The AEW TNT Championship is in a match made in heaven!
Miro claims to be God’s Favorite Champion, but the Inner Circle’s SPANISH God disagrees! Will Sammy Guevara avenge Fuego del Sol and get the gold?
- Adam Cole VS Jungle Boy; Cole wins.
- Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Arn Anderson VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin; Cody & Johnson win.
- Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Greene & Bear Country; win.
- 16 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order VS The Hardy Family Office; Cassidy & The Dark Order win.
- Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford & The Bunny; Jay & Tay win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Sammy Guevara; Guevara wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW dedicates tonight to the late Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee.
They’re in Rochester tonight and showing love to the Big Rig.
CM Punk joins commentary!
The Best of the World has fans singing Cult of Personality all over again as he joins Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and good ol’ Jim Ross for the night.
Adam Cole VS Jungle Boy!
The Panama City Playboy brings the BOOM to Rochester, but will he prove he’s the future of AEW over the front man of Jurassic Express? Or will Jack Perry be living the Jungle Life at his expense?
The bell rings and fans still sing with Tarzan Boy but Cole tells JB it doesn’t matter. They tie up, go back and forth in the deadlock but Cole gets to a waistlock then headlock. Fans duel as JB powers up but Cole holds tight. JB throws him off to get an arm but Cole headscissors. JB kips free, Cole headlocks again and puts JB in a corner. The ref counts, Cole lets off and whips corner to corner. JB goes up but Cole knows the over is coming so he hangs back. Cole headlocks and hits a takeover, but JB makes it a cover! ONE, and Cole grinds the headlock. Fans rally, JB fights up and powers Cole to ropes. The ref calls for the break and Cole lets off, but he and JB get chippy with strikes!
JB headlocks and grinds Cole down but Cole fights up to power out. JB runs Cole over! Fans fire up for JB as he stands over Cole, but Cole gets up. Knuckle lock, but Cole kicks and throws a haymaker! Cole stomps JB to a corner, throws more hands then wrenches and whips corner to corner. JB reverses. Cole goes up but JB sees the over and waistlocks. Knuckle lock and CHOP! JB goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag! Cole gets up but JB dropkicks him out! JB kips up and fans are thunderous as Cole paces. JB waits on Cole as a ring count climbs. Fans are counting along, Cole slides in just to refresh things then bails right back out.
JB gives chase, Cole gets back in and stomps JB down. Cole gets JB up to bump off buckles, then he runs in, into a BOOT! JB goes up but Cole SHOVES him to the floor! Cole soaks up the cheers and jeers as JB clutches his head and legs. Cole goes out to fetch JB, bumps him off the apron, then stomps JB around. Cole puts JB in the ring, drags him up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! JB sits up, Cole JAMS his knee into JB’s back. Cole clamps on a chinlock and grinds JB to the mat. Fans rally up and JB stands, throws body shots, and runs, but into a BIG back elbow! Cole points to himself and fans are again torn.
Cole stalks JB to ropes, drags him back up and into the corner. Cole wrenches and whips JB corner to corner hard, and JB hits buckles to fall to the mat. Cole grins as he watches JB gets back up. Cole throws forearms, wrenches and whips JB corner to corner then storms over, but JB elbows and forearms and CHOPS! JB whips, Cole reverses but JB dropkicks a leg out! JB keeps moving, Cole sidesteps but the COMEBACK LARIAT takes him down! Fans fire up behind JB as he gets Cole up and suplexes, but Cole wrenches out to throw a forearm. JB throws it back and the two go back and forth. Fans duel with Tarzan Boy and BOOM, JB BOOTS but Cole ENZIGURIS!
JB HEEL KICKS, Cole BOOTS! Cole brings JB up, but JB suplexes to a BRAINBUSTER! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Fans cheer for “A E DUB!” as Cole and JB slowly get up. Cole runs in, JB OVERHEAD suplexes him into buckles! Then dead lift GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! JB holds on and hoists Cole up to the top rope backwards. JB pulls Cole into a Tree of Woe but Cole knees him away! Cole sits up but JB KICKS him in the back! JB puts Cole back in the Tree, goes corner to corner and back again for a basement dropkick! Cole flops out of the Tree, JB covers, TWO! JB grows a bit frustrated now but Cole’s tougher than that.
JB drags Cole up, CLUBS him, then wrenches to a torture rack! Cole turns that into a cradle, TWO! Cole turns JB around for a BACKSTABBER! Cole gets JB back up, suplexes to a LAST SHOT! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Cole is learning JB is tough, too! Fans keep rallying and dueling as Cole gets back up. JB slowly sits up, Cole stalks over and talks trash. Cole pie faces JB, fans boo, but JB SLAPS Cole back! JB gets Cole for a POISON-RANA! JB runs and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But JB hurries to wrench, pump handle and rack, SHELLSHOCKED! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and JB is seeing why he was NXT Triple Crown BAYBAY!
“This is Awesome!” but far from over as JB has to get Cole back up. JB pie faces Cole then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! JB falls out of the ring, Cole takes a moment to catch his breath, and a ring count begins. Cole goes to the corner as the count reaches 4 of 10, but he goes to the apron. Cole aims as JB stands, but JB avoids the sunrise! JB runs and DIVES into a JUMP KICK! Cole hurries to a corner but JB returns to FLYING RANA!! Both men crash to the floor and fans are thunderous! JB hobbles over, gets Cole up and in the ring, then step-in springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Cole is up top, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO?!?! More like 2.99!!
