Death Triangle, Dark Order, Jurassic Express, and more!
The stars at night are big and bright for AEW Elevation! Multiple factions are in full force as we head for Fight for the Fallen 2021!
- Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Marq Quen w/ the Hardy Family Office; Jungle Boy wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Amber Nova; Sakazaki wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Myka Madrid; Rosa wins.
- Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express VS Jora Johl w/ the Hardy Family Office; Luchasaurus wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Fuego Del Sol; Scorpio wins.
- Angelico VS Marko Stunt; Angelico wins.
- Madi Wrenkowski & The Bunny w/ The Blade VS Tay Conti & Kris Statlander; Conti & Statlander win.
- Bear Bronson VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins.
- Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Luther w/ Serpentico; Johnson wins and will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship at Dynamite Homecoming.
- Eddie Kingston VS Serpentico; Kingston wins.
- The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order; Lucha Brothers win.
- Six Man Tag: Brock Anderson & Gunn Club VS Chandler Hopkins, Cameron Cole & Izzy James; Anderson & Gunn Club win.
- PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Chuck Taylor w/ Best Friends’ Friends; PAC wins.
Another show that’s over two hours for Elevation, is this only going to slow down once Rampage starts in August? But Eddie Kingston on commentary was great, as was opening with the growing rivalry between the Hardy Family Office and the friends of Christian Cage. Jungle Boy opens, fans love Jungle Boy, Jungle Boy wins a really great match with Quen that had proper overbooking given everyone was ringside. A little disappointed that they again didn’t take advantage of that in the card order, though. Luchasaurus was right there, Jora Johl was right there, HFO can order Johl to start a fight with Luchasaurus and they could have the match right there instead of fourth in line.
That said, Luchasaurus VS Johl was good, especially with the character work where Johl wanted to be respectful but the HFO wanting anything but that. More good overbooking as Luchasaurus wipes out the HFO and then takes out Johl fast. On a similar level, they could’ve given us Angelico VS Marko Stunt sooner, but sixth is still a good spot. Actually, why didn’t they build to Jungle Boy VS Quen? That was the best match of the three, as fun as they all were. They could’ve started with Angelico VS Stunt since they didn’t have anyone ringside, then move up to Luchasaurus VS Johl, then JB VS Quen. Just some small things that I feel just make sense in the actual execution of Elevation.
Sakazaki VS Nova was very good, Nova gets a great showing but the Wrestling Magical Girl wins to stay strong now that she’s back in AEW. Fans came alive for Rosa being she’s from Texas, and she had a very good match with Myka to stay strong as second ranked contender. Scorpio beats Fuego but it was a very good match. The fans love Alabama’s Favorite Luchador and he does have skill so I’m sure Fuego will get something good some day. Good interview promo from Bunny Allie and a very good women’s tag to follow it. Kris and Tay had great teamwork and innovation in it, Madi got a great showing, but the Faces win big here to propel the story of Kris VS Bunny.
Jake Hager joining commentary for Wardlow’s match makes a lot of sense, since he has unfinished business with the Pinnacle’s big man. Wardlow’s match with Bear Bronson was great stuff as a hoss match, just big guys who can hit hard, and Bronson is continuing to show me he can be big in the next few years. Wardlow wins, though, because if he and Hager ever tie up again, Wardlow needs to stay strong for it. The AEW Elite General Manager Invitational thing was a neat little idea, and I like that we got a diehard Luther fan setting him up against Big Shotty for a really fun match. Nice little belt for James Darnell, too.
Speaking of which, Johnson VS Luther was good with good overbooking as Serpentico helps out, and is also used as a weapon. I figured Johnson would win, but that tornillo attack was really risky. He has the TNT Championship match for Dynamite Homecoming that Miro was hyping up, and it’s a good thing that’ll be August because Johnson has time to recover just in case. Miro showing up was a good surprise and his promo was solid. I am sure Miro wins but Johnson will give him one hell of a match.
I don’t remember them advertising Kingston VS Serpentico, but that’s another case of where they could’ve just had Serpentico wait at ringside and Kingston goes to the ring from commentary. The match itself was good, Serpentico showing fire at the start and great comedy from there after in his Spider-Man based gear. Jade Cargill also makes a surprise appearance, and Mark Sterling has a good promo as he panders to then buries Texas fans. He gets good Heel Heat on the “smart states” that deserve it, and I like that they’re really piling on her trying to be undefeated in wrestling while also crossing over a la The Rock or Cena. This has to be her losing her first match back in the ring.
