It gets cold when its about the gold!
Bryan Danielson has been a fire-breathing American Dragon, but will Hangman Page put him on ice to retain his AEW World Championship?
- AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson; Time Limit Draw, Hangman retains the title.
- Matt Sydal VS Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb; Shida wins.
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Final: MJF VS Dante Martin; MJF wins and is still the Dynamite Diamond Ringbearer.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson!
No, you’re not seeing things. The second Winter is Coming is opening with a HUGE title match! Will #CowboyShit slay the American Dragon for what he’s done to the Dark Order? Or is there one more title change in 2021?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and what a hot start to Dynamite!
Bryan and Hangman stare down as the fans fire up. The ref has them back up and the bell rings. Fans fire up even more now as Hangman and Bryan approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock as they both dig deep, and fans are dueling. Hangman manages to push Bryan back towards a corner, then he lets off slowly as the ref calls for the ropebreak. Bryan shoves Hangman and then avoids the chop! Bryan does jumping jacks to taunt Hangman, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock for a test of strength and go shoulder to shoulder. Fans duel again as Bryan breaks one grip, wrenches the other, and gets a hammerlock.
Hangman reaches back to reverse the armlock and hits a fireman’s carry takeover! Hangman has the armlock now, but Bryan moves around. Hangman wrenches to a wristlock, Bryan rolls, bridges, and slips around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Hangman gets away but Bryan soaks up all the cheers and jeers. Hangman keeps cool, he and Bryan reset again, but then Bryan uses ropes as a defense. Bryan smirks as he comes back and ties up with Hangman again. Bryan waistlocks, Hangman sits down, switches and headlocks. Bryan powers out, Hangman runs him over! Bryan trips him up but Hangman kicks him away! Bryan ducks the chop again and wags his finger.
Bryan again does jumping jacks to troll Hangman but Hangman isn’t losing his cool. Hangman and Bryan circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, but Bryan rolls and wrenches the wrist. Bryan wrenches to KNEE Hangman in the shoulder, but fans rally up. Hangman kips up, Bryan pushes Hangman to ropes. Bryan gives a hard shove, Hangman shoves back, and they each shove again. Bryan again uses ropes for defense but Hangman just backs off. Hangman and Bryan circle again, tie up, and Hangman headlocks. Hangman hits a takedown, Bryan headscissors but Hangman kips out. Roles reverses as Bryan headlocks for the takeover and Hangman headscissors.
Bryan kips free, Hangman sweeps to cover, ONE! Hangman avoids Bryan’s sweep to BOOT Bryan to a corner! Bryan sees he’s taking Hangman too lightly now, but he still smirks as he applauds. Bryan offers a handshake, fans don’t trust it. Bryan shoves Hangman and gets to ropes, but Hangman holds onto a leg. The ref calls for the break, Hangman lets go and backs away. Fans are fired up and dueling again as Hangman and Bryan tie up again. Bryan waistlocks, spins and wrenches an arm, but Hangman pushes through to headlock. Bryan powers out, things speed up, Hangman catches Bryan for a SLAM! And a CHOP! Bryan leans against ropes but then trips Hangman up!
Bryan has a toehold, changes it up to tie up the legs, and fans rally as Bryan KNEES Hangman in the back! Bryan shifts around, KNEES the other side, then fish hooks Hangman’s face! The ref counts, Bryan stops at 4, and reminds us he has until 5. Bryan KNEES Hangman again, then hooks up the legs. Bryan wants the arms, gets them, and pulls back and again to get Hangman up for the ROMERO SPECIAL! And then a chinlock, and then a dragon sleeper inside the Surfboard! Hangman fights free, Bryan shoves him down and then stands him up to CHOP! Hangman grins and wants Bryan to keep trying. Bryan CHOPS, then headbutts!
Bryan whips, Hangman walks through the CHOP to CHOP Bryan! Bryan goes to a corner and fans fire up again! Hangman brings Bryan up to suplex but Bryan blocks! They go back to the corner, Bryan turns things around and CHOPS! Hangman turns it back to CHOP again! Hangman climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Hangman gets all 10! Hangman walks around but Bryan trips him up! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then Bryan drops elbows and knees on the knee! Bryan pulls back on the toehold but Hangman endures. Hangman kicks with his free leg as fans duel, but Bryan spinning toeholds and has an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!
Bryan stomps the knees, sits up to throw body shots from all sides, and then forearms to knock Hangman down! Bryan lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Bryan drags Hangman up to EuroUpper! Bryan whips Hangman to the ropes, Hangman KICKS him back! Hangman runs in but Bryan puts him on the apron. Hangman BOOTS Bryan, but Bryan DECKS Hangman before the slingshot! Fans fire up, Bryan builds speed, but Hangman returns to BOOT Bryan down! Bryan goes to the apron, Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Bryan falls to the floor, Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Bryan! Fans fire up as Hangman rises and the ring count starts.
