It’s gonna be Lights Out on Dynamite!
AEW Beach Break returns, and so does the unsanctioned, anything goes LIGHTS OUT match! Will Adam Cole avenge Britt Baker’s fall through a table?
- Undisputed AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Sammy Guevara; Sammy wins and is the undisputed AEW TNT Champion.
- 2v1 Handicap: Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Elijah Dean & James Alexander; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Daniel Garcia & 2point0; The Inner Circle wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Red Velvet; Hirsch wins.
- Lights Out: Adam Cole VS Orange Cassidy; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Undisputed AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Sammy Guevara!
Two belts, two champions, but there can only be one! But this isn’t Highlander, no one is losing their heads. So then, who loses the right to say they are TNT Champion here in The Land?
The introductions are made, the belts are high above, and we see who rises up to become undisputed!
Fans are thunderous already as the two stare down. They shake hands to show there is sportsmanship, and then they circle. They feel things out, Cody dodges Sammy and plays it up a bit. Sammy lets it slide, they tie up, and they go around. Cody headlocks, Sammy powers out but Cody runs him over. Cody flexes and kisses the bicep, but things speed up. Sammy hurdles, flips, and dropkicks! Sammy kips up so smooth and fans fire up! Cody keeps cool, he circles with Sammy and the two tie up again. Sammy headlocks, Cody powers up but Sammy thrashes the hold. Cody powers out, Sammy goes up but Cody stays clear to get a leg.
They go around, Sammy kicks Cody away and the two reset. They circle again, Cody takes a moment to play to the crowd and he gets both cheers and jeers. Cody calls for a test of strength, Sammy accepts. Cody wrenches, whips, but Sammy reverses. Cody turns things around, underhooks but Sammy slips out to get the torture rack! Cody fights free but Sammy shoves him. Cody shoves back, Sammy gets in Cody’s face so Cody kicks low! Sammy blocks the uppercut to slam the arm! Cody dodges Sammy’s clothesline to waistlock but Sammy switches. Cody goes around to throw Sammy out, but Sammy uses that to fetch a ladder!
Cody goes out to slap the ladder down and DECK Sammy! Cody CLUBS Sammy, considers the ladder, but skips it to bump Sammy off steel steps. Cody goes to fetch a ladder for himself, and he gets an even bigger one! Cody brings the 10 foot ladder over and makes a bridge between ring apron and railing. The front row scoots back but Sammy BOOTS Cody down! Sammy whips Cody into railing! Cody staggers, Sammy CLOBBERS him from behind! Sammy TOSSES Cody over railing, but Cody drags Sammy over to join him! They brawl in front of fans, Sammy kicks low! Sammy ROCKS Cody then follows him deeper into the stands!
Cody hits back, they brawl as they go, and fans fire up as they get even closer to the action. Cody gets the edge, BOOTS Sammy, then runs in to LARIAT Sammy up and over the railing! Cody high-fives some fans, but Sammy comes back, FLYING CUTTER!! Both men are down on the floor and fans are loving “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Sammy makes his way back to ringside, and skips the last two ladders for another 10 footer! Sammy gets that ladder into the ring, but Cody scrambles in! Cody moves the ladder aside, Sammy fires hands but Cody knees low! Cody scoops but Sammy slips out and whips Cody to a corner!
Cody tumbles up and out to the apron, but he staggers. Sammy has the ladder, and he RAMS Cody down! Sammy stands the ladder up, and begins to climb! Cody hurries in and yanks Sammy off the rungs! But Sammy RAMS Cody into the ladder! Sammy climbs as soon as Cody’s out, but Cody gets in and drags Sammy to an Electric Chair! Sammy fights free, Cody shoves him at ropes, and they SMACK heads! Both men fall, the Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are watching from the nosebleeds. Sammy and Cody fight for the ladder as fans rally and duel. Cody and Sammy both climb, and throw hands at the very top!
Cody ROCKS Sammy, he can’t reach the belts, so he gets Sammy up! STALLING SUPER DUPER PLEX! They crash down, but they’re somehow okay to continue. Fans are all fired up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cody sits up first, gasps for air, and he positions the ladder under the belts. Cody climbs but Sammy anchors a foot. Cody stomps Sammy down, drags him back up, and TOSSES him into the ladder! Cody tips the ladder, and it FALLS on Sammy! Cody plays to the fans again, then drags Sammy up to kick low and toss out of the ring. But Sammy drags Cody out to join him! Cody DECKS Sammy, takes off the weight belt, and LASHES Sammy’s legs with it! Then he offers it to a fan in the front row! Free souvenir! Cody then gets one of the ladders at ringside, and he RAMS Sammy low with it! Then he RAMS Sammy into railings using the ladder!
Cody puts the ladder in the ring, fetches Sammy to put him in the ring, and he stands Sammy up, only for Sammy to throw a forearm! Cody DECKS Sammy again, takes the 10 foot ladder and leans it up against ropes upside-down. AEW returns to single picture as he brings Sammy over, GOURD BUSTER into the upside-down ladder!! Sammy flounders out of the ladder, the hinges making that hard, but Cody isn’t done! Cody laces Sammy’s legs through the rungs of the shorter ladder. Cody ties Sammy up in a FULL METAL FIGURE FOUR!! Sammy can only endure as this match doesn’t end with tapping out!
