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OLTL Recap – Jan 2 – Jan 6th

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Bo and John arrive at Statesville where they learn the power went out at midnight, thanks to some sabotage from the inmates. The doors opened and the prisoners attacked the guards and escaped. The warden has never seen a perfectly executed escape like this, but fortunately they have the ringleader, Mitch Laurence, in custody. He set off the bomb to open the front gates, but it exploded in his face, hence the bandages.

Little do they know, Mitch is really at Llanfair where he immediately grabs Natalie, who tries to scream. Mitch, who is dressed as a prison guard, coos that it’s good to see his “wife.” Natalie says that Jared was her husband, but Mitch killed him! When Mitch sneers that Jared deserved to die, Natalie attacks him. Unfortunately, Mitch gets the upper hand and puts Natalie in a choke hold. He asks where Jessica is, but Natalie refuses to say. Mitch then wants to drag Natalie upstairs, but she pleads with him not to as she thinks of Liam. Mitch hears Liam crying and wants to see him. Clint calls out to Natalie and is horrified to find Mitch with Natalie. Clint orders Mitch to leave, but Mitch refuses. Not without Jessica! He pulls out a gun. Clint isn’t scared and wrestles with Mitch for the gun. Unfortunately Mitch knocks Clint unconscious.

At La Boulaie, Blair and Todd share a kiss outside on the patio. Blair is cold, despite the heat from that kiss, so Todd opens the door to the cabana. Let’s chat! Blair says it’s too soon for her to embark on another romance, but Todd urges her to forget about Tomas. 2012 is their year — or it could be if Blair lets it. He knows they belong together, so what is keeping them apart? Blair looks into Todd’s eyes; it’s him! She reminds him of all the times he destroyed their past relationships/marriages. Todd insists that he is different, so Blair makes Todd promise not hurt her again. Todd shakes his head; that’s not realistic! He can promise that he loves her and their children and will look after them. Isn’t that enough? Blair admits she loves Todd, but she can’t quite get involved with him yet. However, this isn’t a “no,” but a “maybe.” She gently kisses him and opens the door. Time to go!  Meanwhile Starr opens the door, expecting to see James, but finds a shivering Cole instead. Cole explains the chaos at the prison and how he escaped. All he could think about was seeing her and Hope! Cole knows Starr is with James not, but refuses to leave until he sees Hope. Starr thinks that is crazy, but Cole just wants five minutes with his daughter — five minutes when he can forget that he killed Elijah. Suddenly the door opens and Hope enters! As Cole cuddles with Hope, Starr demands that he leave and she will take him to the police station. Cole says he can’t go back and pulls out a letter from his presumed dead father. Cole tells Starr that Marty is now with Patrick — and he wants to join his parents! Starr points out that if Cole goes on the lam, he may never see Hope again. Desperate Cole begs Starr to hide him. Conflicted Starr glares at Cole, but covers for him when Blair and Todd enter. Starr convinces them to take Hope upstairs while she hides Cole in the cabana. She urges Cole to be careful and turns to go, but Cole grabs her hand.

Blair and Todd finish tucking Hope in. Blair urges Todd to go home and lets him kiss her before he leaves. She reminds him that she didn’t say “no” to them, but just can’t agree to anything tonight. Nora hears someone in her living room. She turns to come face to face with Troy McIver! He grins wickedly; he has missed her! Troy explains he got out for good behavior, which Nora doesn’t believe at all. She attempts to keep the panic out of her voice as she hugs Troy. However, he catches her trying to dial 9-1-1, so he pulls out his gun. Nora tries another tactic with Troy; she warns him that he has made things worse for himself and will get caught. Troy touches Nora’s face; escaping was the only way he would be able to see her again. He pleads with her to say that she loves him and only married Bo because she thought she couldn’t have him!  Back at Statesville the warden says they are still trying to identify the prisoners who escaped, especially the ones from Llanview. Unfortunately things are a little primitive; the system is down, thanks to the explosions. John is worried about Natalie and Liam as the warden returns with some of the names of the escapees: Cole Thornhart and Troy McIver! Upset Bo calls Nora to tell her that Troy is missing. He doesn’t miss the strange tone in her voice and asks her to tell him that she loves him if Troy is there. Nora complies, causing Bo to curse. Don’t let Troy take her anywhere! Bo takes some cops and races back home to save Nora.

