Adam Cole is ready to prove he IS All Elite!
Who’s ready for the first AEW match of Adam Cole, Baybay? Will the prodigal son make sure “Elite Hunter” Frankie Kazarian’s hunt stops here?
- Adam Cole VS Frankie Kazarian; Cole wins.
- FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Dante Martin & Matt Sydal; FTR wins.
- Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Leyla Hirsch; Cargill wins.
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard; Allin wins.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS 2point0 w/ Daniel Garcia; Moxley & Kingston win.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
New Jersey loves the Best in the World, and he’ll be here all night on commentary! But first, he crowd dives! Fans love that even more! Punk continues on to high five and even get a photo op with the Dusty Rhodes cosplayer. Punk then joins Schiavone, Jim Ross and Excalibur at the announce desk.
Adam Cole VS Frankie Kazarian!
The first AEW match for the Elite’s prodigal son is here! But will Jersey be all about the boom? Or will the Elite Hunter check off the newest name on his hitlist?
The bell rings and fans are fired up already. Cole and Kaz circle, then Cole rushes in! Kaz avoids the boot, arm-drags Cole away, then headlocks for a takeover. Cole headscissors but Kaz kips out to hit another headlock takeover. Cole fights up, powers out but Kaz runs him over! Things speed up, Kaz blocks a hip toss but so does Cole, so Kaz drop toeholds to float to the headlock. Kaz grinds Cole down as fans cheer the technical exchange. Cole fights up, powers Kaz to ropes, then back suplexes Kaz up and out! Kaz checks his face, Cole goes out after him. Cole brings Kaz up to whip him into the apron! Cole soaks up the cheers and the jeers before he puts Kaz back in.
Cole takes a bow and fans cheer. Cole goes to Kaz, but Kaz swings a haymaker! Cole avoids it and thrusts a shoulder, only for Kaz to hit the guillotine leg drop! Kaz says, “This is still my house!” Kaz aims, slingshots and sunset flips, but Cole rolls through to BOOT Kaz down! Fans fire up as Cole rains down rights! Cole then drags Kaz up into a chinlock and he grinds Kaz back down. Kaz endures, fans rally up, and Kaz throws body shots. Cole clinches but Kaz CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kaz whips, Cole reverses but Kaz rolls off Cole’s back to waistlock. Cole switches, Kaz victory rolls it, TWO! Kaz keeps a leg hooked up to drag Cole into a very unique triangle hold!
Fans rally as Cole endures, kicks with his free foot over and over and finally gets free! Kaz staggers, Cole fireman’s carries for USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Cole is annoyed but he goes to a corner. Fans cheer as he tunes up the band! Cole thinks he’s the Heartbreak Kid but Kaz blocks the kick! Kaz waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls to CHAOS THEORY! Cover, TWO! Cole survives but Kaz fires himself up! Cole goes to a corner, Kaz runs in and DOUBLE KNEES Cole in the back! Then chicken wing, but Cole fights that off! Cole goes up the corner and pushes back to roll Kaz up, TWO! Kaz gets to the corner, runs out but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Cole can’t believe Kaz survives but fans are fired up again! Cole aims from the corner and climbs up now. Cole leaps but Kaz blocks Panama Sunrise to ALABAMA SLAM! Springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Kaz and Cole are both down but fans are fired up all over again! Kaz and Cole throw forearms as they’re on the mat and go back and forth. They stand, Cole throws a forearm but Kaz gives it back. The forearms keep going, Kaz gets the edge, then mule kicks and knee lifts, into Cole’s BOOT! Kaz comes back to LARIAT! Kaz hurries to get Cole up but Cole hits a LAST SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives again, that wasn’t the last shot!
Both men stir as fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Kaz gets to a corner, drags himself up, and Cole runs in but is put on the apron. Kaz and Cole each dodge a haymaker but Cole is ready for the leg drop this time! Cole dodges and Kaz lands on his ass, then Cole hurries up top. Cole leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! But Cole doesn’t stop there, he takes his knee pad down and… BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
Call that one the BOOM, because that’s what it’s all about! Kaz is denied vengeance again, and Cole gets a mic to ask, “Who’s ready for story time with Adam Cole, baybay~? Hope. Hope is a dangerous, dangerous thing. And that locker room hopes it can keep up with the Elite. Well guess what? It ain’t gonna happen! I’ve only been here for a short time and there are three times who have really gotten under my skin: Christian Cage; Luchasaurus; and Jungle Boy!” Fans cheer for all three of those, but if those three are so tough, then how about next week’s AEW Rampage Grand Slam, those three VS Cole & The Bucks in a Six Man Tag?
“The Super Kliq is back, baybay. And there’s not a damn thing anybody can do to stop us!” Literal mic drop as the gauntlet has been cast! Will Captain Charisma lead Jurassic Express into battle against Cole and the former tag team champions?
AEW hears from The Lucha Brothers and the HFO’s mercenaries.
Rey Fenix calls out The Butcher & The Blade. They used to be a family, but it seems they’ve forgotten that. The brothers have the gold, and Butcher himself says “What you’re looking at are two of the baddest, meanest mother-” Blade has Butcher stop there. Blade himself says this is a new reality, a darker reality. Alexa Abrahantes translates for Penta as he says that this Friday, 9/17, AEW Rampage, “if you want the gold, you’ll have to sweat, you’ll have to cry and you’re gonna bleed!” What happens when these two ruthless duos do battle for the belts?
Tony Schiavone interviews Fuego Del Sol & Sammy Guevara.
