AEW returns to Daily’s Place for a blast from the past!
Before continuing the tour, AEW returns to Daily’s Place! And it’ll surely be rocking with the THIRD Labour of Jericho: JUVENTUD GUERRERA!
- The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera; Jericho wins and advances to the Fourth Labour.
- Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0; Moxley, Kingston & Darby win.
- Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny; Christian wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes; Miro wins and retains the title.
- NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins and will challenge Kamille for the title.
- Cody Rhodes VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera!
It’s a blast from the past for The Demo God as MJF brings one of Jericho’s biggest WCW rivals to AEW! And given the challenge of a top rope move for the win, will Jericho be able to put away the Juice? Or will Juvi get his revenge 20 years later?
Of course, MJF walks out to join commentary, but makes sure to rip up a fan’s sign just because it mocks him. The bell rings and Juventud goes right at Jericho! Juvi fires off haymakers, CHOPS, uppercuts and more CHOPS! Juvi whips Jericho corner to corner, runs in, but Jericho puts Juvi on the apron, only for Juvi to throw Jericho down by his hair! Juvi climbs, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! Jericho doesn’t go far but he lands hard, and Juvi CLOBBERS him! Juvi stalks Jericho, goes up the corner ahead of him, and leaps into another headscissors! Jericho staggers and Juvi clotheslines him out of the ring! MJF wants to talk about himself as Juvi goes up top.
Juvi LEAPS to CLOBBER Jericho and fans go nuts for that one! Juvi gets space, goes back after Jericho and puts him in the ring. Juvi climbs as Jericho stands and Juvi leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Juvi keeps his cool and he gets Jericho up to scoop, but Jericho slips out. Juvi elbows Jericho, runs in but is put on the apron again. Jericho runs and RAMS Juvi off the apron! Fans fire up for Jericho as he goes out after Juvi. Jericho CHOPS Juvi in return, and again! Jericho follows Juvi around the way to smack off the timekeeper’s table! Jericho puts Juvi in the ring, climbs up top, and hits a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Juvi escapes and MJF says that wasn’t gonna cut it anyway.
Jericho throws hands, CHOPS, and whips. Juvi kicks back, mule kicks, uppercuts and mule kicks again on repeat! Juvi runs but into double forearms from Jericho! MJF claims that’s a throat chop but Jericho runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Juvi drags Jericho up. Juvi CHOPS, whips but Jericho sunset flips! Juvi rolls through, fakes the buzzsaw to BUZZSAW the second time! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Juvi wants the Rings of Saturn! Jericho endures and fans rally up. Jericho gets an arm free, punches and headbutts then gets free. Juvi CHOPS, then CHOPS Jericho in the corner.
Jericho sits down, Juvi goes corner to corner, but Jericho gets up to run him over! Jericho rallies with more shoulders, Juvi dodges to put Jericho on the apron. Jericho fakes Juvi out now to ROCK him with the second punch. Jericho climbs up again, and DOUBLE AX HANDLES! Cover, TWO!! MJF gets mad at Juvi, calling him a “Masked moron,” and then he calls Aubrey Edwards a floozy over her “fast count.” But then MJF denies saying any of that when Schiavone calls him on it. Jericho throws hands on Juvi, gets him up and back suplexes, but Juvi lands on his feet! Jericho still spins Juvi around for a Tiger BACKBREAKER!
Jericho covers, but Aubrey reminds him, Jericho can only win with top rope moves! Jericho sighs but he rains down fists. Jericho rips at Juvi’s mask! Fans are torn as Jericho keeps pulling! Juvi kicks Jericho away, gets up and fires up as Jericho stands. Jericho runs at Juvi in the corner but gets a flapjack to buckles! Juvi puts Jericho up top, climbs up to join him, rains down fists, then jumps up, but Jericho blocks the Super Steiner to get the WALLS OF JERICHO! And this is allowed to count, because they came off the top first! Juvi endures, Jericho sits deep, MJF calls the Jacksonville fans a bunch of fat seals, but Juvi gets the ROPEBREAK!
Jericho lets go, Juvi kicks back and wrenches to a facelock and SPIN OUT NECKBREAKER! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and just the first match of the night! Juvi gets up, runs, but into a kick! Jericho reels Juvi in, but Juvi turns bomb into DDT! Juvi gets Jericho back up to scoop, JUVI DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! MJF is losing his cool on commentary but fans rally up. Juvi rains down rights, runs, but into the JUDAS EFFECT! But Jericho can’t cover off this! Jericho hurries to get up top, Juvi stirs, FLYING JUDAS EFFECT!? Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (advances to the Fourth Labour)
MJF is fuming again, vowing that there’s no way Jericho makes it to the fifth! Wardlow attacks Jericho from behind! Wardlow digs his boots in at the corner, then drags Juvi up to punish him for failing MJF! F10!! Wardlow gets Jericho back up, has him on the top rope, and drapes him out for the CASUALTY OF WAR! MJF then says, “Oh no~. I’m so sorry, guys, did we ruin that moment for you?” Fans tell MJF he sucks, but MJF tells Jericho that if he thought he was every gonna be happy during these Labours, then Jericho’s as dumb “as every one of these scum sucking idiots here in the arena tonight.”
