The Broken Brilliance has its AEW in-ring debut!
Matt Hardy teams with Kenny Omega to take on Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a STREET FIGHT! Will DAMASCUS Hardy DELETE Le Sex Gods?
- Cody Rhodes VS Joey Janela; Cody wins.
- Nyla Rose VS Kenzie Paige; Rose wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Frankie Kazarian; Moxley wins.
- Lance Archer VS QT Marshall w/ Brandi Rhodes; Archer wins.
- Tag Team Street Fight: Kenny Omega & BROKEN Matt Hardy VS Le Sex Gods; Le Sex Gods win.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW Double or Nothing’s TNT Championship match is set!
Last week, the semifinals finished in one brutal and bloody night. The American Nightmare still has Darby Allin’s number, but the Murderhawk may have just put an end to The Natural. “The finals are coming, Cody. There’s no more running, Cody.” Will it only be a matter of time before Lance Archer takes Cody’s last chance at a championship away?
AEW returns to Daily’s Place!
Now the crowd of adoring AEW wrestlers has more room to cheer and jeer the action in the ring. Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and good ol’ JR are back together to call that action, starting with…
Cody Rhodes VS Joey Janela!
The Bad Boy looks to be a speed bump on the road to Double or Nothing at the AEW TNT Championship! Will Cody be able to keep focus on Janela knowing the Murderhawk is in the building?
The bell rings and Cody circles fast with Janela. The Gunn Club lead cheers for Cody while Shawn Spears is jeering. Cody and Janela tie up, end up in a corner, but Cody lets off. The two go again, Cody headlocks, but Janela powers out. Cody runs Janela over, then again. Things keep moving and Janela arm-drags Cody. Cody avoids the second arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll Janela, ONE! Janela sunset flips, TWO! Cody sits on it, TWO! Janela is up but Cody sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE. The roles reverses but Cody Matrix slips out! Only for Janela to school boy roll him! TWO, but Janela CHOPS Cody! Cody grits his teeth and dares him to do that again. Janela CHOPS, Cody CHOPS, and then Cody grabs Janela. Janela knees low then whips, and CHOPS! Cody eggs him on again and that surprises Janela. Janela goes to chop but Cody boots it away! Then CHOPS Janela on the back!
Cody wrenches and whips Janela to a corner. Cody throws hands and digs in elbows. Janela sits down but Cody drags him back up. Cody suplexes and holds Janela up for a count 10 before dropping him with a gourd buster! Cover, ONE, but Cody keeps his focus. The crowd rallies up but Janela blocks the kick to throw Cody down! Janela hits a big spinning heel kick! Cody goes to a corner but Janela claws his back! Janela puts Cody in a corner for haymakers and CHOPS Cody on the back! Janela eggs Cody on now, and then throws more forearms. Cody staggers but Janela keeps on him. Janela whips corner to corner hard, and Cody hits the mat. The crowd rallies but Janela keeps on Cody with a wrench. Janela whips corner to corner again, then runs in. He hits a big back elbow, then he goes again. Cody catches Janela to a full nelson but Janela snapmares him into ropes!
The ref checks on Cody but he’s okay to continue. Janela drags Cody up and wrenches to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cody sits up but Janela springboard stomps him down! The crowd rallies again as Janela snapmares Cody into body scissors. Cody endures the squeeze and pries at the feet but Janela cranks back. Cody keeps trying but he can’t get Joey to let go. He hammers the feet, bridges back to a cover, TWO! Janela lets Cody go and Cody ROCKS him with a right! But Janela ROCKS Cody back! Cody bails out, Janela follows with a falling ax handle! Janela drags Cody up to whip Cody hard into railing! Cody clutches his elbow and goes back to the ring, but Janela drags him out to CHOP! Janela stalks Cody to the stage to CHOP again! He throws forearms then brings Cody around to whip. Cody reverses, Janela tries to go up the apron, but Cody clubs him down!
Cody bumps Janela off the ramp but Janela bumps him back. Janela puts Cody up on the stage to club away and CHOP again! Janela ROCKS Cody with a jab! And then he takes a page out of Cody’s new playbook by going up the tunnel. Janela runs and LEAPS, but Cody sends him into ropes! Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Down goes Janela! Cody watches Janela slump off the stage, to then MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Cody is fired up! Cody drags Janela back up and into the ring, and the crowd is thunderous for him as he stalks Janela. Cody throws haymakers and the Rhodes uppercut! He BOOTS Janela, then fires up more, but Janela SUPERKICKS! Janela heads up top, gives a shout out to Nasty Leroy, and hits a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Janela can’t believe it!
