Who’s dreaming of a gold Christmas?
AEW gives us a gift on Christmas in the form of Rampage! But will Sammy Guevara still reign into the New Year? Or will we return to an American Nightmare?
- Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus & Christian Cage VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Hardy Family Office; Jungle Boy wins.
- Hook VS Bear Bronson; Hook wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS Leyla Hirsch; Statlander wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson; Cody wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus & Christian Cage VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Hardy Family Office!
Jurassic Express is headed for a AEW World Tag Team Championship match, if they can keep the momentum going! Will Captain Charisma keep Big Money Matt and the rest of the HFO from DELETING Jungle Boy?
Tensions are running high already as JB and Kassidy push each other. The fans sing “Jungle Life” for JB as he and Kassidy tie up. JB headlocks, Kassidy powers out but JB runs him over! Things keep moving, Marq Quen swipes at JB! Kassidy rolls JB up, ONE, but Kassidy CLOBBERS JB! JB gets to a corner, Kassidy gloats then runs in, and fires off forearm shot after shot, then a CHOP! Kassidy stomps JB down, the ref counts and fans boo, but Kassidy lets off at 4. JB gets up as Kassidy gloats again. Kassidy runs in but JB BOOTS him! JB knuckle locks, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! JB goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag and then dropkick!
Fans fire up with JB as he kips up! JB tells Hardy and Quen to back off before he drags Kassidy up. JB CHOPS Kassidy to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Kassidy reverses, runs in but JB slips out, slides under and goes around to shoulder in, only to miss and get a BOOT! Kassidy rebounds to STUNNER JB to the floor! Kassidy builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and Kassidy even poses on the floor. Kassidy kips up, puts JB in the ring and he slingshots to senton! Cover, ONE! Kassidy talks trash to JB and JB ROCKS him with a haymaker! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kassidy DECKS JB and stalks him to ropes.
Kassidy grinds forearms into JB’s face! The ref backs him off, but Hardy gets a cheap shot in! Kassidy brings JB up, JB throws body shots, then JB runs and sunset flips. Kassidy rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy bumps JB off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
Kassidy chokes JB on the ropes and talks trash but the ref backs him off. But Hardy gets JB and bends him against the ropes! Hardy gets away with it but Christian and Luchasaurus get HFO to back off. JB kicks Kassidy from the corner and knock shim down! JB drags himself up but Kassidy clotheslines him in the corner! Snapmare and KICK to the back! Kassidy stomps JB around, then wraps on a rear bearhug. JB endures and gets the ROPEBREAK! But Kassidy drags him away from the ropes! JB fights up, AEW returns to single picture and Kassidy shoves JB into a corner. Kassidy runs in but JB elbows him back! And forearms, and CHOPS, repeat!
JB whips, Kassidy reverses but JB slides under and trips Kassidy up. JB runs, Kassidy sidesteps but JB hits the COMEBACKER! JB gets Kassidy up, fisherman FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! JB grits his teeth and drags Kassidy up to reel him in. Kassidy escapes the suplex to waistlock but JB elbows out hard! JB whips, Kassidy reverses to SPIN KICK! And POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up, Kassidy watches JB go to a corner. Kassidy runs in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! JB holds onto Kassidy with a waistlock, but Kassidy grabs the ropes to deny the suplex!
The ref counts the ropebreak, JB dumps Kassidy out instead! JB builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and JB puts Kassidy back in! But Quen grabs at him! JB kicks Quen away, and Christian fires off on Quen! They go up the ramp, Luchasaurus gets Jora Johl for a CHOKE SLAM! But Hardy gets Luchasaurus, no Twist of Fate, SPEAR from Christian! JB shoulders in, slingshots up and over but Kassidy rolls through the sunset flip! JB ducks the Penalty Kick to get the leg! JB has the toehold, and then the crossface! SNARE TRAP! Kassidy taps, JB wins!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
The Jurassic Express is rolling on! Will they be able to cash in that golden ticket for the AEW World Tag titles in the New Year?
