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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/17/21)

It’s National Cowboy Sh*t Day!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW enters a new era while a Cowboy comes home!

At Full Gear, Hangman Adam Page FINALLY became AEW World Champion! What will be the first act of the Cowboy Shit Era?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno; Danielson wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Rocky Romero; Cassidy & Ishii win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Nyla wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush; Martin & Rush win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal; Guevara wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Elite speak backstage.

Brandon, we good? Yeah, they’re live. Ok shut up. Kenny Omega hasn’t watched his match back yet, and people are already asking, “When’s the rematch gonna be? When’re you gonna get your belt back, Kenny?” Omega lost, The Elite lost the night. Honestly, he’s disgusted. Not in Hanger, he won and so Omega congratulates him. But there’s things Omega has to fix, has to change, and he can’t do it here. If he can count on them to hold down the fort while he’s gone… Adam Cole says, “Don’t you worry about it, Cleaner. I got this.” Sorry, Omega was talking to the Bucks, but- Oh, no, right, sorry. Matt Jackson says they all will hold down the fort.

Cut it. Cut it, Brandon. He doesn’t right away but one thing is clear, Kenny Omega is stepping away to sort himself out. Will the Super Kliq be able to keep going without him?

 

The Dark Order is in the ring!

They’re here in Virginia to declare it National Cowboy Sh*t Day! And so introducing the NEW AEW WORLD CHAMPION, Hangman Adam Page!! Hangman walks out and his home state goes nuts as he’s wearing a “Virginia is for lovers” shirt and the world title! Hangman joins his friends in the ring and gets a few hugs before he gets the mic. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Hangman says he will stop them right there. He didn’t deserve it, he EARNED IT. Fans cheer that even more! “You Earned It! You Earned It!” Now, Hangman is usually a little shy, a little more reserved, and doesn’t really flap his gums, but he’s world champion so he’ll do whatever the hell he wants.

“Look, I’m still just a man with a job and a boss to answer to. And I told you all in our very first press conference that that boss was you. So if my boss will allow, I would love to stay in this ring and celebrate National Cowboy Sh*t Day with you.” Fans love the sound of that! Hangman knows that his championship carries a lot of weight. He knows it means a lot of responsibility. After Full Gear, Hangman knows that means up next is the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. And speaking of, here he comes! Bryan applauds for Hangman, then gets a mic to say, “I came out to essentially say one thing: Congratulations, Hangman Adam Page!”

The two shake hands, and Bryan continues with, “I’m not gonna lie, I’m super excited for this match for the AEW World Championship. But… To be fair, I’m a little surprised and disappointed that it’s not Kenny Omega standing across the ring from me right now.” Hangman says that’s right, cuz he beat Omega’s ass at Full Gear. And he managed to do it in less than 30 minutes. Bryan smiles and fans chant for “Cowboy Sh*t” again as Bryan says he isn’t here to start beef. He didn’t want that for them. But to be fair, Hangman won’t be wrestling someone dressed as a Ghostbuster on Halloween. Bryan is coming to kick some ass.

And if fans want some Cowboy Sh*t, well that apparently doesn’t involve wrestling. Bryan’s been wrestling every week, Hangman’s the one flapping his gums. But hey, some people celebrate like that. When Bryan won a world title at WrestleMania, he wrestled the very next day! The very next day! But of course Virginia boos hard work! Well, if Bryan wants to wrestle for the title, then why not do it right here in Virginia? Bryan asks if fans want to see him and Hangman wrestle tonight. They chant ‘YES! YES! YES!” but Bryan says the thing is, he’d normally be up for it. However, he’s ready to wrestle, but Hangman has his cowboy boots and jeans, as well as a horrible leather jacket,

When Bryan got here, everyone told him that Hangman Adam Page has a long list of excuses as to why he’s failed in his career. Bryan doesn’t want to beat Hangman for Hangman to have the excuse that he’s not ready. Alright, then. The match won’t be tonight. But look, Hangman knows Virginia is for lovers, but he’ll still fight. They get forehead to forehead but the Dark Order keeps this from turning into a brawl! Bryan gets his mic and says Hangman has his little friends stopping him, he doesn’t want to fight! That riles Hangman up more and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” But Bryan says the Dark Order knows Bryan would kick his ass, they’d never let him go.

But then Hangman gets loose and tackles Bryan! Bryan scrambles out of the ring and the celebration has been cut short. But it’s fine that Bryan’s already out here, his match with Evil Uno will be next!

 

Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno!

AEW returns, it seems the rest of the Dark Order went with Hangman to the back, this is truly 1v1 between the American Dragon and Player One! The bell rings, Uno and Bryan circle. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, drops, trips Uno then turns him to a HALF CRAB! Uno crawls to the ropebreak. The fans chant for “UNO SH*T!” as Bryan lets off the hold at 4. Bryan and Uno reset, knuckle lock, and Bryan drops to roll, wrench and wrangle Uno with the wristlock. Bryan twists the arm, brings Uno up to headlock but Uno powers out. Bryan rams Uno but Uno rebounds to run Bryan over! Things speed up, Bryan gets caught with an atomic drop!

