Dynamite prepares for Full Gear!
The AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, and his challenger, Hangman Page, are going to sign on the dotted line to make their Full Gear battle official! But will it stay civil before the bell?
- Bryan Danielson VS Rocky Romero w/ Orange Cassidy; Danielson wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti & Anna Jay; Rosa, Tay & Jay win.
- Jungle Boy VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster; Jungle Boy wins.
- Wardlow VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor; Wardlow wins.
- Lio Rush & Dante Martin VS Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty; Rush & Martin win.
- Dax Harwood w/ Tully Blanchard VS PAC; PAC wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson VS Rocky Romero w/ Orange Cassidy!
Before the American Dragon takes on Miro at Full Gear, there’s was a special challenge made that he could not turn down! Will the King Gold Wolf win this one on behalf of a friend of a friend?
The bell rings and the two shake hands. Fans cheer the sportsmanship as the two circle and tie up. Bryan waistlocks, Rocky wrenches to a wristlock but Bryan rolls and chinbars. Rocky wrangles Bryan down, Bryan gets back up to back drop and have the wristlock. Rocky endures so Bryan steps over to wrench again. Rocky trips Bryan up to drop down on the arm. Fans rally and duel, Bryan gets up to spin around and headlock. Rocky powers out, things speed up and Bryan runs Rocky over! Bryan gets a leg, KICKS away on it, then drops an elbow on the knee. Rocky uses his free leg to get the ARMBAR! Bryan scrambles to the ropebreak! Rocky lets off and fans cheer the exchange.
The two reset, approach, and knuckle lock. Bryan drags Rocky down to waistlock then SLAM Rocky. Rocky gets up but Bryan brings him down again. Rocky powers Bryan back to a corner, then elbows as the ropebreak is called. Rocky throws another elbow, wrenches and whips Bryan as he goes up and over. Things speed up, Rocky gets around but Bryan switches, only for Rocky to fling him out! Bryan gets a bit frustrated, and Cassidy walks over to put his hands in his pocket! Bryan shakes his head but Rocky DIVES on him! Direct hit at the ramp! Cassidy waves the Chaos rally towel, Rocky CHOPS Bryan and puts him in the ring.
Rocky stomps Bryan, brings Bryan to the corner and climbs up to then FLYING KNEE DROP on the arm! Bryan gets up but Rocky CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan turns things around to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP, and KICK, and KICK and KICK and KICK! Fans fire up, Rocky sits down but he still eggs Bryan on! Bryan brings Rocky out by a leg, turns him over and hooks the legs to get the arms. Rocky endures as Bryan pulls him into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Then Bryan brings Rocky into a chinlock version, but Rocky fights the dragon sleeper to get the arm! They’re both in the ropes, Bryan KNEES Rocky as he lets off.
Bryan KICKS Rocky, brings him up, throws more knees, but Rocky elbows back from the ropes. Rocky springboards for a TORNADO DDT! Big Money Matt is in the front row to taunt Cassidy but Cassidy shrugs that off. Rocky has Bryan in the ropes to KICK, but Bryan hits back! They brawl, even though Bryan is stuck in the ropes! Rocky CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers but Rocky KICKS and KICKS! Then he goes to the corner to GUILLOTINE MISSILE DROPKICK! Bryan falls out of the ring and Rocky goes out after him. Rocky jumps off the steps to FLYING RANA Bryan to the ramp! Rocky puts Bryan in, runs up and SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO!!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Bryan goes to a corner, Rocky runs corner to corner to clothesline! And again! The endless clotheslines are stopped by a ROLLING ELBOW! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his cool, Rocky gets up and Bryan KICKS him in the chest! Bryan CHOPS Rocky in the corner, KICKS, then brings Rocky around to put him up top backwards. Bryan climbs up behind Rocky and is on the very top, for a SUPER BACK CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Into the ARMBAR! Rocky’s turned this around but Bryan makes it a high stack! TWO, and Bryan deadlifts for a POWERBOMB! The standing count starts as both men are down again!
The count gets to 5 of 10 but Bryan sit sup. Bryan is up at 7 and he KICKS Rocky! Rocky forearms, Bryan EuroUppers! Rocky forearms, Bryan KICKS the leg then fires off EuroUppers! But Rocky gets a takedown! Bryan clasps hands to hold off the armbar, then rolls and turns Rocky to get a leg! CALF KILLER! Rocky rolls it back but Bryan rolls through to ANKLE LOCK!! Rocky endures, pushes Bryan back and gets the arm! Rocky stomps and gets the arm extended! Bryan rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Bryan BUZZSAWS Rocky down! Fans rally and duel, but Rocky KNEES Bryan, then SLICED- NO! Bryan blocks that to then get Rocky down for DANIELSON STOMPS!
Bryan drags Rocky into the omoplata! Rocky resists so Bryan just gets the leg for a DEEP BOSTON CRAB! Rocky taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
The Tequila Sunrise wins it for Bryan, his arsenal is much deeper than anyone would expect! Will God’s Forsaken Champion have little hope in defending against everything Bryan has up his sleeve?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Dynamite is in Indianapolis but Full Gear will have a Minneapolis Street Fight! Men of the Year and American Top Team’s Andrei Arlovski, Junior Dos Santos & Dan Lambert will take on these men, THE INNER CIRCLE! Chris Jericho leads the way again for Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana & Ortiz as Indy sings Judas. But then Men of the Year and ATT JUMP them from behind!! Dan Lambert cheers his faction’s cowardly ambush, and then they bring out the kendo sticks and trash can lids! Indy chants, “You Suck! You Suck!” as they stand Sammy up, throw his TNT Championship aside and Dos Santos BODY SHOTS Sammy down! Then they RAM Santana into steel steps!