At the garret, Troy wants to take Nora away, so Nora stalls. Let’s have some wine and talk about them! She sits on the couch. Troy leans down to kiss Nora on the neck as she suggests they eat something.  While they wait, they can make plans and celebrate.  She holds her breath as Troy contemplates her suggestion.  At Statesville John asks the warden: Is he sure that is Mitch Laurence lying in that bed? The warden insists that it is, but John’s spider senses tingle. He pulls the bandages back to reveal one of the guards! At Llanfair Mitch leans over an unconscious Clint and threatens to shoot him. Natalie stops him; she will do anything Mitch wants. Just don’t kill Clint. Mitch’s eyes light up. He grabs Natalie and kisses her. Later John bursts in to find Clint on the floor and no one else in sight. Clint lifts his head to whisper that Mitch has Natalie! The power returns and Viki heads downstairs. She is horrified to learn that Mitch has kidnapped Natalie. Then, Mitch and Natalie are in a church where Mitch has donned monk robes and has tied Natalie up. He calls Llanfair and puts Natalie on the phone. Natalie tries to tell John and her parents that she is in a church, but Mitch pulls the phone away and threatens to shoot her. Mitch then tells John that he will exchange Natalie for Jessica — or Natalie dies. They have one hour to make a decision. After Mitch hangs up, Clint demands to know what they are going to do as Jessica enters. She volunteers to give herself up. Naturally Viki and Clint protest, but Jessica remains firm.

Troy has taken Nora to a remote cabin. Troy assures her they are far from civilization and have everything they need for the rest of their lives. Nora struggles to stay calm as Troy shows off the rest of their new home. He reiterates his love for Nora and wants her to accept their new life together. Nora offers weak protests, but finally asks that Troy accept the fact that Nora loves Bo, not him. Naturally crazy Troy can’t; he intends to prove to Nora that she can love him again. Troy immediately pulls back a floorboard to reveal a duffel bag — and some syringes. Back at Bo’s garret, Bo gets an unexpected visitor: Lindsay Rappaport. She warns Bo that Troy is on the loose, but Bo thinks Troy sent her to distract him. She explains she saw Troy reading an electrician’s manual in the prison library, but became suspicious when he said he, Nora and Matthew will be a family again. Lindsay immediately tried to call Bo to warn him, but then the breakout happened. So she decided to warn Bo herself. Bo remains skeptical of Lindsay’s true intentions, but when he hears that Troy mentioned Matthew, Bo realizes he knows where Troy took Nora.

At La Boulaie, Cole stops Starr from leaving the cabana. He has something to say to her. Starr says it has to wait and runs out. She is startled to see James has returned — and Sam, who opened the door to him. Sam eavesdrops while James tells Starr about the Statesville prison break. James is convinced that Starr has heard from Cole, but Starr stonewalls him. The doorbell rings and it’s the authorities looking for Cole. They want to search the premises, including the cabana! Suspicious Sam heads to the cabana where he orders Cole to freeze using a toy gun. Cole is supposed to be in jail! Sam orders Cole back into the cabana where Cole tries to convince him to stay quiet about seeing him. However, John made Sam a “deputy” so Sam is sorry, but he has to arrest Cole. Outside the cops approach the cabana. They draw their guns and enter to find Sam, alone. They escort Sam to the main house as Cole hides behind a screen, relieved. After the cops leave, James turns to go, but not without reminding Starr that harboring a fugitive is against the law. Alone Starr begs Sam to keep Cole’s presence a secret, but naturally the little boy can’t help himself when James returns. Sam, who has been taught not to lie, admits that Starr is keeping a huge secret from James. Meanwhile Starr heads to the cabana to check on Cole. Emotional Cole blurts that he still loves Starr and kisses her!

Nora stares in horror as Troy holds up a syringe; this will help her forget Bo! Nora backs away. She doesn’t need that; Lindsay already gave that to her and it caused her to lose her memory! Troy gently guides Nora to the couch.  At Bo’s garret Bo tells Lindsay that he knows now where Troy took Nora: a remote shack on Llantano Mountain. Lindsay insists on tagging along. They arrive just as Troy is about to plunge the syringe into Nora’s arm. Bo has a plan and asks for Lindsay’s help. Just as Troy is about to inject Nora, Lindsay bursts in. Stop! Lindsay announces that Bo is dead; she killed him! Nora chokes back a sob as Bo creeps around to the other side of the cabin, ready to ambush Troy. Lindsay convinces Troy that he doesn’t need to drug Nora anymore. Troy lets his guard down long enough for Bo to clock him on the head! The men wrestle as Lindsay unties Nora. Bo gets the upper hand and punches Troy. Nora flies into his arms as Lindsay explains she lied about killing Bo to help them! Troy’s eyes flutter open as Lindsay says if Nora wants to thank her, she can give her a pardon. Troy grabs his gun as Nora and Lindsay throw themselves to the ground. Bo raises his gun and it’s a stand-off! We hear a shot.

