Smackdown Results With Analysis 7/31/20

Gran Metalik vs. AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship

Styles went right after the challenger with vicious strikes and cheap shots. Metalik was able to take advantage of the match shortly before the commercial break. Smartly, the champ went after Metalik’s legs so Metalik could remain grounded while also setting up for the calf crusher. Metalik was able to get a few moves in until his legs gave out. Styles locked in the Calf Crusher for the submission victory. After the match, Styles blindsided Lince Dorado and hit a Styles Clash.

Results: AJ Styles defeats Gran Metalik via submission to retain the Intercontinental Championship

Grade: B

King Corbin vs. Drew Gulak

The match started after Gulak attacked Corbin from behind after Corbin interrupted a promo being cut by Jeff Hardy. Corbin went hard at Gulak as the match started following a post-brawl commercial break. Gulak used a cat and mouse tactic to try and reel Corbin in and capitalize on his mistakes. This strategy worked as he was able to land some strikes. A flying clothesline from the top rope scored a two count for Gulak, but he ran into a Deep Six. Before Corbin could capitalize, Matt Riddle’s music hit and Gulak almost managed to use the distraction for a sneak pin, but Corbin kicked out and hit End of Days for the victory. Riddle immediately hit the ring and attacked Corbin, who had told Shorty G he put a “King’s Ransom” bounty on Riddle’s head earlier in the night. Shorty G then ran out and took out Riddle, walking off with Corbin after laying out The Original Bro. 

Results: King Corbin defeats Drew Gulak via pinfall

Grade: B+

Big E vs. The Miz

Big E started strong until a disrespectful shot from Miz brought out the more violent side of the big man, who tossed Miz into the ringside barricade multiple times. John Morrison inserted himself and laid out Big E on the outside while the ref was distracted, allowing Miz to take over. Big E also had a brief comeback end when he missed a splash on the ring apron heading into a commercial break. Big E exploded back with a series of three German suplexes and a big splash. Miz countered a Big Ending into an attempt at the Skull-Crushing Finale, which was then countered back into a Big Ending attempt before Miz raked the eyes to escape. Later, Morrison again took advantage of a distracted referee to kick Big E in the head, allowing Miz to hit a Skull-Crushing Finale, but Big E kicked out at two and managed to use the ropes to escape from a follow-up figure-four attempt.

A third attempt by Morrison to interfere was caught by the referee and he was ejected from ringside, leading to Big E locking Miz in the Stretch Muffler for the submission. This was a great intro to Big E’s singles run as he not only had to get it done by himself, but get it done while on the bad side of the numbers game.

Results: Big E defeats The Miz via pinfall

Grade: A-

Naomi vs. Lacey Evans

Evans made fun of the #NaomiDeservesBetter hashtag before the match. An aggressive Evans took the fight to Naomi from the jump, eventually taking her outside and slamming her into the ring post before trapping Naomi’s hair in the ring steps in an effort to score a count out victory. Naomi eventually came back with an awkward-looking sliding destroyer on the outside, but again had things reversed before Evans tried to tie her hair to the top rope. Naomi escaped, ducked a Woman’s Right and scored a roll-up for the win. 

Results: Naomi defeats Lacey Evans via pinfall

Grade: C-

Nikki Cross vs. Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

Cross was fired up from the jump, attacking Bayley in the corners before hitting a Thesz press to deliver a bit more punishment to the champion. Cross also scored with a big crossbody from the ring apron to the floor, keeping Bayley almost completely on the defensive. Bayley finally took things over by attacking the “cracked rib” of Cross, the injury suffered at Extreme Rules. In return, Cross began attacking the ribs of Bayley before hitting a tornado DDT. Banks again tried to hand off the Boss ring to Bayley for the cheap win, a callback to Extreme Rules as well. Cross hit another crossbody, setting up a series of pin reversals before Bayley managed to slam Cross down face-first to score the pin and retain her championship. 

