AEW heats up the summer!
The Elite, the the Elite, reunite! Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks take on the Lucha Brothers and Laredo Kid! And a big Triple Threat Tag has AEW World Tag Title tournament implications!
- AEW Buy-In – Triple Threat Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends VS Private Party; Best Friends wins and advances to AEW All Out.
- AEW Buy-In – Allie VS Leva Bates VS Peter Avalon; Allie wins.
- AEW Buy-In – Hardcore Match: Michael Nakazawa VS Alex Jebailey; Nakazawa wins.
- Christopher Daniels VS Cima; Cima wins.
- Triple Threat: Nyla Rose VS Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki; Riho wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Hangman Page VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus VS Jimmy Havoc VS MJF; Hangman wins.
- Cody VS Darby Allin; Time Limit Draw.
- Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Laredo Kid & the Lucha Brothers; The Elite wins.
- Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley VS Joey Janela; Moxley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW official, QT Marshal, speaks.
There was a bit of a snag getting this show set up. Did they get the ring in the arena? Somehow. Will this show go on without a hitch?
AEW Buy-In – Triple Threat Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends VS Private Party!
With the AEW World Tag titles on the way, teams are scrambling for spots in the huge tournament to crown the inaugural champs! Will it be Kaz and Scorpio Sky, Chuckie T and Trent, or Marq and Isiah making big moves towards that first round bye?
The teams sort out and Daytona fires up for SCU. Speaking of, SCU lets the others start, and it’s Trent with Isiah. The two circle and tie up. Trent headlocks then spins around to hammerlock then back to a headlock. Isiah powers out but Trent runs him over. Trent flexes and waits for Isiah to get up. Tag to Chuck Taylor and he circles with Isiah. They tie up and Chuck gets a headlock. Chuckie thrashes Isiah but Isiah powers out, only for Chuck to run him over, too. And now Chuckie flexes! Chuckie circles but Frankie Kazarian tags in! Marq Quen tags in for Isiah and now they circle. They tie up and Kaz lifts but Marqu slips out. Marq still gets a flurry of strikes from Kaz, ending with a lariat! Kaz gets fans to chant “SCU!” before he puts Marq in the corner.
Scorpio tags in to give Marq a spin into a BIG backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Marq scrambles away and Trent tags in off him. Trent and Scorpio circle as fans rally up. They tie up and push each other around .Trent gets a waistlock but Scorpio elbows out. Scorpio runs and whips, Kaz hits a calf kick! Scorpio dropkicks Chuckie out, then runs to uppercut Trent. Kaz runs in for the swinging dropkick! Kaz kips up and fans fire up! Cover, ONE! Fans rally behind SCU as Kaz wrenches Trent to a wristlock. Marq wants a tag but Kaz kicks him away. Trent rolls to CHOP Kaz back! Trent kicks then CHOPS Kaz against ropes. He whips Kaz but Kaz kicks him back. Kaz runs but Marq tags in. Marq punches Kaz and springboards to crossbody him AND Trent!
Marq dodges to PELE Scorpio! PELE for Trent! Kaz punches Marq and whips but Isiah tags. Private Party double whip, atomic drop to enziguri! Sweep and Camel Clutch, for a leap frog stomp! Fans fire up but Chuckie throws Isiah out. Chuckie throws Marq at Isiah but Isiah gets him back in, Silly Sting DDT! Isiah ASAIS onto everyone else! Fans are thunderous for these hot young stars! Isiah and Marq hold the ring but the other teams regroup. Fans duel “Private Party!” and “SCU!” SCU and Best Friends gang up on Private Party! They throw out Isiah and Best Friends give him a double suplex to the floor! SCU throws Marq out and Scorpio helps Kaz get a tornado DDT! to the floor! Private Party is down and out as SCU takes Marq’s glasses.
Best Friends put Isiah in and mug him against ropes. They whip and double elbow to then bring it in, only for SCU to stop the hug! Fans boo the spoiled sports as SCU trade. But the Best Friends clothesline SCU out! And yes, they hug! Fans are thunderous for the hug as Best Friends go after Isiah. Chuckie scoops and feeds Isiah to the long dart cutter! Cover, TWO! Isiah lives but Trent keeps his cool. Trent drags Isiah up but Isiah hits back. Fans rally as Trent kicks Isiah down and then brings him back up. Trent CHOPS Isiah so hard! Tag to Chuckie and Chuckie snap suplexes Isiah down. Cover, TWO! Chuckie frowns but stomps Isiah out. Chuckie has Isiah in a corner and throws forearms. He brings Isiah back and tags Trent.
Trent Northern Lights to a cover, TWO! Isiah crawls but Trent stomps him away from the corner. Trent drags him back and tags Chuckie. Best Friends mug Isiah with a big dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie keeps on Isiah with a chinlock, but fans rally behind Isiah. Isiah feeds off it to fight his way up and out. He whips but Chuckie reverses to Sole Food! Chuckie whips but Isiah reverses to an enziguri! Trent tags in and he hits Marq down! But then Isiah back drops Trent! But with no Marq to tag, Isiah either goes it alone or trust SCU. He trusts SCU! Kaz tags in and he rallies on Best Friends! Shotgun dropkick to Trent, then slingshot cutter for Isiah! Chuckie has Kaz for sliced bread! Scorpio shoulders and slingshots in for his own cutter!
Trent dodges Scorpio to get him a tornado DDT! Trent back elbows Kaz in a corner, then goes for another. Kaz powers out but Marq kicks him down! Marq tags in off Kaz then climbs up high, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Private Party almost had a massive upset! Fans chant “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for this amazing first match of the night. Isiah tags in and Private Party double whip Chuckie corner to corner. They coordinate and whip, but Chuckie dodges to then suplex Marq into Isiah! Then he has Marq for the snap piledriver! To Trent’s shining wizard! Cover but SCU breaks it! Kaz drags Trent over and tags in off him.
SCU push Best Friends out but Isiah comes back with forearms! Isiah screeches, but into a backstabber and boot! UNPRETTIER STOMPS! Cover, TWO!? Isiah is tougher than SCU thought, but they have something to finish him. They drag Isiah up but Chuckie goes at Kaz. Kaz fights him off then climbs, but Isiah slips out to shove Scorpio into Kaz! Then he throws Scorpio out completely. Marq is up and climbs up to join Kaz. Trent adds on outta nowhere! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Marq lands on his feet!? Marq PELES Trent, then runs at Kaz for a SUPER STEINER into Isiah’s CUTTER!! Cover, but Scorpio breaks it!
Daytona is thunderous again for this match as all the teams regroup. Scorpio throws hands on Private Party back and forth, Isiah waistlocks and Marq kicks but Scorpio flips him away. Scorpio escapes Isiah’s grip but Private Party hit some Party in Motion! They have Chuckie, crisscross apple sauce, back elbow! Private Party fires up, but Chuckie sends Marq out onto Scorpio! Trent tags in off Kaz, Chuckie’s knee then Trent’s knee take Isiah down! Chuckie climbs and Trent lifts Isiah, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall; advancing to the AEW All Out Tag Team Tournament Qualifier
An insane opener between three great tag teams! But can Best Friends do it all again when AEW returns to Chicago?
But the Dark Order have a message for Best Friends! Hopefully Trent and Chuckie enjoyed their win. The Dark Order have a long list of targets, but their first will be Best Friends. They promise to make it long and painful. “All Hail the Dark Order.” The lights drop, and when they come back up… the Dark Minions are here! Best Friends stand their ground but the minions don’t attack. Then why are they here? The lights drop again, and then come up… The minions are gone! What power does the Dark Order possess? Will they be in the lead towards the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Elite are upset.
Nothing AEW has promised them has come true. They were promised private jets, luxurious hotel rooms and gourmet food, but got economy, tents, and cheese sandwiches! They don’t even have a real pool!
Kenny Omega is also upset because their bags haven’t arrived. But there is good news. The seamstresses are working on new gear! It’s gonna be amazing! The budget will cover it, guys. Fyter Fest, yo! Is it going to work out? Nick has hits doubts. Matt says it’s actually great. Though it took like half the budget. But the models will have to be let go… QT Marshal takes care of choosing who stays and who goes. In their place: mannequins!