Ricky Starks calls out Dante Martin on commentary.
“Dante Martin, hey, you pulled that little trick on me. Well guess what? I don’t forget, and I damn sure don’t forgive.” Starks made sure Dante didn’t win the Dynamite Diamond Ring, and Starks will be coming for Dante soon enough. Will Team Taz have revenge on Angel Dorado and Lio Rush for getting the better of them?
“It has begun. I have begun to heal myself. You didn’t cast me from your heaven. You kept me from my home. You dare to stand between The Redeemer and his hot, flexible wife. And that is unacceptable! I will return with no flaws, and I will become champion to show your lack of power over me. Because we both know that you can’t stop me. We both know that you don’t have the balls. You sit up there not because of your power, but because of your fear. Everyone is going to find out that redemption doesn’t come with a smile, it comes with a price.
“So unlike you, I will look them all in the eye, and ask what they have done. And I will unburden them all. And you will either feel the joy of my cruelty, or the shame in yours. This is the word of the Redeemer.”
Hook VS Bear Bronson!
They wanted him, so Team Taz sent him! Will Hook prove he’s THE Secret Weapon? Or will Bear Country’s best be too much beef for Hook to handle?
Tony Nese is watching from the crowd as the bell rings. Hook and Bronson circle, and fans are all fired up for Hook. They tie up, Bronson gets the arm and wrenches. Hook pries free to wrench back, but Bronson slips in to wrench and wristlock. Hook takes Bronson down and has a leg! Bronson scrambles to the ropebreak! Hook lets go at 4, but Bronson comes back to scoop! Hook slips out to bump Bronson off buckles! Hook fires off hands and a headbutt! Hook bumps Bronson, Bronson bumps Hook and fires off hands of his own! Bronson lets off to hear the fans booing, and he brings Hook out. Hook hits an STO! Then the hammerlock and cording hold!
Bronson gets around and gets a leg for the ropebreak. Hook lets off, Bronson CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Bronson rakes the eyes, the ref reprimands, and Bronson scoops to PILEDRIVER! Hook’s right back up!? Hook talks some smack and eggs Bronson on. Bronson runs, Hook CLOBBERS him! Hook wrenches, shoots in, NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!! Hook revels in the fans firing up, Hook waistlocks and then arm ‘n’ head for a TAZ PLEX!! Bronson flounders, Hook reels him in for crossface forearms! Then he rolls him, CLUBS him, and REDRUM CLUTCH! Bronson taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook holds on a little longer to teach Bronson who’s the apex predator here! Hook lets go, takes off, and doesn’t even look tired. Will Hook keep the win streak going all the way to a title opportunity?
Eddie Kingston and Daniel Garcia speak.
The Mad King says, “On Rampage, Garcia, you did what you had to do. I ain’t mad about it, man. I actually sort of respect it.” But Red Death says he’s been in the ring with Kingston week after week after week, “I’ve already collected the data on you, so what do you think’s gonna happen next time in the rematch?” Kingston will have Santana & Ortiz, it’ll be a Six Man Tag. 2point0’s Matt Lee wonders what’ll happen if they make Santana & Ortiz disappear like they did Chris Jericho. How about that, boys? A big battle is coming, will Proud ‘n’ Powerful help Kingston crush Garcia, Lee and Parker once and for all?
Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS Leyla Hirsch!
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and #LegitLeyla have been teammates and rivals, but now they are opponents. Come New Year’s, records reset but rankings do not. Who comes out of this primed in the AEW Women’s Division Top Five?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Kris puts Leyla in the ring, then lets off to boop the nose! Leyla brushes that off, ties up with Kris, but Kris headlocks. Leyla pops out the back to get a headlock, but Kris powers up to lift her! Leyla turns that to a takeover, but Kris fights up to power out. Leyla rams shoulders, but Kris brushes that off. Leyla runs and Kris runs her over! Kris flexes and fans cheer. Leyla gets up, Kris dares her to try again, but Leyla shoots in to trip Kris up! Leyla rains down forearms but the ref has her back off when she uses those fists. Kris gets to a corner, Leyla runs in to forearm smash!
