AEW is ready to kick it into Full Gear!
After a long, hard road, Hangman Adam Page has finally returned to challenge Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship!
- The Buy-In – Jamie Hayter & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida; Rosa & Shida win.
- Darby Allin VS MJF; MJF wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS FTR; The Lucha Brothers win and retain the titles.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Bryan Danielson VS Miro; Danielson wins and will challenge for the AEW World Championship.
- Falls Count Anywhere Six Man Tag: The Super Kliq VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express; Christian & Jurassic Express win.
- Cody Rhodes & PAC VS Malakai Black & Andrade El Idolo; Cody & Pac win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Tay Conti; Baker wins and retains the title.
- CM Punk VS Eddie Kingston; Punk wins.
- 10 Man Minneapolis Street Fight: The Inner Circle VS Dan Lambert, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski & The Men of the Year; The Inner Circle wins.
- AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Hangman Page; Hangman wins and is the new AEW World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tony Schiavone kicks off the Buy-In!
And he gives an introduction to the hometown hero, Dante Martin! Fans are fired up to see Angelo Dorado again after the big week he’s had from Dynamite to last night on Rampage. Schiavone notes that Lio Rush is not present because of the tragic death of Lio’s grandmother, but he also brings up Team Taz offering Dante a contract. Team Taz is up in the luxury box watching as Dante gets a mic. But before he can speak on the offer, The Acclaimed walks out! And of course Max Caster has a rap! “Hey yo, Dante, join The Acclaimed. All these other teams, man, they should be ashamed. Lio Rush can’t hang in this environment. He’s about to go into his 15th retirement.
“And Team Taz ain’t got no plus. Only guys on TV less than us! So hang with us if you want to be down. You’re the only good thing from this depressing ass town.” Anthony Bowens gets the mic to tell Minneapolis that The Acclaimed have arrived! But then they cut the music, and he says Dante has a lot on his mind. Fans tell them to STFU but Bowens will not! He’s got a lot to say so you shut up! Who to align with? Matt Sydal? Lio Rush? Team Taz? The Acclaimed want Dante to join them! They’d be the hottest team in ALL of professional wrestling. But to make themselves clear, you’re either with them or against them. So what’s it gonna be, buddy?
Dante hears “NO! NO! NO!” from Minneapolis, but Bowens reiterates. They don’t have the patients like the clowns do. Give them an answer or they break Dante’s legs and send him home crying like his brother. Yes or no? Dante asks, “What do you think Minneapolis?” “NO!” Dante DECKS Bowens! And then he DECKS Caster! The Acclaimed regroup, Dante runs, jumps to the rope and springboards to wipe The Acclaimed out! That checks off one choice, but what about the others? Who will Angel Dorado bring along on the Top Flight?
The Buy-In – Jamie Hayter & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida!
TBS Championship Tournament entries join forces to take on their future opponents! Hayter’s gonna hate facing La Mera Mera but the Native Beast is hungry to sink her teeth into the Full Metal Warrior once again. Which side gets big momentum towards the tournament quarterfinals?
Tensions already run high as all four women get in the ring. The ref gets the teams to sort out, and Rosa starts with Nyla. Rosa throws her hair piece at Hayter, Hayter stomps it on the apron. Nyla and Rosa feel things out, Nyla kicks low then headlocks. Rosa pulls hair, powers out, but Nyla runs her over. Fans chant for “Eddie! Eddie!” with Vickie here, but things speed up in the ring. Rosa jumps but into a fireman’s carry! Nyla slips under to tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, Rosa wheelbarrows and gets around to sunset flip again, TWO! Basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Rosa tags Shida in. They double whip Nyla to ropes but she reverses to yank them into each other.
But Shida picks Rosa up and Rosa gives an assisted dropkick to Nyla! Nyla goes to the corner, Shida whips Rosa in for a KNEE, then adds a KNEE of her own! Shida goes up and fans fire up as she rains down fists! They count all the way to 10, then Shida dropkicks! Tag to Rosa, Rosa throws body shots, but Nyla hits back. Rosa kicks, goes to suplex but Nyla’s big and strong. Shida tries to help out but Nyla DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Then DOUBLE DROPKICKS them down! Tag to Hayter, she and Nyla mug Rosa, and Hayter bumps Rosa off buckles. Hayter stomps away on Shida, lets off to argue with the ref, and Nyla chokes Rosa! Fans boo but Nyla laughs it up as she gets away with it.
Hayter kicks Rosa at the ropes, brings her around and bumps her off buckles. Hayter chokes Rosa, Rosa kicks her away but Hayter throws haymakers and CHOPS! Vickie likes that and Hayter CHOPS again. Rosa turns Hayter around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Vickie doesn’t like that! Hayter turns things around, stomps Rosa down, then soaks up the heat. Hayter drags Rosa up to knee low, whip to the corner, then run in. Rosa goes up, Hayter posts herself! Hot tag to Shida! Shida rallies on Hayter and Nyla, then goes up to missile dropkick Hayter down! Shida gets Hayter up but Hayter slips out of the Canadian rack, only for Shida to ROUNDHOUSE!
Shida runs but Nyla holds ropes open! Shida tumbles out, Nyla says she’ll “help” her up, and she LARIATS Shida down! Hayter and Nyla stomp Shida, Vickie cackles, and Nyla puts Shida in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Shida, Nyla drags her up to a neck wrench. Nyla throws down elbows over and over while fans rally harder. Nyla hits a NECK SNAPPER, then knees low. Tag to Hayter, they mug Shida, then Hayter kicks Shida around. Hayter drags Shida up, Shida throws forearms! Shida runs but Hayter throws her by her hair! Hayter stomps, covers, TWO! Shida growls, Hayter pushes her to another cover, TWO!
Hayter hammers and stomps Shida but fans rally up. Hayter wraps on a chinlock and leans on the hold. Shida moves around, reaches out, but Nyla kicks at the foot on the ropes. Shida swipes at Nyla, Hayter stomps Shida down! Hayter digs her boots in, then again argues with the ref so Nyla can claw at Shida’s face! AND BITE HER FOREHEAD! Rosa protests, Nyla gets away with it all, then Hayter tags Nyla in. Nyla suplexes high and hard, then pie faces Rosa. Nyla clubs and hammers Shida down then tags in Hayter. They mug Shida, and hit a double CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shida is still in this but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter CHOKES Shida, lets off, chokes her again, then rains down forearms. Fans rally up for Shida and Shida blocks a suplex! Shida throws body shots then suplexes Hayter high and hard! Shida runs but Hayter catches her for an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, Rosa breaks it! Hayter shoves Rosa, then drags Shida up to a waistlock. Shida fights with elbows, Hayter ripcords but Shida boots, AX KICKS and reaches out! But Hayter GERMAN SUPLEXES Shida away! Both women are down but the fans fire up! Shida and Hayter crawl, hot tags to Nyla and Rosa! Rosa dodges to fire off forearms on Nyla! Then she rolls and A-LIST LARIATS!
Nyla is down, SWINGING KNEES from Rosa! SHOTGUN to Hayter! Rosa runs in at Nyla, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa fires up to ROCK Hayter, then cover Nyla! Hayter breaks it in time! Shida gets in to TAMASHI Hayter down! Fans fire up, Rosa tags Shida, they both DROPKICK Nyla and Hayter at the ropes! Fans fire up as both women climb, SUPER CROSSBODIES for Nyla and Hayter!! But Serena Deeb is in the front row to talk trash to Shida. And Vickie SMACKS Shida with her own kendo stick! The ref missed it all checking on Rosa and Hayter! Nyla puts Shida in, drags her up, bumps her off buckles, and then hoists her up top.
Nyla tags Hayter in, Hayter goes up and then Nyla tags back in. Nyla goes to an adjacent corner, Hayter hits a SUPERPLEX! Nyla hits a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Rosa DROPKICKS it apart! Hayter runs in but Rosa throws her back out, and they both take a tumble! Rosa RAMS Hayter into railing! Nyla drags Shida up as Vickie shrieks! BEAST- NO! Shida RANAS Nyla into buckles, schoolgirl to jackknife, Shida & Rosa win!!
Winners: Hikaru Shida & Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
Nyla can’t believe she got caught like that! Will Shida slay the Native Beast one more time to head for the TBS Championship? Will Rosa get through the Hayter in her own right?
Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy & Best Friends.
Last night on Rampage, the Lumberjack match, Blade knocked out Cassidy with the knuckles and Hardy got the win. But the feud is far from over as Tony Khan has made for Dynamite, The Butcher & The Blade VS Orange Cassidy and a partner of his choosing. Yes. Cassidy could choose a friend but they’ve all been working hard so he’ll give them a night off. But uh, the Best Friends just joined this little group called Chaos. Cassidy asked Chuckie T who is in that group, and they thought, maybe they’ll bring one of their dogs. Is the match-up between Big Money Matt’s mercenaries and Freshly Squeezed set in stone?
Darby Allin VS MJF!
The Relentless One and the Salt of the Earth have been named two of the Four Young Pillars of AEW, by MJF himself. But in a sense, he’s not wrong. However, “the man who can beat Darby Allin with a headlock takeover” might be wrong about being able to break Darby in body, mind and spirit. Will that break Maxwell Jacob Friedman in return? Or is MJF better than Darby, and he knows it?
Darby has a new video for us. He drives in a white sedan with insults graffiti’d all over it. He picks up fake MJF, they drive around, get in a car accident, but Darby survives it. Darby then uses a Molotov cocktail to set the car on fire! As for Darby’s entrance, he once again has Sting by his side, simply to see him out. The bell rings, they tie up, MJF pie faces then rope-a-dopes. They tie up, and MJF hits a headlock takeover! Cover, ONE, but MJF gets another headlock takeover! Cover, ONE, and MJF gets a third headlock takeover! Cover, ONE, and Darby pie faces MJF now! Darby knows MJF is trying to back up his word but won’t let it be that easy.
They tie up, MJF waistlocks, Darby switches, MJF switches but Darby drop toeholds to get a headlock! MJF slips out and wrenches but Darby rolls to wrench back. MJF rolls, wrenches back, headlocks, but Darby powers out. MJF runs Darby over, fans boo but things speed up. Darby hurdles, runs, but MJF hurdles. Darby shoves MJF, MJF whips Darby but Darby blocks the hip toss to monkey flip, only for MJF to cartwheel through. MJF gloats but Darby whips. MJF reverses but Darby goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! MJF drop steps, double knuckle locks and backs Darby down to monkey flip Darby! They’re both down for a double cover, TWO as they bring up one arm.
Another double cover as they rest, TWO as they bring the other arms up. Another double cover, TWO as they both bridge! MJF trips Darby up, rolls back to get the cover, TWO as Darby gets an arm up. MJF pushes that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! MJF pushes that arm down, Darby bridges! Then catches MJF for a push up and RANA! Cover, TWO as MJF sunset flips! TWO, and Darby goes for the double knuckle lock cover! TWO, MJF goes to monkey flip again but Darby lands on his feet! And ducks under the blindside! MJF goes up and over, runs the ropes but Darby QUEBRADAS over! Darby arm-drags MJF, MJF arm-drags back, both men handspring up!
Fans are loving this exchange as the two reset! MJF snarls, perhaps learning that Darby is just as technical as him. Darby and MJF circle, tie up, MJF powers Darby back but Darby turns it around in a corner. The ref counts, MJF gets a sucker punch! MJF “apologizes” for that but he drags Darby up to throw him out. MJF goes out after him and CLOBBERS him on the ropes! MJF Fargo struts around, then he goes back to Darby to put him in the ring. “You love it, fat boy! You love it!” But Darby comes back to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes MJF! Darby drags MJF up to RAM him into steel steps! Darby puts MJF back in as fans are fired up and dueling.
Darby CLUBS away on MJF on the apron, then stands on MJF’s neck! The ref counts, Darby steps off, then climbs up the corner. APRON COFFIN DROP only gets apron as MJF moves! Minneapolis loses their minds as Darby crashes ‘n’ burns! MJF gets Darby back in the ring, drops an elbow to Darby’s back, then has a smirk as he covers. TWO, but MJF sits Darby up. MJF jams his knee into Darby’s back and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, Darby endures, fights up, turns things around, but MJF turns it right back! Darby drops to kangaroo kick! Darby runs, MJF tilt-o-whirls into a TORTURE RACK BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Darby writhes but he crawls to a corner. MJF smirks as he storms over and drags Darby up. MJF whips Darby corner to corner hard! Fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF drags Darby back up, whips him corner to corner again and just as hard. MJF soaks up the heat, then he drags Darby up and wrenches before he goes corner to corner again, Darby reverses and now MJF hits hard! Darby staggers up, runs in and back body blocks, but into a waistlock! Darby fights out, but MJF scoops for a BACKBREAKER, then to a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! MJF drags Darby up, back suplexes to a BACKBREAKER! MJF checks his knee but insists he’s fine.
