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Mitchell’s AEW All Out Results & Report! (9/5/21)

Chicago gets to go All Out again!

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AEW All Out 2021

Will this be the best All Out ever?

AEW has been in Chicago all week, but now we go All Out! Will The Elite still reign? Is CM Punk still Best in the World? Is Chris Jericho… done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Buy-In – 10 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office VS Jurassic Express & Best Friends; Jurassic Express & Best Friends win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Eddie Kingston; Miro wins and retains the title.
  • Jon Moxley VS Satoshi Kojima; Moxley wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Kris Statlander; Baker wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match: The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers; The Lucha Brothers win and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
  • Women’s Casino Battle Royal; Ruby Soho wins and will challenge for the AEW Women’s World Championship.
  • The Final Fight: Chris Jericho VS MJF; Jericho wins and can continue wrestling in AEW.
  • CM Punk VS Darby Allin; Punk wins.
  • Paul Wight VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Wight wins.
  • AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Christian Cage; Omega wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Buy-In – 10 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office VS Jurassic Express & Best Friends!

Big Money Matt has been racking up some receipts with Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Chuck Taylor, Wheeler Yuta, and especially Orange Cassidy. But will having Private Party and The Hybrid2 be enough to keep Hardy’s enemies from collecting?

The teams sort out and the Kentucky Gentleman starts with Hardy, but Hardy is calling out Cassidy! He wants to “DELETE!” Freshly Squeezed so badly, he shoves Chuck at the corner! Chuck tags Yuta instead, he and Hardy tie up but Hardy knees low and shoves Yuta back at the corner! Hardy! Wants! Cassidy! Yuta looks to Cassidy, Cassidy doesn’t complain, so Yuta tags him in. Fans fire up but then Cassidy trolls Hardy by tagging in Luchasaurus! Hardy politely asks Luchasaurus wait, and he tags in Jack Evans! Evans shoves Luchasaurus but he’s the one that goes flying! Fans are fired up for Luchasaurus as Evans speed up, but he gets caught for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM!

Luchasaurus reels Evans in for a wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus then glares at Hardy but Hardy tells him he just wanted Cassidy. Tag to Jungle Boy and he knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO! JB brings Evans up, Evans throws hands and CHOPS! JB CHOPS back, then CHOPS again! JB knuckle locks, CHOPS and then goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag! And dropkick! JB kips up and fans fire up! JB stares down the HFO but tags out to Yuta as Isiah Kassidy tags in. Yuta gets around Kassidy to waistlock, Kassidy switches and back suplexes but Yuta lands on his feet. Yuta baits Kassidy into a pop-up but he also has to fight off Marq Quen, too!

Private Party hotshot and leg sweep Yuta, Quen springboards for a SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Quen drags Yuta over, Angelico tags in and the HFO mugs Yuta. Angelico wrenches Yuta’s arm to a wristlock and even Bernie leans as he does it. Yuta wrenches, spins, wrenches more and hooks Angelico up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Evans jumps in and gets an ANKLE LOCK on Yuta! But Chuckie T jumps in to get a SLEEPER on Evans! Kassidy jumps in and jumps onto Chuck for a SLEEPER of his own! JB jumps in and gets an ANKLE LOCK on Kassidy! Quen jumps in and he puts JB in a CRAVAT NECK WRENCH!

Luchasaurus jumps in and tries to figure out what is even going on. Luchasaurus runs and he BLASTS through the whole pile! Fans are thunderous as Luchasaurus CHOPS down Evans, pops Angelico for a FLAPJACK, then CHOPS down Kassidy! Quen runs in but gets a FLAPJACK! Kassidy returns but into a squealing FLAPJACK! Evans staggers up into a choke grip, but he flips through the lift, into a KNEE!! Luchasaurus is becoming the Godzilla of wrestling with how he just wrecked everyone! Hardy gets in and talks at Luchasaurus, but Private Party runs in! Luchasaurus catches them both with choke grips, but Hardy CHOP BLOCKS! Private Party SUPERKICK ENZIGURI COMBO!

Hardy Party POSTS Luchasaurus and he falls out of the ring! But Cassidy gets in and fans fire up again! Hardy Party celebrates already but Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” kicks from behind! He hits Kassidy, Hardy, Quen and back again! Hardy is furious with Cassidy’s antics, swings on him but is shoved out! Private Party wrench and COMPLETE SHOT to knees! Kassidy holds Cassidy for Quen to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Chuck waistlocks Kassidy but Kassidy elbows free. Kassidy runs in at the corner but Chuck goes up and over! Chuck OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Quen onto Kassidy!

TH2 runs in, but Chuck catches Evans for a facelock! Angelico runs in, Chuck catches him, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Chuck builds speed and FLIES to take out Hardy Party! Yuta is up top, he SUPER SPLASHES Angelico! Cover but Evans breaks it! Angelico gets Yuta in a clinch, Evans adds on, NECK-BACK BREAKER COMBO! Then a pop-up into Evans’ KANGAROO KICK! Angelico covers, Chuck breaks it! Quen returns to throw hands and throw Chuck out. Kassidy runs in, Yuta elbows him away, but Quen blocks Yuta’s boot so Kassidy can ROCK Yuta back! Quen runs in again, GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Angelico covers, Cassidy breaks it!

Fans fire up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Angelico whips, Cassidy ducks and dodges, then keeps going to NO HANDS RANA! Private Party returns but Cassidy dodges them to NO HANDS DOUBLE RANA! Evans returns to get a dropkick! No hands kip up, but Hardy attacks Cassidy and gets the TWIST OF FATE! But Chuck tags JB, Yuta and Chuck toss Hardy out then DOUBLE PLANCHA Private Party! Fans fire up for JB as he goes after Kassidy, but Kassidy whips him away. Kassidy ducks JB’s lariat and he falls over, but JB quickly trips up Quen! JB then goes back after Kassidy to suplex for a BRAINBUSTER!

Angelico runs in but JB kicks him down. Evans returns, JB ROCKS him. Angelico helps Evans up in an Electric Chair! But Luchasaurus returns and gives JB a boost with the Electric Chair! Fans fire up as we have a game of chicken, without the pool! Evans and JB SLAP each other back and forth, then JB blocks to CHOP and CHOP and LARIAT Evans down! Then JB BOOTS Angelico! Quen climbs a corner, leaps, but JB ducks under it! It’s just like his entrance with Luchasaurus! JB sits back up, Kassidy is up top now, but JB catches the crossbody for a MOONSAULT POWERSLAM! Even Luchasaurus is shocked at what just happened!

The Blade gets in the ring but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! Marko Stunt climbs up onto Luchasaurus’ shoulders, and SUPER CROSSBODIES onto The Blade!! Angelico staggers up and Luchasaurus aims, TAIL WHIP! JB gets Angelico for the SNARE TRAP!! Angelico taps, #JurassicFriends wins!!

Winners: Jurassic Express & Best Friends, by submission

Fans sing along with Tarzan Boy as Chuck, Yuta, Cassidy, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt celebrate! Jurassic Express heads out, but then the HFO keep the Best Friends from hugging! WAIT! The Butcher is back!? The biggest mercenary on Hardy’s payroll CLOBBERS Cassidy! The Butcher then gets Cassidy up for the SWINGING URENAGE! But this isn’t the end, as the rest of the HFO regroups and sits Cassidy up. But Jurassic Express returns, and they’ve brought Dante Martin, the Varsity Blonds and members of the Dark Order with them! There are even more friends of the Best Friends than Hardy bet on! Will this turn into an all out war now? Oh wait, you GOT to give the people what they want! That’s the biggest group hug in AEW history!

 

Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year are up in the nosebleeds!

Lambert shouts into the mic, “I have to say about this company and all you idiots that make up its fanbase, but it was made crystal clear to me that when I pulled up to the arena that former UFC Heavyweight Champions, Andre Arlovski and Junior dos Santos, together with BMF Champion, Jorge Masvidal, and The Men of the Year, Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, are here for a little less talk and a lot more action!” Ethan Page says, “I love~ you~, Dan!” And All Ego is glad Lambert reached out to him and Scorpio. “Everyone knows the Men of the Year are two very handsome, fashionable men.” Scorpio adds, “They have eyes.

Ethan says the Men of the Year love to talk their trash, flap their gums and show off the Gift of Gab. Scorpio adds, “They have ears.” Ethan continues by saying, “But everyone on the roster already knows that The Men of the Year are extremely! Dangerous! Men!” Scorpio says “But sometimes, you have to take it to the next level.” That means stepping out of their comfort zones, “and back into the danger zone.” They’ll do that with their new friends, American Top Team! Lambert says they’ve got UFC fighters in the building, Scorpio’s got his new five-year extension signed, sealed and delivered, and Ethan is always looking to feed that ego. The only thing left is Lambert saying whose ass they kick and when!

Lambert asks if Masvidal thinks it’s necessary tonight, and Masvidal feels it is very necessary. So then, who will this arrogant crossover have in their crosshairs first?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Eddie Kingston!

God’s Favorite Champion or not, the Bulgarian Brute has been the most brutal TNT Champion yet! But the Mad King knows a lot about getting brutal, so he’s ready to show there ain’t no favorites here! Will Kingston get his crown by dropping Miro on his head? Or will Miro at least redeem himself for getting dropped on Friday?

The introductions are made, Kingston is egging Miro on already but the belt is raised first. The bell rings and we see who’s just that much crazier!

Fans are thunderous already and Miro nods. Miro talks trash, Kingston talks trash, fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Miro gets annoyed and rushes in, but into a knee! Kingston facelocks but Miro holds off the DDT! Miro shoves, drop toeholds then goes for his camel clutch! Kingston slips out, wants the full nelson but Miro breaks free to bail out! Fans boo Miro as he paces and calms down. Kingston waits patiently, fans chant, “F him up, Eddie, F him up!” Miro returns, the two square off again, but Miro blocks the kick only to get a poke in the eye! Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and has Miro in a corner for MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima is here tonight…

Miro stops the chops, clinches Kingston but Kingston turns it around! EXPLODER! Miro bails out right away but Kingston keeps his cool. Kingston goes out after Miro with fans fired up behind him. But Miro lures Kingston in for a forearm! Miro kicks then whips Kingston into railing, then SPLASHES him against them! MULE KICK! Miro drags Kingston up to whip into more railing! But Kingston comes right back to BOOT Miro down! Kingston refreshes the count and aims from the apron to LEAP, but into a POWERSLAM!! Miro grits his teeth as he has Kingston down now. Miro drags Kingston up to RAM him into the post! Miro scoops Kingston again to RAM him into the other post!

Miro soaks up the heat from Chicago as the ref tells Miro to get this in the ring. The ring count is past 5 of 10, Miro stands Kingston back up and shoves him back in. Cover, ONE!! Kingston flips Miro off but Miro grabs that finger and BITES it! Kingston CLUBS Miro, Miro STOMPS the hand! Miro has wild eyes but Kingston CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miro KICKS Kingston, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off at 4! Miro KICKS Kingston in the back but Kingston just snarls! Kingston SLAPS Miro! And again! And again! Miro eggs Kingston on, Kingston fires off fast shots, but Miro DECKS Kingston with one! Miro then drops elbow after elbow before he covers, ONE!!

Fans fire up with Kingston’s toughness, but Miro fish hooks him into a chinlock! Fans rally as Kingston endures the squeeze. Kingston fights his way up, Miro squeezes tighter to bring him back down, but the fans are still behind Kingston. Kingston throws body shots, gets free and CHOPS again! Kingston powers up to CHOP, but Miro resists the saido! Miro punches and DROPKICKS Kingston to a corner! Miro seethes but then encourages fans to boo and jeer. Miro looks to the heavens, runs corner to corner and SPLASHES! Kingston CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miro is stinging and backs away, but runs back in to SPLASH!

Kingston pushes Miro back, Miro runs in again but this time Kingston dodges! Miro bounces off buckles, Kingston ENZIGURIS him down! Another shot to the neck and Miro goes to the apron. Kingston BLASTS him with a EuroUpper in the back! Fans fire up as Kingston aims, builds speed, but Miro ROCKS him first! Miro hurries back in while Kingston wobbles, but Kingston gets around to SAIDO! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kingston sits up, Miro follows, and Miro grabs at Kingston. Miro throws a forearm, then keeps Kingston up. Miro throws another forearm, but Kingston shakes his head. Miro forearms again, Kingston grins and CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Miro forearms again! And again! Kingston CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Miro ROCKS Kingston with a haymaker, then ROCKS him again! Kingston blocks the third to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! And CHOP! SAIDO! Miro gets right up, but into another SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but he clutches his neck and Kingston is nodding. Chicago is thunderous for Kingston as he aims that fist! But Miro bails out before the Uraken comes around! Fans boo but Kingston builds speed again and DIVES! Tope suicida elbow sends Miro into the railing! Kingston drags Miro up, puts him in the ring, but Miro comes right back! Kingston dodges the Best Kick to PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO!!!

Kingston can’t believe Miro survives, but the fans haven’t given up! “Let’s Go, Eddie! Let’s Go, Eddie!” Miro slowly rises and Kingston goes to a corner. Both men are hobbling and feeling sore, but Kingston runs in! Miro dodges to fire off forearms into Kingston’s back over and over! The ref counts, Miro waistlocks but Kingston holds onto buckles! A buckle pad comes off as Miro GERMAN SUPLEXES Kingston away! Kingston staggers up and roars but Miro glares and runs in, BEST KICK!! Miro grins and then storms around. “GAME! OVAAAA~!” Stomp to the back, camel clutch, but Kingston holds off the deep stretch! Miro keeps to the regular stretch and bends Kingston back!

Fans are thunderous as Kingston endures! Kingston reaches out a hand, and falls to the ROPEBREAK! Miro is fuming as he has to let Kingston go but the fans are loving this! Miro sees the buckle pad, grips at it as he loses his cool, URAKEN!! TO A DDT!!! Cover, the ref is busy with the buckle pad, TWO!!! Kingston could’ve had it if not for that buckle pad!! The ref tries to defend himself but the fans tell the ref he messed Kingston up! Kingston gets Miro up but Miro is dead weight. Kingston still powers Miro up but Miro is fighting it! So Kingston unleashes Kowata Kicks! Kingston wants to use the bare buckle but the ref stops that by getting in the way!

Miro is grabbing the ropes, the ref tells Kingston to stop, but he completely misses Miro’s LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Kingston staggers back, Miro ROUNDHOUSES! Kingston stays up so Miro runs and runs and BEST KICKS!! Cover, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Mad King had a perfect strategy, but the ring is itself a variable no one can predict! Miro can barely hold up the title with how his arms feel from all that damage to his neck. Will his grip on the gold start to weaken from here on?

 

Jon Moxley VS Satoshi Kojima!

The Maniac knows all about the King of Cozy Style, and that’s partly why he’s pissed off! Only one man in all of NJPW was brave enough to accept this open challenge, and it was only the old guard that answered? Will Kojima prove he’s as crazy as Moxley says and find a way to win? Or will Moxley be the only one crazy enough to go all out in Chicago?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans are fired up already and Kojima offers a handshake. Given that press conference from earlier in the week, Moxley slaps the handshake away to flip Kojima off! Kojima CHOPS Moxley so Moxley CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP as fans let out “WOO~!” Moxley shifts to forearms but Kojima keeps pace! Fans fire up as they speed up with their back and forth! Moxley knees low, runs but into a kick. Kojima runs and runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley staggers up but fans cheer for Kojima’s dancing pecs. Kojima runs at Moxley but Moxley ducks the lariat!

