Dynamite is going to be just as explosive as Revolution!
(Or maybe more so) Darby Allin defends his AEW TNT Championship against Scorpio Sky! Will Darby still be the Face of TNT going against the Face of the Revolution?
- Matt Jackson w/ Nick Jackson VS Rey Fenix w/ PAC; Fenix wins.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Seth Gargis; Cody wins.
- Ethan Page VS Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall; Ethan wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Thunder Rosa & Ryo Mizunami VS Maki Itoh, Britt Baker & Nyla Rose; Shida, Rosa & Mizunami win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Scorpio Sky; Allin wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Matt Jackson w/ Nick Jackson VS Rey Fenix w/ PAC!
The Young Bucks are still the AEW World Tag Team Champions after making it through Y2MJF, but it is Death Triangle’s Firebird and Bastard heading for them after winning the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal! Will Matt or Fenix be the ones taking the lead in the build to their tag battle?
The bell rings and fans fire up already as these two circle. They tie up, Fenix wrenches to an armlock then hammerlock, then traps Matt with one arm to throw body shots. Fenix wrenches, Matt wrenches, fans duel, and Fenix moves around. Fenix drops, spins, wrenches and wristlocks to a hammerlock, but Matt recaches back to flying-mare! Matt chinlocks, wrenches, but Fenix dropkicks Matt down! Fans cheer and SCU watches from the bleachers as the two reset. Fenix and Matt knuckle lock but Matt kicks and CHOPS, then whips to hip toss. Fenix rebounds off ropes to handspring free! Matt runs in but Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS!
Fenix goes up and up and around and arm-drags Matt out of the ring! Fenix builds speed but stops as Matt gets away. Fenix then steps out to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as Fenix puts Matt in, dodges him and springboards for a headbutt! Fenix then goes up and up and FLIES to take Matt down! And then FLIES to do it again! Nick coaches Matt up but the fans are fired up for Fenix. Pac glares at Nick but Fenix comes out to fetch Matt into the ring. Fenix CLUBS Matt, drags him back into a sleeper and body scissors! Fans rally as Matt endures, and Matt makes the hold a cover, ONE! Fenix body scissor clutches to a cover, TWO! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt down!
Fans are fired up as Matt crawls to a corner. Fenix drags Matt up to put him in a corner, then CHOPS him! Fenix wristlocks but Matt tries to monkey flip. Fenix denies that, they both end up on the ropes and they start throwing CHOPS! Fenix gest the edge, springs up but into a SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as Fenix bails out. Matt goes out to fetch him but his back is bothering him. Matt brings Fenix up, RAMS him into the apron, then puts him in. Matt slingshots and sentons, covers, TWO! Matt keeps his cool as he drags Fenix from ropes to club him down! Fenix writhes, fans rally, and Matt stomps Fenix down.
Pac coaches Fenix but Matt clamps on with a partial camel clutch. Fenix endures, fans rally up, and Fenix throws elbows and body shots! Fenix CHOPS, then whips, but Matt dodges and wheelbarrows to Victory Roll Facebuster! Cover, ONE!! Matt is surprised but he keeps on Fenix and reels him in. Fenix drops to his knees, Matt brings him back up and tries another bomb but Fenix ranas! Matt rolls through to get the legs tied up, SHARPSHOOTER! Fenix powers his way to the ropebreak! Matt lets go, Fenix gets to a corner, and Matt stomps and clubs Fenix down. Matt brings Fenix around for haymakers, then runs in, but Fenix SUPERKICKS!
Fenix hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE, then puts Matt in for the JUMPING SOBAT! Fenix goes up and up and missile dropkicks Matt back down! Fans fire up as Fenix drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Fenix’s back gives up! Fenix throws hands even from the mat, but Matt CLUBS him in the back. Matt runs, into a SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Fans rally, the ref has a standing count, but Matt and Fenix get up at 5. Fenix throws hands, Matt returns them, and the fans rally as they brawl. Both men ROCK the other, but Fenix tilt-o-whirls to then get Matt in a standing Bow ‘n’ Arrow, spins Matt around to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives and Fenix is sore!
Matt goes to the ramp side but Fenix hits him first. Fenix climbs the ropes but Matt throws body shots then suplexes. Fenix fights free, dodges a boot and CHOPS Matt! Fenix goes to the corner, walks the tightrope but Matt dodges! Matt shoulders in, slingshots up and over and hits a DESTROYER!! Fenix bails out but Matt goes out for a DESTROYER to the floor!! Matt leaves Fenix behind and a ring count begins! Pac shouts at Fenix and coaches him, but the count is already 5 and Fenix hasn’t gotten up. The count is 8, Fenix springs right up! Fenix is in at 9.9! Matt goes up, Fenix is in the drop zone, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! And Matt can’t believe it!
Fans rally, SCU nod, and Matt gets the SHARPSHOOTER on! Fenix endures as Matt sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Fenix powers up but he can’t! Fenix flails, reaches, powers up again, Matt drops and Fenix gets the ropebreak! Matt drags Fenix away, tries again but Fenix kicks Matt down. Fenix runs in, Matt moves, Nick gets WRECKED with the dropkick! Matt runs at Fenix, dodges him, and SUPERKICKS Pac for getting too close! Fenix says this is between him and Matt, so Matt gets in and they throw haymakers! Matt dodges to shove but Fenix elbows then QUEBRADAS! Matt gets under but Fenix waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Matt lands on his feet to SUPERKICK!
