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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/27/21)

Feelin’ good on a Wednesday~!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW Dynamite returns to Wednesdays!

Dynamite is back on Wednesday and the stakes are high in Boston! Will Sammy Guevara still be AEW TNT Champion AND part of the Inner Circle?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Fish VS CM Punk; Punk wins.
  • MJF w/ Wardlow & Shawn Spears VS Bryce Donovan; MJF wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Ethan Page; Guevara wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Serena Deeb VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and advances to the next round.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Preston Vance VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and advances to the next round.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS The Elite; The Dark Order wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bobby Fish VS CM Punk!

The Infamous One crossed the line against Anthony Greene and it was the Best in the World who backed him off! But now, it’s quite the birthday bash for both men! Will Fish prove there’s a new Best in the World? Or will it be #ClobberinTime as Punk makes his Dynamite in-ring debut?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. They feel things out but then Fish bails out as fans chant for Punk. Fish flexes, gets back in, and circles with Punk again. Punk throws a kick but Fish stays on his feet. Fish gives the kick back but Punk gets in for a clinch! Punk hits a headlock takeover, but Fish fights up to power out. Punk runs Fish over, covers, ONE! Punk facelocks, Fish pushes him into a corner, but the ref calls for the break. Fish kicks low and kicks the leg out! Fish snapmares, wraps on a chinlock and leans on Punk as he squeezes tight. Fans rally, Punk fights up but Fish clinches for knees to put Punk back in the corner. But Punk turns it around to give knees in return!

Punk snapmares and drops an elbow! Punk wraps a chinlock on now and grinds Fish. Fish fights up, powers out but Punk runs him over. Things speed up, Fish hurdles but Punk scoops and SLAMS him! Punk smirks and fans fire up as he brings Fish around for another scoop and SLAM! Fans want that “One More Time!” so Punk brings Fish around to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, ONE! Fish flounders to a corner, Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! But Fish slips around to fireman’s carry, only for Punk to slip out and fireman’s carry! Fish grabs the rope, throws some elbows, so Punk lets him down. Fish throws knees and strikes then KICKS the leg out!

Fish snapmares Punk near the ropes, then goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Punk up by an ear, the ref reprimands, but Fish throws more knees. Fish snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fish keeps Punk down with a chinlock and full mount. Punk endures, moves around, fights up to his feet and powers out, but Fish holds ropes. Punk clotheslines Fish out of the ring! Punk builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Fish hits railing! Fans fire up and even Punk admits he wasn’t sure that was going to work out. Punk drags Fish up and into the ring, climbs up the corner, but Fish goes to the apron and out of the ring. Punk hops down, but Fish sweeps the legs!

Fish catches his breath while Punk clutches his leg. Fish gets in the ring from the other side and waits for Punk to get in. Fish then runs in to CLOBBER Punk with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Punk up, fans rally, but Fish wrenches to hit a BIG back suplex! Fish gets a leg to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fish KICKS the bad leg, gets it again for a KNEE JAMMER! Fish has a toehold, Punk CLUBS him but Fish ROCKS Punk with a forearm, GROUND DRAGON SCREW again! Punk hobbles up, Fish throws him out and then brings him up to throw into railing! Fish ROCKS Punk with heavy hands and another KICK!

The ring count climbs, Fish refreshes the count at 4 to bring Punk back up. Punk ROCKS Fish back, and now they throw forearms back and forth! Punk gets the edge but Fish KNEES low and hard! Fish puts Punk in at 6, stalks up behind Punk and runs in at the corner to KNEE Punk again! Fish throws hands and kicks away on the bad leg! Punk sits down but Fish keeps kicking, tot hen wrap the leg around ropes! The ref counts, Fish lets off at 4, and fans rally up as Fish drags Punk up by his ears. Fish throws more hands, hoists Punk to the top rope then throws more forearms. Fish CLUBS Punk on his back then climbs up to join Punk.

Punk throws hands back but Fish throws more forearms. Punk gives a flurry and Fish falls to the mat! Fans fire up as Punk adjusts on the top rope, balances on his one good leg and hits the MACHO ELBOW DROP! Both men are down and a standing count starts. Punk and Fish slowly sit up at 4, get to their knees and start throwing forearms! They go back and forth, Punk gets the edge and stands first to rain down on Fish! Punk hobbles, Fish KICKS that bad leg out! Fish has to catch his breath a moment, Punk ducks the roundhouse! Fish mule kicks, runs but into a CALF KICK! Fish staggers around but into a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!

Punk SHINING WIZARDS in the corner again, then reels Fish in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Punk grits his teeth, clutching the bad leg again. Punk says night-night and he gets Fish back up. Fireman’s carry but Fish blocks the knee to DRAGON SCREW! Fish builds speed to SLIDING LARIAT! Fish brings Punk up, but Punk trips him to a jackknife! TWO as Fish bridges and spins around, but Punk powers up to a fireman’s carry! G T S!! But it’s the bad leg so Punk crawls to the cover, Fish kicks out but at 3.1! Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

That was one gritty, knock down, drag out fight! But in the end, the Best in the World is still CM Punk, and CM Punk is still undefeated in AEW. Will things only get tougher for Punk the deeper he goes into the roster?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“I made your whole family lose faith in you. I divided the entire Nightmare Family. I forced you to take measures that you’d never taken before. And I made an entire crowd HATE you. If you think this was about pinfalls, Rhodes, think again. The house always wins.” Is round three not the end of this war between the Dark Father and the American Nightmare?

