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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (4/12/21)

A QUADRUPLE main event?!?

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AEW Elevation Coverage

This might be the biggest Dark: Elevation yet!

Wait, AEW Dark: Elevation is giving us a QUADRUPLE main event?! Is that even possible?! Will Death Triangle be stronger than ever going into their AEW World Tag Team Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton; Vance wins.
  • Miro VS Hayden Backlund; Miro wins.
  • Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey; Conti & Shida win.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; The Hybrid2 win.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler; Cassidy wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight; Takeshita wins.
  • FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; FTR wins.
  • PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales; PAC & Fenix win.
  • Dante Martin VS Baron Black; Dante wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue; Baker wins.
  • QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter; Marshall & Comoroto win.
  • Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa; Sydal wins.
  • Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
  • Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle; Penta wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Diamante; Rosa wins.
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; Scorpio & Ethan win.
  • Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake; Best Friends win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton!

Number 10 isn’t in the AEW Top 5 yet, but he might be after taking on the number one star of MTV’s Jersey Shore! Will Vance convince Clayton to #JoinDarkOrder?

The bell rings, Vance and Clayton circle and tie up. They’re in a deadlock but they break as fans rally. Clayton and Vance go again, tie up, and Vance gets around to headlock and takeover. Clayton headscissors but Vance kips up. Clayton and Vance tie up, Clayton headlocks and hits another takeover but Vance headscissors. Clayton kips free now and the fans rally up. Vance calls for a test of strength, but Clayton kicks low! Clayton headlocks, Vance puts him in a corner, and the ref calls for the break. Clayton SLAPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, then tackles Clayton! Vance rains down rights, they get up and Vance waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Clayton is in a corner, Vance clotheslines him! Vance whips corner to corner, runs in but Clayton dodges and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Clayton drags Vance up, scrapes laces on Vance’s face- Well, mask, but then kicks him around to a corner. Clayton stomps Vance, throws hands, and then scrapes Vance’s eyes off the ropes! Vance kicks low, CHOPS Clayton in the corner, but Clayton CHOPS back! Clayton stomps and uppercuts Vance over and over! Clayton stomps, then brings Vance up for a suplex to hang Vance out to dry! Vance flops to the mat and fans boo Clayton. Clayton soaks up the heat, gets Vance’s legs, and ROPE GUILLOTINES Vance with the catapult!

Vance flounders about as Clayton soaks up more heat. Clayton chokes Vance on ropes right in front of Negative One! Negative One SPITS in Clayton’s face! Clayton glares, but he CHOPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, and the forearm! Vance fires up, rallies with big clotheslines, and then a whip into the corner. Vance runs side to side to BOOT Clayton! Vance whips, and SPINEBUSTERS! Negative One and Vance high-five, and Vance gets Clayton in a full nelson! Clayton fights out, shoves Vance at Negative One but Vance stops himself! Vance turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and fans rally up but Clayton vows to end this!

Clayton gets Vance up, scoops but Vance slips out to FULL NELSON! Vance thrashes Clayton around and wins!!

Winner: Preston Vance, by submission

Negative One kicks Clayton to the curb, the Dark Order doesn’t need a loser like him! But Vance is still winning, will he keep going until he’s number one?

 

Miro VS Hayden Backlund!

The Best Man isn’t feeling the best after losing to the Best Friends in Arcade Anarchy. But it isn’t game over for Miro, will he climb up and be ready for bigger and better?

The bell rings and Miro circles with Backlund, then puts him in a corner to fire off hands! Miro lets off as the ref counts, and reels Backlund in to CLOBBER him! Miro KICKS Backlund down, then looms over him. Miro brings Backlund up to KICK in the chest! Miro throws Backlund out hard, then paces about. Miro goes out as stalks Backlund as he flounders, but Backlund YANKS Miro into a post! Backlund fires off hammering fists, but Miro RAMS him into the apron! Miro gets on the apron, Backlund dropkicks! Miro shrugs that off to get in and CLOBBER Backlund again! Miro hauls Backlund up for a SWINGING SLAM!

Backlund writhes, Miro shouts, “GAME! OVAAAA!” Miro STOMPS Backlund, then puts on the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH! Backlund taps, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission

The Best Man is a beast and does not want to waste his time with such weak competition! When will Miro be given the level of competition he wants?

 

Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida w/ Negative One VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey!

The combination of Brazilian Blackbelt and Full Metal Warrior was very impressive in their first go, and they’re ready to go again! Will the Queenpin and Top Tier feel below average against the AEW Women’s World Champion and her #1 contender?

The teams sort out, Tay and Perez start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tay throws forearms! Perez gets around to SLAP Tay! Perez tries to say she didn’t mean to, but Tay ROUNDHOUSES back! And KICKS, and KICKS, then uses a monkey flip for the cover! TWO, but Tay drags Perez up and feeds her to Shida’s boots! Judo hip toss and a tag, Shida takes the hand-off to facelock. Perez blocks the suplex, RAMS Shida into the corner, and Grey tags in. Perez & Grey go to double suplex but Shida blocks! Shida tries to double suplex them but that doesn’t work, they double suplex her after all! Shida ends up in a corner, Grey runs in to uppercut!

Grey digs her boots into Shida, BOOTS Shida down, then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Perez, she hurries but Shida ROCKS her! Perez forearms back and it’s a brawl! Perez CHOPS, Shida forearms, Perez forearms, repeat! Shida DECKS Perez and fans fire up! Hot tags to Tay and Grey! Tai rallies with lariats, then waistlocks to spin Grey for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Tay rolls, sits Grey up and BOOTS her right down! Cover, TWO! Tay keeps Grey from Perez, tags Shida back in, and Shida climbs up to missile dropkick! Grey flounders but Shida is after her. Perez sucker punches Shida! Tay BOOTS Perez!

Shida and Tay coordinate, whipping each opponent into corners, STEREO KNEES, then DOUBLE DROP SAYANAGIS! DOUBLE TRIANGLE HOLDS!! Both opponents scramble and get to the ropebreak! Shida and Tay let off, Tay dragging Perez out with her. Shida gets Grey up but Grey blocks a suplex to underhook! Shida fights that off to wrench and ENZIGURI! Shida draws her sword, SPINNING KNEE!! Cover, Shida & Tay win!

