AEW raises the stakes for Double or Nothing 2!
More than titles are on the line, these matches determine AEW’s future! Will Cody Rhodes or Lance Archer become the FIRST TNT Champion? Will Jon Moxley get #BigPlatinum back from Mr. Brodie? And will The Elite finally DELETE The Inner Circle?
- Double or Nothing Buy-In – AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Private Party; Best Friends win and will challenge for the titles.
- Double or Nothing Casino Ladder Match: Brian Cage wins a future title opportunity for the AEW World Championship.
- MJF w/ Wardlow VS Jungle Boy; MJF wins.
- AEW TNT Championship Tournament Finals: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Lance Archer w/ Jake The Snake Roberts; Cody wins and becomes the inaugural AEW TNT Champion.
- Penelope Ford VS Kris Statlander; Statlander wins.
- Dustin Rhodes VS Shawn Spears; Dustin wins.
- No Holds Barred AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee; Moxley wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
- Stadium Stampede: The Elite VS The Inner Circle; The Elite wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Double or Nothing Pre-Show!
The sun is shining now, but things are going to get dark tonight as the sun will set on either The Elite or the Inner Circle. Not to mention, there will be only ONE AEW TNT Champion! Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer have made this so personal, that we need to hear from Brandi herself on what’s led to this. History is being made tonight and it is so important on so many different levels. What is Cody’s mind set going into this match that is both for title and for honor? Cody is more focused than ever before. His mind is only on winning the title. He doesn’t want this, he needs this. Brandi is not worried at all, and is keeping herself out of the equation. She will not be a distraction, or an opening since Jake the “Antiquated” Snake can only speak down to women. But that card is off the table without Brandi ringside. Jake and Archer will have no choice but to play fair and try to win. Arn Anderson will be there for Cody, so “good luck” to the Murderhawk Monster.
But with how personal this has all gotten, is Cody really focused on winning? Or does he want revenge. Cody is focused where he needs to be focused. Brandi is no damsel in distress. She was not intimidated by Jake’s snake, either. There is only ever one “first,” and this will only add to the legacy. Brandi knows she’s an easy target, but she’ll let it slide for now. The real revenge is when Cody wins, Brandi steps over Archer and sneers at Jake. A class act for sure. Will Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare be celebrating history in the making?
Backstage interview with Billy Gunn!
Papa Gunn likes the energy in his introduction. The Casino Ladder Match has ladders, right? Do they know how many ladder matches Billy’s been in? One. Just one. But! It was epic. The greatest ladder match of all time, other than tonight’s. But a field of nine, and the ninth is a mystery! But Gunn has a good idea who it is. Who? Wait. He doesn’t mean…? That guy? Yes, there is a one in a million chance that Gunn himself is Mr. Ninth! If every other working wrestler isn’t in it, it’ll be him. Well what great news. But then plot twist! The Gunn Club won’t be part of this, they’re going to be the #1 fans in the crowd. Maybe. But speaking to the experience of the known entrants, Joey Janela is completely crazy. There’s Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky. Is size an advantage? Is being crazy an advantage? Not to ladders. It’s about toughing it out.
Then, who is the toughest? That’s tough, because Janela and Kaz are tied for most ladder matches in a career. Why put that stat out there? Gunn was smart enough to have just one! And then there’s Colt Cabana, who has the most experience overall. That still won’t be an advantage, because if he gets hit with a ladder, he’s just out. Maybe you get thrown off the ladder and then you’re done. It doesn’t matter how big you are, how crazy you are, how experienced you are, how much time you’ve spent at a Walmart, this is risky stuff. It’s just about chances, because it’s Double or Nothing. Clever! Any other cliches? Nope, Gunn is out. Well, one way or another, whether Gunn is in the match or not, we’ll see him. And if you’re not down with that, well, y’know.
Tony Schiavone interviews Jake the Snake and Lance Archer.
Archer finishes up a pre-match work-out. Schiavone asks if Archer is ready, and Jake says they should ask him. “How you feeling there, big man?” Wanna get mean tonight? Wanna introduce Cody Rhodes to the real world? Archer uses a sledgehammer to SMASH an old toilet, some sheet rock and more. Well that definitely means Archer is ready. “You have no idea, Cody. You have no idea.” Will the American Nightmare’s desire to become champion be his downfall?
Double or Nothing Buy-In – AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Private Party!
Trent and Chuck Taylor have been on a great run as AEW and the world powers through these hard times. Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy recently returned and continued where they left off in the rankings. But only one team will have the right to be THE challengers! Who cashes in and heads for a match with Kenny Omega and Hangman Page?
The teams shake hands to show there is respect. Teams sort out and Chuckie T starts against Kassidy. Kassidy mocks Chuckie’s knee stomping before they tie up. Chuckie headlocks, wrenches and wristlocks but Kassidy rolls, handsprings, and shows off his agility with endless kip ups. Then Kassidy gets up to wrench and wristlock. Chuckie trips Kassidy to get a headlock, but Kassidy headscissors back. Chuckie gets out of that and keeps the headlock. Kassidy headscissors again but Chuckie pops out this time, and the two stand off. Chuckie and Kassidy shake hands again to then tag in their partners. Trent circles with Quen and they tie up. Trent powers Quen back but Quen headlocks. Trent powers out but Quen hops over to turn Trent over. Standing moonstault! Cover, TWO!
Trent hobbles to the ropes but he puts Quen on the apron. Quen forearms back, slingshots up but into a Northern Lights! Cover, ONE! Trent drags Quen up to CHOP off his feet! Tag to Chuckie and Best Friends double whip. They double elbow Quen down, then shake hands before dropping double elbows! Chuckie double guns as he drags Quen up. Chuckie throws forearms then tags Trent. Best Friends double whip again but Kassidy tags in. Quen kicks Chuckie, Trent forearms Quen but Kassidy forearms Trent. Chuckie and Kassidy grab Quen and Trent in cravats, because both wanted assisted sliced bread. So they both hit simultaneous Sliced Bread! And then they double clothesline each other! All four men are down and the crowd is fired up! Trent has to fetch his headband but he has no time to put it on. He stomps Kassidy at the ropes, drags him up, but Kassidy CHOPS! Trent CHOPS Kassidy off his feet!
Trent drags Kassidy back up and back suplexes him high and hard! Chuckie gives Trent his headband back and it is on! All is right with the world now, and Trent drags Kassidy back up. Trent knees low then whips. Quen helps Kassidy stay in to hit SILLY STRING! Quen throws Chuckie to the barriers and Private Party regroups. Kassidy hobbles over to elbow Trent and then puts him against buckles. Kassidy CHOPS and then brings Trent back to his corner. Tag to Quen and Private Party mug Trent in the corner. Quen takes the headband from Trent and puts it on! Trent CHOPS Quen but Quen forearms back. They brawl, Quen knees low, and then goes up top. Trent gets on the apron so Quen hops down to kick him out.
Tag to Kassidy and Kassidy whips Trent hard into barriers! But Trent returns to SPEAR Kassidy! Trent gets up but Quen FLIES out onto him! The tope takes Trent out and the crowd is fired up again. Quen puts Kassidy in and Vickie Guerrero is going wild for her favorites. Quen tags in and has Trent in a drop zone. Chuckie goes after Quen but Quen kicks him away. Trent attacks Quen but his ribs are slowing his climb. Quen throws hands and headbutts Trent down. But Chuckie helps Trent get up, ELECTRIC CHAIR SUPERPLEX!! Both Trent and Quen are down and far away! Trent crawls to a cover, TWO!! Tag to Chuckie and the Kentucky Gentleman takes care of this. Chuckie scoops and slams Quen then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! The cocky thumbs up cover may have cost Chuckie, but he CHOPS Quen to the corner.
Quen forearms back and we have a brawl. Quen kicks but Chuckie punches back. Chuckie drags Quen up to suplex and float over, TWO! The crowd rallies but Chuckie drags Quen up to a headlock. Tag to Trent and Trent gives Quen forearms. Trent bumps Quen off buckles then runs in with a big back elbow! Trent hits the tornado but no DDT! Quen dropkicks Trent down! The crowd rallies up as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Kassidy! He springboard STUNNERS Chuckie, then boots Trent! Kassidy slips out to mule kick Chuckie! He dodges Trent to enziguri back! ASAI MOONSAULT onto Chuckie! The crowd is thunderous for Kassidy as he hits a tornado COMPLETE SHOT on Trent! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy can’t believe how close he was but the crowd still cheers him on. Kassidy drags Trent up for forearms and a wrench.
Tag to Quen, Kassidy whips Trent to Quen’s atomic drop! Kasisdy enziguris, Quen sweeps, SAY CHEESE! The stomps hit and Quen covers, TWO! Trent is tough but Quen tags Kassidy. Trent shoves Quen, swings Kassidy’s kick at Quen, then catches Kassidy for a SNAP SAIDO! Quen has Trent but he gets a SNAP SAIDO! Trent grits his teeth and tags in Chuckie! Chuckie drags Quen up for big forearms. Kassidy hits Chuckie and Private Party go after him together. They double whip corner to corner, but Chuckie goes up and over. Quen hits buckles, and Kassidy runs into an OVERHEAD suplex, onto Quen! Trent tags back in, Chuckie drags Kassidy up and feeds him to SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! The crowd fires up as the Best Friends HUG!
