It’s a big fight Friday Night Dynamite!
AEW goes MMA as Jake Hager and Wardlow step inside the steel! Tap-out? Knockout? Time limit draw? Who scores the first win in this summer of violence?
- MMA Rules Cage Fight: Jake Hager VS Wardlow; Hager wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Darby Allin; Ethan & Scorpio win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen; Cassidy wins.
- Cody Rhodes & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall & Aaron Solow w/ Nick Comoroto; Cody & Brock win.
- Julia Hart w/ Varsity Blonds VS Penelope Ford; Ford wins.
- Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, Frankie Kazarian & Penta El Zero M VS Matt Jackson & The Good Brothers; Matt & The Good Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
MMA Rules Cage Fight: Jake Hager w/ Chris Jericho VS Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears!
It’s TIIIIIIIIIME! The Inner Circle’s #RockHard and the Pinnacle’s War Dog are going to compete like it’s Bellator! Hager is undefeated in MMA fights, but will Mr. Mayhem prove he’s AEW’s Mr. Steel Cage?
The AEW crew checks both men and they’re clean and ready. Wardlow isn’t even facing Hager as the explanation of the rules are given. This will be a maximum of three five-minute rounds. There are no judges, no ropebreaks and no pinfalls, so the only ways to win are submission, knockout, or referee stoppage, aka technical knockout. Aubrey Edwards steps up as referee for this match and the introductions are made. Now Wardlow faces Hager, Aubrey tells them to keep this clean and touch gloves if they want. They don’t, and get set as the fans fire up. The bell rings and we have round one!
Hager and Wardlow circle, approach and feel things out. Hager stays out of Wardlow’s reach but then tries his own jabs. Wardlow shows kick but Hager is ready. Hager tries a combo, Wardlow deflects and avoids them all. They keep circling, the tension is building, but neither man has landed something. Fans fire up more and Hager tries to shoot in! Hager goes for a leg, Wardlow blocks and they end up on steel. The ref tells them to let off and Wardlow backs off. Fans cheer the stand off as the two try again. Hager puts up his dukes, and JABS right through Wardlow’s guard! Hager walks off, too, so Wardlow can’t get at him. Wardlow and Hager both grin and they circle again.
Hager gets through to body shot but Wardlow stays up. Hager kicks a leg and Wardlow shakes it off. They keep circling, Hager gets another kick then shoots in to put Wardlow against steel! Wardlow TOSSES Hager away and then flexes on him! Hager shrugs that off and they go again. Hager takes Wardlow down but lets off, just to taunt him! Wardlow gets up and snarls as they circle again. Wardlow throws hands but Hager gets another takedown! He stays on Wardlow this time with hammer fists but Wardlow kicks him away! Wardlow gets up in a huff but he still circles with Hager. Hager uses another kick just to keep Wardlow on his toes.
Hager kicks again but Wardlow blocks it! Wardlow DECKS Hager! And then rushes him at the steel for fast hands! Wardlow gets Hager up for a SPINEBUSTER! Wardlow tries ground ‘n’ pound but Hager gets away and to his feet! We’re under a minute but Hager doesn’t sweat it. Hager and Wardlow reset, Wardlow blocks as Hager throws hands! Wardlow tries to hit back but Hager keeps the offense! Wardlow gets a shot in and has Hager staggering! Wardlow shoves, uses the steel, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Hager staggers up and Wardlow chases him! We’re at 20 seconds as Wardlow keeps Hager off balance! Ten seconds, Hager guards but Wardlow isn’t letting up! Time’s up on round one!
Round 1 over
Hager survives and may have underestimated Wardlow. Cornermen Spears and Jericho get in to help out, but it’s mostly Hager who needs to refresher. Spears keeps Wardlow fired up and we’re on to round two!
Hager tells Aubrey he’s fine, but Wardlow runs in! Hager dodges, Wardlow only hits steel, but Hager is still wary of his right side. Wardlow kicks, Hager dodges and waistlocks. Wardlow wrenches to a wristlock takedown! Wardlow wants a mount but Hager gets to the steel. Wardlow throws hands in the gaps and fans boo but Hager can only guard! Aubrey watches closely as Wardlow wants an arm! Hager blocks the armbar, the grip breaks a moment but Hager uses his wrestling background to get around! Hager throws elbows into Wardlow’s ribs! Hager sits up to hammer, and now Hager wants the armbar!
Wardlow grasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Hager gets his legs locked but Wardlow powers up! Wardlow deadlifts and SLAMS Hager! Wardlow hammers free, tries more ground ‘n’ pound but Hager fights to get an ANKLE LOCK! Wardlow endures as he can’t get a ropebreak to stop this! Wardlow rolls, BOOTS Hager, and gets to his feet, into a BOOT from Hager! Hager runs but the boot is blocked! Wardlow gets Hager up for a POWERBOMB into steel! Wardlow HURICANRANAS?! And SPEARS! Hager turns it into a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE!! Wardlow is caught in the katagatami, grabs steel but that won’t do anything!
Wardlow fights his way up to stand on his feet, and he slips through to fireman’s carry! Hager elbows free, gets Wardlow up, URENAGE into the KATAGATAMI!! Wardlow is caught this time, with no steel to use as leverage! We’re under a minute, but Wardlow flips Hager off before he passes out!! Hager wins!!
Winner: Jake Hager, by referee stoppage
STILL undefeated in MMA battles, Hager has tied the overall series up! But if Wardlow won as a wrestler and Hager won as a fighter, what will it take to settle this?
Hager and Wardlow stand off, and it seems as if the two titans have gained each other’s respect. But Spears shows no respect as he CLOBBERS Hager from behind! Jericho goes after Spears, so Wardlow goes after Jericho! The Pinnacle mugs Jericho 2v1 but he fights them off! Jericho throws hands on Wardlow but Spears gets back up, only for Hager to get him with knees! MJF runs in and tips the scales back towards the Pinnacle as he DECKS Jericho! MJF wants the bad elbow, SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA! Jericho taps but that doesn’t matter because this is just a scrap! Wait, DAN MALENKO gets in! MJF wants to hit Malenko but he’s an AEW official and is untouchable.
