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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/3/21)

El Idolo takes on the American Nightmare!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW’s speeding up towards Full Gear!

AEW’s tournaments roll on as Anna Jay looks to be the Star of the Show against Jamie Hayter, with the winner facing Thunder Rosa!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kenny Omega w/ Michael Nakazawa VS Alan Angels; Omega wins.
  • AAA Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Samuray Del Sol & Aerostar; FTR wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Anna Jay VS Jamie Hayter; Hayter wins and advances to the next round.
  • Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose; Andrade wins.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Orange Cassidy VS Miro; Miro wins and advances to Full Gear.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW hopes the best for Jon Moxley.

As first shared on Twitter by Tony Khan, Jon Moxley is coming to terms with his personal demons, and we here, too, at the Chairshot wish him well.

 

Kenny Omega w/ Michael Nakazawa VS Alan Angels!

The Cleaner opens Dynamite against a man who’s proven he can keep with him. Independence is fired up for this one, but will Omega have smooth sailing into Full Gear?

The bell rings and Angels SHOTGUNS Omega! Angels fires off in the corner, stomps away on Omega, but lets off as the ref counts. Omega comes back with a hard kick down low! Omega CHOPS Angels, CHOPS him again, then chokes him against the ropes! The ref counts, fans boo and Omega lets off at 4. Omega CLUBS Angels, CHOPS him again, and fans taunt Omega with “KENNY NO BALLS!” Omega CLUBS Angels more, digs his boots in at the corner, but lets off at 4 again. Omega comes back for more and applauds himself but the ref counts again. Omega lets off at 4, whips Angels but Angels rolls and dodges and things speed up, calf kick from Angels! Cover, ONE!

Angels brings Omega up but Omega pokes him in the eye! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Omega reels Angels in for a back suplex. Angels lands on his feet, bobs ‘n’ weaves but swings into a full nelson! Angels arm-drags out and Omega goes to a corner. Angels runs in but into a boot! Omega runs in to KOTARO KRUSHER! And then he KICKS Angels right in the side! Omega runs to pie face STO Angels down! Cover, TWO! Omega slashes the throat, drags Angels up and reels him in to hook the leg. AOI SHODOU! Angels flounders, Omega takes aim and BANG! Omega runs but Angels dodges the V-Trigger to roll him up! TWO!!

Omega runs in, blocks the boot and puts Angels on the apron. Angels GAMANGIRIS, then he dodges Omega! Angels builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Angels drags Omega up, but Omega RAMS him into the apron! Omega snarls as he RAMS Angels into the railing! Omega has a wild grin as he brings Angels around RAM him into the apron edge. Angels stands and Omega CHOPS him! Omega whips, Angels tiger feints to kick from the apron! Angels goes up the corner to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit again! Angels puts Omega in the ring, climbs up top and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Angels hurries back to the corner. Angels climbs, Dark Order pose, FROG SPLASH onto knees! Omega saves himself and reels Angels in for a BUCKLE BOMB! And then a whip to a pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Angels survives and Omega is frustrated. Omega drags Angels up, reels him in again and underhooks the arms. Angels resists the lift, Omega keeps trying. Omega throws down palm strike after strike to Angels’ neck! Fans rally and duel as Omega gets Angels back up. Omega underhooks again but Angels fights free! Omega ROCKS him with a forearm but Angels gives it back! Omega hits again, Angels KICKS the leg!

Omega hobbles, JABS, JABS, and Angels responds with forearms! Angels runs but into a CHOP! Omega reels Angels in to full nelson but Angeles breaks free! Angels goes to run but Omega reels him in to CLUB him! Electric Chair, but Angels sunset flips, TWO!! Omega V-TRIGGERS! Cover, TWO!! Omega was too cocky with that cover and fans are fired up! Omega kicks Angels back to ropes, takes aim again, BANG! V-TRIGGER! Omega keeps going, another V-TRIGGER! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall

Nakazawa gets the AEW World Champion a mic to tell Angels, “I never had a chance to thank you. You embarrassed me, you ruined my career, and from that, you gave yourself a great opportunity. But as the God of Pro-Wrestling, Angels, I have the power to giveth, and I have the power to taketh away. Nakazawa, give me the chair.” Nakazawa fetches the chair, just as Omega said. Omega kicks the chair to center and drags Angels over. Electric Chair lift, but here comes HANGMAN! Fans fire up and Omega is panicking! Nakazawa runs up but gets clobbered! Angels snatches the chair away, too! Slingshot, but Omega ducks the Buckshot just in time!

Hangman stares Omega down, and look what Omega left in the ring! Hangman sees the title, and picks it up! Hangman grins as he tells Omega, “I think you forgot something. So I’ll play nice, I’ll lay it right here. You better hold tight to it, you’ve got ten days.” Will the Cowboy take the title from the Best Bout Machine when they finally face off at Full Gear?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“Why do men of power always think that their decisions serve more than their own interests?” Tony Khan’s decision to bar Malakai from ringside tonight will not affect anything. It will not change the outcome of this match. And do you know why this decision won’t have an affect? When they assassinated Caesar, it wasn’t just Markus that betrayed him. Ominous words from the Dark Father. Does that mean someone closer to Cody Rhodes is ready to betray him and join the House of Black?

