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Jon Moxley Is the new AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

The two-time titleholder made it three thanks to victory over Bryan Danielson in the final of the Grand Slam Tournament Of Champions. The match was the main event of the second annual Grand Slam edition of Dynamite from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

The all-Blackpool Combat Club headline attraction passed without involvement of looming contender MJF, who was shown constantly throughout the contest holding onto the giant poker chip that entitles him to a match for the belt any time he wishes. Moxley submitted Bryan in 19:15, getting on top of him with a chokehold having drilled him with a Paradigm Shift on the ramp seconds earlier.

The two embraced after the show went off the air, with Bryan ceremonially wrapping the belt around Moxley’s waist in post-match scenes.

Moxley became the first ever three-time Champion in AEW history, having previously defeated Chris Jericho in 2020 and CM Punk last month for the strap. He was also entrusted with holding the gold on an interim basis this summer following Punk’s first injury-related absence. His first contender of this reign will be decided by a battle royal set to take place on this Friday’s Grand Slam edition of Rampage.

Chris Jericho is your new Ring of Honor World Champion, defeating Claudio Castagnoli for the title at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam Wednesday night.

Jericho captured the title with the help of a low blow, followed by a Judas Effect, ending Castagnoli’s two-month reign. The announcers rightly sold it as a dark cloud being cast on the ROH title, considering a self-avowed sports entertainer cheated to win a championship that symbolizes honorable competition.

Castagnoli seemed to be getting the upper hand when Jericho resorted to grabbing Floyd, his bat, and then capitalized when the referee’s view was obstructed.

Afterward, the Wizard celebrated with the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society, although ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia looked less than thrilled to congratulate Jericho after taking a shortcut. That could be the next wrinkle in the tenuous relationship between the two stablemates.

Claudio won the ROH title, his first world championship, in July at Death Before Dishonor, defeating Jonathan Gresham. For Jericho, this is his eighth world championship, including six WWE world titles and the AEW World Championship.

Everybody loves The Acclaimed.

Max Caster and Anthony Bowens are the brand new AEW Tag-Team Champions. The popular duo dethroned Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland on Wednesday’s special ‘Grand Slam’ edition of Dynamite – some fans believed The Acclaimed should’ve won the belts back at All Out, but all’s well that ends well.

‘Swerve In Their Glory’ held the belts for a total of 70 days after winning them from The Young Bucks back at ‘Fyter Fest’ in July. That three-way bout also involved then-Team Taz members Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks.

Hopefully, this is the start of something special for The Acclaimed. They’ve managed to rise up through the ranks and go from slightly-grating heel unit to genuinely over babyface sensations. AEW’s fanbase was ready to see the titles switch hands on Wednesday night, and Tony Khan didn’t disappoint.

It remains to be seen what All Elite will do with Lee and Swerve now they’ve dropped the straps. They always felt like a thrown-together tag anyway, so major singles runs could be coming for both. Meanwhile, Caster and Bowens should hold the belts with distinction.

After the controversial finish to the final of WWE’s Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament two weeks ago, WWE announced the two teams involved would have a rematch.

During the tournament final where Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah faced IYO SKY and Dakota Kai of Damage CTRL, “Raw” Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Alexa Bliss got involved and cost their Clash at the Castle opponents the tag titles, leaving Rodriguez and Aliyah as the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

The rematch between the two teams took place on “Raw,” this time with a new result. SKY and Kai ended the night standing tall in the ring with their hands held high, as the two would come out of the match as the new champions. This is the first time the two have held the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, but not the first time the two have been tag champions. SKY won the “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Championship with her former partner and “NXT” star, Zoey Stark. Kai won the same championship twice, only she was teaming with her former partner, and now former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, Raquel Rodriguez.

SKY and Kai now join the growing list of women who held gold in both “NXT” and on the main roster. Though more notably though they join Rodriguez as the only women to hold both the “NXT” and WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles. But the two haven’t only won tag team gold in WWE, as both SKY and Kai are both former Artist of Stardom (Trios) Champions. SKY is a former Goddess of Stardom (Tag Team) Champion, and Kai is a former Shimmer Tag Team Champion.

A title change took place on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite from Buffalo, New York.

Wheeler Yuta put his ROH Pure Championship on the line during the show against the hometown hero Daniel Garcia. Both men fought back and forth for 16 minutes but Garcia managed to lock in the Dragon Tamer. Yuta tried to escape but Garcia continued to wrench in the move which forced the champion to tap out. 

Both men then shook hands after the contest before Bryan Danielson put the belt around Garcia’s waist. This prompted an angry Chris Jericho to appear on the ramp while Garcia and The American Dragon also shook hands. Red Death has been at the centre of the feud between Bryan Danielson and Chris Jericho in recent weeks as Garcia must decide whether he wants to continue as a sports entertainer or become a professional wrestler again. 

Wednesday’s match between Yuta and Garcia was a rematch from July’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view. Yuta came out on top on that occasion but the rematch caused his reign as ROH Pure Champion to end after 159 days. 

With The Elite reportedly suspended after their post-All Out backstage brawl with CM Punk, AEW vacated the Trios title they won at Sunday’s PPV. Death Triangle and Best Friends both lost in the tournament that led to the final in Chicago, but they were also already booked for the Sept. 7 Dynamite… so their match was for the title.

