Shotzi Blackheart fights for her team’s advantage at TakeOver!
Before the teams go head to head, Captain Shotzi Blackheart will battle #BigMamiCool to gain advantage for her, Ember, Rhea and…? Who is the fourth woman for Team Shotzi?
- Damian Priest & Leon Ruff VS El Legado del Fantasma; Priest & Ruff win.
- Cameron Grimes VS August Grey; Grimes wins.
- Jake Atlas VS Tony Nese; Atlas wins.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS
Ever-RiseImperium; Imperium wins, by disqualification.
- WarGames Advantage Ladder Match: Shotzi Blackheart VS Raquel Gonzalez; Shotzi wins and her team will have advantage in the WarGames match.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and NXT mourn the loss of Pat Patterson.
“From San Francisco, California,” and with Frank Sinatra singing, we see a highlight reel of moments from Pat Patterson, and then transition to Pat’s karaoke cover of “I Did It My Way.” Because that’s exactly how he did it. The inaugural WWF/WWE Intercontinental Champion, the inventor of the Royal Rumble match, and the architect of countless memories in pro-wrestling history, we will never forget him. Thank you, Pat, for everything.
Damian Priest & Leon Ruff VS El Legado del Fantasma!
Johnny Gargano is on commentary and talking trash on the Archer of Infamy as he teams up with the ultimate underdog North American Champion! Priest is taking Curt Stallion’s place here because he wants to make sure the North American Champion makes it to TakeOver. Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde have been getting at Ruff on social media, and they tried getting at Priest before the show, but Priest doesn’t sweat Santos Escobar’s “little idiots.” Will Priest and Ruff make sure the NXT Cruiserweight Champion and his right hand man are in for a rough night?
The teams sort out, Ruff wants to start to show he can do this, so Priest agrees. Ruff starts against Escobar and we have a champion VS champion sampler here! Escobar and Ruff circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Escobar throws Ruff down! Ruff gets to ropes and Escobar talks trash, “This is your champ?” Escobar and Ruff tie up, Escobar rolls Ruff up, ONE! Escobar keeps Ruff down, then pushes him. Escobar doesn’t take Ruff seriously, and tags Mendoza in. Mendoza doesn’t take Ruff serious either, but he wrenches and knees low to whip Ruff to a corner. Ruff slips out, forearms and goes around the ropes to slide under and dropkick Mendoza down! Cover, ONE!
Ruff drags Mendoza up but Mendoza knees low! Tag to Escobar, Escobar pulls hair but Ruff breaks free, only for Escobar to KNEE him down! Priest tags in and now Priest dares Escobar to do something. Escobar reconsiders and tags out again. Mendoza and Priest tie up, Mendoza waistlocks but Priest breaks free and wrenches. Priest wrenches more, whips Mendoza corner to corner but Mendoza slips out to slingshot in and run, into a tilt-o-whirl. Mendoza lands on his feet, speeds things up and dodges to club away and KICK Priest! Mendoza runs but into Priest’s leaping back elbow! Fans fire up for Priest as he goes out after Mendoza and scoops him. Priest gives Mendoza snake eyes to the apron!
Priest dares Escobar to do something before he ROCKS Mendoza! And RAMS him into boards! Priest gets in at 8 but goes back out. Mendoza CHOPS but Priest just scowls. Priest BELL CLAPS and ROUNDHOUSES Mendoza down. But Gargano’s friend, Ghost Face is watching! Gargano pretends it’s just some fan cosplaying, and Priest throws Mendoza in to glare at Ghost Face. Escobar tags in and DIVES! Direct hit from Escobar to Priest, the Arrow from Hell was sure more than the Archer of Infamy was expecting! Escobar grins and fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Escobar stomps Priest, drags him up and instead of putting him, he hits a DDT to the floor! Escobar rains down rights, drags Priest up and puts him back in. Priest hits back but Escobar tags Mendoza in. El Legado mugs Priest, Mendoza clubs away on Priest, then taunts Ruff. Mendoza stomps Priest, tags Escobar, but Priest throws body shots! Escobar elbows and mule kicks Priest to then enziguri! Escobar CHOPS Ruff off the apron! Then Penalty Kicks Priest down! Tag back to Mendoza, who runs, and coordinates with Escobar, for the hip toss rebound splash! Mendoza keeps moving to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Mendoza keeps close to Priest, and kicks him back down! Mendoza clubs Priest, drags him up, but Priest powers up, only to end up in the Fantasma corner! Escobar tags in and KICKS Priest’s leg! Escobar kicks Priest around, stomps him down, but the ref counts. Escobar lets off at 4, Priest flounders and sputters, but Escobar stomps him again. Escobar drags Priest by a leg, stomps the knee, then kicks Priest more. Escobar wraps up the legs for a Trailer Hitch! Priest endures as Escobar cranks on the legs, then he power sup to hammer Escobar! Escobar lets go of the legs but he clubs Priest down! Tag to Mendoza and they mug Priest. Mendoza watches Priest get up to dropkick him back down!
