares Becky to DOUBLE STOMP! Tiff drags Becky up to TOSS her, but Becky holds on! Becky ROCKS Tiff but Tiff ROCKS Becky!

Tiff grabs at Becky but Becky holds on. Bayley goes after them both, then lifts Tiff up. Bianca fights off Roxie and Stark, Roxie ROCKS Stark! Roxie lifts Stark, the countdown is back, and number 30 is… LIV MORGAN! Fans fire up as Liv makes her return at the most opportune moment! Liv takes her time, then runs up to CODE BREAKER on Stark! BACKSTABBER for Bayley! SLINGBLADE DDT for Tiff! ObLIVion for Bayley!! Fans fire up but then Stark SUPERKICKS Liv! Stark whips Liv but Liv reverses to send Stark up and out! Stark ROCKS Liv, but Liv BLASTS Stark and ELIMINATES her!

Fans fire up and Liv says thanks! Tiff cartwheels again but Roxie swings free of the Alabama to RANA Tiff to a corner! Roxie runs in, Tiff dumps her out! Roxie dangles, Tiff BOOTS her and ELIMINATES her! “Tootles, loser!” Iyo Sky is watching backstage, knowing someone here could be challenging her soon. But the same goes for Rhea Ripley as she also watches. The fans fire up as the final seven brawl! Bianca is after Liv, Jade is after Becky, Naomi has Tiff, and Bayley is the odd one out. Bayley helps Naomi against Tiff, but then Jade trophy lifts Becky! Bianca does the same to Liv! They DUMP their opponents away, and stare down with each other!

Fans are thunderous as these two step forward, but Bayley and Tiff CLOBBER them! Fans boo but Bayley rains down hands on Jade. Tiff tries to lift Bianca but Bianca CLUBS her down! Naomi DROPKCIKS Bayley! Jade BOOTS Naomi! Jade bumps Naomi off buckles, Naomi turns things around to fire off forearms! Naomi whips, Jade reverses then hits a SPINEBUSTER! Becky runs up and clinches, but Jade fights the slam! Jade fireman’s carries and puts Becky up top. Becky kicks Jade but Jade fires hands! SUPERKICK! Becky falls, but she holds on by one hand! Naomi DROPKICKS Jade! Naomi runs, but Jade puts her into the ropes!

Becky falls!! Then Jade TOSSES Naomi! Jade ELIMINATES Naomi AND Becky!!! Fans can’t believe it! Meanwhile, Tiff puts Liv on the apron, then Bianca! Bianca ROCKS Tiff, she and Liv drag Tiff up and over, they mug Tiff but Tiff fights back! Liv CODE BRAEKERS Tiff, Tiff grabs Bianca’s hair! Bayley BOOTS Bianca, she and Tiff fall, Bayley ELIMINATES them both!! And we have our final three: Bayley, Liv and Jade!! The fans are thunderous again as these three stare down. “This is Awesome!” as Bayley has already lasted over an hour. These three fire off, Bayley going after Jade! Jade ROCKS Bayley, Liv tosses Bayley!

Jade CLUBS Liv, Liv ENZIGIRIS back! Liv fires hands, Jade hits back, Liv runs up to ObLIV- NO, Jade blocks! Bayley runs up, Jade dumps her over! Bayley holds on, Jade brings Liv up to throw her over! Liv holds on, she and Bayley mug Jade, deja vu from how things went with Bianca! Jade holds ropes, kicks Bayley and Liv away, but Liv stops her from skinning the cat! Liv and Bayley mug Jade, Jade fights back! BOOT for Bayley, kick and KICK for Jade! Liv runs up, but Bayley gets away, Liv RANAS Jade down! Bayley DROPKICKS Liv down!! BAYLEY WINS!!

Winner: Bayley, from number 3 (2024 Women’s Royal Rumble winner)

Incredible!! The Role Model promised it, and she came through! Will DMG CTRL soon own ALL the gold on Raw and SmackDown? As for everyone else, how will they find their way down the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Fatal 4 Way: Roman Reigns VS Randy Orton VS AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

All three challengers have reason to tear into the Tribal Chief, and Nick Aldis made sure the Tribal Chief would have to deal with them all at once! Will the odds finally be too much for even Roman Reigns to overcome? Or will he find a way to smash ’em, stack ’em and pin ’em just like he did at WrestleMania 37?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the Head of the Table!

The bell rings and fans fire up as the four stare down. Styles and Knight argue, but Orton keeps his eyes on Roman. Roman watches his three challengers as they all turn their attention on him. He wants them to hold on, but they all creep up! They go after Roman in the corner and fire off! Fans fire up as they all stomp Roman! Knight then CHOKES Roman, Styles and Orton dig boots in. They keep firing off on Roman, but then Styles starts a brawl with Knight! Knight fires back, ‘YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” The fans keep saying that as Knight RAMS Styles in a corner!

Knight fires hands but Styles CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Orton has Roman on the outside, keeps on him with UPPERCUTS, but Styles CHOPPS Knight! Knight CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Orton SMACKS Roman off steel steps while Knight LARIATS Styles! Knight TOSSES Styles out, storms out after him, but Orton fires hands on Roman. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Pat even joins in on “YEAH!” Roman storms up on Knight but Orotn get shim, BACK SUPLEX on the desk!

Fans fire up and Knight says okay, BACK SUPLEX on the desk for Styles! Knight says that was good, huh? But then Orton kicks Knight to back suplex, only for Knight to land out of it! Knight SMACKS Orton off the desk again and again, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” The fans cheer as Knight then lines up a shot, but Orton dodges the knee, to BACK SUPLEX Knight on the desk! Orton snarls as he goes back for Roman. Orton fires hands, then RAMS Roman into the steel steps! Roman writhes, but Orton looms over him. Orton drags Roman up and puts him in the ring.

Orton stalks Roman, paces around him, then stomps a leg! Even Heyman felt that one! Orton stomps Roman’s other leg, then stomps Roman’s hand! Roman writhes, Orton just stomps his other hand! Orton kicks Roman around, stomps him on the face, and Roman staggers up. Orton clotheslines Roman up and out! Styles CHOPS Orton! And ROCKS him! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Styles whips, Orton comes back to LARIAT! Orton rallies on Styles, dodges and SNAP POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up but Knight runs in! Knight fakes out the powerslam to SLIDING KICK! Roman returns but Knight gets him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Fans rally as Knight stomps on Orton, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight lets off to spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” KNEE WASH! Knight then DECKS Styles off the apron! But Roman CLOBBERS Knight! Cover, TWO! Roman stomps Orton’s hand as payback, then he stomps Knight down. Roman huffs and puffs, throws fists down on Knight, but hears the fans chant, “ROMAN SUCKS!” Roman wags his finger, he stalks Knight to a corner, and he BOOTS Styles off the apron. Knight kicks Roman in return! Knight throws hands but Roman ROCKS him! Roman fires point-blank clotheslines in the corner!

Fans boo as Roman goes up to nine, then runs side to side, LEAPING LARIAT! Fans boo more but Roman sneers. Roman paces around Knight, drags him up, and HEADBUTTS him back down! But Styles CHOP BLOCKS Roman! And KICKS the leg! And KICKS it again! Styles kicks Roman to ropes, whips, but Roman reverses to back drop! Styles flies high and lands hard from that one! Roman hobbles a bit but he soaks up the heat as he raises the finger to the sky. Roman then locks ‘n’ loads, aims at Knight, and runs up, but Knight dodges! Knight JABS! JABS! And JABS!

Knight has Roman wobbling around with every punch, then DECKS him! Fans fire up, Knight whips but Roman reverses. Knight LEAPING LARIATS! Then DDTS! Orton returns, but Knight scoops him to SLAM him! Cover on Orton, TWO! Knight storms up on Styles but Styles BOOTS him! Styles goes up, adjusts, but Knight ROCKS him first! Styles almost falls to the floor but Knight drags him back up. Knight fires more hands, then climbs up after Styles. Knight hoists Styles up but Orton CLUBS Knight! Orton whips Knight to the other corner, runs up, but into a BOOT!

Knight goes up, leaps, FLYING BULLDOG! But then he goes right up after Styles, to SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while everyone is down, but Roman stands! Roman swings, Knight spins that around, B F T!!! Cover, Styles breaks it!! Orton drags Styles up but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT takes Orton down! Styles fireman’s carries Knight for USHIGOROSHI! All four men are down again but Styles shakes out his leg. Styles hobbles after Roman, brings him up, but Roman UPPERCUTS! Styles ducks the lariat to PELE! Styles reels Roman in, gets him up, STYLES CLASH!!! Cover, Knight breaks it in return!!

Fans rally up, Orton sends Knight into the ropes! Orton gets Knight hanging out, for the DRAPING DDT! The fans fire up as Orton hears those voices in his head! Orton watches Knight, but Styles is lurking! Orton sees him, runs up, but Styles ROCKS him! Styles goes up, but into an RKO!! Orton gets Knight, RKO!!! Orton snarls, Roman runs up, RKO!!!! Orton crawls to the cover, but SOLO SIKOA YANKS THE REF FROM THE RING!! As if the Fatal 4 Way wasn’t saving Roman one way or another, The Enforcer has to get involved! Orton glares at Solo, Solo storms up but Orton gets him!

Solo gets free, to SAMOAN SPIKE!! Fans boo as Solo storms in, drags Knight up, and SAMOAN SPIKES!! Solo roars, and he drags Knight onto Orton. Solo is helping Roman stack bodies! Solo looks for Styles, finds him on the outside, and he takes aim. Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK through the barriers!!! But Styles got out of the way!! Solo takes himself out of this! Roman sees the gift Solo put together in the ring and grins, but then realizes what happened to Solo. Roman looks around, and Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS!! Roman’s on the stack?!? Styles covers, TWO?!?!?!

Whoever it was that kicked out saved everyone from Styles taking this one! Styles is beside himself but “This is Awesome!” Styles goes to a corner, he watches the other three stir, and Heyman is panicking. Styles goes out and looks under the ring. Styles brings out a chair! Styles brings the chair into the ring, but Heyman tells him to stop. Styles ignores Heyman, aims at Roman, and JAMS him! Then SMACKS him! Then SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Then he JAMS Roman up some more! Styles glares at Knight and JAMS him, too! And SMACKS! And SMACKS! And SMACKS!

Styles says one more, and he points at Orton. Orton rises up, and he pokes Style sin the eyes! Orton UPPERCUTS Styles away, but Roman SPEARS Orton!! But Roman can’t make the cover before Orton flounders out of the ring! Knight gets Roman, BIG back suplex! ELBOW DROP! The fans are thunderous again, Knight fires up, and he clinches, but Roman shoves him into Styles to trip up the forearm! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Knight! SPEAR for Styles!! Cover, Roman wins!!

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

The Tribal Chief literally used his opponents against each other, and he survives in St. Pete! The Road to WrestleMania is still going through the Island of Relevancy, but can Roman make it through Philadelphia?

