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ATWT Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Carly has a drink at the lakeside.  Craig finds her and says he’s over them, but Carly remarks he came running when he saw her car.  Carly wants to restart Monte Carlo, but Craig says she can’t be drinking. Liberty is upset to think Jack only came back to Janet because of her own illness.  But Jack later explains to Liberty there’s more to the situation than Liberty’s sickness.  There’s an ease in the tension.  Janet has spoken to Carly and wants her to stay out of Jack’s life.  Jack and Carly look at each other through the window, but Jack turns away first, then Carly.  Liberty keeps resisting treatment, and she leaves the hospital. Carly and Molly, consoling each other about their romantic woes, find Liberty on the porch, freezing and looking for Parker. Carly learns that Liberty lost her acceptance to FIT, and offers her a job at MonteCarlo once she sees that Liberty has a great eye for fashion. Carly calls Jack to tell him Liberty is at Milltown and he and Janet quickly come over. Janet lays in to Carly, when she learns that Carly offered Liberty a job. Janet thinks Liberty’s number one priority should be getting better but Liberty wants to have a life. Janet tells Liberty on the porch that she may not have a life at this rate and Liberty runs off, wounded. Janet cries on Jack’s shoulder.

Casey finds tired Alison, in Java. She’s stressed out over Emily’s condition, not just the wedding. They go to Tom and Margo’s only to find them squabbling with Susan over the wedding. Everyone tries to pull it together, and both Margo and Susan offer their homes for Casey and Alison to live in after the wedding. Alison can’t take the pressure. She goes outside to cool off. Mick calls her and she tells him to stop pursuing her. Inside, Margo expresses her regrets, about Emily’s condition, to Susan. Casey tells Tom he’d like to do pre-law and become a lawyer. Casey’s confused by Tom’s lack of enthusiasm. Alison returns and tells the Hughes she’d like to move in right away. Casey tucks her in for a nap. Later, Tom tells Margo that it’s unlikely Casey will be able to be lawyer, having been a convicted felon. Upstairs, we see Mick, peering at sleeping Ali, from the window ledge.  In Old Town, Barbara warns Susan that Mick and Alison have an unholy relationship.  Paul searches Mick’s room and finds pictures of James Stenbeck. When he returns to Emily’s room he finds Mick and confronts him. Emily stops him from yelling at Mick, and Paul’s elated that she’s awake. He goes to find a doctor and Mick seemingly puts Emily under a spell and tells her that she should have complete faith in him. When Susan and Paul later talk to Emily about potentially postponing her plan to have a child, Emily insists she would like to continue her treatments with Mick – whom she has complete faith in.  Alison sees Mick outside Casey’s window but when she and Casey rush to it, there’s no one there. Alison’s shaken, but then she’s thrilled to learn that Emily’s woken up. Paul tells her Emily’s determined to leave the hospital so Ali goes to Fairwinds to see her sister. There she learns that Emily’s invited Mick to live at Fairwinds. Both Paul and Alison are against this plan, but don’t want to disappoint Emily. Paul takes Emily off to rest and Alison accuses Mick of worming himself into her life, after she’s repeatedly told him she wants nothing to do with him. He pushes back at her, asking her if she really wants to be the prim and proper new Mrs. Hughes. Ali rushes back to Casey’s bedroom. Ali throws herself on Casey, but they hear a tapping on the window, and Ali, scared Mick might be out there, refrains from breaking their vow to not have sex before marriage. Back at Fairwinds, Paul let’s Mick stay so Emily will be happy.