Uno sweeps the legs and stomps the hands! Then he Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Bryan gets up but Uno CHOPS! Bryan frowns and SLAPS Uno! Bryan sits Uno up to KICK him down! And CHOPS him to ropes! Bryan bumps Uno off buckles, CHOPS him again, then KICKS and KICKS, then chancery suplexes! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan has a cocky cover even, ONE! Uno gets up, Bryan EuroUppers! Uno CHOPS, eggs Bryan on then CHOPS him again. Bryan EuroUppers then stomps Uno to a corner! Bryan fires off KICK after KICK in the corner, they’re “NO! NO! NO!” kicks! Bryan lets off at 4, then waits on Uno to get up.

Uno stands, and he eggs Bryan on! Bryan pie faces him instead, but Uno just gets back in his face. Bryan still pie faces, so Uno SLAPS him back! Uno CHOPS, forearms, CHOPS, repeat, over and over in the corner a la Moxley or something! Fans fire up as Uno lets off at 4, but Bryan dodges! Uno dodges, RANAS, and then swings. Bryan dodges to KICK! And KICK, but Uno blocks to spin Bryan to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Uno keeps focus and fans rally up. Bryan gets up, Uno KICKS him! And BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! Both men spin and Bryan hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Uno flounders to a corner, Bryan says, “You wanna disrespect me?” Bryan SLAPS away from all sides!

Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat as he goes corner to corner, and he dropkicks Uno! And then goes corner to corner again to dropkick again! Bryan soaks up more heat as he goes a third time, but Uno BOOTS Bryan! Uno goes out and fans fire up as he climbs! SWANTON onto knees! Bryan aims from the corner, BUSAIKU KNEE! But Bryan isn’t done here! He’s going to use Uno to send a message to Hangman as he gives him DANIELSON STOMPS! Then he drags Uno into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Uno taps out, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

No hands, either! Bryan holds on a little longer before he lets go, and the message is clear. Will Bryan look to make Hangman a one-and-done champion?

Tony Schiavone interviews Bryan in the ring about how “testy” things got. The fans are letting Bryan hear it, but he says, “You know what? I came out here to congratulate Hangman Adam Page. And because of his behavior, I ended up kicking his head in,” in reference to Uno. So it doesn’t matter when it will be, but until Bryan fights Hangman Page, he’ll take every member of the Dark Order and kick all their heads in! And next week, they’re going to be in Chicago, and Bryan hears there’s a Dark Order member from there. So guess what, Colt Cabana? If you’ve got any nuts, Bryan’s kicking your head in next week!

 

AEW shares MJF’s words from after Full Gear.

“What do I got to say? SO MUCH! Right now, look what I’m covered in.” It’s not just face paint, it’s Darby Allin’s shame. All MJF keeps hearing is how great a pro-wrestler Darby is! And how great a pro-wrestler Bryan is! And how great a pro-wrestler Eddie Kingston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Malakai Black, Pentagon! Keep naming ’em, but guess what? MJF made us all look like idiots! People keep saying he’s “only good on the stick,” that he doesn’t have it bell to bell. SCREW THAT! AND SCREW YOU, TOO! See this swelling? MJF has no idea what’s going on inside his knee, but in his mind, he feels nothing but success!

Tonight, he proved us all wrong! He got all the cute little mark chants, but he enjoyed every single second of it because while they viscerally hate MJF”s guts, they have no choice but to admit just how damn good MJF really is! Darby got beat with a headlock takeover. And right about now, MJF is excited to go to Norfolk, Virginia. “Who knows what’s next on the horizon for one of the best wrestlers the world?” MJF says as he makes a belt gesture. “Who knows what’s next for the man with the best right hand in all of professional wrestling?” MJF says as he has the pinkie ring on. He is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and now you have to admit it!

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Schiavone notes the “classic” against CM Punk, but before Kingston can say anything, Daniel Garcia & 2point0 walk over to gloat. “Sad Boy Eddie Kingston,” is he complaining yet? The little prick! But you know he will, because it’s typical of him! They’re sick and tired of the sad story. But the real sad story is that Kingston did not last as long with Punk as “our son,” Daniel Garcia. Kingston says one, just shut up, blockhead and friend. Two, Garcia is letting two grown men call him their son? Kingston doesn’t respect Garcia for that. Be a man, stand on your own.

Yeah, Kingston knows Garcia’s from Buffalo. He knows where he’s from and what they gotta do. Punk wanted to wrestle, Kingston’s gonna fight! 2point0 gets Garcia out of there, and Kingston begs to God that this one time, they only need this one promo to set up something. Kingston’s going to catering!

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Best Friends!

The Hardy Family Office has loved wreaking havoc and causing chaos for Freshly Squeezed and his Best Friends, but now they’re calling in some reinforcements from NJPW! The NEW NEVER Openweight Champion, Chaos’ Stone Pitbull, is here to back Cassidy up, will they take a bite out of Big Money Matt’s bottom line?

