June 28th, 2023
By: John Siino
FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone
Jon Moxley (w/ Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
They went face-to-face right away before Stephon Smith separated them so he could ring the bell and as it rang, they went right into a stiff chop exchange before trading shoulder tackles within the first minute. Into a forearm exchange, as the crowd starts chanting for both men. They then trade biting each other’s faces, before Jon Moxley knocks down Tomohiro Ishii. Moxley starts stomping away before going for the first pin attempt, getting a two. Moxley tosses Ishii to the outside where Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta surround him as the referee watches. Taz corrects Tony Schiavone on how to pronounce ‘Stephon’ before Moxley hits a suicide dive onto Ishii and celebrates in the crowd for a bit. As Claudio & Yuta surround Ishii again, Eddie Kingston (rocking a D-Block shirt, Yonkers stand up) makes his way down to the ring and grabs a chair making Claudio & Yuta back-up before they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Ishii hits a superplex on Moxley as Kingston has stayed in Ishii’s corner. They go into another forearm exchange as Moxley starts bleeding (it’s been a while) before Ishii finally gets knocked down. Moxley starts dropping elbows as Ishii flips him off before Moxley puts on the Bulldog Choke. Moxley comes back with a suplex and lariat, but Ishii kicks out at one and hits a lariat of his own. They start trading knees before knocking each other down with a double lariat. They start head-butting each other until Moxley hits a DDT for two. Ishii comes back with a DDT and a lariat for another two. A bit more back and forth, until Moxley hits a Death Rider but Ishii kicks out at two. Moxley hits a stomp and another Death Rider for the three count.
Winner: Jon Moxley by pinfall at 15:10
On his way out, Moxley shoulder bumps into Eddie Kingston and says ‘he didn’t need his help’ but Kingston says ‘You did it by yourself, you don’t need them’.
Better Than You, Bay Bay
Renee Paquette is backstage as Adam Cole is pulling up into the arena. Before he could say anything, MJF pulls up as well and tells Cole ‘congrats on being sick, I wish I would have thought of that’ as Cole says he was actually sick. MJF says they got off on the wrong page and this is a good opportunity for Cole, as he obviously couldn’t beat him for his title but Cole was ‘close’. MJF then says they could run this entire company together and suggests they bond together this weekend and ‘get to know each other’. Cole says ‘Sure, why not’, but tells MJF not to touch him. Cole says he’s going to go say hello to a few people then he’ll see him around. MJF says he got a gift for Cole and hands him ‘tag merch’ that says Better Than You, Bay Bay’.
You Better Fix This
After the commercial, we go back to Renee who is with the Blackpool Combat Club and starts asking Moxley what’s going on with Eddie Kingston. Kingston walks in and they start trading words, as Renee pleads for them to stop. Kingston tells him that nobody kicks his ass but he and Moxley tells him that nobody cares about this Chikara beef. Renee makes them stop and tells Kingston that he better fix this.
Orange Cassidy, El Hijo del Vikingo & Keith Lee vs. Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker
Excalibur announces that Dr. Britt Baker DMD will be unable to compete tonight due to getting sick from Adam Cole, so the match will be rescheduled for next week, although Ruby Soho will still be in action. They show footage from earlier today of Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker challenging Orange Cassidy & the Best Friends, but they are unavailable as they are over in Europe promoting the Fight Forever video game, so Cassidy just sees both Keith Lee & El Hijo del Vikingon hanging out in the locker room and asks both of them. Interestingly enough, the heels aren’t billed as The Jericho Appreciation Society. Garcia and Vikingo start the match, as Schiavone asks Taz if he’s pronouncing Vikingo’s name correctly calling back the Stephon Smith comment from earlier. They both continue to argue, as Excalibur tells them to stop arguing. Cassidy & Parker enter, and Cassidy takes away Parker’s knife comb and puts it in his pocket. Vikingo tags in and hits a running shooting star press on Garcia for two. Garcia takes control over Vikingo and does his dance as we go picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Menard is in control over Vikingo, hitting him with a powerbomb. Vikingo is able to leap over his opponents and makes the hot tag to Keith Lee who takes out all three heels. Hilarious spot with Garcia standing on top of Lee’s back while doing his dance, but Lee is able to put him on top of his shoulders. Vikingo tags in and dives to the outside but ends up crashing into Lee instead. Lee picks up Vikingo and uses him as a ram against Menard and Parker before tossing him onto the apron where he hits a top rope moonsault. Garcia and Cassidy go at it inside the ring where Garcia hits a piledriver for two. Vikingo breaks up the Dragon Tamer with a superkick before getting tossed to the outside. Cassidy hits Parker with an Orange Punch before Lee & Menard tag in and goes back and forth until Lee hits a Jackhammer for the pin.