 

WWE United States Championship: Logan Paul VS Kevin Owens!

The Maverick runs his mouth like no other, but he’s (mostly) found ways to back it up. However, he said his steel reinforced punch could knockout anyone, but The Prizefighter took that shot and stood back up! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he’s once again United States Champion? Or will Logan find a way to KO KO?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Logan will regret being so ImPAULsive!

The bell rings and Kevin stares down Logan’s smug smirk. Logan wants a handshake, and Kevin smirks at Logan’s stupid joke. Kevin kicks low and fires off hands! And CHOPS! And stomps away at the rope! The fans fire up while Logan bails out. Kevin goes out after Logan but Logan kicks back. Logan whips, Kevin reverses and he sends Logan into barriers hard! Kevin then storms up to bring Logan around, and send him into more barriers! Kevin shouts, “This is MY show!” and the fans fire up! Kevin CHOPS Logan, SMACKS him off the apron, and pushes him into the ring. Logan runs up, Kevin dodges and ELBOWS him down!

Kevin SENTONS onto Logan, then covers, ONE!! Logan is still in this but Kevin drags him up. Kevin CHOPS Logan and fans fire up! Kevin tells the Logan Paul fans to “SUCK IT!” then GERMAN SUPLEXES Logan! Logan ends up in a corner, Kevin runs in, but Logan bails out! Fans boo but Kevin goes out. Logan RAMS Kevin into the apron! And he SMACKS the bad hand on the apron! Logan says boohoo, he don’t care. But then Kevin CLOBBERS Logan! SENTON on the floor! Kevin looms over Logan while the ring count climbs. Kevin stands Logan up to CHOP! Logan sputters, Kevin CHOPS him again!

Kevin pushes Logan in to the ring, but then Logan STOMPS Kevin’s bad hand! And PLANCHAS hard! Logan drags Kevin up, RAMS him into the apron, and then throws knees. Logan POSTS the bad hand! And again! Kevin clutches his hand, Logan RAMS him into the steel steps! Logan fires up, fans boo, but Kevin gets in. Logan springboards in, CROSSBODY on Kevin! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Logan clamps onto an arm for a double wristlock! Kevin endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Kevin HEADBUTTS Logan, whips, but Logan reverses to clamp on an IRON OCTOPUS! Logan tortures the bad hand!

Kevin endures, powers free, throws elbows, but Logan knees low! Logan wrenches the arm, arm-drags Kevin, and he punches away on the bad hand! Kevin endures, fans boo, but Logan rips away the protective tape! The ref reprimands as Kevin grabs at Logan’s nose! Logan knees low, UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS Kevin down! Fans boo but Logan grins, as he runs to SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kevin SLAPS Logan! Logan and Kevin slowly stand up, Logan puts Kevin on ropes and wraps the arm around ropes! Logan pulls on the arm, the ref counts and Logan lets off.

Logan then runs up to KICK the rope! The rope jams up Kevin’s arm, then Logan CHOKES Kevin! Logan lets off to soak up the heat, and he mocks Rey Mysterio! But Kevin ducks the 619! And he LARIATS Logan down! The fans fire up and Kevin grits his teeth, before he SENTONS, but onto knees! Logan saves himself, drags Kevin up and CLUBS him. Logan UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS, then UPPER- NO, Kevin hooks those arms! Logan fights the backslide so Kevin knees low, fisherman, AOI SHODOU!! Kevin shouts out another KO with that shot, but he and Logan are both down as the ref counts.

The fans rally, Logan stands, but Kevin HEADBUTTS him! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Logan ends up in a corner, Kevin CHOPS away on him! Then stomps away on him! Kevin goes corner to corner and back again, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! And then another CANNONBALL! Logan flounders but Kevin climbs, and Kevin FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Logan survives but Kevin doesn’t lose his focus. Kevin goes right back up, to SWANTON BOMB but onto knees!! Logan does it again, and he hurries up top now! Logan SWANTON FLOPS as Kevin moves! Both men are down while fans rally up!

Logan goes to the apron, Kevin goes after him! Kevin drags Logan up but Logan HOTSHOTS him! And then slingshots, to BUCKSHOT!! Logan hurries back up, to DIVING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Kevin survives and Logan can’t believe it! Logan’s got a bloody nose but he wipes that away, then fires himself back up. Logan storms after Kevin to UPPERCUT, then he puts Kevin up top. Logan climbs, tells Corey Graves that he said no man can superplex Kevin. Watch this! Well, Kevin proves Corey right with the SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Logan survives again but Kevin keeps his cool.

The fans rally up again as Kevin stands. Logan stands, Kevin runs up to kick and- NO, Logan stops the stunner by pulling on the bad hand! Logan KICKS the arm, then undoes his own hand tape. Logan winds up that steel fist, but Kevin SUPERKICKS first! Then whips for the POP-UP- NO, Logan gets free! Only for Kevin to kick! Logan powers out of the stunner, ONE LUCKY PUNCH!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Kevin survives the knockout fist and Logan has no idea what to make of that! Logan calls to his buddy, but the ref spots him! The ref tells security to eject “Jeff!” Logan pleads with the ref but there’s nothing he can do!

Jeff pretends he’s not trying to do anything, but Logan still goes up. Logan leaps, Kevin gets under, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Wait! A-Town Down Under runs out here! They vouch for Jeff, but then Theory is the one who sneaks the brass knuckles to Logan!! Fans boo as Logan hurries to equip them! But Kevin rolls Logan up! TWO!!! Kevin blocks the brass knuckle punch and he PUTS THEM ON!? BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!! Cover, but the ref sees the knuckles?!?!? Kevin forgot to hide the evidence! The ref DISQUALIFIES him!!

Winner: Logan Paul, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

In Kevin’s defense, he forgot hot to be a proper scumbag after redeeming himself after all these years. Logan survives, but Kevin says screw that! He CLOBBERS Logan! And RAMS him into steel steps! Kevin clears the desk! Fans fire up as Kevin hauls Logan over, gets him up, POWERBOM through the table!!! The fans are all fired up because Kevin puts Logan in his place! But will Kevin have to #JustKeepFighting if he wants to get that belt back?

 

2024 Men’s Royal Rumble match!

With Roman Reigns still Universal Champion, and Seth Rollins still World Heavyweight Champion, those are the two to choose for a main event on the Grandest Stage of Them All! We’re 70 days away from the biggest WrestleMania of all time, but who survives 29 other superstars to have a guaranteed spot on the card?

Starting off the Rumble at number one is JEY USO! Well, he is Main Event Jey! And joining him as entry number two is JIMMY USO?!? The brothers are gonna fight it out to start!? Yeet VS No Yeet, that is the question! The fans are losing their minds already as the bell rings. The Usos step to each other, and they agree that they gotta do what they gotta do. They start throwing hands, and fans “YEET!” for Jey! Jey counter punches, punches, and punches! Jey pops ‘n’ locks and does the bounce, to ROCK Jimmy! Jimmy goes up and out but he holds on! No yeet yet, and Jimmy GAMANGIRIS! Jimmy storms in, but into a SAMOAN- NO, Jimmy slips free!

Jimmy kicks low, pops ‘n’ locks to UPPERCUT! Jey blocks the superkick, ducks the Dragon Whip, and he SUPERKICKS Jimmy down! The fans fire up and Jey goes up the corner. Jey USO SPLASHES onto knees! Jimmy’s the only one who knows Jey better than Jey! But now the countdown is here, and number three is… Grayson Waller! The Aussie Icon has a mic to say that he’s gonna make this a Grayson Waller Effect! He doesn’t care about this sibling rivalry! Main Event Jey is a flop! “Yeet” is the most cringe thing he’s ever heard. Jey coming out first lik he’s gonna do something, no wonder Bloodline kicked him out!

Jey SUPERKICKS Waller off the apron! Waller is still in this because he never actually got in the ring, though. But Jimmy whips Jey! Jey reverses, sends Jimmy up and over, but Jimmy holds on! Waller somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! Waller drags Jimmy up and says he acknowledges the Bloodline. They mug Jey and fans boo! Waller talks trash, Jimmy drags Jey up to the ropes, then he and Waller try to dump Jey out! The countdown is back already, and Jey fights off the others while number four is here. “EL! IDOLO!” WHAT!? ANDRADE ALMAS IS BACK?!? The fans are thunderous as he makes his way to the ring!

Waller is confused as to who El Idolo even is, but Andrade steps to him. Waller shoves Andrade, Andrade CHOPS! Waller fires hands, CLUBS Andrade, and runs, into the boot feint and ELBOW! Jimmy stomps Jey, but then runs up on Andrade. Andrade dodges to CLOBBER him! Jimmy and Waller are in corners, Andrade fires up and the fans are with him! Andrade has Jimmy CIEN SHADOWS! Then CIEN SHADOWS for Waller! Then snap suplex, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! And then Three- NO, Waller fights it! Cravat and KNEE! Waller then BOOTS Andrade in the corner!

The countdown is back, Jimmy fires off on Jey, and number five is… CARMELO HAYES! Fans fire up as we see the Royal Rumble debut of… HIM! Melo makes his way down to ringside, dodges Waller, and springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Melo fires off on Waller, dodges Jimmy and the SUPERKICK hits Waller! Melo SUPERKICKS Jimmy, then coordinates with Jey. Melo baits Waller into Jey’s SUPERKICK! Andrade gets up, he circles with Jey and Melo. Melo kicks Andrade, Jey joins in and they mug the returning Idolo. But Waller somersaults ack in, into the FIRST 48!! Melo clotheslines Waller up and out to ELIMINATE him!

Fans fire up for Melo, he don’t miss! Andrade stomps Jey, Melo fires hands on Jimmy.  The countdown is back, and number six is… SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! The King of Strong Style has won a Rumble before, will he win another? Fans fire up as Nakamura fires off on Melo, BOOTS him to the corner, then gives Melo BAD VIBRATIONS~! Nakamura puts Melo on the top rope, runs in, but Melo dodges the knee! Nakamura elbows Melo, INVERTED EXPLODER, but Melo lands out of it! Melo springboards, into a GAMANGIRI! SLIDING KNEE! Nakamura and Jimmy stare down, and Jimmy offers a handshake. Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES him!

Nakamura fires off on Andrade, ENZIGIRI! Andrade staggers, Nakamura brings him up to bump him off buckles. Now for more BAD VIBRATIONS! The countdown is back, number seven is… SANTOS ESCOBAR! The Emperor of Lucha is here and he takes his time going to the ring. Andrade turns things around on Nakamura, Jimmy and Jey brawl, and Melo stays out of the way. Santos GAMANGIRIS Jey, ducks Nakamura’s kick and CALF KICKS back! Jimmy waistlocks but Santos elbows free, to JUMP KNEE! Santos goes corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE Nakamura! And then DOUBLE KNEE for Jimmy!

