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AEW continues the World Title Eliminator Tournament and begins the TBS Championship Tournament in Orlando’s Addition Arena! Will your choices make it to the next round?
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Dustin Rhodes VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins and advances to the next round.
- AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Penelope Ford VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins and advances to the next round.
- Bobby Fish VS Anthony Greene; Fish wins.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins and advances to the next round.
- Jungle Boy VS Brandon Cutler; Jungle Boy wins.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Malakai Black; Cody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Dustin Rhodes VS Bryan Danielson!
The Natural and the American Dragon open the action for tonight and Orlando is thunderous already! Who takes one step closer to the finals at Full Gear?
The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. Dustin and Bryan circle, they shake hands and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Bryan and Dustin tie up, Bryan wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock but Dustin reverses that onto Bryan. Fans rally and duel, Bryan drops to reverse the hammerlock then headlock. Dustin throws Bryan off and both men reset. They circle, feel out the knuckle lock but tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. Dustin headlocks, Bryan powers out but Dustin runs him over! Things keep moving, Bryan hip tosses Dustin down! Dustin kicks Bryan away and arm-drag shim back! Bryan is up first and the two stand off.
Dustin and Bryan circle again as fans rally back up. They feel out and tie up with the knuckle locks now, but Bryan drops, rolls and trips Dustin to get a toehold. Bryan turns Dustin over, ties up the legs, and then knees Dustin in the side! And again! Bryan hooks up the deathlock and drops back to tweak it! Bryan gets up to do it again, but Dustin endures. Fans rally up, Bryan stands up and drops a third time! Then he turns to bring Dustin into BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dustin gets the ropebreak and Bryan lets off. Dustin gets to the corner and Bryan backs off. Dustin gets up, walks off the pain and the two tie up again.
They go on ropes, the ref calls the break and Bryan throws a body shot as he lets off. Then he ROCKS Dustin with a EuroUpper! And another! Bryan whips, Dustin drops and uppercuts back! Bryan dumps Dustin out then builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and both men hit railing! Fans fire up as Dustin goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Direct hit in return and Dustin puts Bryan in the ring. Cover, ONE!! Dustin stomps Bryan, drops a knee on Bryan’s arm, then drags Bryan around. Dustin has the wristlock, Bryan fights up and rolls, bridges, breaks free and dropkicks a leg! Dustin falls back but Bryan takes a moment to catch his breath.
Bryan drags Dustin up, KICKS that leg, then KICKS Dustin against ropes. Bryan throws another EuroUpper, then goes for a back suplex. Dustin blocks, pries free and switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dustin KICKS Bryan in the back, drags him back up and bumps him off buckles. Dustin CHOPS, Bryan staggers to another corner but Dustin CHOPS him again! And again! Bryan CHOPS back! And KICKS! And headbutts! Bryan brings Dustin up, butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO, to a CROSS ARMBREAKER! Dustin clasps hands but Bryan pries at them with the arm scissor. Fans rally, Dustin endures but Bryan pries at the fingers! Bryan isolates the arm to STOMP it!
Dustin writhes as he clutches the elbow but fans fire up for the technical savagery. Bryan goes to the corner and we see Tony Nese watching in the front row. Dustin ROCKS Bryan on the top rope, throws uppercuts, then climbs up to join him. Fans fire up as Dustin stands on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX!! Double cover as both men are down, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as a standing count begins. Dustin sits up at 3 but Bryan follows. They’re both up at 5, and Bryan throws a EuroUpper. Dustin throws a haymaker, Bryan gives it back! Bryan bumps Dustin off buckles, whips him corner to corner but Dustin reverses. Bryan goes up and over and runs, into a POWSERSLAM!
Dustin gets Bryan up, FINAL CUT!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Dustin is beside himself. Bryan rolls to a corner as fans rally. Dustin gets up and storms over to throw haymakers. Fans rally and duel even harder as Dustin climbs up the corner. Dustin rains down rights, takes in a half deep breath before giving dirty birds, and tops it off with the tenth! Dustin whips, Bryan reverses and Bryan escapes the bulldog to dropkick in the corner! Bryan unleashes KICKS and CHOPS on repeat! Bryan puts Dustin up top, climbs up but Dustin pushes him down! Bryan gets crotched, then Dustin FLYING CLOTHESLINES him down! Cover, TWO!
Bryan drags Dustin into the omoplata! Dustin resists, Bryan pulls at the head and arm. Bryan clubs Dustin into the LEBELLE LOCK! Dustin reaches, scoots around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go at 4, Dustin crawls and Bryan KICKS him at the ropes! And again! And again! Dustin eggs Bryan on so Bryan KICKS him more! Dustin fires off haymakers, Bryan gives EuroUppers! Dustin kicks low but uppercuts into backslide! TWO!! Bryan kicks, Dustin blocks but Bryan ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Bryan gets the wrists for DANIELSON STOMPS! Bryan lets off and fans are thunderous as he takes aim from a corner.
