Survivor Series led the way for another strong week for professional wrestling on WWE and AEW programming. In singles champion vs champion matches Roman Reigns beat Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley defeated Sami Zayn. Asuka fell to Sasha Banks and Street Profits knocked off the New Day. NXT saw Toni Storm turn heel and the build for War Games begin to take shape. AEW had the last word in preparation for Winter is Coming. Jon Moxley suckered Kenny Omega, Abadon frightened Hikaru Shida, and the Dark Order once again tried to lure Adam Page into their fold.
Drew McIntyre regained the WWE championship over Randy Orton setting up a champion vs. champion match with Roman Reigns. Elsewhere on Raw the New Day retained their title over the Hurt Business. NXT also had two title defenses, both Leon Ruff and Io Shirai held on to their gold over Johnny Gargano and Rhea Ripley respectively.
On dynamite Jon Moxley inadvertently revealed his wife Renee was pregnant with their first child in a promo for Kenny Omega. Will Hobbs turned heel, and the death triangle reunited with the return of Pac in a match against the Blade. Finally the legend and legacy of the Undertaker is discussed in a preview for a possible last ride on Survivor Series.
The Full Gear Pay-Per-View finally happend. New champions crowned in the Young Bucks and Darby Allin in their respective matches against FTR and Cody Rhodes. Other champs had better fortune. Hikaru Shida and Jon Moxley kept their titles. WWE had high stakes matches of their own. Johnny Gargano lost his North American title to Leon Ruff. Sasha Banks overcame her past to hold on to her belt over her long rival Bayley. On Dynamite, Pac made his return to break up Eddie Kingston's family.
In the go home show for AEW Full Gear, Jon Moxley had a war of words with Eddie Kingston. The Young Bucks narrowly avoided severe injury as Adam Page and Kenny Omega saved Nick and Matt from a viscous assault from FTR. Cody and Darby Allin continued to circle each other days before their Pay-Per-View collision. NXT was chock full of shenanigans. Dakota Kai, with assistance from Raquel Gonzales, gave Ember Moon her first defeat since her comeback. Toni Storm defeated Shotzi Blackheart with interference from Candice LeRae. Halloween continues to haunt Cameron Grimes as he lost to the timesplitter Kushida after the return of Zombies.
Hell in The Cell and Halloween Havoc, and Dynamite all were great shows in terms of work, story and atmosphere. HIAC featured Roman Reigns defeating his fellow Samoan, Jey Uso in a brutal but dramatic match. Sasha Banks got her revenge on Bayley, and Randy Orton secured his 14th world championship over Drew McIntyre.
Wednesday night was no ordinary NXT. For the first time in over 20 years Halloween Havoc returned to the WWE. Johnny Gargano beat North American Champ, Damian Priest in a Devil's Playground match. Johnny's better half, Candice LeRae was unsuccessful in her attempt of dethroning Io Shirai. Pat McAfee returned to reveal he was the mastermind behind Ridge Holland's attack and recruited the already deadly combo of Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.
AEW continued to build toward full gear, as the finals of the number one contender tournament for the AEW championship was set with Kenny Omega winning over Penta el Zero Miedo and Hangman securing his spot over Wardlow. MJF tried to convince Chris Jericho he belongs in the Inner Circle which sets up a confrontation at Full Gear against Le Champion. Eddie Kingston made another statement in his win over Matt Sydal as he looks ahead to Jon Moxley.
NXT versus AEW on Wednesday dominated discussion this week. As a last minute replacement for Undisputed Era's injured Strong and Fish, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch defeated Breezango to become the new tag team champs. Kushida outlasted Tommaso Ciampa and Velveteen Dream in a triple threat match. Ember Moon won her return match but was attacked by Dakota Kai afterwards.
Dynamite's world title tournament featured all four first round matches. Moving on was Jungleboy, Rey Fenix, Adam Page and a refocused and refurbished Kenny Omega as the fearsome cleaner, who destroyed Sonny Kiss in just a few seconds. MJF and Chris Jericho had dinner and then performed an unexpected musical number. Elsewhere on WWE programming Mustafa Ali was revealed to be the hacker.
