Raw makes the WWE World Championship match official!
Seth Rollins says he needs the WWE World Championship back, but he first needs to sign the contract! Will this face-to-face with Drew McIntyre stay civil?
- Six Man Tag: Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio & Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas, Angel Garza & Austin Theory w/ Zelina Vega; Aleister, Mysterio & Crews win.
- Triple Threat: Asuka VS Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler; No Contest.
- Bobby Lashley VS Denzel Dejournette; Lashley wins.
- Liv Morgan VS Ruby Riott; Morgan wins.
- Jinder Mahal VS Akira Tozawa; Mahal wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews; Almas wins by referee stoppage, and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Ever-Rise; Ricochet & Alexander win.
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Samoa Joe rejoins Raw Commentary!
“The Rawest Man in the Room” is glad to be back, and he gives Jerry “The King” Lawler a much needed vacation.
Raw presents the VIP Lounge!
MVP welcomes us to the show, and “the only nightclub in America still open,” his VIP Lounge. He has three WWE superstars as guests that will be competing in the most unique Money in the Bank Match in history! Because all six men and all six women will start at the WWE corporate headquarters’ ground floor, and fight their way to the roof to obtain the MITB contracts. A dozen athletes will lay it all on the line for a prize worth the risk. But to those guests, the legendary luchador, Rey Mysterio! The King of Lucha wants to finally be on the other side of the cash-in and MVP says it’s great to have Rey back in the lounge. Then the next guest, the enigmatic and dark Aleister Black! This will be the first time the Embodiment of the End has competed in any MITB, and how fitting that such a unique superstar is in this unique situation.
Aleister joins MVP and Mysterio in the ring. MVP feels Aleister isn’t the kind to frequent clubs, so just don’t break anything. Lastly, MVP says this man is his pick. It’s Apollo Crews! Crews did beat MVP for his spot, so perhaps MVP’s endorsement is from Crews also having won his respect. And now that everyone is here, what would it mean to become Mr. MITB? Mysterio wants to speak but MVP knows what he’ll say. This will cement Mysterio’s legacy and add to his already historic career. Now, for Aleister, that would catapult him to an even higher stratosphere. And for “Mr. Crews,” as much as MVP doesn’t want to admit it, he lost. What does it mean to Crews becoming Mr. MITB? Or more importantly, does he have what it takes to do it? Crews says that this year’s match-
Wait, Zelina Vega, Andrade Almas, Austin Theory and Angel Garza interrupt! Vega says that no one wants to hear Crews’ opinion. But do they know what the WWE Universe can’t get enough of? Not those three in the ring. They’re no fun. The Universe can’t get enough of the United States Champion, ANDRADE~! Not to mention the Lethal Lothario, Angel Garza, and the fastest rising star, Austin Theory! These three are the future of Raw. At one point or another, so was Mysterio, Aleister and Crews. But they don’t measure up to Vega’s trio. The future Mysterio, Aleister and Crews represent is “a bleak one.” One where the MITB contract resides somewhere other than Raw. Oh, let’s get these velvet ropes out of the way, shall we? Vega and her boys get in the ring. The future doesn’t have to be bleak. They just have to do what’s right. They just have to do what’s best for Raw. And that is to allow Vega’s three to take their place.
MVP says La Muneca has spoken. And this sounds like a challenge. Mysterio takes the mic to counter Vega. She thought they’d just go and give up their spots? Tu loca. She came out here to pick ,a fight, with them. And the brawl is on! Aleister throws out Theory, Crews stomps Garza and Mysterio runs Almas off! The MITB entrants are standing tall, but is the fighting far from over?
Six Man Tag: Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio & Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas, Angel Garza & Austin Theory w/ Zelina Vega!
It’s not! The trios go against each other with honor on the line! Will the MITB entrants maintain momentum? Or does La Muneca’s three amigos prove her point?
Garza and Aleister start the match, but Garza takes his time taking off his jacket. Garza offers a handshake but Aleister knows better. He uses it to reel Garza in! He gets Garza down and digs a knee into Garza’s knee. Garza gets a ropebreak and Aleister lets off fast to reset. They tie up, Garza wrenches to a hammerlock but Aleister moves around to drop down. Aleister gets another trip and a toehold. Garza endures as Aleister cranks the leg. Garza kicks with his free leg but Aleister just floats to a facelock. But Garza gets out for another hammerlock, only for Aleister to trip him. Aleister keeps on the leg but Garza drags Aleister down for an armbar. Aleister fights up, floats to a waistlock, but Garza picks the leg. Garza kicks away on the leg and then rains down hands! Aleister gets a leg guard and BOOTS Garza in the head! The two reset again, but Aleister hip tosses Garza down!
Aleister drags Garza into a hammerlock of his own, but Garza endures. Vega coaches him up and he fights to his feet. Garza throws body shots and throws Aleister by his hair! Cover, ONE, but Garza is still on Aleister. He whips but Aleister reverses to sweep the legs! La Magistrol, TWO! Aleister arm-drags Garza and has the armlock. Garza endures but Crews tags in. Crews takes the hand off but Garza fires off hands! Tag to Theory but Theory gets run over! Crews brings Theory up to a stalling suplex! And he holds Theory for a count of ten before slamming him down! Cover, ONE, but Crews keeps on Theory’s arm. Theory fights his way up and puts Crews in a corner. Theory stomps low then whips corner to corner. Crews goes up and over and handsprings to dropkick! And arm-drag! And again! Crews has the arm again and Theory flails!
Theory gets up again but Mysterio tags in. Mysterio kicks Theory then rams him into a corner. The ref counts but Mysterio lets off. Mysterio whips but Theory reverses, only for Mysterio to headscissor him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Mysterio drags Theory up and wrenches, but Theory knees low. Tag to Garza and they double whip. Mysterio ducks and wheelbarrows, to throw both Theory and Garza Dial it up but Almas intercepts! Almas eggs Crews and Aleister on but Mysterio pops up to huricanrana! Now Almas i son the ropes, dial it up, but Garza saves Almas. But Mysterio helps Crews and Aleister FLY! They wipe out Vega’s men and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and the ref backs Almas off of Aleister. Almas comes back for more as he mugs Aleister in the corner. Tag to Theory and the mugging continues. Theory snapmares to a chinlock and he thrashes Aleister around. Aleister endures and fights his way up. Theory pulls hair but Aleister has a leg. Theory clubs Aleister down then puts on another chinlock. Aleister fights but Theory throws knees and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO, but the chinlock is back. Aleister resists but Theory turns him over for a double knee cover. TWO and Theory KICKS Aleister in the back. Theory digs a knee in Aleister’s back for the chinlock clutch. Aleister fights his way up and pries at the hold, but Theory throws forearms into his back. Theory torture racks and throws Aleister into buckles! Almas talks trash while Theory back suplexes Aleister down. Cover, TWO!
Theory drags Aleister over and tags in Garza. The mugging returns, and Garza KNEES Aleister hard! Tag to ALmas for the cover, TWO! Almas drags Aleister back and Theory tags in. They mug Aleister more but Aleister kicks back! Theory staggers but comes back to facelock Aleister. He grinds Aleister down but Aleister fights up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Theory trips him up. The two scrap on the mat and Theory gets the toehold! Aleister chinlocks but Theory cranks and stomps the leg! Theory stomps Aleister down then throws more forearms into the back. Theory torture rack lifts, and throws Aleister into buckles again. But Aleister catches himself ot elbow and BOOT Theory away! Wheelbarrow takedown, TWO! Theory keeps Aleister from the corner but Aleister boots him away. Theory comes back to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Almas and Mysterio!
Mysterio dodges and rallies on Almas! Almas reverses the whip but gets a headscissors! Mysterio runs but is put on the apron. Mysterio shoulders back in then springboards for the seated senton! Things keep moving, but Almas sunset flips. Mysterio rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! El Idolo still lives but Mysterio runs to wheelbarrow. But Almas makes it a facebuster! Tag to Garza and they double whip now. Mysterio pops up to huricanrana Almas out! Then he springboard crossbodies Garza! Cover, TWO! Mysterio kicks then runs but into a pop-up kick! Off come the pants! Garza slides Mysterio out and he hits the floor hard! Now Vega’s trio has control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Garza taunts Crews while holding Mysterio in the cobra twist. But Mysterio fights against the hold, only for Garza to push him down and sucker punch Crews! Tag to Theory and the mugging continues on Mysterio. Theory trophy lifts Mysterio and throws him down! Theory standing moonsaults and covers, TWO! Vega is still smiling as Theory drags Mysteiro back over. Tag to Almas and Almas stomps Mysterio down. Almas pushes Mysterio around then drags him around to stomp. Mysterio staggers to a corner but Almas stomps a mudhole in. The ref backs Almas off but he comes back to drag Mysterio up by his mask. Almas knees low then goes for a hammerlock. Mysterio spins and enziguris free! Both men are down but Mysterio’s corner is empty. Almas stomps Mysterio then drags him up for forearms. Almas shoves but Mysterio kicks back! Mysterio Quebrada, to a tornado DDT!
Both men are down again but Mysterio’s corner has partners again! Hot tags to Theory and Crews! Crews rallies on Theory and then powers him into a corner! Apollo hits Garza then corner sparkles Theory! He tags Theory corner to corner for more shoulder rams! Crews fires up, and gives Garza a SPINE BUSTER! He scoops Theory for a POWERSLAM! Cover, but Almas breaks it! Almas decks Aleister then returns to his corner. Crews gets to his feet first and drags Theory up. Theory swings and ELBOWS! Then he fisherman lifts for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Crews survives and Vega is furious! Theory sits up but Crews kicks first. Crews suplexes but Theory slips out ot kick low. Almas tags in but Crews dodges Theory to run. Almas dumps Crews out! Aleister KNEES Theory, Garza SUPERKICKS Aleister! Mysterio seated sentons Garza but Almas dropkicks Mysterio!
Almas hurries to get Crews in, and runs to boot and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Vega is losing her cool but Almas keeps going. Hammerlock but pop-up to CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Crews and team win!!
Winners: Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio & Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The MITB entrants win, and Crews pins the United States Champion! Will Crews be able to use momentum to become Mr. MITB and possibly WWE United States Champion?
Raw celebrates HHH XXV!
To celebrate 25 years of The Game, Raw has the Top Ten Moments that Define Triple H! Coming in at #10, the second wave of Degeneration X! March 1998 brought X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn into the fold, so that they and HHH could “take care of business that should’ve been taken care of right from the start.” The Game moving up into leadership position was a big moment, but what moments are bigger?
Raw returns with moment #9! March 2015, WrestleMania 31, HHH VS Sting! And by extension, DX VS nWo! A crazy brawl, and a showdown of bate and hammer! But in the end, HHH and DX won! And the rivalry of WWE and WCW was finally put to bed. The other eight moments will be later on tonight.
Almas and Vega argue backstage.
Charly Caruso comes by to ask what went wrong. What happened? Almas would like to know that, too. His amigos let him down. Aleister, Mysterio and Crews can’t beat Almas in a championship match 1v1. But Crews comes over to laugh at the “sore losers” for complaining. Crews vows he can beat Almas twice in one night! Almas gets mad and says that he’ll put the title up any time, just to prove Crews isn’t worthy. Then how about tonight? And then Crew SLAPS Almas! Vega gets in the way and says Crews thinks he’s so big after just one win. But if he wants it so badly, then he’ll get that shot, tonight! Crews is all smiles as he tells Almas to take care of his face. But will Almas slap that smile off his face by the end of tonight?
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
At #8, it was August of 1999. It was the very first episode of SmackDown, and it was the main event for the WWE World Championship! HHH defended against The Rock, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee! In a truly historic showdown, The Rock was about to win, before getting SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HHH hit the Pedigree, HBK made the count, and The Game was still the champion! But surely, there were be many more title moments, and many more moments with HBK, to come.
Raw returns with moment #7, and in July 2000, HHH was forced to team with Trish Stratus in a mixed tag match. Trish asked if HHH could give her some training. They went through the basic hammerlock, and he taught her one of the counts. Just reach between your legs to grab his leg, and pull. She reaches down, but then Stephanie McMahon walked in and misunderstood. Steph threw a tantrum while throwing things at HHH and then ran away. That was a slightly more embarrassing moment, but still a rather memorable one.
Triple Threat: Asuka VS Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler!
All of Raw’s three women for the MITB match compete in a first-time-ever! All three are dangerous, but who comes out with the most momentum on the road to WWE HQ?
Before the match, Asuka has a mic to shout, “OI! OI! OI!” Nia, what the hell were you doing? Poor little Kairi is in no shape to be here tonight. Two years ago, Asuka beat Nia, and made her tap! HA! And that won’t change tonight just because someone else is here. MITB will- Nia interrupts by making her entrance. Shayna makes her entrance, and doesn’t even wait to get in the ring before dragging Asuka out! She clubs Asuka on the back but keeps her eyes on Nia. Nia just lets Shayna do what she wants to Asuka, which includes throwing her into a ladder. Then Nia goes out to throw Shayna into barriers! Nia drags Asuka up but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES back! Shayna adds a BOOT, then she ducks Asuka to LARIAT her down! Shayna grabs a ladder as a flashback to last week. She drags Asuka up and throws her, but Asuka sends Shayna into ladder instead!
Asuka stomps Shayna and talks trash in Japanese. She puts Shayna in but Nia bulldozes Asuka down! Nia puts Asuka in and then picks up that ladder Shayna set. Nia tosses it into the ring to show off her strength, then fetches it to RAM both Shayna and Asuka down! Asuka and Shayna flop out the other way, and Nia gets ready to throw the ladder again! Her targets move, and she drops the ladder in the ring. This match ended before it started, and it ended with the Irresistible Force standing tall. Will that be the same when the ladders stand atop Titan Towers?
Lana gives Bobby Lashley a pep talk backstage.
He’s the amazing, almighty and just so good. Lashley knows Lana wants to help him out ringside, but maybe it’s better she stay back here. He doesn’t want her in his corner? No, it’s not that! He just says having her out there… She’s a distraction. She’s a distraction? How? What is she doing? It’s because she’s so… beautiful! He tries to focus but he sees her eyes and legs and just loses that focus. So she understands, right? Yes, she does. Lashley heads out without Lana to have his match.
Bobby Lashley VS Denzel Dejournette!
The bell rings and Dejournette dodges Lashley’s lunge. Lashley tries again, Dejournette gets the waistlock instead, and ducks the elbow. Lashley denies the suplex to give a suplex! Dejournette staggers up but Lashley trips him up to SLAP him down! Lashley drags Denjournette up and goes for a corner. Dejournette blocks the buckle bump but not the knee! Lashley then throws hands on Dejournette over and over. The ref counts but Lashley lets up at 4. Lashley runs but Dejournette drops down then hurdles to SLAP back! Lashley seethes but Dejournette runs. Lashley hurdles to kick low and CLUB Dejournette down! Then he suplexes and SLAMS Dejournette, before scooping him for another slam! Dejournette gets up, Lashley SPEARS him down! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
And the Rocky Mountain Machine had no problems with his focus. Will Lashley be able to head for a title without his trophy wife “distracting” him?