Matt whips, Fenix goes Spiderman but Matt ducks the heel kick to SUPERKICK! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back!! Both men are down but fans again chant, “This is Awesome!” Fenix and Matt slowly sit up and get forehead to forehead. They throw haymakers, Fenix CHOPS, but Matt CHOPS back! They throw more hands, they DORCK each other, Matt blocks the roundhouse to spin Fenix but SUPERKICKS COLLIDE! They ROCK each other, but then Matt gut wrenches Fenix! Fenix fights free to scoop Matt, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
And that’s a win over one-half of the tag team champions! Will Death Triangle soon take those titles for their own? Or will things be different when the Bucks are together for a Superkick Party?
Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston speak!
The Mad King is first, saying, “Well folks, here it is. The big explanation everyone wants to know about. It’s a little embarrassing, but y’know, I’m me.” When Kingston hurried out at Revolution to cover up his friend, Moxley, thinking there was going to be this huge explosion, all these fireworks, he got a flashback to the last time he had that anxiety. The last time he had this kind of panic, he couldn’t breathe. That’s when Kingston was in a jail cell, getting ready for court, with the guards telling him he was going to Rikers, “Sing Sing,” and everything went black. So go ahead, make fun of him. He’s not speaking for you or to you, but to those who understand where he’s coming from.
So Kingston tells Kenny Omega, “Kenny! You think this is a video game? Look at the heat!” Kingston puts his hand over the little fire he and Moxley have going, and Kingston says that is what he felt! Look at his hand! He didn’t scar them up playing video games! Omega thinks he’s the Joker or something? You think this is funny? Moxley says Omega wasn’t joking. He really wanted to blow everyone up. Kingston says there’s no way. Omega’s the Joker to Moxley’s Batman. Moxley thinks that’s cool, but he’s pretty sure Omega was really trying. Kingston says Omega isn’t that nuts.
Moxley doesn’t know who paid for the bomb. Kingston says Impact probably paid for it, and Moxley can see that. But when that bomb came in the mail, did it have the big bold letters of ACME on it? Moxley’s made more explosive volcanos in fourth grade science class. “What the hell was that?” But Mox had an Explosive Barbed Wire Deathmatch live on PPV, and all he got was a lousy T-shirt. Okay, it’s a cool T-shirt, but Moxley didn’t win the title back. Omega was the better man at Revolution. But Moxley did get his drinking buddy back. Moxley knew that wasn’t Kingston that one time. Well the world title makes you do crazy things.
Moxley says Kingston could’ve come out a little earlier, when he was getting the crap kicked out of him and all that. Moxley jokes that Kingston had to get his eyebrows done and his good shoes on. Kingston had Butcher and Blade. “You already know my style, B! It’s 1998 forever in my head.” Well it’s good that they didn’t get blown up at Revolution. But Moxley kinda wanted to see a bomb go off. A lot of people did. But Moxley tells Kenny and the Good Brothers, if they’re going to flash a weapon, they better use it. Does this mean Moxley and Kingston are going to make sure the Biz Cliz pays for even thinking they could end the Maniac’s run?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Seth Gargis!
The American Nightmare managed to fight through a bad shoulder to make it to the end of the Face of the Revolution ladder match, but he still didn’t win it. Will he be able to power through and start back on the path towards the TNT Championship?
The bell rings, Cody and Gargis circle and tie up. Cody wrenches to a wristlock but Gargis reverses, only for Cody to DECK him! Cody scoops Gargis and carries him around to hit an OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Fans fire up as Cody gets the legs, steps through, and gets the FIGURE FOUR! Gargis endures, claws at the hold but he’s caught, he taps out! Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission
The Prince of Pro-Wrestling wasn’t playing around, he got that done fast! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring and Arn tells him he’s on the clock. Schiavone’s mic takes a second to get working so Cody tosses him a good one. Schiavone asks about the shoulder, how Shaq threw him around and all that, but how is Cody feeling? Well Cody will talk about it, and losing the ladder match, and- Wait, Penta is interrupting from Spanish Commentary! Penta has Alex stand up to help translate. Penta tells Cody to SHUT UP, then tells Alex to tell us that when it comes to Cody, “He’s a thousand times better than you!” And then, if Cody is the Prince of Pro-Wrestling, that makes Penta the LORD OF LUCHA!
Penta heads for the ring with Alex and fans chant “Lord of Lucha Libre!” Penta then speaks English to the American Nightmare to say, “You serious? At Revolution, you lost!” And had it just been Cody and Penta and a ring, Cody would have lost even more than the match! And you know why? Well Alex translates that Cody is lucky Penta didn’t focus on hurting that arm even more, because it would’ve been so bad, Cody couldn’t even be able to pick up his newborn baby girl! WHOA~! Cody runs at Penta and they brawl!! Security and other wrestlers hurry to break this one up but way more need to hold Cody back than Penta!
Cody is furious, but for now, Penta gets away with insulting the Rhodes family. Will Cody make Penta put his money where his mouth is and get in the ring with him 1v1?
Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy are at the arcade.
But they’re not here to play games. Chuck speaks to Miro and Kip Sabian as he says, “Boys. We’ve been at this a long time. Too damn long.” Kip, Miro and Penelope first break Trent and put him on the shelf. They make Chuck their butler, put him through a window, and then they tried to take out Cassidy here. Wait, Cassidy, you didn’t even put coins in the machine? Well anyway, Chuck and Cassidy want one more match. If Miro does that, Chuck will give Miro what he wants. Chuck will be Miro’s butler forever if he loses.
