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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/8/24)

ROH is TV Ready!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Is Dalton Castle’s “friend” ready for the spotlight?

Johnny TV has been denying Dalton Castle his grudge match, so a “friend” of The Peacock is getting that fight instead! Will they be #TVReady tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Workhorsemen VS Sayrus GT & Brillante RB; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Ethan Page VS Aaron Solo; Ethan wins.
  • Penta El Zero Miedo & El Hijo del Vikingo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jon Cruz & KM; Penta & Vikingo win.
  • Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie VS Dalton Castle’s Friend; No Contest.
  • Billie Starkz VS Araya Thorn; Billie wins.
  • Four Corner Survival: Trish Adora VS Kiera Hogan VS Diamante VS Leyla Hirsch; Diamante wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Infantry & The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Shane Taylor Promotions, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis; STP, Griff & Karter win.
  • Lee Johnson VS Gravity; Johnson wins.
  • Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Killa Kate; Taya wins.
  • Four Corner Survival: Jack Cartwheel VS AR Fox VS Willie Mack VS Komander; Komander wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Workhorsemen VS Sayrus GT & Brillante RB!

Anthony Henry & JD Drake have been finding their footing in the ROH Tag Division but they still have a way to go before challenging The Kingdom. Will the Saint of August and Scrap Metal keep putting in the work? Or will they get caught sleeping by two young Tamaulipas luchadores?

The teams sort out and Henry starts against Brillante. They keep the Code of Honor, then circle. The fans rally up for Brillante and “LUCHA! LUCHA!” but Henry just smirks. They tie up, Henry chinbars and wrangles Brillante, then twists the wrist. Brillante kips up, Henry throws him down by his mask, and the ref reprimands. Brillante handsprings, wrenches and arm-drags, then RAMS Henry! Brillante runs to a corner, Henry follows, but Brillante goes up and over and handsprings away! Henry hits buckles, staggers away, then Brillante runs in, only for Henry to scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Fans boo but Henry snap suplexes Brillante down. Tag to JD, they each stomp Brillante, then JD drags Brillante up. JD suplexes, but Brillante slips free, hot tag to Sayrus! TORNILLO CROSSBODY! Sayrus ducks ‘n’ dodges to SUPERKICK! Henry runs in, dodges Sayrus and DROPKICKS Brillante! But Sayrus RANAS Henry for that! Henry bails out, Sayrus builds speed and he DIVES, but JD catches him! JD tosses Sayrus to the ropes for the HAYMAKER! Fans boo but JD storms into the ring while Henry DRIVE-BY KNEES Sayrus on railing! Fans boo as Henry drags Sayrus up and sends him to JD.

JD CHOPS Sayrus and Sayrus sits down in the corner. JD drags Sayrus up, the fans rally, and JD CHOPS again! JD brings Sayrus around, SPLASHES, then tags in Henry. Henry sends Sayrus into a shoulder, then ROCKS Sayrus into JD’s DDT! Henry stays between the luchadores, kicks at Brillante, then taunts him. The fans tell Henry off but he snapmares and KICKS Sayrus. Tag to JD, JD KICKS Sayrus, then brings him around. JD reels Sayrus in, hauls him up, but Sayrus slips fere! Hot tag to Brillante for the springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! Brillante runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, rolls off JD’s back but Henry tags in before the BELLY2BELLY!

Henry runs in to BOOT Sayrus down! JD CANNONBALLS Brillante, then Henry adds a METEORA! Then the WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE!! Cover, The Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Sayrus & Brillante couldn’t keep up with the grind, JD & Henry stand tall in Texas! Will they get their shot at Taven & Bennett soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Jerry Lynn.

Lexi Nair is with the member of the board as they’re both outside the dressing room of “Dalton’s Friend.” Dalton Castle himself can be heard shouting at his friend, and they’re both hoping for a word. Jerry knocks on the door, and Castle opens it, wearing a boat captain’s hat…? Castle puts that away as he says hi and asks what’s up. Lexi and Jerry both say they want to talk to Castle’s “friend.” Oh, right, his friend. Yeah, uh, no… Wait, is that just the laundry room? No. Look, his friend is busy, okay? But Johnny TV & Taya Valkyrie walk over and laugh. Where’s Castle’s imaginary friend? Hey, he is real, okay? Johnny is just a wild pig of filth!

Johnny gets heated but Jerry keeps everyone calm. Jerry tells Castle he cannot interfere in the match tonight or he will be suspended. That’s fine by Castle, he won’t even be ringside. He’ll be watching the match backstage on the monitor, when his friend takes it to Johnny! Johnny says oh no no, Castle will see what happens when a TV wrestler takes a ham ‘n’ egger to Slam Town! Where is Slam Town? Castle doesn’t know, and he slips back inside the room. There are still no answers to who this “friend” is, or if they’re even real, but will Johnny TV prove himself right later tonight?