Moxley bails out, but Kojima pursues with a PLANCHA! Fans fire up as both men go down at ringside! Kojima stands first but Moxley follows. Kojima CLUBS Moxley over and over, puts him in the ring and fans are dueling as Moxley knocks Kojima down. Moxley runs to DIVE! Direct hit and Kojima hits railing! Moxley throws up rock ‘n’ roll horns and fans cheer. Moxley stands Kojima up to Russian Leg Sweep him into railing! The ref starts a ring count so Moxley leaves Kojima behind, but Kojima gets up and in at 5 of 10. Moxley looms over Kojima as he stands, and then he stands on Kojima’s hand to stomp it! Kojima clutches those fingers but Moxley grabs at them and pulls!

Moxley lets go of Kojima’s fingers and fans rally up. Kojima gets up, throws body shots but Moxley clinches for knees! Moxley puts Kojima in a corner and CHOPS him! Moxley talks some trash, then CHOPS Kojima again! The ref counts, Moxley lets off to take a bow, then he goes back to CHOP Kojima again! Kojima turns it around to MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kingston must be so torn watching this! Kojima whips Moxley corner to corner and runs in to forearm smash! Fans fire up as Kojima goes up top! BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives but Kojima keeps his focus. Kojima powers up, stands Moxley up and fires of forearm after forearm!

Moxley ducks the discus to SAIDO! Kojima rolls to a corner, Moxley takes aim and runs in to clothesline! Moxley brings Kojima up and shouts, “OSU!” Kojima blocks the suplex, throws body shots, then turns things around to hoist Moxley up top. Kojima throws forearms, climbs up, but Moxley BITES Kojima’s forehead! But Kojima BITES Moxley’s forehead in return! Kojima stands Moxley up to SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up again while Moxley goes to the apron. Kojima goes after Moxley and the brawling returns! Kojima kicks low, reels Moxley in and hits an APRON DDT!! Moxley flounders and falls over but gets himself up and into the ring.

Kojima gets back in, gets Moxley up as fans duel. Kojima hits another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Moxley is still in this but Kojima kicks and cravats. Moxley resists the cutter to get a SLEEPER! Kojima reaches, fans rally, Moxley spins Kojima around for an X PLEX! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives but Moxley gets an ARMBAR! Kojima hurries to clasp hands and fans rally up. Kojima moves around and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Moxley lets go quickly, runs and KNEES Kojima down! Fans fire up, Moxley drags Kojima up again and underhooks the arms! Kojima holds off the Paradigm Shift to turn things around, BRAINBUSTER! Fans are thunderous as Kojima covers, TWO!

Kojima takes off the armband! Fans fire up as he runs, but Moxley ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kojima gets up, Moxley LARIATS but Kojima stays up?! Moxley LARIATS again, but still Kojima stays up! Moxley is getting mad now, he runs but into Kojima’s LARIAT! Both men stay up but Kojima is steady. Kojima fires up, whips Moxley but Moxley KNEES him down! Moxley gets Kojima up, PARADIGM- NO! SHORT ARM LARIAT!! KOJI CUTTER!! But Kojima can’t cover from exhaustion! Chicago is thunderous again as both men are down! Moxley gets up, throws haymakers, but Kojima gives them back. Moxley JABS, Kojima forearms! Moxley haymakers, Kojima forearms!

Fans duel as the brawling slowly speeds up again. Moxley gets the edge with many forearms, but runs into a ROLLING ELBOW! Moxley rebounds to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Into a BULLY CHOKE!! Kojima endures the stretching headlock, fans rally up, and Kojima again gets a ropebreak. Moxley lets go in frustration but he gets Kojima up. Moxley talks trash and paces about. Kojima stands, Moxley KICKS him in the ribs! And KICKS! And runs, but Kojima blocks the kick to CLUB the leg! Kojima uses MONGOLIAN CHOPS! He’s calling upon his friend and tag partner, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, as he MONGOLIAN CHOPS again! And again! Moxley HEADBUTTS!

Kojima returns, swings but into Moxley’s underhooks! PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley isn’t done, he drags Kojima up for a DEATH RIDER!!! The higher impact version hits and Moxley covers, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Now that the battle is over, Moxley shows the respect Kojima has more than earned! Moxley says Kojima’s crazy in a good way and bows to the living legend. But with this big win, will- Wait, what is that on the titantron? MINORU SUZUKI!? The Meanest Man in the World comes to AEW!??! Moxley is absolutely stunned, not believing the titantron and the song playing right now. But yes, it IS Minoru Suzuki!! Suzuki goes to the ring and fans are thunderous as we reach the part in the song…! KAZE NI NARE!! Suzuki and Moxley stand face to face as fans lose their minds! And Suzuki even takes off his jacket!

Moxley says he has no problems throwing down, so Suzuki throws a forearm! Moxley bows in thanks then forearms right back! Suzuki gives it back, Moxley asks for a moment, then ROCKS Suzuki back! The forearms keep flying back and forth, faster and faster! Suzuki nods, runs and BOOTS! Moxley laughs along with Suzuki, then runs to LARIAT! Suzuki keeps himself standing and fans are thunderous again! Moxley runs, Suzuki gets around and gets the SLEEPER! Suzuki is showing Moxley how to do this hold properly, then spins him around! Gotch hold, lift, and PILEDRIVER! The Man with the Worst Personality had about the best debut he could in AEW, will he continue to be a lonely warrior against the former AEW World Champion?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Doctor has always seen herself as the face of the Women’s Division, the reason fans tune in to watch, and “the baddest bitch on the block.” It became hard to argue with her after she won this title of Hikaru Shida. But the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien isn’t here to argue, she’s here to fight! Will Statlander win the fight and give Britt reason to work on herself? Or will the AEW Women’s Division still belong to Britt Baker, DMD?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who holds the gold after going all out!

Britt and Statlander circle and fans rally up. They tie up, Britt waistlocks, Kris wrenches free but Britt wrenches back. Britt has the wristlock, Kris cartwheels and wristlocks in return. Britt shifts, gets a modified Russian Leg Sweep to roll back and go after the arm, but Kris slips free quickly and waistlocks. Britt fights up, Kris shifts to a headlock, but Britt powers her to ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak, both let off but Britt gets a cheap shot in! Britt whips, Kris reverses but Britt sunset flips! Kris rolls through, high stacks but Britt scrambles away to ropes! Rebel and Hayter are there and Kris lets off. Britt gets up, fans rally up, and Kris points with a finger.

Britt stops the boop with a takedown! Kris gets free of the armlock again but now Britt points a finger. “D! M!” Kris stops that to turn the finger onto Britt! Kris makes Britt boop herself! Kris then whips Britt and runs her over with a shoulder! Fans fire up as Kris flexes those “laser guns.” Britt gets up to kick and CLUB Kris back, then whips her to a corner. Kris stops, elbows Britt away, then headstands to BOOT Britt down! Kris hurries up top but Britt is up to fire haymakers! Britt drags Kris out on the ropes for a DRAPING FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! Rebel gets fans chanting for DMD as Britt kicks Kris out. But Orange Cassidy stands in the way of Rebel and Hayter!

Britt has her minions stand down and aims at Kris from the apron. Britt runs, the kick is blocked but then Britt JAMS Kris into the apron! Kris writhes while Britt goes into the ring and lets the ring count start. Kris staggers up and into the ring but Britt stomps away on her! Cassidy protests as strongly as he can as Britt gets Kris up, snap suplex! Britt wraps on a chinlock and jams in her elbow over and over. Fans rally as Britt wraps on a grounded cobra twist! Kris endures, fights free and elbows Britt down. Britt kicks from the mat, gets up but Kris shoves her and catches her with forearms! Kris backs Britt to a corner for forearms and CHOPS!

Fans fire up as the ref counts and Kris goes corner to corner to forearm SMASH! Then side to side for a KNEE! Snapmare and Britt staggers up. Britt dodges Kris to come back and SLINGBLADE! Glancing stomp and Kris kicks back! FISHERMAN BUSTER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!! Kris grows annoyed with Britt and she drags Britt up. Kris reels Britt in for a short arm clothesline! And then another! But Britt dodges, hip toss to a roll-up and then a hook to a backslide! TWO, and Britt SPIKE DDT’s Kris right down! Cover, TWO!! Britt is getting annoyed as she aims at Kris, and she SUPERKICKS her down! Rebel helps Britt with her glove and The Doctor is ready!

Britt kicks at Kris toyingly, but then Kris blocks the superkick! Kris ROUNDHOUSES in return, then gut wrenches, tucks her in, but Britt victory rolls it! TWO, both get up and Kris runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Cassidy checks on Kris but Britt goes to the corner. Britt climbs up, Kris gets up and ROCKS her with forearms first! Kris climbs up to join Britt now, CLUBS her on the back, then brings Britt up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX!! Fans are fired up while both women are down on the mat! Cassidy rallies the fans up and Kris rises. Kris drags Britt around into the drop zone, climbs up the corner, and fans duel as Kris 450 FLOPS! Britt evades, comes back and RINGS OF SATURN!

Britt grabs for Kris’s face but Kris breaks free of the “rings!” So Britt goes for a crossface! They roll, Britt holds on but Kris fireman’s carries! Britt pulls hair and claws at Kris but ends up in an Electric Chair SLAM!! Kris runs to SCISSOR KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Britt survives and her team is relieved! Britt slumps out of the ring, “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Kris pursues. Kris is on the apron, Britt sees the moonsault coming! Britt dodges and Kris FLOPS on the floor now! Britt runs off the steps for a FLYING CURB STOMP!! Britt goes into the ring to leave Kris to the ring count! Cassidy is concerned but Kris is stirring.

Cassidy gets fired up?! And SHOUTS, “KRIS!! GET UP!!” Kris gets up and in!! Fans are stunned but Britt wants the Rings of Saturn again! Kris moves around, gets Britt’s legs tied up in the deathlock, SPIDER CRAB!! Britt endures being bent, kicks a leg free then kicks Kris with it! Kris lets her go and fans are thunderous again. Kris ends up in a corner, Britt storms over and stomps a mudhole into the alien! The ref tries to back Britt off but she shoves him away to stomp Kris more! The ref counts, Britt stops and then climbs up the corner. Kris flounders up, Britt shouts out her BAYBAY with the PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Or maybe PITTSBURGH Sunrise! Cover, TWO!!!

Britt is shocked, furious, runs, and CURB STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! But Britt just goes for RINGS OF SATURN! AND THE LOCKJAW!!! Kris verbally quits, Britt wins!!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien still isn’t the greatest in AEW! That title literally still belongs to The Doctor! But with the Women’s Casino Battle Royale still to come, who will win that golden ticket to taking on Britt Baker, DMD?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo & Chavo Guerrero.

Alex Marvez asks El Idolo about how his scheduled match with PAC isn’t happening now because of apparent travel issues. We know Team Andrade has done this to Death Triangle before, is he going to claim he isn’t behind these particular issues? Andrade says he is here to fight. Do you think he wants to miss this big, amazing night? Andrade asks his assistant, Jose, if he was the one that cancelled Pac’s flight. Jose says no. Andrade asks Chavo if he was the one who cancelled Pac’s flight. Chavo plays dumb, saying he has no idea about that. Chavo doesn’t even know American Airlines’ number. Not that anyone said Pac was using American Airlines, just saying.

But it doesn’t matter why or how Pac is missing All Out, the point is Pac is scared of El Idolo! Everyone knows that, and the same things happened with the “poor little Lucha Brothers” before. Team Andrade has offered their services, if they don’t want to accept the help then that is on them. So no, they did not cancel the flights. But this Friday on Rampage, El Idolo VS Lil’ Pac. No more excuses. Andrade will even pay for the flight so that he can settle this with Pac! Will the Bastard be more than happy to accept that fight?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match: The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers!

From accepting Don Callis’ advice and seeing things his way, to having the cold spray monkey butler Brandon Cutler constantly running around, it has all led to this! Matt & Nick Jackson must now fight their way out of the steel to hold onto their gold! But when Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix have #CeroMiedo, will that lead them to finally dethroning the Bucks?

The cage lowers and is secured in place, with escape NOT an option. To make the challengers’ entrance even greater, GANGSTA L and MUELAS DE GALLO are live and in person to rap the theme song! As for the Bucks, they of course have The Elite as their posse, but they’re kinda why there’s a cage. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, Callis joins commentary and the cage door is closed! Now we see how much blood, sweat and tears these blood brothers are willing to shed for glory and gold!

Fans are thunderous already for “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix and Penta throw hands but the Bucks return them! The Lucha Bros get the edge and CLUB the Bucks down! The Lucha Bros whip, the Bucks dodge and start climbing! The Lucha Bros stop them, the Bucks kick them away, but Fenix runs and gets a boost to dropkick both Bucks down! Not that it matters, escape wouldn’t end this. The Lucha Bros put the Bucks in opposite corners, Penta KICKS Matt and Fenix CHOPS Nick. They whip the Bucks at each other, the Bucks dosido but the hermanos dodge and do the same! Penta runs at Nick, Fenix runs at Matt, GAMANGIRIS IN STEREO!

Penta keeps Nick down, Matt ROCKS Matt. Penta & Fenix double whip Nick, he goes to the apron and ROCKS Penta. Fenix runs in as Nick climbs, and SHOVES Nick into steel! Matt runs in but Penta pops him up to a headstand! Penta SUPERKICKS, then Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Matt! Nick returns the favor as he knuckle locks and CHOPS Penta! Fenix and Nick go to the same corner, go up and up and stare down, Fenix SUPER STEINERS Nick! Penta forearm smashes Matt, whips him to Fenix, fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY! WAZZUP!? Dropkick to Matt’s butt, cover, Nick breaks it! Fenix and Penta coordinate, UNO DOS TRES, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Fans are thunderous as Fenix & Penta soak it all in. Penta RAMS Nick into steel, Fenix RAMS Matt into steel, then they trade sides to RAM them into steel again! Penta and Fenix coordinate as they trade partners and they both SPEAR the Bucks into steel! Fenix stomps Nick, he and Penta coordinate again and trade back, but the Bucks dodge! The Lucha Bros crash into the steel! Nick and Matt get in, the Bucks bump Penta off buckles and hoist him up into the corner. They club away on Penta, Nick runs at Fenix but is sent out. Fenix dodges Matt, Matt blocks the kick to catapult Fenix into a GAMANGIRI! Nick DOUBLE STOMPS Fenix then somersaults to DRAPING BACKSTABBER!

Fans boo as Macho Nick soaks up the heat. Penta ends up in the gap between ring and steel, and Matt WRECKS him with a dropkick! Nick and Matt focus on Fenix, Nick sets Fenix up for Matt’s POWERBOMB into the steel! Nick goes to the apron, “YOU’RE DEAD!” PENALTY KICK to Penta! Nick says that kick was good but Chicago still boos. Nick digs his boots into Penta while Matt CLUBS Fenix down. The Bucks regroup as Matt uses a chain to CHOKE Fenix! The fans chant, “Young Bucks Suck!” but Nick chokes Penta now. They again set Fenix up, Matt brings Fenix up but Fenix RANAS Matt into steel! Penta returns to SLINGBLADE Nick once, then SLINGBLADE twice!

