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OLTL Recap – Aug 22 – Aug 26th

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Jack catches Todd with Dorian’s safe open, and he slips the gun into his pocket. Todd takes the gun and leaves, ready to shoot Victor. Tea tells her husband that he’s still the man she loves. They go upstairs to make love.  Someone breaks into the house with the gun. Starr and Dani talk over the huge events in the Manning household and get into a fight about Todd vs Victor. They eventually make up. To Rex’s surprise the stripper at the Spotted Pony is Kim, going by the name of Gigi. Rex explains about Gigi’s death, etc., and that he’s seen Gigi and consulted a psychic who led him here. She tells Rex she can’t help him. He leaves – but first sees another vision of Gigi, who tells him not to give up on her. Kim then goes to a hospital room and tells an unseen person in the bed that Rex was in town. Ford and Jessica pull out of the kiss and Ford tries to apologize. Jessica suggests that since it’s so hard for him to deal with missing Tess, they shouldn’t see each other. He reluctantly agrees.

Joey and Kelly prepare to say goodbye to Llanview and move to London.  Aubrey returns her engagement ring and learns that Joey is leaving town with Kelly and wishes them the best.  Elsewhere, Kelly gives John the news of her imminent departure and urges him not to let his pride get in the way of a possible future with Natalie. Bo visits Asa’s grave on the anniversary of his death.  There he runs into Renee, and the two have a heart-to-heart about the state of the family and Bo’s feelings that he’s let them all down. Clint settles into life at Llanfair, but broods that house arrest prevents him from keeping up a tradition he’s begun since Asa’s death, which requires his presence at the mansion.  Clint compels Nigel to help him slip out and go to the mansion anyway, thus violating the terms of his sentencing.  Rex returns to Llanview.  Rex tells Natalie about his run-in with Kim.  Natalie extracts a promise from Rex that he’ll keep Kim’s whereabouts a secret especially from Clint.  Rex goes on to say that he saw Gigi again.  She urged him not to give up.  Natalie suggests that the meaning behind Gigi’s statement is that he shouldn’t give up on his life.   Kim visits the bedside of her mysterious friend and tells her about Rex’s surprise visit to The Spotted Pony.  Kim, made aware of Clint’s reversal of fortune, decides to risk the wrath of David, return to Llanview and take another shot at her ex-husband. Dorian’s career aspirations do not mesh with David’s but he chooses to sacrifice his career to stand by Dorian.  Dorian is rattled after a visit from John which sends Dorian on a mission to complete one last bit of business.  At EOD:  John comes face to face with Natalie. Viki, Joey and Kelly discover that Clint has disappeared. Rex asks Gigi for a sign that Natalie’s interpretation of her last message is correct; then Clint and Nigel arrive.  Kim arrives at La Boulaie to see David. A bedside photo of the person in the Kentucky hospital room implies her true identity.

Caught off guard by his father’s sudden visit, Rex is inclined to throw Clint out, but Clint explains he only wants to honor Asa.  Knowing the police will soon be following Clint, anyway, Rex relents and the father and son have a small bonding moment.  Having been alerted about Clint’s “escape,” Bo shows up, followed by Joey, Kelly, and Natalie.  Rex leaves them to share a toast to Asa’s memory.  Rex visits Gigi’s grave and admits that after his disappointing visit to Kentucky he may have to accept that she’s truly gone…but then he witnesses something that makes him think twice. Joey wonders if living under the same roof will rekindle Viki and Clint’s relationship. Determined to win Clint back, Kim implores David not to share with Clint the damning information he has on her.  David agrees and at EOD Kim comes face to face with her ex-husband Clint.  Brody makes a threat to keep his secret safe. Natalie returns the blank tape to John, who was affected by Kelly’s urging him to move forward with Natalie and asks about her meeting with Delphina.  Natalie tells him about the psychic’s claim that Todd knows what was on the tape.  The Cramer women of Llanview have a surprise farewell party for Dorian.

