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 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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