There’s gold on the line in the Dark!
Team Taz is on the rocks, but Brian Cage wants to prove he is still a machine! Will he still have the FTW Championship? Or will it be a Total Party Kill?
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order VS Chaos Project; Silver & Reynolds win.
- Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs; SCU wins and stays a tag team.
- Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Miranda Alize; Ford wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Adam Priest, Jake St. Patrick & Baron Black; Gunn Club wins.
- Jack Evans VS Dante Martin; Dante wins.
- FTW Championship: Brian Cage VS Brandon Cutler; Cage wins and retains the title.
- Ashley Vox VS Alex Gracia; Vox wins.
- Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Vary Morales & Seth Gargis; Kiss & Janela win.
- Fuego del Sol VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth; Drake wins.
- QT Marshall VS Shawn Dean; Marshall wins.
- Bunny Allie w/ The Butcher & The Blade VS Jazmin Allure; Allie wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Carlie Bravo, Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge; The Dark Order wins.
- Nick Comoroto & Aaron Solow VS D3 & Angel Fashion; Comoroto & Solow win.
- Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS John Skyler; Bononi wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order VS Chaos Project!
On Dynamite, the Meat Man goes for gold as he accepts Darby Allin’s challenge to the Dark Order! But for now, can he and Reynolds prove they’re worthy of a shot at the AEW Tag Team Championships?
The teams sort out and Number 4 starts with SNAKEMAN! They circle, tie up, Silver waistlocks and slams Serpentico, then drags him back up. Serpentico switches, Silver wrenches but Serpentico forearms! Serpentico runs but into a back drop! Silver flexes the guns and goes after Serpentico. Serpentico forearms, stomps Silver to the corner then whips corner to corner. Silver reverses, Serpentico goes up but gets a EuroUpper! Tag to Reynolds, and the Beaver Boys double whip to double drop toehold, then double basement dropkick! Reynolds keeps Serpentico from Luther, back suplex but Serpentico slips out! Luther tags in, but Reynolds throws haymakers!
Reynolds dodges Luther’s counter to ROCK him! Luther reveres the whip but Reynolds dodges to run and forearm, then run and flying elbow! Fans fire up but Serpentico leaps in, only to get a body shot! Reynolds whips Luther, Luther reverses but Reynolds boot shim away. Serpentico runs, slides to anchor Reynolds’ foot, and Luther clotheslines to then belly2belly! Luther rains down rights, drags Reynolds up and tags in Serpentico. They whip Reynolds to a corner, Luther whips Serpentico in and he back body blocks, but then Luther RAMS Serpentico into Reynolds! Luther KNEES Reynolds down, Serpentico falls to the cover, TWO!
Tag to Luther, Chaos Project mugs Reynolds, and Luther whips Reynolds to a corner to clothesline! Luther brings Reynolds out to CLOBBER him! Tag to Serpentico and Luther scoop SLAMS Reynolds! Luther runs to BULLDOG SPLASH Serpentico on Reynolds! Cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps on Reynolds, tags Luther in, and Luther throws Reynolds out. Luther keeps the ref distract, but Reynolds blocks the superkick to put it on the apron and BOOT Serpentico down! Reynolds gets in but Luther KICKS him down! Luther puts Reynolds up top backwards, climbs up behind him, but Reynolds elbows him away! Reynolds adjusts, and MOONSAULTS to take Luther down!
Hot tags to Serpentico and Silver! Silver rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Serpentico across the way! And then TOSSES him back the other way! Luther runs in but into a SNAP GERMAN! Serpentico runs into a trophy lift, and a LAWN DART into Luther! GAMANGIRI for Luther, GERMAN for Serpentico! Bridging cover but Luther breaks it! Silver fires off on Luther, Serpentico school boys to MULE KICK! Luther uses Serpentico to CLUB Silver down, SLAMS Serpentico on him, then BOOTS Reynolds down! Luther BOOTS Silver down then calls his shot! Serpentico goes up, Luther picks Silver up, but Reynolds shoves Serpentico down!
Luther drops Silver but Reynolds fires off on him! Reynolds builds speed to DIVE onto Luther on the outside! Serpentico is after Silver with haymakers, but Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Silver runs but Serpentico gets around, backslide! ONE, Silver KICKS and KICKS, but Serpentico ENZIGURIS! Silver CLOBBERS Serpentico! Fans fire up with Johnny Hungy, and he drags Serpentico to the ropes> Silver runs, Reynolds adds in, DOUBLE BOOTS! BIG GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Reynolds, and they get Serpentico for the DARK DESTROYER!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: John Silver & Alex Reynolds, by pinfall
Numbers 3 & 4 get the 1-2-3! And with that, Silver has momentum going into his TNT Championship match with Darby Allin! Will Silver follow in the footsteps of the late, great Mr. Brodie and bring that title home?