Liv Morgan VS Ruby Riott!
Last week went Liv’s way but she doesn’t want Ruby to think it was a fluke. These two friends turned enemies have a rematch already, who comes out proving their point?
The bell rings and they tie up. Ruby pulls hair but the ref reprimands her. Ruby hits an STO and then looms over Liv. She drags Liv up and into a corner to stomp away. Ruby pushes Liv around then runs corner to corner, only for Liv to drop toehold her into buckles! Liv runs back in, but her stomps miss! Ruby shoves Liv inot buckles then drags her in, only for Deadly Nightshade to be thrown down! Both women get up and Liv blocks a boot. Liv ROCKS Ruby then brings her out for a whip. Ruby hits buckles hard and Liv back body blocks! Liv runs in again but misses. Ruby spins her out for the RIOTT KICK! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby’s best move fails?! She is speechless for a moment before she stalks up behind Liv. Ruby says Liv needs to learn her place but Liv refuses. Liv swings wild but misses. Ruby stomps the hand!
Ruby drags Liv up and says she doesn’t want to do this. But Liv is making her do this. She pulls hair and has Liv against the ropes but the ref counts. Ruby lets up, whips, but Liv reverses to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Liv wins!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall
Liv wins again! She leaves Ruby in #obLIVion with that one, is she finally moving on with her life?
Byron Saxton interviews Liv in the ring and asks if this is the start of a new chapter. Liv feels like she’s had so many chapters already. But right now, Liv feels like a lot of people in her generation, in that she’s trying to find herself. She’s confident she’ll figure herself out soon enough. Will she figure that and a path to the title out at the same time?
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
Moment #6 is 1997, the King of the Ring tournament finals! Hunter Hearst Hemsley and “Mankind” Mick Foley faced off and fought all over ringside, but it took two Pedigrees (one through an announce desk) to finish Foley off. And in the end, The Blue Blood was crowned King of the Ring! That was just the beginning of the King of Kings, but what five moments are even bigger?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax.
She has a lot of people talking about her actions tonight. Her actions? What can Charly do about those actions? Nothing. What can Asuka do about Nia’s actions? Nothing. What can Shayna do about Nia’s actions? Nothing. What can anyone do about her actions? Again, NOTHING! Is there really nothing that can be done when the Irresistible Force heads for the Money in the Bank contract?
The Viking Raiders speak.
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!” “So Street Profits, what does that tell you about your Raw Tag Team title reign?” Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are a great tag team among some of the best. But their history with Erik & Ivar “tells the truth.” The Profits won the NXT Tag Team Championships after the Raiders let them go. The Profits won the Raw Tag Team Championships after Erik & Ivar couldn’t compete. And the truth is, the Profits have never beaten the Raiders! Every time the Profits were up, it was because the Raiders weren’t around. So the Profits may have the titles now, but the Raiders know the truth. The truth is that as long as the Raiders are around, the Profits will only ever be second best. The Raiders dare the Profits to prove them wrong. Because #WeWantTheSmoke. Erik & Ivar took the catchphrase, but will they take those titles?
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
Moment #5 was back in November of 2019. It was the night SmackDown was taken over by NXT! Survivor Series was now Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT, and NXT took the fight to the blue brand! HHH is the leader of the black ‘n’ yellow army, and #WeAreNXT!
Jinder Mahal VS Akira Tozawa!
The Modern Day Maharaja returns to Raw! Will he pick up where he left off? Or will the Stamina Monster be a stronger challenge than this former WWE World Champion expected?
The bell rings and Mahal ties up with Tozawa. He throws Tozawa down, then hauls him up for a BIG back suplex! Mahal grins as he drags Tozawa up to throw out of the ring. Mahal pursues and stomps Tozawa at the barrier! The ref counts as he digs his knee in, so he brings Tozawa up to ram into the LED apron! And then into the barriers! Mahal drags Tozawa up to put in the ring and stomp around. He drags Tozawa up to a fireman’s carry, for a BIG Samoan Drop! But Mahal isn’t done there, he demands Tozawa to stand. Tozawa barely sits up before Mahal drags him up. KALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall
The iron ring dismantles the Stamina Monster and Mahal is back! Will he head for a title now that things are heating up?
Almas and Vega talk backstage again.
They both know he is El Campeon, but Charly comes by to talk with them again. Vega won’t let there be any questions asked. Charly needs to talk to Vega first. Almas agrees, and heads out with Vega. But Garza comes by and says Charly is very professional. He has a great admiration for that. But maybe in the near future, they could get better acquainted? Garza gives her a rose and Charly gives him a big smile as Raw goes to break.
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
Moment #4 is June of 2006, when DX mocked the McMahons! HHH was Vince, HBK was Shane O’Mac, and it was just incredible.
WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews!
El Idolo took the pin in the loss earlier tonight, but says that it was not the same as 1v1. Crews says he can strike twice, but is tonight the night Crews finally holds WWE gold? Or will he have to fall back on his MITB opportunity?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this double header begins!
Crews and Almas circle and tie up. They go around, Almas puts Crews in a corner but Crews turns it around. The ref counts and Crews lets up. Vega protests but Almas and Crews tie up again. Almas wrenches and shoulder breakers fast to get the wristlock. Crews fights up, wrenches around and has the wristlock himself. Crews yanks on the arm but Almas endures the armlock. Almas fights up, rolls and trips Crews to the mat for a toehold. Crews fights back and has a forearm in Almas’ face. Crews manages to get the facelock, but Almas fights his way up. Almas powers Crews to ropes but they almost fall out of the ring! Crews lets go and Almas sucker punches! Almas backs off and taunts Crews, but Crews comes back to circle again.
Almas kicks low and headlocks, but Crews tries to power out. He can’t get free as Almas holds tight. Almas cranks on the headlock but Crews powers up. Crews elbows but Almas cranks harder. Crews powers out and is free this time, but the two collide and neither falls. They start shoving, then things speed up. Crews hurdles and dropkicks! Almas bails out and Vega hurries over. Crews goes out and throws hands on Almas, then lifts him to ram into the apron! Almas CHOPS back, but the ring count climbs. Crews throws hands and puts Almas in. Almas is right on Crews right away! Almas stomps and stomps but the ref backs him off. Vega likes what she sees as Almas drags Crews up. Almas CHOPS but Crews forearms back. Almas knees low and throws more forearms. He starts stomping but the ref counts. Vega says Almas is the champ, and Almas digs his knee in. The ref backs Almas off again, but Almas stands Crews up to CHOP!
Almas whips corner to corner, Crews goes up and over but Almas dropkicks him down! Vega applauds while Crews goes to a corner. Almas runs in but Crews dodges! The knee hits buckles and Almas tumbles to the floor outside! Crews gets to the apron, moonsaults, but Almas gets clear! Almas LARIATS Crews down and Vega applauds while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and the ref has to back Almas off again. Almas goes right after Crews’ leg in the ropes, then basement dropkicks Crews to the floor! Almas takes a moment to catch his breath before going out after Crews. He stomps Crews around as the ring count climbs. Almas knees and forearms Crews down then leaves him behind. Crews stands at 7 and manages to get in the ring at 8, but Almas is all over him again! Almas has the leg and turns Crews for a modified Half Crab. Crews endures and drags himself towards ropes, but Almas stomps the leg down! Almas keeps on Crews but Crews kicks him away, only for Almas to come back with a basement dropkick! Almas drags Crews to the apron to throw forearm after forearm! He then goes back in the ring to stomp Crews more. Almas stomps Crews in the corner but the ref reprimands. Vega chants, “Si! Si! Si!” and Almas goes corner to corner, but only gets corners! Crews hits an OLYMPIC SLAM!
Crews can’t cover, his bad knee and overall exhaustion keep him down. But Crews and Almas slowly get to their feet, and start throwing hands! Crews counter punches and then throws haymakers! Crews pop, lock and ROCKS Almas to then LARIAT! He rams Almas into the corner then drives his shoulders! Crews backs off to then run in for a BIG splash, and OVERHEAD suplex! Adrenaline helps Crews rise up and run corner to corner! But into Almas’ BOOT! Almas hops up but Crews enziguris back! Crews trophy lifts Almas and drops Almas down! Standing moonsault hits! Cover, TWO!! Almas barely survives and Vega is panicking! Crews manages to stand but he hobbles over to Almas. Almas escapes a suplex and drop toeholds Crews into buckles! CIEN KNEES!! Cover, TWO!! Crews survives and Vega protests!
Almas stands and looms over Crews. He drags Crews up but dodges a boot. Crews dodges the boot, the elbow, and now they brawl again. Almas kicks the bad leg! Crews ROCKS Almas with a right and trophy lifts, but Almas DDT’s back! Vega applauds as Almas covers, TWO!! Now Vega is beside herself as Crews still lives. Almas drags Crews up once more, hammerlocks, but Crews resists and pop-ups, but into a sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! ENZIGURI! Crews fires up, scoops Almas, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Vega is out of breath! Crews stands back up and drags Almas to a drop zone. He climbs up but Almas hurries to stop him! Almas climbs up, throws uppercuts, but Crews forearms back. They brawl up top but Almas wants the suplex. Crews resists, throws body shots and then headbutts Almas down. Crews adjusts and leaps, but Almas moves! The knee takes a bad hit, but the ref keeps Almas back. Crews is under the bottom rope and refuses to let this end, but the ref makes the decision! Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by referee stoppage (still WWE United States Champion)
Crews’ body gave out before his spirit did, and Almas gets away with the title. Will Crews get another chance to prove he has what it takes? What about his run for the MITB briefcase?
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
Moment #3 is February 2003, the debut of Evolution! HHH, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Dave Batista were “the greatest example of evolution you will ever see.” Another faction that changed the WWE forever, also led by HHH.
The Street Profits speak.
“The Viking… Raiders… say we second best, bruh.” Nah, fam, they’re the ones putting in work while the cosplayers were driving Carpool Karaoke style while eating turkey legs. They weren’t even singing! This is 2020, get on Spotify. So what else is there to say but to say that… Erik & Ivar are right. The Profits could make jokes, or they could make the Raiders wrong. Well Montez and Dawkins are free, so how about the Raiders bring the helmets and the ponytails, because they’re going to get that smoke. But who will have the titles after this intense showdown?
Raw shares part of WWE 24: Becky Lynch, The Man.
“I just wanted people to be invested in the main event.” And they were. But they were also strongly behind Becky in WrestleMania 35’s Winner Takes All. Charlotte had Ronda in the Figure Eight, but then The Man came around with that leg drop. The WrestleMania crowd was fired up as Becky and Ronda worked together to hip toss Charlotte into a table! And then Ronda and Becky fired off! Becky turned Piper’s Pit into a pin! And in the end, the world witnessed #BeckyTwoBelts become reality! Making history with family in attendance and the fans behind her, “it was overwhelming.” Charlotte says that WM35 is what they’ll be playing back for years to come. Her father says Becky has passion in spades, it’s why she succeeds. Everyone wants to main event Mania, and now anyone can because The Man, The Queen and the Baddest Woman on the Planet made it happen. Becky loves the fans, and hopes they’ll still support her. What happens when your dreams come true? You make new ones.
Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Ever-Rise!
It’s time to get fast and furious again! Will they get back on track using Matt Martel and Chase Parker as the starting line?
The teams sort out and Ricochet starts against Martel. Ricochet dodges and arm-drags Martel down, then brings him over to tag Alexander. Alexander knees low then sets Martel up for the neckbreaker backbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Alexander keeps close. Alexander drags Martel up with a facelock and Ricochet tags in. They mug Martel and then Ricochet dodges a clothesline. Ricochet gets distracted by Parker and Martel clobbers him from behind! Tag to Parker and Martel feeds Ricochet to a knee. Parker whips Martel for Martel to whip Parker, and Parker forearm smashes Ricochet! Parker feeds Ricochet to Martel’s drop toehold, then Martel is the step stool for Parker’s elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Parker keeps on Ricochet with a chinlock and fingers to the face. Parker drops knees then drags Ricochet up and over. Tag to Martel and Ever-Rise mug Ricochet.
Martel keeps on Ricochet with a wrench and tags Parker back in. Martel feeds Ricochet to Parker’s boot, and then Parker stomps Ricochet down. Parker wraps on a half straitjacket and leans on Ricochet. Tag to Martel, and now Ricochet is fed to Martel’s boot. Cover, TWO! Martel drags Ricochet up for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Martel drags Ricochet up. Ricochet reverses the whip to feed Martel to Parker’s boot! Martel flounders to anchor Ricochet, but Ricochet keeps heading for Alexander. Both men make tags to Parker and Alexander! Alexander rallies, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off strikes! He dropkicks Martel’s leg out, then drags Parker over. Martel is the support for the one-man magic killer! Alexander dropkicks Martel out then runs to forearm Parker. Ricochet tags in, Alexander gives Parker a tornado DDT! Ricochet hits a standing shooting star! Cover but Martel breaks it!
Alexander throws Martel out but Martel drags Alexander out. Martel slams Alexander on the apron, but Ricochet triangle dropkicks! Parker rolls Ricochet with the tights, TWO! SUPERKICK! Tag to Alexander and he drags Parker up. Hammerlock, missile dropkick complete shot!! Cover, Alexander & Ricochet win!
Winners: Cedric Alexander & Ricochet, by pinfall
“Bravo! Bravo!” MVP is on the titantron, and congratulates these men in their excellent execution. MVP has a keen eye for talent, and he thought, “Who better to reintroduce to Raw than these two?” Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink are now on Team MVP! Alexander and Ricochet beating Thorne & Vink was a fluke. But the rematch could be box office gold. No, box office platinum! Straight up BALLIN~! Ricochet and Alexander are ready for the challenge! Will this fast and furious team prove The Worst & The Smug are box office busts?
Raw has more HHH XXV Top Ten Moments!
Moment #2 is April 1998, DX invading WCW! Well, they would have if the garage door didn’t close. But it was the first shot fired in the Monday Night Wars!
Raw follows Apollo Crews in the Performance Center medical room.
Crews has his knee heavily iced and walks on crutches after the damage done during the match. Charly says it seemed like he was so close to the title. This surely hinders his progress. Crews is too emotional to speak. Will Crews be able to even compete at MITB now?
Finally, the NUMBER ONE Moment that Defines HHH!
May 2001, HHH attacked Shawn Michaels, only to blow out his own knee. But eight months later, The Game was back and stronger than ever!
Raw returns to Jerry “The King” Lawler in the ring.