 

Ethan Page VS Aaron Solo!

All Ego wants Kyle Fletcher to be watching this, and to keep that ROH World Television Championship warm. Will Ethan continues to wear the purple ‘n’ pink for his daughter, will he be one step closer to wearing gold for her, too?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Solo kicks the hand away, and then the bell rings. Solo talks trash, but Ethan DECKS him! Fans fire up and Ethan fires more hands! Ethan has Solo in a corner for stomps, then stomps even faster! Ethan lets off as the ref counts, makes Solo shake his hand, then climbs up the corner. Ethan has the fans get ready, but Solo slips away before even one punch! Ethan hurries after Solo, ROCKS him in another corner, then climbs up to rain down fists! Solo slips away at three, then hits back! Solo stomps Ethan to the corner then climbs up. Fans boo as Solo grins, but Ethan stops him before one!

Ethan carries Solo corner to corner to RAM him into buckles! Ethan CHOPS Solo down and the fans fire up! Ethan says now it’s happening! Ethan traps Solo’s arms in the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans count WAY past ten, all the way to TWENTY!! The fans fire up, Ethan whips corner to corner hard, then he cradles Solo for the COBRA BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up and Ethan drags Solo back up. Ethan hoists Solo up but Solo slips free to waistlock. Ethan RAMS Solo into the buckles, snapmares him, then goes up the corner. But Solo SHORYUKENS! Solo goes up to CLUB away on Ethan, then climbs up.

Ethan throws body shots, shoves Solo away, but Solo YANKS Ethan down! Ethan hits buckles then the mat, but the fans rally up. Solo rains down fists, soaks up the heat, and then stomps Ethan. Solo talks trash on Ethan, throws down more fists, but the fans rally up. Ethan CHOPS, Solo kicks him down, then throws hands. Solo backs Ethan down to a corner, then whips corner to corner. BIG corner clothesline, and Solo reels Ethan in. Solo soaks up the heat, talks trash, but Ethan suplexes high and hard! The fans fire up, and Ethan runs in, but Solo avoids the splash! DREAMCAST KICK! Cover, TWO!

Solo is frustrated but the fans rally up. Solo clamps onto Ethan and squeezes tight. Ethan fights up, the fans rally, and Ethan throws body shots and elbows. Ethan is free but Solo headlocks again. Ethan elbows free, ROCKS Solo, then ROCKS him again! And again, and again, and again! Ethan whips, Solo reverses but Ethan LARIATS! The fans fire up again and Ethan runs up to forearm smash! Ethan keeps going, Solo dodges, but then Ethan scoops him! Solo slips free, shoves, but Ethan runs Solo over! The fans fire up more and Ethan deadlifts into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Solo survives and Ethan grits his teeth.

Ethan vows to end this and the fans fire up again. Ethan drags Solo up, reels him in, but Solo RAMS Ethan into the corner! Solo runs up but into an ELBOW! And ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan runs up, but Solo catches him! EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Ethan is still in this and he goes to the apron. Solo argues with the ref about the count but the count was fair. Solo storms over, Ethan RAMS into him! HEAD- NO, Solo turns cutter into roll-up, but the ref sees his feet on the ropes! The ref shoves Solo’s feet away! Solo and the ref argue, but Ethan runs in to BOOT Solo down! “Now he’s done!” The fans fire up as Ethan Canadian Racks Solo, for the EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

And the hot streak continues! Ethan shakes Solo’s hand then smiles. That makes a new six-in-a-row, is All Ego about to cash in and go after the Aussie Arrow? Or will the Aussie Arrow find Ethan first?

 

Lexi Nair talks with Billie Starkz.

Lexi is overly cheery as she says “Hey~, buddy~! Big match tonight!” Yeah, it’s super exciting. Yes, and Nyla Rose asked Lexi to give Billie this folder. Billie looks inside and sees Nyla is calling for a MEM!? Billie tells Lexi to tell Nyla that if she wants this Minion Empowerment Meeting, have her find Billie after her match. Lexi is stuck in the middle, but will the Native Beast indeed find Billie after the match?

 

Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie VS Dalton Castle’s Friend!

It’s the moment of truth! Either this mystery man is real, or The Peacock is in real trouble for fibbing to Jerry Lynn! Wait, who is “El Hombre de Pavo Real de Montana?” Hold on, doesn’t that just translate to The Peacock Man of Montana?! And out walks someone who is clearly just Castle with a beard, glasses, beanie and winter jacket! Taya is confused, she isn’t sure if she should be mad or laughing. But will Castle’s insane “friend” still SMASH John TV’s face in?

