Double Or Nothing Weekend begins NOW!
Don’t worry, you’re not losing track of time! This is FRIDAY NIGHT Dynamite, and we’re going to celebrate Hikaru Shida’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY as AEW Women’s World Champion!
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Pretty Picture; Darby wins.
- Hangman Page VS Joey Janela; Hangman wins.
- Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS KiLynn King; Cargill wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Dante Martin; Miro wins and retains the title.
- Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Ethan & Scorpio win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Daily’s Place is at FULL CAPACITY!
Things will be rocking even harder now that all the seats are filled with AEW faithful!
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Pretty Picture!
Daily’s Place is red hot as the Relentless One, accompanied by The Icon, steps up to the Beautiful Brazilian V8! But with bad ribs and an obvious height disadvantage, is Darby being even more reckless than usual this close to a Double or Nothing grudge match?
The bell rings, Darby and Bononi tie up, and Bononi puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Bononi grinds his forearms in but lets off, and Darby gets around to CHOP and CHOP! Bononi CLUBS Darby, whips him corner to corner, but Darby gets the arm! Bononi gets a ropebreak, shoves Darby away, and throws body shots! Darby hobbles around but fans rally behind him. Bononi whips, Darby reverses and wants the arm again! Darby drags Bononi down, Bononi gets the ropes again and shoves Darby to kick the ribs! Bononi knees hard and low, fans boo but Bononi gets Darby up to TOSS him into a corner!
Bononi fires off body shots on the ribs, the ref counts and Bononi lets off. Bononi scoops Darby and TOSSES him across the way! Darby writhes and Bononi soaks up the heat from the fans. Darby kicks back but Bononi stomps him down. Bononi scoops and TOSSES Darby again! Bononi looms over Darby, fans rally up but Bononi hoists Darby up to DROP him on the top buckle! Darby flops to the ramp, Sting checks on him but Bononi goes out to fetch Darby. Bononi drags Darby up again and scoops him, to TOSS him into the ring! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Bononi tries again, TWO! Again, TWO! Darby refuses to give in and fans rally up.
Bononi looms over Darby, the Pretty Picture tell fans to stop chanting, but Bononi stomps Darby on the back! Bononi gets Darby up, Darby throws elbows but Bononi CLUBS him! Bononi scoops Darby but Darby slips around to a SLEEPER! Darby is a backpack. Bononi fades, the ref counts as Darby smothers Bononi’s face! Darby stops, Bononi gets the ropebreak, but Darby KICKS the arm! Darby SLAPS away on Bononi, goes for the arm, but Bononi puts Darby in a corner. Bononi throws hands, runs corner to corner but Darby boots him! Darby hops up, for the THROWBACK STUNNER! And a SHOTGUN dropkick!
Bononi is down in a drop zone, and Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
The fans are fired up for the first big win on this big Friday Night Dynamite! Darby gets a mic as Sting joins him in the ring, and Darby says, “Ethan and Scorpio! I’m not gonna wait to get jumped from behind! Come out right now, and let’s do this tonight!” Ethan and Scorpio know he’d like that, and are all smiles as they appear on stage. But Darby expects them to just come down to the ring, in their “fancies,” and fight for free? Grow up, Darby. When they beat him and Sting on Sunday’s big stage, everyone will see the end of one legend, and the beginning of two more. “We out!” But the PRETTY PICTURE attacks Darby and Sting!
Ethan and Scorpio decide to add on! They stomp Darby, go after Sting’s legs, and use a BULLY CHOKE to grind Darby down! Scorpio has a leg, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They run off Ethan & Scorpio just like they did last time! All Ego and the Face of the Revolution will have no choice but to face Evil Uno & Stu Grayson later tonight, will they get a little bit of comeuppance before Double or Nothing?
Paul Wight heads to the ring!
The all-time great, the co-host and commentator on Dark: Elevation, and a true giant, is going to preside over this equally massive moment! It will be the official Double or Nothing weigh-in for Cody Rhodes and Anthony Ogogo!
AEW returns and Wight says he feels great being out in front of an amazing crowd! For whatever reason, AEW wanted him to officiate this weigh-in. But this will be a serious weigh-in, so let’s bring out Anthony Ogogo! The Gov’nuh, the Olympic Bronze Medalist and “the man with stone hands” is of course accompanied by The Factory. QT Marshall has a mic to address “Tebow Country” and telling them to have some respect for a real athlete in Ogogo! He also pretends the fans are booing Wight and not his group. Ogogo gets in the ring and Wight tells QT no one paid to hear him jaw. And Ogogo, don’t eye Wight like that or it might be your last night.
Wight now gives the introduction for a man he’s known a long time, who has heart and soul. The American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! Cody has trainees from The Nightmare Factory accompanying him, along with Red Velvet, Lee Johnson, the Rhodes family, and Coach Arn Anderson. Needless to say, QT’s posse is outnumbered here. Cody steps into the ring with Velvet, Dustin, Arn and sister, Kristen. Wight keeps the peace, knowing the bad blood brewing here. Save it all for Double or Nothing, guys. Time for the official weights. First, Cody! After taking off shoes and track suit, Cody stands on the scale in just his Calvin Klein boxer briefs.