Holden tells Meg that Molly was unable to get Grady to admit that he had anything to with Damian. Meg’s inconsolable, can’t believe her own brother still won’t believe her story. Meanwhile, Molly talks to Damian who encourages her to keep what she knows about his relationship with Grady a secret. But when Holden tells her how it hard it is to let his sister down, she breaks down and tells him Grady actually admitted that Damian paid him off to cover up that the DNA in the truck wasn’t Holden’s. Holden’s extremely upset and disappointed that Molly didn’t have any faith in their relationship and kept such a dangerous secret from him. He runs off to help Lily. Molly’s crushed. Meanwhile, Damian senses that he’s about to be busted, so he books a last minute trip to Malta for him and Lily. Lily won’t go and asks him to go pay the bill. When he returns Meg’s waiting for him, having escaped the mental institution. She tries to distract him so she can inject him with the contents of a syringe, but he’s too quick for her, and he overpowers her. He pulls her scarf and accidentally strangles her. Lily’s about to open the door to the room.  Molly’s taken her own advice and gone to do some work at WOAK to get her mind off Holden, but when she learns the segment she’ll be working on is a Valentines segment, something snaps inside of her and she decides to go off and find Holden. Damian’s horrified that he’s strangled Meg. He stuffs her in the cedar trunk. Lily’s packed up and ready to leave, but realizes she left something in the trunk. Damian stops her from opening the trunk, but Lily’s suspicious and manages to open it much to her horror when Meg’s arm flops out and she learns that Damian killed her. Damian holds Lily and pleads with her, urging to see that he did this in self defense, since Meg was about to kill him with the syringe full of poison. Lily thinks they should call the cops and tell them that Damian did this in self defense, but Damian won’t let her. He breaks her cell phone and drags her into the hallway only to be confronted by Holden. Damian pulls a gun on Holden. Holden tells Lily that Damian’s been lying to her. He tells her Damian covered up the fact that the DNA in the burned car wasn’t his. Damian tries to defend his actions, but Holden keeps accusing him of more, like the way that Damian led Meg on and then made her look crazy. Lily stops Holden and despite Damian’s protestations, Lily tells Holden that Meg broke out of Deerbrook and that her body is in the bedroom. Holden hears the word “body” and realizes Meg must be dead. He lunges at Damian and they wrestle for the gun. Damian grabs it and aims it at Holden, telling Lily if she leaves him he’ll kill Holden. Lily knows Damian isn’t bluffing and they all go into the bedroom. Damian tells Lily that they will fly away and he’ll treat her like a princess, but Holden says that will happen over his dead body. Damian’s okay with that and aims the gun at Holden.  As Damian starts to lead Lily out, Holden makes one last dash for the gun.  Damian wheels and is about to fire, when suddenly Meg leaps out, gasping for breath.  In the ensuing chaos Damian escapes.  Damian loses her and meets with Luke at Grimaldi Shipping to say he has to leave shortly on a freighter.  He’s also leaving the company to Luke.  Luke doesn’t quite understand but Damian insists he loves Luke but has to leave.  Damian would leave, and is at the docks when Holden catches up to him and says he can’t get on that ship.

Reid wants to get back to Dallas immediately, sees that Kim will probably be okay and is under Bob’s care.  Luke wants him to stay.  A cop comes over and, with Luke’s explanation, detains Reid.  Reid has a hearing and the judge deems him a flight risk, and wants him in custody.  But Bob asks the judge to release Reid, and Bob will put him to work at the hospital. Noah calls Maddie for some emotional support.  Noah also convinces Dr. Oliver to help by saying that he and Luke aren’t together, so Oliver doesn’t have to continue getting back at Luke, he can help.  Dr. Oliver also relents and examines Jacob, who has an ear infection.  Oliver considers moving into Katie’s house.  Henry copes with solitude, with Vienna, Brad and Simon all having left him.  He talks with Maddie at Al’s, then goes to Katie’s to hear Dr. Oliver is moving in with Katie.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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AEW Double or Nothing 2024: MJF Returns, Mercedes Moné & Will Ospreay New Champs, ‘Anarchy in the Arena’ Wildest Match Yet

Sunday night’s May 26th, AEW Double or Nothing, brought the once upstart wrestling organization back to its roots five years ago where it all started. The 6 hour pay-per-view was back at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where it all started.

This year, AEW DoN was pretty spectacular, bringing with it the highly-anticipated return of MJF, two title changes, a blood-soaked cage match, and the grand finale of the three main events, this year’s “Anarchy in the Arena” between Team Elite vs. Team AEW, and this one, my friends, was the craziest, most risk-taking of them all!  Let’s take a look at some of the highlights below.

WILL OSPREAY WINS HIS FIRST AEW TITLE

Things got cooking early when the Aerial Assassin, and perhaps the greatest wrestler in the world, Will Ospreay went one-one-one or five-on-one with interference by the “Undisputed Kingdom” for the International Championship currently held by Roderick Strong. Supposedly, a member of the Don Callis family, when Callis came over to ringside to tell Ospreay to finish off and take advantage of an injured Strong, Will had a conflict of conscience which almost cost him the match. Eventually, he put away Strong and became the AEW’s new International Champion.

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MJF RETURNS

Next, Adam Cole, who has not been on TV of late, and still recovering from ankle surgery, made his way to the ring. As Cole was in the ring, the lights went down and a video package was shown of MJF’s imminent return. Cole was freaking out. Then, MJF’s music hit, and out came the man himself! After Cole begs him to hug it out, Maxwell give him a low blow and then proceeds to grab the mic and deliver another epic promo.  This time, the former champ made it clear that the vulnerable person we saw during his run with Cole as bff’s is gone and the old and more focused version is back. MJF says he is now driven again by “Hate, hate, hate!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWD1ocnG6pA

The big question finally was 100% answered – MJF is signed to AEW: “I don’t need a New Japan or a Vince McMahon to make MJF because MJF made MJF,” he spewed. Pulling up his pant leg to reveal the back of his calf muscle, MJF showed the camera and the crowd he has AEW tattoo’d there, and he’s “not f–king leaving.”

