AEW goes into extra innings for Rampage!
If you thought Dynamite hit it outta the park, wait for Rampage to step up to bat! Will the AEW debut of the #SuperKliq be just as elite?
- CM Punk VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Punk wins.
- Six Man Tag: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express; Cole & The Bucks win.
- Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert; Men of the Year win.
- 8 Man Tag: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Hardy Family Office; Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers win.
- Anna Jay VS Penelope Ford; Ford wins.
- Lights Out Tag: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Moxley & Kingston win.
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CM Punk VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!
For the first time anywhere in seven YEARS, the Best in the World wrestles on television! But while he defeated the speedy and relentless Darby Allin at All Out, will Punk be pulverized by Team Taz’s personal titan?
Team Taz on commentary (Taz and Ricky Starks) are really excited to see what Hobbs will do to Punk. The bell rings and Punk dropkicks Hobbs right away! Hobbs hobbles as Punk KICKS his leg as they go along the ropes! Punk dropkicks the leg and Hobbs ends up in a corner. Punk fires off as the fans fire up for him, but Hobbs shoves him away. Hobbs gets to another corner but Punk is right after him again. Punk whips, Hobbs blocks, so Punk grinds Hobbs’ face on the ropes. Hobbs headbutts back and Punk falls against the ropes himself. Hobbs CLUBS Punk, fans boo but Hobbs whips Punk. Punk reverses and drop toeholds to then SNAP the deathlock!
Fans rally as Hobbs gets away and Punk keeps after the legs with KICKS! Punks clinches, wrenches, hooks Hobbs up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Punk flips off Hook since he’s ringside, too. Punk grins and he brings Hobbs up to a fireman’s carry! Hobbs fights and Hook gets on the apron! Punk rushes Hook but he gets away, and he turns around into Hobbs’ BODY CHECK! Cover, TWO! Hobbs rains down rights, fans boo but Hobbs and Team Taz soak up the heat. Hobbs sits Punk up to neck wrench then CLUB away on his chest! Hobbs grins as he paces, but Punk throws body shots and haymakers! Hobbs knees low, reels Punk in and whips him hard into buckles!
Punk falls but the fans rally up harder for him. Hobbs tells them to shut it then he whips Punk hard into more buckles. Hobbs drags Punk up again, ROCKS him with a right, but Punk manages to stay up for just a moment to get to ropes. Hobbs hauls Punk back up to suplex, but Punk slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Hobbs runs in and CLOBBERS Punk again! Taz says that’s “getting trucked,” and Hobbs is definitely a monster truck of a human being. Hobbs gets Punk up to CLUB him down, puts Punks on ropes, chokes him, but lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Not the cleanest but Hobbs snarls then grins as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hook and Hobbs chest bump for that one as Punk is still down. Hobbs drags Punk onto the apron to SLAM his chest into the edge! Punk sputters, Hobbs SLAMS him again! Hobbs then takes aim and ELBOWS Punk against the apron! Hobbs goes into the ring, argues with the ref but Hook gets his shot in on Punk! Hobbs is having fun now as he waits for Punk to stand. Hobbs scoops and SLAMS Punk, then steps on him! AEW returns to single picture as Hobbs gloats. Hobbs hauls Punk right up into a bearhug! Punk endures, fans rally up behind him, and Punk throws elbows to get free! But Hobbs just wraps on a bearhug from behind!
Hobbs squeezes tight, throws in some short headbutts, but Punk throws more elbows! Punk gets free, ROCKS Hobbs with a forearm, but Hobbs ROCKS Punk back! The hands keep flying, Punk gets the edge then sobats! Front kicks! Whip and calf kick! Hobbs is right up but he swings into a swinging NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Punk goes to a corner. Hobbs rises, Punk runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Then he reels Hobbs in for a clothesline! Punk thinks of what to do and fans fire up as he climbs the corner! Punk grins as he stands up, points to the sky, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives but Punk nods his respect.
Fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for Punk as he brings Hobbs up. Punk fireman’s carries for the GO- NO! SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs can’t believe Punk survives but he isn’t done with him, either! Hobbs hauls Punk back up, pump handles and lifts, but Punk slips out to a SLEEPER! Punk is a backpack and Hobbs fades! Hobbs fights back up, back suplexes high and hard! Hook applauds but fans rally back up for Punk. Hobbs stands first, he brings Punk up and scoops, to RAM him into buckles! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives again and Hobbs thinks of what he has to do to finish it.
Hobbs goes to a corner! He mocks the go to sleep hands, but Punk throws hands! Punk climbs up to get Hobbs for a SUPER- NO! Hobbs blocks the Steiner to get Punk up, but Punk SUPER STEINERS after all! Hobbs lands bad, Punk covers, TWO!! Punk wants the arm but Hobbs fights it! Hobbs ends up in a Triangle Hold but he dead lifts Punk for the POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and NYC fires back up! Hobbs gets mad, he hauls Punk back up, and he ROCKS Punk with a right! Hobbs taunts Punk but Punk hits back! They forearm back and forth, and Punk gets the edge again. ROUNDHOUSE! Hobbs falls against ropes and Punk fires up!!
Hook gets up, Punk goes after him! Hobbs runs in but Punk sends him into Hook!! Fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
Punk manages to smile through the pain because he came out the winner! Punk pats Hobbs on the shoulder to show he respects the powerhouse, but Taz says they’ll just go back to the drawing board. Will Taz have an idea how to stop The Best in the World?