Backstage interview with SCU.
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian are now ranked #1 in the AEW Tag Division, but of course, Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix still have their title shot as earned from Revolution. Their thoughts? Daniels’ thoughts are, “Who cares?” This isn’t about buzz. Daniels could sit and yell and complain but none of that is important. AEW’s wins and losses matter. AEW’s rankings matter. SCU are number one. Death Triangle has their right to the title shot. They can make all the noise they want, but The Addiction said that it was titles or bust! Every match, their tag career is on the line!
The Death Triangle can get all the buzz and noise and hype, but SCU will keep winning! Whether it’s Dark, Elevation, Escalation, Motivation, who cares what the name of the show is?! SCU will keep winning until the tag team champions are in the ring with them. Then you will all be reminded why you should’ve never forgotten about them in the first place!
Kaz adds that Daniels has been his best friend for 20 years, they’ve been a team for 10 years, but all of that is on the line to become AEW World Tag Team Champions! How hard do you think they’ll fight, how much do you think they’ll sacrifice for what they’ve worked their entire careers for? Kaz’s answer is EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. They WILL become AEW World Tag Team Champions! But could everything come to an end right here tonight?
Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs!
The Addiction just said it all, so now it’s about backing up words with actions! Will their streak end and their tag careers halted by the West Coast Wrecking Crew?
The teams sort out and Isaacs starts against the Heavy Metal Rebel. The two circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. Isaacs powers Kaz back but Kaz turns it around but they go around and around. Isaacs breaks free and then shoves Kaz. Kaz shoves back, they tie up again, and Kaz gets a leg to trip Isaacs. Isaacs boots Kaz down but Kaz kips up to arm-drag Isaacs around. Kaz has the armlock, Isaacs fights up and wrenches back to get a wristlock. Kaz uses ropes to flip through, he wrenches and whips, but Isaacs blocks the hip toss. Kaz ducks the clothesline but isaacs bucks the O’Conner roll, only to run into another arm-drag! Fans cheer as Kaz keeps on the arm, but Isaacs fights up to put Kaz in a corner.
The ref counts, Isaacs lets off to throw a body shot! Tag to Nelson but he runs into an arm-drag! Nelson gets up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU double wrench to bring him down for a KICK, LARIAT and DOUBLE STOMPS! Daniels brings Nelson up to throw hands and whip him corner to corner. Nelson rebounds into an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Daniels keeps his cool as he brings Nelson up for a headlock. Nelson throws Daniels off, scoops and slams him, then tags Isaacs. Daniels boots Isaacs away to then arm-drag him down! Fans fire up as Daniels chinbars, but Isaacs fights up. Daniels elbow breakers, tags Kaz, they whip Isaacs for a body shot and ROLLING NECKBREAKER!
Kaz drags Isaacs up to wrench and back suplex! Kaz facelocks Isaacs, tags Daniels, and Isaacs is fed to a shoulder, then slingshot school boy to a basement enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nelson gets in but the ref keeps him back. Daniels brings Isaacs up but Isaacs fights the fireman’s carry. Isaacs shoves Daniels at the corner but Daniels DECKS Nelson! Danels hits Isaacs, whips, but Isaacs reverses to flapjack hotshot! Nelson BOOTS Daniels down! The ref reprimands but Isaacs dead lift fisherman suplexes! Isaacs rains down furious fists and even a headbutt! Isaacs drags Daniels up, tags Nelson in, and Isaacs shoves Daniels to Nelson’s scoop! LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nelson soaks up the heat as fans boo, then he rains down forearms! Nelson wraps on a rear bearhug but Daniels endures. Daniels fights up as fans rally, and he throws elbows. Daniels runs but into a fireman’s carry! Isaacs tags in, Nelson throws Daniels into buckles and then feeds him to Isaac’s clothesline! Cover, TWO! Isaacs grows frustrated but he looms over Daniels as he fires up. Isaacs drags Daniels up but Daniels blocks the suplex. Isaacs clubs and shoves then rams into Daniels! Isaacs suplexes but Daniels blocks again! Isaacs hammers then shoves but Daniels kicks and STO’s! Fans fire up, hot tag to Kaz! Kaz rallies on the WCWC, SHOTGUN for Isaacs, WHEEL KICK for Nelson!