They SMACK Ortiz with the kendo stick! And SMACK Jericho with the trash can lid! Lambert gets in the ring as Scorpio Sky brings out a table! Jericho gets another kendo stick SMACK, then Ethan Page puts Jericho in. The “Fat Faced Dips*it!” hops up onto the second rope as the Men of the Year drag Jericho up for him! They go ECW as they POWERBOMB Jericho through the table! Scorpio gets the mic to say, “BAH GAWD! HE MIGHT BE BROKEN IN HALF!” But this was just a small piece of what they can do! Believe this like you believe yo’ mama! You’ll get the whole thing this Saturday at Full Gear! The fans call the faction A-Holes, but Ethan has them listen to him,
Not only will they win at Full Gear! They’re going to make sure that LAMBERT gets to pin Jericho! And wait, that’s just Saturday. Tonight, they’ll get Lambert to TAP OUT Jericho! “Put him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!” Lambert is like a kid on Christmas as he turns Jericho over to put him in his own move! Scorpio makes Jericho tap it but Lambert shouts, “IT’S CALLED THE BOSTON CRAB!!” Ethan says this is the greatest collection of talent in ALL of All Elite Wrestling! But that’s only when they get the jump on their opponents. Will this go completely the other way when it’s 5v5 and face to face?
Six Woman Tag: Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti & Anna Jay!
The AEW Women’s World Champion defends against the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty while her henchwoman will take on La Mera Mera in the TBS Championship Tournament’s second round. Will the Doctor and her assistants go rolling into Full Gear? Or will Britt Baker, DMD, be SOL against three women who absolutely can’t stand her?
The trios hit the ring and they just start fighting! The bell rings to get this on record as Jay brawls with Rebel and Rosa is after Hayter! Conti whips Britt but Britt bails out! Jay and Rosa throw the others out, and things sort out. Britt gets in and Rosa is there to meet her. Fans are dueling hard as Rosa dodges Britt but Britt ducks the roundhouse! Britt kicks low but Rosa wrenches out to scoop! Britt gets out of Fire Thunder but Rosa avoids the Alabama lift. Tag to Rebel and she fires off fast forearms! Rebel whips, Rosa reverses and hip tosses Rebel down to then dropkick her! Rosa runs to wheelbarrow and KNEE SMASH!
Fans fire up with Rosa as she brings Rebel over. She bumps Rebel off buckles, CHOPS her, then tags Jay. Rosa and Jay whip Rebel to an open corner, then Jay whips Rosa in for a back elbow! Jay adds the HEEL KICK, then she brings Rebel for a snap suplex! Rebel flounders, Jay whips her to ropes but Rebel reverses and Hayter gets after her! They both throw Jay down and the ref reprimands them both. But the ref can’t keep up with everyone, he has to keep Rosa and Conti back, so Team Britt mugs Rosa on the outside and stomps her down! Hayter feeds Jay back into the ring, she crawls for her corner but Rebel drops an elbow as AEW goes picture in picture.
Rebel brings Jay up to suplex, but Jay fights it off to throw body shots. Rebel throws body shots back, then gets Jay up and over! Rebel pulls Jay by her hair, bumps her off buckles and tags in Hayter. Hayter stomps a mudhole into Jay, lets off at 4, but Rebel and Britt get their cheap shots in! The ref misses it all while Hayter taunts Rosa and Conti, then she bumps Jay off buckles. Hayter throws forearms over and over on Jay, lets off as the ref counts, and then uppercuts Jay for good measure. Hayter brings Jay around to snap suplex her into buckles! Hayter toys with Jay, stands on her in the corner, and Britt talks trash to her face.
The ref counts, Hayter lets off and Jay sputters. Hayter stands Jay up to whip out then back in! Hayter stomps Jay more, digs her boots in, but lets off again. Hayter soaks up the heat, then stands Jay up to choke her with both hands! Hayter bumps Jay off buckles again, taunts Rosa and Conti, and that allows Britt and Rebel to get at Jay again! Tag to Britt, she fires off fast forearms on Jay, then brings her around as AEW returns to single picture. But it’s Jay who snap suplexes! And then hits a basement BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally, both women crawl, hot tags to Hayter and Conti! Conti fires off fast hands, Hayter shoves her but Conti CLOBBERS her!
Rebel gets in but Conti CLOBBERS her, too! Britt gets in and Conti CLOBBERS her! Fans fire up. Conti runs in to BOOT Hayter! And then BOOTS Rebel! Then BOOTS Britt! Hayter runs into a kick, but wrenches out of the hammerlock, only to get the Gory Especial, TAY K O! Cover, Britt breaks it! Britt then blows up the corner, spins Conti, ROLLING ELBOW! Hayter hits Conti with a HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER, then Britt SUPERKICKS! Hayter STO! Cover, Rosa breaks it in time! Rosa drags Hayter up, fireman’s carries but Hayter slips off and shoves her away! Tag to Rebel, Rosa DECKS Hayter! Rebel BOOTS Rosa, Jay DECKS Rebel!
Britt kicks Jay but Jay wrenches for a DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Britt SUPERKICKS back! Everyone is down and yet Rosa climbs up! She CROSSBODIES Hayter to the floor!! Conti and Rebel are in the ring, Conti runs, dodges, blocks a kick and spins Rebel for a ROUNDHOUSE! Hammerlock, Britt backs off! DD TAY!! Cover, Conti and team wins!