A little surprised Lucha Bros VS Dark Order weren’t the penultimate but the third-to-last match. It was an awesome match, but Lucha Brothers of course win their first match back together, they’re getting ready to take on Andrade El Idolo as well as getting back on track towards the AEW World Tag titles on the side. Brock Anderson getting to be in the penultimate match was great for him, but I would’ve traded this one with the Lucha Bros VS Dark Order, a match with the obvious AEW Dark jobbers just doesn’t measure up. I do like that Brock was matching the Gunn Club with the Jacksonville Jaguars teal gear.
PAC VS Chuckie T was a great choice for main event, and it hearkens back to the short lived feud between Death Triangle and Best Friends & Friends. With Trent out with another injury, we sadly can’t get that feud again, unless they throw Wheeler Yuta in. The match itself is really good, but on the same level as Lucha Bros building momentum, Pac builds his so he can take on Andrade, too. And speaking of which, the reason this was the main event (though this could’ve worked if Lucha Bros main evented, too) was so Andrade could show up! Chavo pulls a good Heel Manager move by telling his client to reconsider the fight, but that fight is coming soon enough.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/20/21)
It’s a Dark Order Civil War!
Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!
New Jersey gets elevated as the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose return home, but it isn’t a happy homecoming! Will AEW’s former odd couple finally get even?
- Thunder Rosa VS Kaia McKenna; Rosa wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Anthony Bennett, Ray Jaz & Leon St. Giovanni; Gunn Club wins.
- Alan Angels & Preston Vance VS Evil Uno & Colt Cabana; Angels & Vance win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor & Kris Statlander VS Mike Verna; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party VS Teddy Goodz & Jorge Santi; Private Party wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Masha Slamovich; Shida wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Sonny Kiss; Kiss wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS JT Dunn & Avery Good; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Dustin Rhodes VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Dustin wins.
Orange Cassidy’s match might be one to watch, to see if the Hardy Family Office goes after him or not. The Dark Order VS Dark Order match is of course on the must-see, that story is growing into something really good. Janela VS Kiss is going to be one to watch, too, because of the heat in the story. I’m rather surprised we’re getting Dustin VS QT Marshall, but after QT lost to Paul Wight, he doesn’t really have a direction so maybe something comes of this.
Newly Heel Gunn Club has new everything, which is cool to see. I assume this means they’ve left the Nightmare Family to strike out on their own again, and given they’re still undefeated in tag and trios action, there needs to be a chance for them to build to a tag title match. Otherwise, the criticisms of “wins and losses matter,” both shoot and in kayfabe, will keep going. A bit surprising to see the Dark Order Civil War tag match happen so soon on the card but it had a lot of great character work on top of the great ring work we know they all bring. And I feel like Angels even upgraded his mask, that holofoil looks great.
HFO didn’t go after Cassidy but you could kayfabe that they were more worried about their own match right after. “Masha Slamovich” is a great name because it’s so cheesy. Masha got a good showing against Shida, maybe she’ll make a good impression on AEW or a partner like Impact or NWA, she might have potential if she can find a good character personality outside of “she’s Russian.” Little disappointed they didn’t make Janela VS Kiss the main event since both are New Jersey boys. Cincinnati got to have Brian Pillman Jr. as a Rampage main event, why can’t the Bad Boy VS Concrete Rose be on the same level?
Janela VS Kiss was still the match it should’ve been, with Janela getting bloodied but his new partner in crime getting involved, all while Kiss showing both strength and endurance. Kiss turning things around to get the win was great, but of course Rossi helps Janela get payback. I hope this feud continues so that Janela and Kiss can have something extreme, like an Unsanctioned Match. Dustin VS QT being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but Santana & Ortiz definitely did squash Dunn & Good. It was a very good match, Lee Johnson showing up was a good touch, but I still wish there was a build to a Bunkhouse Match for these guys.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/17/21)
Golden grudges are on a Rampage!
Will the Lucha Brothers defeat their former familia?
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M are putting their AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line against men they once fought alongside in The Butcher & The Blade! Will the Hardy Family Office finally have some gold?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Lucha Brothers win and retain the titles.
- Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford & Matt Hardy; Jay wins.
- AEW TNT Championship, Title VS Car: Miro VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office!
Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero M used to be amigos with Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter when they were all in Eddie Kingston’s faction. But things change in the blink of an eye, and now they’re fighting over gold! Will Cero Miedo see the Lucha Brothers through? Or will the HFO finally have AEW belts under their possession?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we’ll see if the newest reign ends barely after it’s begun!
The teams sort out, Blade starts against Fenix and the two circle. Fans fire up as the two tie up and Blade knocks Fenix down. Fenix gets up and circles with Blade again. Blade knees low, whips but Fenix tiger feints to rewind, but Blade ducks the heel kick. Things speed up, Blade kicks at the handspring but whiffs. Fenix deflects Blade’s haymakers and jumps over his kick, but Blade bugs out seeing Fenix show superkick! Fans cheer as Blade backs off to his corner and tags in Butcher. Fenix runs at Butcher, gets around him, springboards off the corner, but Butcher catches him! Penta gets in to SUPERKICK Butcher! Blade gets in to DECK Penta!
Fenix kicks but Blade whips, only for Penta to KICK Blade down! Fenix holds ropes to stop himself, Uno Dos Tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Butcher runs into kicks and then the Lucha Bros combine, wheelbarrow to VICTORY ROLL SPLASH! Fenix covers, TWO! Butcher is tough for getting back just recently, but he stands up to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Fenix tags Penta, Penta CHOPS Butcher against ropes! Butcher throws hands but Penta hits back. Fenix is up top but Blade shoves him down! Butcher wrenches and whips but Fenix manages to tag in before Butcher CLOBBERS Penta! Butcher sees Fenix somersault in and fireman’s carries! Blade joins in, ASSISTED GO TO SLEEP!
Fans boo as Blade & Butcher soak it up. Butcher drags Fenix up, bumps him off buckles then tags Blade. Blade drags Fenix up and around, tags Butcher back in and they coordinate. Fans rally and Fenix fights out of the combo to SUPERKICK Blade! Back kick and forearms for Butcher, then a tag to Penta! Penta runs in to SLINGBLADE Butcher! And SLINGBLADE for Blade! Fenix goes up and up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed to FLY while Fenix LEAPS! Tope Conjilo and a SUPER Crossbody take out the mercenaries! Fans are thunderous but Hardy is upset as Fenix puts Butcher in the ring.
Penta goes up top as fans say “This is Awesome!” Butcher avoids the double stomps and comes back to DIVIDE Penta! Cover, TWO! That body check doesn’t stop Penta but Butcher rains down fists as AEW goes picture in picture.
Tag to Blade and he dares Penta to get up. Penta sits up but Blade stomps him down. Blade kicks Penta to ropes, soaks up the heat from the fans, then he chokes Penta on the ropes! The ref counts, Blade lets off, and Hardy gets a cheap shot in! Penta kicks at Hardy but he gets away. Alex Abrahantes coaches Penta up but Blade is right on him again. Tag to Butcher, he stands Penta up and mocks Cero Miedo before he CHOPS! And ROCKS and DECKS Penta! Hardy is fired up as Butcher tags Blade back in. Blade throws hands, digs his knee in, then lets off as the ref counts. But Butcher chokes Penta behind the ref’s back! Fenix protests but now the ref is busy with him.
Blade gets Penta up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture as Blade tags Butcher back in. Butcher drags Penta up, whips him to a corner, then tags Blade. Hardy wants them to finish this off to get him those belts, and they double whip Penta to a corner. Blade runs in but Penta SUPERKICKS! Butcher runs in but into the buckles and a GAMANGIRI! Penta goes up to monkey flip Blade onto Butcher! Fans fire up as Penta crawls, hot tag to Fenix! Fenix dodges Butcher but Butcher holds off the German Suplex. Blade waistlocks Fenix but Fenix fights off both Butcher and Blade with kicks and elbows!