The teams sort out and Ishii starts with The Butcher. Fans rally up and Ishii dares Butcher to do something. Butcher just tags Blade. Blade gets in Ishii’s face and talks trash, then he throws a forearm. Ishii stays put! Blade throws more forearms but dodges Ishii’s to hit again! Blade runs but Ishii tanks the shoulder to DECK Blade! Ishii bumps Blade off buckles, then he tags Cassidy in. They double whip, and Ishii runs Blade over! Ishii looks at Cassidy, obviously expecting him to make that a double. Ishii then tells Cassidy to run the ropes. Cassidy does, for a falling SPLASH! Cover, ONE! Cassidy says it was that close. Um…

Cassidy brings Blade up but Blade knees low and RAMS Cassidy into a corner! Blade rams his shoulder in, then talks trash to Ishii. But Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! He unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! He dodges Blade’s clothesline, leaps over then SHOTGUN dropkicks! Butcher tags in as Cassidy kips up! Blade runs in, Cassidy dodges, Blade slides out and eggs Cassidy on. Cassidy puts his sunglasses on, but turns around into Butcher’s shoulder! Butcher hits Ishii but Ishii doesn’t budge! Butcher drags Cassidy up for a suplex TOSS! Butcher drags Cassidy up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Blade and Blade CHOPS Cassidy!

Blade follows Cassidy to the other corner, stomps him and whips him out of the ring. Blade distracts the ref so Bunny can stomp Cassidy down! And Hardy DECKS Cassidy, too! AEW goes picture in picture as Hardy gets away with one.

Butcher drags Cassidy up, puts him in the ring, Blade covers, TWO! Blade drags Cassidy up to scoop, tag in Butcher, and they combine for the LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cassidy is still in this but Butcher jams his knees into him. Butcher drags Cassidy up, tags in Blade, and they mug Cassidy in the corner. Butcher CHOPS Cassidy then exits. Ishii protests but the ref keeps him back. Blade tags Butcher back in and stomps Cassidy on his way out. Butcher taunts Ishii, then chokes Cassidy on the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but the ref keeps Hardy back. Butcher drags Cassidy up to DECK him!

Butcher stares Ishii down, drags Cassidy back up, then whips him to the corner hard! Blade tags in, he digs his knee into Cassidy at the ropes. The ref counts, Blade lets off, the ref still watches Hardy. Blade goes to the apron to stomp Cassidy and stand on his head again. Tag to Butcher, he stomps Cassidy down as AEW returns to single picture. Tag back to Blade, they double whip Cassidy, but he tumbles up and out then dodges Blade and shoves Butcher out! Blade gets in to whip Cassidy to the corner but Cassidy goes up and over, and strolls tot he tag! Ishii runs in but Blade forearms! Ishii roars, forearms back, whips Blade but Blade reverses, only Ishii to come back with a shoulder!

Fans rally for Ishii as he CHOPS Blade in the corner! And again! And again! And again! Ishii whips corner to corner, Blade comes back but into a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Ishii drags Blade up, suplexes, but Blade slips out to tag Butcher! Fans fire up to see the big men stare down forehead to forehead! Butcher forearms, Ishii forearms back, repeat! Butcher gets the edge, whips to the corner, and clotheslines! Ishii sputters, Butcher CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Butcher stands Ishii up and CHOPS again! Ishii gets mad! Butcher CHOPS, Ishii just stares at him. Butcher throws forearms but Ishii leans into them! He’s backing Butcher down to the other corner!

Butcher keeps trying but Ishii ROCKS him with an elbow! Ishii gets Butcher up top, climbs up to join him, and lift shim for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Blade breaks it! The ref reprimands but Butcher tags Blade in and Blade gets Ishii up. Ishii blocks the whip to put Blade in the corner! Clothesline, then a tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up top, CROSSBODY but both mercenaries catch him! They use Cassidy to RAM Ishii, then Butcher suplexes, only to get STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls and dropkicks Butcher at the same time before he DDT’s Blade! Cover, TWO!! Blade survives but Cassidy takes off the armband!

Hardy freaks out but fans fire up! Cassidy glares at Hardy, takes aim on Blade, but Butcher gets in to intercept with a SIDE SLAM! Blade gets Cassidy up, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, but Ishii breaks it!! Ishii DECKS Butcher, gets Cassidy over to the corner and tags himself in! Ishii swings, Blade waistlocks! Butcher gets in but both Ishii and Blade duck! Ishii DECKS Blade, blocks a clothesline and fires off elbows on Butcher! Ishii CHOPS Butcher to a corner, CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Hardy distracts as he shouts for Ishii to stop this! Bunny also distracts the ref, Butcher goes for Ishii but gets a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Blade has the brass knuckles! But Rocky Romero drags Blade out! Hardy RAMS Rocky, Cassidy CROSSBODIES from the top!! Direct hit on Hardy and Blade! Cassidy puts Blade in for Ishii’s LARIAT!! And then the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii & Cassidy win!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall

Chaos gets its first win in AEW! Will more of NJPW look to take a step through the forbidden door soon?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo & FTR.

Schiavone is sure they’re all disappointed that they lost at Full Gear. Seriously, that is his question? Andrade tells Jose to get some balls! But Cody, Pac. Andrade proved that he is the better wrestler than them. He has beaten them both clean. But now, he will show them his bad side. Cash Wheeler says it’s safe to say FTR is frustrated, because they should’ve made history. But Cash wasn’t legal in that finish, they were robbed! So if Pac and Cody are going to stick their nose in FTR business, and if the Lucha Bros want to cheat them, then maybe we add Malakai Black to this, and we have an 8 Man Tag! They will even waive their fee on this one, they’ll do this for free!

