AEW returns to Wednesday and it’s Dynamite!
Before getting back on the road, AEW Dynamite has a big blow-out for Daily’s Place! Will Brian Pillman Jr. end Miro’s reign as TNT Champion?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M w/ Alexa Abrahantes; Kingston & Penta win and will challenge the Young Bucks for the titles.
- Jungle Boy VS Jack Evans; Jungle Boy wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Griff Garrison & Julia Hart; Miro wins and retains the title.
- Britt Baker & Rebel VS Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero; Britt & Rebel win.
- Sammy Guevara VS MJF; MJF wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Chris Jericho joins commentary!
Fans sing Judas as The Demo God, Y2J, and the leader of the Inner Circle is here to be alongside Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross for what might be the last Wednesday Night Dynamite at Daily’s Place for a long, long time!
AEW World Tag Team Championships Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M w/ Alexa Abrahantes!
Matt & Nick Jackson want to redefine “EVPs,” and are planning to do that at the expense of the Mad King and his once-again best friend! Though, will that be as questionable as their choices in facial hair?
Teams don’t sort out, they start brawling! The bell rings to get this on record as the Bucks kick and knee low. They double whip but Penta kicks Nick and then goes out to SUPERKICK him! Kingston gets around Matt to backslide, TWO!! Matt escapes but Kingston drop toeholds! Penta returns to PENALTY KICK Matt in the face! Gedo Clutch, TWO!! Matt escapes again but Kingston CLUBS him. Fans fire up for Kingston as he CHOPS Matt, then CHOPS again! Kingston scoops to SLAM Matt, then DECKS Nick! Nick gets in but the ref keeps him back. Penta goes up top for some WAZZUP~! Cover, TWO!
Kingston drags Matt away to tag Penta in. They mug Matt in their corner, and fans fire up with Penta. Penta drags Matt back as fans chant, “Cero Meido!” Penta taunts Nick, reels Matt in, but Matt powers Penta into Nick’s ENZIGURI! Matt finally takes his jacket off, then DECKS Kingston, the Bucks clothesline enziguri combo! Penta sits down, Matt goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL ENZIGURI COMBO! Fans boo but the Bucks soak it up while Brandon Cutler does his best to spray them down. Tag to Nick, he drags Penta up and chokes him on ropes! The ref counts, Nick lets off, but Penta eggs Nick on. Nick stomps Penta then gets him up.
Tag to Matt, the Bucks double whip Penta to ropes, then double elbow and double fist drop! The Bucks are in synch right down to the hip thrusts. Matt covers, TWO! Matt stomps Penta to ropes, tag to Nick, and the Bucks get Penta up for another double whip. Penta slides out, baits the Buck sin, and Matt falls for it! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Penta GAMANGIRIS Nick, goes up top and CROSSBODIES! Tag to Kingston and Kingston rallies on Nick! Then on Matt as he gets in! Nick goes to a corner and gets a SPLASH! Kingston SPLASHES Matt, then fisherman suplexes Nick! Bridging cover, TWO! It wasn’t quite perfect so Nick escapes!
Kingston whips and gives Nick a kitchen sink knee! Kingston powers up but Matt drags him out, so Kingston gives him an EXPLODER! Nick PENALTY KICKS Kingston down, then DECKS Penta! Nick fixes his hair, and Matt sets Kingston up. The Bucks coordinate, STANDING MOONSAULT AND SPLASH! Fans boo but Cutler sprays Nick down. Nick gets Kingston up and in, covers, ONE! Nick throws hands on Kingston, drives in his knees, then runs to stomp Kingston down. Fans boo but Nick soaks up the heat as he does his Macho Man pose. Nick scrapes his laces on Kingston, Kingston grapples with Nick but Nick gets him to the corner.
Matt tags in, the Bucks mug Kingston, but fans rally up. Kingston tries to tackle Matt but Matt CLUBS him down! Matt soaks up the heat, drops a fist, then wraps on a chinlock. Kingston endures, fans rally up and Kingston fights up. Matt throws Kingston down by his head, then stomps him down! Tag to Nick, they mug Kingston with kicks but Kingston is just getting mad! Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Matt KICKS a leg out, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Shining Wizard for Penta! Tag to Matt and he rains down fists on Kingston! Matt even bites Kingston’s forehead! The ref reprimands so Matt drags Kingston up to tag Nick.
Nick climbs, Matt throws hands on Kingston and fireman’s carries, but Kingston slips off! Kingston shoves Matt into Nick then shoves Matt out! Kingston grins as he looks at Nick stuck up top! Kingston climbs, and headbutts away on Nick over and over! Kingston wobbles, but he fires off more headbutts! Fans fire up with Kingston as he stands up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and a standing count begins! Fans rally as Kingston and Nick crawl, hot tags to Penta and Matt! Penta CHOPS away on the Bucks, KICKS away on their legs, then whips Nick. Nick reverses, Penta goes up and over to mule kick Matt! Victory roll, launch to a DDT on Matt!
Penta hits a SLINGBLADE on Nick! Kick and rolling SUNSET BOMB to Matt! Cover, TWO?!!? Even Jericho thinks “That Was Three!” Penta gets Matt up, reels him in and vows to end this! “CERO! MIEDO!” But Matt trips Penta to catapult him into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Nick tags in, springboards, and RANAS Penta! Macho Nick struts about and runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD, GAMANGIRI, FOREARM and then a- No! No bulldog as Kingston pops Nick up and over! Nick headstands on the top rope, but Penta SUPERKICKS him down! Nick tumbles down into Kingston’s GERMAN SUPELX! BACKSTABBER from Penta! Cover, Matt breaks it in time!!