 

MJF w/ Wardlow & Shawn Spears VS Bryce Donovan!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman has talked enough trash, now he’s getting back in the ring to back some of it up. Will having The Pinnacle’s Mr. Mayhem and The Chair Man be a big help in staying on top?

The bell rings MJF wants to take a moment to offer Bryce a handshake. Fans know better but Bryce doesn’t, he takes the handshake and MJF kicks him low! MJF brings Bryce along to WRING him out into the buckles! And then MJF throws Bryce to the apron, slashes the throat and hits the HEATSEEKER! One finger cover, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

Well, he didn’t even need his back-up for that one. Spears gets MJF the mic and then throws Bryce out. MJF has them cut his music and then says, “Wow, Boston. This place is exactly as I remember it from last time: An absolute sh*t hole. But guess what? You’re lucky, Mass, you got to see me do what I do best, and that’s pinning shoulders on mats and bangin’ rats.” But MJF will skip that latter part since he’d rather put his junk in a blender than go anywhere near the “disgusting fat women” of Boston! Here’s his impression of their moms. “Hada, MJF, hada!” Their accents are disgusting to him. And speaking of disgusting: Darby Allin!

Oh, Boston likes Darby, huh? They do chant for him. Makes sense. This town loves to cheer losers. But Darby, you made a mistake interrupting MJF when he said he deserves to be AEW World Champion, which is true. And to make things worse, Darby threw the gauntlet down in saying MJF couldn’t break him mentally. Well that’s funny considering Darby is too scared to show up for work now. Uh, he’s hurt cuz of what The Pinnacle did but okay… Boston also tells MJF what they think of him, aka he’s an A-hole, but he says he can’t hear them over all the money he makes.

But MJF would be scared, too, considering he knocked out Darby’s “Creepy papi,” Sting with the beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring. The same ring that MJF won over two years ago when he beat Hangman Adam Page! “The more you know~.” It’s almost like now that the dumb shmuck, Darby Allin, is out of MJF’s hair, there’s nothing MJF stopping him from his destiny. MJF doesn’t care about Full Gear. Kenny, Adam, it doesn’t matter, because you’re looking at the future world champion! MJF is the past, the present and the future- SHUT YOUR MOUTHS, BOSTON! But wait! Here comes the snow, the crow and… it’s a prank by MJF!

And he laughs so hard. Spears, you’re so smart! Boston is so stupid! Okay, okay, listen up. Wait. Now the lights go down again and MJF thinks this is Spears tricking him. No, this wasn’t Spears’ idea. On the titantron plays a new video message from Darby! There’s a fake MJF wearing a cheap suit, wig and fake beard, and a cut-out of MJF’s face. Fake MJF flips off a rapper during his own concert, only to turn around into Darby’s SHOTGUN dropkick! And then they BODY SLAM fake MJF through a table! Then it reads, “Now time to break YOU physically.” And the lights in the arena return, Sting SMACKS Spears with the bat! Sting JABS Wardlow and MJF runs away!

Sting keeps after Wardlow, and The Invisible Man in the crowd takes off the mask to reveal it’s DARBY! MJF turns around and wants mercy, but then he runs away! Spears takes a shot from Darby in his place, and Darby whips Spears into the steps! Darby puts Spears in the ring and fans are thunderous as he brings out a skateboard. It doesn’t have the wheels or trucks but it has THUMBTACKS in it! Sting JABS Spears down with the bat, then CRACKS Wardlow! Darby SMACKS Wardlow with the spiked board! MJF says this is BS but he’s the one staying away on the stage! Darby gets a mic now and tells Max, “Full Gear.” Plain and simple, the score will be settled on PPV!

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Tony Schiavone says we’re in the Halloween spirit with the AEW Women’s World Champion and her sidekicks, Rebel and Jamie Hayter, as Britt prepares for her match at Full Gear. That is, if Britt is still world champion by that time. Britt is offended by Schiavone using “If,” but it would seem that on the Cruise of Jericho, Britt had a match with Abadon that she completely walked out on. Therefore, Tony Khan has decided for this Friday’s edition of Rampage, it will be a Trick or Treat match, Britt VS Abadon, and the treat is: if Abadon wins, she gets a future title match with Britt Baker! And what’s the trick?! Well, it’s that it is No Disqualifications.

Oh, No DQ? Well Britt has a couple of tricks of her own. Wink wink, nudge nudge, Rebel and Jamie will help her. So see you Friday, Abby. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. But will even her back-up be too afraid to get close to the Living Dead Girl?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Ethan Page!

Things have escalated between the Inner Circle and the American Top Team/Men of the Year conglomerate that there will be a 10 Man Tag between them at Full Gear! That is, if the Spanish God retains this title against All Ego. Otherwise, Sammy must LEAVE the Inner Circle forever, completely nullifying the 5v5! However, to make sure this all goes down fair and square, there is a ringside ban on Scorpio Sky, American Top Team and the rest of the Inner Circle. Will it all fall apart right here? Or will Sammy make sure he and the Inner Circle have all the momentum in their corner going into faction warfare?