Wight adjusts the scale, Ogogo grows impatient but Wight gets a measurement. Cody is weighed in at 218! Cody takes a step back, Ogogo strips down and there are fireworks going because it’s Memorial Day Weekend. Fans chant, “USA! USA!” Ogogo is down to his Union Jack boxer-briefs, steps up, and Wight figures out the scale. Ogogo flexes but Wight figures it out. Ogogo is officially at 219! A very even match-up on weight, and that is what will be on the Tale of the Tape for Double or Nothing! But QT wants people to understand what’s going on here. With all due respect to Wight, Ogogo is heavier and already has victory in his hands!
QT is upset that fans are chanting for Cody when he just said Ogogo wins! Ogogo has a cameraman move so he can get on the corner and flex. Fans boo but the Factory soaks up the heat. Cody gets up on a corner to do the same, and fans cheer! QT has Ogogo flex for another segment of the crowd, but they just boo. Dustin wants after QT but The Factory bails out. Ogogo’s clothes are gathered up, and Cody has fans give it up for the weigh-in’s host, Paul “Big G” Wight! See you all at Double or Nothing, enjoy the rest of the show! Will Cody and Ogogo look to steal the show this Sunday?
AEW takes a look at Stadium Stampede II, and what led to it.
Chris Jericho says, “Blood & Guts may seem like the end of The Inner Circle, but in reality, it’s only just the beginning.” Jim Ross says that this is the next chapter. Excalibur notes that last year was the first Stadium Stampede, which the Inner Circle was part of. MJF says the reason he chose this match was because the Inner Circle lost it last year, and that means they’ll lose it again. Tony Schiavone says the battleground is so vast from Daily’s Place to TIAA Stadium, Tully notes there are utensils tools all over the place, there’s no way to really prepare for this. But Jericho says they know what to expect this time, and what to do.
Sammy Guevara says, “What to expect? Expect the unexpected.” JR says The Pinnacle has momentum, but Wight says it is still a toss-up. Experience is name of the game, Ortiz says they won’t lose twice. FTR says this is it, the Inner Circle will lose and disband, there’s no more Inner Circle. MJF says this is going to put the biggest smile on his face. Shawn Spears says some men were born to be buried. Will that be Jericho, Sammy, Santana, Ortiz and Jake Hager?
AEW finds Will Hobbs attacking Christian Cage backstage!
Things with Team Taz and Captain Charisma are only escalating as Christian has to elbow Hobbs away from him! Hobbs throws body shots, bounces Christian off cases, then drags him back up. Christian sends Hobbs into the steel fencing, but Hobbs hits back! Christian dodges and Hobbs hits steel with bare fist! Christian has a table stand and SMASHES it on Hobbs’ ribs! Christian goes for the headshot but referees and security stop him! Hobbs and Christian get loose, and Christian SPEARS Hobbs into crates! Other wrestlers rush in now to stop this brawl, but this is only going to get worse in the Casino Battle Royal!
Hangman Page VS Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss!
Speaking of Team Taz, Taz himself is watching this closely as the Anxious Millennial Cowboy is going to be facing The Machine, Brian Cage, at Double or Nothing! And it seems, despite being ditched during Dark, Sonny is still riding with the Bad Boy! Will Janela finally redeem himself for the loss in the brutal match he and Hangman had back at All In? Or will Hangman shoot Janela down before tangling with the FTW Champion?
The bell rings, fans are fired up already, and Hangman ties right up with Janela. They go around, break, and reset. They tie up again, Hangman headlocks, grinds Janela down, but Janela fights up to power out. Hangman runs Janela over, things speed up and Janela hurdles only for Hangman to hit a headlock takeover. Janela fights up and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Hangman lets off fast, and fans rally up. Hangman and Janela tie up, go around, and Hangman puts Janela in a corner but Janela turns things around. Janela goes to punch but offers a handshake, only to CHOP Hangman when he hesitates! Hangman frowns, puts Janela in the corner and CHOPS back!
Hangman follows Janela to another corner, CHOPS again, but then Janela dodges to CHOP back! And CHOP, and then Fargo strut, only to turn around into a CHOP! Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Janela up. Janela throws forearms, whips but Hangman reverses. Janela ducks and dodges but is thrown out hard! Hangman aims, slingshots, but Janela avoids the plancha! Janela is on the apron and he SUPERKICKS Hangman, to then run and leap! Hangman catches the crossbody to FALL AWAY SLAM Janela to the floor! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Janela back up and into the ring. Hangman covers, TWO!
Hangman clamps onto Janela with a chinlock, Janela fights up and jawbreakers free! Janela ROCKS Hangman, Hangman ROCKS Janela back! Hangman runs at Janela in a corner but Janela YANKS him into buckles! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Janela soaks up the heat from the fans, stomps a mudhole into Hangman, then walks it off to soak up more heat. Hangman gets up and CHOPS back! Janela CHOPS, Hangman ROCKS him! Janela ROCKS Hangman, snapmares and fist drops! Cover, TWO! Janela chokes Hangman against ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, and bumps Hangman off buckles. Janela throws big haymakers but Hangman hits back! They brawl, Janela wrenches and whips Hangman corner to corner hard! Hangman bounces off buckles and Janela lounges on the mat. Janela drags Hangman up, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!
Hangman gets to ropes, Janela stalks over and brings him up for more haymakers. Janela bends Hangman back against ropes, the ref counts and Janela lets off. Janela snapmares Hangman again, clamps on a chinlock and then a neck wrench, but Hangman endures. Hangman fights up, throws body shots, then runs, but into Janela’s clothesline! Janela runs but Hangman clotheslines him out of the ring! AEW returns to single picture as Hangman is down, catching his breath. Hangman goes out, Janela climbs up to the apron, and Hangman Alabama lifts! Janela CLUBS Hangman, throws hands, then eggs Hangman on. Hangman forearms, Janela returns it, and then fireman’s carries!