The King notes this year’s MITB having the most unique MITB match ever. Six men and six women start in the lobby of the WWE corporate HQ, and could fight anywhere from the gym to the elevators to even Mr. McMahon’s office. But they’ll all work to fight their way up to the roof, where the MITB briefcases will be waiting. Those briefcases will have the contracts for a title match at any time, any place. The risk is usually worth the reward, but maybe not this year. But the PPV will also feature one of the most intriguing title matches in history. Drew McIntyre defends against Seth Rollins, but the contract must be signed first. King introduces first the challenger, the Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins! Rollins makes his way to the ring and takes his seat. King then introduces the champion, Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Stud struts down to the ring, and Rollins stands up to stare him down.
McIntyre joins King and Rollins in the ring, and he says King that the way this usually goes is about to go that way. King gets out of the way, and now McIntyre sits with Rollins alone. For that matter, McIntyre signs right away, and leaves it to Rollins. He tells Rollins that they can get this done in 20 seconds. Rollins takes his time picking up the pen and going to the contract. But then he asks McIntyre, “Do you think I want this?” No, Rollins doesn’t want this. He has to do this. Yes, he started it with the Curb Stomp, to get McIntyre’s attention and to get this match, so that he can get the WWE World Championship “where it needs to be.” But this isn’t about Rollins or about McIntyre. This is bigger than all of us! McIntyre will be a great champion, some day. McIntyre is a fighter, a warrior, and a great man. But he’s not a leader. Rollins is a leader. Everywhere Rollins has gone, he has led and people have followed.
Now more than ever, the WWE needs someone they can turn to and guide them. Rollins can be the light in the darkness. He suffered for that title. McIntyre doesn’t have to. Rollins doesn’t want anyone else to suffer the way he did. That title is his burden to carry, not McIntyre’s. “Trust me when I tell you, I don’t want to be the one to crush your dream.” But that is a sacrifice Rollins is willing to make for the greater good. McIntyre is smart. He will understand in time. And when that time comes, he can find Rollins, and Rollins will not turn him away. McIntyre thanks Rollins for that passionate speech. Really enlightening. Things are clear to McIntyre and the fans now. It is clear that Rollins is “completely full of sh*t.” Where are Rollins’ followers? His charming personality surely didn’t scare them off, right? It’s not Rollins’ fault. No, it’s never Rollins’ fault.
But McIntyre cuts to the chase: He doesn’t know what’s going on in that warped brain of Rollins’, but McIntyre will not let Rollins win. McIntyre gives Rollins some advice. First: shut up and stop talking, forever. No one wants to hear Rollins talk now, backstage, online or even in private. Rollins has this talent that he gets his foot stuck in his mouth, while also having his head up his arse. It’s impressive, actually. Second: Finish the job. He didn’t do that when he attacked McIntyre a few weeks ago. This time, he better go for the throat, because McIntyre will do the same. Both men stand up, and Rollins says that at MITB, the big picture becomes clear. So trust Rollins when he says that McIntyre will be better off for it. Rollins signs his part, and says McIntyre needs to have faith in- BAM! McIntyre bounces Rollins’ head off the table! And then he tosses the table out! And the armchairs! GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT!
Rollins seethes as McIntyre throws off his jacket and shirt. There’s no backing out now! The countdown begins and… Buddy Murphy attacks! The Disciple appears outta nowhere to stop McIntyre with a chop block! Murphy throws hands and stomps away in the corner! Murphy helps Rollins up but Rollins doesn’t realize who it is at first. Rollins sees it is Murphy, and calms down. They hug, but then McIntyre runs in! Rollins gets clear and the CLAYMORE takes out Murphy! McIntyre says Murphy is Rollins’ “sacrificial lamb,” and he won’t have him at MITB. Will Rollins be able to survive when he’s stranded in Claymore Country?
A pretty good Raw, but something about it was very indicative of how they’re recording another episode for next week’s go-home. That go-home is going to be a lot of fun with the Raw Tag Team Championships on the line. I can’t be sure who wins, but I do hope WWE brings Sarah Logan back for a really big feud that also includes Bianca Belair. Lashley gets a win without Lana around so that’s some decent progress for their story. Jinder Mahal is back so of course he wins. I wonder if he comes around to try and start a feud with McIntyre over the old 3MB days. Liv gets another win over Ruby so I think that story is done, but I have no idea where she goes next. Ricochet & Alexander get a solid win over Ever-Rise, but I am disappointed MVP is with Thorne & Vink instead of trying to recruit the fast and furious. That is the team he should be with and he is the manager they should have. Maybe Vink & Thorne get tossed aside when they lose again.
But speaking of MVP, I had a great sense that Vega’s team would show up to interrupt the VIP Lounge wanting after the MITB spots. The spots were never actually on the line, but the Six Man Tag we got was still great. Crews’ own story tonight was incredibly well done. That SLAP to Almas and then his performance in the United States Championship match were incredible. But what a twist for him to lose because of the knee giving out. It garners great Face sympathy with this, because now he might not even be in the MITB. If so, I hope that means they’re saving him for something big with Extreme Rules or even SummerSlam. The Women’s Triple Threat tonight was great on paper, but then it became clear there couldn’t be a real loser or winner since all three are such strong contenders. Therefore, it was actually brilliant to have it be a No Contest. And with Nia standing tall tonight, I don’t think she wins MITB. It really should be Asuka to bring back some danger to her character.
The HHH countdown was a pretty good second part to the tribute, but also mostly just to fill for time. It was good to see some moments SmackDown didn’t have time to bring up, like HHH becoming KOTR, and later becoming leader of DX. SmackDown was the roast but Raw was the celebration. The ending segment was really good for a contract signing. I like that McIntyre gave King a heads up to get out. Both guys gave great promos, and the brawl was great, too. McIntyre made that table fly like it was a pillow! And having the camera behind Murphy was great for the incoming Claymore. McIntyre stands tall now, but that doesn’t mean he won’t win at MITB. At the same time, with it being MITB, a cash-in could happen the same night. It’d be fitting karma if someone cashed in on Rollins to ruin his “vision” for Raw again.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/8/21)
Celebrate the NEW WWE World Champion!
Raw holds an ALL MIGHTY Championship Celebration for Bobby Lashley!
Bobby Lashley is WWE World Champion, and the Hurt Business now rules Monday Night Raw! But will their celebration plans go smoothly?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; Lashley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Hurt Business walks backstage.
MVP says they’re living different lives and breathing that rarified air. Sarah asks for a few words and the others move on. Lashley says he is a happy man, and it will stay that way. Lashley’s been through a lot that would’ve broken a normal man. But Lashley isn’t normal, he’s All Mighty! Think about the 16 years. 16 YEARS as he watched others get what he deserved and dealt with backstage politics. So when Lashley beat Miz last week, he punished him for delaying the inevitable! Now Miz gets a rematch? Well Lashley will set an example with it. What happens to Miz will happen to everyone else that steps to him.
16 years is way too damn long to wait for the title, and Lashley vows to walk into WrestleMania as the All Might World Champion! The All Might Era has begun, but it will be tested to start the night!
The Miz & John Morrison go to the ring.
The Hollywood A-Lister gets the mic and says, “I stand in this ring empty handed because Bobby Lashley is the new WWE Champion.” But he asks Morrison that last week, did Miz expect to get his ass handed to him by Lashley? Yeah, actually. Correct. Did he expect to lose the title? No. Correct! But Shane McMahon pulled a fast one! After everything Miz has done for the WWE, from media to interviews to reality shows to photoshoots and sleepless nights, endless tasks without thanks, no vacations or injuries! But when Miz says his body isn’t feeling well, everyone should believe him!
But they didn’t, did they? “You” sit in your couches and Miz is a professional and that is what happens to professional athletes! Miz had stomach cramps!! But Miz still went out and successfully defended his title! There was a match! It was a count-out! Miz lost, but the only way a champion can lose his title is pin or submission in the ring! That’s called Champion’s Advantage! Is it shady? OF COURSE! But Miz played to his advantage and outsmarted everyone! Miz outsmarted the superstars, the fans, EVERYONE! Miz got counted out intentionally, but Lashley had his chance and blew it! The title contract says you must defend the title and Miz did that. It didn’t say he had to do it twice in one night!
And yet, Miz was forced to do so. Threatened, even! Miz was told to defend the title he worked so hard to get, or he would be stripped of it and it’d just be given to Lashley! And to put icing on the cake, Shane McMahon makes the match a LUMBERJACK MATCH! Miz is sure we can all agree that that was just unfair. It is also unfair that Lashley brutalized Miz after the match, with no repercussions! But WWE did one thing right, and that is tonight’s rematch.
Miz explains that everyone online was CELEBRATING Lashley’s win all week this week! Miz wants all of us to stay close to our devices because tonight there will be a new hashtag, #ANDNEW! Because he’s the Miz, and he’s… AWWWWWWSOOOOOME! Miz is motivated, but will it be enough to turn back the clock and take back the title?
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
Raw returns as the Rocky Mountain Machine makes his entrance, which now has GOLD LIGHTNING, and a ferocious new titantron package. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this mighty main event worthy rematch opens Raw!
The two circle, Miz is wary of Lashley, as he should be. Miz bails out to cool off. He gets back in because of Lashley’s Champion’s Advantage but Miz bails out again. MVP is there and startles Miz but Lashley gets his head! Miz hotshots Lashley but that only angers him! Lashley drags Miz up to a suplex and holds him up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Drew McIntyre watches backstage as Lashley RAMS Miz into the corner and then RAMS his shoulder in over an dover! Lashley CLUBS Miz, runs corner to corner but Miz moves and Lashley POSTS himself! Lashley tumbles out, Miz pursues, but Lashley still scoops Miz!
Miz slips off to POST Lashley again! But Lashley still CLOBBERS Miz! Lashley snarls as he stands tall and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley grinds Miz down with a neck wrench, and a fist digging into Miz’s jaw! Miz fights up with body shots, Lashley shoves Miz to ropes to then CLOBBER him again! Morrison coaches Miz up but Lashley drags Miz away from the apron! Miz kicks at Lashley and gets him away. Miz is in a corner, Lashley runs in but misses, Miz returns with the A-LIST- NO! Lashley catches Miz, to TOSS him! McIntyre is still watching as Lashley goes out to THROW Miz into barriers! Lashley looms over Miz, drags him up and gives him SNAKE EYES to the barrier! Miz clutches his ribs but Lashley follows him to bounce him off the desk!
Lashley puts Miz back in the ring and MVP says to finish this. Lashley runs but into a boot! Lashley just gets angrier, and he lifts Miz. Miz slips off to BOOT again! Miz swings but into a clinch! Miz throws elbows, Lashley shoves Miz, but Miz dumps Lashley out! Miz builds speed to slide for a dropkick, but Lashley dodges him to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Miz!! Miz flounders but is somehow okay to continue, so Lashley drags him back into the ring. Lashley storms over to Miz but Miz asks for mercy. Miz gets no mercy, he gets the COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley rains down fists! Lashley digs his fingers into Miz’s face, but lets off as the ref counts.
Lashley whips Miz, pops him up and hits the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Lashley grits his teeth as he waits for Miz to get back up. HURT LOCK!! Miz is a rag doll, he taps out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE World Champion)
The Miz didn’t win, but that was still awesome for the Chief Hurt Officer! Lashley leaves Miz in his rearview, will he barrel through the Fastlane and on to WrestleMania?
Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/7/21)
This is going to be an EXPLOSIVE Revolution!
AEW’s Revolution returns for 2021!
The Revolution returns and AEW is raising the stakes! Who will survive the EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH to be World Champion!?
- Buy-In: Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker &
RebelMaki Itoh; Baker & Itoh win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
- Casino Tag Team Battle Royal: Death Triangle wins and will challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami; Shida wins and retains the title.
- Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy; Miro & Sabian win.
- Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy; Hangman wins and will receive Hardy’s Q1 earnings.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???; Scorpio wins and will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship.
- Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin; Sting & Darby win.
- AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley; Omega wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Revolution Buy-In!
Sting’s return is nostalgic, historic, and shocking! He saw something of himself in Darby Allin, but why is he in AEW? Sting did not leave under his own terms a few too many times, and he won’t do that ever again. Darby doesn’t just remind Sting of himself with the paint, but the aura and the way he thinks. Team Taz thinks Darby is obsessed with Taz, but it has been the other way this whole time. Team Taz claims their number game is playing fair, but Sting and Darby having baseball bats and skateboards is dirty. So to get dirty, it’s going to be a STREET FIGHT! There’s respect but no fear here. “It’s all about survival.” Who survives when civility is thrown to the curb and the only rule is to win?
Aneki was on the edge of retirement when AEW Double or Nothing 2019 called to her. First wrestling for AEW left her wanting to come back for more. She has won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, and she won’t let this chance pass her by. With a reinvigorated passion, she won the Japanese Bracket by beating one of her greatest rivals in Aja Kong, and then she brought all that emotion and tension to win the whole thing against Nyla Rose. Hikaru Shida remembers first meeting Mizunami in 2010, and her bragging that even if Shida wrestled for 100 years, she could never beat Mizunami. They’ve faced off three times, and have gone to DRAWS three times!
But now, 11 years later, we’ll see if someone can finally win! Mizunami didn’t retire all so she could beat Shida! Shida has been a fighting champion for half a year now, and has built a bridge between Japan and the world, and vows to be the one to cross it! Will Shida prove she’s the best Women’s Champion in the WORLD?! Or will she have to admit Aneki is still too great.
Young Bucks and two singles wrestlers as a team? “Here we go again.” Revolution 2020 was the Bucks VS Hangman & Omega, and the Bucks lost. Is that in the back of their minds? Of course! They don’t want to repeat history. They’ve changed tag team wrestling in the world, but took longer than expected to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships. It felt a lot like the independents in some ways. But after what Y2MJF have down to them and their family, “two egomaniacs who think they can do whatever they want,” the Bucks are sick of it. Is the bond of Y2MJF real? Who knows. What hasn’t Jericho done? What can’t Jericho be? But then there’s MJF, “a piece of shit.”
Jericho sings the praises of MJF, who is only 24 and is already a top name in pro-wrestling. MJF has only done that after being on TV for just over a year! But they’re so alike, will that only cause them to break apart? The Bucks say this could’ve just been standard pro-wrestling war of words, but Y2MJF went and made it personal. Attacking their friends, attacking them, attacking their FATHER, Y2MJF have gone too far! MJF asks if there is a right and wrong when it comes to winning. That move alone will do damage to the Bucks more than any wrestling move could. But will this emotional attack only motivate the Bucks to go from beating to hurting Y2MJF?
Big Money Matt was upset that he couldn’t outsmart the Cowboy, and now is trying to make him pay for it! But a win and a loss aren’t just on the line, a massive amount of revenue is, too! The loser’s 2021 first quarter financial earnings will be given to the winner! Hardy threatens to hurt Hangman Page both directly and indirectly, but will Hardy morally bankrupt himself first?