Tully Blanchard tells Arn that if he wants to stick his nose in somewhere, Tully ain’t Jose. He’s got one more in him! HEUVOS! BIG ones. Will El Idolo y The Pinnacle get their payback on the American Nightmare, the British Bastard, and the AEW World Tag Team Champions?

 

Tay Conti speaks.

“Even when I lose, I win. And I did not fail against Britt. I learned. And now, I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting from experience. And let me tell you something else. Next time I have a title shot, I’m coming out of it as your new champion.” But how long will the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty have to wait for her next chance at the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Schiavone of course talks with The Doctor, and still AEW Women’s World Champion. Britt says she is honestly “getting a little exhausted carrying this women’s division.” So as your Role Model, she directs the spotlight to our future AEW TBS Champion, Jamie Hayter. Wait, she’s got a tough match against Thunder Rosa. No no no no. Do NOT say that name on DMD TV, got it? But no, since you said it, let’s put it out there. Thunder Rosa is on her way to being completely irrelevant on Hayter’s rise to gold. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. But will Britt have to eat those words when La Mera Mera gets her hands on Hayter?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!

The Full Metal Warrior and the Native Beast have battled for a belt before, but only one of them can move one step closer to this newly minted title. After what Serena Deeb did to her, is Shida at 100%? Or is she already at a huge disadvantage against the Vicious Vixen?

The bell rings and the hands start flying! Nyla kicks Shida’s bad leg, but Shida dodges and runs. Nyla catches the knee attack to throw Shida to a corner. Shida dodges to fire off forearms! Nyla turns things around for body shots! Nyla puts the bad leg on ropes but Shida kicks with the good leg! Shida bumps Nyla, runs in and KNEES her down! Shida goes up top, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shida gets Nyla up but Nyla blocks the suplex to get the leg! SHIN- NO! Shida makes it a crossbody! Shida runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Shida gets Nyla up fast, but Nyla suplexes her instead! Fans boo but Nyla storms after Shida. Shida BOOTS, QUESTION MARK KICKS, but Nyla bails out!

Fans rally for Shida, Vickie coaches Nyla up. Shida waits on Nyla, but Nyla takes her time. Shida goes out but Nyla gets back in. Now Nyla waits on Shida, so Shida takes her time. Shida gets in the side, Nyla drops an elbow on her! Nyla stands on Shida at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, RAMS her with shoulders and says she’s gonna be the next champ! BIG EuroUpper, and then she snapmares Shida down. Nyla KICKS Shida in the back, paces around, and she stands on Shida’s bad leg! Nyla stomps the leg, then wraps it around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 3, then drags Shida up to choke her on the ropes!

The ref counts again as fans boo, but Nyla lets off at 4. Shida sputters, Nyla drags Shida up and puts her on other ropes to choke her again. The ref counts, Nyla stops at 4, but Vickie uses Shida’s own kendo stick to choke her! Fans boo, Vickie gets away with it, and Nyla drags Shida up to scoop and SLAM! Nyla stands on the bad leg, then drags her up to get the leg. CORNER SHIN BREAKER! Shida clutches her knee, flops out of the ring, but fans chant, “SHUT UP, VICKIE!” Nyla goes out and whips Shida, but Shida reverses to send Nyla crashing into railing! The ring count climbs but Shida gets the chair! Shida sets it up, fires up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her first!

Nyla drags Shida up and makes her take a seat in the chair. Nyla CLUBS Shida, then goes up to the apron. Nyla aims, for a FLYING CANNONBALL onto the chair! Shida got out of the way just in time! Shida puts Nyla in, and then she snatches the kendo stick from Vickie! Vickie runs but trips, so Shida SMACKS her at the ramp! Fans fire up with Shida and she gets to the corner! Shida climbs, Nyla intercepts with a ROCKET LAUNCHER! Shida rolls away, Nyla clutches her back, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Shida up, clamps on and has a neck wrench with a shoulder claw! Nyla stands right over Shida as she endures it all! Nyla’s back bothers her so she can’t hold it forever. She CLUBS Shida more, drags her up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Nyla drags Shida by the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Vickie grits her teeth as she rises up and coaches Nyla. Nyla puts on a camel clutch and pulls Shida way back! Shida endures, Vickie screams, but Shida crawls over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, clutching her own back. Shida gets up, Nyla runs in, but Shida dumps her out! Nyla ends up back where the chair wreckage is!

Shida goes out, CLUBS Nyla on her back, then whips her into more railing! Shida gets in the ring and then climbs up! Nyla crawls over, Shida gets the fans fired up, and she CROSSBODIES Nyla down! Shida gets Nyla back in the ring and fires up as AEW returns to single picture. But the ref misses SERENA DEEB attacking from the crowd!! The chop block takes Shida down! Nyla drags Shida up the ropes, CLUBS and KNEES her, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs up, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives the Serena Screwjob! Nyla drags Shida up, but Shida clubs away on Nyla’s leg! Nyla CLUBS the bad leg, gets Shida up, but Shida fights the bomb!