Cody punches the leg, punches Sammy, then punches the leg more! Cody lets Sammy free, and then rearranges the ladders. Cody stands the taller ladder up, puts Sammy in a corner, and he CHOPS Sammy! Sammy hobbles to another corner, Cody CHOPS him again. Sammy gets in Cody’s face about it so Cody CHOPS him again! Fans are torn, but Sammy powers up to LARIAT! And LARIAT! Sammy whips, Cody reverses, Sammy dodges to RAM into Cody, ENZIGURI from the apron! Cody has the shorter ladder and tosses into into Sammy! Sammy goes down in a lump on the apron! Fans rally up as Cody takes the shorter ladder and puts it in the corner.
Cody drags Sammy up, SMACKS him off the ladder, and then positions the taller ladder. Cody climbs, but Sammy is on the corner! Sammy leap frogs and hits a SUPER FLYING CUTTER!!! The fans are losing their minds while both men are down! Lambert just looks confused and disgusted, but what does he know? Sammy takes the taller ladder and stands it on Cody! Cody is caught, Sammy stomps him down, but he clutches his ribs a second. Sammy climbs, but Cody bench presses the ladder! Sammy falls and hits ropes on the way down! Cody gets the ladder back up, slaps himself to focus, and begins to climb.
Fans are rallying and dueling as hard as ever, but Sammy takes the shorter ladder and puts it right behind Cody. Sammy climbs and goes after Cody, but Cody hits back. Cody grabs Sammy for a dragon sleeper! SUPER CROSS RHODES!!! Both men crash down again, fans are stilling loving “A E DUB!” as Cody moves the short ladder out of the way. Cody fires himself up, climbs the taller ladder, but Sammy springs up after him! Sammy is right behind Cody as they reach the top. Cody grabs the hanger, Sammy grabs Cody! They’re both dangling from the hanger!! Sammy lets go, but then so does Cody! No one came down with a belt!
Sammy and Cody flop out of opposite ends of the ring. There’s two refs so each one checks on each man. Sammy makes his way around, Cody drags him across the steps. Cody tells Sammy to just stay down, but then he opens the shorter ladder. Cody SLAMS it shut on Sammy’s leg! Cody stomps Sammy down, then SLAMS the ladder shut again! Fuego Del Sol rushes out to get in Cody’s face about this. Fuego doesn’t want Cody going this far, but he gets a TIGER DRIVER for it! Sammy springboards in! But into a kick! Sammy back drops Cody out of the ring, then TORNILLO!! Sammy gets Cody up, torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!
Sammy hurries to bring something out from under the ring. Sammy brings out the tallest ladder yet! Cody leans on the ladder bridge, Sammy puts him on it. Sammy fires off hands and elbows, then stands up his tallest ladder! Sammy puts that ladder right by the bridge, CLUBS Cody down, then starts to climb! The ref wants Sammy to reconsider, Arn warns Cody, but Sammy says he’s loco! He’s on the very top, and he says he’s the BEST EVER! SWANTON BOMB onto Cody and the bridge!! The ladder didn’t break, but Cody and Sammy might have! Sammy manages to get himself in the ring, and fans are thunderous as he crawls for the ladder!
Cody flounders, drags himself up, but Sammy’s already climbing. Cody manages to get in, climbs up the other side, and he grabs Sammy’s arms! Sammy fights free and they start brawling! Cody grabs for a belt but Sammy fires off forearm after forearm! Sammy SAMCKS Cody with the belts! Sammy then grabs the hanger, pulls the straps down, and Sammy wins!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara (UNDISPUTED AEW TNT Champion)
The Spanish God would not be denied! He finally got a win over the American Nightmare, will Sammy be living the dream from now on?
Tony Schiavone interviews Team Taz.
Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs made sure to have this outside at Edgewater Lake, but why? Hobbs tells Schiavone to man up. Then Hobbs calls out Dante Martin. Every dog has its lucky day, and that’s what Dante got with his win over Hobbs. But that’s all it was. Let’s go again one more time, Dante VS Hobbs III. And Starks calls out Jay Lethal, saying Lethal had his week off and he better have enjoyed it. Starks was putting in work, but don’t think he’d forgotten that challenge. Then next week’s Rampage, Starks VS Lethal, for the FTW Championship, IN CHICAGO! Absolute always wins! Schiavone thinks his hand’s frozen to the mic. But are things about to heat up for Team Taz in February?
2v1 Handicap: Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Elijah Dean & James Alexander!
The Pinnacle’s powerhouse, and his accountabilibuddy, have been doing MJF’s dirty work, but now Wardlow will do this on his own! Cleveland cheers on their own Mr. Mayhem, and Wardlow has Spears stay on stage. Will there be powerbombs o’ plenty for The Land?
The bell rings, Wardlow dares both guys to bring it. Dean and Alexander run in, Dean gets a LARIAT, Alexander gets a BODY BLOCK! Wardlow is feeling good already as he brings in Dean for the POWERBOMB! Wardlow then sees Alexander floundering up, and the fans say, “One More Time!” So Alexander gets a POWERBOMB! And then another POWERBOMB! Dean staggers up, into another POWERBOMB! And another POWERBOMB! That’s five, but here comes a SIXTH onto Alexander! Double cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Another Powerbomb Symphony for the #WarDog, but then Spears wants to add his bit to it. Wardlow has him be serious and they head out together. Will anyone be able to stop Wardlow from wreaking havoc through the roster?
Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Daniel Garcia & 2point0!
Chris Jericho may not be a fan of Eddie Kingston’s, but Santana & Ortiz want him to show Kingston and them some respect. Will the Proud ‘n’ Powerful get that respect when they tear through Red Dead and #TheShow again? Or will they and Le Champion end up sidelined just like the Mad King?