Janela heads back up but Cody clubs him first! Cody climbs up behind Janela, drags him up to the very top, and hits an INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!?! Janela survives and now Cody can’t believe it! But Cody pulls himself up and takes off the weight belt! Cody gives the crowd a free souvenir! Cody drags Janela in, but Janela snapmares and UPPERCUTS! Janela reels Cody in, but no package as Cody pops out to scoop, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Janela survives again but Cody is not done yet. Cody springboards, but Janela catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Janela grits his teeth and runs, and runs, to LARIAT Cody upside-down! But he doesn’t cover, he heads back up top! Janela MOONSAULTS, but has to roll through as Cody evades. Cody goes up and up, SUPER NIGHTMARE CUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Janela is still in this!
Cody gets up and dares Janela to stand. Janela rises but wants Cody to take it easy. Cody ROCKS Janela but Janela hits back! They brawl back and forth, and Cody ROUNDHOUSES! Janela uses a haymaker but Cody gives one back. Janela keeps hitting, but so does Cody! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Janela SLAPS, back hands and forearms away on Cody. But Cody reels him in, to CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The American Nightmare is on fire! And Hikaru Shida holds up her souvenir high to celebrate with him. Cody shakes Janela’s hand in respect. Will Cody have reason to celebrate come Double or Nothing?
AEW looks back at Riho VS Nyla Rose.
Perhaps the greatest match in the AEW Women’s Division history already, February 12th, 2020, the Wrestling Idol battled her heart out against the Native Beast, but still lost. Nyla Rose became the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion. She vowed to become a ONE-TIME champion, because NO ONE can defeat her. She retained against Kris Statlander at AEW Revolution, but then the crisis came. There are countless contenders waiting in the wings, and Britt Baker has become “the scourge of the locker room.” Hikaru Shida maintains a top spot in the AEW rankings, so it is not a matter of if but when. The Bad Girl, Penelope Ford, has natural athleticism and the guidance of Superbad Kip Sabian. What becomes of the AEW Women’s Division as the world works to start again?
Nyla Rose VS Kenzie Paige!
The AEW Women’s World Champion returns! Will Nyla’s dominance continue where it left off? Or is the true enemy of time away be what defeats her?
Before the match, Schiavone interviews Nyla on the stage. Nyla says that video package was “cute.” But who is the most dominant force? Who does Schiavone think it is? WRONG! It is Nyla, it was Nyla, and it will always be Nyla. Now Schiavone better go shut up and do his job while Nyla goes and does hers. With Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida and Kris Statlander watching from the crowd, will Nyla make an example out of the debuting #KPH?
The bell rings and Nyla walks up to KPH. Nyla assures her she’ll go easy, and then clubs away on her back! Nyla drags KPH up to THROW across the ring! She digs her boot into KPH’s head and shouts, “I RUN THIS PLACE!” Nyla RAMS into KPH then whips her corner to corner. Nyla runs in but KPH dodges. KPH runs and dodges, to sunset flip! But Nyla stays up and drags KPH up. KPH gets free and throws a forearm! But it does nothing! Nyla CLOBBERS KPH and down she goes! MJF has joined the crowd and cheers Nyla, but for once doesn’t want a close up because of social distancing. Nyla drags KPH up for a BIG German Suplex! Nyla drags KPH to a drop zone and heads up top. BEAST SWANTON! Cover, but Nyla brings KPH up! She doesn’t want this to end until she’s shown everyone what she’s capable of. BEAST BOMB! KPH still lives?! But Nyla gives her another, and ANOTHER! Cover, now Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
The debuting Kenzie never stood a chance. But with Double or Nothing coming, who will meet a similar fate?
AEW hears from MJF.
In an obviously pre-recorded message, in an obviously green-screened “loft,” MJF says he’s noticed the “younger” talent to claim they’re all the “next big thing,” though they’re at the age of 30. But that’s cool, really. But being the big thing is what’s cool. MJF is the guy but no one else wants to admit it because they all hate his guts. So to quote Cody, they move the goal posts. They’re comparing MJF to legends. MJF’s great, but he’s no Ric Flair. He’s no Rock, he’s no Roddy Piper. But what does all that stem from? It’s called “insecurity.” The same insecurity that makes every other top guy realize the 24-year-old “kid” has just taken their spot. But the “kid” is ratings, is a prodigy bell to bell, and is going to be a champion in the blink of an eye. That “kid” has more it factor in his pinkie than in some people’s entire bodies.