Matt gets Nick up, Kingston whips Matt but Matt whips Kingston out to the ramp. Matt goes up, CROSSBODY to the ramp! Penta and Nick stand off and fans fire up! Nick throws a haymaker, Penta CHOPS! Nick throws another haymaker, Penta KICKS a leg! Penta whips, Nick flips through the ropes, Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, blocks Nick’s kick but they switch and switch! Nick grabs the ref to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Tag to Matt, Matt hurries to get Penta up and Nick climbs! The Elite mock the Lucha Brothers, LB DRIVER!!! Cover, Kingston breaks it in time!! Nick is oddly amused as Kingston and Penta survive!
The Good Brothers show up as Kingston dares the Bucks to bring it. Nick pie faces him, Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLODER for Nick! Matt ducks the Uraken to SUPERKICK! But Kingston stays up!? SUPERKICK! Still nothing! SUPERKICK from Nick and Kingston goes down! The Bucks get Penta up, Matt holds him while Nick runs, but Penta tosses Nick up and out! The Good Brothers distract the ref as Cutler gets on the apron! But Penta ducks and Matt gets DOUBLE COLD SPRAY!! Cutler, stop already! WAIT! Frankie Kazarian shows up, and CLOBBERS Cutler!! Elite Hunter gets his shot in!
Penta runs to FLY and take out Nick AND the Good Brothers! Matt wipes his face off but Penta reels him in for FEAR FACTRO! Feed to the URAKEN!! Cover, Penta & Kingston win!!
Winners: Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)
The Heavy Metal Rebel celebrates alongside Penta, Kingston and the fans! Will this be the beginning of the end for The Elite’s tyranny over the titles?
Christian Cage talks with Jungle Boy backstage.
Captain Charisma says he was proud of JB last Saturday. “We all were proud of you.” Christian’s said it before but he’ll say it again: he doesn’t believe in win and lose, but in win and learn. JB can take something from the loss and be better than he ever was. We all learned that not only can JB stand toe-to-toe with Kenny Omega, but he took him to the brink! Christian believes JB will be champion some day. And tonight is still big! JB could be the first AEW wrestler to make it to fifty wins! So JB should go out there, make some history and get that 5-0.
Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt walk over and they thank Christian for having JB’s back. Now despite what people might think, dinosaurs are very loyal. That means they have Christian’s back. HFO is after him a lot, so that’s great to know. And crazy story, Christian is almost a quarter Kosmoceratops on his mom’s side. Wow, really? Luchasaurus’ Uncle Larry is, too. Family trees aside, will #JungleLife be in full swing and lead JB back to winning ways?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with The Men of the Year.
AEW returns as Schiavone talks with Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, namely All Ego after he challenged Darby Allin to a Coffin Match! But why specifically that match type? Ethan says to be honest, as fans boo hard, “What I’ve been doing is frankly not enough. It’s not enough, no. My goal… Oh would you shut up and let me talk for a second?!” The fans get louder, actually. Ethan says he is going to speak to Schiavone, then. As he said, what he’s been doing is not enough. His goal isn’t to beat Darby but to exterminate him! No one has tried to cripple Darby more than Ethan!
Ethan threw Darby down the stairs, but he came back. Ethan threw Darby into the crowd, but he came back. Hell, on the independents, Ethan busted Darby’s head, broke an elbow, and Darby just shows up here in AEW! So crippling him physically isn’t an option. The Coffin Match will cripple Darby mentally! Ethan tells Darby, “I am going to beat you in this Coffin Match! And win I beat you, every time you go up for a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me. Every time you even think about doing a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me! And every time you do a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me laying you in the coffin and closing it shut on your confidence FOREVER!”
But wait, the lights go out! The snow, the crow, and… IT’S STIIIIIING~! He’s pulling out a coffin with a tarp draped over it! Video plays of Darby digging Ethan Page’s grave and setting it on fire! And then out of the coffin here, it IS Darby! Darby ROCKS Ethan, DECKS Scorpio, then gets Ethan in a SLEEPER! Scorpio goes after Darby but Sting gets him for the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Darby chokes Ethan on ropes than rakes his eyes with long fingernails! Security and referees rush in to stop this, and Ethan shouts, “Of course you do this, Darby! You know you can’t beat me at 100%!” But that means the match next week is off!
Ethan wants a contract of no contact before the Coffin Match! And maybe if Darby behaves, maybe they do this at Fyter Fest! All Ego uses this attack as an excuse, but will there be no excuses when the fight finally happens?
Jungle Boy VS Jack Evans!
Jurassic Express has joined the fight against the Hardy Family Office, and it starts with Jungle Jack Perry taking on the mouth of The Hybrid2! Will JB jack up Evans’ mouth and shut him up? Or will Evans make JB pay for getting in HFO business?
The bell rings and Evans wants the fans to stop singing with JB’s theme, Jungle Life, but they don’t. JB and Evans circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Evans wrenches out and wristlocks but JB handsprings through to wrench back. Evans handsprings, and headscissors, but JB gets up as Evans handsprings through. JB runs in and gets a headlock takeover! Evans fights up, powers out but JB handsprings over to get the headlock takeover back! Evans headscissors, JB kips free and sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE! Evans sweeps, covers, ONE! JB avoids a dropkick to get the leg lock! Evans scrambles to the ropebreak! JB lets Evans off easy and fans fire up.
