S! A! T U R! D A Y! NIGHT!
After winning big at Double or Nothing, it is finally time! Jungle Boy will challenge Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship, but will he win it?
- Hangman Page VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hangman wins.
- Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Dante Martin; Sydal wins.
- Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky VS Bear Bronson w/ Bear Boulder; Ethan wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS The Bunny w/ The Blade; Statlander wins.
- AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jungle Boy; Omega wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW shares preshow interview footage.
Alex Marvez talks with Sammy Guevara as he arrives, but the PINNACLE attacks! Shawn Spears SMACKS Sammy with a chair, then looms over him. “Told ya I’d get ya. Compliments of MJF. Good luck next week.” Spears leaves Sammy down in the parking lot, will the Spanish God make sure Maxwell Jacob Friedman pays for this?
Hangman Page VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!
The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is tuning out the fact that his former friend, Kenny Omega, is defending the title tonight. But as the current #2 contender, he’ll be up next no matter the main event’s result! Will that help Hangman or hurt him against Team Taz’s big bad behemoth?
The bell rings and the two get forehead to forehead already. Hangman and Hobbs circle, tie up, and Hobbs puts Hangman in a corner. The ref counts, Hobbs shoves Hangman as he lets off but the fans at Daily’s Place is rallying. Hangman ties up with Hobbs, headlocks, but Hobbs powers out and runs Hangman over! Things speed up, Hangman jumps but into Hobbs’ arms! Hobbs RAMS Hangman to a corner, RAMS his shoulder into him over and over, then lets off as the ref counts. Hangman dodges the forearm to fire off forearms of his own! And stomps a mudhole in! Fans fire up with Hangman, and Hangman gets Hobbs for a whip.
Hobbs blocks, whips back, but Hangman KICKS! Hangman runs and LARIATS, but Hobbs stays up! Hangman LARIATS again, and runs again, but Hobbs puts him on the apron. But Hangman aims, fakes Hobbs out, and Hobbs scowls as he walks around outside the ring. Hangman hops down and Hobbs talks trash. Hangman dodges the haymaker but not the BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans taunt Hobbs but Hobbs SLAMS Hangman’s arm against barriers! Hobbs undoes the AEW banner to throw it on Hangman and fire off body shots. Hobbs refreshes the count and wraps Hangman’s arm in the railing!
The ref reprimands, Hobbs lets off, but Hobbs KICKS the railing! The arm gets tweaked, Hobbs puts Hangman in a corner and fires off. Hangman hits back but Hobbs kicks low! Hobbs wraps the arm on ropes, the ref counts, and Hobbs CLUBS Hangman as he lets go! Hobbs brings Hangman up for a BIG suplex! Hobbs looms over Hangman, and hits a FALLING HEADBUTT! Fans rally for Hangman but Hobbs taunts them as he SLAMS Hangman’s arm on the mat! Hobbs goes to a corner, climbs up, and VADER BOMBS onto boots! Hobbs staggers, Hangman gets up and hurries over to climb up and rain down rights! Fans count but Hangman gets 3 before Hobbs shoves him away!
Hangman lands on his feet, comes back, but Hobbs POSTS Him! Fans boo at Hobbs while cheering Hangman on but Hobbs goes out to stalk Hangman. Hobbs drags Hangman up, bumps him off the apron, and then YANKS Hangman into the post! Fans jeer, Hobbs YANKS Hangman into the post again! Hangman blocks the third attempt and YANKS Hobbs, but Hobbs doesn’t budge! Hangman tumbles, Hobbs refreshes the count, but Hangman POSTS Hobbs in return! Fans rally up as a ring count climbs! Hangman is in at 5 of 10, Hobbs sits up at 6. Hobbs drags himself up while Hangman has a bloody cut on the back of his head! Hobbs is in at 8, Hangman runs over to BOOT him!
Hobbs flounders about, Hangman BOOTS him again! Fans fire up with Hangman while Hobbs still staggers. Hangman runs in again to BOOT a third time! Hobbs still isn’t done?! Hobbs gets mad, even! But Hangman dumps Hobbs out, and TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS Hobbs to the floor! Hangman PLANCHAS Hobbs down! Fans are fired up again as Hangman gets Hobbs up and into the ring. Hangman gets to the apron, climbs up the corner, and MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and a cover, TWO! Hobbs survives but fans rally up behind Hangman. Hangman waistlocks, Hobbs elbows but Hangman keeps trying.
Hobbs elbows free, whips Hangman in, but misses in the corner! Hangman runs but into Hobbs’ CLOBBERING clothesline! Fans chant, “You Still Suck!” at Hobbs but he stomps Hangman. Hobbs gets Hangman up, tells fans, “So does your mama!” and then scoops for a SLAM! Hobbs goes back to the corner, climbs back up, and FALLING FLOPS! Hangman avoids the headbutt this time and he fires up! Hangman LARIATS Hobbs right off his feet! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and Hangman is frustrated. Hangman grits his teeth, has Hobbs up and reels him in for an Alabama, but Hobbs CLUBS him! Hobbs shoves and BOOTS Hangman, then runs to CLOBBER Hangman! Cover, TWO!!