Hangman takes a moment before he gets Bryan up and into the ring. Hangman climbs the corner and fans fire up! Bryan stands, Hangman jumps into a KICK! Bryan grins as he knocks Hangman out of the air! Bryan drops knees into Hangman’s ribs, then whips him for a kitchen sink knee! Fans are torn as Bryan raises a fist. Bryan KICKS Hangman to the apron, then has the legs! ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hangman writhes to the apron, Bryan drags Hangman up and through the ropes. Bryan EuroUppers Hangman again and again as he’s stuck between the ropes, and then hooks his arms in the ropes to KICK and CHOP on repeat!
The ref counts, Bryan lets off at 4 to then throw knees into Hangman’s chest! Bryan has Hangman draping on the middle rope and he goes to the corner. Bryan climbs up, to GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Hangman falls, Bryan covers, TWO! Bryan is a bit annoyed but he wraps Hangman up in a seated cobra twist while AEW goes picture in picture.
Hangman endures and Bryan turns it into a cradle, TWO! Bryan keeps on Hangman with a chinlock, then changes it up to have both arms! Hangman fights but Bryan pushes Hangman’s face into the mat. Bryan then drives palm strikes into Hangman’s neck! Bryan stands up and taunts Hangman, then aims from the corner. PENALTY KICK to the ribs! Hangman flounders to the far corner, Bryan stands on the ropes to soak up even more heat. Bryan does more jumping jacks just to taunt everyone, but Hangman ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Bryan turns things around to CHOP Hangman in the corner, and then CHOP again!
Bryan lets off just a moment and Hangman fires CHOPS in return! Hangman whips, Bryan reverses, Bryan kitchen sink knees again! Bryan pushes Hangman to a cover, TWO! Hangman is hanging tough, but Bryan JAMS his knee into Hangman’s back! Bryan has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, but again Hangman endures. Hangman fights up, Bryan tries to use his head for a point of leverage as AEW returns to single picture, and Hangman turns it around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, “This is Awesome!” Bryan gets to a corner, Hangman is in the other. Hangman storms over to CHOP Bryan again! And throw a forearm, then whip corner to corner.
Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks and dodges to crossbody, but Hangman catches him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fires up and the fans are with him! Bryan is in a corner again, Hangman storms over to CHOP again! And again! And then whip corner to corner. Bryan reverses, runs in but Hangman puts him on the top rope! Hangman then TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS again! Bryan tumbles to the floor, and fans rally up as Hangman builds speed! Bryan stands up, Hangman DIVES! Direct hit and Bryan hits railing! Hangman goes back to the ring and to the corner. Hangman climbs, fans fire up again, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and down goes Bryan!
Fans lose their minds for that one, and both men stir at ringside as a count starts. Hangman gets Bryan in quickly, and fans rally up as he runs, SLIDING- NO! Bryan catches lariat to ghost pin! TWO, and Hangman fireman’s carries! Bryan fights, but Hangman still hits the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives that one, and fans rally back up. Bryan drags himself to a corner, Hangman walks over. Hangman CHOPS Bryan again, and again, but Bryan tries to clinch to stop it. Hangman hoists Bryan up top to ROCK with a forearm! Hangman climbs up to join Bryan, but Bryan slips out the bottom and trips Hangman up!
Bryan climbs up behind Hangman, drives in elbows, but Hangman elbows Bryan right down! Hangman adjusts, and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Bryan moves! Bryan gets the arm, La Magistrol! TWO!! Hangman escapes but Bryan just stays on him. Bryan throws knees into Hangman against ropes, he throws body shots and then whips Hangman to ropes. Hangman schoolboys out of the kitchen sink, TWO! Bryan has the omoplata! Bryan wants the LeBelle but Hangman rolls it back, TWO!! Back drop turns into sunset flip, TWO! ANKLE LOCK!! And what a nasty angle Bryan has on it! Hangman endures, handstands, but Bryan PENALTY KICKS Hangman down!
Bryan drops another knee into ribs, then again! Hangman goes to a corner, Bryan tells the Hangman fans to shut up, and then he CHOPS Hangman in the corner! Bryan runs corner to corner, and dropkicks! And then another dropkick! And then POP-UP POWERBOMB from Hangman! Cover, TWO!! Hangman can’t believe it and the fans are thunderous! Hangman gets up, goes to the apron and takes aim! Slingshot, but Bryan bails out! Bryan narrowly avoids that one, but Hangman runs in to baseball slide! Hangman then goes to the corner again, but Bryan shoves him off! Hangman CRASHES on the apron! Bryan gets Hangman up, hammerlocks the arm and POSTS it!
Bryan drags Hangman up to put the arm through the corner, and he YANKS Hangman into the post! And again! And again!! Bryan leaves Hangman behind and strikes a pose, but the fans boo. Bryan pretends to be surprised, but then he grins again. Bryan revels in the heat, and Hangman is busted open! The ring count starts and is at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture again!