Santos sees Melo running in, POP-UP GUTBUSTER! And then he locks eyes with an old friend. Fans fire up as Santos shakes hands and hugs Andrade. Is El Idolo going to be Ungovernable? Yes! But ty hen Santos goes to throw Andrade out! Andrade reverses that, puts Santos on the apron, then runs up! Santos kicks him back, they brawl, Andrade CHOPS but Santos KNEES back! Jimmy hoists Nakamura up, Andrade stomps Jey, and the countdown is back. Number eight is… KARRION KROSS! The Final Testament’s ferocious leader makes his way out, Scarlett and Paul Ellering accompanying him.

Kross storms in to fire off on Melo! Kross shoves Melo to LARIAT him inside-out! Fans boo as Kross and Jimmy stare down, Kross fires off on Jey instead! Jimmy grins, and he runs in to HIP ATTACK Jey! Fans boo as these two continue to mug Jey. Nakamura stomps Melo, Jimmy and Kross agree on No Yeet. Andrade and Santos run up and they brawl with Kross and Jimmy. Nakamura goes after Melo, Andrade goes after Nakamura! The countdown is back and number nine is… DOMINIK MYSTERIO! Fans boo as hard as they have all night as Dirty Dom makes his way out, and Dom just soaks it all up as he gets in the ring.

Melo turns things around on Jimmy, Nakamura stomps Andrade, and Jey turns things around on Kross. Dom doesn’t hurry in, he revels in the boos. Dom then slides in when there’s an opening, and he goes after Kross! Wrong choice! Kross EXPLODERS Dom away! Kross fires off on Dom, then he goes after Nakamura. Dom goes after Jey instead, and Kross hauls Nakamura to ropes. Nakamura holds on, and the countdown is back. Number 10 is… CARLITO! The fans fire up for Caribbean Cool as he makes his way down to the ring. Santos stares him down, and Carlito slides in, only for Santos to slide out!

Carlito fires off on Dom, on Nakamura, on Andrade, and then back to Dom! Carlito whips Dom but Dom kicks back! Dom runs again, but Carlito CLOBBERS him! Fans rally up and Carlito brings out… AN APPLE! Carlito takes a bite, but then Santos returns! Santos throws Carlito out but Carlito stays on the apron! Santos and Dom nod, but Carlito SPITS the apple in Santos’ face! Carlito TOSSES and ELIMINATES Santos!! The fans fire up, but then Kross goes after Carlito. The countdown is back and number 11 is… BOBBY LASHLEY! Kross hits Carlito with The Final Prayer, but he’s gonna need a hope and a prayer against The All Mighty!

Lashley storms in and he SPEARS Nakamura! And SPEARS Jimmy! And MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTERS Andrade! Dom cowers in a corner to avoid Lashley, then he kicks low! Lashley just gets mad! Dom runs, into a SPEAR! Kross sees Lashley, and fans fire up as these two stare down. Lashley runs in, Kross sends him into Carlito to BLAST him off the apron! Lashley ELIMINATES Carlito, then SPEARS Kross anyway! Lashley TOSSES Kross to ELIMINATE him! Melo and Andrade go after Lashley, but Lashley is disappointed. Wait, AOP makes their way out here?! Lashley hoists Melo up but he sees Akam & Rezar.

Andrade CHOP BLOCKS Lashley, he and Nakamura get Lashley up! Lashley lands on the apron, DECKS Nakamura but Andrade GAMANGIRIS! Kross YANKS Lashley down to ELIMINATE him!! Fans boo but Lashley just goes after the Final Testament! That’s a 3v1 mugging, until the PROFITS rush out here! Dawkins & Ford LEAP into the fight and these six all fight to the back! The fans fire up and the countdown is back again! Number 12 is… LUDWIG KAISER! The Impeccable German has to avoid the brawling first, but he still makes his way to the ring. GAMANGIRI for Melo! Ludwig throws down fists while fans boo!

Ludwig hits a PENALTY KICK on Dom, then forearms on Jey! Dom kicks, Ludwig blocks, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Nakamura tries to dump Melo out, Andrade fires off on Jimmy, and Ludwig stomps Dom. Ludwig then goes after Nakamura with fists, but the countdown is back already! “Lucky” number 13 is… AUSTIN THEORY! Mr. ATL heads to the ring, RAMS into Ludwig, then somersault SHOTGUNS! Theory storms up on Jimmy but Melo fires off on him! Theory ELBOWS back, then hits ATAXIA! Theory TOSSES Melo up and out but Melo lands on the apron. Melo holds ropes to keep in this, but Theory kicks at him.

Jey tries to throw Ludwig out, Nakamura fires off on Andrade, and Jimmy is after Dom. The countdown is back again and number 14 is… FINN BALOR! The Prince is here but he better hurry while Dom is dangling! Finn slides in, he DUMPS Melo and ELIMINATES him! Finn helps Dom up, then they mug Ludwig! Finn hits Andrade, Andrade hits back. Dom stomps Theory, Andrade whips but Finn reverses to SLINGBLADE! Finn rains down fists on Andrade, throws him over but Andrade holds onto ropes! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Ludwig, Finn stomps away on Andrade. The countdown is back again and number 15 is… CODY RHODES!

The fans fire up as The American Nightmare marks the halfway point of this match, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets his pyro then gets in the ring, to CLOBBER Theory! And CLOBBER Finn! Theory fireman’s carries but Cody slips free to dragon sleeper. Theory knees free, but Cody dodges to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Cody TOSSES Theory and ELIMINATES him! Fans fire up as the weight belt goes flying! Free souvenir! But then Finn fires off on Cody! Dom adds on, they stomp away. Jimmy and Ludwig mug Jey, but the countdown is back again. Number 16 is BRONSON REED! This match just got that much bigger!

Reed slides in, he CLOBBERS Cody! And HEADBUTTS Nakamura! reed drags Cody up, sends him into Nakamura, and then he SPLASHES them both! Finn & Dom go after Reed, they double whip, but he crisscrosses them to DOUBLE LARIAT! Reed puts Finn up, then picks Dom up! He double fireman’s carries, for a DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Meanwhile, Cody fights off Ludwig and Jimmy. Andrade fires off on Reed, dodges him in a corner, then boot feints, only for Reed to TOSS and ELIMINATE him! Fans boo, but then Cody and Nakamura stare down. Nakamura says “C’MON~!” So Cody fires off shots! Nakamura fires back!

Cody ducks a kick but not the WHEEL KICK! The countdown returns, and number 17 is… KOFI KINGSTON! Kofi has always made moments in the Rumble, but will he finally win one? Kofi fires off on Ludwig, THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Nakamura tries to suplex Cody out but Cody fights free! Kofi CROSSBODIES Ludwig, Cody DISASTER KICKS Nakamura! Cody drags Nakamura into a CRHOSS RHODES HOTSHOT! Nakamura falls, Cody ELIMINATES him! Fans fire up, but then Ludwig ELBOWS Kofi down. Cody goes after Jimmy while Finn & Dom go after Reed. Ludwig scoops Kofi, Cody rains down TEN punches on Jimmy.

Ludwig goes to throw Kofi but Kofi flips that to RANA Ludwig! Ludwig hangs on, but Kofi TRIANGLE JUMP KICKS! Ludwig falls, Kofi ELIMINATES him! The countdown is back and number 18 is… GUNTHER! Der Ring General storms out here, ready to avenge last year’s loss. He’s disappointed in Ludwig, though. Gunther gets in, Kofi fires off on him! Gunther shoves and CHOPS Kofi down! Finn kicks but Gunther CHOPS him down! Dom runs up, CHOPS, but Gunther just frowns. Gunther CHOPS Dom down! Jey RAMS into Gunther, but Gunther turns him around, to CHOP him down! Jimmy likes that, offers a handshake, but Gunther DECKS him!

Reed scoops Gunther! Gunther fights free, and CHOPS! Reed wobbles, and Gunther SCOOP SLAMS him!! Fans fire up, but Cody stares Gunther down. They revisit last year’s Rumble, Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! But Gunther CHOPS! Kofi runs up to ROCK Gunther! Kofi goes to dump Gunther out! Gunther holds onto ropes, he and Kofi brawl! Gunther CHOPS Kofi down, then drags him up! Gunther drags Kofi to the top rope but Kofi holds on! Gunther DECKS Kofi, he falls, Gunther ELIMINATES Kofi! No escape artist trick this year. The countdown is back, and number 19 is… IVAR!

The War Beard storms his way down, and he gets in, only for Dom to fire off hands! Ivar grabs Dom by the face, but shoves him away as Finn runs in! SPINNING POWERSLAM! HEEL KICK for Dom! Ivar runs in, Cody dodges but Ivar gets him with a SEATED SENTON! Ivar cartwheels to dodge Jey, and he LARIATS! But Gunther clamps on a SLEEPER! Ivar RAMS Gunther into the corner, fires off elbow after elbow, then roars! Ivar BOOTS Jimmy down! Ivar and Reed stare down, revisiting their recent rivalry! They LARIAT back and forth and fans chant “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Both men run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!

The countdown is back, and number 20 is… BRON BREAKKER! The Big Bad Booty Nephew makes his Rumble debut and he runs in to SPEAR Jimmy! Then he POP-UP POWERSLAMS Finn! Bron dodges Ivar, to CLOBBER him! Bron fires up and the fans bark it up! Bron clotheslines Jimmy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Bron SPEARS Finn! Then TOSSES him to ELIMINATE him! But then Gunther stares Bron down. Fans fire up as Gunther grins at Bron, then CHOPS! Gunther reels Bron in, hoists him up, but Bron slips free to trophy lift! Gunther slips free, Bron dodges the chop to SPEAR!! Bron is all fired up, but the countdown is back.

Number 21 is… OMOS! The Nigerian Giant, and MVP, returns at an opportune time. Omos storms right into the ring, Ivar goes after Bron and Cody fights off Gunther. Cody runs up but Omos CLOBBERS him! Omos BOOTS Gunther, CLOBBERS Jey, then choke grips Dom. CHOKE SLAM for Dom!! But reed fires off hands! Omos doesn’t budge! Reed runs, but into a BOOT! Reed is stuck on ropes, Omos DUMPS him out and ELIMINATES him! Ivar runs, springboards, into Bron’s SPEAR!!! Fans fire up as Bron TOSSES and ELIMINATES Ivar! Then Bron looks at Omos. The countdown is back, and number 22 is… PAT?!

Pat is surprised that this is happening! But he takes his headset off and he gets in the ring! Fans fire up as Pat storms into the ring, but then realizes Bron and Omos are the ones still standing. Pat hesitates, then goes up the corner so he can go up and over the ropes! Pat then changes his mind and steps back in, but then changes his mind to go back up and out. Pat hops down and ELIMINATES himself! Fans are disappointed, but then Omos pats Bron’s head. Bron fires off haymakers! Omos sends Bron to a corner, Bron dodges, and then he CLOTHESLINES Omos up and out to ELIMINATE him! But then Dom DUMPS Bron to ELIMINATE him!