The introductions are made, Sammy leaves the belt behind to bold to the ring and tackle Ethan! Sammy rains down furious fists and the ref wants this to hold on a minute! Ethan shoves Sammy away but Sammy comes back with a JUMP KNEE! Ethan tumbles out of the ring and fans fire up for Sammy as he KNEES Ethan back down! Sammy builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with the tornillo and Boston is all fired up! Sammy brings Ethan up to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Sammy jumps in to rain down more fists, then he drags the table out of the way so he can bring Ethan around and throw him into railing! Sammy brings Ethan up again and fans are loving this!

Sammy whips Ethan into more railing, then he tells Ethan this is what he wanted! Sammy drags Ethan up and into the ring and Ethan wants a timeout! Sammy gets in, the ref checks on Ethan, the bell rings! Sammy runs but into a BOOT! Ethan and Sammy throw forearms back and forth, Ethan gets the edge! “I’m the man!” Ethan whips Sammy but Sammy reverses, hurdles, flips over and dropkicks Ethan down! And then hits that smooth kip up! Cover, ONE! Sammy drags Ethan back up to CHOP him to a corner. Sammy brings Ethan in to snap suplex, cover, ONE! Ethan is tough but Sammy sits him up and KICKS him in the back.

Tony Nese watches from the front row like he did Saturday as Sammy covers again. ONE, Nese isn’t impressed, but Sammy CHOPS Ethan again. Ethan throws a haymaker but Sammy ROCKS Ethan with forearms. They brawl, Ethan knees low and puts Sammy in the corner to CHOP! Sammy is stinging but he throws a forearm and a CHOP in return! Sammy puts Ethan in the corner, digs his palms into Ethan’s face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Ethan kicks low then ROCKS Sammy with another forearm. Ethan whips, Sammy reverses and reels Ethan in to back suplex and KICK out of the air! And then SUPERKICK!

Fans fire up with Sammy as he goes to the corner and climbs up. Ethan hurries and hits the ropes to trip Sammy up! Ethan throws hands, keeps Sammy up top, but Sammy hits back. Ethan headbutts Sammy, brings him up, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Sammy hits the crossbar then tumbles to the floor! Ethan gloats as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sammy writhes, Ethan goes out and fetches him to throw him into railing! Payback for before the match officially started! Ethan then drags Sammy up and scoops to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Ethan puts Sammy in the ring, stalks him, then brings him up. Sammy throws body shots, forearms, and CHOPS! Sammy whips, Ethan reverses and BACK DROPS Sammy across the ring! Sammy is in a daze and Ethan shows off the dancing pecs before Ethan stands on Sammy’s head. Ethan even pulls on an arm, but the ref counts. Ethan lets off at 4 and mocks the counting, to then drag Sammy up and scoop for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ethan scowls as he looms over Sammy and stomps him down. Ethan pie faces Sammy as AEW returns to single picture, and he also eggs Sammy on. Sammy drags himself up but Ethan DECKS him with a forearm! Fans rally up, Ethan pretends he can’t hear them, but Sammy hits back with forearms! Ethan knees low, gets Sammy up to a Canadian Rack then crucifix but Sammy slips out! Sammy ducks and dodges to LARIAT! And back elbow! Sammy whips, Ethan reverses but Sammy slides to dodge and RAMS into him at the corner! Sammy goes to the apron to ENZIGURI! Ethan staggers, Sammy takes aim and triangle jumps for the SUPER CUTTER!

Ethan flounders to a corner and fans fire up with Sammy! Sammy runs but into a BOOT! Ethan runs but into a STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ethan flops out of the ring and a ring count begins. Sammy goes out the side, fans fire up as he climbs again, SUPER SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds while both men are down! Sammy drags Ethan up and into the ring and “This is Awesome!” Sammy slashes his throat, goes for the torture rack but Ethan fights with elbows and then ROCKS Sammy with a forearm! Ethan runs but into an elbow, Sammy goes up to get a BACK HAND! ICONOCLASM, and then a scoop to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Ethan drags Sammy to a drop zone and goes up the corner. Sammy stands up and springs up to the top! Ethan fights him then scoops Sammy for a SUPER SLAM! Sammy flounders to a corner, Ethan runs in to CLOBBER him with the shoulder tackle! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Ethan snarls. Ethan drags Sammy up but Sammy flops down as dead weight. Ethan grins as he puts Sammy on the top rope. Ethan climbs up to hook Sammy’s arms for an elevated crucifix, SUPER STEINER! Sammy runs Ego’s Edge into his own move! STANDING SHOOTING FLOP as Ethan moves! Ethan reels Sammy in but Sammy trips him up to a jackknife, Sammy wins!!

