Kenny Omega elevates AEW Dark: Elevation!
The AEW World Champion wants to shut the Sydal Brothers down, and he is enlisting “MT” Nakazawa and DDT’s Future, Konosuke Takeshita, to do it!
- Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade; Hangman wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price; Baker wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya; The Hybrid2 win.
- Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell; Starks & Cage win.
- Abadon VS Skye Blue; Abadon wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Prince Kai; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Private Party wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed; Rosa wins.
- Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund; Best Friends win.
- Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Hirsch & Mizunami win.
- Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory; Gunn wins.
- Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo; Scorpio & Ethan win.
- Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.
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Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade!
The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is back to open Elevation, and looking to maintain his #1 contender’s spot! Will he keep riding high to keep nipping at Kenny Omega’s heels?
Hangman fakes Slade out at the ropes, then gets in to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! The bell rings, Hangman bumps Slade off buckles, CHOPS then whips, but Slade ducks and dodges to leap into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are fired up for Hangman, he drags Slade up but Slade blocks the suplex. Slade wrenches out to ROCK Hangman, JAB and JAB, then run, only for Hangman to follow and CLOBBER him! Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman shoves Slade to an adjacent corner, and runs side to side to clothesline! And then they go to the next corner for another clothesline! Hangman throws Slade down, runs to SLIDING LARIAT!
Hangman waits for Slade to get up, and pops him up for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
And he didn’t even need his best shot! Is Hangman saving that one for Ricky Starks on Dynamite?
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price!
The Doctor is in, and planning to continue her climb up the AEW Women’s Division rankings. Will Tesha pay the price for Britt’s success?
The bell rings and Britt circles with Tesha. The fans rally for Tesha and she gets into it, but Britt doesn’t take her seriously. They tie up, Britt wrenches to a hammerlock, then shifts to a headlock. Tesha powers to a headlock of her own and she hits a takeover. Britt headscissors, double underhooks and grinds Tesha to the cover. TWO, and Britt gets Tesha in another hammerlock. Tesha rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock of her own. Britt fights up, reaches back to shift through and ROCK Tesha with a right! Britt reels Tesha in for more with Rebel being the only one cheering. Britt whips, Tesha kicks, Britt ducks but Tesha ROUNDHOUSES!
Tesha forearms and whips, Britt reverses and stays clear as Tesha goes up. Tesha dodges, but Britt blocks the kick to give a kick! Britt whips but Tesha blocks! Britt ROCKS Tesha, whips but Tesha reverses, but the cravat is a bit messy. Britt turns things around to give Tesha a BUCKLE SHOT! Tesha is in a daze as Britt goes out, and Britt pulls Tesha into the post by her arms! The ref counts, Britt lets off with a scuff of her boot, and then goes into the ring. Rebel laughs at Tesha’s pain while the ref is arguing with Britt, and then Rebel uses her towel to SLAP Tesha! Britt storms back over, drags Tesha up and reels her in for a cravat.
Britt throws knees, Tesha staggers about, and Britt soaks up the heat before she snapmares Tesha down. Britt wraps Tesha up in a chinlock and chicken wing, but fans rally for Tesha as she scrambles around. Britt turns Tesha away from ropes, grinds her down, but Tesha gets a ropebreak with a foot. Britt lets off but stands on Tesha’s head! Britt lets off at 4 then scuffs Tesha’s face again. Tesha comes back to roll Britt up! TWO, and Britt gets mad! Tesha dodges, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Fans boo but Britt brags again. Britt drags Tesha up, Tesha throws forearms! Tesha breaks free, dodges and ENZIGURIS, then mule kicks to DECK Britt with a forearm! Cover, TWO!
Britt survives and Tesha starts to grow frustrated. Tesha storms after Britt at ropes, drags her up and fires off more forearms! Britt reverses the whip to reel Tesha in for a DDT! Britt gets the glove from Rebel, puts it on, and takes her time getting Tesha back up. Britt Alabama lifts, tucks Tesha in and hits the AIR RAID CRASH! Rings of Saturn, LOCKJAW!! Tesha taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
Britt holds on until she’s satisfied, and smiles as she finally lets Tesha go. With Tay Conti getting her title shot this Wednesday, will Britt be poised for her shot right after?
Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!
After conquering Bear Country, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are poised in the AEW Tag Division’s top five! Will they be elevated and prove they’re #1?