Winners: Thunder Rosa, Anna Jay & Tay Conti, by pinfall
Rebel the pawn takes the hit for Britt Baker, and now Tay is all fired up! Will Full Gear be where DMD’s reign finally ends?
AEW takes a closer look at Statlander VS Soho.
Ruby Soho tells Kris Statlander that she “respected you before I came to AEW. And when I go there, you had my back.” Statlander says that “Unfortunately, we both knew we’d be on opposite sides of that ring eventually.” Now that they’re in each other’s way of the TBS Championship, “respect don’t mean sh*t.” The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien vows to be #YourLeader, but will the Runaway make sure she’s not our inaugural TBS Champion?
Jungle Boy VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster!
Jurassic Express and Captain Charisma are taking on The Super Kliq at Full Gear in a Six Man FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE match, but fans are happy to see him in Indianapolis! But as always, Platinum Max has a rap! “The Acclaimed on the mic, I’m the showboat. Jungle Boy stutters every time he cuts a promo. Uh, uh, you can’t get the words out! Hang with the Acclaimed, and we’ll teach you how to work out. You look so pathetic. I wouldn’t kiss you even though you’re mah fetish. You’re so progressive, I gotta emphasize, cuz you leave your girlfriend alone with seven guys! I’m a Jungle~ Boy~!” INDYYYY~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But will the Five Tool Player just end up a five tool tune-up?
The bell rings and Bowens circles with JB. Fans rally up for Jungle Boy as the two tie up. Bowens powers JB to a corner, the ref counts and Bowens lets off with a pie face. JB comes back, circles with Bowens again and then shoots in to waistlock. Bowens switches, JB drops to break free and switch back. Bowens elbows out hard, waistlocks then SLAMS JB down! Bowens shouts, “Everyone loves the Acclaimed!” But JB SLAPS him! And fires off in the corner! The ref counts, JB lets off but CLUBS Bowens again. Bowens shoves JB away, hobbles to the other corner but JB KICKS his leg! JB whips corner to corner, Bowens reverses, but JB BOOTS back!
Bowens returns but JB spins him around to CHOP, knuckle lock and head for the corner. Bowens knees him low and hard, then CHOPS him in the corner. Bowens CHOPS again and again and again! Bowens stomps a mudhole into JB, but lets off as the ref counts and fans boo. Bowens brings JB up, whips him corner to corner, but JB goes up and over and then taunts Bowens. Bowens walks into the knuckle lock and CHOP! JB kicks away on Bowens’ legs, CHOPS again, then goes up, up and rebounds to FLYING ARM-DRAG! And a dropkick for good measure! JB kips up and fans fire up, and he goes back to Bowens to CHOP again!
Caster coaches Bowens, JB stands Bowens up for another CHOP! JB swipes at Caster and he gets away, but JB throws knees. Bowens kicks back, JB CHOPS again! JB whips, Bowens reverses and runs in, and he catches JB in the ropes as he goes to slip out! Bowens HEADBUTTS JB, then gets him for a facelock. JB elbows out free but Caster anchors him! JB shoulders Bowens, kicks at Caster, but Bowens mule kicks low! Bowens brings JB in for a DRAPING CODE BREAKER! JB flops to the floor and Caster cheers Bowens as AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref warns Caster to stay back. The ring count starts, JB stirs and gets up, but Bowens goes out after him. Bowens brings JB around and talks trash to fans before he CHOPS JB down! Fans flip Bowens off but Caster gets in their face now. Bowens and Caster leave the fans behind, Bowens swings a chop but only gets POST! Bowens clutches his hand, JB CHOPS Bowens and then CHOPS him against railing! Bowens goes reeling into the ring., JB pursues, but Bowens gets him at the ropes! Bowens digs his boots in, the ref counts but Bowens lets off at 4. Bowens argues with the ref but Caster drags JB out to RAM him into railing! Caster puts JB back in, Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens rains down fists on JB, then paces around. Bowens clamps on a cravat, JB throws body shots to get free, but Bowens knees him low and hard. Bowens CLUBS JB down, covers, TWO! Bowens drags JB up, CHOPS him, and JB goes to a corner. Bowens CHOPS again, and again, and again, even as JB sits down. Bowens stomps JB, drags him up and uses a cravat to choke JB with the ropes! The ref counts, AEW returns to single picture and Bowens lets off. Bowens whips JB corner to corner hard, but JB elbows back! And ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Bowens again! JB whips, Bowens reverses but JB dropkicks a leg out! JB runs but Bowens side steps, only to get the COMEBACKER!
Fans fire up with JB as he drags Bowens up. JB brings Bowens up to suplex but Bowens sips out to shove and elbow, JAB, CHOP and SUPERKICK! JB staggers, Bowens brings him in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! JB survives and fans fire up. JB rolls Bowens up, TWO! But JB has the leg! SNARE- NO, Caster distracts JB so JB DECKS Caster! Bowens reels JB in, back suplex but JB lands on his feet, runs and DIVES to take out Caster! JB gest back up, counter punches Bowens then shoulders in, but into a KICK! “This is Awesome!” as Bowens hits the DRAPING TWISTING DDT!! Bowens covers, TWO!?! JB survives and Bowens is seething!