Johnny gets a mic to say sorry, but we all know it’s YOU, Castle! There will be NO match tonight! Nice try, “Beardo Weirdo.” He and Taya go to leave but The Peacock Man says no no no! He isn’t Dalton Castle, he’s someone totally different! Taya says in Espanol that no disrespect, but he’s a dumbass! Uh, okay, yes, his name is Spanish, but that was to encourage everyone to learn Spanish. He even downloaded one of those apps, but who has the time? The glasses, beard and beanie come off, and Castle admits, it was him. It was him all along. He is sorry for the ruse. But it’s just that, he’s so exhausted!

The fans rally for Castle but Taya & Johnny tell them to shut up. Castle says he is too tired to chase Johnny, he just wants to fight. Johnny says no, Castle smells like cheese. See, Taya here is TV Ready. Johnny is of course TV Ready. But Castle is NOT TV Ready! Fans boo but Castle says, “I want to SMASH your face. I want to SMASH your face! I want to SMASH your face into a Picasso, I wanna Jackson Pollock your ribs, and I’m gonna kick you (Taya) in the Georgia O’Keefe!” Security stops Castle from going up the ramp as he asks why Johnny won’t fight him! The fans chant “Let Them Fight! Let Them Fight!”

Johnny says NO! Because Castle has NOTHING that Johnny wants! Fans boo but Castle asks what Johnny wants. What does he want? Anything! Say whatever it is! Security picks Castle up to put him back at the ring. Taya says if he means anything, then maybe… She and Johnny talk, and Johnny says if Castle wants to know what he wants… Yes! Everyone wants to know! Okay! Johnny will tell him! Next week. Fans boo as Mr. & Mrs. TV laugh and leave us on a cliffhanger. But just what will they demand of The Peacock in order for him to have this fight?

 

ROH hears from Shane Taylor Promotions.

Shane Taylor himself says, “In 1964, Sam Cooke, international singer, songwriter and music producer wrote A Change Is Gonna Come. And 60 years later, we’re still fighting for that change. My apologies to Mr. Cooke for the inaction of others, but in 2024, that change is here. And it starts with STP. So this goes out to anybody on the AEW or ROH roster. If you are tired of being second class, if you are tired of being overlooked, if you are tired of being underappreciated and underutilized, you can continue on the same career path that you’re on. Or you come fight with us and help us change this game. Rumble, bad man, rumble.”

STP has put out an open call to any who want to join up. Is this the start of STP running pro-wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett.

At least, it’s supposed to be, but Lexi isn’t sure where she went. But then Maria walks over, thanks Lexi for meeting her back here, and says right this way. They have something to show everyone and it is amazing. Griff Garrison & Cole Karter are beating up on Serpentico!! They stomp away on him but then run away as Angelico rushes in! Angelico checks on his amigo, but then realizes that’s not his Serpentico. Karter & Griff beat Angelico down, then RAM him into the road case! And surprise, that was just some stage hand wearing the stolen mask! The REAL Serpentico rushes over and is furious!

#SNAKEMAN shouts after those “perros” (dogs), will Spanish Announce Project tener su venganza (have their revenge)?

 

Billie Starkz VS Araya Thorn!

The Top Minion is in a bad mood after the truly hostile takeover by Nyla Rose. But will she keep on winning towards the ROH Women’s Television Championship tournament? Or will all of this become too much of a distraction?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They go around, Billie waistlocks but Thorn fights the lift. Thorn wrenches free to wristlock, but Billie spins and wrenches back. Billie grinds the shoulder but Thorn rolls and wrenches back. Thorn wristlocks and then grinds the shoulder but Billie fights up. Billie slips through, wrenches, wristlocks, and then rolls with Thorn! Billie trips Thorn right to a toehold and fans applaud. Thorn endures, throws forearms, but Billie just glares. Fans fire up and Thorn apologizes but Billie punches away on the knee!

Thorn scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, Billie lets off to CLUB her! Billie whips but Thorn blocks to send Billie into the corner. Thorn runs up, blocks the boots but not the rebound ENZIGIRI! The fans rally for Billie and she flexes. Billie runs up to ELBOW Thorn low, then KNEE LIFT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Billie is frustrated but the fans rally up. Billie brings Thorn up but Thorn throws body shots. Billie CLUBS Thorn, THROWS her into buckles, then reels her in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up, Billie revels in it, and she builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and Billie roars! But here comes Nyla with a TABLE!!