Shhh! The AEW Librarian, Leva Bates, is here.
And she finds the other librarian, Peter Avalon, in the tent. He rips up the tent?! And throws it into the kiddie pool? There goes the deposit. And he even wrecks one of the mannequins! That’s just mean. Bates speaks. “This audience is full of gamers.” But why are they wasting time with games and not reading books? Daytona says, “We Can’t Read!” But Bates and Avalon say that there are more than just comic books and manga. There are real words in these! Just trust in them: read books. Because Leva and Peter are both the Librarian. Shh…! But here to make some noise, it’s Allie!
AEW Buy-In – Allie VS Leva Bates VS Peter Avalon!
Only AEW can make history by having their first women’s singles match on their second special. But will the Librarian hush the bubbly Allie?
Leva dodges Allie to then shush her. Allie and Leva circle and tie up, but Leva dodges again to say shush. Allie keeps her cool as she circles with Leva again. Leva dodges but Allie stops the shush! And pulls on the finger! Peter feels the pain as Allie wrenches harder! Allie throws Leva down then twists the finger harder. Leva begs for mercy but Allie stomps the finger! Leva bails out and regroups with Peter. Allie tells them both, “SHHH!” Brandi is watching backstage, who is preparing to fight Allie at Fight for the Fallen.
Leva returns and circles with Allie again. Leva kicks low then throws big forearms. She puts Allie in a corner then clubs away on her. She wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Allie stops herself for a crossbody! Allie drags Leva up, Russian Leg Sweep! Ghost pin, TWO! Leva scrambles away but Alli runs, only for Peter to trip her up! Allie hits Leva away before confronting Peter. But then Leva blindsides Allie with a dropkick! Peter talks trash but Leva scolds him for interfering. Leva clubs Allie and puts her in the ring. Peter cheers Leva on as Leva stomps Allie out. She drags Allie up for a Perfect Plex! Fans rally for Allie but Leva keeps on her. Allie hits back but Leva clubs her down. Leva Northern Lights to a bridge, TWO!
Allie is sore but still in this. Peter gives Leva tips from his “book,” but Allie rolls Leva up, TWO! Leva hits back and clubs away. Fans chant “Books Are Boring!” to troll Leva. Leva whips Allie but Allie reverses, but Leva blocks the hip toss to a roll up. Armlock, to Rings of Saturn! Allie endures as Leva also pulls hair and uses her to shush. Leva lets go of the hair while Peter cheers her on. Leva drags Allie up for forearms to the corner, and a CHOP. She shushes the fan to then CHOP again! But Allie turns it around to CHOP away on Leva! Allie roars and whips but Leva reverses to send her into a corner. Shotgun blasts Allie down, then Leva runs for a screaming meteora! Cover, TWO! Allie lives and Leva is furious.
Leva gets loud as she drags Allie up. Leva underhooks but Allie slips through to a neckbreaker! Fans chant “Reading Rainbow!” as both women are down. A standing count begins but passes 5 before either stirs. Fans rally up and both women are up at 7. Leva swings but misses, Allie hits back! And again! Allie fires off forearms and CHOPS, backing Leva down. Allie whips corner to corner then runs in, big back elbow! Side to side now, forearm smash! Allie keeps moving, another corner to corner for the sliding forearm! Fans love it as Allie goes to cover, TWO! Leva still lives but Allie keeps her focus. Allie drags Leva up to a fireman’s carry, but Leva fights free. Leva shoves but Alie kicks, only to get blocked to a backstabber! Leva isn’t done, she underhooks for the Pedigree! Cover, TWO!?
Leva is beside herself! She tries another cover, TWO! Allie survives and even Peter is in shock. Peter gives suggestions from the apron, but his toss of the book messed up! Allie catches it, hands it to Leva, to SUPERKICK it into her! Cover, Allie wins!
Winner: Allie, by pinfall
Books really do help! Just not how the Librarians expected them to. But can Allie repeat success against the Chief Branding Officer, Brandi?
Kenny Omega puts some work in.
But the musical acts are gone. Even Blink. Blink what? Blink 1 8 2. Oh damn it! Kenny was just back there! Well sorry, Kenny, they left. Can the Best Bout Machine pull this show together and make it work?
AEW Buy-In – Hardcore Match: Michael Nakazawa VS Alex Jebailey!
It’s time to get extreme with the body oil king! He gets to settle things with the CEO of CEW from a past encounter, but will it work out his way when Jebailey can afford pyro? Wait he can afford his own pyro?
Nakazawa has them cut the music. He has a word for “Mr. Cripple.” Oh wait sorry that’s not kosher in America. For those who don’t know him, this is THE Michael Nakazawa. And last year, Jebailey cheated to win. That’s why CEO Games sucks. Nakazawa was in Vegas and fans were talking about EVO. But at least Jebailey recovered from a bad right leg. Congrats. Jebailey says Nakazawa wasn’t paying attention, it was the left leg. Oh it was? Okay then> Nakamzawa kicks out the bad leg! The bell rings and the match begins!
Nakazawa and Jebailey brawl but Nakazawa headlocks. Jebailey powers out but Nakazawa powers out. Things speed up and Jebailey hip tosses! Then he throws forearms and scoops Nakazawa for a slam! Nakazawa is reeling but Jebailey is on him with a waistlock. Nakazawa uses the body oil! And he slithers free! Fans like that. Jebailey boots Nakazawa down, then runs, but trips on an oil slip! So does the ref! Nakazawa oils Jebailey up! Then runs to stomp slip senton! Cover, TWO! Jebailey bails out but Nakazawa follows. Nakazawa kicks Jebailey then whips, but Jebailey reverses to send Nakazawa into barriers! Jebailey borrows a fan’s sign, to BUST it on Nakazawa’s head! Wait, Justin Wong is giving Jebailey a fight stick!?
Jebailey has it, aims at Nakazawa, rib shot to back SMACK! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa bails out now but Jebailey pursues. They go up the way to the pool area! And Jebailey washes off the oil the hard way by smothering Nakazawa! The ref asks if Nakazawa gives up, but he doesn’t. Or he just can’t breathe. Jebailey stomps away but Nakazawa mists pool water! Pool toy attack! Flamingo hook, to fireman’s carry, but Jebailey slips out to scoop and slam Nakazawa into the pool! Fans lose their minds as Jebailey drags Nakazawa back to the ring. Jebailey wants to do this old school as he drags out traffic signs, remote controls, and even a kendo stick! Oh, and a table! Fans really like that one.
Jebailey sets the table up then goes to the ring. But Nakazawa bashes him with a remote! ANd chokes him with the cord! UP up down down A B, then Nakazawa stands Jebailey up. Nakazawa tries to suplex but so does Jebailey! So Nakazawa bites him! Then runs to DIVE through him! SPEAR into the table!! Now fans really lose their minds! Nakazawa puts Jebailey into the ring and covers, but lets up!? He wants to hurt Jebailey as he grabs the kendo stick! SMACK! SMACK! And then from under his shorts, Nakazawa removes his own jock strap! He straps it on his hand, but Jebailey ducks for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Nakazawa is down but Jebailey drags out one more thing from under the ring: a mystery bag. And inside that bag… push button toys!
Jebailey drags Nakazawa over, but Nakazawa clubs away on Jebailey. But Jebailey back drops Nakazawa on the hard plastic buttons!! Jebailey grabs the stick for his own, and SMACKS away on Nakazawa! Nakazawa’s own strap has trapped him, but then he ducks to wring out. The mandible claw gets the ref! LOW BLOW from Jebailey! Not illegal, but not cool. Mahistrol, but the ref can’t count! The fans get to 7 before the ref gets to TWO! Nakazawa reverses to a cover, with the strap in Jebailey’s face! Nakazawa wins!
Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall
The slippery Nakazawa survives a rather game gamer CEO. Will this series continue? And will that fan keep Nakazawa’s thrown jock strap?
Jim Ross joins AEW commentary!
That’s right, Good Ol’ J freakin’ R is here! And surely, he’ll be ready to call every #Slobberknocker there is tonight!