Mendoza aims at Priest, but then sucker punches Ruff! NXT returns to single picture as Mendoza runs in to clothesline Priest! Tag to Escobar, and Escobar runs corner to corner for his own clothesline! Tag back to Mendoza for another clothesline! Escobar tags in again, but Priest choke grips Mendoza! Escobar dropkicks Priest hard! Escobar brings Priest up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Escobar tries again, TWO! Gargano denies that the Ghost Face in the crowd is his Ghost Face, or that he’s as bad as people say. Escobar drags Priest up to knee him down, then drags him by his legs. Escobar drops an elbow on the leg and pulls on the foot!
Priest tries to fight back with a chinbar but Escobar cranks on the foot. Priest throws elbows into Escobar’s head but Escobar just shifts to drop an elbow on the knee! Tag to Mendoza, Mendoza digs his knee into Priest’s knee, then pulls Priest’s hair. Gargano says this serves Priest right, he had no business stepping in. Priest kicks Mendoza away, but Mendoza comes back to kick Priest down! Mendoza drags Priest around to hit another spinning toehold. Mendoza throws forearms, Priest shoves Mendoza then catches him for a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Priest crawls, and tags in Ruff!
Escobar tags in, but Ruff dodges to dropkick Mendoza! Then he elbows Escobar, goes up and leaps to FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!! Escobar gets up, Ruff runs in but Mendoza tags. Escobar reverses the whip but Ruff kicks, kicks, enziguris and neckbreakers! But Mendoza dropkicks Ruff down! Mendoza drags Ruff up, CLUBS him down, then brings Ruff up for a back suplex. Ruff lands on his feet, slides under and tags Priest back in! Priest rallies on El Legado now, FLAPJACK for Mendoza! Kick and kick and ROLLING ELBOW for Escobar! Gargano can’t believe Priest is still going. “I hate when he does this! I hate that stupid arrow!” Priest hits the leaping back elbow!
Escobar distracts so Priest DECKS him! Mendoza enziguris back and goes up top! Mendoza walks the tight rope, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest roars, drags Mendoza up, but Ruff tags in!? Priest still hits THE RECKONING! Ruff goes up and hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Priest and Ruff win!
Winners: Leon Ruff & Damian Priest, by pinfall
Gargano says none of this will be how it is Sunday at TakeOver. That’s true, as it will be a Triple Threat. But will that North American Championship match go #TheJohnnyGarganoWay? Or will one of the two men who won here win again?
Team Shotzi is putting in work in the NXT garage.
Shotzi has Ember Moon and Rhea Ripley on her team now, and they’re helping put things back together. Ember has to shout over the noise of the power tools to tell her about this “gift” they got her. Rhea says every war machine needs an engine. And they have show Shotzi what they got. “What do you think?” “I think I’m in love.” Time to go to war! But there’s still a piece missing to the team! Who will be the final member of Team Shotzi? And bigger still, who gets the advantage with tonight’s ladder match?
NXT takes a look at the Men’s WarGames match!
The Kings of NXT boasted to Finn Balor about what they’ve done in his absence. But he said “it’s easy for the mice to play when the cat’s away.” And this cat wasn’t alone! The Undisputed Era made their triumphant return and took the fight to McAfee, Dunne, Oney and Danny! And what else was Mr. Regal to do but put this in… WARGAMES!! This match has proven to be brutal as ever, but also has been a major claim to fame for the Undispute Era, having been in every single NXT WarGames, and having won a couple while they were at it.
“It’s really good, it’s really important, to just get out and reflect sometimes.” Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong are all dressed up, hoping to use a night out on the town to make up for the last few weeks. Kyle lost his NXT Championship match, Cole was brutalized by Ridge Holland, Bobby and Roddy were both attacked backstage by who knows from the Kings of NXT, and Pete Dunne blindsided and betrayed Kyle over a years-old grudge. Not to mention, a certain masked man (probably Pat) screwed Kyle out of WarGames Advantage last week. Cole says “we have been running this for years,” Kyle says they’ve been “top dogs since basically we stepped foot here.”
They made an impact when attacking Drew McIntyre, when winning all the gold, and whatever else they decided to do in NXT. The four ride in style as they go out for a meal. Cole isn’t sure if they’ve ever been tested like this before. Their backs are against the wall here. “It’s making me think about everything.” Strong agrees, because they’ve yet to “fight from underneath” like this. Kyle says this might be good for them. They can remind themselves of what got them all here. Bobby feels he’s reflected enough. It’s time to whoop some ass.