Hangman slips off, gets in the ring and TRIANGLE LARIATS Janela down! Fans fire up as Hangman aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes the Bad Boy! Hangman puts Janela in, fans are fired up for “COWBOY SHIT!” but Janela stops the Buckshot. Hangman and Janela throw more forearms, Janela runs but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Janela escapes and Kiss rallies for him, as do the fans. Hangman and Janela go to opposite corners, Hangman runs corner to corner but Janela BOOTS him! Janela runs, but into the Alabama! Janela sunset flips through, TWO! Janela ROCKS Hangman, runs but into a BOOT!
Fans fire up as Hangman grits his teeth. Hangman drags Janela up, whips him to a corner but Janela reverses. Janela gets around the lariat to CORNER GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman bounces off buckles, Janela goes up top, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives and Janela is beside himself. Janela fireman’s carries but Hangman slips out and shoves to ROLLING ELBOW! Janela wobbles, swings but into Hangman’s second ROLLING ELBOW! POP-UP POWERBOMB! Hangman loads up on the apron and the fans fire up! Hangman has a bloody forehead but he doesn’t care, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hangman gave blood and sweat but no tears in this match, and that might be what it’ll take to take down The Machine! Taz gets on a mic to talk to Hangman, and introduces him to a good friend, the one who will whoop his ass on Sunday! Brian Cage is here in person! Hangman gets a mic to tell Taz to shut up. He knows what’s going on here, so he welcomes Brian to come in. Taz has been doing this over and over! He talks to distract, here comes Ricky Starks and Hook, as expected! Taz says for his guys to go after them, but Hangman says while he expects this from Taz, he expected more from Cage.
Is Cage the kind of guy who needs someone’s help to whoop Hangman’s ass? Doesn’t Cage have balls? Or did they shrink all the way up? Cage should be mad, but he should leave the a-holes out of it to face Hangman like a man! Cage tells Hook to back down and says he won’t need anyone’s help on Sunday! Hangman wants Cage 1v1? Then he’s got it! Because who betta than Cage? Nobody, and definitely not Page! Will the Cowboy be the one to stop the Path of Cage?
AEW hears from Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley.
How much did the Young Bucks spend on these Nike Diors? Eddie doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. Moxley doesn’t like ’em, anyway, they’re kinda ugly. But he and Kingston have been having fun with “Rod ‘n’ Todd Flanders” lately. Time to get serious- And then TNT goes to break. Will we hear the rest of what Moxley was about to say when AEW comes back?
TNT returns and yes, we do hear the rest of Moxley’s statement. It’s time to get serious! The Bucks are currently known as the best tag team in the world, while Mox & Kingston aren’t even “a real team.” Just a couple of shmucks put together. At least, that’s how the Bucks feel. What makes a great team? What makes a family? Moxley trusts Kingston with his life! When Moxley was living out of a motel in Philly, Kingston barged in and said they had to take care of a couple of dudes in Manayunk, Moxley simply asked, “Who’s driving?” He has Kingston’s back in war, and Double or Nothing will be a war for the tag team titles!
Moxley loves titles, championships, all that. But he loves that those are the most important tag team championships in the world! Moxley wants those belts. He NEEDS those belts! The Bucks may be a better tag team, a more “well-oiled machine,” but those belts are raw T-bone steaks and these two are pitbulls! So what are the Bucks going to do when these two clamp down on their legs? Moxley wants those belts! Kingston says the Bucks will quit, because they quit on the people, and they quit on the boys in the back. By the way, “boys in the back,” all sitting there, collecting your paychecks, not doing nothing as the Elite go all carny, Kingston and Moxley aren’t happy!
Moxley and Kingston speak for the underdogs! They’re the ones who are going to win the belts! And then everyone will sit there and quit and no longer be part of AEW. Maybe Moxley and Kingston will replace the Bucks as EVP’s! Moxley isn’t so sure about that. Well, either way, they will see the Bucks on Sunday. The pressure’s coming! Will the Bucks crack under it and give up the gold?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
Schiavone explains that Kenny Omega and Don Callis expect Orange Cassidy to withdraw from Double or Nothing’s Triple Threat for the AEW World Championship, given the state he was in after the main event match from a couple weeks ago. Tonight, we will hear his response! But it would seem the third man in that equation wants to hear this personally! The Bastard, PAC, heads to the ring! Pac takes Schiavone’s mic and tells him to leave. Pac then says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please accept my sincerest apology. Clearly, you were expecting somebody else!” But Pac is here to tell us that this Sunday, Orange Cassidy is irrelevant!
In fact, the only one that matters at Double or Nothing will be the man who beats Kenny Omega and becomes the NEW AEW World Champion, PAC!! “So Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, is this really your prestigious title reign that you’re proud of? You’re ducking and you’re dodging and you’re manipulating. To be frank, Kenny, it’s pathetic!” So Omega should make amends and stand face-to-face with Pac, so the whole world can see what will happen at Double or Nothing! Where are you, Kenny?!