JB and Evans approach, Evans kicks low! Evans whips, JB reverses, things speed up but Evans dodges a dropkick now. Evans runs back in to JUMP KICK! JB ends up in a corner, Evans is on him with a wrench, but JB CHOPS! JB knuckle locks, KICKS, and goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag, then dropkick! JB kips up and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.
JB storms after Evans but Evans sends JB into buckles! Evans then throws JB down, throws down hands, then gets JB up to bump him off buckles. Evans snap suplexes, floats to a cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed but he drags JB up. JB throws hands but Evans clubs and stomps him down! Evans bumps JB off buckles, whips him corner to corner then handsprings in to back elbow! Evans goes to the apron in one swift motion, and then SPRINGBOARD RYDER KICKS! Cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed and argues with the ref, but he gets JB up. Evans throws knees, gets JB up to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Evans is getting frustrated now as he stalks JB to a corner.
JB CHOPS back, but Evans kicks him down. Evans gets JB up, whips him to ropes, and JUMP KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Evans gets JB back up, brings him to a corner for another buckle bump, then talks trash as he saunters corner to corner. AEW returns to single picture as Evans runs in, but JB elbows him away! And ROCKS him! ANd CHOPS him! JB whips, Evans reverses but JB dropkicks the legs out! JB keeps going, Evans dodges but JB hits the COMEBACK LARIAT! Fans fire up as JB runs in but Evans boots him! Evans spins, but JB blocks the kcik! Evans hurries to get ropes but JB throws Evans out. Evans ROUNDHOUSES, then climbs, talking trash, too!
JB gets right up to fire off hands! JB climbs up, has Evans up top, but Evans slips under to CLUB JB down! Evans goes up to SPIDER GERMAN, but JB lands on his feet! And dropkicks Evans down! Leg lock to SNARE TRAP!! Evans reaches, but is caught! Evans taps, JB wins!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
And there’s Number 50!! But here comes the HFO! Wait, here come Jurassic Express and Christian Cage, too! They run Private Party and TH2 off, Captain Charisma brawls with Big Money Matt! Matt swings into the INVERTED DDT! Christian rips Matt’s jacket off to CHOKE him with it! But Evans returns, only for Christian to ROCK him! Evans takes the shots as Hardy runs away! Christian glares at Matt Hardy, then throws his jacket back at him! When and where will these two living legends throw down to settle the score?
“I outsmarted you when I became the fox in the hen house known as The Inner Circle, only to create a faction of my own. I outwrestled you, both at Full Gear and at Blood ‘n’ Guts. I have outclassed you on the microphone week after week, and now I’ve dethroned you as the King of AEW. Christopher Jericho, you would think as a 30 year veteran of this sport, you would know when to just call it quits, throw in the towel and walk away when you have been bested by a man who is better than you. There is no shame in that, bud. But no, not you Chris. Not you! Instead, you’ve decided to turn All Elite Wrestling into your own perverted version of Looney Tunes.”
The Inner Circle attacked The Pinnacle in their locker room, they doused them in Bubbly, and absolutely ruined MJF’s limousine. Now, Jericho has decided to attack him during interviews! MJF laughs and says it is because while Jericho thinks MJF is the butt-end of the joke, the reality is, Jericho is the joke. Jericho used to be so cool, a pro-wrestling genius! But now, this is the best Jericho can come up with? It’s sad that Jericho has stooped so low. So MJF will ask Jericho this: “How long exactly are you willing to stoop?” We’ll find out next week, as MJF will present his stipulations to give Jericho in the ultimate opportunity Jericho’s been begging MJF for, and that is one last match together.
All MJF requests is that if Jericho makes it through all of those stipulations, which he won’t, and then after MJF beats Jericho, Jericho leaves MJF alone for good. In the meantime and the between time, MJF will take out all Jericho’s transgressions out on his “cute little protégé,” Sammy Guevara! MJF tells Sammy, “You freakin’ hack,” that a lot of people have been wanting to see this match for a long time. That is because the fans want to know who is really the future of pro-wrestling. And as much as it pains MJF to tell “Samuel,” after tonight’s main event, the fans will say Sammy is the future BECAUSE MJF IS THE NOW!!
MJF promises to embarrass Sammy live on TNT, and then Sammy can go to his blog to tell all the #SammySimps that MJF is better than him, and he knows it. Will MJF survive the Spanish God to give Jericho his list of demands?
Alex Abrahantes interviews Andrade El Idolo.
Last week, the Sydal Brothers interrupted the major announcement from Andrade and Vickie Guerrero that was albeit interrupting Matt Sydal’s match. Andrade says he had a great announcement to make, but “Matt Something” interrupted. He interrupted El Idolo! Andrade will make an example of Matt. What do you think of Matt uh, what is it? Sydal. Matt Something VS El Idolo, in Miami, the City of Heat! The City of Latinos! The City of Scarface! So then, in Miami, at AEW Dynamite: Road Rager, El Idolo VS Something. It is made official, Matt Sydal is facing Andrade in Andrade’s first AEW match! Will Andrade get to make his big announcement after defeating the fifth ranked contender?