But MJF STILL Decks him!? MJF shows no respect for a legend or a man dealing with health issues! But here comes Sammy Guevara!! The Spanish God leaps up the cage to DECK Spears and run off MJF! MJF retreats like the chicken he is, but Wardlow is also his bodyguard! Will Sammy tear down the Pinnacle all by himself if he has to?
AEW hears from Frankie Kazarian, Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M!
The Heavy Metal Rebel tells Matt Jackson & the Good Brothers, “It’s more like the Righteous and the Wicked, is it not? Matt, my oh so devout friend, it’s Romans 12:19 that tells us, ‘Do not seek revenge but to leave room for the wrath of God. It is mine to avenge, I will repay, says the Lord.” But Kaz doesn’t always agree with the Lord because tonight, vengeance is all his! And as for Gallows & Anderson, they don’t have to worry about that because they’re not righteous men but miscreants! They lack moral fiber, but that’s fine because Kaz isn’t righteous, either. Kaz is a man hungry for revenge and thirsty for retribution. Kaz is a man done being decent in these indecent times. Kaz is a man who will leave them all laying in a puddle of their own despair.
Kingston steps up to say, “Boys! Pray to your God and hopes he takes your soul. Because your asses are ours!” And Penta adds, “Because you know what? Cero… Miedo…!” Will these #EliteHunters catch their prey and make them pay?
Team Taz speaks.
Taz himself says it is pretty well documented that there are issues amongst the group. He wanted to air it out here and is telling Ricky Starks that he loves him, and knows he is a vital part to what they have going on, but this thing with him and Brian Cage needs to end and needs to end soon. Starks wants to say something but Will Hobbs has him stop right there. Cut the crap, Starks. They left Hobbs hanging but they’re supposed to be a team. Where’s the team unity, Taz? Taz agrees with Hobbs, he was left in a 2v1 situation. That’s why what happened happened.
And speaking of which, Taz tells Hangman Page, for next week’s special Saturday Night Dynamite, Hangman won’t have it so easy with Preston Vance helping him get a 2v1 win. How about a 1v1 win with Hobbs? Hangman’s a top guy in this company, but so is Hobbs! The challenge has been issued, but will Hangman be able to overcome it?
2v1 Handicap Match: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Darby Allin!
The Men of the Year, as they call themselves, wanted the Relentless One to find someone not named Sting to help him. Instead, even they were surprised that Darby wants to do this alone! Will that mean Darby alone takes the loss on this one? Or will he rub their egos in their faces?
Darby is truly going this alone against Ethan & Scorpio as Sting is honoring Darby’s request he stay home. Darby throws his jacket at Ethan, so Scorpio snatches it to stomp it and kick it out of the ring. Ethan starts against Darby and starts with trash talk. Darby SLAPS Ethan, but Ethan dares him to do that again. Darby dodges Ethan’s haymaker, throws him around with arm-drags, and springboards for a FLYING arm-drag! Ethan backs off in a hurry and snakes through ropes to tag Scorpio. Scorpio runs into Darby’s drop toehold! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Darby whips, Scorpio reverses and Ethan gets a cheap shot in!
Darby DECKS Ethan, runs at Scorpio, but Ethan follows to catch the springboard trust fall! Ethan holds Darby up for Scorpio to DECK now! Fans boo but the Men of the Year double whip, only for Darby to crisscross them into each other! Springboard, DOUBLE TRUST FALL! Cover, TWO! Darby wraps on a headlock and fans rally behind him but Scorpio pulls hair. Tag to Ethan, they whip Darby and Ethan CLOBBERS Darby with the shoulder tackle! Ethan snarls then soaks up the heat with a cocky grin while Darby is down. Ethan drags Darby up, gorilla presses, but Darby slips off to a SLEEPER HOLD! Darby becomes a backpack but Ethan stays up to RAM him into buckles!
Darby latches back on! Darby squeezes tight but again Ethan RAMS him into buckles! Ethan ROCKS Darby then TOSSES him into the opposite corner! Ethan cools off while Darby flounders. Darby kicks from below but Ethan stomps him down! Ethan drags Darby and tags Scorpio as AEW goes picture in picture.
Scorpio scrapes soles on Darby’s face, then paces around him. Scorpio puts Darby in a corner for haymakers and stomps, but lets off as the ref counts. Scorpio drags Darby up but Darby hits back with big forearms! Darby backs Scorpio down but Scorpio ROCKS him with a haymaker! Tag to Ethan, the Men of the Year mug Darby, and then Ethan drags Darby back up for another hard body shot. Ethan throws more body shots, Darby throws them back, but Ethan KNEES low! Ethan gets Darby back up, reel shim in, and Canadian racks, only for Darby to sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! Ethan gets back up to BOOT Darby down!
Ethan sneers while Scorpio smiles and they tag again. Scorpio gets Darby up, knuckle locks the right hand and dares Darby to do something. Darby throws SLAPS but Scorpio just BOOTS him back down! Scorpio digs his boots in at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Ethan is in a better mood now as Scorpio tags him back in. They mug Darby with stomps, and Ethan clamps onto the arm to scoop Darby for a BACKBREAKER! AEW returns to single picture as Ethan tags Scorpio back in. Scorpio drags Darby back up and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER of his own! Tag back to Ethan, he drags Darby back up and scoops again for a PENDULUM BACKBREAKER!