Punk says this kind of action is why he wants to do commentary on his nights off! Cole drags JB up and pulls down a kneepad! Cole runs, ALL ABOUT THE- NO! SNARE TRAP!! JB has Cole caught!! Fans are going nuts as Cole drags himself and JB towards ropes! JB switches grip to get more torque but Cole is almost there! JB drags Cole away but Cole boots him out of the ring! JB returns, gets around but Cole grabs the ref! MULE KICK LOW BLOW!! ALL ABOUT THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
Cole grins as he gets away with that one! Jungle Jack Perry almost had The Elite’s prodigal son, but The Elite (The, the Elite!) come out to celebrate with their buddy. The Young Bucks, the Good Brothers, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, Kenny Omega and Don Callis all strut their way to the ring as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and The Elite is all in the ring.
Karl Anderson wants Rochester to welcome the #SuperElite. To be Elite, you gotta have: the Impact Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers; Adam Cole BAYBAY; the AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega; and the greatest tag team that’s ever been in the ring, the Young Bucks! And though they don’t have the AEW World Tag Team Championships, they’re still EVP’s: Extremely Violent People! YEP! And then we’ve got Nakazawa and Cutler. Cole then gets the mic to say “I told you so,” because he told us all that he’d beat Jungle Boy, and that’s what he just did! “On top of that, I did it by myself. And do you now why? Because Adam Cole Baybay is ELITE.”
Cole says on top of that, Adam Cole Baybay is undefeated! Cutler gets the mic and says The Elite- SHUT UP, BRANDON. Nick takes the mic and asks Rochester if they’re ready to hear the best promo in all of pro-wrestling! Fans are torn but Nick hands it over to Nakazawa! Wait, what? Nakazawa tells the CM Punk chants to shut up! “I have nothing to say!” He then hands the mic to Omega. Omega says his telephone’s been ringing off the hook, his social medias, from Twitter to “The Gram” to Facebook to even MySpace, full to the brim with the same thing over and over again: “That was possibly the greatest match I’ve ever seen. That was probably AEW Dynamite’s greatest match.” And Omega says, “That’s cool. But see if I care.”
Omega tells Bryan Danielson that he took Omega to his limit. Bryan kicked him in his chest, in his belly, and then cashed in on the promise of kicking his head in. Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” But Omega says Bryan couldn’t get the job done! The other problem? Bryan has ZERO RECORD, no rematch, and will never see Omega in the ring again. But speaking of, here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! Bryan has a mic to say, “Let’s see. Do you guys wanna see a rematch between me and Kenny Omega?” “YES! YES! YES!” Well the fans want a rematch, Bryan wants a rematch, but it appears Omega doesn’t have the balls to give us one! Fans chant “NO BALLS! NO BALLS!” at Omega.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Kenny ‘No Balls’ Omega!” The Elite are upset over that on but fans chant, “Kenny No Balls!” Punk says to put that on a shirt. So now then, let’s see if anyone else in the Elite has balls! Bryan challenges any one of them to a match on Rampage! Omega says that’s funny. Big words from a small little man. Why Rampage? How about right now? Fans do like the sound of that. Omega says today’s lucky day, Bryan is on The Price is Right! Well okay then, but Bryan’s not coming alone! He calls out his back-up! The Elite Hunter, Frankie Kazarian! Captain Charisma, Christian Cage! Jungle Boy and Jurassic Express!
The Elite runs away, not ready to fight an even 6v6! “Kenny No Balls” isn’t doing himself any favors, but when and where will he and The Elite have to take on their rivals?
Backstage interview with The Lucha Brothers.
They and Alex Abrahantes stand proud as Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M are the DUAL AEW World and AAA Tag Team Champions. But Andrade El Idolo interrupts already as he tells the “kids” congrats on having those belts. But where is Pac? No se? Jose has something to say, oddly. It has been a long time since they’ve defended the AAA Tag Team Championships, so it’s about time they do. Oh? Who is he to say that? Andrade says he can get his many luchador friends to take those titles. Fenix says anywhere, anytime, and Penta adds it’s because they have #CeroMiedo! Who, then, will El Idolo enlist as his lucha libre hitmen to take out the Lucha Brothers?
Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Brandi Rhodes & Arn Anderson VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin!
The American Nightmare is perhaps still reeling from his loss to Malakai Black, but maybe changing things up with a tag match can help him through. Will he and Big Shotty be able to ground the high-flying duo standing before them?
Teams sort out and Cody starts with Dante, despite Arn’s advice. They tie up, Cody headlocks and hits a takeover. Dante fights up as fans chant, “Cody Sucks!” Dante puts Cody on the ropes, lets off cleanly, and Cody cools off to tag in Johnson. Sydal tags in and now he circles with Johnson. They tie up, Sydal waistlocks, spins and headlocks to a takeover. Sydal floats to stand Johnson up for a snapmare, then again, and then a flying-mare! Johnson sits up into a KICK! Tag to Dante, he and Johnson circle as Arn coaches up Big Shotty. Johnson and Dante tie up, Dante waistlocks but Johnson headlocks.
Dante headlocks back, Johnson powers up and things speed up, Johnson runs Dante over. Things speed up again, Dante LEAPS over Johnson then kicks low. Dante whips but Johnson blocks and slips around to a back suplex. Dante lands on his feet and shoves Johnson to a corner, but Johnson goes up and over to handspring and run back in. Dante FLIPS up and over, then dodges a leg sweep with a handspring. The two stand off and get forehead to forehead. Cody and Sydal jump in to keep this from getting heated, but then Cody throws a forearm to Sydal! Sydal hits back, Dante and Johnson brawl, but Cody throws Sydal out as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cody runs and goes up and up to FLY! Sydal gets clear and Cody crashes! Sydal gets him back with a FLYING KNEE! Dante bumps Johnson off buckles, whips him to ropes but Johnson dodges to DIVE out onto Sydal! Cody and Johnson regroup but Dante runs in to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON! Dante wipes them both out and he’s all fired up! Sydal and Dante regroup and they get Johnson into the ring. The ref restores order and Dante drags Johnson over to tag Sydal. They double whip and leap frog to then double dropkick! Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps on Johnson with a facelock, then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!