Hangman survives and Hobbs can’t believe it! But here come Ricky Starks and Hook! Wait, how do they have the FTW Championship? Brian Cage comes out, grabs Starks and rips his jacket off! Starks runs away, claiming he’s still really hurt! Cage has the belt back, Hobbs turns around, BUCKSHO- SPINEBUSTER?! Cover, TWO!?!? Hobbs is furious and so is Taz on commentary! Hobbs slams Hangman’s arms on the mat, then scoops him! Hangman slips out to ROLLING ELBOW! Hobbs ROCKS Hangman back! Hobbs runs, Hangman ducks the body check! Hangman waistlocks, for a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! And the Alabama to the DEAD EYE!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Taz hates to admit that this was a slobber knocker, as JR says. There are too many problems in Team Taz, how are they going to settle it? But this big win keeps Hangman strong in the running, will he be waiting on the other side of tonight’s main event?
AEW stars talk about the coming world title match.
Jungle Boy thinks back to Double or Nothing, 5/30/21, “As soon as the music hit, to hear that roar immediately, it just felt like this was gonna be okay.” JB won the Casino Battle Royal and earned his shot. Excalibur says that Kenny Omega, these last few months, “has become increasingly unhinged.” No one knows how much Omega has deteriorated, but Excalibur feels JB has a very good chance walking out the new champion. “The last time we were on a Saturday, Mr. Brodie Lee shocked the world and became TNT Champion. Jungle Boy, he might be Mr. Saturday Night.” That will have to be seen to be believed! Can JB do it?
The Young Bucks and Brandon Cutler speak.
Matt Jackson says, “Greetings and salutations! Look who it is! It’s the Young Bucks! Y’know, the tag team that all the trolls and haters call overrated.” That doesn’t make sense since they’re longest reigning AEW Tag Team Champions in comedy history. That’s right, over 230- Shut up, Brandon. Nick lets Matt continue. What’s made this run even more special and different is the aggression they bring out of their opponents. The Bucks don’t just beat you, they hurt you. Give ’em the list! Yeah, SCU- Shut up, Brandon! They took out SCU. SCU L8R. Jon Moxley. The Bucks’ kids are way cuter than his baby. Rey Fenix. Sorry, amigo. Pac! That poor bastard.
It feels SO good taking out these pricks! Who’s next? Next week! Penta and Eddie Kingston face them, and if they somehow win, they get a title shot at these! But that ain’t happening! Kingston & Penta aren’t a real team! They’re just two singles guys who got thrown together and they said, “Oh look! A team!” Like taking table scraps and trying to pass it off like a gourmet meal! Nick will keep that, Brandon had a good idea. And they know why the Bucks are so certain, right? It’s simple: They’re EVP’s! Extremely Violent People. Maybe Kingston & Penta will be next on the list. BAWK BAWK! See you then!
Tony Schiavone and Tully Blanchard are in the ring.
A legend in wrestling, the manager of FTR and The Pinnacle, one of the Four Horsemen, is here! And Schiavone is honored to welcome a lucha libre legend, the one and only KONNAN! Konnan makes his way out to the ring, stares Tully down right away, and Schiavone has things stay peaceful as a “gentlemen’s discussion.” Tully says the last time he saw Konnan, he was trying to interfere in a situation in a bar room. But because of his legend status, Tully says it is his pleasure to let Konnan go first. Oh, so we’re playing games already? Konnan heard Tully imposes his will on people, but he won’t be intimidated.
Neither will Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana & Ortiz. They’ve been stabbed, shot, kidnapped, strangled and left for dead. They’re still here, because that’s how they’re built. Konnan tells Tully that FTR tried to say they had the same upbringing. They’re from North Carolina, “where men are men and the sheep are scared,” but Konnan explains this: It’s not the same thing tipping cows and getting into bar fights and barn fights, and all that vegan beef you have out there in the woods, as it is surviving the streets of New York, enduring racial profiling while gang members hunt you down every day, with men of color are incarcerated at five times the rate as their White brethren.
Now Tully is a mentor to FTR. Konnan is a father to Santana & Ortiz. Tully wants his turn but Konnan says hold on, he hasn’t heard it all yet. When Santana so elaborately put it that he lost his biological father, Santana went to Konnan. Konnan was that missing ingredient like arroz con pollo. That’s Spanish, so learn it, Tully, because one day, you’re gonna have to learn to communicate with your grandkids, wink wink. Tully knows very much about Spanish, and very much about Konnan cuz he did his research. As great a star as Konnan was, he obviously doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.
Tully has news for Konnan: FTR will be out here and Konnan will be flat! That’ll be all Konnan ever did! One time on AEW Dynamite, one big moment, and then it was over with because FTR ended the game. Well then let Konnan say one more thing: when this is all said and done, Tully will be happy to know Walmart is still hiring greeters. And also, remember that PNP are like scarecrows: outstanding in their field. 5150, hasta la muerte! And since Konnan figured Tully would have his guys, Konnan has his guys! C’mon out, boys! Santana & Ortiz makes their entrances first, but Tully says, “I’ll tell you what.” He knew a bit about Konnan, and so look at the big screen!
PNP are already down and out backstage?! The two that came out were FTR IN DISGUISE! They attack Konnan! Tully tells them to finish this, and they get Konnan up for the MIND BREAKER!! NOW WHAT, BIG BOY!? Tully and FTR mock Konnan and the Inner Circle, and mockingly pray for forgiveness. Fans boo as The Pinnacle gets the upper hand on The Inner Circle again tonight, will there be a much more violent response?
Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Dante Martin!
A rematch from Dark classic on YouTube, surely this high-flying, physics defying showdown will be dynamite! But while the third eye guided Sydal to a win then, will Angel Dorado flip more than just the script on him?