Winner: Sammy Guevera, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

But Ethan attacks from behind like a sore loser! They brawl more, and here comes Scorpio now that the ringside ban is off! Scorpio throws Sammy down, rains down fists, but here comes CHRIS JERICHO! Le Champion is back, and he’s here with the rest of the Inner Circle! They run The Men of the Year off and fans sing along with Judas. Jericho gets a mic to say, “Well of course, the Jackasses of the Year try to pull an ambush on Sammy Guevara after his big win tonight. But at least Scorpio Sky, at least you’ve beaten Le Champion twice. I respect that. But Ethan Page, let’s be honest. The last thing you’ve beaten of any prominence is yourself in your hotel room last night.”

Fans chant “Beat Your Meat!” but Scorpio defends Ethan did no such thing. But the most important thing is Sammy won, so there will be a 5v5 match at Full Gear on November 13th! Page, Sky, American Top Team VS the reunited Inner Circle, baby! And by virtue of Tony Khan, this match is now gonna be a MINNEAPOLIS STREET FIGHT! So next week, they decide which members of American Top Team will be in the match, so please tell Dan Lambert, that “pumpkin headed dips*it,” to be there so they can decide who get kendo sticks up their backsides to make MMA meatsicles with!

And to finish off, Jericho will paraphrase the lyrics of one of the greatest rock songs of all time, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith. “You talk about things nobody cares, you wearin’ all the things nobody wears. You called us out but let me make it clear as glass: at Full Gear, honey, we’re gonna kick your effin’ ass!” The Inner Circle stands triumphant tonight, but who do they call out to take down?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston.

Schiavone brings up that these two will battle on Friday’s Rampage in the semifinals of the World Title Eliminator Tournament. Kingston tells Bryan that he talked about hard work and that Kingston doesn’t work hard. Well he’ll tell you that every morning, he takes a pill of Zoloft so he doesn’t flip out and hurt someone. He battles depression, and anger, and who knows what’ll happen after that. But he ain’t trying to get locked up because he wants to live the dream. Don’t tell him about hard work until you’ve walked a mile in Kingston’s shoes, partner. And guess what? He’s done talking, and done listening. Excuse his back.

Kingston walks away, Bryan says that is the Kingston he wants to see and fight in the ring. That is the Kingston that has someone to believe in and fight for. Bryan hates to tell Kingston this, but HE’S been through it, too! He doesn’t complain about it! There are so many people in this country and this locker room who have been through that same crap and still go through it every single day and still go out there to put in the work. Bryan isn’t saying Kingston isn’t a hard worker, because every time Kingston’s in the ring, he works his ass off. Bryan gives Kingston this, too: Kingston and Moxley are the two toughest pro-wrestlers he’s ever met in his entire life!

And despite all of that, this Friday, Bryan will go out there and prove he’s the best. It doesn’t matter if Kingston listens or not, Bryan will beat him. Who moves on from the semifinals to fight at Full Gear?

 

Backstage interview with The Lucha Brothers.

Schiavone says it is great to see them both back, the AEW World Tag Team Champions have a challenge for FTR at Full Gear. Penta El Zero M asks to say something, and he takes the mic to call FTR out in Spanish. Alex Abrahantes wants to translate but Fenix speaks up first. “FTR, we know what you want. We will put these titles on the line at Full Gear.” Alex gets his turn and says the Lucha Brothers say, “FTR, you say you’re the best. You say you’re the greatest. But you have NO idea the sacrifices we’ve made to become the tag team champions. So at Full Gear, on November 13th, we’ll put the AEW World Tag Team Championships up on the line.” Because they are the Lucha Brothers and they have CERO MIEDO! Will the champions make sure FTR learn a lesson about what it truly means to be the best?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Serena Deeb VS Hikaru Shida!

This may be the opener to the tournament to crown a new women’s champion, but this is also a rematch from when the Woman of 1000 Holds not only denied the Full Metal Warrior her 50th win, but cracked her over the head with the trophy! Will Deeb deny Shida again while also going for the gold? Or will Shida’s revenge be two birds with one Katana knee?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. Deeb goes for a leg, Shida blocks but Deeb gets a facelock. Shida slips around to get her own facelock but Deeb fights up to trip Shida. Shida kicks Deeb away and they go again. Shida waistlocks, slams, then rains down rights! Deeb shoves her away but gets up into a BOOT! Fans rally and duel, Shida stomps Deeb in a corner. The ref counts, Deeb slips out to drag Shida to the corner. Deeb SLAMS the leg into the post, then SLAMS it again! Shida clutches the leg, Deeb grabs the legs again, but Shida pulls Deeb into the post! A ring count begins and reaches 5 of 10 while Deeb is still down. Shida has the count stop and goes out to fetch Deeb.

Shida puts Deeb on the apron, climbs up the corner and drags her up, to DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up and fans fire up with her, but Deeb keeps Shida from climbing again. Shida bounces Deeb off the buckles, runs corner to corner and AEW goes picture in picture as Deeb dodges! Shida knees buckles, Deeb runs in to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg! Deeb steadies herself, drags Shida around and drops an elbow on the bad leg. Shida tries to fight back but Deeb thrashes the leg, then drops another elbow! Deeb pushes back on the toehold, Shida throws hands but Deeb cranks the hold harder. Deeb stands on the leg to stomp it!