Johnson endures being bent back but Sydal lets him down to DOUBLJE STOMP his back! Tag to Dante, he runs in to FLIPPING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dante keeps Johnson from Cody and bumps him hard off buckles. Tag to Sydal, they mug Johnson in the corner, then Sydal CHOPS! Sydal wrenches, reels Johnson in and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Sydal puts a half straitjacket on Johnson as AEW returns to single picture. Johnson fights up, throws body shots but Sydal half nelsons. Johnson fights free but Sydal elbows free. Sydla runs but into a dropkick! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Cody and Dante! Cody rallies, kick to Rhodes Uppercut! But Dante dropkicks!
Dante runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Cody gets Dante up, whips but Dante goes WAY up to RANA! Dante and Cody throw big haymakers and forearms, and Dante gets the edge! Dante whips but Cody blocks and ROCKS him with a kick! Cody DISASTER KICKS Sydal, then spins Dante around and hooks him up! DIN’S FIRE!! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives and Cody is shocked! Cody gets Dante up as fans rally and scoops. Sydal gets in, Dante slips off, Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Cody down! Johnson gets in but Sydal RANAS him back out! Dante goes up and leaps for a HUGE missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Sydal rallies the fans up as Dante gets back up. Dante goes to a corner and climbs, springboards and TRIANGLE QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Cody scrambles away, Dante runs in but is tossed out! Cody BOOTS Sydal down, Johnson brings him over to tag in! Sydal runs back in, Johnson dodges but Sydal SOBATS! Sydal facelocks but Johnson schoolboys to a SUPERKICK! Sydal bails out, Dante returns band rolls Johnson up, TWO!! Dante runs in, Johnson dodges to SUPERKICK! Fisherman for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Johnson and Cody win!
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson, by pinfall
The Nightmare Family wins as Johnson makes sure Cody doesn’t get in Cody’s own way. Tony Schiavone joins them in the ring to congratulate them on the big win. Fans boo but Cody says he knows the audience waited a long time for this show. Why wait? Where is Malakai Black!? Arn tells Cody to stop talking right now. July 7th, Malakai came into AEW and has systematically destroyed the family. This is Cody’s fight. Malakai destroyed Cody and Cody started taking off his boots. What the hell was that about? They didn’t talk that one through! Then in the rematch, Cody gets Malakai hurt but was worried more about Arn. Arn says to hell with worrying about him! It isn’t about Arn!
Arn tells Cody he should’ve finished the fight. Now here’s the difference that’s gonna keep him from going even an inch further. Malakai Black is an assassin, a predator, he will do anything to destroy the man he’s in the ring with. Just asks Lee! Or Arn’s son, Brock. Arn would take the fight but he’s just too damn old. But there are big differences between Arn and Cody is this. “You pull up to a red light, a man jerks your door open and says, ‘Outta the car, I’m taking your car.'” Cody would say, “Okay, take it. Just don’t hurt me.” Arn would pull out his Glock, put it on the man’s forehead and spill his brains on the concrete!
He’s ARN ANDERSON, and all that implies, so he’ll be damned if he’s gonna coach a loser! C’mon, Lee, at least you listen to him. The Coach is leaving Cody behind until Cody gets his guts back. What must the American Nightmare do to keep his life from becoming a nightmare?
Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Greene & Bear Country!
The violent and unpredictable crew is sticking together for another wild night! Will the Maniac, the Mad King and the Relentless One be ready for a throwback with #RetroAG and the Bear Country boys, Boulder & Bronson?
Teams don’t even sort out because Mox goes right after Boulder! Kingston gets at Bronson so Darby and Greene stare down as those animals spill out of the ring. Greene fires up, but then offers Darby a handshake. Darby takes it, to WRING Greene out! Darby rolls, Magistrol, ONE! Greene gets up but Darby headlocks. Greene powers out but Darby runs him over. Things speed up, Darby arm-drags Greene and clamps onto the arm. Fans rally as Darby wrenches and wristlocks then tags in Kingston. Kingston CLUBS Greene’s arm, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kingston KNEES low, whips again and then kitchen sink knees Greene down.
Tag to Moxley but Greene gets away! Boulder tags in and the brawling continues! Moxley dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Moxley runs but Boulder rams shoulders. Neither falls so Moxley goes again but Boulder rams him again. So Mox CHOPS Boulder! Moxley runs but leaps into Boulder’s arms! Bronson tags in, Boulder POWERSLAMS and Bronson BACK SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Bronson tags Boulder back in and Boulder DECKS Kingston! Bronson goes up, Boulder gives him an Electric Chair Lift, but Kingston returns to dropkick Boulder’s legs out! Bronson falls and staggers up but he ducks the uraken to back suplex, only for Kingston block.
Kingston switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson away! Bronson gets folded but Boulder clamps onto Kingston! Moxley waistlocks Boulder and gets him up but Boulder elbows him away. Boulder runs at Moxley but Moxley dodges! Greene tags in before the SNAP GERMAN! Greene lurks, but Darby sees the Bears and SUPER COFFIN DROPS! Greene SUPERKICKS Moxley, blocks Kingston’s kick to KNEE him back, and then goes up top fast! Greene does a pray, tightropes and CROSSBODIES! But he bounces off the maniacs! VIOLENT CROWN!! Cover, the wild things win!
Winners: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin, by pinfall
Kingston makes sure that though they won, this moment is about Brodie Lee by borrowing a fan’s Brodie Lee sign. Sting gets to do the honors by giving Greene a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Will these violent icons continue to roll on into the Fall?
AEW hears from Ruby Soho and Britt Baker.