 

CM Punk heads to the ring!

Independence rocks out for the Best in the World as he gets the mic. The fans chant his name as he squats in the ring. He’s sorry for not doing a stage dive. He’s not in the best mood. He just wants a few minutes to talk to us seriously. “There’s two people who aren’t here today, and one has a very legitimate reason as to not be here, and that’s the name I want to hear chanted, and that’s Jon Moxley.” Fans do chant for Moxley, and then Punk says he could spend all his time listening to that because it is important to him.

Punk has history with Jon Moxley. They’re not super tight or best of friends, but last night, Punk’s traveling here and he gets a phone call. He gets the situation explained to him, and he knows what it’s like to go and go and have to think you’re so tough and be sick yet show up to work and all these things that get compounded. Eventually, it gets to a point where you have to take yourself off the hamster wheel. He’s been criticized for it. But he doesn’t want anyone criticizing Moxley because Punk is so damn proud of him.

And he’ll say one last thing about it: If anyone here or watching at home is in a place where you think you need help, get help! Reach out, text or call someone! There’s nothing harder than you could do but also nothing more courageous. There’ve been plenty of times Punk thought about getting help but didn’t because he thought he was being a tough guy.

Now to the second guy that’s not here tonight… Eddie Kingston. Kingston’s not here so Punk can’t ask him to his face so he has to do this. It might be embarrassing but Punk felt Kingston was embarrassing himself last week. Punk doesn’t like being interrupted, so here we are. Punk doesn’t know what fabricated story Kingston has in his head, maybe there was something Punk did years ago, but there’s no such thing. Fans want him to fight Kingston, and Punk would, but Kingston isn’t here. Fans chant for Full Gear, and Full Gear is an option, but St. Louis is right up the road, so if Kingston has the balls, because Punk has the time, that’s where Punk will accept an apology.

And Punk will leave us with this. Because Moxley isn’t here, there’s a spot open in the title eliminator tournament, and Punk was going to fill that after settling up with Kingston. But now you don’t get that, you don’t get Punk VS Orange Cassidy, you don’t get possibly Punk VS Danielson at Full Gear. Don’t boo Punk, boo Kingston who thinks he’s somebody. Friday, Punk finds out exactly who Kingston is! The Best in the World just called out the Mad King for Rampage, will they go on a rampage in St. Louis?

 

Miro speaks.

“My God, I cursed you, I warned you, I threatened you. And then I waited patiently. And now the word comes in that The Redeemer, God’s Forsaken Champion, has been put in the title race all of a sudden. Is that you trying to help me? Or are you trying to toy with me? When I look up in anger, do you look down in fear? Because in this tournament, it is you who needs to prove yourself to me, like I need to prove myself to her. For my road home is clear now, and it is going to be paved with skulls with those who dare to stand in front of me! I will be champion! I will be forgiven! I will be loved! And then, you will be forgiven.” Will Orange Cassidy be living on a prayer against the wrath of Miro?

 

Backstage interview with The Super Kliq.

Alex Marvez is with Adam Cole, The Young Bucks and even Brandon Cutler, pointing out that Full Gear is coming. What is the plan for them? First of all, last week was 100% a fluke! Something like that will never happen again! And do you know why? Because he and the Bucks will remind everyone how bad they are! Nick Jackson says they’re tough guys! They’re not afraid of anyone! But then Christian Cage walks in. Matt Jackson tells him not to do anything stupid. It’s 3v1 (Cutler doesn’t count) and they’ll just beat him down like last time. Bad move, alright? But then LUCHASAURUS walks in! The Bucks try and talk this out, then try to walk away.

But then they throw hands, only to get thrown around! Christian fires hands on Cole while Luchasaurus takes care of both Bucks! And this spills out towards the arena area, just off to the side of the stage! The brawling continues but then  Matt LOW BLOWS Luchasaurus! Cole whips Christian into the stage! The Super Kliq regroup to whip Luchasaurus into barriers! But wait! JUNGLE BOY FLIES IN from the stage!! Him being tossed last week did nothing to keep him out of this fight! But then Matt gets up to throat chop him! Matt goes up towards the stage, Christian SPEARS him down!

Christian brings Matt to the metal light structure, gets the arms, but Nick is there! SUPERKICK! The Bucks regroup, Cole crawls out from the tunnel as Luchasaurus stalks behind him! Luchasaurus choke grips the Bucks, throws Matt down and JB RANAS Matt down the ramp! Luchasaurus uppercuts Nick, headbutts Cole, and JB positions Cole for Luchasaurus to CHOKE SLAM Nick onto Cole! JB puts Cole in the SNARE TRAP! Luchasaurus TOSSES Nick down the ramp to join Matt! Christian returns and has CHAIRS! Christian wants to go Rated R as he puts Cole on one chair and gets the other! CON-CHAIR-TO!!

Cole twitches, fans want “One More Time!” but Christian leaves it at this. Will Captain Charisma and the Jurassic Express run through Super Kliq now that they’re back to 100%?

 

AEW hears from TBS Championship Tournament competitors.