Schiavone brings up that Fuego may have lost to Miro but he still got the contract, and now he’s got a brand new car! Fuego says this all new Hyundai is incredible. As much as he loves it, he’d trade it all away to be TNT Champion. Sammy asks if that’s a challenge. Y’know what? It is! Car VS Title for the TNT Championship on Rampage! The challenge has been made, will Miro accept it? And will Miro soon be the owner of a new Hyundai?
MJF heads to the ring!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Wardlow following behind, tells the production team to cut his music. Jersey boos really hard but MJF just smirks. “Last week, you guys were oh so sympathetic for Cryin’ Brian. But you should be sympathetic for me! Because right now, I am standing in the armpit of America known as New Jersey!” Fans call MJF an A-Hole but MJF asks Jersey what Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Ham and Jersey’s #MID hockey team have in common? “They all suck as hard as your Jersey Shore skanks!!” But MJF isn’t here to talk to the fans. He wants to have a conversation with the viewers at home.
See, MJF was “smartened up” about his comments last week possibly offending some of us fans. Fans tell MJF to STFU and he tells them nope. As for our feelings, he doesn’t care! But as we all know, MJF is Salt of the Earth and religious, so right now he wants to take a moment to have a conversation with the late, great Loose Cannon, Brian Pillman Sr. MJF looks to Heaven and asks Mr. Pillman- Oh wait! He looks down and shouts, “Hey, Pillman! We need to talk!” Fans boo harder as MJF just laughs at his tasteless joke. MJF continues to say that he’s a huge fan of the legend. But unfortunately, his widow #Methanie created the “worst excuse for a second generation wrestler in Brian Pillman Jr.”
So the reason MJF is “talking” to Pillman Sr. is to give him fair warning. “Tell your son if he shows up in that awful town known as Queens, that I am going to massacre him!” The people can chant the stupid last name, “Pillman! Pillman!” The fans actually do chant that. Chant as long as you want, because in the end it’ll be oh too obvious that MJF is better than- Here comes BPJ! MJF sends Wardlow to intercept but BPJ isn’t coming from the ramp side! He’s from the crowd side and with a chair! MJF panics but Wardlow returns to snatch the chair. BPJ SLAPS Wardlow, then dares him to bring it! Wardlow seethes and rushes in but BPJ dumps him to the apron!
BPJ gets the chair back and he swings! Wardlow gets away, he and MJF regroup and stand down! BPJ is ready to swing for the fences at Dynamite Grand Slam, but will MJF even step up to the plate?
AEW shares Jim Ross’ interview with BPJ from earlier today.
Good ol’ JR can remember so clearly, his phone rings and it was Pillman Sr. He told JR about his son being born, and how excited he was to say he was going to be “Little Brian.” Then in Cincinnati, JR just had this sick feeling of being embarrassed on behalf of the Pillman family. MJF humiliated BPJ but now BPJ can redeem himself. JR wants to tell BPJ that for the family’s sake, MJF needs to get his ass kicked. Is that what BPJ is planning on doing? Cuz that’s what it’ll take. BPJ says that JR knows his family’s history better than anybody. And he knows how important it is to BPJ to fulfill the legacy. Last week in Cincy, BPJ feels he let his father down.
But MJF! While you were waking up every day to Egyptian cotton and being fed from a silver spoon, BPJ was fighting for his life. The people know his story, they know where BPJ comes from, he and MJF are not the same. MJF will find out that he’s never been in a ring with someone like BPJ. BPJ might be clean and well put together right now, and he got through college and graduated, but where he’s from, the upbringing was FERAL. MJF doesn’t know what BPJ has lost or what he’s been through. But on 9/22 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, MJF isn’t stepping into the ring with any man. He’s stepping in the ring with a PILLMAN.
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy cuts Marvez off to say there’s been “a lot of fuss about Adam Cole and The Elite.” JB doesn’t get it, though. Because quite frankly, JB has better friends, better hair, and- Christian apologizes for cutting JB off here, but he’s thinking. Cole does have pretty good friends, actually. Yeah, the #SuperElite using their EVP status to throw Cole a lifeline and drag him out of “developmental.” But here’s the thing: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! And since Cole is already used to losing Wednesday night wars, maybe he should add Fridays to that, too. JB wraps up with, “See you at the Grand Slam, baybay,” and Luchasaurus growls. Will this trio be able to strike out the Super Kliq?
FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Dante Martin & Matt Sydal!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood may have lost to Santana & Ortiz, but they can still make a run at the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Will they run through Angel Dorado and the high flying veteran? Or will the young stud and the old cat be able to jump them in line?
The teams sort out and Dax starts with Sydal. The bell rings, FTR gives a quick hug but Sydal O’Conner Rolls! TWO, Sydal drags Dax to a cradle, TWO! Arm-drag after arm-drag, but Dax gets Sydal up! Sydal headscissors Dax to the corner then tags in Dante. Sydal whips Dax, they both leap frog and double dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Dante drags Dax up to wrench the arm and he keeps Dax from Cash. Dax pulls hair and puts Dante in a corner then digs his fingers into Dante’s face. Dax lets off to CHOP and stomp and CHOP again! Dax whips Dante corner to corner but Dante goes up and out and hits back with haymakers! Elbow for Cash, but Cash kicks Dante’s springboard out of whack!
Dax grins as Cash gets away with that one. Fans rally up for Dante as he drags himself up, but Dax tags Cash. Cash goes after Cash with uppercuts! Cash CHOPS Dante against the apron, but Dante hits back with body shots. Cash CHOPS again, then POSTS him! Dante sits up in a daze but Cash puts him in. Cash dropkicks Dante down before he can get to Sydal. Cash brings Dante up to HEADBUTT, then he throws another HEADBUTT to put him in a corner. Cash snapmares and wraps on a thrashing chinlock. Dax talks trash as Dante endures the grind. Fans rally and Dante fights up. Dante reaches, throws body shots then a JAWBREAKER!