Cole told McAfee and his crew will realize they’re in over their heads, being trapped inside two rings and two cages against four of the baddest men to ever be in the WWE. And four guys as pissed off as them, this will end McAfee. This isn’t about embarrassing or hurting the “Kings,” but about making them the Bitches of NXT! So Cole makes a toast to McAfee, “for being so incredibly smart, and also so incredibly stupid.” The wars the UE have gone to are only a sample of what’s coming. Will they take things to an entirely new level to prove they are still the top of the mountain?
Backstage interview with Team Candice.
Candice LeRae has Indi Hartwell as well as her WarGames teammates, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez and Toni Storm, with her, but what are their thoughts on Shotzi’s team? You call that a team? Candice and cohorts have a laugh, and Candice says Shotzi only has two people, “and they’re damaged goods!” Indi took a bullet for the team last week, and yet the team is still stacked! Toni’s unpredictability, Dakota’s resilience and Raquel’s strength are everything Candice needs to win. And we will see that strength on full display. Raquel says that after tonight, this team goes home with the advantage. And Shotzi will feel like she got run over, by a tank. Candice likes the reference there. Team Poison Pixie heads out, but will Shotzi and her team be the antidote?
Cameron Grimes VS August Grey!
Before being strapped in to the Strap Match with Dexter Lumis, the Carolina Caveman is here with a burlap sack of his own. Will Grimes have this match with #RetroAG in the bag as he heads for TakeOver?
Turns out, what was in the bag was a leather strap! Grimes is showing us all that he isn’t afraid of the strap, but the leather isn’t Lumis. The bell rings, Grimes and Grey tie up and Grimes waistlocks to CLUB and CLOBBER Grey down! Grimes kicks Grey, stalks him along ropes and KICKS him again! Grimes whips corner to corner hard and Grey bounces off buckles! Grimes drags Grey up, whips him and kitchen sink knees him! Grimes wants Lumis to watch this as he rakes Grey’s face and hooks the mouth! Grimes CLUBS Grey, brings him up, but Grey throws hands! Grey haymakers but Grimes knees low! Grimes whips but Grey kicks back!
Grey runs but Grimes scoops, only for Grey to slip out an dropkick! Grimes runs in but into a jawbreaker! And neckbreaker! Fans rally as Grey baits Grimes into a corner! Grimes puts Grey on the apron but Grey throws haymakers! Grimes flounders, Grey climbs and tightrope walks for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps his cool as he drags Grimes up. Grimes shoves Grey, Grey rolls Grimes up, TWO! Grimes spins Grey, scoops him and swings him for the SIDEWALK SLAM! Grimes whips Grey to CAVE-IN! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
The Technical Savage stomps out Grey’s red hot momentum, and then takes the strap in hand. “Lumis, you wanna be strapped up to me? Cameron Grimes, a real man! Well I’m afraid you made a mistake.” Grimes uses Grey as an example as he straps him in and pulls him up for a LARIAT! Grimes says that’ll happen to Lumis, but maybe he doesn’t understand. So he LASHES Grey on the back! And LASHES Grey again! “Here’s the best part! He can run, but he’s still strapped up! And I can pull him right back in!” But now LUMIS is on the other end!
Grimes turns around and is spooked! Lumis gets to reel Grimes in and throw hands on him, then LASHES him on the back! And again! Grimes runs like a scalded dog, but will Lumis get to whip him like a government mule at TakeOver?
Jake Atlas VS Tony Nese!
Though the NXT Cruiserweight Championship is spoken for by the Lonestar, these two stars of the Cruiserweight Division know there’s always another chance! Will Atlas shrug the Premier Athlete off? Or will Nese show the new wave why this 205 Live OG is still here?
The bell rings and they tie up. Nese arm-drags and armlocks Atlas, and then messes Atlas’ hair up. Atlas keeps his cool as Nese flexes on him, but then rushes Atlas and goes after him at the ropes! The ref backs Atlas off, Nese goes after a leg but Atlas steps over to arm-drag Nese down! Atlas has the armlock and grinds the shoulder but Nese fights up. Atlas messes Nese’s hair and Nese gets mad. But Nese backs down as Atlas gets in his face again. The two speed up, Atlas O’Conner rolls, TWO! Nese avoids the kick, and the moonsault, but Atlas cartwheels and dropkicks Nese out! Atlas DIVES and sends Nese into the desk! The young star is fired up with the fans as he puts Nese in the ring.