“EXCUSE ME!!” Oh no, Vickie Guerrero is managing Top Flight now?! She knows the fans were waiting to see this match but she is here to introduce to us the future of AEW, Andrade El Idolo! Oh, well, alright. Andrade struts his way out to the ring, and Vickie says they have a HUGE announcement to make. But Vickie’s cut off by the Sydal Brothers making their entrance. Vickie keeps Andrade calm, and they let their announcement wait for later. Matt Sydal gets in the ring with Dante and the bell rings!
Sydal and Dante get face to face, circle around and then tie up. Sydal waistlocks, headlocks, shifts to a hammerlock, then to a facelock. Dante slips out to get a facelock of his own, but Sydal wrenches and wrenches. Dante headlocks to a takeover, but Sydal fights up. Sydal has the arm, wrenches again but again Dante headlocks. Sydal shifts to a wristlock to arm-drag out, then he wrenches again. Sydal steps through, snapmares but Dante handsprings to flying-mare! Sydal gets up, Dante hurdles as things speed up, low-rope springboard dropkick! Dante covers, TWO! Dante gets Sydal to another headlock takeover, but Sydal works on a headscissor.
Sydal fights up, powers out but Dante leaps to headscissor! Dante runs in, Sydal puts him on the apron but Dante ducks the haymaker to give a haymaker! Dante jumps back in but into the WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Sydal keeps his cool as fans rally for “Top Flight!” Sydal KICKS a leg, Dante gets to a corner, Sydal KICKS him again! Sydal drops knees on the knee, then does it again. Dante kicks Sydal but Sydal comes back with a STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Sydal keeps on Dante, brings him up but Dante throws body shots. Dante ROCKS Sydal, then catches him for a spin and scoop, INVERTED SIDEWALK SLAM! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dante keeps cool as he paces about. Sydal sits up, Dante brings him up to put in a corner for forearms. Dante whips corner to corner, Sydal reverses and back elbows! Sydal whips corner to corner now and follows up with a clothesline! Sydal goes corner to corner to SLIDING KNEE! Dante flounders, Sydal gets the legs and hooks them up for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dante endures being bent back, reaches and fights, and gets free. Sydal keeps hold of the leg to SMASH the knee!
Dante clutches his leg while Sydal grits his teeth. Sydal gets Dante up, reels him in, cobra clutch Russian Leg Sweep! To the Cobra Clutch Stretch! Inverted Half Crab! Dante fights with his good arm and elbows Sydal away! Sydal goes to a corner, Dante runs in but Sydal BOOTS him down! Dante flops out of the ring, Sydal goes out after and fans fire up! But Dante rolls back, headstand to headscissors! Mike checks on Matt as AEW goes back to single picture. Dante crawls away while Mike coaches Matt up. Matt drags himself up and into the ring, as does Dante. Fans rally, Matt gets the legs for a figure four, modified Deathlock! Dante crawls back and gets the ropebreak!
Sydal lets go, firers himself up and gets Dante up. Dante throws body shots, Sydal CHOPS and CHOPS, but Dante blocks a kick to CHOP back! Dante KICKS away on Sydal’s leg, blocks another kick and pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Sydal survives but fans rally and duel. Dante goes to a corner, Sydal runs in but Dante slips out to the apron. Dante ROCKS then GAMANGIRIS Sydal! Dante jumps and jumps, TRIANGLE QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Sydal narrowly escapes and bails out while Dante catches his breath. “This is Awesome!” as both men are on opposite ends of the same corner. Dante climbs, Sydal climbs, they start brawling!
Dante CLUBS Sydal, adjusts position, but Sydal fights him off! BACK HAND sends Dante down! Sydal adjusts, METEORA SMASHER! Cover, TWO!?!? Dante survives and Sydal can’t believe it! Fans rally up again, Dante crawls and Sydal runs in, but Dante ducks the kick! Dante swings, misses, but comes back with a HIGH sunset flip! TWO!! Dante hurries to his feet, and TIGHT SPIRAL STUNNERS!! Cover, TWO!?! Sydal still survives and Dante is beside himself! Dante climbs a corner, but has to leap over Sydal! The leg jams, Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
That was definitely a level up from their first showdown, but it was still Sydal’s victory! But is this still a sign of the bright future Dante has?
Jungle Boy speaks.
“I’m gonna go ahead and say that tonight feels like maybe the biggest night of my entire life.” Before he can elaborate, Christian Cage walks over to say it IS going to be the biggest night of JB’s life. JB asks if Christian’s alright, given the issues with Matt Hardy. Yeah, Matt will be around, but tonight is JB’s night. Is he happy? Yeah, but nervous, too. Understandable. JB shouldn’t be happy yet, he should be pissed. There are those who think JB doesn’t deserve to be in this position, and that includes Kenny Omega. Everything JB’s done, every sacrifice and accomplishment, has led him here. Kenny’s saying the things he’s been saying because he sees JB as a threat.
Christian tells JB that he already “shocked the world” once by winning the Casino Battle Royal. Now it’s time to shock them again by winning the world title! JB thanks Christian for those words, but will they help him overcome The Cleaner and his conniving crew?
Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.
“The monetization of the marketing multiverse is rolling on with #JadeBrand.” This week finally got them an agreement with AEW Shop and a 10% off deal on both of Jade’s merch shirts. Use the code, “THATB” and don’t ever say she never did anything for you. You could get something like this Dark Order shirt for full price, but why would you want trash like this? Mark can’t rip the shirt so Jade takes care of it for him. And Mark is just now learning that they’ve sold “a ton,” and almost completely out of the XXL, which makes a lot of sense because they’re wrestling fans. But if you buy one of the two shirts, you can look like the star that she is.