Fans are torn as the Native Beast storms down the ramp! Billie is freaking out, she puts Thorn in and then says Nyla’s not supposed to be here! Nyla says carry on about your business, Billie. Thorn catches her for a cradle! TWO!! Billie wrenches, cravats to KNEE SMASH then HEEL KICK! Fans chant for the table as Nyla sets it up, so Billie puts Thorn in a half nelson chinbar and bends her back!! Thorn taps, Billie wins!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by submission

Billie sends a message to Nyla with her first submission victory in ROH, but Nyla gets a mic to “congratulate” her. Was her setting up the table distracting? Oops. But they’ve got business to attend to. Billie has been dodging Nyla for weeks now, so is Billie gonna be a good little minion? Or has she yee’d her last haw and Nyla has to put her through a table? “What say you, Minion?” Nyla tosses the mic right at Billie! Fans want table, and Billie says, “You’re full of surprises, Nyla. But I got a surprise for you.” ATHENA IS HERE?!? The fans fire up as The Fallen Goddess’s music hits, and Nyla looks to the ramp.

Wait! Athena slides in from the crowd side! Nyla turns around, and Athena BLASTS her down through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Texas’ Overlord is back in HER house! The ROH Women’s World Champion stands tall alongside HER Minion, will she make sure Nyla comes to understand that through violence and pain?

 

Four Corner Survival: Trish Adora VS Kiera Hogan VS Diamante VS Leyla Hirsch w/ Rachael Ellering!

The last time there was a Fatal 4 Way in this stacked ROH Women’s Division, the Cuban Diamond came out on top. But she, the AfroPunk and the Hottest Flame are gonna run it back, with a LEGIT fourth element in this one. Who makes one more big wave as the ROH Women’s Championship Tournament looms ever closer?

The Code of Honor is upheld by everyone but Diamante, then the bell rings. Diamante then storms up on Kiera, gets in her face about last time, and they start shoving. Then they fire forearms! Leyla and Adora waistlock one each, but Kiera and Diamante elbow free! Then Diamante knees Kiera low, whips then follows to run Kiera over. Things keep moving while Adora and Leyla bail out. Kiera drops down, hurdles, then DROPKICKS Diamante down! The fans fire up and Kiera kicks. Diamante ducks but the HEEL KICK comes back! Kiera eggs Diamante on, gets moving, and STEP-UP LEG DROPS! Cover, Aodra breaks it!

Adora pushes Diamante to a cover now, but Leyla breaks it! Leyla covers, Adora breaks it! Adora waistlocks, Leyla switches, but Adora goes to ropes. Adora bucks the O’Conner to then CLOBBER Leyla! The fans fire up again, but Diamante dumps Adora out. Kiera runs up but Leyla dodges to put her in a corner. Leyla ROCKS Kiera, sits her down, then runs in to SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Kiera to a cover, but Adora breaks it up again! And she runs Leyla over again! Diamante gets up but Adora runs her over, too! Kiera gest up, Adora runs her over, too! The fans fire up as Adora sets Kiera and Leyla up side-by-side.

Adora then brings Diamante over, suplexes and- NO, Diamante fights that to snap suplex Adora onto Kiera and Leyla! The fans fire up while Diamante has her pick. Diamante stomps Leyla, stomps Adora, then stomps Leyla again. Another stomp for Adora, then Diamante storms up on Kiera. Diamante stomps her, rains down fists, then lets off to headbutt the buckle! The fans fire up as Diamante bumps Kiera off buckles, then drags Leyla up. Diamante sends Leyla into Kiera, then CHOPS Adora! Diamante whips Adora into both Leyla and Kiera! Diamante takes aim, runs in, but Adora and Leyla move, and Kiera BOOTS Diamante!

Leyla ROCKS Diamante, Adora ROCKS Diamante, and Kiera ROCKS Diamante! They pinball Diamante around, then coordinate to TRIPLE DROPKICK! Diamante flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Then Kiera SUPERKICKS Leyla! But Adora gets Kiera for a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up but Leyla then SAIDOS Adora! All four women are down all over ringside and Rachael coaches Leyla. Diamante returns to give Leyla SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO! Leyla survives and Diamante is furious! Diamante storms out and looks under the ring. Diamante brings out a chair! Fans fire up as we explore the No Disqualification aspect!

But Rachael stops Diamante! Fans are torn, but Leyla spins Diamante around. Diamante trips her, high stacks, and feet on the ropes! DIAMANTE WINS!!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

That’s two Fatal 4 Ways in a row for the Cuban Diamond, and she made sure it was on the LEGIT wrestler! Leyla and Rachael are both disappointed but perhaps for different reasons. How will this affect their friendship going into the title tournament?

