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AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Results: Riho vs Thunder Rosa, Japan Finals

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AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator
February 28, 2021

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Mei Suruga & Rin Kadokura & Hikaru Shida def. Maki Itoh & Veny & Emi Sakura

The heels attacked en masse before the bell and isolated Shida, putting the boots to her. Itoh delivered mounted punches and a headbutt, but ran right into a single-leg dropkick from the AEW champ. Kadokura took a backbreaker from Veny, but came back with a dropkick and locked in a backbend headlock. Sakura broke up the hold, and the heels swarmed her and Suruga, spending the next few minutes working her over with quick tags. She would eventually counter Road to Valhalla from Sakura. Shida got the hot tag and cleaned house. Her and Sakura traded tilt-a-whirl backbreakers, then traded about a dozen forearms each. Sakura hit a spinning neckbreaker and a crossbody in the corner, but Shida caught her with a kick. They did the spot where everyone ran in one at a time, taking each other out with superkicks. In the chaos, Veny lept off the top rope and crashed through Shida out on the floor. Veny and Sakura both hit moves from the top rope into a headbutt from Itoh. Veny with a big sitdown powerbomb for two-and-a-half. Things broke down into a six-way brawl. Shida hit the Falcon Arrow on Veny, but they kicked out at 2.99. She delivered a running knee, and this time it was enough.

The heels attacked after the match, but Shida fought them off and sent them out to the floor one at a time. Sakura took a few shots at Maki Itoh just to work out some frustration on the way out.

Japan Bracket Finals
Ryo Mizunami def. Yuka Sakazaki

Mizunami dominated the early going using her strength advantage, mostly working holds as Sakazaki tried and failed to chip her down to size. Yuka finally took her down with a series of pinning combinations, but was quickly tossed into the corner and chopped a half dozen times. Yuka rolled into a surprise Calf Crusher but let up in the ropes and hit a sliding lariat. Mizunami caught her with a backdrop suplex and a slingshot German suplex before slapping on an Acaconda Vice. Yuka flailed around trying to get free, before reversing the hold into a front-mounted triangle choke. Mizunami fades, but powers her back up into a big powerbomb to break it up. Yuka hit her with rapid fire forearms and a running knee for two. Springboard frog splash gets two. They traded forearms and Yuka nearly got it with a running hurricanrana into a pin attempt. Mizunami hit a big spear, followed by a second spear and a Fisherman’s Driver to get the win.

U.S. Bracket Semifinals
Thunder Rosa def. Riho

Riho snapped off arm drags and a quick dropkick out of the gate. Thunder Rosa fired back with German suplexes and a lariat, hammering away with rights and lefts on the mat. She locked in a nasty submission wrenching her opponent’s neck backwards. Riho broke the hold and hit a neckbreaker and a Tiger feint kick for two. Rosa caught her with a boot in the corner and slapped on a Dragon Sleeper, but Riho reversed with backbend bridge for two. Riho rolled into a double foot stomp and came off the top rope with a crossbody splash for a nearfall. Rosa backed her into the corner and took a breath before delivering a running dropkick and lariat. Seated dropkick gets two. She tried for a helicopter spin but Riho snuck out and kneed her in the face. They battled on the top rope and Riho hung her up for a double foot stomp. Forearm trade. Riho hit a dropkick, Rosa came right back with a lariat. They traded pinning combinations and Rosa caught her!

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AEW The House Always Wins Results (4/9): TNT Title Defense, 10-Man Tag Headline First Ever House Show

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All Elite Wrestling held their first ever house show on Friday night in Jacksonville, FL headlined by Darby Allin defending the TNT Championship against the winner of a battle royal that took place earlier in the show.

The co-main event of the evening saw a huge 10-man tag team match featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and the Young Bucks teaming up with DDT Pro’s debuting Konosuke Takeshita.


AEW The House Always Wins
April 9, 2021
Jacksonville, FL

  1. TNT Title #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: The Butcher def. Austin Gunn, Colt Cabana, Colten Gunn, the Dark Order’s 10, Dustin Rhodes, Ethan Page, Lance Archer, Powerhouse Hobbs, Ricky Starks and Scorpio Sky.
  2. The Pinnacle def. Jurassic Express & Dante Martin
  3. Jade Cargill def. Reka Tahaka
  4. Street Fight: Cody Rhodes def. Aaron Solow
  5. Best Friends def. Max Caster & TH2
  6. Eddie Kingston def. Cezar Bononi
  7. Hikaru Shida & Red Velvet & Ryo Mizunami & Tay Conti def. Britt Baker & The Bunny & Nyla Rose & Rebel
  8. Death Triangle & The Sydal Brothers def. Kenny Omega & Konosuke Takeshita & Michael Nakazawa & The Young Bucks
  9. TNT Title Match: Darby Allin (c) def. The Butcher

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Christian Cage Compares His AEW Debut To Joining TNA In 2005

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Christian Cage recently spoke about joining AEW, comparing it to when he left WWE to join TNA back in 2005.

The new AEW star spoke with ET Canada’s Shakiel Mahjouri, where he compared the two, discussing the importance of him betting on himself in both those scenarios.


“When I left in 2005, it was more to bet on myself and to prove a point. I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I felt like I needed to get away in order to come back and be better than I was. I needed to step away and prove that I can work at and wrestle at the top of the card and carry a show. I felt like if I just stayed in WWE, I wasn’t necessarily going to get that opportunity no matter what reactions or the quality of matches that I was putting on. So I needed to kind of bet on myself, get out of their face for a little while, go and prove that even if it was on a smaller scale that I could do that. I feel like I did. then I came back. This time is a little bit different. I didn’t leave WWE because I wasn’t under contract with WWE. I hadn’t been under contract for WWE in probably six, seven years at this point in time. So it was a choice that I made. I needed the best platform for me at this stage of my career where I felt like I could go out and do my best work and also elevate the next generation that is coming up behind me.”

Christian was also asked what is on his bucket list for his career, where Cage made it clear that right now it is to simply just be back and be able to write the final chapter of his career on his own terms.

“Yeah, I mean, right now, just to come back and to compete at a high level. If I couldn’t come back and be what I was, if not better, I wouldn’t even attempt this and for me, the only goal that I have is to put on quality matches and to be able to write this final chapter myself. It never sat well with me that I was told that this was done. So now that I’ve been kind of gifted this opportunity to rewrite this final chapter on my own, I don’t take that lightly. So I’m going to go out there and whether I’m working in main events, I’m working for championships, whether I become the champion, that’s all icing on the cake. But for me just to go out there and have quality matches and, at the same time, elevate and help teach the younger generation coming up and make sure that they’re set up for success in the future.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)

You can check out the full interview below:

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STF Underground Episode 100! WrestleMania Prediction Round Table, Guest Cameos From Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & More!

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Welcome to EPISODE 100 of STF Underground!

In this episode we celebrate 100 episodes strong with a WrestleMania round table. This episode features guest cameos from previous guests such as Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & more! PLUS, a surprise run in that you won’t want to miss!


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