Shida crawls to ropes, Deeb drags her into a corner and puts the leg on the ropes. Deeb kicks away but lets off as the ref counts. Deeb pulls on the leg, lets off again, then soaks up the heat while Shida sits down in the corner. Deeb drags Shida up, clinches, but Shida throws body shots to get free. Shida kicks but Deeb blocks to DDT the foot! Shida falls over, crawls but Deeb drags her around. Deeb has a standing toehold, Shida endures but kicks back with her free leg! Deeb lets go and shakes out the arm, but goes after the leg again, Shida SLAPS Deeb, Deeb SLAPS back! Deeb runs, into an ENZIGURI! Both women are down and a standing count begins.

Shida crawls to ropes, Deeb storms over and throws EuroUppers. Shida forearms in return, Deeb EuroUppers again, Shida fires off more forearms, backs Deeb down, and fans fire up! Shida whips Deeb corner to corner, runs in and KNEES Deeb! Shida keeps going, SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Shida and she climbs up again. Deeb stands, Shida leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shida gets Deeb up, suplexes, stalls and SLAMS Deeb down! Cover, TWO! Shida says one more and she brings Deeb back in. Shida gets the Canadian Rack but Deeb slips off to EuroUpper! And again, but into a backslide! Deeb rolls through but Shida gets a straitjacket!

Deeb fights free, but Shida BOOTS the clothesline to AX KICK! Shida gets the arms, STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Then she drags Deeb up, Canadian Rack to DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives but Shida gets moving, BLINDSIDE TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are thunderous as Shida takes aim. KATAN- NO! Deeb blocks the leg but Shida CLUBS her! Shida suplexes, but the bad leg holds her back! Deeb trips Shida for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Deeb drags Shida around but Shida boots her right out of the ring! Deeb has a tumble to the floor, Shida brings out a chair! Shida sets the chair up, runs but Deeb throws the chair away!

Shida pursues Deeb around the way, and uses the steel steps for a MISSILE DROPKICK! Shida clutches her bad leg but she still gets Deeb up and into the ring. Deeb slides back out but Shida goes after her. Deeb trips Shida and SLAMS the leg on the apron again and again! Deeb drags Shida to the corner and ties up the legs for a HANGING FIGURE FOUR! Shida endures, the ref counts, and Deeb lets go at 4! Deeb stalks Shida, gets the legs again, but figure four becomes inside cradle, TWO!! Deeb gets Shida up, but Shida slips out to QUESTION MARK KICK! Deeb staggers, POINT-BLANK KNEE! Shida runs, TAMASHI into a HALF CRAB!!

Deeb sits DEEP, Shida crawls, but Deeb drags her away, TRAILER HITCH!! Shida endures, reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans are loving this as the ref counts. Deeb lets go at 4, snarls, and grabs the piece of the broken trophy! “This is Awesome!” but Shida KICKS Deeb first! Shida has the piece of the trophy but she hands it to the ref. Deeb rakes eyes! Cradle, TWO!! Deeb kicks low, reels Shida in and hooks the arms, but Shida fights to back drop! Sunset flip but prawn hold counter! SHIDA WINS!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And that’s 50!! But bigger than that, Shida is into the next round! But Deeb CHOP BLOCKS Shida! She’s a sore loser, and she gets the chair Shida brought out! Deeb aims and SMACKS the bad leg! And again! And then she JAMS away on the leg, then SMACKS the knee again! Deeb is incensed as she omoplatas and SMASHES the knee into the mat! SERENITY LOCK! More refs rush out but the damage has been done! Deeb lets go when Jerry Lynn storms out and tells her to stop. Shida may have won the match, but did Deeb just break the bracket by sidelining her? Or will Shida literally limp into her battle with the Native Beast next round?

 

Backstage interview with Lio Rush & Dante Martin.

Schiavone brings up the match on Rampage, these two debuting as a duo. However, an injury to Mike Sydal means there will be an audible in that match. It will instead be Dante Martin VS Matt Sydal 1v1 to complete the trilogy. Lio says it’s all about timing. It just wasn’t the right time for Mike Sydal, which Lio should’ve anticipated. This is just what to expect from a Sydal. But Lio’s debut will come at the right time, and when that time comes, you will know why he’s the Man of the Hour.

But enough about him. Friday, Dante VS Matt Sydal for the third time. And you better believe the third time is the charm, because Dante will have Lio in his corner, “not some washed up mentor who only cares about beating Dante instead of teaching Dante.” Friday, there will be a lesson learned, and the failed student will be Matt Sydal. Lio promises a lot from Dante, but will Dante be able to cash the check #LBOLio’s mouth writes?

 

AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Preston Vance VS Jon Moxley!

Number 10 is running at 100% power, and he’s brought back the Joker mask! Fitting since he’s taking on the Maniac of AEW! But will Moxley keep his promise to beat down everyone in his path so he can get home to his baby girl in one piece? Or will Vance break a whole lot of brackets instead?

The bell rings, Moxley gets right around Vance and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Vance ends up in a corner, Moxley stomps away, but lets off at 4 to get in the ref’s face. Moxley goes back for Vance but Vance fights the suplex and elbows free. Vance runs in but is put on the apron, and Moxley DECKS him with a forearm! Moxley goes out, brings Vance around and RAMS him into steel steps! Moxley tears at the mask and then BITES Vance’s face!! Moxley drags Vance up to POST him! Moxley gets back in the ring and paces around as the ring count climbs. Fans are fired up and Moxley gets impatient. Vance manages to get in at 7 but he is busted open!