Penta whips, Matt reverses, but Penta goes up and over in the corner to BACKSTABBER! Cover, Nick breaks it again! Fenix KICKS Nick, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up and uses the cage to jump and arm-drag Matt! Nick tries to drop a senton but Fenix dodges! Penta gets Nick for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fenix adds Matt to this, UNO DOS TRES but the Bucks dodge! Kicks cancel out, Nick wheelbarrow STUNNERS Fenix! Penta somersault CUTTERS Nick! Penta runs at Matt, Matt boots him first, then Matt goes up and around to STUNNER Penta! The Bucks regroup but Fenix BOOTS them!

Fenix dodges, handsprings, the Bucks stop that but Fenix comes back, DOUBLE CUTTERS!! Penta gets Matt up, Fenix SUPERKICKS into the MADE IN MEXICO! Cover, TWO!! The Bucks survive and the Lucha Brothers catch their breath while the fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” and is far from over! Fenix climbs up while Penta fetches Matt. They coordinate but Nick SHOVES Fenix into steel! Matt slips out of the piledriver, gets a SHARPSHOOTER while Nick SAIDOS Fenix on the apron! Penta endures, ropebreaks don’t matter in a cage, but Nick is there to CROSSFACE! The ol’ Cease ‘n’ Desist!

But Fenix dropkicks Nick into the post! And BOOTS Matt on his way in! Nick drags Fenix back out to scrape his sole on Fenix’s face. Fans rally up, the Bucks get Penta back up and Matt puts him in the ropes. Nick climbs up and aims, DRAPING SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives so the Lucha Bros are still in this! The Bucks run at Fenix but he throws forearms on them. Fenix slingshots into a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Fenix pinballs off the steel and ropes, then Nick drags him back in. Matt scoops Penta for a gut wrench and Nick climbs up. Nick aims, leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK MELTZER DRIVER! Double covers, TWO!!! The Bucks are furious but the fans are loving it!

Penta goes to a corner, fans are strongly behind the Lucha Brothers, but the Bucks have Fenix! B T E- NO! Fenix dodges and knees hit each other! Springboard but the crossbody is caught! Matt brings Fenix around but Fenix slips out and shoves Matt into Nick! Nick hits steel, Fenix runs the ropes but Matt LOW BLOW KICKS him straight up! No disqualification but still not cool! Matt LOW BLOWS Penta, too! The Bucks grin as they use the rules to their advantage, and Callis is saying this is what greatness is! Matt gets Fenix up, fireman’s carries, Nick is up top! MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! The full combo hits, Matt covers, but Penta SUPERKICKS Matt down!

Fans are thunderous again and Nick is furious. Nick sits Penta up and throws hands, then even tears at Penta’s mask! Matt does the same to Fenix! Fans boo at this disrespect as Penta’s face is a third of the way exposed. Fans chant “F*** THE YOUNG BUCKS!” as the Bucks get Fenix up for a DOUBLE LAWN DART into steel! Matt signals to Brandon Cutler, and he has a bag?! Cutler does his best to TOSS the bag into the ring, and he clears it! Matt smiles as he undoes his custom Nike to put on what’s in the bag! Matt has THE THUMBTACK SOLE NIKE!! Matt puts this shoe on as the fans chant “YOU SICK F***!”

Penta sits up in a daze, already badly bleeding from the fingernails that were digging into his forehead. Fenix crawls to ropes and Matt aims with the killer Nike! But Penta as the older brother shields his younger brother! Fans cheer this show of brotherly love, so Matt SUPERKICKS Penta down!! Fenix sees this but Nick brings him up and RAMS him into steel again. Matt sits up top, sticks his spiked Nike out, and Nick whips Penta, only for Penta to put on the brakes! Nick knees Penta low, then throws more knees and tries again! Penta gets TACKS TO THE FOREHEAD!! And he can’t get away, the mask is caught! Nick DIGS Penta’s forehead into the tacks!!

Matt and Nick make Penta suffer, then Matt holds Penta in place. Nick runs corner to corner to BOOT Penta in even deeper! Penta now has a crimson mask to make up for the gap in his real mask. The Bucks have Penta by his arms, but they see Fenix staggering over. Matt SUPER-TACK KICKS him! Nick POISON-RANAS Fenix down!! The Bucks get Penta again, B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, Fenix breaks it?!?! Fans are electric for the heart and soul of the Lucha Brothers! Penta sputters but he’s fired up! The Bucks get Fenix, Matt has his spiked Nike like a boxing glove, but Fenix BOOTS him away! Fenix elbows Nick, dodges, Nick back drops him but he uses that to RANA Matt!

Fenix fires off mule kicks on Nick, runs at the corner to JUMP SOBAT Matt, then he hoists Matt up before he SCREW HIGH KCIKS Nick! Fenix sees the spiky Nike and he DECKS Nick! UPPERCUT to Matt! Fenix gets Matt in position, but not just for a Muscle or a Kinniku Man! He spins for a BLACK FIRE PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, TWO!??! Matt survives and fans are electric all over again! Fenix and Penta sputter through the blood as the Bucks crawl around. Penta gets Matt, fires himself up, and Fenix is up top! Nick shoves Fenix again but Fenix goes Spider-Man! Nick goes after him and they brawl on the side of the cage!

Penta and Matt pursue, each going after the enemy brother. Penta drags Nick down, Matt drags Fenix down, and they stare down! CERO MIEDO, DOUBLE APRON PACKAGE PILEDRIVERS!! Now the older brothers brawl and fans go nuts! Penta headbutts away on Matt, runs in at the corner but Matt puts him up top. Matt ROCKS Penta, and ROCKS him again! Penta BOOTS back, Matt throat chops in return! Penta still climbs, Matt pursues, and they brawl on the top rope! Fans go nuts already seeing what Penta’s planning! CERO! MIEDO! SUPER DESTROYER!!! Fans lose their minds as all four men are down!

Penta sits up first, Nick sits up and is bleeding from that Nike spike attack. Chicago wants them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Callis says the fans are heartless but he’s the one who applauded the Nike with spikes. Nick CHOPS Fenix, Fenix CHOPS Matt, so Matt CHOPS Penta and Penta CHOPS Nick! Nick SUPERKICKS Fenix! Fenix stays up to SUPERKICK Matt! Matt manages to stay up and he SUPERKICKS Penta! Penta wobbles but he SUPERKICKS Nick! Nick SUPERKICKS Fenix down! Penta SUPERKICKS Nick down, but then Matt SUPERKICKS Penta down! Matt says Bucks are superior for having the last man standing!

But then Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Matt! Nick kips up to SUPERKICK Fenix! Penta kips up to SUPERKICK Nick! Matt ducks Penta’s roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take the older brothers down! Fans are even more electric now that everyone’s down again! Fenix manages to sit up first and Nick follows. The younger brothers brawl with forearms back and forth, and Fenix gets the edge! Fenix whips, Nick reverses but Fenix reverses back! Nick flips around the ropes, dodges Fenix, but Fenix Tiger Feints to rewind and HEEL KICK! Penta gets Nick fast, the Lucha Bros coordinate, LB DRIVER!! Cover, Matt breaks it!! And fans are volcanic now!

Fenix hurries after Matt, throws him into the steel, then coordinates with Penta again. But then Penta wants to escalate and points to the top! Fenix agrees, climbs up the steel, and Penta brings Matt around again. Fenix reaches the top, aims down below, but Nick SUPERKICKS Penta! Nick sees Fenix and hurries up after him! Fenix isn’t sure about climbing down so he PENALTY KICKS Nick down! Penta lines the Bucks up, Fenix LEAPS! ATMOSPHERIC CROSSBODY!!! Then the Lucha Brothers set Nick up, ASSISTED FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, THE LUCHA BROTHERS WIN!!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Chicago explodes with cheers for Penta and Fenix! Callis is speechless for once as Alex Abrahantes get to celebrate with HIS team! And to paraphrase the sign in the crowd, THIS is why we all love pro-wrestling! The Elite has lost these titles and now the Lucha Brothers stand atop the mountain! And perhaps best of all, Penta gets to celebrate this with his daughters! Will the Lucha Brothers be leading a new charge as AEW enters year three?

 

Women’s Casino Battle Royal!

Britt Baker is still the AEW Women’s World Champion, but there is no rest for the wicked. The first 20 of the 21 entries in this match are known, divided into suits, and will be sent out one group at a time, with the “Joker” left for last. But in the end, there can only be one ace that stands tall above the rest! Who uses luck of the draw to win the jackpot and get that golden ticket to a title match?

First up are the Clubs! In this group we have… Former champion Hikaru Shida! Local favorite, Skye Blue! The Queen of Joshi Pro, Emi Sakura! The Hardy Family Office’s rabid Bunny! And the Living Dead Girl, ABADON! Will one of these first five be the last one left?

The bell rings, Sakura hits her former student Shida then runs. But Shida scoops Sakura for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Bunny and Abadon stop staring down to both kick Skye Blue! Shida runs but into Emi’s tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Shida and Sakura brawl while Skye Blue gets mugged. Shida and Sakura bump into Abadon and Bunny, Sakura ROCKS Abadon while Bunny kicks Shida! Skye goes after Sakura, Bunny and Skye run but into DOUBLE TILT-O-WHIRL BACKBREAKERS! Student and teacher stare down but Abadon walks right over. Abadon shrieks while twisting her own neck and that scares Sakura away! Abadon goes after Shida and fires off in the corner!

Bunny goes after Skye but Skye fires forearms! Shida fights Abadon to keep her from biting her neck! Fans fire up with Skye but Bunny knees low! Bunny runs but Skye KNEES her against ropes! Skye pushes Bunny down, but Abadon is creeping up on her! Fans freak out and Abadon shoves Skye down! Skye stays on the apron, she ROCKS Abadon, but Abadon BOOTS and ELIMINATES Skye! But then Bunny dumps and ELIMINATES Abadon! Bunny laughs and fans laugh at Abadon for getting karma, but the brawling of Sakura and Shida continues behind Bunny. Sakura throws Shida down to hook her up into the ROMERO SPECIAL SURFBOARD! And Bunny just frolics.

Bunny then scrapes her sole on Sakura’s face! Sakura lets Shida go, Bunny stomps them both down. Bunny CLUBS Sakura, gets her up and Shida joins in! Sakura fights them both off, Sakura CHOPS Bunny but Shida kicks Sakura low. Sakura pulls Shida’s hair, laughs and THROWS Shida to a corner! Sakura brings Shida up as the countdown begins, and Sakura hits a BACKBREAKER as we draw the… DIAMONDS! And rushing out for this group is Anna Jay! She goes right at Bunny and they brawl now! Bunny shoves Jay, Jay comes back to wrench and HOOK KICK! Shida kicks Sakura down, Kiera Hogan makes her way out and BOOTS Shida right down!

KiLynn King comes out, just call her the King of Diamonds! Diamante and Nyla Rose hurry out, and Diamante hits King with SLICED BREAD! The Native Beast CLOBBERS Shida while Diamante and Kiera work together. Hmm, that combo seems familiar… Sakura CROSSBODIES Nyla into Shida, and Bunny is brawling with Jay more. Kiera SUPERKICKS King, she and Diamante work on hoisting her up but King fights them off. Sakura ends up on the apron, Shida throws hands but then Diamante runs in! Shida sends Diamante into Sakura, then BOOT WASHES them both! Shida ELIMINATES Sakura, then focuses on Diamante!

Kiera is up top but Nyla off King. Nyla PELES Kiera and ELIMINATES her! Then Nyla KICKS and CLOTHESLINES King out of the ring to ELIMINATE her! Shida fights Diamante off then dodges Nyla to RAN- NO! Nyla brings Shida up and BEAST BOMBS her out to ELIMINATE her!! It seems Diamante is an honorary Vicious Vixen as she and Nyla share a new secret handshake. Nyla goes after Bunny, Diamante is after Jay. The vixens go to dump them out but Jay and Bunny fight them off. Then Jay goes to throw Bunny out! Bunny fights free, and Nyla turns on her ally! Every woman for herself, right?

Diamante fights Nyla and Bunny brings Jay around. Bunny whips Jay hard into buckles then kicks the legs out. Diamante digs her boots into Nyla, Bunny runs corner to corner to SLIDING FOREARM Jay! Diamante BUZZSAWS Nyla, the countdown returns and now we draw… HEARTS! And first out is Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera goes right at Nyla and Nyla wants her to pump the brakes! NOPE! SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Penelope Ford takes her time but helps out Bunny, then it’s Riho! Penelope dodges Jay’s heel kick by going Matrix, then pops up to STUNNER! Jamie Hayter hurries out to represent Team DMD, Bunny KNEES Jay down!

Riho goes after the Superbad Girl and Bunny and puts them on the ropes! DOUBLE 619! Hayter BOOTS Riho, Big Swole is here to go after Diamante! Nyla goes after Rosa, Hayter stomps Riho, and Bunny works with Ford to go after Jay since Tay Conti isn’t here yet. Swole BOOTS Diamante down then gets her up for a suplex! Hayter mule kicks Riho out of the ring and she hits the floor, but even Hayter says Riho is NOT eliminated because that was through the bottom rope! Diamante runs at Swole at the ropes but Swole dumps her out! Diamante CLUBS Swole, Swole runs in and HEADBUTTS Diamante! Diamante IS ELIMINATED, but then Hayter dumps and ELIMINATES Swole!!

Swole and Diamante still fight each other all the way to the back! Ford and Bunny still gang up on Jay, Hayter stomps Rosa. Nyla and Hayter work together to go after Rosa but the fans strongly rally behind her. Rosa boots them away, ROCKS Hayter then CLOBBERS Nyla! Ford and Bunny take their time with Jay while Rosa runs to DROPKICK Nyla against ropes! Rosa stomps a mudhole into Hayter and then runs to dropkick her down! The countdown is back once more, and that means the SPADES are here! And first out IS Tay Conti! Conti hurries to help Jay against Bunny and Ford, firing off on Bunny first! TAY K O!!

Red Velvet runs out and goes right at Hayter! Dodge and SPEAR!!! Velvet throws Hayter into a corner while Leyla Hirsch rolls in. Hirsch gets Ford for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then GERMAN SUPLEX for Bunny! Jade Cargill is here as Hirsch GERMAN SUPLEXES Nyla! Cargill DECKS Hirsch just as Rebel arrives to further support Team DMD! Rebel DECKS Velvet, rains down fists, and then Hayter helps out. Nyla gets her shots in, Bunny is after Jay while Conti and Ford brawl in another corner. Velvet ducks and dodges Team DMD to TORNADO DDT! Conti is stuck on the top rope but she sits up to CLUB away on Ford!