Results: Bayley defeats Nikki Cross via pinfall to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship

Grade: B+

Analysis: This weeks episode of Smackdown was average in my opinion. I felt like creative had more to work with and they could have booked these matches better. I would give this weeks episode of Smackdown a B.

Why the NFL’s Corona Rules are Unfair

The NFL as well as other professional sport leagues have been extra cautious during this pandemic and rightfully so. The league has worked diligently to make sure the season can still happen while protecting players, staff, and their families. Some of the rules the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell made were players are not allowed to go to any bars or nightclubs during the season. Players are also not allowed to attend parties or religious services that go up to at least 25 people. Anybody that violates these rules will face hefty fines and will not be paid if they contract COVID-19.

In my opinion, I feel l like these rules violate people’s freedom. I get the league is focusing on players safety and that is perfectly understandable. However, I draw the line when one is asked not to go to religious services. Players are responsible and old enough to make their own decisions. I also feel like as long as masks are worn and social distancing is being practiced they could do some of the things the NFL is preventing them from doing.

AEW Dynamite Results with Analysis 7/29/20

Inner Circle vs. Best Friends & Friends

Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho started out the match as their feud continues. As soon as the bell rings Jericho tags in Jake Hager. Cassidy used his traditional hands in the pocket tactic. An all out brawl broke out. Trent, Chuck Taylor, and Luchasaurus took out the opposition with moves off the top rope and through the ropes. The Inner Circle all ganged up and stomped on Trent. Marko Stunt has been trying to rally up his team at ringside. The heels had control for most of the match. Trent was trapped in the corner until Trent was able to hit a few counters and then tag in Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus came in and was able to give his team some momentum. Every wrestler used a move to take a wrestler out of the ring. Cassidy saved Luchasaurus from being hit by Jericho and the bat. Matt Hardy came to the ring and threw Sammy Guevara off the top rope while the referee was distracted.

Results: Best Friends & Friends defeat The Inner Circle via pinfall

Grade: A+

Warhorse vs. Cody for the TNT Championship

Cody was as per usual accompanied by his manager Arn Anderson. Warhorse is making his AEW debut. Warhorse picked up a nearfall early and hit Cody with a few arm drag takedowns. Cody seemed frustrated and took a breather and strategized with Anderson. It almost seems like Cody is distracted. I do not know if this is part of a storyline or not because the same thing happened last week as well. During commercial, Cody was able to take advantage but then Warhorse regained the momentum shortly after we returned. Warhorse showed off his agility and versatility with his speed and moves off the top rope. A flying elbow to Cody almost won Warhorse the title. Cody was able to hit the figure four after Warhorse blocked at first but Warhorse tapped out. After the match two members of the Dark Order came to attack Warhorse and Cody. Matt Cardona makes his debut on AEW to help his friend Cody and Warhorse.

Results: Cody defeats Warhorse via submission to retain his TNT Championship

Grade: A-

The Dark Order vs. Kenny Omega and Hangman Page for the AEW World Tag Team Championships

As Kenny Omega was entering the ring, Hangman Page went right after Stu Grayson and Evil Uno. Omega seemed confused and took his time entering the ring. Omega and Grayson started out for their teams. The champions made frequent tags with double team moves. Colt Cabana joined at commentary as well as Mr. Brodie Lee and new recruit Anna Jade. Evil Uno was tagged and took out both Omega and Page. Hangman Page and Omega were able to win in a hard fought match. After the match other members of The Dark Order tried to attack the champions until The Young Bucks and FTR came to help out the champions.

Results: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page defeat The Dark Order to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships

Grade: A

Diamante vs. Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s Championship

Diamante earned her right to face Shida after her win last week on Dynamite. Shida showed off her strong striking abilities early. Shida was controlling most of the match until Diamante hit Shida with several chops and then a cutter. Diamante was then able to regain control and turn up the tempo. Shida then hit a delayed vertical suplex and then a running knee for the win.