Winners: Hikaru Shida & Tay Conti, by pinfall

That #KatanaKnee is powerful! Will Shida look to use that to defeat all challengers, even Tay?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!

Jack Evans & Angelico are still building up the ranks towards a tag title opportunity, but their confidence never falters. Will they take advantage of the Nightmare Factory trainees after the chaos of QT’s faction revolting?

The teams sort out and the South African Submission Specialist starts against the #GoonPlatoon. They circle, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Bravo spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and fans rally up. Angelico spins, steps through, hooks an arm then wrenches the other back to a wristlock! Angelico then headlocks, shifts sides, and grinds. Bravo powers out, things speed up, Bravo hurdles and arm-drags Angelico! Angelico dodges the next arm-drag to kick Bravo down! Angelico scrapes Bravo, stomps him down, then drags him up to bump him off buckles. Angelico gets in Alexander’s face, just so Evans can claw at Bravo’s face!

Angelico JABS Bravo, tags Evans, and Evans CLUBS Bravo down. Evans wrenches, brings Bravo up and whips, then GAMANGIRIS! Kip up and STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans talks trash to Alexander, stomps Bravo more, then throws hands. Evans drags Bravo up, throws knees, then whips Bravo corner to corner. Bravo reverses, Evans goes up and up and over, then SOBATS! Bravo gasps and sputters on the mat, gets to a corner, but Evans whips him corner to corner. Evans runs in, handsprings and back elbows! Evans then springboards to RYDER KICK! Evans talks more trash to Alexander, and then mockingly holds Bravo’s hand out to him, just to stomp Bravo!

Evans sucker punches Alexander, bumps Bravo off Angelico’s boot and tags him in. Bravo fights back but Angelico JABS him down! TH2 double whip Bravo, but Bravo roll sunder to tag Alexander! The Sensation rallies with clotheslines and fans fire up! Alexander gets Angelico up but Evans ENZIGURIS! Bravo whips but Evans reverses to send him out! Evans then SCREW HIGH KICKS from the apron! Angelico trips Alexander, gets the Trailer Hitch, and the  NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Alexander taps to the Dos Mil, TH2 wins!

Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission

Things are finally looking good for TH2! Will Evans’ mouth and Angelico’s ability get them to the gold they so desire?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.

Diamante had some bold words for her, saying Rosa doesn’t represent all Latinas, and that she has a huge target on her back now. Well duh, Rosa has a huge… Well the camera can’t see it, but there is a target on it. Rosa is not only one of the best in AEW, but one of the best in the world! She is La Mera Mera not as a gimmick, but that is her lifestyle! She trains, she coaches and she fights! And like Senorita Diamante said, this is her time. But not while Rosa is here! They’re meeting in the ring, Twitter went crazy over this news, and so like Rosa said, she’s ready! Will the Thunder break the Diamond in the Dark?

 

Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler!

Freshly Squeezed put Death Triangle on notice last week in anticipation of the coming AEW World Tag Team Championship match. But will Cassidy be able to calm down and focus on the Southern Savior first?

The bell rings and Skyler is annoyed at the Best Friends and Kris Statlander being ringside. Skyler keeps Cassidy from putting his hands in his pockets, and says if this is a wrestling show, they should wrestle! Cassidy wants to bring his hands into his pockets again, but Skyler pushes them away. Skyler wants Cassidy to tie up with him! Cassidy puts the elbow pad on, circles with Skyler, and fans rally for Cassidy. Cassidy then dodges Skyler, to bring his hands up, but Skyler kicks low! Skyler grins, throws an uppercut but Cassidy dodges! Skyler kicks low again, but again Cassidy dodges his uppercut! Skyler kicks low again, but Cassidy backslides, TWO!

Cassidy gets a waistlock, flying mare, then a chinlock with a thumbs up. Skyler goes after the hand but into a ghost in, TWO! Things speed up, Cassidy table tops Skyler and kips up! And the hands go in the pockets! Cassidy dodges, dropkicks and kips up, all no hands! Cassidy stomps around, builds up speed, but Skyler is up to SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Skyler stomps Cassidy to a corner, digs his knee in, then lets off to talk trash. Skyler brings Cassidy around, whips and headbutts low! Skyler finally throws those uppercuts, then he scoops and SLAMS Cassidy down! Skyler covers, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Skyler rains down rights in anger, then lets off as fans rally.

Skyler drags Cassidy up, kicks low, then fireman’s carries. Cassidy slips off, shoves and hurdles to then go perpendicular! They run the ropes, Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! And kips up! Skyler walks into a BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Statlander helps Cassidy up while the Best Friends get his jacket and sunglasses. And of course, they all group hug! The King of Sloth Style has another win, but will he only be happy when the Death Triangle pays?

 

AEW’s Rising Star of the week: Shawn Dean!

The Captain was found by The Elite in South Honor Wrestling. He didn’t know how long it would take, but he knew he’d be “one of those guys.” Dean joined the Navy right out of high school, following the tragedy of 9/11/2001. He felt he had to do what he could and spent a few years. That is where he grew up, learning honor, courage and commitment. Taking those values and being dedicated to the process helped him fight until he saw things through. After leaving military, he went to college to try football. He played Arena Football, but still wanted to do more.

Dean started wrestling at 29, locally in Chicago, but he got trained down in Atlanta. He left family behind so that he could provide for them. When it was all said and done, he had only $20 to his name. He thought this was it, but he wasn’t going to quit. He wanted to prove he belonged. He hit his stride, got his bookings, and then the pandemic hit. It felt like the dream was taken away.

But then, a year later, he got a tweet from Tony Khan that read, “Thank you for your service to the USA, and thank you for everything you’ve done for AEW to help us thrive through the pandemic. Your consistent hard work, positivity and reliability have made you so valuable to AEW. Now it’s my honor to officially welcome you aboard!” The Captain was finally #AllElite! Dean had just gotten fired from his other job for going to AEW before. Dean knew that was not what he was meant to do, and for that tweet to show up later meant the world to him. It was vindication for being a hard worker and a good person his whole life. The journey doesn’t stop here, it only begins!