MJF goes back to Darby, stomps him, drags him back up, and CLUBS him in the corner. MJF BITES Darby’s forehead! The ref reprimands, MJF stops then puts Darby up top. MJF climbs up and soaks up the heat, but Darby resists the suplex! Darby BITES MJF’s head! MJF turns around, Darby climbs up, but MJF counters the throwback! But Darby fights out of the tombstone to hit the SUPER THROWBACK STUNNER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! A standing count starts, reaches 5 of 10 before either sits up, but MJF and Darby rise at 6. MJF SLAPS, Darby SLAPS, MJF choke grips but Darby HEADBUTTS!
Darby drags MJF to a drop zone and goes up top! But MJF slowly rolls all the way away. Darby runs in but MJF hits a headlock takeover! Cover, TWO! Darby fights up, powers out, things speed up, Darby jumps but gets caught! POWERBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and MJF grows frustrated, but “This is Awesome!” to the fans. MJF kicks Darby but Darby sits up. MJF throws a big left and Darby falls back, only to sit back up! MJF DECKS Darby again, Darby rises again! Darby slaps himself and eggs MJF on with middle fingers. MJF grabs the hands to BITE those fingers! Then he flips Darby around, Darby headbutts, fires off forearms and haymakers!
Darby powers up like the People’s Champion, but MJF pokes him in the eye! MJF smirks, runs, but Darby dropkicks a leg out! Darby keeps moving, hops on, but no Code Red, MJF makes it a wicked POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Darby survives again but MJF gets the legs. MJF steps through to copy Sting, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Darby endures, crawls around, MJF drags him from ropes, but Darby grabs a foot! Darby turns MJF around to club away on the leg! Darby trips MJF, steps through, but MJF kicks him away! MJF runs in but Darby dodges to CHOP BLOCK the good leg! MJF clutches his knees and fans rally up again!
MJF drags himself up, Darby runs in but into an elbow. MJF hops up the corner and DOUBLE STOMPS an arm! Darby clutches the elbow and wrist, but MJF clamps on. Darby fights off the takedown to whip MJF. MJF goes up and over but his legs buckle! Darby CHOP BLOCKS from the front! Darby rolls with the leg, and gets the FIGURE FOUR! MJF endures, is down, TWO as MJF sits back up! MJF drags himself and Darby around, reaches out, works to turn the hold, and does! Darby suffers now but he gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, the two separate but both end up on the apron. Darby and MJF both rise, and MJF throws a forearm!
Darby hits back, has the edge as he throws more forearms, then looks tot he floor. Darby brings MJF into position but MJF holds ropes to fight it. Darby gets space but MJF scoops him, APRON TOMBSTONE!?!? But it was double-edged for MJF’s knees! Fans are losing their minds, the ring count is climbing and it’s already 5 of 10! MJF clutches his knees as he sits up at 6, hobbles in at 7, but Darby is still down! Darby stirs at 8, rises at 9, and is in at 9.9!! Darby survives, but MJF is too focused on the pain in his knees to worry about that. MJF hobbles over, drags one leg along, and he drags Darby back up. MJF reels Darby in, suplexes, but Darby fights to make it a cradle! TWO!!
MJF gets to ropes, swings, Darby backslides, TWO! MJF cradles, TWO! Darby cradles, TWO! It’s a battle of cradles, TWO! TWO! They go around and around and around and around and fans are giving it a standing ovation! Wait, Darby has it last, TWO!! MJF hits a headlock takeover! Cover, TWO as Darby headscissors! MJF gets free, Darby runs in to give MJF a headlock takeover! Cover, TWO as MJF rolls it to a cover, TWO! Darby has the headlock takeover cover again, TWO! Darby floats to jackknife, TWO as MJF bridges up and turns! Lift, but Darby turns bomb into CODE RED! Cover, TWO?!? No one can believe this but everyone is loving it!
Fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this as just the opener! Darby drags MJF back to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but isn’t that kinda far…? MJF bails out anyway, so Darby simply changes targets! SUPER COFFIN DROP to the floor!! Fans lose their minds all over again as Darby puts MJF back in. Darby goes back up, COFFIN DROP onto knees!! A double-edged move for MJF but it saved him in the end! Fans are thunderous as they rally and even duel during the standing count. But wait, here comes The Pinnacle! BUt Sting CLOBBERS Wardlow and Shawn Spears with the bat! The Icon ain’t letting them help MJF, and he even SMACKS Spears with his own chair!
Sting uses the bat on Wardlow while Darby O’Conner Rolls! TWO, MJF has it but with tights! TWO, SUPERKICK! MJF drops and clutches his knee but fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” Not really possible with the half hour time limit and the rest of the show having to happen. MJF hobbles out of the ring, over to the timekeeper’s area, and he gets Darby’s skateboard! The ref reprimands, but MJF still aims at Darby with the board! Wait, he sets it down and scoots it to Darby? He dares Darby to smash him open with the board?! MJF wants Darby to embrace the anger but throw the match! Darby aims, but hands the board to the ref. So MJF brings out the DIAMOND RING!
DYNAMITE DIAMOND PUNCH!! And then a headlock takeover!! Cover, MJF WINS!!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall
No wonder MJF kept fidgeting with his tights throughout this match! His ace in the hole was down there! MJF cheats to back up his words, but will there be no low this man won’t sink to? Will Darby let this underhanded tactic go unpunished?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!
Speaking of cheated, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo were blatantly cheated out of their AAA Tag Team Championships by “Los Super Ranas,” aka Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood in costumes. But will FTR find a way to become DOUBLE champions here tonight? Or will the Lucha Brothers win this tag team war and prove what true champions are capable of?
The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see if #CeroMiedo strikes fear into FTR’s hearts!
The teams don’t sort out and just brawl! Fenix is after Cash, Penta whips Dax to a corner. Fenix whips Cash into Dax, but FTR puts Fenix on the apron. Cash elbows Penta away then runs corner to corner, but Penta tosses him out! Penta and Dax stare down and now we have a real start to this. Fans chant, “CERO! MIEDO!” as Penta and Dax approach. Penta tells Dax to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Dax ROCKS Penta with a right, Penta give sit back! They brawl, CHOP, forearm, and CHOP! Dax headlocks, Penta powers out but Dax blocks the kick to roll up! TWO, Dax steps over to La Magistrol, TWO! Penta gets a rolling cradle, Cash breaks it!
Cash gets in, Fenix jumps in, and fans fire up as the four stand off! FTR bails out, the Lucha Brothers back off, and Fenix tags in. Fenix eggs FTR on and fans rally up. Dax talks it over with Cash then they tag. Cash and Fenix circle, fans fire up more, then Cash gets around to hit Fenix in the back. Cash uppercuts then CHOPS Fenix off his feet! Fenix gets up, wrenches, CHOPS, and goes to tag Penta. Cash whips but Fenix goes up, dodges Dax, FLYING ARM-DRAG! Penta KICKS Dax down, runs in to GAMANGIRI Cash, then Fenix adds a somersault SUPER PUNCH! But Dax gets Cash out of there before the superkicks!
Penta builds speed to fake FTR out, then comes back to baseball slide. FTR gets under it to RAM him into railing! But they turn around and Fenix PLANCHAS! They catch him to FALL AWAY SLAM Fenix into Penta! Cash gets in while Dax looms over Fenix. Dax puts Fenix in for Cash and Cash KICKS Fenix down. Cash stomps Fenix, chokes him on the ropes, claws at the mask, “Such a great mask!” Cash lets off, Fenix sputters and Dax tags in. Dax gets Fenix in a cobra twist, but he and Cash form a chain! Alex Abrahantes protests, FTR lets off but Fenix still endures the stretch. Dax ROCKS Fenix with an uppercut but runs into a BOOT! Fenix puts Dax in the corner for a SOBAT!
Fenix goes along ropes, Cash runs in but Fenix dodge! Cash’s dropkick hits ropes and he falls hard! Hot tag to Pent! SLINGBLADE for Dax! SLING-DOG for Cash! Dax kicks Penta, FTR double suplex but Fenix bails Penta out then sends Cash into Dax! Fenix waistlocks, Dax switches, Fenix runs to ropes and Penta GAMANGIRIS Dax down! Cash gets in but Fenix puts him up top! Fenix CHOPS Cash on the back and has him in a Tree of Woe, which also traps Dax in the corner! Fenix sets up, Penta runs in to MONKEY FLIP CANNONBALL FTR down! Fans fire up as they count UNO! DOS! TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover on Dax, TWO!!
Penta is annoyed but fans rally up. Penta drags Dax by his leg, hooks that leg up, then SMASHES it into the mat! And again! Cash gets in but gets a mule kick from Penta! Fenix tilt-o-whirls around Cash, holds him in place, and Penta hooks up Cash’s legs with Dax? Penta then gets Dax, it’s a CROSSFACE OCTOPUS DEATHLOCK!! FTR endure this chimera of submission holds but the ref counts! Fenix lets Cash go and Penta lets Dax go but they’re still fired up. Penta stalks Dax to the corner, KICKS the leg, then climbs up to rain down fists! Penta counts it out in Spanish, and fans count alone all the way to ocho! Dax gets Penta up, Cash helps out, SUPER HOTSHOT! Cover, TWO!
FTR grows frustrated, Tully included. Dax dropkicks Penta against ropes, then swings on Fenix! Cash pulls Penta’s mask and ties the tails to the rope! Dax mocks Penta, the ref tries to untie it but Dax is stomping away! The ref frees Penta then has Dax back off. Dax tags Cash, FTR get Penta for a DOUBLE CATAPULT! Penta gets the rope guillotine, and Cash turns Cero Miedo into a middle finger. Fans rally, Cash gets Penta up to ROCK him with EuroUppers. Cash drags Penta over, tags Dax in, and Dax drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Dax wraps on a chinlock and leans on the hold. Penta endures, fans rally up, and Penta fights up to throw body shots.
Penta reaches out but Dax ROCKS Penta! Fenix avoids the cheap shot, Penta CLOBBERS Dax! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Cash runs in but Fenix ROUNDHOUSES him first! Dax gets Penta up, Penta fights the lift and back drops out! Cash returns, but he distracts the ref from seeing the tag! Dax gets Penta up, FTR double whip corner to corner. Penta goes up and over Cash, mule kicks Dax, wheelbarrow on Cash to jump and DDT Dax! Penta crawls, and now the ref sees the tag! Fenix rallies on FTR with kicks! Cash whips, Fenix reverses and KNEES Cash in the corner! Dax DECKS Fenix but Fenix kips right back up to SUPERKICK Dax!
FTR regroups, Fenix somersaults to DOUBLE CUTTER! Cover on Dax, TWO! Dax survives but Fenix rallies the fans up again. Fenix goes up the corner, tightrope walks and PENALTY KICKS Dax right down! Cover, TWO! Fenix is annoyed but Abrahantes coaches him up. Fenix aims from a corner, somersaults, but Dax catches him and tosses him. Fenix sunset flips, Cash keeps Dax up! Penta SUPERKICKS Cash! Fenix finishes the flip but Dax rolls through. Fenix waistlocks, Dax runs and knocks Penta off the apron! Fenix still gets the O’Conner Roll, TWO! BELT SHOT from Cash!! BRAINBUSTER from Dax!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives the cheap shot?!?
Fenix rolls out to the apron, Dax drags Fenix up and suplexes. Fenix slips out, Cash tags in and Dax bucks Fenix. Fenix fires off kicks and CHOPS again, SUPERKICK to Dax! Somersault but no cutter! HAND-OFF BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Cash grows frustrated, Dax tells fans to shut up, then Dax tags in. FTR gets Fenix up, whips him to ropes, Penta tags in! Fenix slips out of Big Rig to RANA Cash! Penta SUPERKICKS Dax! Penta brings Dax up and Fenix goes to the apron. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” That’s for you, Tully! Penta runs but Tully grabs at Penta! The ref reprimands, Dax ROCKS Penta! Dax mocks Latino Heat as he hits Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos!
Dax wants the third but Penta fights out to kick low! Now to do this the right way! Penta CLUBS Dax, to Uno Amigo! And Dos Amigos! Then tag to Fenix before THREE AMIGOS! Fenix is right up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Penta keeps Cash down, TWO!! Dax still gets out on his own! Everyone is down but the teams regroup. Dax calls to Cash, he gets in and goes after Fenix. Fenix tiger feint HEEL KICKS! Penta gets Dax up, Fenix goes up top! But Cash trips Fenix up! Dax ROCKS Penta again, then he flips Fenix into position! Cash goes up, MIND BREAKER! Cover, TWO!?! Fenix survives the piledriver and Dax can’t even be upset.
