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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/29/20)

One last Dark for 2020!

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AEW Dark 2

A final 14 for AEW Dark to end the year!

2020 has been disheartening to say the least, but AEW wants us to be hopeful! Dark has another packed card to say good-bye to a dark year!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey Fenix w/ Penta El Zero M VS Vary Morales; Fenix wins.
  • Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Lindsay Snow; Ford wins.
  • The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4 VS Shawn Dean & Tyson Maddux; The Dark Order wins.
  • Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Jazmin Allure; Jay wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS RYZIN, James Tapia & Nick Comoroto; Team Taz wins.
  • Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr. VS Fuego del Sol; Garrison wins.
  • Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Team TNT; PNP wins.
  • Sammy Guevara VS Aaron Solow; Guevara wins.
  • Chaos Project VS El Cuervo de Puerto Rico & Ariel Levy; Chaos Project wins.
  • Leva Bates VS Madi Wrenkowski; Bates wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight; Sydal wins.
  • Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Vertvixen; Conti wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Baron Black, Mike Verna & Royal Money; Gunn Club wins.
  • Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2; SoCal Uncensored wins and are still a tag team.

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AEW mourns the loss of Jon Huber, aka Mr. Brodie Lee.

 

Rey Fenix w/ Penta El Zero Miedo VS Vary Morales!

The Firebird is preparing for his AEW World Championship match with Kenny Omega as part of New Year’s Smash! But first, will he give a “warm welcome” to the new kid in AEW?

Fenix offers a handshake but Morales refuses. The bell rings and Morales rushes in but Fenix dodges to roll him up! TWO, Fenix gets Morales for an Oklahoma roll, TWO! Fenix gets around, waistlocks but Morales victory rolls, TWO, and Fenix has it back, ONE! The fans cheer as the two stand off. Morales back kicks, throws a haymaker, then whips Fenix to ropes. Fenix tiger feints but Morales ducks the kick to throw a haymaker! Morales turns to run but Fenix pulls him back and runs to ropes, but Morales dodges and runs to shotgun boot Fenix down! Morales takes a moment to boast before he covers, ONE!

Morales drags Fenix to the ropes and stands on his head! The ref counts, Morales stops at 4 and then stares Pentagon down. Morales mule kicks Fenix, then bumps him off buckles. Morales throws a forearm, runs corner to corner and hits a high bronco buster! Fenix sits down, Morales comes back with a CANNONBALL! Cover, ONE! Morales keeps his cool as he snapmares Fenix and wraps on a chinlock. Fenix endures as fans rally up, and Fenix gets up to throw body shots. Fenix is free, and he CHOPS Morales, but runs into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Morales drags Fenix up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to hit a clothesline!

Morales keeps moving but runs into a BOOT! Fenix dodges the third time, then dodges again, tiger feint HOOK KICK! Fans fire up for Fenix as he runs in at Morales in the corner, but Morales puts him outside. Fenix counter punches, goes up, up and Quebradas! Morales gets under, comes back, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fenix hits a basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Fenix is annoyed but fans rally up behind him. Fenix clubs Morales, throws kidney shots, then CHOPS him to a corner! Fenix runs in but Morales boots back! Morales hops up and leaps for a FLYING RANA! Morales keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fenix survives being spiked and Morales grows frustrated! Fenix gets up, Morales runs at him, and JOHN WOO dropkicks him into a corner! Morales runs in, but Fenix shotgun BOOTS back! Fenix runs corner to corner now to springboard SOBAT! Fenix puts Morales up top, ROCKS him with more haymakers, then brings Morales in, KINIKUMAN BUSTER! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Morales ended up more than a tune-up, but Fenix still comes out on top! Will it be #ANIMO that dethrones Omega in the new year?

 

Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Lindsay Snow!

We’re on the road to AEW Beach Break and the Superbad Wedding in February! But will the Superbad Bride stay hot against the Snow?

The bell rings, Snow and Ford tie up and Ford wrenches to a wristlock. Snow rolls, trips Ford and smirks as she grabs the legs and rolls Ford for a combination deathlock and ankle lock! Ford scrambles and gets the ropebreak, and Snow lets go quickly. Snow goes after Ford but Ford kicks the legs out! Ford throws Snow into the ropes, then clubs her on the back! Ford bumps Snow off buckles, then whips her out to whip her in hard! Ford fireman’s carries, Snow slips off and shoves but Ford dodges to BOOT Snow down! Fans boo Ford as she toys with Snow. Snow goes to the apron but Ford digs a boot into Snow’s head! Ford then goes up and slingshots out for a double knee drop!

Ford shoves Snow back in, taunts Snow, but Snow throws body shots! Snow uppercuts, boots and LARIATS Ford down! Cover, TWO! Snow grits her teeth but Ford is on her first. Ford puts her on ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Ford lets off and Kip protests. Ford turns Snow around to YANK her into ropes! Snow goes to a corner, Ford handsprings in to back elbow! Ford keeps moving, and she handsprings for the CUTTER! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall

That was a Superbad win for the bride to be! Will Penelope get the #1 contender’s spot as a great wedding gift to herself?

 

The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4 VS Shawn Dean & Tyson Maddux!

Alex Reynolds & John Silver still hope Hangman Page chooses to #JoinDarkOrder so that it can be Cowboy Day every day! But will they perhaps convince The Captain and the debuting “Mad Maddux” to join up instead?

The teams sort out, Reynolds starts with Dean and the two circle. They tie up, Reynolds headlocks, but Dean powers out only for Reynolds to run him over. Things speed up, Dean hurdles but Reynolds leaps, only for Dean to run Reynolds over in return! Tag to Maddux, they mug Reynolds, and Maddux clubs Reynolds. Reynolds kicks low, whips but Maddux blocks to reverse. Maddux hurdles, hurdles and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Maddux runs at Reynolds in an open corner for a BIG corner clothesline! Maddux suplexes and holds Reynolds up to walk around! Maddux waits until a count of 10 to SLAM Reynolds down! Cover, ONE!!

