Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/26/22)
It’s Beach Break 2022!
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
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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/28/23)
What’re the odds?
Will the Devil of AEW pay for his sins in Sin City?
Double or Nothing raises the stakes on MJF by putting him in a Fatal 4 Way for the AEW World Championship! Will his reign of terror survive a weekend in Las Vegas?
- Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz VS Ethan Page & The Gunns; Hook & The Hardy Boyz win and Matt Hardy controls Ethan Page’s AEW contract.
- AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal: Orange Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole VS Chris Jericho; Cole wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm; Storm wins and becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn; The House of Black wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie; Jade wins and retains the title.
- AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander; Kris wins and becomes the new AEW TBS Champion.
- AEW World Championship Fatal 4 Way: MJF VS Sammy Guevara VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Darby Allin; wins and
- Anarchy in the Arena II: The Elite VS Blackpool Combat Club; win(s).
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!
Join Renee Paquette, Paul “Big Show” Wight, Stokely Hathaway and Kazeem Famuyide in discussing, analyzing and predicting everything tonight on this high stakes night for AEW! Oh, and RJ City is backstage on the red carpet.
Jim Ross interviews Don Callis.
Watch the full version here. Good ol’ JR asked Don, “How do you want this whole saga to conclude?” Don says he has done the hardest thing that a parent or family member could do. It was a cancer eating away with him, and what do you do with a cancer? You cut it out. And Don wants Kenny Omega to know, he hasn’t even started cutting yet. What more can Don possibly do to Kenny Omega after betraying him?
RJ City interviews Arn Anderson.
RJ is intimidated by The Enforcer, and he asks that in tonight’s TNT Championship match, Wardlow’s title will be hanging from the rafters because he got goaded into a ladder match. It feels like they’re playing into Christian Cage’s hands, what is the plan to win? Arn asks, “What makes you think anybody got goaded into their hands?” Arn reminds us that he and Wardlow are playing chess to Christian’s checkers, and they were the ones goading Christian into a match. Does RJ know how heavy a 10 foot ladder is? Arn sure doesn’t see Christian carrying one around much. But he does see Wardlow having yet to unleash what we’re about to see tonight, “in a town that’s up all night long.”
This isn’t them playing around, they’re getting down to business. And Wardlow’s going off tonight. RJ asks Arn if he’s packing heat tonight. Arn chuckles. Ask your mama. “My new step-father, Arn Anderson. Back to you, Renee.” Will the Maestro of Mayhem conduct the most memorable Powerbomb Symphony of all time?
Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz w/ Isiah Kassidy VS Ethan Page & The Gunns!
The Firm may have been DELETED, but All Ego & The Ass Boys still want to bring Matt & Jeff Hardy down! However, taking out Isiah Kassidy only opened the door to the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil! Will the FTW Champion help The Hardys take control of Ethan’s life? Or will Hook & The Hardys be the ones rendered OBSOLETE?
The trios sort out and Hook starts against Austin. They circle, tie up, and go around. Austin wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Hook wrenches back. Hook wristlocks while the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks, but Hook power up and out. Austin runs Hook over and fans boo but Austin tells Hook to “SUCK IT!” But Hook gest the leg to a KNEEBAR! Austin gets the ROPEBREAK, Hook lets him go, and the two reset. Ethan tells fans to shut up before he steals their girl. Austin rushes in, but Hook waistlocks and SLAMS him! Fans fire up, Hook gets the arm, and he grinds the shoulder.
Hook brings Austin over, he tags in Matt, and Matt goes up. The fans fire up for the AX HANDLE! Hardy wrenches the arm, ELBOW BREAKER after ELBOW BREAKER, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Tag to Jeff, he and Matt double whip to double elbow Austin down. SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! A classic! Cover, TWO! Jeff CLUBS Austin, brings him up and wrenches. Tag to Hook and Hook takes a handoff to a SAYANAGI! Colten storms in but into a SAYANAGI! Ethan storms in, but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up as the Hardys return, they all clothesline Ethan & The Gunns out of the ring!
