Thanks very much, Dev. I will say that if Leo has maximized his roster better than I've maximized mine, that's a great argument for voting for him - I like the idea that the bottom roster can and should be able to win these.
Leo, I really like your card and I'm impressed by how much you did in add/drop to turn a really unknown women's division into something far more known. Cena/Aldis would be great, Undertaker would be right at home against AOP, the three-way is good, and Hardcore Survivor Series sounds like fun nonsense. I still haven't seen Tim Storm but I hear decent buzz and I'd be interested in watching him and Goldie.
I really like what Cletus has been able to do with his roster and the moves he made but he's been fighting from behind on almost every card because the talent just isn't there to match up. Mayhem's got a ton of stuff that has or very well could happen, but it doesn't change the fact that I'd prefer that over almost everything on Cletus's card except for Wargames.
I'm intrigued by the main event. The 7-count really puts urgency on getting up, but makes the Pinfall more dramatic. It's hard to do something new in wrestling, and you did.
I also like that your 3-falls didn't involve any crazy stipulations, as they're not needed. Especially given all th stipulations you used elsewhere.
One of the first VHS tapes I ever got as a kid had Ivan & Nikita Koloff vs The Road Warriors in a double Russian Chain Match, so I dig this match.
The Women's Championship Match might feature familiar foes, but there's value in using that as a selling point. That's something AEW missed last night with Riho vs Sakura. Kenny Omega tweeted it, but no one else there seems to care about the women.
These are really fun cards. A couple combinations I'm not sure I picture well on both cards (like Nia Jax with a fellow power wrestler or The Rock with someone much smaller). Solly is certainly committed to the stupid pun; it's hard not to be sold on his card, though some of that is certainly the roster - good fresh matchups with a couple exceptions. Zayn/Mysterio and Bayley/Lita sound like sneaky fun. Eric's matchups feel just a bit fresher due to his roster reorganization and booking work - the Street Fight would be alone to sell me in a normal draft, though here where we take people as they are today in terms of age, it's more of a strong thumnbs up..
Two nice cards. I like Leo's three tag team matches, though there's a hilarious amount of star power going up against little ol' Sanity and Magnus. Cletus's Golden Ticket match sounds great - I would have spread those guys out a little, but I admit you have a hyped match - and I like all the characters you're advancing, including on the women's side. Looks like we're going to Hendry v. Cobb, which is a top-billing match to me.
1) HBK eked out a win against Bryan in the prior show and is going into this match as consciously the old gunslinger. It's not quite Flair's retirement match against HBK - Michaels has too much in the tank for that - but he's definitely going wily veteran over mega-athlete. Kofi wins anyway, and Shawn double crosses him after a show of respect a'la Jericho double-crossing Shawn at WrestleMania 19.
2) Yes, Pentagon cashes in! Pentagon won Money in the Bank Contract in the Enclosure at the prior pay-per-view. Fenix was enthused all along that they could be guaranteed a Tag Team Championship match - Pentagon is more hesitant about that commitment but Fenix is oblivious. When the match happens, Fenix and Pentagon find themselves in the ring - and Fenix holds the ladder for Pentagon, who climbs as Fenix takes out Darby Allin at the last minute. Pentagon then suggests they work their way up the ladder so they have two chances at a championship - but he clearly holds back here, and shows why by cashing in at the end.
3) Some of the rest of these are grudge matches from the prior show - Mack and Moxley blame each other for the loss to the World's Greatest Trios Team, PAC and Andrade cost each other the Contract in the Enclosure match, Gail Kim tried to abuse the rules of the Friend and Foe match on the prior card but it backfired and screwed both her and Riho. Cody is stuck back in the Stardust costume after losing to Brock, but MJF - in my world, not having turned on Cody yet - proves himself to be Salt of the Earth and dresses up in comic whiteface to wrestle alongside His Best Friend Cody as Saltdust. Kennedy and MJF brawled last show, and so Kennedy shows up with his own team to mix up the Team Brock v. Team Cody style.
Cody bursts into Brock Lesnar's private dressing room.
Heyman: Can you not read the word "private"?
Brock: Come on, Paul. I wouldn't be surprised if his daddy never learned to read at all. Hey Starman, you looking for your face paint?
Cody: Brock, you want to take my company? Dress me up like a little clown again? Then fight me for it, man to man. Brock steps up to Cody and smiles.
Brock: Sure, I'll fight you. But I don't have to do it man to man. For example, have you met my college wrestling coach? Shelton Benjamin comes out from the shower area.
Shelton: This guy giving you trouble, Brock? Because I actually ran into an old friend and a fellow All-American . . .
Charlie Haas and Jake Hager come out from the showers. Hager: Cody, I don't know how many of us it would take to whoop your ass . . . but I know how many we're gonna use.