But Cassidy had a brilliant idea earlier. What if they take all these arcade games that Miro loves so much, put them ringside, then put Miro’s head through every single one? Cassidy takes off the sunglasses as he says, “And then we break you.” An arcade cabinet tag match?! Will that be the key to ending this back and forth with the Best Man? Or will it just be #GAMEOVER for the Best Friends?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone on stage.
And ladies and gentlemen, it’s STIIIIIING~! The Icon won the Street Fight at Revolution alongside Darby Allin, and what a comeback to action! Sting says Darby is “a dangerous, dangerous man.” Darby puts his life on the line every single night, takes risks, and that isn’t even everything. It isn’t even a calculated risk, and that is why Darby is dangerous. Then combine that with the Stinger and a “menacing” location like the streets, and BOOM! The Stinger and Darby get a win!
But then wait! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake are making their way out! “If you’re not going to give us time, then we are going to take the time.” And since Sting is wasting time, now is the time for Archer to let us know he never needed a ladder match to prove he IS the Face of the Revolution! If things don’t change, Archer is going to take much, much more than just time. Schiavone understands that but this was Sting’s time. Oh sorry, is that how this is going to go. Well, then bye Stanger. You’ll have your time, for now. Just remember that. With that, Archer and Jake take their leave.
Schiavone apologizes on Archer’s behalf, and Stinger says that’s fine, see you in the next one. Will the Murderhawk Monster make sure the Icon understands how dangerous this jungle can be?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson and QT Marshall.
Dasha asks QT for some insight on what happened in the tag team battle royal, when he just left Dustin Rhodes during the middle of all that. QT says he’s only human, his emotions got the better of him, but the Nightmare Family will deal with it. Right now is about Big Shotty Lee Johnson, and the huge match he has with Ethan Page. Ethan has a lot to prove, but so does Johnson, and he wants to pick up another win. AEW has technical difficulties but that’s because All Ego is already headed to the ring!
Ethan Page VS Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall!
The newest signee to AEW made a huge debut at Revolution, and after losing, he DEMANDED a huge singles match for Dynamite. But Ethan is upset that QT is accompanying Johnson and “occupying 33.3% of MY spotlight!” But will this angry, agitated and annoyed Ethan Page make Johnson pay for this?
The bell rings and Johnson circles with Ethan. Ethan kicks low, ROCKS Johnson, then has him in a corner to whip corner to corner. Ethan goes up and over, handsprings then dodges to shove Ethan to ropes. Ethan dodges but Johnson dropkicks him down! Johnson drags Ethan up, wrenches, but Ethan puts him on the ropes. The ref calls for a break and gets between them, but Ethan gets a HARD sucker punch in! Ethan has Johnson in a corner, stomps him and brings him out to suplex. Johnson slips out, waistlocks, but Ethan fights that and elbows free to CLOBBER Johnson! Ethan paces and Johnson goes to a corner, Ethan runs in but Johnson elbows him away!
Johnson BOOTS Ethan, swings, but into Ethan’s waistlock. Ethan puts Johnson in a corner, throws elbows, then snapmares him for a BIG shoulder tackle! Ethan soaks up the heat as Johnson is down, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Johnson goes to the apron, Ethan goes out after him, and brings Johnson up for a fireman’s carry. Johnson fights free with elbows and is back in he ring to ENZIGURI Ethan down! Johnson then PLANCHAS and takes Ethan down! Johnson fires up and fans rally as he brings Ethan up. Ethan RAMS Johnson into railing, then underhooks to get Johnson up on the railing, for a DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Johnson writhes and the ref checks on him with Ethan seethes and snarls. Ethan drags Johnson up, puts him in the ring, and stomps him down. QT coaches Johnson but Ethan drags him up to DECK him!
Johnson goes to another corner, Ethan brings him up and scoops him for a SPINNING BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Johnson survives that and pie faces Ethan! Ethan gets mad but Johnson throws hands! Ethan kicks low, whips Johnson to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Johnson flounders to a corner, Ethan storms over and CLUBS him down. Ethan digs his knee into Johnson’s back then wraps on a rear bearhug. Johnson endures, QT coaches him, and Johnson fights up to throw elbows. Ethan CLUBS Johnson, CLUBS him again, then wraps on the bearhug as AEW goes to single picture.
Fans rally again, Ethan drags Johnson up, but Johnson throws elbows and gets free to throw forearms. Ethan knees low, swings but Johnson counter punches to ROCK Ethan! Ethan ducks the swing to back suplex Johnson but Johnson lands on is feet! Johnson blocks a punch, elbows Ethan and hits a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as Johnson stalks Ethan, waistlocks, but Ethan elbows the back suplex away. Ethan goes to run but Johnson reels him in for BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Johnson usually ends matches with that but Ethan survives! Fans rally, Johnson throws his wrist tape away and goes at Ethan in a corner.
Ethan hits Johnson away, climbs up, but Johnson hits him! Johnson climbs up to throw forearms, then brings Ethan up. Ethan throws body shots, scoops Johnson and SUPER SLAMS him! Ethan then hops down, steps in and hits a SPRINGBOARD CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Johnson survives but Ethan keeps on Johnson in a corner. Ethan hoists Johnson up top, climbs up to join him, but Johnson hits him away. Johnson leaps over but jams a leg! Ethan wants after him but the ref keeps him back. Ethan shrugs and BOOTS Johnson down! Fans boo but Ethan ignores them as Johnson bails out. Johnson wants a hand from QT but QT just stands there as Ethan goes out to fetch Johnson.