Bowens drags JB up and fans rally. JB is wobbling, Bowens reel shim in but JB arm-drags free to get the leg! Half Crab, step over, SNARE TRAP!! Bowens reaches, Caster reaches out to Bowens, JB flips off Caster, Bowens taps!! JB wins!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
But Bobby Fish gets in the ring? And he KICKS JB off the ropes to ruin the celebration! Snapmare and a BACK ELBOW! Fans boo as the Infamous One gets JB up for knees! Then an EXPLODER into the ropes! But here comes Christian Cage and Luchasaurus! Fish bails out and runs away, but what was this about? Did Fish just do Adam Cole’s dirty work?
AEW hears from Hangman Page and Kenny Omega.
Hangman starts. “Last year, I had to watch as my friends were crowned tag team champions and world champion. And I stood in the distance and watched.” Jim Ross says Hangman has had a lot of heartbreak and setbacks, and Excalibur adds that you can only fall short so many times before it breaks you. But Taz knows fans have been waiting for this one for a long time. Omega says he could never relate to Hangman, but this is why the fans like to latch onto Hangman. They see themselves more than Omega ever did. Hangman dreams of winning the most prestigious title in the world, and nothing would feel better. Omega doesn’t lose big matches. Hangman always loses big matches. The Cleaner says Hangman doesn’t stand a chance, but will the Cowboy prove him wrong?
The Super Kliq speaks.
Are they finally live? Alright! CACAW~! How good was it to see Jungle Boy get his ass whooped? So good! But speaking of, Cole wants to talk with the Bucks about him. Cole’s known this guy for a really long time, so let him introduce Bobby Fish. Well they don’t have to do that, the Bucks know Bobby, too. Hey, Fish may be the new guy here, but Matt Jackson will make it clear. “There is no dispute. It is the Era of the Elite. It is the Era of the Super Kliq.” But if a good friend like Cole vouches for someone, then they’re cool. And Cole has an idea: In two days time, Fish VS Jungle Boy, where he can do even more damage!
But do them a little favor. Leave just enough of JB left so Cole & The Bucks can finish the job. He can do that. Cole knew he could count on Fish. And that’s a wrap. Fish looks to go on a Rampage, but will Jungle Boy get some payback before going after the Super Kliq at Full Gear?
AEW takes a closer look at Punk VS Kingston.
Taz says Kingston is a “ruthless fighter.” He’s been bred to fight, he believes in the fight, and nothing has ever come easy for him. Excalibur says when CM Punk was a rising star, Eddie Kingston was just a trainee. Kingston was someone who would carry people’s bags. That isn’t to demean him, it’s just the pecking order. But as we heard on Rampage, both men vented about how they saw the other these last 15 years. Jim Ross likes Kingston’s motivation, and thinks Punk should skip the brawling, use the wrestling and get a 1-2-3 to get the hell outta there. Kingston’s already stated he wants to beat up Punk and sideline him for another seven years. This is happening, but who will survive?!
Wardlow VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor!
The Pinnacle’s juggernaut is going up against the Best Friends’, and now Chaos’, Decoder! Will brawn break brains and make him a Casualty of Wardlow? Or will Yuta break the seven match winning streak here in Indy?
The bell rings and Yuta rushes right at Wardlow to dropkick! But Wardlow stays up! Yuta dodges him, dropkicks but Wardlow deflects it. Wardlow waistlocks, Yuta throws elbow after elbow, then drops down to slide under and leap frog over, to then slide under again! Wardlow gets frustrated but he turns around into a dropkick! Yuta fires off forearms, Wardlow shoves him away, but Yuta goes up the corner, only to fall back into a shoulder! Yuta gets up but into a SPINEBUSTER! Wardlow seethes, drags him up and reels him in, to POWERBOMB him! But Wardlow doesn’t cover, fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” and Wardlow gets Yuta back up for another POWERBOMB!
Wardlow paces around, fans still want “ONE MORE TIME!” so Wardlow drags Yuta up to get him up, for a third POWERBOMB! Then a roll, into a FOURTH POWERBOMB! Chuck and Cassidy can only watch as Wardlow looms over Yuta and brings him back up. Wardlow puts Yuta on the top rope, holds him up, thumbs DOWN! CASUALTY OF WAR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
This is WARDLOW, and he is victorious. Chuck and Cassidy check on Yuta, and that’s when the HARDY FAMILY OFFICE attack! The Blade and Isiah Kassidy attack, not happy about their loss on Dark! Big Money Matt gets in the ring to join his henchmen- er, clients, and he has a chair! Hardy takes his time taking off his suit jacket and Isiah vlogs this. Hardy JAMS Cassidy with a chair, puts it around Cassidy’s head, and hits a FULL METAL TWIST OF FATE!! Cassidy writhes, Hardy talks trash that he will be rid of him once and for all! Will Freshly Squeezed be able to get even with the Hardy Family Office? Will he even be able to breathe?
AEW returns and there’s bedlam backstage!
It seems referees, producers and other wrestlers have had to separate CM Punk and Eddie Kingston again! Kingston’s almost all the way out of the parking lot but then he makes a break for it before Joey Janela and Baron Black can block him! Rampage was only the spark, what happens when these two get to burn it down at Full Gear?
Lio Rush & Dante Martin VS Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty!
The Man of the Hour says now is the time! He’s making his return to AEW action and he’s alongside his new protégé in Angel Dorado. But Dante’s old mentor has picked the Ace of Space to stand beside him now. Will #LBOLio see his investment continue to pay off? Or will #PeaceLove&ProWrestling power Sydal & Moriarty to a Dynamite victory?