AEW looks at the growing animosity in the women’s division.
Thunder Rosa says she has “two of the biggest senoritas here in AEW trying to get a piece of me.” But she’s not afraid of Nyla Rose OR Jade Cargill. Rosa does on her own, fights her own battles, she is Thunder Freakin’ Rosa and she fights like a dog! Jade says she will give the fans what they want. But Nyla was the one who betrayed her in that Casino Battle Royale, from behind! This is way more personal than business. Nyla tells everyone that they know where to find her. Pull up if you want, she’ll put you down! Who proves themselves the fiercest in AEW on the road to the title?
Six Man Tag: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express!
The #SuperKliq is reunited and it feels so good! But will they be feeling even better when they take on Captain Charisma, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus in their first AEW match together?
Rampage returns and Christian makes his entrance. Jurassic Express follows and Arthur Ashe Stadium sing along and swing along with Tarzan Boy. The trios sort out and Christian starts with Cole. They circle, the fans are fired up, but then Cole tags out to Matt. Fans boo but Christian shrugs it off. He and Matt tie up, Christian waistlocks and drags Matt to the mat. Christian does push-ups on Matt’s back but Matt gets up in a huff. Matt pie faces but Christian ROCKS him with an uppercut! Matt gets pointers from Nick and Cole, Matt and Christian tie up with knuckle locks. Matt kicks low, clubs and hammers away on Christian’s back, then throws off his shirt to ROCK him!
Matt swivels the hips, whips Christian corner to corner but misses in the corner to get CHOPS! Christian climbs up, rains down fists, and fans count along as he goes way past 10 to get 15! Christian puts Matt on ropes and stands on him to choke! Slingshot and uppercut! Matt flounders, Christian goes up and hits a flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Tag to JB and they double whip for a double hip toss! Nick runs in, he gets a FLAPJACK! JB adds a basement BOOT! Cole gets in, but then he bails out when JB shows punch. JB goes back to Matt but Matt throat chops! Tag to Nick, he goes up and drops ax handles on JB’s arm. Tag to Matt, he goes up and jumps but into JB’s kick!
JB uses Matt to get up and around, he knuckle locks Nick then kicks matt. JB has both Bucks in knuckle locks, then goes up the ropes to rebound and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as JB kips up and stares down Cole! The Bucks regroup on the outside, Cole eggs JB on but then hops down. JB chases after Cole, but he runs into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Luchasaurus and Christian storm over to brawl with the Super Kliq! Matt and Cole double whip Christian into a post! Luchasaurus choke grips Nick and brings him up, but Nick lands on the apron! But then Luchasaurus kicks Nick’s legs out and he hits the apron!
Matt rushes over but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Cole runs into a haymaker, too, but Nick BOOTS Luchasaurus from the apron! Quebrada, but Luchasaurus dodges! Luchasaurus choke grips but Matt WRECKS him with a dropkick from the inside! Cole puts JB in while Cutler sprays down the Bucks, then Matt tags Cole in. Cole tags in Nick, he gets JB up in a Camel Clutch, the Bucks both run and build speed, and build speed, and then stop to kiss Cole on the cheeks. Fans love the brotherly love before the Bucks double handspring basement dropkick! The fans are fired up for the Super Kliq as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Matt tags Nick in. They have JB alone, but they both DECK Christian and Luchasaurus off the apron! Matt whips Nick in but JB BOOTS! JB goes up and over Matt, Nick sunset flips and sends JB at Matt. Matt has JB but JB boots Nick! JB standing switches to whip Matt into JB! JB elbows Cole, rolls under the Bucks and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on the Bucks with big shoulders and a BOOT for Cole, too! Luchasaurus throws hands, DECKS Nick then pops Matt up for a FLAPJACK! Cole runs in to get a back drop! The Bucks regroup but get DOUBLE LARIATS! NYC is thunderous for the man-dinosaur as he choke grips the Bucks!
Cole gets in to BOOT Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus staggers but he handsprings under the double superkicks! And he goes Matrix to avoid Cole’s boot! Luchasaurus kips up to TAIL WHIP and gets Nick! Cole ducks to avoid the ROUNDHOUSE so it gets Matt! Luchasaurus choke grips Cole and also Matt, CHOKE SLAM INVERTED DDT COMBO! Nick goes up but Luchasaurus gets him for a SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Cover but Matt breaks it! Christian gets in to go after Matt and they go outside the ring. Luchasaurus signals to JB and tags him in. Cole shoves JB away to save Nick from Thorasic Express, and they both SUPERKICK Luchasaurus!
Christian gets in to give Cole a REVERSE DDT! Christian blocks a superkick to hook Nick up but no Killswitch! SUPERKICK! JB gets in, Matt feints the kick to DDT instead! The Bucks regroup and Matt tags in. Nick PENALTY KICKS Luchasaurus, Matt fireman’s carries JB. Nick goes up, JB slips off t shove Matt into the corner! JB goes up Matt to SUPER STEINER Nick then GERMAN SUPLEX Matt! DIVING HEADBUTT from Christian outta nowhere! JB covers, TWO!! Matt survives and fans are thunderous! JB gets the leg, SNARE TRAP STF!! Matt is caught, but Gallows gets on the apron to distract! JB lets off Matt to swipe at Gallows but then Matt gets up.