Cleveland sings Judas for Jericho, and Jericho fires up for it. The trios sort out, Jericho insists on starting, and Matt Lee eggs him on. They circle, but then Santana tags himself in! They argue, Lee attacks from behind! Lee brings Santana over, tags Jeff Parker, but Santana tackles him for fast hands! Parker gets up, they throw more hands, but Santana bumps Parker off buckles. Santana fires off more hands, the ref counts, Santana whips corner to corner. Santana fires off more buckles, lets off and Parker flounders while fans fire up. Santana snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Santana gets Parker up, Ortiz tags in, they DOUBLE THREE AMIGOS!
Proud ‘n’ Powerful set up, Santana hits the step-up MOONSAULT, then Ortiz drops the PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Ortiz brings Parker up but Parker throat chops! Tag to Lee, 2point0 mug Ortiz and Lee whips Ortiz to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Lee slaps Ortiz around, tags Garcia in, and they mug Ortiz. Garcia whips Ortiz to knee low, then he snapmares Ortiz to KICK him in the back! Garcia stares Santana down, but Ortiz CHOPS Garcia. Garcia fires a forearm, Ortiz hits back. They brawl, Garcia kicks low then whips. Ortiz rolls to come back with a LARIAT! Tag to Santana, they double whip Garcia for a DOUBLE FLAPJACK!
PNP roll back, double basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Santana leaves Jericho hanging to CHOP Garcia. But Jericho tags in to wrench Garcia, only for Ortiz to tag in. The Inner Circle argues more, Garcia CHOP BLOCKS Ortiz! Then 2point0 blast Santana and Jericho off the apron! Garcia stomps away on Ortiz, then roars as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia drags Ortiz over, tags in Lee, and they mug Ortiz. Lee bumps Ortiz off buckles, CHOPS him, but Ortiz hits back! Lee kicks low then whips corner to corner hard! Ortiz hits the mat, Lee drags him over, tag to Parker. Parker stomps Ortiz down, drags him up to a facelock and talks trash before a snap suplex. Cover, ONE! Parker sticks close to drive elbows into Ortiz. Parker scrapes laces off Ortiz’ face, but Ortiz still hits Garcia! Parker RAMS into Ortiz, Garcia tags in and they all mug Ortiz! The ref reprimands, Garcia drags Ortiz out and digs a knee into his back. Garcia ties up the legs for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch!
Ortiz endures, Jericho rallies the fans, Ortiz pops out to a cover! TWO, and Garcia CLOBBERS Ortiz! Cover, ONE! Garcia stays between Ortiz and the Inner Circle to then stomp Ortiz down. Tag to Lee, they mug Ortiz, and Lee whips Ortiz . Ortiz sunset flips, Lee stays up to tag Parker! Lee traps Ortiz and Parker STOMPS him down! Parker drags Ortiz up to hit a BACKBREAKER! Parker anchors Ortiz to tag Garcia, and Garcia hits a fist drop. Ortiz still CHOPS back! Ortiz throws forearms and CHOPS, but Garcia kicks and CLUBS Ortiz down! Garcia tags Lee back in, they dig their boots into Ortiz, but let off as the ref counts.
Lee brings Ortiz around as AEW returns to single picture. Lee scoops, Ortiz slips out, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans rally up for the Inner Circle but Parker tags in. 2point0 drags Ortiz up, double lift but Ortiz fights off! Lee drop toeholds, Parker hits the BOOYAH ELBOW! Cover, Santana stomps it apart! Santana tells the ref to do her job, but Aubrey has Santana go to the corner. Parker runs in, but Ortiz turns bulldog into back suplex! Parker tags Lee, Lee DECKS Santana! Ortiz SHOTGUNS Lee, back drops Garcia, and fans rally up! Jericho is there, Ortiz crawls over, but Santana intercepts the tag!
Santana rallies on 2point0, but Garcia kicks low! Garcia whips, Santana catches him for a fireman’s carry, FACEBUSTER! 2point0 double whip Santana to a corner but Santana elbows Parker and BOOTS Lee! Ortiz goes up and rolls Santana, DOUBLE CUTTER on 2point0! POWERBOMB, DISCUS! Cover, Garcia breaks it! Jericho has left the corner but Ortiz throws Garcia out. But Parker tags Lee, and 2point0 have Santana, only for Jericho to stop Two for the Show! He sends Parker into railing, Lee rolls Santana! TWO, JUDAS EFFECT! SPIKE PILEDRIVER from Santana! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!
Winners: The Inner Circle, by pinfall
Whether Santana & Ortiz realize, Jericho did have their back! But he says if they’re going to ice him out, then fine. He flips them off and walks away. Is the Inner Circle breaking apart at the seams?
AEW hears from Jake the Snake, Lance Archer, and Hangman Page.
Jake says, “Time is running out, Cowboy, until the truth comes home.” The Murderhawk Monster says, “When we fight, it’s not gonna be any normal fight. It’s gonna be MY fight. It’s gonna be a Texas Deathmatch, and I’m gonna make sure you are not breathing.” But Hangman says, “I said I wanted a challenger, and damn, it looks like I got a good one. Adam Page VS Lance Archer for the AEW World Championship.” But when hearing it’s a Texas Deathmatch, Hangman is a bit shocked. If that’s what Archer wants, fine! In two weeks, #EverybodyDies, so Archer can go ahead and give him the Blackout and choke slam him to the abyss. Because Hangman will crawl back out of all nine levels and bring hell with him when he does. Will these two shed blood, sweat and tears all for the gold?
Schiavone interviews both Jurassic Express and Private Party.