Kaz whips but Isaacs reverses, only to get flying forearms! Kaz runs a Nelson but is put on the apron. Nelson ducks the haymaker but shoulders into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz shoulders into Isaacs, slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Isaacs kicks and runs but Kaz scoops and SLAMS him! Kaz springboards to drop the leg! Kaz fires up with the fans, he tags Daniels in, and they coordinate, but Nelson clobbers Daniels! Isaacs has Kaz, but Kaz dodges and Nelson CLOBBERS Isaacs! Kaz CHOPS Nelson, throws haymakers, then whips him. Nelson reverses but Kaz WRECKS Isaacs with a dropkick! Kaz CLUBS Isaacs, Daniels elbows Nelson. Nelson hits back and they brawl.
Daniels fires off forearms and CHOPS, but Nelson knees low and hard! Nelson whips Daniels, Daniels reverses, Kaz runs in to LARIAT! Isaacs gets in to CLOBBER Kaz! Isaacs runs into Daniels’ URENAGE! BEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SCU, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And the #1 ranked team stays the #1 ranked team! The Addiction isn’t calling it quits yet, but will they make it to the titles before they suffer a loss?
Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Miranda Alize!
Mrs. Superbad was hurt coming out of Kip’s and Miro’s rough Revolution win, but it seems it was mostly hurt feelings. Will she win her own way to the top and prove SHE’s the best?
The bell rings, Ford rushes Alize but she dodges to arm-drag Ford around! Ford gets up, Alize rebounds and arm-drags, then runs to rana! Ford bails out, fans fire up with Alize as she builds speed, but the baseball slide is blocked! Ford spins Alize to ROCK her with a right! Ford drags Alize in and rains down forearms! Ford drags Alize up, suplexes, but Alize fights it to a cradle! TWO! Ford kicks low, whips but Alize reverses and runs in, but Ford puts her on the apron. Ford blocks the punch to DECK her, then slingshots to drop a knee! Ford drags Alize to a cover, TWO! Alize checks her face, Ford drags her up and puts her on the ropes. Ford runs to BOOT her down!
Ford chokes Alize on the ropes, gets a kiss from Kip, and then YANKS Alize off the ropes. Ford takes her time bringing Alize back up and throws haymakers. Fans rally for Alize as she fires back, and the two go back and forth with forearms! Alize CHOPS, haymakers, repeat! Alize fires off more forearms, then runs but into a BIG forearm from Ford! Ford runs but Alize ROCKS her back! Alize powers up, runs, but Ford HEEL KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Alize survives, Ford drags her up and runs, to handspring and- Alize waistlocks! Ripcord and KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Alize is frustrated but she uses that to fire up and run at Ford, but Ford drop toeholds her into ropes! Ford runs to dropkick Alize in the back! Ford drags Alize up again, reels her in to a fireman’s carry, and hits a GUTBUSTER DROP! Ford isn’t done there, she drags Alize back up to a PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Princess Alize could not stop the super man Mrs. Superbad, and Ford again celebrates with Kip in their favorite way. Will Ford soon be celebrating getting back to another shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Adam Priest, Jake St. Patrick & Baron Black!
Billy and the boys are still going strong as an undefeated trio! But will they be able to keep that going as AEW keeps on growing?
The trios sort out, Austin starts with Priest and Priest gets after Austin already. They tie up, Priest waistlocks and slams Austin down! Austin sits up, gets up, but Priest slams him down again! Austin gets up again, pries free but Priest headlocks. Austin powers out, Priest ducks and dodges to whip but Austin does the same to trip Priest! Austin says bang bang and then hits the THROWBACK! Austin drags Priest up but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest tags Baron but Billy tags in! Papa Gunn puts the EmpBRUH in a corner, but Baron turns it around to CHOP! Billy turns it around, Baron dodges to CHOP again! Billy headlocks, Baron powers out but Billy runs him over!
Things speed up, Billy hurdles then blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Baron gets up and Billy CHOPS him back down! Billy stomps Baron in the corner, tags Colten, and Billy whips Colten for Colten to whip Billy to whip Colten to whip Billy in for a forearm smash! Colten uses Billy for the boost, to DUNK on Baron! Colten gets moving and he hits a EuroStep NECKBREAKER! Baron tags out to JSP, JSP runs to tilt-o-whirl but into a NECKBREAKER! Priest gets in to sucker punch Colten, Billy and Austin run in after him! Billy bumps Baron off buckles then calls to Austin. They whip Priest and Baron at each other, a do-si-do leads to Priest and Baron both being thrown out!