Maddux keeps his cool as he whips Reynolds to ropes. Reynolds stops himself, kicks back and tags Silver. The Numbers grab Maddux but he explodes out of the facelocks! Reynolds dodges the clothesline and flapjacks Maddux for Silver’s BIG EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Silver keeps his eyes on Dean but he KICKS Maddux in the chest! Silver flexes, “I’m freakin’ jacked, baby!” Maddux sits up and Silver KICKS him down again! Even Silver was impressed by his kick! Silver sits Maddux up to KICK him down even harder! Cover, TWO! Maddux survives but Silver drags him over to tag in Reynolds. The Beaver Boys mug Maddux, Reynolds stomps and digs a knee in, then lets off to strike the Dark Order pose.

Reynolds stomps Maddux more, then bumps Maddux off buckles. Reynolds throws EuroUppers of his own, then bumps Maddux off buckles again. Tag to Silver as fans rally up, and Silver throws big forearms on Maddux. Silver throws EuroUppers, tags Reynolds back in, and they mug Maddux more. Reynolds snapmares Maddux for a neck snapper, covers, TWO! Reynolds drags Maddux up but Maddux fights back. Reynolds knees low and hard, puts him back in the corner, then he taunts Dean. Reyn9lds runs in but into a boot! Maddux elbows Silver down, goes up and over Reynolds and hot tags Dean!

The Captain rallies on Reynolds, whips but reels him in for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Silver runs in, to get an enziguri! Dean fires up and fans are with him as he runs into the corner, for a dropkick! Dropkick for Reynolds, CANNONBALL for Silver! Dean slips around Reynolds, gets a salute for the DDT! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds survives and Dean grits his teeth. Dean drags Reynolds up, tags in Maddux, and they double back suplex. Reynolds lands on his feet, shoves Dean into Maddux, then stomps Dean down! Reynolds BOOTS Maddux, feeds to Silver’s enziguri, then the rolling elbow, enziguri, stunner and GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife cover, The Dark Order wins!

Winners: Alex Reynolds & John Silver, by pinfall

The Beaver Boy Blitz does it again! Will this prove to all of AEW that the Dark Order is taking over?

 

Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Jazmin Allure!

Speaking of the Dark Order’s recruitment efforts, Number 99 has been trying to convince Conti to be a member. Will a win tonight be a strong selling point?

The bell rings and Jay circles with Allure. They tie up, Jay shoves Allure down hard then fixes her hair. Jay dares Allure to bring it, and Allure gets around for a waistlock. Jay elbows out hard, wrenches and throws Allure down with an arm-drag. Jay shifts to get a chinbar as part of the armlock. Allure fights up, throws knees and forearms but Jay ROCKS her with a right! Jay whips Allure into a corner then runs in to HEEL KICK her down! Jay runs side to side and rolls to KICK Allure in the face! Fans boo but Jay bumps Allure off buckles, then throws forearms and stomps. The ref counts, Jay lets off and fans boo, but Allure puts Jay in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and stomp away!

Allure fires up and fans fire up with her as she runs back after Jay. Allure whips corner to corner, runs in but Jay slips out and Allure gets buckles! Jay spins to HEEL KICK again! Jay drags Allure up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS yet again! Jay drags Allure back up, has the arms, and falls back for a DEEP Motorcycle Stretch, then the QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH! Allure taps, Jay wins!

Winner: Anna Jay, by submission

Jay holds on until she is satisfied, and then lets go to have her hand raised. Allure may not want to #JoinDarkOrder, but will the rest of the roster consider their options?

 

AEW Dark presents The Waiting Room!

Rebel wants us all to smile, and she introduces The Doctor, Britt Baker! Britt thanks the audience that they’re so kind week after week. She gets right to talking up AEW Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash. First off, Brian Cage VS Darby Allin for the TNT Championship. Taz says Darby is a paper champion, and Britt is ready to see Cage fold Darby up like emo origami. But let’s get serious. There’s the AEW World Championship, Omega VS Fenix. The only unfortunate comment she has is that every other company’s world title match will look like dogs*it compared to this one. There is no competing, sorry about your luck.

Britt is happy to welcome back Jon Moxley! And she will apologize on behalf of AEW that he couldn’t even share a baby announcement without Cody Rhodes trying to steal his spotlight. This is AEW, that’s just what happens. Britt welcomes this week’s guest, and they could not be more excited. Don’t slip now, Rebel! It’s Matt Sydal! Rebel gets the door for Sydal and then hands him a mic. Britt thanks Sydal for coming to the show, and no one will ever forget his “slick” debut. No one will ever joke about it. Sydal admits he does still feel like a Shockmaster. “When you slip like that, your whole life flashes right before your eyes. It is an experience that brings you one step closer to transcendence.”

Well moving past the slip, talk about his record now. He’s slipping upwards because now he’s on The Waiting Room! But his record isn’t flawless, he has some losses, but he’s got a string of wins. He beat Christopher Daniels. Well so does everyone. He beat Aaron Solow. Who? And Danny Limelight! That’s not a real person. But Britt admits, Sydal’s record is “super duper impressive.” Yet, he can’t win the big one. What will Sydal do to make sure that New Year’s Smash doesn’t end up like that debut splash? Well at New Year’s Smash, Sydal turns the ring into his realm. It won’t be EVP Cody Rhodes’ ring, it will be Sydal’s Realm. That will be a chance to open hearts, minds and third eyes.

Whoa, incoming mail! Rebel opens it for Britt and holds it open for her to read. “Dear Dr. Baker, could you hang this poster of The Go Big Show on the wall of your Waiting Room set? Please and thank you, TBS…?!” Well, at least they said please and thank you. Ugh, whatever, get the poster. Rebel is handed said poster, and it has Snoop Dog, Rosario Dawson and of course, Cody Rhodes. This whole company is about him, so it seems Sydal’s match is just a vehicle to self-promote. Maybe Cody should team with Burt and Sydal can get Snoop, and Sydal ‘n’ Snoop can smoke ’em!