 

Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight!

The rising star of Dramatic Dream Team Pro-Wrestling makes his AEW debut! But will the #FutureofDDTPro be ready for the Radioactive Papi?

The bell rings, Limelight and Takeshita circle, then tie up. Takeshita wrenches, Limelight rolls and wrenches back, but Takeshita rolls and trips Limelight up. Takeshita gets a leg, floats but Limelight slips out to facelock. Takeshita slips out, Limelight does it back, then Limelight hammerlocks. Takeshita gets up, headlocks, grinds Limelight down, and fans rally up. Limelight wrenches out, headlocks back, but Takeshita powers out. Things speed up, Takeshita hurdles but Limelight catches him for a prawn hold, TWO! Limelight rolls Takeshita again, TWO!! Fans cheer as the two stand off and nod some respect to the other.

Fans rally, the two circle, Limelight offers a handshake, but then SLAPS Takeshita! No more respect as Limelight fires forearms. Takeshita reverses the whip to LEG LARIAT Limelight down! Takeshita whips Limelight corner to corner, runs to forearm smash, then whips to ropes. Limelight reverses but Takeshita SUPER FOREARMS Limelight down! Fans fire up as Takeshita goes to a corner and climbs up. Takeshita SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Limelight lives and Takeshita is surprised. Takeshita gets Limelight up, Limelight pokes an eye! Limelight double knuckle locks to fire off machine kangaroo kicks!

Limelight throws Takeshita down, then springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer as Takeshita stays in this, but Limelight snapmares and drops an elbow. Limelight KICKS Takeshita in the back, but Takeshita just scowls at him! Limelight KICKS again, but Takeshita gets up. Limelight CHOPS, Takeshita back elbows and CHOPS! Limelight is stinging, Takeshita bumps him off buckles and CHOPS him again! Limelight pokes Takeshita in the eyes again! Fans boo as Limelight does his dance to taunt Takeshita. Limelight brings Takeshita up for a NECKBREAKER! Limelight does his dance on the apron for a SENTON ATOMICO! Cover, TWO!

Limelight gets annoyed now, fires himself up, and slaps Takeshita around. Limelight talks trash and slaps Takeshita, but Takeshita gets up to ROCK him with a forearm! Limelight blocks a kick with a kick, mule kicks, then mule kicks again, only to run into a HUGE BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down but fans fire up! Takeshita gets up, runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK! Then a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Limelight lives but Takeshita keeps his cool. Takeshita waistlocks, Limelight elbows free then throws forearms. Takeshita forearms back, Limelight gets in Takeshita’s face, and the brawl is on! Forearm after forearm, Limelight runs into a BOOT! Takeshita runs, into  a FOREARM!

Limelight runs, dodges Takeshita but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” and what Dark: Elevation is about! Takeshita runs corner to corner but Limelight BOOTS him! Limelight drags him into a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Limelight lets go and then springboards in and around for a DEEP IMPACT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Limelight can’t believe Takeshita survives! Fans fire up, Limelight grits his teeth and runs to wheelbarrow, but Takeshita throws that away to ROCK him with that forearm! Whip and DISCUS!! Takeshita fires up, waistlock but Limelight victory rolls, TWO! Takeshita WHEELBARROW GERMANS! Bridging cover, Takeshita wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

The Future of DDT Pro might just be the future of AEW, and the future of wrestling period! Will Takeshita continue to rise up until he explodes onto Dynamite?

 

Joey Janela finds Sonny Kiss backstage.

“Whoa, what’s up with these cameras? You Team Skit Show now, too?” No, Kiss was trying to find Janela! Where’ he been? Well these girls wanted to suck Janela’s nips. Be right back! NO! They have a match tonight. It’ll take ten seconds. No it’s against Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky! What? Janela thought it was those two guys from Puerto Rico! No, they gotta go. Well alright. Those bad girls can wait, but the Bad Boy is coming for Ethan & Scorpio, and he’s coming hard! But will it not last as long as Janela thinks?

 

FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!

Dax Harwood prepares for a 1v1 with Chris Jericho on Dynamite, and Cash Wheeler will be in his corner. But will they as a duo prove to Y2J why he should care about who they are and what they can do?

The teams sort out, Dax and Lyon start. Lyon keeps the fake wagging tongue in his mouth as he and Dax tie up. Dax puts him in a corner, slaps him all around and snatches the tongue away! And the mask! What disrespect to a luchador! Midas helps get the mask back on, and Lyon rushes Dax. They tie up, Dax headlocks, but Lyon pries out to wrench to a headlock. Dax powers up to pry the hold back to a headlock. Cash misses the tag before Lyon powers out and Dax runs Lyon over! Dax runs, things speed up, Dax blocks the hip toss to SAIDO! Dax CHOPS Lyon, tags Cash this time, and they whip Lyon to CLOBBER him!

Cash looms over Lyon, drags him up, tags Dax back in, and Lyon is fed to a knee! Cash EuroUppers, Dax drags Lyon around and throws EuroUppers of his own. Dax JABS, CHOPS and repeats over and over in an open corner! Lyon wobbles, Dax reels him in for a short-arm LARIAT! Dax drops a leg, drops an elbow and drops a headbutt! Cover, ONE because Dash brings him up! Cover, ONE as Dax does it again! Dax is toying with Lyon then throws him out! Wardlow gets Lyon up for Tully to SLAP! They put Lyon in as Midas protests, and the fans boo as The Pinnacle gets away with it all. Dax drives elbows into Lyon’s head, then whips him to ropes. Lyon dodges, handsprings and NEURALIZER KICKS!

Fans fire up for Lyon as he crawls, hot tag to Midas! Midas fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then a EuroUpper! Midas runs, wheelbarrows, but into a spin and BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Cash, FTR sets up, and gives Midas the MIND BREAKER!! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

Not even sure Wardlow & Tully were needed, because FTR were that dominant! But with the rest of The Pinnacle banned from ringside, will things be very different against Le Sex Gods, Jericho & Sammy Guevara?

