How does Moxley fair going into Fyter Fest?
With Taz constantly on his case and Brian Cage decimating him in the AEW parking lot, will Jon Moxley prove he isn’t afraid of The Machine?
- Lumberjack Match: Luchasaurus VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Red Velvet; Shida wins.
- Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana VS Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss; Brodie & Cabana win.
- FTR VS SoCal Uncensored; FTR wins.
- Brian Cage VS Jon Cruz; Cage wins.
- Santana w/ Ortiz VS Matt Hardy; Hardy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lumberjack Match: Luchasaurus VS Wardlow!
That’s right, Dynamite has its first ever Lumberjack match! Best Friends dressed for the occasion, but they’re the only ones. All the excitement around the ring aside, will MJF’s muscle continue on the warpath against the locomotive of Jurassic Express? Or will Wardlow be the one derailed off his win streak tonight?
The bell rings and the two behemoths collide! Neither falls so they throw fast hands! Wardlow knees and punches, talks trash to the lumberjacks on Luchasaurus’ side, but walks into a back elbow! Luchasaurus kicks, kicks and kicks! Luchasaurus runs but into a LARIAT! Wardlow snaps the straps and grins as Luchasaurus bails out. Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt and the lumberjacks on their side help Luchasaurus up, but Wardlow goes out to back them off. Wardlow pushes JB aside and puts Luchasaurus back in the ring. Stunt wants at Wardlow but JB holds him back. Wardlow returns to the ring and rams into Luchasaurus!
Wardlow throws hands, whips Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus reverses. Wardlow goes up and over and rolls, to RAM back in! MJF talks trash as Wardlow throws European Uppercuts. Wardlow dumps Luchasaurus out to enemy territory, and everyone but MJF throws a punch and a stomp! But Luchasaurus explodes out and glares at everyone. Wardlow heads over but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Luchasaurus climbs up to the apron but MJF swipes at him! Wardlow shoulders into Luchasaurus then brings him in with a suplex TOSS! Wardlow drags Luchasaurus back up, for another TOSS! The crowd and lumberjacks all rally, Wardlow drags Luchasaurus up, but Luchasaurus escapes the suplex to throw hands! Luchasaurus kicks, Wardlow blocks and EXPLODERS!
MJF can be heard talking more smack as Wardlow rains down rights on Luchasaurus. The ref backs Wardlow up but Wardlow glares at him now. The ref backs off as Wardlow goes back to Luchasaurus. Wardlow grinds his fingers into Luchasaurus’ mask, but the ref pulls him off again. Wardlow glares, then turns into Luchasaurus CHOPS! Luchasaurus whips corner to corner, Wardlow reverses, but Luchasaurus LARIATS back! Back kick, front kick and QUESTION MARK! Leg sweep and Penalty Kick! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps his cool while MJF freaks out.
The crowd rallies up, Luchasaurus choke grips Wardlow, but Wardlow powers it off! So Luchasaurus CHOPS! Wardlow just roars and flexes, but Luchasaurus BOOTS him back! Luchasaurus runs in, Wardlow puts him on the apron, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS! Wardlow wobbles into the choke grip, and Luchasaurus climbs up! He has the lumberjacks clear out as he brings Wardlow up! Wardlow goes after the horns and headbutts back! Wardlow climbs up to headbutt more, then brings Luchasaurus up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus lives and MJF is furious. “I pay you a LOT of money! Get on him!”
Wardlow and Luchasaurus both sit up slowly, and now it’s a brawl! Haymaker for haymaker flies in the ring, Wardlow rebounds but Luchasaurus catches him to KNEE and BOOT! But Wardlow huricanranas?! Luchasaurus gets up and Wardlow fireman’s carries, but Luchasaurus slips out. Luchasaurus shoves Wardlow, and gets him for a STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! These two men are truly not human! The crowd rallies up but Wardlow goes to the ramp. Luchasaurus pursues, brings Wardlow up, but Wardlow turns the scoop into a gut wrench and POWERSLAM! Wardlow gets up as JB checks on Luchasaurus. Wardlow throws JB onto the lumberjacks! MJF tells Kip Sabian and the others to go after JB, but here comes STUNT! Stun bowls into the pile and defends JB!
Wardlow turns around as Luchasaurus sits up! The two monsters brawl on the ramp while the other lumberjacks hurry to reinforce Stunt! Luchasaurus ROCKS Wardlow with an uppercut but Wardlow hits back. They brawl to the edge of the stage, Brandon Cutler tries to be a hero! But Wardlow TOSSES Cutler onto all the lumberjacks! Luchasaurus whips Wardlow but Wardlow whips Luchasaurus into railing! The ref tries to get this back in the ring, but Stunt hops onto Wardlow! Wardlow pries him off, to LAUNCH him onto the lumberjacks! But Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Wardlow and he falls onto the pile! Luchasaurus looks down at the crowd and decides to FLY! JURASSIC SHOOTING STAR!! The lumberjacks go down and the crowd is thunderous!
Jurassic Express regroups and gets Wardlow to ringside. MJF keeps his distance as Luchasaurus puts Wardlow in the ring. Wardlow flounders about and Luchasaurus waits for him to stand. TAIL WHIP AGAIN! Then a ROUNDHOUSE! Then the choke grip, to CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but MJF distracts the ref! JB SPEARS MJF out onto the lumberjacks! But Wardlow LOW BLOWS Luchasaurus! Fireman’s carry, F10!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Between hitting Luchasaurus in the “front tail” and MJF butting in, Wardlow found an easy way to win in this incredibly tough fight. But the fight continues as MJF goes after Stunt and Jungle Boy! They beat down Jurassic Express, but Luchasaurus comes back to even things. The lumberjacks return to break this up again, but that’s easier said than done! “This is Awesome!” and the night has only begun! Word comes down from Tony Khan that we have a tag team grudge match for Fyter Fest! Jurassic Express’ Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy VS MJF & Wardlow! Will the boy and his dinosaur finally shut Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s mouth?