Ethan drags Johnson up, puts him in, and stalk Johnson to bring him up to a Canadian rack. Ethan sets Johnson up for SPLASH MOUNTAIN! Cover, Ethan wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
The #EgosEdge is what wins Ethan’s first singles match, but he adds on by stomping away on Johnson! QT still doesn’t even do anything!? Dustin Rhodes runs out to run Ethan off, but again Dustin has to question what the hell is going on with QT! QT is just walking away! Is QT quitting the Nightmare Family without an explanation?
AEW Media catches up with Hangman Page.
Alex Marvez is curious as to how Hangman is spending the money he earned from the Big Money Match, and we see him zip in on a Snapper Pro riding mower! Is this one of the purchases made using Matt Hardy’s first quarter earnings? Hangman says he got six bottles of whiskey, a brand new saddle, and the entire Dwight Yoakam vinyl collection, and even donated most of it to the Jacksonville Education Fund. But yeah, this riding mower is one of the purchases. Time to cut some grass!
John Silver comes by and asks if Hangman has room for more people on the mower. Sure, why not! But wait, the rest of the Dark Order gets on! Uno, Stu, Reynolds, Cabana and Vance get on with Silver, but Angels is left off. There’s a weight limit and Angels was too slow. Now let’s get ice cream! YEEEAH~! Hangman puts pedal to the metal, and Angels says he’ll see them there. Will the Cowboy and his posse party hardy with Matt Hardy’s money?
AEW returns and Schiavone is back on stage.
Of all the things that happened this Sunday at Revolution was the arrival of this next guest, a great tag team champion in his career, and a great singles champion, too. This man officially signed with AEW this Sunday, and now we get to hear from CHRISTIAN CAGE! But wait, no, these are the Sweepettes. This isn’t for Christian, this is for KENNY OMEGA!! The man who is still AEW World Champion rolls in with the men who helped him win! Don Callis, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson follow Omega to the ring, and Callis has the mic to interview him.
Fans boo but Callis says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry but I guess you’re not going to get to hear from the brand new signee of AEW, because in case you’re new around here, new signee, Kenny Omega, Don Callis & the Good Brothers, we call the shots around here. We take what we want, and then we take a little more, so we’re taking this time for ourselves.” And as Callis stands here next to “the greatest wrestler who ever lived, the God of Professional Wrestling,” and the KING OF THE DEATHMATCH! Callis tells Omega that on Sunday, at Revolution, “it all went according to plan.” Well, almost. Oh yes, that. The explosion not heard around the world.
Callis finds it interesting. They’ve taken a lot of heat since then, being blamed for us not getting what we wanted. Well, Callis will neither confirm nor deny if they had something to do with that. But what Callis will confirm is how happy it made Callis to take away what fans wanted! To take away things! Tony Khan wants AEW to make memories, Callis and Omega make HISTORY, and that is what they did when Omega beat Moxley! That is what they do! But they took away Moxley’s big moment when he wanted to die in a blaze of glory! They took away Eddie Kingston’s star-making, heroic moment!
Callis says he learned about win-win situations. If the ring had blown up, Team Omega wins. Moxley and Kingston would be gone, and Omega would be champion. But if the ring somehow didn’t blow up, which it didn’t, then that’s a bigger win because Mox & Kingston look like idiots and Team Omega still has the world title! So they do what they do all the time: WIN! Omega says he’s got goosebumps just thinking about what it would’ve looked like to see Moxley vaporized in the middle of the ring! That would’ve been a dream come true to never worry about Moxley. But now it’s just as sweet to have the eternal memory of seeing Moxley embarrassed in the ring, leaving him a loser.
And what a cherry on top for Kingston, the thing they never even factored in, never expected, for their childhood friendship to be what rescued and “dry humped” Moxley in the middle of the ring as sparklers shot off! But talk about memories- Kingston storms out to the ring! He sees it’s 3v1 since Callis doesn’t count, but Callis says this is alright. Callis knows Kingston and Kingston knows he knows Callis. So Callis says he had Kingston in Impact because he is talented, tough, and the star in that face of his. Kingston had it all, but why did Callis fire him? And that is what happened.
It’s because Kingston did there that he’s done his whole life: When Kingston is this close to success and the “brass ring,” he self-sabotages! Just like at Revolution when he laid there and everyone laughed! That was Kingston’s moment, and they took it away! Fans rally for Kingston but Callis says he’s outgunned. But because Callis likes Kingston, he gives Kingston a chance to get out of here with what’s left of his pride intact. Kingston will have 10 seconds before he gets his ass kicked. So here it is! The countdown, just like Revolution! OH NO~! Someone save Omega~! Kingston falls on Omega and then… Nothing.
Omega sits up and mocks Kingston’s anxiety. Did we blow up? Nope! Omega almost passed out as he flashbacked to detention! But Kingston is in the ring with the best champion ever, looking like a joke, standing with four guys who could whoop his ass. Omega counts Callis, apparently. But Kingston is stone-faced. Does he want to hit Omega? Huh? Wanna hit the champ? Well here’s his big shot! Take a swing and see what happens! You don’t have the balls, Kingston! But Kingston DECKS Omega! The Good Brothers are right on Kingston with haymakers, but Moxley gets in! Omega is out cold, Moxley and Kingston fight off Gallows & Anderson!