Trent drags Kassidy up as Chuckie climbs. Quen shoves Chuckie down and enziguris Trent! Kassidy trips Trent up and Quen hops up, STANDING SHOOTING STAR SANDWICH! This leaves all four men down but the crowd is loving this! A standing count begins as Trent and Kassidy crawl. Chuckie tags in but Kassidy kicks him away. Quen tags in and brawls with Chuckie! Forearm for forearm, back and forth, and the crowd loves both these guys. Chuckie tags Trent but Quen BOOTS Trent down! Kassidy runs in but Chuckie blocks both boots. He flips them both, sends Quen at Kassidy, but Kassidy catches Quen in the Electric Chair. Kassidy tosses Quen for Quen to huricanrana Chuckie into the fireman’s carry! Quen runs and they hit the G9! RIP Shad Gaspard, we love you! Chuckie bails out but Trent runs in, Kassidy hits a SLINGBLADE!
Quen goes up top and aims at Trent, for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, but Chuckie drags Quen off! Chuckie gives Quen AWFUL WAFFLE to the floor!! And he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Chuckie drags Quen into the ring for Trent. Trent LARIATS Quen outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!?! Quen survives and Trent is gritting his teeth. The crowd rallies up for both teams as Trent drags Quen up. Gotch hold and lift but the back gives up. Quen enziguris the ribs! Quen clubs the back and has Trent in the corner! Kassidy adds an enziguri then tags in. Kassidy dropkick Chuckie then runs to enziguri Trent again! He hoists Trent up and CHOPS! Quen tags in and Private Party wants to end this! But Chuckie anchors Kassidy! Quen gets Gin but no Juice, and Trent makes it a sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! So close! Chuckie POSTS Kassidy, Trent has Quen up! STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW WOrld Tag Team Championships)
The hot streak is still hot! Trent and Chuckie are heading for the tag titles! But what shape will Kenny Omega and Hangman Page be after tonight’s Stadium Stampede?
Tony Schiavone interviews Arn Anderson.
The Enforcer and coach of Cody Rhodes knows what they’re up against in Lance Archer, with Jake The Snake by his side. We saw Archer is ready because he broke a toilet? Toilets don’t hit back, but Cody does. Arn is going to throw out a “wish list” of things that might happen. Jake could DDT Arn. Arn could DDT or Spine Buster Jake. Mike Tyson could knock Jake and/or Arn out! Who’s gonna stop him? Free reign means exactly that. Things could get hairy outside the ring, but the title match is decide din the ring.
Looking at the strength, size and momentum for Archer, he is a clear favorite. Nothing Cody does will matter. But then you’d forget about guts, determination and tenacity, all leadership qualities. Dusty’s legacy lives on forever through Cody, but Cody’s legacy starts tonight! Cody has vowed to win the big win, and Arn does not doubt it. Will all this come to pass with the newest AEW championship on the line?
As the world slowly but surely begins to rise, AEW gives thanks.
This is a special thank you to the first responders on the front line. Heroes like them give us all hope, confidence, and the power to persevere. When we all come together, no matter what life brings, we can overcome anything. But while history stands still, this company writes history! The last year has certainly seen change, sacrifice, and tough decisions. But for those who found peace over panic, and faith over fear, anything is possible. Tonight, we are all essential. Tonight, we are all putting in the work. “We are not giving up, no matter what. And neither are you.” Who is ready to step up? Who is ready to step forward? And who is ready to define the treasure they’ve all been looking for? Why does tonight matter? Why does one come to AEW? It’s time to stop worrying, and time to start believing. “There will be a hailstorm of violence!” This is Double or Nothing 2. “Welcome to the show.”
Double or Nothing Casino Ladder Match!
AEW continues to innovate and experiment while giving their stars opportunities to shine! Nine men want to be the next #1 contender, but will this match even last that long? Who gets the most prized chip in all of All Elite Wrestling?
First out are SCU’s Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian, and… Gasp! SCU’s Closer Prestige, Scorpio Sky! Tag team partners and good friends are being forced to compete 1v1 for these first two minutes! The bell rings and the countdown starts. SCU shakes hands, then heads for ladders! They each bring one in, and they see great minds think alike. Scorpio and Kaz decide to put the ladders aside for a moment to actually wrestle the next 90 seconds. They tie up, Kaz keylocks but Scorpio uses ropes to flip and reverses. But Kaz does, too! Kaz headlocks, Scorpio powers out but Kaz runs him over! Things speed up, Kaz hurdles but Scorpio fakes him out, but then Kaz kips right up The crowd is loving this already but both men know a third man is about to join in. They tie up again, Kaz headlocks, but Scorpio reverses to a wrench and wristlock.
Scorpio whips, Kaz rolls off his back and things speed up. Kaz avoids the stomps but Scorpio whips again. Kaz dodges, Scorpio hurdles, and then both men run into each other! The great minds collide and we have our third entrant! It’s Kip Sabian! Things just got Superbad for SCU! Especially since Kip has his Superbad Girl, AND JImmy Havoc! Talk about a wild card as he RAMS SCU with the ladder! Penelope gives Kip a kiss for luck before heading back. Havoc has Kip’s back as they give Scorpio a dropkick Michinoku Driver! Then they go after Kaz and put him up top. Havoc ROCKS Kaz with a haymaker while Kip stomps Scorpio outside. Havoc uses a ladder for a boost as he climbs up to join Kaz. But Kaz denies the Steiner and Havoc hits ladder! Then Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES Havoc onto the ladder!
We’re already a minute into this phase as Kip sets Scorpio on steps. Kip sees a very tall ladder nearby, and climbs up! But then he sees Kaz set up a ladder in the ring and hurries after! Kip yanks Kaz down but Kaz throws hands! Kaz whips, Kip reverses but Kaz climbs! Kip grabs Kaz just before he gets the hip! Kip blocks a kick to KNEE Kaz down, but Scorpio BOOTS Kip down! The fourth entrant is here, and it’s Darby Allin! The undead daredevil is perhaps the most determined of this entire field, and he dodges Scorpio to DIVE onto Kip and Havoc! Scorpio runs in but gets POST! Kaz swings, Darby slingshots and slips around to throwback STUNNER! The crowd is fired up as Darby brings a small ladder and even some railing over! Darby makes a ladder bridge but Kaz ROCKS him first! Kaz whips, Darby reverses but Kaz slides under! Darby thrwos his SKATEBOARD at Kaz!
Kaz is in a daze and leaning on the ladder. Darby goes WAY up, for a SUPER SKATEBOARD SMASH! But Kaz moves and Darby crushes the ladder!! Darby clutches his knee and he may have just taken himself out of this match! The crowd loses their mind over that one! Meanwhile, Kip brawls with Scorpio, but we get the fifth entrant: Orange Cassidy! Freshly Squeezed is here, but taking his time heading out. He isn’t even heading for the ring, he is looking at commentary for a minute. He only ever had one other ladder match, so he needs a reminder how this works. Go up the ladder, Cassidy. Cassidy sighs and heads for the ring. Cassidy throws off his jacket and shirt, but that used 30 seconds! Kaz and the others recover as Cassidy gets in the ring. Cassidy brings a ladder around but Kaz is lurking. Cassidy stands on the ladder, but with it folded on the floor. Still not how this works, Cassidy.
Kip rushes Cassidy but Cassidy dodges! Scorpio tries but Cassidy dodges him, too! Cassidy throws Kaz away and “hurries” to set up the ladder. But he forgets to open it. The sixth entrant is here, and it’s BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana! Cassidy fumbles with the ladder as Cabana watches. Cabana slips into the ring and offers Cassidy some help. Kip and Kaz brawl while Cabana and Cassidy coordinate. Then Cabana shoves Cassidy out of the ring! Cabana stands the ladder up fast and climbs! Kip and Kaz hurry in and drag Cabana down. Cabana mule kicks Kip away but SCU tip the ladder over! Cabana hits buckles and his fingers get caught inside the ladder! OW! And then SCU double hip toss Kip onto that ladder! Cassidy rolls in and SCU is on guard. Cassidy has his hands in his pockets, and he unleashes the “dreaded” shin kicks!
Cassidy dodges the double clotheslines to double dropkick! Cassidy kips up then DIVES! Down goes SCU but so does The Sloth! The crowd rallies up as Cassidy bumps Scorpio off a post. Cassidy bumps Kaz off the apron, but Scorpio KICKS Cassidy’s leg. SCU goes after Cassidy, but the seventh entrant is here! It’s Joey Janela! And eh DIVES Off the stage to take out SCU! And then he LEAPS to take out Kip! And then Havoc! The Bad Boy is in because Fenix is out, and he hurries after Cabana! Missile dropkick takes out Boom Boom! Janela has the ladder ready and he hurries up top. Kaz returns to throw Janela out and then hurries to climb. Janela grabs a chair and SMACKS Kaz on the back! Scorpio grabs the chair from Janela, kicks low then SMACKS Janela! Kip crawls in and sends Scorpio into the ladder. Then he LEAPS to DDT Kaz down!