And if Jericho hasn’t figured it out, the Fourth Labour is a match against Wardlow! And the stipulation will be that there will be a special enforcer! It’ll be someone who will make sure this match is fair and square! The Salt of the Earth, who’s better than you and you know it: Maxwell Jacob Friedman! MJF is making himself the authority, but is this a sign that he’s getting desperate? Not to mention, scared of Jericho?
Backstage interview with the Lucha Brothers.
It was supposed to be Death Triangle in full but now PAC is missing. And Alex Abrahantes has exactly why Pac isn’t here. It’s convenient that Pac’s travel got cancelled, much like the Lucha Brothers before. And who do you think did that? Oh, well, Andrade El Idolo walks in right now! “Hey, kids, ninos. Where are my thank yous for the limousine last week?” Chavo Guerrero says they went through a lot of trouble to get them here on time last week. Thanks to El Idolo, you could be having first class airfare, limo service, all the steak, lobster and champagne you could want. It’s a pretty good offer, right? What do they say? Si or no?
They told you before. They don’t work for El Idolo or anyone. Penta fires up and rants in Spanish, but Alex calms him down, then translates, “Penta says, ‘No.‘” Death Triangle leaves but Chavo is convinced they’ll come around. What will it take for Death Triangle to get the message through Andrade’s head?
Backstage interview with The Dark Order.
Tony Schiavone notes last week’s loss to The Elite, and with that, no world title shots of any kind for them. John Silver says that was the biggest match of their lives and- Wait, Hangman Page pops in and says he’s just here to get a drink. But the Dark Order has him wait, and they ask why he hasn’t responded to their calls. Hangman was meant to be part of this interview. Hangman apologizes. He cost them their shots. They tell him it was all their faults, but Hangman says it’s on him. The problems with The Elite were problems Hangman created. He has to fix them. But they have his back!
No, he has to stop looking over his shoulder to know they’re there. He has to do this on his own. Maybe they should part ways. But they’re his friends! Yes, he knows, and he loves them all, but for now… It’s done. Done…? Hangman sulks off, and Evil Uno says they should give him his space. Will the Anxious Millennial Cowboy be able to find what he needs to get past The Elite on his own?
Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0!
Matt Lee, Jeff Parker and #RedDeath Danny Garcia called out some of the hardest hitters and craziest fighters in AEW to make a statement! But will they not like the response they’re going to get from the Maniac, the Mad King and the Relentless One?
The trios sort out, Darby and Danny tie right up! They break, circle, feel things out, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Darby rolls to get a headlock, Garcia powers out to a hammerlock and trips Darby to a cover. ONE, Garcia sweeps the legs to ghost pin, ONE! Darby jackknifes, TWO! Garcia kicks and uppercuts and then suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet to waistlock. Lee tags in off the O’Conner Roll, Darby gets sent into a forearm! Garcia kicks Darby, Lee gets him up for big forearms! Lee whips Darby corner to corner then runs in, but into boots! Darby leaps over, gets around, and Kingston tags in. Fans fire up for Eddie as he and Lee circle.
Lee shouts, “You wanna take a swing at me?!” then CHOPS Kingston! Kingston CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Then he runs in to knee Lee in the corner, and stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Kingston keeps going but the ref pulls him away. Moxley digs his fingers into Lee’s face! Moxley lets off before getting caught and Kingston CHOPS Lee again. Kingston whips, Lee reverses and Parker gets a cheap shot in. Parker avoids Kingston’s retaliation and Lee chop blocks a leg! Tag to Garcia and he stomps Kingston down as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia YANKS on a leg, covers, ONE! Garcia headlocks, Parker tags back in, and he drops a fist on Kingston. Parker stomps Kingston, scrapes his laces off Kingston’s face, then gets him up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Lee, and 2.0 mug Kingston. Lee CHOPS Kingston, and CHOPS, and Kingston just scowls at him. Lee ROCKS Kingston with a forearm, tags Garcia, and they mug Kingston, Garcia brings Kingston out to CHOP but Kingston CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Garcia kicks a leg out, runs and BOOTS Kingston down! Cover, TWO! Garcia anchors Kingston’s leg and tags in Parker, and Parker drops another fist!
Parker rains down right hands on Kingston’s head then gets Kingston up. Parker whips Kingston to a corner, tags Lee, and 2.0 whip to whip to forearm smash! Drop toehold to BOOYAH Elbow! Lee covers, TWO! Lee cover again, TWO! Lee tags Parker back in, hands off the facelock, and Parker cranks back. Kingston endures, reaches for his corner, but Parker gator rolls him away. Kingston fights up, fights free and CHOPS away on Parker! Parker ducks the Uraken as AEW returns to single picture, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! Fans fire up as Kingston and Parker crawl, Lee gets in but the ref stops him, only for Garcia to get in and KICK Kingston down!
The ref notices Garcia, he bails out, but Moxley CLOBBERS him on the outside! Moxley whips Garcia HARD into railing! Parker hurries to get Kingston up but Kingston throws him out! Lee checks on Parker, but both of them see Sting! Lee pushes Parker aside because he’s so excited to see The Icon in person! But he doesn’t see Darby building speed! Darby DIVES and takes Lee out! Darby gets Parker up and in, Kingston gets up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tags to Garcia and MOXLEY! Fans are thunderous as Moxley tosses Garcia out, clobbers 2.0, throws Parker back out then gets around Lee to SNAP GERMAN! Lee gets up into Moxley’s LARIAT! And X-PLEX!