Jade corrects Mark there: She is one of a kind, and undefeated. No one looks like her, because she is THAT BITCH. Will Jade rip through the competition just like she did that shirt?
Alex Marvez interviews The Pinnacle.
Specifically, he is here with MJF, Wardlow and Shawn Spears. MJF interrupts, mockingly saying he didn’t realize fans tuned in to listen to Marvez. Oh wait they don’t! They tune in for him. “Thanks, pig vomit.” But hey everybody! There’s a part of MJF deep down, aka pinkie toe, that knows the fans are upset over his attack to Chris Jericho’s already damaged elbow. There’s also part of him that sees why they’re a smidgen upset that his good friend, The Chair Man, bashed Sammy with that chair. That was great, though! High-ten. But the one thing MJF can’t wrap even his beautiful brain around is why we’re upset over what MJF did to Dean Malenko.
Allow MJF to be honest since we can’t be honest: Dean is so old, when he was a kid, rainbows were in black ‘n’ white. That’s northwards of 60, with a bad heart and Parkinson’s. Now do fans really think someone in that state should even be involved in an industry as dangerous as pro-wrestling? Fans throw rocks when they should be throwing flowers and thanks. MJF gave Malenko what he deserves: an early retirement. You’re welcome, Dean. But here comes the Inner Circle! Jericho and Jake Hager, the only ones left, fight The Pinnacle 3v2 and things spill further backstage! MJF throws what he can but Jericho hits him back with a trash can!
Things start going towards gorilla and fans fire up as Hager brawls with Wardlow AND Spears on the stage! Then to the ring! Jericho hurries after them, MJF scurrying around like the rat he is! Spears goes after Jericho but Jericho throws hands! MJF wraps a sleeper hold on but Jericho fights off! Spears goes after Hager while Jericho mugs MJF! Jericho DECKS Wardlow! MJF knees low and throws hands again but Jericho keeps going. Wardlow stomps Hager, but then helps MJF mug Jericho! Fans boo, MJF boasts while Wardlow and Spears keep going. MJF digs his boots into Jericho, then gets the bad arm! Spears brings in a chair!
But here comes Sammy Guevara! He wasn’t beat up as bad as Pinnacle hoped! GAMANGIRI to Wardlow, SPEARS to Spears! Wardlow drags Sammy up but gets a JUJMPING KNEE! And a CHAIRSHOT!! MJF steps up but runs away before Sammy can get him! Spears staggers up into a CHAIRSHOT! The Spanish God has gotten just some of his vengeance, but he gets a mic to shout at MJF! “Hey, a**hole, you messed with the wrong guy! On Wednesday, everybody finds out what I already know: That they chose the wrong guy!” The wrong guy for the action figures, for the posters. MJF loves to say he’s better than someone and you know it? Because he is!
Oh well guess what, b*tch, Sammy will show us why he is the BEST EVER and you know it! Will the Salt of the Earth lose his grit when Sammy grinds him into the dust?
“Before I get to Brian Pillman Jr, I want to thank God for keep making me powerful and my hot wife flexible.” Miro promises to use his power only on those who deserve it. People who try to prevent him from helping a woman in need, or people who try to attack him for no reason. People like BPJ. “Brian, you may be ranked number one in the tag team division, but you’re about to find out that standing between a righteous man and his path is like standing between a cleaver and its meat.” BPJ did not respect his champion, and they’re going to talk about that next Wednesday on Dynamite, 1v1.
“You are going to find out why I am the redeemer, why I am God’s Favorite Champion!” Go ahead and lie to the world and say you’re not afraid. But we know that the bravest thing BPJ has ever done is thinking about attacking Miro. The stupidest thing was actually doing it. Will the Best Man prove why he’s the worst person to face in the ring?
Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky VS Bear Bronson w/ Bear Boulder!
All Ego is feeling good after he and the Face of the Revolution won a 2v1 that Darby Allin still almost won. But with Bear Country reunited, will Bronson maul Ethan to drop the Men of the Year down to one man?
The bell rings and Ethan circles with Bronson. Fans rally up, Ethan and Bronson tie up, and are in a deadlock. Bronson powers Ethan back to a corner, the ref counts, and Bronson lets off. Ethan gets a cheap shot in! But Bronson just scowls at Ethan. Bronson puts Ethan back in the corner for furious fists! The fans fire up but the ref counts, and Bronson lets off at 4. Bronson whips Ethan to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Ethan sits up in a daze, Bronson brings him up but Ethan stomps Bronson’s foot! Ethan kicks low, mocks the bear claws, then pie faces Bronson. Ethan runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Bronson keeps his cool while Ethan goes to an apron,
Bronson has Ethan and bumps him off buckles, then brings him back the other way to bump him again! Bronson stands Ethan up and fans want that “One More Time!” and Bronson hits Ethan off more buckles! Ethan staggers, Bronson DECKS him! Bronson builds speed, but Scorpio gets Ethan out of the way to take the BEAR TOPE! The ref reprimands Scorpio for that but he’s already paying for it. Ethan staggers up and avoids Bronson, but Boulder is right there! Ethan shouts to the ref that Boulder touched him! The ref keeps Boulder back, but Bronson grabs Ethan! Scorpio CLOBBERS Bronson from behind!! The Men of the Year whip Bronson hard into railing!