Dustin rises, Bryan runs in, but into a LARIAT! Dustin drags Bryan up and gets him for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!? Bryan survives and Dustin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Dustin drags Bryan up and reels him in, but Bryan knees free of the suplex, and ROUNDHOUSES! Dustin stays up, Bryan KICKS the leg, ROUNDHOUSES again, then jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Dustin stays on his feet, powers up but then fades! Bryan changes grips and adds a body scissors! Dustin is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission (advances to the next round)
Bryan celebrates, but he also shows his respect to Dustin by checking on him. Will
The Elite speaks.
Is it hot in here, or what? It’s definitely the heat. They have the cameraman move up from their awesome shows to their faces. “Hey, Hanger. We heard the big news. Next week, it’s your Dark Order boys against The Elite.” Omega wishes he could say he’s excited, that he’s feeling festive because it’ll be Halloween, but every single week teaming with Hangman felt like Halloween. Why is that? Because while Omega was still the Best Bout Machine, was still the Cleaner, was still championship material, Hangman was cosplaying as a cowboy, trying to fool everyone. Omega knows the man behind the hat, shirt and skin tight jeans.
Omega knows Hangman can’t sleep at night because he’s afraid of failure. Going into Full Gear, Hangman’s burning through Negative One’s diapers than he is that homemade moonshine. And if people only knew Hangman the way Omega did, they wouldn’t be chanting “Cowboy Sh*t.” They’d be calling him “Coward Sh*t.” The Bucks and Cole compliment Omega on the sick burns but Omega humbly says it wasn’t all him. But will it be all on Omega when Hangman finally gets his hands on him 1v1?
AEW hears from FTR and the Lucha Brothers.
Dax Harwood says, “Right now in AEW, the AEW World Tag Team Champions are in a position to make more money than FTR, and that don’t set well with us, okay?” FTR came here to build on their legacies. They are proud to be AAA Tag Team Champions, but there’s one other belt that they need to complete the transformation to Greatest Tag Team of All Time, and that is THE AEW World Tag Team Championships.
Cash Wheeler remembers back to Full Gear 2020, they lost the titles to the Bucks. And for almost a full year, they sat on the sidelines and watched a bunch of children cosplay as tag champions. A bunch of little kids fought over who’s the best while daddy had to go take care of business. But daddy’s home now. They did Halloween a little bit early, so you can take all the shenanigans, dress up however you want, put on all the face paint you want, but you’re now looking at the greatest luchadores of all time in FTR.
Penta speaks in Spanish and Alex Abrahantes translates that on Dynamite, FTR hurt Penta’s brother, Fenix, then stole the titles. On Rampage, they attacked from behind. “FTR, you wanna play dirty?” They’ll show you what that’s really like. And Alex says for himself, revenge is coming! Dax responds that if they’re talking about revenge, if Fenix even shows up, all they’re doing is selling “wolf tickets,” and FTR don’t buy those. If you think a black eye is bad, just wait until Full Gear. #TopGuysOut. But what does FTR have in store when it’s champions VS champions?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He notes it’s been a few weeks since we saw Darby Allin, and we know who did it, regardless of what any little rat will tell us. But to give us a proper update on Darby, it’s STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the Icon! Sting goes to the ring and Schiavone know the fans love him. But what can he say about Darby’s condition? Before Sting can answer, MJF makes his entrance! MJF struts out, even, and has a mic. He mocks the fans booing. He knows it’s real hard for Florida but maybe they can show some class for once. “Darby’s little emo daddy, how you doing, buddy?” MJF isn’t out here to start a fight, the last thing he’d want to do is embarrass The Icon in front of these shmubs.
But MJF doesn’t think Sting wants to answer “that talentless waste of space” Schiavone’s question. Because if Sting did, then he’d have to tell the people the truth: their little hero, Darby, isn’t coming back. So Sting can come out, try and distract by having Schiavone- Fans tell MJF to STFU. But MJF says you can distract with the face paint, swinging a bat, howl and have his “stash” snow down upon them, but here’s what Sting needs to understand. “It’s easy to fool a bunch of people who solve their problems with gun violence and incest, but you ain’t fooling MJF!” Sting is a bad person! Everyone who has ever been his friend, when they need Sting most, where is he?
MJF continues as he gets into the ring. It’s because of Sting’s negligence that Darby ended up in the same spot as Sting’s other old pal, Lex Luger. “In a wheelch-” Sting DECKS MJF! MJF scrambles to a corner but Sting drag shim up, pulls off the jacket, and as Shawn Spears and Wardlow get in, Sting smacks them around with the jacket! Sting throws hands, has Wardlow in a corner, but Spears SMACKS him with a chair! Sting stays up!? But then Wardlow CLOBBERS Sting from behind! Spears adds on chair shot after chair shot! Fans call for Darby but MJF gets his jacket back and has Spears get another chair. Spears sits that chair up for MJF to take a seat.