JB rushes in, Matt sidesteps to then SUPERKICK! JB still rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again. A standing count starts but both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Luchasaurus and Cole! The throw fast hands, Nick and Christian brawl in a corner! Matt and JB return to brawl in the other corner! Cole stops the choke grip but gets a HEADBUTT! ENZIGURI all the same, but they BOTH BOOT! Nick throws Christian to the ramp side but JB clotheslines Nick out. JB sends Matt out to join him, JB FLIES to take out Matt but Nick SUPERKICKS JB! Christian SPEARS Nick down the ramp! Christian gets Nick up but Matt LOW BLOWS!!
Matt throws Christian OFF the stage and he hits wall on the way down! The Bucks get JB up and bring him over to TOSS him off, too! In the ring, Cole grins as he has Luchasaurus all alone, but Luchasaurus sits up like the Deadman! Cole kicks but Luchasaurus blocks to choke grip. Cole slips out of the slam to 52 Fake Out! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus is still in this but Cole SUPERKICKS him! And then goes to a corner! Cole climbs up, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Bucks add on the B T E TRIGGER!! Then they set up for the BOOM SHOT! Cover, Super Kliq wins!!
Winners: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks, by pinfall
That is why they’re All Elite! JB crawls his way back to Luchasaurus and Cole says something to him as they stare down. Will Cole drop the boom on Jungle Boy Jack Perry soon enough?
Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert!
Le Champion & Rock Hard Hager aren’t ones for all the toxic, cringey trash talk American Top Team’s manager is spewing, let alone the fake tough guy egos from All Ego & The Closer. Will egos be deflated and bodies broken when the Inner Circle bring the fight to the “Boys of the Week” in NYC?
Arthur Ashe Stadium sings Judas for Jericho as the teams sort out. Jericho starts with Scorpio and fans fire up. Jericho soaks it all in before he ties up with Scorpio. Scorpio arm-drags then gloats while Ethan applauds. Jericho CHOPS Scorpio in return! And again, and again! Jericho whips and CLOBBERS Scorpio then gets Scorpio back up for a back suplex! Jericho flips off Ethan for good measure, too. Jericho brings Scorpio around to whip him into a corner and clotheslines. Fans count as Jericho gives more clotheslines up close. Jericho gets all 10, Scorpio falls over, and Jericho brings him over to the corner. Tag to Hager and they double whip Scorpio for a double shoulder tackle!
Hager brings Scorpio up but gets a jawbreaker! Tag to Ethan and he runs, into a BIG hip toss! Hager gets Ethan up, throws hands in the corner then lets off. Jericho chokes Ethan while the ref is busy with Hager, then Hager comes back to Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Hager keeps on Ethan with chicken wings and tags in Jericho. They throw hands on Ethan, Jericho CHOPS and whips but Ethan reverses. Jericho kicks Ethan away, spins him around but Ethan slips free to ROUNDHOUSE Jericho down! Ethan rains down rights then soaks up the heat from NYC. Jericho gets to ropes, Ethan chokes him on the ropes, then lets off so Lambert can get a cheap shot in as AEW goes picture in picture!
Ethan argues with the ref, Hager protests about the cheating but Ethan bumps Jericho off buckles. Tag to Scorpio, the Men of the Year mug Jericho then Scorpio fires off fast hands. The ref has him back off, Ethan stands Jericho back up and Scorpio comes back with more haymakers. Scorpio brings Jericho to a neutral corner, hoists him up top then throws more hands. Scorpio backs up to get a running start into a big haymaker! Scorpio climbs up to join Jericho, but Jericho resists the superplex! Jericho throws body shots, shoves Scorpio down then adjusts to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Scorpio CLUBS Jericho down then scrapes his soles on Jericho’s face.
Scorpio drags Jericho over, Ethan tags in, and they mug Jericho. Ethan CLUBS Jericho, ROCKS him with a right, then fish hooks Jericho’s face! The ref counts, Ethan lets off but he tags in Scorpio. The Men of the Year mug Jericho, Scorpio pie faces and whips to get Jericho for a SLEEPER! Jericho fights up to back suplex Scorpio down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hager and Ethan! Hager dodges Ethan to DECK Scorpio, then he dodges Ethan again to come back for a corner clothesline! Hager then goes side to side, BIG forearm smash, to a POWERSLAM! Hager is fired up and NYC fires up for him. Hager runs to LARIAT Ethan down! Cover, TWO!
Hager paces around, brings Ethan up and whips him to ropes, but Ethan holds ropes. Ethan puts Hager on the apron, but Hager ROCKS him with a right! But Scorpio trips Hager up! Lambert chuckles as Hager staggers, and Ethan LEAPS for a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Direct hit as AEW returns to single picture! Both men are down on the outside but Ethan gets up to put Hager into the ring. Tag to Scorpio, they mug Hager, then Scorpio stretches Hager back in a chinlock. Fans rally, Hager fights up and RAMS Scorpio into buckles. Hager is free but Scorpio CHOP BLOCKS him before he can reach Jericho!
Scorpio brings Hager over, tags Ethan and they mug Hager again. Ethan CLUBS and kicks and whips but Hager stops himself to come back. They collide heads but Hager comes back to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans rally up again as Hager and Ethan crawl. Hot tags to Scorpio and Jericho! Le Champion rallies with big shoulders, then he triangle jump dropkicks Ethan away! Scorpio puts Jericho outside but Jericho goes up fast to FLYING AX HANDLE! Jericho fires up and NYC joins him as he CHOPS Scorpio! Jericho whips, Scorpio reverses but Jericho holds ropes to avoid the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Jericho tags in Hager.