The poster is put up, Sydal points out how he and Cody once shared a magazine cover and that must’ve eaten Cody alive. Sydal says Cody surely wouldn’t mind him opening the third eye. Sydal grabs a marker and Rebel finishes pinning the poster to the wall. Sydal doodles a third eye on Cody’s forehead. Goes to show, the ring will be Sydal’s. Britt believes Sydal, Rebel believes Sydal, the fans believe Sydal. New Year’s Smash will be Sydal’s comeback splash! And that’s all for this week, wave good-bye and good-night for Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS RYZIN, James Tapia & Nick Comoroto!

Absolute Ricky Starks, The Machine Brian Cage and Powerhouse Will Hobbs are all chomping at the bit to tear into Cody Rhodes, Darby Allin and maybe even Sting. But will the Priest of Sin, the Versatile and the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball be good enough as appetizers?

Team Taz again makes sure Justin Roberts says Cage is FTW Champion before they sort out. Hobbs starts against Comoroto for a match-up of massive men. They tie up, Hobbs powers Comoroto back but Comoroto shoves him into a corner. Hobbs comes back, ties up with Comoroto again, but Comoroto throws a forearm! Hobbs shoves Comoroto and then CLOBBERS him on the rebound! Hobbs looms over Comoroto with a snarl, then drags Comoroto up to bring him over. Cage tags in, he and Hobbs double whip to double back drop! Comoroto lands hard, scrambles away and tags out to Ryzin. Ryzin runs, dodges and calf kicks Cage to the ropes!

Ryzin fires off forearms but Cage whips and tilt-o-whirl TOSSES him! Then hits a basement dropkick! Cage drags Ryzin up, whips him to the Team Taz corner and hits a back elbow, enziguri, and tags Starks in! Starks stomps Ryzin, distracts the ref and Hobbs cranks Ryzin’s neck! Starks drags Ryzin up, Ryzin hits back but Starks ROCKS him with an uppercut. Starks throws Ryzin out then distracts the ref more, for Hook to CLOBBER Ryzin! Taz is proud of his son and Cage puts Ryzin in for Starks. Starks hits a swinging neckbreaker! Starks slaps Ryzin around then stomps him down! Starks drags Ryzin up and ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Ryzin reaches for his corner but Starks back suplexes. Ryzin lands on his feet, slips past Starks and hot tags Tapia! Tapia kicks Starks, and hits a swinging neckbreaker of his own! Tapia fires up while Starks flounders, then he whips. Cage tags in, Starks kicks Tapia into Cage’s DISCUS! But Comoroto CLOBBERS Starks, elbows Cage then slingshot shoulder tackles Cage! Hobbs gets in to SPINEBUSTER Comoroto! Ryzin missile dropkicks Hobbs and staggers him! But Starks SPEARS Ryzin! Hobbs has Comoroto for a POWERSLAM! Cage SUPERKICKS Tapia, reels him in, and hits DRILL CLAW! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall

#WhoBetta? Not the trio Team Taz just faced! Will Cage become #TheTwoBeltMachine after facing Darby Allin?

 

Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr. VS Fuego del Sol!

The Varsity Blondes were part of the big battle with The Inner Circle and ended up taking the loss. But will the Ivy League MVP be able to fire back up against the Fire of the Sun?

Oddly enough, “Pretty” Peter Avalon joins commentary to watch this match. Is he perhaps considering someone in this match for the Pageant Provocation?

The bell rings, Griff and Fuego circle and fist bump to show there is respect. Griff rushes in, Fuego dodges and kicks the leg! Griff shakes the leg out, circles with Fuego again but Fuego kicks again! Griff blocks the kick, waistlocks but Fuego standing switches. Fuego wants the backslide but Griff blocks, spins around and whips Fuego to a corner. Griff runs in, Fuego dodges the splash to give a forearm smash! Fuego runs corner to corner, back elbows then runs, ducks and springboards, into a BOOT! Avalon applauds Griff’s power, “What a specimen!” Griff drags Fuego up, whips Fuego to a corner, but Fuego goes up to headscissor!

Fuego dropkicks Griff, whips but Griff reverses. Fuego dodges again, tilt-o-whirls, but into a backbreaker! Griff gut wrenches to backbreaker again, then gut wrenches to backbreaker again! Cover, TWO! Griff drags Fuego up, Fuego goes to snapmare counter but Griff wraps on a chinlock to grind Fuego down! Fans rally both ways and Fuego fights up to flying mare! Fuego dropkicks legs out and drags Griff around to drop an arm on the leg! Fuego rolls to wring the arm, then he rolls to Penalty Kick the arm! Fuego throws the arm down, moonsaults onto it, then covers, TWO! Fuego keeps on Griff with an armlock and chinbar.

Griff fights up as fans rally, and Griff powers Fuego off to ROCK him with a right! Griff runs for the splash, and then for the LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fuego survives and Griff is surprised! Griff fireman’s carries Fuego, shifts around, but Fuego slips out to hit a backbreaker of his own! Griff and Fuego go to opposite corners, Fuego runs in but Griff puts him on the corner. Fuego ducks the back hand to hotshot the arm! Fuego springboards and FLYING RANAS, to an ARMBAR!! Griff fights up, Fuego tries a triangle hold, but Griff powers up to dead lift! Fuego sunset flips, Griff stays up and drags Fuego back up, but Fuego tornados! Griff tosses Fuego off the DDT to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Griff wins!

Winner: Griff Garrison, by pinfall

Avalon raises his glass in a toast to Griff. Avalon congratulates Griff by giving him an autographed 8 x 10 of himself. But Griff tosses it away! Will Avalon still have Griff up next for the Pageant Provocation?

 

Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Team TNT!

Santana bonded with MJF, Ortiz not so much. But can they keep a bond between each other being against the Hughes twins?

The teams sort out and Santana starts with Terrell. They circle, tie up and go around, and Terrell wrenches to a wristlock. Santana endures, rolls, wrenches back to wristlock Terrell, and then trips to roll and bring Terrell up for an arm-drag! Fans cheer the exchange and Terrell nods some respect. Santana and Terrell circle again, tie up, and Santana headlocks. Terrell powers out, rams Santana but Santana stays up. Terrell eggs Santana on, things speed up and Santana hurdles, blocks a punch and ENZIGURIS hard! Santana reels Terrell in, snap suplex for uno amigo! Another for dos amigos! Ortiz tags in and together PNP hits Three Amigos! Cover, TWO!