Colten and Austin coordinate for the 3:10 TO YUMA! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Another win for Billy and the boys, and they’re rolling on! But have they proven themselves worthy of golden opportunities in the near future?
Jack Evans VS Dante Martin!
While Angelico returned to battle Rey Fenix on Dynamite, the other half of the Hybrid2 battles one half of Top Flight! Will Evans from the Heavens fly higher than Angel Dorado in the Dark?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Evans wrenches, Dante uses ropes to flip through and he reverses the wrench onto Evans. Evans cartwheels, breaks free and kicks low. Evans whips, Dante goes up and over and things speed up. Dante slides under, shoves but Evans handsprings. Dante hurdles, arm-drags and arm-drags again, then a third time! Dante has Evans’ arm for an armlock, but Evans fights up. Dante uses ropes to get a boost but Evans counters the arm-drag to his own armlock. Evans knees, throws forearms, then whips. Dante ducks and gets around to arm-drag again! Dante dropkicks Evans, turns him and hits a neckbreaker!
Dante hurries to a corner and up top, but Evans avoids the 450! Dante comes back, Evans goes up and over and handsprings for a SCREW HIGH KICK! Evans talks trash and clubs Dante down, then drags him up. Dante hits back, Evans knees and bumps him off buckles, then whips corner to corner. Evans runs in, handsprings and back elbows! Dante staggers around, Evans springboards to RYDER KICK! Cover, TWO! Evans is shocked as Dante gets to the corner. Evans bumps Dante off buckles again and again, then digs his face in! The ref counts, Evans lets off at 4, then he goes corner to corner to handspring, into Dante’s BACK SUPLEX TOSS! Evans crashes to the ramp and fans fire up!
A ring count begins, Evan crawls over but Dante sees him. Dante dodges Evans’ clothesline to CHOP! Dante suplexes but Evans escapes and runs, into a LARIAT! Dante dropkicks again, then leaps to RANA! Fans fire up with Dante and he goes corner to corner but Evans puts him outside. Dante bumps Evans off buckles, springboards around to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Evans lives and Dante can’t believe it! Fans fire up more as they sing for Dante. Dante runs but Evans boots him and goes to the apron! Evans slingshots to RANA Dante out of the ring! Evans goes to the apron but Dante dodges the flying kick!
Dante kicks low, whips, but Evans reverses. Dante FLIPS over the railing and lands on his feet! Dante ducks a kick to DECK Evans! Dante then gets space and runs in, to LEAP, into a DESTROYER!! Dante puts Evans in, goes up top, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Dante wins!!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Half of the coldest tag team in the game is still more than one of the Hybrid2! Will Dante keep Top Flight going strong while his brother, Darius, recovers?
But then Angelico rushes out to attack Dante! He throws Dante out and helps Evans up, but then Darius runs out! Darius may have a bad leg but he isn’t going to let that stop him from backing up his brother! Will TH2 have to worry about Top Flight coming for them once they’re both 100%?
FTW Championship: Brian Cage VS Brandon Cutler!
Team Taz didn’t agree with The Machine about respecting Sting, but representing FTW means you don’t care what others think! Will the Path of Cage run right through the Dungeon Master and prove there is still no one better?
The introductions are made, the orange belt is raised, and Team Taz is watching closely on commentary as Cage and Cutler roll the dice!
Cutler and Cage circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Cage waistlocks, slams Cutler down, drag shim up in a facelock to wrench to a wristlock. Cutler rolls, handsprings, and wrenches back! Cage EuroUppers Cutler off his feet! Cage whips Cutler to a corner, runs in but Cutler slips out to ROUNDHOUSE back! Cutler shoulders in, slingshots up and KICKS Cage again! Cutler keeps moving, springboards, but into Cage’s arms! Cage pops Cutler up for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! “Who betta?!” Cage stalks Cutler to a corner, drags him up and RAMS his shoulder in, then again! Cage CHOPS Cutler and Cutler flounders to another corner.
Cage brings Cutler up, reels him in, puts one out, but Cutler turns the bomb to a sunset flip! Cage stays up, Cutler avoids the punch then ROUNDHOUSES again! Cutler ROCKS Cage with forearms, but Cage shoves him. Cutler dodges Cage, swings a kick but Cage ducks it, only for Cutler to ENZIGURI him down! Cage falls out of the ring, Cutler runs and DIVES! Direct hit into the railing, and Cutler puts Cage into the ring! Springboard for the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Cutler fires off hands, then whips. Cage reverses, ducks a kick, pump handle to the DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Cage grows annoyed and Team Taz is frustrated.