It should be noted that later in the show, Juice Robinson also appeared for the first time in months. Looks like he is back in action with the “Bang Bang Gang” of Jay White and the Gunns.

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C-E-O C-E-O

It has been a long drawn out several months since Mercedes Mone made her debut in AEW.  Since then, she hasn’t wrestled a single match but that all changed at ‘Double or Nothing’ when she finally took on her nemesis, Willow Nightingale for the TBS Championship.

The women put on a great match and Mercedes still has all the moves that made her a superstar in the WWE as Sasha Banks.  However, the real story coming out of the ppv is what went down in the final moments of the match and its aftermath.

Stokely Hathaway and Kris Statlander appeared to distract the referee to give Nightingale time to gather herself together. However, they kept Aubrey Edwards’ attention long enough that when Willow pinned Mercedes with a three-count, the ref was out of place to count it!

That led to Mone’ capturing the title and the swerve of the night. As Nightingale walked up the ramp, Statlander turned heel, clotheslining her “friend” while Hathaway looked on with glee!

GANGREL RETURNS AND HELPS ADAM COPELAND

When Adam Copeland entered the steel cage that was laced with barb wire and other objects in a grudge match against Malakai Black, he came out to the ring in his “Brood” entrance theme. That was the pack he ran with early in his career, and that was the most violent side of his in-ring personas.

After beating each other senseless and bloody, it appeared that House of Black members Buddy Matthews and Brody King were going to join forces with Copeland on the outside of the ring, when both he and Black escaped the cage for a few moments. However, it was swerve on a swerve and the men beat down Copeland instead. To save the day, the lights go dark. Next, out from a carved out section of the ring comes Gangrel, who hasn’t been seen in a years. He comes to the aid of Adam and the two secure the win for the Rated-R Superstar.

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ANARCHY IN THE ARENA

The Elite with Matthew Jackson and Nicholas Jackson (The Young Bucks) along with Kazuchika Okada and Jack Perry vs. FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler), Bryan Danielson and Darby Allin.

The match (if you can call it that) was all over the arena, from the rafters, the concessions stands, the ring ramp, to the parking lot and more. The funniest part is the use of theme music just playing while the guys beat each other up all over the arena. However, Matt Jackson wanted Darby’s music to stop, As EVP’s they demanded the AEW technical team, put on The Young Bucks theme instead. Then, Danielson cut off the Bucks’ theme to play “Final Countdown” until Matt Jackson cut it off citing the over $200,000 in licensing fees this it is going to cost AEW to use it. Hilarious.

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As the match disintegrated, Jack Perry attacked CEO and AEW GM Tony Khan in the guerilla position backstage, and dragged him out to the stage, only Darby Allin saved Khan by setting Perry on fire with a flame thrower!

Some of the other gnarlier moments occurred when The Young Bucks hogtied and hung up Allin by his feet (for what seemed like an eternity) and then crushed his already broken nose that he suffered from being hit by a bus the other week in real-life! As the match went on, fans were scared for Darby and began chanting “Check on Darby.”  Eventually, Perry pinned Danielson to secure the win and end this classic and outrageous match.

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In other key matches:

“Timeless” Toni Storm retained her AEW Women’s Championship defeating Serina Deeb

Swerve Strickland retained his AEW World Heavyweight Championship defeating Christian Cage

Orange Cassidy beat Trent Berretta

Chris Jericho beat Hook and Shibata to retain the FTW championship.

Jon Moxley bested Konosuke Takeshita in IWGP Heavyweight championship eliminator

OVERALL GRADE

AEW Double or Nothing 2024 edition gets an A- for keeping it moving through a very long show; that provided something for every type of wrestling fan and delivered in the storylines as well. It also opened the door to new feuds, plus how the major returns will alter the landscape in the months ahead.

What do you think of AEW Double or Nothing 2024? Favorite moment or match? Excited for the in-ring return of MJF? Comment below.

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WWE King and Queen of The Ring 2024: Cody Rhodes Defeats Logan Paul to Retain Title; Liv Morgan Wins Women’s Title, Gunther and Nia Jax Crowned

On what seemed on paper as a probable underwhelming Peacock and WWE premium live event, was far from it.  Emanating from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, and streaming early in the day or morning the U.S., the 2024 edition of King and Queen of the Ring set up some major storylines heading into SummerSlam in August and even before then.