To be the Face of the Revolution, you have to take risks. And there’s little riskier in wrestling than a Ladder match! But the reward is worth the risk, because only one can go after the TNT Championship! It is just as important to AEW as the world title is, because of the Open Challenge legacy and the memory of Brodie Lee. Every man has something to prove, from Scorpio Sky wanting his breakthrough, Cody Rhodes who wants to recapture former glory, to Platinum Max Caster wanting to prove the worth he already feels he has, to Lance Archer wanting what should’ve been his all along, to Pentagon showing what Cero Miedo is truly about! But there is a wild card left to be revealed! Who will lead the way as the Face of the Revolution?
“You can only roll the dice so many times.” Moxley knew something would happen at some point. As many challengers as he took on in 2020, he knew he’d get caught up. But the way for it to happen just left a bad taste in his mouth. Don Callis says those who live moment to moment can’t understand how he and Kenny Omega planned this out. This wasn’t just a few weeks or a few years. This was all being worked towards for 27 YEARS! The Invisible Hand has guided Omega from the shadows, and so the “insects” are of course unable to grasp this. There’s no such thing as family in the business, but there is between Callis and Omega.
Callis and Omega think on another level. Callis’ plan has made Omega the Michael Jordan of wrestling, as he should be! And the Good Brothers are his powerful back-up. Moxley doesn’t care if it’s AEW, NJPW, Impact, everyone’s trying to take him out. Good luck, because you’re not the first, and won’t be the last. Callis says Moxley is a cockroach, but this Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch will be his extermination! Moxley and Omega have already raised the bar on intensity and violence, but this is a legendarily lethal stipulation! And Omega says it will be so humiliating for Moxley to look himself in the mirror and say that not only couldn’t he outwrestle Omega, but outdo him in something right up his alley!
Moxley knows this is all designed to destroy him, but it is his responsibility to take Omega out. If this is the end, then Moxley can’t think of a better way to go. Will barbed wires, explosions, and whatever the hell else these two bring to the fight be enough to end it?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Rebel!
The former NWA Women’s World Champion teams with the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion to silence a common enemy! But will the Dentist and her assistant be the ones smiling at the end of this kickoff?
Britt has a mic but no Rebel? It seems she’s excused her sidekick from this match because of the “brutal” attack from Nyla Rose! But Tony Khan and Britt got a second opinion, and Rebel hobbles out with a crutch! Rebel can’t compete, so Britt has a replacement! This is the perfect substitute for tonight, it’s… MAKI ITOH!! The Cutest in the World, the Fired Idol, has joined Britt in battle! But will Itoh-chan outshine even the Face of the AEW Women’s Division?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Maki Itoh w/ Rebel!
The teams sort out and Riho starts with Britt. they tie up, go around, Britt spins Riho to full nelson and snapmare, but Riho turns that around to a wristlock. Britt gets up, wrenches and snapmares but Riho slips back out to the wristlock! Britt throws body shots, gets to ropes and steps through. The ref counts, Riho lets go at 4, and fans boo as Britt takes a second to shake her arm out. Britt returns, kicks Riho low, then throws forearms. Britt whips, Riho handsprings through and dropkicks Britt down! Things speed up, Riho dropkicks again! Riho whips Britt, Britt reverses but Riho tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Britt down!
Riho drags Britt up, brings her over, but Britt gets away. Rosa and Itoh tag in and fans are fired up! Rosa isn’t amused by Itoh’s double dirty birds, but they tie up. Rosa waistlocks, Itoh pries free and wrenches to a hammerlock. Itoh headlocks, fans rally for Rosa and she gets an arm to drag Itoh down. Rosa flips Britt off as she puts Itoh in a facelock. Itoh switches, headlocks, but Rosa powers out. Itoh rams Rosa but Rosa stays up and flexes. Itoh runs but Rosa rams her! Itoh gets frustrated but she throws forearms, Rosa forearms back! They go harder, and Rosa ROCKS Itoh! Itoh forearms back, Rosa fires off and ROCKS Itoh again!
Itoh cries?! Rosa asks what the heck. Itoh stomps Rosa’s foot! She suckered Rosa in! And then flips her off! Itoh runs, but Rosa runs her over! Rosa drags Itoh up, whips her but Itoh reverses. Itoh runs in and hits a back elbow! Itoh whips, follows and hits a bulldog to her knees! Itoh fires up and does a pose, “Who’s the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN~!” She rains down fists, but Rosa turns it around to an Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Itoh staggers and Rosa brings her over to tag in Riho. Rosa snap suplexes Itoh for Riho to run, wheelbarrow with Rosa and SPLASH on Itoh! Cover, TWO!
Riho drags Itoh up, wrenches and drop toeholds her to ropes, then dials it up! 6 1 9 connects! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives but Riho drags her over to bump off Rosa’s boot! Tag to Rosa, she snapmares Itoh to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Itoh with a short camel clutch, and Riho DECKS Britt! Riho runs to basement dropkick Itoh, Rosa covers, TWO! Rosa brings Itoh up, tags Riho, but Itoh throws a forearm! Riho hits back, but so does Itoh! They go back and forth, even leaning into the shots! Riho knees Itoh then runs, but Britt trips Riho up! Fans boos Britt throws Riho into railing! Rosa protests but the ref is distracted, and Rebel helps Britt get Riho in! Rebel isn’t hurt at all!
Itoh fires up her head and runs, but the Kokeshi FLOPS! Itoh tags to Britt and she drags Riho up for forearms! Britt cravats, fans rally for Riho but Britt throws knees! Britt flips Rosa off then drags Riho around to stomp her! Britt drags Riho up, and hits a half hatch suplex! Cover, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she drags Riho to ropes and stands on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 3 but Rebel swipes Riho with a shirt! Itoh tags in and mugs Riho to then snapmare and clamp on with a camel clutch! Riho endures as fans rally, and Riho reaches out with legs for the ropebreak! The ref counts, Itoh lets off at 3, and then she stomps Riho down.
Itoh brings Riho up to bump off buckles and whip her corner to corner. Itoh runs in but Riho dodges! Riho hotshots Itoh! Riho hurries up top, leaps, and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives again but Riho goes to her corner. Hot tags to Rosa and Britt! They brawl, Rosa runs and CLOBBERS Britt! Rosa fires up more and runs in to A-LIST LARIAT Britt down, for the SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls and runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa drags Britt up again, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Rosa still isn’t done, she sets Britt up for a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Rosa grows annoyed but she vows to finish Britt!
Rosa drags Britt up, suplexes but Rosa slips off to waistlock. Itoh tags in as Britt puts Rosa in the corner, and then Britt whips Itoh in for an elbow! Itoh feeds Rosa to Britt’s SLINGBLADE! Itoh fires up that head, and hits the FALLING KOKESHI! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Itoh sighs. Itoh drags Rosa up, flips her off, but Rosa kicks for a STUNNER!! Hot tag to Riho and she DECKS Britt again! Riho KNEES Itoh, but Britt SUPERKICKS her! Rosa enziguris Britt, Itoh kicks and whips Rosa! Itoh runs but into a boot! Rosa runs but into a spin and TORNADO DDT! Rosa bails to the apron but Itoh drags her back in and goes to a corner! Itoh climbs, for the SUPER KOKESHI, but she FLOPS!
Riho runs in to KNEE, but into a HALF CRAB?! Itoh has Riho caught!! Riho endures, and she gets the ropebreak! Itoh lets go in frustration but fans are fired up! Itoh drags Riho back up, throws another forearm but Riho hits back! Itoh forearms again, Riho returns it, and they’re fast and furious! Riho gets the edge, but Itoh HEADBUTTS the forearm! Itoh HEADBUTTS again! Both women stagger, Itoh hot tags to Britt! Britt gets Riho for an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Rosa breaks it in time! Britt grabs at Riho but Riho ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Rosa! Rosa runs at Britt, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Britt cradles Rosa then rolls her and rolls her to a backslide, TWO!
Britt reels Rosa in for a DDT! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO!! Rosa mule kicks Britt down! Rebel gets on the apron to distract but Rosa grabs her arm! Britt runs in but Rosa sends her into Rebel! Rosa fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, but Itoh breaks it!! Rosa throws Itoh out and Riho LEAPS down onto her! Rosa scoops Britt but Britt slips out to SUPERKICK! Britt shoves Rosa at the ref, Rebel CRUTCH SMACKS Rosa!! Britt rolls Rosa, Britt and Itoh win!!
Winners: Britt Baker & Maki Itoh, by pinfall
That crutch wasn’t a crutch but an ace in the hole! Will this help Britt get past her issues with Rosa? Or will Rosa only want to double down and go for broke the next time she gets her hands on Britt?
AEW mourn the loss of Jim Crockett Jr.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow!
Dysfunction in the Inner Circle may have cost them Sammy Guevara, but somehow, someway, the combination of Chris Jericho & MJF came out as THE team to face the champions! Will Matt & Nick make the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla and Salt of the Earth regret thinking they could ever be a better tag team?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, the introductions are made, and the belts are raised. Teams sort out, and the Revolution begins with gold!
Jericho and Nick start and Nick tackles Jericho to rain down fists! MJF gets in but Matt tackles him! The Bucks rain down fists but Y2MJF run away! Matt clubs MJF, throws haymakers, and Nick does the same to Jericho! They brawl and Jericho tries to flee into the crowd of wrestlers! Nick drags him back and ROCKS him with rights! Matt ROCKS MJF, MJF rakes Matt’s eyes! Jericho whips Nick into railing, MJF does the same to Matt on the other side! They trade dance partners to whip the Bucks into each other! Fans boo but Jericho CLUBS Matt and MJF rakes Nick’s eyes! Y2MJF put the Bucks in the ring but then the Bucks run to DIVE! They take Y2MJF down and fire off hands!
Matt and Nick put Y2MJF in, then shoulder into them to slingshot and double sunset flip, to DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS! Y2MJF endure, and grab each other’s hands to stop them from tapping out! The Bucks let MJF go, Jericho gets a ropebreak but Nick stomps him down. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks whip Jericho but he reverses. Nick goes up and over and Matt SPEARS him down! Matt gets MJF with headscissors, and Nick dropkicks MJF down! Fans fire up while Wardlow checks on his boss. Nick tags in, Matt sets Jericho up, and Nick hits the DRAPING SWANTON! Cover, MJF breaks it!
Nick ROCKS MJF, throws him out, then handsprings, only for MJF to anchor a foot! Jericho triangle dropkicks Nick down! Jericho scrapes Nick off the apron and distracts the ref so MJF and Wardlow can mug Nick! Fans boo but MJF plays innocent. MJF puts Nick in for Jericho and he gets Nick up for a back suplex! Jericho looms over Nick, tags MJF back in, and Y2MJF double whip to double FLAPJACK Nick! MJF steps on Nick and so does Jericho, and then they mock the Bucks’ pose! Nick crawls for Matt but MJF clubs Nick down. Y2MJF double back suplex but Nick lands on his feet, dodges them both, and tags in Matt!
Matt rallies on the challengers and fires off endless haymakers and CHOPS on MJF! Matt fakes MJF out to hit a DDT! MJF says he’s hurt, Matt runs but Wardlow dumps him out! Jericho snap suplexes Matt, Wardlow BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Wardlow gets away with that. Jericho mockingly claps for Matt and MJF stands on Matt’s hand. MJF talks trash to fans then stomps Matt’s arm! MJF struts around then clubs Matt. MJF chokes Matt, tags Jericho, and Y2MJF mug Matt. Jericho suplexes Matt high and hard, then drags him up to whip him into the corner. MJF tags in and they mug Matt.
Y2MJF double suplex Matt and hold him up for a count of 10, to flip fans off while slamming Matt down! Cover, TWO! MJF wraps on a chinlock and grinds Matt down but fans rally up. Matt fights up, throws body shots, but MJF throws him down by hair! MJF smirks and he storms over but Matt boots him! Matt elbows Jericho away but MJF drop toeholds to a facelock! Fans rally, Matt fights his way up, and Northern Light Suplexes MJF away! But Jericho trips Nick off the apron! MJF WRINGS Matt into buckles! Cover, TWO! A close call, but MJF drags Matt up, MJF bumps Matt off Jericho’s boot then tags Jericho in.
Jericho throws hands, tags MJF back in, and they double whip to double- NO! Matt DOUBLE DDT’s the flapjack! Fans rally, Matt crawls, hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies with haymakers on Y2MJF, then kick, ROUNDHOUSE, front kick, SPIN KICK! SHINING WIZARD for MJF, dirty bird BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE for Y2MJF! Nick keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS Jericho from the apron! Nick slingshots at MJF for the FACEBUSTER! Then the cartwheel moonsault for Jericho! Slingshot DESTROYER for MJF!! Cover, TWO!? MJF is tough, you have to give him that! Nick puts MJF in the corner, MJF fights back but Matt tucks him in for CHEEKY NANDOS!
The Bucks tag, and they shout out Motor City Machine Guns with the SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, TWO!!? MJF is even tougher than expected! Matt keeps his cool as he drags MJF up. MJF headlocks and punches Matt! Tag to Jericho and he runs in, into Matt’s LARIAT! Matt rains down fists on Jericho, then runs, but into Jericho’s takedown! Jericho wants the Walls! But Matt reels Jericho in for a cradle, TWO!! Jericho blocks the superkick, spins Matt but Matt SUPERKICKS Judas Effect! Tag to Nick but MJF anchors Nick! Jericho reverse the gut wrench to a TOMBSTONE! Nick springboards but misses, and Jericho gets him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Nick endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Nick drags himself over, Matt tags in! Matt SUPER- NO! Jericho trips Matt to get the WALLS OF JERICHO again!! Matt endures, turns, and throws hands on Jericho! Matt throws Jericho away, brings Jericho around and CHOPS him! Jericho goes to bulldog but Matt puts him in the corner! MJF tags in and backslides Matt, TWO!! Matt shoves MJF and leaps, but into a POWERBOMB! cover, TWO!! MJF is furious, but “This is Awesome!” MJF seethes as he looms over Matt and gives him toying kicks. Fans boo but MJF soaks up the heat. “SUCK IT!” MJF kicks, then shouts “SUCK IT!” again!
MJF keeps kicking and telling Matt to “SUCK IT!” MJF winds it up but Matt scoops him! Jericho gives Nick a CODE BREAKER before the Meltzer Driver! MJF victory rolls, TWO!!! Matt narrowly escapes but he ‘s put on the apron. Matt aims but Wardlow distracts so Jericho can use FLOYD THE BAT! MJF hits the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Y2MJF can’t believe Matt survives but the fans are thunderous! MJF drags Matt up, bumps him off Jericho’s boot, then tags Jericho in. Y2MJF mug Matt, then shout at him to stay down. They double whip Matt corner to corner, Jericho runs in but Nick KICKS him down! MJF gets dumped out, hot tag to Nick!