Fenix mule kicks Blade’s leg out, wrenches Butcher and CHOPS him! Fenix knuckle locks Butcher but has to hurdle over Blade. Blade waistlocks, Fenix elbows free again, then goes up and up, only for Butcher to bring him down! Fenix reels Butcher into a waistlock, clubs away on Butcher’s back, then GERMAN SUPLEXES Butcher! Blade runs in but into another elbow. Fenix goes up and QUEBRADA GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Blade survives but Jersey fires up again! Penta tags in, the Lucha Brothers coordinate, “CERO! MIEDO!” L B DRIVER!! Penta covers while Fenix runs at Butcher but Butcher dumps Fenix out to break things up in time!!
Penta hurries up, Butcher wrenches and LARIATS! Butcher drags Blade over, tags in and then storms after Penta. Butcher gets Penta up, BACK SUPLEX SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, he drags Penta up but Penta KICKS Blade’s legs! Penta fires up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Penta escapes but Blade tags Butcher! They get Penta up, back suplex DOUBLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this and flounders for his corner. Hot tag to Fenix! But the mercs attack the corner all at once! Butcher throws Fenix down, and Blade ties Penta to the ropes using his mask’s tails! Blade stomps a mudhole then regroups with Butcher.
Fenix sees he’s stuck 2v1 but he fights back! But that only gets him beat down! Blade drags Fenix up, CLUBS away on his back, and he reels Fenix in. Suplex and- Wait, Penta ditches his mask long enough to SUPERKICK Blade?! Risking his own identity so his brother has a chance! Fenix RANAS Butcher down to a cover, the Lucha Brothers win!!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
But now the rest of the HFO jumps in! Private Party goes after Penta and Fenix, then even shove Abrahantes down! Blade and Butcher add on, but here come Santana & Ortiz! Chris Jericho is proud of his boys running off Hardy and his cronies! Proud ‘n’ Powerful are rivals with respect, will they defend the Lucha Bros’ honor on the way to challenging for the titles?
AEW looks closely at the dream match, Omega VS Danielson!
Kenny Omega starts by telling Bryan Danielson, “You were always the underdog over there, weren’t you? And now you’ve come here, you’re not even ranked, and you’re the underdog again.” But Bryan says there are misconceptions about him out there. Bryan wanted his first match to be against the toughest guy in AEW, and everyone says that’s Omega. But what annoys Omega is the “air of confidence” and “sense of entitlement” coming off Bryan. “And I’ve seen it all before. Every guy that walks through those doors, they target me. Why is that? It’s because they recognize that I’m the top talent.”
Bryan wants to show his true self again, which will be exciting for the fans and scary for the wrestlers. But Omega says, “The Underdog, Bryan Danielson, in AEW. Unfortunately for you, Bryan, this underdog is not going to have his Cinderella story.” It won’t be for the AEW world title, but this will be for the title of very best in the business today! Will Omega prove the PWI 500 is right in naming him THE top wrestler of 2021? Or will he be slayed by the American Dragon?
Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford & Matt Hardy!
We just saw the HFO fail to get any gold, but perhaps Allie can slay the Queenslayer! Will there at least be one thing Hardy can celebrate tonight? Or will the Dark Order’s Number 99 whoop this wascally wabbit?
But they don’t even wait to be in the ring, Bunny goes after Jay at the ramp! They throw hands and fans fire up as Jay gets the edge! Jay knees low then snap suplexes Bunny on the ramp! Tay gives her best friend a hug before Jay puts Bunny in the ring. The two are finally ready, the bell rings and Jay storms up on Bunny. Bunny wants Jay to take it easy but Jay fires off forearms! Jay reels Bunny in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Jay dares Bunny to get up, runs in and elbows her in the corner! Jay whips corner to corner again and runs in to throw another elbow! Jay keeps moving and she runs Bunny right over with a shoulder!
Jay drags Bunny up, whips her to ropes, but Bunny holds ropes to bail out. Hardy and Ford coach Bunny up but Jay goes out to throw forearms again! The brawl returns, Bunny gets the edge then SUPERKICKS! Jay staggers up and gets to the post, but Bunny YANKS her into it! Jay clutches her arm, Bunny hammerlocks and RAMS Jay into railing! Bunny grins sadistically into the camera before she stomps Jay down. Bunny drags Jay around, isolates the arm and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands, fans rally behind Jay and Conti warns Bunny. Bunny gets Jay up to whip her hard into the railing again! Bunny goes into the ring as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and both women are down as fans rally up. Jay gets Bunny’s arm to wrench through, but Bunny wrenches the bad arm to YANK it! And YANK it again! Bunny reels Jay into a fireman’s carry but Jay slips off to mule kick a leg out! Jay runs to BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bunny survives, Conti coaches Jay but Ford talks trash to her. Bunny sits up, Jay catches her breath and reels Bunny in, for the QUEEN- No, Bunny slips out to dragon sleeper! Jay wrenches out, DANGEROUS JAY HOOK KICK! Ford gets on the apron and shouts at Jay, but Conti trips her down! Conti RAMS Ford into railing but Bunny waistlocks! Jay switches, rolls up, JAY WINS!
