Everything really IS bigger in Texas!
This might be the biggest card AEW Rampage has ever had! An 8 Man, a 10 Man, and then a Women’s Submissions Match! Oh, and Dan Lambert…
- 8 Man Tag: Bobby Fish & The Super Kliq VS Orange Cassidy, Rocky Romero & Best Friends; Cassidy, Romero & Best Friends win.
- Submission Match: Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford; Conti wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, The Lucha Brothers, Santana & Ortiz VS Daniel Garcia, 2point0 & The Acclaimed; Garcia, 2point0 & The Acclaimed win.
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8 Man Tag: Bobby Fish & The Super Kliq VS Orange Cassidy, Rocky Romero & Best Friends!
The Infamous One, Adam Cole & The Young Bucks already decimated Freshly Squeezed, Chuckie T & Trent last week, along with Wheeler Yuta, but now things are a little different! Will the return of Azucar make it so Chaos stands tall in Dallas? Or will even the BOOM be bigger in Texas, BAYBAY?
The teams sort out, Matt Jackson starts against the Kentucky Gentleman. Chuck and Matt circle, fans rally up, and Matt kicks low! Matt throws hands, throat chops Chuck to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Matt runs in but Chuck goes up and over to swing, but into a back suplex! Chuck lands out of it to elbow Matt down, goes up and flap his wings, MOONSAULT! Chuck lands on his feet as Matt moves, but he catches Matt for a SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO! Chuck DECKS Nick as he mouths off, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Chuck holds ropes and Rocky tags in. Chuck BOOTS, Rocky RANAS! Rocky sees Fish coming and they start throwing forearms!
Fish ROCKS Rocky then spins him for a strike fest! Rocky ducks a roundhouse but gets a mule kick. Rocky atomic drops and dropkicks Fish down! Tag to Cassidy! Fans fire up, Rocky CHOPS Fish, then he and Cassidy double whip! Rocky runs in to lariat, and again, and again, before Cassidy gets there to feed Fish to a LARIAT! Cassidy covers, ONE! Cassidy is surprised, Cole tags in! Fans want to see this one and they are thunderous already! Cole talks trash to Cassidy as he paces but Cassidy just watches him. Cole mock Cassidy by putting his hands by his waistband, then tags in Nick. Cassidy raises his hands, but Nick kicks low!
Nick knuckle locks and wrenches to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Nick gets the knuckle lock again to wrench, but he has to stop the other hand from going into a pocket! Cassidy uses that to go up, up, strut on the tightrope, fake Nick out, and put his hand in his pocket! Nick brings Cassidy down but Nick gets around to ripcord! Hands in pockets, things speed up, Cassidy leaps over and bypasses to NO-HAND ARM-DRAG! And then hurdle and monkey flip! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up! But Cole CLOBBERS Cassidy! The others BLAST the Best Friends off the apron and Cole stomps away on Cassidy! Cole goes out, the Bucks keep the Best Friends down.
Matt RAMS Chuck into railing, then the Bucks set Trent up to put one out! Cole helps out, TRIPLEE POWERBOMB to the apron!! Trent falls, the Super Kliq regroup. Nick tags Cole in, then Cole tags Matt. The Super Kliq all take corners, and mock the Best Friends to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans boo but the Super Kliq soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt drops a knee, then punches Cassidy down for more stomps. Matt digs his foot into Cassidy’s neck but lets off as the ref reprimands. Matt mocks the fans, drags Cassidy up, and gives him a hip attack Tag to Fish, Fish drags Cassidy up to clinch and throw knees. Fish BOOTS Cassidy into a corner, then fires off haymakers and body shots and kicks! Fish has a leg to DRAGON SCREW! And SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cassidy escapes that deep hook, but Fish drags Cassidy up to snapmare near ropes. Fish goes up and out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish tags Matt in and Matt drags Cassidy up to whip into the corner.
Rampage returns to single picture as Matt BLASTS Trent off the apron! Matt and Nick coordinate, FOREARM KICK COMBO! Scoop SLAM, tag to Nick, and Nick goes up. The Bucks mock Cassidy, before the MOONSAULT SPLASH COMBO! Cover, Rocky and Chuck break it! Nick tags Cole, Cole drags Cassidy into the camel clutch! The Bucks run side to side but Chuck and Rocky drag them out! Cassidy snapmares, and he gives Cole the kiss on the cheek! Ghost pin, TWO! Cole CLOBBERS Cassidy, then runs in at the corner. Cassidy BOOTS Cole, BUMPS Fish off buckles, then leaps over Cole, only for the Bucks to trip everyone off the apron! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!