The Runaway says, “I had 20 thousand people. They were there with me that night. I have never felt like I had so many people in my corner.” The Doctor says that Ruby may have had 20 thousand singing a song, but that’s all. Britt proved again why she is the most dominant woman in pro-wrestling. Ruby knows she can’t just jump back to the front of the line so there’s work to do. Britt says, “Back of the line, babe.” Ruby Nono should know what it’s like to hit rock bottom. Ruby promises the next time she and Britt meet, Britt will learn the consequences of taking something from Ruby she’s wanted long before she ever even got here.
16 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order VS The Hardy Family Office!
Talk about a MASSIVE match! Rare you see anything get even past 10, but we have an EIGHT VS EIGHT right here in Rochester! Freshly Squeezed stands alongside the men Brodie Lee brought out from the shadows and into the light, and they’re ready to bust up Big Money Matt’s conglomerate! But before the match, Hardy has the mic. “A year and a half ago, I was supposed to make my debut, right here in Rochester, New York! But fortunately, that was DELETED, because this place didn’t deserve Matt Hardy’s debut!” Hardy says Rochester is an awful town, and it only produces awful people, and doesn’t deserve a legend like him!
But Cassidy’s entrance interrupts! He’ll be facing Jack Evans in a Hair VS Hair match for Rampage, but he clearly doesn’t mind a quick tune-up. Preston Vance has a new Deathstroke inspired mask as he stands with all of the Dark Order, including Negative One! Is this the moment all seven stars align and win not just as a faction, but as a family?
The teams sort out and Butcher starts with Alex Reynolds, but then Evil Uno tags himself in. That doesn’t sit well already but then Alan Angels, also in a new mask, tags himself in. There’s already arguing but Angels throws off the mask to shove Uno! Butcher and Blade take advantage of the dysfunction and attack all three! Butcher shoves Angels to the corner, hauls him up and suplexes, then Blade adds a CROSSBODY! Cover, Vance breaks it! Blade drags Angels over, Marq Quen tags in and they mug Angels. Tag to Kassidy, Private Party mugs Angels and whips him corner to corner to then bring him back for a BOOT! FLAPJACK BULLDOG!
Kassidy SLAPS Angels down to cover, TWO! Angels hurries and tags in Cassidy, the one man not part of the drama. Private Party runs in but Cassidy dodges them both to double dropkick! And kip up! He fires off those “vicious” kicks but then Jack Evans attacks from behind! Cabana gets in and now everyone joins in! AEW goes picture in picture as it’s a chaotic brawl!
The HFO starts to take control as they throw Dark Order members out, and then Kassidy is cocky as he gets Cassidy up. Kassidy suplexes, covers, TWO! Kassidy drags Cassidy up to suplex again! Cover, TWO! Kassidy tags in Johl and they mug Cassidy. Jora Johl suplexes, holds Cassidy up for a counter of 10, then tags in Quen before the SLAM! Quen slingshots for the senton, then taunts The Dark Order. Quen stomps Cassidy, stands on him, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party whip but Cassidy reverses! Quen goes out, Kassidy whips Cassidy but runs into a boot. Cassidy sends Kassidy out but SILLY STRING FLOPS! Cassidy steps over Kassidy to lukewarm tag Stu Grayson!
Player 2 rallies on Private Party! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Kassidy! BOOTS for the mercs and haymakers for the Hybrid2! Blade gets in, Stu dodges to CLOBBER him! Stu whips, Blade reverses and Hardy dumps him out! The HFO mugs Stu but Uno goes right at Blade! The ref keeps him back, Stu is put in and Blade drags him up to tag in Johl. They mug Stu, tag to Angelico and he throws JABS and KICKS! Tag to Butcher, he mugs Stu and then tags Angelico back in. Tag to Evans, TH2 bring Stu around but he fights them off! AEW returns to single picture as TH2 mugs Stu again, then they DECK members of the Dark Order! Stu dodges TH2 to DOUBLE PELE!
Hot tag to Reynolds! Number 3 rallies on the TH2! Dropkick and handspring, but Evans kicks low. Evans runs but Uno moves Reynolds aside to BOOT Evans down! Uno and Reynolds look to each other, Angelico runs in but they both kick and whip. Angelico breaks up the double back drop with a kick to Uno, then he throws Reynolds into Uno! Uno falls out of the ring, Reynolds BOOTS Angelico away! Evans waistlocks but Reynolds breaks free! Pop-up KNEE! Cassidy tags in, he goes up and FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives but now Uno and Reynolds argue! Uno couldn’t tell Angelico shoved Reynolds into him!? Uno storms off, Stu hurries after.
Cassidy aims at Evans, but Evans turns Orange Punch into Backslide Bridge! Angels breaks it and all hell breaks loose again! The ref shouts for order, Cabana also tries to get Uno to realize what happened, but Negative One brings in special reinforcements: Anna Jay, Tay Conti and MAMA ONE, Amanda Huber! Negative One throws the papers at Uno!! And Amanda shouts at the boys to squash this beef because this is for Brodie! Fans are thunderous and Uno realizes he’s been in the wrong! Uno, Stu and Cabana run back in to join the fray!! The Dark Order clears the ring now, and Rochester is loving this!
Stu FLIES out onto Hardy and Quen! Angels and Cabana coordinate, ASAI MOONSAULTS IN STEREO!! Down go Angelico and Butcher on one side, Jora Johl on the other! Vance and Reynolds team up, UNLUCKY 13! The Powerbomb Moonsault takes out The Blade! Kassidy returns and Vance SPEARS him off the apron onto Hardy, Quen and the Butcher! This brings things back to just Cassidy and Evans! Hot tag to Johl, he runs in at Cassidy, but John Silver tags in to GAMANGIRI Johl! Number 4 CANNONBALLS onto Blade, EuroUppers Butcher, steps on Angelico, and Cabana gives him the go-ahead to BOOT Evans and CLOBBER Private Party!!