Cage fireman’s carries, tosses Cutler but Cutler lands on his feet! Cage blocks the kick to KNEE, but spins into a BOOT! Cage SUPERKICKS and Cutler flops to a corner! Cutler gets on the apron, Cage drags him up and shouts, “WHO BETTA?” But Cutler KICKS him, bumps him off buckles, and slingshots to SUNST BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cutler keeps going, he springboards for the FLYING FOREARM! Cutler goes to the other side, points to Taz, then springboards for the FROGGY-BOW! Cover, TWO!! Taz is pissed, Cutler climbs up again and fans fire up! Cutler leaps, Cage catches him to a suplex, for the DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)
Team Taz breathes a collective sigh of relief because their belt stays with them! But will The Machine have to recalibrate if it took this long to deal with Cutler? Will Taz start to reconsider Cage’s place in the team?
Ashley Vox VS Alex Gracia!
The Reel Catch returned last week but couldn’t hook the Brazilian Blackbelt. Can she turn the tide facing the Pink Dream?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Vox arm-drags Gracia. Gracia resets and the two tie up again. They go around, Gracia spins Vox to arm-drag her around! Gracia clamps onto the arm but Vox wrenches and whips her away. Gracia goes up and out then shoulders into Vox to slide and sunset flip, TWO! Gracia keeps moving, she springboards to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Vox gets up but Gracia dropkicks her down! Fans fire up as Gracia runs in, but Vox goes up and over and gets Gracia for a sunset flip! ONE and Gracia basement dropkicks Vox! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Vox up, Vox ROCKS her with a forearm! Gracia ROCKS Vox back, but Vox ROCKS Gracia again!
Vox gets around to clamp on the FISH HOOK! And then spins Gracia for a HEADBUTT! Vox keeps going to tilt-o-whirl and FISH HOOK again! Gracia throws Vox off, but Vox sweeps to a cover, ONE! Gracia sweeps to a cover, ONE! Gracia Ghost Pin, TWO! Vox has the stack, TWO! Gracia Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Vox spins Gracia around to the FISH HOOK!! Gracia is caught, taps, Vox wins!!
Winner: Ashely Vox, by submission
And Vox reels in a victory! Will she soon be riding a wave of momentum towards the top of the AEW Women’s Division?
Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Vary Morales & Seth Gargis!
Jersey’s Finest has been hitting some serious speedbumps on their road trip to the top, and the Bad Boy almost threw it all away last week. Can he and the Concrete Rose hold it together as they try again?
The teams sort out, Janela starts with Vary and sends his jacket out into the bleachers! They tie up, Janela headlocks, but Vary pries free to a keylock, then a headlock of his own. Janela powers out, things speed up, Janela trips but Vary kips up! Fans cheer that, and Janela says he can do that. Janela drops, but he can’t kip up! Janela wants another try, and fans encourage him. Janela tries again, but he can’t get up? The fans are willing to give him a third try, and he sorta almost kips up. Janela SUPERKICKS Vary in frustration! Janela blows kisses to the camera, tags Kiss in, and they double whip Vary. Vary kicks Kiss, Janela ducks the enziguria dn then drags him around.
Janela hooks the legs up, fans rally and Janela gets the arms. Janela brings Vary up for the ROmero Special, and Kiss adds a cravat! Gargis gets in to break that up, and then goes to his corner. Gargis tags in, Janela tags back in, too, and Janela rethinks things. Tag back to Kiss, and Kiss springboards to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Kiss keeps cool and paces around Gargis, but Gargis puts him in the corner! Gargis whips corner to corner, Kiss elbows Gargis away, then ROUNDHOUSES! Gargis is groggy, but Janela is too busy getting high-fives from fans! Janela finally tags in, fires off BIG haymakers on Gargis, then runs, to ram Gargis!
Gargis stays up, Janela tries again but then dodges to hit a LEAPING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up, Janela brings Gargis around, but he can’t get Gargis up in the suplex! Tag to Kiss, and Jersey’s Finest double suplex Gargis! Fans fire up as Janela ROCKS Gargis, Kiss kicks, then Janela SUPERKICKS into Kiss’ ROLLING ELBOW! Vary runs in to get a SUPERKICK! Janela suplexes Vary for the DRIVER! SUPERKICK for Gargis, Kiss BOOTS to add on! Jersey’s Finest coordinate, FLYING SPLIT LEG REVERSE DDT! Cover, Jersey’s Finest win!