The teams sort out, JB and Lyon start, and they approach. JB is curious about the steak in Lyon’s “teeth.” JB tugs on it, Lyon uses the steak to arm-drag JB away! Lyon uppercuts in the corner, tags to Midas and they double whip. Things speed up, drop toehold and a somersault senton! Cover, ONE! Midas wrenches JB, tags in Lyon, and they hand-off to wrench to a headlock. JB powers out, Luchasaurus tags in but so does Midas. Luchasaurus BOOTS Lyon down but Midas gets in Luchasaurus’ face. Luchasaurus throws Midas to the corner! Luchasaurus fires off and ROCKS Midas with that uppercut! Tag to JB, feed to feed to WHEELBARROW GERMAN!
Lyon tags back in, but he is wary of Luchasaurus. Lyon offers Luchasaurus the steak, but Luchasaurus is an herbivore! TAIL WHIP!! JB and Luchasaurus get each man up in a fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT to a JUNGLE HAMMER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
JB offers the ref Lyon’s stake and the ref takes it. Will JB and Luchasaurus be poised to add some gold to their diet?
The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya!
Jack Evans & Angelico are just outside the top five but want in on the action! Will they bump off Morales & Montoya on their way to bumping off one of the other top ranking teams?
The teams sort out, Angelico and Vary start. They circle, but then Evans wants in. Angelico tags Evans, and he circles with Vary. Evans tries to get a beat going, then he pie faces Vary before he pommels to a headstand. Vary BOOTS him down! Vary headlocks Evans, grinds him down, but Evans fights out and powers out. Evans ducks, hurdles but Vary shoves to overhead suplex! Fans rally as Vary runs in but Evans boots him while going to the apron. Springboard screw high kick! Evans bumps Vary off buckles, tags Angelico in, and Angelico brings Vary around for a lifting COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Vary crawls but Angelico stomps him down! Angelico ties Vary up with a double chicken wing and uses Vary like a boogey board! Angelico then rolls Vary over to a cover, TWO! Angelico stomps Vary back down then taunts Montoya. Angelico gets Vary up, knees low and wrenches him to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps cool, drags Vary back and stomps him down again. Angelico drags Vary to hook the arm, roll him with it and then get the other arm for a recliner! Vary gets the ropebreak, Angelico stays on until 4 before he lets off. Angelico JABS Vary in a corner, then JABS him, then whips him corner to corner. Angelico runs in but Vary BOOTS him!
Vary hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks! Fans rally as both men are down, and the two crawl. Hot tag to Montoya! Wheel kick for Angelico, and clotheslines for Evans! Montoya DECKS Evans, then dropkicks Angelico! Fans fire up as Montoya kips up, to a somersault COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Evans breaks it! Vary SUPERKICKS Evans down! Vary gets Evans up to whip but Evans reverses. Vary holds ropes, dumps Evans up and out, then slingshots, but Evans trips him up! Evans uses the apron for a SKY TWISTER! Montoya fires off forearms on Angelico, then handsprings, into a KICK!
Angelico gets the legs, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Navarro Dos Mil! Montoya taps, TH2 wins!
Winner: The Hybrid2, by submission
Evans adds insult to injury as he stomps Montoya down, and TH2 is moving up the ranks! But will they get into the top five in time for the next AEW Tag Team Championship match?
AEW presents Showcase: The Acclaimed!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens sit with Paul Wight, and he asks about their journey to AEW. Well it’s been great, fantastic. They’ve become the best tag company in just six months. They got signed together, during the worst year ever, 2020. No jobs, no money, but they’re so good that they got the best jobs possible! They took that to the top, but it had its struggles. Bowens has been doing this 8 years, carrots dangled in front of him. Bowens represents the LGBT community but had years living in fear if he could do this or not. So being here is a great opportunity. Wight says that is great that Bowens can take that brave first step.
And they’re both very confident, they’re not taking a back seat to anyone. What’s next for them? There’s a reason Caster & Bowens are “The Acclaimed.” What is it that Bowens can’t do? He has magazine covers, red carpets and commercials, a fashion model with a YouTube channel that has more subscribers than some people who’ve been on TV for years! And Caster is the most intelligent, talented rapper on the planet! Wight thinks there’s so much sugar, he might get diabetes. But he asks The Acclaimed about Bowens’ injury update. Well he was wrestling with a torn meniscus since November, yet they’re still #4. Imagine if he were 100%!