Silver is up top, fans are ELECTRIC, and Johl stands up. Silver leaps but Johl gets under, only to run into a TEN OUTTA TEN SPINEBUSTER! Hardy gets up to get an ORANGE PUNCH! Vance hauls Johl up, and feeds him to the BEAVER BOY BLITZ!! Uno and Stu get in on this one, #FINISHHIM! FATALITY!! Silver covers, the Dark Order and Orange Cassidy win!!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order, by pinfall
Finally, all the internal strife is put aside with big handshakes and even bigger hugs! Amanda, Tay and Jay join in, and Negative One is hoisted up onto Vance’s shoulders. Reconciliation on a Wednesday night, you know what that means! Will the Dark Order finally be running on all cylinders towards the top of AEW?
AEW hears from Lio Rush.
“Tony K’s been hitting me up for weeks saying that he wants me to be All Elite. Well here I am. You know me. The Man of the Hour, Lio Rush. But you can also call me LBO Lio, because I’m a businessman.” But what is an LBO? It stands for “Leverage Buy Out.” Lio borrows money against companies that need a little guidance. Lio’s the capital, he runs the ship, he makes profit for himself and for the companies, then uses that profit to pay off loans and make sure he and his are straight. That’s true success and wealth. Lio has the keys, it just takes some risk, Rush, repeat. Lio promises it’ll work here, because he’s done it before. Will this investment have big returns for both Lio and AEW?
Dax Harwood says his daddy always told him, “Son, excuses are just crutches for the week and the untalented. You ain’t weak and you ain’t untalented.” Daddy Harwood was right, but this might be an excuse. FTR lost themselves on the fact Cash Wheeler almost lost his life, and FTR lost themselves on the fact they wanted to embarrass Darby & Sting. But tonight, with the greatest mind in tag team wrestling steering FTR’s ship, they are revitalized, rejuvenated and refocused. And that is very bad news for everyone else in AEW, but very good news for FTR and The Pinnacle. #TopGuys OUT.
Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year are in the ring.
He wants to hear from Chris Jericho and see what’s on his mind. But oh wait, Jorge Masvidal’s knee is in Jericho’s mind and now Jericho is at the plastic surgeon’s office, trying to get it removed. But if the fans could shut up and show respect to their elders for once, Lambert will give Jericho a compliment. Jericho’s had one of the greatest careers in this business. And the greatest was taking a floundering start-up promotion stuck in poor booking decisions and recruiting skinny acrobats, putting it on his shoulder, and injected it with rocket fuel to become the hottest promotion in decades.
But not withstanding the series of unfortunate events, the story has an even happier ending than “a Millennial’s night alone in their mom’s basement, if you know what I mean.” Judging from the look of the supposed men in this crowd, they know what he means. As fate would have it, Chris Jericho decided to come out and confront The Men of the Year, as well as American Top Team, “and it was that decision that brought his illustrious career to an end. We bashed his brains into scrambled eggs at Rampage. He will never wrestle again. There will be no more Fozzy records. His earning potential right now is that same as yours: ZERO.”
American Top Team chopped off the head of the AEW snake, made Tony Conman’s job a lot more difficult, and best of all, the junior jock riders that want to see the circus will never again swing on the balls of Jericho! Fans tell Lambert to STFU but he’s already done as Scorpio takes the mic. He tells the fans to shut up, and says about a year ago, he stood in the ring and looked right in the camera and asked, “Are you paying attention?” Scorpio was one of the first champions in AEW! He’s had one of the best winning percentages since DAY ONE. Not that long ago, he climbed the ladder, “grabbed the giant Sonic ring, and become the Face of the Revolution, and it still wasn’t good enough!”
Scorpio says one person who was paying attention was Dan Lambert. “He sees what you ignore! He sees Scorpio Sky as a main eventer! Just like Ethan Page!” Ethan says someone NOT paying attention are the idiots in the crowd! Because they look past guys like Ethan & Scorpio! They don’t see the Men of the Year as tough guys? Why? Just cuz they don’t throw up middle fingers? They don’t swear? They don’t paint their faces? They don’t wear faux leather? The fans think that all makes someone tough? Y’know what’s tough? Two black belts in martial arts! Never being pinned or submitted in AEW!
Ethan is overlooked by not having action figures, show posters or a part in the show intro! But Ethan isn’t going overlooked and neither is Scorpio! Ethan has the best smile in pro-wrestling, the tightest pecs in the game, dresses like a champ, talks like a champ and walks like a champ! And now, he rolls with champions! American Top Team, Men of the Year, they’re THE top team! Strong words but will they back it all up from here on out?
Hikaru Shida speaks.
“AEW Dynamite’s second anniversary. In these two years, many things have happened. Moving to America, the women’s tournament in Japan, and being the longest reigning champion in AEW.” But now, Shida is after another great honor: first woman to 50 wins!
Serena Deeb applauds Shida’s win-loss record, but that 50th win won’t mean anything if it isn’t against her, the Woman of 1000 Holds. Shida is excited to face one of the wrestlers she respects most, but Serena says that she invites Shida to the Deeb Dojo. Shida vows to walk out of AEW’s second anniversary the winner against the best technical wrestler in the world. Will the Full Metal Warrior get the big 5-0 as Dynamite turns 2?
Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford & The Bunny!
Two strong duos in the AEW Women’s Division are going to finally settle things, not just for Dark Order VS HFO but for themselves! Will #TayJay knockout the Superbad Girl and her even badder buddy? Or will the HFO at least get one winner’s purse for the week?
Teams don’t even sort out as Tay & Jay rush the ring. Ford & Bunny charge back but Tay & Jay avoid the haymakers to trip them up! Tay & Jay drag Ford & Bunny out, Tay ROCKS Ford with a right while Jay RAMS Bunny into steel steps! Tay snap suplexes Ford to the floor while Jay puts Bunny in the ring. The bell rings, Jay rains down fists on Bunny but Bunny shoves her away. Jay hits back then whips Bunny into the corner for a back elbow. Tag to Tay, they double whip Bunny and then double elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Conti grounds ‘n’ pounds but Ford kicks her down. Jay gets in, Ford ROCKS her with a right, but Conti spins Ford around for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi!