Things spill out of the ring, Moxley throws Anderson into barriers, and here comes… CHRISTIAN CAGE! The brawling continues as Captain Charisma finally gets his time on Dynamite! Christian looks around at the Peeps, but focuses in on the Cleaner who is coming to. Christian goes to the ring, Omega gets up, and the two stare down. Omega talks trash, saying Christian is in his ring now. But then Omega offers a handshake? Christian hesitates, fans aren’t sure about it, but Omega takes a swing! Christian catches him and turns him, but Callis gets Omega out of the Killswitch!
Callis holds Omega back, but Christian holds up the AEW World Championship! Is Christian going to add this title to his already historic list of accolades?
Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Thunder Rosa & Ryo Mizunami VS Maki Itoh, Britt Baker & Nyla Rose!
The Full Metal Warrior is still AEW Women’s World Champion, and finally has a win against her rival, Aneki! But they weren’t able to soak in the moment at Revolution because of the Native Beast, the Doctor and the Fired Idol! Will Shida, Rosa and Ryo make these Vicious Vixens, the Role Model and the Cutest in the World regret ruining the moment?
Wait, as Itoh is performing her theme song, Rosa, Ryo and Shida rush Nyla and Britt! They all brawl, Itoh just tunes it out, and Shida clashes with Rebel, kendo stick VS crutch! Britt brawls with Rosa but runs away, and Nyla ROCKS Ryo. Vickie helps Rebel by kicking Shida in the leg! The ref tries to sort things out but Itoh is still performing. Vickie chokes Shida with her kendo stick! Rebel then throws Shida over to her corner and Itoh finishes her song. Shida rushes Itoh but Itoh BOPS her with the mic! And again! And again! Itoh takes off her headphones and finally gets into fight mode as she puts Shida into the ring.
The bell sounds and Itoh fires up to drop the Kokeshi, but misses! Shida KICKS Itoh, drags her up, and whips her to a corner. Itoh reverses, runs in and elbows! Itoh fires up, climbs up, and asks, “Who is the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN DEEESU~!” She rains down fists, but Shida carries Itoh away! Itoh fights free and stomps Shida’s foot! Itoh flips Shida off, but Shida grabs the dirty birds to pull them back! Shida arm-drags Itoh by the fingers! Tag to Ryo and she fires off machine gun chops! Ryo lets off and apologizes to the ref, to then shake it up and CHOP again! Ryo fires up with the fans, does the pantomime, and then runs in to clothesline!
Itoh flounders to her corner and tags Nyla, but Ryo tags Rosa. Rosa KICKS away on Nyla’s leg, then dropkicks her to ropes! Rosa fires forearms, Nyla forearms back! They go forearm for forearm, Rosa runs but Vickie is in the way! Nyla CLOBBERS Rosa, covers, ONE!! Nyla drags Rosa up and whips her to the corner, to then throw body shots as AEW goes picture in picture.
Nyla wrenches Rosa, whips her back in hard, then pie faces Ryo and taunts Shida! The ref is busy with all that, and Britt chokes Rosa! Nyla goes back to Rosa, drags her up, and tags in Itoh. Nyla snapmares Rosa then snap suplexes her, and Itoh fires up again, for the KOKESHI! Itoh is fired up, she covers, TWO! Itoh drags Rosa away from her corner to wrap on a chinlock. Rosa endures, elbows over and over, but can’t get free. Itoh puts Rosa on ropes, kicks her, then tags in Britt. Britt throws forearms but Rosa hits back. Britt puts Rosa in the corner and chokes her! The ref counts, Britt lets off to ROCK Rosa again! Britt drags Rosa around, and pulls her against the post!
The ref reprimands but Nyla adds her boot, and both Rebel and Vickie mock Rosa’s pain! The ref counts and everyone backs off, and Britt gets in while Itoh gets a bop in on Rosa. Britt tags Nyla, Nyla throws body shots on Rosa then snapmares for a NECK SNAPPER! Nyla drags Rosa up to waistlock but Rosa resists the lift. Rosa elbows free, throws more elbows, then wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Nyla flounders and flops, hot tags to Britt and Ryo! Aneki rallies on Britt, Itoh, and shoves Nyla into Britt, to then SPEAR Nyla!
AEW returns to single picture as fans fire up with Ryo! Ryo tags Shida, Shida baseball slides Nyla off the apron, and then Ryo whips Rosa into Britt! Shida runs in to KNEE Britt, then Shida wedges Britt in the corner for Ryo to be the human weapon, snap suplex into Britt! Shida covers, TWO! Itoh is also there but Ryo is after her. Ryo waistlocks Itoh, Shida powers up, but Britt ducks the drawing blade kick, and Itoh gets free to HEADBUTT Shida! Itoh fires up but Ryo CLOBBERS her! Nyla kicks Ryo, drags her up, but Rosa tags in and dropkicks Nyla! Rosa aims at Britt as she runs in at Britt and rams into her!
Rosa bumps Britt off buckles, throws elbows, then clotheslines! Rosa puts Britt out to join the others, and then she climbs the corner. Rosa LEAPS onto everyone, and takes them out with the Cancun Tornado! Fans fire up with Rosa as she drags Itoh up and around to put in the ring. Vickie swipes at Rosa but she kicks her away. Itoh forearms Rosa, reels her in and goes up the corner, for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives but Itoh shouts to the corner. Vickie distracts the ref, Rebel has the crutch! Itoh shoves Rosa, Rosa blocks the crutch attack and shoves Rebel down onto the pile outside!