Fans are fired up as Parker hits Moxley, but Moxley doesn’t flinch. URAKEN from Kingston! Garcia flies in, into a kick, and PARADIGM SHIFT! Tag to Darby and he’s up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby and team win!
Winners: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin, by pinfall
Garcia and 2.0 might’ve bit off more than they could chew with these three! Will the new kids think a bit more before doing whatever they want?
AEW looks closer at Team Taz.
“Guys, where do we even begin?” Brian Cage says Taz didn’t bring him to AEW, The Machine was busting his ass for 15 years and got himself to AEW. But what Taz did do is cost him a world title match! But don’t worry, Taz has a great idea, a consolation prize in the FTW Championship. Ricky Starks says Cage is selfish. As the NEW FTW Champion, Starks will do bigger and better. He will not only outclass, outshine and outwork Cage, he’ll prove what a real champion is all about. Cage says he never wanted the FTW title, never asked to be Team Taz, never even asked to be with Taz himself! But Taz says Cage will find out it’s better to be with them than against them.
But being with them didn’t do anything for him! What Cage did to Starks’ little celebration was just the beginning of the destruction that he will bring! At the end of the day, who betta than Brian Cage? Nobody! Will nothing stop the Path of Cage now that he has nothing to lose?
The Elite goof off backstage.
Karl Anderson spins a basketball, and apparently the others are counting how long this has gone. 2012 for Mr. 2012! Then they play some hot potato with the ball and Nick Jackson makes a basket from behind the board! Gallows says if the Dark Order wants to fight the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships next week, bring it! It’ll be the same ol’ recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and two more sweet ass robes for them! Anderson likes robes! Nick then says, “After last week, I have to beg the question to the AEW Tag Division. What, is there no one else?” Is that from Troy? Shut up, Brandon, but yes it is.
Matt has an answer: There is NO ONE left. The Elite has proven they are collectively the greatest group of champions in this business, “and they’re gonna have to retire our dang jerseys up high in the rafters, because they’re gonna have to bury us with these belts.” Matt passes the ball to Kenny Omega but Cutler intercepts and tries to go on his own little monologue. They stop him and let Omega take it. Hangman, old buddy, you sure had the crowd rooting for you. But not matter how many shots he took in that match, as Omega makes a shot with the ball, no matter how many times Hangman had The Elite reeling, when it came down to the game winner, the buzzer beater, BRICK.
Hangman blew it and now he has no friends, no title opportunity, and the people don’t have a main event. Omega would feel bad, but he doesn’t. There’s only one thing left to do, and Cutler climbs a ladder to cut down the net. Nick caws like a bird and Omega says, “C is for cookie, mother fathers, and that’s good enough for me!” What time is it? GAME TIME! But will there be challengers who defy the arrogance of The Elite and challenge them for All Out?
Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny!
Captain Charisma’s feud with Big Money Matt’s Hardy Family Office continues! Hardy’s most vicious mercenary got Christian with a brass knuckle cheap shot last week, will he get even with the Killswitch?
Blade doesn’t even get down the ramp as Christian rushes him! Christian fires off hands, throws Blade into the ring, and then the bell rings. Blade knees low, CLUBS Christian then rips up Christian’s shirt! Blade wipes the sweat from his brow with the shirt, then prepares it like a garrote! Christian avoids the shirt attack to kick and kick, and then use his shirt to CLOBBER Blade! Christian rains down fists, Blade bails out, but Christian hurries after him. They go around the way, Bunny blocks Christian’s path, and Blade gets around, only for Christian to sense it and DECK him! Christian whips Blade into railing and fans fire up!
Christian puts Blade in the ring, shoulders in and climbs up top. But Bunny grabs at Christian’s foot! So here comes LEYLA HIRSCH! She and Bunny are going to fight it out later, but Leyla figures why wait? They brawl up the ramp as Blade drags Christian out on the rope. Christian slips out and around to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Christian keeps his cool, whips Blade to ropes but Blade reverses to kick low. Blade suplexes to hang Christian out to dry! Christian flops down and fans boo The Blade as he stomps Christian down. Fans rally up for Christian as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade scowls and gets Christian back up to suplex again. He again hangs Christian out to dry, and grins as Christian flops back down. Blade stalks Christian to ropes and digs his knee into Christian’s head! The ref counts, Blade lets off and then eggs Christian on. Blade stomps Christian and digs a knee into Christian’s back while putting on a chinlock. Christian endures and fights the hold, so Blade shifts to a rear bearhug. Christian still endures, fights his way up, pries at the hold and elbows Blade! Then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Christian runs, ducks and dodges, but gets a kitchen sink knee! Blade is still in control as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Blade stands on Christian’s face and flexes. Blade kicks Christian to the corner, stomps him over and over, but lets off as the ref pulls him back. Blade pushes past the ref to fire off hands on Christian then dig his knee in! The ref gets Blade to back off again, Blade runs back in, but Christian evades and POSTS him! Blade flops out of the ring, fans fire up and Christian climbs the corner! Christian LEAPS to take down Blade! Fans chant, “YOU STILL GOT IT!” as Christian gets up again. Blade flounders about, gets in the ring, and the two stand. Christian and Blade stagger into each other, and the hands start flying! Christian ducks to fire off uppercuts until Blade falls over!