AEW presents another Technique By Taz!
This week is who else? Brian Cage and his Drill Claw! Cage brings the perfect blend of size, speed, power, experience, athleticism and rage to his matches, and will bring that to Jon Moxley’s face at Fyter Fest. To observe, we relive Cage decimating Lee Johnson with the corner uppercut and enziguri into the German Suplex. The fast twitch muscle fibers are so powerful, which is why he has that first-step explosiveness. And of course, the Drill Claw uses the upper body strength to use a vertical suplex position, so that the blood rushes to the opponent’s head before being driven into the mat. “Mox, you are in grave danger when you defend your AEW world title at Fyter Fest against The Machine, Brian Cage.”
Britt Baker makes her presence known.
Firstly, she sends a note up to Tony Schiavone to know that the very forgiving role model is letting him out of “friendship timeout.” But she does want an explanation and a clinical diagnosis of why Luchasaurus’ tongue is green. Secondly, she has upped the security on her “Roles Royce” as there is Plexiglas around the truck bed she lounges in, and a security guard watching the cab. Will Britt stay safe from the wrath of Big Swole this week?
Hikaru Shida VS Red Velvet!
The Samurai of Stardom will defend her AEW Women’s World Championship against Penelope Ford as part of Fyter Fest’s opening night! As such, Penelope talks smack as Shida makes her entrance, so Shida gets in Penelope’s face. And then Penelope SLAPS Shida! The ref stops Shida from striking back and gets her to enter the ring instead. Will Shida be able to focus on her sinister sweet opponent with Superbad on her mind?
The bell rings, Velvet runs at Shida but Shida KNEES her down! Shida drags Velvet up into the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The fastest win in the AEW Women’s Division, and it’s only the beginning as Shida goes out to CLOBBER Penelope! Shida is after Ford and Kip gets in to break it up. Kip tells Shida to stay back, but Shida DECKS him to go after Ford again! Shida throws Ford into railing and throws more hands! Other wrestlers break this brawl up, but the fight is coming at Fyter Fest! Will Shida shut the Superbad Girl down? Or will it be a Superbad upset for the summer?
AEW shares footage from the Fyter Fest Press Conference.
As Cody Rhodes prepares to defend the TNT Championship against Jake Hager, the entire Nightmare Family is present with the American Nightmare on his side of the podium. But where is Hager? They start without him, and take a question from the media. They ask Arn Anderson if he is surprised by the Inner Circle’s current absence at this conference. Arn says “surprised” isn’t the right word. Hager came out, kept himself about 50 feet away, and challenged Cody with a lot of huffing and puffing. Arn has been around a long time, he isn’t a moron. He said it wasn’t Hager’s time. The timing was wrong because Hager is a big, tough badass.
But what you didn’t see was 30 seconds later, Cody had a vein sticking out of his neck, sweat on his forehead, face red as a beet. Cody looked Arn in the eye and asks, “You don’t think I can beat that son of a b*tch?” That vein got bigger, and Arn knew that Hager had accomplished what he wanted. He became a challenger for Cod. But is Hager so stupid to believe what Arn said about him? Does Hager have the credentials to be champion? Maybe. But not showing up, disrespecting the media and Cody, is only showing Arn that Hager is either doubting himself, or is just too stupid to put up a brave front. When this is all said and done, the champion will still be Cody.
Next question is for Cody. How does it feel to be the inaugural TNT Champion? “How does it feel? It feels like hope.” That yearning and desire for a positive expectation is what hope is. But hope is also last week, Arn choosing Ricky Starks, a kid from Louisiana, who with no exaggeration or hyperbole, had only $3 in his bank account before coming to Dynamite, and then left Dynamite with a job. Cody calls himself the American Nightmare, but he still believes in the American Dream. That’s what hope is. He doesn’t have the best reputation, can be a bit of a boy scout, and takes wrestling very seriously because wrestling fed him his entire life. Cody doesn’t like “meta” wrestling, “play wrestling,” cosplay wrestling, he likes professional wrestling.
Cody likes to fight, taste his own blood, and feeling of another man’s knee between his legs in the Figure Four. It’s an indulgence, but it pales in comparison to what the viewers are having at home. That is the service AEW provides, and the hope Cody is talking about. Another aspect of hope is the title being held up behind him. It’s not even complete yet, that’s public knowledge. This title is not in its final form, but it is the title that led us through the fog of the pandemic and kept the fans going. It is an imperfect yet beautiful situation.
Finally, the Hagers appear. Cody waits for Mr. & Mrs. Hager to walk up the steps and stand on stage with the Nightmare Family. “Are you ready?” Cody’s ready. Hager and Cody meet face to face with the belt held over them. The cameras take their pictures and get their shot as the two put their dukes up. Hager holds his fist near Cody’s cheek, but Cody slaps it away. Dustin gets riled up but Cody keeps him back. Cody says it’s fine. Hager leaves, but his wife splashes water in Cody’s face! Brandi gets riled up now, but Cody says it’s fine, the press conference is done. Will Cody put all of the hope, the inspiration, the grit and determination he has into the fight to take Hager down a peg?
AEW checks in with Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss.