Ruby Soho says that when Tony Khan first announced this tournament, it was monumental for the company. Kris Statlander knows she hasn’t faced Ruby before, but she’s known about her longer than Ruby’s known about Kris. Ruby says she is a big fan of Kris’, and admits this will be one hell of a match. The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien doesn’t need a title to prove herself, but it couldn’t hurt. Ruby’s nervous, but confident. Who comes out of the quarterfinals one step closer to that historic new title?

 

AAA Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Samuray Del Sol & Aerostar!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler were very specific, and very sneaky, about this open challenge. It was open to any two luchadors not named Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo. But will they #FeelTheRegret giving this chance to a duo they don’t know? Or will they actually prove they’re the best luchadors in the world today?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Dax & Cash can put their money where their mouths are!

The teams sort out and Cash sneaks up on Samuray. They circle, tie up, Cash powers Samuray to a corner. The ref calls for the break, Samuray avoids the cheap shot and headlocks. Cash powers out but Samuray headstands to handspring and headscissor! Dax gets in but a get a dropkick, too! Tag to Aero but FTR bails out. FTR regroups with Tully for a “timeout,” and take their time returning. Cash gets back in, tags to Dax, and now Dax circles with Aerostar. Aero shows off with his endless handsprings! Fans fire up, Dax flips him off! Dax and Aero tie up, Dax puts Aero in a corner and fires off hands! The ref counts, Dax stomps and CHOPS Aero, then throws uppercuts!

Dax tags in Cash, FTR double whip Aero but he goes up and up and TORNILLO Body attacks! Samuray gets in and gets a boost to double dropkick FTR out of the ring! Samuray springboards to SENTON! Aero runs and ESCALARA! Direct hit on Dax, Samuray starts up the “LUCHA! LUCHA!” chants. Aero puts FTR in then climbs up top to leap, but the double rana is blocked for a HOTSHOT! Cash covers, TWO! Cash is annoyed as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cash mocks the lucha chants, drags Aero to the FTR corner, and Dax gets his cheap shots in while the ref is busy with Cash and Samuray. Even Tully gets in on it as he chokes Aerostar on ropes! Cash hushes the fans then goes back to Aerostar. Cash drags Aero up, chokes him on ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Cash tags Dax, FTR double suplex Aero to hang him out to dry! Aero flops to the floor, Dax goes out to fetch him and CHOP him against the railing! And then whips him into more railing! Dax gets in the face of some Aerostar fans then puts Aerostar in the ring. Aerostar gets away but just misses the tag! Dax tags in Cash, FTR mugs Aero in their corner!

Cash brings Aerostar up, scoops and RAMS him into the buckles! Aero ends up in a Tree of Woe, Dax tags in, and FTR go corner to corner to double basement dropkick! Cash tags back in, Dax DECKS Samuray, and FTR mocks the lucha chants before Cash whips Dax in! Aero sits up as AEW returns to single picture, and Dax gets posted up the middle! Cash runs over and CLUBS Aero, but Aero fights back with elbows! Cash falls, Aero adjusts, and Aero DIVES onto Dax!! They wipe out into railing, Aero hobbles back to the ring as fans lose their minds, and Cash stands to get a TRUST FALL! Hot tag to Samuray! Samuray CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Samuray fires off on Cash, mule kicks and front kicks! Dax gets in and gets kicks, too, but FTR double whip! They double back drop but Samuray lands on his feet! And does the splits! Aero jumps in to try the double rana again, but he’s caught! So Samuray double missile dropkicks them down! Samuray covers, TWO! Cash survives, Aerostar tags back in. They double whip Cash, then Aero runs in but is put on the apron. Samuray runs in, dodges Cash’s clothesline and comes back, Cash pops him up but he RANAS Dax! Aero RANAS Cash! Double rana covers, TWO!! Tully coaches FTR up but Darby Allin is watching from the shadows!

FTR regroup, Aero ducks and dodges but is put on the ropes. Aero body scissors Dax out, Samuray fires off on Cash! Cash blocks a clothesline to Gory Especial but Samuray slips out! Cash fights off the Shiranui but Samuray slips out of the suplex! Waistlock, switch, SOLINA DEL SOL!! Aerostar springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, Dax breaks it up! Dax drags and throws Aerostar down, but Samuray DIVES, only to be sent into barriers! Dax gets Samuray up, BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Aero BOOTS Dax down, ROCKS Cash, slips under and jumps up to victory roll! TWO!! Cash has it, and the ropes!! FTR win!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AAA Tag Team Champions)

Another sneaky win for The Pinnacle, but a close one at that! Will their luck run out when the Lucha Brothers come #ForTheirRevenge with the AEW World Tag Team titles on the line?

 

Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida.

Tony Schiavone presents Shida with a properly repaired 50th win trophy. But Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero walk in to sarcastically applaud. Congratulations! What a ride, what a journey, to get to 50. There were some speed bumps, but now she’s hitting a full on roadblock! Because very soon, it is Shida VS Nyla in the TBS Championship Tournament. Enjoy 50 wins. How long did it take her to get there? Nyla says she and Vickie are going to celebrate, because it’ll be an easy win for them. How’s that leg, by the way? The Full Metal Warrior knows she’s going into a battle with the Native Beast at less than 100%, but can she find the heart to overcome those odds?

 

The Inner Circle heads to the ring!

