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.
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Drew McIntyre regained the WWE championship, beating Randy Orton and setting up a champion versus 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 are discussed in a preview for a possible last ride on Survivor Series.
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.
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.
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.