The countdown is back, and number 23 is… JD MCDONAGH! The Irish Ace makes his way over, but Bron SPEARS him down! Gunther keeps after Cody, they brawl, Cody tries to haul Gunther up and out! Jey fires off on Dom, and Jey puts Dom up top. Dom fights Jey and Gunther turns things around on Cody. Gunther whips, but Cody KICKS! Cody TOSSES Gunther over, but Gunther holds on! Gunther gets in safe, the countdown is back, and number 24 is… R-TRUTH~! He finally has the right match! Truth sees JD there on the ramp, puts him in, and then Jey clotheslines JD up and out to ELIMINATE him!

Truth says that’s what JD gets! Truth then hurries up, and wants Dom to tag him in? Fans rally up, Dom says no! That’s not what this is! Gunther has a SLEEPER on Dom! Dom wants Truth to get in but Truth wants a tag! Dom JAWBREAKERS free, HOT TAG TO TRUTH! Truth rallies on Gunther, fires those Cena shoulders, then hits the SPIN-OUT BOMB! Fans fire up as Truth says “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, but into a BOOT from Gunther! Gunther shrugs, but then Cody goes for a leg. Gunther CLUBS Cody, stomps Truth, so Cody fires off on Dom. The countdown is back, number 25 is… THE MIZ!

The Rumble is now awesome as Miz makes his way out, then gets in to fire off on Gunther! Miz fires “IT KICKS!” Gunther shoves him away, but Miz ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Then he BOOTS Dom! Miz sees Truth, but he lets off because they’re the Awesome Truth! They DOUBLE HIP TOSS Jey! And they still got the pose down! Miz gets Dom up but then Truth stops Miz! Truth still thinks he’s Judgment Day! Miz tries to explain, but Gunther CLOBBERS Truth! Dom drop toeholds Miz onto ropes, dials it up, 619! The countdown is back, and number 26 is… DAMIEN PRIEST! Senor Money in the Bank is here, ready to add to his golden ticket collection.

Priest DECKS Truth!! Fans boo but Priest is done with games! Priest TOSSES Truth out to ELIMINATE him! But Miz fires off on Priest! Priest trips Miz and fires off hands! Gunther UPPERCUTS Dom! Priest TOSSES Miz but Miz holds on! Priest stands Jey up but Jey fires hands! Fans “YEET! YEET!” but Priest catches Jey for a FLATLINER! Priest ROCKS Gunther, then choke grips, to take him SOUTH OF HEAVEN! Cody runs up on Priest, but into a choke grip! Cody gets free, dodges Priest and sends him into buckles! Cody suplexes Priest to put him on the apron! Priest suplexes back but Cody fights it!

Cody and Priest fight for suplex control, Cody fires forearms! But Priest ROUNDHOUSES! The countdown is back, and number 27 is… CM PUNK! The fans fire up again as The Best in the World is back! And it’s “CLOBBERING TIME~!” Punk storms into the ring, but Priest throws him to a corner! Punk dodges to then ROUNDHOUSE! Miz runs up, Punk spins him around to NECKBREAKER! SHINING WIZARD for Jey! SHINING WIZARD for Dom! SHINING WIZARD for Miz! SHINING WIZARD for Priest! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO for Priest and Miz! Fans fire up, Punk throws his shirt off, free souvenir!

But Dom runs up on Punk! Punk blocks that, and he TOSSES Dom out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up and Punk says night night. But then Priest ROLLING ELBOWS! The countdown is back again and number 28 is… RICOCHET! The One and Only is back, wearing the colors of Tropicana as he makes his way out. Ricochet gets in, slides under Miz, and springboards to CROSSBODY! Priest picks Ricochet up, puts him on the apron, but Ricochet RAMAS into him! Gunther swings, misses, and Ricochet GAMANGIRIS! Ricochet springboards to CROSSBODY Gunther now! Fans fire up, but then Priest LARIATS Ricochet inside-out!

Priest ELBOWS Miz in a corner, puts him up top, but Miz fights back. Cody helps out, they mug Priest, but Gunther CHOPS Miz down! Miz falls, Gunther ELIMINATES him! Punk kicks Ricochet, scoops, and SLAMS him. Gunther DECKS Priest! The countdown is back, number 29 is… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Terminator can count himself very lucky to come back this deep into the match. Cody goes to throw Ricochet but Ricochet holds on. McIntyre gets in to DECK Cody, DECK Punk, but Gunther BOOTS McIntyre! McIntyre BOOTS Gunther! And he RAMS Ricochet! And then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES him!

McIntyre stands Jey up but Jey ROCKS him first! And again, and again! But McIntyre LARIATS Jey and rains down fists! Then McIntyre stares Priest down. They fire off fast hands and the fans fire up! Priest kicks and kicks and kicks, to ROLLING ELBOW! But McIntyre SPINEBUSTERS! Jey is up, he SUPERKICKS McIntyre! Gunther swings, Jey dodges, and Jey SPEARS Gunther!! Jey SUPERKICKS Gunther over the ropes! Jey hurries to push Gunther but Gunther drags Jey up and over to throw down! Gunther ELIMINATES Jey!! But the countdown is back, and number 30 is… SAMI ZAYN!! Fans fire up for the Great Liberator’s return!

Sami storms right in to dodge Gunther and go right after McIntyre! Gunther goes after Sami but Sami fires off hands! Then he goes back for McIntyre! Punk tries but Sami throws hands on him, too! Sami goes back to McIntyre again while Cody dumps Ricochet. Ricochet stays safe on the apron, Priest kicks Sami to scoop him! Sami slips free, TOSSES Priest, but Priest holds on! Gunther goes after Sami but Sami throws elbows! Sami runs to clothesline McIntyre up and out! McIntyre holds on, Gunther CLUBS Sami! Gunther CHOPS Sami, but Ricochet fires off on Gunther. Gunther pushes Ricochet, but Ricochet hits the RECOIL!

Ricochet goes after Priest but Priest choke grips! SOUTH OF- NO, Ricochet slips free, ducks and PELES! McIntyre scoops Ricochet but Ricochet slips free! Ricochet goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then steps back in. McIntyre blocks the kick, and he TOSSES Ricochet up and over to ELIMINATE him! We have our final six: McIntyre, Punk, Gunther, Sami, Cody and Priest! Fans fire up for this star-studded set, and the brawl is on! Sami has Mcintyre, Priest has Cody, Gunther has Punk! Punk fights the scoop, Priest clinches Cody but Cody fights free! Cody underhooks, PEDIGREE! Gunther SHOTGUNS Cody!

Punk KNEES Gunther! McIntyre hits FUTURE SHOCK on Punk! Sami catches McIntyre for a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami aims, runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK for McIntyre!! But Priest JUMP KICKS Sami, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Sami slips free! Sami dodges Priest, clotheslines him up and out and ELIMINATES him!! Fans fire up but then McIntyre DUMPS Sami and ELIMINATES him! And just like that, we’re down to four! Seth Rollins is watching from the VIP skybox, as is Roman Reigns. Gunther talks trash on all his opponents, but the fans are on Punk’s side for this one.

Punk and Cody fire off on McIntyre and Gunther! McIntyre TOSSES Punk while Gunther CHOPS away on Cody! McIntyre CHOPS Punk, CHOPS him again, and Gunther lifts Cody. Cody slips free, springboards, CODY CUTTER! McIntyre suplexes but Punk fights. Cody runs but Gunther LARIATS him down! McIntyre CHOPS Punk down! Gunther stomps Cody, hauls him up, and CHOPS again! McIntyre CHOPS Punk! Gunther CHOPS Cody! These two are competing through their CHOPS! Punk sputters after that last one! Gunther CHOPS Cody, that was blunt. Punk fires hands but McIntyre CHOPS Punk down!

Cody fires hands but Gunther CHOPS! Gunther and McIntyre stare down and talk some smack, but Punk and Cody fire off on them! McIntyre dodges to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cody CHOPS Gunther, but Gunther clamps on a facelock! McIntyre aims at Punk, runs in, CLAYMORE misses as Punk moves! Punk says night night, and he fireman’s carries! But McIntyre slips free! And GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Gunther has a SLEEPER on Cody, McIntyre helps mug the American Nightmare. Cody ROCKS McIntyre, Gunther SLEEPERS! McIntyre runs in< Cody slips fere, CLAYMORE to Gunther!

Cody runs, but McIntyre CLAYMORES Cody!! McIntyre has his pick of the litter and the fans are torn! McIntyre CLAYMORES Punk!! McIntyre kips up, he looks to the WrestleMania sign, and then he glares back at Punk. McIntyre drags Punk up and says he’s not the same kid he was 10 years ago! Punk’s ass belongs to McIntyre! McIntyre hauls Punk up, but Punk fireman’s carries! Punk dumps McIntyre up and out to ELIMINATE him!!! McIntyre can’t believe it, but his obsession just cost him! Gunther BOOTS Cody! Cody falls, Gunther aims to SHOTGUN Punk!! Gunther then hauls Punk up, GENERAL BOMB!

Gunther gets Cody, but Cody slips free, springboards, but Gunther catches him! Gunther puts Cody on the apron! Cody headlocks and he drags Gunther over!! Cody DUMPS Gunther out and ELIMINATES him!! History repeats itself as far as Cody and Gunther! And Roman doesn’t like that. Cody and Punk are the final two and Rollins can’t help but laugh. Cody and Punk rise up and the fans are thunderous! Cody and Punk fire off hands back and forth! Punk gets the edge, but Cody shoves to JAB! JAB! JAB! Flip, flop, fly, but Punk kicks low! Punk headlocks, Cody powers out, then DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down!

The fans fire up again while Cody and Punk stir. Both men rise, and Punk fires a forearm first! Cody fires one back! They go back and forth, the fans are torn, and then Cody ROCKS Punk! Punk fires a flurry in return, then SOBATS! Front kicks! And fires palm strikes and an URAKEN! Cody goes to a corner, Punk whips corner to corner, but Cody goes up and over to SNAP POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Cody and he drags Punk up. Cody springboards but Punk catches him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Punk holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! And then another! Punk is taking over Suplex City here in St. Pete!

Cody goes to a corner, Punk glances at the Mania sign, then SHINING WIZARD! BULLDOG! Punk snarls and says this is it! Punk says night night, Cody! Punk drags Cody up, fireman’s carries, but Cody fights free to dragon sleeper! But Punk snapmares free! So Cody JABS, JABS and JABS! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW! The fans fire up with Cody again and he looks to Heaven. Cody drags Punk up, dragon sleepers, but Punk fights free! ROUNDHOUSE! Cody stays on his feet but Punk dumps him at the ropes! Cody holds on for dear life! Cody lands safe on the apron and Punk is frustrated.