Winner: Anna Jay, by pinfall
The HFO busts on the night, but Bunny is furious! Bunny stomps Jay down but Conti gets in to fire off! Ford gets in to go after Conti! Ford and Bunny mug Conti, then Ford brings out BRASS KNUCKLES! KNUCKLE DUSTER PUNCH!! Conti goes down, Jay gets up, Ford DECKS Jay with the knuckles, too!! The Superbad Girl might fit right in with the HFO after seeing that. Hardy seems to be upset with Jack Evans, though. Will there be a meeting to get the group back on track?
AEW shares an interview from Dynamite.
After Team Taz’s Powerhouse put CM Punk down, Hobbs talked backstage about it. “Best in the World, huh? Best in the World, CM Punk’s ass was just laid out by who? Powerhouse Hobbs! Punk, I told you, this is something you really don’t wanna mess with.” Hobbs isn’t Darby Allin, so Punk needs to think about these past seven years and why he stayed gone. Taz adds that Punk should’ve stayed home. Maybe it’ll be another seven years. Hobbs promises Punk ain’t never faced someone like him, but he’ll see him next week.
Tony Schiavone is in the ring with Hardy and Evans.
Schiavone knows Hardy is mad, his team went 0-2 tonight. Yes, Hardy is pissed off, but he’ll have the last laugh. Anna Jay will pay next week at the hands of Penelope Ford. The Lucha Brothers, Proud ‘n’ Powerful, they’ll also pay in an 8 Man Tag! But Hardy is not in a good mood right now, and someone pissing him off is Orange Cassidy’s lookalike in the crowd! There is a guy essentially cosplaying Orange Cassidy but he doesn’t exactly look like the Orange Cassidy. Hardy is upset that this guy’s been staring at him all night, and he storms over. Hardy gets in the guy’s face but the guy gives a thumbs up. Hardy says no one mocks him without paying!
Hardy drags the “lookalike” over the railing and into the ring! He and Evans stomp away on the cosplayer, then throw hands! Hardy has scissors, he hits a TWIST OF FATE, and then Evans sits the cosplayer up. Hardy uses the scissors to cut this guy’s ponytail off! Hardy has Evans use the CLIPPERS to buzz the guy’s hair! Evans works on the left side, but here comes THE REAL Cassidy! Evans shaves as much as he can off the fan before Cassidy gets in the ring! Hardy and Evans run away and Hardy says he’ll DELETE Cassidy’s cool factor! Will Cassidy be the one cutting down Hardy soon enough?
Britt Baker is here!
The AEW Women’s World Champion joins Schiavone in the ring and even hugs him. And without further ado, he introduces Britt’s next challenger, Ruby Soho! Champion and challenger stand off in the ring and Britt welcomes Ruby to TV time. But before getting to that, let’s get to why she’s here. It isn’t for Britt, it definitely isn’t for the title, and it isn’t even for all the fans. Britt says Ruby is here just for Ruby, “because you’re still trying to figure out who the hell you are. How many times have you changed your name in the last year?” She also gets new tattoos, changes her hair to every color of the rainbow, all because Ruby is desperately trying to fit in anywhere. But here, everyone knows who Britt is: she’s the AEW Women’s World Champion, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
Ruby says, “Of course everyone knows who you are, Britt. You remind them every week. You’re constantly having to shove it down their throats.” DMD, yeah yeah yeah. Now, Ruby knows Britt isn’t accustomed to being told she’s wrong, but she is. Ruby knows exactly who the hell Ruby is. Up until now, Ruby just hadn’t had the freedom to prove it. Fans chant and duel, “RUBY SOHO!” “D M D!” But let’s just flip the script here and put this on Britt. Let’s talk about DMD. On the surface, Britt looks like “every other broad that I’ve stepped across the ring from. Entitled, self-centered, and banging some dude in the back.” DAAAAYUM! Jersey goes WILD after that one!