Leyla trips Kris, goes corner to corner and METEORAS! Then swinging dropkick! Cover, TWO! Leyla keeps cool, then waistlocks Kris to bring her up. Kris’ height helps her with the lift but makes it harder for her to hit Leyla with elbows. Kris goes to ropes and throws Leyla out. Fans fire up and Kris runs in, into a shoulder! Leyla steps up to slingshot up and over, then runs, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Leyla up, reels her in and suplexes, to hold Leyla up! Fans cheer as Kris keeps Leyla up for 10! And then a little longer, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris wraps on a chinlock and shifts it to a cobra clutch of sorts.
Leyla endures, fights up, and arm-drags free! Kris staggers up, runs in but Leyla trips her up and then runs to shotgun dropkick! Leyla whips, Kris reverses but Leyla duck san dodges to rolling takedown to a cradle, TWO! But then the ARMBAR!! Kris flails, reaches, clasps hands and gets to her feet as Cassidy and the fans rally up. Kris deadlifts and BUCKLE BOMBS Leyla! But Leyla stays on the buckles to climb up, Kris runs into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Leyla lets go at 4. Kris runs in but into a GAMANGIRI! Leyla goes up and in and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO!! Leyla goes out of her usual moveset there, but she KNEES Kris down! Cover, TWO!!
Kris survives but Leyla keeps her focus. Fans rally up and Leyla pushes Kris around. Leyla SLAPS Kris, Kris shoves Leyla! Kris CLUBS away on Leyla, then ROUNDHOUSES! Kris reels Leyla in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kris is frustrated but she fires up with the fans. Leyla gets to a corner, Kris storms over to Electric Chair Lift! Leyla fights it, slips back and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Leyla runs corner to corner at Kris, into an elbow! Kris runs and BOOTS Leyla down! Kris drags Leyla back up, hooks her for the inverted SLAM, then rolls to get the legs! Kris gets the arms, SPIDER CRAB STRETCH!! LEYLA TAPS, KRIS WINS!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by submission
Leyla is legit, but Kris is still the Greatest Alien! Kris offers a handshake, but Leyla slaps it away. Will Kris use this win to get closer to gold in 2022? And what will it take for Leyla to have her own breakthrough into the top of the rankings?
Mark Henry talks with our main eventers!
Cody Rhodes has a lot going on, from his reality show and all the cameras, and of course Arn Anderson says Cody has that “one foot out the door” mentality. How is Cody going to deal with that tonight? Arn speaks up to say that this isn’t about talking to Mark Henry, this is about talking to the TNT Champion. Arn tells Sammy Guevara that usually guys Sammy’s age and size call him, “Mr. Anderson.” But that’s neither here nor there, either. Here is a pearl of wisdom, though. “You never jump on a man and get into a fight with somebody that’s already pissed off. And if Cody is not pissed off at the months of me chewing his ass out, he never will be.”
Sammy says thanks, “Mr. Anderson,” glad to know Cody’s pissed. Sammy’s pissed that everyone thinks this is a bigger match for Sammy than it is for Cody. Two years ago, it would’ve been a big match for Sammy. But that’s two years ago. That’s then, this is now. Cody knows this is the bigger match for him. Sammy thanks Cody for starting AEW, but Sammy will be the one to carry AEW for years to come, just like he’ll carry Cody’s ass tonight! “Good luck, kid.” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Spanish God prove to the American Nightmare why he IS TNT Champion?
AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson!