Hangman flounders, the medic is there with water, Hangman drinks some and the ref checks his wound. Bryan taunts the fans over this treatment for their champion. Hangman is definitely dazed from hitting the post, but Bryan just does more jumping jacks. And even push-ups! Bryan taunts the fans with a Yes chant tease, and instead holds up the middle finger. Hangman’s in really bad shape, and the ref and medic both check with him while AEW goes to break.
AEW returns, this match is continuing, and Bryan WRECKS Hangman with a dropkick! Fans boo but Bryan gets to the apron! Hangman slowly gets back up, Bryan hits a FLYING KNEE! Bryan rains down fists right on the wound! The ref reprimands, Bryan backs off, but then Bryan drags Hangman up to put in the ring. Bryan has Hangman on the apron now, and he gets on the apron to FLYING KNEE Hangman’s head! Bryan brings Hangman to the corner and SLAMS the arm into the post! The ref starts a ring count, Bryan gets in and soaks up more heat. Hangman sits up in a corner, Bryan stands him up and climbs up to rain down punches on the bloody forehead!
Bryan gets all 10 in before the ref counts 4, and Bryan reminds us he has until 5. Bryan digs Hangman’s face into the buckle in the corner and digs his boot in, too! The camera catches the blood flowing from Hangman’s head, and then Bryan BOOTS Hangman down! The ref has to check on Hangman again but Hangman refuses to end this here. Bryan wrenches the arm to hit an ELBOW BREAKER, then again! Fans are rallying and dueling all over again as Bryan wrenches a third time, for a third ELBOW BREAKER! But Hangman fires off forearms with the left! Bryan EuroUppers then runs, but Hangman catches Bryan!
Bryan slips out of the Fall Away to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Bryan has the arms, to CATTLE MUTILATION! Hangman fights up to resist and roll, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bryan lets off quickly. Hangman goes to the apron, Bryan goes out after him with KICKS! Again and again, but then Hangman ducks and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan falls to the floor, clutching his leg! Hangman drags Bryan up to get the leg and RAM it into the post! Hangman refreshes the ring count, and he exposes the railing! Hangman puts Bryan’s leg in the gap and BOOTS the railing! Bryan falls in a heap and Hangman refreshes the count again.
Hangman puts Bryan in the ring, fans are thunderous again as Hangman gets Bryan up, and hits a SHINBREAKER! Back suplex, but Bryan lands on his leg! Bryan’s knee jams, Hangman trips Bryan up and steps through to a FIGURE FOUR! Bryan endures, reaches, rolls the hold, Hangman rolls it through, but Bryan gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan clings to the ropes as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns once again, Bryan drags himself up with ropes while Hangman walks over. Hangman has Bryan’s leg, but Bryan ENZIGURIS! Bryan fires up and shakes his head while fans boo. Bryan brings Hangman up to EuroUpper, but Hangman forearms back! They go back and forth, EuroUpper and forearm, but Bryan gets the edge. Bryan runs, POP-UP- NO, Bryan RANAS through! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan keeps an arm to get the ARMBAR!! Hangman clasps hands quickly to resist, but Bryan CLUBS the grip apart! Hangman turns, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Bryan throws fists, but Hangman deadlifts and POWERBOMBS! But Bryan holds on! And fires off elbows!!
Hangman is fading, but he rolls and gets to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and fans fire back up. Bryan gets his kneepad down to check on that knee, and we see it’s already taped up. Bryan gets Hangman up, and he HEADBUTTS the arm! And then KICKS, and KICKS, and HEADBUTTS it again! Another KICK, and another KICK! But Hangman HEADBUTTS back! Hangman scoops to a gut wrench, TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Texas loves seeing the Deadman’s move but it didn’t finish this off! Again, fans say “This is Awesome!” as Bryan crawls to a corner. Hangman walks over, hoists Bryan up top and CHOPS him!
Bryan headbutts but Hangman CHOPS again! Bryan headbutts again, but Hangman CHOPS again! Hangman climbs up, hoists Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots! Bryan sends Hangman down, then leaps to KNEE the bad arm! Then SHOULDER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bryan bumps Hangman off buckles, hoists him up top and climbs up behind him. Bryan throws elbows into the shoulder, then he stands Hangman up. SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!! Hangman is still in this but Bryan has the arm. Bryan drives more elbows into the shoulder! Bryan then sits on Hangman’s back to PULL the arm back!
But Hangman fights to get the ROPEBREAK! Hangman goes back to the apron, Bryan taunts Hangman and kicks him. Bryan goes back to the apron, he brings Hangman up and Gotch holds, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama lifts, for an APRON DEADEYE!!! Fans are all fired up for “COWBOY SHIT! COWBOY SHIT!” but Hangman hobbles over to drag Bryan up. Bryan crawls away, he knows Hangman wants to win this in the ring. Hangman refreshes the ring count, climbs up the corner again, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES onto the table!!! Bryan avoids disaster and Hangman crashes and burns! Bryan drags Hangman up from the wreckage as AEW goes picture in picture!