Fans boo as these two keep toying with Darby. Tag back to Scorpio and he drags Darby back up. Scorpio says he’ll end this, and carries Darby around for another BACKBREAKER! Scorpio blows a kiss to the fans, then tags Ethan back in. Ethan drags Darby up but Darby cradles! TWO!!! Darby almost had Ethan and Ethan KNEES Darby low! Ethan mockingly has Darby hold out a hand to tag no one, and then scoops Darby again, only for Darby to slip through! SCORPIO DEATH DROP!! Sting isn’t here physically but he’s here in spirit! Fans are thunderous for Darby as both he and Ethan slowly rise. Ethan crawls over, Darby goes to his corner, hot tag to Scorpio!
Scorpio takes his time, though, as Darby has no one. Darby “tags” himself, and then goes up and over Scorpio to BLAST Ethan! Darby BOOTS Scorpio, jumps up and over and SHOTGUNS! Then CODE RED! Cover, but Ethan breaks it! Ethan SLAMS Darby right down, argues with the ref, and then Scorpio argues with the ref. But Darby has a zip tie?! And he ties up Ethan’s feet! Darby throws Ethan out, gets around Scorpio to schoolboy, TWO!! La Magistrol, TWO!! Ethan fiddles with the zip tie as Darby hits the THROWBACK STUNNER!! Darby hurries up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Ethan YANKS Darby out of the ring! Darby should’ve remembered Ethan’s arms were still free!
Ethan gets a toolbox, finds wire cutters, and uses those to cut the zip tie off. Ethan storms over to Darby, drags him back up, and then POSTS him! Fans boo as Ethan drags Darby back up and into the ring. Fans rally as hard as they can for Darby but Scorpio tags Ethan back in. Ethan looms over Darby now, drags him back up and puts him in a corner. Ethan hoists Darby up top, climbs up to join him, but Darby resists the superplex! Darby grabs an arm to BITE the hand! Darby HEADBUTTS Ethan down, adjusts position, but Scorpio trips him up! Ethan gets Darby off the corner for the EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, the Men of the Year win!
Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by pinfall
It sadly seemed inevitable, as Darby fought them both alone! Will this only boost the egos of these two narcissists?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen!
The fashion sense of Freshly Squeezed doesn’t seem to sit well with “Pretty” Peter Avalon, “Hollywood Hunk” Ryan Nemeth, “Blue Collar Badass” JD Drake, and least of all, the “Beautiful Brazilian Beefcake.” But will Cassidy use one match to show all four Wingmen that you look your best when you’re being yourself?
The bell rings and Cassidy stands toe to toe with Bononi. Bononi keeps Cassidy from putting hands in his pockets by grabbing him by the denim jacket! Bononi TOSSES Cassidy into a corner and hits him with a back elbow! Bononi throws body shots, CLUBS Cassidy down, then pulls the jacket off to toss it away! Fans boo as Bononi puts Cassidy back in the corner. Bononi actually puts Cassidy’s hands in his pockets for him just to mock him! Bononi scoops Cassidy to HOSS TOSS Cassidy across the ring! Fans boo more as Bononi mockingly puts his hands in his waistband. And wait! The Wingmen are giving Cassidy a makeover without his consent! Hair gel and spray tan?!
Nemeth gets Cassidy back into the ring for Bononi and says they can get his back later. Cassidy gets away from Bononi to run, but into Bononi’s arms! Bononi tosses them BOOTS Cassidy down! Bononi kicks Cassidy back out and now Avalon starts styling Cassidy’s hair. Nemeth puts his Hollywood Hunk tux onto Cassidy! They put Cassidy back in again and the ref reprimands the Wingmen for doing this stuff! Bononi throws body shots, whips Cassidy corner to corner, but Cassidy goes up and out and slingshots back in to go for Bononi’s leg! Bononi stays up, Cassidy shifts to a waistlock and shoves Bononi. Bononi rebounds and Cassidy dumps him out!
The Wingmen regroup and smooth out Bononi’s hair, but Cassidy PLANCHAS onto them all! That’s too many to take down and they throw Cassidy back in! The Best Friends get in, wipe the tanner off and get the Hollywood Hunk tux off. Cassidy gets his sunglasses back, Trent and Chuck give Cassidy a boost while Kris Statlander distracts the ref! BOOSTED TOPE CONJILO!! The sunglasses go flying as the Wingmen go tumbling! Bononi staggers up first but Cassidy puts him back in the ring. Fans are fire up as Cassidy climbs up the corner, for a FLYING- NO! Bononi blocks the DDT to suplex, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a tilt-o-whirl DDT!
Nemeth is furious but Chuck slides up to him for a thumbs up. Why? Because here comes some ORANGE PUNCH! JD gets in but Statlander boops him! ORANGE PUNCH! Bononi is back up, he pump handles Cassidy but Cassidy slips out! Shove and ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
See? Being yourself makes you a winner! Cassidy whooped the Wingmen and Pretty Peter is an ugly crier. Will Cassidy and his Best Friends hug, cuz you GOT to give the people what they want! Will Cassidy, Best Friends and all of us get what we want when these four go for gold?
Alex Marvez interviews Jungle Boy.
The AEW World Championship showdown between JB and Kenny Omega is just one week away. But here comes a golf cart honking in. “Champion coming through!” Omega, with Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis, interrupt the interview. Is JB confused or star struck? The Champion isn’t wearing a nice suit, a nice ring or even the belt, and JB must be wondering why. Here’s why. Last week, JB butt in to Omega’s business and embarrassed him. Omega says this week, in front of cameras and the fans, Omega will give JB how tough he really is! JB can’t really have been in a Street Fight, given those pretty looks of his. Has he even really taken a punch?
Omega says this is the ultimate opportunity. It’s a picnic for two, and in the basket is a pair of knuckle sandwiches. Omega wants to see what Jungle Jack has! Callis eggs JB on and JB can’t believe Omega wants to fight now. JB would rather wait until next week to beat him for the title. Oh, is that so? Well Omega will sweeten the deal then. First one’s free, Jack! But here’s a warning: as soon as you take the shot, Omega’s all over him! JB still can’t believe Omega’s serious, but Omega says he’s gonna be “all up in that ass!” JB puts his backpack down and takes off his jacket. Omega says this is a limited time offer! Yeah, put your hair up. LAPTOP SHOT from Nakazawa!!