Fans boo but Ethan and Scorpio get away with things! Ethan grins as he stalks up to Bronson and rains down rights. The ref reprimands, Ethan lets off to soak up the heat, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Bronson up and bumps him off the apron. Ethan puts Bronson in the ring, stomps him down, and then wraps on a rear bearhug! Bronson endures, Ethan squeezes tighter, but Boulder rallies the fans and coaches Bronson up. Bronson fights free with elbows and both men slowly rise. Ethan kicks a leg out, then stomps Bronson again. Ethan drags Bronson back up for a facelock, and he taunts the fans before he hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bronson survives but Ethan keeps his cool. Ethan drags Bronson up but Bronson throws body shots and haymakers! Ethan wobbles, Bronson whips him to a corner then runs in, but Ethan boots him! Bronson just gets mad again!
Ethan dodges Bronson in the corner and ROUNDHOUSES! Ethan runs, rams Bronson with a shoulder, then runs to run Bronson over! Ethan shakes out the arm but gets up to soak up more heat. Ethan mocks the fans booing him and blows them a kiss. Bronson slowly rises as AEW returns to single picture. Ethan reels Bronson in but Bronson back drops free! Bronson gets to a corner as fans rally up, and Ethan hurries over. Bronson throws haymakers and counter punches! Bronson backs Ethan down with forearms, then whips him to a corner! Bronson runs in to SPLASH, and then fires up with the fans! Bronson stands Ethan up to point-blank BOXING LARIATS!
Bronson shoves Ethan to pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up with Bronson again as he runs to BACK SENTON FLOP! Ethan avoids Bronson, gets him up and goes for another bomb, but Bronson back drops and SITS on Ethan! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives being squashed but fans rally up for “Bear Country!” Bronson hurries to a corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first! Ethan climbs, CLUBS Bronson on the back, then gets Bronson up for a SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Ethan can’t believe it, but he hurries to get Bronson up. Bronson RAMS Ethan, Ethan BOOTS him away, then Ethan runs, into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Bronson can’t believe Ethan lives! But he drags Ethan to a drop zone and heads up top again! Fans rally but Scorpio distracts! Boulder yanks Scorpio down to fire off hands! But Ethan LOW BLOWS Bronson! The ref misses that, but doesn’t miss the EXTRA LARGE EGOS EDGE!! Cover, Ethan wins!!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
The Men of the Year watch each other’s backs and that gave All Ego the edge over Bear Bronson! Scorpio says, “That’s my guy!” Ethan takes the mic to say, “I’m not stupid.” Fans chant, “Yes You Are!” Ethan says no he’s not. Because he knows for a fact that Darby Allin isn’t done with him. And to be honest, pinning Darby is not enough for him, either! Ethan’s said week after week after week that HE is going to be the nail in Darby’s coffin! Ethan will be the nail in Darby’s coffin! So why not just put Darby in one? July 7th, Road Rager in Miami, Ethan VS Darby… IN A COFFIN MATCH!! What a deadly way to start AEW’s red hot summer! Will the Relentless One find a way to survive?
Britt Baker talks with Reba/Rebel.
What are some of the things they’d love to ask for? A new car! A yacht! A football team! Maybe a million other things if Tony Khan owed them a favor. But no, Vickie Guerrero goes and asks for a wrestling match! She’s senile already, isn’t she? And Britt’s checked but there’s no insurance that can cover the amount of damage she and Rebel are going to do to her! And Britt already said she’s the face of a whole new era, and that new era has no time for fun ‘n’ games, and certainly not old ladies who think they belong in the ring. Britt doesn’t care who Vickie is, “and excuse me in advance for beating your ass next Wednesday in our tag team match.”
But don’t worry, Britt will send Vickie home with a nice prescription, signed Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. But aren’t they forgetting who is in that match with Vickie? Speaking of which…
Vickie and Nyla Rose respond!
“Britt and Reba, our tag team match is just the appetizer to solidify that Nyla Rose is the #1 contender for the AEW Women’s Title.” At Fyter Fest Night 2, July 21, they’re coming for the title. So be ready! And as for next week, Britt is locked in with the Beast, but you gotta watch out for the claws of the Cougar! Will the Vicious Vixens get a taste for Britt Baker blood before battling for the belt?
Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS The Bunny w/ The Blade!
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is ready to boop the snoots of everyone in her way on the road to the women’s world title! But she’s walking down a dark alley and could end up Down the Rabbit Hole! Will Kris be careful against this rabid Bunny in the ring with her?
The bell rings and Bunny stares Kris down before they circle. They tie up, go around, Kris waistlocks and SLAMS Bunny. Bunny gets up in a huff but Blade tells her it’s alright. Bunny circles with Kris again, they tie up and Kris waistlocks. Bunny pries the hold, gets under and trips Kris to walk all over her. Bunny says Kris ain’t gonna boop her! Kris gets up and arm-drags Bunny around! And again! Kris scoops, Bunny slips out and SLAPS Kris! Kris PELES Bunny back! Bunny staggers, rebounds, but leaps into Kris’ arms and a SLAM! Kris gets Bunny up, brings her around and suplexes high and hard! Fans rally as Kris raises a finger! Kris puts Bunny in a corner, for the BOOP!