Atlas goes up to the corner and to the top rope, but Nese SHORYUKENS Atlas down! Nese stomps Atlas down at the ropes, but cameras cut to the parking lot, as the Kings of NXT arrive in a bright yellow H2! McAfee is fired up because “the show is here!” Nese whips Atlas to knee him at the ropes, then whips him the other way to knee him again! Nese snap suplexes Atlas to a cover, TWO! Nese drags Atlas back up, cravats and throws in knees! Nese torture racks Atlas, bends him, but Atlas endures to fight out with elbows! Atlas then ROCKS Nese with a right! And another! Nese back kicks before the third, but runs into a chicken wing, spin and DISCUS!
Fans fire up with Atlas as he back drops Nese! Atlas blocks a punch, fires off forearms on Nese, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nese gets up for Atlas to DECK him! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps his cool as Nese survives. Atlas then fires himself up with slapping his own face! Fans fire up, too, and Atlas drags Nese up, but Nese gets to ropes! The ref counts, Atlas lets go at 3, and Nese SLAPS him! Nese reels Atlas in, “You think you’re better than me?!” Hotshot bulldog! And PREMIER TRIANGLE but he has to land out as Atlas moves! Atlas sunset flips, Nese slips out to spinning KICK! Cover, TWO!! Atlas survives and Nese is shocked!
Nese glares as Atlas goes to a corner. Nese stomps him down, pulls down the knee pad, and runs side to side, but Atlas moves! The knee gets buckles, Atlas hits a LEAPING JAWBREAKER! Atlas goes up, sees Nese and hits the CARTWHEEL DDT! Cover, Atlas wins!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
The new wave just washed away a former Cruiserweight Champion! McKenzie is ringside to interview Atlas and asks about his rough couple of weeks. Atlas is fired up, but he knows the pattern. One step forward, three steps back. But Atlas has fought through the bad things in life. As soon as he wants to give up, he turns it around. Atlas knows being at the top is no joke. Atlas isn’t champion, but he just picked himself back up. “This is just the beginning.” Atlas wants to keep this momentum going until he gets back to that Cruiserweight title! Will Atlas climb the mountaintop once more to finally plant his flag and put himself on the map?
The Kings of NXT head to the ring!
Pat McAfee leads the Bruiserweight and the NXT Tag Team Champions to the ring, and of course he gets the mic. “Shut up, Vic Joseph. You suck.” But first of all, McAfee wants to say RIP Pat Patterson, a man he has the utmost respect for, and he appreciates everything that man has done for the business. For once, McAfee said something fans cheer for. But now, on the complete opposite end of the respect spectrum, i.e. those he has ZERO respect for: every loser wrestling fan at home or in the Capitol Wrestling Center, and especially the Undisputed Era. “They’re not worth it. A bunch of punks.”
McAfee is upset that we were “forced to watch a night out with the Undisputed Era.” As expected, it was the lamest night on the town McAfee has ever seen! Rented tuxedos that didn’t fit, drinking boxed wine in glasses, and they were in a low level pizza shop, out back by the kitchen, because the establishment was so embarrassed to have the UE there. “And we’re talking, reflecting, nostalgia was running wild, brother!” But how about these four do that? It’s no secret that this team was put together by money!
And like every good team, you invest in greatness, and that is what McAfee did with these three men! And that isn’t counting the Mercedes he gave to a man who isn’t even able to be here. That’s more money than “any of you losers will ever see or have in your entire life, COMBINED, to make the greatness that you see in front of you!” McAfee says they have run NXT since they got here! And this Sunday at WarGames, it will be about Pete Dunne, the longest reigning UK Champion of all time! “A man who has ended careers! A man who just one week ago, maybe with the help of a masked man, who I assume was very attractive under that mask,” but totally NOT McAfee, no. But Dunne beat the hell out of Kyle and won the team advantage! “Atta boy, Pete Dunne!”
Sunday will not be another main event for the ungrateful Undisputed Era. This will be about two main event players, 30 years combined experience, finally getting the opportunity to seize the spotlight and main event the biggest wrestling PPV in history! Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch will not squander this opportunity, right? “HELL NO!” Is there any ounce of fear in them? “HELL NO!” Are these two the greatest tag team ever? Wait, yes, of course they are. McAfee knows they’re the absolute best.
But McAfee says those at home, this is what he wants us to do: Sunday, WWE Network, TakeOver: WarGames, in your tiny basements of your dumb mom’s house, “envision yourself as a member of the Undisputed Era.” Feel every single kick in the mouth that McAfee gives Adam Cole. Feel every single punch, every single time the Kings bounce UE off the steel, put them through tables, hit them with chairs, hit them with kendo sticks, whatever else happens! Feel every single part of it!