Kip crawls back to the ladder and climbs, but Kaz staggers up. Kaz clubs Kip but Kip kicks back. Kip climbs up but Cabana returns. Kaz clubs Cabana away and drags Kip down again as we get the eight entry, Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus gets in and BOOTS the ladder into Kip! He grabs and CHOPS Janela! He swings on Cabana, block the Bionic Elbow and HEADBUTTS! Scorpio runs into an Ace Ten BUZZSAW! Kip staggers into a choke grip! Luchasaurus pops Kip up but Kip headscissors! Luchasaurus blocks that to BOMB Kip onto everyone outside! And then he ax kicks Kaz away from the ladder! QUESTION MARK KICK! And then CHOKE SLAM ONTO A LADDER! Kaz staggers up, into ANOTHER Choke Slam! Luchasaurus has cleared the field, but Darby returns?! Darby has one good leg but he fights with his arms and headbutts! Darby hops up onto Luchasaurus for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!
Darby drags a ladder up but the countdown is ending! The mystery ninth entrant is… “Who can stop the Path of Cage?” Taz is representing THE MACHINE! Brian Cage is in AEW! And he just ripped a ladder in HALF! Cage sees Darby and Darby sees Cage. Darby leaps but Cage catches him to throw INTO the ladder! Cage pops Darby up for an F10!! Wardlow has competition in that department. Cage POSTS Darby, then pop-up BOMBS Kip! Cage stands the ladder up but Scorpio is back. Scorpio and Cage go, and Cage throws Scorpio to a corner! Clothesline, enziguri and GERMAN! Cage sees Janela coming, puts him on the apron and enziguris! Then dead lift SUPERPLEXES him into the ring! Janela curses his way out of the ring as Cage sets up the ladder. Cabana runs into Cage’s elbow! Kaz sneaks past but gets caught by Cage, for a wheelbarrow neckbreaker!
Cage climbs but Cassidy hops on for a sleeper hold! It doesn’t really bother Cage and Cage climbs. Cassidy reaches, Cabana and Kip go after Cage, but Cage kicks them away. SCU returns, as does Janela. They’re all trying to drag them both down! Cassidy and Cage end up going down and everyone gangs up on Cage! They hold Cage down as SCU gets a ladder. But Cage breaks free, only for the ladder to RAM Cage out! Then Cassidy and Janela POST Cage! The other eight bury Cage in ladders and barriers! They even bring one of the GIANT prop chips! And a chair for good measure. Can even a Machine get out from under all that? But then the eight fight each other again! Kip dropkicks a ladder into Cabana! Scorpio throws Kip out and wedges the ladder into Cabana. Scorpio rains down rights then runs corner to corner, but Kip dumps him out! Kip springboards, for a COAST2COAST to send ladder into Cabana!
Kip gets the ladder up but Kaz returns with a ladder of his own. Kaz stands his ladder up to THROW at Kip! Kip falls and Kaz climbs now. Cassidy hurries to bring Kaz down, SUPER PUNCH! Cassidy and Kip hurry up and brawl just under the chip! But here comes Penelope! She watches and cheers as Kip and Cassidy brawl. Cassidy wavers, Kip says deuces, but Cassidy PULLS the fingers! And DECKS Kip off, onto another ladder! But Penelope hurries up top to intercept Cassidy! Cassidy blocks her punches, and then lets her go, onto Kip! Cassidy grabs the chip but Havoc yanks him down! The Superbad Squad helps each other, but here come Best Friends! Chuckie and Trent beat Havoc up and get him out of the ring! Cassidy is all alone in the ring but Luchasaurus returns! The dinosaur roars at the Sloth while tipping the ladder over.
Cassidy throws hands but ends up in a choke grip! Cassidy breaks free of the choke slam and grips Luchasaurus back. Thumbs DOWN, but he can’t lift Luchasaurus up. Marko Stunt has a step ladder! And with Luchasaurus’ help, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! SCU regroups but Stunt dropkicks Scoprio out! Stunt DIVES onto everyone else! Luchasaurus sends Cassidy into the ladder! Kaz hops up over the ladder to SUPER-RANA Luchasaurus! Janela uses Stunt’s ladder to SMASH Cassidy! Janela goes to the apron and fireman’s carries Cassidy, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY onto the pile of things on top of Cage! The crowd loses their minds again! Janela hurries back to the ring and drags a ladder into place. Scorpio hurries after and stops Janela with clubbing forearms. Scorpio fireman’s carries Janela for a TKO!
Scorpio climbs, but Kaz springboards to get on the ladder! SCU is going against each other with haymakers! Luchasaurus tips the ladder over and sends SCU into the ropes! Luchasaurus sets the ladder back up but Cabana returns! Cabana gets a BOOT and he falls onto SCU! Luchasaurus climbs but CAGE RISES!? The Machine storms his way into the ring. Luchasuaurs boots and choke grips but Cage breaks free! Cage spins, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But he ducks the next to ripcord forearm! Sobat and mule kick, but Luchasaurus handsprings to roudnhouse, front kick and TAIL WHIP! Choke grip, but Cage FLIPS OUT of the slam?! RISING KNEE! Cage puts one out, lifts Luchasaurus up, and BOMBS him onto a ladder!!
Cage takes that ladder for his own and stands it up. Cage climbs up as the crowd says “This is Awesome!” But somehow Darby returns! Cage drags Darby up but Darby SLAPS him! Cage CLOBBERS Darby! Cage drags Darby up to suplex, to a PILEDRIVER! The Drill Claw takes Darby out! Taz returns and tells his client(?) to end this. Cage puts a ladder up top then puts Darby on it. It’s a bit risky but this is Double or Nothing. Cage then lifts the ladder in a trophy lift! He TOSSES Darby and Ladder into a ladder on the outside!! Then Cage climbs all alone, and takes down the chip! Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage (has a future AEW World Championship match)
The Machine came, saw and conquered eight of AEW’s brightest to become a future contender! With what he just did in one match, it’s just as Taz said: Who can stop the path of Cage?
MJF w/ Wardlow VS Jungle Boy!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman always says he’s better than you and you know it. But now, he has to put his money where his mouth is. Will Jungle Jack Perry make MJF finally eat his words along with defeat?
The bell rings and the crowd is obviously on JB’s side over MJF. MJF and JB tie up, JB arm-drags MJF and MJF gets up in a huff. MJF tells the crowd to shut up, but they just boo instead. JB and MJF circle again and tie up. MJF headlocks but JB powers out. MJF runs JB over and smirks, but JB kips up. So MJF throws him down by his hair! MJF runs but JB stays down. MJF handsprings to show off, and gives a Michael Jackson crotch grab to taunt JB. JB rushes MJF but MJF drops down. JB handsprings and flips to then give a little bit back. Things speed up, MJF shoves but JB runs him over! MJF kips up so JB throws him down by his hair! The crowd laughs at MJF for getting what he deserves and MJF bails out in a huff. JB keeps his focus as MJF takes his time returning.
MJF calls for a test of strength but then is the one to back off. He goes again and JB locks up with him. They go shoulder to shoulder but MJF knees low! MJF monkey flips JB but they’re both down for a cover! TWO as they get shoulders up. TWO as they get the other shoulders up. And then TWO as they both bridge! MJR rolls back but into JB’s body scissors! JB keeps his shoulders up and squeezes, but MJF works at the legs. MJF now makes this a butterfly leg stretch, but JB turns and rolls MJF over. They both bridge with the legs, and MJF slaps JB! So JB SLAPS and fires off on MJF! JB rains down hands from all sides but the ref backs him off. MJF flounders up and JB runs at him in the corner. MJF throat chops! The crowd boos as MJF CHOPS JB. MJF throws hands but JB dodges and CHOPS away!
JB whips corner to corner but MJF goes up and over. MJF jams a leg! Or does he? MJF isn’t the most honest man in wrestling today. The medics check on MJF but then MJF springs up! MJF CLOBBERS JB and stomps away in the corner! The ref backs MJF off as the crowd boos but MJF doesn’t care. MJF drags JB up to snapmare him into a chinlock. MJF grinds JB down but the crowd rallies up. JB fights up as MJF drops more weight on him. JB fights up and fights free, but runs into a OVERHEAD belly2belly! MJF kips up just to show off and mocks the Fargo strut. JB SLAPS MJF! JB slides under, dodges and springboards to crossbody! JB keeps moving, but MJF runs him over with an elbow! MJF drags JB up to back suplex but JB lands on his feet! JB wants the Poison-Rana but MJF blocks! MJF swings JB forward but JB victory rolls! TWO and JB swings, but MJF dodges and reels him in! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
MJF rains down rights out of frustration but the crowd boos harder. MJF stalks JB and CHOPS him on the back! JB kicks back but MJF clubs him down. MJF wrenches and whips JB corner to corner, to wring him out into buckles! Cover, TWO! MJF jams JB’s arm, his target very clear. The crowd rallies up for JB as MJF is on him in the corner. MJF yanks on the arm then CHOPS JB. “You think you’re on my level?! You’re a nobody in comparison!” MJF goes to chop but JB boots the hand away! JB fires off elbows and forearms! JB whips, MJF reverses, but JB LARIATS on the return! MJF is dazed but JB clutches his arm. JB CHOPS with his good arm and he keeps on MJF at the ropes. JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! MJF staggers about but JB keeps giving CHOPS!