Minneapolis is fired up for the “LUCHA BROS! LUCHA BROS!” as Dax gets Fenix up. Fenix throws body shots, Dax DECKS him! Cash gets back in, lifts Fenix up, but Penta saves Fenix from the brainbuster and Fenix rolls Dax! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Dax is down but Fenix can’t cover! Penta tags back in, “This is Awesome!” as Penta brings Dax in. Fenix goes up, Penta tucks the arms, but Cash gets in again! LB DRIVER AND CROSSBODY onto Cash! Double covers, TWO!!! FTR survives by the seat of their pants on that one! Fans lose their minds while Fenix flops out and FTR goes out the other side. Abrahantes coaches the brothers while Tully checks on Cash & Dax.
Wait, one of them puts on a Los Super Rana mask? Penta hobbles over, Cash gets in, and trips Penta to cover! And he has feet on the ropes! The ref stops the count, and Cash argues! Also, Cash isn’t the legal man, this mask shenanigan is so the ref can’t tell who is who! Cash argues, Penta mule kicks! He and Fenix coordinate, assisted FEAR FACTOR! Cover, the Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Penta takes the mask off Cash, Tully protests, but too late! The bell rung, there’s nothing to change this! Will FTR use this flimsy controversy as reason to get another match? Or will they just have to settle for being AAA Tag Team Champions?
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Bryan Danielson VS Miro!
The American Dragon got through the Natural, Dustin Rhodes, and the Mad King, Eddie Kingston, but God’s Forsaken Champion jumped in when Jon Moxley stepped away. Will Bryan finally get a win over the Bulgarian Brute? Or will Miro be back in the good graces not of God, but of his gorgeous wife?
The bell rings and Bryan offers a handshake. Miro leaves him hanging and fans boo. The two circle, approach, feel things out, and then tie up. Miro shoves Bryan down and then soaks up the cheers and jeers while showing off the dancing pecs. Bryan gets up, resets with Miro and they tie up. Bryan KICKS a leg, Miro stays up. Bryan tries again, Miro blocks the kick and throws Bryan down, to then TOSS Bryan across the ring! Miro encourages fans to get louder and they do. Miro stares Bryan down, fans rally and duel. The two approach again, tie up with knuckle locks, Bryan drops to roll and wrench and EuroUpper! And CHOP!
Bryan headlocks, cravats, KNEES then CHOPS! Miro just scowls, so Bryan EuroUppers again. Bryan headlocks, cravats, throws more knees, more EuroUppers, then puts Miro in a corner. The ref counts, Bryan lets off to KICK the legs and CHOP again. Bryan cravats, keeps on the neck with another knee but Miro throws a hard body shot! Bryan falls out of the ring, Miro holds the ropes open for him. Bryan shrugs off Miro’s taunting but Miro patiently waits for Bryan to come back and bring the fight. Fans rally up, Bryan gets up and in, and the two reset. They tie up, Miro powers Bryan to a corner but the ref counts. Miro lets off but throws a body shot!
Miro whips corner to corner but he avoids Bryan going up and over. Miro shoves Bryan back into the corner, but Bryan avoids Miro’s splash to CHOP and CHOP and KICK! And CHOP! Bryan brings Miro out to go up the corner, but no DDT! Miro runs in but Bryan gets the bad leg! Bryan waistlocks, but Miro throws him off to run him over! Miro drags Bryan up, throws a BIG haymaker, then another. Miro whips Bryan to ropes, Bryan ducks and dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Miro is down but getting back up, so Bryan dropkicks him out of the ring! Fans fire up with Bryan as he builds speed, and Bryan DIVES into a haymaker!
Miro gets Bryan up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Miro snarls paces as the ring count starts, and he gets Bryan up to RAM into railing! Miro storms about as we reach 5 of 10, he RAMS Bryan into steel steps! Miro goes in at 7, soaks up the heat, and Bryan is still down. The count restarts, Miro paces, Bryan gets up and in at 5. Miro drags Bryan up to suplex! Miro drags Bryan up again to hit another suplex! Cover, TWO! Miro clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bryan down. Fans rally up as Bryan endures. Bryan fights up, Miro puts him in a corner to fire off big hands and even big kicks! Miro stomps Bryan, digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Miro stops at 4, then drags Bryan up.
Miro whips Bryan corner to corner hard and Bryan falls to the mat. Miro again soaks up the heat by mocking the Yes Fingers. Bryan gets up, turns things around and KICKS, CHOPS and KICKS Miro on repeat! Miro shoves Bryan away but Bryan comes back with a dropkick! And then goes corner to corner for another! Bryan keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Miro snarls as Bryan slowly sits up but the fans rally. Miro drags Bryan up, and POSTS him! Bryan falls to the floor, Miro goes out and starts looking under the ring. Miro waves his hands dismissively, he was perhaps just trolling the fans.
Miro gets Bryan up and bumps him off the apron. Then he scoops Bryan, only for Bryan to slip off and POST Miro in return! Bryan gets on the apron, runs and FLYING KNEES Miro down! Fans rally up and Bryan drags Miro up. Bryan puts Miro in the ring, climbs up the corner, and waits for Miro to stand. Bryan missile dropkicks Miro down! Miro flops all the way to the other corner, and Bryan kips up! Fans fire up with Bryan and he waits for Miro to crawl over. Miro sits up and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Bryan kicks from all sides, over and over, then powers up, but Miro blocks the buzzsaw! Miro scoops, Bryan sunset flips and high stacks, TWO! To a KNEEBAR!
Miro flails, reaches out, comes really close, but Miro doesn’t give up yet! Miro sits up, claws at Bryan, gets him around to a waistlock and deadlift! GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro just powers right out of that and Bryan clutches his head. Miro grabs Bryan’s waistband to keep him from going too far. Waistlock and another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan is down but Miro gets up. Miro hobbles over to where Bryan landed, and he reels Bryan in to back suplex. Bryan lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Bryan keeps on Miro with a facelock and drives in knees! Again and again to the head, then knees to the side! Bryan gets the wrists for DANIELSON STOMPS!
Fans fire up with Bryan as he goes to the corner. Miro slowly stirs, Bryan has the “YES! YES!” fire up. Bryan aims as Miro rises, but Miro turns knee into POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Miro can’t believe it! Miro asks God for help then he fires up. Miro storms around, fans rally up, “GAAAME! OVAAAA~!” He stomps Bryan’s back and reels him in! But Bryan resists the camel clutch, one arm at a time! But Miro STILL gets him in!! Bryan endures, powers up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Miro can’t believe it! Miro asks God why, but it was perhaps Miro’s bad leg that held him back.
Miro stomps Bryan again, gets the arms, stomps Bryan more, then wraps him in! GAME OVER but Bryan rolls it back! TWO, but to the omoplata! LEBELLE LOCK!! Miro is caught!! Miro reaches, Bryan shifts his grip, Miro pushes the hands around, powers up and CLOBBERS Bryan with forearms! Miro rains them down but Bryan catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Bryan rains down forearms and elbows into Miro’s head! Miro fights up and digs fingers into Bryan’s eyes! The ref reprimands and counts but Miro stops at 4. Miro goes to ropes while catching his breath. Fans rally and duel at a thunderous level. Bryan gets up to ROCK Miro with forearms and EuroUppers!
Miro scowls as Bryan throws more. Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS, Miro DECKS Bryan with a forearm! Miro dares Bryan to bring the kicks to his side. Bryan gets up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Miro just takes them to KICK Bryan down! Miro wants Bryan to keep going, so Bryan gets up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Miro KICKS again, then fireman’s carries Bryan to a corner. Miro climbs up the ropes, but Bryan rains down elbows! Bryan throws forearms but Miro throws haymakers! They brawl on the top of the corner, Miro gets the edge but Bryan turns it around on him! Bryan gets up to SUPER TORNADO DDT!!! Then GUILLOTINE!! Miro is OUT, Bryan wins!!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
Bryan finds a way to take down the Bulgarian Behemoth and come out the winner of the tournament! But now we wait and see who Bryan will challenge for that title!
Falls Count Anywhere Six Man Tag: The Super Kliq VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express!
Adam Cole & The Young Bucks have been doing whatever they want to Captain Charisma, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus, but now it all comes back around on them! Where will this trios match end when it can go anywhere in the Target Center?
The bell rings and the brawl is on! JB is after Matt Jackson, Luchasaurus has Nick and Christian goes after Cole. Cole turns things around to choke Christian, Matt turns things around on JB, but Luchasaurus whips Nick to a corner. Nick goes up and out, only for Luchasaurus to BOOT him down! Matt runs in but is put on the apron. Matt CLUBS Luchasaurus but JB trips Matt! JJB puts the Bucks together for Luchasaurus to MOONSAULT and take down! Cole BOOTS Christian down, and goes up the corner! But Christian avoids the sunrise to get the arms! Cole shoves Christian away but Christian elbows him. Christian puts Cole in the corner to rain down fists!
Cole slips out to SUPERKICK a leg out! JB gets in, waistlocks Cole but Cole switches. JB pries free, switches again, CHOPS and knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Dropkick sends Cole out, but Nick CLUBS JB down! Nick gets JB up but JB CHOPS him! Knuckle lock, hurdle over Matt, then mule kick! JB knuckle locks Matt, kicks their legs, goes up and DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS! But the Bucks handspring through to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! But Luchasaurus slides in to break the line and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE them back! Cole gets in with a chair and TOSSES it into Luchasaurus’ face! BOOT for Christian and Cole soaks up the heat!
But then JB gets in and they both see the chair. JB picks it up, Cole dodges the swing but JB dodges Cole. JB jumps over to TOSS the chair into Cole’s face! JB sets the chair up, brings Cole over, but the Bucks save Cole from whatever JB had planned. Cutler and Nakazawa set up a table?! The Bucks double whip but JB handsprings to DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! And take a seat in the chair! Fans fire up while JB relaxes for a moment. But then Cole runs in to SHINING WIZARD JB down! Cole puts the chair down and stands on it, “ADAM COLE-” INVERTED DDT ON THE CHAIR! Christian covers, TWO!
Nick clubs Christian to the corner, then fires off a SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and BULLDOG! Matt gets in, he runs at Luchasaurus but into the boot and KNEE! Luchasaurus puts Nick in the corner for fast hands! Matt runs in but is thrown into his brother! Luchasaurus waistlocks, Matt resists the suplex but Matt waistlocks Nick! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Cole gets in with a trash can and he SMASHES Luchasaurus in the head! JB gets in, gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And the can goes flying up the ramp! JB runs to DIVE and take Cole down! JB gets back in to DIVE again! Another hit at the ramp! JB keeps moving and he FLIES into the trash can!!
Christian WRECKS Nick with a dropkick into the can! Matt WRECKS Christian in return! Luchasaurus BOOTS through the can! Cover on the ramp, TWO! Luchasaurus snarls, checks on JB, then brings out a chair! Luchasaurus bangs it on the steps, stands it up ringside, Cole CLUBS him! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS back! JB and Luchasaurus coordinate, TAIL WHIP FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER onto the chair! Luchasaurus then goes and gets a TABLE! Fans fire up as Jurassic Express set that up, and Christian brings out more chairs. JB makes sure the table is in a good spot, then he fetches Cole. Cole is busted open from that chair shot but JB POSTS him!
Cole already has a crimson mask as Christian drags Cole into the ring. Christian puts Cole’s head on the chair, and he wants Jungle Boy to have the honors! But Nick drags Christian out and Matt clobbers JB! Luchasaurus gets in, he brawls with Matt while Nick and Christian go to the stage. Luchasaurus DECKS Matt, Christian and Nick disappear backstage! Luchasaurus ROCKS Cole, CHOPS him in a corner, Cole crawls but Luchasaurus stalks him. Luchasaurus KICKS Cole in the corner, CHOPS him off his feet, then he stomps Matt down. JB recovers, Luchasaurus gets Cole up, fans are fired up. Luchasaurus gets Cole up in the crucifix, but Cole slips off to SUPERKICK!
JB SUPERKICKS Cole, Matt SUPERKICKS JB! Matt goes out to SUPERKICK Luchasaurus onto the table! Matt whips JB but JB swings, but no Comebacker! Matt whips, JB sees Cole, FLYING RANA and Cole crashes through the table!! Fans lose their minds, Matt goes up top, he MACHO ELBOWS Luchasaurus through the table!! Fans lose their minds even more as these four men are down! “This is Awesome!” but now we catch up with Christian and Nick in the upper concourse. Cutler sprays at Christian but Christian shields himself with Nick! And then he RAMS Cutler into the barriers! Christian does the same to Nick and Nakazawa!