Itoh kicks Rosa, fires up and runs, but into a scoop! THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Rosa and team win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa, Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall
But then Britt SMACKS Rosa with the crutch! The Role Model is a sore loser! Ryo, Nyla, Shida and Itoh brawl on the outside, Britt digs the crutch into Rosa’s head! Britt then drags Rosa around to the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Rebel and Vickie add on where they can, and Rebel even digs the crutch into Rosa’s face! Britt lets Rosa go, but will she be facing revenge soon enough?
Matt Hardy and Private Party speak.
They want Hardy to cheer up. Hardy says he’s been reflecting the last few days, and he says they need to bring more money in. Yeah, Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy are pumped! But Hardy says he needs more money. What Hangman did is criminal! He’s stealing from Hardy like a bizarro Robin Hood! Sure, it was one safe, but Hardy’s been filling up safes with money for his entire life! Smart! Hardy has money to sustain the business to April. So therefore, he is adding an addition to the Hardy Empire. Wait, another person outside of Private Party? Yes. Hardy got a huge money deal with AEW that is so big, Hardy’s managerial fee won’t even be noticed. He introduces them to… Butcher, Blade & The Bunny!
Wait, seriously? Well they have a really good look. Butcher, Blade & Private Party together are going to DESTROY whoever is against them on the debut episode of Dark: Elevation! And then they all will destroy The Dark Order for what they and Hangman did to Hardy! Will Kingston’s former fam help Hardy make up what he lost in blood money?
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Scorpio Sky!
The Relentless One won alongside The Icon, and clearly if this match is still happening, he was able to walk after falling down with Brian Cage. As for The Closer, he was the one who climbed up and finally took down a “brass ring” to become the Face of the Revolution! But after this, will Scorpio be the Face of TNT? Or will the champion still be relentless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this revolution will be televised!
Fans rally and duel as Darby and Scorpio stare down. They fist bump to show there is respect, and then the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Scorpio powers Darby back, only for the two to break. They circle and tie up again, and Darby headlocks to hit a takeover. Scorpio fights up, powers Darby to ropes then powers out, and he trips Darby up to float to the headlock. Darby slips out and hammerlocks, but Scorpio rolls and gets up, only for Darby to wrangle him back down. Fans rally, Scorpio fights up, but Darby works on the wristlock. Scorpio scoops but Darby slips out to roll Scorpio, TWO! Darby jackknifes, TWO! Scorpio gets away to a corner and fans fire up!
Darby waits as Scorpio cools off. They circle again, tie up, and Darby gets around to a waistlock. Scorpio tries to throw Darby off but Darby holds on tight! Darby rolls Scorpio around and around but Scorpio gets the ropebreak. Darby holds on as the ref counts but lets off at 4. Darby stays close, though, and Scorpio gets annoyed. Scorpio gets up and shoves Darby away, but the two circle again. They tie up, Scorpio waistlocks and throws Darby down! Scorpio pushes Darby to a cover, ONE! Scorpio keeps on Darby with a waistlock, Darby moves around and throws Scorpio out! Darby builds speed and slides but Scorpio gets in to slingshot. Darby evades so Scorpio goes to the apron.
Scorpio jumps over Darby’s swipe, Darby gets on the apron and slingshots up and over but he jams his leg! Scorpio shows no mercy and CLOBBERS Darby! Darby crawls to a corner, clutching his ankle. Scorpio drags Darby up, throws EuroUppers, then brings Darby around for more! Darby falls over, Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio grows annoyed, grabs Darby’s arm and brings him up to scoop for a BIG BACKBREAKER! Scorpio pushes on Darby in a backbreaker rack but Darby endures. Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Darby fights free by pulling on Scorpio’s arm and then WRINGS him out! Darby clubs Scorpio, CHOPS him, then hobbles over to the corner, Darby whips, Scorpio reverses and Darby hits buckles hard! Both men are down but fans rally up. Scorpio drags Darby up, whips again, then body shots to a Russian Leg Sweep! Scorpio drops an ax handle, then drags Darby round for a leg hook full nelson! Darby endures, Scorpio puts more pressure on the arms, but Darby pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Scorpio changes things to a sleeper hold with body scissors. Darby endures again, fights up, but Scorpio shifts to a chinlock. Darby gets up but Scorpio shifts to a cobra twist!
Scorpio gets the bad leg and pulls it back for more leverage! Darby endures, fights against the hold, and AEW returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Darby throws Scorpio away with a hip toss! Scorpio gets up to CHOP Darby, then whips him, only for Darby to reverse. Scorpio sunset flips but Darby sits on it, TWO! Darby hurries after Scorpio but Scorpio DECKS him! Fans still rally and duel as Scorpio drags Darby back up. Darby resists, Scorpio kicks and clubs him, but Darby gets around to hit a THROWBACK! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Both men are down as Darby is too sore to be frustrated. Fans rally and Darby rises, and he brings Scorpio up.
Scorpio throws body shots, runs, but into a headbutt! Darby rolls, runs back in, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as Darby crawls to a corner. Scorpio gets up, runs in, but Darby boots him away! Darby jumps over and runs, into Scorpio’s BOOT! Scorpio drags Darby up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Scorpio holds on and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Scorpio still holds on, but Darby fights with elbows! Darby pries free, pulls on Scorpio’s fingers, but Scorpio headbutts him in the back! And then CORNER GERMANS Darby down! Darby slumps in the corner and Scorpio goes to the apron as fans rally up again.