Fans cheer and chant “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” with Matt. The fans then taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as they and Ethan regroup. Ethan tells them to get their heads in the game, this is his contract they’re fighting for! Austin tells fans to shut up, but then Hook & The Hardys go out after Ethan & The Gunns! Matt SMACKS Ethan off steel steps, Hook puts Austin in the ring, but Colten turns things around to SMACK Jeff off a corner crossbar! Hook shoulders into Austin but Colten anchors Hook. Hook kicks Colten away, DECKS Ethan, then goes in, but Austin dodges. Austin trips Hook, runs in, BULLDOG!
Austin drags Hook back, tags Colten, and Colten brings Hook to bump him off buckles. Colten stomps a mudhole in, he soaks up the heat and taunts Matt. The ref keeps Matt back, but Ethan uses that to CHOKE Hook! Ethan tags in, he brings Hook along and bumps him off the buckles. Fans rally, Ethan throws hands but Hook counter punches! Fans fire up as Hook backs Ethan down with forearm after forearm! Hook whips, Ethan reverses but Hook BOOTS back! Hook goes up but Ethan ROCKS him! Then scoops to POWERSLAM! Ethan BLASTS the Hardys and fans boo, but Austin tags in.
Ethan tells the fans to kiss this, then Austin puts Hook in the corner. Austin goes corner to corner, but Hook dodges! Austin POSTS himself and then goes out of the ring! Colten and Ethan hurry to get Austin up and into the ring! Ethan tags in, he drags Hook from the Hardys, but Hook shoots around to EL CAMINO! Hot tags to Colten and Matt! Fans rally as Matt rallies on Colten with forearms! And then “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Fans fire up but Austin runs in, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Colten kicks low, whips but Matt reverses, SIDE EFFECT! Ethan CLUBS Matt, bumps him off buckles, and blocks a boot!
Ethan swings but Matt catches Ethan to a SIDE EFFECT! Colten storms up, Matt DECKS him! Matt goes up, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Colten stays in this for Ethan but Matt calls his shot! Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” and Kassidy tells Ethan to “SUCK IT!” But Austin goes after Kassidy and pulls his neck brace off! Ethan shoves Kassidy down! Matt rushes over to help Kassidy, but he has to hurry back into the ring. Colten is there to DROPKICK Matt down! Fans boo but Colten drags Matt over. Tag to Ethan, Ethan rains down fists on Matt! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and shouts, “Hardy who?!”
Ethan stomps Matt at the ropes, ROCKS him, but Matt throws hands! Ethan rakes the eyes and puts him in the corner! The ref counts, but Austin is sneaking a grab at Matt’s shirt! Austin holds the shirt to trap Matt. Matt elbows Austin, but Colten tags in to stomp Matt! Austin anchors a foot to keep Matt trapped, and then Ethan tags in. Ethan drags Matt up, kicks low, and then goes up the corner. Ethan mocks the V1, leaps, and AX ANDLES Matt down! Ethan taunts Hook, and he says it is his turn to “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans boo, but Ethan reels Matt in, TWIST OF- NO, Matt RAMS Ethan into the corner!
Colten tags in and he keeps Matt from his corner! Colten whips, Matt holds ropes, and then Matt throws Colten up and out! Austin hurries in but only gets buckles! Matt crawls for his corner, fans rally up, but Colten crawls in! Colten anchors Matt, then Austin and Ethan trip Jeff and Hook! Colten hits a BIG back suplex! Tag to Austin, he drags Matt up and snapmares into a chinlock. Austin grinds Matt down but fans boo. Matt fights up, fans rally, but Austin brings him to the corner. Tag to Colten, the Gunns mug Matt. Fans rally for Matt but Colten bumps him off buckles. Colten says “SUCK IT!” then runs in, but only gets buckles!
Colten staggers but he tags Ethan in. Ethan drags Matt back, but Matt avoids the elbow drop! TWIST OF- NO, Ethan fights it, so Matt just DDTs Ethan down! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tags to Austin and Jeff! Brother Nero rallies on the Gunns, SLINGBLADE for Colten! Kick and whip for Austin, but Austin reverses. Jeff CLOBBERS Austin! And then atomic drops Colten, trips him, and LEG SPLITTING LEG DROPS! And basement dropkicks! Austin returns but Jeff gets around him, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and the LEG TRAP CRADLE! TWO! But Jeff calls his shot, kicks low, TWIST- NO, Austin shoves him away!