Christian gets Blade in a corner, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, then 15! Christian hops off, Blade tries to get out through ropes but Christian kicks those ropes to get him low! Christian has Blade on ropes and stands on him for a choke! Then slingshots to uppercut! Christian gets back in, mule kicks Blade and goes up to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! Cover, TWO! Christian stays fired up, goes back up and leaps, flying uppercut! Blade gets up again, Christian reels him in to hook the arms, but Blade pushes out of the Killswitch. Christian back elbows from the corner, climbs up again and reels Blade in for a TORNADO-
NO! Blade tosses Christian and then runs in, but Christian avoids the boot! Only to run into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Blade is furious but he gets Christian up. Suplex to GOURD BUSTER! Running KICK to the side! Then Blade goes after a buckle pad?! The ref stops him from undoing it, but Blade gets his bag of tricks! The brass knuckles! But Christian SPEARS Blade first! Cover, Christian wins!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall
Still undefeated in AEW and Captain Charisma is still the number two contender! Will this lead him to becoming the contender to the AEW World Championship?
AEW looks back at last week’s match, FTR VS Santana & Ortiz.
Santana says, “When you got to war, you gotta come to the realization of two possibilities: one, you’re gonna shed blood; two, y’all may not make it out alive.” Ortiz says that no matter the outcome in North Carolina, they were gonna leave scars on FTR. It happened, as Cash Wheeler knows very well. Dax Harwood says he almost saw his best friend die, as Cash’s forearm was ripped open and blood came pouring out! “This shit ain’t worth it.” But it is worth it to have one last match with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, because they caused Dax’s best friend to be in a pool of his own blood, suffering all week physically and mentally, wondering if he was ever coming back! But if death couldn’t stop Cash, what can Santana & Ortiz do? Ortiz shouts, “This is far from over!” But then, how does it end?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He is honored to introduce the AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker, DMD! Britt walks out with Rebel following behind and they join Schiavone in the ring. He knows she’s excited about Pittsburgh next week, but she has to be excited for the reception here as part of Homecoming. Britt says if he’ll recall, it was right here in Jacksonville, Double or Nothing 2021, that she became THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But before she can continue, Red Velvet interrupts! The Chef goes right to the ring and Schiavone says this is the champion’s time. What business does Velvet have here?
Velvet says that first off, red is NOT Britt’s color. And she’s here because she wants a piece of D M D. She gives Britt a nudge, and Britt says she’s happy “Red” came out to join them. Because remember what happened between them right here in Jacksonville? Britt beat Velvet’s ass in three minutes! So whatever challenge her eager little heart desires, she’s got it? Oh, is that the best Britt’s got? She feels so~ good beating Velvet when she was just “enhancement talent,” like that proves something? Things have changed, “sweetheart,” and now Velvet’s record is 22-4 with seven straight wins, and she didn’t have to cheat to get them!
Britt frowns and says that’s impressive, but Britt’s also a very different wrestler now. She’s Britt Baker, DMD, THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But Velvet made her case and has her title shot! Assuming Tony Khan approves, which he will, because Britt’s the golden girl. And they’ll do it on a big stage, just to see if Velvet can hang. It’ll be the PREMIERE of AEW Rampage, Pittsburgh, PA, next Friday! Britt then offers a handshake, but Velvet kicks it away! And then Rebel swings her crutch! Velvet was ready, though, and she ducks it! Velvet then kicks Rebel down, snatches the crutch, only for Britt to kick her down and CURB STOMP her!
Britt digs the crutch into Velvet’s face to add insult to injury, but lets off to hold up her title. Will she still be holding the gold as AEW does it big in #Brittsburgh?
Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo.
Dasha points out the Lucha Brothers rejecting his job offers, but he’s still requested this time to speak. Chavo jumps in and says that while the Lucha Brothers said they won’t work for Andrade, no worries because Chavo found someone who will. It’s Fuego Del Sol! And Chavo tells young Fuego that he has something special for him. Andrade needs him to shine his shoes. His shoes…? Yes, his shoes. But that’s not the job Chavo told him! Well things change, and they need someone to shine his shoes right now. Andrade emphasizes the “now” part. But when Fuego hesitates, Andrade KNEES him low and throws him into the door! And again! And stomps him down!
Chavo says this should be Pac right here! Chavo tells Fuego to do the job he is given! And he tells the Lucha Bros that if they keep working for Pac, they will never be champions! Will this only prove to Lucha Brothers that something needs to be done about El Idolo’s ego?
Schiavone is back in the ring.
He already has Hangman Page out there with him, and notes that Hangman got away before he could really be asked any questions. Could Hangman clarify what was going through his mind? Well- But then the Elite come out, with Matt going, “Whoa, whoa, whoa!” Also Anderson is back to spinning the ball. Hangman tells them that he’s actually glad to see them. There’s something he’s needed to say to them for some time. Omega joins the Bucks at the front as Hangman says he’s needed to clear this up for awhile. Omega wants Hangman to wait a moment as they get in the ring.