AEW returns as Cody makes his elaborate entrance, and is accompanied by Coach Arn, Brock Anderson & Lee Johnson, but then has Brock and Lee go back to the back. Sammy makes his entrance, no one backing him up. The introductions are made, and David Crockett is introduced as well! The title is raised, and someone is taking gold home for Christmas!
Sammy surprises Cody with a dropkick! Torture rack, but Cody slips out to waistlock! Sammy switches, shoves, hurdles, flips and dropkicks Cody down! Then the smooth kip up! Sammy dodges Cody, kicks low, and copies the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody sputters, Sammy clotheslines him out of the ring! Fans fire up with Sammy as he hits the spin and pose! Cody hops the railing to walk through the crowd rather than at ringside, but fans still tell Cody how they feel. Cody hops back to ringside, Arn coaches him through this, and Sammy waits. Cody gets in before the ring count but fans chant, “Cody Sucks! Cody Sucks!”
Cody and Sammy circle, they tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for a hard takeover. Sammy keeps his shoulders up, pushes back with a forearm, and fans are dueling as Sammy makes it a cover! ONE, Cody still has the headlock but Sammy puts Cody in a corner. Cody wrenches to whip but Sammy reverses. Cody goes up and out but Sammy hip tosses him back in! Sammy baits Cody in, then goes up and over in the corner, and hits the POWERSLAM! Another Rhodes staple! Cover, TWO! Sammy snarls, drags Cody up, and Sammy springboards, but no Disaster Kick! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER! Fans boo as Cody fires up and gets to his feet.
Cody drags Sammy up, whips but Sammy reverses to throw Cody out. Sammy then follows to bump Cody off steps! Sammy stalks Cody to CLUB him down, then he CHOPS Cody against the apron! Sammy shoves Cody down, goes to the apron, and the ring count is climbing. Arn helps Cody up, Sammy runs in, Sammy SHOOTING STARS, but Cody and Arn get clear! Cody SLAMS Sammy’s arm on railing! Cody puts Sammy in the ring, stalks up behind him, and he drags Sammy up by the arm to whip and KNEE low. Fans boo but Cody whips Sammy to hip toss, then short arm scissors! Sammy endures, fans fire up and rally, and Sammy works to turn things over.
Cody keeps on the arm, Sammy keeps fighting, and fans boo Cody as AEW goes picture in picture.
Sammy keeps enduring as Cody pulls on the arm. Sammy rolls back to a cover, TWO! Sammy CHOPS, Cody pie faces. Sammy CHOPS again, but Cody boots the clothesline! Cody hooks Sammy up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, to the cording hold! Cody pushes Sammy’s head down, Sammy endures, Cody twists the arm to SLAM it! Cody soaks up the cheers and jeers, then stomps Sammy around. Cody isolates Sammy’s arm in a hammerlock to STOMP it! Cover, ONE!! Cody stalks Sammy, clamps onto the arm again for a wristlock, but Sammy throws body shots. Sammy fights up, but Cody bends the arm for a top wristlock.
Cody drags Sammy up to back suplex, but Sammy lands on his feet! Roll up, TWO! Cody LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Cover, TWO! Cody gets the arm again but Sammy fights with his feet to get free. Cody stomps Sammy down before he can reach the ropes! Cody drags Sammy out by the bad arm to SLAM the arm on the apron edge! Sammy writhes and crawls away but Cody stalks up behind him. Cody drags Sammy up by the arm, wrenches and knuckle locks to bend the fingers back. Sammy fights up but Cody hammerlocks and RAMS Sammy into buckles! Sammy writhes and clutches his arm, but Cody gets him back up as AEW returns to single picture.