Ruby ain’t done, either. “It turns out that you’re just that. I’m just trying to figure out if there’s anything more.” And Britt says she’s just trying to figure out why Ruby is lying to everyone, including herself. “Because you have the audacity to call yourself, ‘The Runaway.'” But Ruby didn’t run away from anything. She got fired. OOOOH! Jersey is loving the back and forth! Ruby admits to that. But turns out, it was the best damn thing to ever happen to her! It brought Ruby right here to AEW and to this moment where she’s in the ring, looking Britt in the eyes. And Britt needs to really look at Ruby. No, really look. Ruby wants Britt to see the woman she’s messing with.
Though, Ruby’s a bit surprised Britt can see anything, since her head’s so far up Tony Khan’s ass. WHOA. “The fact of the matter is, you can call yourself all your nicknames, you can remind these people who you are. But after Dynamite next week, when I beat your ass in New York City and take your title, the one thing you won’t be able to call yourself is AEW Women’s World Champion.” Britt holds up her belt but has no words o come back with. She even tries a belt shot! But Ruby ducks it, trips Britt up, and rains down furious fists! Britt scrambles away but Ruby snatches the belt! Will Ruby hold that title up as champion after the Grand Slam?
Mark Henry interviews Miro and Fuego Del Sol.
The young luchador is willing to risk his brand new car just for the TNT title? Fuego says he loves his car, but he’d risk it all for one more opportunity! Fuego almost defeated Miro the last time, he was a split second away after dropping him on his head, and he almost shocked the world. God’s Favorite Champion should know the David and Goliath story. Fuego says tonight, he will slay his giant with a Tornado DDT! Henry asks Miro that as the most dominant TNT Champion, is his strategy changing for the rematch? Miro says, “Nothing has changed. But Fuego, your offering means nothing to me, because you are nothing to me.”
The only reason he’s taking this victory is because Miro loves celebrating with his God on high, and his wife down low. So tonight, Miro redeems Fuego once and for all. Then all the talking is done, it is time for the main event! Will Fuego be driving off in his brand new Hyundai with the gold? Or will he have to bum a ride with a friend after losing to Miro a second time?
AEW TNT Championship, Title VS Car: Miro VS Fuego Del Sol!
We already know what’s at stake, but if Alabama’s Favorite Luchador almost pulled off a miracle once, can he pull off the miracle here in Jersey?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if David still slays Goliath in the 21st Century!
Fans are fired up as Fuego stares down Miro. The two circle, approach, and Fuego drop steps to the waistlock. Miro goes around, pries right free, but Fuego kicks a leg! Miro is annoyed but he keeps cool as he and Fuego circle. Miro corners Fuego but Fuego slips away to kick Miro in the leg again. Fuego stays on his toes, avoids being cornered again and CHOPS Miro. Miro doesn’t flinch but Fuego gets space. They circle, Fuego throws more kicks but Miro blocks! Miro swings, Fuego dodges and holds ropes to avoid the roundhouse! Fuego baits Miro in and then dumps him out of the ring! Fans fire up as Fuego PLANCHAS, but Miro catches him!
Miro carries Fuego around the way, aims for a post, but Fuego avoids being a lawn dart and he POSTS Miro instead! Fuego hurries to get Miro up and POSTS him again! Miro staggers, Fuego gets to the apron and runs to FLYING RANA Miro down! Miro staggers up again, goes to a corner of the railing, and Fuego runs in, but is TOSSED into the crowd! The fans help Fuego stay up! Fuego is on the railing and LEAPS, but into Miro’s arms again! Miro carries Fuego for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fuego writhes and Miro snarls as AEW goes picture in picture.
Miro stalks after Fuego, drags him up by his mask, and puts him in the ring. Miro covers, TWO! Miro eggs the fans on, taunting those chanting for Fuego. Fuego flounders, Miro gut wrenches him up for a TOSS! Miro gets Fuego up to TOSS across the ring!! Miro is toying with Fuego now to make him pay for his defiance. The ref checks on Fuego as he sputters in the corner and Miro soaks up the heat. Miro looks to Heaven before he looks down on Fuego. Miro drags Fuego back up, winds up and DECKS him with a haymaker! Miro drops elbows over and over on Fuego then runs to JUMPING ELBOW! Miro grins as he covers, TWO! Fuego still has fire in his belly and Miro is upset.