Independence serenades Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz with their rendition of Judas as they make their way down the ramp. Jericho gets the mic to shout out Kansas City! Last week, Sammy Guevara, the TNT Champion, the Spanish God, won against Ethan Page, which means at Full Gear, 10 Man Street Fight, Inner Circle VS Men of the Year & American Top Team, but Inner Circle gets to choose who faces them at Full Gear! But speaking of, here come The Men of the Year and American Top Team. Dan Lambert would really like to leave this “shi*tstain city” ASAP so let’s get this over with!

Jericho sees Lambert, Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and the rest on stage and says, “What an ugly collection of dumb idiots right here.” American Top Team, led by their mascot, “Dan ‘Don’t Call Me Dipsh*t’ Lambert.” Lambert won’t stand for the chants, and defends his face is not that fat! But Jericho, you need to put some respect on his name. He founded this team 25 years ago and made it the greatest gym in the history of the business! That makes him American Top Team member #1! But he has a collection of killers for Jericho to choose from, and an open contract signed by them. So let’s just get started. Fans want Lambert to STFU as the contract is brought down to the ring.

Lambert hopes they pull up a table for four and a high chair for lil’ Sammy, and allow Lambert to go over their menu selection. The main course will be the Men of the Year. The three selections from the MMA portion of the menu starts with former UFC Heavyweight Champions, Andrei Arlovski and Junior Dos Santos! Andrei has the most victories in the HISTORY of the UFC Heavyweight Division! And he knows they’re proud of Big Jake Hager’s Bellator record, but let’s not get a big head over it. Oh, too late. So bigger head. But there’s not one but two undefeated Bellator stars in “Hercules” Dalton Rosta and Austin Vanderford!

These Johnny Come Lately fans may not remember, but the Road Warriors used to say they snacked on danger, and dined on death. Hopefully the Inner Circle has a similar appetite. Time to pick your poison! Well… The contract is here, so they can choose any members. Hager starts it off by calling out Junior Dos Santos! Hager doesn’t want to say Dos Santos looks stupid, but he does look like Popeye. At Full Gear, the Inner Circle will drop him faster than his last fight, aka 71 seconds. That is pretty fast. Santana steps up and calls out Arlovski! He calls himself the pitbull? Hopefully not cuz of that pointy teeth BS he be wearing.

But check it, he’s always had rules and regulations to protect him. But what happens when there are no rules, there are no regulations! You want someone to bite? Bite this! Lambert says these guys belong in this town, because they’re just as dirty and rude. But before they make their third selection, speaking of disrespectful pieces of slime, Jericho had some nasty things to say about Paige VanZant back in Miami! Austin wants in this match for that reason! Austin gets the mic but Paige takes it to say she doesn’t need a man to fight her fights. They should put HER name down, because her schedule’s wide open! And Chris, there isn’t a filter out there that will hide the beating she’ll give him.

Y’know what? Given the look of those tight pants, no one in the Inner Circle has the BALLS to take her on! She could take them all five, by herself! Wait, she wants to take on all five of them by herself? Well that joke writes itself, doesn’t it? Maybe they can put it on her OnlyFans page. Ortiz wants to ask a serious question, and asks it in Spanish. Paige asks what Ortiz just said. Sammy translates it to, “You’re a bitch.” But alright, alright. The Inner Circle knows they have to choose one more. They could choose Paige, she’s tough as nails. They could choose her hubby, Austin Vanderford. They could choose that other guy.

But they are thinking about it, and choosing the guy who said he’s the number one member of American Top Team. Lambert freaks out and says he didn’t mean that literally! They choose DAN LAMBERT!! Fans are loving that! Lambert says check the tape! But he said any member of the American Top Team, and then said he was member number one! If Independence heard that right, say, “Fat Faced Dips*it!” Lambert tells them to shut up but it’s too late! See you at Full Gear so they can kick your asses!!

 

Backstage interview with Lio Rush, Dante Martin, Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty.

Tony Schiavone says third time was the charm, what a match we saw on Friday’s Rampage between Sydal and Dante. Matt wants to say something: Congratulations, Dante Martin. Everything Sydal saw in him came to fruition in that match, and he still believes in him. And if Dante still wants to train with Lio and not Sydal, that’s fine. He has plenty of people he can train, such as Lee Moriarty! There is a lot of talent here, and they will go to the top. So let’s see if they mix it up with them! Oh, is that a challenge? Listen, Lio knows who Moriarty is. Very talented wrestler.

But make no mistake, he is not more talented than Dante Martin. Especially not with Lio in his corner. So challenge accepted! They will be ready, and Sydal better be ready to be on the highest flight. Then it sounds like a great tag team match in the works!

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Anna Jay VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!

The Queenslayer has a score to settle with The Doctor and her crew, but she’ll have to settle for getting at one of the sidekicks first. Will Number 99 keep it 100 and take on the number one seed, Thunder Rosa? Or will Hayter make Jay hate her even more?

The bell rings, Jay and Hayter circle, tie up, and Hayter powers Jay to ropes. The ref counts, Hayter lets off and Jay ducks the sucker punch to kick low! Jay headlocks, Hayter powers out, but Jay runs her over! Hayter gets up, Jay headlocks to a takeover! Hayter headscissors but Jay kips free to get another headlock. Hayter throws body shots, gets the headlock for herself but Jay throws body shots. Jay powers out, elbows Hayter down then covers, ONE! Hayter gets to ropes, Jay is after her but Hayter throws Jay out! Hayter brings Jay around to whip, but Jay reverses to send Hayter into railing! Hayter crashes hard but Jay dares her to get up, so she can kick her down!