 

8 Man Tag: The Infantry & The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Shane Taylor Promotions, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo join forces with the beefy ‘n’ bulky, jacked ‘n’ juicy Bronson & Boulder against Big Bad Shaney T, #TAIGASTYLE and the Kingdom’s young knights who just beat down Angelico to stick it to Serpentico. Will The Infantry be sippin’ sauce with the Savages? Or will the STP recruiting pitch look even better after a big win alongside Maria’s baby boys?

The teams sort out and #BadNews&Tattoos starts against the Ivy League MVP. Bravo and Griff keep the Code of Honor and the bell rings. The two circle, the fans rally up, and join in on “OORAH!” Griff and Bravo tag up, Griff wrenches to wristlock. Bravo slips around to wrench back and ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Dean, he goes up and AX HANDLES the arm. Dean wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, then tags Bravo back in. “OORAH!” BACKBREAKER to KNEE DROP! Cover, ONE!! Bravo stays on Griff to wrench and he tags in Bronson. Bronson takes the handoff to wrench, whip but Griff KICKS back!

Tag to Karter, and he doesn’t wanna tag Moriarty, so he runs into a back drop! Tag to Boulder and Bronson brings Karter up. Fans fire up, because it’s time to visit #TIDDYCITY!! But Maria says no, SHE has TIDDY CITY! She takes off the coat and the fans lose their minds! The Savages are drooling, but Griff & Karter run up! The Savages move and the boys stop from running into Maria! They apologize, but then Bronson SMACKS their heads together! And now, it’s a two-for-one, DOUBLE TIDDY CITY!! The fans fire up with the Savages and Karter sputters. Boulder choke grips, but Moriarty runs in! Boulder grabs him, too!

Karter & Moriarty break free, run, but into DOUBLE FLAPJACKS! The fans fire up as Boulder stomps around, then tags in Dean. Dean scoops Karter to SLAM him, then he says, “OORAH!” The fans join in, Dean runs, LEAPING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Karter is still in this but Dean clamps on with a facelock. Dean whips, Karter reverses and Griff gets a cheap shot in! Dean DECKS Griff, then dodges Karter to clothesline him up and out! The fans rally as Dean builds speed, and Dean DIVES! Direct hit on Karter and Karter hits the desk! But then Griff LARIATS Dean! Fans boo but Maria says, “How about that?!”

Griff puts Dean in, calls to Karter and tags him in. They stomp away, and then Moriarty intercepts Bronson! IRON OCTOPUS, and Shane runs in to KNEE Bronson down! Shane then BLASTS Boulder and Bravo! Moriarty fires up but fans boo. Karter brings Dean up to DROPKICK him back down! Cover, ONE!! Dean shows his grit but Karter brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Griff, they mug Dean and Griff UPPERCUTS Dean down. Fans boo but Griff taunts Bravo. Griff drags Dean up to scoop and SLAM! Then he KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Dean again, tags in Karter, and they mug Dean some more.

Karter stomps Dean, but Dean throws body shots! Karter RAMS Dean into the corner, Moriarty tags in, and they mug Dean. Moriarty brings Dean out, but Dean JAWBREAKERS back! The fans rally, but Moriarty blocks Dean’s path! Griff & Karter get in to whip Dean back into the corner! Then Griff & Karter whip Moriarty in, only for Dean to TOSS him out! Dean BOOTS Karter, ELBOWS Shane, and BOOTS Griff! Shane holds onto Dean, the ref reprimands, but Dean breaks free to ENZIGIRI! Shane falls over, the fans fire up and Maria shouts for someone to do something! Bravo CHUGS Savage Sauce!!

Moriarty intercepts Dean, Dean dodges, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Moriarty! Then he back drops Griff! Then he blocks a kick, slips around, JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Bravo is all fired up, but Shane runs in! Bravo DUMPS Shane out to then PLANCHA! Bravo keeps moving, he POUNCES Karter and SUPERKICKS Griff! Bravo slingshots in to FLATLINER Moriarty! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty survives but Bravo is still running at high octane! Bravo runs up on Moriarty but Moriarty dodges! Shane is back, he shoves Bravo down to KNEE him down! No more turbo Bravo, but then Dean JUMP KNEES Shane out of the ring!

The fans fire up but Moriarty BOOTS Dean! Bronson LARIATS Moriarty! Karter fireman’s carries Bronson!? Griff BLASTS Boulder and BOOT O’ DOOM for Bronson! Boulder runs in, Karter & Griff dodge him to double kick low. They reel Boulder in, but Boulder blocks the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Griff & Karter!! The fans are thunderous, Maria is freaking out, and Shane gets in because now we have some “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Shane fires a forearm, Boulder fires one back! They go back and forth, the fans on Boulder’s side! Boulder fires up but Shane ROCKS Boulder! Shane runs up, into a fireman’s carry!?