But he is getting all the emails and posts with well-wishes. He’ll be back in no time, and The Acclaimed will be back up top. Then how big is it to make an impact every time you walk down to the ring? Caster says there’s something different about them when they walk out on stage. They look great, most handsome in AEW, and then Caster has his best rap ever again and again. World class athletes, world class on the mic. Making an impression was important as two singles guys who became a team. Tony Khan saw how acclaimed each man was, put them together, and they were main-eventing for the tag titles! It is just so easy for them!
Wight is impressed, wishes Bowens his speedy recovery, and hopes they keep pushing for the gold. Then on behalf of them, Wight will thank the fans. They can always have them back to talk more, but this is Paul Wight for Platinum Max & Critically Acclaimed Bowens!
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell!
The #AbsoluteMachines are teaming again, but will they be working well together again? Or is now the moment Team Taz starts to crumble from the inside out?
The teams sort out and Cage starts against Magnum. They tie up, Cage knees low and headlocks tight. Magnum powers out, Cage ducks and dodges to then catch Magnum out of the air! Magnum slips off but Cage elbows and whips. Cage hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Fans fire up for The Machine and he drags Magnum back up. Starks tags in, climbs up, and strikes a pose before dropping a fist into Magnum’s ribs. Starks toys with Magnum, throws forearms, CLUBS Magnum down, then sucker punches Rockwell! Magnum scoops Starks for a slam! Magnum brings Starks around, tags in Rockwell, and they mug Starks in the corner.
Rockwell ROCKS Starks with an uppercut, throws body shots and more uppercuts, then clubs him on the back! Rockwell brings Starks around for another uppercut but Starks kicks and CHOPS! Rockwell rocks Starks right back! Rockwell whips, Starks holds ropes and BOOTS Rockwell down! Starks strikes another pose but Rockwell hits him! Rockwell whips, Cage tags in, and Rockwell gets Starks for a suplex, but Cage bails Starks out! Cage turns Rockwell for a flurry of kicks and a SUPERKICK! Tag to Starks, Team Taz double suplexes but Rockwell slips out! Roll up but Starks breaks it!
Starks and Cage argue about who was in the wrong, but Magnum runs in and Starks SPEARS him down! Starks lets Cage handle the rest, and he gives Rockwell a POWERBOMB! Then a roll into a facelock, tag to Starks. Canadian rack hand-off to the ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
There was a slight hiccup but they still finished strong! Will the #AbsoluteMachines be able to stick together and prove themselves worthy of the AEW Tag Division top five?
Abadon VS Skye Blue!
The nightmare is back again as the Living Dead Girl returns to action! Will Abadon be seeing red as she locks eyes on Skye Blue?
The bell rings and Abadon drops to all fours to start crawling around. Blue is very wary as Abadon creeps over. Blue rushes in but into a waistlock and SLAM! Abadon fires off hammering fists, then tells the ref to shut up about the count! Abadon whips Blue, Blue leaps but into Abadon’s arms! Abadon swings Blue around for a BACKBREAKER! Abadon chokes Blue! The ref counts, Abadon lets off and shouts at the ref, but then misses in the corner. Blue comes back to BOOT Abadon, then handsprings in to forearm smash! Abadon pulls herself up by her hair, and then CLOBBERS Blue! Abadon waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEXES, and stalks Blue to the other corner for a METEORA!
Abadon drags Blue up, digs her into the buckles, then snapmares her down to run and SPLASH! Abadon doesn’t cover, she is having too much fun hurting Blue! The fans rally, Abadon dribbles Blue off the mat! Abadon drags Blue up but Blue fires forearms! Blue runs, dropkicks the leg out then runs to a corner. Abadon kicks Blue’s legs out! Abadon ROCKS Blue in the back, runs corner to corner to SPLASH, then drags Blue out with a Gory Especial, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
And with that, the nightmare creeps along back up the ranks! Will she be casting a shadow over the top five soon enough?
Orange Cassidy VS Prince Kai!
Freshly Squeezed has put Death Triangle on notice, but he will have to get serious to take those three on. Can Cassidy get warmed up against the Prince Charming of Wrestling?
Kai makes sure Justin Roberts gives him the proper introduction, “Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye.” Standing before you weighing in at 200 “glorious golden pounds,” he is Prince Charming to the ladies and the most handsome man in all the world to everyone else. Kai soaks in the heat and his own ego, the bell rings, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy was serious but Kai wasn’t, and that’s what happens! Will Cassidy be even more serious against Penta, Fenix & PAC?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy look to forward Big Money Matt’s vendetta against The Dark Order, and that brings them to taking on BOOM BOOM and “The Handsome Devil!” Will the Hardy Family Office be rolling up to the winner’s pay window? Or will Hardy be leeching off 30% of a loss tonight?