Cole hops up the corner, leaps, but no Panama Sunrise, only a back drop! Cole crawls, Cassidy sees Trent, and tags him in! Fans fire up as Trent rallies on the Super Kliq! HALF ‘N’ HALF for Matt! Trent shoves Cole into Nick, then DOUBLE LARIATS them down! Trent sees Cole on the apron and gives him a SENTON! Trent SPEARS Fish! And BACK DROPS Brandon Cutler! Trent climbs a corner and SPLASHES Nick while he’s standing! Cover, TWO! Trent drags Nick up, CHOPS him, then runs. Nick ROUNDHOUSES, but Rocky gets in, ROPPONGI KNEES! Trent and Rocky coordinate, they hang Nick out to dry and Rocky missile dropkicks, Trent SLIDING KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Nick survives but Roppongi Vice are ready! Only for Matt to drag Rocky out and RAM him into steps! Trent DECKS Matt, runs but Chuck wants him to wait! They HUT! GOT to give the people what they want! They get Cole for SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent helps Chuck FLY to take out Fish and Matt! Nick dodges Trent, runs in but into a BOOT! Trent goes up, Nick trips him up! Trent hits off buckles and Nick tags Matt. Matt tags Cole, the Super Kliq coordinate. Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, FOREARM and feed, to Cole’s suplex. DOUBLE SUPERKICK GHOSTBUSTER COMBO!! Fish is up top, Cole tags him in! DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!?!
Fish and the Super Kliq are shocked! They drag Trent back up, hoist him up top, Nick SUPERKICKS Rocky! Chuck gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fish goes up top to get Trent, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Cassidy breaks it!! Fans fire up and Cassidy takes off the armband! Fish stands, but Cole BOOTS Cassidy first! Rocky dodges Cole’s boot, Cole blocks the kick and ducks the enziguri but the HEEL KICK gets him! Rocky builds speed, and DIVES to take out Cole! But Matt WRECKS Rocky, skins the cat, and Nick FLIES to take out Chuck and Rocky! Matt is all fired up, but he turns around into an ORANGE PUNCH! And then a SPRINGBOARD SWANTON from Cassidy to everyone!!
Fans are going nuts as Trent ducks Fish to backslide. Fish rolls through, but into the Alabama! Trent tucks him in, for the CRUNCHY!! Cover, Trent and team wins!!
Winners: Orange Cassidy, Rocky Romero & Best Friends, by pinfall
What a return for Trent! And of course, they group hug! Will Best Friends return to the top and finally go for the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
AEW returns and Dan Lambert is in the ring.
He and The Men of the Year, Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, are here, and Lambert knows how the fans feel. Standing in front of all these “douchebags” is the last thing Lambert wants to be doing. But he wouldn’t let “Tony Conman” and Cody Rhodes screw his guys out of what they’ve earned. Why does everyone suck up to Tony Khan? Oooh~, he wears all these hats, between AEW and the Jacksonville Jaguars and that stupid soccer thing he does. Fans call Lambert an A-Hole but Lambert says it’s easy for Tony to wear multiple hats when he’s two-faced and talks out both sides of his mouth!
Like when he started AEW and said he was a fan first and foremost, so that booking would be made on merit, not friendships or politics. And like any good conman, or politician, he delivered on those promises to start to gain people’s trust. He pushed the weirdo on the skateboard, the hands-in-his-pockets guy, and even “Lil’ Sammy.” Tony brought in Bryan and Punk. But while he dangled the carrot with one hand, the other hand stabbed us in the back as he handed title shots to friends and EVPs like Cody Rhodes! Mark Lambert’s words! They’re turning this into a late 90s WCW, and Tony is becoming what he hated most about this business!
“Now speaking of Cody Rhodes, has there ever been anybody in the history of the business better at parlaying backstage relationships into title matches? Into main events? Into fame and fortune? Hell, into a primetime reality show that absolutely SUCKS! Does anyone even watch that thing?!” But speaking of Cody, here he comes! Fans aren’t sure who to boo more during Cody’s long entrance. Cody gets in the ring and the Men of the Year mockingly welcome him to take centerstage. Cody snatches the mic from Lambert! Lambert snatches it back! So Cody snatches it again! But then Lambert takes it back again! And then back to Cody. Then Cody just attacks Ethan!