Shane fights free, bobs ‘n’ weaves then HEADBUTTS! Then he reels Boulder in for an URENAGE!! Bravo returns, ROLLING ELBOW! Shane choke grips and TOSSES Bravo to a corner! Bravo dodges, runs back in, CARLIE CROSSOVER! Bravo says stay down, but Moriarty rolls him up, TWO!! DOUBLE DROPKICKS, but Moriarty’s hits cleaner! Then THE FANG!! Cover, STP & Maria’s boys win!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter, by pinfall

As fired up as the #IronInfantry was, Taiga Style finishes this one. Griff & Karter are fired up, but STP doesn’t share credit. Will Shane & Moriarty be the ones heading after Maria’s other boys and those ROH World Tag Team Championships?

Wait! Serpentico attacks Karter & Griff on the ramp! He’s getting his revenge after all! Maria freaks out, she can’t do anything as Serpentico rains down fists on Griff, then rains down fists on Karter! But then Maria taunts him with the stolen mask! He grabs hold of it, they tug-o-war, and Serpentico wins! But then Griff TACKLES Serpentico! Maria’s boy smug Serpentico and they take that mask back! Maria says the green mask is HERS, but will vengeance belong to Spanish Announce Project?

 

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch & Rachael Ellering.

Lexi is with the LEGIT Friends of Strong Smile, and notes that was a tough loss in the Fatal 4. Leyla isn’t even sure what happened. Just that she took the loss. She asks Rachael what was going on, and Rachael apologizes. Leyla can handle business on her own, obviously, but when Diamante got the chair, Rachael thought she was helping. But then three seconds later, turns out not. Leyla says it’s fine, she’s just frustrated. The tournament is coming, she wanted momentum for it, but they’ll put this behind them. Like they said last time, Leyla’s got Rachael’s back, and Rachael has Leyla’s. They’re good, they fist bump, but will their bond break when push comes to shove?

 

Lee Johnson VS Gravity!

Speaking of Fatal 4 Ways, Big Shotty won his last time, and now he looks to continue on 1v1. Will Johnson keep his momentum going towards a title opportunity? Or will the Astronaut of Lucha liftoff towards the gold instead?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. Johnson and Gravity feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Johnson wrenches to wristlock, but Gravity rolls, wrenches back and wristlocks in return. Johnson rolls, kips up, and wrenches to then headlock. Gravity throws body shots to power up and out, but Johnson runs him over! The fans are torn, but Johnson grins as he runs. Gravity stays low, then hurdles, then keeps moving to RANA! Fans fire up for “Lucha Libre!” as Johnson arm-drags! Gravity RANAS but Johnson handsprings through this time! Johnson wags his finger at Gravity but Gravity runs in!

Johnson hip tosses but Gravity handsprings through that! Gravity space walks and the fans fire up. They shake hands again, and then they reset. The fans applaud, the two circle, and the fans chant for “GRA-VI-TY! GRA-VI-TY!” Johnson nods, ties up with Gravity and waistlocks. Gravity switches, Johnson switches, repeat! They go around and around and around, and around and around, then Johnson ELBOWS Gravity. And ELBOWS him again! Johnson runs, but Gravity dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up, Gravity springboards to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Gravity keeps on Johnson with a whip but Johnson reverses.

Gravity handsprings, then arm-drags Johnson to a corner! Johnson staggers forward, into a DROPKICK! Gravity sees Johnson goes out, but fakes the plancha as Johnson moves. Gravity jumps up again but Johnson YANKS him down! Johnson drags Gravity off the ground, puts him in the ring, and then goes up a corner. The fans rally up, Johnson CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Gravity is still in this but Johnson keeps cool. The fans rally up again, and Johnson CHOPS Gravity! Gravity CHOPS back! Johnson CHOPS again! So Gravity CHOPS again! Gravity then blocks Johnson’s haymaker to fire forearms!

Gravity whips, Johnson reverses but Gravity dodges in the corner. Johnson hits buckles, Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Johnson bails out, Gravity builds speed, and Gravity FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Johnson! The fans fire up again as Gravity drags Johnson up and puts him in. Gravity hurries up to the apron, RAMS into Johnson, and then slingshots to schoolboy! TWO!! But Gravity deadlifts Johnson to POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!?! Johnson survives and shocks everyone! The standing count starts while both men are down, but Gravity rises first. Gravity brings Johnson up to a fireman’s carry, but Johnson schoolboys that, TWO!

Gravity wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO! Johnson ducks the lariat to dragon sleeper, and SAVING GRACE!! Cover, Johnson wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Another big win for Big Shotty, he is building momentum at just the right time! Will it finally lead him to a shot at championship gold?