Jay puts Hayter in the ring, Jay gets in the ropes but Hayter BOOTS her down! Hayter stomps away on Jay as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hayter brings Jay up, bumps her off buckles, then dusts off her hands before she whips Jay corner to corner. Jay bounces off buckles, Hayter digs her boots into her at the ropes! The ref counts, Hayter lets off at 4 then drags Jay up. Hayter suplexes hard, covers, TWO! Hayter is annoyed and Britt argues the count on her behalf. Hayter brings Jay up, Jay throws body shots but Hayter clubs and stomps her own. Jay comes back with fast hands, then pulls hair! Hayter pulls hair to throw Jay down! Hayter tosses her hair and talks some trash before she drags Jay up and CLUBS her on the back. Hayter stalks Jay, kicks her around, stomps her, then throws her down again.

Hayter steps on Jay for a cocky cover, TWO! Hayter grins and brings Jay up to throw forearms. Hayter has Jay in the corner, she throws more forearms then stomps a mudhole into Jay! The ref backs Hayter off, Britt is there to talk trash while Hayter wraps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref pulls Hayter back, but Britt chokes Jay! Hayter drags Jay up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Hayter is annoyed again as AEW returns to single picture. Hayter has an arm, kicks at Jay but Jay throws body shots! Hayter CLUBS Jay, whips her to ropes, but Jay throws Hayter down! And again! Jay bumps Hayter off buckles, then off more buckles!

Jay whips corner to corner, runs in and HEEL KICKS! Jay brings Hayter around, roars, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt is relieved. Jay wraps on a sleeper! Not quite the Queenslayer but Hayter throws her off! Jay gets up and ducks a clothesline, QUEENSLAYER! Rebel gets in, the ref is distracted and Britt grabs at Jay! Jay lets Hayter go to glare at Britt, but Hayter CLOBBERS Jay from behind! Hayter runs to LARIAT! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Anna Jay couldn’t win against the unofficial 3v1, and now she gets mugged for it! But here comes TAY CONTI! Britt runs off so Tay fires off on Rebel and Hayter! Britt comes back but gets DECKED! Conti DECKS Hayter then BOOTS Britt down!! And then gives some ground ‘n’ pound! But now she gets mugged by the henchwomen! Rebel gives Britt her belt to put under Conti’s face, but here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa has her own beef with Team Britt and she SHOTGUNS Hayter down! Britt retreats, will she be able to survive Tay Conti at Full Gear? Will Rosa tear into Hayter as the next best thing to tearing into Britt?

 

Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.

Smart Mark says, “Everyone knows that Jade Cargill has a bye in the TBS title tournament, and obviously that’s because of her unbelievable, amazing, undefeated record.” But this Friday, they will watch closely as we see Red Velvet VS The Bunny. But Jade sighs and says it doesn’t even matter who wins, and Sterling agrees, it doesn’t matter who wins. Because whoever wins will meet their ultimate demise, Jade Cargill. And Jade plans on making this short and sweet to rename that title #ThatBitchShow. But who gets to be part of the “pilot” of that show in the quarterfinal round?

 

MJF is here!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman swaggers out on stage alone and has the music cut as he heads down to the ring. “Let’s cut through the bull, huh, Darby? When all these fresh new faces came into this company, all the boys in the back were sweating bullets. But not us, man. Nah. Cuz we’re pillars. We know for a fact without us, this company doesn’t work.” MJF gets in the ring as he continues. “And out of all the pillars, I mean, we’re already top guys. Have been for awhile. And don’t get me wrong, the other two guys are great, Darby, but they’re not us. Because we have ‘it.’ We’ve had it way before Dynamite ever existed. These fans know who we are, and they know damn well what we’re going to become, and that, my friend, is legendary.

“So why is it that they boo me, and cheer you?” MJF says it used to make him really, really mad, and he’d even lose sleep over it. And he’s not deaf, he hears them every single week. They chant Darby’s name at the top of their lungs. They even do it now. And then it hit him. Of course they hate MJF! He reminds them of their perfect, successful boss, brother, step, ex, hell! He is a symbol of everything everyone wishes they could be, but simply can’t. But Darby is one of them! A misfit, an outcast, “an incel who can barely string together four words.” Darby claims to live life with reckless abandonment, but not because he’s too cool for school. It’s because deep down, he’s not good enough to be a normal, functioning member of society.

The people love Darby because they’re just like him. “You’ll never fit in, and you’ll never win. And sure, Darberino, you might be cool and brooding Darby Allin outside of the ring, but once you step foot in it, that all goes away, doesn’t it?” Darby lets his emotions get the best of him. He goes from proficient pro-wrestler to glorified stuntman. At Full Gear, Darby will lose to MJF because mentally, he’s weak. Darby will lose because he will be too concerned with battering MJF than beating him. He will lose because MJF is better than him, and he knows it. “And one more thing!”