Fans call MJF an A-hole as he gets the mic back to say, “Darby, Darby, Darby. I know you’re in a whole lot of pain, and I also know you’re watching. Did I break you mentally now, Darby Allin? Hmm?” They sit Sting up and MJF wants Darby to LOOK AT HIM!! MJF wants Darby to understand that no matter how many times people chant his name and want to see him come back to beat MJF’s face in, if Darby comes back, this is HIS future! “You will always fall short! You will always be second best to me and me alone!! Because I am the past, the present, and the future of professional wrestling.”
The Pinnacle leaves Sting behind, but Sting gets up! MJF has his boys stand back, MJF kisses his Dynamite Diamond Ring, and he DIAMOND PUNCHES Sting down!! Now the Pinnacle leaves, but will the Relentless Darby return to exact revenge?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and announces that at Full Gear, Britt defends that title against Tay Conti. Britt tells Tay, “Pardon me for not giving you the proper welcome you think you deserved when you first came to All Elite Wrestling.” But since Tay did what she did best and stick her nose in other people’s business, here we are. And Britt says it is time to study and learn that all Tay’s done since showing up here is shown everyone her ass. Meanwhile, Britt is showing everyone why she’s the most talked about name in women’s wrestling.
If Tay had just been a good little girl and worked her way up the ranks, Full Gear would’ve been one hell of a match. But since she went and put hands on what’s Britt’s, Britt is gonna lay her hands on Tay and beat that ass that Tay loves showing off. “Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.”
AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Penelope Ford VS Ruby Soho!
This tournament’s fourth seed, Kris Statlander, awaits the winner of this first match! Will the Superbad Girl keep knocking the Runaway down? Or will Ruby make Destination: Unknown the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien in round two?
The bell rings and Ford throws her jacket at Ruby to then mug her blindfolded! Ford stomps Ruby, drags her up, but Ruby stomps a foot and throws forearms and even headbutts! Ruby whips, Ford blocks the STO with a pull of Ruby’s hair, but Ruby has the cording hold! Fans rally behind Ruby but Ford hits low and CLUBS Ruby down. Ford drags Ruby up to bump her off buckles. Ford stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Ford lets off. Ford goes corner to corner, handsprings and RAMS into Ruby! Ford goes side to side but Ruby dodges to then drag Ford out of the corner. Ford fights the suplex but Ruby reels her in to ROCK her with a forearm!
Ruby runs, rolls over Ford’s dropdown then mule kicks to run and YAKUZA KICK! Cover, TWO! Ruby rains down fists, drags Ford up and whips her to a corner. Ruby runs in but Ford puts her on the apron. Ford ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby KICKS Ford as she shoulders in! Ruby drags Ford to the apron, Ford ROCKS Ruby with a right. The Bunny comes frolicking out as the two brawl, and Ruby notices. Ruby avoids Bunny’s swipe but Ford BOOTS Ruby into the post! Ford then puts Ruby in position, spins and ROCKS her with a forearm! Ford soaks up the heat and mocks Ruby as AEW goes picture in picture. Ford puts Ruby in, covers, TWO!
Ford wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots but Ford KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Ruby up again and bumps her off buckles. Ford ROCKS Ruby with a forearm, then headlocks to scrape Ruby’s face along the ropes! The ref counts, Ford lets off but then chokes Ruby on the ropes! The ref counts, Ford and Bunny talk trash, and Ford lets off. Ford KICKS Ruby in the side, turns her around and gives her a HOTSHOT! Ruby flounders, Ford runs and dropkicks Ruby out of the ring! Bunny laughs at Ruby’s pain and gets in a cheap shot while the ref is busy with Ford!
A ring count starts, Ruby stirs at 3, Ford soaks up the heat as Ruby staggers up at 6. Ruby is in at 7, and Ford stomps away on her! Ford bumps Ruby off buckles, goes corner to corner, handsprings but into DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby then drags Ford up for a SAIDO! AEW returns to single picture as both women are down! A standing count starts, Bunny coaches Ford and gets her moving. Ford and Ruby get up at 6, Ford swings but Ruby ducks to CHOP! Ruby dodges again to CHOP and CHOP and CHOPS! Ford pulls hair, whips Ruby to ropes, but Ruby rolls, blocks the boot and KNEES back! Ruby backs up to SUPERKICK, then ENZIGURI!
Ruby runs, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Ford up, whips her to a corner, then runs in but into an elbow. Ford boots Ruby again, then goes up and over! Ruby hits buckles but comes back, Ford goes Matrix! But Ruby gut wrenches Ford up into clinch, only for Ford to switch, shove and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ford is furious and she drags Ruby. Ruby kicks, drags Ford down to a cradle, TWO! Ruby wrenches but Ford whips her away. Ruby ends up in a corner, she catches Ford for an STO! Fans fire up as Ruby climbs, but Ford gets under the jump! SPINNING HEEL KICK! And then the fireman’s carry to a GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, TWO!!
Ford is furious and so is The Bunny as Ruby survives! Bunny slides Ford the brass knuckles but the ref step son them! He won’t let them cheat like they have before! Ford and the ref scramble for the knuckles, Ruby rolls Ford up! Ruby wins!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Ford argues with the ref, but Bunny gets in the ring. Ruby sees she’s outnumbered, but she won’t back down! But here comes Red Velvet! She and the Bunny are first round opponents, so Bunny retreats with Ford! Will Ruby make sure Velvet has back-up against Bunny and Ford?