Shida has the seated senton to the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Nyla endures, fights around, but Shida rolls her from the ropes! Nyla fights up, dead lifts, and POWERBOMBS! Then the BACK SENTON to the leg! Vickie is shrieking for Nyla to end this, and Nyla goes up top! SUPER SENTON misses! Nyla flops around, Shida jackknife bridges, TWO?!?! So close and yet so far! But Shida takes aim, KATA_ NO! Nyla blocks to the STRETCH MUFFLER!! Shida is hanging in the air, she taps out! Nyla wins!!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Perhaps Serena’s screwjob worked out after all! The Native Beast moves on, waiting for the winner of Statlander VS Soho, but will Shida get her revenge on Serena for this?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“The definition of a nightmare is to have an unpleasant or frightening dream, in a place where natural law doesn’t apply. So in Chicago, the four of us are going to haunt the four of you. We will cast you out. And I will make it so that the very air that you breathe will turn toxic and corrupt your lungs. And when you’re laying on the ground, gasping for air, you will realize what small part you have played in the massive equation that now seems to unfold in front of you. Deep breaths, my friends, while oxygen is still on your side.” Will Malakai look to suffocate the American Nightmare next week?

 

MJF, Shawn Spears & Wardlow walk out to the ring.

The Pinnacle are all in suits and MJF of course has the mic. “Cut my music, cut my music.” He then hands the mic to Spears, and he tells Virginia that Maxwell here, who could defeat any one of their heroes with a simple headlock takeover, would appreciate absolute silence at this time. They don’t give it to him and they boo. This is why Spears is a great friend and accountabilibuddy. But “Norfunk, Virginia,” he needs to explain something to the bumpkins. They are looking at the guy that checks all the boxes inside the ring and on the microphone. MJF is easily the most completely pro-wrestler on the planet.

He is the man who will start a bidding war in the year 2024. MJF is the past, the present, and the future of pro-wrestling. And more over, he could take their hometown horse and send him straight to the glue factory. Hell, he could take a big cowboy sh*t right on his title reign. But the rankings don’t tell us that story, do they? Because the rankings don’t tell you the truth! Even though the fans hate him so much, deep down, they know he deserves to be the next AEW World Champion! NOBODY in that locker room is nearly as good as MJF. NOBODY in that locker room is on MJF’s level. But here comes THE BEST IN THE WORLD, CM PUNK!

Fans go nuts to see Punk walk out and go to the ring to join MJF and his guys. MJF chews his gum, frowns as he looks around, and fans lose their minds already. “No no no, no no no. No.” Fans tell MJF to STFU already. Okay, okay. MJF introduces himself and holds out a hand, but Punk leaves him hanging! Punk grins and maybe even laughs as he leaves and goes back up the ramp! Is Punk going to prove he can outdo MJF without even saying a word?

 

Backstage interview with Darby Allin.

His match with MJF, many feel, was match of the night at Full Gear, even if it didn’t go Darby’s way. Darby tells “Max” that he still did not break Darby mentally. Darby doesn’t know when and where, but they will have a rematch. As for now, Darby is taking time off. He wants the biggest and the baddest in AEW, but then the Gunn Club walks over. Billy couldn’t help but hear that. So challenge accepted! Billy is the biggest and the baddest, so just say when. Colt tells Darby not to forget his skateboard, and Austin taunts Darby with, “I like turtles.” Darby smirks, because screw it, let’s do it. Will Darby give Billy Gun his first loss in AEW?

 

The Super Kliq speaks, again.

Brandon, you idiot. But Cole is so sick and tired of Jungle Boy, of Luchasaurus and of Christian Cage! Full Gear was the first night of their careers, and maybe even of their lives! Jungle Boy thinks he’s a Jungle Man now? So tough, trying to end Matt’s life on TV! His kids watching at home with popcorn! And he isn’t cleared, nor is Nick. But you heard them. The Elite, especially them, will be stronger than ever! In two nights’ time, AEW Rampage, it will be Jungle Boy & Luchasaurs VS Adam Cole and one of his best friends in the entire world, Bobby Fish!

The Infamous One steps in to say one guy tries to look like Tarzan while the other is a grown man dressing up as a dinosaur! Enough is enough! Time to put an end to the Jurassic joke once and for all. And that, is Un- no, you can’t say that here… Cut, Brandon, cut.

 

The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens tried to recruit Angel Dorado to make their duo a trio, but they weren’t exactly nice about it. But speaking of not being nice, Platinum Max has another rap! “Dante’s fightin’ the Acclaimed again. He’s got more partners than Pete Davidson. You can’t make a choice. You a little bitch, put some bass in your voice! And yo, Lio, you a amateur. And I think you’re better off as a manager. We leavin’ y’all hurtin’. Funny, we’re in Virginia, and both of y’all’re virgins!” Isn’t Lio married?

Anthony tells Norfolk the Acclaimed have arrived, but Lio & Dante DOUBLE DIVE! There’s some words to ya mother! But will Lio & Dante keep their tag team momentum rolling against the fourth ranked team in the division?