Punk stalks Cody, stomps him, then points to the sign! That might be premature, but Punk drags Cody back up. Punk fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! CROSS RHODES!! Cody roars, shakes the ropes, and the fans are with him! Cody then storms back over to Punk, the fans rallying behind him, and Cody drags Punk up. Punk is deadweight, though, and then he suddenly fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! Both men fall over! “This is Awesome!” as Punk pushes himself back up. Punk glances at the sign again, then drags Cody up. Punk brings him around to another fireman’s carry! But Cody holds onto the ropes!

Cody drags Punk over with a crucifix! Punk kicks and flails to get free! Cody lands on the apron, slides under the bottom rope, but Punk stomps him. Punk drags Cody up again, underhooks, and grins as he hits a PEDIGREE!! If you know, you know. Punk even says he can’t believe he did that. Punk then says night night, and that he didn’t wait 10 years just to lose to “Dusty’s kid.” Punk fireman’s carries again, walks around with Cody, gives another look to the sign, GO TO- NO!! Cody blocks that and says he’s not just Dusty’s kid! Cody TOSSES Punk out, and WINS!!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, at number 15 (2024 Men’s Royal Rumble winner)

And for the first time in over 25 YEARS, someone goes back to back in the Royal Rumble! Cody points to the sign, the pyro goes off, and The American Nightmare’s story still has a chance! Will he finish it once and for all at WrestleMania? Or will The Tribal Chief have something to say about that?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome Royal Rumble! And that’s even with two different flavors of “Heels surviving” finishes tonight. The US Championship going on before the Universal Championship was quite the surprise, and I would’ve thought the go-home math was in Kevin’s favor. Granted, Kevin gets to stand tall and they could easily make a rematch for WrestleMania, but I didn’t think Logan was gonna be go-home-math proof. As for Roman Reigns, of course the Fatal 4 Way ends up a less than perfect idea from Aldis. The challengers each got to hit their finishers on Roman, only for someone else to break it up, and of course Solo still had to get involved because Roman always needs his henchmen. If nothing else, Orton and Solo are going to have a great feud from here on out.

Great interviews in the kickoff show, and of course Heyman delivers another great promo. To be fair, Heyman is always a great promo. Anyway, great opening with the Women’s Rumble, great returns and even some surprises. These last few years, WWE seems to be working on a working relationship with TNA Impact, given how Jordynne Grace was here, following in Mickie James’ footsteps of being a Knockouts Champion that gets to be on a WWE program. Jade Cargill finally debuting was also great, and she got the honor of eliminating Nia after Nia looked near unstoppable. Jade and Nia is definitely a feud to go with going towards at least Elimination Chamber, maybe even having them both in the Chamber itself.

Bayley winning despite DMG CTRL getting eliminated was a great surprise in itself, as I thought this was Becky’s Rumble to win. Perhaps Becky is going to take the long route, winning the Chamber to be the new #1 contender to Rhea while DMG CTRL’s story plays out. Bayley will surely end up kicked out of the group and then turn her eyes on Iyo’s title. And awesome stuff in the Men’s Rumble. I wish they did more with Jey and Jimmy given how those two opened together, but maybe they wanna hold off on Uso VS Uso for a little longer. And I guess there was no good idea for another Kofi save, since Gunther just gets rid of him.

But we also got great stuff like Andrade’s return, though I hope he and Santos don’t stay at odds, that’s a great combo right there. Great return for Sami, luckily his knee wasn’t that badly damaged (assuming that injury was real at all and not just a way to give him time off). Good return for Ricochet, though it wasn’t like he was going to win either. And yeah, Omos returned. Omos might’ve been a sub for Lesnar since we can’t have Lesnar around right now during the newest round of the sex scandal stuff. But also it made it hilarious when Pat was to enter but he decided to bail because Omos was there. And good stuff with Melo and Bron representing NXT, and great stuff of Gunther and Cody revisiting last year.

Cody and Punk being the last two was a great move. It really made things exciting and unpredictable there, and as such, I actually did not think Cody would win given it was Punk in there with him. Cody gets to go back to back like HBK and Stone Cold, Cody points to Roman, Roman gets mad, that is obviously the match now. This could be a sign that HHH is changing up plans. Maybe Roman isn’t going to break Hogan’s record-setting reign, the number two longest reign of all time, because c’mon, how sad would it be to make Cody lose two years in a row? Cody has to win at WM40 to make WM40 feel like the biggest Mania ever, just as HHH promised.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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Can Papa Gunn breathe with the Switchblade?

The Bang Bang Scissor Gang wants to run AEW, but they need to prove they can work together, no matter what! Will Jay White, Colten & Billy make a winning combination?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins.
  • FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions; FTR wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; White, Colten & Billy win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost; Deeb wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just last night on Rampage, The Spanish God called out the Don Callis Family, and then got jumped by the Don Callis Family! Callis and the rest of the family has been banned from ringside, as has Chris Jericho, this must be settled between Sammy and Hobbs! Will there be anything left of Sammy to return home to his wife and daughter? Or will The Book of Hobbs call for no mercy and no remains?

The moment Hobbs hops off the corner, Sammy JUMP KNEES! The bell rings, Sammy runs up to JUMP KNEE again! Hobbs staggers around, but he catches Sammy to TOSS him to a corner! Hobbs runs in, Sammy dodges and RAMS in! Sammy ENZIGIRS, Hobbs staggers, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER! The fans fire up as Hobbs staggers back to his feet. Sammy runs up to clothesline Hobbs and himself out of the ring! Sammy shouts, “I’m a freakin’ Collider now!” Sammy gets the steel steps in place and the fans fire up. Sammy comes back to whip Hobbs but Hobbs reverses! Sammy leaps the steps!

Hobbs runs up, but Sammy sends him into railing! Sammy repositions the steps, gets space and runs in, to use the steps to LEAP! But Hobbs catches Sammy, and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM on the steps!! Sammy writhes and flounders away but Hobbs tells the ref to get outta the way. The fans boo, Hobbs soaks it up, and Hobbs drags Sammy up. Hobbs says Sammy wanted this, and he brings Sammy around to DECK him with a haymaker! The fans duel, Hobbs scoops Sammy, APRON POWERSLAM! And again! And again! Hobbs then SLINGS Sammy into railing! The fans fire up as Hobbs says one more time!

Hobbs hauls Sammy back up, for a fake out. Hobbs doesn’t do what the fans want him to do, he does what he wants. Hobbs moves the other set of steps around, brings Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into railing! Hobbs asks Kevin Kelley what he’s going on about but Kevin isn’t sure Hobbs means. Hobbs tells Kevin to stand up so Kevin does, and then Hobbs demands Kevin hand over his belt. His belt? Hobbs tells him again, give over the belt. Kevin gives in and hands said belt over. Hobbs then takes the belt and uses it to LASH Sammy on the back! Fans are torn but Hobbs LASHES Sammy again!

Sammy writhes, Nigel tells Kevin this is his fault. Hobbs winds up, Sammy dodges the belt to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Sammy grabs a chair, and he SMACKS Hobbs with it! And then HEADSHOT! Hobbs flounders against railing but the fans fire up as Sammy stalks him. Sammy tosses Hobbs the chair to KICK it into him! Then Sammy cravats, uses the steps, but Hobbs turns the cutter into a TOSS over the railing! Sammy’s leg clips the top, but Hobbs hauls him back up and over! But Sammy slips free, and CUTTERS to the steps!! Sammy gets the belt now and he LASHES Hobbs in return!

Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table! The fans fire up as Sammy sets the table up nearby. Sammy has security move aside, so he can slide that chair off the table and into Hobbs! Sammy then adds another table! If one is good, more must be better! The fans fire up with Sammy as he has those side by side. Hobbs goes to the apron but Sammy climbs up. Sammy aims and leaps, but Hobbs catches him again!! And he SPINEBUSTERS Sammy through the tables!!! All of Springfield, Missouri lose their minds while the ref checks on both men, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Hobbs snarls as he slowly rises up out of the wreckage. Sammy stirs but Hobbs clears out the debris to bring him up. Hobbs HEADBUTTS Sammy and Sammy staggers away. Sammy gets in the ring but Hobbs pursues. Hobbs climbs the corner?! Hobbs then FLYING LARIATS! The Powerhouse proves he can fly, then he covers, TWO!! Sammy survives but Hobbs grinds him into the mat! Hobbs talks trash on Sammy while he fishhooks the nose and pulls on the ear! Hobbs then drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sammy drops to his knees. Hobbs looms over Sammy, eggs him on, and the fans rally up.

Hobbs talks more trash, stands Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into another corner! Collision returns to single picture as Sammy crawls around. Hobbs looms over Sammy again, slaps him around, and then whips him into another corner! Hobbs runs up, Sammy dodges and Hobbs hits buckles! Sammy uses the corner to help in the torture rack! Fans fire up as Sammy carries Hobbs, and GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO?!? Hobbs survives and Sammy is shocked! The fans rally as Sammy hurries to find himself something more. Sammy takes a monitor from the timekeeper!

Sammy brings the equipment into the ring, MONITOR SHOT!! But that’s not enough so Sammy looks around outside. He finds another table! The fans are thunderous as table number three is put in the ring. Sammy hurries after Hobbs but Hobbs LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Hobbs storms around, grabs the table for his own and sets that up near a corner. Hobbs goes back for Sammy as the fans rally up, and Hobbs hauls Sammy up. Sammy JAWBREAKERS back! Hobbs wobbles, but Sammy SUPERKICKS! Hobbs still wobbles, so Sammy springboards and FLYING- NO, Hobbs catches him again! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Sammy survives and now Hobbs is furious! Hobbs runs to BOOT Sammy down! Hobbs goes out while Sammy flops off the apron. Hobbs looks around under the ring, and he brings out a fourth table! The fans fire up as Hobbs brings this one to the ramp side. Hobbs sets that up, stomps Sammy to keep him down, then he goes to fetch a fifth table! The fans are thunderous, this might be the most tables in a non-table match! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops him, and aims, but Sammy slips free to POST Hobbs first! Sammy fires up again while Hobbs staggers around. Sammy chugs a fan’s beer, then SMASHES Hobbs with the bottle!

The fans fire up as Hobbs ends up on the tables! The fans give Sammy another beer, to SMASH it on Hobbs again! Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! The fans are loving it, because now we’ve entered TLC territory! Sammy gets that ladder in the ring while the fans lose their minds! Sammy moves table number three outta the way so he can stand his ladder up. And it’s a big ladder! Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” because this is extra crazy even for Sammy! Sammy climbs to the second highest rung, takes aim, and shoutout to Jeff Hardy! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as the ref checks Sammy. Sammy gets Hobbs up and into the ring and the fans fire up again. “This is Awesome!” as Sammy takes table number three and sets it back up! Hobbs flounders, Sammy pushes him onto that table and punches him down. Sammy then goes to the corner, which is comparatively short, but Hobbs shoves the ref into Sammy!! Sammy is stuck on the top rope and Hobbs snarls as he storms up after him! Hobbs brings Sammy up for the scoop! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

All that damage done to Hobbs and he still took the win! Is there no stopping the Don Callis Family with the Powerhouse behind it?