Hager TOSSES Scorpio across the way, then goes to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Scorpio survives again but Hager whips him to ropes. Pop-up for the FLAPJACK, then the ANKLE LOCK! Scorpio endures, Ethan gets in but Jericho tackles him! WALLS OF JERICHO as the quick hour transition happens, and Lambert is freaking out about Jericho having Ethan when they’re not legal! Jericho can’t hold Ethan as he crawls out of the ring, and then Hager takes a swing on Lambert! Scorpio rolls Hager up, TWO!! Ethan DECKS Jericho, Hager gives Scorpio an URENAGE! Cover, Ethan breaks it! Jericho clotheslines Ethan out then PLANCHAS!
Hager gets up, has Scorpio for a whip and catches the crossbody for a SLAM! Hager runs to BOOT Scorpio down! Hager runs but Lambert trips him up! Scorpio gets an inside cradle from in, Men of the Year win!!
Winners: Men of the Year, by pinfall
Lambert is soaking up all the heat because it’s what he wants, but Ethan & Scorpio get CLOBBERED by Hager! Lambert is still running his stupid fat mouth but then he sees Ethan being thrown out right next to him! Jericho and Hager drag Lambert into the ring! Lambert begs for mercy, but Junior Dos Santos emerges from the shadows! Not to mention Austin Vanderford and even Paige VanZant! And now Andrei Arlovski and Dalton Rosta! American Top Team is coming to save their obnoxious leader, and Hager lets Lambert go when he sees Jorge Masvidal entering the arena! The Men of the Year have courage again and they say GET ‘EM!
Jericho and Jericho brawl with Arlovski and Dos Santos, but Rosta jumps in to SPINEBUSTER Hager down! Vanderford goes after Jericho, VanZant talks some trash, and Masvidal just enjoys watching what his friends are doing. Lambert coordinates traffic, Men of the Year sit Jericho up, and VanZant gets to load up and box away on Jericho’s gut! Masvidal gets to top it off with a RUNNING KNEE! Lambert raises Scorpio’s hand in victory as American Top Team and Men of the Year leave the Inner Circle’s hardest hitters down and out! Will the rest of Jericho’s crew have something to say about this?
8 Man Tag: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Hardy Family Office!
While the Proud ‘n’ the Powerful are rivals to Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M, as well as hungry for those AEW World Tag Team Championships, they won’t stand for Big Money Matt’s many minions doing what they want in their city! Will Santana, Ortiz and #CeroMiedo put some fear in the hearts of Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade?
The eight men stare down in the ring, no teams sort out so the bell rings and it is a brawl! Fenix has Blade, Ortiz has Marq Quen, Santana’s after Isiah Kassidy and Penta as Butcher all in a line! Fenix whips Blade out, Penta does the same to Butcher, but Private Party reverses PNP. Quen & Kassidy run but into SUPERKICKS from the Lucha Bros! Lucha Bros whips Private Party to Santana & Ortiz, and they TOSS them out to join Butcher & Blade! Fans fire up as Santana and Fenix each take a corner. Penta and Ortiz build speed, we get QUADRUPLE AERIAL ATTACKS!! Hardy is astonished as Fenix puts Blade in, he and Santana coordinate, UNO DOS TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Penta and Ortiz work together, wheelbarrow SPLASH combo a la the Lucha Bros! Penta covers, Butcher breaks it! There’s more brawling as Kassidy goes after Ortiz, but Quen and Butcher knock Fenix and Santana off the apron! Butcher and Blade stomp Penta, Private Party gangs up on Ortiz for the ASSISTED ROLLING DDT! Penta fights back against the mercenaries, a BOOT for Blade and a tag to Fenix! Fenix springboards over Butcher, he JABS Blade to SUPERKICK Butcher! But Blade catches the somersault to suplex him to Butcher! The mercs can’t Drag The Lake as Blade has to go after Penta! Butcher still POWERBOMBS Fenix all the same!
Fans rally up as Hardy has his scissors! He wants to cut Ortiz’s hair! But here comes ORANGE CASSIDY! Jack Evans rushes to intercept but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Cassidy leaves as fans are thunderous for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Blade whips Fenix and CHOPS him in the corner, the match rages on as AEW goes to break!
Rampage returns and Fenix hot tags to Santana! Ortiz gives him an assist with the schoolboy into the CUTTER on Blade! Santana feeds Blade to Ortiz’s FLYING CODE BREAKER! Santana SUPERKICK to TU LO SABE! Ortiz intercepts Quen to whip him, pop-up but Quen uses that to RANA Santana into Ortiz! Quen keeps moving to FOSBURY FLOP out onto Ortiz! Santana BOOTS Kassidy and whips him, then runs in into a BOOT! Kassidy goes up for a FLYING STUNNER! Penta gets in but Kassidy dodges. Penta pops Kassidy up on the corner to SUPERKICK him down! Torture rack and BACKBREAKER DROP! Fans fire up with Penta and he SUPERKICKS Butcher!