Winners: Keith Lee, Orange Cassidy & El Hijo del Vikingo by pinfall at 13:12
We Aren’t Friends Anymore
We go to Adam Page & the Young Bucks backstage who talk about having a trios open challenge tonight. The Dark Order interrupts, which Matt Jackson ignores and starts repeating the promo. John Silver says they will accept, as Page thinks he means a 12-man tag. Alex Reynolds says they want to fight them as Evil Uno tells Page that he abandoned them. Page says they needed some help and asks if he’s responsible for the Dark Order and their babysitter. Reynolds says they aren’t friends anymore, and tonight they are his opponents.
Let’s Get Dirty
Renee is backstage with Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara and asks Jericho about tapping into the Pain Maker tonight. Jericho says this is bigger than Forbidden Door and he and Sting should be on TBS and commentated by Tony Schiavone. Jericho brings up Sting asking for ‘more time’ with him, and tonight he will get his nightmare. Jericho says tonight Sting is facing The Pain Maker and if he wants to get dirty, let’s get dirty and he’ll put that white paint in the dirt and get it bloody.
The Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno) vs. The Elite (Adam Page, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Adam Page goes to start the match against Alex Reynolds, but Nick Jackson advises himself to start instead. They go back and forth for a bit until Nick hits a corkscrew arm drag, corning Reynolds before he tags out to John Silver. Page tags in and gets into Silver’s face, as commentary starts arguing over which console to play Fight Forever on before Taz says ‘Who gives a rat’s ass, I’m trying to watch the match’. Not much happens here before they tag out to Matt Jackson and Evil Uno. While running the ropes, Uno takes out Page off the apron. The Young Bucks start double-teaming on The Dark Order before Uno clotheslines them both down. Page steps off the apron and says he doesn’t want to fight. The Dark Order head to the outside where The Bucks dive off the top rope onto them. Page tags in and is conflicted about attacking Reynolds and tags out, as we head to the commercial.
When we come back, Uno starts pushing Page around before finally smacking him in the face which prompts Page to tag himself in and go after Uno. The Bucks try to stop it but get sent outside by Uno. Uno takes out Matt with a cannonball off the apron before Reynolds & Silver join in. The Dark Order start triple-teaming on Page and hit him with their German/Jackknife pin finisher, but Page kicks out at two. The Bucks break up the Pendelum Bomb attempt and tell Page to hit the Buckshot Lariat. Page hesitates as Silver reverses the attempt into a two-count. Page comes back with the Dead Eye, as the Bucks follow it with the BTE Trigger on Silver. Page follows with the Buckshot Lariat on Silver for the pin and the win.
Winners: The Elite (Adam Page, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) by pinfall at 13:48
Blood & Guts
The Blackpool Combat Club & Konosuke Takeshita run in after with chairs and start attacking The Elite, as the Dark Order just watches on before leaving, without helping out at all. Don Callis joins in, as Eddie Kingston runs in to try to help but gets ambushed as well. Page is bleeding from his forehead as he looks on at Dark Order standing on the outside. Moxley turns his back as the rest of them keep attacking The Elite & Kingston. Moxley gets on the mic and says it’s about time to come to an end and they finish it as they will push each other beyond their limits. Moxley says July 19th in Boston at the TD Garden they will have Blood & Guts.
This Place Sucks
When we come back, we see Adam Page waiting for MJF in the parking lot as Roderick Strong says he can’t trust MJF. Page says he’s just playing along as MJF walks in and calls Strong a ‘generic white guy’. MJF says ‘this place sucks’ and tells Cole to get out of there. Cole says MJF definitely doesn’t watch this show as they leave and Strong watches on.