Because McAfee knows when we tune in this Sunday, we want to see him get ripped apart. We want to see McAfee “get his.” But McAfee has three badasses behind him. “Two rings, two cages, two teams, one brutal truth: the boys broke the Undisputed Era’s spirit last week.” And Dunne says they will END the Undisputed Era! Damn right! Dunne doesn’t talk until he has to. This isn’t just undisputed, it’s a promise. “We’re the greatest, you all suck. Cheers.” The war of words is over, but who wins the WarGames?
Xia Li and Boa endure harsh training.
But “Shifu” is not satisfied with how long they’re holding their breaths under freezing water. He has them keep going, again and again and again. They’re being pushed past their limits, but “she” is very demanding. The training concludes for the night, and Xia and Boa both stand before her. They bow, but she is not satisfied. Xia and Boa get kendo stick SMACKS to their backs! Will they break under the pressure before they ever have a chance to prove themselves worthy?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Ever-Rise!
Zack Gibson and James Drake made their return to NXT at the expense of Chase Parker and Matt Marthel last week, which is why they’re having this match! Will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem climb towards the NXT Tag Team Championships at Ever-Rise’s expense, too?
But before GYV can hit the ring, IMPERIUM strikes down Ever-Rise?! So much for returning to NXT UK! Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are beating down Marthel and Parker! Aichner gives Marthel a back suplex over the barriers! Then Parker is TOSSED out to join Marthel! Barthel gets the mic to shout, “Grizzled Young Veterans, who do you think you are?!” The tag team division belongs to IMPERIUM! Teams like Danny & Oney and Breezango had their fun, but Imperium is here to put them back in their places. But for now, they will put GYV in their place. Well GYV will accept this change of plans! Who from NXT UK proves they’re the top team in ALL of NXT?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Imperium!
Teams sort out and Gibson starts against the Pride of Italy. Fans fire up as Aichner and Gibson tie up and go around. Gibson keeps away from the Imperium corner but Aichner waistlocks. Gibson switches, Aichner pries free to get the arm and wrench. Gibson gest to ropes but Barthel tags in. Imperium whips Gibson, Barthel arm-drags then scrapes Gibson’s face! Barthel mocks Gibson, runs in and European Uppercuts hard! Barthel whips the other way, Drake saves Gibson from hitting buckles and Gibson CLOBBERS Barthel! Gibson drags Barthel up, elbows him to the ropes then brings him over. Tag to Drake and GYV mugs Barthel!
Drake stalks Barthel, CHOPS him, then throws forearms. Barthel EuroUppers, Drake CHOPS! Barthel EuroUppers, Drake throws a forearm! Drake whips corner to corner, Barthel reveres but Drake goes out and shoulders in! Drake slingshot sunset flips, TWO! Barthel ROCKS Drake with a right! Barthel talks trash in German, brings Drake to his knees and pulls on hair. Barthel clubs away, bumps Drake off buckles, then tags Aichner. Aichner brings Drake around to whip into Barthel’s enziguri! Then Aichner hits a high and hard back suplex! Aichner poses as fans boo but he scuffs Drake with his foot.
Aichner puts Drake on ropes and CHOPS him! Drake hits back, they brawl but Aichner stomps away in the corner! The ref counts, Aichner lets off at 4, then drags Drake back up. Aichner reels Drake in, suplexes, but Drake slips out and tumbles. Aichner CLUBS Drake, CHOPS him, but Drake forearms. Aichner knees low, Drake tries to wrench out of the facelock, but he slips out of the suplex! Gibson tags in, GYV leap frog and CLOBBER Aichner! Gibson DECKS Barthel and shouts, “Back of the line!” Aichner BOOTS Gibson, elbows Drake, then drags Gibson into the double wristlock!
Gibson fights up, whips Aichner and swings, but Aichner ducks to fireman’s carry and standing Death Valley! Gibson boots Aichner away and arm-drags him down! Aichner headscissors but Gibson pops out, Aichner CHOPS! Gibson headlocks, Aichner powers out but Gibson reverses, only for Aichner to reverse. They both go back and forth, and end up tumbling out of the ring together! Drake and Marthel back up their tag partners but the ref keeps this from breaking down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns as Drake denies a roll up to tag in Gibson. Gibson waistlocks, Aichner switches but Drake helps Gibson back Aichner into a corner! Gibson then moves for Drake to elbow Aichner, then adds a clothesline! Feed to the windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Gibson drags Aichner up to club him down, then brings him up to tag in Drake. Gibson ripcords Aichner for Drake’s forearm to DECK him! Cover, TWO! Drake grows frustrated but he throws forearms to keep Aichner from Barthel. Drake brings Aichner up but Aichner suplexes to hang Drake out to dry! Drake flops down, Aichner crawls, hot tag to Gibson! Aichner trips Gibson to catapult into the corner!