Jon Moxley speaks.
Drop what you’re doing because he’s here to show you who he really is.
Everyone has a dream.
But making a dream come true takes hard work. A new wrestling empire rises and begins its own era. The AEW locker room knows what it has to do to go from great to awesome. They know it was literally double or nothing, and risked it all. It was the night to create memories that would last forever, and change the world for wrestling! And that was just the beginning. Now we move into the second chapter, and AEW will prove it is here to stay! Because in order to survive, in order to succeed, in order to live the dream, they must fight! Welcome to Fyter Fest!
Christopher Daniels VS Cima!
The rest of SoCal Uncensored lost in the Triple Threat Tag, but the Fallen Angel looks to make up for all of that here! Will he or the OWE veteran make it big on the road to All Out?
The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there is respect. The two circle and tie up. Daniels wrenches but Cima flips and rolls to a waistlock. Cima drags Daniels down and around to a headlock. Daniels powers out but Cima runs him over. Cima gets the fans fired up as things speed up. They both show they still have agility, and Daniels arm-drags Cima down. Cima fights back and powers out of the armlock, but now Daniels runs him over. Daniels runs and things speed up again. Cima dodges and waistlocks but Daniels elbows free. Daniels runs but into a dropkick! Daniels bails out and Cima builds speed, to wreck Daniels with a dropkick!
Cima catches his breath as he stalks and stomps Daniels. He drags Daniels up and into the ring, then slingshots for a senton! Cima steps through to turn Daniels over for a butterfly clutch! Daniels endures and reaches out, ropebreak with a foot! Cima lets Daniels go but keeps his cool. Cima stomps Daniels and whips hip but Daniels reverses to tilt-o-whirl to a backbreaker! Daniels and Ciam both end up outside, Daniels rams Cima into the apron! Then Northern Lights to the floor! Cima writhes while the ref counts. Daniels stands at 5 to go back to Cima. He puts Cima in at 8 and drops knees into him. Fans rally up as Daniels scoops and slams Cima down! And then again! Daniels hears the fans chant for “SCU!” as he drives elbows into Cima. Daniels runs for the STO! Cover, TWO!
Daniels keeps his cool as fans continue to chant for SCU. He drags Cima up to whip him hard into buckles. Daniels drags Cima back up for a suplex! Daniels has the ref move aside for the Arabian Press! Into a crossface! Cima endures, reaching out as fans rally. Cima gets a ropebreak with a hand! Daniels lets go in frustration, but drags Cima up to ram him into a corner. Daniels rams his shoulder in more, then backs off to run back in. Cima boots Daniels! Then CHOPS him on the back! Cima sits Daniels in the corner, for a draping backstabber! Both men are down but fans are cheering. Fans rally up and Cima gest to his feet. Cima runs back in at Daniels, but Daniels elbows him away. Daniels hops up but Cima SHORYUKENS to Iconoclasm! Cover, TWO!!
Daniels survives but Cima doesn’t loose his focus. Fans duel as Cima fisherman, but the back bothers him. Daniels whips and hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! But they’re both right back up, Daniels kicks and hits Angel’s Wings! Cover, TWO!! Cima survives and shocks Daniels! Cima counters and enziguris Daniels, then runs in at the corner. Daniels boots back then hops up, but Cima trips him up! Cima climbs up from the outside, fans rally up, and Cima stands for a sunset flip. But Daniels holds on, only to still get a running bomb! Cima keeps going, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives but Cima won’t let up! Cima drags Daniels up for the Alabama, to the Air Raid Crash! But Cima’s not done, he goes up top! METEORA! Cover, Cima wins!!
Winner: Cima, by pinfall
The leader of Strong Hearts now heads for Fight for the Fallen with huge momentum! Will it be what he needs to take on Kenny Omega?
Triple Threat: Nyla Rose VS Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki!
These three made great impressions at Double or Nothing, but especially the wrestling idol, Riho, being on the winning side of the Joshi trios tag. But now that she and the wrestling magical girl are alone, will they have any chance of surviving the #NativeBeast?
The Joshi shake hands to show respect, but even Nyla shares in that. Until she throws Riho into buckles! The bell rings as she puts Yuka in the same corner. But they both get clear and then work together on Nyla! They whip but Nyla blocks the whip them into each other! They trip her up but she shoves them both back. But Riho and Yuka come back with double dropkicks! Riho and Yuka try to turn Nyla over but she throws them both off! Nyla scoops and slams Riho, then does the same to Yuka. They’re side-by-side for Nyla to DOUBLE SPLASH! Cover, TOW! as they both Matrix! Riho and Yuka both stomp Nyla down and club away. The Joshi double suplex, but Nyla is too much for them! Nyla double suplexes the Joshi instead!
Nyla stomps Riho then drags Yuka around. She stacks the Joshi for a double Camel Clutch! Both women endure the hold but work together to get free! Riho reaches and gets the ropebreak for them both! Nyla holds on until 4, and lets both opponents go. Nyla comes back to drag Yuka to her feet, and into a bearhug! Yuka endures until Nyla slams her down. Nyla then goes to Riho to suplex her up and down hard! Nyla brings Yuka over, trophy lifts her, then throws her at Riho! Riho bails out before Yuka makes an accidental cover. Nyla mocks the Joshi, “Iku ze!” and suplexes Yuka, but Yuka slips out! Yuka dodges, runs and huricanranas Nyla down! Fans cheer for the magical girl as she takes aim. Yuka runs and springboards, to FLY! She wipes out Riho and Nyla!
Fans fire up as Yuka stands and brings Riho into the ring. Yuka climbs up top and aims, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yuka keeps on Riho but Riho hits back with forearms. The idol and the magical girl brawl back and forth! Yuka hits form all sides, but misses her discus! Riho hits a tilt-o-whirl huricanrana! Riho dropkicks but misses. Yuka dropkicks but misses. Riho stomps on Yuka! But here comes Nyla! Riho hits a big knee but it only staggers Nyla. But Nyla walks into a drop toehold! 619!! Yuka adds on with a seated senton! Riho tops it off with a double stomp! But Yuka gets Riho with a whip. Riho wheelbarrows and rolls Yuka, TWO, to stomps! Fans rally as Riho runs to kick but misses! Yuka rolls Riho but Riho rolls out, sliding D! Cover, but Nyla breaks it!
Nyla shoves Riho away and drags Yuka up. Yuka throws weak forearms, and Nyla rocks her with one! Nyla toys with Yuka now, and soaks up the heat. But Yuka fires up with new life! Yuka clubs away on Nyla, then runs, but her sliding D is caught! Into a Side Effect! Cover, TWO!? Yuka lives and Nyla is frustrated. Nyla drags Yuka back up for a suplex, and holds her there for a long time before bringing her back down. Nyla grins but Riho is back while Yuka bails out. Riho gets a corner splash! Then Nyla suplexes Riho to hang her out on the top rope. Nyla goes to the corner and climbs up top!? Riho is unable to do anything against the guillotine knee!! Fans lose their minds but Nyla still isn’t done. Nyla drags Riho around, but gets an idea.
Nyla drags Riho to a drop zone and climbs up again. But Yuka returns to anchor Nyla! Nyla clubs Yuka back until she falls! Nyla aims at Riho, leaps, but Riho gets clear of the swanton! Riho hurries up top as Nyla writhes. Riho waits for Nyla to stand, to hit her with a flying crossbody! But Nyla catches her so easily! But Yuka is up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Nyla has them both!! But then they both roll her up and cover!! TWO!! Nyla survives a double cover, so the Joshi go after each other. Riho runs but into Yuka’s knee. Yuka suplexes but Riho fights out. Riho runs, tilt-o-whirls but Yuka counters to a suplex! Yuka climbs and springboards, Magical Girl Splash GETS KNEES!