Christian goes up the stairs, hops up onto the railing, and fans are fire up as he sees there’s somewhere even higher! Christian goes to the top of the entryway, to FALL onto Nick and the cronies! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and fans lose their minds again! Nick crawls but Christian pursues and they brawl down the steps. They even get photo ops for the fans! Nick rakes eyes and runs away! Christian pursues, keeps after him, and they end up at ringside. Christian throws Nick over the railing! Christian sees Matt get up and kicks him to throw hands. Christian whips Matt but Matt reverses and Christian tumbles over the steel steps!
Matt regroups with his brother, but JB WRECKS Matt with a dropkick! JB slides at Cole, Cole catches him, WHEELBARROW GERMAN to the apron! Nick goes out, PENALTY KICK to Luchasaurus! The lackeys have caught up with them and are helping Cole get things out from under the ring. Cole finds a mystery bag! Cole throws it to Matt and fans go nuts! Matt opens the bag up and pours out a handful of thumbtacks for Nick, and then for himself, to put in JB’s mouth!! And then Cole puts him in the camel clutch! The Bucks run and run and run, to give Cole the kisses! And then they SUPERKICK JB in the face! Cole covers, Christian breaks it!
The Super Kliq mugs Christian, Nick hurries to find something. He brings out a LADDER! Cole puts that in a corner, Matt smacks Christian off it! And again! Nick gets Christian up, Cole has the trash can but Christian fights them all off! SMASH for Cole! SMASH for Matt! Nick dodges but Christian kicks him, hops up and TORNADO DDT’s Nick onto the ladder! That was double-edged for Christian and he tumbles out of the ring. But Luchasaurus is back to DECK Cole! Luchasaurus puts Cole i a corner! Back body block for Matt, BOOT for Nick, and then a BOOT from Cole to Luchasaurus! Cole goes up, leaps, PANAMA- NO! Fireman’s carry and Electric Chair TOSS to the ladder!!
Luchasaurus dodges the chair attacks to BOOT those out of the Bucks’ hands! CHOKE SLAM for Nick onto the ladder! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Matt uses the trash can to SMACK Luchasaurus in the head! And then SMACK again and again on the back! But Luchasaurus sits up like the Dead Man! SUPERKICK! Cover, ONE?!? Matt taunts Luchasaurus and runs away but Luchasaurus pursues. They go up the ramp, but JB is there to trip up Matt! SNARE TRAP!!! But Cole hurries to break it up! Christian CLOBBERS Cole, then throws him into girders! Matt sits up in a daze, Christian brings him up and to the edge, turns Matt around, but Nick SUPERKICKS!
Nick is busted open now, but he and Matt aim at Christian. But Luchasaurus gets them both! Only for Cole to LOW BLOW Luchasaurus! But JB grabs Cole, to get a LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Christian LOW BLOWS Cole! Christian lines up the kick but he has to block Nick! CATAPULT into the girder! Christian runs at Cole but Cole SUPERKICKS him down! Luchasaurus is on the floor, Matt FLIES off and takes him down!! Cole drags JB up and brings him around, but JB throws Cole into girders! JB climbs the steel! But Cole yanks him down to mule kick! Cole goes up the steel now, turns around, PANAMA SUNRISE on the stage! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it!?
Luchasaurus staggers up, into Nick’s SUPERKICK! Cole SUPERKICKS, then the Super Kliq coordinate. MATT SUPERKICKS Luchasaurus, then Christian gets TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!! Then Cole brings out a set of thumbtack kneepads?! The Super Kliq equip the spiked pads, and they target Luchasaurus! SPIKED B T E TRIGGER!!! Triple cover, JB BREAKS IT!! BUT HOW!? The Super Kliq glare at JB but JB doesn’t back down! He throws hands and forearms on them all! Nick pulls JB away from Cole but JB gets around to SNAP GERMAN Nick to the LED ramp! Christian SPEARS Nick! Cole hurries away but Luchasaurus rises up and choke grips!
CHOKE SLAM onto Nakazawa and Cutler on the floor! And then Luchasaurus takes aim for a JURASSIC SHOOTING STAR!??! Even JB is shocked to see Luchasaurus do that!! Luchasaurus, Cutler, Nakazawa, Cole and Nick are down, but Christian has chairs! Christian sets Matt up, and JB says he wants to! Christian lets JB have the honors, CON-CHAIR-TO!! Cover, Christian & Jurassic Express win!!
Winners: Christian Cage & Jurassic Express, by pinfall
And it’s all over! Christian, JB and Luchasaurus stand tall over the Super Kliq! Will this lead them to something even bigger in the near future?
Cody Rhodes & PAC VS Malakai Black & Andrade El Idolo!
The American Nightmare has been haunted by the Dark Father while The Bastard has been trying to get the self-proclaimed Face of Lucha to back off. But will Cody and PAC be able to work together to thwart both of their nemeses? Or will they both fall together at the doorstep of the House of Black?
The teams sort out and Pac starts with Andrade. They circle as fans rally up, Andrade shoves Cody. Cody calls to Pac but Pac doesn’t tag. Pac and Andrade circle, so Cody tags himself in! Fans boo Cody and chant, “We Want Pac!” then “F You Cody!” Cody and Andrade circle, but Pac tags himself back in! Andrade CLOBBERS Pac from behind! Pac hits back, Andrade eggs him on and they brawl with forearms! Andrade gets the edge but Pac BOOTS back. Andrade blocks the whip but Pac kicks low to whip. Andrade reverses, Pac goes up and over and handsprings to mule kick. Pac runs, wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Then he headlocks for a flying takeover!
Andrade endures the grind, fights his way up, and pulls hair to put Pac in the corner. Malakai tags in, kicks Pac low, wrenches the arm and yanks on it. Pac endures the wristlock, rolls, gets Makalai’s arm but Malakai trips Pac to roll him and whip. Pac slides under, arm-drags and has the armlock! Malakai gets to his feet, pulls hair, but Cody tags in. Fans boo again as Cody talks trash to Malakai. But then Andrade tags in! Malakai talks trash to Cody and Andrade attacks! Andrade headlocks, Cody powers out and runs Andrade over. Things speed up, Andrade jumps into a fireman’s carry! Andrade fights free to whip corner to corner. Cody tumbles up and out but Andrade follows him!
Andrade and Cody talk trash, kick and shove and throw forearms! Jose grabs at Cody but Cody hits him away, only for Andrade to DECK Cody! Andrade puts Cody in the ring to CHOP him and whip him. Cody DIVES to take out Jose! Then he gets in to dodge and POWERSLAM Andrade! Cody keeps on Andrade, they end up in the corner and Pac tags in. Cody’s annoyed by that but he pushes Andrade to the corner. Pac gets in, Andrade gets away and Malakai tags in. There’s tension mounting between Malakai and Andrade but Malakai ties up with Pac. Malakai waistlocks, Pac elbows free but Malakai shoves him to elbow him down!
Malakai checks his teeth, stomps Pac then brings him up for forearms. Andrade tags in, they mug Pac with a CHOP, then Andrade stomps Pac down. Andrade drags Pac up to ram into him at the corner, throw a knee, then tags Malakai. Malakai brings Pac up to suplex, but Pac slips out and Cody tags in! Cody rallies on Malakai, kick and Rhodes Uppercut! Springboard, CODY CUTTER! Dragon sleeper, but Malakai knees free! Cody kicks low, reels Malakai in to underhook but Malakai slips out. Malakai shoves Cody to the corner, Pac tags in! Cody storms up on Malakai, into a BLACK MASS! Pac sees Cody fall, but then he dumps Malakai out.
Pac dodges Andrade, RANAS him out, then goes to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT onto them both at the ramp! Fans fire up with Pac while Arn checks on Cody. Jose talks trash to Arn but fans want Arn to kick his ass! Jose throws off the jacket, Arin says BOOM and DECKS Jose! Arn fires off fists on Jose and Jose goes scrambling around the way! Arn chases Jose up the ramp, Jose begs for mercy. Meanwhile, Pac puts Malakai in the ring, climbs up, but Andrade shoves him down, onto a BOOT from Malakai! And the ref was too busy with Cody to see it! Andrade tags in, runs and TRIANGLE JUMP TORNILLOS onto Pac!
Andrade gets Pac up to fireman’s carry and SNAKE EYES onto railing! Andrade then drags Pac up to put in the ring. Andrade gets Pac’s legs, stomps him in the stomach, then tags to Malakai. They get Pac up, put him in the corner and stomp away. Malakai KICKS Pac, Pac staggers away but Malakai KICKS him again. Pac kicks back but Malakai throws haymakers. Malakai gives Pac more KICKS, then digs his knee in. The ref counts, Malakai lets off and mockingly applauds as fans rally up. Malakai drags Pac up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then takes his time to the cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO!
Malakai drags Pac up, Andrade tags in, and they mug Pac. Andrade snap suplexes Pac into buckles! Then Andrade goes up the corner, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac saves himself and Andrade grows frustrated. Andrade gets Pac up but Pac throws a forearm! Andrade hits back, they brawl again, and Pac gets the edge. Andrade ROCKS Pac back, but Pac sends him into ropes to SNAP GERMAN on the rebound! The standing count starts, Pac crawls but Cody is still off the apron! Pac is frustrated with Cody, but Andrade comes in and BOOTS Pac down! Andrade then slingshots for an APRON DDT!! Andrade mockingly applauds before he fetches Pac.
Andrade puts Pac back in, covers, TWO! Andrade argues with the ref but two is two. Malakai then tags in and he argues with Andrade. Pac gets him for a cradle! Pac ducks the Black Mass, Malakai blocks one kick but not the SUPERKICK! Pac and Malakai are down, Cody is finally back up! Cody stomps the steps to fire up but the fans are booing him. The standing count is climbing, Malakai crawls over. Pac does, too, hot tags to Andrade and Cody! Cody throws hands on Andrade, JAB, JAB, JAB! Flip, flip and fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Andrade gets up and ducks the clothesline to back suplex. Cody lands on his feet to DISASTER KICK Malakai!
Andrade BOOTS back, goes up, but Cody trips him! Andrade lands on the ropes, Cody climbs up and gets a dragon sleeper! INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Cody crawls, covers, TWO! Andrade is still in this so Cody goes outside to run around and CLOBBER Malakai! Fans are divided but they all fire up and get loud! Cody gets back in the ring, scoops Andrade but Andrade slips out to a BACKBREAKER and ELBOW DROP DDT! Andrade wants the legs but Cody boot shim into a corner! Cody trips Andrade and gets the legs for the FIGURE FOUR! Cody makes Andrade suffer, but Pac tags in! Pac climbs up, to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Pac gets Andrade up but Andrade JAWBREAKERS! Malakai tags in but Pac sobats, front kicks and Malakai falls out of the ring. Pac sees Andrade going around the way, builds speed, but Malakai sets Cody up to take the FOSBURY FLOP! Pac realizes what happens, and then Andrade BOOTS Pac! Pac is put in the ring for a BOOT, and a KNEE! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Cody breaks it! Andrade tags in before Cody suplexes Malakai and himself out of the ring! They tumble, get to their feet, and Malakai BOOTS Cody over the railing! Malakai tumbles with him into the front row!
Back in the ring, Andrade drags Pac up, reels him in, hammerlock, but Pac makes it a cradle! TWO!! Andrade BOOTS, but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles! And then staggers into a POISON-RANA! Pac goes up top with Andrade down, BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Pac & Cody win!!
Winners: PAC & Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
But FTR rushes the ring! Cash Wheeler mugs Pac, then he runs off to help Tully and Malakai mug Cody! The ref gets them to all back off, but does this mean another big paycheck from Andrade to The Pinnacle? Are things only escalating between these alliances?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Tay Conti!
The Dentist says it doesn’t matter about the Blackbelt Brazilian Beauty’s credentials, she’s still choked in AEW. But will Conti make Britt choke on her words when she makes her eat them? Or will AEW still belong to the DMD?
The introductions are made, the gold belt is raised, and Britt’s toughest challenge comes in Conti’s biggest opportunity!
Conti and Britt circle, lots of fans chant “DMD!” as she and Conti tie up. Britt gets a roll-up, TWO! Conti keeps cool, they go again. Britt gets an arm to wrench to a hammerlock, then shifts to a headlock and takeover. Britt traps an arm, rolls and brings Conti around to ghost pin. TWO, Britt keeps hold of an arm and wrenches to the wristlock. Conti throws big forearms, Britt still wrenches but Conti ROCKS her! Conti snapmares, gets the arms for a motorcycle, and fans duel, “DMD!” “SUCKS!” Britt powers up, tries to turn things around, but Conti turns them back. Britt flips, drags Conti down to an omoplata but Conti slips out to get the hammerlock!