Callis is on the titantron and asks if Pac really thought he’d let himself get anywhere near Pac for their confrontation? You think he’d be in the same ring, let alone the same building, as him? He’s not, because Pac is too dangerous! Pac a “violent, aggressive, soulless sociopath” so Callis is not going out there. But Omega is! He runs in from behind but Pac is ready and he mule kicks Omega down! Then front kicks, back kicks and runs to BOOT Omega down! The Good Brothers rush out and mug Pac! Fans boo as they stomp and hammer Pac down, but here come the Lucha Brothers! Death Triangle runs the Good Brothers off, but Omega and Pac are still in the ring!
Omega staggers up, and STOMPS Pac down in a corner! Omega gets Pac up, Electric Chair lifts, but here comes Orange Cassidy! He and his Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent, and Kris Statlander, are here, and Cassidy goes to the ring. Cassidy looks in better shape than he did a couple weeks ago, so what’s his answer to Omega and Callis? Cassidy reaches into his jacket pocket, has an envelope with “For Kenny” on it, and hands it over. Omega opens up the envelope, and finds shredded pieces of the withdrawal contract in it! Cassidy’s answer is clear, but just in case Omega doesn’t get it, here’s an ORANGE PUNCH!
Cassidy then eyes the title, goes to pick it up, but Pac stands on the belt. Cassidy looks up at Pac, and Pac kicks him low! Pac reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy slips out of the bomb to ORANGE PUNCH Pac down!! Cassidy puts his sunglasses back on, fans chant for “Freshly Squeezed!” and Cassidy picks up the belt. Will this be what we see at the end of Double or Nothing’s huge Triple Threat? Or are the odds not in the favor of the King of Sloth Style?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill backstage.
We know she issued an open challenge for tonight, and KiLynn King answered it already. Will that be a difficult match for Jade? King is strong and tough in her own right. Jade scoffs at that idea, but here comes Matt Hardy. Hardy says Double or Nothing will be the biggest day in the history of the Hardy Family Office, because Hardy himself will win the Casino Battle Royal and procure a future AEW World Championship match. Big things are happening for the HFO and she should be part of it. Is she going to side with a winning team?
But Mark Sterling walks in to have Hardy hold on a moment. Jade’s already selected Sterling and is his client now. Plus, Hardy should be way too busy right now, what with that big match and all his other clients. Sterling hates to do this because he’s a fan of Hardy’s, but if Hardy keeps accosting Jade like this, Sterling will have no choice but to slap him with a 50 yard restraining order. And that’d be very problematic once AEW goes on the road again, because Hardy won’t even be able to get in the building. Now, Jade has to get ready for the big match Sterling got for her tonight.
See, the difference between Sterling and Hardy is that Hardy takes 30% off the board. Sterling only gets paid if Jade wins. Which is fine because she always wins. Everything else is pro bono, but no hard feelings, Hardy. Sterling offers Hardy his legal services. Hardy angrily hopes Jade is happy with her decision, then storms off.
Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS KiLynn King!
The storm is coming, and she is still undefeated in AEW. And now with someone by her side to smooth things out for her, is it only a matter of time before Jade storms up to the AEW Women’s World Championship? Or will the King block her path?
The bell rings, Jade “applauds” King, then flexes on her. King flexes, and the two go for a test of strength. They’re evenly matched in side and strength as they go shoulder to shoulder, but Jade bends King back! King bridges, powers back up as fans rally, but Jade breaks the grip to kick King low! Jade drags King up and reels her in for a short-arm clothesline! King gets up, Jade kicks her against ropes then whips her to ropes. King ducks and dodges and leaps but Jade catches her for a set of bicep curls, before the SLAM! Jade swaggers and talks trash as AEW goes picture in picture.
King slowly gets up, catches her breath while Jade keeps talking, and then mule kicks her into a corner! King goes corner to corner to SHOTGUN Jade! Jade puts up boots, King blocks them and swings Jade into ropes, but Jade goes to the apron to shoulder into King! Jade slingshots up and over and keeps moving, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Jade looms over King, talks more trash, then stomps King down. King keeps sitting up but Jade keeps stomping her down. Jade rains down forearms and fists, drags King up and bumps her off buckles. Jade stomps a mudhole into King, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade seethes as she stalks King, then talks more trash on her.
King gets up, Jade ROCKS her in the corner! Jade whips King corner to corner hard, and King bounces off buckles! Jade stomps King down more, KICKS her in the back, then clamps on a neck wrench. King endures as Jade shifts to a chinlock, fights up but Jade CLUBS her down. AEW returns to single picture as Jade snap suplexes then kips up. Jade drags King up, King throws body shots and forearms! King whips, Jade reverses and sends King out hard! King flounders on the outside as Jade talks trash. Sterling mockingly offers his card to King, King swipes at him! Sterling is upset, King gets on the apron and Jade DECKS her! Sterling takes back his card, too.
Jade drags King up to bump off aprons, shoves her into the ring, but King swings on her, only for Jade to get around and chicken wing the arms! Jade walks around before hitting JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall
Another win under her belt, Jade says she’s #ThatBitch! But will she soon have her shot at the belt after Double or Nothing?
AEW hears from Jake the Snake and Lance Archer.
Jake says that yes, if Dante Martin wins tonight, he’ll be the youngest champion ever in AEW. If he wins. If a frog had wings, he’d stop busting his ass on the ground. Archer says that he doesn’t care about Dante. All due respect, hopefully Dante has a great match tonight, but Archer wants to face Miro at Double or Nothing. The ticket has been punched, and Archer wants to punch Miro right in the face! Miro’s done nothing but piss Archer off since he got that title. After Sunday, The Murderhawk Monster will be the NEW TNT Champion! Will Archer get his wish and be facing The Best Man for the title?
AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Dante Martin!
Speaking of, The Best Man gets his first defense out of the way on Dynamite against Angel Dorado! But will the Bulgarian Barbarian make Dante into a real angel just to send a message to the Murderhawk? Or can all the momentum Dante’s been building on Dark and Dark: Elevation help him pull off the biggest upset in his career?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who heads for Double or Nothing to face Archer!
Miro and Dante circle, fans sing, “Miro’s gonna kill~ you!” and Miro enjoys it. They tie up, Miro KNEES hard and low then fires off in a corner! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, and fans fire up as Miro gets Dante back up, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Miro storms around, KICKS Dante while he’s down, and then scowls as he stands over Dante. Fans want that “One More Time!” but Miro fakes everyone out. Miro grins and fans do admit that was good. Miro drags Dante up but Dante jawbreakers! Miro wobbles but he still reels Dante in for a judo throw! Miro runs but Dante dodges the falling headbutt!
Dante gets to a corner, slips out to the apron as Miro runs in and Miro gets buckles! Dante shoulders, GAMANGIRIS, then springboards up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! Miro gets out fast and then whips Dante at a corner. Dante goes up and over and returns with a springboard missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Dante covers, ONE!! Miro snarls as Dante hurries to another corner. Dante climbs but Miro gets him to ROCK him with a right! Miro stands Dante back up, drags him up and dead lift suplexes high and hard! Dante staggers up into the BEST KICK! Miro smiles and fans fire up, because it’s “GAME OVER!!” Miro stomps, puts on the DEEP came clutch, and Dante taps! Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Miro makes Dante suffer for thinking he stood a chance, but here comes Jake and Archer! Jake says he has Archer focused and ready for Sunday’s opportunity! Sunday, Miro’s fairy tale ends. Miro huffs and puffs and blows the house down, but Archer doesn’t play fairy tales. No, no. Jake thinks he should speak Miro’s language, and tries Bulgarian. Jake gives us the translation for free: “Why don’t you just shut the F up?” Jake and Archer have had enough! Miro comes in, bullies someone, and thinks he’s special. Archer is ready to go.
Miro gets a mic so he can tell the old fart to shut up! He’s always holding his boy back, but let’s see if we see Archer let loose! C’mon, Lance! You always afraid? Jake says SIC ‘EM! Archer gets in, choke grips, and Miro pops free of the choke grip! Refs rush in but Archer punches and BOOTS Miro down! Fans fire up and Miro wants more, but Archer DECKS him! Jake laughs and wants the party to start! But this has to wait for Double or Nothing! Will Archer finally get the TNT title one year after coming up short?
AEW returns and Schiavone is back in the ring!
Referee Bryce Remsburg has an AEW Women’s World Championship in hand as Schiavone notes that it was May 23, 2020, right as the pandemic got going, there was a new champion crowned. She is the longest reigning champion in AEW ever, so tonight we will honor and celebrate that 377 day reign! Welcome to the ring, Hikaru Shida! Fans cheer for the Full Metal Warrior as she makes her entrance, holding her own copy of the AEW Women’s World Championship. Schiavone continues by saying that in honor of this reign, we are presenting for the first time ever, a brand new belt! Bigger, shinier, and something Shida is definitely worthy of!
Remsburg hands the belt to Schiavone, and he puts it around Shida’s waist! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Schiavone congratulates her. She’s earned all of this, this is a big moment, even with the title match this Sunday. Shida takes the mic to say, “When I won this title, there were no fans in here. But tonight, you are here!” Fans cheer because they’re happy to be here for this moment. Shida continues to say, “I’m so proud to share this moment with you, because this title is for you! And you! And you!” But here comes Britt Baker to ruin the fun. She knew she wouldn’t be invited, but she comes in peace, and to congratulate Shida.
Britt hopes Shida understands that she was a champion during the most difficult time in all of pro-wrestling history. And no one can ever take that away from her. This was Shida’s year. But Britt has something she needs to address. Britt has to admit that she misspoke when she talked with JR last week. Britt said something she needs to take back. She said she’s the face of the Women’s Division. But when she wins that brand new belt at Double or Nothing, Britt will be the face of a new ERA. And much like an era before her was about 3:16, this era will be all about DMD. Mic drop and Britt takes her leave. Will Britt prove this is her time? Or will Shida look to go for a second anniversary?
Sammy Guevara has his cue cards!
AEW is picture in picture as he delivers a final message. “This Sunday, 48 hours, Spears! With every card you read, your time draws near. My warning you should heed. Your time draws near. At Stadium Stampeded, your time draws near. The Inner Circle will succeed! Your time draws near. No amount of chairs will save you! The Spanish God will… Hit You Up!” A very poetic ultimatum, but will the Pinnacle’s Chair Man fear what’s coming?
Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
This showdown was already set from last time, with how the Dark Order ran off All Ego & The Face of the Revolution from an attack on Darby Allin and Sting. After doing so again this week, will things only be more heated? Or will Ethan & Scorpio use Players One & Two as mere warm-ups before their boss battle at Double or Nothing?