Cash tags Dax, FTR keeps Dante from Sydal with a double whip. Dante holds ropes, BOOTS Cash then goes to boot Dax. Dax blocks it, Dante elbows him then goes up and over and around to hot tag Sydal! Sydal rallies on FTR with big kicks! JUMP KNEE sends Cash out of the ring! Fans fire up as Sydal aims, PLANCHA feint! Dante runs over and gets a boost for a DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Sydal and Dante take FTR out together and fans are fired up! FTR regroups, Sydal and Dante goes back to the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Tully coaches FTR up and Sydal drags Dax in. Sydal gets the arm to wrench but Dax pulls hair. Th eref reprimands but Dax whips. Sydal goes up and over but Dax CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Dax tags Cash then goes after SYlda in the corner. FTR DOUBLE GUILLOTINES Sydal into the buckle! Cash applauds himself and blows a kiss to the crowd. Sydal drags himself up, Cash chokes him on the ropes! Cash lets off as the ref counts, but Tully gets his shots in! Tully gets away with it and Cash goes back to Sydal for a cobra twist. Sydal endures but then Tully distracts the ref. The ref doesn’t see FTR fake a tag and have Dax come in! But Sydal counters with a cradle!
The ref sees that and counts, TWO!! Dax CLOBBERS Sydal for foiling the plan! Tag to Cash, Cash stomps Sydal down. Tag to Dax, he drags Sydal up to whip and catch Sydal to the cobra twist! Sydal endures again but Dax pushes his head down. FTR forms a chain for leverage! Sydal endures, FTR lets off, but then Dax reaches out a hand. Cash takes it and the chain is back on! FTR gets away with it again as the ref looks, but Sydal powers his way around to arm-drag free! Hot tag to Cash and he intercepts Sydal! FTR double whip, Sydal dodges and Dante tags in! FTR catches Sydal’s crossbody but Dante springboard missile dropkicks them all down!
Dante rallies with forearms and dropkicks, then blocks a kick to dropkick again! Dante dodges Cash to go up and RANA! Fans fire up as Dante STALLING SENTONS Dax! Cash rolls Dante up with trunks held, TWO! Modified Euro Clutch, TWO!! Dante gets a jackknife, TWO as Cash bridges! Cash spins Dante around, wants the backslide but Dante resists. Dax tags in but Dante fights out of the Gory Especial mugging! Cash shoves Dante but Dante leaps over BOTH FTR members to sunset flip Dax! Cash helps save Dax but Sydal gets in to RANA Cash! Double pinfall, TWO!!! FTR narrowly escapes but fans say, “This is Awesome!”
Dante chases Dax into the ring but Cash tags in. Dante ROCKS Dax, Cash grabs at Dante but he elbows Cash down. Dax whips, Dante goes up and over and around again but his superkick is blocked and flipped! BIG RIG!! Cover, FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
Cash & Dax reestablish themselves and are ready to climb those rankings! Will FTR #FindTheirRedemption on the road into the Fall?
CM Punk talks the Suzuki Incident.
“This is a very delicate subject. This is something we take very, very seriously in All Elite Wrestling. Minoru Suzuki is a pioneer in not only professional wrestling but in mixed martial arts. He is a Carl Gotch trained professional wrestler, he’s the King of Pancrase, and he felt slighted that his entrance music was cut off.” That’s the gist of it. Suzuki feels insulted and he wants his full entrance song.
Lance Archer speaks on the “incident.”
“Moxley! You wanted Suzuki in AEW, to come to the United States of America and face you. But you wanted to do it in Cincinnati, Ohio of all places. If that’s not the definition of unfair, I dunno what the hell is.” Moxley had the refs on his side, the people on his side, and everything in his favor. Guess what? That changes in New York. Archer and Suzuki have been a team for a long time, and now Moxley and Kingston are going to learn, “Once Suzuki-Gun, always Suzuki-Gun.” And at the Grand Slam, Suzuki and the Murderhawk Monster will show us what Strong Style is all about in a way you never wanted to know. Suzuki-Gun ICHIBAN!
The lights go out!
And when they turn back on, we see it’s MALAKAI BLACK! The dark father goes to the ring, making the Jersey Devil proud with that mask. Malakai gets a mic and paces around as the fans cheer. Malakai has them hush and calls for the members of the House of Black to please rise. “For we have an enemy in our midst.” He looks right at… Rosario Dawson?! One of Cody Rhodes’ cohosts from The Go Big Show is in the front row, and Malakai is upset she is wearing the Nightmare Family tracksuit. Malakai goes out but she hops the railing to meet him! Malakai warns her not to do something foolish, but then from the crowd, here comes CODY RHODES himself!
Fans are going nuts as Cody is storming down the steps, but Rosario jumps on Malakai’s back! Fans are losing it as Cody gets in to DECK Malakai! Cody fires hands, Malakai forearms back! Malakai BOOTS but Cody comes right back to TOSS Malakai over the railing! They brawl right among the crowd and security does its best to keep up! Fans lose their minds as the brawl continues up the steps! Cody bumps Malakai off chairs and Rosario flexes for Team Cody. Malakai throws hands, the fight keeps going up, and Cody SMACKS Malakai with someone’s drink! Cody fires up and he drags Malakai along the way. Malakai hits back, they’re still going up and up!
Cody smacks Malakai off the railing! Malakai uses the railing to choke Cody! Cody gets free and SMACKS Malakai with another drink! Malakai hits back again, they go back up the stairs and a THIRD drink is used! Cody fires off hands, Malakai hits the bad leg! Malakai kicks the leg, Cody hobbles up the steps and Malakai borrows an idea from Cody! DRINK SMASH! AEW goes to break as this chaos continues!