Velvet throws Rebel out but Rebel thinks she’s safe as she lands on the apron. Rebel goes to step in, Velvet kicks her legs out and Rebel ends up doing the splits! Velvet then dropkicks Rebel down and ELIMINATES her! Velvet blows her a kiss and then tells her to kiss this. Bunny and Jay end up on the apron, Jay blocks a boot to SUPERKICK and ELIMINATE the Bunny! But then Ford BOOTS Jay and ELIMINATES her! Conti says no no, she BOOTS Ford into the ropes! Ford is dazed, Conti drags her around and works to haul her out of the ropes. Cargill trophy lifts Hirsch to TOSS her out onto everyone else and ELIMINATE her!! #ThatBitch then helps Nyla stomp away on Rosa!

Hayter CLUBS Velvet, Ford HOTSHOTS Conti, and the business partnership of Cargill and Nyla starts struggling to keep Rosa down! Fans chant for “RUBY SOHO!” in hopes of drawing the right Joker. The countdown is done and the Joker is… RUBY SOHO! They guessed right! Fans are fired up and Ruby is flattered as she now reaches #DestinationAEW! Ruby rushes in and fires right off on Cargill! Cargill shoves her away, Ruby bobs ‘n’ weaves under Cargill’s shots then she stomps Cargill’s foot! Ruby runs to YAKUZA KICK Cargill! Nyla shoves Ruby, tilt-o-whirl but Ruby slips out to cording hold and fire off shots!

Nyla HEADBUTTS Ruby down, but Rosa runs in to step up off Ruby and RANA Nyla! Fans are thunderous as Rosa KNEES Nyla for good measure! Rosa and Ruby go after Cargill with big forearms, then they double whip. Cargill reverses to DECK Rosa and pump handle FACEBUSTER Ruby! Conti and Ford brawl, Conti gets the drop sayanagi hat trick! Wait, Ford handsprings through, while Cargill just TOSSES and ELIMINATES Hayter! Britt’s plans fail here, someone will be gunning for her title! Cargill goes after old rival, Red Velvet, Conti whips Ford away and then gets around her to swing and- NO, Ford lands on her feet! Conti BOOTS but Ford HEEL KICKS!

Cargill tosses Velvet at the ropes but Velvet holds on! Cargill dumps Velvet up and out and ELIMINATES her! But then Nyla dumps and ELIMINATES Cargill!! Mark Sterling is furious but Vickie Guerrero laughs triumphantly. And while Conti and Ford still scrap, we have our final five of Ruby Soho, the Superbad Girl, the Blackbelt Brazilian, the Native Beast and La Mera Mera! Ford puts Conti up top, Conti fights back and shoves Ford away, and then Ruby and Rosa go after Nyla together! Conti body scissors Ford up and over then throws her down, Conti ELIMINATES Ford! Nyla fights off Ruby and Rosa, then DECKS Conti to ELIMINATE her!!

Five became three pretty quickly, but fans are fired up for Rosa and Ruby. They stand together against Nyla still but Nyla kicks Ruby down and shoves Rosa. Nyla uses both hands to SLAM Ruby down! Rosa staggers up into a fireman’s carry, and Nyla hits a SAMOAN DROP! Vickie cheers and Nyla says she’s going to be a two-time champion! Nyla stomps Ruby down and stands on her neck! Fans are thunderous for Ruby, even as Nyla puts her in a Tree of Woe! Nyla takes her time soaking up the heat but she spots Rosa getting up. Nyla runs in but Rosa dumps her to the apron! Nyla holds on but Rosa DROPKICKS and ELIMINATES her!!! And now it’s just Rosa and Ruby.

Fans are loving this as the two stare down from afar. Ruby and Rosa circle, approach, and are enjoying this moment. They each egg the other on, then start shoving. Rosa CHOPS Ruby but Ruby CHOPS back! Rosa CHOPS again, Ruby takes a moment and CHOPS back! Rosa talks trash before she CHOPS Ruby again! Ruby staggers into a EuroUpper, then Rosa CHOPS her again! And again! Rosa whips, ROCKS Ruby against ropes, but Ruby follows to ROCK her back! Rosa follows Ruby to ROCK her again, then scoops! Ruby slips out, wrenches and whips around and around to send Rosa up and out! Rosa holds on, gets Ruby in a facelock first and drags her up and out!

The two hold on, Rosa stomps and kicks at Ruby! Ruby keeps a leg on the apron and hits back. Ruby blocks a kick to KNEE Rosa! Rosa holds on with one hand and gets herself back up! Ruby reels Rosa in but Rosa fights back with elbows! Ruby gets a waistlock and tries to pull Rosa from the ropes! Fans duel for these two as Rosa drags Ruby back up to CLUB away on her! Rosa fireman’s carries, Ruby fights that and POSTS Rosa! Rosa holds on by a hand again, but Ruby brings her in for a RIOT KICK! ROSA FALLS, RUBY WINS!!

Winner: Ruby Soho (NEW Challenger to the AEW Women’s World Championship)

Chicago is thunderous for the wild one winning the big one! Will Ruby’s next destination be taking the title from Britt Baker?

 

The Final Fight: Chris Jericho VS MJF!

Even after the Herculean gauntlet of the Five Labours of Jericho, Le Demo God could NOT defeat Maxwell Jacob Friedman 1v1. But MJF saw the desperation in Jericho’s eyes when he asked for this match, and of course pounced on this opportunity! Will the Salt of the Earth rub salt in all the wounds when HE gets to be the one to say, “I retired Chris Jericho?”

Because he already sees himself as the new “king” of pro-wrestling, MJF of course wears a king’s robe out to the ring. However, fans fire up for the live guitar performance of Judas, courtesy of Fozzy’s Billy Gray! Fans sing along and Jericho even brings Floyd the Baseball Bat with him as he soaks up the moments before what could be his last match in AEW or anywhere. And all of it just pisses MJF off. The bell rings and MJF waits on Jericho as he takes off his vest and gloves. Fans are thunderous for Jericho already and he fires up with it! MJF and Jericho circle, but then MJF grabs the vest and bails out with it to wipe his ass with it. MJF even tears up signs fans have in support of Jericho!

MJF goes back to the ring, he ties up with Jericho as fans call MJF an a-hole, and Jericho puts MJF in the corner. MJF pulls hair to get a headlock but Jericho powers out. Jericho and MJF ram shoulders but no one falls so they egg each other on. Jericho runs, they RAM shoulders again but again no one falls. MJF runs now, but Jericho dodges him to come back and he runs Jericho over! Jericho then runs at MJF again but into an arm-drag! Jericho arm-drags back, the double dropkicks cancel out, and MJF kips up! Fans are fired up again as the two stand off. MJF and Jericho start throwing hands and Jericho gets the edge. Jericho blocks a kick to trip MJF, but MJF resists the Walls!

MJF pulls hair to make this a cradle, TWO! Jericho gets up but MJF CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but MJF soaks up the heat. Jericho bails out, MJF pursues and throws hands on him! MJF puts Jericho against the railing to CHOP him! Jericho ROCKS MJF, stalks him around the way now, and then he RAMS MJF into railing! The railing comes loose and fans are getting even closer to this now as Jericho throws down a water bottle on MJF. Jericho gets MJF up to ROCK him with a haymaker, and MJF flounders back against event security. Jericho then THROWS MJF into barriers near the back! Fans fire up as Jericho shows off a sign, “HEY BUDDIES!” Jericho SLAPS MJF with that sign!

Jericho brings MJF around, punches him back towards the ringside, and he brings a stanchion with him? Jericho throws it down on MJF’s back! MJF scurries into the ring but Jericho pursues. Fans stay fired up for Jericho as he goes at the corner, TRIANGLE DROPKICK! MJF falls and fans fire up more as Jericho builds speed, only to baseball slide into the apron skirt! MJF hammers away, throws knees into Jericho again and again, then gets space to soak up the heat. MJF goes back to Jericho, puts him back in the ring, then he stomps Jericho’s hands. MJF clamps onto an arm for a mounted armlock and Jericho endures.

MJF tells fans to shut up with the clapping and cheer so they boo MJF instead. Jericho fights up and CHOPS MJF! Jericho runs, but into an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! MJF wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then mocks the fans that he can’t hear them. MJF CLUBS the arm more, reels Jericho up and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! MJF snarls as he looms over Jericho. MJF mocks the clapping by clapping with Jericho’s hand, then he BITES the fingers! The ref counts, MJF stops and taunts the fans more. MJF gets Jericho up, makes vulgar gestures with Jericho’s hand, then goes to suplex. Jericho blocks to snap suplex MJF! Fans cheer as MJF writhes and Jericho fires himself up.

MJF gets up as fans rally for Jericho. Jericho throws forearms and CHOPS, then CHOPS again. Jericho whips and CLOBBERS MJF with a cross chop! Then a BULLDOG! MJF staggers up, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! MJF crawls to a corner and Jericho stomps and CHOPS him! Jericho has fans fire up as he CHOPS MJF again! Jericho whips corner to corner, MJF elbows him away then hops up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF brings Jericho along by his arm and WRINGS him out into the buckles! Cover, TWO! Jericho stays in this and MJF grows frustrated. Fans rally back up as MJF stands and brings Jericho back up.

MJF CLUBS Jericho, throws a headbutt, then CHOPS Jericho against ropes. MJF flips off the fans to piss them off more before he CHOPS Jericho again. MJF struts around, hip thrusts at the fans, but then Jericho dumps him out on the apron! MJF hotshots the arm, reels Jericho in, APRON HEATSEEKER!! Jericho flops out of the ring and MJF lets the ring count start! Jericho is still down as the count reaches 5 of 10, then 7! Fans rally for Jericho, they don’t want it to end with a cheap finish! Jericho springs up at 8 and slides in at 9! And then he avoids MJF’s stomp! MJF hurries out after Jericho, and LIONSAULTS?! Jericho avoids it and then pops MJF up to APRON POWERBOMB him!

MJF is down, perhaps regretting going out of his comfort zone. Jericho gets in the ring and MJF follows. Fans rally up again as MJF gets frustrated and stands. Jericho stands to ROCK MJF with a right! MJF body shots but Jericho haymakers! MJF returns with forearms, the two brawl but MJF rakes the eyes! Jericho still ducks the punch to throw a body shot! Jericho runs, is put on the apron, but he goes up top and leaps! MJF steals the CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF does his best Jericho imitation but Jericho doesn’t lose to it! MJF gets up to get Jericho up but the pain his own back brings him down. MJF is pissed and forces himself up while fans still rally.

Jericho sits up, MJF brings him up but Jericho trips MJF! Jericho has the legs but MJF kicks him away! Jericho runs in to run MJF over, then LIONSAULTS! Jericho’s hits! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer, “YOU STILL GOT IT!” as Jericho gets up again. MJF is in a corner, Jericho runs in and clotheslines! And unleashes point-blank lariats again and again! Fans count 10, Jericho puts MJF up top to CHOP! Jericho climbs, and he rains down fists! Fans count 10 this time, but MJF turns Steiner into a SUPER SIT OUT POWERBOMB! But MJF’s own back is wracked with pain! MJF crawls as fans rally up for Jericho. Cover, TWO!! MJF is too sore to be upset as he and Jericho go to opposite ends.

MJF drags himself up the ropes while Jericho sits up. MJF hobbles over, and he BITES Jericho’s forehead! The ref reprimands, MJF stops, and MJF puts Jericho up top. MJF throws forearms, climbs up, but Jericho resists the superplex. Jericho throws body shots, shoves MJF down and then adjusts to FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and Jericho is down, but here comes Wardlow?! But wait, so does Jake Hager! They brawl to keep each other from helping their team leader! Referees rush out to get them out of here, but MJF has crawled to get Floyd! BASEBALL BAT TO THE HEAD!! Fans boo but the ref missed it completely!

MJF aims from the corner as Jericho slowly staggers up. “GOOD-BYE, JERICHO!!” MJF runs to STEAL JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, ROPE- WHAT?! MJF WINS?!?!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (Chris Jericho is done wrestling in AEW)

Wait, no, another ref points out the ropebreak to Aubrey! MJF is confused, is this changing the result?! The announcement is made, the ropebreak was spotted and so this match CONTINUES! MJF is furious and argues with Aubrey but Jericho rolls MJF up! TWO!!! Jericho hurries up to his feet, MJF ducks Judas Effect to get the SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA!!! MJF thrashes the arm, Jericho endures, fans are going nuts as Jericho turns it to a cover! TWO, and MJF goes back for the arm! Jericho pushes through to get the legs! MJF fights but Jericho hits him back and goes to turn MFJ over! MJF resists but can’t hold it off, WALLS OF JERICHO!!!

Fans are electric as MJF endures Jericho’s signature hold! MJF bites his own fingers to ignore the pain in his back! MJF reaches but Jericho drags him away, and sits DEEP! MJF taps, Jericho wins!!!

REAL Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission (does NOT have to stop wrestling in AEW)

The Inner Circle comes out in full, from Hager to Sammy to Santana and Ortiz! They celebrate with their fearless leader that this isn’t the end but just another beginning! Will this new chapter for Le Champion bring him back to a title?

 

CM Punk VS Darby Allin!

After seven years of everyone everywhere in pro-wrestling asking again and again, the Best in the World is finally getting back in the ring! And no better place to do it than in Punk’s backyard of Chicago! But Darby’s entrance starts with another masterful vignette. “Most people tiptoe through life, hoping they make it safely to death. – Earl Nightingale.” The body bag is back, and it’s got “BEST IN THE WORLD” written all over it. The bag is brought up into the air by a helicopter, where Darby is perched in the doorway. They fly together, then Darby drops out to go past the body bag. The Relentless One “lands” and makes his entrance to the ring!

The Icon sees him out, but lets him handle this one alone, just as he promised. Darby’s skateboard has half Punk, half skull on it, more imagery predicting a possible outcome for tonight. But as soon as Darby’s music stops, the chants of “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” start up again. Cult of Personality plays and Chicago once again belongs to one man! Darby soaks up the moment just as much as anyone, and Punk decides to sit down with him! Fans cheer as the two stare down this way, “This is Awesome!” “Holy s*it!” Darby stands, takes off the jacket and shows the pant has expanded to cover half his body, not just his face! Punk likes that, and the bell rings!

Punk and Darby circle, tie up, and are in a collar ‘n’ elbow deadlock. Darby gets under to arm-drag Punk down, and Punk nods that Darby made a smart move. The two reset, circle again as fans rally and duel hard as they have all night, and Punk tests the waters with kicks. They tie up, Punk headlocks but Darby powers out, only for Punk to run him over with a shoulder! Darby scrambles away and Punk seems to be getting back into things. Punk and Darby circle as fans chant, “WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK!” Punk pretends like he doesn’t understand who that’s for and points between him and Darby. Of course fans cheer harder for Punk!

Punk and Darby feel things out again, tie up, and Punk headlocks. Punk grinds the hold, Darby powers up and wrenches to a hammerlock. Punk works on an escape but Darby spins through to hold onto the hammerlock! Fans rally and duel again as again Darby spins through with Punk to hold the hammerlock down. Punk tries to reach back, and he manages to snapmare but Darby rolls through again to keep the hammerlock! Darby uses his forehead for a point of leverage but Punk sits up. Punk gets to his feet, Darby schoolboys, ONE! Punk elbows Darby down and shakes out his arm. Fans cheer as Punk keeps up with Darby. Punk scoops and SLAMS Darby, covers, ONE!