The Men of the Year have the 2v1 advantage, but here comes DUSTIN! Cody’s brother fights off Ethan & Scorpio with big uppercuts, then dares Lambert to man up! Lambert just suckers Dustin in so Ethan & Scorpio can go after the Rhodes boys! Lambert applauds, but here comes SAMMY GUEVARA! The TNT Champion ROCKS Scorpio, GAMANGIRIS Ethan, then springboards in to FLYING CUTTER on Scorpio! Clothesline for Ethan, the Spanish God has Texas on his side! And Sammy nods to Cody, their title match is coming next Saturday! Will Sammy be dreaming of a gold Christmas? Or will the holidays be an American Nightmare for him?
AEW looks closer at the TBS Championship Semifinals.
Thunder Rosa says the next time she sees Jade Cargill in the ring, she will be coming for blood. Jade says Rosa just sounds jealous that Jade’s done more in one year than Rosa’s done in five. As for Ruby Soho, she knows she is the only one left that didn’t have a first round bye. She knows that when she holds that TBS Championship above her head, it’ll be because she earned it! But Nyla Rose says that when they meet up, that “grand” opportunity will just be blown. Ruby Soho, Destination Unknown? Nyla knows where she’s going: THE TRASH! Who survives to go on the championship finals in the New Year?
Submission Match: Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Penelope Ford w/ The Bunny!
The Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty knows a thing or two about submissions, but the Superbad Girl says she only needs one. Will Ford make it one and done? Or will Conti show Ford why she has all those martial arts belts?
The second Conti gets in, Ford rushes her! But Conti dodges, to then trip Ford up and fire off forearms and fists! The ref wants Conti to back off, and Conti lets Ford get to a corner. The bell rings, Conti runs in to BOOT! Then Conti goes side to side, but Ford avoids it to throw Conti by her hair! Ford gets a leg, but Conti kicks free with the other! Conti rolls Ford to a HEEL HOOK! Ford endures, crawls over, and she gets help from Bunny to get the ropebreak! The ref reprimands Bunny, but Conti still lets go. Conti WRECKS Ford with a dropkick, then goes out after her. Fans fire up, Conti gets Ford up but Ford POSTS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her!
Conti ducks and Ford CHOPS post! Conti snarls and she gets in the ring to hit an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Ford resists as best she can with a bad hand! Conti pulls, Ford’s foot gets the ROPEBREAK! Conti lets go, but she keeps cool as fans fire up. Conti runs in but Ford YANKS her into ropes! Conti staggers, Ford runs corner to corner and manages to handspring, into DOUBLE KNEES! Conti goes up the corner, and catches Ford for a headscissors and TRIANGLE HOLD! Ford stays up, turns Conti over and has the legs! Ford ties up the legs for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow STF! Conti fights with elbows, rolls Ford to the crucifix cradle, but not for a pin! She drives in ELBOWS!
Ford guards as best she can but Conti shifts around. Conti traps one arm, then the other, RECLINER ARMBAR! Bunny distracts the ref! Conti swipes at Bunny and Jay is there! Bunny backs off, Conti runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Conti grabs Ford for a chinlock! Conti climbs the ropes for a HANGMAN’S SLEEPER! Ford gets up, Conti moves around, shifts her grip, flips over and carries Ford out, but Ford turns that into a BACKPACK DRAGON SLEEPER! Seems Ford knows more holds than she let on! Conti resists, Ford shifts it to more of an Octopus! Conti powers out but Ford makes it a BACKBREAKER! And another! And another!
Ford has a backbreaker rack with a head ‘n’ arm clinch. But Conti throws knee after knee and is free! Conti runs, Ford dodges, handspring STUNNER! And roll back into a BRIDGING CRAVAT! Conti gets the ROPEBREAK! Ford lets go, kicks Conti around, almost toying with her. Ford stands Conti up, Conti ROCKS Ford with a forearm! And a BOOT! Ford forearms back but Conti boots, but Ford blocks to HEEL KICK! Ford runs, wheelbarrows, but Conti sits her down! Body scissors to a leg hook half nelson and CROSSFACE! Whatever this is, Ford can’t withstand it and she TAPS! Conti wins!
Winner: Tay Conti
Conti lets Ford go, that was one wicked chokehold! But Bunny DECKS her with brass knuckles!! But Jay rushes in with a CHAIR! Bunny and Ford run off, is this grudge far from over?
AEW announces the Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments!
There will be both a Men’s and Women’s Owen Hart Memorial Cup, starting in May and culminating at Double Or Nothing 2022! More on when “The Owen” begins during the Holiday Bash!
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers.