Cody suplexes, stalks for about 10 before the GOURD BUSTER! Sammy flounders, Cody goes up a corner. Cody MOONSAULTS, but he FLOPS as Sammy moves! Sammy shakes out the bad arm, fans rally up and Sammy gets to his feet. Sammy runs in and CLOBBERS and rallies on Cody! Sammy whips, Cody reverses, but Sammy dodges to RAM into Cody! ENZIGURI from the apron, Sammy triangle jumps for a SUPER CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but Sammy gets him up to dragon sleeper! Sammy steals CROSS RHODES!! But Cody flops out of the ring to save himself! So Sammy goes up and up and SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH ATTACKS!!
Fans fire up with Sammy and he high fives fans. Sammy runs in to leap off the steps and RAN- NO! Cody POWERBOMBS Sammy into the crowd!! Talk about an immersive experience! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Cody drags Sammy up and over the railing to get him in the ring at 4 of 10. Cody fires himself up as he pounds the mat but fans boo. Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Fans boo but Arn says to finish this! Cody stalks Sammy, dragon sleepers, but Sammy drops out to victory roll! TWO!! Sammy swings, Cody dragon sleepers, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and Cody can’t believe it!
Fans are loving Sammy’s heart but Cody wants to finish this. Cody drags Sammy back up, but Sammy is dead weight. Cody still stands Sammy up, but only gets him to ropes. Cody CLUBS Sammy, drags him up and puts him on the top rope. Cody climbs up behind Sammy, and brings him into the dragon sleeper. INVERTED SUPERPLEX, but Sammy lands on his feet! Sammy catches Cody in the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cody survives and now Sammy is shocked! Arn is shaking his head, even he’s rather surprised. “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Sammy fires himself back up. Sammy slashes the throat and drags Cody to a drop zone!
Sammy climbs, shakes out his arm, takes aim and flips Cody off! 630 SENTON onto knees!! Cody gets Sammy for a CROSS RHODES!! And then ANOTHER CROSS RHODES!! Cody isn’t stopping there, and fans are thunderous as Cody reels Sammy in! Double underhooks, TIGER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The American Nightmare is back on top, and he sets a historic record! He is a THREE-TIME TNT Champion! The Nightmare Family, including Shawn Dean, Red Velvet, brother Dustin Rhodes and wife Brandi Rhodes, celebrate with Cody. David Crockett personally presents Cody with the title belt, and Cody graciously accepts. Sammy’s Christmas was ruined, but will it be a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for the Rhodes Family?
A pretty great Rampage for Christmas here. Yes, Cody won the TNT title again but at this point, fans being upset by it is exactly why it happened. Cody continues to built Heel Heat while defending he is Face, and it adds a lot of weird, paradoxical elements to his clearly coming feud with Men of the Year. They and Dan Lambert claim Cody is this and that, Cody denies it, yet it sure seems that way to fans. As I said for Dynamite, I’d love if the Men of the Year somehow brought out Cody’s Heel side. And even without all that, Sammy VS Cody was a great match, definitely worthy of a special episode like tonight.
JB had a very good match with Kassidy, and things got logically hectic and overbooked on the outside with HFO brawling with Christian and Luchasaurus. Jurassic Express should definitely get their title shot at Battle of the Belts. That’d be a great moment for them to win the titles, right as AEW transitions from TNT to TBS. Hook was again awesome, though him basically no-selling the scoop piledriver was a touch much for me. Beating Bear Bronson was still awesome stuff for this early in his career. I thought they were going to take their time building up to someone Bronson’s size, but why not just do it now, huh?
Kris VS Leyla was a great match, too. I’m a little surprised Leyla lost, but Kris does have a lot of momentum going for her being a member of the Best Friends faction. Leyla being in a bad mood after losing was a surprise, I hope they don’t turn her Heel, though, she’s actually been doing great as a Face and teaming with Faces like Ryo Mizunami. It’d be good depth of character if she was just in a bad mood, but something happens where she still sees Kris as a friend and helps her out. And while Miro does great with his promos, I still wish they’d gone in a different direction and let him do stuff in the ring. Even if it was just him “crashing” matches on Elevation, I want to see Miro be the destroyer he’s promising to be.
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.
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
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