JB runs, somersaults, and DOUBLE CHOPS! MJF falls but JB brings him up again. JB whips MJF but MJF blocks. JB’s arm jams and MJF throws him out. MJF runs and slides to SLAP JB down. MJF drags JB up to put him back in the ring. JB comes back and DIVES! Direct hit but JB keeps moving! JB DIVES again! Another hit but JB keeps moving! JB FLIES! Direct hit again and MJF is down! JB hurries to get MJF up and in. The crowd rallies with JB as he shoulders, then springboard tornado DDTs! But JB’s arm slows him down! Cover, ROPEBREAK! MJF goes to a corner while JB gets up. JB runs corner to corner but into a back elbow! MJF hops up and leaps to STOMP the bad arm! MJF grabs the arm, wrenches and clamps on but JB fights back! The two go head to head, literally, and MJF CHOPS! JB CHOPS back and MJF staggers away.
MJF grits his teeth to come back and CHOP again! JB CHOPS and MJF falls to a knee! MJF gets up in a huff and JB eggs him on. MJF SLAPS the bad arm instead! But JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but MJF throat chops! MJF runs but into a SUPERKICK! But he rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! But JB returns to hit a DESTROYER! MJF basement SUPERKICKS! And then flops onto the cover! TWO!!! INTO A CROSSFACE!! MJF endures a submission hold but JB’s bad arm gives out! JB tries again but MJF BITES the hand! JB kicks, but into a pump handle DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! MJF can’t believe JB survives and is furious! JB gets to a corner as the crowd rallies up. MJF stalks over to the apron and drags JB up. JB pushes MJF away and SUPERKICKS! Then POISON-RANAS MJF on the apron!!
Both men flop to the floor and the ref checks on MJF. Somehow MJF is able to continue but now it’s about the ring count. JB drags himself up to his feet and fetches MJF from ringside. JB doesn’t want the ring out win, he wants a legitimate victory. JB shovels MJF into the ring then refreshes the count. MJF is down and JB heads to the top rope. But MJF revives and grabs at the ref! The ref grabs ropes while shaking MJF off, and this trips JB up! MJF drags himself up top to join JB and he SLAPS away on the bad arm! But JB fights back! JB headbutts MJF then reels him in, for a SUPER POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! MJF survives and no one can believe it, least of all JB!
JB drags MJF up into a dead lift but his bad arm gives up again. JB slaps his own arm and roars as he tries again. He half nelsons but MJF spins to go after the arm! JB rolls out but MJF kicks low. MJF underhooks but his back gives out! MJF wants to try again, but JB back drop supelxes! Bridge, TWO and MJF spins to backslide! TWO, and MJF goes for the arm! JB grips hands to fight back but MJF elbows away on the shoulder! MJF gets the arm but JB rolls him up! TWO with an eye poke!! JB staggers to a corner and MJF hurries after. MJF O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB has the roll, TWO! MJF has a Prawn Hold, and WINS!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall
By the literal seat of his pants, MJF takes this victory! “That’s why I’m the future of this company!” But if it took this much to overcome a young man he saw so beneath him, can MJF really become a top champion in AEW?
AEW TNT Championship Tournament Finals: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Lance Archer w/ Jake The Snake Roberts!
The American Nightmare has his coach. The Murderhawk Monster has his handler. And roaming about will be the wild card, “Iron” Mike Tyson! These combustible elements are about to explode, who is standing with the gold when the smoke clears?
Mike Tyson makes his entrance first, and we finally get to see the prestigious new belt! Red and silver with TNT right in the center, and it will soon belong to one man. The Murderhawk Monster makes his entrance next, and he throws poor Lee Johnson into the ring! To then CHOKE SLAM just because! Tyson is a bad man, but even he is surprised by that. Jake the Snake keeps his distance from Iron Mike while the American Nightmare makes his entrance. The introductions are made, and given the significance of this match, referee Bryce Remsburg wants to give the opportunity for both men to shake hands. Neither even tries, so the shiny new belt is raised, and this history making match heaped with animosity finally begins!
Cody rushes Archer but Archer scoops him for a tilt-o-whirl and inverted crucifix! BLACK OUT BOMB! But Cody manages to bail out fast! Coach Arn checks on Cody but Archer goes out and clubs Cody on the back. Archer glares at Arn as he puts Cody in the ring. Archer goes after Cody in the ring but Cody blocks the claw! Cody drags Archer into an armbar! Archer powers his way back up and scrapes his foot off Cody’s face! Cody gets to a corner, dodges Archer and CHOPS him. But it does nothing! Archer eggs Cody on and Cody chops more. Cody dodges the punch to throw forearms, but Archer ROCKS him with a right. Archer runs but Cody grabs the ponytails! Cody reels Archer into the Rhodes uppercut then springboards! Into a DERAILER! Cody bails out again and Archer lets him catch his breath on the ground.
The ring count climbs and Coach Arn checks on Cody. Archer goes after Cody and Snake tells him to push him out of the way. Archer does, and pulls up floor mats. But Cody goes into the ring to build speed and DIVE! Archer is sent up and over the railing! Cody goes after Archer with punches and stomps, then climbs up steps. But Archer grabs Cody to SUPER CHOKE TOSS him over railing and to ringside! The crowd can’t believe what they just saw! Archer stalks Cody and drags him up to throw into railing. The crowd talks trash but Archer talks trash back. Archer puts Cody in the ring then glares at Suge D and Marko Stunt. Archer says this has been his title from the beginning. He goes to the ring, runs at Cody but Cody BOOTS! But Archer LARIATS! Archer hooks Cody’s face and digs his fingers in! The ref counts and Archer stops to intimidate him. Archer drags Cody up to club him and bump him off buckles.
Archer climbs up and goes Old School, but then MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Archer is annoyed but he clamps his hand on Cody’s face again! The ref counts as Archer digs fingers in again, but Archer lets up at 4. Tyson actually likes what he sees as Archer digs his fingers in and chokes Cody on the ropes! The ref counts and Archer stops at 4. Archer puts Cody in a corner and CHOPS! Cody staggers away but Archer is on him again with a suplex. Cody knees free and suplexes back! And holds Archer up for 10 before hitting the gourd buster! Cody has the crowd on his side as he drags Archer back up. Cody goes to suplex but Archer suplexes Cody first! Archer rips off a buckle pad but the ref sees that. The ref reprimands Archer but Cody sends Archer into that exposed steel! Cody goes after the ribs with punches and knees!
Archer pushes Cody away and gets to another corner, but Cody is on him with a stretch into the post! The ref counts but Cody lets up at 4. Cody glares at The Snake but The Snake backs off. Cody gets back on the apron and climbs up top. Archer rushes over and trophy lifts Cody off the top! Archer TOSSES Cody to the floor!! The crowd is again in shock but Archer and Snake are grinning ear to ear. Archer watches Cody crawl before he stomps him down. Archer stands on Cody while getting in the face of the crowd. The ref reprimands Archer and Archer lets Cody go. Archer catches Cody before he gets in and throws forearms on him. Archer chokes Cody on the ropes, right in front of Arn. Jake says Archer just punked Arn out there as Archer goes into the ring. Cody goes after Archer with a headlock and a punch. Archer hammerlocks, spins Cody and URENAGE slams him! Cover, TWO!
Archer chuckles and Tyson is getting into this as Cody stirs. Archer drags Cody around to punch, but Cody hits back from the mat. So Archer grounds ‘n’ pounds and hammers away! Archer looks into the camera and wants Brandi to see this one. Archer pulls on Cody’s ear and arm before putting him in a drop zone. The crowd boos as Archer goes up top. Spinning Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO! Archer clamps onto Cody with a chinbar and armlock but Cody fights his way up. Archer wrangles Cody back to the mat and cranks on the holds. The crowd rallies but Archer clubs away on Cody’s chest. Cody fights up and Tyson is cheering, too, but Archer throws Cody down by his head! Cody flops out of the ring and Arn checks on him. Cody staggers towards the timekeeper’s area. Archer pursues but Cody chops and forearms back. Archer body shots and whips Cody into railing! Cody falls, clutching a knee.
The ref checks on Cody but he refuses to quit. Archer kicks Cody, and Cody just glares at Archer. Cody throws forearm after forearm but Archer DECKS him with one! Archer looms over Cody as the ref demands they get this back in the ring. But Archer makes sure the world sees him smothering Cody with his big hands. Archer goes into the ring and intimidates the ref again, but Cody follows. Cody kicks and CHOPS, but Archer knees and rolls him up. TWO, into a LeBelle Lock! Archer endures as Cody cranks back and even uses a ponytail as part of it! The ref reprimands and The Snake protests. The ref keeps Snake back but Cody jaws back at him. Archer goes after Cody to back suplex, but Cody slips out and kicks back! DDT! That’s right, The Snake’s invention is used on his client! Cody fires up with the crowd as he drags Archer up.