So, Hanger, Omega sees what’s going on here. He’s trying to make new friends, find some self worth, and take Omega’s title. And correct Omega if he’s wrong, but this is a plea to rejoin The Elite. That is the last thing he’d ever do. Well considering all his recent failures, it just seems that Hangman shares a lot in common with these people: “You’re a tryhard.” Omega says The Elite have stayed up, late at night, thinking about maybe forgiving Hangman’s sins, vices and personal demons. But then, as Omega thinks about what the Elite was and what they are now, Hangman no longer fits the bill.
Look Omega in the eyes as he says this: Cowboy or not, the Elite does not have any losers in the group. No failures, no second fiddles, no- Hangman DECKS Omega! The rest of the Elite goes after him! They stomp and punch Hangman, get him up and hit MAGIC KILLER! Who does he think he is, huh!? Get him again! But the Dark Order is here! Wait, wait, Uno and Stu stop Angels and Silver from getting in!? Uno and Stu are trying to honor what Hangman said before, and Omega is laughing at them! The Dark Order leaves, and the Young Bucks hit a B T E TRIGGER! And ANOTHER! And ANOTHER!! Omega doesn’t want this to stop, he’s having fun!
But then FRANKIE KAZARIAN rushes out! He’s not Dark Order, he’s ELITE HUNTER, so he doesn’t have to stop! Kaz CLOBBERS Gallows, throws out Anderson, fires off on Omega, but gets mugged by the Bucks! Omega has the Bucks throw Kaz out and Anderson whips Kaz into Gallows’ BOOT! Omega says he’s pissed off now! But all these flashes from the past, he’s also getting a little sentimental. So Omega will give Hangman one last good look at the thing he’ll never have, the AEW World Championship! BELT SHOT!! The Elite gloat as they stand over Hangman, all their belts in the air. Will no one ever be able to dethrone them?
AEW hears from American Top Team’s Dan Lambert.
“Do you know what hurts more than a 6’8″ Murderhawk giving you an elbow to the face and then a Blackout? The truth! Put on your big boy britches next week, because I’m gonna finish that truth. And I’m bringing back-up.” Sounds like Lambert and American Top Team are returning to AEW! Will he get to finish running down the product? Or will he just get run over by Lance Archer?
AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes!
The Redeemer, God’s Favorite Champion, and one of the most brutal champions already in AEW history, vows that Big Shotty has no chance of surviving this match. Miro says holding the TNT title is his divine right, and no one will change that! But can Johnson prove God doesn’t choose favorites, and that all reigns come to an end?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and both providence and fighting spirits will be tested!
Miro and Johnson circle slowly, then Johnson rushes in, only for Miro to CLOBBER him! Miro nods, drags Johnson up and DECKS him! And again! And then stomps him around. Miro puts Johnson in a corner, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then brings Johnson out to EuroUpper him down. Fans rally and duel as Miro looms over Johnson. Johnson throws body shots but Miro just eggs him on. Johnson keeps throwing hands but Miro DECKS him! Miro whips Johnson to a corner, Johnson goes up but Miro catches him! Johnson fights free and kicks Miro’s leg! Johnson fires off haymakers, but Miro doesn’t flinch! Miro throws Johnson through the ropes but Johnson stays on the apron.
Miro storms over, into a GAMANGIRI! Miro just scowls so Johnson GAMANGIRIS again! Miro staggers, Johnson gets in the corner and boots back! Johnson hops up, leaps, but Miro catches him again for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Miro scowls and shouts, “GAME! OVAAA!” Stomp but Johnson scrambles away! Miro chuckles as it was that close, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Dustin coaches Johnson but Miro goes out after him. Johnson CHOPS but Miro eggs him on. Johnson CHOPS more and more but Miro CHOPS him off his feet! Miro snarls and scowls and drags Johnson up to bearhug and OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Miro goes into the ring to soak up all the cheers and jeers. Then he goes back out, runs off Dustin, and gets Johnson back up. Miro RAMS Johnson into railing! Miro drags Johnson up while shouting at the camera, then he DECKS Johnson with a forearm. Miro puts Johnson in the ring, wanting to finish this definitively. Johnson flounders up but Miro drags him to the corner to again shout at the cameras.
The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4 and still shouts at the camera. Miro looms over Johnson, encouraging fan to get loud. Johnson chops from below but they do nothing. Miro CLUBS Johnson right down! Miro gets Johnson up, whips but Johnson kicks back! Johnson runs but into a bearhug! Miro thrashes Johnson around as AEW returns to single picture and fans rally up as Johnson endures! Johnson throws elbows, Miro let shim free and dares him to keep going. Johnson chops and chops and throws hands, but Miro whips him to pop him up, only for Johnson to DDT! But Miro gets right up!? Wait, he’s staggered! Johnson KICKS the leg, throws hands, and fans fire up!