Barthel tags in, Barthel puts Gibson in the ropes, Imperium meets with the dropkick sandwich! Barthel then scoops Gibson for a RUNNING AIR RAID! Cover, TWO!! Gibson survives but Barthel grits his teeth. Barthel stalks Gibson to a corner and throws haymakers. Barthel whips Gibson, Gibson reverses but Barthel stops himself to enziguri! Barthel runs in but Gibson boots, only for Barthel to shout “NEIN!” Butterfly suplex! Barthel goes up, poses for a moment, but leaps into a throat chop! But he throat chops back! Both men gasps for air, scowl at each other and pull each other’s ears. The ref reprimands, Barthel stops and tags in Aichner.
Aichner waistlocks Gibson, reels him in but Gibson runs into Barthel! Aichner hits a SPINEBUSTER, Barthel hits the PENALTY KICK! Then the GUT WRENCH, and Aichner covers, TWO! Aichner drags Gibson up to a fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON! And then MOONSAULT onto knees! Hot tag to Drake! Gibson holds Aichner in place for Drake’s ENZIGURI! Drake scowls as he drags Aichner up in the corner, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS him! Drake hoists Aichner up top, climbs up to join him but Aichner fights back! Aichner slips under, Drake fights back now, and Aichner says he got hit in the nose. Barthel shoves Drake into Aichner’s arms for the SUPLEX! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
Fans are thunderous as Barthel goes after Gibson. Gibson throws Barthel out then rams Aichner in, GRIT YOUR TEETH DROPKICK! MAYHEM IN MOTION for Barthel! GYV fire up and Gibson goes out, only for Barthel go after him! Aichner rolls Drake, TWO! Aichner throws Drake out to where Gibson and Barthel brawl, and then Aichner builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes everyone out at the ramp!! Fans are thunderous but Marthel returns to RAM Aichner into steel steps!!
Winners: Imperium, by disqualification
But then Parker POSTS Gibson! Ever-Rise is getting revenge on both teams! They RAM Barthel into boards, and then bring Drake up to FLAPJACK off the apron!! Ever-Rise will not be left out of the NXT Tag Team Championship race, but they do realize they’re now outnumbered 4v2. Parker and Marthel get away, but will they have to face both teams eventually?
Backstage interview with Ever-Rise.
At least, it would be if they’d stay. Parker and Marthel say “they got a taste,” and “Ever-Rise rules!” Then they get in the car and pull off into the night.
NXT presents another Thatch As Thatch Can!
Timothy Thatcher welcomes us back to another live session. “Today’s lesson: distractions. Apparently here in NXT, a lot of people lose matches via distractions.” Music plays, lights go out, people jump up on the apron, or people take seats at ringside. Tonight, Thatcher and his new student show us how to deal with distractions. Tonight- TOMMASO CIAMPA?! Thatcher tells him to out, he has a student already. No, Ciampa isn’t here to learn. He’s here to teach. “Class is in session.”
Thatcher says he has no beef with Ciampa. Thatcher goes to leave, but then Ciampa says, “Timothy Thatcher, everybody! Such a disappointment.” Thatcher takes offense, but he knows Ciampa is trying to goad him. Then Thatcher tackles Ciampa! They scramble, Ciampa gets up and DECKS Thatcher! “Lesson one: Don’t be an ass!” But then Thatcher’s student attacks Ciampa! They go after Ciampa 2v1 and Thatcher DECKS Ciampa! Thatcher throws knees and “student” Tyler Russ takes his leave. But Ciampa drags Thatcher out, only for Thatcher to RAM him into boards! And then into more boards!
Thatcher puts Ciampa back in the ring while fans boo, and Ciampa gets up! Thatcher has the facelock and makes it a grommet! Ciampa endures but faces, and is OUT! Thatcher grins as he looms over Ciampa. Thatcher did teach us what he can do when he has help, but will learn that the Psycho Killer doesn’t give up so easily?
Backstage interview with Timothy Thatcher.
It would appear he and his student tonight were just setting Ciampa up. Seems like it? No, Thatcher had no idea Russ would do that! But Thatcher is impressed to see a student taking initiative. Tonight, Ciampa learned about “distraction.” Sunday at TakeOver, Ciampa learns about respect. So another match has been added to WarGames! Will this one be as knockdown, drag out brutal as all the rest?
WarGames Advantage Ladder Match: Shotzi Blackheart VS Raquel Gonzalez!
While Shotzi’s army is missing a necessary unit, the tactical advantage is still very important! Will the wild child win big and worry about the missing piece later? Or will the situation only become more dire after facing #RickyDesperado?