Results: Hikaru Shida defeats Diamante via pinfall

Grade: C

Jon Moxley and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks in a No Disqualification Tornado Tag Team Match

In the Main Event, we see Darby Allin team up with the AEW World Champion after returning and helping Moxley fight off the new alliance of Cage and Starks. Ever since Cage arrived in AEW, he has set his eyes on Jon Moxley and his championship. Weirdly, Allin never came out when his music hit until after Cage and Starks came to the ring Allin attacked them from behind. Cage had the advantage over Moxley while Allin had the advantage over Starks. All four of these competitors are very talented with bright futures in this company. After the commercial break the heels had the advantage. A garbage can and steel chair were brought out during the match. Cage and Starks double teamed Moxley to put him through the can but Allin broke up the pin at two. Moxley and Allin used a double team move of their own on Cage. Allin brought a skateboard that had thumbtacks on the back and hit Starks with it off the top rope. Moxley then locked in an armbar to Cage.

Results: Jon Moxley and Darby Allin defeat Brian Cage and Ricky Starks via pinfall

Grade: A

Analysis: This weeks episode of AEW was very good. I enjoyed every match. I would give this show an A-.

Recap of First Week of Baseball

At the time I am writing this article is the record and standings I saw after looking at MLB.com. It has been weird without fans however, I am glad baseball is back.

AL East: The Tampa Bay Rays are currently in first at 4-1. The Rays have been playing great baseball to start off the season. The Yankees are only 2-1 due to two games against the Philadelphia Phillies being postponed due to half of the Miami Marlins roster testing positive for coronavirus who the Marlins just played. Since I am a Yankees fan I have been mainly watching their games. Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton have been amazing as well as Gerrit Cole.

AL Central: The Cleveland Indians are in first in their division with a record of 4-1. However, the Twins are also playing great baseball as they are 3-1.

AL West: The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros are both tied for first with a record of 3-1. The Astros are facing a lot of controversy as their players have been hit and they recently got into a bench clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NL East: Shockingly, the Miami Marlins are in first with a record of 2-1. The defending champions Washington Nationals are struggling early as they are in last place with a record of 1-4.

NL Central: The Chicago Cubs are in first with a record of 4-1. The NL East and the NL Central are probably the toughest divisions in the MLB right now. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers all could make the playoffs. Also, even though they are currently struggling don’t sleep on the Cincinnati Reds.

NL West: The San Diego Padres are currently in first with a record of 3-1. However, the Rockies are also playing good baseball at the moment. You also cannot sleep on the Dodgers as they have one of the best rosters in baseball.

The standings can easily change at the end of this week and I expect it to. I am glad to have baseball back and will try to watch as much as I can.

Raw Results with Analysis 7/27/20

The Viking Raiders vs. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander vs. Angel Garza and Andrade

Whoever wins this match would face Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford for the Raw Tag Team Championships next week on Raw. Dawkins and Ford watched this match as they served as the ring announcers. Zelina Vega was at ringside to cheer on her clients. El Idolo and Garza went right after their opponents as the bell rang. Then Ivar and Cedric Alexander were trading blows after the first commercial break. Garza and Andrade sat at ringside so they could avoid being hit as much as possible. The other two face teams worked together to eventually take out the heels. Ricochet and Andrade teamed up on Erik. Garza finished off Alexander with the Wing Clipper.

Results: Angel Garza and Andrade defeat The Viking Raiders and Ricochet and Cedric Alexander

Grade: B

Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax

Jax and Baszler continue their feud and brawl until they were counted out. Several officials stormed to the ring to try and separate them.