Ortiz keeps on Terrell with a whip, but Terrell sunset flips. Ortiz slips out, Terrell runs and hits a leaping tackle! Cover, ONE, but Terrell drags Ortiz up. Terrell wrenches, tags in Terrence, and TNT double whip Ortiz for a double shoulder tackle! Cover, ONE! Terrence whips Ortiz, follows and hits a leaping tackle! Sidewalk slam, cover, TWO! Terrence throws forearms and body shots on Ortiz in the corner, then whips. Ortiz reverses to throw forearms of his own, and then he hits a DDT! Ortiz takes a moment to catch his breath, and he runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Terrence up but Terrence scoops! Ortiz slips out, waistlocks and pushes Terrence to ropes.

Santana tags in before Ortiz rolls Terrence back, and Santana runs to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Santana keeps his cool, taunts Terrence and gives toying kicks. Santana CHOPS Terrence, then CHOPS him in the corner. Santana brings Terrence around to backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Santana looms over Terrence, drags him over and tags in Ortiz. Fans rally as PNP double whip Terrence but Terrence reverses to send Ortiz. Terrence ROCKS Santana, but he has to jump over Ortiz’s roll. Santana fireman’s carries Terrence and Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Terrell breaks it! Ortiz protests but Terrell gets to his corner.

Ortiz DECKS Terrell but Terrence kicks back! Ortiz kicks Terrence low, pokes him in the eye, then brings Terrence up to whip. Terrence reverses, Ortiz reverses back to clothesline! Ortiz drags Terrence up to reel him in for another clothesline! Ortiz wrenches, tags in Santana, and Santana hops up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Santana stares Terrell down then goes back to toy with Terrence. Terrence SLAPS back! Santana grabs the legs but Terrence kicks him away! Terrence rolls, dodges Santana and gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as both men are down and heading for their corners, hot tags to Terrell and Ortiz!

Terrell dodges, ROCKS Santana then collides with Ortiz! Neither man falls from the double clotheslines so they try again! And again! Terrell takes Ortiz down but brings him back up to whip and back drop! Ortiz hurries to his corner, boots Terrell back, but runs into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Ortiz survives and Terrell calls to his brother. Tag to Terrence, but Ortiz throws big hands on Team TNT! Ortiz whips, Terrell reverses and Terrence is there, 3D!! Cover, but Santana breaks it!! Santana was barely there in time, but now Team TNT runs in. Santana throws Terrell out but Terrence hits a clothesline!

Terrence whips Santana corner to corner at Ortiz, but Ortiz moves aside and Santana stops himself. Ortiz O’Conner rolls Santana for a boost into the CUTTER! Santana feeds Terrence to Ortiz’s pop-up POWERBOMB! Ortiz swings Terrence up for Santana’s KNEE! Cover, PNP wins!

Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall

Santana and Ortiz are back on track in 2v2 action! Will they finally get back on their way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

Sammy Guevara VS Aaron Solow!

The Spanish God still says he’s The Best Ever and dares anyone to prove otherwise. Will the Extra Talented be the one to prove Sammy wrong?

The bell rings and Sammy approaches with Solow. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Solow to then float and float and pose. Sammy facelocks, waistlocks, drags Solow up, but Solow pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sammy spins, flips and wrenches back. Sammy slips through to headlock, then shifts to a waistlock to shove. Sammy hurdles over Solow but Solow sees the monkey flip coming, so he hops over, gets the legs and turns Sammy for a seated surfboard! Solow pulls back, Sammy gets an arm free then his legs to ARMBAR! Solow clasps hands, moves around, cover, ONE! Solow facelocks, Sammy powers him towards a corner but Solow turns it around.

The ref calls for a break and Solow whips his hair into Sammy’s face. Sammy keeps cool, and flips Solow off to his face! Sammy bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge the fast hands, then shoves Solow to hurdle over and flip back over to dropkick Solow down! Sammy kips up just to show off. Solow gets to a corner as fans boo Sammy but Sammy talks trash back. Sammy CHOPS Solow, whips Solow corner to corner, then runs in to tackle and go to the apron. Sammy enziguris, springboards but Solow dropkicks him out of the air! Sammy bails out as he gasps, but Solow slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and Solow gets Sammy back in fast. Cover, TWO!

Solow keeps his cool, drags Sammy up and throws haymakers. Sammy CHOPS back, CHOPS again, but Solow double CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips Solow to a corner. Solow reverses, runs in and elbows Sammy down! Fans fire up as Solow brings Sammy up to suplex! Cover, TWO! Solow heads to a corner and climbs up top as fans rally. Sammy stands, Solow leaps but into a KNEE! Solow flops out of the ring, checks his face, but Sammy does push-ups just to show off again. Sammy slingshots but Solow moves so Sammy adjusts from Plancha to TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit!

Sammy says he doesn’t care where he is on the card, he doesn’t phone it in! Sammy puts Solow in the ring, taunts his peers stuck as the crowd, and then stomps Solow to a drop zone. Sammy climbs up again, soaks up the cheers and jeers as he 450 splashes, but Solow dodges! Solow runs in but Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult him at the corner! Solow lands on the ropes to jump back for DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and Solow grows frustrated. Solow has fans rallying behind him as Sammy slowly rises.

Solow spins to SCREW HIGH KICK! Sammy roundhouses, Solow ducks but the HEEL KICK gets Solow! Solow reels Sammy in to DOUBLE STOMP again! Solow runs but Sammy KNEES him back! Sammy torture racks for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Sammy wins!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The Inner Circle is on a roll! Sammy gets a mic to say, “There we go!” Sammy says it’s another win “for the good guys,” and not just that. This is another win to get Sammy closer to the rankings and to the title that he already holds in his mind.