Nyla German Suplexes Yuka down! Then drags Yuka back up for a powerbomb! Cover, but Riho Meteoras it apart! Yuka covers Nyla, but Riho dropkicks her down! Riho hurries as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Riho gives Nyla a running knee, but then runs into a Death valley Driver! But all three women are down! Nyla sits up first to cover, TWO! Riho still has life! Nyla is losing her patience as she drags Riho up again. Nyla vows to end this, and powebomb lifts again, but Riho slips out to a cradle! RIHO WINS!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall
The Idol pulls off an upset!! Nyla is stunned, but perhaps let her ego get in the way. So she attacks Riho from behind! The Native Beast is a sore loser, but Yuka saves Riho. They both dropkick Nyla out! Nyla retreats in a huff, but is she far from out of the AEW Women’s Championship race? As for Riho, she doesn’t thank Yuka, she shoves her away. It is every Joshi for herself, which one of these two will head for the gold?
Fatal 4 Way: Hangman Page VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus VS Jimmy Havoc VS MJF!
Kip Sabian keeps a close eye on this one by joining commentary as he faces this match’s winner. With the #SaltoftheEarth stirring up a bunch of trouble at Double or Nothing, he must now face three big names in a huge match! But of course, they’re all fighting for their first big win in AEW, who makes the most out of it here tonight?
MJF grabs a mic but the fans boo already. Are they having flashbacks to being pushed in lockers? Just pipe down. MJF is going to make them feel as comfortable as possible here. So the nerds are going to get something they’ll love. Fans say he sucks, but he says their mamas swallow. Pop quiz: What happens when you put in a dollar store Tarzan, an old man still in his emo phase and “Seabiscuit” up against the hottest rising star in wrestling today? MJF getting a W! But are the fans still going to boo? YES! Well the level 45 Paladin Warlock Knight says he should respect them.
MJF says they’re getting off on the wrong foot. He extends an olive branch by saying he’s not so different from them. MJF used to love video games, but then he lost his virginity. Which is why he’ll win tonight. He’s better than you, and you know it. But will he prove that against three top stars at once?
The bell rings and Hangman goes right at MJF! MJF dodges to go after Jungle Boy, while Havoc goes after Hangman. Jungle Boy throws MJF out while hangman tosses Havoc. Hangman kicks and headlocks Jungle Boy but Jungle Boy powers out. Things speed up and both men show their agility, right up until Hangman BOOTS Jungle Boy down! Hangman CHOPS Jungle Boy against ropes then whips him across the way. Jungle boy dodges to CHOP back, then goes acrobatic to arm-drag Hangman! Hangman gets up but gets a headscissors! Hangman bails out and Jungle Boy high-fives Luchasaurus. But Havoc gets Jungle Boy with uppercuts and forearms, to then dropkick him down! Havoc drags Jungle up for a Michinoku Driver! But MJF rolls Havoc, TWO!
MJF covers Jungle Boy, TWO! He argues with the ref then trash talks the fans, but he runs into Havoc’s elbow. Hangman has MJF but MJF escapes the Dead Eye. MJF taunts Hangman, but Hangman dodges and tosses Jungle Boy. Hangman slingshots and takes out MJF! But Havoc CANNONBALLS to hit Hangman! Fans rally up for Jungle Boy as he builds speed, only to get run over by MJF. Fans boo MJF hard but he just takes a bow. MJF takes aim and runs, but he’s not going to dive, he just says up yours. But then Jungle Boy dropkicks MJF down! Jungle Boy goes out to MOONSAULT onto everyone! Luchasaurus gives him promos as he gets up from the human wreckage. Jungle Boy puts MJF in to CHOP him!
MJF scrambles to a corner and Jungle Boy runs in, but to a throat chop. MJF rams his shoulder in then rains down right hands, to miss completely! Jungle Boy springboards for a sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kip really thought this was over. Fans rally up for Jungle Boy again and he climbs up, only for Havoc to SHORYUKEN! Havoc climbs up to grab Jungle Boy, but Hangman joins in! MJF staggers over as the TOWER OF DOOM comes down! The Superplex takes MJF out! Hangman hits Havoc with a clothesline, then gives Jungle Boy one in the other. MJF rolls Hangman up, TWO! Hangman hits MJF with a big forearm! Hangman runs in but MJF dodges. Fans boo as MJF runs away, but Hangman gets double boots!
Havoc calls for it but misses his Acid Rain, to get Poisoned Rana! Hangman clobbers and pop-up bombs Jungle Boy! Cover, but MJF helps Jungle Boy survive, to help himself, really. Havoc German Suplexes Hangman, and MJF elbows Havoc. MJF hops up to dumdum stomp Havoc! Then wrings Jungle Boy out into Havoc. MJF kicks Jungle Boy out to cover Havoc, but now Hangman saves Havoc. MJF scowls at Hangman as Hangman scowls back. The two are in the ring alone now, and the brawl is on! Hangman whips but MJF reverses to chop block the bad leg! MJF is on that leg, and mocks Bret Hart with the Sharpshooter! But Hangman counters to it himself!! MJF endures and grabs for anything, and still gets the ropebreak!
Hangman lets go and works to get the bad leg moving. Fans rally up for him as he stalks MJF to ropes. Hangman drags MJF up but MJF shoves him away. MJF then yanks Hangman to the apron, and kicks him through the ropes! MJF hits the Heat Seeker draping piledriver! He even uses the ropes for the pin! Jungle Boy breaks it up! MJF punchse Jungle Boy but Luchasaurus helps him stay up! Jungle Boy hits back, then slingshots, but into Havoc’s fireman’s carry! Havoc tosses Jungle Boy at Luchasaurus! Havoc flips MJF off but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Havoc low! Heat Seeker denied and Havoc hits double stomps! Cover, TWO!!
Havoc waits for MJF to stand. He drags MJF into the wristlock, but MJF pokes the eyes! BUCK SHOT gets Havoc! MJF whips but Hangman reverses to throw MJF out. DEAD EYE for Havoc! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Not only is the Problem Solver heading to All Out for the AEW World Championship, he will face Kip Sabian at Fight for the Fallen! Will Hangman stay on a roll towards his match with Chris Jericho? Or will he look past Kip and have it cost him?
Cody VS Darby Allin!
The Rhodes Brothers gave us an amazing match and an even greater moment between brothers. But now, the American Nightmare looks to keep the ride going towards Fight for the Fallen. But will the young star evolve into something at the expense of the son of a son of a plumber?
The bell rings and Darby just stares at Cody. Darby slowly stands up and tosses his jacket aside. He and Cody stare down as fans duel. Cody and Darby tie up and go around, and Cody puts Darby in the corner. The ref calls for the break and Darby slips out to a hammerlock! He has Cody in the corner now, then wrings him out for a hammerlock. Cody reaches and spins but Darby spins with him. Cody picks the leg but Darby rolls back to get to his feet. Darby and Cody stare down. Cody chases but Darby evades. Darby rolls Cody but Cody slips out to show he has moves, too. They circle again, Cody gets a leg, and he puts Darby on the ropes. Cody respects the break but still headlocks and throws Darby down.
Darby works to headscissor out but Cody keeps him off. Fans duel again and Darby stands up. Cody wrenches the headlock but Darby powers out. Darby blocks the hip toss but Cody does, too. Darby goes acrobatic to arm-drag Cody out! Cody keeps his cool, even as Darby dares him to come back. Cody sees Darby’s banner and tosses it aside. Fans rally and duel as Cody gets back in the ring. Darby applauds Cody’s courage, and offers a handshake. Cody takes it but of course Darby reels him in. Mahistrol, TWO! So Cody SLAPS Darby down! Cody smirks but Darby blocks the whip. Cody drops down for the Rhodes uppercut! He throws Darby across the way and right out of the ring! Darby slips the post on the way out!
The referee checks on Darby but Darby crawls. Cody does some push-ups while he waits. Darby stands and Cody slingshots out but Darby gets back in. Cody goes back in the ring, wrenches Darby’s arm, and gives him a shoulder breaker! Darby flounders to a corner, but Cody suplexes and tosses him! Cover, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Darby toughs it out but he’s crawling to a corner. Cody is on him again with the back suplex, but Darby uses a headlock to counter. Cody hits Darby int he back then suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet. Darby runs into a fireman’s carry and gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his cool and fans rally again. Cody stalks Darby to stomp his legs. Darby still crawls but Cody keeps stomping him.