Let’s just say that by some grace of God, Darby changes his ways in 10 days and he doesn’t come running at MJF like a brainless hyena. That’s great, bud, but MJF is still a better wrestler. There is a reason no one has beaten him clean in the ring, and it’s because he’s that damn good! It’s easy to overlook that, Darbs, because when someone is even a fraction as good as MJF on the mic, they can’t hang in the ring. And unfortunately for Darby and the mindless fans, Darby will find out that MFJ breaks the mold. MJF is so much better in the squared circle, he could beat Darby with a headlock takeover.

Darby has a mic and says, “Max. I am an outcast. I’m everything you called me. And at Full Gear, I’m not gonna attack you with my skateboard. I will keep my composure, and we will have a wrestling match. Because I’m gonna let my anger out right now tonight.” Darby heads for the ring and MJF eggs the fans on. “You wanna see it? Too bad.” MJF heads out of the ring before Darby gets there, but Sting and some Darby followers block MJF’s way! MJF is scared back to the ring, but then Shawn Spears and Wardlow rush in to fight the followers! MJF watches that brawl, but he sees Darby is creeping up towards the ring! MJF eggs Darby on, and they brawl in the front row!

Fabs get a preview up close and personal, but MJF rakes Darby’s eyes! And whips him into a barrier! MJF throws off his jacket and shouts at the fans, then he drags Darby back up to bowl off chairs! MJF brings Darby back to the ring, whips, but Darby reverses and MJF hits railing! Darby dribbles MJF’s head off the railing! Fans fire up with Darby as he gets space to run back in and CLOBBERS MJF up and over the railing!! Darby gets MJF up and into the ring! Darby’s up top in a hurry but MJF bails out just as fast! Fans boo as MJF runs around the ring and back to the crowd! Darby stares MJF down from the top rope, and now MJF is the one that’s furious! Will this explode into a fight no matter what either man says?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose!

The American Nightmare thought he’d settled things with Malakai Black, but things took a twisted turn as the Face of Latinos joined Malakai’s side. Andrade has called out Cody’s entitled and perhaps deluded ego, but will this battle of multi-generational stars end the way Andrade wants?

The bell rings and the two circle as they stare down. Fans rally and duel and Andrade SLAPS Cody! Cody ducks the clothesline to SLAP, kick and Rhodes Uppercut! Cody puts Andrade in a corner to fire off! Cody climbs, rains down fists and gets all the way to 9 before topping it off with the tenth! Cody then wrenches, whips corner to corner, but Andrade reverses. Cody tumbles up and out but Andrade goes out to join him! They brawl, Cody gets the edge but Andrade BOOTS! Cody drops down to TRIP Andrade! Andrade rolls into the ring, Cody slides in and reels him in to put up top! Cody climbs up behind Andrade, Andrade elbows him away!

Andrade adjusts, leaps but Cody anti-air dropkicks him down! Cody kicks and throws more hands, then runs to go up and up, only for Andrade to shove him out! Cody hits the floor, the ref keeps Andrade in, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Arn checks on Cody, Andrade wants after Cody but Cody hobbles. Andrade slips out other side to run around the way and CHOP BLOCK Cody down! Jose applauds Andrade while Cody gets up, Andrade throws a CHOP but Cody throws a fan’s water bottle! Andrade kicks Cody down, drags Cody up and into the ring, then stalks up behind him to KICK the leg out! Andrade stomps Cody down then fires up and fans fire up with him. Andrade stomps, gets a leg and turns Cody over to a HALF CRAB! Andrade twists the leg at an angle, Cody endures, turns over and throws hands! Cody is free but Andrade comes back to KNEE him down! Andrade paces while Cody is on the ropes, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Andrade gets himself back in the ring. Cody hobbles up, Andrade reels him in but Cody elbows him back! Andrade CLUBS Cody, runs, but Cody follows to rally with forearms and clotheslines! Cody scoops and RUNNING POWERSLAMS! Cody fires up, fans are divided and Andrade stands. Cody kicks low, reels Andrade in and underhooks, but Andrade slips out. Cody ROCKS him with a forearm, runs but into the boot feint ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and drags himself to the corner where Arn’s coaching him up. Andrade drags Cody up and stomps a mudhole into him! Andrade grins and fans are also divided as he goes corner to corner.

Cody denies the knees by hitting a LARIAT! Cody calls for it, waits for Andrade to stand and goes for the dragon sleeper. Andrade spins it to snap suplex! Uno amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! One more, but Cody fights it as fans chant for Eddie! Cody powers Andrade back but Andrade snap suplexes him into buckles! Three Amigos with something a little extra! Andrade fires up again, fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” and Andrade comes in with CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives again but Andrade grits his teeth. Andrade puts Cody in a drop zone, goes up top, and SPLIT LEG- NO! Cody avoids the moonsault, comes back to waistlock, but Andrade elbows out hard!

Andrade throws hands, Cody throws them back! Cody JABS and JABS and JABS and JABS! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Cody runs, but Andrade BOOTS him straight up! Andrade runs, Cody trips him and has the leg! But no Figure Four as Andrade slips out and trips Cody! “WOO~!” Andrade gets the leg, FIGURE FOUR! Wonder who he learned that from! Cody endures, keeps his shoulders up, turns and gets things reversed onto Andrade! Andrade endures, reaches, and gets a ROPEBREAK! The leglock is undone, Andrade flops out of the ring. Cody builds speed but Jose stands in his way! So Arn trips up Andrade’s personal assistant to DECK him!