Nick climbs up and Matt goes to another corner. Matt LEAPS at MJF and Nick CROSSBODIES Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Nick is frustrated. Nick throws hands on Jericho over and over, but Wardlow grabs at Nick! Nick dodges, JUDAS EFFECT hits Wardlow! Nick rolls Jericho, TWO!! Nick runs but Jericho throat chops him! LIONSAULT into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, MJF breaks it?!? The Bucks dodge his punch to SUPERKICK PING PONG!! MJF is drooling, as he takes a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jericho! Tag back to Matt and the Bucks vow to end this!
Matt gut wrenches Jericho, Nick aims from the stage and springboards, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The challengers may have been a new team, but they were a strong team, just not the best team! Now the Bucks will watch the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal very closely! Who will be stepping up to face Matt & Nick next?
Casino Tag Team Battle Royal!
Speaking of, two teams will start this match, and every 90 seconds, a new team will be thrown in at random. A team is only eliminated when both members are gone, so even one person left could win it for their partner! The first two teams are… Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall, the Natural Nightmares, and The Dark Order’s 5 and 10, Alan Angels & Preston Vance! But will either of these two teams be standing at the end of it all?
The bell rings and the clock is counting! The Nightmare Family and Dark Order have buried the hatchet, but then QT ROCKS Vance! Angels ROCKS QT and Dustin CHOPS away on Vance! They brawl, Vance CHOPS Dustin, Angels KICKS away on QT! QT turns things around to ROCK Angels while Dustin whips Vance. Vance goes up and over and builds speed, into Dustin’s POWERSLAM! Dustin kicks, but Vance sees the uppercut coming and BOOTS him away! Angels rains down five fists but QT puts him in the apron! QT BOOTS Vance but Angels KICKS QT! Angels slingshots for a CODE BREAKER, then SHOTGUN FALL AWAY SLAMS with Vance! MOONSAULT onto QT!
Fans fire up but Dustin DOUBLE BULLDOGS the Dark Order! The countdown is done and out come… PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL, Santana & Ortiz! And they rush the ring to rally on the Nightmares! They kick and chop and CHOP! QT comes back to ROCK Santana while Ortiz stomps the Dark Order. Santana fireman’s carries QT, Ortiz joins in, NECKBREAKER DEATH VALLEY! PNP get Angels but he escapes the double team. He throws kicks, dodges Santana and ENZIGURIS! Angels keeps moving but Ortiz follows, only for Vance to BOOT Ortiz! Ortiz is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY him against them!
QT gives Angels a CUTTER! And then throws and ELIMINATES Angels! But then Vance throws QT over! QT holds on, the countdown is done and next is… The Sydal Brothers! Matt & Mike BOOT PNP, slingshot in and Mike dropkicks! Mike enziguris Santana for Matt’s FLYING METEORA! The Sydals fire up and go Matrix to avoid Vance! They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK, then QUESTION MARK KICK Vance! The Sydals hit the DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL! QT is after Ortiz, Mike is after Santana, Dustin throws Vance up and over but Vance holds on! Vance survives while Santana fights the Sydals.
The Sydals CHOPS away on Santana, Dustin bumps Ortiz off buckles, and the countdown is done! The next team in is… MORE Dark Order, it’s Uno & Stu! They rally on the Nightmares, and RAM Dustin to then BOOT him! Matt Sydal runs into a BIG Urenage! Mike gets fed to Uno’s TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! PNP mugs the OG, and then throw Mike out to ELIMINATE him! The Dark Order brawls with PNP, Stu KNEES Santana! Ortiz CHOPS and CHOPS but then gets fed to the Electric Chair toss POWERBOMB! Vance joins in to SPINEBUSTER Ortiz! Santana BOOTS and SUPERKICKS and CLOBBERS them all in return!
Dustin is after Stu with a BIG back suplex, the countdown is done again, and we get the GUNN CLUB! Austin & Colten are repping for Papa Billy and the Nightmares Family, and they rally on everyone that isn’t Dustin or QT! Colten whips Austin to uppercut Uno! Austin whips Colten to DUNK ON Stu! Colten dropkicks Uno, Austin hits the QUICK DRAW on Stu! Vance SEPARS Austin, Matt fires off on Colten! Ortiz whips Mike Sydal out, Santana BOOTS him down! The Sydal Brothers are DONE! PNP go after the Nightmares, the Dark Order go after whoever else, and the countdown is done again. The next team in is… Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
The Pretty Boys run in and rally on the Gunn Brothers! Then they ROCK Uno! Avalon is fired up but Bononi did most of the damage. Avalon jawbreakers and enziguris Austin, then Bononi scoops and SLAMS Colten for Avalon’s basement dropkick! Avalon keeps on Austin while Bononi bumps Colten. QT saves Dustin from PNP and throws uppercuts. Uno and Vance go after Ortiz, Dustin CLAWS Bononi’s back! Bononi throws haymakers in return, Uno and Vance scoop Ortiz. The countdown finishes and the next team is… the Varsity Blondes! Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. hit whoever, and they CHOP and SPLASH Bononi! They double suplex, but he double suplexes them right back!
Coltsen powers Bononi to a corner. Austin gives Avalon a FAMOUSER! Then Austin ELIMINATES Avalon! He and Colten celebrate bot Bononi goes after them! Bononi whips, Austin dodges and clips Bononi’s leg! Colten hits a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Brothers get Bononi, but QT DUMPS the Gunns out?! The Gunns are DONE, but Dustin says the Nightmare Family was supposed to work together! QT gets mad at Dustin and he ELIMINATES himself!? What is going on with QT?! But the countdown is done and out comes BEAR COUNTRY! Bronson & Boulder storm in and spin BPJ for a SPINEBUSTER! Griff gets a kick and Uno is scooped, for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Fans fire up for Bear Country as they roar!
The Bears go after Stu but he DOUBLE PELES! Stu tries to torture rack Boulder?! He gets him up bot Bronson saves his partner! Boulder BOOTS, and throws Stu out to ELIMINATE him! Dustin attacks Bronson, Boulder digs knees into Griff! Vance CHOPS Bononi, Griff goes after Dustin. The countdown is done and the next team is… Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus get in, JB RAANAS Ortiz then dropkicks Santana! Luchasaurus DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS the Blondes’! The Dark Order go after Luchasaurus, Santana and Ortiz give JB the back suplex, but JB double headscissors them! JB clotheslines and ELIMINATES Ortiz!!
Bononi DECKS JB, but he turns around into Luchasaurus’ TAIL WHIP! Luchasaurus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Bononi, the Pretty Boys are DONE! Griff fires off on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus tosses him to ELIMINATE him! Santana goes after JB but JB body scissors and ELIMINATES him! PNP are DONE! Uno runs in but is put on the apron! Stunt helps out to RANA Uno into a post and ELIMINATE him! But the countdown finishes, here comes The Butcher & The Blade! The wolves are ready to hunt and they hit Vance and BPJ! Vance fires back but BPJ gets ELIMINATED! No more Blondes, and then JACK EVANS helps ELIMINATE Vance?! No more Dark Order at this point!
The Bears, the wolves, Dustin and Jurassic Express are still battling! Boulder throws Dustin out but he survives! Dustin hits back but Blade & Butcher are after him! Dustin holds on, throws hands, but they club him down! Bunny Allie helps out and they ELIMINATE Dustin! No more Natural Nightmares! But here comes PRIVATE PARTY! Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have new gear to go with their new attitude thanks to Matt Hardy. They go after JB, JB rocks Kassidy but Quen throw shim out! JB slingshots in, rebounds but misses, the Party mug him with DOUBLE ENZIGURIS! Quen stomps Boulder, Kassidy is after JB but Luchasaurus CLUBS Quen.
Butcher & Blade focus on Bronson, Private Party is after JB, but JB holds on with help from Stunt! The countdown is done again, and here comes SCU~! Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels take the fight to Private Party! They double hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER to Kassidy! Bronson attacks back but Kaz ROCKS him, SCU hits a HIGH LOW! SCU CHOPS Luchasaurus and double whip, but Luchasaurus fights them off! HEADBUTTS all around, then a double choke grip! but SCU slip out of the slams, Bear Country work together to ELIMINATE Luchasaurus! But then Butcher dumps and ELIMINATES Bear Country!!
But the Bears drag Butcher out to mug him! They put Butcher back in for Daniels to go after, and the next team is… DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Rey Fenix rush in, Blade gets a BOOT and a FOREARM! Everyone gets SUPERKICKS and DROPKICKS! They each throw out one, Quen and Blade are ELIMINATED! Butcher LCOBBERS Death Triangle but SCU goes after Butcher! SCU tries to throw Butcher out but Butcher fights them off. Daniels BOOTS Butcher, Kaz ROCKS Pac, Fenix runs in to fire hands with Daniels! STO for Fenix! Daniels throws Fenix to ropes but Fenix goes Spider-Man! The countdown is done and in comes… the last of the Dark Order!
Alex Reynolds & John Silver fire up and fire off on SCU! Silver BOOTS Daniels at the ropes, then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Reynolds gets JB to TOMBSTONE him onto Daniels! The Dark Order give Quen a combo then the DARK DESTROYER! They whip Kassidy out and ELIMINATE him! Butcher CLOBBERS the Dark Order, but SCU dumps him out and ELIMINATES him! No more Fam! SCU, Death Triangle, Dark Order, and JB alone all brawl! JB ends up in a 2v1 for that reason while Fenix takes it to Daniels and CHOPS him! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and Daniels trips him, only for Fenix to body scissor and ELIMINATE Daniels!
Reynolds puts JB on the apron but JB drags him out to join him! They brawl, Reynolds BOOTS JB but JB pops Reynolds up an dover a post to ELIMINATE him! Pac ROCKS Kaz, Kaz throws hands back! They brawl, Kaz mule kicks but Pac gets around to back suplex Kaz up and out! SCU is DONE!! Death Triangle stands together while Silver and JB are left for their teams. And the brawl is on again! Fenix CLUBS JB down, Silver ROCKS Pac. Fenix uses a camel clutch to grind JB down then throws him out, but JB holds on! Silver fights back as Pac puts him on the apron, and he enziguris Pac down! Fenix ROCKS Silver but he holds on for dear life!
JB whips Fenix, Fenix reverses but JB dodges the sobat! JB dumps Fenix out but he lands on the apron to enziguri JB away! Fans rally up for all these fan favorites as Silver and Pac fires off forearms! They go back and forth, over and over, and Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Silver runs, but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Pac whips, Silver reveres but Pac reverses back! Silver clings to the ropes! Pac runs, but Silver BOOTS him! Fenix tightrope walks and KICKS Silver to ELIMINATE him! NO MORE DARK ORDER!! And now Death Triangle stand together against JB!
Fans rally for JB but Fenix and Pac mug him! JB tries to fight back but Pac back kicks, front kicks and back kicks again. JB avoids the dropkick and dumps Pac out to ELIMINATE him!! Things have changed and now JB stands with the Firebird! Fans are thunderous as these two CHOP back and forth! CHOP for CHOP for CHOP but JB gets the edge! JB kicks, hops up and spins to body scissor and arm-drag! JB keeps moving but he slides out the bottom. Fenix DIVES through the middle! Fenix almost breaks his own ass on the railing!
Fenix puts JB in and the refs argue what was top and what was middle! Fenix is still in this, and he springboards, into JB’s SUPERKICK! JB whips, Fenix reverses, JB REBOUND LARIATS! JB hits a POISON RANA!! Fans are fired up as JB gets Fenix up and throws him, but Fenix goes Spider-Man to HEEL KICK! Fenix clotheslines JB out and ELIMINATES him!! Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)
The Bastard and the Firebird are headed for the Young Bucks! Will Penta El Zero M complete the triangle in tonight’s ladder match?
Backstage interview with Paul Wight.
Any hints for who AEW is singing tonight? Well everyone has been asking, but the only ones who know are him, Tony Khan, and the person themselves. Wight is going to really elevate AEW with Dark Elevation, so in the spirit of teamwork, here’s a hint: No one can outwork this talent. Who could that be?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami!
The Full Metal Warrior has been waiting for this moment, but so has Aneki! Mizunami won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but will she win the title? Or will Hikaru Shida break the streak of draws to win 100 years earlier than Mizunami’s claim?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry turned Revolution begins!
Shida and Ryo stare down as fans rally up. Shida offers a handshake, Ryo takes it, but Shida is ready for the forearm this time! Ryo respects that and the two circle. They tie up, Ryo powers Shida back but Shida waistlocks then headlocks. Ryo switches, Shida powers out but Ryo runs her over! Shida kips up and Ryo likes that. Shida speeds up, redirects and comes back, but Ryo runs her over! Ryo fires up and so do the fans as she runs in to forearm Shida in the corner! Ryo CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and machine gun CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Ryo powers up but Shida turns things around to bump her off buckles!
Shida fires off machine gun forearms! Shida powers up but Ryo puts Shida in the corner to CHOP and CHOP again! Another round of machine gun chops, and Ryo lets off to power up and do a dance, to CHOP again! Fans fire up, Ryo powers up and does her pantomime, but Shida hits a RANA! Shida smirks as she goes back to whip Ryo corner to corner. Shida runs in and KNEES Ryo down! Shida puts Ryo on the apron and CLUBS her, then gets space to run in and KNEE her back in! Fans fire up with Shida, Ryo staggers around but Shida gets a chair! Shida stands the chair up, runs in and launches, but Ryo blocks the knee to TOSS Shida into the crowd of wrestlers!
Ryo swaggers about while the ref checks on Shida. Shida drags herself up and Ryo drags her back to ringside. Ryo puts Shida in, and drops a leg to the back! But Shida powers up to try a stretch muffler, only for Ryo to FAMOUSER! Ryo runs to drop a leg, brother! And another, brother! And a third, BROTHER! Cover, TWO! Ryo pulls Shida into the half camel clutch! Shida endures, moves around and gets a ropebreak! Ryo stomps Shida, drags Shida up, but Shida thrwos forearms! Ryo swings but Shida spins her, but Ryo blocks the hip toss! Ryo kicks low, whips Shida corner to corner, but Shida goes up to mule kick and KNEE back!
Shida climbs, headscissors and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Shida climbs again, Ryo stands, Shida missile dropkicks Ryo down! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth, drags Ryo up and reels her in. Ryo blocks the suplex, throws forearms, and runs in to clothesline Shida to the ramp! Shida gets up, KICKS Ryo back, and then bumps Ryo off buckles! Shida climbs up, brings Ryo up, but Ryo resists Shida’s suplex! Shida hops down to throw forearms, then fireman’s carries, but Ryo slips around! Shida blocks the sunset flip to CRUNCHIE Ryo to the ramp!! Fans chant “Holy Shida!” as the champ leaves challenger behind!
The ring count gets to 5 of 10 but Ryo crawls over. Shida is there to leap up and drag Ryo to the corner, DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Ryo is still in this and Shida is furious! Shida toys with Ryo a bit, but Ryo gets fired up! Ryo stands and forearms away on Shida! Shida takes it to DECK Ryo with one! Shida drags Ryo back up but Ryo double clutches the arms for a HEADBUTT! And another! Machine gun headbutts?! Shida ROCKS Ryo, Ryo CHOPS and LARIATS! And then LARIATS again!! Ryo runs to LARIAT a third time! Ryo fireman’s carries to hit a DEATH VALLEY PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO?!? Shida survives and Ryo is furious!