MJF’s not The Rock, Flair or Piper. He is what no one has ever seen before. That is why the 24-year-old man can afford to miss some in-ring time, sit back, relax, and watch some good ol’ fashion wrasslin’. Because that man knows damn well that when he comes back to work, his spot on the throne will be right where he left it: without a scratch. Speaking of thrones, staffers move his plush armchair and replaces it with an ornate wooden armchair. MJF is that man, and that man… stubs his toe on the chair. NOT! He is injury free, and starting next week, he sits back on his throne.
AEW hears from Shawn Spears.
“His career is over.” The Chair Man of course means Dustin Rhodes. No one could take a beating like that and keep going. Of all the parties involved, Spears blames one man. Not Dustin for competing, not Lance Archer for doing all of that. Spears has a brother. If his brother was in any physical danger, he’d do everything in his power to stop that from happening. Spears would defend his brother. But Cody didn’t do that, did he? He could’ve stopped the match as Archer was destroying Dustin. Cody could’ve thrown in the towel, but he didn’t. Why? Because he’s selfish? Because he alone thinks he can carry the Rhodes Legacy? Dustin’s career is over. Spears doesn’t care what happens to Cody, but as someone who has a brother, he couldn’t live with that. But Cody has just proven that he can. The Chair Man’s words are brazen, but does he have a point?
Schiavone interviews Spears and MJF ringside.
They’re again starting up a bet pool for the night. MJF is coming back next week, so he insists Schiavone back up just a bit for the sake of social distancing. Spears slips Schiavone some cash as incentive. Great work, Tony. But as much as MJF has liked watching his “so-called peers” working so hard at their “play wrestling,” MJF knows we’re all looking forward to a real professional next week. But to stop talking about himself for a minute, MJF says Spears is the bravest man in the world. Spears telling the world about the truth about the “American Sociopath,” Cody Rhodes, that takes courage. Spears says he is just calling it as he sees it. Spears meanwhile says MJF has the greatest comeback story in sports. MJF is “over healed,” he is that good. Schiavone speaks up and says that Tony Khan has informed us of the comeback next week. That, and MJF has a match at Double or Nothing against Jungle Boy. MJF spit takes and Spears’ jaw drops. Will the “over healed” Salt of the Earth have some trouble with his return to PPV?
Jon Moxley VS Frankie Kazarian!
The Maniac is still AEW World Champion but he’s not going to rest on his laurels. Will the Heavy Metal Rebel be able to make some waves on behalf of SCU?
AEW returns as Moxley makes his entrance from the stands! The bell rings and Mox circles with Kaz and the crowd fires up. Mox and Kaz tie up, go around, and end up in a corner. The ref calls for the break and Moxley lets up at 4. Things are already tense as the two circle again. They tie up, Kaz gets the toehold and floats to a headlock. Moxley gets up and powers out, but Kaz runs him over with a shoulder. Kaz runs but sees Moxley’s drop coming, so he drops on that with a headlock. Moxley rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Kaz still has the headlock. Moxley fights up again but Kaz holds on tight. Kaz grinds on the hold but Moxley pries his way out the back. Moxley has a hammerlock now but Kaz reaches back to get up and spin around. Kaz has a wristlock but Moxley fights it back. They are in a deadlock, but Moxley uses leverage. Kaz bridges back but Moxley STOMPS the arm!
Moxley stalks Kaz to the corner and CHOPS him against ropes! Kaz CHOPS back! Kaz throws haymakers but Mox knees low. Moxley throws forearms and has Kaz in a corner. Moxley CHOPS again, then drags Kaz for a snapmare. Cover, ONE, but Moxley is right on Kaz with a chinbar and hammerlock. Moxley grinds Kaz down but Kaz moves around. Moxley stays on him but Kaz gets up. Kaz slips around back to a headlock and grinds Moxley down again. Kaz throws Moxley with a takeover, and MJF is actually on his side. Moxley endures, fights his way up, and powers Kaz to a corner. The two break and Moxley CHOPS again! And again! Kaz CHOPS back and Mox eggs him on. Kaz CHOPS and CHOPS and hits another headlock takeover. He cranks to make it a cover, TWO as Moxley pushes back. The crowd rallies up and Moxley starts fighting to his feet. Moxley lifts for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Moxley digs his knee into Kaz’s back as he puts on a partial camel clutch. Kaz fights his way up but Moxley clubs him. Moxley pulls Kaz’s nose and clubs him again! MOxley stomps Kaz to a corner then stands him up to RAM a shoulder in. The ref counts and Mox lets off, just to ram again and again! Moxley drags Kaz up for another backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Moxley keeps his cool. Moxley looms over Kaz but Kaz throws forearms! Moxley throws forearms in return and we have another brawl. Mox whips Kaz but Kaz goes up and over to get the headlock back! Moxley headscissors but Kaz pops out. Kaz arm-drags then leg lariats! Kaz headlocks again, but Moxley back suplexes him to the ramp! Kaz clutches the knee and the ref checks on him while AEW goes to picture in picture.