Austin runs in at the corner but Jeff BOOTS him down! Jeff goes up the corner, fans fire up and Jeff FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Jeff calls his shot again. Jeff kicks Austin low, reels him in, but Austin slips out of the Twist! Jeff hobbles, he ELBOWS Austin away, goes up the ropes, but he slips and falls! No Whisper in the Wind, and Austin tags Ethan. Ethan hurries after Jeff, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS free! Ethan goes after a leg, he keeps Jeff from the corner, but Jeff SPIN BACK KICKS! Hot tag to Hook! Hook rallies on Ethan with body shots! Hook fires off in the corner and fans fire up!
Hook HEADBUTTS, then clinches, but Ethan fights the suplex. Ethan knees and CLUBS Hook, suplexes, but Hook knees free to snap suplex in return! Hook hurries back up, and he CLUBS away on Ethan’s chest! Ethan blocks, throws Hook, and RAMS Hook into the corner. Ethan ELBOWS Hook, and ROUNDHOUSES! Hook falls and Ethan drags him to center. But Hook rolls to drag Ethan down! ARMBAR!! Ethan flails, Colten CLOBBERS Hook! Matt gets in but the ref keeps him back. The ref reprimands Colten and he exits, but then Ethan tags him in. Ethan and Colten drag Hook up, double whip, but Hook dodges!
Matt sneaks a tag before Hook LARIATS Ethan! Matt fires off on Colten, bumps him off buckles, and sets up for Jeff! Jeff manages to run in, POETRY IN MOTION! Matt brings Colten around, Jeff goes up! But Austin trips Jeff up! Matt DECKS Austin, dodges Colten, but Colten gets around! Austin returns, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Cover, but Jeff SWANTON BOMBS it apart!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Matt and Colten crawl, hot tags back to Hook and Ethan! They throw hands, Ethan throws elbows. And a BOOT!! Ethan scowls, he drags Hook back up, and he reels Hook in. Crucifix, but Hook fights free!
Hook wants the Redrum but the Gunns mug him! But the Hardys get the Gunns, STEREO TWISTS OF FATE!! Ethan stands up, and he’s surrounded! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Ethan wants mercy, but he gets a TWIST OF FATE! And then another TWIST OF FATE! And then REDRUM!!! Ethan TAPS, Hook & The Hardys win!
Winners: Hook & The Hardy Boyz, by submission (Matt Hardy now controls Ethan’s contract)
All Ego’s fate is sealed! What will Matt Hardy do to further the payback from everything The Firm did to him?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
She welcomes us to the opening ceremonies for the 2023 Owen Hart Cup, and welcomes out Dr. Martha Hart. Martha makes her entrance and has a mic of her own. Renee says it is always so great to have Marth, and it was this time last year that we had the tournament finals. This year, it all kicks off on Forbidden Door weekend. Yes, and Martha wants to say she is so happy to be back in beautiful Las Vegas. She is so happy to be back here with the AEW Family, and her own Owen Hart Foundation and her own family. She welcomes us all to the opening ceremonies of this year’s tournament to celebrate one of the most memorable wrestlers of all-time in Owen Hart.
Fans chant “OWEN! OWEN!” and Martha says that while last year, we were to dress up in bling and such, but the tournament is turning on its head and getting “gangster” this year. Maybe we should have our fedoras. Tony Khan walks out in such a fedora, with the Owen Hart Foundation logo on it. And Martha says this is not wrapping here but kicking off in Canada! And this will round up in Calgary at “the greatest outdoor show on earth,” the Calgary Stampede, July 15th! Make sure to bring your cowboy hats, pardners! Who will be in on this great tribute tournament to become the 2023 King and Queen of Hart?
Get ready to roll the dice.
“As the desert sun sets, the stakes rise. And on this Vegas night, fate will favor the bold, the risk takers. Only those willing to pay a high price survive this town. And the odds on the future? One in four. Tonight, from T-Mobile Arena, this is AEW Double or Nothing.”
AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal!
Orange Cassidy has made it to 22 defenses with this title, but this is going to be the biggest challenge yet! Including himself, this will be a 21 Man Battle Royal, all for the title! Will Freshly Squeezed survive The Superbad Squad, the Varsity Athletes, The Mogul Embassy, Naturally Limitless, “Big Bill” Morrissey, #TAIGASTYLE Lee Moriarty, Bullet Club Gold, “Absolute” Ricky Starks, Bandido, Komander, The Lucha Brothers, and even his own Best Friends? Or will someone come out of this the brand new champion?