Moxley runs in but Vance elbows him away! Vance fires off forearms, CHOPS and a ROLLING ELBOW! Vance goes side to side to BOOT Moxley in the corner! And then the other way, into Moxley’s LARIAT! Moxley rains down fists on the wound he made on Vance’s head, then get shim up, PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And as quickly as he handled business, Moxley takes his leave! Will Moxley do the same to Orange Cassidy in the next round?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Schiavone brings up the challenge made for Full Gear, and Cash Wheeler says that they’ve waited almost an entire year to get back their AEW World Tag Team Championships. And of course they accept the challenge, they’ve waited too long as others “babysat” the titles. Papi’s home and they’re taking the titles back. Tully Blanchard says everyone knows what a reset is. These two and Tully hit the reset button. “Those guys don’t have any idea what’s coming down the pike.” Dax Harwood agrees and says Penta and Fenix do a lot of cute things in the air and all, but there’s one thing they’ll do what they’ve never done before: Fight.

They’re going to make the Lucha Brothers fight for their lives and the AEW World Tag Team Championships. And in the end of the night, FTR will go down as the absolute best tag team of all time! Y’know what they say: Living legends are a dying breed, but FTR aren’t feeling too good themselves. #TopGuysOut.

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Fans are booing the American Nightmare already as he rises from his special entrance in the middle of the stage. Arn Anderson is with him, and Cody will speak on his victory over Malakai Black after AEW’s picture in picture break.

Cody throws his jacket to the crowd as a free souvenir, then he and Arn get in the ring. Cody gets the mic, but AEW goes to a full break first.

AEW returns and fans are still booing. Cody says, “Whether you believe it or not, I hear you. I hear you online, I hear old wrestling managers shouting at clouds on social media, and I heard you this Saturday.” He had one of the best, Malakai Black, hooked the arms, and then he’d hit the Tiger Driver just as Excalibur called. “But for a brief moment, for a glimmer, I thought about hitting a very different move. And what would happen if I hit that move? Would I have popped up? Would I have sneered? Would I have abused my Executive Vice President role? Would I have broken the covenant between you and I, challenged for the world title and won the world championship?”

Cody wants us to know why he didn’t. Because it’d be too easy. No, no, not the matches. The matches would be hard, but that’d be the easy way out. Fans have the right to do whatever they want. They can cheer, they can boo, but if they’re going to boo the narrative, boo the real narrative. No one has a problem with the man who signs the checks, but please don’t forget the man who built the bank. And please do Cody a favor. It’s not in his nature, put yourselves in his shoes. And he throws away his custom Nike! Cody wants us to think about it! He grew up in front of us! He debuted at age 20, no kneepads, no muscles.

Cody admits he has a wife that’s too hot for him and a brother that bell to bell is a Hall of Famer, surely better than Cody. He has a daughter that he barely deserves and a father that even if Cody lived to be 300 years old, he’d not leave behind the legacy that he did. So the “easy way out” for Cody is not the way he’s going to do this. Cody will not turn. And the reason is simple, and he isn’t pandering, but he loves the fans too much, just as he’s loved them his entire life. So if anyone thought that maybe he got a little Hollywood, then allow him to apologize to each and every fan out there. He apologizes to the Nightmare Family, up and down the line, and even to Arn Anderson.

Cody puts a hand on Arn’s shoulder as he says, “If I’ve never told you, let me tell you right now. It is a damn honor to stand in the ring with you.” He apologizes, shakes Arn’s hand and says Arn was right. But Andrade El Idolo walks out now, and says, “Cody, Cody, Cody. Who do you think you are? Cody, these people don’t like you! The people don’t like me, but the difference is, I don’t care about the people!” Andrade says Cody made stupid choices. First, that stupid neck tattoo. Second, getting in Andrade’s business. Look at him! He IS Andrade El Idolo! Cody dares Andrade to get in the ring but Andrade wants him to hold on.

If Cody wants, Andrade can make Cody “my little bitch.” But then lights go out! And when they come back up, MALAKAI BLACK is by Andrade’s side! BLACK MIST!! Arn goes after Andrade’s assistant, Jose, while Andrade and Malakai stomp Cody down! Andrade then goes after Arn! Jose clubs away on Arn with his clipboard, but here comes PAC! Pac dumps Andrade out then BOOTS Malakai! Andrade gets back in but Pac dodges to sobat, kick and KICK! Pac runs to BOOT Andrade down! Andrade and Malakai bail out and regroup but Pac builds speed, only for Andrade, Malakai and Jose to retreat! Pac calls Malakai out by sitting cross legged and flipping him off! Has the American Nightmare found an unlikely ally in The British Bastard?

 

8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS The Elite!

Halloween comes a little early as these factions dress up for this 4v4 showdown! Lone Ranger Evil Uno, “Kratos” Grayson, Colt Cutler and Johnny Bambi head to the ring while Anna Jay, Alan Angels and Alex Reynolds keep an eye on the “horse” Uno rode in on. Meanwhile, the Elite become the GHOSTBUSTERS! And they cross the streams! Also, Michael Nakazawa is a big “BAYBAY” and Cutler is the Stay Puft marshmallow man. But will having a team costume be enough for Adam Cole, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks to exorcise the Dark Order here tonight? Or will there be human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria?!