Britt slips out and the two stare down, both knowing how close the other came. They get forehead to forehead, Conti shoves but Britt shoves back. They tie up, Conti waistlocks and shoves Britt to then get an arm-drag! And a drop sayanagi, and another! Britt gets free to kick back. Britt facelocks, CLUBS Conti, then wrenches to whip. Conti boots from the corner, goes up the ropes but Britt grabs at her first. But Conti gets the arm for a HANGING ARMBAR! Britt drags Conti up while the ref reprimands but Conti headbutts! Conti then knuckle locks, but Rebel shakes the ropes! Conti has to hop down, Britt gets her for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!
Britt wraps on a chinlock, clubs away with elbows, then ghost pins, TWO! Britt elbows away on Conti again, but Conti gets a ropebreak with a foot. Britt drags Conti up, cravats, but fans rally up. Britt throws knees, Conti wobbles and falls. Britt gloats, “D. M. D.” Then she kicks Conti around. Britt drags Conti up by the hair, the ref reprimands but Britt throws forearms on Conti against ropes. Conti shoves back and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Britt hits back and Conti falls over! Britt kicks at Conti, drags her up to the ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 4. Britt drags Conti up, Conti throws body shots! Britt CLUBS Conti, reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!
Britt drags Conti around and wants the arms! But Conti clubs Britt’s bad hand to stop the Rings of Saturn! Fans fire up as Conti stands, and she KNEES Britt down! Conti gets up again, staggers and stalks Britt, ROCKS her again and again and again, then rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT! Conti runs corner to corner to BOOT Britt! Then goes side to side to BOOT her again! And then the other side, another BOOT! Britt is staggered by the hat trick, Conti shoves her to go up and up and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Conti is a bit surprised but she focuses again. Conti drags Britt up, throws more forearms but Britt gives them back. They go back and forth and fans fire up!
Conti gets the edge, runs, but Britt follows to spin. Conti ducks to ROUNDHOUSE! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Conti works to keep frustration away but Rebel rallies the DMD fans. Conti goes to a corner, climbs up, but Britt boots a leg out! Britt has Conti in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Britt runs, Conti dodges the stomp and kicks back. Britt fights the hammerlock, Conti slips out of the Fisherman to ROCK Britt again! Conti suplexes but Britt blocks and gator rolls to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Conti survives and Britt is mad. Britt clubs Conti before she gets the glove! Rebel is fired up as Britt storms over to Conti.
Conti is up, Britt ripcords but Conti hits a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Conti is too tired to be upset but the fans rally up. Britt flounders to the apron where her team is, but Conti shouts at them to leave! Conti argues with the sidekicks but Britt throws a forearm. Conti hits back, kicks low, and reels Britt in! Gotch lift but Britt fights it with an Alabama! AIR RAID TO THE APRON!!! Britt drags Conti up and into the ring to cover, TWO!! Conti barely kicks out of that, but Britt gets the RINGS OF SATURN! But Conti moves around to get the ropebreak! Britt lets go in frustration and the two slowly get up.
Britt runs in to kick but Conti blocks and shoves! Britt turns hip toss into takedown, then gets arms to backslide! TWO! Conti and Britt are still hooked up, Conti stands, ducks the clothesline to Gory Especial for the TAY K O!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and Conti can’t believe it! Conti gets up, takes aim, runs in but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Conti stays up to BOOT back! Britt staggers, into Conti’s grip! But Britt ALabama lifts again! Conti fights that to Gotch lift PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Britt survives again but Conti hurries to hammerlock. Rebel distracts, Britt rolls Conti, TWO!
Britt shoves Conti to where Hayter is and Hayter drags Conti out to RAM her into steps! Britt aims from the apron, and she CURB STMOPS Conti onto the steel!! Britt then puts Conti in, runs and CURB STOMPS again!! Britt doesn’t cover, she drags Conti into the RINGS OF SATURN! And the LOCKJAW!!! But Conti rolls it, they end up in the ropes!! Britt again has to let go of Conti, but she puts her in the ropes. Britt aims but Conti avoids the stomp to then BOOT Britt down! Conti staggers about in the ring, hurries to the outside but the ref wants this back in the ring. Conti says a quick prayer, before she climbs and SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Rebel and Hayter!!
Britt got to safety and runs back in, but Conti gets around her to hook her up, SWINGING SIDE SLAM!! Fans fire up with Conti as she drags Britt up and into the ring. Conti gets in, brings Britt up, hammerlock for the D D TAY!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Britt somehow survives and Conti is in disbelief! Conti drags Britt up, fans rally, Conti kicks away on Britt’s face again and again and again! BUZZSAW! Then another hammerlock, but Britt slips out to drag Conti down! RINGS OF SATURN, but Conti makes it a cover, TWO!! Britt gets a cover now, BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
This isn’t a dental pun, but Britt snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Conti outdid her in the technical, but Britt managed to get those precious three seconds. Will Britt continue to hold onto the golden title by the skin of her teeth? (That is a dental pun)
CM Punk VS Eddie Kingston!
For fifteen YEARS, these two have known each other, but at this point, they’re the farthest thing from friends. The Best in the World doesn’t see the Mad King as much of anything, but the feeling is mutual. Will this be less of a match and more of a scrap? Will Kingston come through with his promise to put Punk back into retirement?
The ref has to keep these two apart the moment they’re both in the ring! Kingston and Punk back off, but then Kingston gets an URAKEN on Punk!! Kingston is fired up and fans are going nuts! Punk sits up in a daze, but he still flips Kingston off! The bell rings, Kingston goes right after Punk and he even BITES Punk’s forehead! They fall out of the ring, Kingston drags Punk up to twist his ear! The ref reprimands, fans are dueling, Kingston chases Punk back into he ring. Punk fires off hands and knees on Kingston in a corner! The ref counts, Punk whips corner to corner to then SHINING WIZARD! Punk rains down fists, reels Kingston in but Kingston gets an EXPLODER!
Kingston stalks Punk, throws down hands, then fires off in the corner! The ref counts as Kingston digs his knee in, but Kingston lets off at 4. Punk hops right up to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Punk rains down hands from all sides, fans are actually booing Punk! Punk lets off, staggers to a corner, but he comes back to kick Kingston. Kingston eggs Punk on, Punk kicks more, Kingston pokes him in the eye! Kingston follows Punk to the apron, keeps him from going anywhere, but Punk resists the exploder! Punk CLUBS Kingston, then ROUNDHOUSES! Kingston sits down, Punk SLIDING KNEES Kingston down! Fans are thunderous as they rally and duel!
The ring count climbs, Punk drags Kingston up to SLAM his hand on the steps! But Kingston still throws a haymaker! Kingston staggers away, clutching the bad hand, but Punk comes back to fireman’s carry. Kingston slips off to POST Punk! Kingston gets in the ring but fans are chanting for “BOTH THESE GUYS!” Kingston fetches Punk, laughing at how Punk’s busted open. Kingston puts Punk’s blood on his face like war paint and he rains down fists! The ref wants Kingston to let off but Kingston pulls at floor mats! The seam isn’t there so Kingston just reels Punk in. Punk back drops Kingston away! Punk shakes his head to try and get the crimson mask to stop.
Punk fires up and gets to the apron! Kingston slowly stands, Punk runs in and FLYING CLOTHESLINES again! Punk flounders over, clubs Kingston then drags him into the ring. Fans rally and duel while Kingston flounders. Punk runs to shoulder tackle Kingston down! And again! Then he ducks Kingston’s clothesline to SPIN-OUT BOMB! Wait, is Punk doing what it looks like he’s doing?! Punk holds his hand up, fans are all riled up for it, and then Punk and Kingston both flip each other off! Punk rains down fists, stands as the crimson mask grows, and he drags Kingston up into a facelock. Snap suplex! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigo! Then THREE AMIGOS!
Fans fire up with Punk’s take on Latino Heat’s shuffle, and then Punk goes to the corner. Punk climbs, Kingston drags himself up and ROCKS Punk with an uppercut! Kingston climbs, tells Punk “FU!” and then rains down furious fists and forearms! Fans go wild, even as Kingston stops and just leans on Punk. Kingston then gets Punk up for a SUPERPLEX! Kingston crawls, a standing count starts and the fans duel hard as ever. Punk rolls away to the far corner. The two glare from across the ring, then they stand up and rush each other to fire off fast hands! They slow down, throw SLAP after SLAP, Punk ROCKS Kingston but Kingston flips him off to BOOT and ENZIGURI!
Kingston steadies himself, gets to his feet and vows this is down. Night night, and some JO! But Punk gets Kingston up for the GO TO SLEEP!! But he can’t make the cover as he flops to the apron! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Punk catches his breath and the ref checks on Kingston. Kingston is somehow in this, so Punk crawls his way over. Punk drags Kingston up, Kingston goes for another Uraken, only for Punk to drop! Both men flounder and stagger, then head for each other! Punk fires off forearms and elbows over and over! Punk hears the fans booing but he throws more knees into Kingston. Fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP again! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
What a fast and furious, knockdown, drag out FIGHT! Punk finds a way to win, but did Kingston at least win some respect? Punk manages to stand and walk over to Kingston as he flounders up. Punk offers a handshake, but Kingston walks away. Kingston still doesn’t respect Punk, will Punk just have to settle for the mark in the win column?
10 Man Minneapolis Street Fight: The Inner Circle VS Dan Lambert, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski & The Men of the Year!
American Top Team was invited to AEW as guests, but Dan “The Fat Faced Dips*it” acted like he was entitled to talk down to the wrestlers, the product, and the fans who love it all. That karma has come back to bite him a few times, but the Inner Circle could eat him alive here! Will Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz run roughshod over Lambert, his “MMA meat heads,” as well as Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page? Or is Lambert lucky that he doesn’t have to do this alone?
Minneapolis sings Judas for the Inner Circle as they make their entrance. Lambert and his team have one last huddle-up, and though this is a Street Fight, it is still a tag match and we start with Sammy and Scorpio. They circle, Scorpio soaking up the heat. Fans rally behind Sammy, and also cuss out Lambert. Sammy dodges Scorpio to CHOP, and CHOP, and CHOP! Scorpio ends up in a corner, Sammy CHOPS again, but Scorpio turns it around to dig fingers into Sammy’s face! Fans boo, Scorpio tells them to shut up, but Sammy turn sit around to CHOP and CHOP again! Scorpio claws Sammy’s face again, then whips Sammy into the corner.
Sammy elbows Scorpio and jumps up to kick Scorpio down! Fans fire up as Sammy whips and hurdles then flips over Scorpio to dropkick him down! And kips up so smooth! But then Scorpio runs in, but into a deep arm-drag! Cover, TWO! Sammy drags Scorpio over and tags in Ortiz. Ortiz scoops, Scorpio slips out and waistlocks but switches. They go to ropes, Santana slingshots up and over them, Ortiz rolls Scorpio for Santana to QUEBRADA! Ortiz drops the SENTON! Santana gets a boost, MOONSAULT! Ortiz hits a PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Ortiz keeps cool, drags Scorpio back up and tags in Santana. Proud ‘n’ Powerful double suplex Scorpio high and hard!
Santana stares down American Top Team, drags Scorpio back up, and he CHOPS Scorpio. Santana suplexes, Hager tags in, and then Hager takes the hand-off of the stalling suplex to SLAM Scorpio down! Scorpio scrambles away to tag in Andrei! And he starts trading hands with Hager! Andrei knees low but Hager trips him to get the ANKLE LOCK! Andrei kicks Hager away but Hager comes back, into a fireman’s carry! Andrei roars before hitting a SAMOAN DROP! Tag to Junior Dos Santos, and the MMA guys double whip to double shoulder Hager down! JDS stalks Hager, brings him up, scoops him, but Hager slips out, tag to Jericho!
Fans are fired up as Le Champion squares up with JDS! And they throw hands! Jericho rocks JDS but JDS comes back for more. Jericho runs, jumps, but into JDS’s arms! JDS pops Jericho up for a POWERSLAM! JDS is having fun as he gets Jericho up for a stalling suplex! JDS gloats, and STANDING MOONSAULTS?! Cover, TWO! JDS can’t believe it, but now Lambert wants in? The weasel is becoming a vulture as he tags in and picks the bones! He slaps Jericho, flexes like he’s hot stuff, and then slaps Jericho again! And he flips off the Inner Circle! Jericho blocks the next slap and goes right at Lambert! The corners empty and now it’s just a Street Fight!!
The Inner Circle clears the ring but they keep Lambert all to themselves. Lambert wants mercy but then he bails out. The chase is on as Jericho is after Lambert! But Ethan is ready with a hockey stick, and he SMACKS Jericho in the gut! And then SMACKS him on the back! But then Sammy FLIES in and takes Ethan out! Scorpio comes up and CLOBBERS Sammy! Scorpio & Ethan regroup, but PNP DOUBLE DIVE onto them! Fans are fired up as the brawling is on! Wait, Hager goes up top!? Rock Hard Hager aims at the cluster, FALLING AX HANDLE! Hager bowls everyone down, but Lambert was safe on the outskirts!