Moxley heads out to fetch Kaz to the ring and stands him up for haymakers. Kaz staggers to the stage but Moxley stands him up for more. Kaz teeters on the edge but punches back! They brawl with Kaz teetering with every other shot. Moxley DECKS Kaz and he falls off the stage! MJF mockingly checks on Kaz but Kaz wants him to shut up. Moxley waits for Kaz as Kaz flounders up and around the way. Moxley pursues but KazR OCKS him with a right! Kaz keeps throwing hands and he has Moxley against railing. He runs in but Moxley sends him into those railings! Moxley drags Kaz up to Russian Leg Sweep into the railing! Moxley goes back to the ring to refresh the count, and Kaz is now at the mercy of that count. Moxley won’t let it end that easily and puts Kaz back in the ring. He drags Kaz up to suplex for an X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps on Kaz with a chinlock and chicken wing!
Kaz fights up to his feet, reaches for ropes, but Moxley drags him down into body scissors! Kaz still gets a ropebreak! AEW returns to single picture as Moxley lets Kaz go. Moxley runs and KNEES Kaz out of the ring! Moxley goes up to the top rope, and LEAPS, for Kaz to BOOT him down! Both men hit the floor and the ring count begins again. Kaz is up first and fires up as he puts Moxley in the ring. Kaz springboards and manages the missile dropkick! Moxley ends up in a corner and Kaz whips him corner to corner. Moxley reverses but Kaz dodges to kick back in. Kaz slingshots to DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaz grits his teeth and fights through the pain as he underhooks Moxley. Kaz turns Moxley but Moxley breaks free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kaz up to suplex again, but Kaz spins out and swings. Moxley dodges, whips but Kaz rolls off the back, to BACKSTABBER! Kaz tries again, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Kaz is speechless!
Kaz drags Moxley up but Moxley CHOPS! Kaz throws haymakers and we have another brawl again! They go back and forth, Moxley headbutts! They both stagger, but Kaz shotgun dropkicks! Moxley comes back with a shotgun dropkick of his own! Moxley drags Kaz up and underhooks, but Kaz blocks and rolls! Kaz has a leg, then the arms, for a modified Koji Klutch! Moxley kicks and scrapes Kaz off the three-in-one and both men head for ropes. Moxley runs in at Kaz but is put on the apron. He dodges and shoulders in, but gets the guillotine leg drop! Kaz drags Moxley up from the apron and slaps him around. Kaz suplexes but Moxley blocks! Moxley suplexes but Kaz flails! Kaz suplexes, Moxley slips around but Kaz standing switches to SNAP GERMAN! Both men slowly rise and Kaz fires off shots. But Moxley ROCKS him with a right!
Moxley brings Kaz up but Kaz hits back. Kaz runs, but into a LARIAT! Moxley drags Kaz up in chicken wings, lifts, but Kaz wheelbarrows and victory rolls! TWO, but Kaz Oklahoma Rolls! TWO and Kaz elbows Moxley. Kaz snap suplexes Moxley into buckles! Moxley is down and Kaz goes up. Moxley goes up to get behind Kaz and clubs away! Kaz elbows back to avoid the half nelson. Kaz adjusts and leaps over Moxley. Moxley sends Kaz into buckles, school boy and PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Kaz came really close, but no cigar! But wait! The Dark Order attacks! Preston Vance, aka Number 10, is leading the others in a mugging of Moxley! Numbers 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 are in a 7v1 assault, but here come the rest of SCU! Scorpio Sky and Christopher Daniels try but are just in their own 3v1 muggings. Daniels suffers a scoop slam to the ramp! Scorpio is stranded in a corner and Moxley still suffers at the hands and feet of these creepers. Even Kaz takes a beating while Vance gives Scorpio a SPINE BUSTER! There is no end to this mauling by the minions of the Exalted One! And speaking of, here he comes! Mr. Brodie Lee SMASHES Daniels with a chair! Then he goes to the ring as Moxley is brought up to his feet, for the DISCUS!! A minion hands Brodie a microphone so that he may speak.