The teams sort out but both members of Private Party get in Reynolds’ face. Cabana protests, he goes back, and Private Party mugs Reynolds! Kassidy rains down rights, drags Reynolds up to forearm and CHOP on repeat! Kassidy lets off to flex on Cabana, but he runs back into buckles! Reynolds runs to clobber Kassidy then dropkick him! Kassidy bails out, Reynolds kips up, and Dark Order is at the corner. Kassidy shoves Uno, Stu shoves Kassidy! The referee sees that and EJECTS the rest of the Dark Order! Cabana protests but the ref’s orders are absolute! Hardy says it should’ve been a DQ but the ref says this match will continue.
Reynolds goes at Kassidy on the apron but Kassidy hotshots him away! Kassidy gets in but Reynolds CLOBBERS him! Tag to Cabana, Reynolds feeds Kassidy to a LARIAT! Cabana drops a big elbow, then another one! Kassidy flounders, Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana brings Kassidy up but Kassidy claws Cabana’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Quen tags in. Cabana drop toeholds Quen, floats to get the facelock and an elbow! Cabana bumps Quen off buckles, tags Reynolds in and Reynolds fires off on Quen! Quen tries to bail out but Reynolds whips him away. Quen stops himself, elbows Reynolds, but Reynolds clotheslines Quen out!
Reynolds builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Quen into railing! Reynolds backs Hardy off, gets Quen in, but Quen distracts the ref and Hardy RAMS Reynolds into railing! Hardy gets away with it as Cabana protests, and Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy goes up a corner to SUPER MOONSAULT Reynolds down! Kassidy dusts himself off, and drags Reynolds up to throw into more railing! Kassidy goes into the ring to Tranquilo, but Cabana coaches Reynolds up. Reynolds gets in, Kassidy stomps him down then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Kassidy lets off and digs knees into Reynolds at the ropes! Hardy tells Kassidy to hurt Reynolds but Reynolds hits back! Kassidy suplexes Reynolds, covers, TWO!
Tag to Quen, Private Party mugs Reynolds, and Quen stomps away! The ref counts, Quen lets off but Kassidy gets his boots in! Cabana protests again but Kassidy lets off before the ref sees. Quen taunts Cabana, keeps Reynolds down with a facelock, and then drags him up. Tag to Kassidy, Private Party mugs Reynolds more, and Kassidy drags Reynolds away. Reynolds rolls Kassidy up! TWO, but Kassidy gets Reynolds with a facelock. Kassidy suplexes, Reynolds fights it, and then Reynolds pops Kassidy up for a KNEE! Quen tags in, he keeps Reynolds from Cabana but not for long! Hot tag to Cabana!
Cabana shoulders Quen, throws him into Kassidy, then runs to duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Fans fire up as Cabana fires off JABS on Quen! Flip, flop and fly, but Kassidy gets the BIONIC ELBOW! Quen gets a BIONIC ELBOW, and a SUPERMAN SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with Cabana as he gets Quen up to CHOP! Cabana ROCKS Quen with a right, wrenches and whips but Quen handsprings to ENZIGURI! Quen runs in at a corner but Cabana dodges! Cabana fireman’s carries but Quen fights out! Cabana throws Quen, Silly String brings him back! Reynolds CLOBBERS Kassidy, Cabana bucks Quen, but Quen PELES!
Quen slingshots to SENTON Reynolds, then Quen heads up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cabana survives and fans rally up! Cabana ROCKS Quen, then runs in, but Kassidy bails Quen out and takes the hit for himself! Cabana ROCKS Quen, ripcords him to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ASSISTED DARK DESTROYER! SUPERMAN CLUTCH, but Kassidy is legal after all! Kassidy rolls Cabana up, Private Party wins!!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
The switcheroo took everyone by surprise! Private Party gets a win and Hardy gets his cut, will they continue to climb up the ranks while checking off the Numbers?
Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed!
La Mera Mera has issued her warning to the AEW Women’s World Champion AND NWA Women’s World Champion, but still has a ways to go before getting after either. Will she at least be teaching schoolgirl Shawna a thing or two tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans sing for Thunder. They tie up, Rosa waistlocks but Reed switches but so does Rosa. Rosa trips Reed, facelocks but Reed slips through. Rosa hammerlocks, Reed rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Rosa drop toeholds and twists the leg. Rosa floats to a facelock but Reed gets up to hammerlock back. They stand, Rosa reaches back to get a cording hold, then arm-drags Reed away. Reed comes back, Rosa rolls her and runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Rosa keeps her cool, she kicks Reed around, and then has Reed in a corner. Rosa digs her boots in, the ref counts and Rosa lets off.
Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her in the corner, then gives Reed another CHOP! Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her again, then throws elbow after elbow. Reed shoves Rosa, then dodges to send Rosa into the corner. Reed stomps away then runs side to side to HIP ATTACK! Cover, ONE! Reed clubs Rosa down, then some more, but Rosa throws body shots. Rosa snapmares, KICKS Reed on the back, then stomps Reed. Rosa lets off to drag Reed out and cover, TWO! Rosa clamps onto Reed, bumps her off buckles again then runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Reed flops around, Rosa gives her a SWINGING METEORA!
Rosa goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as fans rally up. Rosa drags Reed up, throws EuroUppers, then reels back, but Reed spins her for a CRAVAT FACEBUSTER! Reed hooks Rosa with a leg and bends the arm! Rosa powers through that to cover, TWO! Reed throws body shots, Rosa CHOPS and CHOPS and BACK HANDS! Rosa reels Reed in, says this is it, and scoops for the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
Britt Baker is ahead of Rosa in the rankings but that could change soon enough! Will Rosa overtake Britt in the top five on the other side of Dynamite?
Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund!
Freshly Squeezed made quick work of his match, but surely Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent will have to put in more effort. Will they be running hot as they go after Death Triangle for the past?
The teams sort out, Trent starts with Sackett, and they circle. They tie up, Trent waistlocks to the slam, then floats all over and slaps Sackett around. Sackett gets up, circles with Trent again, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Sackett headlocks, Trent powers out and things speed up. Sackett kicks Trent, but Trent LARIATS Sackett! Fans fire up as Trent drags Sackett up for forearms! Trent ROCKS Sackett, and hits a SNAP SAIDO! Backlund tags in and ROCKS Trent! Backlund whips, Chuck tags in, and Trent feeds Backlund to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Chuck follows Backlund out of the ring to whip him into railing! Sackett comes over but Chuck kicks him down!
Chuck puts Backlund in, tags in Trent, and they look to end this already! AWFUL WAFFLE to the BIG PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
Double the piledrivers, double the hurt! But will #JustTrent be enough to take on Cero Miedo on Dynamite?
Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!
For the first time anywhere, #LEGIT teams with Aneki to take on Ms. Reality and The Native Beast! Vicious Vixen Vickie makes her entrance first and gets right in Justin Roberts’ face! “EXCUSE ME~! Who are you!? What’re you even doing here?! A five year old has better announcing skills than you do! Get out of MY ring!” Justin leaves like a scolded dog and Vickie introduces the team of Madi Wrenkowski and the fiercest woman in ALL of pro-wrestling, the Native Beast, NYLA ROSE! Will Vickie also be looking to give the victorious announcement at the end of this?
The teams sort out, Madi insists she start so Nyla lets her, against Leyla. They circle, tie up, and Leyla waistlocks to slam Madi down. Madi scrambles, throws elbows to get up, but Leyla wrenches through. Tag to Mizunami but Madi gets away to tag in Nyla. Nyla and Ryo circle, Nyla shoves but Ryo shoves back. They shove more and more, Nyla pie faces but Ryo fires up to fire haymakers with Nyla! Nyla claws Ryo’s face, whips her to ropes but Ryo reverses, only for Nyla to run her over! Nyla stomps Ryo, drives in elbows, then scoops Ryo up for a SLAM! Nyla drops a leg, covers, TWO! Nyla runs, Madi tags in and Nyla SPLASHES! Nyla didn’t even notice the tag and she is upset!
Madi goes to cover, ONE!! Madi clamps onto Ryo’s arms, Ryo endures the motorcycle stretch and fans rally up. Ryo fights up, fires up and fans fire up with her. Ryo breaks free but Madi kicks low! Madi throws forearms and eggs Ryo on. Ryo likes that and eggs Madi on. Madi throws another forearm, Ryo stays up so Madi throws more. Madi kicks and forearms but Ryo CHOPS! Madi kicks, Ryo CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ryo CHOPS Madi to a corner, CHOPS her more and fires off the machine gun chops! Fans cheer but the ref counts, and Ryo lets off with an apology. Ryo gets funky before she CHOPS Madi again! Ryo pantomimes and it pisses Nyla off!