Scorpio starts with Uno, they circle, tie up, and Uno powers Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio powers back out but Uno waistlocks. Scorpio switches and slams Uno then walks all over him. Ethan gloats, Uno gets up and circles with Scorpio. Scorpio keeps his hands back though Uno wants a test of strength. Scorpio puts his dukes up then wrenches an arm. Uno wrenches back, wristlocks, but Scorpio rolls. Uno rolls with him to keep the wristlock, then wrenches again to wrangle Scorpio to the mat. Uno drags Scorpio over, Stu tags in, but Scorpio gets away to his corner. Ethan tags in, Stu dodges him to triangle jump and APRON DDT Scorpio down!
Ethan realizes he’s alone with the Dark Order now! He swings on Stu but Stu counter punches and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Uno, he CHOPS Ethan, then CHOPS him again! Tag to Stu, they coordinate for a springboard elbow drop SIDEWALK SLAM! Ethan scrambles away while fans fire up. Ethan wants a timeout but there’s no such thing in wrestling! Stu aims to APRON SENTON Ethan! Ethan gets in the ring but Scorpio trips Stu up hard! Scorpio tags in then slingshot CUTTERS! Scorpio soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.
Scorpio drags Stu up, whips him to a corner hard, then mocks Sting’s howl before he runs in. STINGER SPLASH! Clearly a message sent to the Icon! Scorpio drags Stu up, tags in Ethan, and they mug Stu. Stu throws body shots on Ethan, but Ethan shoves Stu to then run him over! Ethan knocks Uno down, too, then drags Stu over to tag in Scorpio. Ethan stomps Stu’s legs while Scorpio scrapes his soles on Stu’s face! Stu scrambles to ropes but Scorpio hokes him! The ref counts, Scorpio lets off and gets Stu up to ROCK him with a right! Ethan traps Stu in the corner, Scorpio throws uppercuts!
Scorpio soaks up the heat but Stu kicks and elbows back! Stu throws forearms, Scorpio knees low! Scorpio whips Stu to ropes but Stu sunset flips! Ethan tags in and stomps Stu down! Ethan gets Stu up to whip hard into a corner, but Stu boots him back! Stu hops up, Scorpio anchors his feet and Ethan ROCKS Stu before hitting ICONOCLASM! Ethan drags Stu by an arm, tags Scorpio in, and they mug Stu more. Scorpio paces around Stu, stomps him, then taunts him. Stu goes to the corner but Scorpio throws hands. Scorpio stalks Stu, throws hands, then talks some trash while he chokes Stu in a corner.
AEW returns to single picture while the ref has to keep an angry Uno back. Stu ROCKS Scorpio! And again! Stu CHOPS Scorpio, but Scorpio fireman’s carries! Stu slips off to hit an URENAGE! Both men are down, Scorpio tags Ethan and he drags Stu away. Stu flips back up to his feet, to DOUBLE PELE Ethan & Scorpio! Ethan and Scorpio stagger, Stu fires up with the fans and hot tags Uno! Uno DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES, then rallies with big forearms! Uno whips Ethan but Ethan reverses, only for Uno to RANA?! Scorpio runs but Uno trips him up to stomp the hands! Uno BITES Scorpio’s face! Then hits a SWINGING COMPLETE SHOT!
Ethan runs but Uno blocks the boot, gives it to the ref, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Stu and fans fire up! They each bring up Scorpio and Ethan, Stu puts Scorpio in a corner but Ethan ROUNDHOUSES Uno! Stu KNEES Ethan into Uno’s boots! “GET OVER HERE!” Uno boots Ethan into Stu’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, and Ethan lands on Scorpio! Fans fire up as Stu and Uno coordinate, for the 450 CANNONBALL COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and the Dark Order is shocked! Uno tags in, Stu goes to a corner and climbs as fans say, “This is Awesome!” Scorpio saves Ethan from Fatality and rakes Uno’s eyes! Stu rushes Scorpio but gets tripped up into the KNEEBAR!
Ethan gets Uno, crucifix for the EGO’S EDGE!! Ethan covers Uno, Ethan & Scorpio win!
Winners: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
The Ego and the Face of the Revolution win, and Ethan gets a mic! “Exactly what happened tonight will be happening this Sunday! Whether it’s that heel hook, or the Ego’s Edge, Sting and Darby-” They’re making their way back out! Darby has an army of Sting cosplayers! Darby and the Stingers rush in but Scorpio dumps out all the fake Stings! Wait, that one is the REAL Sting! Darby has Ethan in a sleeper hold, Ethan slips free, and he regroups with Scorpio! Will Sting’s return to a traditional tag match be one to remember?
Eric Bischoff heads to the ring!
The trailblazer in wrestling is going to host the celebration of the Inner Circle! We’ll see what Bischoff has to say after the break.
AEW returns once more, and Bischoff has a mic. “Oh, I love you people! Each and every single one of you! But isn’t time a funny thing, when you think about it? 25 years ago last night, as a matter of fact, I had the opportunity to introduce what would become, eventually, one of the factions that many people would say is the greatest faction of all time. On this very network, TNT! How about that?” But tonight, he has the opportunity to introduce another faction, and a group of badasses, that could very well take that crown. Join Bischoff in welcoming The Inner Circle!
Jericho leads the way for Santana, Ortiz, Sammy and Hager as the fans sing Judas. They join Bischoff in the ring and Jericho says it feels so good to be surrounded by fans again! And listen, it feels good to be here with a guy they called to make amends with. Bischoff, thank you for everything you’ve done for Jericho in his career, from WCW and beyond, and thank you for being here tonight. Bischoff thanks Jericho for having him here, and he couldn’t think of a better way to thank Jericho than to show us the sweet video package they put together. A greatest hits, if you will!