And not only that, but today marks Sammy’s 10 YEAR anniversary as a pro-wrestler! Sammy has been doing this for 10 years, and it wasn’t overnight success or 15 minutes of fame. This is work! Nothing but work for 10 years, all working on the independents, unlike a few people in the crowd right now. Sammy was limping at shows, barely able to walk out, to make it to the next show and do it again. He did that for 10 years and is here in AEW. No one can stop him! He’ll make sure whoever is next, and whoever “they” want to be next, understands that Sammy Guevara is THE man here in AEW!

 

Chaos Project VS El Cuervo de Puerto Rico & Ariel Levy!

Luther and Serpentico have been up and down, but are hoping to close 2020 on a positive! Will the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN ruin the Dark debuts of The King Crow and the Chilean Star?

The teams sort out and Cuervo starts against Serpentico. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico keeps low, throws haymakers and headlocks. Cuervo powers out, Serpentico goes up and over in the corner then speeds up. Serpentico dodges and ranas Cuervo to ropes, then fires off haymakers! Serpentico whips, Cuervo holds ropes and kicks Serpentico’s legs! Serpentico ends up stuck in ropes, Cuervo kicks him then springboard PELES! Cover, ONE! Cuervo drags Serpentico up to wrench, tags Levy in, but Serpentico gets away.

Luther tags in and Luther circles with Levy. Luther kicks low, clubs away on Levy’s back, then tells everyone to shut up as he whips Levy to a corner. Luther runs in, Levy dodges and Luther hits buckles. Levy whips, Luther reverses and hip tosses but Levy reverses to a takedown, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Levy keeps moving, sunset flip, TWO! Levy throws forearms on Luther, whips but Luther kicks back to CLOBBER him with a clothesline! Luther puts Levy in the corner, tags Serpentico, and then has a new way of using Serpentico as a weapon: he scoops Serpentico and jams Serpentico’s boots into Levy over and over!

Cuervo rushes in but Luther TOSSES Serpentico at him! Direct hit and both Cuervo and Serprentico flounder about. Luther finally goes out, Serpentinco throws haymakers, then snapmares Levy down to KICK him! Tag to Luther, Serpentico again is a weapon as Luther whips. Serpentico breaks the whip and refuses to be a weapon again! Luther demands Serpentico let him whip him, but still Serpentico resists. Serpentico whips Luther, but Luther reverses and he sends Serpentico in harder! Luther scoops Serpentico again to swing and CLOBBER Levy! Then scoop slam senton! Luther covers while Serpentico writhes, TWO! Levy survives and Luther is furious!

Luther drags Levy up, puts him onto the ropes and chokes him! Luther insults Levy in Spanish then snap suplexes him! Tag to Serpentico, Luther scoops Levy for a sidewalk slam! Serpentico hobbles over, but is again a weapon! Assisted atomic leg drop! Serpentico covers, TWO! Serpentico stomps Levy, drags him back and tags in Luther. Luther stomps Levy, drags him up again, and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Levy, they double suplex, but Levy counters to a DOUBLE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally as Levy crawls, hot tag to Cuervo! Cuervo rallies on Chaos Project with big clotheslines! Luther staggers into a SUPERKICK!

Cuervo whips Serpentico, wrenches and kicks a leg out to ENZIGURI him down! Cuervo keeps going as he whips, but Serpentico reverses. Serpentico runs in but Cuervo dodges to enziguri again! Cuervo goes out, enziguris again, then climbs up to leap for the crossbody! Cover, but Luther breaks it up! Luther DECKS Levy, then goes out to CANNONBALL off the apron! Serpentico drags Cuervo up but Cuervo hits back. They brawl, Serpentico whips but Cuervo reverses, Serpentico SUPERKICKS back! Luther tags in and ROCKS Cuervo, then BOOTS Cuervo down! Luther drags Cuervo up, Serpentico goes up, and they combine for CREEPING DEATH! Cover, Chaos Project wins!

Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall

Luther and the SNAKEMAN take down the crow and the star! Will they creep their way up the AEW tag team rankings in the new year?

 

Leva Bates VS Madi Wrenkowski!

The Librarian is loving her new win streak, and hopes it continues into the new year! But will Madi make Leva face reality on the last Dark of 2020?

The bell rings and Leva offers Madi a free copy of the Young Bucks’ book. Madi takes the book, flips through it quickly, but says, “This is literally the worst gift.” And she rips up pages, throws them at Leva, and LARIATS her down! Madi rains down rights while fans boo her ungrateful attitude! Madi brings Leva up, Leva throws body shots and CHOPS! Leva runs but Madi fireman’s carries for a rolling senton! Madi keeps moving to DROP down on Leva! Cover, TWO! Madi clamps onto Leva with a straitjacket stretch and thrashes Leva around. Leva endures, fans rally up, and Leva fights her way up. Leva powers out of the hold to arm-drag Madi away!

Leva is furious but Madi kicks low! Madi fireman’s carries, Leva slips out to sunset flip, but Madi stays up! Madi slaps Leva’s hands away, then jumps, but Leva avoids the seated senton! Leva and Madi both crawl, go to opposite corners, and Leva runs in to shotgun dropkick Madi! Leva is upset at the ungrateful Madi and she hits a corner clothesline! And a ROUNDHOUSE! And another! Madi staggers into a mule kick, Leva runs to BOOT her! Madi still staggers, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Leva keeps her focus as Madi flounders back to a corner. Fans fire up and Leva runs back in, but Madi dodges!

Madi throws Leva down, stomps her, then puts her in a corner to stomp a mudhole! The ref backs Madi off but Madi is heated. Madi goes after Leva fast, grabs the rest of the book and tears it up more while mocking Madi. Leva SUPERKICKS the book into Madi’s face! Small package, Leva wins!

Winner: Leva Bates, by pinfall

The Librarian shows Madi what happens when you disrespect good literature! Will Leva educate the rest of the AEW Women’s Division as she rises up the ranks?

 

Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight!

According to Britt Baker, Danny Limelight isn’t a real person. But will Sydal’s match with him prove Limelight isn’t just real but a legit part of AEW’s roster?