And that includes having Captain Charisma and Big Money Matt with them. Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy are now the #1 contenders in the AEW Tag Division, so they’re getting their shot this Friday on Rampage. Christian Cage says, “When you’re the champs, when you’re on top, when you’re the number one team, everybody, and I mean everybody, is vying for you.” We saw it already with Gunn Club, the Ass Family, attacked him for no reason.
But Matt Hardy says on one cares about Christian or the Ass Boys. Everyone cares about Private Party. Kassidy adds, “FACTS.” They’re the most athletic and talented team in AEW. FACTS. Private Party is the hottest team since Matt & Jeff Hardy. FACTS. And this Friday, it is Private Party’s time to become AEW Tag Team Champions. FACTS. Jungle Boy points out Kassidy’s watch is fake. And see you on Rampage. Will Kassidy & Quen at least have real titles around their waists? Or will Jurassic Express make them extinct?
CM Punk heads to the ring!
And though he isn’t scheduled for a match, he’s got his hands taped up for a fight! Cleveland sings Cult of Personality for for the Best in the World and he soaks it in. Punk then gets the mic to say, “Hello, Cleveland, how’s everybody doing tonight? Man, I tried to walk out here like a badass, and you guys just make me smile from ear to ear. It’s been a minute since I’ve been here, but… Are you sick of hearing me talk yet?” the fans say no, but Punk says he’s sick of talking. He’s got the long boys on, his hands are taped up, this is Dynamite! LIVE! And we all know who he wants to fight! Chant his name, it’ll be the first time anyone did. “MJF! MJF!”
First and last time that chant happens. And last week, Punk got himself a souvenir. Surprise, he is wearing MJF’s favorite scarf. No, it doesn’t look good on him, it doesn’t look good on anyone. For just a heartbeat, Punk thought that when he grabbed the scarf while it was around MJF’s skinny neck, he could challenge MJF to a match. Maybe this scarf meant something to MJF. But after a quick Google, turns out you can get a 12 pack for $5 on Amazon. It’s as cheap as MJF’s personality. Punk looked further, and it said, “Made in Long Island.” So Punk immediately knew it wasn’t made of strong material.
Punk is sick of talking about it, of hearing MJF talk, so he needs MJF in the ring. Punk owes Cleveland one, so maybe they can have this tonight! But Punk’s realistic, and if he calls MJF out, MJF will come out in a cheap suit that doesn’t fit with every excuse in the world. Punk’s chased MJF all over, too. From out the ring, up the concourse, down the steps, back into the ring. He’s gone through FTR, Wardlow, Shawn Spears, there’s no one left! Punk wants MJF now! Well here comes MJF! MJF has a new scarf, same pattern though, and Punk calls to cut the music before MJF can call for it. Fans chant, “You Suck!”
Oh, MJF sucks? “YES!” So then they don’t’ want to see MJF VS Punk? Then they do want to see him? So he has to go change into his gear in an impromptu main event? Cleveland, he knows you’re dumb, but he didn’t know they’re deaf. Do they want to see them wrestle here tonight?! “YES!” Then his answer is NO! Are they outta their minds?! Do you think MJF would waste one of the most historical match-ups on Cleveland? This place is disgusting! It’s a cesspool! No, MJF will do us one better. Fans call MJF an A-Hole first. But MJF says the match we’ve all been waiting for will happen next week in Chicago, Punk VS… MJF muddles it over, and says M J F!!
But but but! That’s next week. This is crappy Cleveland. This is a place rich in historical significance of Punk’s career. But Punk VS MJF is a dream match, one people have grown impatient. Fans want it right now, frothing at the mouth even. They want it! At least, they think they do. Fans tell MJF to STFU but MJF says that while the match itself will be spectacular, it is the outcome that will be very upsetting. MJF says he will win in the dumpster fire of Punk’s hometown, and the MID-west, and after that, something unsettling will happen. After MJF wins, people will finally see the “real” CM Punk.
The CM Punk who loses the fake smile the second he doesn’t get what he wants. The CM Punk who blames all of his failures on everyone else but himself. The CM Punk who, when he feels like he hasn’t gotten his just due, he’s more than willing to sue. That same hero who claimed on his almighty return, 8/13/2005, “I left pro-wrestling,” then 8/20/2021, “I’m back.” Now he’ll say, “I’m leaving wrestling again.” Oh, MJF, he would never leave us! He loves us! Didn’t Cleveland say that about LeBron? Last time MJF checked, it was a slap in the face back in 2005, cuz that ain’t the truth!
Punk left all the fans who supported him, when he was supposed to show up here in Cleveland back in 2014. Punk no-showed and turned his back on each and every one of us. What makes fans think he won’t do it again?! Even those at home! Does Punk give a damn that fans chanted his name at the top of his lungs? Fans chant it now, but MJF says newsflash, “All those chants aren’t going to stop him from turning his back on you again, and then crying about it on a podcast.” MJF smirks but Punk says MJF must’ve listened to that podcast as a fan. “The next two things I say are not mutually exclusive: The best thing I ever did was leave; the best thing I ever did was come back.”
And if Punk didn’t come back, MJF wouldn’t have the brush with greatness he’s currently having. No go to the back, lace up those three inch lifts, and get in the ring to handle business! We know MJF can’t, Punk knows MJF can’t, MJF knows he can’t, and CLEVELAND knows MJF can’t! MJF turns around but Punk says, “Poor little Maxwell, sitting at home, watching his hero on television, too prepubescent to realize the athletes he watches on television are human beings. Sometimes, you gotta take matters into your own hands, and that’s what I’ve always done. I’ve never lied to the people. Some of them love me, some of them hate me. That’s what life is.