Cody whips, Archer reverses and SPINE BUSTER! Arn’s favorite, used on Cody now! Arn says it isn’t over just because of that. Archer climbs up while glaring at Arn. But Cody goes up and enziguris back! Cody springboards, to SUPER CUTTER!! Cover, ONE!?! Archer shocks and frustrates Cody but the crowd is still rallying. Cody throws haymakers on Archer but Archer eggs him on. Cody runs to KNEE Archer! Archer staggers up, into Cody’s jabs! Jab, jab, jab, flip, flop ‘n’ fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Archer choke grips but Cody breaks out, to hit FINAL RECKONING! The Rhodes Family is represented as Cody brings Archer up. CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO?!? Archer crawls to a corner but Cody howls for Sting, the STINGER SPLASH! But Archer still CHOKE SLAMS!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and neither Arn nor Jake can believe it.
Tyson and the crowd rally but Archer dribbles Cody with the EBD Claw! But Archer exhausts himself and can’t make the cover! The crowd is thunderous as both men slowly rise. Archer wristlocks and clubs Cody while heading back for a corner. Archer climbs up again, goes Old School again, the ref is busy with The Snake. Arn trips up Archer! Arn hides while Cody climbs up to grab Archer! Cody brings Archer up for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Wait, another referee comes out and tells Bryce about Arn! Tyson agrees, Arn has to go! The refs EJECT Arn! Coach Arn calls BS but then the refs EJECT The Snake, too! At least things are even now. Archer grabs Cody for a GERMAN SUPLEX TOSS! Archer waves but there’s no Snake to help him.
Wait, Snake returns, and he has a burlap sack! This is what it looks like, and Tyson steps up to stop it! Iron Mike dares Jake The Snake to do something. Snake backs off and then Tyson glares at Archer. Archer grabs Cody and whips him, for a tilt-o-whirl, inverted crucifix, but Cody slips down! CROSS RHODES! And then ANOTHER! Cover, CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (INAUGURAL AEW TNT Champion)
Iron Mike presents Cody with the belt, and with his piece of history! Just as the belt will soon be completed with gold, will Cody’s legacy be completed with this inaugural reign?
Backstage interview with AEW Chief Physician, Dr. Michael Samson.
Britt Baker’s knee injury is significant, with an anterior lateral tibial fracture and partial collateral ligiment tear. To be real about it, the injury is not as bad as the patient, who is pretty high maintenance. She is under strict instructions on what to do in order to return quickly as possible. Because she is a “role model,” Britt will give us those details in person this Wednesday.
Penelope Ford VS Kris Statlander!
The Dentist is unable to fight the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien after an injury suffered on Dynamite! But the Superbad Girl steps up to use this as her chance to move up in the rankings! Will Penelope take advantage of Britt Baker’s misfortune?
The bell rings and Kris circles with Ford. They tie up, Kris headlocks and hits the takeover, but Ford pulls hair! Ford gets Kris into the headscissor but Kris kips free. Ford tries to turn the tables but Kris scoops and whips to arm-drag! Ford dodges but Kris denies the arm-drag. Ford knees and goes up and around to arm-drag Kris! Kris staggers but she sweeps the legs! Kris shows off her cartwheel as she circles Ford. Ford gets to the ropes but Kris goes to boop. Ford BITES THE FINGER! Ford SLAPS Kris, but Kris still boops her! Kris throws forearms, whips but Ford grabs ropes to bail out! Kip is here, all bandaged and hobbling with crutches. He tells the “alien freak” to stay away but Kris refuses to listen. Ford gets in the ring so Kris hurries after her. Ford goes to slap again but Kris dodges. Kris takes her time getting in but Ford clubs her on the ropes! Ford hits a draping DDT! Cover, TWO!
Ford stomps Kris and clubs her down. Ford kicks Kris against the ropes while Kris fires bad vibes with his crutch. Ford CLUBS Kris again and covers, TWO! Kip talks trash as Ford drags Kris up. Ford snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Kris grits her teeth as she gets up but Ford is on her. Ford chops and kicks and chops again! Ford forearms Kris down then snapmares her for a KICK! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps on Kris with a chinlock but Kris fights her way up. The crowd rallies but Ford CHOPS Kris at the ropes. Ford goes for another but Kris dodges to CHOP back! Kris throws forearms so hard, Ford falls out of the ring! Kip hurries over but Kris DIVES to take them both out! They crash into barriers but Kris is up fast! The crowd fires up with Kris as she drags Ford up and into the ring. Kris climbs the corner and leaps, but onto boots! Ford rolls Kris up, TWO!
Ford HEEL KICKS Kris right down! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and even Vickie Guerrero is furious. Ford drags Kris up to bump Kris off her knee over and over! Kris forearms but Ford forearms back. They brawl back and forth, Kris has Ford on the ropes! Kris whips but Ford dodges and slips over, but Kris ROUNDHOUSES! SNAP GERMAN! Kris roars and has Ford in a corner. Kris whips corner to corner, Ford reverses but Kris goes up and over to back elbow! Kris goes side to side to KNEE! She won’t stop, Fisherman scoop for the MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Kip is panicking as Kris drags Ford up again. Kris gut wrenches but Ford dragon sleepers for the inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ford grows frustrated but Kip coaches her on. Ford slaps and pie faces Kris, but Kris swings. Ford goes Matrix, for the STUNNER! Ford runs, but Kris goes Matrix to LARIAT!
Kris puts Ford up top and rocks her with a right! Kris climbs but Ford fights her back. Ford forearms Kris down and hops on, FLYING HURICANRANA! Kris flounders and Ford runs, handspring, but into a scoop! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Then the gut wrench and the tuck, BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
It didn’t matter that the Superbad substitute came in, the Greatest Alien still gets the win! As #2 contender, does this mean Kris moves up to be #1, regardless of who comes out the AEW Women’s World Champion?
Dustin Rhodes VS Shawn Spears!
The Natural was thought to be out of commission after what Lance Archer did to him in the TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals. “Shawn Spears News” even “reported” that Dustin retired. But perhaps the rumors of Dustin’s demise have been exaggerated. Will Dustin show that he’s still got it? Or will this showdown with #PERFECT10N be his #OneLastMatch?
Spears makes his entrance in a suit and takes a mic. “Now I know what everybody’s thinking. ‘Damn that boy looks good in a suit!’ Am I right?” But Spears says all mediocre careers must come to an end. Spears is here, but where’s Dustin? At home, washing his tights! Or perhaps not! Because the music hits! But where is Dustin? Spears looks back at the camera and reveals this was his joke. Everyone falls for it all the time! The crowd boos and calls Spears names, but Spears asks the ref to ring the bell and start a count. If Dustin doesn’t show up, he loses by forfeit! The bell rings, and the ten count begins. Spears brags, “Wins matter!” But then the theme hits again, and this is NOT because of Spears’ joke. Brandi Rhodes walks out and apologizes for Dustin being late. Because Dustin slides into the ring from behind!
Dustin turns Spears around to throw uppercuts! Spears hits back with CHOPS and takes off his jacket. But Dustin goes after him with haymakers! Dustin pulls the jacket off Spears and throws it aside, but Spears kicks and punches back. Spears CHOPS then whips, but Dustin stops himself to pull Spears’ shirt over his head! Hockey scrum and a buckle bump, but Dustin rips the shirt off him. Spears goes to a corner and Dustin hits him so hard, a shoe flies off! Dustin stomps away then CHOPS again. Dustin whips, Spears reverses and clotheslines Dustin down! Spears takes off his belt and wraps his fist with it. Spears blows a kiss and a middle finger to Brandi, but Dustin uppercuts! And hits the spinning powerslam! The crowd is behind Dustin as Dustin rips Spears’ pants off! Spears is in his socks and undies! He has sock garters? Who has sock garters anymore?
Spears tries to run away but Dustin grabs him by the undies! The Chair Man almost becomes The Bare Man! Dustin SPANKS Spears! Spears hits back and runs to whip. Dustin reverses but Spears dodges and ducks, only to run into the atomic drop! Dustin clotheslines Spears out and the crowd fires up! Spears flounders as Dustin pursues. Dustin CHOPS then headlocks Spears. Spears shoves Dustin into a post! Spears staggers away and finally gets his undies up. Wait, why is Tully Blanchard’s face on the crotch?! We’re learning way too much about Spears tonight. Spears hurries back into the ring, and Dustin ROCKS him with an uppercut! FINAL RECKONING! Cover, Dustin wins!
Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall
This was by no way Dustin’s last match! Is the Natural only getting better with age?
AEW once again goes All Out.
September 5th, it will be the newest sequel to the event that started it all!
AEW mourns the loss of Hana Kimura.
The entire world of wrestling is a little less brighter after the 22-year-old World Wonder Ring Stardom wrestler tragically died sometime on Friday, May 22nd. Social media needs to be about uniting and helping each other, not hurting each other to the point we hurt ourselves.
No Holds Barred AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose VS Hikaru Shida!
The Native Beast is dominant as ever, even after some down time. But just as having no disqualifications and no count outs allows her to brutalize and batter the Samurai of Stardom as much as she wants, the same goes for her challenger! Will Shida be the one to finally dethrone the most dominant force in AEW?
Shida is not in a good mood, because Nyla still has her kendo stick! Nyla brings kendo stick and title belt to the ring, but only hands one over. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle without boundaries begins!