Ryo drags Shida up, reels her into another fireman’s carry, but Shida slips off to roll and ROCK her! Shida runs to TAMASHI!! But Ryo is right up to LARIAT again!! But Shida is right up to TAMASHI AGAIN!! Both women are down and fans are thunderous! Fans rally as a standing count begins, but it’s not until 5 that either stirs. Ryo and Shida crawl for each other at 7, and they sit up. The count is done, Shida throws a forearm but Ryo returns it! They both grin as they keep throwing BIG forearm shots! Ryo eggs Shida on and Shida ROCKS her again! Ryo forearms, Shida forearms and Shida gets the edge, only for Ryo to ROCK Shida again!
Ryo keeps hitting, she powers up and Shida wobbles and falls! Ryo drags Shida up again, and clinches for an URENAGE EXPLODER! Shida stands up and Ryo SPEARS! Ryo fires up again, and she goes to the corner! Ryo climbs up, takes aim, and hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida survives and Ryo is beside herself! Fans again chant “Holy Shida!” but Ryo drags her up. Ryo brings Shida up to scoop, but Shida victory rolls the driver away! Shida can’t hold the cover and Ryo gets to a corner. Fans rally and duel, Ryo runs but into Shida’s knee and enziguri! Shida tries the suplex, Ryo slips out but into a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! But Ryo is right up, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!!
Fans fire up again as Ryo drags Shida, but Shida hits a FALCON ARROW!! Shida can’t cover but she kips up and runs, to TAMA- NO! Ryo blocks but Shida knees and ROCKS and BLINDSIDE TAMASHIS! Then the FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida keeps moving, but Ryo LARIATS her again! Both women go to opposite corners, run at each other, but the KNEE hits first! Ryo staggers up and Shida runs in to get around the lariat, and eye poke! INSIDE CRADLE, TWO!! TAMASHI! But Ryo cradle counters the cover?! TWO!! Shida ENZIGURIS Ryo! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!”
Shida drags Ryo up, reels her back in, to suplex and SIDE SLAM! Shida wants one more, and gets another TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO?!?!? How is Ryo doing this!? Shida “draws her sword,” to SPINNING KNEE! High stack cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Shida finally defeats one of her greatest rivals and retains the title! But Nyla Rose runs in to attack! Vickie Guerrero laughs as Nyla stomps Ryo, too! But Shida attacks Nyla back! Shida and Ryo stand united against Nyla but here come Britt and Itoh! They attack Shida and Ryo! Rebel gets in with the crutch but Nyla stands in Britt’s way. Nyla laughs, she’ll allow this. Rebel CRACKS Shida, and Britt stomps Shida! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa runs off Nyla and Itoh and especially Britt! Will Rosa help Shida and Ryo get revenge on these Vicious Vixens and wily weasels?
AEW Double or Nothing 2021 is coming!
May 30, in Jacksonville, Florida, AEW raises the stakes again!
Backstage interview with Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
They’re ready for their battle with Miro and Kip Sabian, but they go after them first! Kip slams Cassidy on a road case, and Miro SMASHES Chuck’s face into GLASS!! “Play my music!”
Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
The Best Man drags the Kentucky Gentleman out to the ring, forcing him to have this match on Miro’s schedule! Chuck is bleeding from getting glass to the face, and Kip talks trash as Miro throws Chuck’s denim jacket away. They throw Chuck into the ring and Miro gets a mic to egg “Charles” on. Chuck has a way out of this but he keeps saying no! Miro could’ve brought Chuck with him to the moon, but Chuck keeps saying no! Miro can make this stop if Chuck just says the words. Chuck asks Miro to wait, and Miro sits him up. Chuck says, “Ring the damn bell!” And then he SLAPS Miro! The bell rings, and Miro CLOBBERS Chuck!
Miro puts Chuck in the corner, he stomps away on Chuck, then reels him in to CLOBBER him again! Miro is furious as he rains down rights on Chuck’s bloody wound! The ref reprimands and Miro lets off, and he enjoys having Chuck’s blood on him. Tag to Sabian, and he springboards into missile dropkick Chuck down! Sabian taunts Chuck, bumps him off buckles and stomps away! The ref counts, Sabian lets off, and Miro talks more trash. “You had a chance!” Sabian digs his knee into Chuck, tags Miro in, and Miro chokes Sabian! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, then seethes as he ROCKS Chuck with a haymaker! And then stomps away on Chuck in the corner!
Tag to Sabian, and Sabian runs corner to corner to dropkick Chuck down! Chuck is bloody, but he BOOTS Sabian back! Sabian is steamed, but he runs into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Chuck reaches but there’s no one to tag after what happened to Cassidy! Fans rally, but here comes Cassidy! Sore as he is, and as slow as he is before, Cassidy ends up crawling on the stage. Miro heads that way, but the Sloth was playing possum! ORANGE PUNCH for Miro! Chuck DECKS Sabian, and tags in Cassidy! Cassidy fires up to run in, but Sabian avoids the punch! Cassidy standing switches and DIVES! Direct hit into railing, then Cassidy puts Sabian in for the DEEP IMPACT FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally for Cassidy as he drags Sabian back up. Alabama lift but the back denies the rest! Sabian ROCKS and pop-up KNEES Cassidy, to the GUTBUSTER DROP! Sabian seethes then PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Sabian hits the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Miro slowly rises on the outside but Sabian drags Cassidy up. Fans rally as Sabian gets Cassidy up for a torture rack! Cassidy lands on his feet out of the flip, Chuck tags in and Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! Sabian staggers and Cassidy gets Sabian up. Chuck climbs, STRONG ZERO, BEACH BREAK STYLE!! And then the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, but Miro breaks it in time!
Fans boo as Miro gets up, but Cassidy stares him down! Penelope distracts the ref, Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro laughs at the shin kick attack! Penelope keeps distracting the ref over Kip, but then Cassidy dodges! ORANGE- NO! ROUNDHOUSE! Miro suplexes but gets STUN-DO GMILLIONAIRE! Penelope will not leave the re falone and Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH! Miro stumbles, Penelope is in Orange’s way! Miro shoves Cassidy into Penelope?! Miro doesn’t even care, he ROUNDHOUSES Cassidy, and scoops him for a BEST SLAM! Chuck BOOTS Miro but Miro CLOBBERS Chuck! The ref warns Miro that he isn’t legal!
Miro throws Sabian in, tags in, but Chuck gets a cradle! TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE for Chuck! And the BEST KICK! Miro shouts and stomps Chuck, for GAME OVER!! Chuck taps, Miro and Sabian win!!
Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by submission
The Best Man has made Chuck and Cassidy suffer, and now he is a winner! But does Sabian even understand what Miro did to Mrs. Superbad? Does
Backstage interview with the Inner Circle.
No tag titles for Y2MJF, no title shot for Proud ‘n’ Powerful, what is next after they failed tonight? Failed!? Does Marvez want to get his ass kicked!? The Inner Circle SHOULD be tag team champions and the Bucks know it! But look how depleted they are! But they’re an army, and like any great army, they’ll change their battle plans. The Inner Circle War Council will give us some changes, and we’ll hear about them this Wednesday. MJF agrees, and has been thinking about this. It is time for a change, and that will make the Inner Circle that much better. But what does that all entail come this week’s Dynamite?
Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy!
The Cowboy knew not to trust “Big Money Matt,” the greedy, conniving “carny” that he is. But Hangman’s fast one got turned around on him, and now it’s an all or nothing bet! Who gets ALL of the loser’s the 2021 Q1 profits along with the last laugh?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, end up in a corner, and Hardy lets off, but Hangman avoids the sucker punch! Hangman fires off haymakers and CHOPS and stomps! Fans fire up as Hangman backs off, but Hangman whips only for Hardy to reverse. Hardy gets a sleeper but Hangman back suplexes him down fast! Hangman brings Hardy up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hardy pulls hair to ROCK Hangman with a haymaker, but he runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, aims from the apron, but Hardy bails out! Fans boo but Hangman just hops down to pursue. Hangman storms up to kick Hardy and then TOSS him over the railing!
Hangman hops the rail, brings Hardy up and hits a SNAKE EYES On the next rail! Hangman climbs the guard rail to LEAP and hit a double ax handle! Hardy is down but fans fire up for Hangman! Hangman tosses Hardy back to ringside, follows him, and puts him in the ring. Hardy bails out as Hangman slides in, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman goes back out but Hardy throws body shots! Hangman throws forearms, but Hardy sends the forearm into the post! Hardy gets the arm and wraps it around the crossbar! Hardy pulls on the fingers, the ref counts, and Hardy lets go. Hardy BITES the fingers, then JAMS them into the post!
Hardy brings Hangman up the steel steps the SMACK the hand, then SMACK Hangman’s head! Hangman’s hand is stuck in the gap, Hardy BOOTS the steps!! Hangman clutches that arm as Hardy gets back in the ring. Hardy refreshes the count, goes back out and drags Hangman in by his bad fingers. The fans rally and duel as Hardy knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist! Hardy grinds Hangman down, and then he BITES more fingers! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4 to then step over and wrench the arm again. Hangman endures, fights up and throws headbutts and body shots! Hardy clubs Hangman to bump him off buckles and RAM him in!
Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a right, whips but Hangman resists. Hardy clubs the hands, then whips Hangman hard into the other corner! Hangman bounces off buckles and hits the mat while Hardy soaks up the heat. Hardy taunts Hangman, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Hangman comes back to ELBOW Hardy down! Hangman uses ax handles and a whip, but Hardy reveres. Hangman gets around to ROCK Hardy, but that was the bad hand! Hangman fights through the pain, but runs into a SIDE EFFECT that he makes a crucifix! TWO!! Hangman fireman’s carries Hardy for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel as Hangman goes to the apron. Hangman shakes out the bad hand, Hardy runs over but into a boot! Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a haymaker, then suplexes Hangman in. Hangman slips out to throw Hardy to the apron. Hardy stands into Hangman’s TRIANGLE LARIAT! Hangman aims and PLANCHAS, but Hardy dodges! Hardy kicks low and hits a TWIST OF FATE to the floor! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Hardy gets in the ring, and he’ll let the count take care of Hangman now. The count climbs to 5 before Hangman sits up. Hangman stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Hardy stomps Hangman then stands on his head! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4.
Hardy drags Hangman up, puts him through ropes and pulls him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and he brings Hangman around for elbows. Hardy whips Hangman corner to corner, runs in, but Hangman boots him! Hangman goes up the corner, but Hardy clubs him down! Hardy pulls but Hangman holds the ropes! Hangman’s bad hand can’t, and Hardy hits the SUPER GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Hardy grows annoyed but he drags Hangman up. Hardy cravats, Hangman endures, and Hangman throws body shots. Hardy CLUBS Hangman, brings him up and whips him to ropes, but Hangman dodges. Hardy dodges Hangman, both run, and both LARIAT!
Neither man is down so they LARIAT again! Hangman hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Hardy staggers to ropes, Hangman runs, and he clotheslines Hardy and himself out of the ring! Hangman goes to the corner, climbs up, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and both men go down! The ref checks but Hangman drags Hardy into the ring. Fans rally for “A E DUB!” as Hangman climbs again. Hardy stands, Hangman leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and crawls to a corner. Hangman gets up and runs in to clothesline! Hangman rolls Hardy and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Hangman as he drags Hardy up. Alabama lift, but Hardy avoids Dead-Eye!
Hardy ELBOWS Hardy, and hits a modified NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up as Hardy goes to the corner and climbs up. Hardy powers up too long and Hangman goes up to clinch! Hardy fights with body shots, slips under to CLUB Hangman, then drags Hangman into the crucifix for a SIT-OUT RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel, but Hardy calls for his shot! Hangman slowly rises, Hardy kicks but Hangman blocks and spins! Hardy blocks the lariat to kick again, but no Twist! Alabama to the DEADEYE!! But Isiah Kassidy distracts the ref! Quen is also there and he’s calling to Hardy! Hangman runs Kassidy off but sees Quen. Quen gets away, too, and Hardy rises.
Hangman goes to Hardy, but Hardy swings on him. Hangman dodges to DECK Hardy! Kassidy gets in, Hangman CLOBBERS him! Hangman BOOTS Quen, then DIVES to take Kassidy out! Slingshot, into a SIDE EFFECT!! And TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman survives and shocks Hardy! Hardy tells Quen to go up top, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They rush Private Party! They keep Hardy’s party down, Hangman BOOTS Hardy, but is put on the apron! The Dark Order is there to catch Hangman when he falls! BUCK SHOT!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (Hardy owes Hangman his Q1 earnings)
And the Dark Order is there to celebrate with Hangman! Hangman brings it in for a group hug! Colt Cabana even has beer! Hangman cracks them open and takes a sip. That must taste good! But will the Cowboy be rolling in the green like Scrooge McDuck now that he has Big Money Matt’s dough?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???
The American Nightmare was the first to hold the TNT Champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s the one who represents the revolution that is AEW. Will Cero Miedo, SCU’s Closer, Platinum Max or the Murderhawk Monster take the brass ring into their own hands? But wait, who is the mysterious sixth entry? It’s #AllEgo, ETHAN PAGE!! Will Ethan make the biggest impact in his debut?
The bell rings, everyone is wary of everyone else, but Archer and Cody go after each other! Scorpio is after Ethan while Penta chases Caster! Ethan stomps Scorpio, chokes him, then lets off. Archer digs his boot into Cody, Ethan stomps Scorpio and Caster stomps Penta. Ethan throws Scorpio into railing, Penta turns things around on Caster and POSTS him! Archer CLOBBERS Cody out of the ring, then goes out to CLUB him! Archer bumps Cody off the stage floor, Scorpio throws hands on Ethan. Ethan ROCKS Scorpio, Penta KICKS Caster’s leg! Archer has a ladder and he RAMS Cody in the bad shoulder! And then TOSSES the ladder at Scorpio and Ethan!!
Archer goes out to throw Penta around and BOOTS Caster down! Archer goes back to the ring, stands the ladder up just to RAM it into Penta! And RAM it again! And then Ethan, and then Penta again! Archer stands the ladder up but Penta SUPERKICKS It into him! And then hits a SLINGBLADE with the ladder included! Penta has the ladder now and he runs at Scorpio! Scorpio gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Penta and ladder away! Caster gets in, blocks the German to arm-drag and dropkick Scorpio! Fans boo as Caster calls for reinforcements! Jack Evans has the boombox, but Vance gets out there to SPINEBUSTER Evans on the ramp! That’s payback for Dynamite!