Jersey’s Finest continue on their road trip together and take a pit stop. Kiss knows they call Janela “The Bad Boy” for a reason, but Janela isn’t sure if he’s still that guy. Kiss says it’s fine, everyone feels like this now and again. They switch places and Janela drives them to the gas station. Kiss fuels up the tank while Janela gets some snacks, as well as some new sunglasses. A group of strangers walk up and admire the car, and ask for a test drive. Kiss says no way, and that he doesn’t want trouble. Well he has trouble! Kiss fights them off while Janela loads up on Lunchables. Janela finishes checking out and sees the brawl going on! He hurries over, dodges two, and uses the snacks to smack them around! Kiss backs Janlea up, they work together to LOW BLOW and DECK the last thug. “I can get used to this.” “I can, too.” But will the joy ride come to a screeching halt in tonight’s tag match?
Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana VS Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss!
BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana is conflicted because of his sudden losing streak. The Dark Order has offered him a place in their ranks, and even made this tag match so that the Exalted One can be right by his side through it all. Will Cabana cave and #JoinDarkOrder?
The teams sort out and Mr. Brodie starts against Kiss. They tie up, Brodie pops Kiss up but Kiss flips off to kick. Brodie blocks and flips Kiss, but Kiss lands on his feet to dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor Brodie to a corner. Kiss handsprings corner to corner for the SLAP! Brodie DECKS Kiss for it! Brodie drags Kiss up to uppercut down, then brings Kiss up to whip. Kiss dodges, ducks and wheelbarrows, but the bulldog is denied with a toss! Janela tags in and runs in, but gets run over! Brodie tags Cabana in and gives him pointers. Cabana runs but Janela hurdles, drops down and runs him over with a back elbow! Janela drags Cabana up to wrench, tags in Kiss, and they double whip Cabana. Janela hits Brodie while Kiss lifts Cabana, Jersey Hart Attack!
Kiss turns Cabana over with the Half Crab, Janela drops the leg, brother! Kiss Last Chancery but Brodie BOOTS Janela down! Brodie drags Kiss up and throws him out to the apron. Kiss does the splits while the ref backs Brodie down, but the ref doesn’t see Numbers 3 and 4, aka Alex Reynolds and John Silver, attack Kiss! The enziguri rocks Kiss into Cabana’s BIONIC ELBOW! Cabana drop splashes for the cover, TWO! Cabana brings Kiss up and bumps him off buckles hard! Tag to Brodie and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brodie brings Kiss up to CHOP in the corner! Kiss falls over but Brodie brings him back up for an uppercut! Brodie grinds his boot into Kiss then tags in Cabana. Cabana brings Kiss up to club the arm, then stands between Kiss and Janela. Cabana elbows Kiss down again, then covers, TWO! Kiss sits up but Cabana clamps on with a keylock. Cabana turns that to a half straitjacket but Kiss fights his way up. Kiss elbows free, runs, susnet fips, but Cabana stays up! Cabana sits on the cover, TWO! Cabana BOOTS Kiss down hard, then tags in Brodie. Brodie runs and drops an elbow, then another! Cover, TWO!
Brodie sits Kiss up, runs and drops a forearm into Kiss’ back! Brodie brings Kiss up, suplexes and hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Cabana and Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana brings Kiss up and bumps him off Brodie’s boot! Tag to Brodie, but then Brodie tags Cabana back in as he brings Kiss up. Brodie drags Kiss around and has Cabana stomp him. But Brodie insists Cabana stomp more, so Cabana keeps going. Then Brodie sucker punches Janela! The ref keeps Janela back and Cabana stays between Kiss and Janela. Cabana CHOPS Kiss to a corner, then whips corner to corner. AEW returns to single picture as Cabana runs corner to corner, bit Kiss dodges!
Kiss spins to ROCK Cabana with the forearm! Hot tag to Janela and the crowd fires up! Janela climbs up and puts on the sunglasses for a flying crossbody! Janela gives double dirty birds to Brodie, dodges Cabana and hits a jawbreaker! Janela runs, into an elbow! Cabana runs, Janela fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Janela swings on Brodie, then coordinates with Kiss at a corner. They aim at Brodie and Cabana, for DOUBLE ASAI MOONSAULTS! Down go Brodie and Cabana! Kiss puts Cabana in the ring and Janela runs in to elbow Cabana! Janela sets Caban for Kiss’ handspring Axes ‘n’ O’s! Both go to the top rope, Janela splashes, Kiss 450’s!! Cover, but Brodie breaks it!
Brodie whips Janela, but Janela stops himself with the ropes. Brodie runs at Janela but Janela dumps him out! Kiss runs to handspring out, but Brodie pushes him back into the ring. Kiss wrecks Brodie with the dropkick, elbows Cabana away, then coordinates with Janela. Electric Chair as Kiss goes up top, but Cabana avoids Jersey Doomsday to a victory roll! TWO, but Kiss enziguris Brodie away! Kiss and Janela try again, but Cabana Bionic Elbows Janela away! Kiss enziguris Cabana and Janela SUPERKICKS him down! Kiss is up top again, but the Beaver Boys drag Cabana out! The crowd boos but Kiss adjusts to LEAP! Down go the Beaver Boys, but Brodie SUPERKICKS Kiss down! Janela DIVES at Brodie but is sent into barriers!!
Brodie puts Janela in, regroups with Cabana, DISCUS LARIAT! Brodie serves Janela up to Cabana for the cover, Cabana and Brodie win!
Winners: Colt Cabana & Brodie Lee, by pinfall
The Exalted One let Cabana get the pin as they both win! Will this convince Cabana and many more to #JoinDarkOrder?