Shida kicks Nyla low then whips, but Nyla reverses. Nyla swings but Shida holds the ropes. Shida dropkicks low, kicks the stick out of Nyla’s hands, and has it for herself! Nyla wants a time out, but Shida swings! Nyla catches the swing, kicks away on Shida and then reels her in to LARIAT! Nyla has the stick back and SMACKS Shida with it! And again! Shida writhes but then Nyla tosses the stick away. Nyla drags Shida up and scoops to SLAM Shida down. Cover, TWO! Nyla is already annoyed but she drags Shida up to bupm her off buckles. Nyla goes corner to corner but Shida dodges! Shida runs back in to KNEE Nyla into buckles! Shida drags Nyla to the apron and clubs away on her back. The crowd rallies up as Shida gets space. Shida runs back in to KNEE Nyla again!
Nyla flops down while Shida roars. Shida spots her kendo stick and hurries after, but Nyla clubs her on her back. Nyla looks to put Shida in the ring, but throws Shida into railing instead! The crowd talks trash but Nyla bumps Shida off railing and digs her boot in! The ref checks on Shida but Shida refuses to quit, so Nyla just scrapes her. Nyla goes searching under the ring, and brings out a table! Shida stops Nyla from setting it up, but Nyla ramps her into more railing. Nyla lifts Shida up, and TOSSES her onto the POKER TABLE! “Always bet on black!” Nyla goes out and jams Shida with a chair edge! Nyla drags Shida up and sets her hair on the chair. Nyla shouts for the crowd to move, and she grabs another chair! Nyla squeezes Shida’s head between the chairs! The ref tells Nyla to stop. This may be a No Holds Barred match, but she can’t kill Shida.
Nyla clubs Shida to the barriers and brings the chair back to JAM her again. Nyla dumps Shida over the railing and stalks her way back to ringside. The crowd boos and jeers as Nyla puts Shida back in the ring. Nyla toys with Shida and brings her back up. Nyla scoops Shida for a sidewalk slam! And then hits a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Nyla grows frustrated. Nyla drags Shida back up and reels her in. She lifts but Shida fights out and huricanranas Nyla away! Shida runs to KNEE Nyla against ropes! Shida drags Nyla up and suplexes, but Nyla blocks. Nyla clubs back then suplexes Shida instead! Both women are down but Shida crawls to ropes. Nyla runs over and clotheslines Shida out! Shida is down but Nyla heads out. Vickie and her side want Nyla to finish Shida off. Nyla drags Shida up to whip her at the ramp, but Shida leaps up! Shida crossbodies back! And BLINDSIDE KNEES Nyla down!
Shida staggers away but comes back to dump Nyla up and over railing. Shida hops up and over to pursue, and she bumps Nyla off one of the giant prop chips! The crowd clears out and Shida makes some room for herself. Shida brings Nyla around but Nyla blocks the suplex. Nyla turns things around to supelx but Shida fights free! Shida reels Nyla in to HIP TOSS onto the chip! Nyla writhes but Shida goes off to get some running room. Shida runs back in to leap and KNEE Nyla into one of the standing chips! The crowd is fired up for Shida as she drags Nyla back up. Shida brings Nyla to ringside and dumps her over railing again. Shida has her kendo stick back! Nyla staggers up and Shida tells her, “I found my kendo stick, B*TCH!” Shida SMACKS Nyla on the arm! Payback from weeks ago! Nyla staggers away, clutching that arm as she goes to the ring.
Shida stalks Nyla and SMACKS her again! And again! Nyla sputters and Shida hits a HEAD SHOT! Shida brings Nyla around to suplex ONTO the kendo stick! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives but Shida won’t stop. Shida runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! That’s still not enough to slay the Native Beast! Shida drags Nyla up but Nyla breaks free. Shida dodges to throw forearms over and over and over! Nyla wobbles and Shida runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl! POWERSLAM! But Nyla can’t make the cover! Both women are down but Nyla roars back up. Nyla stomps Shida and then brings her up again. Nyla suplexes to hang Shida out to dry on the ropes. Nyla goes to the corner and climbs up. Nyla LEAPS, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives and Nyla is losing her cool.
Nyla drags the table into the ring and sets it up in a corner. Nyla drags Shida up and fireman’s carries, but Shida slips out! Shida waistlocks, Nyla elbows free and goes to lift her again. Shida resists so Nyla clubs her down. Nyla still can’t get Shida up and Shida fires off forearms! Shida runs, into Nyla’s LARIAT! Nyla lifts Shida, and POWERBOMBS HER THROUGH THE TABLE! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Shida survive?! Nyla is losing her cool and she drags Shida back up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! But Nyla won’t stop there, she has Shida’s stick back! Nyla SMACKS Shida again and again! Nyla drags Shida to a drop zone and heads up top. Shida stirs, grabs her kendo stick, and throws it at Nyla! Nyla is stinging and Shida is climbing! Shida gets to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nyla survives and no one can believe it!
But Shida keeps her focus, runs again, but into a SMACK! But she ROCKS Nyla with that right! Shida runs again, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!?! Nyla still lives but Shida won’t stop! Shida has her kendo stick, Nyla staggers up, into one last SMACK!! The stick is broken but Shida isn’t even done yet! Shida runs, to SHINING WIZARD AGAIN! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW AEW Women’s World Champion)
No one can believe it but it has finally happened! The Stardom Samurai slays the Native Beast and finally ends the reign of terror! If Shida had this much in her in taking the title, what will it take for anyone to take the title from her?
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee!
The Maniac brought about a revolution at Revolution, and hasn’t been stopped since! But the Dark Order’s Exalted One claims to already reign over the roster after he literally stole Big Platinum! Will Moxley take the physical championship back? Or will he lose both title and belt to Mr. Brodie?
For the sake of making sure this match starts properly, there is security in the ring already as Brodie makes his entrance. Brodie lays down the belt as Moxley makes his own entrance, but then holds the belt up to mock Mox with it. The introductions are made, the belt is raised by the referee, and this fight for the right to truly be champion begins!
Moxley goes right at Brodie but Brodie catches him! Brodie puts Mox in a corner to uppercut and CHOP over an dover! Brodie grinds his forearms into Moxley, then intimidates the ref as he reprimands. Brodie whips Moxley corner to corner then runs in after him, but Moxley dodges! The boot gets caught up on the rope and Brodie tumbles out to the floor! Moxley builds speed and DIVES! Brodie tumbles into railing and topples the railing over! Moxley brings Brodie up but Brodie suplexes Moxley instead! Brodie stands while Moxley writhes, but Brodie CHOPS Moxley around the way. Brodie clubs Moxley then tries to intimidate the crowd. The crowd doesn’t back down so Brodie clubs Moxley and puts him in the ring. Brodie hits a slingshot senton! Brodie drags Moxley up for a snap suplex! Then another! Brodie hoists Moxley up top and uppercuts!
Brodie climbs but Moxley fights back with elbows. Moxley climbs, leaps, but into Brodie’s hands! Brodie throws Moxley out then builds speed, to DIVE! The favor has been returned and Moxley tumbles out to the crowd! Brodie sets up barriers against the railing but Moxley brawls with him. Brodie uppercuts, Moxley headbutts! Moxley drags Brodie over to his own railing ramp, but Brodie turns things around. Brodie atomic tosses Moxley into the railing! Brodie knocks over the Librarians’ table just because, then pushes more barriers aside. Brodie brings Moxley over as the crowd boos, but Brodie pump-handle FALL AWAY SLAMS Moxley onto the railing ramp! Moxley writhes but Brodie seethes. Brodie drags Moxley into the ring and takes aim, but Moxley forearms him first! Brodie forearms, Moxley forearms back and we have another brawl.
Moxley CHOPS, Brodie uppercuts, and Moxley comes back with elbows from all sides. Moxley runs to knee, but Brodie BOOTS! Moxley SLAPS Brodie! Moxley runs, Brodie boots the clothesline away and hits a back suplex! Brodie runs at Moxley in a corner to hit a back elbow, then keeps moving, to get Moxley’s LARIAT! Moxley drags Brodie up for the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Thank you, Suzuki-san! Cover, TWO!! Apologies, Suzuki-san, that didn’t finish Mr. Brodie. Brodie bails out and Moxley goes to the apron. Moxley clubs Brodie on the back then drags steel steps around. Moxley brings those steps to the timekeeper’s area, and moves Big Platinum aside. Moxley and Brodie run at each other, and Brodie dropicks Moxley down! Brodie flexes to mock Big Swole and the crowd. Brodie sees the Ace of Hearts that has Moxley’s picture on it, and promises to end this.
Brodie brings Moxley up the steel steps and wants to bomb, but Moxley back drops him through the table!! The referee checks on Brodie, and somehow Brodie is okay to continue! Moxley shrugs and gets off the steps. Moxley pushes Brodie around but Brodie pushes back. Moxley throws knees and then throws Brodie into the ring. Moxley goes up the corner but Brodie uppercuts him first! Brodie climbs up to bring Moxley into a SUPERPLEX! But both men hook legs! TWO, and Moxley dumps Brodie out. Moxley is on the apron again and leaps, but into Brodie’s arms! Brodie SNAP GERMANS Moxley into the Ace of Spades with Brodie’s face on it! The crowd knows “This is Awesome!” but this is far from over. Brodie brings the prop cards around and flops the Ace down on the ground. Brodie stomps on Moxley’s face on that card, then scoop SLAMS him on it!