Hangman is deadweight, Bryan can’t get him to the ring with one bad leg. Bryan decides to pull up floormats! He ends up throwing one on top of Hangman, but Bryan refreshes the ring count so he has time to loom over Hangman. Bryan slaps Hangman around, drags him over to the bare patch, and DDT’s Hangman to concrete!! Bryan soaks up the heat, refreshes the ring count again, does one-leg jumping jacks, then he drags Hangman up and into the ring. Bryan hobbles back up as AEW goes to another break.
AEW returns yet again and Bryan drags Hangman up in a chinlock. Hangman fights out and waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again, but Hangman gets himself to ropes. Bryan dares him to bring the fight so Hangman heads back that way. Bryan KICKS Hangman, and KICKS him again! Bryan uses the right leg but that costs him! Hangman LARIATS, but the arm isn’t strong enough! Hangman still tries another lariat but Bryan stays up and shakes his head. Hangman tries again, Bryan comes back to BOOT the arm! Then he PENALTY KICKS the elbow! Bryan drags Hangman up, puts him back up top backwards, and climbs up again.
Bryan rains down elbows, punches at the wound again now that it’s clotted, and then he stands Hangman up. SUPER BACK SUPLEX BUT HANGMAN LANDS ON HIS FEET?!?! DISCUS LARIAT!!! Fans are electric as both men are down and a standing count begins! Hangman goes to ropes, Bryan stands up at center, they’re both up at 7. Hangman forearms, Bryan forearms back. Hangman forearms again, but so does Bryan! Hangman ROCKS Bryan with that third one, but Bryan comes back to HEADBUT and HEADBUTT and HEADBUTT! Bryan stands Hangman up to EuroUpper, then he catches the discus, but Hangman victory rolls! TWO, Bryan has it, TWO!
Bryan reels Hangman in, GERMAN SUPLEX, but again Hangman lands on his feet! ROLLING ELBOW! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS back! Hangman ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE from Bryan!! Bryan fire up to BUZZSAW Hangman down! Cover, TWO! This is still going, and there’s only FIVE minutes left in the 60 minute limit! Bryan wants to kick Hangman’s head in, and he gets the arms! DANIELSON STOMPS! Bryan cusses Hangman out then goes to a corner. Bryan aims as Hangman slowly rises, BUSAI- NO! Alabama lift to DEADEYE!! Cover, TWO!?!? HOW?!? But Hangman just fires up and grits his teeth as fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Hangman holds his bad arm, but he says HE is gonna kick Bryan’s head in!! Hangman gets Bryan’s arms, for COWBOY STOMPS! Fans are electric again as Hangman throws off the elbow pad! Hangman goes back to the apron, Bryan rises, slingshot for BUCK- NO! Bryan catches Hangman to the omoplata! LEBELLE LOCK!!! Hangman endures but he can’t even see with the grip on his eyes! Hangman keeps moving around, Bryan throws crossface forearms to keep the crossface hold on! Hangman fights, we’re under a minute left! Hangman CLUBS away on Bryan’s leg, fights back to a cover but Bryan keeps fighting it off! Fans are going nuts, Hangman gets legs!
CATAPULT and Bryan tumbles out of the ring! Bryan skins the cat, Hangman LARIATS Bryan down! Hangman drags himself to the apron, Bryan flounders to his feet, BUCKSHOT!!! BUT TIME’S UP!!!
Time Limit Draw; Hangman retains the AEW World Championship
Bryan was saved by the bell, but he was still going to lose after that shot! Hangman still holds onto his title, but fans want “FIVE MORE MINUTES!” Will we have to wait until some time in the future to see how this one truly ends?
The Elite speak.
Adam Cole says, “Oh, Best Friends. When are you guys gonna learn, when are you idiots, you morons, gonna learn not to mess with the Super Kliq?” And Bobby Fish, of course. Because last week on Dynamite, the Young Bucks destroyed Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor. Then Best Friends at full strength were left laying on Rampage again! The Elite proved the Best Friends cannot hang. It seems that every time they meet, the Elite divide and conquer. Trent made his return, and look how that turned out? Nick Jackson suggests an 8 Man Tag for Rampage!
And then Matt adds, they can up the odds. They take the old 1993 minivan, destroy it, pull Sue out of the seat and SUPERKICK her down. They can end Trent’s mom’s career! Is she a…? Well, she does something for a living so they can end that career. Cole says that sounds like a great idea for a Christmas present. And don’t worry, there won’t be coal in their stocking this year, he promises that for Christmas Dynamite, it’ll be the best gift the Bucks have ever gotten. No spoilers, but they’ll love it. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
Matt Sydal VS Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears!
The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal had quite a lot of different clashes, and one of the bigger was between Sydal and the Pinnacle’s muscle. Will Sydal’s third eye see a way to survive? Or will become another Casualty of Wardlow?