The teams sort out, Moriarty starts against Dante and fans fire up as these two young starts circle. They approach, tie up, and Dante powers to a headlock. Moriarty pries out, wrenches and wristlocks, but Dante rolls and slips through to wristlock. Moriarty spins, fans sing for him as he has the cording hold then the top wristlock. Dante uses the ropes to jump and whip! Dante hurdles, Moriarty sweeps, covers, ONE! Sweep from Dante, cover, ONE! Dante kicks but Moriarty gets under. Moriarty tries a sunset flip from below, Dante stays up and sunset flips back! TWO, and Moriarty body scissor rolls to a sleeper, then a body scissor clutch! TWO!
Dante waistlocks and throws Moriarty back to then drag him down to a KNEEBAR! Moriarty rolls over, Dante holds on and taunts him, to then bring him into a calf slicer cradle! TWO, Moriarty waistlocks but Dante resists the lift! Dante reaches down but Moriarty blocks the trip into a pump handle takedown! EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! The two stand off and Indy is loving this! Fans cheer “Both These Guys!” but they both stand down to tag in Lio and Sydal! Lio goes past Sydal to talk to Moriarty, but Sydal brings Lio around to say he was talking to Lio. Lio smirks and SLAPS Sydal. Sydal chases Lio, he redirects, redirects, jukes, but Moriarty CLUBS Lio into Sydal’s HAYMAKER and SOBAT!
Fans fire up, Sydal sets up for the moonsault, but lands on his feet as Lio moves! Lio kicks, Sydal blocks, Sydal flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet to bob ‘n’ weave! Lio whips, Sydal reverses but Lio springboards to FLYING RANA! And then he sucker punches Moriarty! Sydal and Moriarty both storm in but Dante gets in. Sydal doesn’t want the proteges fighting, perhaps in hopes of one day all being a team, but Lio sucker punches Sydal! Dante brawls with Moriarty and then Dante throws Moriarty out. Lio whips Sydal hard into buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
Lio drags Sydal up, throws forearms, stomps a mudhole, then tags Dante. Dante and Lio mug Sydal, Dante whips Sydal but Sydal reverses. Sydal dodges the springboard dropkick to STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal grows annoyed, drags Dante up and wrenches through to tag Moriarty. Moriarty climbs up to double stomp the arm! Dante scrambles away but Moriarty wrenches, waistlocks, and has a modified cobra twist! Dante endures, slips out but Moriarty wrenches him to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW RACK! Dante endures again, slips off, but Moriarty kicks to wrench. Tag to Sydal, they double RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP and throw down elbows as AEW goes picture in picture!
AEW returns as Sydal whips Dante to ropes. Dante LEAPS over to sunset flip! TWO, but Dante keeps moving! Springboard flip over Sydal, duck under a kick then springboard missile dropkick! Direct hit and fans fire up as both men are down! Sydal and Dante crawl, hot tags to Moriarty and Lio! Fans fire up as Moriarty BOOTS and rallies on Lio! Wrench, arm trap SNAP, then a whip to ropes! Lio reverses, but Moriarty FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Moriarty but Lio fires off fast hands, and the SUPERMAN FOREARM! But Lio steps into a wrench, spin, hammerlock and- What even is that?! Lio spins through the air to land on his face! Cover, TWO!!
Moriarty calls Sydal in, they go after Lio in a corner and double whip corner to corner. Moriarty whips Sydal in but he gets an elbow! Lio BOOTS Moriarty, swings but into a full nelson! Lio drops down, slips out the back, shoves Moriarty to a corner, but Sydal waistlocks! Lio switches, schoolboy and the feint to the ENZIGURI! He goes Matrix to dodge Moriarty to ENZIGURI him! Fans fire up and Lio builds speed, but has to dodge Moriarty and Sydal! Handspring, DOUBLE BACK ELBOWS! And a kip up! The Man of the Hour says this is it, and he DIVES onto Sydal! Then DIVES onto Moriarty! Lio gets Moriarty back in, “This is Awesome!” as he turns Moriarty for the HANDS OF TIME! Cover, TWO!?!
Lio can’t believe Moriarty survives, but he tags Dante in. Dante and Lio both go up, try to coordinate something, but Sydal SUPER STEINERS Lio down! Moriarty springs right up for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! RUNNING UPPERCUT! High stack cover, TWO!!! Dante escapes and fans are thunderous! Sydal gets in, he and Moriarty coordinate but Lio goes after them first! Sydal blocks the kick, hands it to Moriarty, but Moriarty ducks the enziguri and it hits Sydal! Lio mule kicks the legs out, HEEL KICK to Moriarty! Lio shots to Dante to do it now, and Dante goes up and up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, Lio & Dante win!
Winners: Lio Rush & Dante Martin, by pinfall
Lio tells Dante that’s what he was talking about! The team-up pays off, will they soon be heading for tag title gold?
“Bryan. This isn’t personal. You’re everything to some, but you’re nothing to me. You’re just a body standing between a man and his wife. Tell me, Bryan. Do you know my God? Do you know if he’s blessing me, or messing with me? Is he willing to trade my bad neck for yours? Because I need to win this tournament. I need to put the world title over my shoulder and the world champion under my ground! All this will happen not because my God blessed me, but because he feared me. Just like you should. You say you come here to feel alive, but you gotta understand that you’re pushing a man that is holding a scythe. But this isn’t personal. You have to say good-bye to your wife, so I can say hello to mine.”
Dax Harwood w/ Tully Blanchard VS PAC!
FTR’s “Angry Uncle” Dax may be one of the meanest men in AEW, but he’s calling out THE BASTARD! Will Pac get payback for the Lucha Brothers? Or will Dax the Ax cut Pac down and build momentum for the AEW World Tag Team Championship showdown?