Cody: I'm sorry, were you all showering together?
Unamused, Team Brock closes in and Cody assumes a fighting stance . . . until Jon Moxley runs in breathing heavy.
Moxley: Sorry, sorry, I'm late, I know, what'd I miss?
Heyman: You missed the door that says private, SIR. Moxley: No, no, saw that, ignored it. Hey, did you all fight yet? Kenny told me there was a fight going on in here, and that if I hurried up, I could beat up this lazy sack of shit (points to Brock) and his idiot friend (points to Jake). No offense, Shelton, we're cool.
Shelton: None taken.
Shelton and Moxley fist bump.
Brock: What was that? Haas: Uh, you didn't mention me.
Moxley: Oh, sorry white Shelton, we're cool too. I mean, unless I have to beat you up to get to these guys.
Hager: Don't be stupider than you already look, it's four on two. Moxley: First of all, really surprised you can count. Second of all, I was late because I found two guys who were also looking for a fight.
Willie Mack and Mark Henry come in.
Cody: All right, then, enough talking.
Cody catches Brock with a right hand and we have an all-out brawl! After some fighting, the referee and staff teams come in for a pull-apart, after which Brock starts yelling.
Brock: You want to fight me for what I took, Cody? Fine! At Double Dynamite, I put you down so bad you're not getting up. Last Man Standing, you win, you get the company. You lose, Starman gets back in the paint and dances for the real wrestlers.
Cody: You're on, motherfucker! Henry: See, I really think you could have negotiated for more there.
*Cornette and Galli review Into the Fire. They are interrupted by John Cena who demands a rematch against Nick Aldis right here and right now. He gets in the ring. Aldis comes out in street clothes with Kamille in tow. Aldis is upset about how their match ended at Into the Fire, but going at it again right now tonight is not the answer. Cena will get a rematch when the time is right. But since Cena wants a match, he should get one.
*John Cena defeats Killian Dain
*Lio Rush and Ricky Starks wrestle to a time limit draw.
*The Last Real Men come out and say real men don’t wrestle to a draw, they win decisively. Rush and Starks say to bring it on.
*Rush and Starks win an impromptu tag match over the Last Real Men with a flash roll up by Rush on Murdoch.
*Trish Stratus vs. Britt Baker vs. Kelly Klein for a Women’s title shot. Victoria and Billie Kay come out and drag Trish out for a beat down. The commentators theorize bad blood between Trish and Victoria still from back in the day. Royce makes the save. Baker wins the match in the ring.
*Outlaw Inc. defeats the AOP with Tully Blanchard. AOP goes crazy after and cause injury to Kingston and Homicide, who both do a stretcher job.
*AOP keep raising hell in the back and beat up Rhino, who was to face Shawn Spears.
*Spears hits the ring and Tully demands a default victory. However, RVD appears and takes the match. AOP come out and causes the DQ win for RVD as he attempts the frog splash.
*Eric Young threatens to sue the Brothers from Another Mother for setting him on fire. David Marquez asks Young what he expected in an inferno match. Well, he didn’t expect to lose. BFAM then appear and double choke slam through the interview podium.
*Nick Aldis with Kamille in non-title action beats “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes.
Episode 5: “Flames Still Burn”
*Victoria defeats Peyton Royce with interference from Billie Kay. Trish Stratus comes out for the save.
*David Marquez welcomes Britt Baker to talk about her upcoming title shot. Allysin Kay jumps her immediately and beats Baker around the studio.
*Shawn Spears with Tully Blanchard defeats Rhino. Post match, Tully challenges RVD to put his title on the line against Spears. And while they’re at it, the American Wolves need to put their belts on the line against the AOP.
*The Last Real Men speak with Dave Marquez, but don’t want to comment on their loss last week to Starks and Rush. Tim Storm comes out and says real men accept a lost when it gets handed to them. Young says Storm knows a lot about losing. He tells one of them to get in the ring right now.
*Tim Storm defeats Trevor Murdoch through heel miscommunication.
*Madison Rayne and Ashley Vox defeat Kelly Klein and Leva Bates
*Killian Dain and Madman Fulton with Eric Young defeat Courageous and Outrageous (Lio Rush and Ricky Starks)
*John Cena defeats Eli Drake
*Cena still wants Nick Aldis. Kamille comes out. She doesn’t say anything, but drops to knees and low blows Cena. She walks off.
*Brothers from Another Mother vs. AOP with Tully Blanchard ends in a double disqualification brawl Episode 6: “This Means War”
*Nick Aldis says if John Cena wants him back in the ring. There is only one way that is going to happen at Burning Like a Flame. War Games. If Cena’s team wins, then he’ll get is title shot and can call the stipulation. If his team loses, then Cena has to leave NWA.