Schiavone is back in the ring!
Schiavone notes the great match we saw just last Saturday, and still AEW World Champion is Kenny Omega! The Best Bout Belt Collector seems to be borrowing facial hair tips from the Bucks but he still has THE AEW World title with him. Omega shakes hands with Schiavone and Schiavone congratulates him on still being “the man” in AEW. Omega takes the mic and says this reminds him about a conversation earlier today. Schiavone himself asked Omega, “For someone as decorated as you in professional wrestling, how do you stay motivated? How is it that you get up every day out of bed and find that next goal that you want to attack? That you find that next plan?”
Schiavone says he didn’t ask Omega any of that today. Oh. Well, Omega will still tell him that today, Omega woke up feeling like a king! It was upon further reflection that Omega realized that he not only defeated the toughest guy in AEW, and the greatest high-flyer in AEW, and the greatest charismatic, merch-selling act in AEW, and the greatest athlete not named Kenny Omega in AEW, he had also defeated the most promising up-and-comer, aka Jungle Boy, and that was just last week. “So it pains me to say that unfortunately with no one left amongst the ranks of AEW, that I will have to take a little bit a chunk of time off.”
But that’s okay because he has other promotions’ belts, so you’ll see him all around the world defending those championships somewhere. So his work here is- Wait, the Dark Order is making their way out! Evil Uno has a mic to say, “Kenny, Kenny, Kenny!” Did we hear Omega right that he has no challengers left? Yes, that’s right. Well, Uno thinks differently. Oh, he does? Wait, is this gonna be Number 5? Five wouldn’t even last two minutes! So why don’t these “video game playing twerps” turn around and walk back up the ramp because they’re not even close to being ranked to facing Omega!
The fans start to pick up on something and Uno says, “You’re right! None of us have enough singles wins to go for the AEW World Championship.” But Uno thinks Omega knows someone who does. Uno thinks Omega knows someone that they have befriended and that Omega used to be very good friends with! THE number one ranked wrestler in All Elite Wrestling, and the fans already know it, too! Omega says if Uno actually means the person he thinks he’s talking about, Omega doesn’t think he’d appreciate them speaking on behalf of him. And if this is the same person Omega thinks it is, then that guy doesn’t have the guts to face him!
If Uno is talking about the person Omega thinks he’s talking about, that guy doesn’t even himself think he has the right to hold up this belt and call himself a champion! So unless Uno has something else to say, this is where Omega bids us adieu. Good bye, mwah, and good night, BANG! Omega turns around, and tells them to chew on that! Omega makes his way through the Dark Order, but will Hangman Page hear all this and start to think he has what it takes?
AEW won’t be gone from Daily’s Place forever!
This just in: Wednesday, August 4th, will be Dynamite: Homecoming! After a fiery July, who will make it back to home base for a great return to Jacksonville?
Brian Pillman Jr. speaks.
“Forgive me, Miro. Forgive me for not sharing the same faith as you.” BPJ didn’t have much faith or parents to call him own, but he had damn good friends, great teammates who stuck by him through thick and thin. Griff Garrison is like a brother to BPJ. When Miro went after Griff, he made this personal. This is more than a title match, this is BPJ proving Miro isn’t God’s Favorite with his Messiah complex. Miro is just a big bully! A big Bulgarian BITCH!! Will Bulletproof Brian take down The Best Man and take both title and undefeated streak from him?
AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Griff Garrison & Julia Hart!
BPJ gives Julia his jacket and sunglasses to wear at ringside, then waits in the ring as “The Redeemer” makes his way to the ring. Introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Miro’s blessed strength sees him through.
Miro tries the Best Kick but BPJ dodges to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Miro grabs hair to throw BPJ but BPJ BOOTS and CHOPS back! BPJ whips but Miro reverses to then SAMOAN DROP BPJ! Fans duel as Miro cools off, to then kick BPJ in the side! Miro CLUBS BPJ, brings him up and ROCKS him! BPJ staggers, Miro knocks him down! Miro drags BPJ up, and KICKS him in the chest! BPJ gasps but Miro sits him back up for another KICK! Miro gets BPJ up for a BIG suplex! Miro paces while fans cheer and jeer. BPJ sits up, Miro looms over him, but fans rally up for BPJ and that upsets Miro. BPJ fires off hands, runs but Miro body checks him!
Miro scoops BPJ to FALL AWAY SLAM! BPJ falls out of the ring and Miro smirks as AEW goes picture in picture.
Miro sees BPJ writhing outside. Miro mocks the fans cheering, but Miro waits on BPJ since he has Champion’s Advantage. BPJ gets in before 10 but Miro mugs him in a corner! And then clotheslines him back out of the ring! BPJ flops to the floor, Miro goes out after him this time, and Miro stands BPJ up to bearhug and Belly2Belly suplex! Miro paces while BPJ sputters, and the ref keeps the ring count going. Miro drags BPJ up, scoops him and SNAKE EYES BPJ off the railing! BPJ staggers into the ring but Miro follows him. Miro stalks BPJ to a corner, slaps him around and talks trash. BPJ throws body shots but Miro DECKS him with an uppercut!