“But I would rather be me and I would rather try and fail, than be you and talk a big game and never show up.” MJF paid to see Punk, stood in line to get Punk’s picture, stood in line to get an autograph, so how dare he put this on the people? Punk stands by every decision he’s made. Fans don’t love or hate Punk for winning or losing, but because he gets back up and tries, and fights, just like they do! Oh, he always gets back up? Well, okay, let’s test that real quick. MJF is taking off his Dynamite Diamond Ring, but he has The Pinnacle walking up behind him! FTR and Wardlow are on stage, but Spears gets in the ring! Spears tackles Punk and the mugging is on!
Fans boo as the Pinnacle stomps away on Punk, then stand Punk up. Spears has the chair, and JAMS Punk in the gut! Cash Wheeler takes back the scarf, and then he and Dax Harwood stretch Punk out. Spears SMACKS Punk on the back! MJF has a slimy grin as Cash uses the scarf to drag Punk up. MJF mocks Punk, “How you get up now, you dumb sonova-” Punk grabs MJF’s new scarf!! MJF freaks out but Spears and FTR CLOBBER Punk again! MJF wants Wardlow to finish this with a powerbomb! Spears and Cash get Punk up for Wardlow and set him up. Spears even puts his chair down for a target!
Wardlow reluctantly drags Punk up, gets him up, POWERBOMB on the chair! Wardlow does the job MJF pays him to do, and MJF sits on Punk’s chest cross legged. “It is so apropos that the same place your journey started will be the same place it ends. I’ll see you in Chicago!!” MJF mocks Punk’s night night pose, but will the Best in the World get back up to make sure MJF doesn’t?
The Acclaimed speak.
Max Caster says Jon Moxley, the first time they wrestled him, he jumped them before the bell. Next time, he did it after. Now, Mox is back and everyone’s so happy. But so are they, because on Rampage, Bowens will beat Moxley’s ass. Bowens will beat Moxley’s Al Bundy lookin’ ass all over his home state of Ohio! Mic drop! Star wipe. Will the Five Tool Player follow through on all these promises? Or will he suffer a Paradigm Shift?
Schiavone interviews Griff Garrison & Julia Hart.
A lot has been going on for the Varsity Blonds and the House of Black. But before Julia can talk about that, Mark Sterling walks in. Mark has a neck brace from that brainbuster John Silver gave him on Rampage, but he asks Julia how her eye is doing. And also, Jade Cargill has personally chosen her to be her next TBS Championship challenger. But they’re going to need her to sign a release form because of her bad eye. Griff says that’s not a good idea. She needs time to recover. Julia says she can fight her own battles. She signs on the dotted line, and Mark says she should make sure to cross the T’s and dot the I’s. No pun intended.
But the match is made! Will Julia be able to defeat the undefeated Jade Cargill when she only has one good eye?
Leyla Hirsch VS Red Velvet!
Not only is this a battle of the top two ranked contenders in the Women’s Division, but this is a battle of former friends! Leyla #LEGIT burned a bridge when she couldn’t forgive Kris Statlander, and her frustration has branched out to Velvet. Will Leyla take the top spot away from Velvet? Or will The Chef serve up an L on a silver platter?
Velvet wastes no time, running down the ramp to slide into the ring and TACKLE Leyla! The bell rings, Velvet rains down fists! Hirsch gets free, things speed up, and CALF KICK turns into leglock! But Velvet kicks Hirsch away to CALF KICK after all! Velvet gets Hirsch up but Hirsch gets away before the Final Slice can be served! Hirsch laughs it off but Velvet eggs her on. So Hirsch drags Velvet out to RAM her into the apron! Hirsch RAMS Velvet into railing, then drags her up to whip at the apron. Velvet stops herself, ROCKS Hirsch then LARIATS! The ring count is 5 of 10, Velvet puts Hirsch in at 7.
Hirsch shoulders out but into an AX KICK! Velvet handsprings over to then KNEE Hirsch, and HOTSHOT STUNNER into the splits! Velvet stomps Hirsch down, then drags her into an ARMBAR! Hirsch won’t let Velvet use her signature against her, but then Velvet shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Hirsch powers up to deadlift Velvet, and BUCKLE BOMB her! Hirsch is free, she sets Velvet’s arm up to dropkick it against ropes! Fans rally up while AEW goes picture in picture.
Hirsch stomps Velvet into the corner, then pulls on the arm! The ref counts, Hirsch lets off, and then Hirsch digs her boot in. The ref counts, Hirsch lets off again, drags Velvet up, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE!! Hirsch is annoyed so she stomps Velvet down. Hirsch drags Velvet up, RAMS her into buckles, then flexes while Velvet clutches the bad arm. Hirsch drags Velvet around to choke her on the ropes! Hirsch counts along and lets off at 4. Hirsch slaps Velvet around, CLUBS her down, then hammerlocks the bad arm to drop knees on the shoulder. Cover, TWO! Hirsch tortures the bad arm but Velvet endures.
Velvet fights up, throws body shots, but Hirsch SLAPS her! That just angers Velvet and she SLAPS back! Velvet runs, wheelbarrows, but Hirsch makes it a GERMAN SUPLEX! Velvet flounders, Hirsch drags her back to center, and she pulls some of the KT tape off! Hirsch stomps the shoulder again and again, pulls more tape away, then stomps again! Hirsch sits Velvet up to KNEE her in the back! Hirsch puts Velvet in a corner, clotheslines point blank, and AEW returns to single picture. Hirsch whips corner to corner, Velvet goes up and leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Both women are down and fans rally up!