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley is with Claudio Castagnoli as he shares a story. “When Claudio first comes to America, he shows up at the gym to train with William Regal and Dave Taylor. When Dave pulls up, Claudio’s sitting on the front step, there’s no cars around. Dave says, ‘How’d you get here?’ Claudio says, ‘I walked.’ Dave says, ‘From the airport? 20+ miles?’ Claudio says, ‘Yeah.'” That was day one. You think 20 minutes is a lot to Claudio? It’s nothing, he’s a freak. Moxley is a freak in a different way, needing to get hit in the face a couple times just to wake up. And while Moxley’s not a sprinter, he can run all day and all night.

You will never win a war of attrition with the BCC. When it’s a game of who can endure, you have no chance. But the BCC don’t get paid by the hour and they don’t wanna wrestle like they do. So time limit draws for them are unsatisfactory. So congrats, FTR, you pissed them off! Good job. But if you wanna challenge them for Revolution, you wanna pay homage to tag team wrestling in one of the wrestling Meccas, Greensboro, North Carolina, they accept. The four of them will show the world that all that history is just that. This is 2024, this is AEW, the BCC are the elite of the elite, and this sport evolves.

Claudio, what’s Moxley thinking of right now? Well, tag team wrestling, Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Arn ‘n’ Tully, Crockett Promotions, its entire history. And about FTR, how they look to the past, how they wanna bring back the past. The BCC looks to the future. The BCC creates the style and the wrestling that they wanna see today. So FTR, if you wanna live in the past, fine. But if you wanna step into the future, that path is through them! And all you have to do is just be better than Moxley & Claudio.

Moxley also keeps thinking, that can’t be all that FTR had. Because it feels like they unloaded all their heavy artillery, every magazine, while the BCC barely pulled the trigger. If FTR want to be big names in Greensboro, then they’ll have to swim in deep, deep waters. Claudio tells FTR to bring the whole bag of tricks, because they’ll need it. The match is set, but just how far will both teams go to settle the score?

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are ready for another fight with the BCC, but for right now, they’ve got the STP! Will the #TopGuys still be FTR? Or will Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor himself prove they’re in that conversation now?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Lee and Dax tie up, Lee waistlocks and headlocks, then wrenches to hammerlock. Lee shoves Dax then claps at him, but Dax keeps it cool. Dax tags Cash, Cash runs up but Lee avoids him. The two feel things out, tie up and go around, then break the deadlock. They reset, tie up again, and Lee wrenches to spin Cash and wrangle him. Lee steps over, has La Magistrol, TWO! Lee pushes Cash around and then dances at him. Cash storms up but Lee backs off. Lee smirks at Cash then resets with him. They tie up, Lee headlocks, but Cash powers out.

Cash drops, drops, and hurdles to then ELBOW Lee down! Then arm-drag! Cash has the armlock and he slaps Lee around. Cash tags Dax, whips Lee, drop toehold and elbow drop! Fans rally up and Dax brings Lee up. Dax wrenches but Lee powers him to the corner! Tag to Shane but Dax gets away. Shane and Dax circle, talk some trash, and tie up. Dax headlocks, Shane powers up and out, but Dax RAMS him! Shane says not today! Dax runs again, RAMS again, but Shane stays up. Dax RAMS Shane again, and again, but Shane scoops! Dax slips free, waistlocks, but Shane bucks the O’Conner. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but stays back to avoid hands.

The fans fire up as Dax and Shane reset, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Shane powers up and out, Dax SHOTGUNS him! Shane comes back but Dax avoids the senton! Dax wrenches, but Shane LARIATS! Shane drags Dax up, tags Lee, and STP mugs Dax. Lee throws knees, snapmares Dax and basement dropkicks! Lee drags Dax up, ROCKS hi, but Dax puts him in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Dax brings Lee around, wrenches, but Lee ROCKS Dax! And CHOPS him! Dax CHOPS again! And again! Lee swings, Dax ducks and picks Lee up, but Shane tags in before the atomic drop! Lee hobbles away, Dax ROCKS Shane!

Dax runs up to whip Lee but Lee reverses. Dax rebounds off buckles to CLOBBER Lee, but Shane CLOBBERS Dax! Cover, TWO! Dax survives, Shane talks trash on Cash, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Dax up, puts him in a corner, then winds up to CHOP! Dax sputters and Shane talks more trash. Shane stands Dax up, winds up, and CHOPS again! Shane keeps Dax in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dax falls back! Shane talks more trash to Cash but the ref keeps Cash back. Shane tags Lee, STP mugs Dax and Lee puts Dax in a corner. Lee fires forearms, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lee gloats but Dax CHOPS from below! Lee stomps but Dax CHOPS! They clinch, go around, and end up on ropes. Shane tags in, he throws hands on Dax! Shane scoops and SLAMS Dax, then stares Cash down while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shane has Dax in a bearhug! Dax endures the squeeze but the fans rally up. The ref checks Dax, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice! But then Dax comes back to life! And he BITES Shane’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Shane lets Dax go. Dax back suplexes, but falls over under Shane! Shane covers, TWO! Tag to Lee, and STP gets Dax up. Lee whips Dax but Dax turns the back drop into a cradle! TWO, and Dax CHOPS! Dax puts on a SLEEPER, but Lee RAMS him iont a corner! Tag to Shane, Dax fires hands on STP! Dax swings, Lee gets around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Shane runs up to KNEE Dax! Dax staggers to a corner, Shane clotheslines, then URENAGES! Shane goes up the corner, Cash shouts to Dax, but Shane leaps! Shane FLOPS as Dax moves! Dax and Shane crawl, hot tag to Lee! Lee drags Dax back but Dax hops up and up and hot tags Cash! Cash rallies on Lee, JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! HAYMAKER for Shane! CHOP for Lee! Cash UPPERCUTS Lee, CHOPS him, then brings Lee out to LARIAT! Shane storms up but Cash spins him and UPPERCUTS! Cash runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS Shane down! Fans fire up but Lee is back! Cash gets around, SLEEPER, into UPPERCUT!

Lee rebounds, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and bails out while the fans fire up. Cash drags Lee up from the apron, suplexes, but Shane trips Cash! Lee lands on Cash, TWO! Lee waistlocks, Cash switches, but Lee switches! Cash bucks the O’Conner but Lee distracts the ref so Shane can DECK Cash! Lee rolls Cash up, TWO!!! Cash survives but Lee brings him up. Lee whips Cash at the corner but Cash BLASTS Shane! Cash goes up and over Lee, then does it again! Tag to Dax, sunset flip leads to the pop-up, BULLDOG BOMB! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

BCC said FTR live in the past, but they used an old school finisher to win! Cash gets the mic now as the fans chant for FTR, and Cash says, “So a few weeks ago, Jon Moxley said, ‘Step up, and get stepped on.'” The fans boo that, but Cash tells Moxley, FTR is like a couple roaches. It’ll take much more than getting stepped to kill them! The fans cheer that! So that said, if BCC has anything more to say, they know where FTR’s gonna be. Dax tells Moxley & Claudio that he heard everything they had to say. They talked about differing styles and different eras, how FTR are throwbacks and the past is what they care about.

“That’s not what this is about. Moxley, you’ve been here since almost the beginning. For almost five years, you’ve been the king of AEW. This is your castle! This is your house, Mox! And I see you, Mox. And I see Claudio, and I see Bryan. I see you walk around the back, and people cower and they fear and they drop their eyes because they’re afraid of you. I think the reason you’re pissed off is you found a couple guys who ain’t scared of you.” The fans cheer that, too! FTR ain’t scared. But if Moxley is the king and this is his castle, it’s been said that to be a king, you gotta kill a king. So Revolution, FTR comes for the king’s head. #TopGuysOut!

The fans fire up as Dax & Cash are ready to be more elite than the elite of the elite! Will either team be left standing after the Revolution?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

La Mera Mera is ranked #2 in the Women’s Division, and we know the AEW Women’s World Championship is spoken for in terms of a challenger. Will Rosa then look to solidify her spot in the TBS Championship chase?

The bell rings and Rosa circles with Monroe. They tie up, go around, and Rosa waistlocks to SLAM Monroe down. Rosa then facelocks, waistlocks, but Monroe switches. Rosa pries the hold to switch, hammerlock, and then chicken wing! Rosa wants the crossface, too, but Monroe wrenches out to hammerlock back. Monroe pulls hair, talks trash and CLUBS Rosa. Rosa gets mad now. Monroe whips, Rosa reverses and CHOPS! Monroe goes to a corner, and Rosa CHOPS her again! Rosa fires off forearms then bumps Monroe off buckles! Rosa says this is how you climb the ladder! Rosa CHOPS Monroe again!

Rosa winds up but Monroe ducks this chop to stomp Rosa in return. Monroe pie faces and CHOPS Rosa, then CHOPS! Monroe winds up, UPPERCUTS, then snapmares! Monroe cartwheels but Rosa avoids the boot! Rosa rolls Monroe then basement KNEES Monroe down! The fans fire up and Rosa runs side to side, DROPKICK against ropes! Monroe sputters but Rosa drags her up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Rosa roars, wants Monroe back up, and Monroe slowly rises. The fans rally as Rosa reels her in. Rosa puts on out, package and TIJUANA BOMB! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“You see this? I’m climbing the ladder, because as we know, Thunder Rosa knows how to work hard.” Rosa vows this is her time, will her comeback be unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with Kris Statlander, Willow Nightingale & Stokely Hathaway.

Renee Paquette is with The Galaxy’s Greatest, The Babe with the Power and #BigStoke, bringing up the “choice words” from Skye Blue & Julia Hart last night on Rampage. What is their reaction? Stokely wants to start by saying he doesn’t appreciate that hostility. What happened last week, he apologized for. Did he put it on social media at like 3AM and then delete it five minutes later? Absolutely! But the past is the past. Stat said it best, they worry about the future, and that includes those two- Willow says think before you speak, Stokely. “Ho…ly cow, you got something to say.”

And Kris points out Skye is always looking for a fight, so maybe, since they’re 1-1, they go 1v1 next week and Kris beats dat ass. This eclectic trio is ready to fight it out, but will they be able to tear down The House of Black?

 

Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

As the Bang Bang Scissor Gang looks to dominate all of AEW & ROH, they are trying a team remix! Max Caster has a rap for the occasion! “Acclaimed & The Bang Bang, we the real savages. ‘Bout to bring the fight like me against management! These guys’re so mad, they prolly see red!” Oh no, Caster loses the flow! This is a travesty! Bowens takes over to say, “SPRIIINGFIELD, MIZZOU-REEE~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~! Will Billy, his son Colten, and the Switchblade make a killer trio? Or will they all end up sipping the Savage Sauce?