Punk wraps onto Darby with a chinlock but Darby endures as Punk leans on him. Darby fights up, Punk shifts to a headlock but Darby powers out and follows to then shoulder tackle! Things speed up, Punk hurdles and runs but Darby drops and leaps, into a fireman’s carry! Darby gets right out of there to not even give Punk the GTS! Darby is a bit frustrated he got caught, but Punk patiently waits for Darby to come back. Punk appreciates the “YOU STILL GOT IT!” chants as Darby slowly returns. Darby and Punk reset, tie up, and Punk headlocks. Darby powers out, Punk blocks the hip toss to whip but Darby goes up to flying arm-drag! And back body block in the corner! Then another!

Darby fires up as Punk sits down, and Darby stands Punk up to whip him corner to corner. Punk reverses hard, and Darby gets POSTED! Darby falls out of the ring and writhes as the ref checks on him. Darby’s back already shows the welt from hitting the square steel but Punk goes out after Darby. Punk gets Darby in the ring and shoots the half, TWO! Darby is still in this but Punk goes right at that welt with a knee. Darby resists but Punk gets a partial Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch. Fans rally and duel, Darby gets the ROPEBREAK! Punk stomps Darby as he lets off, then apologizes to the ref as he gets Darby up. BIG back suplex, cover, TWO!

Punk digs a knee into Darby’s back as he gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, Darby endures, but Punk shifts to a chinlock. Darby fights up, throws body shots, runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Punk catches his breath, looms over Darby and brings him up by an ear. Punk gets around to put Darby in a cobra twist! Darby endures, fans rally and duel but Punk cranks on the chinlock part of the stretch. Darby fights free, throws body shots and forearms! Punk wobbles, Darby runs but Punk tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Punk goes right back to a chinlock to grind Darby down. Darby still endures as the fans still duel.

Darby fights up, but Punk gets him back in that cobra twist! Darby pries his way free, Punk CLUBS him in the ribs then whips him to ropes, but Darby turns things around to THROWBACK STUNNER! Both men are down and fans fire up! The standing count begins, Darby and Punk slowly rise at 3 and stand at 4. Darby throws SLAPPING strikes, runs, dodges and springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby then gets Punk’s arm, wrenches it and steps through to La Magistrol! TWO, Darby runs in but into a fireman’s carry! Darby sunset flips it, TWO! Darby fires off strikes and runs in, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and fans are thunderous again!

Fans rally and duel more as Darby drags himself towards the corner. Darby climbs up but Punk hurries to shove him down! Darby is stuck up top but Punk climbs up behind him. Punk gets Darby up for a SUPER BACK- NO! Darby made it a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Darby and Punk crawl around, Darby gets to a corner and stands to run in, jackknife cover! TWO as Punk bridges and spins, but then he fireman’s carries, G T S!! But Darby falls out of the ring!! Punk can’t believe he misjudged that one! But he lets the ring count climb, and it gets past 5! Darby still doesn’t move, but then it gets to 8 and Darby springs up to get in at 9!!

Punk keeps his cool and he says he’s going to end this one now. Punk stands Darby up, throws heavy forearms over and over, then puts Darby in a corner. Punk goes corner to corner, to SHINING WIZARD! And then he reels Darby in for a short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up as Punk says night-night! Punk goes back to Darby, drags him back up, but Darby is deadweight! Punk still drags Darby up, fireman’s carries again, but Darby throws elbows to the chin and neck! Darby brings Punk down with those shots and he keeps going! Fans are thunderous as Darby finally lets off. Punk drags himself to the apron but Darby builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit with that Coffin Tope!

But speaking of, Darby goes up top as Punk is on the outside. SUPER SWANTON BOMB to a standing CM Punk! Both men are down again but “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Darby puts Punk in the ring. Darby climbs up top with Punk in a drop zone! Darby mocks the night-night, and COFFIN DROPS but FLOPS as Punk sits up! Punk is clearly having a lot of fun now but Darby catches him to a ghost pin! TWO, and fireman’s carry! GO TO- NO! Darby trips Punk, ties up the legs, LAST SUPPER! TWO!?! Punk narrowly escapes but Darby runs in, into a wicked calf kick! Fans are thunderous again as Punk watches Darby go to a corner. Punk runs in but into BOOTS!

Darby runs in to hop up, but no throwback or Poison-Rana! Fireman’s to GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

It was a true homecoming for Punk, and he earned this one from the Relentless young star! CM Punk tells the camera, “It’s not like I f**king forgot.” Seven years of waiting and wondering, and now no one has to doubt if Punk’s back! Sting returns, makes sure Darby is good, then offers a handshake to Punk. Fans cheer as Punk accepts it! They both then go to help Darby, and Punk assures Darby that he has Punk’s respect, too. Chicago sure shows their respect for Darby, but Darby wants to stand up on his own first. Darby gets to his feet with the ropes, Punk offers him a handshake, and Darby accepts it. What is next for all these icons, both past, present and future?

 

Paul Wight VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!

The Giant said there was going to be no BS now that he was here in AEW, but there has been plenty of utter crap coming out of The Gifted and his stable of henchmen. After the Gunn Club shocked us all by turning on Wight for their own selfish reasons, has QT lucked out in not needing to face the World’s Largest Athlete? Or has all this only awoken the anger in this wrestling giant?

Wight makes his entrance and gets in the ring, and Aaron Solo(w) rushes at him! Wight catches him pretty easily and throws him right out! Nick Comoroto tries but Wight SHOVES him out! QT attacks, the bell rings and Wight grabs QT with both hands for a HEADBUTT! QT staggers away, Wight throws body shots on him in the corner, then rips open the fancy new Factory shirt to CHOP QT right on the chest! QT staggers away, stinging from that one, but Wight just clamps onto QT again. Wight hushes the crowd before he CHOPS QT again! QT crawls but Wight stands on his back! The ref counts, Wight hops off and then stalks QT back to a corner.

Fans fire up as Wight has QT up again, for another CHOP! And then CHOPS again! Wight whips QT out then into the corner, but QT boots back! QT runs to dropkick the legs out! QT throws off what’s left of his shirt to throw hands! Wight just shoves QT away but QT comes back to throw more hands! QT SHOTGUNS Wight down, then covers, TWO! And QT goes flying out of the ring! The Factory regroups, QT gets back in and runs at Wight, but Wight shoves away the cutter! Wight grits his teeth as QT stands up, and Wight rallies with big shoulders and clotheslines! Wight whips and back drops QT! Fans fire up as Wight roars, but Solo tries to grab at the Giant!

Wight drags Solo up the apron and onto the top rope, to CHOP him upside-down! Solo falls and flounders, Comoroto runs in but into the GIANT PUNCH! Wight runs to POUNCE Comoroto out of the ring! QT leaps from the top rope, into a choke grip! GIANT CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Wight wins!

Winner: Paul Wight, by pinfall

All the BS from The Factory didn’t even slow Wight down! Is Wight going to leave it at a great 1-0 debut? Or will he get hungry for some gold again?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“My old friend and rival, Minoru Suzuki. A marriage born out of pain, torture, and inflicting violence on one another.” Suzuki and Moxley in the ring is the best drug in the world, and Moxley should know cuz he’s tried them all. See, Moxley comes from a little town called Cincinnati, AEW will be there this Wednesday. “Do you know what we do with people like Minoru Suzuki in Cincinnati? Garden variety bullies.” Moxley says that on ol’ Beachmont Avenue, they BURY those bullies in the ground! Suzuki is no different! He stepped through the door, and Moxley is going to welcome him to #NastyNatti, aka the jungle! Will these two animals tear each other apart for Moxley’s personal homecoming?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“You see, Dustin, I don’t want you to be calm. I want you to be as mad as humanly possible. Because they angrier you get, the more predictable you are. The more predictable you are, the bigger chance for you to slip up. And when you do… Well, you’re in the ring with me.” So just in case The Natural has calmed down some, allow Makalai to remind him of all the reasons he should be mad. Arn Anderson. Brock Anderson. Lee Johnson. And Dustin’s baby brother, Cody Rhodes. Malakai left Cody’s body all but lifeless, a crutch bent around his knee, and we have still yet to hear from him. Malakai wants Dustin to think about that as we near Wednesday. “Think about that when you realize, Dustin… That it’s time to pay the boat man’s toll.” Will the Natural’s ride be ended abruptly by the House of Black?

 

AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Christian Cage!

The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and the leader of The Elite has become more than just a #BeltCollector. He’s become a force to be reckoned with, but also the most obnoxious jackass outside of perhaps MJF. Captain Charisma tried humbling Omega by taking the Impact World Championship from him, but that only enraged the egotistical AEW World Champion more. It is time to finally have it out for #PrettyPlatinum. It is time to finally settle scores and put this to rest. It is time to finally go All Out! Will Omega be able to hold on to the most important belt in his collection? Or will we be calling Christian “Captain Double Champion” here tonight?

The introductions are made, the top AEW belt is raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Omega tries to circumvent everything by running at Christian before the bell! Christian dodges, the V-Trigger hits buckles and now the bell rings as Christian hooks the arms! Omega powers out of the Killswitch and wags his fingers. Omega pie faces Christian so Christian pie faces back. They start throwing slaps, then they start throwing haymakers in a true brawl! Fans fire up as Christian gets the edge then runs, into a SNAP RANA! Christian bails out, Omega takes a moment to revel in himself and then Omega builds speed. Omega slides, Christian stays clear and CHOPS him in return! Christian CHOPS Omega again, then he whips him hard into railing!

Christian fetches Omega to whip him hard into the railing again! The ref wants Christian to go to the ring so he does, but to climb up the corner! Omega staggers, Christian SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and both men are down! Callis coaches Omega up but Christian is after him first. Fans rally, Callis barks at Christian but then scurries away. Christian refreshes the count to then ROCK Omega. Christian whips, Omega reverses and Christian runs into steel steps! Omega gets into the ring to refresh the count before he fetches Christian. Omega looks under the ring, tells the ref to shut up about it, and then pulls out a table!

Omega drops the table onto Christian, then goes up to the apron while Callis distracts the ref. Omega LEAPS off the apron to DOUBLE STOMP the table into Christian! The table still splinters but Christian is stuck under the wreckage! Omega says, “Oops! Did I do that?” Omega and Callis now bring out another table together! They set it up and the ref reprimands them but also starts the ring count. Omega drags Christian up, pretends he can’t hear the fans, but Christian blocks the suplex! Omega still tries, but Christian snap suplexes Omega to the floor! The ref gets frustrated and tells them to get in the ring.

Christian puts Omega in, runs and CHOPS him against ropes! Omega staggers about, Christian CHOPS more then whips. Omega reverses, Christian holds ropes, and he lets Omega back flop from his dropkick! Christian goes for the legs, wants a Cloverleaf, but Omega thumbs him in the eye! The ref reprimands but Omega runs in and INVERTED BULLDOGS Christian! Cover off the “slam dunk,” TWO! Omega clamps onto Christian with a chinlock and grinds him side to side! Christian endures, fans rally up but Callis barks for Christian to quit. Omega tries to make it a camel clutch but Christian keeps his arms free. Omega JAMS his elbow into Christian’s head and then puts him in a corner.

Omega CHOPS Christian, digs his boot into Christian’s throat, then lets off as the ref counts. Omega brings Christian around, back suplexes high and hard, then covers. TWO, and Omega is annoyed. Christian gets to a corner, Omega storms over but Christian has a leg guard. Omega stomps through it, gets Christian up to CHOP him again and again! Omega hoists Christian up top, CHOPS and CLUBS him more, but Christian fires off haymakers! Christian wants a DDT but Omega SHOVES Christian to the floor! Fans boo as Omega goes out to fetch Christian, but again the ref wants this in the ring. Omega and Callis inspect railing nearby and find a pretty steady one.

Omega jumps up but whoops! Bit of a slip! Omega is fine and laughs it off, he just has to be a bit more careful. Omega turns around to go again, MOONSAULT to knock down Christian! “Let’s face it, I meant to do that.” Omega puts Christian in and covers, TWO! Christian gets up, shoves Omega and eggs him on. Omega SLAPS Christian around, SLAPS through the guard, then brings Christian up. Christian hits back with body shots, uppercuts, then whips Omega corner to corner. Omega reverses hard and Christian bounces off buckles! Fans rally and duel as Omega gets Christian up, AOI SHOUDOU USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!!

Omega keeps his cool and even applauds himself as he steps on Christian to go to the corner. Omega climbs up top, aims, but Christian trips him up! Omega lands on his best bout machine and Christian ROCKS him with an uppercut! Christian climbs up, and SUPER STEINERS Omega down! Fans fire up as both men are down but Callis grows worried. A standing count begins, the fans still duel, and Omega sits up at 3. Christian follows, the two slowly stand and the hands start flying! Omega JABS, Christian uppercuts, repeat! Omega JABS more and more, then shakes out his hand from hitting too hard!

Omega stands Christian up, whips him to a corner and runs in, but Christian dodges to climb up and rain down fists! Omega stops him at 5 and has the Electric Chair! Christian slips out, shoves Omega back into the corner and finishes up the punches! Christian gets another 15 for 20 total, then he stands on Omega at the ropes! Christian slingshots to UPPERCUT! Omega wobbles, Christian goes up top but Omega gets under the leap. Christian ducks the Polish Hammer to trip Omega up but again Omega fights off the Cloverleaf with fingers to the eyes! The ref reprimands, Christian holds on but Omega kicks him away! Christian bounces off buckles into a fireman’s carry!

Omega (and fans) say, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” But then Christian slips out and hits a REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Omega survives again but fans chant “HE ESCAPED!” in reference to Christian. Christian aims at Omega from the corner, runs in at Omega but into a KNEE! Fans fire up and Callis is relieved as Omega gets Christian back up. Omega reels Christian in, gets him up, but Christian slips out to fire off hands! Omega RAMS Christian into the corner, fires off more, then CHOPS! Christian ROCKS Omega with another uppercut, then climbs up to reel him in. TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives again but Christian keeps focus.

Omega staggers up, Christian hooks the arms but Omega elbows out this time. Omega WHEEL KICKS Christian in the back and puts him in the corner! Omega goes corner to corner and V-TRIGGERS! But Omega isn’t done, he gets Christian up for a full nelson, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Christian sits up and sputters, then falls over as Omega gets up again. Fans want that “One More Time!” so Omega full nelsons to SNAP DRAGON again! Omega grins as Christian sputters and flounders. Omega aims his finger gun, but Christian aims his middle finger. Omega hits a THIRD SNAP DRAGON! BANG, V-TRIGGER!! Christian is on the apron but Omega pulls him into the ropes!

The ref counts, Omega lets go and stomps Christian into the apron now. Omega goes out, he and Callis laugh as Omega stands Christian up. The table is nearby but Christian holds onto ropes! The ref counts, Omega keeps trying but Christian holds on. Omega CLUBS Christian, tries the full nelson again, but Christian fights free! Christian throws elbows, turns things around and has the arms! But Omega POSTS Christian, then Electric Chair lifts! Christian fights free and HOTSHOTS Omega! Christian then SPEARS Omega off the apron and THROUGH the table!! Fans lose their minds while Christian writhes and Callis fans Omega with his suit jacket.