A standing count starts, Velvet and Hirsch slowly rise. Velvet roars and rallies with lariats from the good arm! Hirsch runs in, a drop toehold puts her on ropes! Velvet runs, DOUBLE KNEES to the back! Velvet clutches the bad arm, runs again, wheelbarrow, but Hirsch blocks again! Velvet pries free but Hirsch CLUBS the bad arm! Waistlock, GERMAN, but Velvet lands on her feet! Velvet ducks and dodges to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Velvet drags Hirsch right up, reels her in, FINAL- NO! Hirsch pops Velvet up to POWERBOMB, and LEGIT KNEE!! Cover, TWO, but to the LEGIT ARMBAR!! Velvet reaches out, ROPEBREAK!
Hirsch holds on, but lets go at 4! Hirsch is frustrated, but she runs in to BOOT WASH Velvet in the corner! Hirsch then YANKS Velvet right up, but Velvet sunset flips! Hirsch rolls through, steps through, but Velvet cradles! TWO, Velvet kicks the legs out, says it’s done, but spins into a roll-up! With tights! Hirsch wins!!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall
That was a win, but it wasn’t legit! She cheated Velvet, and then sucker punches her anyway! LEGIT ARMBAR!! Velvet taps but it doesn’t change anything! But here comes Kris Statlander! The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien runs Hirsch off then checks on
Malakai Black speaks.
“It is as Mr. Rhodes said. I added insult to injury. Why? Because the House is built on conflict. What better way to give an audience that constantly demands conflict and violence the embodiment of violence and conflict in one Brody King? One that you will embrace as a brother. You will hold him in your arms and you will whisper in his ears that you are thankful for him.” Brody King steps up from the shadows and tells Pac that he denounced the House. For that, he will be humbled. Pac and Death Triangle will feel true pain. They will pray for salvation, and they will look to the teachings the House has bestowed upon them, and say thanks. “Because just like death…” “We are inevitable.”
Sammy Guevara returns for a cue card promo.
Fuego helps him out as AEW goes picture in picture. “Tonight, I stand before you. Beaten. Battered. Bruised. But not defeated! Tonight, I am a champion! A true pillar of this company. I climbed the ladder in that ring, the same way I climbed the ladder in this company! I didn’t politic! I didn’t brown-nose! Instead… I ‘did the work’ over 2 years, over 100 episodes. I have gone from a supporting role to becoming a key player! But it wasn’t just me. Whether it’s the people here in Cleveland, Ohio, or the people watching at home on TBS, you have been with me every step of the way. This TNT Championship is not just mine. It’s OURS! I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.”
Sincerely, Sammy Guevara, the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion!
Schiavone is in the ring.
Dynamite is single picture again as a lot of awards are on display. Schiavone says we’re here to bring in not only a champion, but to celebrate the most decorated woman in the company, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD! The AEW Women’s World Champion has her Pittsburgh Penguins gear just to rub it all in Cleveland’s face, and then she hugs Schiavone before being handed the mic. “Cleveland! It’s been awhile since we had a little chat. It’s actually been awhile since I’ve been in the ring with a mic period, which is criminal.” But just because she’s been a stranger to the mic, that doesn’t mean the mic isn’t acclimated to her.
Because it felt like for awhile there, that every time CM Punk or MJF had this in their hands, they couldn’t keep her name out of their mouths. But she doesn’t blame them. Look at the year she’s had. Look! Pro-Wrestling Illustrated’s 2021 Match of the Year, Most Improved of the Year, Female Wrestler of the Year, and a cover girl. The list goes on and on. 2021 was the Era of the DMD, and damn was she right! And since the night that Britt won the title, she has had nine singles victories. Cleveland, you and Britt share a relationship with that number. Because against her Steelers, Mayfield got sacked NINE TIMES.
Oh wait, Mayfield was hurt. In the non-throwing arm. Britt did all this with a broken freakin’ wrist. But enough about Mayfield, let’s talk about the Baker that actually wins! The Women’s Division was a wasteland before her, and now it is a utopia. A #Brittopia, even. Anyone could’ve made this division theirs, but no one did. But Britt didn’t take anyone’s spot, she created the top spot! And after she took over the entire thing, she surpassed the entire ROSTER to become the face of AEW! She’s been making history since her first day. The first female signed to AEW, the first female to main event Dynamite, Rampage, and a bunch of other things she can’t even remember.
And Britt stands here today, voted by the fans, Female Wrestler of the Year. They’re writing history together because Cleveland made the history books against the Steelers. TEN incompletions! What a guy that Mayfield. Britt tells Cleveland that she is here for them. She won’t just settle as Female Wrestler of the Year. She won’t settle until she’s Female of the DECADE. Give it to her now, she ain’t going away BAYBAY. And she said it once, she’ll say it again: she will be the champion you deserve. Cleveland finally has a Baker they can count on! Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. Mic drop! But will Britt be in for a rude awakening soon enough as the top five sorts itself out?
Vickie Guerrero shrieks, “EXCUSE ME~!”
She can be heard before she stands on stage… Then she hands the mic to Nyla Rose. “I should be the TBS Champion, and there is only one reason that I’m not! Ruby Soho! Ruby Soho got a fluke victory on me! If we wrestled 100 times, I would win 99 times!” She wants RUBY! The Vicious Vixens storm off, will the Native Beast avenge her TBS Championship tournament loss? Or will the Runaway run away with another win over Nyla?
Lights Out: Adam Cole VS Orange Cassidy!