Kris ROCKS Bunny, hoists her up top and then climbs up to join her. Kris fires forearms, but Bunny slips under and tucks Kris in! Kris headstands, but Bunny SUPERKICKS her down! Kris tumbles to the floor, Bunny goes around the way and runs in to SHOTGUN Kris into railing! Bunny laughs while Blade shouts at Orange Cassidy that they’re nothing without Best Friends, Trent & Chuck! Bunny stomps Kris and CLAWS her as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny sneers at Cassidy, puts Kris in the ring, and stalks Kris to a cover. TWO, and Bunny is annoyed. Bunny stomps Kris, then isolates the hands to stomp the fingers! Kris crawls to ropes but Bunny is on her with a clinch and whip into a buckle! Kris flounders in the corner, Bunny frolics around, then runs in to SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs right at the camera then pushes Kris to a cover. TWO, and Bunny is annoyed again. Bunny rains down fists on Kris, but lets off just as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Bunny KNEES Kris back down! Fans boo but Bunny keeps moving, to clothesline Kris out of the ring! Bunny grins again as she goes back out. Bunny runs in around the way again, into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Blade is shocked while both women are down! Blade shouts at Cassidy to stay back but Cassidy is still at his corner. The ring count climbs, Kris sits up first and gets in at 5 of 10. Bunny stands up at 6, gets in at 7, and fans rally up as this continues in the ring. Kris and Bunny glare at each other and the haymakers start flying! Faster and faster, Kris gets the edge and fires off CHOPS! Kris fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, TWO!!
Bunny survives, Blade coaches her up, but Kris stands Bunny and gut wrenches. Bunny elbows that off, runs, but into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bunny still lives and Blade is relieved! Kris drags Bunny to a drop zone, climbs up a corner, but Bunny gets up to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX Kris off! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bunny can’t believe Kris survives! Blade is pissed, he distracts the ref and sneaks Bunny her knuckle duster! But Cassidy gets those away from Bunny! And puts them in his pocket! Bunny is furious, but Kris gets her for the gut wrench! Tuck and BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
Freshly Squeezed made the save and Kris got the win fair and square! Cassidy doesn’t have a lot of energy to lift Kris’ hand in celebration, but then BLADE attacks! Cassidy is pissed and hits back but here come The Hybrid2! The Hardy Family Office’s newest thugs- er, members, mug Cassidy! TH2 sit Cassidy up for Blade to take the knuckles back! Blade puts them on, and CRACKS Cassidy across the jaw! TH2 let Cassidy drop and they stand over Cassidy with Blade. With Trent out for neck surgery, is there any chance the Best Friends will ever make the HFO pay?
Schiavone interviews QT Marshall backstage.
The Factory’s leader talks about last week where Brock Anderson beat them in his debut. How touching, Father’s Day weekend and all, and Brock giving daddy Arn a big hug. But it gets better! TNT votes Brock Anderson “Wrestler of the Week.” But a couple weeks ago, QT pins Cody Rhodes, but he gets nothing. Though, QT gets it, QT’s daddy isn’t the Enforcer. Schiavone moves things to the upcoming South Beach Strap Match at AEW Dynamite: Road Rager.
Yeah, that’s in a couple weeks, but let’s talk about tonight. Cody isn’t here doing the work like QT! Yes, Cody has Hollywood running around, so maybe someone casts Cody in one of those “geeky superhero movies” so we never have to see Cody again! Then and only then can QT achieve his dream of becoming champion in AEW! Will QT take out all his bitter frustrations out on the American Nightmare?
Brian Pillman Jr. speaks.
“The big bad bully of AEW, God’s Favorite Champion, Miro?” Well sounds to BPJ like Miro has a messiah complex. But Miro isn’t here to save anyone. Miro just picking fights with those he thinks he can beat to boost his own ego. BPJ has a complex, it’s called being born on the wrong side of the tracks and fighting for everything he’s ever had! That means fighting for his friends. Miro picked a fight with BPJ, and on Wednesday, BPJ will check that ego and take that TNT Championship! Will Bulletproof also be Miro proof and get himself some gold?
Eddie Kingston, Penta El Zero M and Alex Abrahantes speak.
“Matt ‘n’ Nick, are you serious? You’re gonna talk about taking people out?” Took out Fenix, took out Pac, took out Moxy. You guys aren’t built like that. You took them out in wrestling. You didn’t take them out IRL. Kingston’s done that! Y’all gonna challenge Kingston and his once again best friend and talk about taking people out? Kingston learned something about the Bucks. It doesn’t how hard they punch them or kick them or hurt them, the Bucks really care about their egos. Those tag team titles feed their egos. So the only way for these two to hurt the Bucks is to take the titles. And that means first taking them out. Let ’em know, best friend!
Penta speaks to the Bucks in Spanish, and Alex translates that “Young Bucks, you talk a lot about all those that you’ve run over. Well next week, we run over you!” CERO! MIEDO! Will the Bucks put their money where their mouths are? Or will they be too busy getting their teeth kicked in to do it?
AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express!
The Cleaner may deny it up and down that he cheated to defeat two men in one match, Jungle Jack Perry outlasted twenty men fair and square! But now things are 1v1, and for all of Omega’s obnoxious behavior, all his bravado while picking fights and running away, he has to step toe to toe with Jurassic Express’ Tarzan boy! Will AEW enter the #JungleLife? Or does the Invisible Hand have yet another trick up his proverbial sleeve?
The introductions are made, the AEW belt is raised, and we see if JB can make a dent in Omega’s collection of gold!
Omega gets some last pointers from Callis and the Good Brothers but Marko Stunt tells them to back off. Marko gets fired up but the ref EJECTS Jurassic Express!? But then the ref EJECTS The Good Brothers! This is going to be truly 1v1 now! Fans taunt Anderson & Gallows with “Nana na na, hey hey hey! Good bye~!” Omega throws a fit while Callis joins commentary, but JB just shrugs it off. Fans fire up as JB and Omega circle, tie up, and go around. Omega puts JB in a corner, pulls some hair, but the ref counts. Omega smooths the hair out of JB’s pretty face, and then pats him on the shoulder. Fans rally and duel while JB shrugs off Omega’s mind games.