The bell rings, Wardlow and Sydal tie up, and Wardlow throws Sydal to ropes. Sydal KICKS Wardlow’s leg over and over, but Wardlow ducks the roundhouse, only to get hit with the SOBAT! Wardlow still throws Sydal to a corner, but runs into a RANA, that he blocks! Wardlow brings Sydal up, Sydal slips out of the bomb to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROUNDHOUSE! Wardlow just gets mad! Sydal runs, WHEEL KICK, but into a POWERBOMB! Wardlow seethes and fans fire up as he gets Sydal up again! ANOTHER POWERBOMB! Shawn Spears gets the mic to say, “He ain’t getting up, man. Pin him!”
Fans say no, give him “One More Time!” So Wardlow obliges, a THIRD POWERBOMB! Now Wardlow covers, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Spears says, “Wardlow’s world, man!” But Spears adds that they don’t get paid by the hour, Wardlow can just make it a one and done next time. But wait, Spears SMACKS Sydal with the chair over and over! Spears then gets a call from “Maxie!” MJF wants Spears to pass a word along. Wardlow needs to go get the champagne for MJF’s post match victory. Spears will drive, Wardlow will by. They don’t even need to get dressed, Wardlow can just wear his ring gear. The Pinnacle heads out, but how much longer is Wardlow going to endure Maxwell Jacob Friedman treating him as a lackey?
AEW looks at the growing animosity between Tay Conti and Penelope Ford.
Tay says she is sick and tired of the Superbad Girl and her little Bunny running around with those brass knuckles. Maybe Ford can get in the ring with a real blackbelt in a Submission match? Ford says Conti wants a match where pins don’t matter? That’s fine, because she has the Muta Lock, and she has used it on a number of “hussies.” Ford doesn’t need the knuckles to win. She’ll leave that at home. Conti says she’ll make Ford tap out, just like this. “See you at Rampage, bitch!”
Malakai Black speaks.
“What makes a house strong? Is it the foundation? The bricks, the mortar? Or perhaps, the people that reside within it are the bricks, the mortar, the foundation. But even that foundation needs ideals. Ideals such as understanding that human nature is violent, and therefore accepting violence as as a part of who you are is key. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. There isn’t a more destructive species on this earth that is so intentionally cruel to one another than the human race. So why be in denial about it? Understand that your past is not a crutch, it is an arrow, and it’s biggest teacher is apathy.
“And therefore I will not question the teachings that The House bestows upon me but see it as a blessing, no matter how destructive. Understand that this can only be done by placing the house before everything and everyone else. And understand that not everyone will understand the teachings you bestow upon others. That through agony, the House will make them stronger. The House is bigger than you, the House is bigger than them. But lastly, the House always wins. Now your soul is worth more than a king.” Just who did Malakai convert tonight? Who else will he look to add to the House of Black?
Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb!
The first time these two met, the Full Metal Warrior was denied her 50th win. But in the rematch during the TBS Championship Tournament, Shida redeemed herself, hit that benchmark, and moved on to the next round. But the Woman of 1000 Holds couldn’t stand that, and so she made sure Shida didn’t make it past Nyla Rose. Will Deeb make sure Shida loses to her again? Or will will Shida make “The Professor of Professional Wrestling” wish she’d gone on winter break?
The moment Shida’s on the apron for her entrance, Deeb attacks! Shida throws her kendo stick at Deeb, rushes the ring, and the bell rings! Deeb jumps onto Shida but Shida brings her down fore forearms! Deeb turns it around, gives back some ground ‘n’ pound, but Shida turns it back around! Deeb gets away, goes to a corner, Shida fires off haymakers! Deeb turns things around to stomp away! Shida turns it back around, climbs up to rain down more fists, and fans fire up as Shida dropkicks as she lets off! Fans fire up with Shida and she drags Deeb back up. Shida whips corner to corner, runs in but Deeb puts her on the apron.
Shida ducks to ROCK Deeb, then climbs the ropes to CORSSBODY! Cover, Deeb rolls through and has the leg, TRAILER HITCH! Shida gets the ROPEBREAK, Deeb lets go at 4. Shida hobbles, Deeb EuroUppers her into the corner! And again! Deeb brings Shida around, EuroUppers again, but Shida shoves her away and dropkicks her down! Shida runs corner to corner but Deeb slips out! Knee hits buckles, then Deeb trips Shida to drag her into the corner! Deeb SLAMS Shida’s leg on the steel steps! Then Deebp ties the leg sup, and has a HANGING FIGURE FOUR! The ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4, and AEW goes picture in picture!
Deeb soaks up the heat as she goes to the apron. Deeb drags Shida up at the ropes, brings her in and turns her, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Shida flops down and Deeb covers, TWO! Deeb gets the leg, stomps away on the bad leg, then steps over and rolls to THROW Shida into a HEEL HOOK! Shida throws haymakers but Deeb cranks the foot! Shida crawls, drags Deeb along, and she gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb won’t let go, Shida stomps her with the free leg, but Deeb lets go as the ref counts 4. Deeb scowls at the fans, drags Shida up and snapmares to then scrape her sole on Shida’s face! Deeb gets the bad leg and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS it!