“Mr. Moxley, I am just here to answer the bounty that you put on your very head last week.” There is now crowd of fans to save him with their energy. There is no one here to save Moxley. “This, Mr. Moxley, this is the energy you feel now!” Does Moxley understand? Mr. Brodie has so much Moxley desires, but he is not the same man that used to look eye to eye with Moxley before. Brodie makes people’s lives better! And any one of these “noble” men will sacrifice themselves for his sake. But to apologize ahead of time, Moxley is merely the poor soul that possesses what Brodie desires. Something that Brodie needs. Evil Uno says Moxley is a reasonable man, but Moxley has the crown jewel of pro-wrestling. Brodie officially challenges him for the AEW World Championship!
But who knows if Moxley is really all that reasonable. Who knows what Moxley is now. Is he a movie star? An actor? An MMA fighter? A rebel? Or is he just “a scared little fatherless boy from Cincinnati.” Answer the challenge or the Dark Order will make him! Brodie throws the mic down at Moxley, and Moxley sputters. “Dude, all you had to do was ask.” Moxley still grins, but Brodie BOOTS him down! And the mauling begins again! The minions are picking the bones of the golden feast that is the world champion! Will Brodie be served #BigPlatinum on a silver platter? For that matter, he and The Dark Order steal it! Will Moxley make them give it back by force?
AEW hears from Brandi Rhodes.
“Hello, Mr. Roberts.” Brandi wanted to respond to all of Jake The Snake’s “advances.” The Murderhawk’s brutalizing of brother-in-law Dustin, The Snake’s constant name-calling on national television. Those messages were received. Brandi has studied The Snake long enough to know what is next: a confrontation. They call her out to the ring, intimidate and corner her, and then just as she perfectly personifies damsel in distress, Cody will run to the rescue and into a trap. In Jake’s heyday, that’d be perfect. The problem is that it isn’t 1991. Jake slapping Brandi will only get him slapped back. Cody is the good guy, face of the company, shaking hands and kissing babies. Brandi on the other hand is independent.
Her mother once told her, “Don’t f with people you don’t know.” Jake knows the Rhodes history and the people she knows, but she is not Cleopatra or Delilah. She isn’t even Bill’s Monica. She’s Brandi Rhodes, the CBO of AEW, and from now on, Jake will keep her name out of his dirty old mouth. Will the Snake take Brandi’s ultimatum seriously? Or is this only escalating the tension between both sides?
Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts VS QT Marshall w/ Brandi Rhodes!
We just heard from Brandi, and now she is here to support QT’s attempts at payback! But is he biting off more than he can chew?
Archer makes his entrance, goes around the ring, and then DECKS Jason Cade so hard he goes from front row to second! The Snake smiles behind his precautionary mask but QT goes after Archer! Archer DECKS QT, too! Then he finishes his entrance and takes off his jacket. QT gets up, the bell rings, and Archer dares him to hit him back. QT does but Archer doesn’t budge. Marshall throws more forearms but Archer throws him to a corner! Marshall dodges in the corner then throws hands. Archer pushes Marshall away, Marshall runs back in, but Archer CLOBBERS him out of the air! Archer rains down more rights until the ref backs him off. The Snake laughs more as Archer stands on QT’s head. Archer lets up at 4 and glares at the ref, then he stomps QT into the corner. Archer CHOPS then runs corner to corner. Archer hits a big back elbow, then another! He won’t stop, he’s a freight train with those!
Marshall flounders but Archer whips hi. Marshall elbows back then dumps Archer out! Archer is still on his feet, but Marshall pescados! Into a choke grip and APRON CHOKE SLAM! Archer is furious now and he glares at Brandi. She keeps her distance while AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Archer is standing over Marshall as he goes to the corner. Archer says no one can run or hide from him. He goes up and VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Marshall still lives! Archer drags Marshall back up but Marshall throws hands! He rocks Archer with an uppercut, but Archer puts him on the apron. Marshall throws more hands but Archer BOOTS him down! Archer wants to go out after Marshall but the ref keeps him back. Marshall crawls along the railing, and Britt Baker bops him with her shoe! AEW really needs to keep an eye on her. Brandi takes the shoe and throws it to the bleachers! Archer puts Marshall in the ring and drag Marshall up, but Marshall hotshots him! Marshall runs, but into a choke grip! He breaks free and triangle lariats! And throws hands! Archer ROCKS Marshall again, then whips him to ropes. Marshall handsprings to hit a NEURALIZER!