The rest of Team Candice watches from one of the perches, as do Rhea and Ember from the other. The bell rings, Shotzi shotgun dropkicks Raquel but she stays up! Shotzi fires off forearms, Raquel shoves her, but Shotzi dodges the forearm to kick away on a leg! Raquel shoves Shotzi again, blocks the code breaker and throws her to a corner. Shotzi dodges again but Raquel blocks the kick! Raquel shoves Shotzi down, Shotzi kicks her away, then Shotzi runs in, only to get buckles! Raquel runs in, gets under the boots and Canadian racks Shotzi, to make it a torture rack by pulling Shotzi’s hair!
Raquel throws Shotzi then throws her into ropes! Shotzi lands safe and throws forearms back! Raquel DECKS Shotzi, then goes out to get a ladder! Shotzi stops Raquel but Raquel elbows her away. Raquel scoops Shotzi, but Shotzi slips out to shove Raquel into the ladder! Raquel falls, Shotzi gets in and builds speed, to dropkick the ladder into Raquel! Fans fire up as Shotzi gets that ladder back up and puts it in the ring. But Raquel grabs Shotzi, only for Shotzi to kick her away. Shotzi leaps, but Raquel catches her, to SLAM her onto the ladder! Raquel gets the ladder up, but Shotzi returns to hop on as a backpack! Raquel rams Shotzi into buckles, but Shotzi holds on!
Raquel rolls out, RAMS Shotzi into the apron, then goes up the steel steps! Shotzi still holds on as Raquel gets to the apron, to RAM Shotzi into the post! Shotzi falls to the floor, Raquel gasps for air and goes back after Shotzi, to haul her up and RAM her into boards! And then toss her away! Shotzi lands on her feet, baits Raquel in and lets the boot hit rungs! Shotzi throws the foot into the steps, then goes to the apron to dropkick Raquel back into those steps! Raquel still pushes back, and tosses Shotzi at the fencing! But Shotzi leaps up and clings to it like a cat! Shotzi mule kicks Raquel away, then TRUST FALLS! Down goes Raquel and fans are fired up!
Fans fire up as Shotzi drags herself to the ring. Shotzi gets up but Raquel kicks her into the steps! Shotzi gets up again but Raquel kicks her again! And again! Shotzi finally goes down as NXT goes picture in pnicture.
Raquel seethes, gets up, and drags Shotzi up to throw her into boards! Raquel hobbles while Shotzi slumps down. Raquel drags Shotzi up, and throws her into more boards! Shotzi flops back down while Raquel gets another ladder into the ring. Shotzi hurries after Raquel to club her from behind! And again! And again! Shotzi CHOPS Raquel, fires up, then goes after her again. But Raquel rakes Shotzi’s eyes! Raquel goes around the way, looks under the ring, and brings out another ladder! She puts that in the ring, but Shotzi is there to tug-o-war with her! Raquel lets go of the ladder to CLOBBER Shotzi!
Raquel picks a ladder up to JAM it into Shotzi again and again! Raquel brings Shotzi up, Shotzi keeps fighting, and then rolls Raquel out of the ring! Raquel drags Shotzi out but Shotzi kicks her away! Shotzi gets the ladder, and RAMS Raquel at the apron! And again! Raquel grabs the ladder this time and shoves Shotzi down with it, only for Shotzi to ROUNDHOUSE back! Shotzi has the ladder, sets it up beside Raquel and then goes up. Shotzi reels Raquel in, for a TORNADO DDT onto the ladder and apron!! Both women crash down but are still okay to continue. Shotzi cravats but no Sliced Bread as Raquel SLAMS Shotzi into the apron!
Both teams are watching intently as Raquel pulls steel steps apart. Raquel RAMS Shotzi down! Raquel gets in the ring, stands a ladder up, and starts to climb. Shotzi returns to hurry up the other side! Shotzi grabs one of Raquel’s arms and yanks it through the rungs! Raquel fights back but Shotzi bumps her head off the top! Both women fall off the ladder but the ladder stays up. Shotzi clutches an ankle but she gets her bad leg moving. Shotzi hobbles over, climbs up but Raquel grabs her to yank her down! Shotzi returns the favor, but Raquel shoves her! Raquel climbs, Shotzi tips the ladder over!
Raquel and Shotzi hobble around to fight over the same ladder. Shotzi ROCKS Raquel, grabs the other ladder, but Raquel BOOTS it out of Shotzi’s hand! Raquel grabs the ladder, but Shotzi goes up an dover! The ladder is in the ropes, Shotzi headscissors Raquel into it! Shotzi then aims and runs, to CANNONBALL Raquel into the ladder!! Raquel flounders and sputters as fans go nuts for “NXT! NXT!” Raquel flops out, Shotzi climbs up and aims, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Both women hit the floor and their teams are both worried. Wait, who is putting a ladder next to the platform? Indi Hartwell is helping Team Candice make a jailbreaker! The refs say this isn’t fair, but the team is just worried about Raquel.