At Llanfair John agrees to let Jessica trade herself for Natalie. They leave as Viki and Clint watch anxiously. Ford bursts in to check on Jessica, worried that she took Ryder somewhere but he is too late. Viki and Clint tell him that Jessica went to exchange herself for Natalie. Later they turn on the TV to learn that Allison Perkins also escaped! Allison then shows up a Llanfair and points a gun at Viki and Clint as she orders Clint to put his phone down. She brags that she orchestrated the breakout at Statesville, not Mitch! Mitch would be nothing without her! Allison gloats about all the dirty deeds she has done for Mitch, including switching Viki’s daughters. You know, that it’s practically impossible for a woman to have twins fathered by two different men. Viki stares at her. Allison refuses to reveal what she knows. She says she came here to give them an “ending” and aims her gun at them. Viki turns to Clint and whispers that she loves him. Clint does the same as Viki closes her eyes. Shots ring out.  At the old church Natalie doesn’t believe that Jessica would sacrifice herself for Natalie, but Mitch says that Jessica will if she wants Natalie to live. Natalie tries to manipulate Mitch.  Mitch knows that Jessica split into another alter when he tried to rape her and says that the he will have another heir. Mitch gets a gleam in his eye as he approaches Natalie.  He thinks Natalie could be the mother of that heir! Mitch gets Natalie on the floor and is about to rape her when John enters, gun raised. Jessica follows close behind. She calls Mitch, “Father,” and asks him to let Natalie go. She goes to Mitch’s side, despite John and Natalie’s protests. Mitch throws Natalie to John as Jessica hesitantly takes Mitch’s hand and spits in his face! Angry Mitch raises his gun to shoot Jessica, but Ford appears out of nowhere to tackle Mitch! As Natalie and Jessica scream, John shoots!

At La Boulaie James wants to know what secret Starr and Sam are keeping from him. He convinces Sam to blab by saying Starr could get in big trouble. Sam asks James to check the cabana, but he didn’t hear it from him! Cole kisses Starr in Dorian’s cabana. Starr returns the kiss, which proves that some part of her still loves him! Starr breaks the kiss, claiming she can’t do this. She is with James! Cole tries to convince Starr to admit she still loves him when James bursts in. Angry James can’t believe that Starr lied to him! Starr explains she helped Cole because it was the right thing to do as Cole adds he wants to find his parents. James thinks they are both being foolish. When he mentions Hope, Cole realizes James is right. He has to leave and will contact her when it’s safe. Starr tearfully hugs Cole, not knowing when she or Hope will see him again. Sam plays with his toys in the living room when he gets a surprise visitor: Hannah O’Connor, the girl who tried to kill Starr and James because she was obsessed with Cole. Sam stands to scream for Starr, but Hannah clamps her hand over his mouth. She tells Sam that everything will be fine as long as he tells her where Starr is. Sam replies with a nice “take a hike” and bites Hannah’s finger! Hannah whips out her gun and grabs Sam as Todd enters. Todd orders Hannah to leave Sam alone, but Hannah threatens to shoot him unless Todd tells her where Starr is. Luckily Starr enters, flanked by Cole and James. Cole immediately appeals to Hannah’s heart. Now that they are both out, they can be together. He only came here to say good-bye to Hope. Hannah looks tempted and even releases Sam, but she knows Cole still loves Starr. Sam kicks Hannah as Hannah is about to shoot Starr! Cole stands in front of Starr and James as Hannah fires!