Tay whips Ford to an open corner, tags Jay, and fans fire up! Tay & Jay each run to a corner, HEEL KICK for Bunny and PUMP KICK for Ford! Tay & Jay switch to do it again, but Bunny dodges and Tay tumbles to the outside! Jay gets distracted but Ford hits a BACKSTABBER! Feed to Bunny’s HOTSHOT, then Bunny sets Jay on the corner. Forearm to Ford’s TRIANGLE KNEE DROP! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford drags Jay in to rain down forearms, then she drags Jay over to ropes. Ford chokes Jay, thrashes her around but lets off as the ref counts. Ford turns Jay around for a HOTSHOT! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Jay over and tags in Bunny. They mug Jay and Bunny CLAWS Jay’s back! Bunny taunts Conti and distracts the ref so Ford can choke Jay! Bunny then runs in to STOMP Jay down. The bad girls get away with that one as Bunny brings Jay up and around. Bunny whips Jay into the corner again, tags in Ford, then Ford bump Jay off buckles. Ford goes corner to corner to handspring back elbow! Ford goes side to side, Bunny tags in and Ford BOOTS Jay down!
Bunny runs in, SLIDING D! Cover, TWO! Bunny sighs but sits Jay up to KICK her in the back. Bunny wraps on a chinlock and grinds Jay down as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and both women are down! Bunny and Jay crawl, hot tags to Ford and Conti! Conti rallies with big clotheslines and fans fire up as she SUPERKICKS! Conti spins Ford, goes up and up and leaps to CROSSBODY! Conti drags Ford up, tags Jay and they double snap suplex! Cover, Bunny breaks it! Conti storms in but Bunny throws her out! Jay staggers up, Ford CLUBS her while Bunny CLUBS and KICKS Conti around. Jay swings on Ford but Ford dodges by going Matrix, and springs up to get a STUNNER! Ford fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives and Ford is frustrated but fans fire up.
Ford puts Jay in a drop zone, climbs up top, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Jay moves! Bunny rushes in but Conti drags her back out! Spin and TAY K O!! Jay gets Ford up and wrenches, DANGEROUS JAY KICK, to the QUEENSLAYER!! Ford drops down and fades out, #TayJay wins!!
Winners: Tay Conti & Anna Jay, by submission
Retribution and another celebration for the Dark Order in Brodie Lee Country! Will AEW soon #JoinDarkOrder in all the divisions?
AEW looks closer at the coming Women’s Triple Threat.
Mark Sterling says that AEW is finally giving #JadeBrand the challenge she’s been asking for. This Friday on Rampage, Thunder Rosa AND Nyla Rose get their asses beat! But Thunder Rosa reminds us that in a Triple Threat, anything goes. There are no disqualifications, so “you are in store for a major party, ladies!” But Nyla tells Jade and Rosa not to worry. Their pain will be her pleasure! Vickie Guerrero laughs but will she be crying when the Native Beast gets caught by another hungry alpha female?
MJF is here!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman, with Wardlow right behind him, heads to the ring and already has a mic. “Cut my music, cut my music.” He’s from upstate, these lowlifes should pipe down. He wants this company to be successful and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, so long as he is given what he deserves. MJF will get to that, but first, “we are on the precipice of something truly spectacular. This company keeps building more and more momentum, and whether I care to admit it or not, there are a handful of young men who have been here since the beginning who will keep pushing this company forward for the next couple of decades.”
Four men he thinks of exactly, like four pillars. Jungle Boy Jack Perry, MJF beat him. Sammy Guevara, MJF beat him. Darby Allin, blah blah blah whatever, and then the strongest pillar of all, the one who had the first match at All In, the first match in the history of AEW, and the youngest athlete to ever main event an AEW PPV. This pillar is a TWO-TIME Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion, the one who is better than you and you know it, MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN. MJF brings all of this up because without him, AEW ain’t s*it! He is the past, present and future of AEW, and that is why HE deserves to be AEW World Champion!!
PIPE DOWN, ROCHESTER! “Tony Khan, we’re real good friends, I love you. As a matter of fact, out of all the Khans in professional wrestling, you’re easily in my top two. However, if you don’t start giving me the opportunities I deserve, well I have other friends from back in the day…” Fans chant for “CM Punk! CM Punk!” and MJF is amused. But speaking of those friends, MJF could go back to MLW and call on BRUCE PRITCHARD. And Brucy’s on speed dial. But wait, here comes that third pillar, DARBY ALLIN! The Relentless One already got his workout in so he’s going to the ring to get in MJF’s face!
MJF wants everyone to hold on and says, “Well if it isn’t freaky deeky Darby! Listen up, buddy. As much as I love the whole school shooter, mime on a surfboard routine, not a huge fan of you interrupting me.” But MJF is sure as to why: Darby is jealous! But let MJF explain something to ol’ Darbarino, the Darbinator, “there is nothing wrong with being the second best guy.” Some of the best number two guys are incredible! Lou Gehrig, Scotty Pippin, and STING! Now MJF, he’s more like Wayne Gretzky, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. Darby asks if MJF is done talking. MJF keeps saying he’ll leave if he doesn’t get what he wants, so just GO! No one would care!
Darby says that he is AEW 4 Life until DEATH. How can MJF be the number one pillar when Darby’s been the one to win a title? Oh okay okay! Sick burn, Darb! But as much as MJF loves Darby’s Batman voice… MJF will back off because he does respect Darby for being straightedge. But do people know why Darby’s straightedge? Because when Darby was but a wee little pup, he’d decided to hop in the car with his drunken, sloppy, alcoholic uncle. And they went for a joyride, but they got into an accident. Darby’s uncle died that night, didn’t he? And that’s a travesty, but do you know why? Fans tell MJF he’s an A-Hole as MJF says “That night, the wrong man died!”