Marshall runs corner to corner for a splash! Archer reverses the whip and back elbows again, but Marshall catches him! But Archer elbows free, only for Marshall to suplex him! The Snake is upset as Marshall goes up top. Archer gets up and under Marshall’s leap, and then TACKLES him down! Archer drags Marshall up, puts him on the top rope, and then brings him out with the inverted crucifix. BLACKOUT BOMB! Cover, Archer lets up! He uses the EBD Claw to dribble Marshall off the mat again and again! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
#EverybodyDies, and Archer keeps winning. Britt goes after Brandi and hits a DDT! Britt puts Brandi in the ring and now Archer looms over her! Archer grabs Brandi’s leg, and The Snake has a snake! Is that Damian’s descendant?! Jake brings this snake into the ring and sets him on Brandi! Jake uses this to belittle and humiliate Brandi, but there is no Cody to be found. Will the American Nightmare explode knowing what just happened?
AEW makes it official!
May 23rd, Double or Nothing will have Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee! The Exalted One stole the belt, but will he rightfully own it after this first-ever-in-AEW? As announced, MJF will compete against Jungle Boy Jack Perry, despite only just coming back from “over healing.” And of course, THE TNT Championship will be granted to the winner between Cody VS Archer! Will this match be less about the title and more about what the Snake and the Murderhawk have done to the Rhodes family? And just now announced, this year’s DON will have not a Casino Battle Royal, but a Casino LADDER MATCH! The winner will be granted an AEW World Championship opportunity, but details of how this match works will be announced next week!
Speaking of next week, AEW announces some big matches for Dynamite. MJF has his return to in-ring action, Brodie Lee will take on Christopher Daniels, and Jurassic Express returns! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus look to get back on track against a team on a hot streak in Best Friends! And then, a Women’s Fatal 4 Way pits Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford, Britt Baker and Kris Statlander against each other! How will the contender rankings look after such a star-studded match?
Taz interviews Darby Allin backstage.
Darby lost to Cody in the semifinals last week, and he is not in a talkative mood. Taz says Darby made some mistakes, but Taz would love to give the young star some help. Darby doesn’t say a word as he storms off and declines the offer. Was that a big mistake?
Tag Team Street Fight: Kenny Omega & BROKEN Matt Hardy VS Le Sex Gods!
Speaking of star-studded matches, just look at this one! The dual AEW World Tag Team and AAA Mega Champion teams with Matt Hardy for the first time anywhere! But will the Inner Circle’s charismatic leader and right hand man ruin the debut of DAMASCUS?
Whoa, Suge D just took a swing at Jericho! He’s probably fed up with the “Pineapple Pete” jokes. Jericho has a bat but Suge gets clear of the swing. Jake Hager glares at Suge but nothing more happens. Jericho calms down as Sammy and MJF sing along with Judas. Sammy grabs his cue cards, but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Omega makes his entrance, followed by Matt Hardy. Sammy gets too close pointing a finger at Hardy, and Hardy BITES IT! The bell rings and Omega goes after Jericho! They brawl and Hardy bumps Sammy off buckles over and over and over! Jericho throws Omega out of the ring and goes after him at ringside. Jericho throws Omega into steel steps, but Hardy only now finishes bumping Sammy off buckles. Hardy whips Sammy corner to corner and Omega kicks Jericho back. Omega shoves Jericho into railing while Sammy enziguris Hardy away. Sammy springboards but Hardy clubs him down! Omega clubs Jericho down into timekeeper’s area. Hardy gives Sammy a CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO! Omega regroups with Hardy and they go after Sammy with a double whip. CLEANER IN MOTION!
Jericho returns but Hardy dodges to clothesline him out! Hardy tumbles out with Jericho and Omega fireman’s carries Sammy. Jericho sends Hardy into the stage, but Sammy, “YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!” Rolling senton and moonsault, onto knees! Jericho throws Hardy into the ramp and drags him up to the stage. Jericho whips Hardy into the tunnel wall and it topples over! Le Champion drags Hardy to the back and that leaves Omega and Sammy alone. Jericho returns and goes after omega, but who knows what happened to Hardy. Le Sex Gods mug Omega and whip him corner to corner. Jericho whips Sammy in and Sammy hits a big corner clothesline. Jericho CHOPS Omega then CHOPS him again. Sammy CHOPS Omega now, then Jericho brings Omega out. Le Sex Gods double suplex Omega down, then flex. Sammy does a spinarooni, and Jericho poses with him for photos.