On Llantano Mountain Troy grabs his gun to fire at Bo, but Bo proves to be the quicker shot. He hits Troy’s hand, knocking the gun to the ground. Nora runs into Bo’s arms, relieved that he is alive. While Bo ties Troy up, Lindsay tells Nora how she helped Bo track them down. Humbled Nora can’t believe that Lindsay would risk her freedom to help her. Lindsay sighs; she owes Nora, remember? Still, that doesn’t stop Lindsay from asking what will happen to her next. Nora believes Lindsay has changed. She tells Lindsay that she forgives her; can Lindsay do the same? Unfortunately, Nora can’t overlook Lindsay’s original sentence, but her testimony combined with Bo’s should be able to get Lindsay an early parole. Bo gives Lindsay the keys to Troy’s car. He trusts her to drive Troy’s car back to town, which stuns Lindsay. Later Bo collapses and Nora sees that he has been shot! She screams for Lindsay, but she is gone. Nora tries to staunch Bo’s wound, but stops when she realizes that Troy is a doctor. She begs him to help Bo, adding she will do anything as long as he saves Bo. Ever crazy, Troy says that Bo has to die so that they can be together. Nora freaks out. She is so sorry, but she doesn’t love Troy. She loves Bo; she can’t live without him! Moved, Troy looks into Nora’s eyes. He asks Nora to untie him — and to trust him.

At Llanfair, Viki tells Clint she loves him and closes her eyes as Allison pulls the trigger. A vase explodes behind her, both scaring and confusing Clint and Viki. Allison cackles; she reminds them that she swapped Natalie and Jessica so that Mitch’s daughter (Jessica) could grow up in the lap of luxury while Natalie grew up in a trailer park. Or so Mitch thinks! Being the good disciple that she was, Allison had to sometimes resort to making Mitch believe certain things in order to keep him calm — sometimes those things weren’t true. With a flourish, Allison announces that both Jessica and Natalie are Clint’s daughters. She fixed the DNA tests! Clint and Viki can’t believe it. They think this is yet another one of Allison’s manipulations. Allison makes them sit as she reveals that Dr. Walter Balsom told her that Viki was having twins. Both of whom were fathered by Clint. So when Mitch entered to get the babies, Allison lied. She told him one of the girls was his. Viki can barely dare to believe as Clint continues to express his doubt. Angry Allison fires her gun — and hits Viki’s side! At the church Mitch and Ford continue to fight for control of the gun. John tries to intervene, but Mitch fires upward, causing a heavy chandelier to fall on Ford! Horrified Jessica rushes to Ford’s side, but Mitch jabs a gun into her ribs. Natalie helps Jessica move the chandelier off of Ford as John calls for an ambulance. Mitch grabs Natalie, saying he will allow Ford to get help as long as Natalie comes with him! As paramedics whisk Ford away, Mitch tells John that he intends to make Natalie his wife again. Together they can start a new family — and religion. Natalie looks at John, her eyes begging him to shoot Mitch. As soon as she nods her consent, John fires his gun.

At La Boulaie; Hannah shoots Starr, but Cole leaps in front her, taking a bullet to his shoulder. Todd tackles Hannah as Starr rushes to Cole’s side. Blair finally hears the commotion and goes to get the car to take Cole to the hospital. As Starr weeps over Cole, James holds Hannah at gun point. Hannah cries, upset over Cole, but Starr punches her. Blair returns to help Cole into the car as James notes how close Starr and Cole still are. With Todd and James’ help, Cole is taken to the hospital as Starr points a gun at Hannah. Todd returns to handle Hannah, allowing Starr to go to the hospital with Cole. Alone Hannah asks for some ice for her chin, but Todd threatens to kill her. She wouldn’t be the first person! He reveals that he killed Irene, who still haunts him about the other thing that he has done. Todd smirks; oh what the hell. He’ll tell Hannah because she is certifiable! Before Todd can confess, cops arrive to apprehend Hannah.

At the hospital Cole is rushed into the ER while Blair and Starr watch anxiously. Starr tells Blair how Cole ended up at La Boulaie and got shot by Hannah. They head to the chapel to pray where Starr sobs that Cole could die. Blair gently urges Starr to pray. Starr kneels and what comes out is a song: “One Life to Live.” As we hear Starr’s poignant ballad, we see Nora untie Troy and Troy tend to Bo’s wounds while Nora hovers. At Llanfair we see Allison skip joyfully away as Clint struggles to call 9-1-1. Unfortunately, his heart gives out and he collapses beside his beloved Viki. James arrives at the hospital where he sees Jessica with an unconscious Ford. Blair struggles to hold back her tears as she watches Starr pray. Todd arrives to comfort her. John fires his gun and Mitch falls to the ground. Natalie rushes into his arms and John kisses her passionately.

 

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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!”

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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!

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