AEW hears from The Bunny.
Allie says, “The Queenslayer, Anna Jay is back. And we’re all very excited.” But she wouldn’t have attacked her if she would just stay out of the way. But Anna can’t help herself, can she? Bunny says Anna should be careful. She wouldn’t want to get dragged down the rabbit hole, would she?
Backstage interview with Anna Jay and the Dark Order.
Alex Marvez notes this will be the Rampage debut of Anna as she takes on The Bunny. This is a big deal, and then Evil Uno speaks up. He promises to lead the way and- Alex Reynolds interrupts now, sarcastically saying Uno’s a great leader with him cutting off Anna when this was her interview. Looks like nothing’s change. Oh, good to see you back, Alex, after you left their group a few weeks ago! Uno has no idea what this is. No, Reynolds left Uno’s dumb ass and is back for Anna’s sake. Alan Angels speaks up now, saying that while Reynolds was gone, UNO has been going on a power trip! Anna shouts over them all! If they can’t get this together, she doesn’t want anyone ringside.
John Silver asks if he’s still allowed. No, no one gets to be ringside but Tay Conti. The ladies leave the boys to bicker, will the Dark Order get things… in order?
Dan Lambert, America Top Team and the Men of the Year are in the ring.
Lambert says, “When I was younger, if you wanted to know which wrestlers were popular, you’d go out to the merchandise stand and see what was selling. But do that at an AEW show and you learn more about its fanbase than you do about tis wrestlers, because every single t-shirt is sold out. In men’s small and women’s large!” If the truth hurts, then cover up your fragile little ears and then they’ll return to the “regularly scheduled” programming where you can watch some “5’8”, 149 pound dork throw 11 Superkicks, climb up three levels to the highest balcony of the building, do a backflip all the way to the floor, crashing through six tables, landing on his lifeless opponent, who will kick out at the count of two, and you morons will go crazy.”
Fans tell Lambert to STFU but here comes CHRIS JERICHO! Fans sing Judas as Le Champion AND Jake Hager walk out. Lambert tells production to turn off the music! The fans don’t really know the song, they’re googling the lyrics on their phones right now! “TURN THAT S*IT OFF!” But the fans sing Judas because they DO know it! Jericho just shrugs as he enjoys it. Jericho then says that sounds like there’s 15 THOUSAND people here who LOVE that song! And they could sing along to Lambert’s song, but no one knows the words to “I’m a Fat Faced Dipsh*t, Yeah Yeah Yeah.” Wait, here it is! Jericho sings it for us!
Lambert says that’s really funny. He admits to see Jericho out here defending this company, but it makes sense. Tony Conman isn’t the master manipulator, it’s JERICHO. Jericho will do and say whatever to get the fans to spend their allowances that their parents give them on Jericho’s stupid book o’ the month club and his Fozzy records! Wait, you guys get an allowance? And what is Lambert’s problem? He stands there, screaming like a grumpy old man at the AEW clouds, surrounded by American Top Team. Seeing all these meatheads here, Jericho has one question: Who’s on top? Fans chant, “WHO’S ON TOP?”
Jericho says Lambert’s got nothing! All the power’s in his fist cuz he relies on scare tactics, but he can’t scare Big Jake! Jake is undefeated in MMA! And Jericho’s been getting into skirmishes with MMA tough guys his whole career! The Beast a few years ago, and even before that he had a shoot fight with the Raging Bill. They didn’t kill Jericho, Lambert’s team can’t, either. But like our friend and honorary Inner Circle member, Mike Tyson, once said, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.” So maybe Hager and Jericho go to the ring and knock those chipmunk buck teeth of Lambert’s right down his friggin’ throat?!
Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky and all of Lambert’s people dare Jericho and Hager to do this. Lambert says he has to give them credit, the quicker they get to it is the quicker they get through it. But if this is to go down, and if the fans really want to see the American Top Team fueled Men of the Year take down the Inner Circle Jerks, it’ll have to be in a REAL city, not a s*ithole like Jersey! It’ll be the biggest city of them all, in the Big Apple! In that case, if Ethan & Scorpio are too much of pussies to face them here, it’ll happen next week! And there’ll be no escape from New York for them! The Grand Slam just got that much bigger! Will Hager & Jericho hit the Men of the Year out of the park?
The Gunn Club speaks.
Papa Billy says, “So we’re here to talk about disrespect. And no one has been more disrespected in AEW than the Gunn Club. Why did we do what we did to Paul Wight?” It was to get their point across. Wins and losses matter? Well let’s see… Billy & Colten as a team? Undefeated! Billy & Austin as a team? Undefeated! Austin & Colten as a team? UNDEFEATED! Trios? UN-DE-FEAT-ED! Now respect will be earned one way or another. And if anyone has a problem with that, just say when. The Gunn Club is locked and loaded, who will they shoot down on their way to respect and titles?
Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Leyla Hirsch!
The storm has come to Jersey, but this is the city #LEGIT calls home! Will Jade be in for the toughest match of her young career? Will she be in for her first LOSS, at that?
The bell rings, Leyla gets face to, well, chest with Jade, but she goes right for a leg! Jade CLUBS Leyla then fireman’s carries, but Leyla slips off to get the takedown! Leyla throws down hands but Jade kicks her away. Jade bails out to regroup with Sterling but Leyla DIVES! Sterling takes the tope and Jade stomps Leyla down! Jade whips Leyla into the ring, gets in but Leyla gets around to waistlock. Jade backs Leyla into buckles, throws elbows then forearms. Jade whips corner to corner, Leyla reverses and runs in to forearm smash! Leyla sweeps the legs, runs corner to corner and METEORAS! Then SWINGING DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! But Leyla has the ARMBAR!!