Penta runs to KICK Butcher’s leg! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta whips, Butcher reverses and then dodges to BODY CHECK Penta down! But Fenix springboards in, into a choke grip! Butcher whips, Fenix tiger feint rewinds to the HEEL KCIK! Blade gets in to get a forearm, but he dodges Fenix’s footwork in the ropes, to BOOT him! Blade whips, Fenix reverses but Blade comes back, LARIAT! Both men are down in the ring and fans fire up again. Santana gets in, fans are thunderous as he gets Blade up. Blade knees low, scoops and SLAMS then tags in Quen. Quen is up top, but Ortiz trips Blade! SHOOTING STAR, but Quen has to land on his feet as Santana dodges! SLINGBLADE from Penta!
Penta gets Quen up, Fenix coordinates with him, L B DRIVER!! Ortiz keeps it going, he and Santana give Quen the STREET SWEEPER!! Cover, PNP & LB win!!
Winners: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
The HFO tried and failed, they were the ones to pay! But with the dance card still open, will Santana & Ortiz find their way up the ranks to challenge Fenix & Penta for the gold?
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy and Jack Evans.
Tony Schiavone notes it was a rough night out there, and Hardy had to drag Evans to the back before it was even over. Yes, it was a tough night to start. But the HFO’s night isn’t over, because The Bunny’s new best friend, Penelope Ford, will end Anna Jay’s triumphant return! And what’s really upsetting Hardy is Cassidy! Every time Hardy goes to cut someone’s hair, Cassidy sticks his nose in Hardy’s business! If Cassidy has the guts, he’ll accept Hardy’s challenge! Hair VS Hair, Orange Cassidy VS… JACK EVANS! What?! That wasn’t the deal! Jack, you’re going to face Cassidy, and you better win! Has Hardy’s mouth written a check Evan’s hair can’t cash?
Sammy Guevara and Fuego Del Sol are here!
And the Spanish God has his cue cards! Feugo helps show them off for this silent promo. “Queens, New York City! It’s time for the Spanish God to become-” OH NO! Miro attacks from behind! He DECKS Sammy and KNEES Fuego down! Taz and Starks love this, but Sammy saves Fuego from Miro’s wrath! Miro shoves Sammy into the stage frame and then CLOBBERS Sammy! But Fuego jumps on as a SLEEPER! Miro THROWS Fuego off hard, then has wild eyes as he eyes the edge of the stage. Miro TOSSES Fuego off!! Fuego crashes through spare tables down below! Fans lose their minds, Starks is excited, and Miro drags Sammy over to put him in GAME OVER!!
Sammy doesn’t tap but Miro shoves him down. Miro takes the cue card that reads, “The NEXT TNT Champion!” and tears it in half! Will Miro do that to Sammy’s body and spirit when they battle for Miro’s prized possession?
Andrade El Idolo speaks.
“I am in AEW to fight. I am smart enough to know when I need help. When I beat Pac, I didn’t need help.” His assistant, Jose, knows better than to interrupt Andrade’s matches, because he’ll end up like Chavo. What Chavo did was unacceptable. Andrade won but he has honor in his matches. So he’ll beat Pac again, and there won’t be any excuses this time. Will the Bastard turn things around on the self-proclaimed Face of Latinos in the coming rematch?
Anna Jay VS Penelope Ford!
Number 99 has been a bit busy with both keeping the Dark Order in line and dealing with both Ford and The Bunny going after her and Tay Conti. But there are no friends allowed ringside for this one, it’ll be a true 1v1! Will the Queenslayer slay the Superbad Girl?
Wait, before Ford even gets to the ring, Jay runs back up the ramp to ROCK her with a forearm! Jay then throws Ford down the ramp and into the ring! Jay gets in, the bell rings, Ford hurries to take her jacket off, and she starts firing off haymakers back on Jay! The jacket kinda gets involved there, Ford throws it aside to fire off forearms. Ford whips, Jay holds ropes and then dumps Ford out! Jay goes out to get Ford up and whips her into the POST! Ford flounders, Jay dares her to get up, and then she RAMS Ford into the apron! Jay puts Ford in, fans rally up behind her as she runs in and back elbows Ford!
Jay whips Ford corner to corner, runs in and back elbows again! Jay keeps moving and she elbows Ford down! Jay gets Ford up, wrench to DANGEROUS JAY HEEL KICK! QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Ford flails, pries at the hold but here comes The Bunny! Jay dares her to do something but Bunny just waves. Ford blindsides Jay, hangs her out to dry and runs side to side to BOOT Jay down! Ford mocks the fans booing and then drags Jay back in to choke her on the ropes. Ford dares fans to boo but she lets off as the ref counts. Bunny talks trash right in Jay’s face as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Jay is forehead to forehead with Ford as they talk trash on each other. Ford shoves but Jay shoves back. Ford SLAPS, Jay SLAPS back! Jay gets around and wants the QUEENSLAYER again! Ford RAMS Jay into buckles but Jay holds on so Ford RAMS her in again! Ford gets free the third time, Bunny shrieks to distract, but that’s to slip Ford the knuckles! BRASS KNUCKLE SHOT!! Cover, Ford wins!!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Superbad is even worse when it has a best friend! As such, Ford and Bunny mug Jay with stomps and hammering hands. But here comes Tay Conti! She rushes down the ramp and dodges Bunny to elbow her down! She tackles Ford and rains down fists, but Bunny hits Conti back! Bunny stomps Conti and Ford gets those knuckles out again! Bunny sits Conti up and Ford DECKS her! The HFO returns to be security for these girls because here come the Best Friends! Orange Cassidy, Kris Statlander, but not just them! The DARK ORDER’s Silver, Reynolds, Angels & Vance are here, too! Even Colt Cabana, Stu Grayson & Evil Uno! They ALL storm the ring and the HFO runs for it!
