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AEW Battle of the Belts 3 results, live thread: Three title fights

Here’s a place to check results and comment along with AEW’s latest Saturday Fight Night special Battle of the Belts III, airing tonight (Sat., Aug. 6, 2022) at 8 pm ET on TNT.

The show was taped last night in Grand Rapids, Michigan (spoilers are here, if you’re interested — and if you are and chose to discuss them in the comments, please use the spoiler tag).

Tonight’s card features Claudio Castagnoli defending the ROH world title against Konosuke Takeshita. That’s one of three belt battles coming our way. The show will also see Jamie Hayter get her shot at Thunder Rosa and the AEW women’s championship, while the mighty Wardlow puts the TNT title on the line against Jay Lethal.

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when Battle of the Belts III kicks off on TNT. We’ll update the post with everything that happens below the line.

Enjoy the show!


TNT Championship: Wardlow retained against Jay Lethal. Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh were ringside. Lethal stalled to start. Dutt caused a distraction on the apron for Lethal to attack Wardlow from behind. Lethal executed a suplex, but Wardlow popped right up feeling no pain. Back body drop and a clothesline sent Lethal out of the ring. Wardlow gabbed with Dutt then turned around into the massive Singh. That allowed Lethal to attack for the advantage.

Back in the ring, Lethal dodged Wardlow’s power strikes then ran into a tilt-a-whirl slam. Lethal dropkicked Wardlow to no effect, so he faked a knee injury to score a cheap roll-up. Wardlow kicked out. The champion charged forward colliding into the ring post. Lethal took control by attacking the knee to soften Wardlow up for a figure-four.

Both men dueled escaping signature finishers. Headbutt by Wardlow and a crushing lariat. Lethal was knocked silly. Powerbomb by Wardlow to win.

Dutt and Singh attacked immediately after the match. Singh put his foot on Wardlow’s chest. Wardlow muscled up to push Singh’s foot into the air, but Lethal clobbered the TNT champ. More stomping from the bad guys. Wardlow exploded with rage and set up Singh for a powerbomb. Lethal intervened again, and Singh escaped on a back body drop. The scene closed with Singh chokeslamming Wardlow through a table. Lethal draped the TNT belt over his own shoulder standing tall with his pals.

AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa retained against Jamie Hayter. Dr. Britt Baker DMD and Rebel were ringside, so Thunder brought Toni Storm too. Hayter attacked before the opening bell for control early. The action spilled to the outside. Thunder found her fire for a DDT on the floor. When Thunder tried to capitalize on her momentum, Baker grabbed the title belt as a distraction. Hayter recovered to get back on track with a backbreaker on the ring steps. Hayter continued her power game for control and worked chokes to grind the energy out of Thunder.

Heavy haymakers were thrown back and forth. Northern Lights suplex by Thunder for a pinfall, but Hayter kicked out. A dropkick sent Hayter out of the ring. Thunder followed for a senton off the apron. Back in the ring, Thunder connected on a flying crossbody. Hayter came back with a backbreaker and brainbuster. Hayter laid in clubbing blows in the corner. As the referee separated the skirmish, Baker choked Thunder. Storm intervened for fisticuffs. Baker landed a superkick flush. As the dentist was shit talking to the camera, she turned around into a DDT from Storm on the floor.

Hayter was distracted by the outside action. Thunder pounced for a series of roll-ups. Thunder managed to drive Hayter’s head into the mat on the winning cazadora pin.

FTR highlight package. They will return on Dynamite.

ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli retained against Konosuke Takeshita. Bobby Cruise handled introductions, and Caprice Coleman joined commentary for the ROH vibe. William Regal also sat in at the commentary table. Code of Honor handshake to start. Claudio sprinted across the ring for a lariat, but Takeshita ducked out. Rapid counters and escapes ensued. Stalemate. Separate for round two.

Claudio used his technical prowess and strength advantage to grind Takeshita on the mat. Claudio focused his attack on the lower back. Takeshita rallied for a flying headscissors, ran the ropes for a leaping shoulder block, and took flight for a tope con giro to the outside. Takeshita climbed the corner, but Claudio took control for a gutwrench superplex. Giant swing!

Claudio pounded running uppercuts in the corner. Reverse Irish whip by Takeshita for a running kick and a Blue Thunder Bomb. While fighting on the turnbuckles, Takeshita executed a DDT into the top pad and followed for a frog splash.

The action progressed for a rapid-fire exchange of German suplex from Takeshita, lariat from Claudio, German suplex from Takeshita, lariat from Claudio. Takeshita countered a pop-up uppercut into a backslide. Takeshita landed a knee strike and brainbuster. Claudio kicked out. Takeshita went for a powerbomb type of maneuver, but his lower back gave out on the lift. Claudio rallied for an explosive uppercut and jumping double stomp. On the Ricola Bomb lift, Takeshita countered for a hurricanrana pin. Claudio kicked out.

Claudio turned the tide by catching Takeshita in the air on a jumping knee strike to counter for a Death Valley Driver. Takeshita dug deep to fire up throwing blows, but Claudio struck with a devastating springboard uppercut. Hammering elbows set up the Ricola Bomb for victory. Claudio retained the ROH world title.


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