Omega throws JB into barrels and throws hands, but JB throws hands back! Nakazawa pushes JB away, and helps Omega get back to the cart! Omega doesn’t let Nakazawa get in!? Omega makes Nakazawa the sacrificial lamb! JB DECKS Nakazawa while Callis drives Omega to safety! Omega says he’ll get JB next week! JB has no choice but to wait until Saturday, June 26th! Will he make Omega pay for treating him like a kid on the playground?
Alex Marvez interview the Hardy Family Office.
Marvez asks Big Money Matt about his history with Christian Cage, and how the issues have escalated after Double or Nothing. Hardy asks Marvez if he knows what happens when you break a contract. “You face repercussions.” Hardy had a handshake with Christian in that Casino Battle Royal, and then Christian broke the contract. Now Christian is facing the repercussions! Week after week, Hardy has dropped Christian on his ass! That continues if Christian keeps going this way. Christian was retired from injuries for seven years, and made this miraculous comeback, a very happy ending. But if Christian keeps going for-
Whoa, here comes Christian! The Blade and Private Party put him behind the steel fencing of the storage area! Bunny Allie laughs as the boys chant, “Lock Him Up!” Hardy tells Christian that he has a way out: RETIRE! Hardy will give Christian the first check in his retirement fund. Christian tells Hardy to open the cage, but Hardy says no. Maybe this alone time will give Christian perspective. If Christian comes after Hardy again, Hardy vows to end his career permanently. Will Captain Charisma heed that warning? Or will he take Hardy for everything he has?
Cody Rhodes & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall & Aaron Solow w/ Nick Comoroto!
The son of the American Dream helps bring the son of the Enforcer into the ring! But will the Factory’s leader and #ExtraTalented lieutenant ruin the second generation wrestler’s debut?
The teams sort out, Brock starts with Solow. They circle, QT distracts Brock but Brock dodges. Cody backs Brock up and Solow stands down. Cody lets Brock handle this as he circles with Solow and ties up. Solow wrenches, slaps Brock around, but Brock wrenches back to throw Solow down! Solow gets up but Brock wrenches his arm again. Solow pulls Brock’s hair but Brock wrenches through! Solow tries again and throws Brock down this time! But Brock kips up to WRING Solow out and STOMP the arm! Solow scrambles away and QT tags in. Fans boo as QT swaggers in and tells Brock that he should tag out to Cody.
Cody reaches out, Brock ROCKS QT first! Brock wrenches QT’s arm then tags Cody! Cody climbs but QT runs away to tag to Solow. Solow swings on Cody but Cody kicks him low and drops for the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody gets right up and DIVES onto QT on the outside! QT hits barriers, Cody gets back in and goes up and over Solow. Solow fakes out the spinning powerslam and DOUBLE STOMPS Cody down! Solow kicks Cody to the corner, tags QT in and the Factory mugs Cody. QT puts Cody in another corner for a haymaker, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Solow, the Factory mug Cody more, and Solow ROCKS Cody. Tag to QT, QT whips Solow in but Cody puts him out!
Cody BOOTS QT, DECKS Solow, but swings into a back suplex! Cody lands on feet, hot tag to Brock! Brock dodges QT, DECKS Solow then dodges QT to fire off shoulder after shoulder after shoulder! The ref has Brock let off, and Brock gets QT up for a standing BACK DROP! Solow runs in but into a GUT WRENCH SLAM! Brock gets up but into QT’s SPINEBUSTER! QT sends a message to Papa Arn as he covers, TWO!! Brock isn’t beat so easily and AEW goes picture in picture!
QT sits Brock up to club him with crossface forearms. QT puts Brock on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, QT lets off but Solow gets a cheap shot in! QT soaks up the heat, brings Brock under the ropes and waits for the ref to count 4 before the ROPE GUILLOTINE! Brock gasps and sputters, QT stomps his hands. QT puts Brock in the corner, tags Solow, then they mug Brock. Solow stands Brock up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Solow grows frustrated and he JAMS his knee into Brock’s back! Solow bumps Brock off buckles, tags QT in, and the Factory mugs Brock more. QT brings Brock out but Brock JAWBREAKERS free!
Brock flounders back up, QT keeps him from Cody and DECKS him with a forearm! Brock gets to ropes but QT brings him around to whip and back elbow! Cover, TWO! QT keeps on Brock with a neck wrench! Cody rallies the fans and they rally for Brock as he endures. Brock fights up, but QT throws him down by his hair! Arn coaches his son but QT ROCKS Brock with a right! Brock staggers to a corner, QT throws more hands, then stomps. QT brings Brock up in a double underhook for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! QT argues the count but he drags Brock back up. QT CHOPS Brock as AEW returns to single picture.
QT whips Brock corner to corner but Brock dodges! QT hits only buckles, Solow rushes in to keep Brock from Cody, but Brock throws Solow out! Solow goes after Cody, Cody kicks him away, but Solow distracts the ref! Brock makes the tag but it gets missed! Fans boo as QT gets Brock up. Solow joins in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Brock survives and shocks QT! Fans rally for Brock again as QT stands him up. QT dragon sleepers and stares Cody down, but Brock counters Cross Rhodes into a DDT!! Both men are down, crawling for their corners… Hot tags to Solow and Cody!
Cody rallies on Solow with fast hands and clotheslines! Cody scoops Solow for a POWERSLAM! And he hip tosses QT in to TOSS him across the way! Cody runs, goes up and FLYING HEADSCISSORS QT, before he clotheslines QT out! Cody gets Solow’s legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Solow gets the ropebreak, Cody lets off at 4, and Cody gets up to fireman’s carry Solow to the top rope. Cody ROCKS Solow with a right, climbs up to join him, but QT goes after Cody! Cody turns that into a DESTROYER! Solow hops down to roll Cody up! With tights!! TWO!! Cody swings, Solow dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK!! Cover, Brock breaks it!