The bell rings and the two talk some smack to each other given their previous match-up. The two tie up, go around, Limelight waistlocks but Sydal switches. Limelight wrenches out to hammerlock but Sydal reverses that to fireman’s carry takeover. Sydal has the arm and brings it back for a keylock camel clutch. Limelight throws Sydal down, Sydal kips up to get free and the fans cheer as the two stand off. Sydal and Limelight go again, tie up and Sydal wrenches an arm. Sydal reels Limelight in for a double arm-drag, then flips through to arm-drag again! Limelight is in a corner, he goes up and over, Sydal puts Limelight on the apron.

Limelight jumps up and walks the ropes to springboard flying arm-drag! Limelight kips up and dropkicks Sydal! Fans fire up with Limelight but Sydal dropkicks him down! Now fans fire up with Sydal! Sydal KICKS Limelight in the back, brings Limelight up to snapmare, then he KICKS Limelight again! Sydal looms over Limelight but Limelight snapmares and KICKS back! Sydal CHOPS Limelight down then KICKS again! Sydal gets Limelight’s arm but Limelight scrambles to ropes to avoid the cobra clutch. Sydal puts Limelight in a corner to CHOP then whip corner to corner. Sydal runs in to elbow, then he whips again for another elbow. But Limelight comes back to CLOBBER Sydal down!

Limelight drags Sydal onto ropes and chokes him, then kicks the rope to jam Sydal’s throat! The ref reprimands, Limelight covers, TWO! Limelight KICKS Sydal again then tells fans to shut up. Limelight KICKS Sydal in the chest, KICKS him again and eggs him on. Sydal jumps up to WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal, and he KICKS Limelight in the leg, chest and repeat! Sydal drags Limelight up, scoops and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Limelight survives but Sydal keeps his cool. Sydal drags Limelight up, hooks the arm, but Limelight blocks the Magistrol to scoop Sydal as a backpack! Sydal fights out to hit THE SLICE! Cover, TWO!

Limelight survives the leg drop DDT, but Sydal hits the STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Sydal brings Limelight up again. Sydal wrenches, Limelight kicks the leg then throws a forearm and back kick. Limelight swings to body scissor roll, to a HALF CRAB! Sydal endures, fights up and reaches, but Limelight shifts. Sydal gets up to kick the leg! Sydal is free, Limelight gets a QUESTION MARK KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal again as he drags Limelight up. Limelight fights off the half nelson but Sydal reels him in! COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX!!

Limelight flounders, Sydal brings him up, for the PAGE- NO! Limelight turns the Turner into a roll-up, TWO! Sydal rolls Limelight to Dragon’s Lair to then roll him to a ghost pin, Sydal wins!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

Sydal’s ground game is getting sharper and sharper, and he gets another big win in 2020! But will he get the biggest win of his AEW career yet when he takes on the American Nightmare?

 

Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Vertvixen!

The Brazilian blackbelt saw her best friend win big earlier tonight, can she keep pace with her? Or will the wrestling gamer level up at Conti’s expense?

The bell rings and Conti offers Vert a handshake. Vert takes it, but tries to swing on Conti! Conti bobs ‘n’ weaves, then storms up on Vert. Vert apologizes while going to ropes for defense! The ref has Conti stay back, Vert comes back from the ropes, but Conti gets under the swing to ripcord. Vert gets around to waistlock but Conti spins around to break the grip. Conti sweeps the legs, rolls to get a double wristlock jackknife, TWO, and Conti is right after a Fujiwara Armbar! Vert endures, rolls to a cover, TWO and Conti gets a ghost pin! TWO and Conti KICKS Vert in the head!

Vert flounders, Conti blows a kiss and runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Double wrist monkey flip and then Conti rolls back for a double wristlock cover. TWO, and Conti gets Vert’s head for a guillotine facelock! Vert endures, fans rally, and Vert gets up to get a rope. Conti lets go, but runs back in, only for Vert to BOOT her! Vert waistlocks, Conti resists the lift and elbows out! Conti runs, Vert dodges but into an OVERHEAD TOSS! Conti aims, Vert ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Conti grows frustrated but she cools herself off. Conti drags Vert up but Vert knees low! Vert throws forearms and puts Conti in a corner.

Vert whips corner to corner, Conti reverses but Vert stops herself to KICK and SUPERKICK! Conti staggers, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both women down! A standing count starts, Vert stirs but Conti follows. Fans rally as the count passes 5, but Vert is up and drags Conti up at 7. Conti suddenly fires off forearms and rallies with clotheslines! Conti eggs Vert on, spins her around, drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi, then a third with a roll for a wristlock and BOOT! Conti isn’t done, she drags Vert back up, Gory Especial, and then a spin to a KNEE! AKA the TCO! Cover, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

And Tay keeps pace wit Jay! But as great as she is doing on her own, will Tay #JoinDarkOrder to stick with Jay?

 

Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Baron Black, Mike Verna & Royal Money!

Billy joins his boys, Austin and Colten, again to have one more big trios match together in 2020! Will they be able to get past the EmpBRUH, the Man of Steel and the #HighAndMighty to end the year strong?

The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts against Verna. They circle, feel out the grapple, then tie up. Billy headlocks, Verna powers out but Billy runs him over. Billy looms over Verna and thinks about it, but he reconsiders telling Verna to suck it. Things speed up and Verna ROCKS Billy with a right! Verna runs, Billy uppercuts back! Billy brings Verna around and runs but Verna ROCKS Billy again! Verna runs into a mule kick, then a SUPERKICK! Austin tags in and hits a throwback on Verna! Verna gets away and tags out to Baron.