Cody turns Darby over and puts on a Figure Four Leglock! Darby flails and scrambles to a ropebreak! Cody holds on until 4, and he keeps his eyes on Darby. Cody drags Darby up and Darby pie faces Cody. That only gets him tossed into buckles! Darby flops out of the ring and Cody calls for the count. The count begins but Darby stands at 4. Darby gets to the apron at 5 but Cody drags him in, only for Darby to throw Cody’s hand into the post! Darby hurries back in but Cody kicks him between the ropes! Then clotheslines him into a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Darby still survives and fans rally again. Cody walks over but into body shots! He shoves Darby to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Cody grows annoyed, and he puts Darby in a butterfly stretch. Darby endures and fights against it as fans rally again. Darby gets the ropebreak, and Cody lets up right away. Cody knees away on Darby then puts the butterfly stretch on again. Darby gets one arm free but Cody grabs it for a cover, TWO! Cody scoop slams Darby down, then soaks up the cheers. Cody kicks Darby to ropes, then against the ropes. He stalks Darby and clubs him on the back. Cody CHOPS Darby to a corner, and then CHOPS him in the corner. Darby goes reeling but Cody follows after. Cody jams Darby’s arm, then headlocks for punches. Darby staggers into another kick, then Cody suplexes Darby and holds him up. But Darby goes after the bad hand! Darby is free, ducks and waistlocks to roll Cody, TWO! Springboard tornillo! TWO!
Darby has the arm! A Fujiwara Armbar! Darby hammers away and even headbutts the bad fingers, to put the armbar back on! Cody endures as Darby pushes back. Fans rally as Cody gets the ropebreak. Darby holds on until 4! Cody gets to the apron but Darby kicks him off. Darby slingshots, adjusts and slingshots away form Cody to DIVE! Direct hit takes them both out at the ramp! But Darby is up and drags Cody over to the steps. He stomps but misses the hand, and Cody trips Darby up! Darby hits steel and falls to the floor! Cody gets in the ring and fans rally up with him. Darby stands, Cody runs, Cody DIVES! Direct hit into a cameraman! Cody keeps fired up and he drags Darby up. Cody throws Darby back in but that bad hand slows him down.
Darby gets to a corner and Cody runs in. Darby boots Cody, jumps over him, then shotgun dropkicks him back in! Corner to corner, big back elbow to a snapmare! Darby fires off strikes, rolls again, then sunset flips to the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! We get a five-minute warning and Brandi says Cody just has to survive. Darby crawls to a corner and heads up top, but Cody clubs him down. Cody climbs up to join Darby, stands him up, and dragon sleepers, for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Both men crash down and fans chant for “A E DUB!” Cody crawls to a cover, TWO! Darby goes to the apron but Cody follows. Darby bites the bad hand! Cody kicks Darby and clotheslines him back into the ring. But Darby hotshots Cody down!
Darby hurries up as Cody goes to the apron. Darby shows no fear, Trust Fall to the apron! But Cody dodges!! Darby destroys himself on the apron edge!! Cody shows no mercy as he drags Darby up and into the ring. Cody drags Darby up and has him by a leg. Darby slaps Cody so Cody BOOTS Darby down! Darby is on his own body bag banner, so Cody zips him up in it! Cody has Darby trapped as he drags him up, for a Disaster Kick! Cody unzips and drags Darby out for a cover, TWO! Darby still lives! Darby flounders but flops down again. Cody is in shock, but hears the one minute warning. He covers again, ONE!? Darby is a wrestling zombie as Cody SLAPS him with the weight belt! The ref reprimands Cody but Cody just SLAPS Darby again!
30 seconds remain, but Cody kicks Darby around, for Cross- No, Darby knees out! Darby hops up, Diamond Dust stunner! But Cody grabs him for CROSS RHODES!! The countdown begins but Cody can’t cover right away! TIME RUNS OUT!!
Time Limit Draw
Darby survives Cody!! Fans want “Five More Minutes!” to keep Cody from being 1-0-1 in his record. Cody’s for it, Darby’s for it, but who is that coming up from behind!? That’s the Perfect 10! Shawn Spears SMACKS Cody with a chair!! Brandi gets in the ring to figure out what this is about, and the ref moves to defend Brandi. Shawn stares at Cody bleeding on the mat, then leaves. Brandi and the ref tend to Cody while Shawn takes off in the crowd. MJF runs out to apparently run Shawn off but no need now. MJF is still a fan and friend to Cody, as are SCU as they come out. They all help Cody out of the ring, and he is walking, despite the gash in his head. Is Cody going to even make it to his tag match alongside brother Dustin?
Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Laredo Kid & the Lucha Brothers!
Kenny Omega reunites with the Young Bucks for this incredible 3v3 match! Will the OG Elite be able to pull it all together and defeat three incredible luchadors? Or is Laredo the perfect partner for Pentagon and Rey Fenix to take down THE Elite, the the Elite?
Kenny was right, their new gear is AWESOME! The Bucks as Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter, and then nWo Omega helping Kenny make an entrance as Akuma!! Will this be enough to KO Laredo and the Lucha Bros?!
But wait, Matt Jackson tells Justin Roberts something secret. Kenny backs it up, and Justin says, “ROUND 1, FIGHT!” The teams sort out, and Nick starts with Laredo. The two circle and show off their agility. Nick even strikes a Ken idle animation. They tie up and Nick wrenches to a wristlock. Laredo rolls and handsprings to reverse. Nick handsprings and arm-drags Laredo off but Laredo arm-drags back. Double dropkicks and handsprings cancel out! Nick throws off his headband as he and Laredo tie up. Laredo headlocks but Nick powers out. Things speed up and Laredo fakes Nick out for a rabbit punch!
Laredo SLAPS Nick in the corner but Nick reverses the whip. Laredo slips out to kick Nick back! Then he springboards for a crossbody, TWO! Nick whips but Laredo tilt-o-whirls and shoves. Laredo dodges the superkicks and clotheslines cancel out. Laredo shoves but Nick spits! Nick shoves but Fenix jumps in. Matt jumps in, but so do Pentagon and Omega! Fans fire up as the six men start shoving. But the Elite block the superkicks! The Elite fire off punches, then run, into triple kicks! The Elite bail out while the luchadores build speed. ASAI AND DOUBLE DIVES! Daytona is fired up as Laredo and the brothers take out The Elite! Laredo puts Kenny in and Fenix steps in for huricanrana. Pentagon runs to slingblade Kenny down!
Matt runs into kicks, then Laredo gets a boost, “Uno, dos, tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICK POISON RANA! Fans fire up again as the luchadores all say, “Cero Miedo!” But then Nick attacks them all. He throws Fenix but Fenix rewinds to hook kick! Laredo scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Laredo then moonsaults off the bottom, but uno mas! Second rope moonsault, cover, TWO! Laredo whips Nick corner to corner and hits a corner forearm smash. He goes to suplex but Nick blocks. Theyy end up in the corner and Fenix tags in. Fenix CHOPS Nick then Pentagon helps him whip. Nick goes up and over but into Pentagon’s arms. Nick fights off both Lucha Bros, “LUCHA LIBRE~” arm-drag and headscissors!
Tag to Matt, and Matt catches Laredo for a Northern Lights! Roll through for another! And another, but Fenix gets it! Then another. Pentagon come sin, DOUBLE Northern Lights! And as fans hit a fever pitch, Kenny Omega tags in! Omega throws Fenix out and fires off on Pentagon. Omega has Laredo with CHOPS! He whips corner to corner and runs in, big back elbow! He scoops Laredo for a BIG backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps moving as he drags Laredo back up. Fireman’s carry and “You Can’t Escape!” But Laredo does! Mule kick to front kick to neckbreaker! Laredo goes to a corner and the top rope. Laredo leaps but into a dropkick! The Terminator Drums return as Omega rises. Omega builds speed but Pentagon intercepts with a wag of the finger.