A 1v1 on Rampage didn’t end this. A huge tag match of Super Kliq VS Best Friends didn’t end this. And the Mixed Tag Match last week only escalated this when karma bit Britt and she fell through the table she and Cole brought over! Will the Panama City Playboy finally put this to rest when there’s nothing holding him back? Or will Freshly Squeezed hit a Beach Break on Beach Break to turn Cole’s lights out?
The bell rings and Cole glares at Cassidy as he takes this all casually. Cassidy BREAKS his own sunglasses to get serious, and they fire off fast hands! Fans fir up, the two let off, but then they come back for more! Cole throws Cassidy out but Cassidy lands on his feet. Cody stomps what’s left of the glasses, then he goes out, only for Cassidy to whip him into barriers! Cassidy gets space, raises his hands, and puts them in his pockets! Then he runs in, to SHOTGUN Cole into the railing! Cole crawls, Cassidy follows and fans rally for Freshly Squeezed. Cassidy whips Cole but Cole reverses and Cassidy crashes into railing!
Cole drags Cassidy up, and gives him a back suplex on the railing! Cole looks under the ring, and he brings out a- DANHAUSEN!? ROH’s own is here from Someplace Far Away, and he points at Cole! Cole shouts at him to get out of here, but then Danhausen gives a lazy thumbs up! Cole swings his chair at Cassidy but misses and hits post! Cassidy runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT to the floor! Fans are loving everything about this, and even Cassidy is confused to see Danhausen here. Cassidy gets the chair, but Cole mule kicks him and Cassidy hits chair on the way down! Cassidy sputters, gets up, Cole BOOTS him down!
Cole drags Cassidy up, POSTS him, then gest up on the apron. PANAM- NO! Alabama lift, but no Beach Break yet! Cole CLUBS Cassidy, but Cassidy TACKLES Cole through the timekeeper’s table! Fans rally up, but Cole grabs something. Cassidy powers up, runs in, but Cole uses the ring bell as a shield! Cassidy clutches his fist, but Cole RAMS Cassidy into steel steps! Cole drags Cassidy up, puts his hand between steps and ring, then BOOTS the steps! Fans are torn as Cole soaks it all up. Cole mocks Cassidy’s pain, then goes looking under the ring. Cole brings out a trash can, puts that in the ring, then puts a steel chain in the ring.
Cole looks around, brings out more chairs, and Cassidy clutches his hand as AEW goes picture in picture. Cole takes his time walking back to fetch Cassidy but the ref wants him to let off while he checks on Cassidy’s arm. Cole puts the trash can’s lid in the ring, goes back for Cassidy and brings him up. Cole puts Cassidy in, gets a chair, and he waits for Cassidy to stand. Cole then JAMS Cassidy in the gut! Cole sits the chair up, and takes a seat to fish hook Cassidy’s face! Cole then lets off to sit back and smirk. Cole gets the trash can, puts it around Cassidy, and SUPERKICKS him down! Cole grins as he’s having some fun now.
Cole gets the steel chain and wraps his hands up with it. He lassos Cassidy into a BACKSTABBER! Cole talks trash, drags Cassidy up nd throws him out. Cassidy stays on the apron thanks to the chain, but Cole snatches that away. Cole kicks Cassidy to the floor, then gloats as he paces around. Cole clears some space, goes to fetch Cassidy, but gets BLASTED with the fire extinguisher! Cassidy drags himself back in while Cole blindly flounders about. AEW returns to single picture, Cole and Cassidy tug-o-war for the chain! Cole reels Cassidy in, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cole sets chairs up closely together, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!
Cassidy scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER Cole on the chairs! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down, Cassidy shakes out the bad hand as it has some blood coming from it. Cole and Cassidy are on opposite ends, Cassidy runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Cassidy flounders out of the ring, Cole calls to his friends! Out comes Brandon Cutler?! But Wheeler Yuta CLOBBERS the cold spray butt monkey! Only for Bobby Fish to fire off on Yuta! So Chuck Taylor attacks Fish! Chuck TOSSES Fish into railing! But the Young Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Chuckie T! The Super Kliq get in the ring to aim at Cassidy, but Trent and Rocky drag the Bucks out!
Roppongi Vice is here and they brawl with Matt & Nick Jackson! Cole turns around, Cassidy Alabama lifts, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives so Cassidy throws off the armband! Cassidy is all fired up and Cleveland is fired up with him! ORANGE PUNCH!! But the bad hand!! Cassidy clutches the hand that he might’ve broken on Cole’s face! Cassidy gets Cole up, LOW BLOW!! But wait, Cole got hurt?! Cassidy reveals he had a CUP!! With tacks on it!! Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks, and then Cassidy hops up the corner! Hands up, but into finger guns! Cassidy steals PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO?!!?
No one can believe Cole survived but Cassidy gets the chain! “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Cassidy wraps his bad hand in the chain!? Cole bails out to avoid that one! Cole doesn’t want anything more to do with this, but Cassidy pursues! No count-outs in Lights Out so Cole can’t just run away! Cassidy ROCKS Cole with a punch, they go down to gorilla where Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn are. Cole uses Jerry as a shield, then he fireman’s carries Cassidy< DEATH VALLEY through the table! Cover, TWO!! Guess Lights Out are Falls Count Anywhere, too. But Cole is furious, and he drags Cassidy up to throw more forearms.