As for Jersey’s Finest, LANCE ARCHER attacks!! He wanted after these two a couple weeks ago on AEW Dark, and now he gets them on Dynamite! Archer hip tosses Kiss hard, then rains down fists from all sides! Janela has a chair and he throws it at Archer! But it just bounces off him, and even lands sitting upright! Archer BOOTS Janela down! Jake the Snake pulls the Murderhawk Monster back because he’s done enough. These two are a waste of time, The Snake wants Archer going after someone better. But will Archer insist that #EverbodyDies?
FTR VS SoCal Uncensored!
A battle of acronyms as Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood take on SCU’s Addiction! Will FTR shoot up the ranks after defeating such an accomplished team? Or will Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian prove they’ve still got it?
The teams sort out and Cash starts with Kaz and the two circle. They tie up, Cash wrenches to a hammerlock but Kaz spins through to get a hammerlock of his own. Cash powers Kaz back, Dax tags in, but Kaz gets clear. FTR stands down and the crowd cheers. Dax and Kaz circle and tie up as the crowd rallies. Dax headlocks, shifts to a wristlock, then throws Kaz down for a leg drop on the arm. Dax has the short arm scissor and cranks on the elbow, then wrenches to tag in Cash. FTR mug Kaz then Cash wristlocks. Kaz gets to ropes, but Cash wrenches him down to a hammerlock. Cash drops a knee but Kaz gets the ropebreak. Cash holds on until 4 and lets Kaz up. FTR have a quick huddle before Cash and Kaz circle again.
Cash and Kaz tie up again, Cash goes after the arm and wrangles Kaz down with a knee to the elbow. Kaz rolls, uses the ropes to flip through, and wrenches to a whip. Cash reverses, Daniels tags in, things speed up and Daniels dropkicks Cash down! Daniels bumps Cash off buckles, CHOPS him, then brings him out. Cash CHOPS, Daniels knees low, and Daniels headbutts Cash down. Daniels whips Cash, Cash dodges, Dax saves him from the dropkick! Cash brings Daniels up, Daniels pushes him away and Daniels shoves Dax! Cash pushes Daniels and then Kaz comes out. The four start shoving all around and the ref can’t keep the peace! It’s a brawl between FTR and SCU! Daniels swings on Cash but Cash dodges to clothesline Daniels and himself out! Dax suplexes himself and Kaz out of the ring! All four men are down and out as AEW goes picture in picture!
Daniels and Cash flounder up to their feet first, and they continue brawling on that side of the ring. Daniels bumps Cash off the apron, then they go around to where Kaz and Dax are. Cash bumps Daniels off the apron, throws EuroUppers, and they go back around the way. Cash CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, Dash BITES Daniels’ eyebrow! Meanwhile, Kaz dodges and Dax gets POSTED! Daniels puts Cash in the ring but Cash whips him first. Things speed up and Cash clobbers Daniels with the elbow! Cover, ONE! Cash sees Dax is still down so he runs at Daniels, only to get a boot! Daniels brings Cash over and bumps him off SCU buckles. Daniels snapmares Cash down and tags in Kaz. Daniels slingshot elbow drops, Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz drags Cash up, tags in Daniels, and the two double wrench to bring Cash to his knees. Kaz kicks, Daniels clotheslines and Kaz drops a leg! Dax distracts, keeping the ref from counting Daniels’ cover right away, TWO! Daniels drags Cash up to bump off Kaz’s boots. The ref reprimands but Daniels clubs Cash down. Daniels brings Cash up for a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Daniels keeps on Cash as Dax looks ready to jump in. Daniels wraps Cash in a chinlock but Cash fights up. Daniels rams Cash into the corner, tags in Kaz, but Cash fights back. Cash leaps but Daniels catching him, keeping him from a tag! Daniels hits an atomic drop on Cash then hits Dax just because. Kaz slingshots to DDT Cash down! Cover, TWO!!
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz keeps between Cash and Dax. Kaz brings Cash up, scoops and slams, then springboards but misses the leg drop! Cash crawls but Kaz tags Daniels in first. The Fallen Angel swings on Dax, Dax dodges and Cash huricanranas! Tag to Dax! Dax rallies on Daniels with jab after jab then a right! Another right! One for Kaz! Dax snap suplexes Daniels, then snap suplexes Kaz onto Daniels! Dax clotheslines Kaz out of the ring, but Daniels gets him with an uppercut! Daniels whips, Dax reverses, and slingshot suplexes Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Dax is frustrated, but he paces around Daniels. Dax brings Daniels up, but Daniels resists the piledriver. Daniels back drops but Dax wants to sunset flip. Kaz grabs Daniels’ hands to save him, but Cash runs in to leap frog and attack Kaz!
Daniels runs into a waistlock but knocks into Cash. Dax O’Conner rolls, TWO and Dax DECKS Kaz! The ref is busy with Kaz and Daniels cradles Dax! But the ref doesn’t see it, and Cash turns it over into Dax’s favor! The ref counts, TWO!! Daniels kicks but Dax blocks to ROCK Daniels. Daniels comes back with the STO! Both men are down but the crowd is fired up! A standing count begins, both teams crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaz and Cash! The two throw fast hands, Cash ducks to CHOP back. Kaz CHOPS, Cash CHOPS, repeat! Cash swings, Kaz ducks, and Kaz mule kicks to knee and LARIAT! The crowd is fired up as Kaz brings Cash up.