Fans want to see this and chant “Cero Miedo!” Pentagon takes off the glove, tosses it to the ref, and then insults Omega before putting the hand sign in his face. Omega shrugs as he throws forearms. Pentagon gives it back and now it’s a brawl! Pentagon chops but Omega throws hands! Omega gets an edge but Pentagon CHOPS! Pentagon whips but Omega ducks and redirects to dropkick the legs out! Omega keeps moving, Kotaro Krusher! Fenix hits Omega but springboards into a shove. He lands on the apron to kick Omega back. But the Bucks give Fenix the headscissor dropkick! Laredo runs in but the Elite are all over him. They whip and back elbow, then feed to Matt. Matt wheelbarrows and Omega CHOPS, Nick bulldogs! Omega German Suplexes Laredo down!
Fans rally for The Elite, the the Elite, as Omega drags Laredo up. Omega fireman’s carries again and finally gets “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton and moonsault! Matt climbs for a Macho Elbow! Nick climbs for a SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Omega tags to Nick and Nick scrapes Laredo’s face. Nick brings Laredo up for haymakers then tags in Matt. Faso rally as the Bucks double whip. Laredo huricanranas Matt into Nick! Laredo swings at Omega but misses the enziguri. Omega German Suplex but Laredo lands on his feet to enziguri this time! Tag to Pentagon! Slingblade for Nick, SUPERKICK for Matt! Omega shoves but Pentagon goes up and over for a backstabber! The Elite all bail out and Fenix slides. They get clear but Fenix fires off kicks and CHOPS! Flying huricanrana onto Omega!
Nick kicks Fenix down but Pentagon holds the ropes open, Laredo DIVES and takes Nick out! Matt trips up Pentagon then climbs, but Pentagon trips him into a Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as both men slowly stir. Pentagon clubs away on Matt’s back, and wants the Dark Armbar! Matt arm-drags out and runs, but Pentagon catches him. Matt fights out and fights back, but Pentagon reverses the whip, to get a DESTROYER! And SPEAR! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. Hot tags to Omega and Laredo! But Omega reels Pentagon in to waistlock. Laredo runs into a boot, and Fenix gets a CHOP! Omega Snap Dragons Omega then gives on to Fenix! Laredo runs into a V-Trigger! Then a Snap Dragon!
Omega has Laredo in a drop zone and climbs up. Pentagon kicks Omega down! Nick runs in but is tossed right back out! Fenix runs in and is tossed out ONTO Nick! Omega resists but Pentagon keeps him p there to boost Laredo, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Matt runs in, to get Pentagon’s DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as all six men are down. Laredo is up first and he gives knees to Omega. But Nick says the party begins, SUPERKICK! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matt! Omega SUPERKICKS Pentagon! The Elite regroup, aim at the luchadores, but they get TRIPLE SUPERKICKS from them! Triple Cero Miedo, for TRIPLE HADOUKEN!!
The Elite have each luchador in position, TRIPLE POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO from all three! Fans know “This is Awesome!” but far from over. The Elite set Laredo up but Fenix runs in. Fenix just ends up the same alongside Laredo, and Nick climbs up. Double draping 450! Cover, but Pentagon kicks Omega’s head! Nick throws Pentagon out, then spikes Fenix! But Pentagon avoids the moonsault to slingblade! Matt runs to wreck Pentagon with a dropkick! Laredo dropkicks Matt as he skins the cat! Laredo runs but into another V-Trigger! Omega runs but into FENIX INJECTION! But Fenix gets Nick’s neckbreaker! Fans hope these six “Fight Forever!” but it has to end somehow.
Matt scoops Pentagon and Nick takes aim, but turns into Laredo’s chop. Nick CHOPS back, then use Laredo to go up, but Fenix and Laredo trip him up! Fenix walks the rope SUPER SPANISH FLY onto their brothers!! Laredo has Omega with forearms, then runs, springboard, V-TRIGGER! Tiger Driver 98! Cover, TWO!? Omega keeps his focus as he reloads. Bang, and he runs, to V-Trigger again! Omega electric chairs, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, The Elite win!
Winners: The Elite, Kenny Omega pinning
The reunion was successful! Omega and the Bucks win some big momentum towards their respective Fight for the Fallen matches! Will Omega be able to keep this up against a veteran like Cima? Will the Young Bucks prove they’re better brothers than the Rhodes boys? Is Cody even going to be there for that match? As for Laredo and the Lucha Brothers, will they continue to bring the AAA into AEW?
Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley VS Joey Janela!
Technically this match is not the main event, because AEW can’t even officially approve of these two crossing paths in the ring. However, this was going to be the only way to have these two passionately violent and reckless men have an even remotely safe encounter. The lights turning off and turning back on signal that this is a match where anything goes! Will AEW’s second event already be its bloodiest? Or will both these manage to keep their bodies in one piece?
The Lunatic and the Bad Boy are ready to go but are oddly calm with the bell. Janela and Mox get face to face, but then Janela pie faces Mox. Mox keeps his cool, to then kick and CHOP away! Mox whips but Janela holds ropes. Janela sends Mox out and then runs, to DIVE! Direct hit and they go into barriers! Moxley staggers away but Janela is right after him with haymakers. Moxely hits back and throws Janela over railing! Fans truly get a front row view as Moxely punches Janela and chops him around. Janela chops back then clubs Mox towards barriers. Janela dumps Mox over and then throws more forearms. He throws Moxley into the post, then goes looking under the ring. Janela brings out a table! Janela stands it up and then borrows a prosthetic leg! He bashes Moxley, but then Moxley throws Janela into steps!
Moxley swags about as he goes looking for something, too. He brings out a classic chair and tosses it in the ring. Moxley fetches Janela and drags him in for big forearms. He has the chair and scoops Janela with it, for a chair slam! Janela writhes while Moxley takes a seat. Moxley doesn’t even care his eyebrow bleeds already. Janela throws forearms and then puts Moxley in a corner. Janela CHOPS Moxley to take a seat then fores off more. He climbs up top and aims, leaps, but swantons onto only the chair! Moxley got clear and let Janela crash and burn! Moxley covers, TWO! He fires off fists and elbows to Janela’s head, then goes back out. Moxley goes looking again, and brings out a chair wrapped in barbed wire! Because Moxley probably prepared this one himself!
Janela crawls to a corner but Moxley stomps him out. Moxley scoop slams Janela then returns to his barbed wire chair. Moxley puts that chair on Janela to STOMP it into him! Fans call Mox a “Sick F*ck” and he takes a bow! Moxley climbs up, but Janela SHORYUKENS! Janela throws enziguris and forearms, then climbs up to join Moxley. SUPER STEINER onto the barbed wire! And then SMACK with it on Moxley’s back! Cover, TWO! Moxley writhes in pain as his back starts to bleed. Janela grabs himself a second table and puts that in the ring. Fans cheer as Janela starts setting it up in the corner. Moxley stands and fireman’s carries Janela, but he isn’t sure which table to use. He goes for the one outside, but Janela holds on! Janela forearms Mox back and wants to suplex!
Mox fights Janela off then joins him on the apron, only for Janela to Russian Leg Sweep them both, through the table! Fans chant “A E DUB!” as Janela stands up from the wreckage. Janela throws Moxley in but Moxley SPINEBUSTERS him through that other table! Moxley slumps out of the ring from all the pain, and brings out a third table! Then a fourth! He sets both tables up by the ring, but Janela flips him off. Moxley cusses Janela out as he throws down hands! Moxley then goes out to find more things. He has a wood panel with barbed wire! Was Moxley doing that all himself? Fans again know Moxley is a “Sick F*ck” as he goes to Janela.
Moxley scoops Janela, but Janela slips out. Janela runs but has to stop himself. Moxley kicks but Janela denies Death Rider. Janela fireman’s carries, to Death Valley Drive Moxley through the barbed wire board!! Janela drags Moxley out of the steel thorns to cover, TWO! Fans duel and rally as Janela starts punching Moxley. Moxley fires back and its a brawl! Janela gets the edge and throws one extra big one! Moxley sits down but comes back with a LARIAT! Moxley has his barbed wire chair back but he ditches that for his table idea. He drags Janela up for a powerbomb, gets him up for a Canadian rack, but Janela slips out to SUPERKICK! And then SUPERKICK him to the apron!