JB and Omega circle, tie up, and Omega pulls hair to get the wrench. Omega has the wristlock, slaps JB around, but JB handsprings and wrenches back! JB gets the wristlock and cranks. Omega grabs at the ref, the ref reprimands, and JB wrenches to WRING Omega out! Omega kips up to throw JB down by his hair! Omega soaks up the heat as JB gets to a corner. Omega throws haymakers in the corner, then CHOPS and CLUBS JB! And again! JB turns things around to CHOP and CHOP, but Omega pokes him in the eyes! Omega whips, JB boots him, and JB knuckle locks to CHOP! JB goes up and up and around, but Omega fireman’s carries! “You Can’t Escape!” But JB does!
Omega elbows JB away, JB comes back to go up and around and arm-drag Omega to then dropkick him! Omega bails out while JB kips up and the fans are fired up! JB builds speed but Omega ducks! JB knew that was coming, but Omega still trips JB up! Omega throws JB into railing, brings him around to throw into more railing, and then drags JB up to put him in the ring. Omega takes his time returning, brings JB up and throws him back out. Fans boo Omega as he stalks JB and AEW goes picture in picture.
Omega gets JB up to whip him, but JB slips through the corner! Omega hurries to find JB but JB SHOTGUN dropkicks Omega down! JB gets up, gets back in, but then comes back to SHOTGUN Omega again! Omega writhes against the railing but JB gets him up with a headlock. JB brings Omega over but Omega carries JB! BACK SUPLEX to the steel steps! Omega took some damage himself, but he gets JB back up to back suplex him into the crowd! JB is dumped in the front row and fans move aside. Some help JB up while Omega goes back to the ring. Fans rally for JB as the ring count climbs and JB drags himself back to ringside.
Omega paces as JB manages to get in the ring at 7 of 10, but Omega CLUBS JB down in the corner. Omega digs his boots in, the ref counts and Omega lets off at 4. Omega drags JB up, JB throws body shots, but Omega CLUBS him down! Omega hushes the crowd so they but not the home audience can hear the CHOP! Omega stands JB up to fireman’s carry, and now “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton to MOONSAULT FLOP! JB dodges, runs back in, BACK SENTON onto knees! Omega was ready! Omega gets JB up, scoops and BACKBREAKERS! Cover as AEW returns to single picture, TWO! JB survives and fans rally up again.
Omega gets JB up against the ropes and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Omega whips JB to ropes, JB reverses to kick low! Omega blocks the suplex and throws body shots! Omega hooks a leg, but JB fights to an inside cradle! TWO!! JB dodges Omega, comes back to tilt-o-whirl to a SNAP BRAIN BUSTER!! Fans fire up, especially the Perry family watching nearby! Omega and JB rise, JB in a corner. Omega runs in but JB elbows him away! Fans sing Jungle Life as JB CHOPS and forearms Omega! JB whips, Omega reverses, but JB dropkicks a leg out! JB keeps moving, but Omega dodges, and ducks the rebound lariat! JB resists the full nelson to elbow Omega out of the ring!
Omega flounders around ringside, JB builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Omega hits railing! JB keeps moving, and DIVES again! Another direct hit! JB goes for the third but Omega grabs at the tights! JB kicks Omega away, keeps moving, but Omega returns to send JB out! JB lands on the apron, shoulders in and steps in, TORNADO DDT! Omega gets to the apron but JB FLIES!! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans are fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as JB gets Omega up! JB puts Omega in the ring, climbs a corner, and “This is Awesome!” But Omega clips JB’s legs! And CHOPS him! And ROCKS him! Omega climbs up, gets JB up, but JB fights back!
Omega CLUBS JB, and again, and again! And headbutts! Omega stands up on the very top, stands JB up with the fisherman hook, SUPER AOI SHOUDOU!! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and shocks Omega! Omega turns shock into anger and says BANG! Omega runs, but JB dodges the V-Trigger to waistlock! Omega switches, GERMAN, but JB lands on his feet! Omega blocks the superkick, spins but JB SUPERKICKS after all! Omega comes back to V-TRIGGER! And SNAP DRAGON!! That was a low angle, for the V-TRIGGER AGAIN! Omega stands JB back up, Electric Chair lifts, but JB POISON-RANAS!!!
JB moves, builds speed, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives but JB drags him back up. Callis is upset as JB wristlock ripcords, but Omega V-TRIGGERS first! Omega reels JB in, gets him up, POWERBOMB! Flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!?! JB survives and Omega is losing his cool! Omega sits JB up, slaps him around, then takes aim again. V-NO! Drop toehold and a leg hook, SNARE TRAP!!! Omega freaks out but the Good Brothers come back! They’re violating the ringside ban, but so does Jurassic Express! Marko CLOBBERS Gallows then goes after Anderson! Wait, here comes #EliteHunter Frankie Kazarian!!
Kaz and Jurassic Express keep the Good Brothers away from the ring! Omega crawls over, ROPEBREAK! JB lets go reluctantly but he drags Omega back. Omega KICKS JB away! Omega gets up, throws a forearm on JB, but JB comes back with one of his own! Omega forearms again, but so does JB! JB gets the edge, runs, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Whip, REBOUND LARIAT from JB!! JB gets Omega up but Omega suplexes to BRAIN BUSTER! Return for earlier and Omega covers, TWO!!?! JB flounders to ropes but Omega takes aim again, for ANOTHER V-TRIGGER! Electric Chair lift, tuck, but JB sunset flips through! TWO!!?! INTO THE SNARE TRAP!!!