Miro gets BPJ up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper, then brings him around for another! BPJ falls over and falls out of the ring, but Miro soaks up the heat. Miro sees BPJ on the apron and goes out after him. Miro gives toying kicks, but BPJ throws body shots. Miro ROCKS BPJ with a forearm, then has him in the ropes as he hooks up the arms! Miro gets fans to boo and jeer as he gives him beats of the Bodhrain like his old pal, Sheamy! But then BPJ HOTSHOTS Miro back! Fans fire up for Brian as he throws hands on Miro! Miro wobbles, BPJ triangle jump dropkicks! Jericho knows that move! Fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Miro with a dropkick!
BPJ is fired up and so are the fans! BPJ fires off haymakers and CHOPS on Miro, then bumps Miro off the apron! BPJ whips Miro into railing, then gets him back to the ring. Miro shoves BPJ away, BPJ shoulders in from the apron then springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!! Miro survives but BPJ isn’t deterred! BPJ tries another springboard, and he fakes Miro out! SUPERKICK! BPJ aims again to SUPERKICK again! Miro staggers about and fans fire up! BPJ reloads, aims again, but Miro blocks the third to spin and ROUNDHOUSE BPJ! Miro snarls as he hits the BEST KICK! BPJ is down and Miro is building up power!
“GAAAAME~! OVAAAAA~!” Miro drags BPJ around to stomp and put on the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH!! BPJ endures, but Miro bends him way back! And makes it a SLEEPER! BPJ is OUT, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Whether or not he is God’s Favorite Champion, Miro is surely the biggest, strongest and meanest champion He hath created! Will Miro continue to dominate until the end of time?
Alex Marvez finds the Dark Order backstage.
Hangman Page storms in and he is furious! He knew they’d do something stupid like this! Stu Grayson says if Hangman knew they’d do this, then why didn’t they stop them? Hangman still wants the title! So they made the challenge for him? They think he’s scared of Kenny? No, but he might be scared of failing. It is okay to fail, so long as you get back up on the horse. Yeah! When Uno failed to win the TNT Championship, Hangman hoisted him up to celebrate his efforts. Hangman said win or lose, they’d always have each other’s backs, and they have his back. Everyone tells Hangman he’s got this, and Alex Reynolds says Hangman’s waited long enough. This is his time. Will all this encouragement help the Anxious Millennial Cowboy get over his anxiety and go for the gold?
Team Taz speaks.
“As you can see,” the team is not complete because Ricky Starks is not cleared and is not here. Brian Cage, the FTW Champion, is not here. Those two have had a rough relationship and it has been rough on Taz. It has been toxic for the team. It has strained the nerves of Taz, of Will Hobbs, and of Hook. Hook is tired of this, and Hobbs says someone has to figure this out real quick. Taz agrees. And on July 14th, Austin, TX, Fyter Fest, Cage will defend the FTW Championship against the medically cleared Absolute Ricky Starks! Sometimes, families need to have a good ol’ fashioned fight to clear things up! But will this only make things worse for the team?
Britt Baker & Rebel VS Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero!
The AEW Women’s World Champion and her assistant don’t take The Cougar seriously, but they better take her client, the Native Beast, very seriously! Will Nyla chew up the Doctor and spit her out on her way to the gold? Or will tonight belong to Britt Baker, DMD?
The teams sort out, Vickie and Rebel shove, and Rebel shoves Vickie down! Vickie gets up in a huff, and Britt DECKS her! Britt and Rebel laugh as the bell rings, but Nyla tags in! Nyla is right there as Britt turns around, and she shoves Rebel at her! Britt runs away, Rebel jumps onto Nyla, but Nyla throws her off! Nyla stomps Rebel, clubs her down, then glares at Britt. Nyla drags Rebel around to then drop a SPLASH! Nyla shoves Rebel for Britt to tag but Britt runs away! Rebel can’t believe it, but then she turns around and Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla scoop SLAMS then drops a leg on Rebel! Vickie cheers as Nyla drags Rebel up for another scoop and SLAM!
Vickie tags in and has Nyla go fetch something. Vickie goes Latina Heat and climbs up while Nyla gets a table?! Rebel knocks Vickie down off the top then throws her across the way! Cover, TWO! Britt talks trash while Rebel stomps Vickie. Vickie grabs onto Rebel, Rebel stomps her down! Rebel does a dance just to show off, then she goes for Vickie. Vickie gets her for a victory roll! TWO!! Vickie argues the count but she tags Nyla back in, and Nyla CLOBBERS Rebel! Nyla keeps Rebel from Britt and bends her arm back! Rebel endures but Britt isn’t really trying to do anything about it. Nyla throws down hands on Rebel’s ribs but Rebel still endures.
Nyla CLAWS Rebel’s side as she bends her back, but Britt sneaks in. The ref tells her to stay back, and Nyla gets Rebel up to put in an open corner as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns, Nyla whips Rebel to ropes and scoops her for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Nyla runs but Britt gets a cheap shot in! Nyla swipes at her but Britt uses that to HOTSHOT! Nyla staggers and Rebel rolls her up, TWO! Rebel gets up and Britt tags in. Rebel ROCKS Nyla, then Britt SLINGBLADES! Britt gets Nyla up, fisherman but Nyla wrenches out to kick low! Nyla brings Britt in but Britt escapes the bomb to mule kick a leg! Then a SUPERKICK! Rebel gives Britt the glove, but Nyla choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Nyla roars, drags Britt back up, and hangs her out to dry on ropes. Nyla goes to the corner, climbs and GUILLOTINE KNEE!! Cover, Rebel breaks it!