Both men are down as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Christian and Omega slowly rise, the ring count passes 5 of 10, and Callis gives Omega a hand. Both men are in at 8 of 10 and fans are thunderous as this continues. Christian SPEARS Omega from behind! And then SPEARS him again!! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives a total of three Spears but Christian isn’t done there. Christian climbs up and FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Omega saves himself and he hurries to go after Christian. Omega tries to gut wrench but his back is bothering him too much! Callis coaches Omega on and Omega POINT-BLANK V-TRIGGERS! Omega talks trash before he V-TRIGGERS again!

Omega double finger guns, runs in, but Christian blocks to fire off uppercuts! V-TRIGGER! Ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Christian is in a heap but Omega gets him up, double underhooks but no Tiger Driver! Christian back drops, Omega sunset flips but Christian rolls through and gets the legs! Omega flails and reaches to resist but Christian drags Omega away for the CLOVERLEAF! Callis signals to the back, and here come the Good Brothers! The ref is busy with Callis as Christian shoulders Karl Anderson down, but Luke Gallows grabs Christian’s arm! How can the ref not know this?! Omega runs in, Christian dodges and Gallows takes the V-Trigger!

Christian has the arms, Omega pops free to Electric Chair but Christian slips out to KILLSWITCH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives Christian’s best shot this time, having felt this from the AEW Rampage premiere! Fans rally up as Christian drags Omega to a corner. Christian puts Omega on the top rope but Callis himself gets in the ring? Christian runs the carney SOB off, goes back to Omega, and he ROCKS Omega with an uppercut. Christian climbs up, hooks Omega up again, but Omega digs fingers into Christian’s face! Omega goes to Electric Chair from up there?! SUPER ONE WINGED ANGEL!?!? Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Callis celebrates with his cash cow- er uh, surrogate son as he retains the top title! The Young Bucks return to celebrate with Omega despite their own loss, and The Elite still stands tall. The Good Brothers do the rest as they beat up Christian on Omega’s behalf! The Bucks even join in, but here come the Jurassic Express! They’re friends of Christian’s but are heavily outnumbered! Omega even CLOBBERS Luchasaurus with the title belt! Omega gets a mic to say, “Are you finally starting to understand, Chicago? Best in the World this, Best in the World that. I don’t care if you have hometown heroes. I don’t care where you came from. NO ONE is on my level!”

Omega says he’s proven it day in, day out, month in, month out, year in and year out! It doesn’t matter where he goes, there’s always one thing for sure: “When it comes to this AEW belt, the only people that would ever have a chance to beat me, ever, are either not here, already tired, or they are already dead.” But wait! The lights go down! And when they come back up… it’s ADAM COLE?!?! Chicago goes nuts as Cole is now ALL ELITE, BAYBAY!! Talk about a shock to the system! Omega isn’t sure what to make of this since last time these two were face to face, “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” was trying to take his spot.

Fans are losing their minds, and Cole SUPERKICKS Jungle Boy!! Cole isn’t here to take anyone’s spot, he wants to be in the club again! The Bucks kiss Cole on the cheeks and Omega is relieved. “In the worlds of the all mighty Steve Urkel, ‘Did I do that?'” People thought he was legitimately afraid, didn’t they? Cole’s one of their best buds! Tell ’em, Adam! “Who’s ready for story time with Adam Cole, baybay? Boys and girls, it’s official: The Elite is the most dominant faction in the history of this business! And ain’t no chance in hell anybody’s gonna stop us!” Fans love the reference and Omega says, “That’s what I call a happy ending.”

So the only thing left is to send the fans home happy. Without any further ado, good-bye and- Wait. Is that FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIE?! It’s Daniel… No no no. It’s BRYAN FREAKIN’ DANIELSON!!! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” as AEW just got that much bigger! Bryan gets in the ring and stands with Christian and Jurassic Express! Maybe now The Elite has someone on their level here! Omega bails out and the brawl begins!! YES KICKS over and over for Nick Jackson while Christian, JB and Luchasaurus clear the ring! GERMAN SUPLEX for Nick! TAIL WHIP for Gallows! Nick flounders up, fans fire up as Bryan aims, RUNNING KNEE!! What was that about dominance?!


My Thoughts:

Well, we can all say how we felt about All Out 2021, if it looked good, bad, somewhere in between on paper, and I myself felt certain moves weren’t for the best. But in actual execution, AEW cannot be doubted when it comes to giving us pro-wrestling gold. Well, I still feel high levels of cringe with this Dan Lambert stuff. He’s just yelling while using needless reverse psychology to make fans like AEW more when so much is still so good. For one, when a kickoff show match is as good as anything on the main card, that is when you know a company knows what they’re doing as far as their PPV events.

Well, okay, Paul Wight whooping The Factory should’ve been the Buy-In because it was the least of the main card. Hell, that should’ve been on Dynamite and then we could’ve gotten Malakai Black VS Dustin Rhodes here and now so if Cody’s coming back, he’d do it on a PPV. So okay, two points during this show that didn’t feel any different from what WWE might do, but AEW isn’t and will never be “perfect” either. These are just two weak points that stand out on an honestly AWESOME card. Miro VS Kingston was an awesome opener, Moxley VS Kojima was the perfect follow-up, they fired the crowd up after that bit of a break after the Buy-In.

Baker VS Statlander being a kind of audible to me where we should’ve had maybe Baker VS Rosa here as a culmination of things, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But because Statlander is a top level competitor, and because of the character work from just Cassidy where he got so fired up for once, that really brought this match alive here. Britt with that shoutout to her man was a great bit of foreshadowing, she’s a master at that stuff. Britt of course retains because as I’ve been saying, we are going to get and need to have Britt VS Rosa again. But to a great surprise, Ruby Soho got to be the Joker AND win the Casino Battle Royale. A title feud is a great way to get Ruby going for fans to be reintroduced to her now that she isn’t in the WWE, but it’d be almost too much of a shock if Ruby took the title.

Tonight’s steel cage match was perhaps the best cage match in history. Because with it not allowing escape, they didn’t overly focus on the cage itself, and we just ended up with an amazing tag match that was also in a cage. Okay, it was odd for Bucks to try an escape when it was clearly stated escapes don’t matter, but perhaps that’s a nod to cage match instincts based on tradition. And in the end, the right decision was made, Lucha Bros get the belts and usher in a new chapter for the tag division. The Final Fight was of course not the final fight for Jericho, but I do really like that they made us think MJF was gonna win on a technicality. In order to think outside the box in wrestling these days, you have to wait until the last second to reveal the trick, and that was a great one.

Punk VS Darby was just about what I expected it to be and what it should’ve been. Punk was getting into the swing of things again, trying to build up to a good speed given Darby is so fast without even trying, and we got a good back and forth on Darby’s reckless nature working in his favor but then also costing him at times. Of course Punk wins, this is his return in his hometown, you GOT to give- Oh wait that’s Best Friends. Well no, you still give the people what they want for a time like this. All Out may’ve been hyped up mostly about this match, but the ups and downs of this can’t take away from the rest. This was a solid match with a lot of fan excitement, and welcome back, Punk.

Again, Wight VS QT was whatever, but I appreciated the promo time given to Moxley and Malakai to hype up this Wednesday in Cincinnati. Moxley VS Suzuki and Malakai VS Dustin are reasons to watch in themselves, that’s going to be a great night. And then the main event here, it felt a lot faster and quicker than it perhaps was, but that’s because there weren’t as many shenanigans as usual. Which makes sense, the Bucks were battered and Cutler had his time to shine with them. Omega wins here, as I figured he would, but how amazing it is to see that both Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan chose AEW right now. Cole rejoining The Elite and Bryan standing against them is perfect to give even more momentum to year three. We honestly could be in the midst of a pro-wrestling turning point and not know it yet.

My Score: 9.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)

Black Friday is on a Rampage!

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Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?

Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!

It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!

Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!

Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!

Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.

Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!

Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!

Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!

Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!

Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall

Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese.

Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!

Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?

 

FTR speaks.

Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!

The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!

The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!

Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!

Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!

Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)

Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,

 

BREAKING NEWS!

El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!

 

Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!

He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.

Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?

Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!

The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.

They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.

Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!

Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.

Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!

Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!

Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!

Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.

Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.

Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/24/21)

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW is loading up before Thanksgiving!

Before all the stuffing, turkey and pumpkin pie, AEW serves up heaping helpings of action! Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle take on Andrade, Malakai & FTR!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • CM Punk VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Punk wins.
  • Gunn Club VS Bear Country; Gunn Club wins.
  • TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Thunder Rosa VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Rosa wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Colt Cabana; Danielson wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle VS Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR; Andrade, Malakai & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk heads to the ring!

Chicago goes nuts as AEW opens with their hometown hero! But then MJF shows up to kill the mood. MJF of course has a mic as he goes to the ring. Fans call him an A-Hole as he gets in the ring with Punk and just smirks at him. Fans then chant for Punk, but MJF says, “Doesn’t feel so good getting interrupted, does it, Punky Brewster? Quiet frankly-” Fans now switch to chanting STFU. But frankly, Punk hurt MJF’s feelings. It was almost as bad as that time Punk quit, took his ball and went home like a little bitch. What was great, though, was #ThePipebomb. So good, legendary even. What we’d all call a great promo. The Pipebomb was probably Punk’s best moment.

But here’s the problem, bud. Every MJF moment is the best MJF moment. Cuz unlike Punk, MJF isn’t a one trick pony. Don’t get it twisted, MJF respects Punk and what he’s done, and even that he’s straightedge, Not that MJF could ever imagine a straightedge guy could look so much like a meth addict. And it must be so hard, considering if he had his face, MJF would have to down eight shots of whiskey just to look at himself. But MJF really respects how Punk handled the situation between them. Punk can pretend there wasn’t one, but there is. Punk could be asked about dream matches, would name every other wrestler except for MJF.

Punk can pretend he isn’t interested, but in reality, it’s cuz he doesn’t want none. Punk’s whole career on the stick has been big fish in a small pond, but next to MJF, Punk’s just a minnow. Punk doesn’t want to go toe to toe on the stick? Well too bad. MJF’s gonna finish Punk faster than Punk’s UFC career. MJF smiles his smug smile again while fans boo. MJF wants Punk want to check his watch. Because if Punk wants to retort, it won’t say clobbering time. It’ll say outta time. Punk can drop pipebombs all he wants, because MJF drops nukes! Punk finally does get the mic, fans fire up and MJF patiently waits.

“I’m so disappointed in you. But let’s not start there. Let’s show our guest a little bit of Chicago hospitality.” Punk likes that MJF introduced himself as a proper young man to his elder. And Punk had no idea his first name was Maxwell. He thought MJF was for “My Jealous Fan.” Punk has the time. If MJF is hung up on Punk never mentioning him during press, that was by design. The last thing Punk wanted was to feed MJF’s rotten little ego. Punk is in MJF’s head. He might even be a poster on MJF’s wall. Doesn’t change Punk’s disappointment. He’s heard about the great MJF, and then he did what no one else has been able to do: he shut up the great MJF without saying a word.

And MJF has had seven days to think of good zingers, and he came out with the lowest hanging fruit. MJF thinks he’s revolutionary when in reality, he’s just a less famous MIZ! OUCH! Okay, settle down, settle down. MJF tells “Punky” that was solid. Creative stuff. Almost what MJF wanted. In fact, “almost what I wanted,” perfectly encapsulates Punk’s AEW run so far. Maybe it’s true. “Nostalgia is a drug that cause us to misconstrue our memories, and you, my friend, are no more than nostalgia.” And guess what? Punk is right! MJF was a fan! How couldn’t he have been? In this ring, on the mic, no one could touch Punk! Punk was the best! Or so MJF thought.

Ever since Punk’s almighty return, he’s struggled to beat the easiest competition or say anything of intrigue. MJF gets a little closer and says Punk’s breath smells like sh*t. Maybe cuz he’s been kissing so much ass! He’s been kissing ass all over! MJF will do a quick impression. “It sure is great to be back here in [insert name of town]. I love being a part of [insert name of company]. Gee whiz, I sure am looking forward to my match with [insert name of opponent]. Robotic Pucker Up Punk. You’ve gone soft, man. Your hair’s going gray, and looking at your eyes, if anybody needs to GO to Sleep, it’s you, bud.”

MJF just realized! This isn’t CM Punk. This is PG Punk! What happened to the guy MJF grew up on? The renegade! The ass-kicker! The outsider! This is more like a guy preaching Hustle, Loyalty and Respect. Whoa…! Except here’s the problem, PG. We can see you! MJF can see through him! Punk claimed he came back for the younger talent, but he also claimed he’d only come back for “a boat load of money.” Punk claimed he couldn’t fix pro-wrestling from his couch, yet he stayed put on it for seven long years. Excuse after excuse not to come back. Por que? Why? Cuz he was making comic books no one read or movies no one saw?

Or is it because Punk was terrified? Punk was scared he couldn’t hang anymore, or that he couldn’t in the first place. MJF shouts down the booing fans and says he’s here to tell Punk that he should be scared. In the other company, you were a cult hero because  you were held down, should’ve been showcased as the number one. Yeah, and now here he is, has all the opportunity to prove those people right, but can he? Do the fans think Punk can do it? Chicago sure does. MJF is glad they think that now, but what about in a month? Two months? A year? Punk envies MJF. And Punk doesn’t like MJF because he represents everything in the business Punk hates.

MJF was born for this. He’s a clean cut professional, a promotor’s wet dream, but Punk was a tattooed misfit from the dumpiest part of the Midwest known as CHICAGO. Punk had to work his tail off, and MJF commends him for that. But MJF knows what eats Punk up inside. It’s the fact that after all the hard world, the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice, deep down Punk and the fans know that Punk’s been nothing more than second best. Whether it was You Can’t See Me, or the King of Kings, Punk was never up to snuff. And now that Punk is in MJF’s ring and MJF’s company, it won’t be any different! Punk may say he’s Best in the World, but MJF is better than you, and you know it!

MJF and Punk stare down, and Punk says there’s some truth to that. A little. Scared? Coming back after seven years, yeah. Punk won’t lie. He didn’t know if the fans would remember or care about him. He didn’t know if he still had it. But trust Punk, he’s not scared anymore. And certainly not of MJF. The timing might not match up but Punk was selling out Madison Square Garden while MJF was marking out for Rosie O’Donnell. And the last time MJF did a song and dance, he made the New York Times! WOW~! Wanna sing him a song now, Maxwell? Don’t worry, MJF is in the ring with a professional and he’ll make the papers again. But this time it’ll be the obituaries!

Punk says MJF just enrolled himself into a school his parents can’t pay for. MJF talked too much, just like Punk back in the day! But Punk backed it up. MJF can’t back up shit without his backup! FTR, Shawn Spears, Wardlow, that is how MJF gets things done. Punk saw AEW, said that’s where he wants to be and test himself, and he went for the heart and soul of it, and that was Darby Allin! Now that chews MJF up, doesn’t it? And Punk beat Darby Allin, and didn’t need a pinkie ring to do it! MJF is too busy talking about how he’s the best, but he doesn’t realize he’s been replaced by BRITT BAKER! Fans chant “DMD! DMD!” for the Doctor.