Jay & Tay are surprised to see the Dark Order united again, but that’s because deep down, friendship matters more than their petty squabbles. Reynolds offers a handshake, but Uno gets sheepish and decides to leave. Stu goes with Uno and Cabana finds himself stuck in the middle. Is there still something deep down that needs mending?
AEW has big things for next week planned already!
Next Wednesday’s Dynamite will be where Sammy Guevara settles the score with Miro, with the TNT Championship on the line! Plus, Cody Rhodes tries to put the pieces back together as he teams with “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson against Dante Martin & Matt Sydal. And after what we just saw, we’re going to see Penelope Ford & The Bunny throw down with Jay & Tay! And just made official, Jungle Boy gets his 1v1 match with Adam Cole! But Rampage has plenty, too, with the Hair VS Hair match, Orange Cassidy VS Jack Evans! Who gets shaved bald as part of Big Money Matt’s mad obsession with Freshly Squeezed?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main event players!
He starts with Suzuki-Gun and asks them why they accepted a Lights Out match. Lance Archer answers, “Why would we accept this Lights Out match? Because Cincinnati was a little bit of homefield advantage for Moxley. But we’re in New York City and I’m about to put my big boot up your fat ass in the Big Apple.” Minoru Suzuki says, in Japanese, that he’s going to butcher the pigs! Eddie Kingston doesn’t want to hear anymore and Archer tells him to never interrupt Suzuki. Kingston says he does what he wants, and he’s ripping his shirt up as he says he does respect Suzuki. Archer can kiss Kingston’s ass, though, because New York is HIS city, B! Straight up bullets flying!
Moxley calms Kingston down and Kingston is ready to go. Moxley tells Suzuki that he is the Giant Chicken to his Peter Griffin, he’s been trying and failing to kill him these last two years. Archer, the next chapter of their never-ending feud begins tonight in NYC! It’s LIGHTS OUT! LET’S GO! Henry says this is enough talk, it’s time for the main event! It’ll be Lights Out, but whose lights get put out in the Grand Slam main event?
Lights Out Tag: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
AEW says this match is unsanctioned and is not liable for whatever these four wild cards decide to do to each other! As such, the Murderhawk Monster already brings kendo sticks with him as he and the King of Pancrase make their way out to the ring. Oh hey there are AEW ring crew guys. Archer DECKS one, kendo SMACKS the other, all in time for KAZE NI NARE~! But then it’s replaced by Wild Thing as the Maniac and the Mad King make their entrance from the bleachers. And the brawling begins already! The bell rings as Archer POSTS Kingston and Suzuki gets a chair! Suzuki JAMS Moxley, gets another chair, and Archer bumps Kingston off the apron.
Moxley follows Suzuki up the ramp and Suzuki wants to recreate the last time these two were in Japan! Suzuki lets Moxley have a chair, and challenges him to a duel! They CLASH chair against chair, and Suzuki disarms Moxley to JAM him low! Suzuki KNEES Moxley down but here comes Kingston! Kingston throws forearms, Suzuki rocks him with a body shot. Suzuki and Kingston are in the ring and NYC fires up for Kingston as he CHOPS! Suzuki just smiles and Kingston CHOPS again! Suzuki grins and Kingston CHOPS again! Suzuki laughs it off! Kingston readies himself and Suzuki CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kingston hits an STO!
Kingston bails out, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! Fans like this already as Kingston puts the table in the ring. Kingston stomps Suzuki, puts the table in the corner and then storms after Suzuki to CHP! Moxley keeps Archer down as Kingston whips. Suzuki blocks by holding ropes so Kingston CHOPS him again. Kingston whips, Suzuki kicks back and then fires off hands! Kingston staggers, Suzuki BOOTS him through the table! Moxley gets up top but Archer is there to catch him in a choke grip! Moxley breaks free, fires off forearm after forearm then runs, into a BOOT! Suzuki PENALTY KICKS, then Archer fetches those ring crew guys just to DECK them!
Then Archer gets another to scoop and SLAM him, then finds the last one to bring him over. Suzuki gets Moxley to the apron as Archer adds the last ring crew guy to the pile, then he brings Moxley around to CHOKE SLAM him onto the ring crew! All five men are down and fans are fired up for Suzuki-Gun. Archer puts Moxley back in then drags out a leather strap!? Suzuki and Moxley brawl, forearm back and forth! Moxley gives boxing elbows, runs but Suzuki follows and gets around SLEEPER! Archer has the strap, Suzuki ROCKS Moxley and Archer wraps the strap around Moxley’s neck! Archer puts Moxley over the top rope to HANG HIM!! This is unsanctioned so anything goes, but AEW goes to break!
Rampage returns once more and Archer has taped Moxley’s hands up behind his back! Kingston flounders on the outside as Moxley sits up and Archer LASHES him on the back! Suzuki has a turn and he LASHES Moxley on the back, then the chest! Suzuki then chokes Moxley with the strap while Archer gathers up things. Suzuki puts Moxley in a HALF CRAB! Archer has a trash can and the lid, and the ref tries to have him reconsider, but Archer scares him off. Suzuki drags Moxley up for Archer to SMACK him with the lid, then SMACK and SMACK and SMACK again and again! Suzuki gets a kendo stick while Archer uses the strap to LASH Kingston!