Cassidy is the only one standing in the ring while everyone else surrounds him on the outside. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and Kip Sabian rushes in! Kip throws Cassidy up and over, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Naturally, Jay White & Juice Robinson go after Starks, Bandido goes after Kip and ends up saving Cassidy. Kip bumps Bandido off buckles, Fenix stomps Cassidy, and Penta just revels in the chaos. Penta goes after Daivari with CHOPS, Kip takes Cassidy’s sunglasses, but Fenix stomps Cassidy. Kip puts the sunglasses on, brings Cassidy up, Trent ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Morrissey!
Kip tries to throw Cassidy out again but he holds onto ropes to save himself. Cassidy throws elbows, Kip staggers away, The Butcher & The Blade go after Naturally Limitless, doing Swerve Strickland’s work for him. Starks lands on the apron, he ROCKS Juice, shoulders into White, then goes after them both! Josh Woods helps Daivari stay on the apron, and Komander tightrope walks?! He SUPER TORNILLOS Morrissey & Moriarty! Fans lose their minds and Komander gets back to the ring. White CHOKES Penta on the ropes, stomps him, then stomps Ricky. Penta GAMANGIRIS Daivari, then CLUBS White!
Bandido stomps Juice, Komander stomps Tony Nese, Bandido SUPERKICKS Juice! There’s still brawling on the outside, and the Lucha Amigos get the fans all fired up! They bring Nese up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Bandido suplexes Nese, and the others play defense! Bandido holds Nese up for TEN while forearms and SUPERKICKS fly all around! Then at TWENTY, the SLAM!! Bandido has everyone fired up and Bandido trophy lifts Nese! He still has the power to do that!? And then he TOSSES Nese out onto Woods to ELIMINATE him!! Fans are thunderous and Mark Sterling hurries to his team.
Daivari dumps Penta out but Penta lands on the apron. Penta drags Daivari up and over, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Nese anchors Penta’s foot! Daivari kicks low, then reels Penta in! Daivari mocks “CERO~! MIEDO~!” But Fenix TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICKS Daivari down, to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up again, but the Mogul Embassy isn’t impressed. Cage finally gets in and he swings, Komander dodges! Komander springboards but bounces off Cage’s shoulder! Penta runs in but Cage CLOBBERS him! Fenix gets up, cage TOSSES him to a corner to UPPERCUT, PELE, and then sends Penta into him!
Cage waistlocks Penta, who is holding onto Fenix, and Cage DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES them! HE really is a Machine! Bandido runs in to trophy lift Cage!? Cage slips off, throws Bandido to the corner, runs in and he MONKEY FLIPS Bandido!? Cage scoops Bandido, Komander goes up, and he leaps, only for Cage to stay up! Cage POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBOS! Cage DISCUS- NO, Fenix SUPERKICKS! and mule kicks! And ROUNDHOUSE! Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Double mule kick, then Uno! Dos! Tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! And then Wheelbarrow ROLLING SPLASH!
Fans fire up but Bullet Club Gold attacks the Lucha Brothers! They stomp away on them and the other luchadors! Then they go back to Starks, but Starks fights Juice off. BCG lift Komander together, but Fenix makes the save. Penta mule kicks White, the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK Switchblade! Juice is in a corner, Fenix sends Bandido in to back elbow! Fenix sends Penta in to GAMANGIRI! Fenix runs and rolls, SOMERSAULT FOREARM! They snapmare Juice, Komander goes up, and Komander tightrope- NO, White BLASTS Komander down and ELIMINATE him! Then he goes after the other luchadors!
Juice throat chops Penta, then helps White. But starks dumps White over! White holds on, Juice dumps Starks over! Starks dangles off the floor while holding onto the bottom rope! Fans fire up and Starks drags himself back in! Kip scoops Cassidy for a SHOULDER BUSTER, then fireman’s carries! Cassidy holds the ropes, he fights free! Penta KICKS White in the leg! Best Friends and Cassidy get Kip up, TRIPLE POWERBOMB!! Then they TOSS Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! And then they HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! But then Big Bill CLOBBERS them all!