Dante puts Bowens in, the bell rings and Dante runs. Bowens dodges, Dante uses the ropes to flip up and over! Lio KICKS Bowens in the ropes, Dante bumps him off buckles to uppercut! Tag to Lio, they double whip Bowens to leap frog and redirect, to then juke and whip and trip, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lio says it’s time, and he brings Bowens up to wrench. Tag to Dante, he climbs up and double stomps the arm! Dante drags Bowens up to throw forearms, but Bowens turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Dante CHOPS back! Dante brings Bowens around, whips, but Bowens reverses and Caster trips Dante up, out and RAMS him into railing!

Bowens goes out, he and Caster double suplex Dante to the floor! Bowens puts Dante in, drags him back and tags in Caster. Caster goes up to jump and STOMP Dante in the chest! Caster brings Dante up, Dante throws shots but Caster knees low. Cater whips to CLOBBER Dante! And then stomp him, then rain down fists! Lio coaches Dante, Caster taunts but Dante kicks back! Bowens tags in as Caster anchors Dante, and Bowens stomps away. Bowens rains down rights, fans rally up and Dante throws body shots in return. Bowens ROCKS Dante, puts him in the corner and tags Caster in. The Acclaimed mug Dante, then Caster turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Caster tries again, TWO! A third try, TWO! Caster is annoyed, he stomps Dante as AEW goes picture in picture.

Caster drags Dante up, Dante throws body shots and kicks, but Caster trips him! Caster rolls Dante to BOOT at the ropes! Caster puts Dante in the corner, tags in Bowens, and the Acclaimed mug Dante more. Bowens brings Dante around to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps on Dante with a cravat and he grinds Dante down. Dante throws body shots, Bowens facelocks, but Dante powers his way over! Bowens knees low then DECKS Lio! Bowens bumps Dante off buckles, tags Caster, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS, for Caster to drop an ax handle! Cover, TWO! Caster stays between Dante and Lio with a facelock as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and The Acclaimed whip Dante to their corner. But Dante BOOTS Bowens, KICKS Caster down, then uses them as steps to leap and hot tag Lio! The Man of the Hour uses Bowens as a step to RANA Caster into ropes! Lio goes up and over Bowens, Bowens whips but Lio reverses then follows, ducks down, rolls Bowens up, SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up with Lio as he handspring kicks Caster down! Bowens back suplexes but Lio lands on his feet for fast hands and the SUPER FOREARM! Bowens staggers into a body shot and SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives the speed assault but Lio keeps his cool.

Fans rally up as Lio thinks what to do. Lio calls to Dante, but he goes up top. Lio leaps but Bowens moves! Lio rolls through but into a throat chop! Lio BOOTS Caster for that, then ducks Bowens! Dante GAMANGIRIS Bowens away, then triangle jumps! Caster avoids the #Nosedive but Lio kicks and HEEL KICKS Caster down! Bowens elbows, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS for a Five Tool Strike Fest! But Dante hits a HUGE MISSILE DROPKICK! All four men are down and fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, reaches 5 of 10, but Lio sits up first. He calls to Dante, facelocks Bowens, but Bowens BACK DROPS Lio away!

Bowens runs in but Lio sends him into the corner! Caster tags in, runs in and DECKS Dante! Caster brings Lio up, blocks a kick, flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, but Caster LARIATS! Tag to Bowens, CLAIM TO FAME! Cover, Dante breaks it! “This is awesome!” as Caster rocks and whips Dante, only to get a springboard SHOTGUN! Dante runs in but Bowens dodges to put Dante in the ropes and ENZIGURI! Dante resists the rope DDT to enziguri! NOSEDIVE!! He sets Bowens up for Lio’s FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lio & Dante win!!

Winners: Lio Rush & Dante Martin, by pinfall

Another HUGE win for this fast & furious duo, but here comes Team Taz! Ricky Starks has a mic but so does Taz himself. Taz congratulates Lio & Dante on the win. But Lio, great to see you back at work. His condolences to the family, but a lot of folks are a little uncomfortable with how they offered a contract to Dante while Lio was gone. But Lio of all people knows business. He prides himself on that, but Taz is a businessman, too. His team are all businessmen. So Dante, you have a golden opportunity. The team is patient, waited a long time just to get Will Hobbs, and in fact, the one year anniversary of Hobbs in Team Taz is coming up! Thanks for the applause.

But here’s the thing. Hobbs has accomplished a lot with his great support staff. So here’s the deal, Dante. If you choose to go with Team Taz, that will be the start to a hall of fame worthy career. Or just a mediocre one with Lio. The choice is his. Dante is still on the clock, but will he stick with what’s working for him in #LBOLio?

 

Christian Cage & Jurassic Express speak.

Captain Charisma wants to get this straight. At Full Gear, it was the worst night of the Super Kliq’s career. Funny, watching Jungle Boy slam that chair on Matt’s head was personally one of the greatest moments of Christian’s career. And now, they want redemption? Well obviously, Cole has never hold the saying, “Never bring a Fish to a fist fight.” JB says, “So what? You guys are gonna try and end us on Friday night?” Fish and Cole had their chances last week, but they couldn’t do it. The scruff might be off JB’s chin, but the changes inside are here to stay. Hit them with chairs, put them through tables. Hell, JB will eat thumbtacks for breakfast, he doesn’t care. Because they are better than ever! They’ll see Fish & Cole on Rampage!