Winners: Janela & Kiss, by pinfall
Winning fixes what ails the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose, and maybe it’ll be smooth sailing now. Will Janela & Kiss be able to finally pull into the Top 5 of the Tag Division?
Fuego del Sol VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth!
The Fire of the Sun still has a fire in his heart, but now he’s up against Scrap Metal! Will Fuego burn himself out trying to burn JD down?
Hollywood Hunk Nemeth is in JD’s corner, which is a very curious thing, though we did see JD help Nemeth against Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy. Does this have to do with “Pretty” Peter Avalon’s growing stable? Or is it a bond built by having some common enemies?
The bell rings, JD and Fuego circle, Fuego gives testing kicks but keeps out of JD’s grip. JD gets Fuego the third time but Fuego ducks and dodges and ranas, but JD blocks! JD swings Fuego up but Fuego slips off, runs and rolls off JD’s back, but the hip toss is blocked for a hip toss from JD! JD stands Fuego up to CHOP him! JD whips, Fuego ducks and tries again, and the RANA hits this time! JD bails out, fans fire up and Fuego builds speed to DIVE! JD catches Fuego, tosses him to ropes and DECKS him on the rebound! JD drags Fuego up, puts him in, looms over him and kicks him around. JD scoops Fuego to SLAM him, then drops a headbutt! Cover, TWO!
JD stalks Fuego, drags him up and chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, JD lets off at 4 then runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fuego flops down but JD just looms over him again. Fans rally as Fuego sputters, but JD brings him up to ROCK him with a forearm, and CHOP him in the corner! JD swings but Fuego dodges the chop to fire off hands! JD denies the tornado to corner SPLASH, then scoop SLAM him into buckles! SPLASH for the cover, TWO! JD drops a knee right on Fuego, then looms over him again. Fans rally but JD toys with Fuego. Fuego hits back, gets up but JD CHOPS him down! JD tells Fuego to stay down, but Fuego refuses.
JD drags Fuego up, and suplexes him, only for Fuego to slip out! Fuego runs, tilt-o-whirls for the roll-up, TWO!! Fuego BOOTS JD from a corner, then goes up and over and runs, dodges and springboards into a wheelbarrow! JD powers up but Fuego knee smashes! Fuego fires off kicks, gives a kiss and MULE KICKS JD down! Fuego cravats, STANDING SLICED- NO! JD slips out of that, runs for a SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, JD wins!
Winner: JD Drake, by pinfall
The Hollywood Hunk celebrates with JD, but just what is this team-up about? And what will this team-up lead to for them both in the near future?
QT Marshall VS Shawn Dean!
The Gifted is still part of the Nightmare Family, but there is clearly some dysfunction there. Will QT show he’s still a pillar of the family against The Captain?
The bell rings and they circle. They tie up, Dean puts QT in a corner, but lets off clean. Dean salutes and QT grins. They reset, tie up again, and QT headlocks. Dean powers out but QT runs him over! QT mocks the salute, things speed up, and Dean hurdles to elbow QT down! Fans fire up with the Captain and he stalks QT to a corner. QT kicks back, throws a haymaker, then whips Dean corner to corner. Dean rebounds but into QT’s clothesline! QT stomps Dean, drags him up, and throws him out to the apron. Dean shoulders back in, slingshots and clotheslines QT out! Dean builds speed and WRECKS QT with a dropkick! Then slingshots for a PLANCHA, but QT moves!
QT comes back to CLOBBER Dean! Fans boo QT’s new mean streak, but QT brings Dean up and puts him in. QT drops elbow after elbow, then shows another, but steps on Dean’s face! Fans boo the disrespect but QT just grins as he stands Dean up. Dean throws body shots then whips, but QT reverses. Dean kicks QT away, runs but into an uppercut! QT CLOBBERS Dean, covers, TWO! QT sits Dean up, and clamps on a chinlock! QT thrashes Dean around, fans rally as Dean endures, and Dean fights up to throw body shots. QT CLUBS Dean hard, then shoves him from the corner. QT climbs up, Dean stands, QT mocks the salute but jumps into a BIG dropkick!
Both men are down but fans rally up again. QT drags Dean up but Dean ROCKS him! QT ROCKS Dean, Dean ROCKS QT! They go back and forth, Dean gets the edge but QT knees low! QT whips, Dean ducks and dodges to elbow! Dean starts rallying, whips QT to a corner, but QT reverses to send Dean the other way! QT runs in but Dean puts him on the apron to GAMANGIRI him down! Dean builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up for Dean as he puts QT in! QT staggers to a corner, Dean runs in to dropkick! Dean keeps going, and hits another dropkick! Dean wants another, but QT dropkicks back! QT scowls and throws his armbands off.