Jericho goes to Omega but Omega throws hands. Sammy clubs Omega down and holds Omega for Jericho. Jericho mugs Omega then throws haymakers. Omega fights back against both Le Sex Gods! Omega runs, but into a back elbow! Jericho hits a LIONSAULT! But Hardy returns! Hardy LARIATS Sammy then clotheslines Jericho down! Hardy whips and back drops Sammy, then gives Jericho a SIDE EFFECT! This looks more like V1 than anything! But Sammy kicks and whips, only for Hardy to reverse to another SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy kicks Jericho, TWIST OF FATE! Jericho flounders but Hardy covers, only for Sammy to break it! Jericho bails out and Hardy is after Sammy. Sammy goes to kick but Hardy spins him, to get a dragon whip! Sammy dodges Omega, but Omega is ready, and he avoids the Dragon Whip to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!
Jericho uses the BAT! He SMASHES Omega on the back! Sammy climbs up while Omega is in the drop zone, and Sammy hits a SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Hardy returns to kick Jericho and throw him out! Hardy gives Sammy a TWIST OF FATE! Omega brings the knee pad down, for a V-TRIGGER! Hardy and Omega regroup and say, “It’s time to get extreme.” They go outside to get tables and ladders!! If there’s a chair, this could be a TLC. Omega sets up the table and Hardy sets up the ladder. Sammy is caught in the middle and Omega brings him up. For a V-TRIGGER! Omega puts Sammy on the table while Hardy climbs up. Matt shouts out Jeff with the SPLASH OFF THE LADDER, THROUGH THE TABLE! Cover, but Hager drags the ref out! The ref reprimands but that’s about all he can do as Hager storms the ring! Omega BOOTS Hager down, then PESCADOS! But Hager catches him, to snake eyes him off the apron!
Hager looms over Omega but Sammy is in the wreckage of the table. Hardy grits his teeth while Hager helps Jericho drag Omega up. AEW goes picture in picture as Jericho uses a mic to BOP Omega! Hardy goes after Hager but Jericho is on Omega. Hardy backs Hager down with haymakers and body shots against the railing, but Hager RAMS him into the apron! Omega reverses a whip but Jericho reverses it back to send Omega into railing! Hager just keeps mugging Hardy, and Jericho has the chair! Jericho uses it to choke Hardy before storming off. Jericho slaps Omega then drags him up. Hager puts Hardy off somewhere while Jericho brings Omega to the crowd. Jericho bumps Omega off railing and Hager pushes Hardy up the bleachers. The brawl spills into the crowd as the Inner Circle clubs away. But Hardy hits back and drags Jericho up even further!
Hardy knees Jericho but Jericho finds a cable spool! Jericho SMASHES Hardy with it! Hager throws Omega into road cases while Jericho goes after Hardy in the hall. Jericho dunks Hardy into a recycling bin! Hager drags Omega down the way and throws him. Jericho now uses a trash can to SMASH Hardy’s bad arm! Hager clubs Omega but Hardy uses the trash can lid to hit back! He and Jericho scrap into the walls and fencing. The crowd has followed this fight as AEW returns to single picture.
Jericho bumps Hardy off the Jacksonville Jaguar ice chest. But Hardy grabs a pipe and JAMS Jericho with it! Hager returns but he gets jammed, too. Hardy bounces Jericho off the ice chest, and puts him in it! Jericho grabs a bag of ice and SMASHES Hardy with it! Hager drags Hardy back up, and now they put Hardy in the deep freeze! He’s stuck inside the ice chest! But Omega returns with a trash can attack! Omega bashes each of them, and tees off on Hager! Omega brings Jericho around to throw into a golf cart! He headlocks Jericho and drags him into more recycling bins. But Sammy lives! He uses that trash can to bash Omega! Sammy bowls the bins over with Omega’s body! Sammy goes for broke, and throws Omega into an ATM! Hey, he has a withdrawal.