The teams sort out and Cole starts with John Silver. They circle, they tie up, and Silver shoves Cole down! Bambi’s friggin’ jacked, baby! Cole ties up with him again but Silver shoves him down again! Cole kicks low, throws hands, stomps him in a corner, then flexes back. But Silver fires off KICKS in return! Silver puts the hood back up to ANTLER HEADBUTT! Silver whips, Cole bounces off buckles and into a BACK DROP! Silver mocks the BOOM! Then he brings Cole over and Uno tags in. Uno CLUBS Cole, wrenches but Cole rakes eyes! Tag to Omega, who is still wearing his proton pack. Omega throws haymakers but Uno hits back!

Uno ROCKS Omega, whips him corner to corner and Omega’s proton pack only adds to the pain of hitting buckles! Uno says YEEHAW and he runs corner to corner to SPLASH into the pack! Omega was one step ahead! Omega throws Uno out, the ref is busy with the Dark Order as they protest, and Nakazawa gives Uno a BIG BABY SPLASH! It’s mostly a padded costume, though… Nick Jackson puts Uno in for Omega to mock the Dark Order pose as he covers. TWO, and Omega laughs as he tags in Matt Jackson. Matt throws hands, Uno ends up in a corner and Matt whips him. Uno reverses, Matt goes up and over and things speed up, but Uno sweeps the legs!

Uno hops on and rides Matt like a rodeo bull! He doesn’t hold on for 8 seconds but he does BOOT Matt down! Fans chant “COWBOY SH*T” for him as he tags in Stu. Stu tags in Silver then runs in to SPLASH! Silver runs in to clothesline, then Uno adds his! Colt Cabana runs up, to give Matt some cold spray to the face! The Elite protests but this is all karma coming back to haunt them! Colt keeps spraying even though Matt staggers away, and Uno scoops to SLAM Matt down! The Dark Order poses, what a family portrait moment. But the rest of the Elite get in, only for the Dark Order to kick them all low. TRIPLE SCOOP SLAMS! And then another pose!

Things sort out as AEW goes picture in picture and Colt throws hands on Matt. Colt bumps Matt off buckles, tags in Stu and he brings Matt around. Matt throws hands, Stu CLUBS him then suplexes, but Matt slips out. Matt ducks and dodges, Cole tags in but Stu dodges Matt to springboard TORNADO DDT! Cole gets in to BOOT Stu down! Cole kicks Stu out, distracts the ref and Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Stu down! Nick and Omega hug it out and then Matt stomps Stu for good measure. Cole goes out to put Stu in the ring, then he brings Stu over to tag Omega. They mug Stu, Omega throws hands and JABS in the corner. Omega JABS away then stomps Stu down!

The ref counts as Omega digs his boots in but Omega lets off to walk it off. He bumps Stu off buckles, tags Nick, then Nick stomps away on Stu. Tag to Matt, the Elite blow up the Dark Order corner, and then Matt whips Nick in, only for Stu to throw him out! Stu throws Matt out, but the Bucks and Omega coordinate for a DOUBLE GIRI KNEE COMBO! Omega tags Cole in, they bring Stu up and Cole points to the corner. Omega goes over but there’s no Dark Order to hit. Oh, this was just so Cole could put Stu in the camel clutch and set things up with the Bucks. The Bucks run the ropes while Omega plays defense, and the Bucks give Cole the SUPER KISS!

They let Stu go, Nick does his Macho Man, and then Cole drags Stu to the corner. Cole stomps Stu, Matt tags in and then he tags Nick. The Bucks stomp Stu as AEW returns to single picture. They double whip Stu to a corner, Nick runs in but Stu elbows him away! Stu BOOTS Matt, dodges Omega’s back elbow and KNEES Cole off the apron! Stu goes up to step on each of the Bucks to get to Omega with the FLYING RANA! The Bucks aim but Stu goes Matrix to avoid the Superkicks to DOUBLE PELE! Fans fire up and Stu crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Colt Cabana! Cabana dodges the clotheslines to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! And a FLYING APPLE for Omega!

Colt fires off JAB after JAB for the Bucks! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW for Omega! Colt tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Matt into Nick, then he sweeps the legs to make Nick DDT Matt! SUPERMAN CLUTCH! But Cole breaks the cover! Cole whips, Colt reverses and runs in, FLYING APPLE! SUPERKICK from Nick! Silver tags in, he whips but Nick holds ropes. Silver runs in but Nick sends him out. Nick elbows Silver away then goes to the corner, but Silver GAMANGIRIS him down! CANNONBALL for Cole! UPPERCUT for Omega! BOOT for Matt! LARIAT for big baby Nakamura! Silver gets in the ring and Nick is on the ropes to get a BOOT and GERMAN SUPLEX!