“Do I look alright, Spears?” The Chair Man says MJF looks fantastic. MJF continues to talk to Darby Allin as he says he sent a little message. Wardlow asks about the BS last week, though. What’s he talking about? MJF shoved Wardlow into Sting! Oh, this is embarrassing. MJF won’t lie, he got nervous, it was fight or flight, it was not intentional. Wardlow knows MJF loves him, he’d never do something like that for real. But good thing he’s here because MJF has a favor to ask. Wardlow is doing a great job, which is why MJF pays him the big bucks. But MJF is starting to realize that that’s a lot of pressure to put on one person.
So MJF has assigned Wardlow an “accountabilibuddy.” A what? And of course, it’s Spears. Now, MJF would love to chat but he’s got a meeting. See you boys later! Pinnacle for life! MJF leaves and Spears is as shocked as anyone. Will this new dynamic only complicate things for the group?
Bobby Fish VS Anthony Greene!
The Infamous One has been back and forth already in his first few AEW matches, but there isn’t any shame losing to the Spanish God or the American Dragon. That said, will there be no shame for #RetroAG in losing to THE Bobby Fish?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out and Fish throws heavy hands already! Greene goes to the apron, shoulders back into Fish, then counter punches him away. Greene climbs up, tightrope walks and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Greene goes after Fish but Fish throws knees and hands, then KICKS the leg! Fish snapmares Green to then go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Greene up, throws more knees then BOOTS Greene to a corner. Fish throws in elbows and more knees, then whips. Greene reverses but Fish breaks free to RAM Greene into the far corner.
Fish isolates a leg, KICKS away on the other, then DRAGON SCREWS Greene down! Fish runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up, Fish drags Green up to EXPLODER into the ropes! Greene flounder sup, Fish reads him his last rites, BUZZSAW! Cover, Fish wins!
Winner: Bobby Fish, by pinfall
And that’s all it takes for Fish to leave Greene black ‘n’ blue! But Fish isn’t done, he sees Greene get up and he KICKS the leg out! Fish mockingly asks, “What happened?” Fish rains down fists and forearms, the ref tells him to let off! Fish fishhooks Greene’s face! Fish even wraps on a SLEEPER! But here comes CM Punk! Punk is furious but Fish likes that The Best in the World came out. Will Fish give Punk a reason to throw down soon enough?
Backstage interview with Lio Rush & Dante Martin.
Schiavone says how last week, Lio said they’d be a tag team, so where do we stand this week? C’mon, Tony, you know Lio. Anything he does, he does big. He’s just here trying to take Dante on the highest flight possible, and that means showing him the way and that anything is possible if you have the right tools. All the things Matt Sydal hasn’t done since meeting Dante. Dante defends Sydal, saying he’s one of the best in the world. At what? Losing when it counts most? Lio gave Sydal a chance to prove himself and he failed. But do you know who is one of the best? Dante Martin. Lio wants to give Dante his chance to show that! He’d put money on Dante beating Sydal! Lio himself could beat Sydal!
Which is why they went to Tony Khan and got themselves their first tag match on AEW Rampage. Against who? The Sydal Brothers, of course. Lio is forcing Dante’s hand, will Dante be able to turn against the veterans who helped him to get in the good graces of the one investing in him?
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon awaits in the next round, but either way he’s getting a heavy hitter! Will the Murderhawk Monster break the Mad King? Or will-
Oh wait! Kingston jumps Archer on stage! Fans fire up as Kingston throws hands and sends Archer to the ring! Archer hits back, they brawl around the way, and Archer ROCKS Kingston against the railing! Archer runs but Kingston tries to drop toehold! Archer stays up, he throws down hands, then grabs some random fan to scoop SLAM him onto Kingston! Wait, all that hair, that was Marcus Kross just trying to watch up close! Wrestlers aren’t even safe as just being spectators! Archer drags Kross up to the apron to choke grip and CHOKE SLAM onto Kingston!! This still isn’t even a match but Archer drags Kingston up and POSTS him!
Kingston staggers away, Archer stalks him and brings him around, but Kingston throws body shots and a CHOP! Archer doesn’t flinch, he ROCKS Kingston and then puts him in the ring. Archer finally gets in, and the bell rings! This is a match now as Archer elbows Kingston in the corner. Archer runs corner to corner to throw another elbow! And again! Archer drags Kingston up by his arm, stands him up in the corner and CHOPS him! But then Kingston pokes Archer in the eye! Archer ROCKS Kingston but Kingston leans on Archer. Archer puts Kingston up top, brings him up in the inverted crucifix, but Kingston fights free to get the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Archer stays up, Kingston pulls back on the hold and Archer drops to a knee! Kingston wants the arm but Archer throws hands. Kingston fires off on Archer, then runs, but Archer follows to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Archer snarls as Kingston gets to the apron. Archer runs side to side as AEW goes picture in picture, to baseball slide dropkick! Kingston flops to the floor and Archer looks into the camera. Archer talks some smack but we can’t hear what he’s saying before he fetches Kingston. Archer gets Kingston up, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then follows Kingston as he staggers about. Archer puts Kingston against the apron to CHOP! Kingston CHOPS back!