They go back up the steps to the stage, Cole pushes Cassidy to SUPERKICK him! Cassidy sits up, Cole brings down the kneepad. But Cassidy springs up to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy has the chain again, wraps that hand up, but Cole CLOBBERS Cassidy with one of the stage lights! Cassidy is dazed, Cole drags him over to the tunnel. Cole grins and he goes around the way. Cole climbs the steel truss! He laughs with a mad look in his eyes! Cole stands atop the tunnel, takes aim, but wait, where’d Cassidy go? Cassidy is right behind him!! LOW BLOW! And Cole wasn’t wearing a cup! Cassidy might be the angriest he’s ever been in his whole life!
Cassidy raises his hands, to HUG Cole?! But then both Cole and Cassidy look down below. Cole freaks out, there’s no way! But yes, Cassidy brings Cole with him, SUPER SIDE EFFECT through the stage!!! Fans are losing their minds, Cassidy covers, AND WINS!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Freshly Squeezed is freshly vindicated! And he gives a bloody thumbs up! Beach Break might’ve just broken Cassidy and Cole, but will this be the end of the feud between them?
What an awesome Dynamite! Opening with the ladder match was a great move, it had a lot of time to breathe and it was a true epic for that reason. That was practically a PPV match right there. Cody felt so close to going Heel here, especially with Fuego coming out to argue with Cody about how far he was going with Sammy. Sammy winning was a huge shock but also an amazing moment for him. He had a good cue card promo to follow up, and Sammy is now a two-time TNT Champion, so I can’t wait to see what he does with his second reign. And I also can’t wait to see how Cody’s story goes now that he’s without this title and still barred from the top title.
Speaking of titles, good promo from Starks and Hobbs, and great matches set up. Starks VS Lethal for the FTW title is going to be a lot of fun, but hopefully has a clean finish since Hobbs will be busy with Dante and Hook… Well, Hook just does what he wants. I also like that Jade is being a proactive fighting champion, even if she is choosing opponents she’s very confident about beating. Anna Jay aside because that was rankings compelling the match, Jade chose Skye Blue and she chose one-eye Julia Hart. I did like Julia showed some attitude to Griff, even though Griff was just thinking of her best interest. It is a sign that Julia’s been changed by being misted by Malakai.
And speaking of Malakai, he and Brody King had a really good promo. Them staying on Julia Hart to see her go “Oh my God” was good, cuz it also teases her joining them. House of Black VS PAC & Penta is going to be awesome stuff, and a great way for House of Black to build in the tag division. They’re number 5 right now, but will surely reach the top spot very quickly. We got a good promo out of Jurassic Express, Christian and the AHFO. Their tag title match is going to be great stuff for Rampage, and another big win for Jurassic Express. It’s going to be like irresistible force VS immovable object by the time we get Jurassic Express VS House of Black.
The Six Man Tag was really good, and the Inner Circle did a great job playing up the tension within the group. It was also a great bit of booking to have Jericho help out on the sly so that the team wins, and it was a great character play that Jericho didn’t get high and mighty about it but was instead more dismissive and left. I am really wondering where this goes, but it mostly just has to lead to Santana & Ortiz getting in on the tag title hunt. And we got another good promo from Jake, Archer and Hangman. A Texas Deathmatch for the world title is going to be amazing! It’ll definitely raise the game on Hangman’s reign.
Seems Moxley is going to be on a string of matches against one half of various tag teams. He’s definitely defeating Bowens on Rampage, but it’ll be a great singles showing for Bowens. Nyla had a good, straightforward promo to call out Ruby Soho, and that’ll be another really good match. Leyla VS Velvet was a really good match, too, and Leyla turned up the Heel with the roll-up. Statlander naturally makes the save, Statlander VS Hirsch is coming and it’ll be great. Britt had a great segment to just put herself over, over and over again. They are giving us almost too slow a burn to revisiting Britt VS Rosa, Rosa VS Mercedes hasn’t happened yet, the pacing is weird.
Then we got awesome stuff involving Punk and the Pinnacle. Wardlow destroys two opponents at once, and his character stuff during the Punk beatdown was great. Punk and MJF had another great promo battle, with probably more actual substance from MJF this time than the other times. Punk getting beat up is going to be what makes him the underdog in next week’s match, and then that means he’ll likely win. And last but far from least, that Lights Out main event! Cole can do no wrong, Cassidy can do no wrong, so together they gave us another PPV level match. Beach Break was basically a Free-Per-View on TV cuz of how it was sandwiched by two awesome matches.
Cassidy winning was a great surprise, I thought it was going to be Cole again. And aside from Roppongi Vice VS Bucks still to come, this basically allows Super Kliq and Best Friends to move on from each other, until perhaps title stories bring them all back around.
My Score: 9.1/10
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/24/22)
Roppongi Vice gets Dark!
Rocky Romero and #JustTrent arrive in Universal Studios!
Before challenging FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Roppongi Vice fires up in the Dark! Will they be partying in the Dark, too?
- Kris Statlander VS Avery Breaux; Statlander wins.
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS Eli Isom & T.U.G Cooper; Menard & Parker win.
- A.Q.A VS Brittany Jade; AQA wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Alan Angels; Moriarty wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Carlie Bravo; Kiss wins.
- Robyn Renegade VS Vicky Dreamboat; Robyn wins.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Trenton Storm; Ogogo wins.
- Leva Bates VS Kia Dream; Bates win.
- Roppongi Vice VS Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake; RPG Vice wins.
A good line-up of nine, and great to see Leva Bates back in action. Also nice to see the team formerly known as 2point0 having a tag match, that’ll help get them going in the tag division while also building towards the “Anarchy in the Arena” at Double or Nothing. And RPG Vice will definitely get a win before their match on Dynamite.
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