The main event saw the Undisputed Universal WWE champion, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes battle United States Champion, Logan Paul. But here was the catch, after manipulation by “The Maverick” and his “team”, only Rhodes’ belt was on the line.

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“I’M CODY RHODES, BITCH”

In the lead up, Paul surrendered his brass knuckles to ring announcer, Michael Cole, so he couldn’t use them, but as predicted, there was more than one pair and more than one way for Paul to get the knucks into the ring, thanks to his entourage, led by Jeff his manager at ringside.

Paul punched Rhodes in the ribs with them. Later, Rhodes accidentally knocked the referee out thus when he had Logan beaten with a three-count following a Cross Rhodes, no one was there to count three. Next, Paul delivered a low blow and was just about to use the brass knuckles again. All of a sudden at ringside, guest announcer, Saudi Arabian actor Ibrahim Al Hajjaj held on to Paul’s foot and kept him from punching out Rhodes.

Cody then had the opening he needed to deliver three Cross Rhodes and after the final one, he says to Paul, “I’m Cody Rhodes, Bitch!” and the rest is history. Rhodes retains the biggest prize in the WWE.

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LIV MORGAN’S REVENGE TOUR CONTINUES

The opening bout saw “The Man” Becky Lynch defend the WWE Women’s Championship against Liv Morgan, who has grown more nasty of late. After coming in second on three various occasions which would have led her to title shot, she has managed to secure one here. But not before, injuring then champion, Rhea Ripley and sidelining her.

However, Dominik Mysterio played into the outcome of the match. Earlier in the show, Mysterio revealed he flew to Saudi Arabia to ensure that Morgan didn’t leave with Rhea’s championship.

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During the back and forth match between Becky and Liv, Mysterio suddenly appeared at ringside when Lynch had Morgan in a Dis-Arm-Her submission hold which ultimately distracted her. Later, he throws chair into the ring for Lynch to use. However, she started arguing with Dirty Dom, and just then. Liv took advantage of the situation and hit a DDT on the chair and then her Oblivion maneuver and it was lights out for Becky. Liv Morgan became a WWE champion for only the second time in her career.

KING GUNTHER AND QUEEN NIA

With the Q&K winner’s getting a title shot at SummerSlam, Gunther bested Randy “The Viper” Orton in what was a grueling match. However, the ending is marred in controversy. Gunther pinned Randy Orton after kicking out of on RKO because he punched the “injured” knee of Orton, which happened at the hands of the Bloodline on Friday Night SmackDown.

From the camera angle, it was clear that Orton’s left shoulder was not down on the mat, so it appeared like a mess-up. However, it seems odd that Gunther made no effort to ensure the other shoulder was down, leading one to believe a rematch or a fatal three-way may be on the horizon. Triple H took to social media afterwards and said the referee’s decision stands.  So where will this lead? Stay-tuned.

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Nia Jax beat Lyra Valkerie to become your new ‘Queen’, even though the young upstart delivered a strong performance. However, Jax was just too big and too savvy. When Lyra attemped to flip under Jax for a powerbomb off the top rope, Nia was able to gather her footing on the second rope and slammed herself upon Valkerie, butt down, onto her chest  When Jax sat down on top of Valkerie it was with arms-folded for the victory.

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After Triple H gave Jax the ‘Queen of the Ring’ crown, Nia taunted the crowd as did Gunther when he was crowned ‘King.’ Looks like it could be Nia vs, Bayley at SummerSlam, and as for Gunther, he said he wanted to go for the WWE Championship which is currently held by Damian Priest. But for how long? Triple H announced that Drew McIntrye is medically cleared to face Priest in Drew’s home country at Clash at the Castle in just a few weeks for that very championship.

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SAMI ZAYN SAUDI ARABIA’S HERO

The hometown crowd in Jeddah was all about Sami Zayn who hails from the Middle East.  Zayn was defending his Intercontinental title against Chad Gable with Otis at ringside and Bronson Reed. The match had plenty of heat from the crowd. Things broke down late in the match when Gable wanted Otis to clothesline Zayn. Otis hesitated, so when he finally decided to do what Gable said, Zayn ducked out of the way and Gable got the brunt of it, leaving the former tag partners at massive odds. That allowed, Zayn to pin Bronson and retain his championship.

OVERALL

The matches were solid. So, we are giving this PLE an A, with the best match of the night Cody vs. Logan, and Gunther getting a title shot he deserves, shoulders pinned down of Orton’s, or not!

What did you think of the 2024 WWE King and Queen of the Ring matches, results and storylines? Comment below.

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