Ryo runs in to clothesline Madi down! Cover, TWO! Ryo tags Leyla in, and Leyla gets a whip from Rhyo to clothesline Madi! Leyla feeds Madi to Ryo’s POWERSLAM! Ryo gives Leyla another boost, up and up and ARM-DRAG SENTON! Ryo goes to intercept Nyla but Nyla blasts past her to break the cover! Nyla DECKS Ryo, gets after Leyla, and Madi helps with the double suplex! Cover, TWO! Madi tries another cover, TWO! Madi drags Leyla to the ropes and chokes her with a knee! The ref counts, Madi lets off but Vickie SLAPS Leyla! Madi gets Leyla up for a REALITY FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Leyla survives but Madi runs, only for Leyla to dodge the scissor kick! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Ryo intercepts Nyla better this time, and Madi taps!! Leyla & Ryo win!
Winners: Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami, by submission
Vickie shrieks in anger because that armbar was legit! Will Leyla & Ryo be leaving the Vicious Vixens behind in the rankings?
Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory!
Normally the Gunn Club rolls in three wide, but the boys want to see if they can do it on their own! Will Solow shoot first and show that one Gunn isn’t enough to take him down?
Comoroto drags the steel steps up to the ramp, positions them, and QT uses the steps as seating. Solow and Austin fire off but Austin gets the edge! Austin fires off in the corner, then glares at QT. Nightmare Family gives Factory a warning, but Solow reverses the whip. Austin comes back to CLOBBER Solow! Austin glares at QT, clotheslines Solow and himself out of the ring, but Austin is right up to stalk after Solow. Comoroto is nearby but Colten keeps his eyes on him. Austin puts Solow in, glances at Comoroto, but he’s ready for Solow’s cheap shot! “We’re supposed to be family!” Solow BOOTS Austin down, no family here!
Solow throws Austin down, kicks him and throws forearms, then stomps him at the ropes. Solow takes his shirt off to throw it at Austin, then BOOTS him down! Solow gets Austin up but Austin fires body shots. Solow stomps Austin again, drags him up and chokes him on ropes in front of QT! QT smirks in Austin’s face as Solow lets off. Solow brings Austin up, reels him in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Solow and QT are annoyed, Austin throws body shots and whips. Solow reverses and CLOBBERS Austin with an elbow! Solow drags Austin to throw down fists because he wants to hurt Austin! Austin gets away to a corner while Solow talks trash to Colten.
Solow runs corner to corner and Austin BOOTS him! And elbows him! Austin CLOBBERS Solow down! Fans fire up with Austin and Colten cheers his brother on. Austin rallies on Solow, then runs to uppercut in the corner! Austin keeps going, dodges and trips Solow to then THROWBACK! Comoroto distracts from the apron, Solow throat chops then SCREW HIGH KICKS! High stack cover, TWO!! Austin survives and QT is upset. Colten gets in Comoroto’s face but Comoroto knees low, then runs in, but is sent into railing! Colten calls QT out now, but Solow gets Austin up. QT says to finish this! Solow tucks Austin in, but Austin spins out to QUICK DRAW!! Cover, Austin wins!!
Winner: Austin Gunn, by pinfall
QT is disappointed in Solow, but he has Comoroto stand down. The Factory will wait for a better opportunity to finish off the Nightmare Family. Who will be the first to fall in this growing blood feud?
Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo!
The Face of the Revolution & All Ego want their opportunities and they want them now! Will they use the last remnants of the Nightmare Factory to make their case in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Scorpio starts against Bravo and the two circle. They tie up, Scorpio waistlocks and throws Bravo down. Bravo crawls to the ropebreak and Scorpio lets off to pat Bravo on the head. Bravo shrugs that off and fires himself back up as he circles with Scorpio. They tie up, Scorpio headlocks, Bravo powers up but can’t power out right away. Bravo gets it on the second try but Scorpio runs him over. Things speed up, Bravo hurdles but Scorpio denies the hip toss. Things speed up again, Scorpio catches Bravo with a kick! Bravo wobbles and Scorpio tips him over! Scorpio lets Bravo flounder to his corner and tags in Alexander.