Results: This match results in a double count-out

Grade: B-

Mustafa Ali vs. Bobby Lashley

Lashley showed off his power and dominance by easily shoving Ali to the ground and throwing him. Lashley was able to dominate and control the tempo of the match until The All Mighty had to fight off some ninjas. Ali capitalized on the distraction and hit Lashley with a suicide dive into the barricade. Ali was able to counter the Dominator and hit a beautiful tornado DDT. He missed the 450 splash, and Lashley put him into a full nelson for the submission victory.

Results: Bobby Lashley defeats Mustafa Ali via submission

Grade: C

Asuka vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship

Kairi Sane chased Bayley away from the ring before the match began to make it an even playing field. The Empress was irate and immediately took control with some stiff kicks. The Boss was able to turn things around and began focusing all of her offense on Asuka’s left leg. Banks tried to pull an Eddie Guerrero move by pretending Asuka attacked her with the title belt, but the official saw everything and refused to declare a disqualification. We came back from a commercial to see Banks with the upper hand again. It took a long time for Asuka to hit a counter and give herself a little breathing room. A frog splash couldn’t keep Asuka down, so The Boss transitioned into the Bank Statement. When the Empress took control, we saw footage of Bayley beating up Sane backstage on the big screen. The distraction led to Asuka releasing her signature submission so she could save her friend. The ref counted her out and declared Banks the rightful Raw women’s champion.

Results: Sasha Banks defeats Asuka to become Raw Women’s Champion via countout

Grade: A-

Humberto Carrillo vs. Murphy

Humberto looked to get revenge on Murphy for what him and Rollins did to Carrillo’s friends Aleister Black and Rey Mysterio. The Juggernaut took control early, but the luchador didn’t let him have the upper hand for long. He used his speed and agility to turn the tables and send his opponent out of the ring. Carrillo came close to winning with a missile dropkick to the back of Murphy’s neck. After he managed to recover, The Juggernaut hit Murphy’s Law for the win.

Results: Murphy defeats Humberto Carrillo via pinfall

Grade: C

Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler

The Showoff had the champ reeling after the break, but The Scottish Psychopath quickly turned things around with one back elbow to the head. He propelled Ziggler into the plexiglass divider before taking out a kendo stick and teeing off on his opponent. It took a low blow for Ziggler to give himself some time to recover. McIntyre caught him jumping from the apron and drove him through the barricade as the show went to a commercial. We returned right as McIntyre began throwing Ziggler around the ring with suplexes. After putting The Showoff through a table with a Claymore Kick, McIntyre scored the win. As he celebrated, Orton hit the RKO out of nowhere to close the show.

Results: Drew McIntyre defeats Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

Grade: A+

Analysis: This weeks episode of Raw had some pros and cons. There were some matches that were well-booked and well-executed and there were other matches that could have gone on longer or had more action. I would give this weeks episode of Raw a B.

One of the most underrated lines in Hockey

There are a lot of dominant and well-balanced lines in the NHL. However, one line that does not get the recognition is deserves is the Islanders third line otherwise known as the “Identity Line”. This line consists of center Casey Cizikas followed by wingers Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck. The Islanders third line is the reason they were able to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs last year as well as succeed this year.

Casey Cizikas is the center on this line and he runs the offense. This season Cizikas has 10 goals and 4 assists. However, his best stat is his +/-. He has a a +/- of 12. If a +/- is positive that means his team outscores the opposition when he is on the ice. Cizikas is not much of a threat offensively however, he is a solid defensive forward.

At Left Wing, the Islanders have Matt Martin on this line. Martin is known as the enforcer on this team. An enforcer is very important in hockey as he will dish out the heavy hits and get into fights to shift momentum. Also, Martin will be the first to defend his teammates especially rising star Matt Barzal since he is the best player on this team and an easy target since he is undersized. This season Martin has 5 goals and 3 assists. Martin is also a good player on defense.

At Right Wing, is Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck is the Assistant Captain of this team due to his tenure with the Islanders and his consistent play. Clutterbuck has 3 goals and 4 assists on the year. Clutterbuck’s +/- is 6 on this season. He is also a very effective defensive forward.