 

PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales!

Death Triangle’s Bastard and Firebird are ready for the Young Bucks on Dynamite! Will they simply make their opponents into appetizers?

The teams sort out, Fenix starts with Montoya, and the two circle. Fenix offers a handshake but then leaves Montoya hanging, to SLAP him! Fenix whips, Montoya handsprings over and comes back to RANA! Montoya kips up, Fenix body shots and trips him to JAB him! Fenix gets in Morales’ face, whips Montoya but Morales tags in! Montoya is sent out, Morales FLYING RANAS in! But Fenix puts him in the corner to GMANAGIRI! Tag to Pac, they double suplex but Morales lands out to tag in Montoya! Montoya gets in but is tossed down! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Pac & Fenix mock the Young Bucks’ pose! Pac then turns his attention back to Montoya to stomp him around the ring!

Pac digs his boot into Montoya’s head, then drags him up to snapmare and tag in Fenix. They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK Montoya, to then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK him down! Fenix lets Montoya go to his corner and tag in Morales. Fenix bobs ‘n’ weaves and DECKS Morales! Fenix runs and runs and runs to SHINING WIZARD from behind! Cover, but Fenix brings Morales up, just to BITE his forehead! Fenix throws hands, KICKS Morales, and tags in Pac. Pac lines up his shot to BOOT Morales in the corner! Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Morales is even tapping but none of that counts! Pac lets off, paces about, and hauls Morales up for a snap suplex!

Morales writhes and gets to a corner, Pac runs in but Morales dodge! Hot tag to Montoya and he rallies on Death Triangle! Montoya fires heavy hands, fires up but Fenix kicks low! Death Triangle whip him, he handsprings to double back elbow! Fans fire up as Pac bails out and Morales SWANTONS him down! Morales puts Pac in for Montoya and he kicks, but Pac blocks! Tag to Fenix, Fenix goes up and Pac sends him over to BOOT him! SUPERKICK from Fenix! DOUBEL SUPERKICKS then DOUBLE BUZZSAWS! Morales runs in, but gets a SNAP GERMAN from Pac!

Fenix sits Montoya up, tags Pac back in, and hands Montoya off into the wheelbarrow, DOUBLE STMOPS and SUPERKICK to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Tag to Fenix, he goes up and leaps for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Death Triangle wins!

Winners: PAC & Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Tag moves and lightning fast aggression, these two are more than ready! But will they be able to take the titles from the newly focused Young Bucks?

 

Dante Martin VS Baron Black!

Though Darius is still down, Top Flight is still up as Dante carries on! But will Angel Dorado still shine against the #EmpBRUH?

The bell rings and the two circle. Baron and Dante tie up, Baron wrenches and wristlocks hard, but Dante headlocks and takes over. Baron headscissors, Dante kips out but Baron hits a headlock takeover. Dante headscissors, Baron kips free to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Dante sweeps and covers, ONE! They stand off and fans cheer the exchange. Baron kicks low, CHOPS, and wrenches to a wristlock. Dante goes up and around the ropes to arm-drag then gets around to arm-drag more! Dropkick-flip and a bypass, things speed up, Baron gets Dante for a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Baron swaggers about then stomps Dante down.

Baron wrenches, reels Dante in for a knee, and he hooks Dante up into a modified cobra twist! Dante endures, elbows free, and flips through to roll Baron up, TWO!! Dante’s unique leg hook almost had it, but Baron atomic drops hard! Baron runs corner to corner but the cyclone gets a BOOT! Dante dodges to dropkick and dropkick again! Dante RANAS Baron and fans fire up! Baron is in a corner, Dante runs in but is put on the apron. Dante bumps Baron off buckles, springboards around to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Dante keeps getting closer but fans rally for him as he climbs. Baron gets Dante for a SUPER GERMAN, but Dante lands on his feet?!

Dante runs back in, EXPLODER, but he lands on his feet again!? No one can believe it but Dante smirks as Baron’s straps come down. Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Dante goes up top, steadies himself, 450!! Cover, Dante wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall

Angel Dorado is red hot after that big win! Will he and his brother continue to be the Coldest Tag Team in the Game when they’re finally back as a team?

 

Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky speak.

All Ego says they requested this time “to air some grievances, which we’ve been doing quite a lot lately.” But specifically, their opponents tonight, First, Joey Janela. For not having the best singles record, they’ve given Janela TNT Championship opportunities. And now that they say it, Kiss had his own TNT Championship opportunity with his own subpar win-loss record. Wow, really? And yet Scorpio had to earn his shot, in a grueling ladder match that Ethan was even part of! And yet, here Ethan is, too! Amazing singles records, but where is Ethan’s shot? Where is Scorpio’s rematch? Scorpio came so close to taking the title, but they’re not being rewarded. So now, they’ll take anything and everything. This week ends like last week did: their arms raised in victory! #GetUsedToIt!

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue!

The Role Model is back again, ready to rack up wins even though she says they don’t matter! Will Britt take Skye seriously in Skye’s AEW debut?

The bell rings, Britt and Skye circle and fans rally. The two tie up, Britt wrenches then headlocks. Skye waistlocks, spins Britt and wrenches her to a wristlock. Britt spins through to wrench, then wrangles Skye down with a hammerlock to cover, TWO! Britt still has the arm but Skye wrenches and wristlocks back! Britt breaks free to ROCK Skye with a forearm! Britt whips, Skye gets around to whip but Britt reverses. Skye goes Matrix to dodge, but Britt sweeps the arms! Cover, TWO! Britt is surprised but she drags Skye up by her hair to taunt her. Britt ROCKS Skye with a right, brings her around to whip, but Skye dodges so Britt redirects. Skye mule kicks then dropkicks! Cover, TWO!