Wait, someone did the same thing for Rhea and Ember? Who…? But Rhea and Ember go after Team Candice, while also checking on Shotzi. But now Indi is setting up a ladder in the ring? Shotzi gets in to stop her from winning this for Raquel! ROUNDHOUSE! Raquel rushes in, and she CLOBBERS Shotzi! Raquel climbs, the teams brawl ringside and officials have to stop that! But wait, IO SHIRAI literally jumps in! She is a backpack on Raquel to keep her down! Raquel is stuck in a sleeper, but she throws Shirai off to the apron! Shirai baits Raquel in and dumps her out! Then Shirai lines up her shot as she climbs up top, for a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!! Everyone goes down!!
Shotzi is back in the ring! She’s climbing all alone! Shotzi gets the briefcase and wins!!
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart (Team Shotzi has the advantage)
Not only does Shotzi’s team have the edge, they have an Evil Genius on their side! Will those two important factors be all the difference against Team Candice?
A really good episode for the go-home to WarGames! I feel a bit bad for Curt Stallion being replaced in at least kayfabe. It does make sense for Priest to feel he has to protect Ruff, but I would’ve liked if Stallion finally got some time on NXT to interact with the Cruiserweight Champion. The match was good, but with Priest and Ruff standing tall, the math would dictate Gargano winning the title back to become a historic three-time North American Champion. I’m hoping they defy the math and find a way for Ruff to retain, because I wouldn’t mind seeing North American VS Cruiserweight Champion, #WinnerTakesAll. What better way for Escobar to “mold” the Cruiserweight Division in his image than to establish that Cruiserweights can win more than just one title?
Cameron Grimes had a very good segment tonight, with beating Grey to then beat Grey, only for Lumis to give him his comeuppance. This likely means Grimes finds a way to win at TakeOver to tie the series at 1-1. But I do have to say that Grimes is already becoming a master of blending serious and comedic wrestling within his character. We know he can win and be a strong threat, but he’s also able to bring charisma and an over-the-top nature so that it’s fun to see him get shown-up. We also got a great match out of Atlas VS Nese, in a way giving us great blending of NXT and 205 Live, but also just building Atlas back up, as we heard him say in that promo.
The Undisputed Era had a really good pseudo Prime Target, and McAfee had a great promo running it down. I also like that he easily utilized an honest, out of character moment of praising Pat Patterson to then double down on UE. McAfee’s character definitely talks a big game, but this has to mean he and his team lose big at WarGames. Though, with the UE having done everything, and a lot of new tag teams getting in the mix, this could be the moment UE pass the torch so to speak and head on to Raw or SmackDown (preferably SmackDown). And speaking of, GYV VS Imperium was great, and I’m fine that Ever-Rise caused the DQ. GYV and Imperium both stay strong, and this could become a Triple Threat to determine the first challengers for Oney & Danny.
Ciampa and Thatcher had a good segment to give us a good brawl, and their match being added last minute is whatever, the match itself should be very good. I have a feeling we’re also going to see the results of this new story for Boa, Xia Li and I believe it’s Karen Q who NXT casted as “her” this Sunday. Depending on who wins what, Xia might be sent after Io Shirai to try and jump the line towards the title. And speaking of Shirai, she was a shoe-in for joining Team Shotzi after what Team Candice did to her. I like how they introduced it, though. The almost Pulp Fiction briefcase moment with the “engine,” then the mysterious ladders scooting up to the perches, it was great stuff.
I was afraid for Shotzi there with her ankle, I thought she was going to end up sidelined right as she is going in as the team leader of WarGames. In a vacuum, it’s a bit worrisome in the math that the Faces went over, since they would then lose at WarGames. But since the UE are Faces in their match, and are the underdogs because of The Kings having advantage, you can’t just copy and paste that. Maybe Shotzi’s team still somehow end up against the wall since Indi likes helping Candice, and there are still somehow multiple Ghost Faces running around. All I know is, Shotzi and team need to be riding in on a tank and it’ll be a success.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/18/22)
Big Strong Boy VS Scum of the Earth!
The NXT UK Championship Tournament rolls on!
It’s a double shot of the NXT UK Championship Tournament, as Mark Andrews takes on Joe Coffey, and Tyler Bate faces Kenny Williams!
- Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey; wins and advances.
- Amale VS Nina Samuels; wins.
- Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Eddie Dennis & Saxon Huxley; win.
- Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Tyler Bate VS Kenny Williams; wins and advances.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of NXT UK will begin later today]
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
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CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
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