This line is very successful and underrated. They typically will match up against teams first lines to try and stop them offensively. This is a brilliant strategy which Barry Trotz has implemented. Trotz is a great coach and has brought over his success in Washington to New York.

How the New York Giants should handle Deandre Baker and Aldrick Rosas

Situation: In May Giants cornerback Deandre Baker was arrested as well as Seahawks player Quinton Dunbar for armed robbery. Baker and Dunbar were at a party together when the robbery went down. Police discovered the two stole over $12,000 in cash and then over $43,000 in watches and accessories. The two then fled in expensive luxurious cars. I do not understand why they would do this as they make much more with their teams then what they stole. It is honestly just immature and childish. Baker eventually turned himself in. Baker claimed he was allegedly playing Madden the video game when the robbery occurred even though video cameras showed him leaving the party while looking at the camera. Baker however, was released on a $200,000 bail and was allowed to return home and to practice. However, the Giants told him to stay far away from the facilities.

Solution: I had this article idea before Rosas was released and Baker was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. For those who do not know, the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt List means Baker cannot participate in any games, practices, camps, or workouts, and he will not be paid. Essentially, he is indefinitely suspended. I feel bad for Joe Judge as his first year coaching and he has to deal with two immature players on his team getting arrested. Baker was even involved in trouble with his time at The University of Georgia. However, Dave Gettleman traded up to draft him two years ago in hopes he could change Baker’s character. If I was the GM of the Giants I would release Deandre Baker. The Giants should sign free agent cornerback Logan Ryan who was just voted the 60th best player in the league or they could bring up their young cornerbacks on the roster.

Situation: In the middle of June, Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was arrested for a hit-and-run incident. He was going over 100 mph before crashing into a truck. He then fled the scene on foot before being caught by police officers. Luckily nobody was severely hurt or killed. Rosas was found with cuts on his neck, arms, and legs and was bleeding according to police officers on the scene. Rosas was a danger to society as he could have severely killed or injured anybody. Police officers also discovered Rosas had alcohol in his system. Rosas was charged with three misdemeanors as he drove under the influence, reckless driving, and drove with a suspended license.

Solution: If I was the Giants I would release Rosas. The Giants did so as they released Rosas and signed Chandler Catanzaro. I felt like there were better options such as Stephen Gostkowski however, he may not be 100%. If that is the case then I will hope Chandler succeeds with the Big Blue since Training Camp is starting soon and there is no preseason.

Smackdown Results with Analysis 7/24/20

Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross

This situation was weird as Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss are a tag team and good friends. However, Cross demanded a match against Bayley for the championship. Bayley said only if she can defeat her tag team partner Alexa Bliss. Cross then heated in the moment shoved Bliss to the ground and headed towards the ring before commercial. The match started out as a stalemate with many counters and reversals early with nobody gaining the upper hand. Cross was able to get fired up and then hit Bliss with a few moves. The two then took out Bayley and Banks at ringside. Bliss took control of the match with the double knees to the injured ribs of Cross. Bliss expressed concern of her friend and tag team partner and Cross capitalized and rolled her up for the three. This was a very weird angle but I assume we will see more between these two teams.

Results: Nikki Cross defeats Alexa Bliss via pinfall

Grade: C

Matt Riddle vs. Tony Nese

It has been a while since I have seen Tony Nese on the main roster. Riddle tossed Nese around with a gut-wrench suplex, a running senton to the back, and finishing off Nese with the Bro Derek. After the match, Riddle grabbed the mic and called out King Corbin. There was not much action in the match however I enjoyed the promo between Riddle and Corbin and I am glad to see Nese wrestling again.