QT calls for it, drags Dean up but Dean blocks the Diamond Cutter! Dean gets around, salutes, but QT slips out to kick low! QT whips, Dean stops to mule kick, then Dean goes up to leap, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!! Cover, QT wins!
Winner: QT Marshall, by pinfall
And the Bulldog of the Nightmare Family gets a win! Will he continue to climb the ranks and prove he’s God’s Gift to AEW?
Bunny Allie w/ The Butcher & The Blade VS Jazmin Allure!
It’s been a long time since the lone female of the Fam got into the ring herself. But now that Big Money Matt is footing the bill, she’s ready to put in the work! Will she tear into #TopTier and finally hop up the rankings?
The bell rings, and Allie rushes Allure! Allie fires off forearms in a corner, scrapes Allure’s face on ropes, but then lets off as the ref reprimands to shriek at her. Allie CHOPS Allure, but Allure turns things around to fire off forearms and CHOPS of her own! Allure whips, Allie reverses but Allure sweeps the legs! Allure runs to dropkick Allie to the apron! Allure is after her but Allie hotshots her away! Allie scowls at the camera, runs in and CLOBBERS Allure! Allie laughs at Allure’s pain then dribbles her on the mat! Fans boo but Allie drags Allure up and whips her to a corner hard! Allure falls, Allie runs corner to corner to SLIDING LARIAT!
Allie shoves Allure out of the corner, bows and then mocks Allure, “What’re you gonna do?!” Allie stomps Allure, drags her up, and thrashes her around while laughing. Allure hits back and jawbreakers! Allure rallies with clotheslines, then fires up and runs corner to corner, but Allie dodges! SUPERKICK! Allie is furious, she drags Allure up, and she reels Allure into the dragon sleeper, for the ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Allie wins!
Winner: Bunny Allie, by pinfall
Allie sent Allure #DownTheRabbitHole and gets a win! Is the Bunny going to get plenty of karats working with Big Money Matt?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Carlie Bravo, Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge!
BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana and the OG, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson, want to follow up what Silver & Reynolds did earlier tonight, and that’s win! Will they do just that against #GoonPlatoon, The Sensation and… Brick?
The teams sort out and Cabana starts against Alexander. Negative One gives Cabana some quick pointers before he and Alexander circle. They approach, Cabana fakes Alexander out to get a leg trip, then floats to a facelock. Cabana brings Alexander up, Alexander wrenches but Cabana wrenches to hammerlock, wrench, then wristlock. Cabana throws Alexander to his corner and fans cheer that technical exchange. Bravo tags in, Negative One gives quick tips again, but Bravo praises Cabana for that exchange. Bravo steps up to say “Boom, Boom.” Cabana DECKS Bravo! Cabana drags Bravo up to DECK him again, drags him over and bumps him off buckles.
Cabana CHOPS and CHOPS then tags Uno. Uno CHOPS Bravo, CHOPS again, then suplexes! Cover, TWO! Uno tags Stu. feeds Bravo to Stu’s boots, then Russian Leg Sweeps to set up for Stu’s PENALTY KICK! Stu paces around Bravo, brings him up, and whips him to a corner. Stu runs in, Bravo dodges and Stu POSTS himself! Brick tags in and he CLUBS Stu on the back! Cabana gets in to ROCK Brick! The ref reprimands, Brick shakes that off and goes after Stu. Brick tosses Stu to a corner, elbows hard then tags Alexander. Alexander stomps a mudhole into Stu, then throws haymakers. Tag to Bravo and Bravo fires off JAB after JAB on Stu then stomps him!
Tag to Brick and Brick stomps away on Stu! Tag to Alexander, he drags Stu up and fireman’s carries but Stu fights out! Stu gets Alexander for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Brick tags in, fires off on Stu, then runs, but Stu LARIATS! They both stay up, but Stu gets Brick for an URENAGE! Hot tags to Uno and Bravo! Uno rallies with clotheslines, sees Alexander and kicks him for a neckbreaker! Brick gets in, Uno dodges and BOOTS him down! Bravo returns to kick back, then whips. Uno reverses, reels Bravo in to school boy, and STOMP the hands! Basement dropkick! Uno fireman’s carries and pops Bravo up for an USHIGOROSHI!