Kaz clubs and suplexes, but Cash slips out to waistlock. Kaz elbows back, then runs, ducks, and slides off the back to BACKSTABBER! Kaz sends Cash at Daniels for the enziguri! Kaz gets Cash again, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and Kaz can’t believe it! Kaz drags Cash up and over to tag in Daniels. The Addiction drag Cash up, CELEBRITY REHAB, but Cash blocks the knees! Dax drags Kaz out while Cash gets the legs! Cash catapults Daniels into buckles! Dax tags in, goes up top, Cash cradles Daniels for the LEG DROP SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Fallen Angel survives the “Veg-o-matic,” and “This is Awesome!”
Dax looms over Daniels and brings him up to the top rope. Dax CHOPS Daniels, climbs up top, and Cash climbs up the other corner. SUPERPLEX, but Daniels turns it into an inverted DDT! Kaz trips Cash and Daniels covers, TWO!! Daniels tags Kaz and SCU double whip Dax. Dax kicks Daniels away, dodges Kaz, but runs into the hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! SCU can’t believe it, but they just tag again. Daniels brings Dax up into the underhooks, ANGEL’S WINGS! Cover, but Cash breaks it! Kaz runs in, Cash dodges and hits Kaz with a POWERSLAM! Daniels KNEES Cash down, but Dax rolls Daniels! TWO, but Cash tags back in. Daniels whips Dax, Dax slides under, Daniels turns around into GOODNIGHT EXPRESS!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winner: FTR, by pinfall
Cash and Dax continue to roll through AEW’s Tag Division, and they get some mics to speak. “So this might come as a shock to all of you and all of you at home, but Cash and myself, we were not a welcomed addition to the AEW Tag Team roster.” But it’s okay, because there are good guys, and there are bad guys. FTR may only be scratching the surface of 5’10”, and they may not have the athletic background guys like JR likes, but if we’re talking good guys and bad guys, “We are the absolute baddest.”
So now that brings FTR to talk straight to the camera, and specifically to Jungle Boy and his “dumbass dinosaur.” He’s talking to Santana & Ortiz, and to the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and on top of the list… Matt & Nick, the Young Bucks. Congratulations, boys! You graduated from the kiddie table, but now you’re eating with the big boys! When it comes to FTR, “y’all bit off a little more than you can chew.” FTR talks heavy, hits hard, and are the absolute best tag team on this planet!
But wait, The Butcher & The Blade just hijacked FTR’s truck! “Hey, boys! We’re over here!” This is a great truck! Butcher and Blade have been looking for a new ride, this fits the bill. But just a heads up. If you take one more step towards the truck. they’re going to rip the truck in half! And little does FTR know but behind them, the LUCHA BROTHERS have returned!! Blade knows FTR is excited for a dream match with the Bucks, but first, it’s a challenge for an 8 Man Tag at Fyter Fest! FTR & The Bucks VS The Butcher, The Blade and two brothers with NO FEAR. FTR accepts the challenge! They step up to Pentagon and Fenix, who give them Cero Miedo to the face. FTR pushes back and it’s a brawl!
Pentagon and Fenix beat Dax down, then bring Cash up for the DOUBLE STOMP PACKAGE DRIVER!! The Bucks appear and run the Lucha Bros off, but the damage has been done! Pentagon and Fenix jump into the truck with Butcher and Blade and they drive off into the night! Will FTR get their truck back as well as some payback?
AEW profiles Fyter Fest’s World Tag Team Championship match.
Looking at the two teams in this match, there are the challengers, Best Friends. Trent hopes his posture is confident. Trent and Chuck Taylor are best buddies, while there is some sort of “unique” bond between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. Omega feels that he relates to Hangman the most. No, that’s not true. Yes it is, they’re practically brothers now. Taz says those two are different animals, one having straight whiskey while the other is having a tall glass of milk. Chuck says that’s gross. One is half drunk, the other is gonna have milk breath. Omega says he can count Hangman’s drinking buddies on one hand.
Trent says those two can’t even drink the same drinks, and yet they’re tag team champions? Omega says he is Hangman’s best friend. Excalibur remembers being present for the “genesis” of Best Friends, when Trent and Chuck first met. They’re true best friends. Tony Schiavone notes they love to hug. Nothing wrong with that. Well what else are best friends going to do but hug? Omega and Hangman like shows of affection. Best Friends says the hug isn’t for fun, it gives them strength. There’s a lot of synergy between Best Friends. They’ve been through a lot. Like what? Umm…
JR says that in any sport, it’s about momentum. Schiavone says Best Friends are red hot. Best Friends has been all over the world, but they’ve yet to hold tag titles anywhere. Taz says Trent and Chuck have paid their dues, now it’s time to cash in that “sweat equity.” They’re the real deal. Omega knows Best Friends want to win. He’s taking them seriously. Schiavone can tell Omega and Hangman are getting closer, and those two decided to be the best and are just doing it. They decided to be a team that easy, went for the gold, and won it, just like that. They decided to have the greatest tag team match in history at AEW Revolution, and that’s what happened.
The biggest asset in the arsenal of Omega and Hangman is the Last Call, Buckshot and V-Trigger sandwich. So far, that move has been 100% effective. But while Omega and Hangman claim everything’s okay, JR isn’t buying it just yet. There’s something combustible that hasn’t reared its head yet. Best Friends finally get a shot at tag titles, they’re not gonna blow it. Omega says he and Hangman may not be best friends, but they’re the best wrestlers who are friends. Trent says this is the biggest match of Best Friends’ life, “We’re gonna f*** these boys up.” Hangman says he and Omega will see “you two weirdos” at Fyter Fest. Because those boys are good, real good. But Hangman will still whoop their asses. But they’re good.