Omega endures all over again, reaches out, but he’s fading already! JB holds on tight, but Omega pulls hair and rakes eyes! JB lets go and the ref reprimands but Omega gets away. Callis says that’s what JB gets for having long hair, ignoring that Omega also has long hair. Omega gets to a corner, JB hurries over and kicks at him! JB hoists Omega up top, CHOPS him, and then climbs up to join him. JB stands, Omega ALLEY-OOPS him onto the buckles! Omega goes corner to corner, BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER into the buckles! Double underhook, TIGER DRIVER 98!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Two and a half, maybe! Electric Chair, tuck, ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
Callis says this is why Omega is still the God of Pro-Wrestling! Callis’ biased opinion aside, JB got a lot closer than Omega would’ve ever given him credit for. But wait, is Omega waiting for JB to get back up? Omega’s aiming with that belt, but here comes Christian Cage! Captain Charisma brawls with Omega, DECKS him, then chases him out of the ring! But wait, the HFO has found Christian and they attack! Christian DECKS Kassidy, DECKS Quen, but Hardy DECKS Christian! Hardy wants Christian to get back up, then reels him in for a facelock! But no Twist of Fate! Christian turns Hardy, but the YOUNG BUCKS DOUBLE SUPERKICK Christian down!
The HFO and The Elite are standing tall over all their enemies! And now Hardy hits TWIST OF FATE on Captain Charisma! Private Party mocks Christian looking for the peeps while the Bucks and Omega stand over Jungle Boy. Is this going to be the natural order of things in AEW forever?
Another awesome episode! And it’ll be the last non-Wednesday Dynamite for some time so it really went out with a bang. We got great promos to set up the return to Wednesday, from the Bucks & Cutler calling out Kingston & Penta and vice-versa, to QT Marshall hyping up the strap match, to Sterling hyping up Jade’s merch, to Miro and BPJ calling the other out. Britt & Rebel had a very good one, with the smart detail of them ignoring Nyla because they assume they can beat Vickie that easy. Nyla & Vickie had a very good response promo, and I’m thinking Nyla gets the win off Rebel to hype up their title match, which is good to know that it’s going to be Fyter Fest Night 2.
Hangman VS Hobbs was a great opener, and naturally it helps advance the story of Brian Cage VS Ricky Starks at the same time. Hangman wins to stay strong as top contender, as has been his story lately. Hangman is surely on his way to a title match by All Out, as should be the case. And I sensed before that Cage VS Starks was going to be settled in a match for the FTW Championship, and Starks bringing that belt to ringside and trying to use it on Hangman was definitely the official foreshadowing in this story. Winner is champion and stays in Team Taz, loser is kicked out. For that reason, I feel like Team Taz actually chooses sides and helps Starks since Cage isn’t wanting to join in the Heel tactics anymore.
There was a lot of great stuff with The Pinnacle and Inner Circle tonight. Spears’ ambush “before” the show was a good way to set the tone for the rest. Tully and Konnan had a good face to face that of course wasn’t going to stay civil, and while I could tell it wasn’t PNP walking out, it was still a very well executed bait ‘n’ switch on that. This is definitely setting up Santana & Ortiz for the win over FTR in the continuing Best Of series. At the same time, we got a great brawl of the other faction members, but Inner Circle standing tall here makes me think Sammy loses to MJF so that Sammy can beat Spears and then Jericho beats MJF to top this off.
I like that Vickie and Andrade tried to interrupt a match with their announcement, only for it to fail. I feel like that immediately sets up Sydal Brothers VS El Idolo & his mystery partner, which is surely the announcement they’ve been wanting to give. Sydal VS Dante was another awesome match, following their first one on Dark a few weeks ago. Bear Bronson is very much the same, he and Ethan Page had a great match. But of course Ethan wins, he is staying strong so that he and Darby can have their blow-off. A Coffin/Casket match is definitely the perfect choice here, and I guarantee that Scorpio will try to help Ethan, cuing Sting to return and stop that. It might not sit well with Darby, but it’d be quite the shocker if we got Darby VS Sting after this.
Statlander had a very good match with The Bunny Allie, and there was good stuff with Blade and Cassidy getting involved. Statlander wins so she can stay strong in the top 5, but the HFO stands tall over Cassidy to further a rivalry with Best Friends & Friends. And after things with HFO and Christian after the main event, I think Best Friends are going to be allies with Christian to take on Hardy, Private Party & The Blade. And speaking of the main event, we got a good video package and good promo from JB and Christian to hype it up, but the main event speaks for itself. It was amazing stuff, made this episode feel as special as the coming July streak, and there was great “overbooking” with Jurassic Express and Kaz going after The Elite to keep things fair. Omega wins, of course, because he’s going to be the one Hangman takes on at All Out, that is just the way this story should go.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!
AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?
- Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
- Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.
A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?
To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!
- The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
- Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Royal Rampage!
Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?
Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.
Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!
Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.
Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!
Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.
Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!
Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!
Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!
Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.
Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!
Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!
Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!
Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!
The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.
Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!
Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!
Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!
Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!
Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!
Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!
Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!
Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)
The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?
Backstage interview with Hook.
Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?
The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!
Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!
Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!
Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner. Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!
Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!
Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)
Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?
AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.
“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?
Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!
Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?
Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!
The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!
Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!
Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!
Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!
Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!
The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?
A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.
Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.
Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.
The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.
My Score: 8.6/10
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