Vance leaves Evans down but Caster still gets the boombox, Cody hits a DISASTER KICK! Ethan stands the ladder up! Ethan climbs, Cody chases after! Archer pushes the ladder, choke grips Cody and Ethan but Cody kicks and Rhodes uppercuts! Ethan BOOTS Archer, he and Cody whip Archer into the ladder! Cody shakes hands with Ethan but Ethan kicks him low! Ethan RAMS Cody with the ladder! Caster uses the boombox to SMACK Ethan! And BASH Scorpio! Caster goes out to SMACK Cody with the boombox! And then LEAPS to SMASH it down on Cody’s bad arm! Penta returns to the ring slowly and he has the ladder to himself.
But Penta sees targets on the outside, and he runs up the ladder to LAUNCH! Direct hit onto Caster and Cody! Archer gets in and sees targets, too. He dropkicks Penta back down, then goes for the ladder. But Ethan steps in to CUTTER Archer to the ladder! Ethan drags Archer over and puts him in the ladder to SLAM it closed on him over an dover and over! Scorpio gets in and sneaks up on Ethan to fireman’s carry! Ethan slips off, scoops Scorpio, and SLAMS him down! Then he crucifix lifts to SPLASH MOUNTAIN Scorpio onto ladder and Archer!! That ladder might be broken, and same goes for Scorpio and Archer!
Ethan fetches a new ladder, brings it over, moves the busted one aside and then sets up the new one. Cody gets up but Ethan DECKS him! Ethan climbs, Archer tips the ladder, and Penta hits Ethan with a BACKSTABBER! Penta hurries to climb the ladder now but Cody hurries in with a springboard missile dropkick! Direct hit sends Penta down! Cody drags Penta up but Penta SUPERKICKS first! Penta has Cody on the outside where a ladder bridge has been set up! Cody fights out of the driver to fireman’s carry, but Penta fights out of that! Penta brings Cody to the ladder bridge, CERO MIEDO for a LADDER DESTROYER!!!! Fans lose their minds as Penta perhaps breaks Cody’s arm and himself!
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as medics check on Cody and Penta. Ethan goes to suplex Scorpio at a ladder but Scorpio suplexes Ethan to the floor! Caster climbs the ladder because no one else is around! Scorpio hurries in and knocks Caster down! Cody has to be taken to the back, Caster throws Scorpio out, and then Caster climbs again. Scorpio gets a new ladder in but Caster stomps Scorpio. Scorpio YANKS Caster off the ladder! Scorpio climbs, Cody takes a moment at the entrance but medics tell him to go to the back. Caster brings a bigger ladder up and he climbs! Scorpio reaches for the literal brass ring but Caster brawls with him!
Caster and Scorpio wobble, Archer climbs up to join them! Archer choke grips each of them but Ethan CLUBS Archer! Ethan goes up the other side and everyone is grabbing for the ring! They brawl, Scorpio SMACKS Archer off the ladder, as does Caster, and Ethan! Ethan and Caster brawl, Scorpio is after the goal! Scorpio ROCKS Caster with haymakers, then BOOTS him down! Scorpio adjusts, reaches, but Penta CLUBS Scorpio! Scorpio hops off, Penta stalks up behind him and throws more forearms! And a SUPERKICK! Fans rally for Penta and he feeds off it as he starts to climb! Scorpio hurries after and CLUBS Penta!
Scorpio climbs, throws haymakers then BITES Penta through the mask! Scorpio gets Penta for a SUPER NECKBREAKER! Ethan returns! He climbs a ladder, pushing the other out of the way! Caster climbs up the other end to intercept Ethan! They brawl, Caster rakes Ethan’s eyes! Caster climbs up higher and sunsets over for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Ethan is a heap in the corner but Scorpio and Caster hurry around. Scorpio clears space, hits Caster, then hurries up the ladder. Caster drags Scorpio down but Scorpio ROCKS him! And then THROWS him into the ladder! Scorpio resets the ladder, sets it down, then SLAMS Caster on it!
Scorpio hobbles to a corner and fans rally up as Scorpio climbs. Jake the Snake lurks but the ref keeps him back. Scorpio FROG SPLASHES Caster and ladder!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” as Scorpio fights through the pain to get back up! Scorpio stands the ladder back up, Archer gets in but Scorpio fires off hands! Archer trips Scorpio and CATAPULTS Scorpio, but he uses that to get up higher!! Archer drags Scorpio back down, then runs in but into a BOOT! Scorpio goes up, but Arc her KNEES him and Scorpio lands through a ladder bridge!! Penta SUPERKICKS Archer, pops Ethan up top, SUPERKICKS Archer again, then mugs Ethan.
Caster runs in but is SUPLEXED onto Ethan! SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE takes Archer down! Penta is alone and he stands the ladder! Penta climbs, Ethan flounders after and they brawls at the top! Ethan reaches, Penta ROCKS him then pokes his eye then bumps him off buckles! CERO MIEDO- Ethan pulls the mask! Ethan shoves Penta, and CODY returns?! Cody has his weight belt! He SMACKS Caster, he SMACKS Ethan, and then RAMS Ethan into the ladder! Cody fires off with the good arm! Arn Anderson says this is reckless but Cody hits a CROSS RHODES on Ethan!! Cody stands the ladder in a corner, climbs up, and with Ethan in the drop zone, Archer intercepts!
Archer fires off hands on the bad arm! Cody holds on with the good arm, but Archer brings Cody along for a SUPERPLEX! Caster is up top and he hits the MIC DROP on the bad arm! Caster fires up, gets a ladder up under the brass ring, and he climbs! Penta hurries up to fire haymakers but Caster hits back! They brawl, Penta bumps Caster’s head off the ladder again and again! CERO! MIEDO! But Caster kisses the hand, only for Archer to SHOVE the ladder over! Caster and Penta hit ropes! Archer gets Ethan for a CHOKE SLAM! Cody runs in, for a CHOKE SLAM!! Penta gets a CHOKE SLAM!!! Caster is back and SLAPS Archer, only to get a choke grip. Caster SLAPS him again, so Archer DECKS Caster!
Archer drags a ladder in place, picks Caster up, and BLACKOUT BOMBS him on the ladder!!! Fans are thunderous as Archer is alone with a ladder! Jake the Snake is pumped as Archer stands the ladder up and climbs! But Ethan clubs Archer. Archer barely felt that! Archer hops down just to DECK Ethan! Archer climbs again, but Ethan is back?! LOW BLOW!! Now DQ in a ladder match, and Caster hits SPLASH MOUNTAIN! But Jake the Snake reels Ethan in for a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE!! Fans go nuts but Penta SUPERKICKS The Snake! Penta climbs now, but Cody returns!
Cody CLUBS Penta, throws haymakers and bumps Penta off the ladder. Cody goes up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTERS!! Cody climbs, Penta crawls about, and Penta gets a CHAIR! Penta SMACKS Cody with the chair! Wait did Arn give Penta that chair?! Penta drags Cody off the ladder and climbs it. But Scorpio gets the chair to SMACK Penta! And then SMACK the legs! Penta falls, clutching his foot! Scorpio hurries up, but Cody follows from the other end! Fans rally and duel, the two meet and Scorpio grabs for brass ring but Cody ROCKS Scorpio with haymakers! Cody keeps throwing hands, grabs the brass ring, but Scorpio SLAMS the bad arm on the ladder!
Scorpio rises, and tells Cody he’s NOT the Face of the Revolution! Scorpio shoves Cody down, reaches up, and grabs the brass ring off the hook!! Scorpio wins!!
Winner: Scorpio Sky (NEW #1 contender to the AEW TNT Championship)
The Closer finishes this off and he’s THE Face of the Revolution! Scorpio was able to #ReachForTheSky, but will he cash this in to have the title? We find out this Wednesday on Dynamite!
AEW presents their newest signee!
We count down to the big moment, and the wrestler who comes out is… CHRISTIAN CAGE! Captain Charisma is All Elite! And the All Elite Peeps are happy to hear it! Christian takes the contract and the pen, soaks in the moment, and signs on the dotted line! Will Christian #OutworkEveryone and turn that #OneLastMatch into #OneMoreTitleReign?
Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin!
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage are #AbsoluteMachines, and are ready to do damage to the Icon and the Relentless TNT Champion! Will things finally be settled between the scorned Taz and the underdog Darby?
Speaking of Taz, he’s stuck on commentary because Tony Khan wants to keep things fair. We go to the undisclosed location where this fight is going down. Starks walks out, decked out in vest and jeans and he joins Cage in his lime green sports car. They drive on to a vacant lot, and walk over to the abandoned warehouse. They find a ring set up, so they step inside that. But while there’s a referee, where are…? Wait, the lights go down, Darby’s music plays, and a small army of Stingers lead the way! Darby skateboards along, and a truck drives down the road. The “hoodlums” patiently wait for their generals, and Darby hitches a ride from Sting’s truck!
Sting and Darby arrive, having mixed and matched face paint designs. The bell rings, the hoodlums fire up, and t Sting whips Darby at Cage! Sting fires off on Starks. Cage puts Darby in a corner but Darby gets up, and springboards to bounce off the wall! Cage catches Darby to TOSS him onto hoodlums! Team Taz mugs Sting now. Cage stomps Sting to a corner and Starks joins in. Cage goes out to find Darby but he throws tires at the hoodlums to clear them out! And then he throws hoodlums! One takes an APRON BOMB! Darby rushes back in but Cage RAMS him into the post!
Cage hauls Darby around with one hand, and hits a SNAKE EYES off railing! Cage uses his shirt to CHOKE Darby, and they leave Starks and Sting behind in the ring. Starks fires off hands on Sting, but Sting reverses the whip to CLOBBER Starks! Cage RAMS Darby around into pillars and posts, but Sting hits a STINGER SPLASH on Starks! Sting military presses for a SNAKE EYES! Back to Cage and Darby, Cage CLUBS Darby towards hard wood floors. Cage hauls Darby up but Darby fights off the bomb to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby fires off hands, Cage shoves him and fireman’s carries, to RAM Darby into a wall! Cage military presses and TOSSES Darby into double doors!
Darby crawls but Cage hauls him up into this dark room off to the side. Sting hits Starks with another STINGER SPLASH, and then he CLOBBERS Starks out of the ring! Starks staggers and retreats but Sting follows behind him. Sting SMACKS glass with the bat to let Starks know he’s coming for him! Starks tries to get away but String THROWS the bat him! Starks avoids it, but he tells Sting he’s NOTHING without the bat. So Sting tosses the bat to kick and throw Starks around! Sting dribbles Starks off the wall then rains down rights and lefts! Sting stomps Starks down, then stands him up to SLAM him against the wall!
Sting leaves Starks behind to go find Darby and Cage. Cage throws Darby along as they go up the steel staircase. Cage suplexes Darby and holds him up while walking up the stairs! Cage SLAMS Darby into a trash can! “Who better than Cage, Darby, huh!?” Cage kicks Darby along and Darby crawls, but Cage stands on Darby’s head! Cage grins, digs his boot in harder, but Sting turns Cage around to throw into ladder! And Darby dropkicks Cage into rusty wall! Sting and Darby mug Cage 2v1! Taz gets worried but the mugging just gets worse! Starks returns to SPEAR Darby into another room! Starks comes back to throw hands on Sting!
Starks has a pipe and he JAMS Sting! Then shoves a barrel into him! Starks keeps after Sting and uses the barrel to CHOP BLOCK Sting! Sting falls against a bunch of spare filing cabinets! Starks SLAMS Sting against them, but Sting hits Starks low! Cage runs in but Sting dodges and the trash can lid hits Starks! Sting throws hands on Cage, Cage knees low, but Darby returns to hop on Cage! Darby has a sleeper, Sting throws hands on Cage, but Cage hits back! Cage shoves Sting into a crate, then RAMS Darby into one! Cage brings Darby up and reels him in, but Sting uses the fire extinguisher! Darby SMASHES a glass bottle on Cage’s head!
Sting and Darby drag Cage up and DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER him through a table! But Starks has a 2×4 to SMACK Sting! Darby and Starks brawl with big slapping haymakers! Darby fires off, backs Starks down, but Starks knees low! Starks runs but Darby sends him into a post! Darby climbs the post to SUPER COFFIN DROP through a palette! But POWERHOUSE WILL HOBBS attacks! Hobbs BOMBS Darby into the post, and then calls in Hook! Hook throws Darby with a sayanagi! Sting rises but so does Cage! Cage stalks up behind Sting and kicks him low, to then RAMS him into a wall! And CLUB him down!
Team Taz regroups and they mug Darby 3v1! Hook talks trash to Darby, Hobbs holds Darby up and Cage throws body shots. The two behemoths swing Darby into and through spare window frames!! Team Taz leaves Darby for dead and Hook KICKS Sting! Hook drags Sting up to throw hands, and now Sting is taking a 3v1 mugging! Starks rises and does his best to follow after. Cage uses a snow shovel to SMACK Sting! And SMACK him again! Darby rises?! And he has Sting’s bat! Darby tosses the bat to Sting! Sting uses the bat to SMACK away on Team Taz! He even BREAKS the bat on Cage’s back!! Sting picks up the shovel and BASHES Cage!
Darby takes aim and he SUPER MACHO ELBOWS Cage through the flooring!! Sting looks over and lets what happens happen. Sting goes back to find Starks in the ring but Starks elbows Sting away! Starks dodges the Stinger Splash, and it’s BARE BUCKLES to Sting’s chest! Starks runs and dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!?! Sting survives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks gets up to throw slapping palm strikes on Sting but Sting ROCKS Starks with a right! Starks low blow mule kicks Sting, gets Sting up, but Sting fights the powerbomb to sunset flip! TWO!! Sting and Starks slowly rise, and Sting walks over. Starks elbows but into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting and Darby win!!
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by pinfall
Taz can’t believe that his team lost! But is Darby even in any shape to fight and defend his title for Dynamite?!
AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley!
Three sides are barbed wires. There are explosives set to go off if the barbed wires are pushed far enough. There are three “Triple Hell” spots that go off on contact! And if the match isn’t over after 30 minutes, ALL explosives go off! This match could end the Cleaner’s title reign, but could it end someone’s career?!
AEW isn’t risking anything, the ref is even wearing a fireproof hazard suit and plastic face shield just in case. Moxley wears a jacket that is in tribute to Atsushi Onita, and then has a sip of liquid courage to help him to the ring. Omega wears a shirt that already commemorates this moment in history, and Callis joins commentary to guarantee he has overseen all of this. This is a “special send-off” for Moxley. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Moxley finishes off that flask as we see what gives first: title reign or wrestling career!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Omega stare down. “This is Awesome!” already as Omega and Moxley slowly circle. The clock is ticking on that 30 minutes but these two don’t seem to be in any hurry. They tie up, and Omega tries to push Moxley to barbed wire! Moxley holds firm but Omega claws at Moxley’s face and hair! Moxley turns things around! Omega fights back now by clawing at Moxley’s face and hair! They go the other way and are dangerously close, but Moxley tries to pull Omega in! Omega pushes Moxley, Moxley headbutts Omega! Omega throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! Omega CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat!