The WWE draft separated New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods from Big E. The superstar shakeup switched brands for many notable names like Charlotte Flair, Miz and Morrison, Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio. On the Wednesday night wars NXT had its sights on Halloween Havoc with Shotzi Blackheart as the host and competing in on of two number one contenders' matches on the Card. Every Championship was defended on AEW including a brutal match between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer.
Kevin Lee Davidson been wrestling in top level promotions such as Evolve, Ring of Honor, IWA-Mid South, Glory Pro, and AAW. I catch up with KLD on what wrestling has meant to him, how he improves and perfects his craft and of course some of his greatest opponents and matches. X-Pac, Scott Norton, Buff Bagwell, and PCO were big highlights in his independent career, but KLD also learned from some of the greatest teachers in wrestling like Norman Smiley, Michael Elgin, and Eddie Kingston.
NXT Takeover 31 saw the return of Ember Moon, and Toni Storm. Along with a stacked card matches that included Io Sharai versus Candice LaRae, and Kyle O'Reilly facing off against Finn Balor. WWE continues to crack down on talent revenue, this time a proposed takeover of wrestler's Twitch accounts. AEW kept fans on their toes, teasing a possible feud between MJF and Chris Jericho a week before his 30th anniversary show. Cody, fakes out the crowd during his promo against Brodie Lee, and Jon Moxley faces an unexpected opponent in The Butcher.
Clash of Champions "Gold Rush" Featured an ad-libbed card the had a few misses, but overall a solid Pay-Per-View. Asuka worked double duty, Randy Orton was forced to face his ghosts against Drew McIntyre, and Roman Reigns asserted his dominance over Jey Uso. AEW scrambled with booking as well. Eddie Kingston fought Jon Moxley for the world title and Brodie Lee extinguished Orange Cassidy. Cody made his return with a new look and a familiar attitude.
The Street-Fight between Chuck and Trent and Santana & Ortiz took the wrestling world by storm last week. Meanwhile Sasha Banks returns to Smackdown to confront Bayley on her betrayal. Jon Moxley survives an ambush attack from an unlikely ally in Will Hobbs, and Damian Priest has his first title defense against Timothy Thatcher. All that and plus a Sue-studded Being The Elite.
The Elite have officially broken up. Matt and Tyler discuss what that means for The Young Bucks, Adam Page, and Kenny Omega going forward. Finn Balor is the new NXT Champion, Asuka defends her title against Mickie James, the guys talk about their favorite segments from Being The Elite.
This week on No Count Outs, Tyler and Matt express their frustration towards WWE and AEW. Matt Hardy versus Sammy Guevara cut short after a botched table spot that ruined the rest of All Out. In WWE there was a non finish between Adam Cole, Finn Balor, Tammaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano. A returning Jey Uso became the number one contender to Roman Reigns' Universal Title. All of that plus a full break down of All Out and controversial WWE news that took social media by storm.
Roman Reigns is the New Universal Champ! Matt and Tyler discuss his recent alignment with Paul Heyman and what that means going forward. Hangman Page betrays the Young Bucks and costs them a title opportunity and the end of an era for the elite. Moxley outwits MJF in a contract signing. Dominik impresses again as the Mysterio's fight Rollins and Murphy.
Summerslam at the Thunderdome featured the debut of Dominik Mysterio, the return of Roman Reigns and multiple title changes. On Raw, the action continued with Randy Orton facing Keith Lee, that left Tyler and Matt underwhelmed to say the least. They vent it out on this episode of No Count Outs.
2 huge shows, 1 mega episode. Dynamite and Takeover thrill Matt and Tyler. They go overtime, gushing over Keith Lee, Brodie Lee, Pat McAfee and more. Big title changes, major payoffs. All in this edition of No Count Outs.
This week on No Count outs the guys focus on Cody's time as the TNT Champion. Naomi, Big E, and others in WWE teased big moments in the future, but will Vince pull the trigger on any of them? Plus all the action and more from AEW, and WWE.