Skye chases Britt to ropes but Britt bails out. Rebel checks on her, Britt composes herself but Skye runs in, only to miss with the dropkick. Britt SUPERKICKS Skye then FISHERMAN NECKBREAKERS to the floor! Britt brags, the ring count climbs, and Britt gest in to argue with the ref. Rebel uses her crutch she doesn’t even really need to choke Skye! Britt waits for Skye to get in, then looms over her. Britt pushes Skye around, talks trash, then brings Skye up. Skye ROCKS Britt again! Britt ROCKS her back, fires off more, then whips. Skye reverses, runs in but Britt dodges. Skye elbows back hard, throws more forearms, then whips again. Skye runs in to HEEL KICK!

Skye keeps going, handspring FOREARM! Fans fire up but Britt BUCKLE SHOTS Skye down! Britt glares at Skye, runs and SUPERKICKS her down! Britt drags Skye up, Alabama lifts and tucks Skye in, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt tells Rebel she doesn’t need the glove, and runs to CURB STOMP instead! Cover, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall

She didn’t even need her finisher, the Lockjaw, to get this win! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring to interview her over her racking up wins. Another way to win, too. The Doctor is in, and will “play by the rules” to do this “bullshit” system and make her way to the top. So we better get a nice little update to the rankings by Dynamite! Will Britt be a top contender? Or does she have a little ways left to go first?

 

QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solow VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter!

The Gifted and the Freak Beast broke away from the Nightmare Factory, to be THE Factory! Will they get The Flex and The Thoroughbred to consider signing up with their cause? Or will they just be examples to Cody and the Rhodes Family?

The teams sort out, QT starts against Karter, and the two tie up only for QT to kick low! QT headlocks, Karter powers out but QT runs him over! Things speed up, QT dodges Karter’s hurdle to dropkick him down! Karter scrambles and tags in Palace, and fans taunt, “Cody’s Better!” QT ROCKS Palace for it, and tags Comoroto in. QT whips Comoroto for Comoroto to whip him into corner clotheslines! QT feeds Palace to Comoroto’s BIG sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Comoroto CLUBS Palace, whips him hard into a corner and Palace bounces off buckles! Comoroto drags Palace up, tags QT in and they mug Palace. QT scoops and SLAMS Palace, then drops elbow after elbow, then stands on Palace’s face!

The ref reprimands, QT drags Palace up to snapmare him and tag in Comoroto. Comoroto slingshots for an elbow drop! Solow is the only one that cheers, but Palace fights back! Fans fire up but Comoroto knees Palace down. Comoroto whips corner to corner again but Palace boots him! And elbows! And then dodges to send Comoroto into buckles! Tag to Karter and he clotheslines, but Comoroto stays up! Karter fires off forearms, runs, but Comoroto fireman’s carries for an USHIGOROSHI! Comoroto TOSSES Palace into the ring! Comoroto military presses Palace into the POWERSLAM! Tag back to QT and he gives Karter the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, The Factory wins!

Winners: QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall

Solow celebrates with his team, and this might just be the first of many wins for The Factory! Anthony Ogogo has his in-ring debut on Dynamite, will his lethal hands leave someone broken and battered?

 

Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa!

Another battle of Mikes tonight, even though Kenny Omega’s best friend and personal assistant goes by “MT Nakazawa” now. But are the polo shirt, khakis and headset going to continue being Nakazawa’s good luck charms? Or will the Yoga Monster break Nakazawa’s mojo?

The bell rings and the two circle. Nakazawa gets another call from Kenny Omega and/or Don Callis. He keeps stalling, but Mike keeps his cool by doing some yoga. Nakazawa tries to take advantage but misses the elbow drop! Mike CHOPS, haymakers, but Nakazawa gets him with a PURPLE NURPLE! Mike breaks free, but Nakazawa just PURPLE NURPLES the other nipple!! Nakazawa headlocks, grinds Mike down, and Mike powers up to power out. Nakazawa runs Mike over, things speed up and Mike arm-drags Nakazawa around! Mike gets a chicken wing to a bridge, TWO! Mike stands right up to get the arm and wrenches to a cording hold.

Nakazawa whips free, Mike handsprings around to dropkick him down! Fans fire up as Mike centers himself, but runs into a boot! Nakazawa drop toeholds Mike into buckles, then Nakazawa runs to slide and trip Mike! Nakazawa gets the legs, and pulls the sled into the post! The ref counts, Nakazawa lets off and Mike gets free of the torture. Nakazawa gets in, runs corner to corner, and back elbows! Nakazawa puts Mike on the ropes for the HENTAI SLIDE and ATOMIC DROP! Nakazawa throws Mike by his hair, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Mike fires forearms but Nakazawa gives them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Mike gets the edge!

Mike whips but Nakazawa blocks! Mike ROCKS Nakazawa, Nakazawa still blocks so Mike CHOPS! Nakazawa reverses to fireman’s carry but Mike slips off. Mike elbows Nakazawa away, goes up top and leaps over Nakazawa! Mike goes Matrix to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up for Mike as Nakazawa flounders. Mike gets up, whips but Nakazawa reverses. Mike goes up an dover and SUPERKICKS, to the splits for the LEG SWEEP! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa shows the ref his hand, is that blood? Is he busted open? The ref becomes a shield! Mike gets clear, and under the laptop attack! Roll up with a bridge, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Sydal, by pinfall

But Nakazawa still SMACKS Mike with the laptop! Mike gets up and Nakazawa runs for his life! Will Nakazawa reconsider using such expensive equipment for his cheap tactics?

 

Death Triangle speaks.

Fenix says in Spanish, and Pac translates to English, that the Bucks better have been watching tonight. Because that is what’s coming for them! These two are formidable, furious, and will leave Dynamite with the AEW World Tag Team Championships!

 

Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch!

Portugal’s Perfect Athlete takes on #LEGIT Leyla, this is going to be a strong match-up! But with the rankings ever changing, who gets one step closer to the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Leyla and Shanna feel it out and Leyla gets a leg. Shanna holds her off with a facelock but Leyla get around to ride and body scissor. Shanna rolls, gets the ropebreak, and Leyla lets off. The two reset, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. Shanna waistlocks, throws Leyla but Leyla partially blocks to switch. Shanna facelocks, Leyla pushes her to a cover, ONE! Leyla waistlocks but Shanna fights up. Shanna wrenches, YANKS the arm, armbars but Leyla stays up to roll and trip Shanna. Cover, ONE, and the two stand off. Fans cheer again and the two reset.