Ethan puffs himself up and tags in, and he circles with Alexander. They tie up, Ethan pushes Alexander to a corner but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, Alexander fires off haymakers and stomps! Alexander facelocks but Ethan suplexes first! Ethan glares at Alexander and runs to drop a BIG elbow! Ethan drags Alexander up, elbows him on the back, and then brings Alexander up to shove and ROCK him with a right! Ethan throws more elbows, tags Scorpio, and they mug Alexander. Scorpio knuckle locks and wrenches Alexander but Alexander clotheslines free! Tag to Bravo, he runs and DECKS Ethan!
Alexander snapmares Scorpio, and then coordinates with Bravo to double basement dropkick Scorpio down! Tag back to Alexander, he gets Scorpio up, but Ethan drags Bravo out of the ring to CLOBBER him with the shoulder tackle! Scorpio slips out of the fireman’s carry to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Scorpio gets Alexander’s leg for the KNEEBAR! Alexander taps, Scorpio & Ethan win!
Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by submission
This egotistical duo take down the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation, because they’re becoming the sensation of the tag division! But they’re not done here! Ethan sees Bravo is back in the ring, and drags him up to hit EGO’S EDGE!! Will Scorpio & Ethan become the Faces of AEW by any means necessary?
Backstage interview with Austin Gunn.
Dasha congratulates Austin for the win tonight, but this is only the beginning. Austin says, “Where I come from, family means everything. A family means everything! I was raised to believe that, QT made me believe that, but QT has torn this whole family apart. So is this feud far from over?” Billy comes by to comfort his son, and has him move on to finish where he left off. This isn’t over because… QT walks in. QT wants to talk to Billy alone. Dasha moves aside, QT says this has nothing to do with Gunn Club. Billy’s boys are like QT’s boys.
Billy tells QT to stop right there. He has lost the right to say that! He lost the right to say that the second one of QT’s goons hit Billy in the back with a chair and Comoroto bulldoze Austin & Colten. This has gone too far! QT DECKS Billy!! “Was that too far, Billy?” QT walks away, but will he be made to pay for it soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers!
The Cleaner wanted this to be the Future of DDT Pro repaying all his hard work, but it seems Tony Khan again had different plans. But will having the AEW World Champion by their side help Takeshita and Nakazawa shut down the Radioactive Papi and his real target, the Sydals, once and for all?
Omega complains about something to commentary, and it’s that he was forced to be part of this on Elevation. Omega will have to take that up with Khan, but the trios sort out and Nakazawa gives Omega a headset so they can talk during the match. Limelight starts with Nakazawa, but Nakazawa takes a second to talk to Omega. Omega pretends like he isn’t, but Nakazawa dodges Limelight. That’s probably thanks to Omega’s play calling. Omega says more things, and Nakazawa walks over to tag him in. Omega and Limelight circle, Omega tells the ref to shut up about the headset, but then Omega dodges Limelight to again talk to Nakazawa. They decide to take Takeshita in, and he’s just as confused as anyone.
Takeshita and Limelight tie up, Takeshita headlocks but Limelight powers out, only for Takeshita to run him over. Things speed up, Takeshita waistlocks but Limelight elbows free, only to run into a FLAPJACK! Cover, ONE, but Takeshita clamps onto an arm. Fans rally, Limelight gets up and Takeshita tags Omega. Omega hops up to drop ax handles on the arm! Omega wrenches Limelight, wristlocks, tags in Nakazawa, and Nakazawa CLUBS the arm! Nakazawa scoops Limelight to SLAM him, then tags Omega back in. Omega and Nakazawa split the wishbone! Omega and Nakazawa double armlock for the double JAM the shoulders!
Tag to Nakazawa again and he drags Limelight up to club him down. Nakazawa bumps Limelight off buckles but Limelight hits back! Nakazawa CHOPS, Omega talks trash, and Nakazawa CHOPS again! Limelight shoves Nakazawa but Nakazawa CLUBS him again! Nakazawa wrenches, whips and Limelight slides off to SHOVE Omega and Takeshita down! Limelight shoves Nakazawa out, tags in Mike Sydal then FLIES to take out Omega and Nakazawa! Limelight puts Nakazawa in for Mike Sydal, but Nakazawa gives him DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES!! Mike goes Matrix to avoid the lariat and he ENZIGURIS! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Nakazawa survives but Matt tags in. Matt BOOTS Nakazawa down, Mike goes up and Matt joins him for a SYDAL BROTHER METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives again but Sydal runs to SLIDING KICK! Matt points to his third eye but Nakazawa blocks the whip. Nakazawa whips, Omega gets a cheap shot in then grabs Matt., Nakazawa runs in but Matt dodges and Nakazawa hits Omega down! Nakazawa whips to fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Nakazawa gets up, hot tag to Omega! Omega gets Matt Sydal up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega seethes, drags Matt over and bumps him off buckles. Omega wants Takeshita to be ready for the boot feed next time.