Punk says MJF thinks he’s made great points, he still talks too much and they’ve wasted the people’s time. Chicago is the Second City, not because there’s somewhere better. Punk will be #2 with a bullet, cuz just like Chicago, when it burned down, they just built it back up on top of the smoldering embers! And who’s the man around here? MJF? No. The only way MJF will be number one is for MJF to wait until Tony Khan has a daughter that MJF can marry! Oh…! Punk says last time in Chicago, yeah Punk is happy to be here. He gave them free ice cream bars! But the only thing Punk can think is better is punching MJF in his needle dick right now!

Fans are thunderous as MJF throws off the scarf and jacket! But then he bails out. Punk waves bye, but will MJF man up and give Punk the fight everyone wants to see?

CM Punk VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!

AEW returns and QT is in the ring. He wants Punk to focus on him, and they tie up. Punk headlocks, QT powers out but Punk runs him over. Punk flexes and fans cheer while QT gets up in a huff. QT paces, circles with Punk, they tie up and Punk headlocks. QT powers out again, Aaron Solo swipes at Punk! Punk glares at Solo but QT CLUBS him from behind. QT brings Punk around, scoops but Punk slips out to scoop and SLAM QT! QT gets up, into another scoop SLAM! And then another! Chicago fires up as Punk drags QT up again for another scoop SLAM! QT goes to a corner, Punk brings him up to snapmare and cover. ONE, but Punk has the chinlock.

QT fights up, puts Punk in the corner but the ref counts the ropebreak. QT lets off but Nick Comoroto grabs at him! But the ref sees that and EJECTS the Factory! Chicago sings, “Hey hey hey! Good bye~!” QT sees his guys up the ramp, but then Punk ducks his clothesline to scoop and SLAM! Is that seven or six? QT knees low, ROCKS Punk with a haymaker then bumps him off buckles. QT throws more hands, soaks up the heat, whips Punk to ropes but Punk reverses to CLOBBER QT! Punk puts QT in a corner, climbs up and rains down hands! Punk punches from all sides to get 10, then he whips corner to corner! QT tumbles up and flops down!

Punk drags QT back up, QT RAMS him into the corner! QT ROCKS Punk with a haymaker, then drags him up to snapmare and stomp Punk’s face! QT swaggers around while fans boo, and QT covers, TWO! QT soaks up more heat, then he clamps hands onto Punk for a neck wrench. Punk endures, fights up as fans rally, and Punk throws elbows. Punk throws hands, QT kicks back from a corner. QT throws hands, whips Punk corner to corner but Punk reverses. QT comes back into a back drop! Punk then runs and clotheslines QT out of the ring! Punk aims from the apron, and leaps to CLOBBER QT with the flying clothesline! Fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture!

Punk catches his breath while feeding off the fans’ energy. Punk bumps QT off the apron, puts him in the ring, then brings QT up, only for QT to hotshot him down! QT drags Punk into the ring, stomps him down, then lets off as the ref counts. QT drags Punk up to suplex and hold Punk up for a few seconds before the SLAM! QT then takes his time to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! QT argues the count but the ref says it was fair. QT clamps on a chinlock and grinds Punk down. Punk endures, fights back up, stomps a foot then throws body shots. Punk throws hands, runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Punk grits his teeth while he’s down on the mat.

QT pushes Punk, covers, TWO! QT looms over Punk, drags him up and throws clubbing crossface forearms. QT clamps on with another neck wrench but Punk still endures. AEW returns to single picture and fans rally. Punk fights up, throws elbows to get free again, and runs, but into pop-up HAYMAKER! And then QT gets Punk up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! QT is furious but fans still rally for Punk. QT rains down fists, soaks up the heat, pretends he can’t hear the fans, then tells them to shove it! QT pushes Punk around, “You ain’t nothing!” Punk gets up to ROUNDHOUSE! QT falls and fans fire up!

QT returns but Punk counter punches! Punk whips and CLOBBERS QT, then spins him for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more as QT flounders. Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And then he reels QT in for a short arm LARIAT! Punk goes to the corner, and fans fire up as he climbs! Punk aims, MACHO ELBOW! Fans are thunderous and Punk says night night! QT staggers up into the fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP! Cover, Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

Still undefeated in AEW! When and where will Punk get to show MJF that he’s still that same renegade ass kicker from back in the day?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Jurassic Express.

They have a lot of momentum given Full Gear and Rampage. Jungle Boy points out he beat Bobby Fish twice. They do have a lot of momentum and it feels damn good. Funny thing is, when you have the kind of momentum they have, you can’t help but feel damn near invincible! When you feel this way, good things happen. For example, Christian find out his guys here are the #1 contenders in the AEW Tag Division! Now, they’ve been here before, but the difference is the momentum, the confidence, and Christian Cage. He’ll make sure they get those tag titles! Luchasaurus roars, will Jurassic Express finally strike gold?

 

Eddie Kingston is in catering.

He doesn’t know what the cameraman is doing here, but he’s having his food. But yo, Moxley, he misses you! But then Daniel Garcia & 2point0 walk in. They apologize for things last week. They read the article in The Player’s Tribune. It was fantastic, touching, got to them and the entire world. But as his friend, they see Kingston is happy and full. That is great. But that means he’s not hungry anymore. He’s hungry for cake. But Matt Lee says this is the kiss of death for a fighter. Jeff Parker says they’ve all known each other a long time, so they’re here to help. Kingston couldn’t help his friend so- What did he say? They splash Kingston with his coffee!

But before this turns into a brawl, security and staff step in! Kingston throws the table over, but will he get his pound of flesh from 2point0 and “their son” soon enough?

 

Gunn Club VS Bear Country!

Billy Gunn and his son, Colten, step up to keep the #Gunndefeated streak alive, but they’re running into Boulder & Bronson! Will Bear Country maul the Gunns-

Wait, Gunn Club attacks Bear Country first! They stomp them in corners, whip them but Bear Country reverses to send the Gunns into each other! Bronson TOSSES Colten, Boulder trophy lifts Billy! The bell rings to put this on record as Boulder DROPS Billy! Billy bails out, Austin coaches him and his brother up. Bronson runs at Colten but is sent into buckles! Boulder scoops Billy, Austin makes a save! Colten then RAMS Boulder into the steps! Gunn Club gets Bronson in and puts him into the ring. Colten gets in but Bronson fires off on him! Colten ducks and dodges but runs into a lift and TOSS! Bronson fires up, DECKS Billy, then drags Colten up.

Austin shouts for his brother to get up but Bronson runs, so Austin trips him up! Colten gets Bronson for the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

The Bear Country boys were outgunned, but here comes STING and DARBY ALLIN! Wait, only the Icon is on the ramp? Austin rushes up the ramp but Darby CLOBBERS him outta nowhere! Now Darby and Sting rush the ring, only for Billy and Colten to bail out. The Gunn Club regroups on their way out, but will they have to face up to the Relentless One soon enough?

 

AEW presents Battle of the Belts!

January 8th, live on TNT, Dynamite becomes Battle of the Belts! All the champions will have to defend their titles, but will it be a gold rush for their challengers?

 

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish talk backstage.

Brandon, just keep the damn thing rolling, Cole’s already pissed. These past few weeks have sucked! They lost at Full Gear, then on Rampage, and now there’s this Friendsgiving thing? What the hell is going on? Fish says the Bucks aren’t cleared. Cole knows, because he talks to them every single day. They’re not just teammates, they’re best friends! Almost family! But THE Best Friends walk in. Cole & Fish walked right past them, they know Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta are Best Friends. They don’t walk around doing the weird hand thing. Cole says Best Friends is just a name for them. Where’s even Trent?

And Cassidy is probably a horrible friend and Yuta doesn’t even have friends! So if they think they can look Fish & Cole in the face and say they’re better friends, then you’re kidding yourself. What’s Yuta’s middle name? Cassidy steps up. Fine. Cole & Fish are tired of being disrespected! They leave, but will they prove they’re better friends than Best Friends?

 

Tony Schiavone presides over a meeting backstage.

After the ultimatum on the offer, Team Taz finally gets Lio Rush & Dante Martin to sit down and look at the contract. Taz says Dante is either in or out. No more games, dude. A golden opportunity for Dante here, but Taz doesn’t even know why Lio is here. Lio asks who Taz is talking to, because he sure isn’t talking to Lio like that. Anything that has to do with Dante involves Lio. Well don’t come at Taz like that, this is simply business. So Dante has the pen, sign. Lio says this is business they want no part of. But then Dante picks up the pen and signs?! Dante is leaving Lio to join Team Taz! He even has some of Hook’s chips! A shocking development, but why did Dante make the change?

 

TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Thunder Rosa VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!

Because of her first round bye, La Mera Mera’s been waiting for this moment. But the AEW Women’s World Champion is very confident in her sidekick moving on to become the other champion in this division. Will Rosa disappoint them both here tonight?

The two tie up even before the bell and they go around the ring! Rosa puts Hayter on ropes. Hayter pushes back and puts Rosa in a corner. Rosa turns it back around, Hayter pulls hair but Rosa throws Hayter down! They get back up, Hayter throws Rosa! They get up again, Hayter throws a body shot then puts Rosa on the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Hayter CHOPS as she lets off. Rosa scowls to SLAP Hayter back! Rosa whips, Hayter reverses and throws Rosa out hard! Hayter goes out after her to whip her, only for Rosa to reverse and send Hayter into railing! Rosa kicks Hayter, bumps her off the apron, then gets in to refresh the count.

Rosa goes out but Hayter RAMS her into the apron, CHOPS her then CLUBS her down! Hayter CLUBS Rosa again, RAMS her into the railing, then fires forearms and body shots. Hayter bumps Rosa off the apron, Rosa kicks back! Rosa CHOPS, CHOPS and puts Hayter in the ring. Rosa gets in but Hayter stomps her down! Hayter stomps away at the ropes, the ref counts and Hayter lets off. Fans fire up. Rosa throws body shots but Hayter CLUBS her down again. Rosa throws body shots, fans fire up and Hayter covers up. Rosa lets off, whips Hayter to ropes but Hayter reverses to CLOBBER her with an elbow! And KICK her in the back!

Hayter CLUBS Rosa to ropes, chokes her with a foot, then lets off as the ref counts. Hayter whips, Rosa reverse and drop toeholds Hayter onto ropes! Rosa fires up and runs to dropkick Hayter in the back! Rosa keeps Hayter down, fans fire up as she runs again, and she STRADDLE ATTACKS! Fans fire up, Rosa clubs Hayter on the apron and drag her down. Hayter hits back but Rosa throws her into railing! Rosa throws Hayter into railing again! Rosa goes back into the ring, builds speed and WRECKS Hayter with the dropkick! Fans fire up, Rosa gets Hayter and snap suplexes her on the floor! Rosa stomps Hayter, goes up to the apron, and she refreshes the count before she LEAPS!

Hayter catches Rosa to POST her then SLAM her! Rosa writhes on the outside while AEW goes picture in picture.

Hayter CLUBS Rosa, puts her in the ring, then stalks Rosa to a cover, ONE! Hayter drags Rosa up, snapmares and KICKS him. Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Rosa up and bumps her off buckles. Hayter throws forearms over and over, then brings her in for a snap suplex! Hayter drags Rosa up but Rosa blocks the suplex to throw body shots. Rosa jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Hayter stays up, even as Rosa body scissors, and Hayter powers out to SLAM Rosa down! Hayter kicks Rosa to a corner, then throws body shots. Hayter chokes Rosa, the ref counts but Hayter throws forearms. Hayter scoops Rosa to SLAM her, then soaks up the heat.

Hayter CLUBS Rosa, throws forearms, but Rosa kicks low! Rosa kicks away on the legs then ROUNDHOUSES! Hayter stays up, Rosa runs but Hayter SPINEBUSTERS! HALF CRAB! Hayter sits deep on the leg, but Rosa crawls and gets to the ropes! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she fires off hands on Rosa in the corner. AEW returns to single picture, fans rally and duel. Hayter throws hands, climbs up to join Rosa but Rosa hits her back! Hayter has to climb again, Rosa fights more, then GOURD BUSTERS Hayter down! Rosa adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick! Hayter ends up in the other corner, Rosa fires up and runs in, A-LIST LARIAT!

Rosa sits Hayter down, goes up and SWINGING DOUBLE KNEES! Fans fire up as Rosa goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa drags Hayter to a cover, TWO! Rosa drags Hayter back up, tries to suplex but her back bothers her. Hayter throws body shots, URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hayter keeps on Rosa with a chinlock and stretch! Rosa fights up, throws body shots then wrenches to hook Hayter up! Hayter blocks the sweep to throw more body shots and ROCKS Rosa with a forearm! Rosa throws a haymaker, Hayter gives it back! They fire off fast hands and fans love it! Hayter ROCKS Rosa, CLUBS her in the back, then brings her around.

Hayter suplexes, Rosa slips out to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll through and step over, PERUVIAN NECK TIE! But Rebel distracts! Britt gets in and drags Rosa off Hayter! Rosa stares down, Hayter gets Rosa, but Rosa moves and the SUPERKICK hits Hayter! Rosa throws Britt into Rebel! Hayter staggers, Rosa runs in, wheelbarrow to victory roll! ROSA WINS!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

La Mera Mera overcomes the stacked deck, and perhaps puts a damper on Friendsgiving! Hayter storms off, is she still going to be Britt’s buddy after this? As for Rosa, will she

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

What is next for Le Champion? Well, before getting to that, he just wants to say that despite all the grief he’s given Alex Marvez, this is Thanksgiving Eve, so- 2point0 and Daniel Garcia barge in, boasting about what they did to Eddie Kingston. Then they see Jericho, and bond as Canadians. Well maybe instead of bragging about throwing coffee in his face like jackasses, get some chains and nails to protect you from when Kingston breaks into their homes and beats their stuffed turkey asses. Jericho also can’t stop staring at Matt Lee’s square head. Look how square he is! He’s like an ugly SpongeBob SquarePants. Right, Chicago? “Square Head! Square Head!”

And Jericho will say this one time. If they ever, ever interrupt him again, he won’t throw coffee in their faces. He’ll knock their teeth down their throats. Ya dig? No trouble. But watch your mouth. 2point0 leave “the funny guy” behind, and Jericho says Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Britt Baker sits down for Friendsgiving.

She, Tony Schiavone and Rebel sit at the table, and Britt says this didn’t go as planned. But she will say that she is thankful that she could give them the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. Fat free pumpkin pie for Schiavone, and Rebel doesn’t need the carbs. But this all started off horribly because Rosa advanced. Rosa winning that TBS title will doom it for life. But one thing that is still very, very right is Britt is still AEW Women’s World Champion. Schiavone is thankful for his friends, but he has some bad news. Here’s some tape. See, earlier this year, All Out in Chicago, Riho was never actually eliminated in the battle royal.

So Tony Khan has decided, for Rampage Black Friday, it will be a “Black Friday Deal” match. Britt VS Riho, and if Riho wins on Friday, she gets a world title shot. No no no! Britt doesn’t like that. There are only Black Friday deals and matches. If Riho wants a deal, go to the mall. That’s all there is to it. Well it’s been booked, sorry… Well now Schiavone has ruined another holiday. This cuts him out of the Christmas party! And who put ice in the red wine? Was that Schiavone, too? And no, no DMD! Schiavone ruined it all. But will Britt find herself on the bad end of a golden opportunity against the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Colt Cabana!