 

AEW looks closer at Cargill VS Velvet.

Red Velvet says she and Jade have a lot of history already. Velvet was Cargill’s first match in that Mixed Tag with Shaq and Cody. Yes, Cargill beat Velvet twice before, but Velvet’s been scouting. Everything Cargill does wrong, Velvet will do right. After Rampage last week, Cargill said, “You think you did something tonight?” Going after Cargill, throwing cake in Sterling’s face. Velvet messed up is what she did. This is Cargill’s anniversary, and Velvet’s gonna get her ass whooped on #ThatBitchShow! Velvet is done playing games, Cargill is lucky to have a bye. Now, her ass is Velvet’s! Who moves on to the semifinals this Friday?

 

The Lucha Brothers speak.

Alex Abrahantes translates for Penta, “FTR, stop your crying. On more than one occasion, you tried to cheat to win. But you’re so pathetic and you suck so bad, that you couldn’t even get the job done.” Fenix says in Chicago, that 8 Man Tag match, the Death Triangle and Cody Rhodes have something special for him. Y’know why? Because they are the best four man team in the UNIVERSE! They are the Lucha Brothers, and they have CERO MIEDO!!

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal!

The Spanish God and the Inner Circle were victorious at Full Gear, but there’s no time to rest! Sammy welcomes this new addition to the AEW roster, but will this lethal challenge be Sammy’s last?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Lethal steps in through the open door and walks out with gold!

Fans rally as Lethal and Sammy stare down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Sammy waistlocks, Lethal elbows but Sammy hops up and over to go up and over in the corner. Lethal dodges, handsprings, but into a torture rack! Lethal slips off, trips and “WOO~” but Sammy makes it a cradle! TWO, La Magistrol blocked! TWO, and Sammy Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Lethal sweeps legs, covers, ONE! Another sweep but Sammy fisherman bridges! TWO and the two stand off! Fans cheer as they talk a little trash, then reset. They circle, tie up, and Sammy headlocks. “This is Wrestling!” as Lethal powers out to whip, then he hip tosses and handsprings to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Sammy gets up but Lethal is on him with a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the bandaged ribs, but Lethal drags him up to CLUB those bad ribs! Lethal suplexes but Sammy blocks! Sammy throws body shots, Lethal hits back to whip and kitchen sink knee! Fans duel, Lethal drags Sammy up to suplex, but Sammy wrenches out! Only to get a LETHAL COMBINATION! Sammy bails out, Lethal builds speed but Sammy gets in to KNEE Lethal down! Lethal bails out, Sammy FLIES out after him! Direct hit into the railing but it was double-edged for Sammy’s ribs! Fans are still fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Sammy climbs.

SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Lethal saves himself and both men are down as AEW goes picture in picture.

A standing count begins, the two men stir but Lethal sits up first at 4. Lethal gets to ropes, Sammy goes out to the apron then to the floor. Lethal sees him out there and waits as the ring count climbs now. Sammy is still down at 4 so Lethal goes out after him. Lethal can’t win the title on a count-out but Sammy pushes him away and crawls. The ref checks, Lethal wants after Sammy but he gives them space. The medic, Doc Samson, even comes in to check on Sammy. Sammy’s ribs could be worse than thought. Lethal gets impatient, he wants to know what the status of this match is. Sammy sits up, but does need help standing. Lethal holds the ropes open but is Sammy able to continue?

AEW returns to single picture, Sammy tells the doc and the ref to shut up, he wants to fight! Sammy is in the ring, he eggs Lethal on! The ref has no choice but to let this continue, Sammy pie faces Lethal! And flips Lethal off! SO the hand start flying! Fans are fired up as Lethal stomps Sammy down! Lethal drags Sammy up, whips him and FLAPJACKS Sammy high and hard! Lethal calls for it, handsprings, but Sammy blocks the cutter to spin Lethal, STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Both men are down again and Lethal rolls out to the floor. Sammy grits his teeth as fans rally up, and he builds speed, but he has to avoid a boot!

Lethal whips Sammy out, builds speed and DIVES, but Sammy blocks enough of it to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Fans are fired up as both men are down on the outside! The ref checks on both men, “This is Awesome!” as Sammy gets up and leans on the timekeeper’s table. Lethal staggers over but Sammy elbows him then fires off forearms! Lethal pushes Sammy back but Sammy KNEES Lethal down! Lethal ends up on the timekeeper’s table, and Sammy fires himself up! Sammy goes up and fans are thunderous as he says he’s LOCO! SWANTON through the table, but Lethal got out of the way!! Fans lose their minds as Sammy is down in the wreckage!

Lethal drags Sammy up and into the ring! Sammy is down, Lethal climbs and fans fire up again! HAIL TO THE KING!! But Sammy makes it a ghost pin!? TWO!! Lethal gets Sammy up, but Sammy slips out of the bomb. Lethal blocks the kick and goes around to LARIAT, but Sammy lands on his feet!? SUPERKICK! Lethal CHOP BLOCKS the legs! Dragon sleeper with a fisherman, FLIPPING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! But Lethal has the leg! FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Sammy endures, drags himself and Lethal over, only for Lethal to drag him and Sammy away from ropes! Sammy’s shoulders are down, it’s a cover! TWO!