Jade clasps hands, fights up and dead lifts Leyla to POWERBOMB her! Jade stands up, scowls as she paces around, and AEW goes picture in picture as she stomps away on Leyla.
Jade drags Leyla up, whips her to ropes and Leyla tumbles out of the ring! Jade goes out after Leyla to stomp her back down. Jade whips Leyla hard into railing! Leyla falls over in a heap but Jade drags her back up for a snap suplex! Jade kips up and fires up, as does Sterling. Jade stomps Leyla more, the ref has her let off to check on Leyla and Jade goes to the ring. Jade’s willing to let the ring count settle this as Leyla stirs. The count is 5 of 10 before Leyla stands back up. Leyla gets in at 7, Jade stomps her to the ropes then kicks her around to a corner. Jade CLUBS Leyla against the ropes, brings her up but Leyla ROCKS Jade with a forearm!
Leyla throws more forearms but Jade CLUBS her back down. Jade drags Leyla back up but Leyla fires forearms back. Leyla swings but into a pump handle POWERSLAM! Jade drags Leyla back up, CLUBS her back down, but Leyla throws body shots. Jade CLUBS, stomps and drags Leyla around to another fireman’s carry. Leyla squirrels around to a SLEEPER HOLD! Leyla holds on tight as Jade tries to fight free! Jade throws Leyla on the second try, Leyla goes to a corner. Jade runs but Leyla dodges the boot! Leyla waistlocks, Jade throws elbows but can’t get free! Jade keeps throwing elbows and she’s free now, but Leyla comes back to whip and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Jade survives and gets to the apron but Leyla runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Jade hits railing! Leyla puts Jade in, fans fire up and Leyla runs to KNEE Jade down! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives again and Sterling is panicking! Leyla puts Jade in a drop zone and goes up top, for a LEGIT MOONSAULT FLOP! Jade evades and comes back with the BOOT!! Jade isn’t done, she drags Leyla up for the chicken wings and JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall
That was Jade’s toughest match yet, but she comes out looking legit in her own right! Will this undefeated streak continue until the #JadeBrand is fighting for gold?
Andrade El Idolo speaks.
“If you lie to me, it’s because you don’t respect me. I’m always one step ahead. This is why I have my assistant, Jose.” Andrade swears he never gave the order to have them interrupt his match. So why the hell did Jose get on the apron?! He wants Jose to tell him why, and Jose says it was Chavo’s order. Chavo isn’t the boss! ANDRADE is the boss! He is the KINGPIN of AEW. He can beat PAC, or anyone he wants, when he wants. Will El Idolo prove he IS the face of Latino wrestlers when he wins one on his own?
Taz storms over to commentary.
He’s claiming CM Punk is taking his job now! But the rest of commentary defends Punk is just doing what he was asked. Punk stands up and Taz backs off. Taz’s son, Hook, stares Punk down but Punk asks Taz if he’s really letting his son get this close to things. Punk stares Hook down in return, but HOBBS attacks from behind! Powerhouse Hobbs punks out Punk and Taz says it’s clobbering time! Punk hits back on Hobbs but Hook gets a DRAGON SLEEPER! Team Taz mugs Punk, then they tell commentary to clear out. Schiavone, JR and Excalibur don’t have much choice as Hook starts pushing computer screens off the desk.
Hobbs drags Punk up and gives him an URENAGE onto the table! The table doesn’t break and Punk bounces off it! Team Taz leaves as security rushes in and fans boo. Will Punk be in any shape to get even with Taz and his actual punks?
AEW hears from Shawn Spears.
The Chairman sits with the chair he painted up for Darby Allin while calling him out. “I’m generic? I’m the piece of s*it? Correct, on all fronts. That’s why I was the guy to hand you your first loss here in AEW. That’s why history’s gonna repeat itself on Dynamite.” Allin can’t call down the rain without getting some mud! Spears didn’t invent rainy days, but for the past 20 years, he’s had the best damn umbrella! The Chairman cometh, but will he be leaving here clean and dry?
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard!
The Relentless One and the Icon may have gotten tricked by the very tactical Tully, but this is about proving Tully’s words are as wrong as the legend’s ever been. Will Spears be the one stinging from this rematch?
The bell rings and fans are fired up for Darby as he stares down Spears. But then Tully creeps closer, and Spears KNEES Darby down in the corner! Spears stomps a mudhole, then hangs Darby out to dry on the ropes! Darby falls to the floor, Spears goes out to high-five Tully, but now Sting creeps closer. The ref has Sting and Tully stay back, Spears drags Darby along with a headlock to get right in Sting’s face. Spears whips Darby into the steel steps! Spears then positions the steps by the ramp and brings Darby back over. Darby throws body shots but Spears CLUBS him and smacks him off the steps! Spears puts Darby against the steps to KNEE him into them!
The ref has Spears stop but Spears eggs Sting on with a middle finger! Spears then drops a knee pad and runs at Darby, but Darby dodges! Spears only hits steel! Spears hobbles and Tully is concerned as he checks on his protégé. Darby gets in the ring, fans rally up behind him as he builds speed, but Tully is Spears’ shield. Darby snarls at the legend, but Sting comes around the way. Tully can’t win that fight so he backs off. Darby drags Spears up but Spears sweeps the legs! Darby flips, falls and hits hard off the apron! Spears gets Darby up and into the ring, hobbles around to get a bottle of water. Spears wets a towel and goes to the ring to wipe off Darby’s face paint!