Brock goes back to the corner, QT runs in but Cody tosses him! Hot tag to Brock and he rallies on Solow! Cody and Brock work together, whip for the TRIANGLE JUMP CROSSBODY! But Solow kicks Brock low, hooks up the arms, but Brock counters with a jackknife cover! Cody and Brock win!!
Winners: Brock Anderson & Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Arn celebrates with his son in the ring! Is this the beginning of another legend? Will the Factory only come back with a more ferocious game plan?
AEW hears from Lance Archer & Jake the Snake.
The Snake says, “When you’re this far away in wrestling, you might as well be 10 thousand miles away.” They had to fight their way back to where all the forbidden doors had been kicked open, and where all the great prizes lied. Jake has had to reconnect with Archer because to tell the truth, Archer has no patients. Sometimes, you have to lie in wait like a tiger. Then you can pounce. Archer doesn’t like doing that. Jake has no choice now. What is he to do? Bitch slap Archer and tell him to stop? Archer shouts and it even startles Jake, and it’s time to go. Will the Murderhawk Monster tear into everyone in his path when he returns to Dynamite?
Jim Ross has a sit-down interview with Andrade El Idolo.
“Andrade the Idol,” or simply El Idolo, is a true superstar. You can’t go anywhere in the world without finding someone who knows this man. But then the question is, why AEW and why now? For many reasons. Here, there are many talents, many stars, but Andrade is a superstar. The world of pro-wrestling knows that AEW has two of the greatest titles in the world, and they’re still brand new: the AEW World Championship and AEW TNT Championship. These are hot commodities worth lots of money. And JR doesn’t want to sound old or stupid, but those have to be on Andrade’s radar.
Andrade says that this is his next goal: “I want- No, I deserve opportunities for the TNT title and the AEW World title. It’s my next step.” JR says it was an amazing surprise, as Dynamite usually has, that Andrade was presented by Vickie Guerrero, someone who JR has known for a long time. Why did he have Vickie introduce him? “Many things. She understands the business, she is very smart. I’m a third generation wrestler. She came up with Eddie Guerrero. She knows his family, which is full of even more wrestlers. The same holds true for my family. This is why we have a great connection.” But, just wait, because Vickie and Andrade have another surprise. What is this that El Idolo is hinting towards?
Alex Marvez interviews Hangman Page and the Dark Order.
Marvez of course asks Hangman about Taz’s challenge to face Hobbs 1v1. What is his answer? Well, Hobbs almost beat Number 10 and Hangman by himself, so the answer is yes, Hangman accepts! But right now, Hangman has his good friends and ice cold beer, that’s all he cares about right now. Something else to know for Saturday Night Dynamite is that it will be Kenny Omega VS Jungle Boy for THE AEW World Championship. As the current #2 ranked contender, this really affects him, too. Well yes, but while Hangman is still in a good mood, he wants to bring up John Silver is almost healed! He’ll be back in action really soon!
And also, Vance wont he main event on last week’s Dynamite! Alan Angels has a new jacket and it looks alright. Evil Uno… Oh, well, he lost against Miro in a match for the TNT Championship, but gave the performance of a lifetime! And Uno is a champion to them. So on behalf of the Dark Order, here’s to Evil Uno! Vance and Reynolds get Uno up on their shoulders and everyone cheers! “Uno! Uno! Uno!” Will it only be a matter of time before everyone in the group has something to celebrate?
Julia Hart w/ Varsity Blonds VS Penelope Ford!
The two-time national cheerleading champion has been gaining experience and momentum standing alongside the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ. But the Superbad Girl is back! She may not have her Superbad Husband with her, but can she win this one for Kip?
The bell rings and Ford circles with Julia as fans cheer Julia on. They tie up, Ford wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Julia rolls and wrenches through. Julia has the wristlock, Ford wrenches to reel Julia in for a headlock and a takeover. Julia moves around, keeps her shoulder sup, but Ford blows a kiss for Kip. Julia headscissors and holds tight as Ford moves around! Ford gets up and kips free, then headlocks Julia again. Julia powers out, Ford runs her over, and then Ford talks some trash. But Julia kips up to dropkick Ford down! Julia runs and crossbodies! Ford scrambles away to the outside and fans fire up for Julia!
Julia goes after Ford but Ford trips her up! Ford spins Julia to ROCK her with a forearm! Then Ford goes up and out to DOUBLE KNEE DROP on the apron! Ford tosses her hair at the wrestlers watching ringside as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford takes her time returning, but Julia kicks low! Ford throws forearms, snapmares Julia down and KICKS her in the back! Ford paces around Julia, drags her up, and whips her to a corner hard. Ford handsprings corner to corner to back elbow! Ford then goes side to side to BOOT Julia, and waistlock for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ford covers, TWO! Julia survives and Ford is a bit shocked. Ford argues the count while sneaking a choke in on Julia using her knee! The ref notices and counts, Ford lets off at 4. Ford “apologizes,” claiming she had no idea. Ford kicks Julia around, looms over her, and then rains down right hands! The Varsity Blonds coach Julia but Ford keeps on her as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Ford trades forearms with Julia! Fans fire up as Julia ducks and CLOBBERS Ford! Julia starts to rally with those clotheslines, then kicks low to whip Ford to a corner. Julia uses her own handspring, but Ford dodges the clothesline to back elbow Julia down! Ford rolls, comes back with her own front handspring, but Julia goes up and over to sunset flip! ONE, Ford steadies herself and CLOBBERS Julia! Fans boo but Ford just smirks as she drags Julia back up. Ford reels Julia in, Julia wrenches out and KICKS her in the chest! And again! And again! Ford blocks the kick to SLAP Julia! Ford fireman’s carries, and hits a GUT BUSTER DROP!