The American Dragon vows that until he gets his match with AEW World Champion, Hangman Page, he’ll take down the members of the Dark Order! And he decided to go after the hometown boy here in Chicago! Will BOOM BOOM have to go bye-bye after Bryan is done with him?

The bell rings, Cabana shows off the dancing pecs, and fans are fired up already. Bryan and Cabana tie up, Bryan wrenches to a wristlock but Cabana rolls, breaks free and drop toeholds to a facelock. Bryan wrenches out, back drops and has the armbar! Cabana gets the ropebreak, Bryan lets off at 4 but gets a cheap shot in as he does. Cabana keeps his cool as he and Bryan reset. They tie up, Bryan headlocks but Cabana wrenches and hammerlocks. Bryan reverses that onto Cabana, then brings him down to have the arms. Cabana fights up, turns the motorcycle stretch on Bryan, then brings him into a modified surfboard!

Bryan slips off to KICK away on Cabana’s leg! Cabana goes to a corner, Bryan CHOPS him! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cabana paces, Bryan wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan brings Cabana down to KICK! Cabana snarls, Bryan KICKS him in the back! And KICKS him again! Cabana eggs Bryan on then CHOPS back! Bryan EuroUppers and puts Cabana in a corner. Bryan brings Cabana corner to corner to bump him off buckles then KICK him again! Bryan goes corner to corner, but Cabana dodges the dropkick! Bryan crashes and fans fire up! Cabana CHOPS, Bryan swings but Cabana dodges to JAB, JAB, JAB! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW!

Bryan is in a corner, but he dodges the Flying Apple to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan runs in to dropkick Cabana! Bryan turns Cabana around to KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! Bryan puts Cabana up top, climbs up behind him, fish hooks the face, but lets off as the ref counts. Bryan stands up on the very top, brings Cabana up, but Cabana punches! Cabana elbows Bryan down, then adjusts to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Cabana gets Bryan up o fire off BIONIC ELBOWS as he has wrist control! But Bryan gets around, STO to DANIELSON STOMPS! Then omoplata, flex and LEBELLE LOCK! Cabana barely manages to tap, he’s that out of it! Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Bryan holds on longer, but then lets off when he’s satisfied. He even points out a bit of tooth that he kicked out of Cabana’s head! Bryan picks it up and holds it up like a trophy! AEW is picture in picture as Bryan soaks up the heat and Cabana realizes what happened to his own tooth. Schiavone is headed to the ring to interview Bryan, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and…

Schiavone is in the ring with Bryan, the #1 contender for the AEW World Championship, and undefeated since arriving here. Bryan isn’t making many friends. That’s funny, because when he debuted in Chicago, he got a much different reaction than this. And Bryan wonders, “Is it me? Or is it you?” Bryan has one word to describe that: fickle. Bryan is not fickle. Bryan came out here, said that he was going to kick Cabana’s head in, and not only did he do that, he kicked Cabana’s teeth out! Next week, in Atlanta, there are a couple Dark Orders from there! Bryan invites either one of them to fight him next week so he can kick their heads in!

All of this is leading to the ultimate head kicking, and that is Hangman Adam Page. But speaking of, here comes Hangman! The AEW World Champion goes right to the ring, title on his shoulder and mic in hand. Hangman gets in the ring and stares Bryan down. “I get it, you made your point. You said you’d kick Cabana’s head in, and you did. But that’s the last. Because we’re in Chicago, and this city, this building, well they hold a very special place in my heart.” Hangman can’t think of a better place or time to defend this title than right here and right now. But Bryan says of course Hangman would say that after he’s already had a match!

To Bryan, this isn’t cowboy s*it, it’s COWARD s*it. Well then tell you what. If Bryan won’t do the match right now, Hangman ain’t leaving without a fight. And Hangman will make it fair by giving Bryan the first shot. Hangman puts his hands back and fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan wont’ be insulted like that. Bryan drops the mic then SLAPS Hangman! Then they start throwing hands! Fans fire up, Hangman whips but Bryan reveres! Hangman goes up and out to BOOT, then slingshot, but Bryan runs from the Buckshot! This showdown is coming, what happens when these two finally throw down?

 

AEW takes one more look at Statlander VS Soho.

When Ruby arrived in AEW, there was a long list of women she wanted to face. Statlander was at the top. Kris has been rebuilt, more powerful and more galactic. Kris vows to defeat Ruby and be the first ever TBS Champion as #OUrLeader. Ruby wants to prove to AEW, to the others and to herself that she’s the best. So she has to take on the best. A true dream match, but only one can advance! We’ll see who that is, next Wednesday on Dynamite!

 

8 Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle VS Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR!

The American Nightmare teams with The British Bastard and the Lucha Brothers to take on common enemies. The Face of Lucha Libre, the Dark Father and the AAA Tag Team Champions all want to demean and destroy Cody, Pac, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M, but will they be the ones living the nightmare before Thanksgiving?

AEW returns as Death Triangle, and Alex Abrahantes, make their entrance, followed by Cody making his. Tensions are rising as the eight men stare down, and fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” The teams sort out, Cody steps up and Dax Harwood starts for his team. Dax and Cody both have heat from Chicago, but Cody seems to like that he has more. He and Dax tie up, go around, Cody puts Dax in a corner but Dax turns it around. Dax lets off, but then he and Cody talk trash. They feel out the grapple, tie up again, and Cody headlocks. Dax powers out, drops, but Cody runs him over! Cody and Dax reset, tie up again, and Dax headlocks.

Cody powers out, Dax runs him over but they keep going. Cody hurdles, Dax kicks low and brings Cody around to slingshot off the ropes. Cody slips out, waistlocks, but Dax bucks the O’Conner Roll. Dax turns into the kick and Rhodes Uppercut! Cody scoops to POWERSLAM! Off comes the weight belt! Fans want the free souvenir, Cody THORWS it way back there! Some fans chant, “Throw it back!” Cody gets Dax up but Dax pulls hair! Cody drags Dax away, tag to Pac. Pac takes the hand-off, wrenches to a wristlock, the fan DOES throw Cody’s belt back! Dax pulls Pac’s hair, then throws hands. Andrade snatches up Cody’s belt to throw it under the ring!

Pac ROCKS Dax with a forearm, Dax CHOPS! Pac CHOPS, Dax CHOPS! Pac CHOPS, Dax headlocks but Pac powers out and CLOBBERS him! Pac CLOBBERS Dax again, whips him to the ropes but Dax reverses, only for Pac to CLOBBER him again! Pac looms over Dax, drags him up but Dax back suplexes! Tag to Cash, he stays between Pac and his team but misses the elbow drop! Pac arm-drags, has the arm, wrenches, someone fetches Cody’s belt from under the ring to give it back to him. Cash rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, wrenches again, but Pac rolls and handsprings to wrench. Cash handsprings through the wring! But Pac BOOTS him down!

Pac scoops to SLAM Cash, tag to Penta. Penta goes up, Pac gets the legs, QUE PASO? Stomps to the groin, cover, TWO! Penta drags Cash up but Cash throws a forearm! Penta steadies himself, and CHOPS! Cash CHOPS, Penta CHOPS again! Cash kicks low then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Penta gets the fans to say along, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a LARIAT! Cash drags Penta over, Andrade tags in and he covers, TWO! Andrade looms over Penta, brings him up and reel shim in, but Penta cradles! TWO, Andrade stomps Penta. Andrade whips Penta to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Andrade scoops, Penta slips out and tags in Fenix!

Fenix goes up and over Andrade, Andrade kicks low then whips. Fenix Tiger Feints then baits Andrade in to GAMANGIRI! Springboard for the RANA! Then a dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Basement dropkick keeps Andrade down! Fans fire up, Fenix gets Andrade up, tag to Penta. Penta tags Pac, the Lucha Brothers snapmare and then Death Triangle TRIPLE KICK and TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Andrade survives, Penta brings Andrade around to wrench, then Cody intercepts a tag from Pac. Cody wrenches, YANKS the arm but Andrade ROCKS him! Andrade shoves Cody to the corner and they mug Cody! Fans go nuts as they get away with it, too!

Malakai tags in, suplexes, but Cody slips out, tag to Fenix! Fenix BOOTS Malakai, dodges FTR, handsprings to DOUBLE CUTTER! Andrade gets in but gets a sobat! Fenix wrenches Malakai to CHOP! Knuckle lock, Fenix goes up and up and leaps to RANA Andrade! Then he BOOTS, mule kicks and BUZZSAWS Malakai! Fans are thunderous for Fenix as he shouts, “ANIMO!” Fenix runs but Tully is there! Cash gets up, Fenix DECKS him! Fenix DECKS Dax, too, but Malakai blocks a kick for an STO! Then he bumps Fenix off buckles hard! Malakai fires off as AEW goes picture in picture.

Malakai drags Fenix up, tags Andrade in, Andrade even took his fancy pants off! He CHOPS Fenix down, soaks up the heat, Alex and Tully get into it but stop as the ref reprimands. Tag to Dax, he and Andrade split the wishbone on Fenix. Dax then CLOBBERS Fenix, covers, TWO! Dax wraps on a chinlock to grind Fenix down. Fenix endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Dax squeezes tighter. Dax keeps Fenix from his corner with a headlock but Fenix back suplexes! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, Cash tags in to keep Fenix from his! Cash snap suplexes Fenix down and mocks Latino Heat! Cash chokes Fenix on the ropes, but lets off, so that Dax and Tully can choke Fenix!

Malakai get a cheap shot in before Cash goes back to Fenix. Cash chokes Fenix more, the ref counts, and Cash lets off at 4. Tag to Malakai and he  brings Fenix up to KICK him into the corner. Malakai snapmares to drop knees, then he gets Fenix up for a half nelson. Tag o Andrade, they mug Fenix, then they put Fenix on the ropes. Cash gets a cheap shot in, tags in, then drags Fenix up. Fenix fights back but Cash ROCKS him with an uppercut! Cash chokes Fenix on the ropes again as AEW returns to single picture. Cash wants everyone to calm down while he dials it up! But Fenix ducks the 619, then shows the Tiger Feint HEEL KICK! Both men are down and Chicago is thunderous!

Hot tags to Andrade and Penta! CROSSBODY from Penta then he BLASTS FTR! Penta wheelbarrows Andrade to DOUBLE DDT FTR!! Andrade kicks low, whips Penta to a corner, Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Andrade survives but Penta drags Andrade up to CHOP him! Andrade shove shim, Pac tags in! Pac goes up to missile dropkick Andrade down! Then he BOOTS Malakai! And uppercuts Dax! And Uppercuts Cash! Malakai storms in but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Pac builds speed to FLY and take out Malakai and Andrade! Pac puts Andrade in, aims, but Malakai anchors a foot! Pac kicks him away, shoulders Andrade, slingshots, and fires off kicks!

Pac runs, to BOOT Andrade down! Cash fireman’s carries to a BACKBREAKER! Penta gets in to get Cash for MADE IN JAPAN! Dax gets Penta and tuck shim in, PILEDRIVER! Fenix springboards to missile dropkick! Malakai gets Fenix up to throw him, Tiger Feint but Malakai ducks the kick to KNEE Fenix down! Cody gets Malakai for FINAL RECKONING! Cody throws his weight belt out again, runs at Andrade but Andrade ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Pac! Cody scoops Andrade, Andrade gets Cody, BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP DDT! Andrade runs at Pac, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles! ALL EIGHT are down, but now Tully and Arn step into the ring!!

Fans are electric as these Horsemen stare down! Tully throws off the jacket, but Jose wants a part of this! Jose says HE has the huevos, but Arn and Tully DECK him! Alex even throws Jose out! FTR gets in to back Tully up, but Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY FTR! Tully bails, Penta SLINGBLADES Cash! Then SLINGBLADE Cash! Fenix and Penta clothesline FTR out! Fans are thunderous as the Lucha Brothers build speed! Penta TOPE CONJILO, Fenix SUPER CROSSBODIES! Malakai MISTS Pac!! Pac flounders, Andrade HAMMERLOCK DDT’s! BLACK MASS to Cody! Cover, Andrade and team win!!

Winners: Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR, by pinfall

A nasty way to win an absolute war! Will this alliance be something all four men are thankful for this year?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome AEW right here! Great set up for upcoming things, too. Great promos from Cole & Fish with Best Friends, as well as Kingston, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia, to set up these matches for Rampage, and Britt VS Riho is going to be a great match for the “Black Friday Deal.” I kinda hope Riho wins that, because then she can challenge Britt at “Battle of the Belts,” aka AEW’s Clash of Champions. Britt VS Riho for the title is going to be huge, too, and then it still saves someone like Thunder Rosa for AEW Revolution. I am a little surprised Rosa won tonight, when Britt interfered just as expected. But Rosa might not win against Cargill, so maybe we’re still on track for Britt VS Rosa.

Punk had quite the opening, being part of both an opening promo and opening match, but it all worked great in story. Punk and MJF took some powerful shots at each other, and at the WWE at the same time, and without considering who is Heel and who is Face, I think MJF not only kept even with Punk, he might’ve squeaked that one out. Punk VS QT was a good match, and of course Punk wins. Punk VS MJF can’t be delayed all the way until Revolution, but it almost feels too big for Winter is Coming, Battle of the Belts or the TBS switchover. It’d have to be a half an hour main event for one of those TV specials to feel appropriate.

Christian Cage & Jurassic Express have a good promo to make it known they’re coming for the tag titles, so maybe they’re going to be the ones at Battle of the Belts challenging Lucha Brothers. Sammy Guevara wasn’t on the episode, only Jericho was here to have his moment with 2point0 and Daniel Garcia, I’m sure we’ll get things set up for that TNT Championship next week since Tony Khan’s going to announce more of that card this Friday. Gunn Club taking on Bear Country was to keep that undefeated streak going while also setting things up for them and Darby-Sting. Maybe they face off for Winter is Coming as the one year anniversary of Sting in AEW.

I am really surprised Dante Martin signed the Team Taz contract and left Lio Rush behind. There wasn’t a lot of explanation as to why, that will surely be coming next week, but I kinda hope this means Team Taz can get into the tag division with Dante and Hobbs being a duo. Also, I wonder if something happens where Battle of the Belts gives us an FTW Championship match where Ricky Starks gets to shine while also helping someone else look good. Bryan VS Cabana was awesome stuff, Bryan is really embracing being Heel here. Hangman showing up after Bryan has his match does kinda feed into Bryan’s point from last week, though, but their brawl was really good.

The 8 Man Tag main event was awesome stuff, even with the Cody Rhodes heat kinda distracting from some of it. Cody was surely playing it up, though. He knows many fans are turning on him, he probably didn’t need to throw the belt, but it was a pretty great moment for that belt to be thrown back at him. I do appreciate that, after Pac takes the accidental superkick, he didn’t turn on Cody because he knows that was an accident. The Heels winning here makes sense, it can escalate this feud to something bigger for Winter is Coming before Penta & Fenix defend the tag titles at Battle of the Belts. I still wonder if Andrade will take over The Pinnacle since he’s been spending more time with FTR than MJF has been.

My Score: 9.2/10


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