Archer seethes, Kingston gets back in the ring, and Archer follows. Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! He pokes Archer in the eyes again, too! Then unleashes the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Archer rakes Kingston’s eyes in return! Archer puts Kingston in a corner, the ref counts and Archer lets off. Archer digs his knee into Kingston at the corner, but again lets off as the ref counts. Kingston flounders, Archer ROCKS him with a forearm! Archer eggs Kingston on, pushes him around, but Kingston CHOPS again. Archer ROCKS Kingston again, stands him up in the corner, talks more trash but Kingston tries to claw at his face. Archer pushes Kingston’s hands away to CHOP!
Kingston staggers, Archer stalks him around the way, then stomps a mudhole into him. Archer digs his boots in again and thrashes about but the ref counts. Archer lets off, drags Kingston up and ROCKS him with more shots. Archer smirks as AEW returns to single picture, and he scoop SLAMS Kingston to a drop zone! Archer soaks up the heat as he goes up, VADER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Archer argues the count but it was fair. Archer looms over Kingston, Kingston tries to fight from below and fans rally up. Kingston flounders up to SLAP Archer. Archer SLAPS Kingston back! Archer gives toying kicks, then digs his knee into Kingston’s head at the ropes!
The ref counts, Archer lets off, and Kingston flounders to another corner. Archer clamps onto Kingston’s face with both hands and pulls at the nose, but the ref counts. Archer lets off but he goes after Kingston’s face again. The ref counts, Archer tells him to shut up. Archer puts Kingston in the corner, goes corner to corner but Kingston dodges the elbow! Kingston runs in, but Archer BOOTS him down! Archer drags Kingston to center, goes back to the corner, and goes to the top rope for a MOONSAULT FLOP!! Archer even landed on his head as Kingston moved! Nese is still watching from the front row and he didn’t like that landing any better than Archer did.
The ref checks on Archer, Kingston gets to his feet, and Archer bails out. Kingston asks what’s up, the ref has him stay back. The medics check on Archer but Archer is somehow okay to continue. So Kingston Oklahoma Rolls! Kingston wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Murderhawk Monster landing on his own head may have just saved Kingston! Will the Mad King be able to slay the American Dragon on next week’s Rampage?
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring!
Ethan Page says, “Oh, I suck?” Lambert and Scorpio Sky suck? NO! The Inner Circle SUCKS! They do! They lost twice to the Men of the Year. But here’s why they suck in detail. Jake Hager has an undefeated MMA record. Not that Ethan’s seen that. But he saw Scorpio pin Hager at Grand Slam! Santana & Ortiz? They’re “hard” and from the streets, but Men of the Year treat the streets like runways. They own every place they go, and they own the ring! Fans tell Ethan to STFU but he ignores them. Ethan moves on to Jericho, who isn’t here tonight, by the way. Which is a good thing, because there was enough time on the show to give Ethan the mic!
But Chris gets to do literally whatever he wants. Last week, after losing, Jericho got the mic to flirt with Paige VanZant? Really? That’s what you do after losing? Well don’t worry, the only celebrity Jericho’s kissing is Masvidal’s knee. So while Jericho is floating at sea, take a good look at what the future holds! How Ethan can own the room and the mic! THEY are the future of AEW, not “that PR nightmare” Sammy Guevara! But speaking of, Sammy walks out and says, “Enough!” Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. To borrow a phrase from Sammy’s friend and mentor, “Would you please shut the hell up!?” How long are we going to listen to a grown man complain about life being unfair?
Sammy gets it, he’s been there. Sometimes life sucks. But instead of bitching and moaning, Sammy worked his ass off and became TNT Champion! Sammy gets real. The reason Ethan isn’t any further in this company is the same reason he calls himself All Ego: because the only person who gives a s*it about what you’ve done is you. As for Lambert, as much as Sammy hates to hear him talk, he wants to hear the stipulation from the “fat faced dips*it.” Lambert tells the fans to not even think about it, but they chant that anyway! Lighten up, Sammy. Lambert’s proud of the little guy. We all know what Sammy can do in the ring, but look at him kill it on the mic! Maybe this will put an end to the rumors of Sammy suckin’ on the stick!
But if Sammy wants Lambert’s terms, he’ll make them simple enough for even Sammy to understand. He isn’t sure if Sammy’s brain has taken more damage from the 630 flips through tables, or the 630 pounds of gel it’s absorbed propping up that ridiculous hairdo! Sammy has his 10 Man Tag, Inner Circle Jerks VS American Top Team & Men of the Year at Full Gear! IF and ONLY IF Sammy comes to Dynamite next week and puts his TNT Championship against Ethan Page, aaand if by some miracle of God that he wins. But when Sammy loses, not only does he give up the TNT title, he quits the Inner Circle, FOREVER!!