Fans cheer “LEGIT! LEGIT!” but Shanna shrugs that off. Leyla gets a waistlock, Shanna headlocks but Leyla drags her down. Shanna still manages a takeover, but Leyla gets up to waistlock again. Shayna thrashes Leyla with a chinbar, goes for chicken wings, but Leyla WRINGS free! Leyla wants the armbar but Shanna gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Leyla lets off and Shanna shoves her. Then SLAPS her! Leyla tackles Shanna to fire off fists! The ref counts, Shanna bails out but Leyla pursues! Shanna knees low, bumps Leyla off buckles, then soaks up whatever heat the fans give her. Shanna RAMS Leyla into railing as the count is 5 of 10, then puts Leyla in at 6.

Shanna looms over Leyla as fans rally, and Shanna KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Shanna uses the merch shirt to CHOKE Leyla! The ref counts, Leyla drags Shanna down to an ARMBAR!! Shanna blocks and fights up, shifts to a cover, TWO as Leyla gets an arm up! Shanna dead lifts to SLAM Leyla down! Shanna runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Leyla lives but Shanna drags Leyla up. Shanna reels Leyla in, double underhooks for a TIGER- NO! Leyla RANAS to an ARMBAR!! Shanna taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Leyla gets in Shanna’s face about it, but Shanna goes to kick back! The ref keeps the peace, but this could be a #LEGIT feud! Will Leyla keep going until she’s a legit contender?

 

Backstage interview with Konosuke Takeshita.

Alex Marvez congratulates him on his win and wants to ask why he’s here, but Omega interrupts because of how Marvez more or less butchered Takeshita’s name. Omega takes over the interview since he speaks Japanese. NOW, Marvez. Omega has Nakazawa show up because even though Omega knows Japanese, he wants Nakazawa to translate for him. “From the desk of Kenny Omega, welcome to AEW! Good to see you again. So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re doing a little bit of scouting in AEW. And the talents that make an impact end up on Dynamite, all thanks to yours truly.”

And Omega remembers when he was in DDT, and how he was a nobody then. Takeshita put a roof over Omega’s head, put food in his mouth, and money in his pocket, and he became the star he is today. Now, Takeshita will pay Omega back. So whether Takeshita heard or not, but those Sydals keep getting on Omega’s nerves. So if Takeshita doesn’t mind, they can teach these kids a lesson! Takeshita’s answer? He understands. He will naturally help Omega and be in a team with him. No, no, he’s not teaming with Omega! He’s teaming with Nakazawa! You heard it here first, folks! Takeshita & Nakazawa VS Matt & Mike Sydal! Takeshita is already regretting this. But can he at least make a big impression on AEW and exploded onto Dynamite?

 

Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle!

The Dungeon Master is, or perhaps was, a good friend of the Young Bucks. The Bucks may not be watching, but if they are, will they see what Cero Miedo does to someone that they used to know?

The bell rings and Penta stares down with Cutler. They circle, Penta takes his glove off and tosses it to his brother. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” He pushes that in Cutler’s face but Cutler pushes back! They circle, tie up, and Penta waistlocks to ripcord and wrench to a wristlock. Cutler handsprings and wrenches back! Penta trips Cutler, and twists the leg! Penta isolates the other leg, ties them up and has an inverted bow ‘n’ arrow to then get a chinlock. Cutler powers out, hurdles, but Penta KICKS him while he somersaults! Penta swaggers about, runs in but Cutler dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Cutler shoulders in, enziguris and springboards, but Penta gets under to SUPERKICK!

Penta tells Cutler again, CERO MIEDO, and runs, into a dropkick! Penta flops out of the ring, Cutler builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up with Penta as he goes up top. Penta jumps but has to roll through his stomps as Cutler moves. Cutler ROUNDHOUSES Penta out of the ring, and DIVES! Direct hit this time and they go into railing! Cutler sees Pac & Fenix looming, but he still gets Penta up and into the ring. Penta mule kicks from the apron! And the goes up and around for a FLYING CANNONBALL! Fenix dusts his brother off and Penta drags Cutler up to KICK him in the leg! Penta puts Cutler in, stalks him and KICKS his leg out!

Fans rally, Penta reels Cutler in and tucks him in, but Cutler slips out of the package driver to waistlock! Penta switches, Cutler bucks him and springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cutler rallies, fisherman to a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Penta SUPERKICKS Cutler! Cutler still comes back to springboard tornillo arm-drag! Penta makes it a ghost pin, TWO!! Penta and Cutler get up, Penta catches Cutler to a pump handle but Cutler arm-drags free! Cutler leaps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cutler grows frustrated, he hurries to a corner and jumps up, but Penta SUPERKICKS the legs out!

Penta brings Cutler up, pump handle DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cutler survives again and Penta is shocked! Fans rally, Penta watches Cutler get up slowly, and Penta swings, into Cutler’s full nelsons, spin and SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! The #SavingThrow still couldn’t do it! Cutler hurries to the corner, springboards but the Froggy-Bow is caught to the DARK ARMBAR!!! Penta drags Cutler up to finish him, FEAR FACTOR PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, Penta wins!

Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall

The Death Triangle sweeps Elevation with no fear and no mercy! They even add insult to injury as they laugh in Cutler’s face! But will this be motivation for the Bucks to fight harder? Or will the Death Triangle become a golden triangle?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Diamante!

La Mera Mera was called out by the Cuban Diamond just a couple weeks ago, and now is the time to put up or shut up! Will Rosa prove once again that she does belong in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Diamante gets the headlock. Rosa powers out, fireman’s carries to get the armlock. Diamante fights up, pulls hair, and puts Rosa in a corner. The ref counts, Diamante lets off to CHOP! And CHOP, then whip. Rosa goes up and over and arm-drags Diamante around! Rosa ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl to a takedown! Diamante scrambles to avoid the Fujiwara and Rosa lets off. Rosa builds speed to WRECK Diamante with a dropkick! Rosa kicks Diamante, wrenches and KICKS her, then SLAMS the arm on railing! Rosa kicks Diamante, refreshes the count, then wrenches the arm to POST it!