Victor arrives at The Sun where he disgustedly hurls his name plate (bearing the name Todd Manning) off of his desk. Brody enters to ask Victor to keep quiet about Liam being John’s son. Brody wants to keep his family together, but Victor is no longer sure he wants to keep this a secret. Even though Victor hates John, he knows the pain of not knowing who you really are. Look at him; his mother lied to him and now his whole world has been turned upside down. Brody threatens to take Victor down if Victor says anything as Victor’s secretary walks in. Victor refuses to reveal what he plans to do. Later Victor grabs his phone to call John while looking at a copy of Liam’s paternity test. At the police station John heeds Kelly’s advice and dances around the subject of getting back together with Natalie. Natalie returns Gigi’s tape and says Delphina couldn’t get a hit off of it, except that Victor may know something. Whatever is on that tape is about Liam. John summons the courage to tell Natalie that he still cares about her, but they are interrupted by a call from a realtor, who has an apartment ready for Natalie and Brody to look at. John wishes Natalie well and walks away. Later John becomes suspicious when Brody says he already asked Victor about Gigi’s tape and Victor knew nothing.

Inside Bo’s office Bo calls Matthew to tell him he loves him, even though the doctors say there hasn’t been any change in his condition. David arrives to tell his pa that he will be going away for a few months. Bo is proud of David for achieving his acting dream and hugs his son.   Clint is pleased to see Kim, who is also happy to see her old cowboy. Kim says she had to see him as Clint reveals he knows Kim didn’t cheat on him. What did David have on Kim that made her leave? Kim avoids the question by asking about Clint’s health. Clint reveals he has missed her and had people looking for her. Where has she been and why did she come back? Kim seems ready to tell Clint the truth when Natalie enters. Natalie grabs Kim and physically throws her out.

Dorian is surprised to see Viki at the mayor’s office. Viki admits she heard Dorian was heading to Washington, D.C., so she wanted to say good-bye. However, Dorian has some choice words for Viki, namely why did she let Clint serve his prison sentence in her home? Doesn’t Viki care that Clint had David sent away and almost killed him? Viki defends her decision; Clint is the father of her children. She can’t turn her back on him. Dorian closes the door to continue her argument. Viki finally has had enough and tries to leave, but discovers the door is locked — from the outside. She turns to Dorian and the women laugh as they realize they are once again trapped together without any phones or a way to contact the outside world. Viki and Dorian realize once again they are both best friends and enemies. Dorian refuses to call them frenemies; that is not what they are! Dorian says Viki will be bored without her. Viki replies Dorian will get into so much trouble without her looking after her. Viki calls Dorian a friend and says she loves her in a very odd way. Dorian tears up; she hates that Viki got to be the bigger person first! (Aw.) They admit they will miss each other and toast to each other as we are treated to a montage of Viki and Dorian’s greatest moments. David bursts in and tells Dorian to step away from his BFF! Viki shares one last good-bye with Dorian and hugs David. Viki wipes the tears from her eyes as Dorian and David go to grab their limo.

At the cemetery Rex shows Gigi’s tombstone to Natalie. Her date of death has been scratched off! Natalie thinks some vandals did it, but Rex is convinced it is a sign from Gigi. She is trying to tell him that she is alive! Natalie gently tells Rex that she saw Jared after his death, but it was just a dream. Still, if Rex needs to believe Gigi is alive, she will support him. Rex insists Gigi is not a product of his over-active imagination. He is positive she is alive somewhere and is determined to bring her home. He and Shane need her! Victor is trying to work at The Sun when Todd barges in. Todd tries to kick his brother out, but Victor refuses. This is still his newspaper! Todd argues that it is HIS newspaper. In fact everything Victor has belongs to Todd. Victor taunts Todd; if he wants everything back, he is going to have to kill him. Todd touches the gun hidden in his pocket and assures Victor that can be arranged. Tea arrives at La Boulaie to compare notes about the two Todd’s with Blair. Both are shocked by the turn of events, but soon they are bickering when Tea reveals she still loves Victor and thinks Victor deserves to continue to live the life he has been living. Blair argues that it’s Todd’s life and Victor needs to step aside. Their argument is cut short when Bo calls to say there is a skirmish at The Sun.

Bo arrives at The Sun just in time to stop Todd from pointing his gun at Victor. He orders Todd to leave since he has yet to prove legally that The Sun — and everything else — belongs to him. Blair and Tea arrive. Blair takes Todd back home while Victor asks Tea if there is a way to make Todd legally go away. Tea isn’t sure, but warns Victor that Todd won’t stop until he gets everything back. Victor growls if Todd wants a war, then he will get one! Meanwhile Blair works to calm Todd down, who is furious with Victor. Blair assures Todd that she will get him an excellent lawyer, but Todd mumbles to himself that he doesn’t need one when he has a gun.