Cody runs and builds speed, to DIVE into a double belt shot from FTR!! Andrade helped them get the AAA tag titles, this is them paying him back! FTR sneak under the ring, Andrade throws Cody in! Andrade drags Cody up, hammerlock for the DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

FTR reappear to celebrate with Andrade, as does Tully. They then stand Cody back up so Andrade can BOOT him down! FTR mugs Cody, but Arn gets in! Arn shoves Tully and the Horsemen stare down! Fans want to see this one! Tully takes off his jacket, but here come the Lucha Brothers! They brawl with FTR while Tully and Andrade retreat! Arn falls back to help Cody, Fenix whips Cash, Penta whips Dax but things get turned around. Fenix SUPERKICKS Fenix off the apron, the brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK Dax! Fenix uses the tiger feint to back Cash off, and then Penta gets Dax up! Cash saves Dax from the LB Driver, but they’re 10 days away from Full Gear! Will FTR #FearTheRevenge of Fenix & Penta?

 

AEW returns as Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

And he’s joined by “Johnny Hungy,” John Silver of the Dark Order! Friday in St. Louis for AEW Rampage, Silver will take on Adam Cole 1v1! Schiavone wants to stay neutral, but he really hopes Silver kicks Cole’s you-know-what. Silver thanks Schiavone for that, but it won’t really be John Silver VS Adam Cole this Friday. No? No, it’ll be John Silver VS #BUDGE. And since #BUDGE has been here, Silver’s been trying to give him some advice. Maybe he should change his hear, get rid of the hair, change his name to Budge, become the Dark Order’s manager, but he hasn’t taken any of that advice. If he did, he wouldn’t have gotten that Con-Chair-To from Christian…

But Cole not taking Silver’s advice makes Silver mad! Silver will be ready! It’ll be the Meat Man, Johnny Hungy, and this Friday, Silver kicks some BUDGE ASS! Silver is hungry for a fight, will Adam Cole be able to give it to him after what we saw earlier tonight?

 

AEW looks closer at Velvet VS Bunny.

Bunny knows Red Velvet likes to play by the rules as a “nice person.” But being nice doesn’t win you championships. Unlike Velvet, Bunny does whatever it takes. She’ll be the villain of the story if it means winning the TBS Championship. Velvet says The Bunny couldn’t have chosen a better opponent. She better bring everything she has. Velvet beat her once, and under these circumstances, she won’t hesitate to beat that ass again. But with Jade Cargill waiting on the other side, is the winner really just the next big loser?

 

Bryan Danielson is here!

The American Dragon is already a finalist, having defeated Eddie Kingston in an all-time classic on Rampage. But he wants to be here to personally watch what goes down in the other semifinal match. Bryan joins commentary and thanks JR and Excalibur for having him. He says Kingston didn’t want to give up, so he had to elbow him into oblivion. Kingston was furious and that brought about the incident with CM Punk, but that will be settled with a face-to-face this Friday. For now, we see who heads to Full Gear with Bryan!

AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Orange Cassidy VS Miro!

This was meant to be Freshly Squeeze’s chance at avenging Wheeler Yuta, but that’s all water under the bridge now. His ribs are still taped up, will he be able to tough it out through another brutal match? Or will God’s Forsaken take matters into his own hands and crush all in his path?

The bell rings and we see Big Money Matt Hardy watching from the crowd again. Hardy’s grudge with Cassidy is far from done, but he’ll simply watch someone else go after Cassidy. Cassidy goes to put his hands in his pockets but Miro rushes in! Cassidy scrambles to another corner, raises his hands again, but then baits Miro into buckles! And he unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! Miro is not amused, but Cassidy dodges him again and goes to the apron and then around the way to the ramp. Fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro scowls, rushes out but Cassidy rushes back in and returns, to DIVE! But into Miro’s hands, and an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Miro talks trash as Cassidy writhes, and Miro drags Cassidy up to DECK him! AEW goes picture in picture as Miro POSTS Cassidy! Cassidy crawls, Miro pulls at the rib tape and uses that to drag Cassidy around. Miro throws Cassidy around, pulls the tape away, and gets Cassidy into the ring. Cover, TWO! Cassidy gets to ropes and drags himself up but Miro brings him around  to a facelock. Miro has the fans fire up before he suplexes Cassidy high and hard! And then does it again! And then gut wrench TOSSES Cassidy! Miro wants to hear more from the fans, and even climbs the corner to look up at the sky. He seems to ask if God is watching this closely.

Miro stalks Cassidy, drags him up and brings him around to a bearhug! Cassidy endures, throws elbows, but Miro just squeezes tighter! Miro then scoops and SLAMS Cassidy down! Miro lets fans get louder as he rips the rest of the rib tape away. Miro looms over Cassidy, mocks him with the tape, then scoops again. Cassidy slips out to a STUNNER! Miro staggers, Cassidy hobbles up and is in the corner. Miro RAMS into Cassidy then stomps him down! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, and AEW returns to single picture. Miro snarls while the ref checks on Cassidy. Cassidy is okay so Miro whips him hard into the corner!