Jericho spots him and heads that way, but Lambert brings out a steel pipe! The Inner Circle bring out all sorts of things that trace their history back to Minneapolis. Hager uses the oil drum to SMACK Junior Dos Santos down! Oh hey, there’s a toaster. Jericho scares Lambert, and then gets himself a PRINCE SIGN!! Scorpio CLOBBERS Sammy to then get after Jericho! Jericho hits Scorpio with the sign formally known as Prince. Fans chant for “PURPLE RAIN!” even as Ethan DECKS Jericho. Ethan dodges Ortiz but Ortiz comes back to dropkick him! Scorpio DECKS Ortiz in return! Santana goes after Ethan, PNP brawl with the Men of the Year!
Scorpio & Ethan get the edge and they RAM Santana into railing! Lambert watches from afar as Scorpio puts Santana in the ring. He and Ethan coordinate, and they go after Hager to get a chair. Hager uses the toaster to smash Andre! The chair is put around Ortiz, and then Ortiz is POSTED! Andrei drags Hager down while Scorpio gives Santana some hockey stick shots. Snapmare and ground ‘n’ pound, while Ethan flexes and grins in the background. Santana scrambles to a corner, Andrei hits Ortiz for good measure. A trash can is brought in, and Ortiz SMACKS Andrei with it! Santana fires off big SLAPPING strikes on the Men of the Year! Ortiz CLOBBERS Ethan!
Scorpio RAMS into Santana, but PNP fire off a KNEE, a BOOT and a LARIAT! Ortiz puts the trash can around Ethan! PNP KICK away on it, then get the hockey sticks! SLAP SHOT! Then they just BANG the can with the sticks! Ortiz puts on a HALF CRAB! Scorpio gets in, Santana catches him for a Gory Especial! Santana then steps on Ethan and gets him in a CAMEL CLUTCH! Another chimera of submissions, and Sammy has a football! TOUCHDOWN on Scorpio’s chest! Fans are loving this, “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” from all the Vikings fans. PNP set up, Ethan is in a corner, POETRY IN- NO! Ethan tackles Santana first! ROUNDHOUSE for Ortiz!
Andrei gets in, he and Ethan work together to double whip Ortiz corner to corner. Ethan whips Andrei in to SPLASH Ortiz! Andrei lifts Ortiz, Ethan goes up, ENZIGURI to a SPINEBUSTER! But Hager gets in to CLOBBER Andrei with the toaster! Toaster SMASH for Ethan! Hager whips Ethan but Scorpio holds him and Ethan BOOTS back! CHOP BLOCK to Hager’s leg, and the Men of the Year stomp away! But Jericho slides in, with a WATER SKI! Jericho JAMS Scorpio in the head, then SMACKS Ethan on the back! Fans fire up as Jericho puts the ski on the top rope. Scorpio rakes eyes, runs in, but gets a FLAPJACK to the ski! Jericho then RAMS Ethan down with it!
Lambert is pacing on the outside, he trips Jericho up and throws him into railing! Then he scurries away like a scared rat in a blue sweat suit. Sammy goes up and up and DOUBLE CUTTERS the Men of the Year! PNP get Scorpio for TU LO SABE! Junior Do Santos RAMS Jericho into steps! Ortiz CANNONBALLS Ethan, Sammy SWANTON BOMBS Scorpio! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio is still in this, Santana CLOBBERS Junior Dos Santos on the outside! Ortiz is after Andrei and SMACKS him off the timekeeper’s table. Hager adds a SMACK to JDS! Sammy brings out a TABLE! He sets it up nearby, but Andrei jumps over to fire off hands! Hager CLOBBERS Andrei with a Bundt cake pan!!
Hager drags Andrei around the way to ram him into steps. Ethan calls to JDS while he clubs away on Sammy, but Jericho goes after Ethan! Sammy gets off the table, JDS goes up!? Ortiz anchors JDS while Jericho puts Ethan on the wood. Santana helps Ortiz, they get JDS together while Scorpio is put on the table. DOUBLE SUPERPLEX to JDS! Jericho & Sammy set up a ladder! Sammy throws off the shirt to then climb the ladder! Wait, is he wearing a steel plate on his stomach?! It was for defense earlier, now it’s for a FULL METAL SWANTON through the table!! Sammy just took Scorpio and himself out and fans are losing their minds!
Ethan checks on Scorpio in the wreckage, but then Ortiz SMACKS Ethan with a chair! And again! Ortiz brings Ethan around but Ethan kicks back to crucifix! EGO’S EDGE to the floor! “Are you enjoying the show, Catalina?” Ethan is talking smack right to Mrs. Hager, but he doesn’t realize THE BARON is right there! IRON CLAW into Ethan’s head!! Ethan then gets a BOOT from Santana, and TOSSED into the front row! Santana has the fans give him space, and the security guard is willing to help out! POETRY IN MOTION into the crowd!! Fans are getting even closer to the action than they thought!
Lambert gets in the ring to gloat that his guys are doing something, but he forgets about Jericho. CHOP after CHOP, and Jericho literally strips the sweat jacket off Lambert! Lambert is down, Jericho goes to ropes but JDS ROCKS him before the lionsault! Lambert covers, TWO!! Lambert is pissed but the fans are relieved. But Lambert gets the legs, he wants the Boston Crab! Jericho gets a kendo stick to SMACK Lambert instead! And then again, and again, and again! And then SMACK for Junior! And then more SMACKS for Lambert! Jericho brings out a STAPLER!! Lambert freaks out and he gets STAPELED BALLS! And a LARIAT!
Jericho has Lambert in the drop zone, and he raises a hand to the heavens. Latino Heat’s presence has been all over this night, Jericho is going up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!!
Winner: The Inner Circle, by pinfall
Jericho dedicates this one to Eddie Guerrero! Lambert crawls away, licking his wounds. Will this moment humble American Top Team?
Tony Schiavone is on stage.
What a night already in Minneapolis! The main event world title match is still to come, but right now, AEW introduces a special guest. Tonight here, a young man who has been a champion in many, many promotions all around the world is now #AllElite! It is JAY LETHAL!! Impact and Ring of Honor, and now A E W!! Fans go nuts to see him, and Schiavone asks Lethal what brings him here. “SCHIAVONE~!” Lethal is here because of the hidden, forbidden, open door. He has found that door, stepped through it and it is official! Jay Lethal IS All Elite.
And speaking of, he heard there is an open challenge for the TNT Championship coming? Well then Sammy Guevara, Lethal is interested in that. How about they have it happen… Well Sammy just had a hard battle here so let’s go for Wednesday Night Dynamite! Fans want to see it, Sammy walks up on stage to stare Lethal down. Sammy gets the mic, fans are fired up, and Sammy says, “You’re on.” Sammy holds up the TNT title here tonight, will he still be holding onto it this Wednesday?
AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Hangman Page!
One year ago, the Cleaner and the Cowboy battled in the AEW World Title Eliminator Finals. Kenny Omega won, and then he became AEW World Champion. Omega has done everything in his power, and in Don Callis’ power, to keep that title. But Hangman vows to give us #CowboyShit every single second he possibly can. Will that start right here tonight in Minneapolis? Or will it be another big moment where Hangman doesn’t ride off into the sunset?
Hangman has a cinematic entrance where he rides into town, remembering all his shortcomings, but also his undying spirit to keep on fighting. Fans are fired up just seeing Hangman walk down the ramp. As for Omega, he walks out with a cape! But he can’t help but see the fan sign, “What would KOTA think?” The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Full Gear brings us full circle!
Omega and Hangman step up to each other as fans are thunderous already. They talk a little bit of trash, back away, and then circle. The two tie up, go around, then break. They go again, break again, and the tension is mounting. They go a third time, break, and Omega CHOPS! Hangman CHOPS, Omega CHOPS again! Hangman CHOPS, Omega kicks low! Omega headlocks, Hangman powers out to then ram shoulders! Omega rebounds and rams back, but Hangman rebounds to run Omega over! Hangman has Omega in a corner and CHOPS him again! And throws a forearm, then CHOPS again! Forearm, CHOP, but Omega turns it around to CHOP!
Hangman turns it back around to COHP! Hangman whips corner to corner, clotheslines hard, and Omega flounders while fans fire up! Hangman eggs Omega on, whips, but Omega reverses. Callis trips up Hangman and fans boo! Hangman warns Callis but Omega CLOBBERS Hangman! Omega drags Hangman up, digs fingers into his eyes, but the ref counts. Omega stops, brings Hangman up as fans cuss out Callis, and Omega digs his boots into Hangman’s chin! The ref counts, Omega lets off, and Callis chokes Hangman now! Callis stops before the ref notices, Omega drags Hangman up to CHOP him! And CLUB him, then CHOP him again!
Omega CLUBS Hangman again and again, whips him to ropes, but Hangman reverses. Omega KICKS back, Hangman goes to ropes and dumps Omega to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT! Omega staggers, Hangman slingshots to PLANCHA! Fans fire up again but Callis creeps over. Hangman stares him down, Callis wants Hangman to take it easy and he backs away. Hangman goes back to Omega, brings him up but Omega RAMS him into railing! And into the apron! And back into railing! Omega brings Hangman around but Hangman suplexes instead! Omega writhes, Callis coaches Omega and the ring count climbs.
Hangman refreshes the count at 4, brings Omega up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally for Hangman as he climbs, and FLYING CLOTHESLINES! Cover, ONE!! Omega winces but Hangman brings him up. Omega pokes Hangman in the eyes! Fans boo but Omega doesn’t care, and he runs to BULLDOG Hangman down! Cover, ONE!! Hangman returns the favor kicking out that fast. Omega drags Hangman up, fans taunt him as “Kenny No Balls!” Omega wrenches, CHOPS, but Hangman ROCKS Omega with forearms! Omega ROCKS Hangman back, then has him in the corner to whip corner to corner. Omega runs in to back elbow!
Omega throws Hangman out, the ref won’t let him go after Hangman, but Callis fires off stomps with purple shoes?! Why is he wearing purple with powder blue? Omega drags Hangman up, throws hands, then bumps Hangman off the steps. And again, and again! Omega digs Hangman’s face into the diamond plate, then digs his fingers in! The ref counts, Omega stops and then puts Hangman back in the ring. Omega soaks up the heat then waits for Hangman to stand. Hangman stands, Omega fakes the slingshot, but then Hangman ROCKS and CHPOS Omega on repeat! Hangman fires off in the corner, whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Omega goes up and over!
Omega comes back to RANA! Hangman bails out, the Terminator Drums begin. Omega builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Hangman! Omega still gloats despite being sore from the landing. Omega is up, he puts Hangman in the ring, then brings him up to a fireman’s carry. “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton then the MOONSAULT onto boots! Hangman knows Omega too well to let that one follow through! Both men are in corners, Hangman runs corner to corner but into an elbow. Omega runs in but into a BOOT! Hangman runs at Omega again and CHOPS! Then forearms, then CHOPS again!
Hangman whips, Omega ducks and dodges but Hangman scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And he kips up! Fans fire up with Hangman, and he runs to DIVE! Direct hit and Omega hits railing! Hangman goes up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Omega again but both men are down! Fans are thunderous for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Callis fans Omega off. Hangman gets up, drags Omega into the ring, and he runs up to kick low and suplex, to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Omega is still in this but the fans rally up. Hangman drags Omega up, RAMS him into the corner, then hoists him up top. Hangman climbs but Omega hits back!
Hangman and Omega brawl as Hangman climbs, and Hangman reaches the top. Omega fights back with body shots, then CLUBS Hangman. Omega elbows Hangman and SLAPS him. Omega hops down to the outside, palm strikes away on Hangman’s head, then slingshots up to SUPER SUNSET LIGER BOMB!! Fans are losing their minds and a standing count starts. Omega is up at 1 and he vows to end this! Full nelson, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Hangman sits up in a daze but Omega wants to pile on! Another full nelson, but Hangman breaks free to swing on Omega! But Omega ducks to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX after all!
Hangman drags himself to the apron, Omega goes out after him. Omega stands Hangman up, full nelsons again, APRON DRAGON SUPLEX!! Hangman flounders into the ring, Omega aims and BANG! V-TRIGGER! Then the Electric Chair, but Hangman fights! Victory roll, TWO! Omega get sup, Hangman dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Omega lands on his face! Hangman gets him up to the Alabama but Omega fights that to underhook! TIGER DRIVER 98!! Cover, TWO!!! Omega can’t believe Hangman survives, but fans are still behind Hangman. Omega rains down fists, then BITES Hangman’s forehead!