Rex arrives to Bo’s office to ask him to exhume Gigi’s body. He needs to know if she is in there or not! Bo advises against this, saying Shane wouldn’t want this, but Rex argues that if Gigi is alive, then he needs to bring her home to Shane! Brody arrives at the Buchanan mansion where Shane tells him that he needs his help. He wants to make Victor and Jack pay for Gigi’s death. Shane thinks Jack’s guilt is a sure indictor that he was responsible for Gigi’s death and wants Brody to help him set up a sting to make Jack confess. Brody admonishes Shane, saying Gigi didn’t raise him to seek revenge. He is confident Victor and Jack will get what is coming to them eventually. Kim arrives at the cemetery where she kneels in front of Gigi’s grave and touches the scratched out date of death. A groundskeeper notices her and thinks it’s a pity that Gigi died so young. Kim scampers away when she hears Bo and Rex arrive. Under Bo’s direction, a crew digs up Gigi’s coffin. Bo hesitates and asks Rex if he wants to see Gigi’s body. Rex insists that he does and is hit when he sees Gigi’s dead body. Unfortunately Shane arrives and is appalled by what he sees. Why would Dad do this? Rex apologizes and resolves to put the whole “I think Gigi is alive” behind him. After they leave, Kim comes out of hiding. She takes some roses from Asa’s grave and puts them on Gigi’s, saying they are better off here.

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WWE SMACKDOWN: Roman Reigns Officially Makes Sami Zayn ‘Honorary Uce’ In Heart-Stopping Moment

Talk about your soap opera and great performances!  Last Friday’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown on Fox featured what could go down as a classic opening segment involving The Head of the Table/WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns and tag-along member of the ‘Bloodline’, Sami Zayn.

With the entire Bloodline in the ring and present (The Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, Reigns and honorary member, Zayn) it set the stage for a potentially dangerous situation for Zayn.  Even though Sami is a heel, the fans were in Zayn’s corner for this every step of the away, if you just listened to the pop from the crowd.

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First, Reigns demanded for Solo Sikoa to acknowledge him, since the youngest members of the Usos is the new enforcer of the Bloodline. Solo did just that in short order, and as the group was preparing to make their ring exit, Zayn stopped The Bloodline as he wanted his chance to acknowledge Reigns as his Tribal Chief, too.  That prompted Reigns to question Zayn as to why he was up in their business and wearing the ‘Bloodline’ t-shirt.

Suddenly, it became apparent that Zayn was going to be set-up to be the victim of a beatdown by the family. The moments were so tense that you honestly could not have guessed which way this was going to go – but things were looking bleak for Sami.

Reigns verbally assaulted Zayn for hanging around and wearing ‘The Bloodline’s’ shirt. Roman ordered Zayn to take off the shirt as Zayn’s enemy number one, Jey Uso, demanded the same thing of him.  Next, Uso ripped the t-shirt off Zayn and the audience was scared for Sami.  However, Reigns instead presented Zayn with a new t-shirt making him officially an “Honorary Uce”.  For those who wondered, “uce” is the Samoan slang term for “brother”.  Touched and relieved, Zayn celebrated the moment with Jimmy Uso, Sikoa and then, even hugging Reigns, while Jey Uso looked on mad-as-all-get-out.

The story arc was played brilliantly by Reigns who can play disingenuous like nobody’s business, and Zayn, who can play drama and comedy as the “Bloodline” wannabe.

There are several story angles that could stem from this – one being the obvious – a feud between Jey Uso and Zayn- plus, just how long Sami will be included in the Bloodline, before it all goes south on him.

You can watch the segment below, and then a hilarious video posted on Twitter by Zane on Sunday to Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.”

So, did you think the Bloodline was going to turn on Sami? What did you think of Zayn and Reigns work in the opening segment of WWE Friday Night Smackdown? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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AEW RAMPAGE GRAND SLAM: Hangman Adam Page Punches Ticket to World Title Shot; The Great Muta Saves Sting

On the second half of a two-night pro wrestling television event, AEW Rampage aired an extended two-hour presentation on TNT.  Following Wednesday’s nights AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, where several titles changed hands, the pressure was on for AEW to air another great night of wrestling and continue to amp up their storylines.