Eddie Kingston stands with his friends, Santana, Ortiz, Penta & Fenix, while it seems 2point0 & Daniel Garcia got The Acclaimed to join them. Henry says Garcia & 2point0 insist on going after Eddie Kingston. How is this going to end? Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen!” Jeff Parker has Caster wait until their entrances. But obviously there is a plan. Before getting to that, let’s enjoy the early Christmas miracle: Kingston found people who can tolerate him! Kingston is already tired of the talk and he walks off camera. Matt Lee says Kingston can’t take the heat! Never could, never will! They’ve given Kingston just a taste each time. But tonight, Kingston and his guys get the whole meal!
Anthony Bowens mocks Alex Abrahantes by saying, “Penta says EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed!” Kingston returns to ask if they’re done. No, they’re not! Kingston doesn’t want to do this. His team’s gonna beat their asses. Henry, do your thing, the “Time for the main event” and all that jazz. Henry says there has been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event! Will 2point0, Garcia & The Acclaimed all be eating their words tonight?
10 Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, The Lucha Brothers, Santana & Ortiz VS Daniel Garcia, 2point0 & The Acclaimed!
Rampage returns as Kingston leads his team to the ring. Then Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lead the way for their team so that Platinum Max can get his diss rap in. “The Acclaimed, we gonna take you away. We like the CIA and you JFK. Oh, jeez.” Kingston’s team attacks them at the ramp! It’s a brawl and Dallas is loving it! Kingston headbutts Garcia, Santana & Ortiz throw 2point0 around while the Lucha Bros are after the Acclaimed. Fenix throws Caster into railing, Ortiz sends Matt Lee into railing, then CHOPS! Santana scoops and SLAMS Jeff Parker! Fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” as Penta POSTS Caster! Kingston sends Garcia into steps, Ortiz and Matt are brawling!
Penta CHOPS Caster against railing and fans fire up! Garcia goes after Ortiz, Kingston DECKS Parker. Santana stands on Bowens, Ortiz snap suplexes Garcia while Penta KICKS Matt! Penta gets in the ring with Caster and the match finally starts! Penta has the fans rallying with “CERO! MIEDO!” Kingston gets a chair but the ref stops him, this is not a No Disqualification 10 Man! Penta and Caster approach, Penta says CERO MIEDO right to Caster’s face! Caster forearms, Penta CHOPS! Caster CHPOS, Penta CHOPS! Caster CHOPS, Penta KICKS! Penta whips Caster to the corner and GAMANGIRIS!
Fenix tags in, feed to a BOOT, SUPERKICK and then ripcord, ROUNDHOUSE SUPERKICK COMBO! Uno, dos, tres, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Penta and Fenix combine, victory roll SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fenix stares down 2point0 and team, fans rally for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Fenix CHOPS Caster in the corner! Fenix brings Caster around, “ANIMO!” But Caster suplexes first! Fenix knees free then tags in Ortiz! Bowens tags in but Ortiz trips Bowens up! Tag to Santana, PNP double whip Bowens to then turn it around, atomic drop, LARIAT and DDT! Step-up MOONSAULT! Santana double guns and fans are fired up again! Santana CHOPS Bowens and AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana snap suplexes Bowens, Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Tag to Ortiz, they double suplex for THREE AMIGOS! Or is that four? Ortiz shouts out Latino Heat with the shoulder shimmy, then he wrenches an arm to tag in Kingston! Kingston stands Bowens up to MACHINE GUN CHOP in the corner! Bowens sits down, so Kingston MACHINE GUN CHOPS on the bottom rope! Kingston hits a GOURD BUSTER, then sits Bowens up with a fish hook in the face. Tag to Ortiz, he Oklahoma Rolls, but 2point0 and Garcia break it up! Then they go after the rest of the team! It’s more bedlam outside, Parker DECKS Ortiz on his way back to his corner.
Caster whips Fenix hard into railing! Bowens CHOPS Ortiz to the corner, tags in Caster, and The Acclaimed coordinate. Torture rack dropkick SLAM! Cover, TWO! Caster drags Ortiz over, Parker tags in and they mug Ortiz. Parker scrapes his laces off Ortiz’s face, then he kicks at Santana! Santana gets in but that distract the ref so he misses Lee and Garcia going after Ortiz. But Ortiz goes right after them! Caster anchors Ortiz’s foot, Parker CLUBS Ortiz then whips him to ropes. Ortiz goes up and over and hot tags Santana! Santana BOOTS Garcia, CLOBBERS Parker, then fires off fast hands! Parker powers Santana to ropes, Lee tags in and trips Santana up to drag him out!