Kingston fights back against Archer but Archer bumps him off the apron. Suzuki SMACKS Moxley with a kendo stick, Archer LASHES Kingston down, then Archer gets in to scoop SLAM Moxley down! Moxley grits his teeth as he lands on his own arms, but Archer uses the strap to sit Moxley up. Suzuki slaps Moxley but Moxley spits on him! Archer keeps Moxley still for Suzuki to ROCK with a right hand! Suzuki then BITES Moxley’s forehead! Archer SMACKS Moxley’s legs with a kendo stick, then chokes him on the ropes! Moxley is already red going into purple but the fans rally for Kingston to get up. Archer SMACKS Moxley, SMACKS Kingston, and then soaks up the heat.
Moxley stands up in the corner, Archer runs in but only gets buckles! Moxley fights with shoulders and headbutts! Suzuki kicks low, BITES Moxley’s head, but Kingston is in! Kingston CHOPS Suzuki-Gun back and forth! ENZIGURI for Suzuki, MACHINE GUN CHOPS for Archer! Archer isn’t bothered and even flips Kingston off, so Kingston pokes him in the eye! Kingston puts Archer in a corner for MORE Machine Gun Chops! Fans are thunderous as Kingston reloads and fires off more Machine Gun Chops! Then he reels Archer in for an EXPLODER! Suzuki slithers around and he grins as he reels Kingston in for a SLEEPER! Archer is up, Suzuki feeds Kingston to the HELLICOASTER!
Archer stomps Moxley in a corner, Suzuki fetches chairs from under the ring. Archer stomps Moxley, stomps Kingston, and Suzuki gets in. Archer stands Kingston up, Suzuki sets up the chairs back-to-back. Archer gets Kingston up top and in position, but what is going on? HOMICIDE is here!? He IS, but entering from the crowd side! He gets a chair to JAM Suzuki! And JAM Archer! And then a nasty chair shot to Archer’s back! Homicide frees Moxley from the tape! But Suzuki kicks low and throws Homicide out. Suzuki gets a chair and aims at Moxley, and Moxley pretends his hands are still bound! Suzuki JAMS Moxley, then sets the chair down to reel Suzuki in.
But Moxley springs the trap, PARADIGM SHIFT to the chair!! Archer choke grips but Kingston URAKENS! URAKEN again! Archer still choke grips Kingston, but Moxley kicks Archer for a PARADIGM SHIFT! Homicide helps out and gives Kingston the trash can. Kingston SMACKS Archer on the back with it then puts it around Archer’s head. Kingston has a kendo stick and he SMACKS away on the can!! The dents grow bigger and bigger, deeper and deeper, and then Kingston just breaks the kendo stick on it! Cover, Kingston & Moxley win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
But Moxley and Suzuki still brawl on the outside! Moxley throws Suzuki into steel steps to make it end for now, then he goes into the ring to celebrate with his maniacal friends! Will things only get wilder from here for Moxley & Kingston, let alone all of AEW?
What a wild, awesome night for Rampage! Even after two hours for Dynamite, Arthur Ashe Stadium still had energy to give because AEW was still giving them things to get fired up for. Weakest match on the card was Ford VS Jay, and as soon as Bunny came out to distract and help Ford, it was just a vehicle to set up other things. Ford & Bunny VS Jay & Tay on Dynamite next week was the real match they were setting up all along, and it gave Dark Order some TV time to further the dysfunction within the faction. Meanwhile, I knew Cassidy’s feud with HFO was leading to Hair VS Hair, but it was a brilliant swerve for Hardy to make Evans the guy to face Cassidy in that match.
Punk VS Hobbs was pretty good but that Super Steiner double counter spot was ROUGH. Probably should keep that off of the moveset unless Punk’s facing someone who can do a flying somersault. Punk of course wins, though, but as I said for Dynamite, who is Punk to face next? Ricky Starks is still healing up and he also has his story with Brian Cage to one day wrap up, so is Team Taz going to get a new member? We got a good promo from Rosa, Jade and Nyla so I fully expect a Triple Threat to go a long way in determining a new #1 contender to Britt Baker. Also fully expecting Nyla to take that pin since she’s had her match with Britt and Jade needs to stay strong even in losing while Rosa moves on to have her rematch with Britt.
The Six Man Tag was awesome stuff but what else would we get from a match with the Super Kliq? At the same time, of course Super Kliq wins, the Elite is basically reinvigorated with Cole joining. Cole VS JB should be a really good one for Dynamite but I would think Cole wins there, too. Jericho & Hager VS Men of the Year was good stuff until the end with Lambert helping Scorpio get a quick roll up. And apparently this is turning into an “invasion” angle with American Top Team, aka MMA fighters, invading rather than another wrestling promotion. I still don’t get why this is how it is but whatever.
The 8 Man Tag was even more awesome stuff and the Faces win. The HFO’s loss was a good way to compel Hardy to make the Hair VS Hair challenge and everything that happened after Jay VS Ford. The Lucha Brothers VS Santana & Ortiz looks to be the way they’re going and that’s great, that is going to be a great feud. Andrade had a good promo to hype up his rematch with Pac where things are supposedly going to be fair and square now, and Miro attacking Fuego and Sammy was a great way to set up the TNT Championship. The usual math says Miro standing tall here might actually mean Miro loses, but I don’t really see that happening because of how dominate Miro has been.