Vickie and her side of the crowd rally for Brodie to end this but Brodie leaves Moxley behind in the ring. Moxley flops and flounders as The Gunn Club leads their crowd in chanting, “Brodie Sucks! Brodie Sucks!” Moxley gets in but Brodie brings down the straps! Brodie drags Moxley in, hails the buzzards, but Moxley gets around to waistlock! Moxley lifts but Brodie fights free. Brodie runs and BOOTS Moxley down! Then reels him in, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Brodie can’t believe it! Moxley goes to one corner, Brodie goes to the other, and they both stare the other down. Brodie drags himself up and Moxley fires himself up. The crowd is thunderous as Moxley staggers over but flops down. Moxley goes to the ramp instead but Brodie pursues. They go to the stage, and Moxley grabs a poker chip! He TOSSES it at Brodie’s head!
Moxley underhooks but Brodie slips out and hook kicks! Brodie wants to bomb again but Moxley drops to block. Brodie brings Moxley up to uppercut then reels him back in. Moxley breaks free, kicks low, and underhooks, DEATH RIDER THROUGH THE STAGE!! The crowd loses their minds as the ref and medic check on the crash! The ref calls for more assistance and now it’s about getting both men out of the hole. Moxley rises first! Moxley gets himself to the ring but what about Brodie? Brodie does rise but he is busted open! The medics and refs check on him but Brodie refuses to quit. Brodie staggers into the ring, tries the discus, but spins into a PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, ONE?!?! Moxley doesn’t even care that was shocking, he clubs and even BITES the wound!
Moxley knees away on Brodie and brings him up again, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?! Now Moxley is shocked. That’s three finishers! Moxley clamps on with a BULLY CHOKE! Brodie turns as red as his blood and Moxley even traps a leg. Rear Naked Choke puts Brodie out! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
Title and belt both come home with The Maniac! Theft aside, will anyone truly take Big Platinum from Mox?
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Stadium Stampede: The Elite VS The Inner Circle!
The two strongest factions in AEW have been waging war practically since Dynamite began. And though there won’t be Blood & Guts any time soon, this battle was going to happen one way or another. And now, AEW makes history as the entirety of TIAA Bank Field becomes a battlefield! BROKEN Matt Hardy joins The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and (hopefully) Hangman Adam Page in taking on Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager and Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana and Ortiz. What won’t we see happen in this historic match on an already historic night?
The introductions are straight out of the NFL! The Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders and drum corps are present as both teams come out in full pads and helmets! For the Inner Circle, #27 is Le Champion. #72 is The Big Hurt! #51 is Santana and #50 is Ortiz! And of course, #93 is the Spanish God! As for The Elite, they don’t go all in on the football theme, but still have all the fire and the smoke. But wait, where is Hangman? Omega promises Hangman will be here, but he’s not here right now. The whistle blows and the stampede begins!
Both sides rush each other, and while Santana dropkicks Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson SMACKS Hager with a trash can! Hardy is after Jericho while Ortiz’s helmet blocks Omega’s broom attack! Hardy throws Jericho at a ring post while the others brawl on the 50 yard line. Hager clubs Matt, Sammy uses a football to spike Omega, and Hardy BITES Jericho’s finger! Hager scoops Matt while Nick bumps Santana. Matt slips out of the scoop to throw Hager into the apron. Jericho and Hardy join the others in a brawl, and Jericho hockey scrums Matt! Santana clobbers Nick, and PNP double suplex Nick onto the grass! Matt saves his brother while Omega stomps Sammy. Omega helps the Bucks against PNP while Sammy slowly gets up. But wait, what’s that coming into the stadium? Hangman’s on a horse! Sammy had a literal run-in with a golf cart, so there’s no way he wants to face a literal stampede from a steed!
Hangman charges in and Sammy runs for his life! Sammy goes to the back and the locker room. Hager uses Omega’s broom on Hardy but Hardy guards with a trash can. Matt SPEARS Jericho in the ring and rains down rights! Hager whips Hardy into the post while Hangman hunts Sammy. Nick Jackson stomps away on Jericho but Hager smothers Hardy. Jericho headlocks Nick, Nick powers out, but Jericho runs him over. Jericho runs, Nick leaps over but the hip toss is countered. Nick knees and flips to duck and mule kick. Matt helps out, boost to the dropkick! Jericho regroups with Hager while PNP go after the Bucks. PNP whip but the Bucks reverse. The kicks are denied and Matt is thrown out. PNP have Nick for Tu Lo Sabe! Step stool standing moonsault! Matt returns, but gets a pop-up BOMB! Sit up for the Penalty Kick! The field goal is good, but Omega SNAP DRAGONS Ortiz!
Omega dodges Santana but runs into an elbow. Santana goes up, leaps back, into a SNAP DRAGON! Hager SPINE BUSTERS Omega! Hardy gives Hager a SIDE EFFECT! Jericho returns to CODE BREAKER Hardy down! Sammy returns and feels so proud of himself for ditching Hangman. The Inner Circle cheers Sammy as he KNEES Nick down! Even the cheerleaders are on Sammy’s side. Sammy SHOOTING STARS but misses Hardy! The Elite drag the rest of the Inner Circle out and then have Sammy all alone. Matt puts one out and buckle bombs for the double enziguri from Omega and Nick! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Omega drags Sammy around and takes aim. BANG and- No! Jericho trips Omega and drag shim out!
Matt clubs Jericho down but the brawling continues! Nick springboards to senton onto Hager and Hardy! Santana clubs Omega and goes up to springboard ASAI onto everyone! “This is Awesome!” already but far from over. Sammy goes up top and SUPER SHOOTING STARS back onto everyone else! Ortiz haymakers Omega and Santana throws hands on Hardy. Sammy posts Nick and Hager clubs Omega. Hardy uses Ortiz’s helmet on Santana but Ortiz uses Matt’s trash can on Hardy. Things move towards the red zone as pairs brawl and club. Jericho sends Nick into the goal post! Sammy does the same to Matt! Omega CHOPS Santana but Ortiz clubs Omega back. Sammy and Jericho mug Nick with CHOPS. “You should’ve stayed at home!” Nick CHOPS back! Matt brings in a ladder! Matt chops and even throat chops Jericho! Nick does the same to Sammy, and then Nick scoop slams Sammy onto Jericho!
Matt stands the ladder up with Nick’s help, and Matt climbs to the goal post?! Matt stands ON the goal post, for a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! Down go the Bucks and Le Sex Gods, that moonsault is good! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and the stampede continues. Omega clubs away on Ortiz with a cone while in the bleachers. Hardy has Hager and chokes him with laces! Santana and Omega fire off fast and furious fists! Ortiz takes the cone and bashes Omega with it! The fighting goes up higher into the bleachers and Ortiz drags Omega out across railing. Santana drops ax handles on Omega’s back! Santana whips Omega down the hall while Hager bumps Hardy off the walls. Hangman is still on the hunt for Sammy, but he and his trusted steed might be lost. Hangman has his horse stay put while he heads for the East Club Lobby!? That’s a bar, not the field!
Meanwhile, Proud ‘n’ Powerful use Mad Balls to club away on Hardy! And Omega! Ortiz whips Omega but Omega whips Ortiz into the trash barrels! Santana whips Hardy into railing, but Omega has the Mad Ball! Omega CLUBS Santana with it, then whips Santana into railing! Omega scoop slams Ortiz on the trash! Or was it recycling? Omega brings railing up and sets them on tables like a bridge. He drags Santana over but Santana resists. Omega clubs and suplexes but Ortiz makes the save! POCKET SAND!! Actually, it was just salt from the concessions. Ortiz and Santana suplex Omega onto to SLAM him on the railing bridge! Then they hop up the chairs and bring Omega up, for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE RAILING!!! PNP may have just destroyed the Cleaner! Cover, but Hardy breaks it up!
Hardy uses the Ball of Madness on PNP! But then Santana hits Hardy with railing! And hits Hardy off of railing! Santana drags Hardy around towards the pool! PNP decides to see if Damascus can swim! They throw him into the water! Luckily it’s shallow. Ortiz can’t swim but he doesn’t have to. He gets in carefully while Santana and Hardy brawl. PNP try to drown Hardy! Even that shouldn’t be allowed in this kind of match! But wait, Team Extreme Hardy emerges!? Is this pool full of water from the Lake of Reincarnation!? Hardy brawls with PNP but they club him back down into the waters! Hardy throws up the V1 fingers, and we get a “MATTer of Fact!” Did you know that Matt Hardy can hold his breath for 346 seconds? That’s almost 6 whole minutes! Also there’s a menu to change from Broken Matt to Classic Matt to… Big Money Matt? Matt emerges as V1, but PNP go after him all the same!
PNP plunge Matt down again and Matt stops fighting. But DAMASCUS returns! He yanks PNP back into the pool! “DELETE!” Hardy roars and watches Ortiz flounder in the water. Ortiz drags himself up with the Saver of Life, and Hardy goes after him! Hardy bounces Ortiz off a table, rains down hammering hands, and then sees Santana returning. Santana runs in, but Hardy back drops him onto Ortiz and through the table! That table is BROKEN~! Hardy brings Ortiz to the bell, and rings it! Ortiz spasms from the sound ringing in his ears. Hardy as the Chair of Wheels and gives Ortiz a seat. Hardy uses the Tape of Ducts to confine Ortiz! Take one of these RIGHTS and call Dr. Damascus in the morning.