Miro encourages fans to get loud again as he stands Cassidy up. Miro whips Cassidy into the corner, but Cassidy hits back with a forearm! Cassidy fires up and fires off forearms!! Miro shoves Cassidy back, Cassidy dodges in the corner and then shoves Miro into buckles! Cassidy runs to SHOTGUN dropkick! He kips up through the pain and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad! Fans fire up as Cassidy aims from the corner. Miro bails out to avoid the Orange Punch! Miro rests against the timekeeper’s area but Cassidy goes up top! FLYING ELBOW through the table!! Fans lose their minds as both men are down and Hardy talks trash!

Cassidy drags himself back towards the ring and the ring count is 6 of 10! Cassidy’s in, Miro stirs at 7. We’re at 8, then 9! Miro hobble sup and in at 9.99!! Miro survives, Orange takes aim, Miro hobbles up and ORANGE- NO! Miro catches Cassidy to pop him up! Cassidy slips out, gets Miro up, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cassidy shrugs it off, aims from a corner, Miro flounders up! ORANGE- CHOP BLOCK! BEST KICK!!! Miro storms around and shouts, “GAME! OVER!” Stomp and GAME OVER CLUTCH!!! Cassidy taps, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission (advances to the finals)

And now we know the Full Gear match-up! Bryan goes right to the ring and stares Miro down. Fans are fired up to see these two in the ring together, and Bryan offers a handshake. Miro steps away without taking it. Miro may not respect Bryan now, but will the American Dragon make him show respect after their title contender’s match?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for Dynamite here. And as they say, the show must go on. It is honestly a great thing for Moxley to go into rehab. The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, and a lot of that promo he had last week felt very real. Again, we here at the Chairshot wish Moxley all the best, Moxley can and will definitely get through this. And while I was waiting for Miro to take opportunities for himself on Elevation or Dark, him getting the spot against Cassidy in the tournament and in the main event is great for him. Miro and Cassidy had a great match, but just as Mox was the surefire winner, Miro won here and now we get a great match-up for Full Gear.

Omega VS Angels as an apparent last minute addition was actually great stuff. Great match from Angels again but Omega wins to get momentum, but then the math kinda cancels out as Hangman gets after him and stands tall. There’s still the go-home next week, who knows how that goes. I also like that there’s a lot going on for the Super Kliq, with Christian and Jurassic Express returning but also still beef with Dark Order. Trios Championship tease here since that’s some big trios contenders right there. Also I loved the teasing Silver did to Cole in regards to the RawDown rumors. Cole VS Silver is going to be really good stuff for Rampage this week.

Punk had a great promo because in one go, he gives his shoot support of Moxley and his kayfabe condemnation of Kingston. Punk and Kingston will have a face to face that will definitely turn into a match, and perhaps it gets a spot on Full Gear, not that it has to. Good promos from the TBS tournament entries, but I still see Ruby and Velvet winning. Jade and Sterling had a good promo, and I’m pretty sure Jade wins against Velvet there, too. Hayter winning was a big surprise to me, but I suppose it makes more sense for Team Britt to be on their heels. Rosa will definitely beat Hayter, Britt will surely retain against Conti, I’m sure we’ll still get Britt VS Rosa after all this.

Great to see Samuray Del Sol (aka Kalisto) and Aerostar in AEW and they had a good match with FTR. Could’ve been a bit better but I think Aero went a little too hot into one of those dives and that slowed things down after that. FTR retains, of course, to attempt becoming the next dual champions between AAA and AEW. Still hoping they were going to make this Winner Takes All, but oh well. We got a fun segment from Inner Circle and American Top Team, and I just knew that Lambert would be chosen. Lambert even saying the words that Jericho used against him was a foreshadowing of it. But that was half the reason this was a Street Fight Tag, so that the non-wrestlers could be involved and not worry about the subtle rules. And Lambert is in it to take the loss, count on that.

We also got a good promo from Sydal and Lio, though I didn’t expect Sydal to get weirdly passive aggressive about his protégé leaving him for someone else. But this is great for Moriarty, he really is a great in-ring talent, he and Dante are going to tear it up all on their own. MJF and Darby had a great promo segment, and I like that Sting brought Darby Allin followers like they had for the warehouse fight with Team Taz. Darby clotheslining MJF over the railing was the most physical one of those I’ve ever seen, and their match will probably be very physical for being what Darby promises to be a normal, technical match. Those guys might even steal the show just to prove they are two of the four young AEW pillars.

And I’m surprised Cody didn’t make himself the main event, but I suppose the tournament story should take center stage. Cody VS Andrade was great stuff, and I suppose one way around Malakai’s ringside ban is to have FTR help out. I almost feel like there could be a way to make Andrade a member of The Pinnacle. Or he could even take it over? Who knows, there could be an upheaval the way MJF’s been treating Wardlow. But it was all good stuff to pump up FTR VS Lucha Bros, and puts a bit more heat into Cody’s feud with Andrade and Malakai. Pac should’ve been part of this, too, to keep things going on his end, but maybe that happens in the go-home.

My Score: 9/10


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

Happy Anniversary, AEW!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.

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

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.

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

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.

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

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!

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

Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

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

 

AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.

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

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Hardy Boyz speak.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

 

Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.

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

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

 

Schiavone is on stage.

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

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

 

AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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Roppongi Vice gets Dark!

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Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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