Learning about Cody in a tag match for Dynamite makes me hope he’ll have a crisis of confidence moment after losing to Malakai Black. He might take his frustrations out on Dante, Sydal and even Big Shotty, going further down the path of “He’s a Heel who thinks he’s a Face.” Then the Lights Out Tag was an awesome main event, but what a surprise that Homicide makes his AEW debut by saving Moxley and Kingston. Definitely seems like the only way for Moxley & Kingston to win while Suzuki-Gun is still technically strong in AEW. Archer also taking the loss was the way this was going to go so that Suzuki himself stays strong. Maybe Suzuki gets his first win in AEW off Kingston since Moxley is being kept strong as a big name on the roster.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/20/21)
Another Best Of!
Another three hours of fan favorites!
AEW continues reliving its best and most beloved matches from Dark and Dark: Elevation! Will one of yours make the cut?
- Matt Sydal VS PAC w/ Lucha Brothers; Pac wins.
- Darby Allin VS CIMA; Darby wins.
- Strong Hearts & Private Party VS The Young Bucks & The Rhodes Brothers w/ Brandi Rhodes & MJF; The Bucks & the Rhodes win.
- Brian Pillman Jr. VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Riho VS Britt Baker & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Baker & Ford win.
- The Factory VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin; Sydal & Martin win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Max Caster VS Jurassic Express; Jurassic Express wins.
- Mixed Tag Match: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Kenny Omega & Riho; Omega & Riho win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Ricky Shane Page VS Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting; Moxley, Kingston & Allin win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Lucha Brothers, The Butcher & The Blade VS Private Party & SoCal Uncensored; The Lucha Brothers, Butcher & Blade win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Joey Janela; Janela wins.
- Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win.
- Six Man Tag: Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers VS Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & Michael Nakazawa; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.
Honestly, a lot of the first special got a lot of good ones, I’m not sure what’s left.
It’s always kind of a trip to look back even just a couple years in pro-wrestling. I forgot there was a time when Cody interacted with the rest of The Elite. Honestly, that 8 Man was a lot of fun, I wonder if we’ll ever get interactions between the Elite and Nightmare Family again. And I forgot one of Penelope’s earliest matches in AEW was such a great one with her, Britt, Riho & Yuka. I should’ve also remembered about the Cruise of Jericho having Dark matches. Also I forgot Caster had such a bad mustache when he first showed up. And I forgot how rough that Falls Count Anywhere got, like the table spot where Kip and Penelope don’t break the table but just bounce off it.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/19/21)
Miami gets Dark!
Half a dozen for Dark in South Beach!
AEW still has more in Miami! Will Gunn Club continue their undefeated tag streak? Will Nyla Rose, Diamante & Emi Sakura be a winning combination again?
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Tiffany Nieves; Hayter wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Dean Alexander, Diamond Sheik & Alex Chamberlain; Gunn Club wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Kris Statlander, Red Velvet & Thunder Rosa VS Nyla Rose, Diamante and Emi Sakura w/ Vickie Guerrero & Lulu Pencil; Statlander, Velvet & Rosa win.
- Lance Archer VS OT Fernandez; Archer wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Kaz wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Daniel Garcia, 2point0 & Serpentico VS The Dark Order; The Dark Order wins.
Nyla Rose, Diamante & Emi Sakura just won on Elevation, they might lose here since Statlander and Rosa are now on Velvet’s team. Gunn Club will surely win and really should be on the tag title chase after Full Gear to give credence to their story. And that 8 Man Tag looks like a lot of fun, as it’ll be Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana, Alan Angels and Preston Vance for The Dark Order.
An even 40 minutes is a nice size for this episode. Hayter makes QUICK work of Nieves, and I was right about Gunn Club of course. We got another great Six Woman Tag, and I like that there was a tiny bit of dysfunction in Nyla-Diamante-Sakura over getting after Thunder Rosa. Velvet essentially gets redemption from Elevation by winning it for her team here. And as I said with Elevation, AEW could really get their women’s tag division plans back on track at any moment. With Dynamite, Rampage, Elevation and Dark Classic, there is plenty of airtime for them to feature the women’s tag titles (or medals if they want to do that again) and can give fans reason to tune into everything.
Jade Cargill and Mark Sterling have a good promo segment to hype up the TBS Championship Tournament bracket. Jade really can come out of the tournament the champ, or even lose in the finals to then go right after Britt Baker. Hell, Jade wins the title then goes after Britt anyway to try and be AEW’s first double champion. Well, double AEW champion since we’ve seen plenty of cross-promotion champions. Archer dragging out his opponent then brutalizing him is great stuff, as was Eddie Kingston on commentary to watch that match. The Factory really needs to add more people, they’re already kinda stale at just QT, Solo and Comoroto.
And of course, that big 8 Man is the main event, no Luther is a surprise but there was still plenty of dysfunctional interaction between Serpentico, Garcia and 2point0. Angels sticking with no mask is also a surprise, but he gets a great showing for himself. I hope we get more Dark Order VS Hardy Family Office, that seemed like a promising feud. At the same time, we need to see 2point0 and the various Dark Order duos get into the tag title chase after Full Gear and on the way to Revolution.
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