Sammy wants to get it straight. If he loses next week, he loses the most important title in professional wrestling today, and also loses his best friends, the Inner Circle. “You’ve got yourself a deal, asshole! Under one condition: when I beat Ethan Page, I get to decide the three members of American Top Team that the Inner Circle gets to kick their ass at Full Gear!” See you bitches in Boston, and see the fans again in picture in picture. Well if he’s in such an accepting mood, here’s an idea! Accept the whooping they about to put on him! The Men of the Year head up the ramp, but Sammy fights them 2v1! Santana, Ortiz & Hager show up to run Men of the Year off!
The lines have been drawn and the stakes have been raised, will Sammy stay not just a champion but an Inner Circle OG? Or will everything fall apart as Ethan strokes his All Ego?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Right now, I’m supposed to be yelling and screaming about how I’m gonna wreck everybody and win this tournament, and for sure that’s gonna happen. But that’s not really what’s on my mind right now. I’ll keep it real with y’all, always have. Right now, I’m thinking about my daughter. My daughter’s eyes. The other day, I look into her eyes and she stares right back into mine.” He put his broken pinkie out, she grabs onto it, and squeezes it for everything she’s got. It occurs to Mox in that moment that he actually doesn’t give a crap about any of this. He doesn’t care about this tournament, or the AEW World Championship.
He doesn’t care about the ratings, who said what on Twitter, or “The Demo.” Moxley cares about that moment. He wants to get home with his teeth in his head and his head on his shoulders, “and for that to happen, other people gotta get hurt.” It’d be a lot easier if Moxley was a mailman or a gym teacher, but this is what he does. This tournament, high stakes, the world title, this isn’t a ladder climbing contest. This is everyone going into a dark alley and only one comes out. So who do you think it is that comes out? Moxley’s message to everyone else in the tournament is, “I’ll get you before you get me. I’ma win this whole damn thing.”
Sammy Guevara returns for picture in picture.
Just as he promised, he has his cards! “Orlando, Florida! Another week, another huge waste of time! Big surprise! American “Plop” Team come out to run their mouths AGAIN! I say… it’s time to run mine! Ethan Page, next week on Dynamite! “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara VS “Loose Pecs” Ethan Page. It’ll be the Boston TNT Party!” AEW goes to break, but Sammy’s said his piece. Will he make good on his word and on his deal with American Top Team?
The Dark Order speaks.
Alex Reynolds brings up how it was a tough loss to The Super Kliq. Evil Uno agrees, but if you think a single loss is going to stop them, you’re mistaken! Sadly mistaken! Oh hey, Hangman walks in! He wants to apologize for not catching up with then, and for what happened after he left. These guys were right. Yes, they were. Wait, which part of the Dark Order was right? The important thing is, they all were. Not everyone in the group is going to agree with each other, they each did what they thought was right in the moment, and that’s why he wants to thank them and apologize to them.
But if they’re going back after The Elite, well things are getting real close to Halloween. And if Hangman knows those guys, they’re going to have costumes. Not to be outdone, the Dark Order will have theirs! John Silver votes for Bambi! Evil Uno says he has plenty of weird costumes in his closet. Oh, they know that, Uno. Stu Grayson doesn’t want to go overboard but everyone is arguing over what to go with. What will we see from the Dark Order when they take on the Elite?
Jungle Boy VS Brandon Cutler!
Jurassic Express wants to payback on The Elite for what they did to Captain Charisma and Luchasaurus, but they’re having to start at the literal bottom of the ladder. Will Jungle Jack Perry get some semblance of revenge when he takes down the cold spray wielding stooge? Or will Cutler introduce JB to the Ice Age?
The bell rings, JB dodges Cutler and clotheslines him out of the ring! JB then DIVES and takes Cutler to the railing! JB puts Cutler in, Cutler scrambles to a corner but JB runs in. Cutler BOOTS JB, goes up top and fires up, copying “ADAM COLE~ BAYBAY!” only to Panama BACK DROP! Cutler clutches his back, he might need cold spray. He SLAPS JB, though, and then hypes himself up. JB SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS, then knees low! JB reels Cutler in to POWERBOMB him! Then he turns Cutler over for the SNARE TRAP!! Cutler taps, JB wins!!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
That was a cold SNAP right there! But JB gets a mic to say, “Well that was a nice little warm-up. Good try, dude. To be honest, I’m feeling pretty good still. And I’m ready to go again. So, why don’t one of you Elite pieces of SH*T come down here right now?!” JB waits, but when no one shows, he just drags Cutler back into the SNARE TRAP!! Cutler suffers, shouts for help, but then Adam Cole storms out! “What? You think you’re so big and bad because you’re picking on Brandon? Jungle Boy, you’re an embarrassment.” If JB wants to fight the Elite, well he’s right here! They can go right here, right now!