Nyla gets Rebel up and drags her to ropes. Rebel drags herself out of the ring as Nyla gets Britt in the drop zone. Tag to Vickie and Vickie has Nyla go up! Vickie moves Britt around but Britt boots her into Nyla! Nyla falls, Britt drop toeholds Vickie into the LOCKJAW!!! Vickie taps, Britt & Rebel win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Rebel, by submission
Vickie is furious, perhaps mostly with herself, for losing that one! But Nyla CLOBBERS Britt from behind! Nyla drags Britt up, reels her in, and hits a BEAST BOMB! Vickie sets the table up nearby and Nyla puts Britt on the apron. Vickie cackles as Nyla drags Britt up. The ref tells Nyla not to do this, but Nyla gets Britt up for a BEAST BOMB through the table!! Fans lose their minds as Nyla roars and stands over the AEW Women’s World Champion! Will we see even worse than this on Fyter Fest Night 2?
Road Rager is even bigger than before! Because after winning against the Bucks tonight, Kingston & Penta get their world tag team championship match on July 7th! Will the Bucks lose twice in a row and lose the belts at the same time? Plus, the Summer of Violence and Pain between Inner Circle and Pinnacle continues as we see a Six Man Tag! Jake Hager joins Proud ‘n’ Powerful as they take on Wardlow & FTR! Konnan and Tully Blanchard will both be ringside, will even they get involved in this massive match?
And after The Blade nearly turned Orange Cassidy into pulp, AEW sets up Dynamite’s first ever Mixed Tag Match! The Blade & Bunny VS Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander! Will the HFO pay for what they’ve tried to do to the Best Friends’ friends?
The Inner Circle speaks.
Jake Hager bets the Pinnacle is tired of seeing them, because every time they do, one of two things happens: One, Pinnacle gets their asses whooped; Two, see number one. So what’s next? Wardlow almost had Hager’s respect, coming into Hager’s world, fighting him with everything he had, and took it like a man. But then he had “that bitch” Shawn Spears attack from behind, MJF went after Jericho’s arm again, and then punched Dean Malenko in the face! Dean Malenko, in his face! FTR, PNP sees they want to get their hands dirty, so PNP will just get their hands dirtier!
They’ve said it before and will say it again: They like the heart, and the fight. But this will feel that much sweeter when it goes down with the scratching and clawing. When they go head to head and shut it down in Miami, y’all better bring all the fight y’all can! And with the snake, Tully, in FTR’s corner, PNP has their dog, Konnan, in theirs! “You messed up.” Will this be the one that burns it all down?
Sammy Guevara VS MJF!
Two of the greatest young talents in pro-wrestling today finally meet 1v1 and close out this explosive return to Wednesdays! Will the Spanish God score a point for the Inner Circle? Or will Maxwell Jacob Friedman get The Pinnacle back on the board?
AEW returns as Sammy makes his entrance. Fans are fired up and the bell rings as the two stare down. MJF approaches but then bails right out, and smirks as he trolls the fans. But Sammy does a spin and lounge, taunting MJF right back. MJF gets in, they tie up, Sammy powers out but MJF runs him over! Things keep going, and MJF Fargo struts over Sammy. Things keep going, MJF gets clipped but Sammy leaps to do his own strut! Fans fire up as MJF runs back in, and things keep going. Sammy jumps and flips but MJF avoids the dropkick. MJF back suplexes but Sammy lands on his feet to swing on MJF! MJF handsprings under, but then Sammy does the same!
Sammy kicks, MJF blocks and flips him to throat chop! The fans boo and MJF soaks it up. MJF runs but Sammy goes sideways to KNEE! Torture rack, but MJF blocks the GTH! MJF wants the arm, Sammy rolls through but MFJ headlocks for the takeover. Sammy headscissors, MJF kips free and roles reverse as Sammy hits a headlock takeover but MJF scissors. Sammy moves around, jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! Spin and backslide, TWO as Sammy gets out to get his own! TWO, and MJF tries a cradle, TWO! Sammy has the cradle, TWO! MJF, TWO! Sammy, TWO! MJF, TWO! DOUBLE cradle, TWO!! MJF and Sammy both kip u and fans are thunderous!
Fans cheer for “A E Dub!” as MJF offers a handshake. Sammy knows better and ROCKS MFJ! Sammy RAMS MJF into a corner, keeps on him, fires off, but the ref backs him off. Sammy gets in for more, the ref backs him off again, but MFJ pokes eyes! Sammy blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Sammy heads up top, but MJF rolls away to the far side. Sammy hops down, sees MJF on the outside and fans rally as he builds speed! MJF moves so Sammy stops short. Sammy chases MJF, they get in the ring, Sammy ROCKS MJF to then slingshot and springboard, FLYING CUTTER!! Jackknife cover, TWO! Sammy keeps his cool as MJF goes back to the apron.
Fans rally as Sammy hotshots MJF back down. Sammy goes to the apron now but MJF trips him up! MJF WRINGS Sammy into the railing! Sammy goes down in a heap while MJF soaks up the heat. MJF watches Sammy from the corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Sammy crawls, MJF goes out to fetch him and whip him into more railing! Sammy staggers to the ring, MJF soaks up the heat, and MJF drags Sammy to a choke! The ref counts, MJF lets off to cover, ONE! Sammy gets to a corner, but MJF chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off and brings Sammy around for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! MJF grows annoyed and he claws Sammy’s face! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but MJF stands on Sammy’s hand! Sammy gets free but MJF stands on the other hand! MJF stomps the fingers, CLAWS MJF on the back, and he brings Sammy up. Sammy CHOPS MJF, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But MJF throws him down by his hair!