Ford grins as she drags Julia to a drop zone. Ford climbs up, smiles again as everyone rallies for Julia, and MOONSAULTS but flops! Fans cheer as Julia gets up and builds speed, does the splits but Ford avoids the leg drop! Ford gets the legs and ties them up, for a SUPERBAD MUDA LOCK! Julia endures, reaches, but can’t get any ground! Julia taps, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by submission
Ford makes Julia suffer in the hold, and even has her pass out! The Varsity Blonds get Ford to stop, but Ford just grins as she gets space. But then MIRO comes out!? The Best Man asks Ford about Kip Sabian’s whereabouts. We all know Kip is injured, because of what Miro did to him, but he knows Kip can’t be far. Plus, she’s a little outnumbered so he’s evening the odds. The UNDEFEATED TNT Champion, “God’s Favorite,” is here. Don’t the Varsity Blonds know what Ford’s been through? Her wedding was ruined, her husband got injured. What kind of man would Miro be if he let this slide? And then Miro CLOBBERS Griff Garrison!
Referees rush out as Miro tosses Griff out, but BPJ SPRINGBOARD FOREARMS! BPJ fires off on Miro but Miro goes after BPJ! The refs try to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Ford ignores Miro’s crazy talk and takes her leave while Miro and BPJ brawl more! Will this madness turn into a match down the line?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker and Rebel.
One of Schiavone’s favorite parts of Dynamite is talking with his good friend, the AEW Women’s World Champion, The Dentist. But then Vickie Guerrero comes literally sniffing around, and says all she smells is rotten onions and stale sauce. But whatever. Vickie tells Britt that the only thing she’s proven since winning that title is that Britt’s happy place is eating burgers. That’s fine and all but Vickie is not happy! Vickie wants that title around the waist of her client, Nyla Rose. Oh? If they want this belt, then let’s just give it over cuz Vickie wants it~! No, Vickie is willing to have a match made.
Uh, Vickie, they ain’t playing games, and sure as hell ain’t playing Old Maid. Vickie, go on now, they’re in the middle of an interview. “Excuse me, sweetheart, may I remind you that I am the one that brought in Andrade El Idolo to AEW?” So? And Tony Khan owes her a favor for that. And so by his approval, Vickie has made this match: Britt and Rebel VS Nyla and Vickie! See you later, sweetie! The Dentist and her assistant laugh at the idea of Nyla and Vickie taking them on in a match. Britt cuts the interview short here, that was good enough. But it is happening! Dynamite’s return to Wednesdays will see Britt and Rebel take on the Vicious Vixens on June 30th! Will Britt and Rebel be laughing then when they have to take on the top ranked contender?
MORE matches for Dynamite on June 30th!
Also on the return to Wednesday, it will be Miro VS Brian Pillman Jr. for the TNT Championship! Will Bulletproof BPJ be the first and biggest loss on the Best Man’s AEW record? Plus, after the confrontation after tonight’s MMA Rules Cage Fight, MJF and Sammy Guevara will go 1v1 for the first time ever! Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman pay for what he did to Malenko soon enough?
Plus, Saturday Dynamite WILL have Hangman VS Hobbs! Will the Anxious Millennial Cowboy use the Powerhouse as a major step towards becoming #1 contender?
AEW takes a look at the growing feud of FTR VS Santana & Ortiz!
Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are “two hardnosed Carolina boys.” Proud ‘n’ Powerful are “two kids from New York City with the balls to chase their dreams.” All four men have had to sweat and bleed for everything they’ve ever gotten in life. Struggled, scratched, clawed, and now they are two of, if not the two best, tag teams in the world. But while there are so many differences, there are so many similarities. FTR may think they’re like PNP, but Carolina ain’t New York. But PNP aren’t the only ones to come “from the wrong side of the tracks.” Did Santana & Ortiz ever have to live without running water? Cash doubts it. Live out of their cars? Doubt it. Live in a house with plastic walls? Doubt it.
Santana says he witnessed his mom be abused in every shape and form. That caused him to turn to the streets. Robbing, stealing, gangs, shootouts. Santana wasn’t even sure he was going to see the age of 25, real talk. And when they made their debuts, that was all the validation they needed this was all worth it. But Dax & Cash say that they spend cash on fancy denim or thousand dollar suits because they earned that. PNP climbed out of where they started, too, but somewhere along the way, they lost their edge. FTR had accomplished more in six months than PNP did in two years. What does that say about their drive?
Ortiz says the titles ain’t going nowhere. Let other people fight for those. PNP has been carrying AEW so that “boys like you could have options.” FTR says that when they look in the eyes of PNP, they see shame, embarrassment. Santana bets they would never step to his face and tell him that. You must be out your mind! FTR says they have had the best rookie year, and when they beat PNP, that’s just another notch on their legacy. Win or lose, PNP says FTR will remember them. FTR says they will beat PNP until they say, “Thank you, sirs.” Then, you’ll be FTR fans for life. Who backs up all their talk when these two finally have it out in the middle of the ring?
AEW hears from Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill.
As “Smart Mark” knew, the Monetization Plan is going great! They are here and thrilled to announce their partnership with a hotel line. A luxury hotel, at that! The Toronto Four Seasons has joined the Jade Cargill brand. It can be where her opponents stay after she knocks them out. And they’re accepting all brands- No, not all. Only the elite. Jade is a walking billboard, so companies should be elated to be working with her. And of course they are! Mark even has a great discount code you can use! Go ahead and tell ’em, Jade! #ThatBitch! YES! Rolls right off the tongue.
But of course, the focus is on pro-wrestling. Jade is still undefeated, and you can catch her on all programming, from Dynamite, Dark: Elevation, and Rampage when it debuts on August 13th! She’ll continue her win streak, because she’s #ThatBitch! Will Jade be swimming in money from now until the end of time?
Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, Frankie Kazarian & Penta El Zero M VS Matt Jackson & The Good Brothers!