Fans boo as Spears smears towel in Darby’s face then elbows him back down! AEW goes picture in picture as Spears teases throwing the towel into the crowd, only to drop it outside the ring. Spears puts his kneepad back up as he stalks Darby to a corner. Spears drags Darby up to CLUB him on the back, then CLUBS him again. Spears brings Darby around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes, Spears makes sure his bad knee is okay, and then Spears walks it off as he stalks Darby. Darby kicks the bad leg but Spears brings him up for a back suplex. Darby lands on his feet to CHOP BLOCK! Darby rains down furious fists but Spears pushes him away.
Darby gets up at the ropes and goes to a corner. Darby comes back but into a BIG back suplex! Spears rains down fists on Darby now as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Spears has Darby in a SHARPSHOOTER! Spears is definitely sending a message to Sting but Darby endures! Darby drags himself over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Spears holds on until 4, then argues with the ref about things. Darby gets to a corner, Spears runs in but Darby BOOTS them away! Darby hobbles, Spears chases him but gets more boots! Darby dodges, comes back and dropkicks Spears’ bad leg! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Spears survives but Sting coaches Darby up. Darby gets to the corner, climbs up top, but Spears stops him with a CHOP! Spears throws hands, climbs up to join Darby, but Darby trips him up!
Darby puts Spears in a Tree of Woe and exposes the bad knee! Darby CLUBS away on the knee, but Spears grabs Darby’s chain necklace to YANK him down! Fans fire up as Spears gets up on the apron. Spears drags Darby to the apron and aims at the steps! Fireman’s carry but Darby fights free! THROWBACK STUNNER HOTSHOT COMBO! Spears flops to the steps, Darby runs and DIVES!! Direct hit off the steps! Darby puts Spears in, climbs up top, COFFIN DROP to Spears’ back! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Darby gets even with the Chair Man! But now FTR jumps in the ring! Sting and Darby throw hands with Cash & Dax! Sting stomps Cash, Dax mugs Darby! Tully gets the chair and gets in the ring to SMACK Sting! It didn’t do a thing! Sting kicks the chair away then pushes Tully to a corner! FTR goes after Sting to save their mentor! They stomp Sting down, rain down fists, but Darby crawls over. Darby attacks but Cash GERMAN SUPLEXES him down! FTR mugs Darby now, then they stand Sting up. Tully wants in on this as FTR hits the MIND BREAKER!! Tully has a towel of his own, and just as Spears wiped away Darby’s paint, Tully is wiping away Sting’s paint!
Fans boo as Tully leaves Darby and Steve down on the mat but the fans cuss them out. The Pinnacle doesn’t care, they’ll do this until they’re truly on top of AEW!
AEW hears from Bryan Danielson.
“The way The Elite acts and dresses, sound to me like people who are insecure.” Bryan isn’t exactly going after all of them, just one member. Bryan’s heard how great Omega is, and seen how great Omega is. Bryan is mostly just excited to get in the ring and wrestler Kenny Omega. But the reality is, if Omega doesn’t want to step up, then someone else will be Bryan’s first opponent. What Bryan loves about AEW is that everyone is hungry here. Everyone wants to go in and prove themselves. Bryan is here, he’s game, who’s ready to go?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
He’s excited to be here in New Jersey, and he loves wrestling because of BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon heads to the ring, Jersey chants “YES! YES! YES!” for him as he joins Schiavone in the ring. Schiavone notes what Bryan’s said about Kenny Omega and The Elite, and we’d all love to see Bryan get in the ring with Omega. But before Bryan can speak, Don Callis interrupts, with Omega following behind. Callis says we’ve already heard enough from Bryan, because he’s been listening to it all week. It’s sickening, really. “The Hippie Millionaire,” the hero of the fans. “What a sanctimonious son of a bitch you are.”
It must’ve been so~ hard~ to make the decision to sign such a big contract and come to the number one wrestling company in the world, built on the back of Kenny Omega! “But wait, there’s more! The piece de resistance was, you made this final decision to come here, thinking of what was best for the entire wrestling business and everyone in it! And people call me a carny piece of s*it.” Fans do chant that at him, though. But Callis will take that back, because Omega corrected him. This is really how Bryan thinks. So in that case, Callis was wrong. Bryan isn’t a carny POS, he’s just a MARK like the fans! BTW, who does Bryan think he is, dictating who gets what?! Callis & Omega run AEW!
SHUT UP, DON! Bryan is here to talk to Omega. “Some day, this will be about the title. But right now, it’s just about who’s better. Let’s give the people what they want. Kenny Omega VS Bryan Danielson, what do you say?!?” Callis says NO! Fans say “YES! YES! YES!” Callis again says no, but Bryan tells him, “SHUT UP, YOU PIECE O’ S*IT!” Bryan is here to talk to Kenny Omega. But maybe he shouldn’t have. Bryan came to AEW to fight the Best Bout Machine, the GOD OF PRO-WRESTLING~! But since he’s been here, Bryan’s only ever seen a guy who hangs out with goofy stooges, and lets the POS talk for him. Fans still chant that.
Bryan heard the rumors that maybe Omega’s lost his confidence or lost a step. Bryan doesn’t think that’s true. He just thinks Omega’s lost his BALLS. So what does Omega say? Yes or no? Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Callis says no, but Omega is given the mic to answer for himself. “So you say you want the Best Bout Machine? You say you want the God of Pro-Wrestling? My answer… is YES.” Callis isn’t happy about that! But it seems Omega agrees, this is about the people, and their pride as pro-wrestlers! Will Omega show everyone that he is still the best?