Johnson dropkicks Miro and Miro staggers! Johnson dropkicks a leg out, Miro gets up but Johnson dropkicks him out of the ring! Johnson builds speed to DIVE! Miro is sent into barriers and Johnson keeps going, to DIVE again! That’s two, Johnson wants the hat trick! Johnson runs and FLIES! Direct hit, Miro tries to stay up but they both fall over! Johnson is back up as Miro gets into the ring. Johnson climbs up, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Miro is getting mad and Johnson is shocked! But fans rally up and Johnson gets up. Johnson runs in to clothesline but Miro stays up. Johnson kicks a leg, then clotheslines again!
Miro’s still up so Johnson runs, but Miro gets around to waistlock, spin and GERMAN SUPELX! But Johnson lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK!! Miro is wobbling as Johnson hits a FOURTH SUPERKICK! Miro blocks the fifth to put Johnson in a corner! Miro runs in but Johnson dodges! Miro staggers back, Johnson hits another SUPERKICK!! Miro is down!! Johnson’s already done what no one in AEW has! Johnson climbs up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Miro still has so much power to get out of that! Fans are thunderous as Johnson fires himself up!
Johnson gets Miro up but Miro grabs Johnson’s beard. Johnson clubs Miro’s arms to break free, and he ENZIGURIS! Miro wobbles, Johnson fireman’s carries, but Miro slips off! Miro shoves and hits a BEST KICK! Miro’s rage is boiling up and fans are fired up with him! “GAME! OVAAAAA!” Stomp and camel clutch! DEEP STRETCH! Johnson is OUT, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Miro lets Johnson go quickly to pat Johnson on his head and “forgive” him. But undefeated, undaunted, and still champion, will anyone stop Miro’s divinely ordained reign?
The AEW Rampage announce team is revealed!
Excalibur and Taz will be joined by Chris Jericho and Mark Henry to call the action AEW will bring every Friday!
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Schiavone is with Captain Charisma and notes he is still undefeated in AEW. Tony Khan has done the rankings and now Christian Cage is number one contender! Christian thanks Schiavone for that news, and he says he’d be lying if that didn’t feel good. Leyla Hirsch kept The Bunny at bay, will Christian return the favor to keep The Blade from interfering? Christian appreciated Leyla’s help, so he did offer it, but she said, “Thank you for being a friend~.” Okay, she didn’t sing, but she did say thanks, she already has a friend. She has best friends to help her.
As for being new #1 contender, Christian said it from the start that he didn’t just come here to slap his chest, look for his Peeps, and have some feel good moments. He’s back to take back what was taken from him seven years ago. He came back to cement his legacy and win championships. Next week, he’ll be in Pittsburgh, for Dynamite and Rampage, and he’s known to stir up some trouble. But he’s not just good at it, either. He’s… Hmm, what’s better than good? Oh, he’s got it: “I’m elite.” A subtle hint at what Christian has in mind, will he be able to stir up a whole lot of trouble next week?
NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Leyla Hirsch w/ The Best Friends!
It isn’t just The Blade but Private Party and The Hybrid2 accompanying Allie to the ring. But #LEGIT Leyla wasn’t lying, she has Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Kris Statlander and Wheeler Yuta backing her up! With things even outside the ring, will Bunny fare all that well inside the ring?
The bell rings, the two get face to face, and Bunny shoves Leyla. Leyla fires off forearms, Bunny hits back but Leyla gets an arm to give it a CODE BREAKER! Leyla wants her armbar but Bunny bails out! So Leyla DIVES out after her! And she gives a thumbs up to Cassidy! Leyla gets Bunny up and in, gets the arm to hammerlock and RAM Bunny into buckles! And then she drags Bunny down, wanting a Fujiwara Armbar! Bunny resists so Leyla shifts grip to wrench the arm and top wristlock! Bunny pulls hair but the ref reprimands and counts. They end up on ropes, the ref gets between them, and Bunny storms up to Leyla, only to get a back elbow!
Leyla kicks, Bunny blocks and puts the leg in ropes, for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans boo Bunny as she drags Leyla up and throws her out! Bunny snarls while Leyla drags herself back up. Bunny goes out to run and SHOTGUN Leyla into barriers! The HFO applauds, but NWA Women’s World Champion, Kamille, is in the front row! She plays dumb as she asks Bunny, “Oh, is this what you’re after?” She motions to the title belt around her waist, and Bunny smirks. Bunny gets Leyla up, puts her in the ring, and stomps her down as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny gets Leyla up, bumps her off buckles, then CHOPS her! And CHOPS! And laughs, and CHOPS again! Leyla gets around to get the arm around ropes and HOTSHOT it! Bunny staggers away, Leyla storms after her, but Bunny BOOTS her down! Bunny covers, TWO! Leyla gets to ropes, Bunny stalks up behind her and has the arms, motorcycle stretch STOMP into the corner! Leyla sits back up, Bunny gets her arms again, and STOMPS her in again! Bunny grins as she paces around, then sets Leyla up for a corner to corner SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs like a hyena again as she covers, TWO! Leyla is still in this, and Bunny is getting mad.