Cole throws off the jacket and goes down the ramp, gets on the apron, but JB DECKS him! Wait, the Young Bucks sneak up from the crowd side! They get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for JB!! It was all to sucker JB in! The Super Kliq drags JB out and throws him to the ramp, then they mug him for running his mouth! They get JB up to the stage, get an arm each, B T E TRIGGER!! Then they set him up for THE BOOM! But JB crawls after them? Cole drags JB back up, brings him over to commentary, “When you gonna learn, Jungle Boy? You are nobody! WE run AEW!” The Bucks give JB a kiss good night, then they get him up. They TOSS JB off the stage and into spare tables!!
Nick waves bye to JB and Matt wants a replay from the guys in the truck. Cole says “This is OUR world! Always has been, always will be!” They love the replay, and Cutler’s even back with the cold spray. Will The Elite continue to destroy all who stand in their way? Or will The Dark Order’s Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana and John Silver manage to take them down a peg?
“My God, we’re out of time, and my wife needs her champion back. All the violence that is going to come through me is now a reflection on you. On your silence and your arrogance. How dare you ignore me? How dare you test me? My God, my God, how dare you forsake me? Let them make me fight 100 times and I will snap 100 necks!! God’s Forsaken Champion will become God’s favorite again! But not because you want it. But because I will leave you no choice. My road home starts now. And the powder of bones will follow me to her. And I will hold her with blood on my hands and horror in my eyes. And that’s on YOU.”
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Malakai Black!
The American Nightmare’s first encounter with the Dark Father left him questioning his future. His second encounter left him in a dark place, covered with mist and shame. But this final confrontation could put the final nail in the coffin, or could bring him back to his former glory! Will Cody finally avenge his previous failures? Or is there no stopping the House of Black?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! They go around, Cody waistlocks but Malakai switches. Cody trips Malakai but he rolls Cody. Cody comes back for a takeover, but Malakai boots the figure four away. Malakai trips Cody, facelocks, but they end up on the ropes. They let off for just a moment, Cody hits a headlock takeover but Malakai headscissors. Cody kips free but roles reverse as Malakai headlocks for the takeover and Cody headscissors. Malakai kips free, fans rally and duel as Malakai ROCKS Cody! Cody fires back, they go back and forth but Cody throws toe kick after toe kick. Cody throws hands but Malakai fires off a strike fest and a leg sweep!
Malakai rolls Cody, Cody kicks him away. Malakai feints to KICK Cody in the chest! Malakai kicks again but Cody blocks, only for Malakai to roll him to a KNEEBAR! Cody fights up, has a toehold then steps and stomps on Malakai’s face! Fans are torn as Cody lets off. Cody brings Malakai up, throws haymakers then runs, but Malakai CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE!! Malakai wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Cody fights up, Arn coaches him but Malakai waistlocks. Cody blocks the lift, elbows free, goes to a corner but has to go up and over as Malakai runs in! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up, Cody throws his weight belt to the fans! Fans cheer as a young boy lays claim to the souvenir! Cody gets the legs, Malakai digs his fingers into Cody’s eyes! Malakai scrambles away, and he goes out to bring out a chair from under the ring! The ref reprimands, but who is that coming down the way? Malakai throws the chair into the ring buy the Nightmare Family’s Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson are here! They surely want payback as much as Cody, and Malakai doesn’t see Cody get the chair! Malakai bails back out to avoid the attack! Malakai sees Brock and Big Shotty coming close, so he gets in to sucker punch Cody!
AEW goes picture in picture as the ref tells Malakai to put the chair down. But Brock snatches it away! Malakai glares at Brock and Brock puts the chair under the ring. Cody trips Malakai up for the FIGURE FOUR! Malakai endures, Cody puts as much pressure as he can on the hold, but Malakai crawls and drags his way over to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Cody lets Malakai go, and Cody gets the fans fired up more as he brings Malakai up. Cody whips, Malakai reverses but Cody tumbles up and out, only for Malakai to BOOT him! Malakai HIP TOSSES Cody in, then sweeps the legs! Roll-up, but Cody boots Malakai away, only for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Malakai seethes and hobbles his way back out of the ring. Malakai brings out a TABLE now! Cody hurries over but Malakai DECKS him! Malakai sets up the table by ringside, hits Cody again, and joins him on the apron. Malakai KICKS, Cody blocks and SUPERKICKS! Cody lines things up, CROSS RHODES through the table!! Both men crawl out of the wreckage as AEW returns to single picture. Cody slowly rises and fetches Malakai, and Malakai is busted open! But he still POSTS Cody! Malakai goes looking under the ring, Arn gets in the ring to see what’s going on. Fans chant, “GET THE GLOCK!” to Arn as Cody slowly flounders around outside. Cody is busted open now!
Malakai crawls, Cody crawls around the way to follow him. The ref checks both men but they’re both somehow okay to continue. Cody manages to walk and he hobbles over towards Malakai. Malakai stands up, and here comes Andrade El Idolo! He aims at Arn, BANG! That’s in return for yesterday, and Jose gets in, to get a SPINEBUSTER from the Enforcer! But Malakai gives Arn THE MIST!! But here comes Pac! He goes after Andrade! He KICKS Andrade up the ramp, Andrade hits back, and they fight to the tunnel! Cody gets in the ring, runs at Malakai and fires off hands! Malakai BOOTS back, reels him in and ROCKS him with a forearm! QUEBRADA!!