The video plays, and it starts with a montage of when they made their Dynamite debut, took the fight to the Nightmare Family and The Elite, to name a few. Spike to Moxley’s eye, car door to Dustin’s arm, sack of oranges to Orange Cassidy, baseball bat to Vanguard 1, and middle fingers all around. The fight with Mike Tyson, the handshake with Mike Tyson, the Bubbly bath for The Pinnacle, the fans cheer for it all. Santana says, “Wow! We’ve done some pretty cool shit, huh, boys?” But do they remember 10/2/2019? The night that everything changed for all of them? The night they created magic, and then 18 months later, they’re here stronger than ever!
Santana says alongside that entire locker room, they took this company, put it on their backs and carried it through the pandemic! “And here we are, standing with the return of the best fans in wrestling today!” If this is the last night as the Inner Circle, if this truly is their last dance, Santana wouldn’t have it any other way than with his brothers in front of all the fans. Ortiz continues by saying, “Yo, that was beautiful, man.” Hager says it was beautiful. He’s always been a believer in “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” so if this is it, then seeing the good times is not what he wants. He wants those hard times! The times they got beaten, bloodied, left with no choice.
Show Hager those times when each man left a part of their soul behind! Show Hager the hard times that make hard men! Those are the moments they should celebrate! Sammy takes the mic and fans cheer him on. “What else is there to say, man? We’ve been through everything together. Hell, when I came to AEW, I was wearing a freaking panda head.” And now, Sammy is in the greatest faction in ALL of pro-wrestling! Until he wasn’t. That time he quit the Inner Circle, he didn’t have his guys with him, he didn’t like that at all. He will do everything in his power to make sure that never happens again! But if it does and this is the end, then thanks for everything.
Jericho says when he was first asked about putting together a faction of his own, he was very hesitant. He doesn’t play well with others, and then he met these guys. “It just felt right!” The first time he saw a picture of all five, he thought, “Wow, these are some badass looking mother-” Ortiz says, “Shut your mouth, Chris.” Jericho adjusts course and says they were like Guns ‘n’ Roses in 1987! The way they looked, the way they thought, they didn’t care about anyone except each other and cared only about putting on the best performances possible, night after night after night!
And that hasn’t changed! Stadium Stampede 2 will be a war, a battle, and if something goes wrong, if they lose, they are going down in a blaze of glory! If this is the last time they’re together, then Jericho has one thing to say to the Inner Circle: “I love you.” Fans cheer that as the Inner Circle hugs it out. Then, they give one last group middle finger! But MJF is on the titantron and says, “Bravo.” MJF cries fake tears as he says that was a touching moment. The love and passion they have is incredible. But it makes him all the more excited for Sunday. Is Wardlow excited? Wardlow nods. How about you, Dean?
MJF moves aside and reveals they have DEAN MALENKO, beat up and stuck against the goal post! “Listen up, Chris! You and your boys better rush down to the stadium right now, before I make the Iceman over here extra cold!” MJF’s sunk to a new low going after someone not even involved in the Inner Circle! The Inner Circle runs as fast as they can from Daily’s Place to TIAA Field, but the Pinnacle AMBUSHES them! It was all MJF’s trap to get some early shots in before Double or Nothing! It’s a brawl all over the sidelines and bleachers! Spears has a chair to SMACK Sammy with! The “Canadian God” is euphoric as he stands over Sammy!
MJF throws Jericho down, Wardlow is after Hager, and FTR has Santana & Ortiz up on the bleacher level, aiming for tables! MJF, Spears and Wardlow all get their respective Inner Circle nemeses, and Tully coordinates for a QUINTUPLE PILEDRIVER, with FTR taking PNP THROUGH TABLES!! Spears sits in his chair, looming over Spears. MJF shouts “This is why when you are in The Pinnacle, you are always on top!” The Pinnacle puts their hands in, and their logo is on the titantron! Will this be what we see on Sunday? Or has the Pinnacle broken the Inner Circle even before Stadium Stampede 2?
A pretty good episode, especially for a go-home that seemed more a formality than anything, where not much would change this close to the PPV and all that. Having all the fans possible in Daily’s Place was great, though, they were fired up the whole night, made this episode feel big, as it should. Miro of course demolished Dante Martin, but he had a great promo with Jake and Archer, and we got a good though short brawl of them. I said this last week that it is hard to tell who wins at Double or Nothing, but I feel Archer needs this more than Miro since there’s the point of it being a year later from when he lost to Cody. So 51-49 in favor of Archer, but it’ll be a badass match of badass big guys either way.
There was some redundancy with Darby, Sting, Ethan and Scorpio, though. Darby VS Bononi was a good match to get fans going at the start, and naturally Darby wins to get momentum. Darby calling Ethan & Scorpio out, them claiming they won’t beat him and Sting up “for free” and all that was fine, but having Dark Order go after Ethan & Scorpio was a bit copy-paste from last week. Then they gave us the flipside after Ethan & Scorpio won that great main event match with Dark Order, and they pulled the “It’s Sting wearing a Sting mask!” move from Sting’s Impact days, that felt like the proper go-home segment. It doesn’t change that Sting & Darby are more than likely winning, in my opinion, so a lot of it just seemed purely for the live fans.