Diamante goes down in a heap, Rosa drags her back up, and CHOPS her! Diamante CHOPS, but that was the bad arm! diamante gets around, cravats to use the post in a SLICED BREAD to the floor! Diamante gets Rosa up and in at 7 of 10, then stalks her in the ring. Diamante throws hands with the good arm, drags Rosa back up, and fires forearms! Diamante runs and wheelbarrows but Rosa counters with a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rosa wrenches then kicks the arm, and drops down for the Fujiwara! Diamante fights it, Rosa drags her up and whips her hard into buckles! Rosa wraps the arm around ropes, pulls, then runs, but Diamante sends her into buckles!

Diamante comes back with a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Diamante grows frustrated, then drives clubbing forearms in! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rosa but Diamante brings her up for knees. Diamante tries to suplex but Rosa throws body shots, then wrenches to ARM CODE BREAKER! Rosa runs corner to corner, A-List Lariat! SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls, runs back in, and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa gets Diamante up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as Diamante survives, and drags her back up as fans rally. Rosa CLUBS Diamante, wrenches and rams shoulders in!

Rosa scoops, Diamante slips off and CLUBS away on Rosa’s shoulder! Diamante has a straitjacket but Rosa powers out to get Diamante down, and traps BOTH arms! Diamante flails, kicks, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Rosa lets go and looms over Diamante. Rosa drags her up, wraps the arm around the ropes, but the ref counts. Rosa lets off, brings Diamante back up, hammerlocks for a takedown, to a KIMURA! Diamante endures the double wristlock, fans rally as she kicks and flails to get a cover, TWO! Diamante LARIATS Rosa down! Diamante throws hands, Rosa wobbles but hits back! Diamante knees low, reels Rosa in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Rosa and Diamante get up slowly and Rosa throws uppercuts! Rosa fireman’s carries but Diamante fights free! Diamante shoves, wheelbarrows and STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!! Diamante is losing her cool but fans are fired up! Fans rally, Diamante and Rosa throws hands back and forth! Diamante knee slow again, CLUBS Rosa, then hops on, but Rosa makes the sunset flip an ALABAMA SLAM! Rosa hobbles but she gets Diamante up, dragon sleeper to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

And that is another step closer to the top! Will Rosa continue to strike down all opponents until she’s finally facing the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela!

We heard from both teams earlier in the night, and clearly All Ego & The Face of the Revolution don’t think Jersey’s Finest are deserving of anything more than a loss! Will the Concrete Rose & Bad Boy show Ethan & Scorpio that

The teams sort out and Janela starts with Scorpio. They circle, tie up, and go around. Scorpio puts Janela in a corner, Janela turns it around and lets off with Scott Hall fingers. Scorpio shoves Janela down! Scorpio drags Janela up, DECKS him with an uppercut, then scrapes his soles off Janela’s face! Tag to Ethan, Scorpio wrenches and Ethan throws body shots. Ethan CLUBS Janela, soaks up the heat, and brings Janela up, only for Janela to wrench! Tag to Kiss, Kiss drops ax handles! Scorpio tags in but he runs into a double hip toss! Jersey’s Finest drop double elbows, and then Kiss wrenches Scorpio.

Tag to Janela, they double whip Scorpio and then trip him up. Janela runs to drop an elbow! Kiss hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Ethan breaks it! Scorpio RAMS Janeal in the corner but he fights back. Janela climbs, Ethan anchors him and Scorpio trips Janela up! Janela tumbles to the mat, Ethan tags in and he drags Janela out to RAM him into railing! Scorpio goes to put Janela in but RAMS him into more railing! Scorpio puts Janela in the ring for Ethan to stomp. Ethan drags Janela up, ROCKS him, and then whips him back in hard! Tag to Scorpio, they mug Janela, and the ref counts. Ethan counts along and leaves at 4, Scorpio digs his boots into Janela.

Scorpio argues with the ref, Ethan claws at Janela’s face! The ref reprimands, Janela throws hands but Scorpio knees low. Scorpio whips, Janela sunset flips, TWO! Scorpio CLOBBERS Janela! Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio anchors Janela, tags Ethan, and Ethan stomps Janela to then sucker punch Kiss! Kiss storms in, Ethan backs off, but Ethan drags Janela to claw at his face! Fans boo, Ethan drags Janela up and wrenches him to a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally, Ethan tags Scorpio, they drag Janela up and Scorpio hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Ethan, fans rally, but Ethan stomps Janela down. Janela hits back with body shots and forearms and CHOPS!

Janela reaches for Kiss but Ethan RAMS him into the corner! Ethan digs his shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, and argues with the ref, only for Janela to ROCK him! Janela elbows Scorpio but Ethan ROCKS Janela back! Ethan crosses the arms but no Iconoclasm as Janela fights free! Janela leaps, hot tag to Kiss! Kiss rallies on Scorpio, boots Ethan then fires off to HEEL KICK on Scorpio! Kiss dodges with a handspring to ENZIGURI! Scorpio staggers, Kiss handsprings and elbows Ethan! Scorpio returns for a FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kiss can’t believe it but he goes back to tag Janela.

Jersey’s Finest see Ethan and Scorpio outside, they DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up, Janela and Kiss high five, and then Janela SUPERKICKS Ethan! Janela puts Scorpio in but Scorpio DDT’s outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! Janela survives and Scorpio is shocked! Tag to Ethan, he drags Janela up and bumps him off buckles. Ethan fires off haymakers, hoists Janela up, and hits ICONOCLASM! Then he gets Janela up again, crucifix, but Janela gets to the corner! Janela mule kicks, adjusts and QUEBRADAS! Hot tag to Kiss, Jersey’s Finest coordinates, AXES ‘N’ OH INVERTED DDT! Cover, Scorpio break sit! Janela throws Scorpio out, builds speed and DIVES! Wait, did Scorpio counter with a forearm?!