Lee bumps Santana off the apron, then sets him up for Garcia’s DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Lee soaks up the heat, but then Kingston and Ortiz go after him and Garcia! It’s chaos on the outside again! Caster uses a fan’s sign to smother Kingston! The ref sorts out the madness and the teams back off. Lee puts Santana in, tags Parker, and 2point0 double whip. Rampage returns to single picture as Santana goes up and over, reels both 2point0 in, and then somersaults back to cravat. They power out but get a DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Hot tag to Penta! SLINGBLADE for Parker! SLINGBLADE for Lee! Garcia tags in but gets a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Penta BLASTS Bowens off the apron but Caster gets in and shoves Penta! Penta SUPERKICKS back! Fenix tags in to TIGHTROPE KICK! Fenix fires off kicks on 2point0, ROUNDHOUSE and SUPERKICK! Garcia gets in, Fenix dodges and SOBATS! Fenix rolls Garcia out to then go up and up and TORNILLO SPLASH! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Bowens whips Fenix to ropes, Fenix Tiger Feints to HEEL KICK! Hot tag to Kingston! The Mad King has Dallas fired up as he CHOPS Garcia! But 2point0 drag Kingston out to mug him! The Lucha Brothers FLY out to take 2point0 down! Bowens DECKS Kingston! Ortiz boots Bowens but Bowens fires off the 5 Tool Combination!
Santana gets in to SUPERMAN PUNCH Bowens, then PILEDRIVER! Caster CROSSBODIES, but Kingston returns! EXPLODER for Caster! Garcia SLAPS Kingston, Kingston fires off palm strikes! URA- NO! Garcia ducks to roll Kingston with tights!! Garcia’s team wins?!?
Winners: Daniel Garcia, 2point0 & The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But they won’t stop even there! Garcia & 2point0 mug Kingston! Bowens gets in with his 5 Tool Boombox, Caster adds his chain to it! 2point0 gets Kingston up, FULL METAL BOOMBOX SHOT! But here come Jurassic Express!! From the crowd! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus, and even Christian Cage, attack and send everyone out! Caster sees he’s alone, he gets a BOOT from Luchasaurus! But now we’ve got the top contenders and the AEW World Tag Team Champions in the ring. JB gives the Lucha Brothers their belts, and then offers a handshake. Fenix & Penta accept the sign of respect. But will respect matter once the belts are on the line?
Meanwhile, Kingston chases Garcia & 2point0 to the back! Is this only the start of a war between the Mad King and these three snakes?
A very good Rampage, and I must say, the Submission Match went better than I expected. I didn’t think Ford was going to be able to do as much, but she definitely surprised me with having a few other moves. Though, I still feel like she wasn’t as sharp as she could’ve been on some of those. That bridging cravat was probably supposed to be a fully rolled back dragon sleeper. Conti winning was the right call, and wow Bunny with that sucker punch. I wonder if Bunny VS Jay will be a No Disqualification match to be different from the match here tonight. And we got a very good group vignette to hype up the TBS Championship tournament matches, but I’m still betting on Jade VS Ruby for the finals.
We got a great 8 Man Tag to open the night, and how great for Best Friends to win. I still would love a 2v2 of Bucks VS Best Friends so that Best Friends can get back in the running of the tag ranks. And it seems we’re not done with this until Cassidy and Cole have a match, either. Lambert had a good promo, and a decent back and forth of mic snatching with Cody before things turned into a brawl, and I like that Dustin came out, and was surprised Sammy showed up. I almost feel like there should be Rhodes Brothers VS Men of the Year before the TNT Championship match, but maybe that happens some other time, like the TBS debut episode.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/28/22)
A special Dark before Double or Nothing!
AEW deals a five card stud!
Before going Double or Nothing, AEW has a special episode of Dark! Will Darby Allin be rolling into his grudge match with Kyle O’Reilly?
- Anna Jay VS Sandra Moone; wins.
- Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Adriel Noctis, Gregory Sharpe & Matt Brannigan; win(s).
- Six Woman Tag: Riho, Yuka Sakazaki & Skye Blue VS Nyla Rose, Diamante & Emi Sakura; win.
- Six Man Tag: Death Triangle VS The Factory; wins.
- Darby Allin VS Brandon Cutler; wins.
Decent looking card here as another pre-PPV special. Anna will get a good win here as the warm-up for Jade Cargill and the TBS Championship. Obviously the House of Black and Death Triangle will get wins in their tune-ups before facing each other, and of course Darby will win not just because he’s facing Kyle O’Reilly soon, but because it’s Brandon Cutler. That match that could go either way is the Six Woman match, with a lot of fan favorites and strong competitors in the division.
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.
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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
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