The ref reprimands but MJF did the damage. MJF then digs his knee into Sammy’s head and claws at Sammy’s eyes! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off to cover, TWO! MJF stomps Sammy’s legs, grabs a hand and BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands, MJF stops and paces around while Sammy slowly gets up. MJF drags Sammy back down, knees him in the back, then wraps on a chinlock. Sammy endures as AEW returns to single picture, and fans rally as he fights up. Sammy throws body shots, MJF throws hands but Sammy ROCKS him! Sammy whips, MJF holds ropes and reverses, but Sammy holds ropes to throw MJF out! Sammy slides, but into the apron skirt trap!
MJF kicks away on Sammy, then lets off to glare at the booing fans. MJF gets Sammy up, reels Sammy in, but Sammy back drops free! Sammy drags MJF up and into the ring. Fans rally for Sammy as he aims from the apron. Sammy springboards but MJF makes it a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF seethes as Sammy rolls away. Sammy goes to a corner, MJF CLUBS him down! MJF puts Sammy up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. MJF talks trash to the fans, but Sammy resists the superplex! Sammy headbutts MJF and MJF sits on the ropes. Sammy adjusts, fans fire up, and Sammy gets a SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!?!?
Both men are down and fans are thunderous as a standing count begins! MJF hobbles to the ropes, Sammy is on the opposite end. MJF runs in, Sammy dodges and CLOBBERS MJF! And rallies on him! Sammy whips, MJF reverses but Sammy dodges to RAM and ENZIGURI! MJF staggers, Sammy goes up and RYDER KICKS! Sammy runs to clothesline MJF and himself out of the ring! Sammy skins the cat, fans fire up again and Sammy builds speed to FLY!! Fosbury Flop takes out MJF! Sammy puts MJF in, fires up with the fans, and vows to end this! Sammy springboards for a FLYING DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!??! MJF lives but “This is Awesome!”
Another standing count begins as MJF goes to a corner. Sammy gets up, runs in but MJF elbows him away! MJF hops up, and DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Sammy clutches the wrist, MJF wants the arm, but Sammy drop toeholds for a leg trap cradle! TWO, Sammy kicks and throws MJF to the apron. MJF hotshots Sammy back down! MJF gets water from the timekeeper, then takes a chair! But Sammy WRECKS MJF by hitting the chair into MJF! MJF flies into the front row! Sammy is back in the ring, sees where MJF ended up, and goes up top!? MJF stands, only for Sammy to LEAP out at him!! Direct hit but what a narrow window!!
Fans lose their minds again as Sammy and MJF are down in the narrow alleyway! Sammy gets up, drags MJF up as the ring count starts, and Sammy dumps MJF over the railing. Sammy gets MJF up and in at 7 of 10 and then climbs up a corner! The Spanish God never stops flying, but MJF hits ropes to trip him up! MJF climbs up now, brings Sammy up onto his shoulder in a gut wrench, for a SUPER TOMBSTONE?!?!? Cover, TWO?!?!?! Sammy still lives and no one believes it! MJF clutches his leg, he might’ve messed himself up on that one! MJF relieves pressure by moving his kneepad around, and he drags Sammy up. But then MJF falls, the bad leg giving out!
The ref checks on MJF but MJF doesn’t want to lose like this! The ref checks on Sammy and Sammy is somehow still in this, too! MJF gets Sammy up, but again the bad leg brings MJF down! The ref checks on both men but neither man wants to stop because of this! MJF forces himself to stand, and Sammy gets him for a cradle! TWO!?!? MJF escapes with one good leg but Sammy gets to his feet. MJF scoots up to Sammy to CLUB a leg! Sammy goes to the apron, MJF gets him up through the ropes, but Sammy turns Heatseeker into SHIN BREAKER! Sammy shoulders in, slingshots up and over but MJF sits! And holds ropes! But Sammy’s legs get MJF for the sunset, TWO!
Sammy mule kicks then SUPERKICKS MJF down! Sammy torture racks for GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, ROPEBREAK?!! MJF saves himself by mere inches!! Sammy and the fans can’t believe it, but Sammy gets himself fired back up. Sammy vows to end this now, and he gets MJF to a drop zone. Sammy climbs again, but MJF begs for mercy because of the bad leg! Fans don’t believe that, what about Sammy? Sammy still 630 SENTONS!! Cover, TWO?!!? MJF survives again and fans are thunderous! Wait, here comes Shawn Spears! Jericho goes to intercept the Chairman, but WARDLOW attacks Jericho from behind!!
Wardlow SNAKE EYES Jericho on the railing! Spears lurks with his chair as Sammy and MJF stir. Wardlow tells the ref to pay attention as he chokes Jericho, then TOSSES him to the floor! Sammy is stunned, Spears aims and CHAIR SHOTS!! The ref misses Spears take out Sammy for MJF! MJF crawls to cover Sammy, MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall
The Pinnacle’s underhanded chess game wins out! Medics help Jericho up while Wardlow and Spears help MJF up. But with Jericho’s bad arm and MJF’s bad leg, will there be anything left of these two once they finally have it out 1v1?