The trios sort out and White wants to start, but so does Billy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” so White says okay, Billy can start. Billy stares down Beefcake Boulder and the two circle. They tie up, Billy headlocks but Boulder powers up and out! Billy RAMS Boulder, neither falls, and Boulder shows off #TiddyCity! Billy says okay, “SUCK IT!” and eye poke! Billy then runs Boulder over! The fans fire up, Billy runs and drops an elbow, but Boulder moves! Boulder then runs Billy over! Boulder swivels hips, tags Bulk Bronson, and they get Billy up. It’s time to visit the city! But Billy turns it around and shoves Bronson into Boulder!

Billy brings Bronson over, tags Colten, and they whip, body shot, BOOT and DROPKICK! The father-son combo has the fans fired up, and Colten brings Bronson up. Colten whips Bronson to a corner as White argues with Jacked Jameson. Colten goes to a corner, finger guns with his dad, but Jameson now argues with Billy. The ref is busy breaking those two up as Colten runs in, Boulder pulls Bronson to safety! Colten tumbles up and out and to the floor! Austin and Bowens check on Colten but Bronson SMACKS Colten off the apron! Bronson puts Colten in, covers, ONE!! Bronson drags Colten up and FLAPJACKS him off buckles!

Bronson goes up the ropes to HIP DROP Colten! Tag to Jameson, he HIP DROPS Colten! Boulder tags in, he stomps around and the fans fire up. Boulder brings Colten up, to suplex high and hard! Boulder then says bang bang to mock BBSG. Boulder shakes those hips, tags Jameson, and they double whip Colten, only for Colten to BLAST Bronson! Colten DUMPS Boulder, ELBOWS Jameson, hot tag to White! White may have sniped that one, but he CHOPS Jameson down! And he gets Bronson by his hair, and CHOPS! White CHOPS Jameson, fires off JABS then CHOPS! JAB, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP!

Bronson runs in but White sends him into Jameson! White then CHOPS Bronson! White whips Bronson but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs up but White dumps him out hard! Jameson runs up but into an URENAGE Cover, Boulder runs in, but White moves! The SPLASH hits Jameson! Boulder freaks out, and White kicks low! Billy gets in, FAMOUSER! The fans fire up as that sends Boulder tumbling! White CHOPS Bronson, Colten CLOBBERS him out of the ring! White shrugs and gets Jameson for the BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BBSG wins!

Winners: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

It was a rocky start but a smooth finish as the hybrid trio works out! Will this super group be untouchable all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon ahead of his main event match tonight against Jun Akiyama. Some consider this a dream match. Bryan says yes, but what Lexi didn’t say and should’ve said is that this the legendary Jun Akiyama. This is a man Bryan respects as one of the greatest wrestlers in history! Someone who is Eddie Kingston’s hero! And Eddie will be on commentary tonight, watching Bryan wrestle one of the greatest wrestlers, and beat him. Bryan vows to defeat the man that is Eddie’s hero. Bryan wants to make it clear, he respects Jun Akiyama and every single thing he has done. But do you know who Bryan does NOT respect? Eddie Kingston.

Bryan says Eddie just made this thing, that their match at Revolution is about a handshake. That if Eddie wins, Bryan has to shake Eddie’s hand and show him respect, and he thinks that’ll kill Bryan inside. And maybe it will. Because Bryan does NOT respect Eddie, and do you know why? Because if Eddie was asked to do a promo, do you know how he’d do it? Lexi’s interviewed him, right? And what would he say? “Oh, the boom! Oh the lights! Oh, you’ve got shoes on! Oh!” Then he’d say this, that and whatever, storm off and that’s it. He is NOT a professional, has NEVER been a professional!

Bryan has known Eddie for 20 YEARS, and Eddie is someone who had more potential than anybody Bryan has ever met, and he WASTED it! WASTED it until just this last year! But not only does Bryan not respect Eddie, Eddie’s waste of potential just pisses Bryan off. That is why Bryan will win against Eddie at Revolution for the Continental Triple Crown. The American Dragon wants to destroy the Mad King, but will he start with the Japanese legend?

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

The Bounty Hunter wants gold, but he’ll have to step into the shadows first. The House of Black has been nothing but brutal and sadistic, will Malakai add Keith to the body count?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Keith stares Malakai down, and both men hear the fans cheering. Malakai and Keith circle, tie up, and Keith wrenches and wristlocks. Malakai moves around, spins through and wrenches to snapmare. Malakai headlocks but Keith slips out to wrench and wristlock again. Malakai snapmares and chinlocks but Keith wrenches out again. Malakai breaks free, tripos Keith but Keith kicks him away. Malakai storms back up but Keith trips him to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the fans rally up. Malakai and Keith reset and circle again. They tie up, Malakai ROCKS Keith, then ROCKS him again!

Malakai whips, Keith reverses but things speed up. Keith BOOTS Malakai down! Fans fire up with Keith and he storms up on Malakai. Keith ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Malakai KNEES Keith away, but Keith KICKS in return! And KICKS! Malakai KICKS back! Keith steps over, snap suplexes, and he then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Malakai snarls but the fans rally with Keith. Keith brings Malakai around, reels him in, underhooks, but Malakai slips free of the lift! Keith fireman’s carries but Malakai slips free to KICK! Malakai blocks a kick to ELBOW Keith down! Keith goes to the apron and Malakai drags him up.

Keith GAMANGIRIS back, but Malakai BOOTS Keith down! Keith hits railing on the way down and Malakai snarls as Collision goes picture in picture.

Keith sits up, clutches the back of his head, and Malakai goes out after him. Malakai drags Keith up, KICKS him against railing, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers away, Malakai runs up and BOOTS him again! Malakai has Keith against railing, KICKS him again, and Keith drops to his knees. Malakai stands Keith up to put him in the ring. Malakai runs up but Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Malakai is in a corner but Keith whips him corner to corner. Keith runs up, blocks a boot, but Malakai KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Malakai keeps his eyes on Keith, then pushes him down for a knee drop!

Malakai paces while Keith checks his face. Malakai drags Keith up, but Keith CHOPS! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Keith down! Cover, TWO! Keith stays in this but Malakai stays on him with a scoop and SLAM! Malakai drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Malakai keeps cool and he clamps onto Keith with a chinlock. Keith sputters as he endures, and he fights up to his feet. Keith throws body shots, then knees, but Malakai knees in return! And UPPERCUTS! Keith ROCKS Malakai with a forearm but Malakai gives it back! They go shot for shot, Collision returns to single picture, and Malakai snapmares to KICK Keith!

Malakai stands Keith back up but Keith drags him into a cradle, TWO! Keith ROCKS Malakai, Malakai hits back, then Malakai blocks a boot. Keith dodges, Malakai dodges, but Keith DECKS Malakai! And LARIATS! The fans rally as Keith LARIATS again! Keith scoops for the EXPLODER! Malakai slowly rises and the fans fire up! Keith fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up for Keith as he aims at Malakai. Keith drags Malakai up, underhooks, but Malakai fights and the leg gives up! Malakai shoves Keith to a corner, but Keith pops Malakai up. The knee still holds Keith back so Malakai CLUBS Keith on the back.

Malakai waistlocks but Keith elbows free, and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! A standing count starts but the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but they stir at 6. Keith and Malakai both sit up like a Deadman! Then they stand and fire forearms again! Keith KICKS, Malakai forearms, they fire more shots, then Malakai KICKS! Keith ROCKS Malakai, but Malakai trips Keith! Keith blocks the knee to fire boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO, Malakai knees low and sweeps the legs! Malakai runs up to BOOT Keith to a corner! Malakai runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Keith first!

Malakai goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Malakai wobbles up top and fans fire up! Keith climbs, brings Malakai into a clinch, but Malakai throws down elbows! Malakai HEADBUTTS Keith down, adjusts, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Keith sputters, Malakai BOOTS and JUMP KNEES! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Keith escapes and Malakai is stunned! The fans fire up but Malakai brings Keith up. The fans rally, Malakai takes aim, BLACK- NO, Keith ducks! KNEE! And then underhooks! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and the fans are thunderous!

Keith goes to a corner, gets his bad leg moving, and he aims at Malakai. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin runs into THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

The Dark Father returned to singles action, and he was victorious! But then the lights go out? Why? Malakai’s already here! But then the lights come on and Mark Briscoe is here with a kendo stick! Malakai wants Mark to show mercy, but here come Buddy & Brody! Mark dodges Buddy to SMACK Brody! And then a SMACK for Buddy! Mark ducks the heel kick to UPPERCUT! Mark gets the kendo stick back, takes aim again, but then thinks of something else. He has a STEEL SPIKE! The same kind Julia Hart stabbed Mark with just a couple weeks ago! Mark aims at Malakai, but Malakai dodges! The spike stabs the buckle pad!

BLACK MASS, and then DANTE’S INFERNO!! The House of Black took Mark’s revenge and turned it around on him. Will Mark learn that no matter what, The House Always Wins?

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is looking for her path to a championship, and you do that by winning. Deeb had studied up for Kiera Hogan, but cards are subject to change. Will Deeb still pass the pop quiz? Or will she be iced out of the title chase already?

The bell rings and the two circle. Deeb and Frost tie up, and Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Frost trips Deeb, knuckle lock covers, ONE as Deeb gets a shoulder up. Frost pushes the arm down, ONE as Deeb gets the other arm up. Frost tries again, ONE as Deeb bridges! They stand, go around, and Deeb straitjackets Frost. Frost powers out to straitjacket Deeb in return. Deeb wriggles and wiggles through the straitjacket to put it back on Frost. Deeb brings Frost to her knees, then digs her knees into Frost! Frost endures as she’s bent back, so Deeb tosses her away! The fans cheer and Deeb flexes.

Deeb and Frost tie up, Frost headlocks, but Deeb wrenches out to arm-drag Frost away. Frost goes to a corner, Deeb runs up but Frost BOOTS her! Frost cartwheels over then basement dropkicks Deeb down! Frost whips, Deeb reverses but Frost goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans fire up but Deeb runs Frost over! Deeb says this is HER ring. Things speed up, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags into a takedown, spinning toehold into a TRAILER HITCH! Frost endures, Deeb pulls on the foot, but Frost has the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quick and fans cheer her own as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb waits on Frost while she’s on the apron. Frost shakes out the legs, steps back in, and then Deeb runs up! Frost puts Deeb in a corner, CHOPS her, but Deeb CHOPS back! Deeb CHOPS but Frost pushes Frost to CHOP again! Frost stomps a mudhole into Deeb, then brings her around for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Deeb flounders to ropes but Frost hobbles over. Deeb kicks low, UPPERCUTS and Frost staggers back. Deeb UPPERCUTS again, swings but Frost dodges the chop to stomp and UPPERCUT! Frost snapmares Deeb and clamps on a headlock. Deeb endures and fights around. Frost facelocks, Deeb still fights up, but Frost throws Deeb down! Cover, TWO!