Deeb uses the bad leg to turn Shida over, then ties up the legs in a deathlock! Deeb soaks up the heat as she stands there, and then she falls back to JAM the legs! Shida writhes, Deeb drags her up. Deeb hooks Shida up and has the cobra twist! Shida endures as Deeb thrashes her around, and she hip tosses free! AEW returns to single picture, Deeb EuroUppers but Shida catches that to spin Deeb for forearm after forearm! Shida fires off on Deeb, shoves the ref away and keeps after Deeb! The ref reprimands, Shida lets off but is still fired up! Fans fire up with Shida, and she drags Deeb up from the ropes to whip. Deeb reverses, kicks the bad leg and runs, into an ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Shida drags Deeb up, suplexes, and SLAMS Deeb down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Shida goes to the corner and climbs, but Deeb turns her around and CLUBS her on the back! Shida is in the Tree of Woe, Deeb goes up top! Deeb has a HANGING HALF CRAB! The ref counts, Deeb lets go at 4 and Shida flops down. Deeb hops down to then kick at Shida. Fans rally up, Deeb goes out to the apron and peels off cover on the middle crossbar. Deeb brings Shida through, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER to the bar! Shida flops down, Deeb drags her in and gets her up, POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Shida survives, but Deeb drives in knee after knee into the shoulders!
LAST CHANCERY! Deeb uses another of her 1000 holds, but Shida fights her way over! Shida reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quickly but she is seething! Deeb drags Shida up, facelock and TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And another! But Shida hits a FALCON ARROW! Both women are down, a standing count begins. Both women sit up at 4, then stand at 5. Shida fires forearms, but Deeb shoves. Shida AX KICKS! Then Shida reels Deeb in, Canadian rack, but Deeb slips off to backslide. Shida rolls through, Deeb reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms but Shida powers out! Deeb sunset flips, Shida rolls it to sit, but Deeb rolls through to HALF CRAB!!
Shida endures, drags herself over but Deeb drags her from ropes! Deeb sits deep on the leg but Shida powers up and turns over! Shida SLAPS away on Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS back! Deeb lets the leg go, then goes to the corner. Deeb pulls off a buckle pad! This isn’t very technical of Deeb but she just wants to hurt Shida! Shida blocks the buckle bump, elbows Deeb away, but Deeb runs in! Deeb avoids the buckle but Shida rolls her! TWO and Deeb sits on it, TWO! Deeb runs in, Shida avoids her and again Deeb avoids the bare buckle! Deeb ducks the roundhouse, trips, but Shida BOOTS Deeb into the buckle! Shida gets the jackknife bridge with one leg, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
Deeb’s desire to destroy Shida is what brought her own downfall! Will Shida use this huge win to get back towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Tony Schiavone interviews the Varsity Blonds.
Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison are still upset after last week, when Malakai Black hit Julia Hart with the black mist! How is she doing? Griff says she isn’t here, obviously! Malakai ruined their celebration, he attacked Julia and left her screaming and crying. Then Malakai disappears in the dark. Real big man, isn’t he? Malakai might be intimidating, but he’s a coward. Griff promises to bring the fight to Malakai! BPJ wants Griff to calm down, he’s letting Malakai get in his head. This is what Malakai wants. What? Whose side are you on? Julia’s like their sister! If BPJ isn’t gonna fight the fight, Griff will! Griff dares Malakai to show up next week so he can break Malakai’s jaw!
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, Garcia, 2point0, I’m really tired of this. You guys are just in my way. Mox is not here, I can’t tag with him. You guys jumped my boy, Monkey, AKA Ortiz, so guess what? It’s gonna be me, PNP, my best friend, Penta, and his brother, Fenix, against you three, and whoever you guys pick.” Kingston doesn’t care! As for Garcia himself, that ugly little man, Kingston’s coming after him especially. 10 Man Tag for Rampage, “let’s do it, boys! Don’t be scared.”
Dynamite Diamond Ring Final: MJF VS Dante Martin!
For the last two years, the Salt of the Earth has had this very valuable trump card in his back pocket, and he’s looking for a threepeat! Can he stay the perennial Dynamite Diamond Ringbearer? Or will Angel Dorado look to take that ice off MJF’s hands?
MJF struts down the ramp, gets in the face of some fans, and as they talk some smack to him, he snatches one guy’s hat away! MJF has a mic and has them cut his music. “This place is a goddamn dump!” Fans already chant, “You Suck!” but he tells Texas that their daughters swallow. Does Texas have a problem with MJF? Maybe they’d like him if he was more like them: anti-education and pro-incest. How about they keep their redneck mouths shut while he’s on the mic? MJF then calls out CM Punk and tells him, “You’ve got the balls to say all I do is go for low hanging fruit?