“Fuego. Every man I have redeemed has moved on to a better career. And after I had forgiven them, they’d all been smart enough not to stick around. So why are you calling me out?! They say, ‘Don’t put your hand on the stove that already burned you,’ but you are putting your throat on a blade that already spared you.” And now Fuego is challenging God’s Favorite Champion with a car on the line? Miro will bash Fuego’s brain, then bash the car, and the Fuego family will be grateful! Will the Redeemer keep his word and keep the TNT Championship? Or will Fuego be the one baptizing Miro with fire to forge his own golden legacy?
Matt Hardy speaks.
“Orange Cassidy, you broke my nose! Nobody breaks Big Money Matt Hardy’s nose!” Cassidy owes a debt and Hardy always collects! Freshly Squeezed has made a mockery of Hardy’s business, the pro-wrestling business, for far too long! Hardy is sick and tired of the antics, so he will take away everything that is “cool” about Cassidy, and that starts with his hair. Hardy vows to shave Cassidy’s head and make Orange Cassidy into an egghead! When and where will this Hair VS Hair match go down?
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS 2point0 w/ Daniel Garcia!
The Maniac and Mad King know Suzuki-Gun’s coming for their necks, but they’ve still got some beef to squash with Matt Lee & Jeff Parker. Will 2point0 find out they don’t rule after all?
But again, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia jump Moxley and Kingston from behind! But Moxley and Kingston are better prepared for this one and they hit back! Kingston gets mugged 2v1 while Moxley has Parker, but Kingston throws Lee into railing and fires off on Garcia! Moxley sits Parker down and BITES his forehead! The ref tries to get this in the ring as Lee attacks Kingston. Moxley puts Parker in the ring and we have a match! Parker fires hands back on Moxley, runs, but Moxley tanks the shoulder. Kingston DDT’s Lee, Moxley ROCKS Parker to then X PLEX! Parker flounders, Moxley has him in a corner and CHOPS him!
Moxley CHOPS Parker again, and then fakes Parker out to SLAP him on the back! Moxley scoops but Parker slips out to rake eyes! Tag to Lee and he runs in, but into a drop step and SNAP SAIDO! Moxley drags Lee up with a neck wrench then fish hooks AND BITES Lee’s face! Moxley lets off as the ref reprimands, and he whips Lee to ropes. Lee holds ropes and bails out but Moxley pursues. Lee gets to the ramp but Garcia rushes Moxley! Moxley throws Garcia into steel steps, only for Parker to dropkick Moxley down! Lee returns now that he has back-up and 2point0 mugs Moxley! They set Moxley up and hit a DOUBLE APRON FLAPJACK as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley is down, Lee gets in the ring only to refresh the count, then he takes his time bringing Moxley back up. Lee puts Moxley in the ring, Moxley flounders around and Lee stomps him down. Lee stomps Moxley at ropes, lets off as the ref counts, but Garcia talks trash. Tag to Parker as Moxley crawls to the apron and Parker drops ax handles! Garcia mockingly applauds as Parker paces in the ring. Parker drags Moxley to hit a spinning toehold! Moxley endures as Parker twists the foot, but Lee tags in to drop ax handles. Cover, TWO! Kingston is up and pissed but the ref keeps him in his corner while Lee has a chinlock on Moxley.
Lee puts Moxley in a corner and throws hands, then pushes Moxley to the corner. Tag to Parker, 2point0 mugs Moxley, then Parker snapmares. Parker wraps on a chinlock nice and tight and he grinds Moxley down. Moxley endures and Jersey rallies up. But Parker claws Moxley’s face then drops elbows! Parker wraps the chinlock back on as the ref reprimands, but Moxley starts fighting up to his feet. Moxley powers up, throws body shots and gets free to run, into a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Parker drags Moxley over, tags Lee, and 2point0 mugs Moxley again. Lee throws in elbows right to the top of Moxley’s head, then slaps him around.
Lee whips Moxley to a corner, tags Parker and then Parker runs in to forearm smash! Parker CHOPS Moxley but Moxley CHOPS back! Parker rakes Moxley’s eyes, tags Lee, and AEW returns to single picture. 2point0 botches their whip combo and Moxley BOOTS Lee! Moxley ROCKS Parker, then he staggers around. Parker gets up, Moxley fires off forearms! Moxley runs but Parker forearms him in the corner! Feed to Lee’s drop toehold, BOOYAH ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Lee tags Parker, throws more elbows onto Moxley, then Parker sucker punches Kingston! Moxley back drops Parker! Lee tags in and runs, but Moxley LARIATS Lee right down!
Fans fire up, hot tag to Kingston! Kingston rallies with BIG haymakers, then he whips Lee into Parker at the corner! Kingston runs in to SPLASH SANDWICH! Kingston unleashes the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! EXPLODER for Lee but Garcia gets up on the apron. Kingston DECKS Garcia, but Parker rolls Kingston up! TWO, and Kingston URAKENS Parker right down! Lee shoves Kingston, Kingston knees low and hits a DDT! Tag back to Moxley and fans fire up again! Maniac and Mad King fire themselves up, they get Parker up, THE VIOLENT CROWN!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
Moxley tells Suzuki right in the camera, if they want some, they can come get it! But wait! Here comes Suzuki after all!! The song begins, will we get to hear it all? He walks out slowly onto the stage and Moxley stares him down. Suzuki still smiles despite the black eye and stiches are clear on his face. Suzuki goes down the ramp to the ring, Moxley and Kingston hold their ground, and fans get ready for the moment…! KA ZE NI NA REEEE~! And then Archer appears from the crowd side! Archer drags Kingston out of the ring and throws him into railing! Suzuki and Moxley brawl, they spill out of the ring and Moxley throws Suzuki into railing!