Scorpio aims at Darby, slingshots in, but Darby shoves him down! Scorpio hits the apron then the floor, and Darby builds speed to DIVE! INTO A CUTTER!! Scorpio and Darby are both down and fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” Scorpio puts Darby in, covers, TWO!? Darby still lives and Scorpio can’t believe it! Fans sing and duel but Scorpio drags Darby back up. Scorpio throws knees, fisherman’s for the BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio drags Darby back up, hoists him to the top rope backwards, but Darby throws more elbows! Darby sends Scorpio down, adjusts and aims, COFFIN DROP INTO A POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?!?
Scorpio has answers to Darby’s moves but not what will finish him! Scorpio drags Darby up, fireman’s carry, TK- NO! Cradle counter, DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
In the blink of an eye and by the seat of his pants, Darby keeps the title! Scorpio can’t believe it, but he has to accept it. Darby shows Scorpio respect because he deserves it, but Scorpio doesn’t like it! Scorpio trips Darby up and gets a HEEL HOOK! Darby is tapping but it’s too late! The referees rush out to pry Scorpio away but Darby’s bad leg suffers so much damage before they succeed! Scorpio cools off and then… smiles at what he just did! Will the Closer become something much more sinister now?
AEW prepares for a St. Patrick’s Day Slam!
After the confrontation we saw, Moxley and Kingston are united against Team Omega, and they’re going to team up against the Good Brothers! Will the Maniac and the Mad King get some semblance of revenge on Gallows & Anderson? Another confrontation results in a match tonight as Cody and Penta will face off 1v1! Will Penta do as he promised and cripple Cody? Plus, after seeing Big Money Matt sign two big bruisers, the expanded Hardy Party takes on Jurassic Express and Bear Country in a massive 10 Man Tag! Will this big match get Matt some of that big money back?
And after her successful in-ring debut alongside Shaq, Jade Cargill is back for her first singles match! Will the female titan strike down another mere mortal that thinks they can stop her? Then, last but far from least, Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa will settle things once and for all, in the UNSANCTIONED, LIGHTS OUT NO HOLDS BARRED main event!! Will Rosa finally break Britt and check off one of her goals for 2021?
It’s time for the Inner Circle War Council!
Chris Jericho and MJF lead the way for Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz as fans sing Judas. Jericho says, “When any great army needs to change their course in the middle of a battle, they have a war council to decide the best possible way to continue on in the combat, and that’s what we’re doing tonight.” They’ve been in a bit of a decline the last few weeks, even the last few months, and it’s easily remedied. They are the smartest in the business today. Time for a new attitude, outlook and maybe even some new members? MJF wants Jericho to wait a moment. “With all due respect, I really don’t think we need to add a new member. In fact, quite the contrary.”
If MJF is being honest, he thinks that maybe they need to let someone go. Wait, Sammy Guevara returns?! Well, the Spanish God quit this team a few weeks ago but he’s suddenly back! Fans are excited to see Sammy but Jericho is a bit amazed. We all remember this guy, right? “SAMMY! SAMMY!” Well that’s funny, because Jericho said he never wanted to see or hear from him again, so what is he doing here? Sammy knows he’s the last person Jericho wants to see, and he knows Jericho isn’t happy with him. But Jericho needs to see something. Oh, is that so? Sammy has a lot of guts. Jericho says Sammy is DEAD to them! They don’t want him here!
Sammy tells Jericho to just listen. “After everything we’ve been through, from the first Dynamite ’til now. After everything we’ve done, I need you to listen to me! I need you to see this!” Just look at the screen! Jericho looks at the titantron, and Sammy’s vlog plays? Sammy set up a camera in the Inner Circle’s room earlier tonight! And then we fast-forward to MJF meeting with the others, and he said tonight was the night. They’ve been talking about this for months, but it’s all agreed that there needs to be new leadership in the Inner Circle! And they know who that should be, right? They cut off the head of the snake, and give Jericho a little good-bye. They all agreed to it?!
MJF says he didn’t want Jericho to find out that way, but oh well. GET HIM! Hager, Santana and Ortiz step up to Sammy and Jericho! But then… They turn on MJF! Perhaps they set MJF up! MJF wants them to hold on, but Jericho tells him, “Shut up, you stupid son of a bitch!” Did MJF really think they don’t talk to each other every single day?! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Jericho says, “You really don’t think we were waiting for you to hang yourself, MJ?” Jericho says that since he’s the one that brought MJF in, he’ll be the one to bring him out! Jericho shoves MJF down! MJF has fear in his eyes as he begs for mercy. “On behalf of Jericho and the Inner Circle, your ass is FIRED!”
MJF wants Jericho to wait! But Jericho says on top of that, the Inner Circle is going to give him an old school beatdown! But MJF wants Jericho to hear him out! MJF didn’t want to take over, he swears! He swears!! MJF is crying?! But MJF says it’s because he was too busy “building my own!” What!? The lights go out, and then when they come back up, Wardlow is here, with Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears!! The Inner Circle turns around to basically stare down a bizarro version of themselves! And then they brawl!! FTR SMASHES beer bottles on Hager, Spears SMACKS Sammy with a chair, then everyone else brawl!