Baron and Austin tie up, Austin wrenches to a wristlock but Baron spins through to wrench and hammerlock. Baron throws uppercuts and CHOPS, then he puts Austin in the corner. Baron throws haymakers and tags in Money. Austin throws hands with Money but Money whips Austin. Austin goes up and over in the corner, keeps moving and he trips Money up! Money flounders to the Gunn corner, Austin runs in to uppercut! Tag to Colten, the brothers work together, Colten whips Austin in to uppercut again! Then Colten dribbles to DUNK ON Money! Colten full nelsons for a SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Baron and Verna mug Colten but Austin and Billy throw them out hard! Verna gets barriers then the apron, then the barriers again! Billy stomps away on Verna but the ref backs him off. Billy shouts to Austin, the Gunns cheer Colten on and Colten hits the COLT 45! Cover, Gunn Club wins!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

But Austin gets a mic to say, “Right here! I know we like to have fun, the Gunn Club, but if you jump one of our family members, we beat your ass!” A harsh warning from Austin on behalf of the Gunn Club, will the rest of AEW take that to heart?

 

Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2!

Speaking of ending, will a decorated tandem have to call it quits to end an already rough year? Or will Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian remind us all who they are?

The teams sort out, Kaz starts with Angelico, and fans rally for “S C U!” as they circle. Kaz and Angelico tie up, break, tie up again but break again. Angelico and Kaz tie up again, go around, and Kaz wrenches to hammerlock then headlock. Angelico pries out to get the wristlock, Kaz rolls and drop toeholds. Kaz headlocks back and fans cheer! Angelico fights up, pushes Kaz down and gets a hammerlock. Kaz crawls but Angelico grabs a leg and twists the ankle. Kaz endures, turns over and uses his own leg to pry free to get a headlock! Angelico is frustrated as Kaz headlock takeovers, but Angelico headscissors back. Kaz pops out, gets the leg and then arms, a crisscross clutch!

Angelico uses his free leg to kick free, then kicks, but Kaz blocks and spins him for a headlock! Angelico throws body shots, powers out, but Kaz ducks the clothesline to get another headlock! Angelico throws more body shots, powers out, but things speed up. Kaz fakes out the hurdle to fire off a kick, knee and clothesline! Kaz drags Angelico up, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip Angelico to ropes. Body shot and flipping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Angelico up to bump off buckles and CHOP! Daniels whips corner to corner and runs in but Angelico dodges! Evans tags in and clobbers Daniels! Fans boo as Evans stomps, wrenches and whips Daniels, to then jump kick him down! Cover, TWO!

Evans taunts Kaz and spins at Daniels but Daniels ducks to EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Daniels tags Kaz in. SCU double whip Evans, atomic drop and cravat to the knee, then an STO! Kaz covers, TWO! Kaz keeps on Evans with a scoop and slam, then he springboards to drop a leg! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Evans up, DECKS him with a haymaker, then whips him to ropes. Evans reverses and Angelico gets a cheap shot in! Kaz DECKS Angelico but Evans screw high kicks Kaz down! Evans clubs Kaz, drags him for stomps, then tags Angelico in. TH2 mug Kaz, whip him to ropes, and drop toehold for the Last Chancery and PENALTY KICK! Kaz writhes, Angelico covers, TWO!

Angelico drags Kaz up, tags Evans in, and TH2 mugs Kaz more. Evans drags Kaz up to bump off buckles, then wrenches and whips him corner to corner hard! Evans runs and handsprings corner to corner to back elbow! Then a snap suplex, cover, TWO! Evans clubs Kaz down then drags him away from Daniels. Evans hooks a leg and bridges back for a MUDA LOCK! Angelico tags in and Angelico STOMPS Kaz down! Kaz CHOPS Angelico back, then ROCKS him with a right! Angelico swings but Kaz ducks to roll Angelico up, TWO! Small package, TWO! Angelico swings into a backslide, TWO! Angelico knee lifts Kaz down then tags in Evans.

Evans talks trash and he stomps Kaz in a corner, “This is the last night of SCU!” Kaz reverses the whip, Evans tilt-o-whirls into a modified OCTOPUS! Kaz endures, fights back up and swings Evans off to CLOBBER him! Both men are down but fans rally up as they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Daniels and Angelico! Daniels rallies on TH2, kicks and whips Angelico but Angelico reverses. Daniel kicks back and STO’s! Evans runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Daniels JABS away on Evans, whips him but Evans reverses to Angelico’s scoop. Daniels slips out, dragon sleeper, and he baits Evans in, URENAGE DDT COMBO! Daniels gets Evans up for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!?!

Evans survives but Daniels keeps on him with a whip to ropes. Evans dodges, boots Daniels and Angelico tags in. Angelico gets around Daniels to bring him up, Evans springboards, DUMDUM STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives to keep SCU alive! TH2 whips Daniels but Daniels ducks the clotheslines and Kaz tags in. Daniels shoves ANgelico into Evans, then feeds to Kaz, and SCU double hip toss for the POWERBOMB NECBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kaz hurries to bring Angelico back up, but Evans anchors Daniels’ foot! Kaz swings on Angelico but Angelico dodges and the LARIAT hits Daniels!

Angelico tags Evans in as Daniels flops out. TH2 combine, neckbreaker backbreaker combo to a COMPLETE SHOT! Evans says, “BOOM,” STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives and fans rally for SCU more, but Evans stomps Kaz down. Tag to Angelico, Kaz fires off on TH2 with haymakers and CHOPS! Kaz runs, but into a leg sweep and low kick! Angelico scoop slams then helps Evans with the STANDING 450! Cover, but Daniels is in, only for Evans to intercept, TWO!! Kaz still lives and so does SCU! TH2 mug Daniels in a corner, whips him at Kaz, but Daniels monkey flips Kaz to DOUBLE LARIAT!

Fans are fired up as Kaz tags Daniels back in! SCU drags Evans up, and give him CELEBRITY REHAB! Cover, SCU wins!!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall

The Addiction doesn’t quit! They’re still going strong as ever! But then the Acclaimed attack! And TH2 jumps in! These two teams mug SCU, but here come the Young Bucks! The AEW World Tag Team Champions use the belts to chase off Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, Jack Evans and Angelico! Will the Bucks and the Addiction teach these hungry, young teams about respect?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Dark, just over two hours. All the matches were good, of course, but it was good to see Team Taz have a Six Man together as a warm-up for the eventual Six Man with Cody, Darby and definitely Sting. Hobbs, Cage and Starks are definitely a great team in both their look and on their abilities, but because it’s Cody, Darby and Sting, pretty sure the Faces win. I also liked how The Waiting Room was a way of building up Cody VS Sydal, right down to plugging The Go Big Show. Sydal should’ve used a different color to doodle on Cody’s head, though. The red didn’t show up well in the lighting, he should’ve gone with purple or blue.

