With AEW’s Battle of the Belts III kicked off final evening, followers have been questioning if the promotion would change any of the three titles being defended on this TNT particular.
For these seeking to see a title change, they might be disenchanted as all three belts have been efficiently defended by their respective champions. Nonetheless, that does not imply Battle of the Belts III wasn’t a enjoyable present with some nice motion—particularly a important occasion barn for the Ring of Honor World Championship.
Taped Friday from the Van Andel Enviornment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this particular opened with Wardlow retaining the TNT title in opposition to Jay Deadly. Conflict Dogg would rating 1-2-3 after hitting a powerbomb in a strong bout, regardless of intervention from Sanjay Dutt and Satnam Singh. Wardlow’s three-heeled post-match defeat reveals that the rivalry is simply getting began.
Subsequent, AEW Ladies’s Champion Thunder Rosa took on the problem of Jamie Hayter in an pleasant back-and-forth affair. The physicality each ladies all the time convey to the desk means they’re the right dance associate, and the match definitely included its fair proportion of heavy hits, with the hater reportedly breaking her nostril throughout the contest. The tip got here when La Mera Mera made a roll-up for the win after Tony Storm thwarted Britt Baker’s intervention.
With Caprice Coleman and William Regal becoming a member of the commentary staff for the principle occasion, Claudio Castagnoli retained the ROH world title in opposition to Konosuke Takeshita. In an unprecedented TV match that might simply have occurred on the PPV, it was the start of the tip for Takeshita when Claudio caught him within the air with a diving knee, turning him right into a Demise Valley driver, which quickly led to a hammer blow and the win. Castagnoli elbowed him earlier than hitting the Riccollo bomb.