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

Lexi finds herself by the “locker room” of Dalton’s “friend,” and of course finds The Peacock himself. She notes the cliffhanger Johnny TV left us with, what does Castle think Johnny wants in exchange for a match? Castle has no idea. No clue. What could it be? His wit? His worm farm that helps germinate his plant? Maybe it’s Castle’s blood? Does Johnny want buckets of Castle’s “perfect” blood?! And worst of all, Castle has to wait a week!? A WEEK!? Castle feels sick thinking about it but Lexi says he has to be patient. Castle is almost foaming at the mouth! Lexi wants to call a medic but Castle needs CHEESE!

Castle gets inside a dryer and says wake him up in a week! Lexi slams the door closed on Castle, will The Peacock last being driven crazy by his own obsession?

 

Four Corner Survival: Jack Cartwheel VS AR Fox VS Willie Mack VS Komander!

It’s another Fatal 4 Way that guarantees to be fast ‘n’ furious! And if everything is bigger in Texas, then will this be the biggest, the fastest, and the furious-est Fatal 4 main event in ROH history?

The Code of Honor is upheld by all, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The four feel things out, then Jack throws hands on Mack! Komander joins in but Fox goes after Jack. Fox CLUBS Jack, Mack UPPERCUTS Komander. Fox and Mack coordinate, they whip Jack and Komander at each other but they stop themselves. They double mule kick Mack to a corner! Fox runs in, they both dodge, and Mack puts Fox on the apron. Komander dodges Mack, Jack goes Matrix to dodge, but then Fox DECKS Jack! Fox springboards, Mack gets under but then Fox goes Matrix to dodge Mack! Fox ENZIGIRIS Mack down and fans fire up!

Komander returns, Fox catches him, ROPE FLATLINER, then the SOMERSAULT NECKBREAKER! Cover, Jack breaks it! Jack CLUBS Fox but Fox kicks low. Fox whips, Jack goes up and over and keeps moving, but Fox puts Jack on the apron. Jack RAMS into Fox, slingshots but Fox goes out! Jack misses but then dodges the slingshot senton! FLAG POLE LEG SWEEP! Then Jack fires up for the slingshot, POMMEL ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Jack cartwheels and the fans fire up! Jack storms up to CLUB Fox, but Fox kicks back. Jack throws hands, Fox kicks more, and Mack is back. Jack BLASTS Mack then has the fans rally up.

Jack feeds off the energy but then Mack DECKS him! Mack brings Jack up, Fox brawls with Komander outside,  and Mack CHOPS Jack! Jack sputters, Komander slides in and CLUBS Mack! Komander fires off kicks on Mack’s leg, then runs side to side to KICK that leg! Mack falls, Jack and Komander work together again to bring Mack up. They double whip, Mack breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with #MackTruck but Fox runs in, only for Mack to pop-up HAYMAKER! Mack mocks the wobble, but Jack CLUBS him into a headlock. Fans want tables but Jack throws elbows. Jack runs, into an EXPLODER!

Mack sees Komander on the apron. Mack runs in, Komander slides under but Mack turns him over. Komander slips back out to the apron, DUMPS Mack out, then springboards to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Komander gets Mack in the ring while fans rally for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Komander goes up but Fox GAMANGIRIS him right down! Fox then goes up, aiming at Mack! But then he SUPER CANNONBALLS Komander and Jack first! Then he goes up, SWANTON onto knees! Mack then pops Fox up, SKY HIGH! Cover, Jack breaks it!! All four men are down around ringside and the fans rally up again.

The fans call for tables as Jack rises up. Fox sits up by the ropes, Mack goes out the other side. Jack pursues Mack, brings him up, and CLUBS him. Mack SMACKS Jack! Mack whips Jack, but Jack rebounds, cartwheels, holds ropes then DUMPS Mack back out! Fans rally as Jack fires up, but then he sees Fox standing in his way. They fire forearms back and forth and the fans fire up! Fox gets the edge, SOBATS, then he runs, but Komander is back to wheelbarrow and STOMP 182! LIONSAULT! Cover, Jack breaks it!! Komander seethes and he goes after Jack with forearms! Jack hits back, they go back and forth, and Komander CLUBS away!

Komander runs, but Jack catches the crossbody to a fireman’s carry! CARTWHEEL DEATH VALLEY! Fans fire up with Jack and he scoops Komander, for a CARTWHEEL POWERSLAM! Cover, Fox breaks it! Fox CLUBS Jack, throws forearms, then winds up, but Jack cartwheels to dodge! Fox goes Matrix again, but then Jack ducks the roundhouse! Fox slips out of the waistlock, but Jack backflips to waistlock again! Deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fox escapes and Jack is shocked! Fox goes to a corner, Jack pulls off the armbands and fires back up. But Mack returns to FLY and take out Fox and Komander instead!!