Kiss KICKS Ethan! Kiss goes to a corner, climbs up, but Scorpio gets up to shove him down! Kiss rolls, Scorpio saves Ethan with a GAMANGIRI! Kiss staggers up into Ethan’s SHOULDER TACKLE! Ethan drags Kiss up, crucifix, EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan & Scorpio win!

Winners: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

The ego and the ability are both through the roof on these two, but they’re undefeated as a tag team! Will these two dominate all the divisions and rule over AEW?

 

Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake!

Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent are reunited, and it feels so good! But before they get their revenge on Death Triangle, can they show these pretty boys that a great tag team is more than just their looks?

The teams sort out, and the Kentucky Gentleman starts with the Hollywood Hunk. They knee-stomp around, circle and approach, and Nemeth waistlocks to shove Chuck. That’s two points as far as he’s concerned. Chuck and Nemeth tie up again, Nemeth waistlocks but Chuck wrenches. Nemeth drops, trips Chuck and that’s two more points by his count. Chuck shrugs that off, ties up with Nemeth and headlocks to punch him! Chuck wrenches, wristlocks, but Nemeth gets away as Trent tags in. Fans rally for Trent now that he’s finally back. He and Nemeth tie up, Trent puts Nemeth in a corner, and the ref counts. Trent lets off and pats a shoulder but Nemeth throat chops!

Nemeth throws haymakers but Trent gives them back! Trent CHOPS, ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth knees low. things speed up, Trent CLOBBERS Nemeth with an elbow! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Chuck, Best Friends whip Nemeth to double elbow, handshake and double elbow drop! Chuck covers, ONE! Chuck ROCKS Nemeth, wrenches and whips him corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Bononi is there to CLOBBER Chuck! Nemeth tags Bononi in, they mug Chuck and Bononi stomps away! Bononi chokes Chuck on ropes, the ref is busy with the Best Friends protesting, and Bononi tags Nemeth.

Nemeth looms over Chuck as he rains down rights, then reels him into a fireman’s carry takeover! Nemeth drops fists, drags him up and tags in Bononi. The pretty boys mug Chuck, Bononi back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bononi tags Nemeth back in, they mug Chuck more, and Nemeth talks trash. Chuck fires off hands! Then he dodges to hot tag Trent! Trent DECKS Bononi, LARIATS Nemeth and LARIATS again! Trent runs to knee Nemeth in the corner, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE! Trent ducks Bononi to DECK him, then he elbows Nemeth. Trent slingshot SWANTONS Bononi down on the outside! Trent returns to get Nemeth with a TORNADO DDT!

Fans fire up, Trent tags Chuck, and Best Friends combine for the first time in months, pinball forearms to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!?! Nemeth survives but Chuck tags Trent back in! Trent gets Nemeth up to CHOP him, then whips. Nemeth reverses, Bononi trips Trent, but the ref reprimands, Nemeth runs and leaps to SATELLITE DDT! Bononi DECKS Chuck, tags in, and runs to corner clothesline Trent! Pump handle FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Trent lives, Nemeth tags in! Nemeth drags Trent up and Bononi fireman’s carries Chuck, Chuck slips off to POST Bononi!

Nemeth gets Trent up, turns him, and swivels the hips, but Trent turns Rude Awakening into a SAIDO SUPLEX! Trent hauls Nemeth back up, Alabama lifts, Chuck is up top, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

They’re back together but it’s like Trent never left! Cassidy and Statlander join in for a FOUR CORNERS HUG!! You GOT to give the people what they want! But will Best Friends get what they want in the form of revenge on Death Triangle? Will there be tag titles added on top after Dynamite?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Elevation, but again my gripe is that this was SEVENTEEN MATCHES within two and a half hours. Less is more, AEW, since you’re also doing Dark classic tomorrow. Though, I will say that more of these were competitive than usual. I also like that Conti & Shida are still being friendly and a team, but I feel like things will have to get tense very soon with Double or Nothing just next month. It was good that we got to see The Factory in action, their logo looks decent and I like that QT has a recreation of the Nightmare Family/Factory logo with blue paint on it, as they did in their vignette promo to introduce the group.

As I said during Takeshita VS Limelight, that is the kind of stuff we should be getting for Elevation. If Elevation stuck to under two hours, and was maybe 10 of those matches, things would be much better overall. And Takeshita having a connection to Omega from DDT Pro is great, this could be a really good Elevation story for Omega and Nakazawa to be part of. Nakazawa & Takeshita VS The Sydals sounds really fun, should be an Elevation main event to make it important. And should Takeshita win, I would think that helps his case towards making it to Dynamite, both kayfabe and reality.

Shanna VS Leyla was another example of what Elevation should be giving us, as I definitely do sense there could be a solid feud building there. Now, claiming a show has a “quadruple main event” is too over the top, even for wrestling.  However, all those matches were solid. We got a lot of good stuff out of Best Friends and Death Triangle, especially PAC & Fenix putting on that tag squash match. Penta VS Cutler was another example of what Elevation should be, and it works well with the story that is building, as was Rosa VS Diamante. Ethan & Scorpio are a strong tag team so even though it seems rather sudden that they formed up, it’s working out to get Ethan going and keep Scorpio moving while the singles titles are rather busy right now.

Best Friends in the main event with Nemeth & Bononi was good, was definitely for the sake of getting Trent going again in a regular tag match, and for the sake of closing out the night on a good note. I probably would’ve gone with Penta VS Cutler just so the last image is Death Triangle mocking Cutler and sending a message to the Bucks before their title match on Dynamite. You gotta let that go-home math and logic play into things a little bit, and that would’ve been a good one to use.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)

Detroit gets Elevated!

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Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!

AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
  • Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.

QUICK NOTES

A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)

It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!

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Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?

To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
  • Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.

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The Royal Rampage!

Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?

Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.

Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!

Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is  THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.

Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!

Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.

Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!

Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!

Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!

Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.

Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!

Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!

Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!

Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!

The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.

Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!

Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!

Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!

Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!

Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!

Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!

Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!

Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)

The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?

The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!

Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!

Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!

Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner.  Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!

Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!

Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)

Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?

 

AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.

“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?

Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?

 

Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!

Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?

Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!

The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!

Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.

The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!

Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!

Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!

Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!

The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.

Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.

Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.

The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.

My Score: 8.6/10


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