“That’s cool. Well, CM Punk, the second he got nervous last week, the best thing he could come up with was, ‘Um, uh, duh… Your local sports team sucks’ for ten straight minutes! So high brow, CM, I can’t see how you think of this stuff.” MJF especially loved the part where Punk said MJF needs to face him like a man so that Punk can move on to become world champion. Interesting. MJF didn’t realize an undefeated streak in underwhelming matches against underwhelming opponents made someone championship material. MJF thought that just made Punk the new Ryback. MJF deserves a title shot because he beat Hangman, just like he’ll beat Dante!
Speaking of Dante, he’s very talented but in a lot of trouble. Dante may be a great athlete, but MJF ain’t Punk. He won’t stand here and pretend he cares about the younger talent. He doesn’t give a damn. It’s easy to forget MJF is a top talent in the industry and yet he was only born in 1996. He’s the only top talent that’s young that matters. And he’s about to be a THREE-TIME Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. Dante has the charisma and verbal ability of Helen Keller on Quaaludes, but MJF could beat him with a headlock takeover. MJF doesn’t claim to be the best in the world, he just IS. Mic drop and now Dante gets to make his entrance.
The bell rings and MJF gets the headlock takeover! Cover, TWO! Dante kips up and MJF scrambles away. Fans taunt MJF but MJF tells them to shut up. MJF kicks Dante, headlocks, but Dante powers out. MJF stomps Dante’s drop down, then struts about. Dante comes up behind MJF to SLAP him! MJF goes to slap back but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off hands! Dante headlocks, MJF stomps a foot and gets the headlock. Dante powers out, MJF runs him over! Fans fire up for Dante, things speed up, Dante hurdles and hurdles and Monkey Flips! MJF gets up into a dropkick! Dante hits ROLLING THUNDER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives those knees in his face but fans fire up!
Dante goes to a corner, springboards but MJF bails out! MJF denies the Nosedive Quebrada, but Dante just builds speed. MJF hurries around the corner to deny Dante a tope, so Dante goes out and around the way. MJF wants Dante to cool off, they get in the ring, but Dante avoids the elbow drop! Dante springboards again, but MJF shoves Dante down! Dante crashes into railing and MJF takes time to check his face in the ring. MJF goes out after Dante, brings Dante up and hammerlocks an arm, to RAM that arm into railing! MJF then soaks up all the heat form the fans, and even dares the front row to do something while AEW goes picture in picture.
MJF puts Dante in the ring, drags him up to wrench and WRING the arm out, then MJF smirks as he paces. MJF gets Dante’s arm, stands on the hand, and then pretends he can’t hear the fans. MJF STOMPS the hand! Dante clutches the fingers, MJF talks trash to the fans, but Dante throws body shots and haymakers! Dante ROCKS MJF with forearms, but MJF throws Dante down by his hair! Cover, TWO! MJF bends Dante’s fingers, then BITES one! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and Dante writhes again. MJF looms over Dante, Dante gets to ropes and hits back with more forearms. MJF rakes Dante’s eyes! MJF puts Dante in a corner, the ref counts, and MJF lets off.
MJF snapmares Dante to KNEE the bad arm. MJF drags Dante around, mounts the arm and makes lewd gestures before he JAMS the shoulder! MJF snapmares Dante, cranks the armlock, and Dante endures as MJF leans all his weight on him. Dante fights up, AEW returns to single picture, but MJF knees low. MJF tucks Dante’s arm into his tights, gets him up, but Dante fights free and moves around to victory roll! TWO, and Dante springboards to hop back, spin around, but MJF POWERBOMBS! MJF has his feet on the ropes in the high stack! The ref sees that and kicks MJF’s legs down! MJF is seething but fans fire up for the ref!
MJF puts Dante in a corner, hoists him up top, and then MJF climbs up. MJF wrenches Dante’s arm, but Dante headbutts MJF down! Dante gets up and springboards to missile dropkick MJF down! Both men are down, the standing count starts, and fans rally up for Dante! Dante gets to the apron, MJF storms over but into a BOOT! Dante triangle jumps, jumps over MJF then bait shim in to jump again! Dante builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes MJF! Dante puts MJF in, but MJF bails back out. So Dante JUMPS the corner to hit MJF with the tope conjilo! Dante puts MJF in, MJF rolls all the way out. So Dante gets in and FOSBURY FLOPS! Down goes MJF again!
Dante puts MJF back in, sees him already rolling back out, so fans want to see another! Dante goes up onto the rope to SHOOTING STAR PRESSE! He almost overshoots MJF but he gets enough of MJF to take him down! Fans are thunderous and losing their minds, and Dante finally as MJF in the ring. Dante DECKS MJF with a forearm, then another! MJF flounders, Dante goes to the corner and tries again. Still no Nosedive as MJF walks away. Dante ROCKS MJF with an uppercut! Dante climbs up to rain down fists on MJF! MJF stops him at 9, Dante lands on his feet out of the shove and CALF KICKS in the corner!