The fans lose their minds over the Return of the Mack but Jack won’t be outdone! Jack goes up the corner, aims at all three, and the fans fire up for the ARIHARA CARTWHEEL!! The fans are thunderous as Jack puts Mack back in.
“This is Awesome!” as Jack climbs up again. Jack then hits the CARTWHEEL PRESS! Cover, but Fox is up top! Jack moves, 450 SPLASH on Mack! Cover, Jack RIPCORDS Fox to the CARTWHEEL DEATH VALLEY!! Fox is in the drop zone now and Jack goes up! But Komander 619s the legs out! And SPRINGBOARD DESTROYERS!!! Komander puts Jack in the drop zone, and goes back up!

Komander tightrope walks, CIELITO LINDO!!! Cover, Komander wins!!

Winner: Komander, by pinfall

This was indeed a Texas sized Fatal 4, and the fans cheer the AAA World Cruiserweight Champion’s victory! Will Komander look to take command of an ROH title soon enough?

 

Athena and friends regroup backstage.

Lexi and Billie give Athena a group hug, they’re so happy to have her back. She says she gets it, okay? The hugging stops, and Athena says that tonight went exactly as planned. Everything is back to normal, MIT is in full swing, and they even got Lexi a new hat to go with her new shirt. The shirt is “The Family” and it’s Athena, Billie & Lexi in anime style, the hat is the cowgirl hat Nyla was wearing earlier. But Athena has more: there’s Honey Jack, green apple Skittles and kittens, so go get the car. Lexi & Billie hurry away excitedly, and then Athena talks to Nyla through the camera.

“You think that you’re playing some type of game, but I’ve been here, I’ve done that. But I’ve never had someone disrespect me by coming into my house and putting me down. I know you’re new to ROH, but everything the light touches is MINE. And in my kingdom, you are nothing but a miniscule little ant. So, my show, my rules, my MIT! I am the Alpha, the Minion Overlord, your Forever ROH Champion, Nyla, and it’s about your ass bows down.” But then Nyla runs in and SPINEBUSTERS Athena through a catering table!! Nyla says, “Psych, you THOT.” Nyla then takes an orange and bites into it, peel and all!

Just when The Fallen Goddess got back up, the Native Beast throws her back down! When and where will these two forces of nature have it out in the ring?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH, even at an hour and 42 minutes. I ended up covering more of this show than I expected, too, but for one, that WWE press event got me hyped so I had to do something with all that energy. Also, this is how ROH should be doing episodes. So much was either story motivated or had story to motivate me to watch it. Really good showing from Aaron Solo but of course Ethan wins. It’d be fitting if Ethan confronted Kyle Fletcher for his ROH World Television Championship during a Don Callis Family segment, but that probably won’t happen since AEW hasn’t been trying that hard to include ROH in stuff outside of having ROH wrestlers job to AEW wrestlers.

I figured “Dalton Castle’s Friend” wasn’t a real person, but I didn’t think Castle would have that fake beard as his disguise. Especially after his alter ego’s name being in Espanol. Castle’s still hilarious in this story but I’d like if they just get to the match already. And what happened to what they were doing with Kiera going after Taya? Why wasn’t there a Mixed Tag build? Did the ROH Women’s Television Championship detour all things? We got another great Women’s Fatal 4 and a really good win for Diamante that also adds to the tension between Leyla and Rachael. Maybe Taya and Kiera meet in the opening round of the tournament, same as Leyla and Rachael.

Strong promo from Shane Taylor, and here’s hoping they add more members to the faction after all. Honestly, not sure why Johnson wasn’t added before, but he seems to be doing fine now after a really good match against Gravity. Great win for Johnson here, he might get a shot at the ROH TV Championship but I can’t be sure he wins it. And great 8 Man Tag tonight. Great teamwork from Infantry and Savages, but after that promo, of course STP wins it for their side. And great story stuff with Griff & Karter with SAP, that tag team grudge match should be a Tornado Tag or something. And awesome main event Fatal 4 and awesome win for Komander, though I’m not sure he’ll ever really get an ROH title to add to his AAA Cruiserweight Championship.

And really good stuff out of the story of Athena and Nyla Rose. Billie gets a good win tonight, and I actually like how they had Billie set Nyla up for Athena’s return better than my idea of it being during Nyla VS Billie. But with Athena having a promo to close out the night, I just felt Nyla’s retaliation coming. With all this table stuff, I have a feeling we’re getting no less than a No Disqualification match, maybe even just a plain Tables Match. All I know is, there’s gonna be a huge table spot in their title match that then leads to who wins.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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?


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

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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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