But Cody is right back up! CROSS RHODES OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Malakai survives and shocks Cody! Cody fires up, stomps Malakai over and over, then drags Malakai up to suplex. Malakai knees back, is on the apron and he puts Cody through ropes to KICK him! Cody drops, Malakai goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! And then a boot to the JUMP KNEE, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Cody narrowly escapes and fans are going nuts! But Malakai just waits for Cody to rise, BLACK MASS!!! But Cody flops to the ropes! Cody clings for dear life as Malakai tries to bring him in, then kicks him away.
Cody runs corner to corner, Malakai tosses him up and out! Cody bounces off apron, but he still avoids Malakai’s moonsault! Cody DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Cody puts Malakai back in and springboards, SUPER CODY CUTTER!! Then the CROSS RHODES AGAIN! But Cody holds on, turns Malakai around, double underhooks for a TIGER DRIVER ’98!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Bloodied as he is, Cody stands tall over his nemesis! Is this issue settled between him and Malakai Black? Or has it only escalated further?
Another great Saturday Dynamite from top to bottom. The tournament matches were all great, but it was pretty clear after Archer’s header off his moonsault, that Oklahoma Roll was just a quick way to wrap it up. Dustin VS Bryan was a great opener for the night, and it is great that Bryan keeps winning with different submissions. He has his signatures like the LeBelle Lock and Cattle Mutilation but he can adapt to beat whoever he is facing. Bryan VS Kingston is going to be a great match in the next round, but I’m leaning towards Bryan winning. Moxley has a great promo where he isn’t winning this tournament as a wild man but as a father who needs to do this for his family. He’s definitely going to beat Preston Vance and he’s definitely beating Orange Cassidy but who knows how the finals go.
Ruby VS Ford was really good but I wish they’d just kept Bunny away. That was a clumsy brass knuckle situation, and I feel like Ruby’s good enough to beat Ford with more than just a quick pin finish. But whatever, they plugged Red Velvet VS The Bunny for later on, so I guess that much makes sense. Ruby VS Kris is going to be great, but I think Ruby wins as the hot hand. Britt had another good promo and her taking on Tay Conti at Full Gear is going to be a very good match. Britt is certainly winning, because I feel like it is only Thunder Rosa who can take that title off Britt. As I’ve said, that probably means Jade Cargill takes the TBS title but Rosa goes after Britt at Revolution.
We also got great stuff from The Pinnacle, with FTR and Lucha Bros establishing the rematch for Full Gear and then MJF upping things both with Sting and Darby but also the dysfunction that’s building between him and Wardlow. Wardlow and Spears were already teaming together on Dark and Elevation but now it sounds like Spears is supposed to go where Wardlow goes, so Spears might be in Wardlow’s corner on Dark and Elevation now. Miro had another passionate promo, but there’d be a bit more weight to it if he was on Dark and Elevation just wrecking people. Not even scheduled in a match, just people that had matches or were going to have matches and he destroys them.
The “terms” put between American Top Team and Inner Circle are fairly lame for how big they’re trying to make this story feel. Sammy has to put up his title and win to force American Top Team to get in a match? And if he loses, then that’s basically American Top Team taking something away from Inner Circle and just getting to lord it over them? How are these MMA guys supposed to be badass if they’re finding ways to not fight AEW wrestlers? Sammy’s definitely winning, keeping the title and staying in the Inner Circle and then who knows what happens with the 5v5 at Full Gear. There’s much more intrigue in Lio trying to turn Dante against the Sydals and whether it’ll work.
Cool to see Tony Nese in the crowd as one of those “this person’s signing with us” moments. No idea what the Premier Athlete does but I’m not really sure what more he can do when he could never quite get his personality going in the WWE. Bobby Fish’s match was clearly a vehicle to get him to a feud, but what a surprise that it’s CM Punk. They’re going to have a great, strike heavy match for sure. There was good stuff from all the overlap with The Elite, the Dark Order and Jurassic Express. Of course JB squashes Cutler but of course the Elite punk him out and basically sideline him.
Hangman had a great moment with The Dark Order, and I really can’t wait to see what next week’s Halloween Dynamite will have just in terms of costumes. Omega calling out Hangman was great stuff, too, and I feel like that last line was a purposefully clunky one. They should’ve clearly gone with “Chicken shit” to play off #CowboyShit. Definitely expect Hangman to make a move during the 8 Man Tag, maybe even in his own costume so no one realizes it’s him until he takes some kind of mask off. And lastly, Cody VS Malakai was great stuff, the fans were red hot but still against Cody for the most part. It’s probably because they knew he was winning here to make up for his losses before.
I did like that Brock Anderson, Lee Johnson and even Andrade and Pac were part of things. Cody sure likes blood, because it was so obvious we were being distracted while he bladed. Not quite sure how things go from here, but I’m sure Cody will want a Full Gear match with Malakai, maybe even No Disqualification so they can do more than just the table spot and the chair tease.
My Score: 9/10
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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