Results: Matt Riddle defeats Tony Nese via pinfall

Grade: B-

Gran Metalik vs. Lince Dorado vs. Shorty G vs. Drew Gulak in a Fatal-4 Way #1 Contenders Match

Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles joined Michael Cole and Corey Graves at ringside for this match. Styles wanted to see who would be his next challenger. It was good to see guys I normally would not see such as Shorty G, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado in action. Shorty G unloaded on the competition. The 2012 Olympian tossed the opposition around with his arsenal of suplexes. Gulak looked for the Gulock, however Shorty G reversed it and put Gulak in the Ankle Lock. Dorado sent Gulak to the floor with a move off the top rope. There was non-stop action all over the place. Shorty G delivered a super German Suplex to Dorado and Gran Metalik came from out of nowhere to pick up the win. After the match, Styles came to the ring and showed disrespect towards Metalik.

Results: Gran Metalik defeats Shorty G, Drew Gulak, and Lince Dorado to become the #1 Contender of the Intercontinental Championship

Grade: A

Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus in a Bar Fight

This heated and grueling feud between Jeff Hardy and Sheamus continues in a bar fight. These two strongly dislike each other and have embarrassed each other to the max. These two square off in the main event. Sheamus had control of the match as it started out as a brawl until Hardy ran across the bar taking him out. Sheamus then took the fight to the bathroom and shoved Hardy’s face into a urinal humiliating him once again. Sheamus caught Hardy and shoved him into a wall before commercial. Hardy then took advantage after commercial and connected with the Twist of Fate. Hardy then climbed a ladder until the bartender interfered. Hardy put the bartender through a table allowing Sheamus to recuperate. Hardy climbed the ladder once again and hit Sheamus with a Swanton Bomb for the win.

Results: Jeff Hardy defeats Sheamus via pinfall

Grade: A+

Analysis: This weeks episode of Smackdown was alright. However, I enjoyed how they brought up people who do not usually wrestle adding variety and giving other wrestlers a chance. Also, my favorite match of the night was easily the main event. I would give this show a B+.

Baseball World Series Predictions

The MLB season had to be delayed due to COVID-19. We would normally see Opening Day in April however, Opening Day this year was July 24th as we saw the New York Yankees defeat the Washington Nationals in a game that only lasted five innings due to a rain delay and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the San Francisco Giants. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made many rules to ensure the baseball season can still happen. The National League will now have a Designated Hitter, extra inning games will now start with a runner on second, and players will have to be tested frequently. Also the MLB season will now be 60 games with 40 against your division and 20 against your region of the opposite league. So now instead of getting 162 games we will now see 162 games. Also the MLB expanded the playoffs to 16 teams.

AL Winner: New York Yankees

I strongly believe the Yankees will make it to the World Series. It has been over a decade since they went last to the World Series. They also have one of the most explosive and complete rosters even without Domingo German and Luis Severino. The Yankees rolled out the red carpet for marquee ace Gerrit Cole. The Yankees will come out of the gates strong as they want vengeance for having to deal with the Astros and Red Sox cheating scandals. The Yankees are dominant at pretty much every position. They are also very well-rounded in contact, speed, power, and solid pitching. Expect the Yankees to go far this year.

NL Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers

I feel the Dodgers will make it to the World Series as well. They also had a very good offseason as they acquired David Price and Mookie Betts in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers also have solid players in Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, and many more. Dodgers fans are finally hoping they can not only make it to the World Series but finally win. The Yankees also have a lot of depth on the bench that would start for most teams such as Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, and Mike Ford.

World Series Winner: New York Yankees in 6 games

I believe the New York Yankees will win the World Series this year. For the most part and as of now the Yankees are healthy with lots of loaded talent and depth. Also, the Yankees did not lose any major pieces. The Yankees lost Dellin Betances to the Mets but the Yankees bullpen will be fine and they also lost Didi Gregorius which sucks but there was not much room for him anyways with DJ Lemahieu and Gleyber Torres.