Janela checks under the ring real quick, and finds a ladder! This has officially become a TLC match! Moxley gets up as Janela sets the ladder up. Moxley stops Janela before he can do more, and the two brawl outside again. Janela bounces Moxley off the steel steps again and again, then puts him on the two tables. Janela leaves Moxley behind to go to the ladders! Fans plead, “Please Don’t Die!” But Janela goes all the way up, and LEAPS! Macho Elbow through the tables! Fans lose their minds all over again as the referee checks on both men. Both men are somehow okay to continue, and Janela is up first. Janela moves table wreckage around to go in search of more. There’s a second board of barbed wire?! Fans have to be careful as Janela drags that out and makes it a bridge!
Janela goes in search of Moxley, who is in the ring. Mox gets him with a DDT! Moxley drags Janela up in a fireman’s carry, to Death Valley BOMB Janela through the board!! Now it’s Janela’s turn to be stuck in the wires! Fans still love “A E DUB!” even though this technically has nothing to do with them. Janela frees himself from the wreckage, but not without scraping himself on the wires. Mox drags Janela into the ring and stalks him like a shark with blood i the water. Fans fire up as Janela throws slaps. Moxley throws knee after knee after knee into Janela’s face! But he isn’t done, because he brings out some kind of bucket. But what’s in the bucket? A bag. And in the bag is…? THUMBTACKS!
Moxley grabs Janela’s boot and starts undoing it? And the other one! He exposes Janela’s feet! Again, Moxley proves he’s a “Sick F*ck” as Janela is without even socks! Moxley stands Janela up, but Janela fights back! Janela avoids some tacks, but gets a kick and an X-Plex onto the tacks! Janela refuses to give up because of this, but Moxley stomps him into the tacks! Then atomic drops him onto them! Janela screams in pain from the needles in his heels! But then he just dares Moxley to give him more. He flips Moxley off! Moxley stomps Janela, and pulls out something else from the bucket! Another bag of thumbtacks! DEATH RIDER ON TACKS!! Double-edged as it is, Mox covers Janela, Mox wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Paradigm Shift continues as Moxley gets his first win in AEW! Though, does it really count when this was an unsanctioned match? He probably doesn’t care either way, he’d do it all again if he had to. Will Moxley only up the ante next time when he goes up against Kenny Omega?
But speaking off, Omega runs down the ramp to V-Trigger! Then piledrive Mox through what’s left of one table, and bury him with the wrecking of another! Then to recreate what he did with Jericho, springboard double stomps to sandwich Moxley in it all! But Omega isn’t done, he drags Moxley up to club him up the way. They end up by the pool but Omega punches and throws Moxley past all that. Omega uses the unused musical equipment to batter Moxley more. Moxley hits back but Omega is just all over him again! Omega drags Moxley up to throw him into the drum set! Omega has the drum sticks to count himself in. He plays a drum solo on Moxley’s back! Then he has the electric guitar, to SMASH it on Moxley’s back!
Referees reprimand Omega but fans want an encore. So Omega strums the guitar before dropping it. Omega leaves, having gotten back at the Lunatic. Referees help Molxey up but he shoves them away. Omega comes back with a trash can! And he bashes the can on Mox until it’s completely dented! Omega drags Moxley up, to steal the Death Rider, and drive Moxley into the can! But Moxley grins. Will all of this only prompt Moxley to go all out at All Out?
What another great event, and this wasn’t even seen as much more a B-tier show. The Buy-In matches were great for being kickoff show matches. It makes a lot of sense for the Best Friends to win, because they and the “Dark Order” can settle things at All Out while also going forward into the tag title tournament. I feel like the winner of that All Out match is going to go far in the eventual tournament, and might even be tag title contenders. The Librarians are a pretty funny duo, and that was a decently funny and good match. Allie wins but I feel it’s so she’ll lose to Brandi. Then that “Hardcore” match was definitely more comedy than anything, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. I enjoyed a lot of that, but clearly commentary was selling this as sticking it to WWE’s Shane Best in the World storyline.
Daniels VS Cima was a solid opener, just straight up great wrestling from two guys who have been around for a long time and know what they’re doing. Great to see Cima win, he’ll have a great match at Fight for the Fallen with Omega. The Women’s Triple Threat was brilliantly done, all three women look even better than they did from Double or Nothing. It was a natural choice to have the two smaller opponents work together on and off, and also one of the underdogs to win. I just didn’t think it’d be Riho off of Nyla. But it works to make Nyla a Heel as the bigger wrestler, and then there’s clearly tension still between Riho and Yuka that can all play towards the AEW Women’s Championship race.
MJF is the perfect Heel, because he makes you hate him the right way. His promo before the Fatal 4 Way was great, and then the Fatal 4 Way was even greater. Also knowing this means Kip Sabian is the next opponent, it was an interesting move for Hangman to win. It does keep Hangman strong even with All Out a couple months away, but with the PPV events being the only things for momentum right now, losing even here would hurt Hangman. Hangman will surely win at Fight for the Fallen, too, so he’ll be red hot going into All Out against Jericho. Cody VS Darby was a pretty great match, but damn there were two spots that really hurt: Darby’s trust fall to the apron and Cody taking that unprotected chairshot.
A time limit draw was a good way for Darby and Cody to stay even, but WOW that chairshot. I would really hope most of that is kayfabe, but yikes. This obviously makes the Fight for the Fallen tag match of Rhodes VS Bucks “questionable,” but it does give us a potential Cody VS Shawn Spears program going into AEW TV. Just don’t do another one of those chairshots, it is on the same dangerous thread as the Naito-Ibushi controversy at Dominion. The Elite VS Lucha Bros & Laredo was amazing, and is definitely a great “main event.” The show really could have ended there and it would’ve been amazing. Elite wins to keep everyone strong while keeping the rivalries with Lucha Bros alive. Omega VS Pentagon II has to happen as part of AEW TV.
And then the real main event, the “Unsanctioned Match,” well, damn. That was definitely above my expectations, yet perfect for what those two madmen are known for. They really went crazy with the barbed wire, too. The creativity with the thumbtacks was great, too. Never seen anyone take the opponent’s shoes off to make him walk on the tacks. Obviously Moxley was going to win, he needs to roll on towards his match with Omega, while also still staying strong enough for his time in NJPW’s G1 Climax. It was also great for Omega to beat the crap out of Moxley as payback for Double or Nothing. I wonder if this prompts All Out to be some form of No Disqualification, maybe even Last Man Standing, because clearly this has gotten that intense in just two events.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s AEW Fight for the Fallen 2019 Ratings & Analysis
AEW has another show! Does this feel more like Double or Nothing, or Fyter Fest?
AEW has another show! Does this feel more like Double or Nothing, or Fyter Fest?
So I’m late to the party here since I get to have a life on occasion too, ya know?!
The Brotherhood facing the Young Bucks is all I’m really invested in, but maybe something will surprise.
Time to get to the show!
- Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates vs Sonny Kiss: Kiss wins via Kiss is It @5:10 – * 1/2
- Britt Baker & Riho vs Shoko Nakajima & Bea Priestley: Shoko wins via Hurricanrana @15:40 – **
- Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin & Joey Janela vs MJF, Shawn Spears & Sammy Guevara: Spears wins via Death Valley Driver @13:10 – *** 1/4
- Allie vs Brandi: Brandi wins via Bionic Spear @11:00 – * 1/2
- Dark Order vs Boy and his Dinosaur vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Dark Order win via Fatality @15:15 – ** 1/2
- Kip Sabian vs Hangman Page: Page wins via Deadeye @19:00 – ***
- SCU vs Lucha Brothers: Lucha Bros win via Spike Fear Factor @15:00 – *** 1/2
- CIMA vs Kenny Omega: Omega wins via One Winged Angel @23:00 – *** 3/4
- The Brotherhood (Cody & Dustin Rhodes) vs The Young Bucks: Bucks win via Meltzer Driver @31:00 – ****
This Librarians gimmick is terrible and they know it. I say they know it since on BTE even made mention of Leva being a little delusional by saying everyone loves it and the Jackson’s weren’t expecting that take. Avalon may be an alright hand in the ring, but he’s 5 foot nothing, with a porn stache, a bad gimmick and he was Norv Fernum. Sonny is athletic and quite entertaining, but I’m not sure how far that can take him. Some moves like a Twerk-sault and the Ass Ramming corner spot are just not something mainstream fans will embrace. So I’m more curious to see how the character will evolve. As for the match…it was pretty lame.