Let’s get into some of the highlights of AEW Rampage Grand Slam.  The opening match featured high-flyer Darby Allin and the icon, Sting going up against ‘House of Black’ members, Buddy Matthews and Brody King with meddling Julia Hart at ringside. The match was a No DQ bout, so anything goes, and did.

While Allin and Matthews were beating up on each other with moves off the AEW set scaffoldings, Sting was handcuffed in the ring, with no one to help him. Ah, but cue the music! In a great cameo appearance, The Great Muta came down to the ring, and no one knew whether he would be there to help Sting or the ‘House of Black’. Longtime wrestling fans know that Sting and The Great Muta have had a storied career in bouts together dating as far back as 1989; whether it would be facing each other or teaming up together.

At ‘Grand Slam’ once Muta entered the ring, he turned and spit green mist into Buddy Matthews eyes and it was revealed he was there to make a save for Sting! The blinding mist backed-up Matthews right into Julia Hart, who went crashing through a table. Next, breaking free of his handcuffs Sting secured the victory over Matthews.

In an update on Saturday, it has been announced by Japan’s Pro Wrestling Noah that Sting will participate in The Great Muta’s retirement match.  The organization put out this statement on the event: “We are pleased to announce the participation of AEW superstar and international pro wrestling legend Sting at the GREAT MUTA FINAL ‘BYE-BYE’ event, which will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Yokohama. It was The Great Muta who came to the unexpected rescue of Sting on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam this week. This incident triggered him to partner with Sting at the Yokohama Arena event.”

Later in the night, in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, where the winner would get a title shot at the AEW World Championship currently held by Jon Moxley, the melee featured many of the AEW stars trying to throw each other out of the ring and over the top ropes.  From the very beginning, Hangman Adam Page was a target, being attacked on his way to the ring, and now the main question was, would the former champ last through the entire Battle Royal?  In storyline, Matt Hardy was reunited with Private Party, as they worked together in the ring and were all eliminated outside of the ring.  When the smoke cleared, Hangman Page and Rush were the last men standing, and both trying to ‘hang’ on for dear life on the ring ropes and not hit the concrete floor and be eliminated.  In the end, Page scored the victory over Rush earning his title shot.

The main event featured Absolute Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs in a rematch of the former tag team partners feud.  Last time out, Hobbs beat Starks in less than five minutes. However, this time it was a ‘Lights Out’ match where anything goes. Coolest part of the night belonged to Starks with his entrance video.  You can check it out below.  After beating each other up with tables, chairs, chains and a light fixture rod (yup), in the end, Starks scored the victory over the much larger and towering Hobbs.

Honorable mention match goes to Jungle Boy Jack Perry (son of the late 90210’s Luke Perry) and his match with Rey Fenix.  The bout was filled with high-flying maneuvers as only these men can do, and the crowd was into it.  In the end, it was Jungle Boy who secured the win.  However, he ultimately faced a beatdown by his former partner, Luchasaurus, who attacked him in the ring at the command of Christian Cage, who entered the ring with his arm in a sling. Cage blames his injury on Perry from the All Out pay-per-view, and as always, Cage continued to trash Perry and his family.

The second honorable mention goes to Eddie Kingston and Sammy Guevara as they continued their feud. Guevara started the match by calling out how out of shape he believes Kingston is, which played on their previous backstage controversy.  In the end, Kingston went berserk after securing the victory over Guevara, by refusing to let go of his winning hold.  Security came out to extricate the two men.  That instance, made the referee change the decision and award the match to Guevara by disqualification.

AEW Owner/CEO and GM, Tony Khan took to Twitter on the decision and shared: “It’s unfortunate that Sammy Guevara of all people was the beneficiary of your screw-tightening, @RefTurnerAEW In hundreds of AEW shows, we’ve literally only had a few DQs ever, you hate to see it, but Eddie Kingston also put you and your officials in an impossible decision.”

So, what did you think of AEW Rampage Grand Slam two-hour event? What was your favorite match? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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