If you’re wondering why Tully is ringside but not Cash Wheeler, it came down from Tony Khan that all other wrestlers would be barred from ringside! Tully is a manager, so he’s allowed to be here, will he still be a factor in this final match of the night? The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and then break. They stare down, tie up again, and Pac powers Dax to ropes. Dax turns it around, they end up in a corner and Dax has Pac against buckles. The ref counts, Dax lets off and the two cool off. Pac comes back and circles with Dax. They tie up, Dax gets the arm, wrenches, wristlocks with some stank on it, but Pac spins and wrenches back.
Dax rolls, spins, wrenches, slips under and has a wristlock to then grind the shoulder. Pac endures, gets to his feet, but Dax wrenches again. Pac uses the ropes to flip through, headlocks, but Dax powers out. Pac runs Dax over with a shoulder! And then again! Dax drops, Pac ducks the hurdle but Dax hip tosses! Pac kangaroo kicks, scoops and SLAMS Dax, but Dax gives those boots back. Dax hits a headlock takeover, Pac headscissors but Dax kips free. Dax storms into an arm-drag, and Pac has the armlock. Dax headscissors but Pac kips free, and fans love the standoff! Fans know “This is Wrestling!” as Pac and Dax glare at each other and talk some trash.
Pac and Dax are forehead to forehead, then Dax shoves Pac for a short arm LARIAT! Dax mocks the fans like he can’t hear them, then he taunts Pac. Pac staggers up, sobats, then CHOPS! Dax staggers to a corner, Pac brings him around and CHOPS again. And CHOPS again! The ref reprimands, Pac shrugs but Dax kicks low and CHOPS back. Pac forearms, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Pac eggs Dax on now, Dax steps up and throws a forearm! Pac give sit back, Dax gives another, and we have a forearm brawl! Dax ROCKS Pac with a haymaker but has to shake out his own fist from that one. Dax storms up but Pac side steps, SNAP GERMAN!
Dax staggers up, Pac runs in to clothesline Dax out of the ring! Pac builds speed as fans fire up, and he FLIES to take out Dax! Direct hit at the ropes, AEW goes picture in picture!
Dax is bleeding from the welts in his chest after that landing! Pac and Dax both slowly rise, Pac ROCKS him with a forearm, but Dax CHOPS again! Pac CHOPS and Dax goes running into the ring. Dax slides out the side, Pac meets him and they brawl at the corner! Pac ROCKS Dax, he goes up the ramp. Dax kicks back, brings Pac around but Pac back drops Dax to the ramp! Dax writhes, Pac goes back into the ring, and Tully coaches Dax up. Pac just waits as Dax crawls his way back over. Dax gets in at 7 of 10, Pac is there to stomp him down! Pac whips Dax to ropes, Dax reverses and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Dax catches his breath, then covers, TWO!
Dax is annoyed, Tully argues the count, but Dax hobbles over to get Pac up. Dax drags Pac up to whip at ropes and reel him in for a cobra twist! Pac endures, even as Dax digs his fingers into the ribs. Dax taunts fans, thrashes Pac, but Pac powers out to arm-drag Dax away! Pac throws a forearm and Dax goes staggering! Pac whips, Dax reverses and Pac hits buckles hard! Dax looms over Pac before going out to the apron. Dax tells fans to shut up as he climbs, but Pac throws a forearm! AEW returns to single picture, Pac climbs up after Dax and they brawl on the top rope. Dax sends Pac down, but Pac GAMANGIRIS!
Dax wobbles up top, Pac climbs up, brings Dax up, for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans lose their minds over that one while both men are down! The ref checks on Dax, he’s somehow okay to continue, and Pac crawls to the cover, TWO!! Dax flounders to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Pac runs in and BOOTS Dax down! Pac climbs, watches Tully closely, but still hits the BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICK! Dax flops right into the other corner! The ref checks again but Dax is still in this. Pac drags Dax into a drop zone, goes to the corner and climbs up again, but Tully shouts to Dax and Dax rolls all the way to the other end.
Pac sighs, drops down, and runs in to UPPERCUT Dax! Then whip him corner to corner, and BOOT him again! And then back the other way, but Tully helps Dax dodge! Dax gets Pac for a BRAINBUSTER of his own! Cover, TWO!! Tully couldn’t tip the scales and Dax is furious! The ref reprimands the manager but Dax drags Pac up. Another suplex, but Pac slips out. Pac baits Dax into a SUPERKICK! Dax is in the drop zone again and fans fire up! Pac makes sure Dax is right where he wants him, goes back up top, but Dax trips him up! Dax turns Pac around, climbs up top, gets Pac up and hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous!
Dax writhes, a standing count begins, but Dax snarls and gets up at 5 of 10. Pac flounder sup as Dax throws off the armbands. Dax runs in, Pac gets under to GERMAN SUPLEX! Pac scowls, stalks Dax, waistlocks and dead lifts, but Dax elbows free! Dax runs, ducks the roundhouse and hits a LARIAT! Then he gets Pac up, REBOUND SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Pac survives and infuriates Tully! Dax can’t believe it either but fans love “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for this one! Dax drags Pac up by his hair, Tully says one more time. Dax ROCKS Pac, stands him back up and ROCKS him again. And again, but Pac turns that to a backslide! TWO!! BRUTALIZER!! Pac has Dax caught, Dax verbally quits!!