Santana hits Hardy with the wet floor sign, but Hardy hits Santana with a trash barrel! Hardy ROCKS Santana while Ortiz does his best to wheel after them. Santana clubs Hardy back and aims for the ice chest! Santana crucifix lifts and runs, but Hardy slips free and tackles Santana into the chest! Hardy makes sure Santana takes some time to chill, and locks him inside the ice chest! Meanwhile, Hager goes hunting for Hangman. Big Hurt finds the horse patiently waiting for its master, so he knows Hangman is close. Hager goes to the lobby where Hangman is chilling with a drink. Hager saddles up to the bar as Hangman pours himself another. Did Hager come here to fight? Or to drink? Both! The brawl is on at the bar!
Hager knees low over and over, then throws Hager over the pool table! Hangman grabs a pool cue to JAM and SMASH Hager with it. But Hager just stands up!? Hager knees low again, then throws Hangman at the bar! Hangman flips off it and baits Hager back to the pool table. Hager hammers the table but misses Hangman, and Hangman BOOTS Hager! Hangman leaps but into Hager’s arms! Hager URENAGES Hangman on the pool table! That’s a bit more than a scratch. Hager hammers Hangman’s back then hauls him up to dump him on the bar. And if you’ve ever seen a cowboy movie, Hager slides Hangman along the bar! The crowd loses their minds as Hager gut wrench POWERBOMBS Hangman through a table! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives but Hager won’t let up. Omega returns and he helps his tag team partner!
Omega SMASHES a bottle on Hager’s head, but Hager is still standing! But Hangman gives him a double! Then Omega gives Hager a triple! Hangman gives Hager a bit of the BUBBLY! Hager is punch drunk and staggers into a V-TRIGGER! Omega is Hangman’s boost for the BUCK SHOT! Hager ends up over the bar, so Hangman gives Omega his “usual.” A tall glass of milk! Cheers for the AEW World Tag Team Champions! Back to the field, Matt throws Sammy into the ladder! Then into barriers! Sammy elbows back! Sammy moonsaults, Matt dodges, but Sammy blocks the superkick! But Matt blocks Sammy’s superkick, to spin him and waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet! They run out of the end zone, for a Northern Lights! The Polar Express begins out of the end zone!
Nick bumps Jericho and puts his face into the mist fan! Jericho elbows back and throws Nick over the bench! Jericho has the down marker and JAVELINS Nick with it! “That’ll move the chains.” Speaking of moving, Matt has continued to suplex Sammy all the way to the 50 yard line! And he isn’t stopping! Jericho has a megaphone and shouts at Nick to stay home. Nick kicks the megaphone out of Jericho’s hand, and then SMASHES him with it! Nick throws footballs at Jericho! One ball gets Jericho in the balls! Nick then brings Jericho to the jaguar head, but Jericho throws Nick in there instead! So Jackson Deville steps up?! Jericho gives him the JUDAS EFFECT! “I hate mascots!” Matt is suplexing Sammy to the other end zone?! Jericho is again the Wicked Witch of Winnipeg, but he gets SUPERKICK’D into the field goal net! It’s GOOD!
Nick bumps Jericho off the wall, and then another wall. Jericho JAMS Nick with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Cover, TWO!! Jericho argues with the ref, and throws down a challenge flag?! Jericho wants to see it on replay so the ref goes with him. Wait, he can’t go inside the replay area! They argue as we watch the footage. Two is two, the call stands! Jericho says Aubrey is a shi*ty ref. Matt suplexes Sammy once more, for a Northern Lights TOUCHDOWN! And he SPIKES the Spanish God! Matt shows off his touchdown dance but is called for excessive celebration and unsportsman-like conduct. Matt gives him a SUPERKICK! Jericho keeps clubbing Nick with the bat and then throws him onto another table. Jericho wants to finish Nick off but Matt clobbers him!
Matt uses the bat to choke Jericho! Matt puts Jericho on the table and Nick goes to the bleachers. Jericho is turning blue! Nick goes all the way up, then runs all the way down, to LEAP and SPLASH through Jericho and the table! Hangman returns with a line marker, and runs it right over Jericho. Sammy crawls his way out of the end zone, and ends up on top of a sprinkler! It sprays Sammy away, and then in the face! Sammy realizes he’s all alone, but thinks he’s the last man standing. “I won! I did it!” Sorry, Sammy, but you didn’t. Because here comes the GOLF CART! Sammy runs another 40 yard dash and then leaps into the stands! Omega and Hardy park the cart and pursue from different directions. Sammy throws chairs at Hangman and the Bucks but he can’t stop them now!
Omega is hot on Sammy’s tail but Sammy BOOTS him away. Hardy is next and Sammy goes after him. Sammy chokes Hardy, but wait. This drone that’s coming in? Vanguard is reborn as NEO 1! It distracts Sammy for the V-TRIGGER! Omega drags Sammy up into the Electric Chair, SUPER ONE-WINGED ANGEL THROUGH BOXES BELOW!! Cover, The Elite wins!!
Winner: The Elite, by pinfall
The most INSANE One-Winged Angel in history brings victory for Omega, Hardy, Hangman and the Bucks! And of course, the Gatorade bath tops it off! Has The Elite finally reunited thanks to this? Have they finally put an end to the Inner Circle?
What a wild and incredible night! The Buy-In match was a bit sloppy at parts, but I’ve said for AEW Dark that Private Party just needs to work on ring rust. Their style is so fast that it’s hard even for them to do things smoothly with all the time off. But in the end, Best Friends wins because they’ve been the team going strongest longest, and have already had interactions with Omega during this time. Seeing Best Friends take on Omega & Hangman will be a great story for the next phase of the year. The Casino Ladder Match was wild but scary. I really thought Darby hurt himself there, but I don’t think anyone was injured. Brian Cage coming to AEW is huge! And in the context of Taz trying to get Darby to join up, Taz now working with Cage is a rather interesting twist. Cage winning big right out of the gates is itself big, and this is going to be another pretty wild development for AEW’s next phase.
MJF VS Jungle Boy was above my expectations, and both guys are the future of wrestling overall, not just AEW. The Poison-Rana to the apron was definitely risky, though. I was surprised MJF won, which shows how good they made JB look tonight. At this point, JB and MJF should have a third match at some point, and that is when JB not only gets one over on MJF, but MJF finally loses a singles match. The TNT Championship match was really good, but I’m surprised they gave this to Cody. I suppose after everything Jake the Snake and Archer have done, this was their comeuppance, but something about it seemed like it should’ve still been Archer’s to win. That and how Arn and Jake didn’t fight and Tyson didn’t get to deck anyone kinda disappoints, but now the story can be about Cody desperately trying to keep this title. And apparently the belt really is unfinished, so maybe even that plays into the story.
Ford and Statlander have a solid match, and I’m sure Britt would’ve had just as good of a match. Statlander winning surely means she’s moving up for another title match. Speaking of, I loved the No Holds Barred match for Nyla and Shida. They has more to work with than the Moxley VS Hager No Holds Barred match just on props so that helped out. I may have doubted it before, but it’s great for Shida to win. This really freshens things up for the Women’s Division, and at some point, I’m sure we’re going to get Shida VS Britt to finally have that story play out. Dustin VS Spears was an okay match but a very hilarious one. Spears gets embarrassed repeatedly and Dustin wins, so I’m hoping this isn’t the end of things. Maybe Spears finally gets a tag team partner and they both go after Dustin and QT Marshall, The Natural Nightmares.
Moxley VS Brodie for the world title was really good, but no surprise that Moxley retains. That crash through the ramp was a surprise, though! The match was a big credit for Brodie’s toughness and it is quite the shift for Moxley to win with a submission, not his Paradigm Shift/Death Rider. Moxley and Cage does make for an interesting rivalry, but I feel like the contender chip being for a future title shot, not an immediate one, could mean Cage and Taz “discuss” when they want after Moxley. This shouldn’t be an Money in the Bank thing where it can be after a brutal match Moxley survives, but it can be something where Moxley has to survive until a certain PPV, much like how Jericho tried to keep Moxley from making it to Revolution.
Then there’s the Stadium Stampede. That was just the absolute best thing AEW has done yet. Blood & Guts was surely the original plans for a payoff, The Elite and Inner Circle did so much in TIAA Bank Field that this is a far superior move. There was just so much, especially on the story side of things. I loved the pool of reincarnation, that Hangman had a horse, that Sammy ran from the horse and the golf cart, that there was a bar brawl, that the goal post was involved, that there were football jokes like the red challenge flag and yellow penalty flag, and of course the ending. I am pleasantly surprised that The Elite won after standing tall on Dynamite, and it really makes me wonder what’s next. Blood & Guts can still involve The Elite, but I feel like a new or different Heel group needs to rise up to take them on. Or vice-versa, have the Inner Circle try to rise up and another Face group stands in their way. Either way, Inner Circle and Elite should do different things for a time after this.
My Score: 9.6/10