It was the kind of match you’d expect from these two teams, and from trios wrestling in general. With the addition of some outside action featuring Danhausen, because you’ve got to give the people what they want…

Orange Cassidy went on a run after standing up for his very nice, very evil pal, but it wasn’t to be his (or Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta’s) night. PAC & Lucha Bros were too in synch…

That left Taylor alone with Death Triangle. After Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M did their thing from the top rope, PAC hit Black Arrow, and the All-Atlantic champion and former Tag champs now hold Trios gold.

CM Punk is a two-time AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

‘The Voice Of The Voiceless’ defeated Jon Moxley in a bloody main event of the All Out pay-per-view to reclaim what he’d only lost eleven days earlier and never been able to defend following a first win over former Champion Hangman Page.

Punk hit two Go To Sleeps on Moxley at the climax of a brutal 20 minute war. He joins the former Champion as the only person in the company to be the officially recognised Champion twice, and has reclaimed it one year on from his historic return match against Darby Allin at All Out 2021. Moxley had busted the challenger open early and zeroed in on the cut, but Punk survived every onslaught to nail his finisher twice in a conclusion well received by the partisan Chicago crowd.

His celebrations were cut short by the returning Maxwell Jacob Friedman, who gestured that he intended to take the title following his own victory as The Joker in the evening’s opening Casino Ladder Match. A date wasn’t confirmed for the two as the show went off the air but the upcoming Grand Slam event will be the heavily favoured destination.

Jon Moxley sensationally squashed CM Punk in last night’s AEW World Championship unification match, putting his opponent away within a matter of minutes in a hotly-anticipated match that could realistically have headlined the upcoming All Out pay-per-view.

Few could have predicted what looked like a surefire Match of the Year candidate going down this way. A brisker-than-usual opening sequence played out before Punk blasted Moxley with a high kick. Immediately, the AEW World Champion fell to the floor, selling his surgically-repaired foot, which allowed Mox to shock and awe.

Smelling blood in the water, Punk’s interim counterpart seized the opportunity, hitting a King Kong lariat, the hammer and anvil elbows, and a Death Rider. Wrenching the hurting foot with an immense sense of urgency, Mox inflicted untold levels of kayfabe damage before getting up, landing another Death Rider, and scoring a pinfall.

Jon Moxley is now the undisputed AEW World Champion. The whole affair took less than four minutes.

AEW’s announce team sold the idea that Punk had come back to the company too quickly after suffering the broken foot that triggered Tony Khan to announce an interim World Championship in the first place. Clearly, his injured foot is the story in play – and the kayfabe reason for Moxley’s sudden squash of him.

The All Out 2022 main event remains a mystery, however.

Leon Edwards surprised Kamaru Usman with a knockout in the final minute of the fifth round to become the welterweight champion Saturday at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Edwards became the first Jamaican-born fighter to win a UFC title. He also avenged a 2015 loss to Usman. Since dropping that bout, Edwards has gone 11 straight fights without a defeat.

Edwards – who was down 39-37 on all three scorecards entering the final round – pulled off an incredible head kick to put the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the promotion on the canvas.

“Rocky” became the first opponent to score a takedown on Usman in 16 UFC fights in the first round, but otherwise struggled to generate offense before the knockout. Usman scored takedowns with ease for most of the fight, and secured five or more in a single bout for the seventh time in his career.

“You all said I couldn’t do it,” the new 170-pound king shouted after the life-changing victory. “Look at me now!”

Usman, who defended his title successfully five times, fell one win short of tying Anderson Silva’s legendary 16-fight win streak. “The Nigerian Nightmare” suffered his first loss in the UFC and fell to 20-2 overall.

UFC president Dana White said during the post-fight press conference that he would like for a third fight between Edwards and Usman to take place in England, where the new champion grew up and resides.

Amanda Nunes has restored her double-champ status.

Nunes defeated Julianna Pena via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43) in the UFC 277 main event to recapture the women’s bantamweight title at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday night.

It was a rematch of their UFC 269 fight in December, when Pena submitted Nunes to register one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Nunes set the tone in Round 1 on Saturday, and dominated most of the bout. She became the first woman in UFC history to score at least three knockdowns in a single fight, and sent Pena to the canvas three times in the second round alone.

“The lioness, if they don’t get the prey the first time, I set the trap and I know I’d get it the second time,” Nunes said after the fight, according to Marc Raimondi of ESPN.

Pena scored her most significant strikes in the third round but perhaps her best moment came in Round 4 when she seemingly caught Nunes with an armbar. But it wasn’t enough to submit the most decorated women’s fighter in UFC history for a second time.

Nunes is also the women’s featherweight champion, and she hadn’t lost a fight since 2014 before running into Pena last year. The 34-year-old Brazilian isn’t sure when she’ll fight again.

“Let me sit down, let me go back to Brazil,” she said, according to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin. “I haven’t seen my family in three years because of the pandemic. I need a little rest. I know you guys want to see me back but let The Lioness rest a little bit and I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

UFC president Dana White said Saturday that Pena will see a plastic surgeon after the fight in light of the damage she took.

“Julianna’s got a big chunk missing from her forehead,” he said, per MMA Fighting’s Shaheen Al-Shatti.

Pena had won two straight and three of her previous four bouts heading into UFC 277.