AEW closes with a look back at the Pandemic Era.
From the loss of the late, great Brodie Lee to the arrival of Broken Matt Hardy to the reign of Hikaru Shida, the creation of the TNT Championship, Jon Moxley’s reign as AEW World Champion, FTR showing up, the original Stadium Stampede, and even Mike Tyson showing up, there are truly countless moments that AEW was able to create for us when the world was going through something unlike anything it’d ever seen. But now, AEW hits the road and that means fans all around the country can be back in the audience! What amazing moments will be created now that we can all be All Elite again?
What an amazing episode for Dynamite. For one, the closing video package recapping their Pandemic Era was so well done. I don’t know if WWE will do one for the ThunderDome, but can they really get away with one like AEW? Though, maybe JR got confused because he apparently said “Nothing like a WWE Dynamite crowd” after the video package. That aside, the package was great, and this was a great episode as the go-home to the return to touring. Jericho was great on commentary from start to finish, and he being there at the end really added to the main event. Sammy VS MJF was practically a PPV level match, and I knew Saturday that cheating would help him win, but they did a high level job of it. I just hope MJF’s bad leg was more him selling than anything, that’d really hamper the feud.
The AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator was a great opener, and it was so awesome that Kaz showed up to even things up and allow Kingston & Penta to win. I am surprised we’re getting the tag titles for Road Rager and not Fyter Fest but if anything, that’s for the better so there can be a strongly built match for All Out. I can’t be sure The Bucks lose the titles on television, but what a great treat this match is for the fans in Miami either way. Omega had a good promo, and the Dark Order also had a good promo to point out Hangman is still on the list, and I was a bit surprised Hangman didn’t come out to confront Omega until we saw his promo later. Hangman VS Omega is definitely happening, and I hope they use Hangman’s nerves to keep it for All Out.
I almost feel like Christian is being too encouraging of JB, but it does make sense Jurassic Express also become Christian’s allies against The Hardy Family Office. We could end up with an epic 6v6 (Christian, Jurassic Express, Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy VS Hardy, Private Party, The Blade & TH2) before getting Christian VS Hardy 1v1. Speaking of which, the Mixed Tag of Cassidy & Statlander VS The Blade & Bunny will be really good and I’m thinking Cassidy wins so the Best Friends faction stays strong while Trent is out with his neck recovery. As for Jungle Boy VS Evans, that was a great match, and it is great that JB is the first 50-win wrestler in AEW, he really is a workhorse.
I knew Cage VS Starks for the FTW Championship was coming, so it’s great to finally have happening. Ethan Page had a good promo but what helped hype the Coffin Match was Darby attacking with those acrylic nails he put on just so he could claw at Ethan’s face more. Ethan wanting a contractual truce until the match is a great Heel move, and helps explain the pacing so that we have to wait for this match. Sting going after Scorpio to even things out makes me want Sting VS Scorpio 1v1 on the episode before the Coffin Match, and I bet Ethan can use it to go after Sting while holding Darby at bay because Darby can’t given Ethan another reason to push the Coffin Match back.
Andrade had a good promo, Andrade VS Matt Sydal was naturally going to happen, and maybe after he wins, El Idolo makes that announcement. Britt & Rebel VS Vickie & Nyla went about as I expected, Nyla scaring Britt but Vickie taking the loss. However, Nyla putting Britt through a table was quite a surprise. This keeps the math rather even, but I still think Britt finds a way to retain. Britt’s story has to be with Thunder Rosa’s story, Rosa comes back around to finally settle things with her, they could put on an absolute epic for All Out.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)
Happy Anniversary, AEW!
It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!
And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?
- Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!
The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?
Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!
Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!
But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…
Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!
Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)
Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?
AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.
After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.
The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.
Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.
Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”
Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”
Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”
Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.
And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”
Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.
“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!
Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?
AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.
The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!
The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?
The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!
Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!
Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!
Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!
Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!
Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.
Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!
Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!
They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!
Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!
Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!
Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!
Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!
Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!
Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!
The Hardy Boyz speak.
Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.
Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!
So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!
Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!
Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?
The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!
JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!
Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.
Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.
Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.
Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!
JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!
But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?
Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.
Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.
So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?
Schiavone is on stage.
This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.
Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!
AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.
A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.
Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!
The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”
In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.
Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!
Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.
Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!
Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!
Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?
The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!
Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!
Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!
But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.
Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.
Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!
Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)
Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?
A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.
Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.
Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.
Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.
The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.
Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/24/22)
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Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!
Before challenging FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Roppongi Vice fires up in the Dark! Will they be partying in the Dark, too?
- Kris Statlander VS Avery Breaux; Statlander wins.
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS Eli Isom & T.U.G Cooper; Menard & Parker win.
- A.Q.A VS Brittany Jade; AQA wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Alan Angels; Moriarty wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Carlie Bravo; Kiss wins.
- Robyn Renegade VS Vicky Dreamboat; Robyn wins.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Trenton Storm; Ogogo wins.
- Leva Bates VS Kia Dream; Bates win.
- Roppongi Vice VS Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake; RPG Vice wins.
A good line-up of nine, and great to see Leva Bates back in action. Also nice to see the team formerly known as 2point0 having a tag match, that’ll help get them going in the tag division while also building towards the “Anarchy in the Arena” at Double or Nothing. And RPG Vice will definitely get a win before their match on Dynamite.
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