The ref reprimands, Omega stops and he goes to the corner. Omega climbs, Hangman stands, and Hangman trips Omega! Hangman climbs up to BITE Omega’s forehead! Hangman stands on the very top with Omega, to SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives and Hangman can’t believe it! Callis gets Omega to crawl out of the ring towards him. Hangman gets to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Hangman climbs again. Hangman sees Omega by the timekeeper’s table, and so he removes the camera from the post so he can be right on the very top! SUPER FLYING LARIAT through the timekeeper’s table!!!
Fans are losing their minds all over again and Callis is freaking out for Omega’s sake! Callis shouts to Omega to just stay down so it can be a count out! Hangman, forehead busted open, puts Omega in the ring. Callis scurries away as Hangman takes aim from the apron! But Omega flounders and flops, so Hangman doesn’t slingshot. Hangman decides to copy the Cleaner! Finger gun and BANG! Hangman runs, but Omega dodges to GERMAN SUPELX! Hangman lands on his feet?! ROLLING ELBOW! Whip and POP-UP POWERBOMB! Hangman resets on the apron, Omega staggers up, slingshot into the REF!! The ref takes the lariat as Omega uses him as a shield!!
Callis hurries to get the belt! No, not like All Out! Callis gets in and aims at Hangman, but Hangman turns around! Callis holds off on the belt attack, but Hangman gets Callis, and DECKS him! But Now OMEGA has the belt! Hangman dodges, Alabama to the DEADEYE!! Cover, AUBREY runs out to be the new ref, TWO?!?! The delay might’ve just saved Omega’s reign! Fans can’t believe it, but they cheer on Aubrey now that she’s in charge. She checks on the other ref, but Hangman gets the belt! He doesn’t want to win it like Omega did, and fans cheer his heroism. But then Omega hits low! And again!
Omega throws a forearm, Hangman gives it back! Omega throws another forearm, Hangman gives it back again! Omega forearms, Hangman BOOTS! Omega blocks the next boot to JAB, JAB, JAB! Hangman drops to his knees but Omega keeps throwing hands. Hangman flips Omega off so he get a V-TRIGGER for it! And then another! Omega takes aim, but Hangman blocks the V-Trigger this time! And he SLAPS away on Omega from all sides! Hangman runs, into a V-TRIGGER!! Omega runs again, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! V_TRIGGER anyway! Omega reels Hangman in, but Hangman resists the bomb lift!
Omega gives Hangman Kowata Kicks! “IS THAT ALL YOU GOT MUTHA FUGGA?!” Omega gives Hangman more, so Hangman LARIATS point blank!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” while both men are down! But wait, here come the Young Bucks. Hangman warned them not to interfere, but are they just here to watch their friends fight? Omega gets up, headbutts Hangman again and again, then SAIDO SUPLEXES! Hangman flounder sup, but he gets Omega for a SAIDO SUPLEX! The Bucks are ringside now as the two stagger up. Hangman runs, Omega puts him on the outside but Hangman BOOTS him! Hangman aims, slingshot, V-TRIGGER!!
Omega gets the Electric Chair, but Hangman slips off to STEAL ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, TWO!??! No one can believe it but Hangman doesn’t let that stop him! Hangman is on the apron again. the Bucks are really close by. Nick seems to take Hangman’s word seriously. Slingshot, BLINDSIDE BUCKSHOT!! Omega staggers about, Hangman reloads on the apron, and now Matt Jackson is the one conflicted. Matt nods? Hangman slingshots, BUCKSHOT! Cover, HANGMAN WINS!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Champion)
INCREDIBLE! The Bucks let Hangman win this one! Does this mean their friendship could be mended? Speaking of friends, The Dark Order come out to celebrate with the new champion! What does this new era mean for Hangman and AEW?
What an AWESOME night for AEW! Almost every single match was as good as it could be. I say “almost” because it seemed like the Women’s Championship match took a moment to get on the right pace or something. But in the end, Britt did win, but Conti did give her a run for her money. The other thing was the Street Fight starting like it was a normal tag. Any tag match that is No Disqualifications should just be a Tornado Tag from the start. But that was some awesome stuff, even from Junior Dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski. Lambert was playing his part as the goober perfectly, and how great for Jericho to honor Eddie Guerrero with how he won that match.
On a related note, how awesome to see Jay Lethal make his way to AEW. A part of me always felt he was too big for ROH given ROH has itself not been able to become any bigger than it is right now. Lethal VS Sammy is going to be a great TNT Championship match, and no offense to Sammy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Lethal took that belt off him already. But honestly, I’m not sure what else I can say about the rest of the card other than it was great. There wasn’t as much “Cody teasing his turn” in his tag match, and I’m surprised his team won. Of course, it was Pac getting the pin, but… And then I still feel like this partnership with The Pinnacle could see Andrade usurp that faction from MJF.
MJF VS Darby was an awesome opener for how it was so technical, and then we got the “overbooking” of Sting brawling with Spears and Wardlow. And of course MJF finds a way to not only win but win the way he promised. Punk VS Kingston was also a show stealer of a match, with Punk playing more with blurring Heel and Face than Cody did tonight. Punk winning still makes sense, he’s on this slow burn to the top. And how awesome for Hangman to become champion. I said that he was meant to at All Out and this was making it up to him, and boy did they make it up to him. I even love that, as I’d hoped, the Bucks would show up but not interfere. They might have even given their blessing! This is going to be an awesome third year for AEW!
My Score: 9.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/27/22)
The Young Bucks are on a Rampage!
Time to pregame before the SUPERKICK, PARTAAAY~!
Before going Double or Nothing with the Hardy Boyz in Las Vegas, The Young Bucks are in action on another early edition of Rampage!
- Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal; Bryan wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust; The Young Bucks wins.
- Max Caster VS Dante Martin; Dante wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal!
The American Dragon had a scary spill just last week, but he looks just fine now. Will he kick Sydal’s head in to prove to the Jericho Appreciation Society he’s more than ready for Anarchy in the Arena? Or will Sydal’s third eye see an opening to exploit?
The bell rings and fans are already thunderous for “A E DUB!” as the two men stare down. Bryan and Sydal circle, they tie up, and Bryan arm-drags Sydal. Fans fire up more as Regal on commentary assures us, Bryan is in great shape. Bryan and Sydal tie up with knuckle locks, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Bryan gets a forearm shot in! Bryan then drops back, gets the arm, spins Sydal to a headlock, and he grinds Sydal down. Sydal endures, but Bryan throws a palm strike! Sydal endures as Bryan shifts to a cravat, Bryan snapmares and drops a knee on his head! Fans fire up and Bryan backs off.
Sydal and Bryan circle again, the two feel things out, and fans rally up. Sydal shoot sin, cravats but Bryan shove shim away. Sydal comes back for a flying-mare! Bryan stays back and shakes his head. Bryan hops up to his feet and the two circle again. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons and he drags Sydal down. Sydal endures, fights up and fans rally again. Sydal pries free but Bryan gets him for a BACKBREAKER! Sydal goes to ropes but Bryan brings him up to EuroUpper! Bryan has Sydal in the corner, brings him out to EuroUpper again! And again! Bryan gets the leg, turns Sydal over, and he hooks up the legs.
Sydal reaches out but Bryan grabs as the shoulders. Sydal resists so Bryan fishhooks his face! The ref counts, Bryan lets go, and rolls forward to get the head! Bryan fires off forearms then lets off, “Who’s the best?!” Fans fire up because it’s him! Bryan headlocks, but Sydal endures. Sydal powers out but Bryan runs him over! Fans fire up as things sped up, Sydal hurdles and WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up more as Sydal stomps and STANDING MARIPOSAS! Rampage goes picture in picture as Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps cool and he KICKS Bryan in the side. Bryan gets up but Sydal throws knees. Bryan throws knees back!
Bryan has Sydal on the ropes, ROCKS him with forearms and uppercuts, then brings Sydal around to hang him out to dry! Sydal is stuck up top, Bryan KICKS him for good measure. Bryan goes to the corner, climbs up, and he FLYING KNEE DROPS! Bryan paces around Sydal then clamps on a cravat. Sydal endures, Rampage returns to single picture, but Bryan snapmares him down to drop another knee! Cover, TWO! Sydal growls but Bryan clamps onto him for another snapmare. Sydal handsprings through to JUMP KNEE! And SOBAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, Regal says Sydal should capitalize!
But too late, Bryan gives back more EuroUppers! Sydal KICKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Sydal fires off forearms, whips, but Bryan reverses. Sydal WHEEL- NO, Bryan catches the kick to pop Sydal up, but Sydal RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sydal fires up and so do the fans, Sydal KICKS Bryan’s leg, then KICKS it again! Bryan shoves Sydal, but Sydal QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO! Sydal hurries up top as fans rally, but Bryan ROCKS him first! Bryan gets up after Sydal and underhooks the arms. Sydal fights free, throws forearm sand he sends Bryan down! METEORA!! But into a HALF CRAB!! Bryan has the leg, Sydal endures, but Bryan steps over to get a deep angle!
Sydal still endures and he fights around! Bryan shifts to HEEL HOOK! But Sydal scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Sydal is let go, and Bryan snarls. Bryan KICKS Sydal, and KICKS again! KICK after KICK and Sydal flounders. Fans fire up and Bryan soaks it in. Bryan has Sydal in a corner, HEADBUTTS him, then hoists him up top backwards. Bryan climbs up behind Sydal, fans fire up as he brings Sydal up, but Sydal throws down elbows. Bryan CLUBS Sydal back, brings Sydal back up, but Sydal SUPER SUNET POWERBOMBS! DEEP stack, TWO!!! Bryan narrowly escapes and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!”
Sydal and Bryan throws shots back and forth, Sydal gets the edge, but Bryan EuroUppers again and again! Sydal spins one to a backslide, TWO! JUMP KNEE! Bryan wobbles, but he ducks the next kick to BUSAIKU KNEE! Bryan then sits Sydal up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Bryan hits Sydal again and again then gets the DRAGON GUILLOTINE!! Sydal is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Regal thanks commentary for having him again, and the American Dragon is on fire! Will he, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz all get their revenge on the Jericho Appreciation Society?
The Hardy Boyz are- Wait.
That’s not Matt & Jeff, that’s Matt and Nick! The Young Bucks are taking that comment about being Hardy Boyz cosplayers to heart! And then they bring out Gangrel!? Sadly, Brandon Cutler is stuck as Lita.
The Young Bucks VS ???
Matt & Nick Jackson are taking on Matt & Jeff Hardy for Double or Nothing in a battle of brothers as well as generation defining tag teams. But will the Bucks be able to take this all seriously while mocking the Hardys? Or will Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust be the ones with the last laugh tonight?
The teams sort out and Nick starts against Cruz. They circle, tie up, and Nick headlocks. Cruz powers out, Nick runs him over, then mocks Jeff’s dance. Things speed up, Cruz leaps but into an atomic drop! Nick triops Cruz and uses the leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Tag to Matt, Nick DECKS Rust, and Matt puts Cruz in the corner. The Bucks set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Fans fire up for the picture perfect recreation! Matt scoop SLAMS Cruz, goes up top, and with the V1 fingers, Matt goes to the second rope. Tag to Nick, he gets Cruz up and now the V1 fingers! Elbow drop! Nick tags Matt back in and they bring Cruz up.
Double back suplex but Cruz lands out! Tag to Rust! Rust dropkicks Nick, dodges Matt and kitchen sink knees! Sobat and SCISSOR KICK on Matt! Rust runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Bucks show their true colors, but Cruz tags in! He punches the Bucks, goes up top, but the Bucks get clear to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Matt gets Cruz up, and he hits a TWIST OF FATE! Tag to Nick, he throws off the shirt and goes up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
It seems anything the Hardys can do, the Bucks can do better! But then they attack Gangrel! Seems he is part of them making an example to the Hardys! They get Gangrel down, but the REAL Hardys appear! “DELETE! DELETE!” The Bucks stand their ground as they stare down the Hardys, but they run into kicks! Cutler attacks! But then they turn their attention to him. Gangrel kicks Cutler and hits the IMPALER! And then a TWIST OF FATE from the real Matt Hardy! SWANTON BOMB for the real Jeff Hardy! Gangrel makes up with his old friends, but will the Hardys be able to DELETE the Elite?
Darby Allin speaks.
“It wasn’t Adam Cole, it wasn’t Bobby Fish. It wasn’t the Young Bucks, it was you, Kyle O’Reilly. It was you who took out sting.” Darby wants a fight at Double or Nothing with Kyle, or else he’ll interfere with Cole’s match, the Young Bucks’ match, and he’ll just make that night a living hell. So let’s make it official: Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly, Double or Nothing. Will #KillerKyle accept the Relentless One’s challenge?
Max Caster w Gunn Club VS Dante Martin!