MJF blocks the whip, wrenches, whips but Dante goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO! Dante backslides, TWO! Dante schoolboys, TWO! Cradle, TWO! MJF hits the headlock takeover, TWO! Dante headscissors, MJF kips free, but Dante ducks the punch to sunset flip! TWO! MJF sits on it, TWO! Dante has the sunset, TWO! MJF high stacks, TWO and Dante throws MJF away. Dante hits the headlock takeover! TWO and MJF has the cover, TWO! Dante again, TWO! MJF again, TWO! They keep going back and forth, MJF headscissors but Dante jackknifes, TWO! Bridge and turn, MJF SIT-OU TPOWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Dante flops out.
MJF goes out after Dante, puts him in the ring, and MJF flips off the fans. Dante slingshots MFJ in! Dante then goes back outside, triangle jump, NOSEDIVE!! Cover, but RICKY STARKS helps MJF get the ropebreak?! Team Taz is screwing Dante over because he got one over on them! Starks hurries off, Dante brings MJF up but MJF gets the FUJIWARA! SALT OF THE EARTH!! Dante taps, MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion)
FTR appears to celebrate with their leader as he still has the ring on his finger. They hoist him up but Texas boos. But then the lights go out! And when they come back up, it’s STIIIIIIING! And Darby, too! They attack FTR for the attack last week! Dax throw s hands but Sting throws knees while Darby clobbers Cash! MJF gets back in to LOW BLOW Sting! MJF tackles Darby, he and Cash mug Darby! Fans chant for him, here comes CM PUNK!! Punk has the bat, a la Sting! Punk gets in, The Pinnacle runs away! Fans sing Cult of Personality as Punk hands Sting the bat.
Punk then gets the mic to say, “You don’t wanna do it one on one in Texas? Next week, you wanna bring your friends? That’s fine, because I’m bringing mine, and that’s the match! Deal with it!” Punk, Darby & Sting against MJF & FTR in a Six Man Tag?!? Now THAT is a Holiday Bash! But will the Best in the World, the Relentless One and the Icon be able to bash in Max, Dax & Cash for a black ‘n’ blue Christmas?
What an awesome episode! And now I see why only four matches were made: the world title match was HALF THE SHOW! That was an epic match, I did not think they’d pull another Bryan Danielson time limit draw on us but that was actually rather clever. Neither Hangman nor Bryan wins or loses, and I am very sure Battle of the Belts is a rematch of Hangman VS Bryan to settle things going into the new year and the change to TBS. We got a good promo from The Elite to give us the 8 Man Tag I was hoping for, and we also got a great promo from Kingston to give us a surprising 10 Man Tag of him, Santana, Ortiz & Lucha Brothers against Garcia, 2point0, and mystery partners. Those last two could literally be any Heel team in AEW and they’d all be great choices.
We got a very good vignette from Malakai Black and good response promo from the Varsity Blonds. Griff being gung-ho to fight Malakai is definitely going to get him beat. Malakai’s video implies he could be creating a faction, which I think would be a great move given how many people AEW has running around. That person he sprayed with mist could be kayfabed into just about anyone, I hope we get someone we’ve seen a lot of on Dark or Elevation get their chance here. That way, Malakai can take on both Varsity Blonds in a tag match with his team, and take on other factions that AEW has running around.
Wardlow of course won against Sydal but I like that Shawn Spears wanted him to hold back just on how it’s a waste of time pulverizing someone. Wardlow could’ve shown a bit more reluctance or annoyance at being told to go get champagne for MJF, but they’re slowly building towards the day Wardlow finally tells MJF to shove it and he leaves The Pinnacle. Shida VS Deeb was a great tiebreaker match, though I do find it interesting it came down to a bare buckle making the difference. For all we know, this could build into a best of 7, winner challenges a champion at Revolution or something. Either way, Shida could win the series and be primed as a top challenger.
A weird choice is making Conti VS Ford a Submission match. Conti has legit submission skills from judo, and proved her ability to fight off a submission in her match against Britt Baker. But Ford? Literally just the Muta Lock. Pretty sure Conti wins that to also prime herself for a title opportunity against the TBS Champion, who will probably be Jade. Surprised there were no vignettes for that tournament, but maybe there just wasn’t time after the hour long world title match. Maybe we can actually get both of those matches on the same night to get the TBS Championship Finals on the TBS debut.
The Dynamite Diamond Ring match in the main event was great stuff. MJF showed ring IQ by avoiding Dante’s finisher again and again, but then Dante got to show off agility and stamina by hitting all those different high-flyer moves. I should’ve seen Ricky Starks screwing Dante over on behalf of Team Taz, and I really want to see Starks VS Dante for the FTW Championship. And we got a great brawl to close out the night and set up a Six Man Tag for Holiday Bash. I’m pretty sure one of the FTR guys takes the pin so Punk, Darby & Sting stay strong going into the separate blow-offs.
My Score: 9.3/10
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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