AEW profiles the World Championship match.
Jon Moxley admits, he didn’t know what to make of Brian Cage. It didn’t seem like there was a lot going on between the ears. But then Cage put Moxley through a car windshield. Under different circumstances, Moxley would actually get along with Cage. Excalibur says Cage’s physicality is no match for Moxley. The car was the most obvious example. One thing Schiavone remembers about that moment, and this is the “x-factor” if you will, it’s that Taz told Cage it was enough, only for Cage to do it anyway. As aggressive as Taz is, Cage is going to do what he wants. Taz says the amount of “bodily harm” done to Moxley is going to be the real obstacle for Mox. Will he be damaged goods?
Brian Cage VS Jon Cruz!
Taz joins commentary as The Machine heads to the ring. Cage doesn’t even wait for a bell, he FLAPJACKS Cruz high into the air! The bell rings by the time Cruz hits the mat! Cage drags Cruz up and whips him to ropes. Cruz ducks and dodges, then leaps, into Cage’s arms! Cage does some quick curls with Cruz before he TOSSES him. Taz says Cage is the complete package, and Cage brings Cruz up to whip him corner to corner! Cruz bounces off the buckles, into the OVERHEAD suplex! Cage stalks Cruz to the ramp, drags him back up and around, and reels him in for a POWERBOMB into the ring! Cage isn’t done with Cruz, he drags him up for a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Taz wasn’t on commentary long and didn’t need to say much, because Cage’s actions speak for themselves. Taz gets a mic, and asks someone please get Cruz out of the ring. Taz mockingly asks where “The badass” Moxley is. We all know Moxley wanted to be safe and keep others safe given incidental secondhand COVID contact, but Taz says Moxley’s behind the lens. Mox is sitting on his ass at home. “Hi, champ!” Mox remembers Taz, right? And Cage, “your fate.” Remember? He’s the guy who put Moxley through an automobile! The man who came to work! Who competed! Mox sits on his ass with a BULLSHIT EXCUSE! Moxley is just afraid, and he should be! Be afraid of Cage! Fyter Fest is coming, Moxley’s reign is in danger, all because of The Machine.
Cage will take that title at Fyter Fest, and Moxley is done! For all the right reasons Moxley thinks why he shouldn’t be here, it’s actually good Moxley isn’t here. Cage is unsafe. Cage would hurt Moxley more than Moxley has ever been hurt. Taz wants Mox to do one thing: Ask yourself if YOU can stop #ThePathOfCage. Cage says the answer is no, but we’ll know at Fyter Fest.
AEW Media finds Brodie and Cabana backstage.
Cabana feels pretty good after that win. Brodie told him that’s how it’d go. Winning feels good. Success feels good. Everyone suffers loss in life, but it is how you react to those losses that matter. Cabana showed the world when he won and had his hand raised. Brodie told Cabana this, and Cabana thanks Brodie for that. But Brodie wants to show Cabana that again at Fyter Fest, when they take on SCU. SCU? Cabana’s friends? Brodie wants Cabana to trust him. Brodie tells SCU that they were at one time nonbelievers, but they fixed that. Now, Brodie will bring his best to take on SCU’s best. SCU is in Brodie’s sight. Will Daniels, Kaz and Scorpio be able to survive The Dark Order coming for them?
AEW sets up the Fyter Fest cards!
On night one, it will be the tag team grudge match of MJF & Wardlow VS Jurassic Express! Private Party with Matt Hardy by their side going up against The Inner Circle’s Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana & Ortiz! Hikaru Shida defends her AEW Women’s World Championship against Penelope Ford! Cody Rhodes defends his TNT Championship against Jake Hager! The AEW Tag Team Championships are on the line as Omega and Hangman take on Best Friends!
Night two will have Lance Archer going after Joey Janela, as spurred on by the brutal confrontation earlier tonight! Will the Bad Boy get back at the Murderhawk Monster? Nyla Rose returns to action, too, and promises a big surprise. As we just heard, The Dark Order wants after SCU, and SCU has accepted the challenge! A Six Man Tag pits Daniels, Kaz and Scorpio against Brodie Lee, Stu Grayson and Colt Cabana! Will Cabana be conflicted between his friends and success? We have another grudge match as Orange Cassidy seeks revenge on Chris Jericho! Will Freshly Squeezed get revenge for being beaten to a pulp? And as The Blade put forward, he, The Butcher and the Lucha Brothers will team up against FTR and The Young Bucks! And of course, the main event, the AEW World Championship as Moxley takes on Cage!
Britt Baker sends another note up to Tony Schiavone.
Schiavone doesn’t really want to read it, but Britt insists. This is a message to Big Swole, wherever she is tonight. “I have might have been in a dumpster for nine-and-a-half to ten hours” (which is an even bigger exaggeration than last time) but Swole is still the biggest piece of trash on the roster. Britt will have her revenge on Swole. But here comes Swole right now! Britt says Swole wants the star power but there’s nothing she can do this time. And it’s soundproof by the way. Then how can we hear her? Britt says Swole can’t touch her. That’s fine. Swole goes around to jump up on top of the cart! And she dumps trash into Britt’s bunker!! Britt freaks out, but she can’t go anywhere because of the trap she created for herself! Will Britt learn to stop talking trash so that Swole will stop trashing her?
Santana w/ Ortiz VS Matt Hardy!