Sammy crawls again, Lethal wrenches back on the foot! Sammy still gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go in frustration, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” However, the show has to end some time so Lethal gets Sammy up and into a cobra twist! Sammy goes around with him, torture racks but the ribs don’t hold! Lethal spins, into a KNEE! Sammy tries again, but still can’t! Lethal full nelson SUPLEXES, but Sammy lands on his feet for another KNEE! Sammy grits his teeth, runs, and KNEES Lethal down again!! Sammy slashes his throat and roars, and he gets the torture rack! G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!!

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

Somehow, someway, Sammy powers through to take Lethal down! He is still golden, and the Inner Circle appears to celebrate with him! Sammy shows Lethal respect, will these two look to go another round down the line? Who will be next up for this tough as nails TNT Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great post PPV episode! Right away, great stuff from The Elite with them semi-kayfabing Omega stepping away for his real-life recovery. The Super Kliq calling out Christian & Jurassic Express was nice, but I feel like they should focus more on the story brewing between them and Hangman. Though, I did like Fish getting in this and wanting to use Undisputed Era catchphrase only to get cut off. Cole & Fish VS Jurassic Express is going to be great stuff, could go either way. We got a great opening segment with Bryan going out there to sorta crash the Cowboy Shit celebration, and Bryan was at least in character being Heel to Hangman and the Dark Order. That was some great stuff, as was Bryan VS Uno, and Bryan is going to have a great series of matches with the other members.

MJF had a really good post Full Gear promo, and his segment with Punk was great for how Punk just dissed him completely! But this is a tough one to call because neither one has lost. Punk surely gets cheated like Darby did, because MJF’s first loss in AEW can’t just happen just because it’s Punk. If anything, Punk being cheated elevates things and Punk takes on MJF again and gives MJF his first loss. Darby himself had a decent moment with the Gunn Club, I have a feeling Sting gets involved to hold the Gunn sons at bay. Maybe we get a tag match, Darby & Sting VS Austin & Colt, that ends the #Gunndefeated streak.

Kingston had a great moment with 2point0 and Garcia, and I also hope this is a one time thing, they just get in the ring on like Dynamite next week for Thanksgiving. We got a great tag match from Butcher & Blade VS Cassidy & Ishii. Ishii naturally gets the win, he’s great. Great promos from Andrade, FTR, the Lucha Brothers, and of course Malakai Black. That 8 Man is going to be nuts, too hard to call right now. Britt has a good promo to plug Hayter VS Rosa, I have a feeling Britt cheats Rosa, Rosa goes after her for the top title so that Hayter can take the loss in the tournament to winner of Cargill VS Velvet, which also got a good vignette to plug that.

Nyla VS Shida was great stuff, but wow, I didn’t think Serena would keep her grudge this long. Nyla is facing a Face either way with Statlander VS Soho, I’m thinking Nyla faces Soho to put her over. We got a great tag match out of Dante & Lio VS The Acclaimed, and naturally the Faces win to then have Team Taz walk out and remind us about the offer. Pretty sure Dante stays with Lio, we get Lio & Dante VS Hobbs & Starks. Dante VS Starks for the FTW Championship would be awesome to see, even if Dante doesn’t win. The TNT Championship was awesome stuff, Lethal got a great debut but Sammy winning makes sense to keep this reign going.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Happy Anniversary, AEW!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!

And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
  • Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
  • Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!

The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?

Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!

Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!

But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…

Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!

Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)

Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?

 

AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.

After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.

Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.

Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”

Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”

Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”

Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.

And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”

Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.

“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!

Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?

 

AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.

The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!

William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.

Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!

The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?

The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!

Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!

Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!

Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!

Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!

Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.

Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!

As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!

Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!

They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!

Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!

Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!

Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!

Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!

Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!

Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!

Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!

 

The Hardy Boyz speak.

Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.

Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!

So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!

 

Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!

Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?

The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!

JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!

Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.

Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.

Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.

Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!

JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!

But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?

 

Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.

Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.

So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?

 

Schiavone is on stage.

This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.

Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!

 

AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.

A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.

Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!

The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”

In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.

Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!

Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.

Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!

Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!

Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?

The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!

Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!

Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!

But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.

Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.

Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!

Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)

Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.

Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.

Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.

Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.

The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.

Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!

Before challenging FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Roppongi Vice fires up in the Dark! Will they be partying in the Dark, too?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kris Statlander VS Avery Breaux; Statlander wins.
  • Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS Eli Isom & T.U.G Cooper; Menard & Parker win.
  • A.Q.A VS Brittany Jade; AQA wins.
  • Lee Moriarty VS Alan Angels; Moriarty wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS Carlie Bravo; Kiss wins.
  • Robyn Renegade VS Vicky Dreamboat; Robyn wins.
  • Anthony Ogogo VS Trenton Storm; Ogogo wins.
  • Leva Bates VS Kia Dream; Bates win.
  • Roppongi Vice VS Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake; RPG Vice wins.

QUICK NOTES

A good line-up of nine, and great to see Leva Bates back in action. Also nice to see the team formerly known as 2point0 having a tag match, that’ll help get them going in the tag division while also building towards the “Anarchy in the Arena” at Double or Nothing. And RPG Vice will definitely get a win before their match on Dynamite.


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