The Mad King, the Heavy Metal Rebel and the Man with No Fear make quite the eclectic trio, but they have a common enemy in the Elite! Will they get vengeance for Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix, PAC and SoCal Uncensored all in one match? Or will it only take Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and one Buck to take on this makeshift trio?
Callis joins commentary and tells the others to stop burying his guys. The trios sort out, Kaz rushes Anderson! He fires off hands on Machine Gun and has him against ropes. Anderson gets away to a corner but Kaz is right after him! Kaz whips Anderson to ropes but Anderson blocks the hip toss. Anderson swings on Kaz but Kaz ducks it to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Kaz comes back to back kick, front kick and LARIAT Anderson down! Fans fire up as Kaz stares Matt down. Kaz drags Anderson up and bumps him off the boots of Kingston and Penta! Tag to Penta and he swaggers up to KICK Anderson’s leg! But Anderson rakes Penta’s eyes!
Tag to Matt and he stomps Penta down! Matt and Anderson double whip but Penta KICKS Matt then SUPERKICKS Anderson! Penta SLINGBLADES Matt, then SLINGBLADES Anderson right back down! Fans fire up with Joker Penta as he gets Matt up and KICKS him! Tag to Kingston, they double whip Mat and drop toehold for the Camel Clutch and PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Callis protests as Kingston headbutts Matt. Kingston bumps Matt off buckles, then bounces him off buckles on the far side! Matt swings punches as he staggers around in a daze, and Kingston CHOPS him! Kingston whips Matt to ropes, but Matt ducks the Uraken to tag out to Gallows!
Big Doc Gallows swings on Kingston, Kingston ducks but Anderson gets a cheap shot in! Kingston DECKS him for it! Kingston dodges Doc again and RAMS shoulders, but Gallows stays up! Kingston keeps moving, rams him again, and then hops up a corner. Kingston leaps for a FLYING shoulder! Matt barks at Kingston but Kingston shoves him down! Matt bounces off the apron but Anderson drags Kingston out for haymakers and uppercuts! Kingston pokes Anderson in the eyes! Turnabout’s fair play! Kingston BITES Anderson’s ear! Meanwhile, Kaz and Penta go after Matt and Gallows by the timekeeper’s area! IT’S A MADHOUSE!
Matt CLAWS Kaz but Kaz CHOPS back! Gallows CLUBS Kaz, Penta goes after Matt. Penta KICKS Matt in the leg, Kingston throws Anderson into railing then backs Penta up. Kingston throws hands on Matt, Matt pokes eyes and Gallows uppercuts! Matt goes up the steps to LEAP and ax handle Kingston down! Matt throws hands while Penta CHOPS Anderson! Brandon Cutler uses cold spray on Matt while AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt gets up while Gallows CLOBBERS Penta, and Matt bounces Kingston off the timekeeper’s table! Matt mugs Kingston against the apron, then feeds him to Gallows’ BOOT! Gallows taunts the fans, Anderson kicks Penta down and then drags him up to POST him! Gallows sits Kingston up but Kingston grabs Matt’s NUTS!! Gallows rakes Kingston’s eye while Cutler sprays down Matt’s groin. Kaz checks on Penta while Anderson goes after Kingston, then Gallows ROCKS Kingston against railing. Matt throws hands, Kingston throws a chair but misses wild right, and Matt ROCKS him with a haymaker.
Matt brings Kingston to the ramp, puts him in the ring, and mocks the fans rallying up. Matt fires himself up and chokes Kingston on the ropes! The ref counts, Matt clubs away on Kingston’s back then tags in Gallows. Gallows headbutts Kingston then brings him around to bump off buckles. Gallows throws body shots and ROCKS Kingston with an uppercut! Gallows digs his boot in while the ref is busy with Penta and Kaz. Anderson tags in, he stomps Kingston down, then lets off as the ref counts. The Machine Gun soaks up the heat while Kingston flounders up. Kingston throws body shots and backs Anderson down! Anderson rakes Kingston’s eyes and puts him in a corner!
The ref counts, Anderson lets off to throw EuroUppers. AEW returns to single picture as Anderson digs his elbow into Kingston’s face but tags in Gallows. The Good Brothers mug Kingston, then Gallows tags Matt in. Matt has the Good Brothers give him a boost, for an assisted SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt is annoyed but he stays between Kingston and his corner. Matt taunts Kingston, kicks at him, then throws sharp haymakers! Kingston eggs Matt on as the hands keep flying, then he CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Matt rakes Kingston’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Kingston swings blindly but Matt avoids getting hit.
Matt whips Kingston but Kingston reverses and reels Matt in for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Kingston blinks to see where he is, and finds his corner! Hot tags to Kaz and Anderson! Kaz dodges Anderson to DECK Gallows, and then he rallies on Anderson! Kaz whips, Anderson reverses but Kaz hits a flying forearm! Kaz swings on Matt but Matt dodges, only to shoulder into Kaz’s guillotine leg drop! Kaz gets up, Gallows choke grips him from across the rope, but Kaz hotshots the arm! Kaz scoops Anderson to SLAM him, then springboards for the leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous for Kaz as he gets Anderson back up. Anderson throws body shots, whips, but Kaz blocks the back drop to a CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Anderson reaches out for ropes but Kaz drags him down first! Gallows gets in to stomp Kaz! The ref reprimands, but Kaz ENZIGURIS Gallows off the apron! Anderson gets Kaz for a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Kaz crawls, as does Anderson, hot tags to Matt and Penta! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! Things speed up, Penta gets Matt for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Penta runs but Gallows gets a cheap shot in! Penta GAMANGRIS!
Matt hits and whips Penta but Penta dodges to FLY and take out both Good Brothers! Penta gets up, and GAMANGIRIS Matt! Step-in TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives but fans fire up! “CERO MIEDO!” as Penta tags to Kingston. They double whip Matt, run in and GAMANGIRI to KNEE! Kaz joins in with a SWINGING DROPKICK! Penta gets Matt up, reels him in and tucks the arms, FEAR FACTOR to Kingston’s BACK DROP DRIVER! Kaz finishes with an ode to Christopher Daniels, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Kingston covers, but Gallows breaks it! Gallows gets Matt up and over to the corner for Anderson to tag in, and he goes after Penta.