And of course SCU VS TH2, with SCU’s tag team career on the line, was the main event tonight. But it being the first time and only on AEW Dark of course meant SCU was going to win. But the Acclaimed showing up was quite the surprise. Then the Bucks coming out to run them off instead of Scorpio Sky, it makes me think that first, we’re getting an 8 Man Tag. Then SCU will have a rematch with The Acclaimed to strengthen their story, and I would think SCU continues until they’re on the verge of that big win. SCU losing in a title match to then create a break up just seems like the right course of action.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)

Champions are on a Rampage!

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Four championships on one Friday night!

AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!

Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?

The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!

Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.

Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.

Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”

Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.

Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!

Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!

“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!

Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)

Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?

 

Backstage interview with Team Triple J.

Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?

The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!

Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!

Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!

The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!

ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!

ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!

Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!

ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.

ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!

ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)

Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!

The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!

The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.

Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!

Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!

Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!

Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!

Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?

 

BIG news for ROH!

On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!

ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!

The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?

The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!

The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.

Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!

Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!

Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!

Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!

Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!

Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)

Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).

The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.

Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)

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Why, Konosuke, Why?

Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
  • Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
  • Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
  • Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!

Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?

Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!

Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!

Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!

Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.

Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.

Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!

Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!

The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!

Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!

Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?

 

Backstage interview with The Elite.

Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.

Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.

It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.

But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!

White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!

So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.

“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?

 

Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.

“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?

 

Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!

The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?

The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!

Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.

Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!

Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!

Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!

Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?

 

Kris Statlander speaks.

“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.

And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”

Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?

 

Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.

The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.

Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?

Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?

 

Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.

The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!

 

Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!

Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?

The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!

Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!

Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!

Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.

Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!

Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!

Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!

Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall

But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?

 

MJF speaks.

“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?

 

Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.

He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.

Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!

Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.

The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!

The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!

The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!

Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!

Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.

Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!

Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!

But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?

 

Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!

It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?

Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!

Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!

Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.

Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.

Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!

Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!

Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!

Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!

Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”

Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!

Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall

The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?


My Thoughts:

A very good aftermath show for AEW after only a very good Double or Nothing. Good promos from Kris Statlander, Wardlow and MJF to follow their title wins. A little surprising that Kris had her first defense so soon but I suppose this gets it out of the way, and it gets Kris going on doing her best to match Jade’s streak. Taya watching backstage makes some sense, and I sense her turning Heel over being denied twice. Sadly, I think Taya is going to go 0-3 for the TBS Champion, because if she didn’t beat Jade, she’s not going to beat the person who beat Jade. And I do appreciate that Wardlow is calling out Luchasaurus, he’s being a proactive champion.

MJF of course isn’t, he’s just expecting AEW to find somebody. But I feel like, with Tony Khan letting us know CM Punk IS returning, that’s just the natural course of things for the world title. AEW Collision’s success is not fully dependent on CM Punk being back, but it will definitely incentivize Chicago fans to show up. But I love that there were plenty of fans who hated that news as there were who loved it in San Diego. And MJF VS Punk is an obvious route given how the Pillars he cheated at Double or Nothing are now going to other stories in the meantime. Sammy was the only absent one, but he’s surely preparing to be a parent.

Darby & Cassidy had an awesome tag match with The Gates of Agony, and I figured Darby & Cassidy would win. Swerve also won an awesome Triple Threat against Bill and Trent, and of course Swerve is moving on to a title. I feel like Swerve should be the one to dethrone Cassidy. He’s got The Mogul Embassy to help him cheat so that technically keeps Cassidy strong, and then Swerve can bring that title into a feud with Darby or in whatever finish we FINALLY get of Swerve VS Keith Lee. Then Jungle Boy returns to teaming with Hook just because there’s no other singles title open. JungleHook VS LFI is still going to be fun, and maybe we get Jungle Boy VS Rush. But honestly, I almost thought JB was gonna turn on Hook there. Heel Jack Perry taking the FTW Championship could be pretty cool.

Great promo from Bullet Club Gold and then great brawl with FTR and Starks. Starks VS White is going to end things one way or another, but I feel like it has to be White’s win. Then BCG VS FTR can be for the AEW World Tag Team Championships going into All In London. Speaking of titles, Championship Rampage is loaded, though I’m surprised there wasn’t just another Battle of the Belts special. I wonder if Battle of the Belts goes away with Collision being on Saturdays. Pretty sure all champions retain, though, because NONE of those titles are AEW property. Also, I feel that’s irresponsible to automatically say it’s Shibata VS Moriarty when Shibata VS Coughlin is airing tomorrow night on ROH.

The Acclaimed had a good promo with Renee on stage, and I figured they’d stick together and try again. They’ll probably choose a Open House Rules stipulation next time, I look forward to something wild from them. Really good promo from The Outcasts, and Storm could face just about anyone in her first defense of the world title. From how things went in the main event, pretty sure it’s Shida since she is still fighting against The Outcasts. Britt & Cole of course win against Jericho & Saraya, but that was a pretty fun Mixed Tag. And if Shida doesn’t beat Storm, I bet we get Britt VS Storm at like All Out or something.

Great opener of BCC VS Lucha Bros & Bandido, and Bryan was pretty good on commentary. I figured BCC would win, they’re going to keep things rolling from Double or Nothing. And good promo from The Elite and Dark Order, because it kept up the continuity from over the years. Hangman saying Kenny was out of the country but not in Canada totally hints at him being in Japan to reconnect with Kota Ibushi, which is definitely the next phase of this.  Elite plus Ibushi VS BCC plus Konosuke, Blood & Guts, that has to be it. And speaking of, Callis and Konosuke had a great promo, especially factoring in that nuclear Heel heat Callis has. Like, every other Heel wishes they had the level of booing, jeering and middle fingers Callis had aimed at him.

My Score: 8.7/10


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