Miro stands on Fuego’s head but the ref reprimands. Miro pulls on Fuego’s arm before he stomps Fuego down. Miro paces, drags Fuego up, but Fuego throws hands! Fuego wobbles Miro but Miro scoops, only for Fuego to slip out! Fuego jumps on for a sleeper! Miro gets to the ropes but Fuego shifts and headlocks. Miro powers up but Fuego becomes a sleeper backpack again! Fuego squeezes tight and Miro is fading! The ref checks on Miro but Miro gets a second wind to RAM Fuego into buckles! Miro is free, he runs in but into a BOOT! And then more BOOTS! Fuego goes up and QUEBRADAS! Direct hit but things speed up! Fuego ducks, dodges and leaps, into a BEARHUG!
Miro grins and shakes his head as he squeezes Fuego tight. Fuego endures, AEW returns to single picture and fans rally up. Miro grins but Fuego throws headbutts! Fuego is free, but Miro clinches him in another bearhug! Fuego still throws headbutts and is free again, then he drop toeholds Miro into buckles! Fans fire up as Fuego schoolboys, kips up and BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Miro is dazed, Fuego fires up! Fuego fires off forearm after forearm, then runs, springboard into a DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Miro scowls and wags his finger. Miro drags Fuego up, mocks the call for the tornado, and then- No, Fuego slips out of the DDT to DOUBLE STOMP!
Fuego hurries to get up and run in, step-up DOUBLE STOMPS to the head! Miro gets up slowly, Fuego winds up to HEEL KICK! And then BASEMENT DDT! Fuego calls his shot and Miro staggers up, Fuego goes up and up and- No! Miro stops the flight for a back suplex! But Fuego lands on his feet! Fuego dodges Miro to get to the corner but Miro ROUNDHOUSES him down! Miro throws furious fists over and over and is no longer toying with Fuego. Miro drags Fuego up, winds up, BEST KICK!! But Miro calls for one more, and so do the fans! Miro gets Fuego up, BEST KICK to the back! Cover, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion; owner of a new car)
The dominance continues as the TNT title stays with Miro, and now he gets Fuego’s keys! Miro goes to throw the key, but he is just faking the fans out. Instead, he puts the keys inside Fuego’s mouth! And then he puts Fuego in GAME OVER!! And it’s DEEP! Fuego taps but he’s already lost so much tonight! Fuego fades out as Miro makes him suffer, but here comes SAMMY GUEVARA! The Spanish God dodges Miro to KNEE him out of the ring! Sammy saves his best friend and fans are fired up! Sammy sees the TNT Championship is on the floor, and he picks it up! Miro is furious but Sammy dares him to try something! Fans cheer, will Sammy prove Miro that he ain’t any god’s favorite?
Another great episode for Rampage, even with title status quos kept. Though, to be fair, I didn’t expect the HFO or Fuego to take the titles from Lucha Brothers or Miro coming into this anyway. Lucha Brothers VS Butcher & Blade was very good, though, with references to their familiarity as allies throughout. Santana & Ortiz making the save was a nice touch, and that 8 Man Tag of Lucha Bros & PNP VS HFO is going to be wild. Jay VS Bunny was pretty good stuff, and naturally Jay wins because it makes good story for HFO to have these struggles. Jay VS Ford is going to be pretty good, too, and I fully expect HFO to sign her (and by extension, Kip Sabian) to the group.
We got a great face to face of Britt and Ruby, and WOO those shots fired on each other. But given Ruby basically won the promo battle and then got to stand tall, Britt’s retaining at Grand Slam. That’s just how the math goes. And of course, the main event was really good with Fuego getting to show great stuff even in losing. Miro technically doesn’t accept the car since he gave the keys back to Fuego in a very painful way. But I am really excited to see Sammy Guevara going after Miro. I somehow overlooked the idea of Sammy challenging for the TNT Championship, perhaps because I expected him to do something else pretty big. I really like the idea that Inner Circle could get the other titles as we enter year three, following in Jericho’s footsteps as a former AEW World Champion.
My Score: 8.4/10
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