Anderson whips Penta, Penta dodges in the corner and clotheslines then GAMANGIRIS! Roll and MULE KICK! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but the fans are thunderous! Penta gets Anderson up and reels him in, but Anderson wrenches out and gets around for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers BLAST Kaz and Kingston down! ROCKET KICK and CORNER SPLASH for Penta, then the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Matt is up top, MACHO ELBOW! Gallows covers, TWO?!! Penta survives and The Elite are furious! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Penta up, MAGIC- NO! Kaz saves Penta but Gallows DECKS him!
Gallows runs but Kaz dumps him out! Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz, but Kingston gets him for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! RUNNING BOOT from Anderson! Anderson gets Penta up, whips him to a corner, but Penta goes up and over for a BACKSTABBER! Fans are electric as Penta says he’ll end this! Penta goes up but NICK JACKSON appears!? And he sprays Penta in the face with that cold spray crap!! Penta falls, Anderson climbs up top, and Anderson leaps for a FLYING GUN STUN!! Cover, The Elite win!!
Winners: Matt Jackson & The Good Brothers, by pinfall
JR says this is going too far! Callis says if getting paid the big money is “going too far,” then he’ll gladly do that every day of the week! Will all these sneaky tactics only come back to bite the Elite in the end?
Another great episode for Dynamite, but I feel like they sure put a lot into these two hours tonight. We got a great FTR VS PNP vignette, we got another good promo from Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill, as well as one from Archer and Jake the Snake. The interview promo with Britt, Rebel and Vickie, which was mostly Vickie, was good. I had a feeling manager/sidekick characters would start facing off, and so the idea of Britt & Rebel taking on Nyla & Vickie is pretty clever. There’s a good chance Rebel takes the loss to Nyla so that Nyla has momentum going towards her title match with Britt without Britt looking like the weak one.
Andrade had a good interview promo with JR, too, and I like that there’s something else in store. I feel like AEW could’ve advertised that Andrade is facing Kenny Omega for the AAA Mega Championship in August, assuming that’s still on track, but maybe they’ll save that for when Andrade has already won a good handful of matches in AEW. Omega’s gotta start feeling the heat soon, and that could start with Jungle Boy next week. Their segment together was very good, and of course Omega doubles down on being the chicken Heel. Omega will likely have Nakazawa try to cheat for him next week, just so it isn’t the same old, same old with Callis.
Hangman had a good promo with the Dark Order, putting everyone else over and not really acknowledging Omega. Hangman VS Hobbs is going to be a great match to add to the strength of next week’s episode, and it very well could be foreshadowing that if both Hangman and Omega win that night, then that is our All Out 2021 match-up. Christian Cage being put in a cage was clever but also understated, and also a good, quick way to help escalate things between him and Matt Hardy. Penelope Ford’s return win also being a segue to Miro having a title match in a few weeks was also very good story blending. I feel like Kip returns that night to set up his revenge angle with Miro.
Hager VS Wardlow was a very good MMA style match, and it makes sense Hager would win. He can’t have an anomaly on his record where he’s undefeated in real-life but has one loss in kayfabe. Hager wins to stay strong in all realms, and the short moment of respect was good, because it adds a little something to how Spears ruined it by attacking. MJF adding on and Sammy going after him was a good detail. I suppose Sammy and MJF can settle their score before Sammy VS Spears and MJF VS Jericho. If anything, that was the fifth match I wasn’t seeing in the Pinnacle VS Inner Circle Summer of Violence and Pain best of five series. Hager won for Inner Circle, I think MJF wins for Pinnacle, then Sammy redeems himself against Spears and it’s a toss-up between FTR VS PNP and MJF VS Y2J.
Darby put up a valiant effort but of course he loses to The Men of the Year. Two very strong singles competitors who are also a tag team aren’t going to lose to Darby, who is their individual equal. I can’t be sure where this all ends, since we got Sting & Darby VS Ethan & Scorpio already at Double or Nothing, but I feel like Sting is going to return in the next part of the story. Cassidy VS Bononi was a very fun match because of the hijinks from the Wingmen, but naturally Cassidy won. He, Best Friends and Statlander could easily be a golden faction at some point, they’re going to be building up some major momentum in the various divisions.
Cody & Brock VS The Factory was a very good match, and though Brock took a second to get going, he was pretty good out there. Cody going after QT so that Brock could get the win on Solow makes sense, this was all meant to help boost Brock’s status here, and it keeps math neutral between Cody and QT as their strap match draws closer. The Six Man Tag was another awesome one, showing that any combination of The Elite still loves to cheat, but also that any combination of their enemies is strong enough to force them to stoop that low. I cannot wait until more #EliteHunter allies return, such as Rey Fenix or Pac, but especially Jon Moxley.
Moxley will be the guy that one, the fans all pop for, and two, AEW gives the strongest return to because he’ll go right for all The Elite and be the one that tips the scales in favor of the Elite Hunters. Moxley is of course out on paternity leave as Renee Young/Paquette just had their baby girl, so I don’t know if All Out is a viable window with it only being two-and-a-half months away, but the rest of this story should still stay on track to where something big goes down between the Elite and their enemies. Kaz, Kingston and the full Death Triangle VS Omega, Bucks and Good Brothers, at least.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!
From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!
- AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
- Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”
Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.
Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.
Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!
So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!
Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?
The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!
The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.
Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!
Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!
Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!
Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!
Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)
There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?
Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!
Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?
The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!
Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall
Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?
La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.
Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?
Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!
Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?
The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.
Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!
Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”
Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.
HOOK is here!
Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!
Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!
Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!
Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.
Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.
Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.
Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.
Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!
But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!
Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!
Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?
A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.
Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.
Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.
And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
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