Archer drags Kingston into the crowd and fans are going nuts as Kingston fires off headbutts! Suzuki POSTS Moxley, Kingston stalks Archer now. Archer kicks low and bumps Kingston off railing while Suzuki and Moxley fight towards the timekeeper’s area! Suzuki blocks, Moxley blocks, Moxley bumps Suzuki off the table. They climb onto the table, they brawl with more haymakers, but Suzuki manages to power Moxley into the Gotch hold! Moxley powers out and SMACKS Suzuki with a mic! Moxley drags Suzuki around the way and has him take a seat to rain down fists! Moxley BITES Suzuki to try and reopen those stitches!
Kingston and Archer make their way back to ringside, right as Moxley and Suzuki bust through railing to fight in the crowd! Jersey is thunderous as the chaos continues all the way to Dynamite signing off! If this is how the fight starts, how will it end in New York?
Another great episode for Dynamite and this worked as a great go-home to what is apparently AEW Grand Slam week now. Even this week’s Rampage is awesome with all the set-up from tonight. Punk gets jumped by Team Taz and is going to fight Hobbs for his first TV match, and that’s going to be great stuff. Fuego is pretty gutsy for putting up his new car for the title, but I feel like Miro is just going to win again and then use Fuego’s body to beat up the car. And what great continuity for Lucha Brothers to fight Butcher & Blade and have the titles on the line. Pretty sure Lucha Brothers retain and this gets their first defense out of the way before having an extended feud with other teams.
Cole VS Kaz was a great opener, Cole had a great promo to call out Christian & Jurassic Express, and that Six Man Tag is going to be a great part of Rampage Grand Slam. The promo response from Christian and Jungle Boy was pretty good, but boy Christian took some shots at WWE and NXT. Pretty sure Super Kliq is the one winning that match. MJF had another great Heel promo, and BPJ had another great moment in running him and Wardlow off. He also had a very good interview promo with JR, though I feel like he could’ve just said that live for the crowd right there. But I can’t be too harsh on AEW, they made sure to arrange matching content, like Spears’ promo before his match with Darby.
Pinnacle overall broke even tonight. Spears VS Allin was a great match but Pinnacle got to stand tall with FTR coming back to attack and set up a tag match for next week. FTR in their own match of course won against Sydal and Dante teaming up while their usual tag partners are out of action. Meanwhile, I am actually really happy to see that after shifting Archer away from Lambert, Jericho and Hager are going after him now. Lambert continues to make me groan with his use of being toxic old fan in this reverse psychology role, but Jericho & Hager taking on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky is going to be a lot of fun.
Gunn Club’s explanation for their Heel Turn is actually pretty logical, because they really should be up higher in the ranks when they’re undefeated in tag team and trios matches. By AEW’s own rules, these guys should’ve been in the tag title stories way sooner, but they ironically still might have to wait a bit. Andrade had a good promo to better frame his reason for ditching Chavo, and then it also implies a rematch of him and Pac that’ll be even bigger. Cargill VS Hirsch was very good but I was still hoping for a bit more. I can’t be sure who gives Cargill her first loss, but it’s probably someone closer to the women’s title.
There was good progress in the Dark Order dysfunction, and I do think the ladies should take charge and become the new leaders of the group with Uno’s ego being in question. They replayed Bryan’s promo from Rampage to set up his segment here tonight, and it was a great segment because of how heated he got with Callis and Omega. Omega VS Bryan in even just a non-title match is amazing, and it could go either way. On one hand, Bryan could win and basically earn himself a title match that way. On the other, Callis can find a way to cheat Bryan, but perhaps that upsets Omega and things get tense within The Elite for just a moment.
Moxley & Kingston had a great main event with 2point0 and Garcia, and of course Moxley & Kingston win to head for the match with Suzuki-Gun. That brawl was an awesome way to close out the night, and I can’t wait to see how brutal Moxley, Kingston, Archer and Suzuki can get, even in a standard tag match.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)
Happy Anniversary, AEW!
It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!
And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?
- Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!
The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?
Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!
Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!
But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…
Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!
Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)
Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?
AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.
After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.
The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.
Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.
Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”
Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”
Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”
Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.
And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”
Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.
“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!
Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?
AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.
The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!
The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?
The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!
Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!
Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!
Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!
Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!
Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.
Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!
Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!
They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!
Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!
Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!
Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!
Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!
Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!
Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!
The Hardy Boyz speak.
Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.
Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!
So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!
Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!
Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?
The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!
JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!
Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.
Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.
Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.
Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!
JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!
But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?
Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.
Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.
So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?
Schiavone is on stage.
This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.
Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!
AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.
A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.
Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!
The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”
In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.
Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!
Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.
Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!
Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!
Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?
The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!
Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!
Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!
But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.
Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.
Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!
Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)
Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?
A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.
Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.
Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.
Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.
The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.
Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/24/22)
Roppongi Vice gets Dark!
Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!
Before challenging FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Roppongi Vice fires up in the Dark! Will they be partying in the Dark, too?
- Kris Statlander VS Avery Breaux; Statlander wins.
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS Eli Isom & T.U.G Cooper; Menard & Parker win.
- A.Q.A VS Brittany Jade; AQA wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Alan Angels; Moriarty wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Carlie Bravo; Kiss wins.
- Robyn Renegade VS Vicky Dreamboat; Robyn wins.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Trenton Storm; Ogogo wins.
- Leva Bates VS Kia Dream; Bates win.
- Roppongi Vice VS Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake; RPG Vice wins.
A good line-up of nine, and great to see Leva Bates back in action. Also nice to see the team formerly known as 2point0 having a tag match, that’ll help get them going in the tag division while also building towards the “Anarchy in the Arena” at Double or Nothing. And RPG Vice will definitely get a win before their match on Dynamite.
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