Tag to Cabana, Uno feeds Alexander to a BIONIC ELBOW! Cabana fires up, Uno feeds Brick to a BIONIC ELBOW! Cabana tags Stu, Uno feeds Bravo to a BIONIC ELBOW! Stu climbs, Uno gets Bravo up, “FINISH HIM!” FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
And the Dark Order continues to dominate Dark! Will this victory convince these Nightmare Factory trainees to #JoinDarkOrder instead?
Nick Comoroto & Aaron Solow VS D3 & Angel Fashion!
The Freak Beast Wrecking Ball and Extra Talented combine to take on the Prince of Rome and the Fashionable Hombre! Will they make the Nightmare Family proud by starting climbing the AEW Tag Division ladder?
The teams sort out and Solow starts against D3. They circle, tie up, and Solow wrenches to fireman’s carry takeover. Solow clamps onto the arm, D3 gets up and wrenches back, but Solow wrenches again. D3 rolls, handsprings and headlocks back. Solow powers out, D3 sunset flips but Solow rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Tag to Comoroto, but D3 gets away to tag Fashion! Fashion and Comoroto circle, Fashion calls for a test of strength. Comoroto looks to accept but Fashion sucker punches him! Comoroto doesn’t flinch, and he CLOBBERS Fashion for it! Comoroto drags Fashion up, scoops him, but Fashion fights free.
Fashion throws body shots and haymakers, but Comoroto swings again. Fashion dodges, runs but leaps into Comoroto’s arms, for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with the Freak Beast as he drags Fashion up. Tag to Solow, Solow reels Fashion in but D3 runs in. Solow DECKS D3, Fashion whips but Solow reverses. Solow kicks low to reel Fashion in, and he double hammerlocks, for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, Solow & Comoroto win!
Winners: Aaron Solow & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall
And there it is! Solow and Comoroto get their first win as a team, but will it be the first of many?
Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS John Skyler!
The Brazilian Beefcake, the muscle of the growing Pretty Boys stable, is ready to lead the charge up the rankings! But will he stay strong against the Southern Savior?
The bell rings, Skyler and Bononi circle and they tie up. Bononi powers Skyler to a corner, Skyler slips out to CHOP! Bononi shoves Skyler down, Skyler dodges to headbutt low, uppercut and jumping knee! Skyler clotheslines but Bononi stay sup! Skyler runs to clothesline again but Bononi si still up! Bononi blocks the whip, whips Skyler to a corner and corner clotheslines! Then Bononi whips Skyler corner to corner to clothesline again! Bononi fires up, Skyler dodges his next clothesline but not the LEFT! Avalon is fired up as Bononi stomps Skyler in a corner! The erf counts, Bononi lets off, but Avalon gets his shot in! Bononi brings Skyler up, whips and hip tosses! Cover, TWO!
Bononi keeps on Skyler with a chinlock and he thrashes Skyler around. Fans rally up, Skyler fights up but Bononi CLUBS him down! Bononi throws Skyler out hard, the ref keeps his eyes on Avalon but Bononi goes out to fetch Skyler. Bononi gets Skyler up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Avalon is all fired up and says #BeautifulBononi is doing great! Bononi drags Skyler up, but Skyler KNEES him away! Skyler slingshots but Bononi denies the sunset flip! Skyler avoids the punch, but Bononi bucks the roll-up off! Skyler tries again, Bononi switches and catches him to a sleeper hold SWING and TOSS!
Bononi seethes, he drags Skyler up to a torture rack for the FALLING SLAM! Cover, Bononi wins!
Winner: Cezar Bononi, by pinfall
Pretty Peter is excited for Beautiful Bononi’s big win here! Will they continue to climb up the rankings and make AEW the best looking company today?
Dark is big again, but still under two hours, so that was good. We got some really good matches, such as the opener with Silver-Reynolds, then SCU VS WCWC, Evans VS Dante, and QT VS Dean. But my major complaint is that the show opens with Taz and Excalibur calling the FTR Championship match the main event. But looking at this, it WASN’T the main event! It was the middle of the card! Was that just bad editing of the match order? The FTW Championship match was certainly good, and a touch longer than the actual main event of Bononi VS Skyler, and given the story from Dynamite, it should’ve been the actual main event, not just in name.
Taz and Starks were on commentary, griping every moment Cutler got offense in, but then were happy when Cage won. There could be quite the story with Cage and the rest of Team Taz not being on the same page about Sting, and maybe Taz makes it a point of taking the title off Cage and putting it on another Team Taz member, like Will Hobbs. But my main thing is, if you call it the main event, then show it’s the main event. Elevation may have claimed to have three main events, but at least all three were at the end of the show, following the rules of calling something a main event.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
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- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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