Britt might’ve gotten a concussion early on, cause she was talking to the referee often and never seemed quite right, but Bea was a mess. Bea is a hell of a paradox. The better portion of last year in Stardom, she wasn’t good in the least bit, but she seemed to figure it out and was quite good in WOS. Plus she’s current World of Stardom Champion, so that definitely shows growth. But holy man, she was sloppy as hell in this match. Every time Shoko and Riho got some momentum, Britt and Bea would mess it all up. This could’ve been a great match, if it wasn’t embarrassing to watch at moments.
We’ve got a mish-mosh 6 man of faces versus heels, but MJF is mad at Spears for the attack on Cody. Then we’ve got Allin mad at Spears for taking the steam out of his match. Then we’ve got Joey Janela trying to get himself over, and it was a spot that made me groan. Why would you deliver a Death Valley Driver on the apron, then sell like an idiot, call out Jim Cornette, when the finish is a Death Valley Driver? The match was fast paced and fairly fun, but it made no sense aside from the Allin and Spears interactions.
Brandi does the great heel move with bringing out Awesome Kong as insurance, but neither Brandi nor Allie are strong workers…and it showed. A lot of space between moves, bad connections and the way Allie played off of interference or heel tactics just didn’t feel genuine. I do like Brandi winning marred in cheating, it’s very on the nose for how she’s portraying herself. Plus we get Aja Kong to come out and make the save for Allie and insinuate Aja and Awesome may have a match. Aja may be older, but she’s still that old school wrestler type who will rough you up just for fun. That should be good.
Angelico and Evans are nothing but flips. I can’t tolerate that team at all. They have generic heel moments with cliche moves. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy looked like a million bucks. Dark Order is kinda terrible honestly. A few tandem moves looked alright, but generally speaking Dark Order was just boring. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy weren’t hurt by the loss, but they are the ones to care about.
Superbad Sabian and the Hangman was a much better match than I think most initially thought. The pace got slowed down at different points, but the moves made sense and both men really got the story through. Sabian went after the injured knee since he’s a flier but also has technical proficiency. Hangman proved himself to still be a resilient babyface for people to rally behind against the egotistical dickhead Jericho.
So when Jericho sneaks up and attacks Page after the match, it just furthered the story and the fan feeling. Simple yes, but it works well.
SCU and the Luchas were just a solid tag team match. I liked Daniels getting involved after being provoked, Scorpio and Pentagon going back and forth with taunts for a while and Aubrey dropping the glove, were all entertaining moments. A little more gimmick than wrestling at times, but we still got a solid match. No complaints at all.
This CIMA/Omega match started off pretty well like it was building towards a big match. It was a lot of Omega trying to prove who he is and CIMA trying to teach people who HE is. However, it turned into a stupid move spamming match. CIMA finishes people with a Meteora, and he did like 12 of them, it was inane. If anyone got annoyed at Omega hitting 20 V-Triggers, this was the same thing. If it weren’t for the move spam, this would’ve been a damn good match. I was definitely disappointed in CIMA for playing into that spam style, when I’ve seen a good bit of his work and he’s usually better than that. Finishers and false finishes for the sake of having them don’t build suspense.
We get to the main event that BTE and a lot of the IWC were interested in after Cody’s heartfelt promo. The Bucks turned up the visceral aspect by kicking away handshake attempts and spitting at them, so that raised the heat of the match. A bunch of moments in the ring where each team shone with double teams or just stereo spots. Seeing that Dustin and Cody still had some chemistry that it had the Bucks on the ropes was nice. Working on Matt’s left arm was great since Matt has definitely gotten better at selling and being the one to get beat up the most. The Meltzer Driver gets hit on Cody, and the Bucks go over.
It looks like the Bucks wanted to have a moment to put the Rhodes’ over, but then they admit they must be running short on time as other music hits and the check presentation procession comes out.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
This was better than Fyter Fest, but still had it’s own issues. Some matches didn’t have the suspense, some spots were shot awkwardly and then we had some sloppy and stupid stuff. Sure no one lubed up and got thrown in a kiddy pool, but there’s multitudes of stupid things to do.
So yeah, with the Bucks openly admitting to why things seemed off, that’s just comes off as amateurish. Most of the production they can easily get better on by October. But, it’s one thing to have a diverse roster and another to have matches/characters that are just so far out there that casual fans won’t get it or think are just stupid. There’s a reason that “Indy stuff” isn’t seen on national TV.
Rob: In Defense Of Silly Sh@#!
Rob steps out of his comfort zone to defend AEW–something you don’t want to miss!
Rob steps out of his comfort zone to defend AEW–something you don’t want to miss!
OK I’m about to do something out of character here – I’m going to defend AEW. Anybody who follows me on Twitter or has read any of my previous stuff here knows that I’m not a big fan of the upstart company. The short version is that I’m not a fan or just not as enamored with some of their top guys, particularly the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, and I’m not big on how Cody has gone about taking shots at WWE while trying to say ‘no, we’re not starting any beefs here’. I also am not big on how the wrestling media covers them because I think they’re ignoring a lot of the things they’re doing that would get all caps rants if WWE was doing it. So for me to defend something they did is totally off brand for me.
So just what am I sticking up for here? Namely, the goofy skits they did on their Fyter Fest preshow and the goofy elements of some of the preshow matches. Now I did not see any of it but I saw that they were panned by just about everyone who cared to comment, with some even going so far as to say that if they were on a WWE show that Vince would get killed for it. So while I won’t comment one way or the other on how good or bad the set pieces were I will wholeheartedly defend doing them on the show. Why? Because that’s wrestling. Goofy characters, goofy skits, and goofy matches are as much a part of professional wrestling as blood feuds, workrate matches, and so on. The execution matters but the existence of them has been voted on by the fans a long time ago.
Don’t believe me? Look at the viewing numbers for all the 24/7 Championship stuff. Look at the views for the arm wrestling match between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley (11 million and counting). Look what the highest rated segment in the history of Monday Night Raw is…..not any match or even an Austin vs McMahon segment, but the ‘This is Your Life’ segment with the Rock and Mick Foley. Or even look at the things that aren’t silly but aren’t matches, either – backstage brawls, ringside fights, etc. – those routinely get more views and draw more interest than the actual televised matches. You might think that’s a shame but it’s reality. No matter what anyone else tells you it’s a TV show that includes wrestling and not a wrestling show that’s on TV.
You want the hard truth? When it comes to pro wrestling on TV in the US, there really aren’t that many people who are going to watch two or three hours of nothing but matches no matter how good those matches are. The other stuff has always been the difference maker. And yes, a lot of that stuff is silly. You know what? It’s fine!! Don’t let these guys that go on and on about how they’d be ashamed to show some segment to someone who doesn’t watch wrestling get the better of you. Pro wrestling in the United States is silly, simple, lowbrow, least common denominator kind of entertainment. Even the parts that are serious border on self parody if you examine them too closely. (After all, who in their right mind would settle a beef with a co-worker by fighting them inside a cage?) And there’s nothing wrong with that. You watch it because you like it; ALL OF IT, not just the parts that could pass for a legit sports competition.
At the end of the day if AEW is going to have any kind of long term shelf life they are going to have to master doing all the other stuff that goes on before and in between matches, and that’s going to be trial and error. You write five bad comedy segments and then you get two that hit. They’re going to need to find those two that hit, and that means ignoring all the people on the internet that are screaming ‘don’t be like the WWE!’ because quite frankly those people either don’t know what they’re talking about or are those people who I think are honestly embarrassed that they are wrestling fans and want it to change to something that they don’t feel ashamed to love. Hey AEW, do yourself a favor and don’t listen to those guys. Embrace your wacky side and find your way to some stuff that works.
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