Proud ‘n’ Powerful gear up for their Fyter Fest match with Private Party, but they first want to go after the young team’s new mentor. But which version are we getting tonight? Hardy makes his entrance, and it’s DAMASCUS! The Broken Brilliance returns, with NEO-1 flying overhead! Will Hardy DELETE Santana before Private Party even gets a shot?
The bell rings, Santana circles with Hardy, and then rushes him to a corner. The ref counts, Santana lets up at 4 and eggs Hardy on. Ortiz talks smack, saying Hardy’s scared. Hardy snaps at Ortiz then circles with Santana. They tie up, Hardy puts Santana in the corner but Santana turns it around. Santana lets up but sucker punches Hardy! Santana CHOPS Hardy then stalks him along the ropes. Santana throws haymakers then boy shots. He brings Hardy out, throws more haymakers, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy holds the ropes and then dumps Santana up and out! Ortiz checks on Santana but Hardy goes out to fetch him. Hardy ROCKS Santana with the haymaker! Hardy presses Santana against the post and keeps his eyes open! Then he bumps Santana off the post!
Hardy clubs Santana then whips him into railing! Santana collapses while Hardy refreshes the ring count. Hardy backs Ortiz off then goes after Santana. Hardy BITES Santana’s fingers! Santana punches but Hardy hits back. Hardy puts Santana in the ring but Santana grabs the ref. Ortiz anchors Hardy’s foot and Santana runs to dropkick Hardy down! “You see that? We’re geniuses!” Santana stands on Hardy’s head while AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana brings Hardy up, throws forearms into his back, then hoists him up with a high and hard back suplex! Cover, ONE! Santana and Ortiz are frustrated but Santana toys with Hardy. Hardy hits back with body shots, but Santana CHOPS and headbutts! Santana stalks Hardy, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Santana grinds his boot in but the ref counts. Santana lets up to argue with the ref but goes back to dig his knee into Hardy. The ref counts, Santana stomps away, then grinds his boot in until 4. Santana argues with the ref more, but Hardy kicks and punches back! Hardy rocks Santana, throws more hands in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Santana reverses HARD and Hardy collides with buckles!
Ortiz talks trash at Hardy in the corner while Santana drags him out. Cover, TWO! Santana grows frustrated but also messes with the ref. Santana CHOPS Hardy in the corner, then brings him around to throw out. Ortiz waits for the ref to be distracted before he throws Hardy around and into the ring. Santana argues as AEW returns to single picture. Santana runs corner to corner, Hardy puts him on the apron, but Santana rams a shoulder into Hardy. Santana drags Hardy through the ropes, to slingshot up and over, but Hardy ducks the enziguri! Hardy dead lifts and waistlocks, but Santana elbows out. Santana swings, into a SIDE EFFECT, but Santana flips through! Santana baits Hardy into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Santana steps on Hardy to then springboard, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Santana grows frustrated while the crowd rallies up for Hardy. Santana stalks Hardy and pushes him to a corner. Santana CLUBS Hardy in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Hardy stops himself to kick back and bump Santana off buckles. Hardy clubs and punches but Santana ROCKS him with a right. Santana hops up but Hardy intercepts with a haymaker. Hardy climbs up but Santana resists and headbutts Hardy down. Santana adjusts, leaps, but his frog splash FLOPS! Hardy and Santana are down but the crowd rallies up. The standing count begins, Hardy stands at 4, and he fires up as he goes after Santana with BIG haymakers. Santana gives them back and we have a brawl!
Santana hits, Hardy gets the edge, and Santana drops! Hardy whips, elbows Santana down then runs, and LARIATS Santana inside out! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but Hardy won’t let up. Hardy brings Santana up to bump off buckles over and over and over, all the way to the bottom! The crowd fires up as Hardy says “DELETE!” Hardy runs in to corner clothesline, but no bulldog! Santana runs into the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, ONE!! Ortiz coaches Santana but Hardy hits another SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy brings Santana back up, wants a third, and hits a THIRD Side Effect! Cover, TWO!! Santana still lives and Hardy is shocked! But Hardy brings Santana up, puts him in a corner, but runs into a knee!
Santana hops up, leaps, into a kick! Twist of Fate denied, but Hardy hits an inverted DDT! Ortiz distracts the ref as Hardy covers! Hardy runs Ortiz off, brings Santana up, but Santana fireman’s carries to a running MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! To a victory roll, Hardy wins!!
Winner: BROKEN Matt Hardy, by pinfall
Damascus successfully defeats Santana, but Ortiz uses the mad ball to smash Hardy down! Proud ‘n’ Powerful go after this mortal vessel with more mad balls, and then they coordinate at the corner. They bring Hardy up, for the STREET SWEEPER! Private Party runs out but the damage is done! Is the Hardy Party over before it even began?
Orange Cassidy heads to the ring!
Freshly Squeezed didn’t mean anything by him walking into The Inner Circle’s shot, but they made it personal by attacking him with blood oranges. Cassidy got payback last week, but now he and Le Champion will meet face to face before their grudge match at Fyter Fest. Surprisingly, Jericho is here without The Inner Circle’s back-up. Jericho grabs a mic to speak to Cassidy. “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.” Jericho repeats that to make sure we understand that. It’s a joke everyone knows, and when you first hear it, it’s amusing, but also kinda stupid. But the more you hear it, the more you realize how annoying and dumb it is. And that’s Cassidy in a nutshell. Cassidy is the “chicken crossed the road” joke of pro-wrestling, because the more Jericho sees him, the more he sees that act, the more annoying he becomes and it pisses Jericho off.