Platinum Max and Angel Dorado faced off on the very first episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, and now here, just after AEW turns three years old, they meet again! But will it be a repeat of history? Or will Dante show how much he’s improved since that day? Caster has a rap, of course. “Acclaimed ‘n’ the Gunns, we the new hot thing. Dante’s out of the break, already in the ring. I’ma bend your knees like the shmoney dance. Man, you couldn’t get laid at the bunny ranch! Your girl told me that you such a bitch. I’ma put you on the shelf like your brother is! Top Flight’s ’bout to crash, boy! You getting beat by Acclaimed and the Ass Boys!”
Austin says they talked about this, don’t use that name. “LOS ANGELES!” No, VEGAS, stupid! Oh, right. LAS ANGE- NO!! Bowens gets the mic and says, LAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But Dante springboards and takes out Caster & said Ass Boys! But then Billy Gunn CLOBBERS Dante and RAMS him into the steps! Billy then helps Caster get in the ring so this match can start. The ref reprimands and EJECTS rest of the club! Bowens can’t believe it, and Dante rolls Caster up! TWO!! Dante springs up but Caster KICKS the leg out! Caster stomps the leg again and again, then covers. ONE, but Caster hurries to get Dante back up.
Caster has the leg, Dante CLUBS him down, throws forearms then KICKS! Dante whips, Caster reverses and CLOBBERS Dante, to then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Cover, ONE!! Rampage goes picture in picture as Caster stalks Dante. Caster drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Caster grabs hair! Dante knees low, runs up the corner, and leaps, but into Caster’s arms! Caster SLAMS Dante down, gets the leg and ties him up, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Dante endures and reaches out, fans rally up, and Dante works to turn it over! Dante turns the leglock! Caster endures, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref undoes the hold, Dante storms over but Caster trips him! Caster SMASHES the knee into the mat, then wraps Dante up with a leg inside the chinlock!
Dante endures so Caster shifts to focus on an arm. Dante fights up, Caster CLUBS him down. Caster whips Dante to the apron but Dante ROCKS him back. Dante springboards, but Caster BOOTS him down! Caster drags Dante in and snap suplexes! Caster covers, ONE, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, Cater back hands then back suplexes Dante! Caster goes up the corner fast, aims and MIC- NOPE! Caster has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante elbows Caster, sunset flips, TWO! Caster gets the leg, steps through again but Dante kicks him away to O’Conner Roll on the rebound! TWO, and Dante springs up and over! Dante jumps over again, CLOBBERS Caster, and starts to rally! Fans fire up and Dante runs at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dante KICKS Caster, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to the apron, fans fire up but Caster blocks the gamangiri. Dante HOTSHOTS, then resets! NOSEDIVE!! Cover, Dante wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Dante avenges his loss on Elevation! Will this help Dante fly to the top of the ranks in the near future?
AEW looks closely at the Owen Hart Cup Men’s Finals.
Samoa Joe says that when it comes to facing someone like Adam Cole, you must take everything into account. Cole says he is in the finals with a man he truly admires. People look at the legacy Joe has left on this great sport and Cole finds himself where he has to beat that legacy. Cole says he is a world-class pro-wrestler, he ill be a franchise player for AEW for years to come, and it all starts with these finals! After Cole beats Joe and wins the Owen Hart Tournament, the world will remember Adam Cole BAYBAY. But Joe says as the ROH World Television Champion, Cole’s time is near.
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring.
Lambert says we live in crazy times, and there are very few things we can count on in this world. Death, taxes, and if you have bad acne, and a girlfriend whose CM Punk merch shirt is two sizes bigger than yours, you’re an AEW fan! If you need anything in the world of combat sports, come see Dynamite Dan. That’s what Scorpio did when he needed a new TNT Championship belt. These usually take six months to handcraft, but Dan called his buddy Ron at Red Leather Belts, and not only did he put this together in less than a week, but this is a masterpiece truly worthy of Scorpio Sky, LA’s favorite champion.
Ethan does the honors, and it is a GOLD strap with purple ribbon! The TNT Champion honors the Black Mamba, and Ethan says that now that Sky has a belt to match his talent, we can all finally be finished with the trash known as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti! But speaking of, they and Frankie Kazarian are back on the tron. They hate to interrupt the celebration, but here is breaking news! A break in at the American Top Team HQ! Luckily, they’re on the scene! They bust in, keep people from calling authorities, and they see the trophies. They’ll take some of those. Oh hey, the “participation trophy” TNT belt! Kaz wants that belt!
Sammy says hold on, there’s something better. The BMF Championship! That is one of a kind and beautiful. You thinking what he’s thinking? Kaz sure hopes not. SamTay say they’ll “celebrate” with this belt. Sammy SMASHES the case open and they grab the BMF belt! And a few other belts, too. If Men of the Year want all these back, they’ll be in Vegas on Sunday. And bring VanZant, too. BMF: Be Mad, Fellas. Scorpio is FURIOUS! This has gone on way too long! If they want their mixed trios match, then those three scumbags against the Men of the Year & PAIGE VANZANT is happening!
But here’s the kicker: If MOTY win, then Sammy and Frankie are BARRED from challenging for the TNT Championship! They’ve been begging for this ass kicking a long time, and they’ll get it at Double or Nothing! And after that, they are DONE! But now that SamTay & the Heavy Metal Rebel have the match they wanted, will they get the revenge they wanted, too?
Mark Henry speaks tonight’s main eventers.
He starts with Ruby about what this tournament means to her. These last couple of months, Ruby’s been doubting herself, second guessing herself, losing the confidence she had when she arrived in AEW. Then she earned her shot in this tournament. This could be a turning point in her career, even if she has to beat her friend and whatever version of herself she’s bringing to the ring. Kris says that it seems everyone “needs” to win this. But Ruby needs to understand Kris has been here since day one, and what does she have to shown for it? No title, a blown out knee, and a back-up plan to the prestigious tournament. And all her friends have turned on her.
So Ruby needs to understand Kris isn’t letting this get away from her like all the other opportunities. No one, not friend or enemy, can stop her! Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Runaway’s destination be Double or Nothing? Or will Statlander’s new form take the form of an Owen Hart Cup finalist?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Kris headlocks, hits the takeover, but Ruby keeps her shoulders up. Ruby headscissors, squeezes tight, but Kris kips free. Ruby sweeps, Kris kips up and sweeps back! Ruby rushes after the bad leg but Kris has the ropes. The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and fans are dueling hard. The two tie up, Kris headlocks but Ruby powers up to power out. Kris runs Ruby over and fans fire up. Kris runs, Ruby drops then shoots in to waistlock. Kris throws Ruby off and flexes! Things speed up again, Kris runs Ruby over, covers, ONE! Kris drags Ruby up to wrench and whip to the corner.
Ruby goes up and over, shows a punch, but she pulls it back! Kris gets in Ruby’s face about literally pulling punches, and the two tie up again. Kris monkey flips but Ruby comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Kris blocks the next arm-drag to ROCK Ruby with a forearm! Ruby KICKS the leg, Kris CLOBBERS Ruby! Fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kris glares at Ruby, drags her up, and suplexes. Kris holds Ruby up for a count of 10, then 20, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Ruby up, wraps on a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch! Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots, and runs, into Kris’ arms! Kris SLAMS Ruby down, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Kris grows annoyed but she rallies the fans up. Kris drags Ruby up, scoops, but Ruby slips out to roll Kris up! TWO, and Kris scoops Ruby to SLAM her again! Kris drags Ruby up, brings her around, but Ruby turns back suplex into CROSSBODY! Ruby bounces off and the ref starts a standing count.
Kris sits up at 3, Ruby follows at 4, and they go after each other at 5 with forearms. Ruby ROCKS Kris, Kris ROCKS Ruby, and back again! They stand, throw more forearms, then Ruby HEADBUTTS! Ruby runs, but the monkey flip is bounced off the ropes! Ruby tries a DDT but Kris throws her off! Ruby comes back, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kris whips Ruby to a corner and uppercuts! Kris then fireman’s carries Ruby up the ropes! Ruby fights with elbows, slips around and SUPER STEINERS! Kris flounders, Ruby runs, but into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Kris can’t believe it! Ruby survives and she gets to ropes while fans fire up! Kris runs in at the corner but Ruby dodges! Kris’ bad arm hits buckles! She still fireman’s carries, “This is Awesome!” but the bad arm holds the trophy lift back! NO FUTURE! But Kris tumbles out of the ring! Ruby hurries to get Kris up but Kris is almost dead weight. Ruby gets Kris on her feet but Kris shoves her away. Kris puts Ruby on the apron but Ruby FLYING RANAS back! Ruby puts Kris in, hurries up the corner, but Kris rushes in! Ruby ROCKS Kris first, reels her in by the arm, TORNADO ARMBAR DDT!! Then KIMURA!!
Kris endures as Ruby cranks on the arm, and Kris reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ruby drags Kris up again, turns her, but no neckbreaker as Kris pushes free. Ruby goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade! Kris has the Electric Chair, but Ruby tries to bend back. No Poison-Rana, WHIPLASH INTO BUCKLES! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!! And then the fisherman, DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and no one can believe it! Kris snarls, she drags Ruby up, and she CLOBBERS her point blank! Kris gets the legs and the arms, SPIDE- NO! Ruby kicks and kicks and kicks! Kris staggers, Ruby sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, RUBY WINS!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tony Schiavone gets in the ring to interview the winner, but Britt Baker shows up first! She has a mic but Ruby tells everyone to cut the music. Britt can put the mic down. Everyone’s listened to Britt over and over, no one wants to listen to her anymore! Ruby gets it, the fans are upset she win. She did what she had to do to win the match. But Ruby needs to tell Britt something. Kris is Ruby’s friend, she loves and respects her, but look what she did. And Ruby hates Britt, so she’s gonna hurt her. Ruby has been telling Britt since Grand Slam that Britt has a receipt coming. Ruby’s cashing it in at Double or Nothing! Britt just smiles, but will she still be smiling after the Owen Hart Cup Women’s Finals?
A great episode here for Rampage, especially as a go-home. Great opening contest out of Bryan VS Sydal, wild to think that these guys only faced off once in ROH and missed each other in WWE, because this felt like they’d been going back and forth for years. Bryan wins, of course, for the momentum going into the Anarchy in the Arena 10 Man. Could be a sign that someone on Blackpool Combat Club & Friends is taking the loss to JAS. Great cosplay by the Bucks, that was a really fun match of them squashing Cruz and Rust. Also good to see Rust somewhere after WWE cut him way too soon, too. Great to see Gangrel, and of course the Hardys get their own bit. Bucks VS Hardys at Double or Nothing could go either way but I’m leaning towards Hardys.
They didn’t advertise Caster VS Dante but this was a great surprise. Obviously good stuff within the Acclaimed Gunn Club faction, and we got a very good match. Caster won the Elevation match they highlighted, Dante wins this one, maybe they’ll give this a tiebreaker match down the line. Scorpio Sky having a purple ‘n’ gold TNT belt is a great choice, and then an honestly genius move from SamTay & Kaz to steal some of the belts American Top Team “can’t replace.” A Mixed Trios is actually better than just 2v2, and I do like the stipulation of blocking Kaz and Sammy as contenders. It does give it away just a little that SamTay & Kaz win, but I bet Ethan takes the loss. PVZ isn’t being brought in to take the pin and no one is going to pin the TNT Champion unless it’s for the belt.
Great promo vignette from Cole and Joe, and I’m still leaning towards Cole winning. Great promos from Ruby and Kris going into their match, it really added to the fire in that main event, which was a great main event. Ruby using what Velvet told her was good story stuff, but I didn’t expect fans to boo it as hard as they did. Kris is a fan favorite, so maybe she comes around to get a title shot, like the TBS Championship after Jade beats Jay. I did like Ruby’s promo to end the show, shutting Britt up before she can begin. But Ruby being so adamant about getting that fire back, pretty sure she’s losing to Britt.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)
Happy Anniversary, AEW!
It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!
And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?
- Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!
The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?
Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!
Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!
But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…
Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!
Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)
Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?
AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.
After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.
The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.
Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.
Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”
Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”
Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”
Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.
And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”
Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.
“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!
Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?
AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.
The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!
The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?
The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!
Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!
Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!
Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!
Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!
Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.
Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!
Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!
They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!
Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!
Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!
Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!
Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!
Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!
Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!
The Hardy Boyz speak.
Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.
Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!
So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!
Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!
Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?
The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!
JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!
Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.
Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.
Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.
Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!
JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!
But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?
Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.
Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.
So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?
Schiavone is on stage.
This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.
Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!
AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.
A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.
Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!
The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”
In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.
Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!
Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.
Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!
Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!
Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?
The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!
Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!
Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!
But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.
Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.
Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!
Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)
Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?
A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.
Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.
Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.
Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.
The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.
Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.
My Score: 8.9/10
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