Sammy pockets that money to throw Omega at pillars. Omega blocks and throws hands back! Omega throws Sammy hard into the pillar! He rains down fists on Sammy, then lifts Sammy, for a GARAGE DOOR BOMB!! Hager runs in but is sent into Sammy! V-TRIGGER FOR HAGER! Omega throws Hager over spare railing! Jericho returns and RAMS Omega with a road case! And then dumps it over on him! Jericho brings Omega up and bumps him of the case, then pulls out some railing. He drags Omega over, and snap suplexes Omega onto the railing! Omega writhes in pain but Jericho drags him further along. Jericho throws Omega into a pillar, then grabs a safety cone. Jericho pretends to be the Wicked Witch of Winnipeg before he BOPS Omega with the cone. But Omega uses a wet floor sign to SMACK Jericho on the back!
Hardy frees himself from the ice chest, and DAMASCUS has revived~! He stalks his way to the golf cart and uses it to hurry after the fight! Cameraman, make sure you properly document these events. Omega has a broom as the Cleaner, but here comes DAMASCUS! He side swipes Jericho, and Sammy panics! Omega hops on to join Hardy on the ride. They use the field to make a u-turn, and they’re chasing Sammy!! Sammy gets side swiped, too!! That’s a hit ‘n’ run on the streets, but just fine in a street fight! Hardy and Omega pull up to Jericho and set him on some spare tables. There is a scissor lift nearby, and after Hardy hammers away on Jericho, Omega begins his ASCENSION~! But Hager attacks Hardy again! Omega keeps rising, stands on top of the railing, and SUPER MOONSAULTS!! Omega says this ends now!
Omega Electric Chairs Jericho on the turf, but here comes Proud ‘n’ Powerful! The Inner Circle’s reinforcements have arrived and it’s 4v2! Jericho brings Hardy to the table for the INNER CIRCLE TRIPLE BOMB! Broken Hardy might be broken for real! Omega is alone now as they bring him to the golf cart. The Inner Circle lift Omega for Jericho to BOMB on the cart roof!! Omega might be broken, too! Hager drags Omega over to the turf, and feeds him to JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!
Winner: Le Sex Gods, by pinfall
Or should we say the Inner Circle wins. This Street Fight became a handicap match, because “This is OUR show!” Will the Inner Circle find their way to golden opportunities at Double or Nothing?
A wild episode and we’re still two weeks away from Double or Nothing 2020! We got some great progress towards the TNT Championship, with both Cody and Archer winning strong matches, and the return of Jake the Snake’s snake! I don’t know what number Damien this is but I hope it’s the 10th. “Damien X” is a cool name for that snake. And after everything that happened tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if AEW upped the ante for DON by making the title No Disqualification so that there will be a winner. We also got a lot more towards DON in general, with MJF VS Jungle Boy being made. That’ll be a good match that could go a long way to determining some TNT Championship stories for the Summer. Moxley VS Kazarian was a great match, and I’m totally for Moxley VS Brodie for the title. The attack was a great set-up, Brodie had a good promo in the middle, and stealing the belt is a great move. I hope Moxley ends up working with SCU for an 8 Man Tag against “Number 10” and three other minions as the go-home tune-up.
Nyla has a good return, showing she’s just as brutal as always. We get a Fatal 4 Way next week that acts as a #1 Contender’s match for DON, but I feel like Britt took herself out of the running going after Brandi as part of the Archer VS Marshall match. That feud of Britt and Brandi was being built before the pandemic so I’m glad they are circling back to that. Out of both rankings and fairness, Shida should win and give us the match with Nyla we were expecting all along. And then there’s the Casino Ladder Match. I’m not sure how a ladder match can be made even more unpredictable, but at the same time, we’re about to see WWE have such a match escalated by being attached to their corporate headquarters. AEW has been pretty good with their innovative takes on matches so I’m up for seeing how this ladder match goes. Just don’t make the prize a briefcase.
Holy crap that Street Fight was amazing! They went all over Daily’s Place and almost ended up on TIAA Bank Field (the Jaguars’ stadium). I love that having Hardy be left off screen was a way of transforming him between Damascus and normal Matt Hardy, and of course the entire Inner Circle gets involved because there are no rules stopping them from doing that. I was hoping that with “Pineapple Pete” Suge D being given that moment with Jericho and being mentioned as Jericho’s opponent for next week, he was actually going to get involved. But I suppose siding with The Elite was too big a moment for Suge D, so he just stayed with the other members of the “crowd.” That scissor lift moonsault was an insane spot to say the least, by the way. But the Inner Circle wins here to keep strong, because one day, we are getting Blood & Guts, and that is going to be the moment The Elite reunites and becomes stronger than ever. At this point, Blood & Guts could happen at All In 3, aka All Out 2, aka some other name with “All” in it, and I don’t think there’d be any complaints.
My Score: 9.4/10