Bunny stomps Leyla, CLUBS her, but Leyla ROCKS Bunny with forearms! Bunny knees low, runs and knee lifts Leyla down! Bunny covers again, TWO! Leyla shakes her head, but Bunny KNEES her down! Bunny stomps Leyla, goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Leyla hits her with an uppercut! Leyla climbs up, fires off hands, Bunny hits back, but Leyla gets Bunny up for a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but fans fire up! Wait, Nyla Rose has appeared in the front row, too. Perhaps the Native Beast is just as interested in the NWA Women’s title. Statlander looks over at Nyla and Nyla asks her what’s the problem.
Leyla and Bunny sit up, Leyla throws a forearm! Bunny forearms back, they bralw on their knees! They stand up and Leyla gets an edge, but Bunny knees low! Bunny pushes Leyla around, but Leyla just gets mad! Leyla digs her forehead into Bunny’s collarbone, they shove each other, and Bunny rushes in, only for Leyla to get her with a GERMAN! Bunny flounders into another GERMAN! Leyla runs and foreamrs Bunny in the corner, then runs to METEORA! And swings to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! CROSS ARMBREAKER!! Bunny clasps hands, rolls it to a cover, TWO! Leyla shoots in to get the leg, trip her up, and KNEE Bunny down!
Leyla isn’t done there, she spins Bunny around and runs, to go up and up and MOONSAULT! But BUnny evades! SUPERKICK, fireman’s carry, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Bunny is furious and slapping herself over that near victory! Bunny gets Leyla up, dragon sleeper, but Leyla slips around to drag her down, ARMBAR!! Bunny uses her leg to hook and kick, but Leyla shrugs that off to keep the grip! Bunny moves, Leyla transitions for leverage, and pulls the hands apart! ARMBAR!! Bunny taps, Leyla wins!!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission (NEW #1 contender to the NWA Women’s World Championship)
That armbar is still too legit, and Bunny had to quit! Kamille goes to the ring and welcomes Leyla to try and take the title. The size difference makes this a David VS Goliath story, but will that mean #LEGIT Leyla will topple the powerful giant?
Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.
A lot of people have been asking why Jade hasn’t been wrestling, but Mark will be honest, they’ve been busy! They’ve been diversifying the portfolio, connecting with top brands like Shop AEW, wineries, news agencies, and of course interested parties in Hollywood. They made #JadeBrand so successful, they’re back and ready to wrestle. Jade does whatever she wants, and her big return match will be Dark: Elevation. That is perfect, because the sky is the limit for #ThatBitch.
AEW has the card for next week’s Dynamite.
After that tense stand-off between them, the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and the Native Beast will be going 1v1! And just as the Good Brothers offered, the Impact Tag Team Championships will be on the line in AEW as they take on Evil Uno & Stu Grayson! Will the Dark Order be able to shift from one title chase to another?
Cody Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Malakai Black!
The American Nightmare caught the evil eye of The Dark Father, and must fight to stay alive as an in-ring competitor! But the House of Black shows no mercy, will Malakai put “the tired horse” out to pasture?
AEW returns as Cody makes his entrance. He gives his weight belt to some young fans at ringside, fires up as he gets in the ring, and only now does Malakai move. The bell rings, fans are thunderous already, and Cody takes a moment to soak it all in. Then he and Malakai tie right up, Cody waistlocks but Malakai switches, and he shoves Cody away just to mess with him. They circle, go again, and Cody gets a leg. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the break, Cody lets Malakai go and Malakai KICKS him in the leg! Cody hobbles but he elbows back! Cody waistlocks, Malakai switches and lifts but Cody elbows free. Cody’s leg jams a bit as he lands on his feet, and Malakai shoots in!
Malakai gets Cody down and wants a kneebar but Cody moves around and looks to turn this into a Figure Four! Malakai rakes Cody’s eyes! Malakai fires off strikes against the ropes, gets the leg, but Cody ENZIGURIS! Malakai drops to a knee, Cody gets up but Malakai sweeps the legs! Malakai rolls Cody to a HALF CRAB! Malakai has the leg going sideways as he sits deep! Cody endures, fights towards ropes, and Cody gets ropes! The ref counts, Malakai lets go at 4, and fans are still fired up as Malakai watches Cody drag himself up. Malakai is almost salivating, then he runs at Cody, but Cody gets around to dragon sleeper! But Malakai knees free!
Cody goes to the apron, Malakai rushes over but Cody ROCKS him with a haymaker! Cody goes up top, steadies himself, but Malakai steps up to KNEE Cody! Cody flies off and crashes through the timekeeper’s table!! Fans lose their minds and medics check Cody in the wreckage. Malakai wants the count out and the ref begins. “This is Awesome!” as Cody drags himself up and Malakai sits in the center of the ring. Cody gets a little closer to the ring at 7 of 10, is still down at 8, but springs to life and gets in at 9.5! Malakai is annoyed, but he waits for Cody to stand. Cody staggers, hops on one leg, into the BLACK MASS!! Cody is down and Malakai stands on him for the cover, Malakai wins!!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall
Daily’s Place erupts as The American Nightmare has been devastated! Malakai just shrugs, because he said this would happen and no one wanted to believe him. Medics check on Cody again, and Schiavone goes to the ring. Crutches are brought to the ring and Schiavone hopes Cody can get to his feet. Schiavone recaps what just happened, but gives Cody time to compose himself. “Legacy is a funny thing. When I got into wrestling when I was 15, I was a referee. All I wanted to do was win back the title they took from my daddy in The Garden. And God, that was the goal then, but goals change. Time flies, I’ve had so much fun.”