Omega tags him in, Takeshita throws haymakers, whips and calf kicks! Cover, but Limelight breaks it! Takeshita tags Omega back in, they double whip and double elbow Matt down! Omega goes nuts as he digs his boot into Matt’s head! The ref counts, Omega lets off and drags Matt to drop elbows! Cover, TWO! Omega mockingly holds Matt’s hand out to Mike and Limelight, then brings Matt up by his hair. Matt blocks the suplex, and again, but Omega CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again! Omega drags Matt up, throws more elbows and a CHOP! Omega suplexes, but Matt knees free! Omega staggers, kicks back and BLASTS Mike off the apron!
Limelight gets clear, Matt Sydal WHEEL KICKS Omega down! Hot tags to Takeshita and Limelight! Limelight ducks under Takeshita’s leap, then redirects to RANA! Limelight runs corner to corner, but he’s put on the apron. Limelight ENZIGURIS Takeshita, then leaps to FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives, staggers about, but the Sydals return. Matt whips Mike in to uppercut Takeshita, then adds his back elbow. Limelight runs in but misses! Omega and Nakazawa drag the Sydals out, back elbow over and over on Limelight, then feed to Takeshita’s BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!??! Takeshita is shocked, but Omega calls the shots.
Manhattan drop to atomic drop to KOTARO KRUSHER! Takeshita adds on a lot of speed for his SUPER LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!?!? How is Limelight doing this?! Omega is furious, and he demands to tag in. Takeshita gives him the tag, Omega storms about and says this is done! Omega gets Limelight up, reels him in for a full nelson, but Limelight resists! Fans rally, Limelight hooks legs and breaks the nelson to elbow Omega! Limelight runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Omega reels Limelight in, SNAP DRAG- Limelight lands on his feet?! Omega ducks the enziguri, Electric Chairs but Limelight fights free! Limelight ROCKS Omega in a corner! Matt climbs up for a METEORA!
Limelight SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives and Limelight can’t believe it! Limelight drags Omega over, tags in Mike and Mike climbs, but Nakazawa is there. Mike kicks him away, cartwheels to avoid the boot, but leaps into the SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega tags Takeshita in and he runs corner to corner to BOOT Mike! Then the SNAP BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mike survives and Takeshita can’t believe it! Takeshita throws off his armband, builds speed again, but Mike does the splits to school boy and bridge! TWO, ROUNDHOUSE! Mike goes to a corner and climbs up again, but Nakazawa RAMS Matt to railing and trips Mike up!
Matt goes after Nakazawa as Nakazawa traps Mike’s leg! Matt hammers Nakazawa, Omega holds Mike, and Takeshita springboards to COAST2COAST!! Takeshita fireman’s carries Mike for the GUTBUSTER DROP! Omega intercepts Limelight with a V-TRIGGER! Takeshita finishes Mike with the GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Takeshita and team win!
Winners: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa, by pinfall
The Cleaner is proud of Takeshita, mostly because he didn’t lose this for them. Will Omega make Takeshita part of his trusted support team? Or will the Future of DDT Pro see through Omega’s façade soon enough?
A very fun episode for under an hour and 45. The main event definitely felt a lot stronger than most Dark/Elevation main events, and it is slowly building this story on the side for Omega with Takeshita being brought into the fold. Takeshita choosing his side could be made into a big moment, and could move Takeshita from Elevation to Dynamite sometime in the summer. We also got good story progress out of QT and the Gunn Club boys. The Gunn Club could have a really good Six Man match with The Factory before QT goes after Cody directly again. Team Taz get another win but clearly there’s more passive aggressiveness in there, so I can’t wait to see how that turns into active aggression.
Private Party getting a win over Dark Order works with the overall story Hardy has with them and Hangman, and Hangman keeps winning to keep at the top. Hangman VS Starks is going to be a great match on Dynamite, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hardy found a way to sabotage Hangman to delay his shot at the world title. Double or Nothing is coming up and I feel like with the pacing they’ve done with Hangman would call for him skipping this PPV to then get his shot at perhaps All Out. It’d be so fitting for Hangman, who missed out his chance at the very first All Out, to then get that title at All Out 2021, off of Omega, as the ultimate culmination of everything Hangman’s been through in AEW.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
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- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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