Omega kicks low, headlocks, but Moxley tries to push him back. Omega brings Moxley around but has to stop himself from going into the other ropes! Moxley gets close but Omega cranks on the headlock. Moxley hits a back suplex! Omega holds on with the headlock and thrashes Moxley around! Moxley sits up, Omega clubs him, and throws a forearm! Omega BITES Moxley’s forehead! Omega whips but Moxley stops himself! Moxley dodges and Omega has to stop himself! Moxley kicks Omega and suplexes but Omega fights that off! Omega ROCKS Moxley, whips him but Moxley reverses!
Omega hits the corner panel, which is safe, but he runs into a fireman’s carry! Moxley goes to throw Omega but Omega gets away! Fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. Omega and Moxley slap some nerve into themselves and the fans rally up. Moxley and Omega throw JABS back and forth, then forearms! Omega rakes Moxley’s eyes! Omega runs to the safe ropes to rebound and BOOT! Moxley stays up, Omega BOOTS, then runs again, but Moxley clothesline him out to the ramp! Moxley pursues, gets a chair and tosses it in the ring! And then a kendo stick, and then a chair wrapped heavily in barbed wire!
Moxley has Barbie the Baseball Bat and SMACKS Omega with it! The barbed wire gets Omega in the stomach, then Moxley brings it around on Omega’s face to hit a Russian Leg Sweep to the stage! Moxley gets the kendo stick back and he SMACKS Omega on the back! And again! Omega gets back to the ring but Moxley has both bat and kendo stick! Moxley dual wields ! But Omega is dumping out some POCKET SAND!! Moxley swings wild but Omega taunts him. Omega kicks Moxley low, and whips Moxley to barbed wire, BANG! The first explosion goes off and fans lose their minds! Callis thinks that’s it but Moxley still breathes! Omega covers, TWO!!
Omega has the kendo stick and he SMACKS Moxley down! And again! And then SMACKS a leg! Moxley writhes but Omega has a trash can. Omega SMASHES the can on Moxley’s head! Omega stands the can up, gets Moxley’s leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER to the can! Moxley writhes again and Callis is loving this! Omega gets the kendo stick and he uses it to choke Moxley! Moxley fights but Omega SMACKS him, then KOTARO KRUSHERS to the can! Cover, TWO! Omega goes after the bad leg and yanks on it, then drops down with a FIGURE FOURE! Moxley endures the leg hold but his face is bleeding! The ref checks, Moxley refuses to quit, and Moxley reaches around.
Moxley grabs the barbed wire wrapped chair! He grinds it on Omega’s legs like razor sharp sandpaper!! Omega lets Moxley go to check his legs and even hands. No blood, and Omega ducks the barbed wire bat attack! Omega full nelsons but Moxley breaks free! Moxley runs but Omega THROWS him into the barbed wire board and BREAKS IT!! If Moxley wasn’t bleeding before, he is now! A crimson mask is about to have sleeves to match as Moxley is prying himself. Omega drags Moxley around, but has to carefully climb the ropes to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Omega says that’s alright, he gets the kendo stick to SMACK Moxley over an dover! And then SMACKS him on the back of the head!
The count is 20 minutes left before the big explosion. Omega wants the figure four but Moxley boots him at ropes! BANG!! Omega staggers, into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! BANG!!! If explosions were scores, Moxley is up by one! Fans lose their minds again and say “This is Awesome!” Omega crawls, Moxley follows, but Omega drags Moxley up first. Moxley gets an EXPLODER! Omega is down while Moxley peers through his crimson mask! Moxley drags Omega up, has both wrists, and reels him into a pump handle! Omega fights the suplex off and elbows Moxley, to full nelson! Moxley blocks the Dragon Suplex to throw Omega off! EXPLODER through the other barbed wire board!
Both men are down, but Omega is not stuck in the wires like Moxley’s. Moxley sets the chair up and has to wipe blood away from his face so he can see again. Omega slowly rises, Moxley tells him bang bang, and reels him in for underhooks. Omega fights free, and ROLLING ELBOWS Moxley, to then Electric Chair! Moxley escapes to GERMAN SUPLEX Omega onto the can! Moxley gets up, reels Omega into a SIDEWALK SLAM onto the barbed wire chair!! The jeans are hooked in the wires for a moment but Omega frees his legs. Moxley rips part of the wire off the chair?! Flashback to his I Quit match with Eddie Kingston, Moxley has the barbed wire arm!
Fans are calling Moxley a “Sick F*ck!” as he aims at Omega! Omega fights back with forearms! Moxley wobbles but power sup, Omega BOOTS him! Moxley spins around to LARIAT with the left hand! Moxley aims with the dangerous right, but Omega ducks to SNAP DRAGON! Omega drags Moxley back around for another SNAP DRAGON! Moxley is right up!? V-TRIGGER! BARBED WIRE LARIAT!!! Fans are still thunderous as Moxley and Omega rise. Moxley fires up and he reels Omega in, but no Paradigm Shift! Omega shoves Moxley and himself to ropes! BANG!!! That explosion might’ve been the biggest yet! The ref calls for water to wash Omega’s eyes out!
Omega and Moxley crawl out from under the ropes, blood and smoke and light all reasons why their vision is impaired. They both stand on the edge, fans rally and duel, and Omega JABS! Moxley JABS, Omega JABS, then CHOPS! Omega CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley throws forearms. They brawl, Moxley rakes Moxley’s eyes and bloody wound! Omega brings Moxley around but Moxley resists the hip toss to hell! Omega clubs away on Moxley, Moxley hits back, and BITES Omega’s head! Moxley headlocks then KNEES Omega! Omega wobbles, Moxley brings him in, throws more knees, and then underhooks! DEATH RIDER TO HELL!!! They crash on the “mines” and BOOM!
Moxley writhes but he’s in the worst spot! Omega is ironically safe from the wires because he took that header. Moxley makes sure no blood is from his arms. He is clean, but he carefully frees himself from the wires. Omega is now bleeding from the forehead and fans are thunderously dueling. Moxley and Omega lock eyes from across hell, and Moxley gets a LONG strand of barbed wire for his own. Moxley hurts himself just to bend the wires around to a shape he can wield. Moxley then puts Omega in the ring, stalks after him, and sits him up to BARBED WIRE PUNCH him! And again! And again! Omega manages to stay seated upright, but we get a FINAL COUNTDOWN~!
Moxley hurries to get Omega up, and hits a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega is still in this, Moxley covers again, TWO!! How much longer do they have?! Moxley drags Omega up again, underhooks, but Omega drops and LOW BLOWS! Omega brings Moxley in, brings him up and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!! Moxley flounders about, moves things out of his way, and Omega grabs at the ref?! Moxley stands, Omega steadies himself and V-TRIGGERS! Moxley is still up, for another V-TRIGGER from Omega! Omega Electric Chair lifts Moxley, for a ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, BANG because of the ropebreak!! Moxley survives the match only because he risked his life!
Moxley gets the barbed wire bat! Omega writhes as the flash blinded him again! Moxley roars and rises, fans are thunderously dueling again, but here come the GOOD BROTHERS! Karl Anderson gets in but gets SMACKED by the bat! Luke Gallows gives Omega an extra thicc Barbie, for him to HOMERUN! It had an explosive inside?! Callis says THAT was their secret trump card! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega is furious with the ref and tears off a sleeve of the hazmat suit! The Biz Cliz set Moxley up, as well as a chair! Five minutes left before the explosion, ONE WINGED ANGEL to the chair!! The chair crumbles, as does Moxley, and Omega covers, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
Callis laughs and says this was all strategy! Callis declares Omega not just God of Wrestling, but the God of Deathmatches! But it was only because of Gallows & Anderson that Omega survives with his reign intact! Callis warns his guys that there’s still a countdown in progress! Biz Cliz doesn’t care, they throw the ref away and mug Moxley more! Omega throws things out of the ring and at the ref! Gallows & Anderson handcuff Moxley! They stomp Moxley, Omega says this is what Moxley wanted and this is what he got! Anderson makes sure Moxley’s forehead wound keeps bleeding! But the clock is ticking, are they going to leave Moxley for dead?!
Omega uses his Extra Thicc Barbie to DIG Moxley’s forehead open! Two minutes left, the Biz Cliz needs to get going! Omega SMASHES Moxley in the stomach with the bat, then SMASHES him on the back! Fans boo but Omega isn’t done adding insult to injury! They make us look at Moxley’s bloody face! Wait, wait, wait! NOW we get a final countdown! ONE MINUTE AND COUNTING! Callis says it should be fine, but he’ll be going over here just because. RUN, BIZ CLIZ, RUN!! Moxley is stuck in the ring with only 30 seconds left!
Wait, Eddie Kingston and The Fam are here?! Kingston still cares about Moxley! He tries to get Moxley out but his Fam leaves him behind!! HURRY, KINGSTON!! NOOOO~! Kingston covers Moxley- Oh, what? Sparklers and firecrackers? Was Callis trolling? Or was his “Moxley Extermination Chamber” a dud? Kingston doesn’t want to leave Moxley. Is he actually out cold or is he just being dramatic? Point is, Moxley is in awful shape. Will he ever be able to compete again?
I know we just saw an underwhelming finish as far as the “final explosion,” but this was still another incredible AEW PPV. The Buy-In match’s surprise of Maki Itoh was awesome, because I was oddly wondering if anyone else from the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Japan bracket made the trip. The Buy-In match itself was great stuff, too, but of course Britt cheats to win. Then later, after the awesome Women’s Championship match, I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t Big Swole who attacked Shida after her great promo on AEW Dark. I suppose setting up a great Six Woman Tag is good, and I suppose Swole will crash the match to start beef with Shida, but I would’ve preferred if actual story was put first.
Not to be mean, but for the hype we got over the last few days, talking about a WWE Hall of Fame contender and then tonight’s line about “they can outwork anyone,” I was not picturing Christian at all. And not just because I was hoping WWE would do more with Edge & Christian once Mania season is over. Christian is great on the mic, but from what I remember, only good in the ring. I just feel like this is a little too “Instant Classic” Christian Cage back when he went to TNA Impact, or even when he returned to WWE in 2009 and ended up their ECW Champion. He could probably be a TNT Championship contender, but I’m not seeing world title potential.
The tag title match was a great opener, and for just a second I thought Y2MJF were going to cheat those belts away from the Bucks, but it is much better for THE tag team to win this time. Plus, we’re going to see an “Inner Circle War Council” segment happen on Dynamite, and I bet MJF starts to suggest replacements for the “weaker” parts of the faction. I am surprised Santana & Ortiz didn’t win the Casino Tag Battle Royal but that could feed into the “war council” and the suggested substitutions. Death Triangle winning is great, but I wish they’d been able to make it the Lucha Brothers in this case. Penta didn’t win the ladder match, so what’s he going to do now? Or will Death Triangle use Freebird rules?
The ladder match was also great stuff, and that was pretty big for Ethan Page to debut through that match. Max Caster had a scathingly good rap this time (which I couldn’t get written down because B/R Live doesn’t allow pausing or anything), I hope that turns up somewhere. I appreciate that they did everything to make us think Cody was going to swipe this from the others, since that was what we were all thinking anyway. But in the end, Scorpio Sky winning this a great move, and Scorpio is going to have a great match with Darby. Though, I guess that means Darby lived, we did see him fall into the abyss with Cage…
Speaking of, that Street Fight cinematic was great, but the moment before Darby tosses the bat to Sting so clearly was just an edited shot of Sting in like a green screen moment. I should’ve figured Sting would not only be on the winning side but get the win himself. We may criticize WWE for their use of part-timers and returning legends, but Sting is the one case where he’s gotten raw deals wherever he goes, so maybe AEW can be where he properly retires, whenever that will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if his partnership with Darby continues as more of a mentor, but then is his tag partner when needed.
Miro’s attack before the grudge match was a good touch, it makes sense he’d do something like that. I’m a little disappointed Trent didn’t come out to be Chuck’s tag partner, but I guess if Miro was meant to win this, they’d want to save Trent’s heroic return for another time. I hope Miro shoving Cassidy in Penelope and Sabian being a bit upset about that is the cracks in the foundation. Miro and Sabian have had their time as a team, they should both be back to singles competitors, and it could be because Miro is selfishly reckless and putting both Sabian and Penelope in harm’s way.
The Big Money match was really good, and I’m surprised Hangman won, but it was great for Dark Order to counter Private Party. I wonder where things go from here, especially with Hardy not having big money anymore. Will he desperately try and get Private Party to do things so that the money they make becomes the money he makes? Though, I suppose Hangman could point out that he will get 100% of the 30% Hardy is taking from Private Party, and then Big Money Matt is left broke. And then Hangman and the Dark Order can throw big money parties to rub it in Hardy Party’s face.
Then holy crap and a half that Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. We got a great detail in the ref wearing the safety gear, we got some good references back to the Lights Out Match from Full Gear, though a little disappointed there was no barbed wire wrapped broom. There was a great reference back to the I Quit match with the barbed wire forearm and knuckles, and I liked that the explosions were used so Moxley could survive a One Winged Angel without really surviving it. The One Winged Angel is a properly protected finisher in an era where false finishers are the standard way of upping a match’s star level and a wrestler’s power level.
Omega got great Heel heat for needing the Good Brothers to help. It kinda sucks that they did that but clearly Omega was meant to win so how else would he do that? I liked that Kingston hurried out to save Moxley because deep down, they’re still friends. It makes sense that The Fam stayed Heel because they didn’t care enough to help, and that could also cause tension in that group. To me, Kingston no longer needs to be in charge of them and they don’t need to listen to him, that story kinda ran its course by the time Pac returned to reunite with the Lucha Brothers.
Now yes, the final explosion was not anywhere near what was promised by, well, anything. Callis said he accounted for everything so the dud should be pinned on him, and a lot of the next phase of the story should branch from that. Callis should admit that he didn’t let the final, “end it all” explosion be as big as it could have just in case all the screw job tactics screwed up and it was Omega left for dead. Then with Kingston and Moxley, it’d be a bit too comedic for them to say Kingston passed out from the heightened drama and fear for his life, but that’s the only way to salvage his sell. We all know the sparklers and such were NOT dangerous at all.
And in reality, we know Tony Khan couldn’t go as big on the ring explosion as even just the pyro they do on stage. As great as it would’ve been to see a lot more fire, and then maybe the ring falls apart with Kingston and Moxley riding it out, we have to remember there are surely going to be AEW Dark matches recorded tonight for Tuesday’s broadcast, and rebuilding a demolished ring would just add too much time onto their busy night. Speaking of which, I hope the Dark After Revolution isn’t that many matches. A lot of people were on tonight’s card, we might only need half a dozen or so matches to get the handful of people left off their ring work for the week.
My Score: 9.6/10
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