MJF eggs Darby on to hit him, but Darby instead keeps his cool and says no. He won’t hit MJF, because MJF will not break him. If MJF has anything else, now’s the time to keep talking. Darby dares MJF to keep talking. Oh, MJF isn’t gonna break Darby? Fine. They’re done. MJF goes out of the ring, Wardlow follows after. Darby just stares MJF down, but this fight has only just begun. Will Darby be the one to break MJF’s streak of singles victories?
Bryan Danielson has his Rampage opponent!
Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks steps up to his challenge! Will it be a one man Superkick Party? Or will Bryan prove that he’s got The Elite’s number?
The Dynamite Anniversary just got even bigger!
The Elite WILL face their hunters as it will be an 8 Man Tag! Adam Cole, the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega take on Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage and Jurassic Express! Will the American Dragon earn his way to that 1v1 rematch he wants with Omega? Or will the Cleaner clear him out of the way once and for all?
And on top of that, it is the return of the Casino Ladder Match! Who climbs up to bring down a golden opportunity for the AEW World Championship?
AEW hears from Sammy Guevara and Miro.
Sammy says, “I knew Fuego wanted to challenge Miro. I had no idea he was gonna put his f***ing car on the line.” Miro adds, “He kept coming back for more, betting his car, betting his wife, betting his apartment. Maybe he’s got a gambling problem, but that’s not my business.” Sammy knows Miro is over 6 feet, at least 250 pounds of all muscle and built like a Greek god. But friendship with Fuego aside, he’s been working for a title his whole career. Sammy used to do this in his backyard for nobody and nothing! His best friend may’ve lost the car, but Sammy can buy him a new one when they celebrate! That TNT Championship showdown is in the main event, after the break!
AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Sammy Guevara!
We just heard from both men but now we see who backs words with action! Will the Redeemer “forgive” the Spanish God through a baptism by fire? Or will Sammy disillusion Miro and take that title for his own?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and only one can reign on high!
Fans are fired up as Miro paces and Sammy watches him closely. Sammy rushes in but Miro avoids the flying knee with ease. They circle, Sammy tries again but Miro SWATS him out of the air! Miro drops an elbow, then stomps Sammy before dragging him up and knocking him back down! Miro hauls Sammy up in a dead lift suplex! Fans are torn as Miro swaggers about. Miro stomps Sammy’s legs, clubs him on the shoulders, then stands him up to CLUB him in the back! Sammy crawls, Miro stalks up and looms over him. Fans duel as Miro stands Sammy up and swings. Sammy counter punches, throws forearms, then runs, but into a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!!
Miro watches Sammy closely, brings him back up and takes the necklace up to choke Sammy! The ref counts, Miro lets off and the chain has broken. Miro takes the necklace, throws it away, then stands Sammy up to scoop. Sammy slips out, dodges and runs in to CROSSBODY himself and Miro out of the ring! Both men hit the floor and the ring count begins. Sammy POSTS Miro, CLUBS him, but Miro shoves him away. Miro runs in but is sent into steps! Sammy hurries to bump Miro off the steps, then he climbs up to SMACK Miro off them again! Sammy puts Miro in at 6 of 10, climbs up the corner and aims, SHOOTING STAR into Miro’s arms!!
Miro gets Sammy back up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly him away! Fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture!
Miro takes his time to gloat at the corners, but he doesn’t seem tog et a good enough reception. He finds the right one and stands up tall to soak up cheers and jeers. Miro then goes back to Sammy where he fell, drags him up and throws body shots and KICKS. Sammy falls over and Miro seems a bit disappointed. Miro goes out to walk around and cool off. Miro doesn’t want the fans to cheer, but Sammy goes out to CLOBBER him! Sammy POSTS Miro again, hobbles after him and CLUBS him, but Miro scoops Sammy to FALL AWAY SLAM! Sammy flounders and Miro storms over to stand on his head! The fans boo but Miro grinds his boot into Sammy’s face.
Miro drags Sammy back up, SLAPS him around, but Sammy fires forearms in return! Sammy CHOPS, forearms, repeat, but Miro POSTS him! Sammy flounders into the ring, Miro goes in to cover, TWO! Miro stalks Sammy, almost taunting him with his grin, and then wraps on a chinlock. Sammy endures as Miro squeezes tight and AEW returns to single picture. Fans rally up, Miro lets off to drive in elbow after elbow into Sammy’s shoulders, then he puts the chinlock back on. Miro grinds Sammy into the mat but fans still rally up behind him. Sammy fights back up and JAWBREAKERS free! Miro staggers but he whips Sammy to a corner.
Miro runs in but Sammy dodges and leaps, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro reaches up to the sky to gather up power, and he stands Sammy up to short arm LARIAT! Miro encourages fans to get louder as he stands Sammy up again. Short arm LARIAT! Sammy flounders around, fans want “One More Time!” Miro likes the sound of that and encourages them to get louder. Miro then stands Sammy up, runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Sammy fires up now and fans join him! Sammy aims and SUPERKICKS! Miro sits up but Sammy aims again, RUNNING KNEE! Sammy keeps Miro reeling, he runs in again but Miro gets around! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sammy lands on his feet!
Miro runs in at Sammy but Sammy dodges, Miro goes up and over then to the floor! Miro flounders up now, Sammy builds speed to FLY over the corner!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds! Sammy gets Miro up, puts him into the ring then hurries up top! But Miro gets up so Sammy leaps over! Sammy leaps in, into a SWINGING URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and frustrates Miro! “This is Awesome!” but Miro is upset. Miro storms around, aims from a corner and stomps the mat. Miro wants Sammy to stand, and Sammy slowly rises. BEST KICK misses and Sammy KNEES Miro in the corner! Sammy KNEES Miro again, then runs in to RAM Miro and GAMANGIRI!