Cody works to get up and Schiavone helps steady him. Cody gets to his feet, some fans already start singing, “Hey hey hey, good-bye~!” Cody thanks Schiavone for the help, and continues where he left off. “An unprecedented thing happened. I fired them and they didn’t fire me, and I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I met Matt, Nick, and Kenny. Believe it or not, folks, three years ago, people were laughing at us when we said we were gonna be a revolution. They literally did, some of them.” The fans chant “A E DUB!” for Cody as he says now, it’s commonplace that this is destination viewing, not just an alternative. They ARE competition, and they set the table!
Now, new people can eat. For three years, Cody’s face has been on everything, he is so lucky to be the one waving the banner. And sure, maybe some outside interests came his way, maybe there was infighting among the EVP’s, but the truth is, he still loves those guys and will be forever tethered to them. But with all respect to the name, “Daily’s Place,” to Cody, it is the AEW Amphitheatre. Fans like the sound of that! Cody continues to say there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, as Cody says this with absolutely no bitterness in his heart. He thanks the fans so much, loves them so much, they have made his life incredibly special.
Cody goes back to kneeling, to undo his boots?! Fans don’t want this but Cody takes one boot off, then starts on the other! But Malakai is back to SMACK Cody with the crutch?! The House of Black is merciless, and he snatches the one boot Cody took off! Is that going to be Malakai’s trophy for ending the American Nightmare?!
What an awesome episode! I was surprised the Labours of Jericho opened the night, but seeing what we got for the main event tonight made it make sense. Jericho and Juvi had a great match, and I’m surprised a flying Judas Effect didn’t come to Jericho before. Wardlow being the next opponent makes sense, and I honestly expected it sooner than fourth, but of course MJF is going to add himself to things. He’ll definitely try and screw Jericho over but there’s a good chance he’ll fail so that we’ll get the Fifth Labour. We got good stuff from Lucha Brothers and Andrade, especially Andrade making an example out of poor Fuego.
We also got great stuff from The Dark Order, Hangman and The Elite. It all seemed a bit fast, going from Hangman wanting time apart to The Elite getting in his face and the Dark Order arguing with each other over helping him. Hangman’s story had perfect pacing until AEW changed plans, but they can still make up for it as AEW Dynamite enters year three this Fall. Also, bringing the Impact Tag titles into the AEW ring is an interesting move, but I suppose it’s because Uno & Stu can’t travel to the Impact Zone since Impact records episodes in handfuls at a time. For that same reason, the Good Brothers will retain, but it’ll be a great match all the same.
We got a great Six Man Tag, Danny Garcia and 2.0 (formerly Ever-Rise in the WWE) had a great AEW debut, but Moxley, Kingston and Darby had a great win. They make quite the trio themselves, so this was a great moment for AEW and the fans to see them working together. We also got a pretty good segment from Team Taz and Brian Cage, though it just feels like Cage might’ve been trying to spin things a little too much. Either way, the rematch for Cage VS Starks is going to be really good. I don’t say “title rematch” because as Cage said in his promo, it feels like he doesn’t want the title anymore and is going to move on to other gold.
Miro VS Johnson was exactly as I hoped: it was an awesome match with a great showing from Johnson, but in the end, Miro wins out. Miro rolls on and could take on anyone, and I almost thought they were going to set up Miro VS Dustin at the end there. That’d be a great match, honestly. Dan Lambert saying he’d be back to finish telling “the truth” is a great way to say he’s coming back to kayfabe hate on AEW. And it will surely set up AEW’s first wrestling-MMA crossover match, Lance Archer VS an American Top Team fighter. Then we got a very good match out of Christian and The Blade, and it’s clear that the plans have switched from Omega VS Hangman at All Out to Omega VS Christian.
I also liked the tie-in to Bunny VS Leyla that we got out of Christian VS Blade, and Bunny VS Leyla was a great match. A nice surprise seeing Kamille ringside, but Nyla being there was just awkward. I guess they couldn’t find a better way to get Nyla VS Statlander to happen, other than I dunno, just making it happen? Isn’t that just how stuff can happen in wrestling? It’ll still be a real good match, this just seemed one of the clunkier moves by AEW. We got a good promo from Sterling and Jade, and while I thought her in-ring return would be her first loss, that’s not happening if she returns on Dark: Elevation, so it’s a missed opportunity really.
Malakai Black’s entrance was awesome stuff, and Cody VS Malakai was just as it should’ve been, too. Malakai was aggressive, turned things around every time Cody got going, and in the end, the Black Mass is so powerful. The fans loved it, I loved it, Cody did a great job selling the finish because honestly, that heel kick would rattle anyone and everyone it hits. Cody got really heartfelt with his promo, and then Malakai makes sure he doubles down on Heel Heat by attacking Cody as he’s essentially announcing retirement. Though, what heat does he have when the fans were still eating it up? He is both top Heel and top guy and it only took a month!
My Score: 9.4/10
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)
Roppongi Vice gets Dark!
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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