I didn’t expect the weigh-in segment to be in the first half hour, but fine, they got it out of the way. There was somebody new with The Factory that they didn’t bother introducing here, maybe we meet him properly on the Dark episodes set for this week. Again, a lot of this was just posturing by Cody, the weigh-in affects nothing because it’s a non-title match and there are no weight classes in AEW, it is just their way of putting on another layer of sport in their blend of sports entertainment. Is the weight difference of 218 VS 219 and QT’s piss poor way of making it a big deal supposed to be the “standing tall” part in the math? I mean, we’ve all felt Cody is winning this cuz “LOL Cody Wins” but I guess whatever they need to make it fit their logic…
Hobbs and Christian brawling was a great thing, though. Helps hype up their part of the battle royal, could even turn into a Street Fight for these two on the post PPV Dynamite next Friday or sometime later. Hangman VS Janela was very good, though I’m a little disappointed they had a kayfabe way of not making Janela ditching Kiss on Dark a bigger deal. Hangman thwarting an attack by Team Taz by questioning Cage’s manhood was actually a good move. Their match is going to be great, but as I’ve said, that FTW Championship needs to start being defended. Even if it’s just on Dark or Elevation, someone should be having matches with Cage for that.
The promo from Moxley and Kingston was great, but as I wrote, TNT cut away. This Dynamite was live, so obviously they didn’t take into consideration that this prerecorded promo was pretty long. They still gotta figure that kind of stuff out, honestly. I like that Pac “interrupted” the segment for Cassidy’s response to Omega. Callis’ set-up to Omega’s ambush was confusing. Pac was calling out Kenny, why the hell would Callis talk about himself going out there? Lucha Bros running off Good Brothers was fine, Best Friends seeing Cassidy out there was fine, but Cassidy giving Omega an envelope of shredded paper was great stuff. Cassidy standing tall sadly means Omega retains, but that was also expected.
Jade getting a match tonight was a surprise, but I probably just wasn’t paying attention to AEW social media. Of course Jade wins, but I did like the promo before where Hardy finds out too little too late that Jade’s signed Sterling as her manager. I am already waiting to see a Triple Threat where there are also the managers, Jade w/ Sterling VS Nyla w/ Vickie VS Bunny w/ Hardy and we see which Heel manager can pull off a screwjob better. The celebration of Shida’s anniversary wasn’t as big as I expected, but getting a bigger, better belt was cool. Britt showing up was expected, though, and I guess she’s replacing Austin 3:16 with Britt DMD. I feel this is another 51-49, Britt gets the belt since Shida got this moment here, and then the match-ups are freshened up.
Sammy had another good cue card promo, and The Inner Circle celebration was a little less than I expected, but the promos the members had were all good. All of that made me think they really were going to split-up after Double or Nothing, but then there was The Pinnacle’s trap. In the same way The Inner Circle got the better of The Elite last year going into Stadium Stampede I, Pinnacle standing tall over Inner Circle now has to mean they’re losing. Inner Circle will find a way to overcome The Pinnacle, and similarly to Sammy taking that insane One Winged Angel, I bet MJF or Spears are the guys to take an insane finisher spot to end the match.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/9/22)
Best Friends get Dark!
Before entering the AEW Trios Championship Tournament, Best Friends are in action, in separate matches! Will tonight’s Dark be Freshly Squeezed?
- 8 Man Tag: Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Isaiah Broner, Brayden Lee, James Alexander & Sam Moore; Private Party, Butcher & Blade win.
- Anna “Jay A.S.” w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Megan Meyers; Anna wins.
- Best Friends w/ Danhausen VS Rohit Raju & Ren Jones; Best Friends win.
- Evil Uno & Preston Vance VS Peter Avalon & JD Drake; Uno & Vance win.
- Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro; Shafir & Nyla win.
- Kris Statlander VS Sierra; Statlander wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss, Zack Clayton & Xavier Walker; The Trustbusters win.
- Six Woman Tag: Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb, Leva Bates & Emi Sakura; Soho, Athena & Shida win.
- Orange Cassidy VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Cassidy wins.
So it seems Ari Daivari, Parker Boudreaux & Slim J are a trio now under The Trustbusters name. Good to see Sonny Kiss back in action but Kiss, Clayton & Walker aren’t winning that one. And I’m still wondering if The Wingmen are really a thing with JD Drake also spending time with Anthony Henry as the Workhorsemen. For that matter, why wasn’t it Best Friends VS The Wingmen in a 3v3? Or are they going to use that as an easy win in the opening round of the AEW Trios Championship Tournament?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/8/22)
Columbus gets Elevated!
Elevation has CERO MIEDO!
Before AEW Dynamite: Quake by the Lake and their Tornado Tag match, the Lucha Brothers tune up against The Wingmen in a standard 2v2!
- Ruby Soho & Skye Blue VS Megan Myers & Nikki Victory; Soho & Blue win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ Ari Daivari VS Casey Carrington; Boudreaux wins.
- Athena VS Queen Aminata; Athena wins.
- Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Freya States & Alice Crowley; Kiera & Leila win.
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds VS T.U.G Cooper & Lord Crewe; Silver & Reynolds win.
- The Lucha Bros w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Wingmen; The Lucha Bros win.
One thing to note is that Parker Boudreaux has Ari Daivari in his corner. I wonder if the Trust Busters is becoming a trio, Parker joining Daivari and Slim J. Then in Kiera and Leila teaming up, this is the one time where “Can they coexist?” should be a thing since The Baddies still haven’t fully accepted Leila. And of course, the Lucha Brothers will beat The Wingmen to get momentum going into their Lucha Rules Tornado Tag with Rush & Andrade.
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