Sammy goes up as Miro staggers. Sammy throws down hands but Miro throws them back! Miro climbs up to join Sammy, but Sammy fights back with body shots and forearms! Sammy headbutts Miro down, then leaps to FLYING CUTTER!! Sammy slashes the throat, torture racks but Miro is too big for Sammy! Miro shoves Sammy away to BEST KICK! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and Miro is furious! Miro shouts, “GAME! O-” But Sammy flops out of the ring! Miro takes his rage out on a corner turnbuckle pad! And then another in another corner! The ref reprimands but Miro keeps pulling the top buckles.
But here comes Fuego! Fuego won’t let Miro take anymore pads away, but Miro DECKS him! Sammy returns, KNEE! Miro staggers into a bare buckle!!Sammy then gets Miro for a TORNADO DDT!!! Fuego’s spirit is helping Sammy! TORTURE RACK TO GO TO HOSPITAL!! Sammy hurries up top! SAMMY 630!! Cover, SAMMY WINS!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Spanish God dethrones the false prophet! Brodie Lee would surely be proud of Sammy taking up the belt he loved so much! Negative One, Alan Angels, even Dante Martin, Capt. Shawn Dean, Matt Sydal and the rest of the Dark Order run out to celebrate with Sammy! Will this be a shining new era for AEW?
An awesome episode for AEW, especially with it being so much in honor of Jon Huber/Brodie Lee. As such, I really love that it was the moment The Dark Order got over their dysfunction as a faction in what was already a really exciting and fun 16 Man Tag. Also I think AEW just set the record for biggest tag match on number of participants. But I do wish we just went right into #TayJay VS Ford & Bunny. Yes, Men of the Year had a great promo to restate things they said from a Grand Slam backstage promo they had, but I do not need Dan Lambert making things gross with the tired cliché of being the bully saying nerds are in basements jackin’ it. We just needed Inner Circle VS Men of the Year, not an awful pro-wrestling VS MMA invasion crossover fusion.
Awesome stuff from Cole VS Jungle Boy to open, though. And we got more great stuff as the enemies of The Elite close in. Bryan VS Nick Jackson is going to be great for Rampage, the 8 Man at the Anniversary is going to be awesome, but somehow, someway, this has to lead to Omega VS Bryan at Full Gear. Lucha Brothers being called out by El Idolo and Jose was pretty good stuff, and I definitely like that we’re getting more AAA X AEW. Honestly, any AAA tag team could show up and it’s going to be a great match and great exposure for American audiences to AAA’s talent.
We got a great match out of Cody & Johnson VS Sydal & Dante, and I like that Johnson was the one taking charge at the end since Cody has to “get his head right.” I am really shocked that Arn went that far with his promo but hey, fans seemed into it. Cody’s got a crisis of confidence coming, but I feel like it should’ve been him getting mad at Arn and Johnson. Cody can bring up how hectic his life is being new father and EVP, among other things, so of course he’d struggle in the ring. It’d be understandable but also selfish, making for a good dynamic of Heel and Face for a Tweener Cody we haven’t seen in awhile. Also, it plugs Rhodes to the Top which is right up AEW’s alley.
Lio Rush delivered his promo well, but is he really going to be AEW’s stonks man like NXT has Cameron Grimes? Shida VS Deeb is going to be killer for the Anniversary, and I fully expect Shida to get her 50th for that night to make it very historic. FTR gave a good promo, in that it was mostly Dax giving that promo, but he really is a strong talker. I’m still sensing Santana & Ortiz will get in on the tag title scene first but FTR will still stay strong in some way to stay near the top five. We got a good promo from Ruby and Britt, much in the way Miro and Eddie Kingston had a promo to kinda cap off their feud. Ruby could feud with quite a few midcard women and stay strong in her own right.
MJF had another powerful promo, because for one, he definitely has a point about the AEW Four Pillars. Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin and MJF are definitely top choices in their generation and just about the entire roster or any roster. And MJF mentioning Darby, I had a feeling they would be up next for each other. But DAMN, they’re really letting MJF go after some personal territory. Moxley, Kingston & Darby had a really fun match with Greene & Bear Country but we’re definitely going to get some killer stuff out of MJF and Darby, maybe even Sting and Wardlow on the side. The feud with the Pinnacle could even bring Moxley and Kingston along so that they go after FTR in a real great bunch of scraps.
And of course, that TNT Championship match was awesome stuff. I figured Fuego would get involved somehow but I am genuinely surprised Sammy won tonight. I didn’t think Miro was going to lose until he’d cleared out a few more names, but what a night to make history when it comes to the title Brodie Lee helped pump up with his feud against Cody Rhodes. Of course there is “corporate synergy” forcing us to watch the Rhodes to the Top premiere, with Sammy Guevara’s celebratory promo happening during a commercial break for Cody’s reality show. Either way, this is definitely quite the great shocker, and I would love to see where they go for this towards Full Gear.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)
Happy Anniversary, AEW!
It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!
And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?
- Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!
The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?
Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!
Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!
But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…
Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!
Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)
Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?
AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.
After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.
The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.
Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.
Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”
Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”
Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”
Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.
And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”
Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.
“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!
Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?
AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.
The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!
The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?
The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!
Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!
Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!
Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!
Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!
Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.
Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!
Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!
They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!
Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!
Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!
Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!
Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!
Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!
Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!
The Hardy Boyz speak.
Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.
Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!
So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!
Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!
Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?
The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!
JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!
Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.
Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.
Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.
Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!
JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!
But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?
Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.
Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.
So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?
Schiavone is on stage.
This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.
Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!
AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.
A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.
Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!
The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”
In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.
Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!
Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.
Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!
Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!
Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?
The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!
Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!
Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!
But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.
Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.
Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!
Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)
Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?
A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.
Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.
Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.
Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.
The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.
Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/24/22)
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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