Nick flounders up but Cole and Matt get in! SUPERKICKS for Silver! Nick tags Matt, Omega and Cole also get in. SNAP DRAGON to the TRIPE SUPERKICK GHOSTBUSTER!!! Cover, Stu breaks it!!! SUPERKICK for Stu! Nick kicks at Uno but he blocks it and sends it into Omega! Uno then gets around to block another kick and hands it to the ref for the NECKBREAKER! Cole SUPERKICKS Uno, Colt DECKS Cole, Omega V-TRIGGERS Colt! Silver returns, he dodges Omega to ENZIGURI! Matt SUPERKICKS Silver! Matt aims at Stu but Stu ducks, SUPERKICK to the ref!! Matt realizes what went wrong and Stu throws knees! Stu torture racks but Matt slips out to LOW BLOW!

Matt says he’s too smart, but he doesn’t realize Colt, Uno and Silver are stalking up behind him. But then the rest of the Elite LOW BLOW them! The proton packs are reintroduced, the Elite put them on and it’s time to “cross the streams.” QUADRUPLE PROTON PACK ATTACK! Colt is the only one left in the ring, the packs are piled up, QUADRUPLE BOMB onto the packs!!! Colt writhes and now Cutler wants in. Wait, wait, wait! The horse from earlier is galloping out here? He gets up on the apron with Angels and Reynolds, but the Elite knock Angels and Reynolds down! The horse gets in the ring and tries to explain something, but Matt LOW BLOWS him!

The Elite set up, QUADRUPLE B T E TRIGGER! The horse mask is removed, and it’s BRANDON CUTLER?!?! But if he’s been the Dark Order’s hostage, than who’s the marshmallow man…? The Dark Order drags out Omega, Cole and Nick to RAM them into railing! Matt is confused, and the marshmallow man is HANGMAN!! Matt realizes it as he turns around, LARIAT!! Fans are going nuts, Stu climbs up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto the rest of the Elite! And lands on his feet! Omega gets in but gets a DEADEYE!! Silver gets in, he and Hangman set up, torture rack and airplane spinout bomb!! Cover, the ref is back and counts, THE DARK ORDER WINS!!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Talk about trick or treat! The trick was in the costume, and the treat is that the Elite taste defeat! But will things taste even sweeter when the Cowboy takes the world title from the Cleaner?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome night right here! For one, a lot of great set-up for Rampage and even next week’s Dynamite. I am glad that Abadon is getting her part with Britt Baker and the women’s world title. A No DQ match is definitely one way to have Britt’s sidekicks interact and be scared by Abadon when she no sells whatever they do, but I’m sure Britt finds a way to win so she doesn’t owe someone a title match before Full Gear. Because if she does lose, I doubt she loses the title to Abadon. I’m still thinking it’ll be Thunder Rosa taking that title off Britt. Could’ve happened a lot sooner but hey, as long as that’s the end goal.

Meanwhile, Cody’s promo really blurred the lines of kayfabe and shoot, mostly with how he said he’d never turn. And Andrade became a “Heel who makes good points” with his response. But naturally, this set up more with this team-up of Andrade and Malakai and likewise, Pac and Cody. Andrade VS Cody is going to be really good, with a weird reversal where the Heel is going to be cheered. I’d love to see them give us Pac VS Malakai, too. Haven’t seen that since Tommy End’s debut in WWE for the UK special years ago. Then of course, there will be a tag match, Malakai & Andrade VS Pac & Cody. If the payoff isn’t Cody actually turning, I feel like this will be for naught.

We got really good promos from the Lucha Bros and FTR, though I’m a little disappointed this isn’t going to be Winners Take All. I don’t know if FTR become dual champions but that would be pretty big for them. Bryan and Kingston have really good promos to hype up their match, and Lio Rush has a good promo in light of the tag match having to change. I’m thinking Lio cheats for Dante behind his back to help Dante win against Matt Sydal. MJF of course squashes the rando, but all the promo stuff was really good. Moxley VS Vance was fast but also brutal. I didn’t think Vance would get busted open, and maybe the Joker mask was brought back just to get torn up.

Fish VS Punk was great stuff, especially to open the night. Sammy VS Ethan was also great, but naturally Sammy won to stay in the Inner Circle and keep things going towards Full Gear. Pretty sure they didn’t need a week to decide the American Top Team members. Well, maybe the other two, because number one will surely be Jorge Masvidal given he’s hit Jericho with the knockout knee twice already. Making it a Street Fight was probably a good move, too, so that the MMA guys don’t have to worry about all the little rules pro-wrestling has. And there can be interference from Dan Lambert and immediate karma on Dan Lambert, too.

Deeb VS Shida was awesome stuff that really built off their previous match. Shida gets her 50th but that damage Deeb did to her, they could easily kayfabe it as Shida is out of the tournament. Then maybe Nyla gets yet another bye to face the winner of Kris Statlander VS Ruby Soho. And there was so much to love in the Halloween costume 8 Man Tag. There were subtle hints of dysfunction in The Elite because both Omega and Cole have combos with The Bucks and they were kinda passive aggressively getting in each other’s way. Then there was the great twist at the end with Hangman being the marshmallow man. Omega VS Hangman is only getting better, the next two weeks will definitely be big in the math.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)

Happy Anniversary, AEW!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Roppongi Vice gets Dark!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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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