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No Count Outs: Bullet Club’s Return and Kota Ibushi Ascends

AEW Dynamite’s last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida with Bullet Club’s return. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run-ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.

Across the Pacific, NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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No Count Outs: Fire and Flair

WWE’s TLC Pay-Per-View opened with Drew McIntire and AJ Styles in a traditional TLC match. McIntire retained despite numerous obstacles including a potential Money in the Bank cash-in by Morrison. Charlotte Flair made her return to assist Asuka in capturing the Women’s Tag Team Titles. Roman Reigns fought off Kevin Owens with the help of Jey Uso. Randy Orton set The Fiend ablaze in a Firefly Inferno match.

In AEW the Acclaim secured a tag team championship match with the Young Bucks after winning over former champs SCU. Kenny Omega was confronted by a new challenger, Rey Fenix.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count Outs: Impact and Impasse

War games packed the action but was not without incident. After some scary spots Candice LeRae’s team won despite the team captain breaking her arm. The match included great highlights from Ember Moon, Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez. Pat McAfee and his team lost to Adam Cole and the rest of Undisputed Era. Johnny Gargano stood tall over Ruff and Priest in the North American Championship match.

On AEW Sting and Kenny Omega explained their actions from Winter Is Coming. The Young Bucks kept rolling over TH2 and the Inner Circle contemplated breaking up for good. Tommy “Zeus” Lister and Pat Patterson passed away.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count Outs: Winter is Here

Sting has made his awe-inspiring return to the world of pro wrestling on AEW Dynamite, what will the repercussions be? Kenny Omega is the new AEW champion and Don Callis is bringing Omega with him on Impact. Orange Cassidy and MJF outlasted all other competitors in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal, after some controversy between him and another inner circle member, Sammy Guevara.

On WWE programming NXT prepped for war games. Shotzi Blackheart faced Raquel Gonzalez and won after securing the briefcase. Imperium appeared and promised to go after the NXT tag titles currently held by Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. A.J. Styles is the next contender for Drew McIntyre‘s championship.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count Outs: Brotherly Love

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.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

We All Want To See It But Can Shaq vs. Cody work?

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is no stranger to the world of professional wrestling. Despite making appearances on WCW and WWE programming multiple times the big diesel has never had an official match. Will AEW and Cody Rhodes finally pay-off the fans and O’Neal’s dream, or will it turn into a nightmare?

History

Celebrities and pro wrestling have a long and storied history. On paper, it’s a win-win. Fans feel the excitement of worlds colliding. Seeing an actor, athlete, or personality crossover with a John Cena, Sting, or Roman Reigns creates buzz. For the celebrity, entering the squared circle can fulfill a lifelong dream and create iconic moments. In execution, most matches are heavily gimmicked and are a mixed bag at best. For every windfall, there seem to be two or three disasters when it comes to expectation vs. result. 

The Good

    A celebrity match doesn’t have to be the most technical, the appearance doesn’t even have to be very long, but fans want a satisfying build and payoff. One of the best examples of both has to be Vince McMahon vs. Donald Trump in the battle of the billionaires. Back when Trump was the host of the Apprentice, he and Vince went back and forth on Raw one-upping each other, with Trump famously dropping “thousands of dollars” to the audience on fan appreciation night.

 The feud would culminate at Wrestlemania 23 in a hair vs. hair match Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga with special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin. Vince and Umaga lost, and McMahon paid with the loss of his locks. Trump for his part, even took a stunner from Stone Cold, albeit not the prettiest of selling jobs from the current president. 

For a more recent example, Pat McAfee stunned most of the internet wrestling community by having a high quality against NXT superstar Adam Cole at Takeover 30. Many people were doubtful the former punter turned sports entertainer could back up his talk on the mic. In the storyline, McAfee had only two weeks to prepare to fight Cole, despite the limited experience he impressed with his athleticism, charisma, and overall ring awareness.    

The Bad

Most long-term fans of wrestling would rather forget most celebrity appearances and while it’s impossible to list all of them there are a few examples that especially stick out as being excruciatingly bad. Basketball fans will remember the endless self-promotion of the Ball family and Big Baller Brand in 2017. LaVar Ball and his sons LaMelo and Lonzo Ball were featured in an ill-fated segment on the June 26th episode of Raw. 

In one of the worst Miz TV segments, Miz talked with LeVar about the possibility of joining BBB. After awkwardly squabbling with the Ball’s and LaMelo mistakenly saying the N-Word live on air, the wrestler formerly known as Dean Ambrose (now Jon Moxley) broke up the segment by announcing he had joined BBB. 

This year WWE fans were reminded that just because an individual is gifted in traditional sports doesn’t mean that translates well to the ring. Rob Gronkowski, arguably one of the best NFL tight ends of his generation, hosted this year’s Wrestlemania. Gronkowski captured the 24/7 championship but showed little potential in the ring or on the mic. The former Patriot star ended his brief wrestling career when he rejoined former teammate Tom Brady in Tampa after being traded to the Buccaneers.

Will Shaq Work

You either learn from the past or you are doomed to repeat it. This is especially true for Tony Khan and Rhodes in their attempts to recruit the legendary seven-foot plus hooper. Shaq was scheduled to appear in Wrestlemania 33 against the Big Show, but the constant changing of plans “messed it up” according to O’Neal himself. The big Aristotle could also land in the camp of Gronkowski as an athlete that can’t transition to the wrestling world. The now NBA analyst is nearly 20 years older than Gronk and is unlikely at best that he could wrestle a full match one-on-one against Cody and give the fans a satisfying finish. 

If Last week’s dynamite is any indication AEW could see its very first mixed tag match as a promotion. Jade Cargill, a newly signed AEW talent and former college basketball player spoke on behalf of Shaq last Wednesday. She interrupted Rhodes in the center of the ring, and gave a long-winded speech, dubious of Rhode’s claim of being a “giant killer”. The segment was punctuated by a strong Brandi Rhodes promo. A tag match would properly limit O’Neal’s in-ring time while hopefully maintaining the star power. The biggest concern is Cargill who also has limited ring work.

Khan has a tough challenge ahead of himself and several variables are incredibly hard to control. If anyone associated with the feud has to be quarantined for Covid-19 exposure or positivity the entire contest could be postponed. The longer this builds, the more likely something could go wrong. My first reaction is skepticism. So many great ideas AEW has had have fallen by the wayside despite the company and performers’ best efforts. The Matt Hardy debut, championship builds starting and stopping, and Will Hobbs’ push being paused multiple times creates worry and casts doubt.

The optimist in me sees evidence that both Rhodes and Shaq will make this work. Both men are under contract for TNT and have partaken in creative advertising before. Each individual is already invested in this so it will be more difficult to back out of. AEW has already successfully had some notable star appearances including a segment in which Chris Jericho brawled with Mike Tyson. Plenty of pitfalls await this feud, but AEW has a chance to make an iconic moment with Shaq if they play their cards right.    

No Count Outs: This is Real

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.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count Outs: Hell and Havoc

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.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count outs: The Dastardly Debonairs

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.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

No Count Outs: The Monster Mashup

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 one 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.

No Count Outs: Bullet Club Returns and Kota Ibushi Ascends No Count Outs

AEW Dynamite's last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.Across the Pacific, NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep on tabs with the hosts Matt Dahlberg @M_broski21 and Tyler Pearson @T_pearson10four. Email the show:NoCountOuts@gmail.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app