Toronto, Let Me Ask You A Question
Jack Perry walls out with his Tarzan Boy music but tells them to ‘turn that garbage off’. Perry says the fans ruined that song for him and we’ll never hear it again and tells them to boo all they want, as it doesn’t change the fact. Perry says there’s a car waiting to take him to the airport as they are all stuck here with the wildfires. Perry talks about how he’s ‘banging the hottest bitch in this place’ and says ‘Toronto, let me ask you a question’, as they someone says ‘This isn’t Toronto’. Perry talks about having to watch Hook dangle a championship in his face, after coming up short on winning the title. Perry talks about it not even being a recognized title, just like he doesn’t recognize Hook and calls him a fraud and says Hook was lucky to stand next to him in a ring. Perry talks about what the FTW Title means to his family while addressing Taz and says that’s why he will take it from him. Perry says when he gets his hands on him, he will beat the shit out of him. Hook’s music hits as he runs out and chases Perry through the crowd, to end this pretty terrible segment.
As Excalibur tries to cut to the Grand Slam announcement, we see Perry jump into a car backstage as Hook fails to catch up to him and angrily tosses a garbage can into a security guard’s ankle. Ouch. Sammy Guevara comes out with cue cards as we head to the commercial.
Ruby Soho (w/ Saraya & Toni Storm) vs. Alexia Nicole
Ruby Soho takes Alexia Nicole down right away and stays on top of her in the corner. Ruby sends Nicole to the outside where Saraya & Toni Storm starts stomping away. Ruby continues hitting suplexes but pulls Nicole up before the three count. Ruby takes a rubber glove from Paul Turner and puts on the Lockjaw to make Nicole submit.
Winner: Ruby Soho by submission at 2:08
They spray paint Nicole after as Ruby gets on the mic and talks about this not being her original opponent and says because of Canada’s disgusting country, Dr. Britt Baker DMD is sick but next week she’ll be able to challenge her. Ruby talks about Baker’s boyfriend not even showing up for his match at Forbidden Door and hopes they never have kids as they will be ‘weak, little bastards’. Ruby tells Baker to get her head out of the toilet and brings up how Baker once said that Ruby didn’t know who she was. Ruby says she loves who she is now and says Baker is a shell of her former self. Soho talks about how she will take away the two-time Owen Hart winner opportunity from Baker and leave her with nothing.
We go to QTV, where QT Marshall introduces Johnny TV as their newest member and he will be in action on Rampage. Harley Cameron ends the segment by imitating Isiah Kassidy’s moan.
- Matt Hardy & Brother Zay vs. QT Marshall & Johnny TV
- Hikaru Shida vs. Taya Valkyrie
- Shawn Spears vs. The Blade
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. Komander
- TBS Championship: Kris Statlander (c) vs. Lady Frost
- Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Roderick Strong vs. Samoa Joe
- Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Dustin Rhodes vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
- Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Juice Robinson vs. Ricky Starks
- MJF makes his Collision wrestling debut
- Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinal: Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin
- Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Dr. Britt Baker DMD vs. Ruby Soho
Tornado Tag Match: Sting & Darby Allin vs. Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara
Chris Jericho makes his Pain Maker entrance. As soon as the bell rings, Darby Allin takes Sammy Guevara to the outside and starts fighting him. Chris Jericho goes to hit Sting with a bat, but it does nothing as they then start going at it in a bat exchange. Darby joins in as they start splashing Jericho in the corner. Guevara hits a top rope cutter on Darby before they kick Sting to the outside. Guevara brings a ladder into the ring, as Jericho starts using a chair on Darby. Jericho & Guevara stay in control, whipping Darby over the ring steps and into the crowd before they head to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Guevara hits a springboard cutter off the barricade to Darby. Darby comes right back with a Coffin Drop, as Sting hits a Stinger Splash to Jericho on the barricade. Darby and Sting start setting tables up next to each other on the outside as Darby places the ladder up against the ropes. Darby climbs the ladder, but Sting gets up also and wants to jump instead. Sting does jump but only clears the first table and takes out Guevara through it. Back inside, Darby jumps off the top rope with the skateboard on Jericho but only gets two. Jericho sidesteps and sends Darby into the ladder before he starts using the ladder on Darby. Darby comes back and sends Jericho into the ladder that was propped on the corner, but Jericho blocks a Coffin Splash with the skateboard and knocks him to the outside with a Judas Effect. Sting attacks Jericho from behind him, but he turns it into the Walls of Jericho, as Jericho is gushing blood. Sting grabs the bat from the corner and knocks Jericho in the head with it. Sting hits a pair of Stinger Splash, but Jericho blocks a second one with a Codebreaker for a two. Sting ducks a Judas Effect and hits the Scorpion Death Drop for a two. Sting blocks a Codebreaker and puts on the Scorpion Death Lock as Jericho taps out.
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin by submission at 12:55