AEW Dynamite Results with Analysis 7/22/20

Cody vs. Eddie Kingston for the TNT Championship in a No Disqualification Match

Eddie Kingston is making his AEW Dynamite debut. He accepted Cody’s open challenge for The American Nightmare’s championship. Kingston went right after Cody with strong punches. Cody hit Kingston with the Disaster Kick as Kingston left the ring. Cody then took the fight outside by jumping between the ropes. Kingston used Cody’s own belt as a weapon. Cody flips Kingston over the exposed concrete at ringside. Kingston sent Cody back first into a pile of thumbtacks with a powerbomb. Cody locked in the Figure Four and Kingston tapped.

Results: Cody defeats Eddie Kingston to retain his TNT Championship via submission

Grade: A+

MJF vs. Griff Garrison

Griff Garrison is also making his AEW Dynamite debut. However, he is 0-3 on AEW Dark. MJF is accompanied by Wardlow. MJF cut a very good promo on Garrison before striking him with the microphone. MJF had control over this match and never lost it through the first commercial break. We returned with the two outside of the ring and then MJF grabbed a microphone and started taunting Griff during the match. Garrison poked the microphone into MJF’s eye and then used a rollup for a near fall. MJF hit the Heat Seeker for the win.

Results: MJF defeats Griff Garrison via pinfall

Grade: B

The Young Bucks vs. The Butcher and The Blade in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

The match began in the kitchen area. We saw a lot of entertaining and unique moves such as using some of the kitchen equipment. Then the fight was taken into the concourse area. The Jackson’s were sent inside a truck and on the side of the same truck. The Blade was sent into a concessions stand. The Young Bucks both super kicked The Blade as he fell and went up the escalator. The match returned from commercial break as The Young Bucks and Butcher were at ringside. Nick and Matt Jackson put both opponents through a table in order to get the win.

Results: The Young Bucks defeat The Butcher and The Blade via pinfall

Grade: A

Diamante vs. Ivelisse

Ivelisse was making her AEW debut as well. The former Tough Enough contestant attacked Diamante before the bell but lost her momentum shorty after. Most of the action was strikes as opposed to grapples, submissions, or high-flying moves. Diamante was able to get the win continuing her winning streak.

Results: Diamante defeats Ivelisse via pinfall

Grade: F

Five vs. Hangman Page

Hangman Page hit Five with a strong punch. Page then hit Five with some strong slaps to the chest. Five used his agility to temporarily create some separation. Page used his size and strength to his advantage. Other members of the Dark Order came out to watch the match right before commercial. Five was able to get a series of shots in before being clotheslined. Page was outnumbered 5-1 but still picked up the win and challenged The Dark Order. Brodie Lee and Colt Cabana also came out to aid The Dark Order. After Page denied Brodie Lee’s invitation to the Dark Order he was attacked by the five members. FTR ran to the aid of Hangman Page and helped him with Kenny Omega following him.

Results: Hangman Page defeats Five via pinfall

Grade: D

Jungle Express vs. Inner Circle

Jericho and Jungle Boy started out the match for their respected teams. Jericho went right after Jungle Boy. However, Jungle Boy was able to use his speed and agility and dropped Jericho with a dropkick. Luchasaurus and Jake Hager both entered the ring where both big men traded strikes. Hager locked in an ankle lock until Luchasaurus forced the rope break. Jericho went after the match and went after Luchasaurus’s legs. Right before commercial break, Jericho punched Marko Stunt in the face. Jericho has had full advantage of Jungle Boy. Santana and Ortiz were at ringside. While Aubrey Edwards was dealing with them, Stunt returned and hit Jericho with a drop kick off the top rope. Jericho and Hager picked up the win and after the match we saw Sammy Guevara return to help the attack. However, Best Friends came out and The Inner Circle retreated.

Results: The Inner Circle defeats the Jurassic Express via pinfall

Grade: A-

Analysis: This card featured some of the best wrestling I’ve seen in months. However, I did not like the women’s match and the Hangman Page match. I would give this card a B-.

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