Deeb goes to ropes but Frost storms over. Frost bumps Deeb off buckles, goes corner to corner and RAMS into Deeb! Then she handsprings and RAMS in again! Frost lets off to then bring Deeb up and CHOP! Deeb sputters while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Frost has Deeb in another clinch. Deeb powers up and out, drops down then blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Frost writhes and Deeb pounds the mat. The fans rally, Deeb winds up and CLOBBERS Frost! And CLOBBERS her! Deeb JABS, JABS and JABS! Deeb winds up, the fans fire up, but Frost kicks low! Frost whips Deeb, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again, to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Deeb and she shakes the ropes! Deeb drags Frost up, whips her to a corner but Frost reverses. Frost runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb brings her in to KICK! Deeb then goes out, catches Frost in the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb stalks Frost as she staggers away, and then reels her in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Frost survives but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Frost up, reels her in, and tucks the arms, DEEB- NO, Frost fights off the Deebtox and back drops free! Deeb goes to a corner, Frost runs up to GAMANGIRI! Deeb staggers, Frost runs up, cartwheel and spin, CHILLA DRILLA! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Frost is furious! Frost aims, spins, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse to ripcord and ELBOW! Then wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! The fans fire up and Deeb gets the leg! HALF CRAB! Frost endures, but taps! Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

The Professor didn’t even need the full Serenity Lock, she’s just that good. Deeb gets the mic and says, “The Women’s Division in AEW is heating up, baby!” Fans cheer that! “Now, I put the locker room on notice when I came back, but I’ll remind you again. Any woman that wants to step up in this ring, any woman that wants to join this Women’s Division, the Professor will be here waiting in Deeb’s Dojo, waiting for the best, because I’m here to elevate this Women’s Division!” The fans cheer that, too! Deeb says, “When The Professor wrestles, the lights don’t turn out. When The Professor wrestles, the picture doesn’t go black ‘n’ white.

“But when The Professor is in the ring, I wrestle! And Serena Deeb is back to claim the division, and I’m here to put the wrestling back in All Elite Wrestling!” The fans fire up for that one! Deeb has called out the champions, will she get to take a title away from one of those champions?

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

Springfield cheers on The Mad King as he joins commentary, just as Bryan said he would. But he isn’t putting on the headset just yet, he must want to wait on the legend. Will Eddie’s hero slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan beat Blue Thunder like he did Blue Justice?

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

The bell rings and Bryan stares Jun down as the fans rally up. They both hear the fans mixing “YES! YES! YES!” and “HAI! HAI! HAI!” The two circle, feel things out, and Jun backs Bryan down. Bryan gets around, they still look for control, and then knuckle lock. They keep going around, then clinch, then Bryan waistlocks. Jun wrenches but Bryan grabs a leg. Bryan waistlocks, the fans duel, and Jun spins to get the arm. Bryan puts Jun on ropes, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off slowly. Bryan pats Jun on the shoulders then backs away. Jun nods and resets with Bryan. They tie up, Jun headlocks, and he grinds the hold.

Bryan powers up and out but Jun runs him over! Things keep going, Jun runs Bryan over! Bryan trips Jun, turns him over, and hooks up the legs. The fans rally as Bryan grabs at the arms. Jun resists but Bryan pulls the arms back. Jun fights that off, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan drags Jun, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drops a knee on the knee and he pulls on the leg! Jun endures, keeps his shoulders up, and the fans rally up. Bryan pulls the leg, Jun reaches out, but Bryan drags him from ropes. Bryan drops an elbow on the knee but Jun catches him for a chinlock! Bryan fights that off but ends up in an ARMBAR!

Bryan rolls, slips out the back and ties up the legs. The fans rally, Bryan has the deathlock and he SNAPS it! Jun endures, Bryan stands up to SNAP it again! Bryan then stands up again, bridges back, MUTA LOCK! Jun endures, claws at Bryan’s face, and the ref reprimands! Jun lets go but Bryan lets the leglock go. Jun hobbles over, stomps Bryan down, then throws hands. Bryan stands but Jun wrenches the arm. Jun twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Then ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan drops to his knees and the fans fire up! Jun stalks Bryan, pushes him and KNEES the arm again and again!

Jun hammerlocks the arm but Bryan fights up. They go around and around and Bryan SLINGS Jun to the floor! Jun stands, but Bryan DIVES into a forearm! Jun evens things up and goes to the apron as Collision goes picture in picture.

Jun stands Bryan up, to APRON EXPLODER! Both men tumble to the floor but Jun stands up first. Bryan sits up and Jun hears the ring count. Jun drags Bryan up, RAMS him into steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Jun stalks Bryan to a corner, sits him up, and then runs corner to corner for a KNEE! Jun snapmares to a cover, TWO! Bryan is hanging in there but Jun clamps on with a chinlock. Bryan endures as Jun digs his knee into Bryan’s back. Bryan fights up, powers Jun to a corner, and the ref moves aside. Bryan is free, and he KCISK! And KICKS! And KICKS! Jun eggs Bryan on!

Bryan KICKS Jun again and again but Jun just takes it! Jun ROCKS Bryan, snapmares, and runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jun drags him out to the apron! Jun then stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts. Jun stomps Bryan again, then shrugs as the ref reprimands. Jun stomps Bryan again and Collision returns to single picture. Jun lines up a shot, and the fans fire up as Jun APRON KNEE DROPS! Bryan flops to the floor and the fans fire up again! The ref checks Bryan, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Jun drags him up. Jun brings Bryan in for a suplex but Bryan fights it! Bryan suplexes Jun to the floor!

Bryan refreshes the ring count, then aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Jun and fans fire up! Bryan drags Bryan up and puts him in. Bryan climbs, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Jun stands and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Jun ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up again and the fans are with him. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan keeps going, but Jun LARIATS! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Jun storms back up to Bryan. Jun drags Bryan up but Bryan wrangles him down! LEBELL LOCK!! Jun endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bryan lets go fast but in frustration. Bryan drags Jun around, and he goes to a corner! Bryan climbs up, but Jun stands! Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan! Jun fires more hands, climbs up, and fans fire up with Jun! But Bryan throws body shots! And a HEADBUTT! Jun hops back, Bryan goes up, MISSILE- KNEE!! Jun counters and then reels Bryan in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jun keeps his cool. Jun sits Bryan up for knee after knee, then runs, into a takedown! HALF CRAB! Jun endures but Bryan shifts his grip for an ANKLE LOCK! Jun endures again, reaches out, but Bryan reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Bryan huffs and puffs while the fans fire up! Jun sits up slowly and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant but Jun blocks! Jun CLUBS the leg, then EXPLODERS! The OG Exploder hits and Jun covers, TWO! GUILLOTINE CHOKE! Bryan is stuck in body scissors, too! Bryan fights, pushes, tries to stack but Jun keeps his own shoulders up! The fans rally and Bryan throws body shots! Bryan shifts and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Jun lets go, and then runs up to KNEE Bryan! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES back! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Jun is right back up! EXPLODER! SLIDING KNEE!!

Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans count along with the standing count, and both men are down at 5 of 10. Bryan and Jun go to corners, the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Bryan and Jun stand at 8, and they run in, DOUBLE BUSAIKU KNEES!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Jun and Bryan rise, and Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan shakes his head, and he ROCKS Jun in return! Jun ROCKS Bryan again, so Bryan ROCKS Jun again! The fans rally as the forearms keep going back and forth! They go faster and faster, and June DECKS Bryan!

The fans fire up again as Jun waits on Bryan. Bryan sit sup, Jun brings him in, fisherman and- NO, Bryan fights and arm-drags free! Jun runs up but into a KNEE from Bryan! Jun falls over but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan goes to the corner, aims, “YES! YES! YES!” Jun rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The American Dragon survives the Japanese legend, and Eddie says he gives Bryan his due. Eddie’s problem with Bryan was never about his talent, the problem is Bryan’s problem with Eddie. Bryan gives Jun his due by shaking his hand. But then Bryan flips Eddie off! So Jun SLAPS Bryan! Jun doesn’t like the disrespect shown and Bryan apologizes. Bryan offers another handshake, Jun takes it, but Bryan LOW BLOWS Jun! Eddie runs up to TACKLE Bryan! The fans fire up as Eddie punches away on Bryan! The ref reprimands but Eddie doesn’t care, he just keeps hitting Bryan! But then Claudio runs up to tackle Eddie!

The BCC beats Eddie down, but then here comes FTR! Cash & Dax brawl with Claudio & Bryan! The fans fire up as FTR runs the BCC off! BREAKING NEWS via Tony Schiavone! Wednesday Night Dynamite, Six Man Tag: FTR & Eddie VS Bryan, Claudio & Moxley! Will the Top Guys and Mad King finally beat some respect into the BCC?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision here, lots of good story build for both Revolution and just in general. Great opening match with the No Disqualification match, but I’m surprised Hobbs won after all the stuff Sammy was doing. I mean, that’s good for Hobbs, he really should be winning things. Maybe it’s also to build Hobbs up so that when the Don Callis Family ends up fighting Ospreay & Fletcher, Ospreay & Fletcher are made even bigger deals when they beat Hobbs & Takeshita. Good win for Rosa and really good win for Deeb, both are going strong at perhaps just the right time. Deeb also had a really good promo, both should definitely be challenging for titles after Revolution going towards Double or Nothing.

Great trios match for Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and of course there was a moment of dysfunction where White gets the tag and not Billy. BBSG still wins, but I’m more surprised by Caster losing the flow on his rap. If that was legit, I feel bad for him, but maybe he wrote himself into a corner with “red” and the rhymes being bad (something something head, something something dead). I mean, he did just say he and management argue, maybe he held himself back because he didn’t want Tony Khan upset over blatantly naughty rhymes. And also, despite me wanting them to actually go for more gold, it feels like we’re just a moment away from BBSG breaking up and fighting for all the trios titles.

Great match from Bryan Keith and Malakai Black for the hell of it, and it gives Malakai a solid singles win. When Malakai hasn’t had one of those in awhile, that’s only because he hasn’t had a singles match in a long time. A little surprising Mark Briscoe didn’t get away with his ambush. He could’ve just bailed out when Buddy & Brody showed up but I guess that wouldn’t be in-character for Mark. Maybe Keith will be an ally for Mark against The House of Black since FTR is a bit busy right now. Speaking of which, great tag match of FTR VS STP and of course FTR wins. Good promo from BCC to set up the rematch at Revolution, I feel like they should make a point that the time limit isn’t 20 minutes but I can’t even remember if PPVs have time limits on matches.

And great tie-in of BCC with the main event tonight. Bryan VS Jun was a great match, Eddie was great on commentary because he knew Jun’s moveset and style so he was saying what was coming. Bryan won, of course, adding another Triple Crown Champion to the list since he’s coming after Eddie’s Triple Crown. I had a feeling Bryan was going to disrespect Jun, but it was only because Jun told him to respect Eddie. Great brawl to set up Eddie & FTR VS BCC for Dynamite, that’ll make for a strong go-home going towards Revolution.

My Score: 8.7/10


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