Winner: Pac, by submission
Pac won’t let go, here comes Cash Wheeler! Cash mugs Pac, throws down fists, and Tully even holds Pac down. But then the lights go out?! And when the lights return, ANDRADE AND MALAKAI BLACK are here! They help mug Pac! But wait! Here comes THE LUCHA BROTHERS AND CODY RHODES! They’re all brawling with FTR, Malakai and Andrade! Indy is electric as The American Nightmare and Death Triangle clear the ring! Malakai boots but Cody boots back! Cody, Pac, Penta & Fenix stand tall! Will FTR lose out on become double champions? Will the Bastard and Cody get even with their respective enemies?
AEW takes a closer look at MJF VS Darby Allin.
Excalibur notes that “MJF doesn’t often speak the truth. But when he named the ‘Four Young Pillars of AEW…'” MJF says the Pillars are canon now. Excalibur says that those four–Sammy Guevara, Jungle Boy, Darby and MJF himself–are essentially homegrown stars and the next generation of world champions. JR says the fortune tellers, just like MJF. A great marketing slogan that goes beyond talking. Darby, in front of a car fire bonfire, says he’s seen MJF’s face before. The dumb scarf, the stupid smile… Tony Schiavone knows MJF sees no room at the top except for himself, and that is why he is trying to push Darby down.
Darby says guys like MJF think they can get to anyone. Darby says he can’t be broken mentally and he means that. MJF says Darby is just a wild hyena in the ring. Taz says Darby is a “violent thinker, but highly intelligent.” MJF says Darby is good at checkers, MJF plays chess. JR says Darby has heart and passion like no one else, but MJF says he has gotten so, so deeply into Darby’s mind that Darby won’t focus on anything but hurting MJF when he should be focused on beating MJF. But Darby says that’s where Max is wrong. Darby could wrestle circles around MJF. So go ahead, try to beat Darby with a headlock. Who will prove themselves the TOP name in this new generation?
After things came to blows once again, Cody Rhodes & PAC will team up to take on Malakai Black & Andrade El Idolo, AT FULL GEAR! Will revenge be oh so sweet for the American Nightmare and The Bastard?
AEW has The Dark Order and Super Kliq leave the arena.
In order to make sure the contract signing tonight doesn’t turn into a war, everyone from Evil Uno to Preston Vance to even The Elite’s cold spray lackey, Brandon Cutler, are being removed from the premises.
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
He notes the ringside ban on the two factions, because now is time to sign on the dotted line! First out, the challenger, Hangman Adam Page! Indy fires up for the Cowboy as he walks out to the ring. And of course, out next is the champion, Kenny Omega! Omega struts out in a maroon suit and tie and holds up #PrettyPlatinum as he goes to the ring. Schiavone says the contract is presented, we don’t really need to talk about it much, but this is the single biggest prize in AEW. First off, the challenger gets to sign first. Fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T” as Hangman looks it over. He picks up the pen, but then gets the mic.
“After all this time, I don’t know what there’s left to say. And I know that the sooner I sign this, the sooner I get to Full Gear and beat your ass for the world championship.” Fans cheer that and Hangman puts down his signature. Fans are still fired up as Omega gets his turn. Omega wants to sign but he gets the mic. “I wish I could share your excitement. I wish I could share the excitement and the enthusiasm of these, uh… Wonderful fans. But I gotta say, Hangman, I’m a little sad, actually.” They were friends, tag partners, and family in The Elite. See all of this? Everything here was meant for Hangman. And if it wasn’t for Hangman’s failures and insecurities…
Fans boo but Omega says if Hangman talks about cowboy spirit and all that, well Hangman said it best himself: You fall off the horse, you get right back up. But if only the cameras caught how it really was. “It was never you. It was always us that picked you up out of your sorrows, every single time, sat you back up on that horse, and sent you back out there to give these people what they thought they wanted, and that was Cowboy S*it.” And why did Omega do that? Why? Even after Hangman walked away when they invited him back. Call him crazy, but Omega saw a little bit of himself in Hangman. “How wrong I was. What a disappointment.”
Hangman says Omega talks a lot about Hangman choking, his failures, his insecurities. Maybe Omega’s right. But if Hangman remembers right, Omega once had another tag team partner that made Omega feel like he didn’t measure up, either. Ibushi… But Hangman sees Omega now, “The Best Bout Machine, the Wrestling God, the man who’s been AEW World Champion for almost a year now, and it might be fair to say you’ve surpassed him.” And over the past few years, Omega’s told Hangman a lot of lies. He said Hangman’s not good enough, that he couldn’t beat Omega and let him fall flat on his face.
But the biggest lie was last year’s Eliminator Tournament Finals. When Omega won, he knelt down and told Hangman, “Good job, Hanger. I’m proud of you.” Omega wasn’t proud, he was afraid of Hangman! He didn’t want Hangman to feel the pain of loss like Omega did before. Omega didn’t want to light a fire under Hangman’s ass to prove himself and redeem himself! He didn’t want Hangman to become what Omega’s become and what Hangman will become this Saturday when he beats Omega, and that is THE AEW World Champion! Omega tries to defend that Hangman has it wrong. Omega did that out of necessity.
Believe it or not, Omega cares about Hangman! He did it because he wanted to be the guy standing across the table from Hangman when Hangman realizes his potential. Whether they can be friends again or not, who knows? But one thing is for sure, Omega wants to shake Hangman’s hand one last time. “Let’s kill it at the Pay-Per-View, man to man.” Fans don’t trust this. But Hangman does shake Omega’s hand! Omega says, “Good job, Hangman. I’m proud of you.” Omega’s biting words rile Hangman up, but then a cameraman attacks Hangman?! Because that was DON CALLIS in disguise! What a horrible fake beard, too.