When Jericho first heard the name “Orange Cassidy,” he thought it was stupid. The first time Jericho saw Cassidy’s matches, he thought Cassidy was an embarrassment to the business. And when Cassidy signed with AEW, Jericho called Tony Khan, Cody, Kenny, the Bucks, and asked them all, “Why in the hell did you bring in Orange Cassidy?” And they all said the same thing: “People love him.” The crowd sure does. Freshly Squeezed was definitely unique in presentation and in-ring style. And as the late Brian Pillman once told Jericho, if you want to make it, you have to be different. And for that, Jericho applauds Cassidy. Cassidy did the “seemingly unthinkable thing” and got over on his own by being himself. That’s why people love him! He’s like them: a lazy slacker that doesn’t have what it takes to make it to the top. Cassidy made a mistake when he broke out of his lane and got in Jericho’s way.
This is Chris Jericho, man. You better be the best Orange Cassidy at Fyter Fest, because if he tries any of that “bullsh*t, kick me in the shin offense,” Jericho will knock his teeth down his throat and beat him in 30 seconds. Do you understand him? As it stands now, Cassidy needs to reach down deep into those pockets and pull out a man-sized miracle, because that’s what it’s gonna take to beat Le Champion. But it won’t happen. AT Fyter Fest, the Orange Cassidy Phenomenon ends, because Jericho is gonna make him run outta juice. Clever, right? Cassidy takes the mic from Jericho!? Is he going to talk?! Cassidy brings the mic up, but then puts it down. To give a shin kick! And another! That’s what Jericho was talking about. Sweet Shin Music! Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets!
Jericho takes the sunglasses from Cassidy, and breaks them! Cassidy sees the pieces on the mat, and TACKLES Jericho! Cassidy is FURIOUS! He and Jericho brawl, go around, spill out of the ring, and Cassidy knocks Jericho into the railing! And then they go down the way to the crowd! Cassidy throws BIG hands on Jericho, then throws him into railing. Jericho DECKS Cassidy, and RAMS him with railing! Jericho pulls Cassidy’s jacket over his head for a hockey scrum! He throws Cassidy into railing, then brings him around the way to be in front of the fans. Cassidy hits back and bumps Jericho off railing! They fight up into the bleachers and Cassidy clubs him back. Jericho bashes Cassidy off chairs then SMACKS him with a water bottle!
The two go up higher, and Cassidy counter punches! Jericho uses tarp to block and hit back, but Cassidy won’t let up! Cassidy brings Jericho to behind production and Jericho ROCKS Cassidy! Jericho whips Cassidy into equipment, then brings a camera crane around to SMASH Jericho! Jericho brings Cassidy back up, bumps him off trunks, then climbs up to bring Cassidy on top. Jericho scoops, Cassidy drops down and SMASHES Jericho on the railing! And again! And again! Cassidy cools off to get space, and runs back down to SUPERMAN PUNCH Jericho through a table! The crowd is thunderous for Cassidy as he stands tall, bloody ear and all! Also, spare sunglasses! Will Cassidy show Jericho just how serious this “joke wrestler” can be?
An incredible “go home” to Fyter Fest! The Lumberjack match was insane, especially with the stage spots, but of course MJF helps Wardlow cheat and win. The tag match between MJF, Wardlow and Jurassic Express will be really good, and honestly could go either way. If MJF’s team loses, it’s because Wardlow takes the pin so that MJF can still say he’s gone undefeated and unpinned and all that. MJF’s big loss should be in singles competition at All Out this year. Shida almost didn’t even need that match, she won so quick and then brawls with Penelope. I’m thinking Shida wins, even with Kip ringside to try something. Nyla Rose’s announcement for Night 2 is intriguing, because I cannot possibly think of what it could be.
We got a great tag match out of SCU VS FTR, and yes that came about because Natural Nightmares could not compete. QT Marshall and Jon Moxley both came into contact with people who had COVID like symptoms so everyone’s playing it safe. But as a substitute, Daniels and Kaz did great, even in losing. As I predicted, there is an 8 Man Tag but with one team being subbed out as there are #SpeakingOut related reasons why Jimmy Havoc is out and thereby keeping the Superbad Squad out of action. FTR & Bucks VS Butcher, Blade & Lucha Bros is still going to be insane, and honestly even better than if Kip and Havoc were in. It’s great to have both Lucha Bros back, they’ll get things going again. Cabana and Brodie win in a pretty good match with Janela & Kiss, and now Dark Order and SCU are finally getting their story going again. Cabana should definitely be conflicted about how Brodie wants him to treat his friends, that will make for good story.
Archer going after Janela and Kiss was a good move, too, since we saw seeds being planted on Dark. It at least makes Dark important enough to watch for little details like that, so that things aren’t so out of nowhere. The “press conference” was a good final segment for Cody and Hager, though Mrs. Hager splashing water at Cody is right outta Brandi doing that to Stephen Amell. We got a great vignette for Best Friends and Omega-Page, as well as one for Moxley VS Cage. Cage takes Moxley’s spot on the card and destroys Cruz, but I was most surprised by Taz’s promo. Was it controversial for him to say Mox being cautious about COVID was BS? Yes, it was. But it was also genius Heel work.
Britt was doing genius Heel work, and Swole still got to give her some comeuppance. As it is right now, Britt VS Swole is going to be a showstealer at All Out. Hardy VS Santana was another substitution as Sammy Guevara’s past was made to haunt him. Even so, Hardy and Santana had a great match, and Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Private Party will be a lot of fun. Cassidy and Jericho had a great closing segment, from Jericho’s promo to the crazy brawl. Their match at Fyter Fest could be a showstealer.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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