Spears SMACKS Sammy again, FTR and PNP brawl, and Hager is after Jericho! Spears wedges a chair into a corner, to CURBO STOMP Sammy into it! Wardlow digs his boots into Jericho, FTR POSTS Santana, and then mug Ortiz! Spears helps drag Ortiz down then Cash is after Santana! PNP get cuffed, Wardlow ROCKS Jericho, and MJF just watches from a corner. Wardlow drags Jericho up top, and gives him thumbs down! FALLING KNEE SMASH! FTR then drag PNP up, Tully goes up a corner, DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVERS!! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage has been done! MJF hops down and Wardlow drags Jericho up, for MJF to DYNAMITE DIAMOND PUNCH!
Jericho is bleeding from where the ring got him, and he reaches for Floyd the Baseball Bat. MJF stands on Jericho’s hand, Tully gets the bat up for MJF, and as Jericho tries to stand, bleeding all over himself, MJF JAMS Jericho with the bat, then BASHES him out of the ring! MJF tosses the bat aside, he and his circle loom over Jericho at the ramp, and then decide they’re not done with him! They drag Jericho to the stage and then to the side, for Wardlow to reel Jericho in! Wardlow POWERBOMBS Jericho off the stage!! Jericho crashes through spare tables, and MJF’s circle look down on him. Will a new force take over AEW?
What a powerful episode for AEW, especially to follow the PPV! Firstly, I like that they did address the lackluster explosion at the end of Revolution. Kingston and Moxley were able to laugh it off, Callis did a decent job of playing it off in kayfabe like it still worked out in their favor, and in a way it did, but I would’ve worded it differently. But we got a great moment with them all and then Christian Cage on top of it. I had the strangest feeling as things were being set up that Christian would immediately go for the world title, though that again flies in the face of the ranking system AEW loves to say matters. I do think Kingston & Moxley VS Good Brothers is going to be a great match next week.
Matt Jackson VS Fenix was a great opener, and it was a great move for Fenix to win that. I’m kinda hoping we get Nick VS Pac on the flipside soon, and then since they can’t drag the tag title match out to Double or Nothing in May, perhaps the title match happens on March 31st or April 7th. April 7th might be better to try and counterprogram WWE building up a huge week to WrestleMania. Penta starting beef with Cody was a really good move, too, and I almost want to see a trios match, Death Triangle VS Cody & The Bucks. All those matches could go either way, including the title match, but it’d make sense if the Bucks retained and made it to Double or Nothing or even All Out this year.
I won’t hold this against the episode, but HOLY HELL the technical difficulties during everything with QT, Johnson and Ethan Page. Were we getting audio from a basketball game happening somewhere? C’mon, TNT… But Johnson VS Ethan was a really good match, and Ethan is already put at a high level kicking out of Johnson’s finisher. QT’s turn is continuing to get interesting, as he just doesn’t even care about Johnson or Dustin and just walks away. I almost feel like QT and Ethan should just forces in a faction of their own and start a feud with the Nightmare Family since we’re not doing Nightmare Family VS Dark Order after the loss of Brodie Lee.
The Dark Order and Hangman had a really fun segment for as short as it was. I like that they’re also honoring Brodie Lee by having a riding mower. But I guess those other mowers from last year aren’t around anymore, so maybe Hangman can buy them all new ones and they can all ride together so that no one gets left behind. Hardy’s response kinda fits what I expected, with Hardy needing more cashflows, and that means more members of his stable. A little disappointed that it’s not The Hybrid2, but maybe whatever is keeping Angelico away is why they can’t do that now. Or if Angelico gets to come back in time, they also join up and it can be an insane 7v7 match with Dark Order and Hangman for Double or Nothing.
The Six Woman Tag was a lot of fun, especially Maki Itoh. Itoh-chan is definitely a comedic genius, and she does great as a character and wrestler. The Faces winning here makes sense after the Heels got the drop on them at Revolution. But then the Heels stand tall because they’re sore losers, and now we’re getting the first-ever Women’s Unsanctioned Match! Rosa VS Britt is going to be amazing, but ironically it won’t matter towards one of them going after the title because it’s “unsanctioned.” At the same time, Big Swole needs to be given her story with Shida because of that great promo about the rankings on the pre-PPV Dark. If it matters, make it matter and give Swole her shot!
The TNT Championship was awesome stuff, too, and it was incredible to see Scorpio have those counters. Darby getting a quick win off a cradle was definitely to keep Scorpio strong even in losing, and Scorpio is definitely turning. If he could do a Heel Hook that dangerous, he probably should’ve used it on Darby in the match, but maybe he will from now on, and in a rematch. Then, the War Council was great, especially with the swerves. It was a bit odd, though, for Sammy to have video evidence on MJF to show Jericho, but then Jericho technically knew all along because the Inner Circle talks privately. But then MJF swerves back to reveal his own group, and the beatdown was quite impressive. That should totally be how AEW looks to bring back Blood & Guts, or introduce a similar match, 5v5 to settle things between Inner Circle and MJF.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!
From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!
- AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
- Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”
Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.
Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.
Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!
So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!
Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?
The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!
The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.
Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!
Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!
Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!
Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!
Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)
There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?
Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!
Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?
The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!
Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall
Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?
La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.
Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?
Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!
Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?
The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.
Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!
Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”
Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.
HOOK is here!
Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!
Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!
Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!
Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.
Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.
Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.
Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.
Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!
But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!
Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!
Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?
A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.
Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.
Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.
And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
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