Omega says he’s sorry, but he did this because he loves Hangman. Again, more bold faced lies as Callis celebrates their little plot! Callis says the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was to make the world forget he existed! For six weeks, Callis stayed away, hiding in his basement! Hangman is busted open from that camera shot! “Does this look like someone who is ready to win the world title, Kenny?!” Omega wipes some of Hangman’s blood onto the contract to sign his name! Omega makes us look at the bloody signature, and Callis shouts at Hangman that he asked for this! This is what Hangman wanted! But will Hangman get what he really wants: revenge AND the title?
Once again, AEW nails how to do a go-home. They had great promo vignettes for the big attraction singles matches, and I like that we even got a brief Punk-Kingston moment in the parking lot area. AEW just keeps making each next PPV huge, and this Full Gear could be massive. We got an awesome opener out of Bryan VS Rocky, and I love that NJPW/Chaos is willing to make the rest of the Best Friends faction part of their faction. Yuta got the crap kicked out of him by Wardlow, and I figured The HFO would attack to revive their rivalry. Maybe Rocky helps the Best Friends take on Hardy, Private Party, Blade & Butcher, with Trent making a heroic return to make it 5v5 in the first Stadium Stampede without The Inner Circle.
I should’ve figured Inner Circle would get jumped by Lambert and company, so that the math favors the Inner Circle in the 10 Man Street Fight. Inner Circle is definitely winning and Lambert is definitely taking the finish. This AEW Six Woman Tag was much better than NXT’s Six Woman Tag. Rebel still isn’t that polished but she knows her part to play and plays it perfectly, and the math of course favors Rosa in her coming match with Hayter in the TBS Championship tournament. But Conti standing tall means she loses at Full Gear, as expected. Again, Rosa has to be the one to dethrone Britt, and it could be at Revolution.
Caster had another great rap, Jungle Boy and Bowens had a great match, and I like that the math is a bit of a wash for JB with Fish going after him. I also like the subtle nod to the Undisputed Era. Fish could be Elite by proxy, but he probably puts JB over on Rampage so that JB stands tall, and Super Kliq wins at Full Gear. The tag match of Lio & Dante VS Sydal & Moriarty was AWESOME, definitely showing that Lio and Sydal can still do so much in the ring, and that Dante and Moriarty are definitely the future. I hope Darius Martin can return soon, that is a trio to watch, or even a story of Dante having to choose between new mentor or his brother.
Miro had another great promo, he and Danielson are going to have a killer tournament finals. Dax VS PAC was one hell of a main event match! That in itself could’ve been PPV worthy, and naturally, we got our set-up for Cody & Pac VS Andrade & Malakai. That is going to be really good, but I think it goes the Heels’ way since the Faces stood tall. Lucha Brothers VS FTR could go either way, but Cody could turn on Pac to start playing with the idea that he won’t turn but he’s actually a Heel. And depending on how Darby VS MJF goes, which could go either way, I wonder if Andrade and/or Malakai usurp the Pinnacle from MJF given how they’re all working together like this.
And what a great contract signing segment! Great promos from both Hangman and Omega to bring up the continuity of the past year, because who knew wrestling could do that?! I say before giving side eye to WWE and the old man in charge… And just as I had been wondering where Don Callis went, he shows up here and gets one over on Hangman. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Hangman should’ve still had his shot at All Out, should’ve won at All Out in a nod back to the original All Out, but he’s definitely winning here at Full Gear to bring things full circle from last year. And while MJF calls himself, Darby, Sammy and Jungle Boy the Four Pillars, Hangman will be the man to carry AEW in this third year and through the TBS move.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)
Happy Anniversary, AEW!
It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!
And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?
- Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!
The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?
Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!
Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!
But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…
Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!
Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)
Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?
AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.
After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.
The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.
Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.
Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”
Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”
Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”
Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.
And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”
Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.
“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!
Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?
AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.
The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!
The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?
The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!
Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!
Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!
Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!
Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!
Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.
Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!
Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!
They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!
Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!
Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!
Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!
Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!
Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!
Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!
The Hardy Boyz speak.
Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.
Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!
So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!
Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!
Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?
The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!
JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!
Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.
Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.
Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.
Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!
JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!
But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?
Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.
Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.
So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?
Schiavone is on stage.
This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.
Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!
AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.
A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.
Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!
The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”
In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.
Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!
Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.
Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!
Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!
Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?
The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!
Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!
Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!
But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.
Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.
Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!
Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)
Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?
A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.
Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.
Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.
Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.
The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.
Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/24/22)
Roppongi Vice gets Dark!
Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!
Before challenging FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Roppongi Vice fires up in the Dark! Will they be partying in the Dark, too?
- Kris Statlander VS Avery Breaux; Statlander wins.
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS Eli Isom & T.U.G Cooper; Menard & Parker win.
- A.Q.A VS Brittany Jade; AQA wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Alan Angels; Moriarty wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Carlie Bravo; Kiss wins.
- Robyn Renegade VS Vicky Dreamboat; Robyn wins.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Trenton Storm; Ogogo wins.
- Leva Bates VS Kia Dream; Bates win.
- Roppongi Vice VS Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake; RPG Vice wins.
A good line-up of nine, and great to see Leva Bates back in action. Also nice to see the team formerly known as 2point0 having a tag match, that’ll help get them going in the tag division while also building towards the “Anarchy in the Arena” at Double or Nothing. And RPG Vice will definitely get a win before their match on Dynamite.
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