*Victoria and Billie Kay defeat Madison Rayne and Ashley Vox
*Britt Baker defeats Leva Bates. Allysin Kay tries to jump her from behind, but Baker is ready and runs her off to the back.
*Eli Drake is with Dave Marquez and admits Tim Storm from last week was right. A real man admits a loss and there is no shame in his game dropping a bout to John Cena. However, he thinks he still deserves a National Title shot at Burning Like a Flame. Rhino comes out and says RVD has a match, but he doesn’t and he’ll be glad to face him.
*Royce Isaacs defeats Ricky Starks with help from Thomas Latimer. Rush helps out and they hold the ring after.
*John Cena comes out to Dave Marquez. He’ll do whatever he has to for another NWA World’s Title Shot. If Nick Aldis wants a war, he’ll get a war he can’t win.
*Petyon Royce with Trish Stratus defeats Kelly Klein
*Eddie Edwards wins by disqualification over Rezar with Tully Blanchard
*Tim Storm is attached at the interview podium by The Last Real Men who whip him with leather belts and leave him laying.
Mayhem: Just a fantastic card from top to bottom. But you lose a lot of points for my biggest pet peeve. Ronda's name doesn't have an H. Never has.
Leo: I really like what you were able to do with a roster I would have whined for months about if I got stuck with. I know you dropped a lot, but you kept some and used them in good ways. That being said, I never wanna watch a show with Dustin & Taker in 2019 in a main event.
Camera opens to a live shot of IMPACT on AXS and Twitch. There is a dark match going on between two enhancement talents going on. Suddenly, a murmur among the crowd as James Storm walks through the crowd and hops over the barricade. The two enhancement talents stop wrestling and leave the ring. Storm grabs a microphone.
James Storm: “You people, you know who I am. But you don’t know why I’m here.
I go where ever I want, whenever I want.
I got a challenge for anybody in IMPACT.
You want to go to war? You want a war? You’re gonna get one.”
IMPACT immediately goes to commercial.
On the next episode of IMPACT on AXS and Twitch, the commentators are talking about World X Division Champion Austin Aries and his upcoming challenger Buddy Murphy when they are interrupted by James Storm.
James Storm: I told you! I told you I was bringing a war! Get ready, IMPACT - find three guys. Find your best three. At IMPACT's No Surrender - we will show you who has the attitude.
A commentator - let's say Josh Matthews because I hate him - stands up.
Josh Matthews: Where is this war? Where is this "we" that you are talking about?
Storm points behind Matthews - where Dave Batista is standing.
Batista: So, this is it. The IMPACT Zone. He said we were coming. I'm here. Who are your three? You don't have any one to defend IMPACT? Too busy worrying about your no limits? You know why? No one wants to face us. You get your best three. And we will be back. We will bring the war.
Cut to commercial
IMPACT Wrestling Current Standings World X Division Champion: Austin Aries 1. Buddy Murphy 2. KUSHIDA 3. Low Ki
World Tag Team Champions: The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) 1. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) 2. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) 3. The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander)
World Knockouts Champion: Tessa Blanchard 1. Mia Yim 2. Taya Valkerie 2. Cheerleader Melissa
Ring of Honor - Restructered, Reorganized and Revitalized!!!!!!!!
Welcome to a new era in the illustrious history of Ring of Honor!!! Beginning now, Ring of Honor returns to it's roots. Technical prowess, hard hitting matchups and non stop action were the cornerstones of the early days of ROH, and will be again in the future! After careful consideration, the Ring of Honor Board of Directors have the following announcements to make prior to out grand relaunch.
First and formost, with the recent trades the have sent Rush and Kelly Klein to other organizations, both the Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Championship and the Women of Honor Championship have been declared vacant and will be filled with a pair of 4 way Elimination matches when ROH relaunches at the Revolution Road PPV!
Next, the Board of Directors have decided that, effective immediately, The ROH Television Chapionship has been deactivated and retired! In it's place, the board has opted for the return of the Ring of Honor Pure Championship!! The Pure title was an integral component to the early success of ROH and we feel it more closely aligns with Ring of Honor's core values and mission statement. 7 elite athletes will compete in a tournament to crown a new Pure champion with the final ROH Television Champion Shane Taylor receiving a first round bye. For those unfamiliar with the Pure Champiinship, it is contested under the following special rules;
1) Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
2) There are no closed-fist punches to the face allowed in a Pure match, only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body (save for low blows) are permitted. The first use of a closed fist would get a warning, and the second would cause the wrestler to be penalized a rope break. If he is already out of rope breaks, he would be disqualified.
3) A wrestler is subject to a twenty count by the referee if the wrestler goes to the floor.
4) Unlike other championships, the ROH Pure Championship can change hands on a disqualification or countout.
With Revolution Road fast approaching, stay tuned here for more announcements and late breaking developments!