Moriarty hits the FANG DRIVER on Cassidy! Moriarty throws him at the ropes but Chuck goes after Moriarty. Cassidy saves himself but Bill goes after Chuck. Bill aims at Cassidy and TOSSES Chuck! Cassidy ducks, Chuck hits the floor, Big Bill ELIMINATES him! So much for helping a friend… Trent jumps on Bill with a SLEEPER, but Bill puts Trent on a corner. White tries to scrape Fenix out, but he has to save Juice from Starks. Bill CHOPS Trent and Trent flops back into the ring! Blade CHOPS Keith Lee, it doesn’t bother him! Keith ROCKS Blade back! Cage and Butcher go after Dustin Rhodes.
Keith CLOBBERS Blade up and out to ELIMINATE him! Swerve is annoyed but Keith just glares back. Cage CLUBS Keith, fires forearms, and they brawl. Swerve is finally ready and he walks tot he ring. Keith ROCKS Cage, Cage JUMP KNEES Keith! Cage spins, into a fireman’s carry! Pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW! But Swerve jumps on to fire hands! Keith throws Swerve off! The two stare down and fans fire up! Cage attacks, but Keith ELBOWS him! Keith blocks Swerve’s kick, Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge hands, but then Keith hits him low! Swerve kicks, ROLLING ELBOWS, and fires off fast hands!
Keith shoves Swerve down but Swerve KANGAROO KICKS! Swerve RANAS, but Keith blocks it!! Keith hauls Swerve up, Swerve slips free, but Keith SPLASHES Cage! Swerve ENZIGURIS Keith, somersaults, but into a BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Swerve crawls to the bottom rope, and Cage KNEES Keith down! The Lucha Brothers have Butcher but he powers out, only for them to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Lucha Brothers toss Butcher over, he holds on, but DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send him down! The Lucha Brothers ELIMINATE him! Cage stomps Dustin, Fenix CLUBS Cage, Bandido ELBOWS Moriarty!
bill runs at Bandido but misses! Bandido runs in at Bill but Bill dumps him out. Moriarty BOOTS Bandido and ELIMINATE him! But Trent throws Moriarty over! Moriarty drags Trent out with him, they brawl on the edge! Penta and Fenix go after Cage, White works with Swerve against Naturally Limitless. Trent waistlocks but Moriarty fights with elbows. But Trent APRON HALF ‘N’ HALFS Moriarty and he falls, Trent ELIMINATES him! Bill TOSSES Cassidy, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Cassidy skins the cat again, but Bill runs in! Trent takes the shot! Bill’s BOOT ELIMINATES Trent!
Bill stomps Cassidy, Swerve and Keith encounter each other again. Keith throws hands on Swerve, has him on the ropes, then brings him around to TOSS him! Swerve holds on, Cage DUMPS Keith and ELIMINATES him!! Fans boo but the refs have to keep Keith from going after Swerve and Cage! Cage drags Swerve into the ring, but Dustin gives Cage a CROSS RHODES!! Swerve is too busy taunting Keith, he misses Dustin dump Cage out! Dustin stomps Cage’s head, but Swerve CLUBS Dustin! Swerve throws hands on Dustin, but Dustin kicks low to RHODES UPPERCUT! The Lucha Brothers are also brawling with Bullet Club Gold!
The CHOPS go back and forth between Lucha Brothers and BCG. BCG whip but the Lucha Bros reverse to send BCG both up and over! BCG gets back in, White blocks a superkick and lets Juice lift Fenix! Juice dumps Fenix out but he hold son! Penta runs in, but he is sent into Fenix! Penta ELIMINATES his brother!! But then Starks clotheslines Juice up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans fire up as Starks fires hands on White! But White hits a SWINGING URENAGE! Cage throws Dustin up and over but Dustin holds onto ropes. Penta looks at White and fans fire up. “CERO! MIEDO!” And a pie face!
White gets mad, he swings on Penta but Penta ducks to kick, and KICK! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, springboards, but into BLADERUNNER!! White drags Penta up, but Starks SPEARS White!! Starks TOSSES and ELIMINATES White!! But Juice drags Starks out to throw hands! Fans boo, the refs get Juice back, but White drags Starks up to RAM him into the railing! Swerve throws knees into Cassidy, the refs check Starks, and Cage CHOKES Dustin. Bill sees Starks crawl in and stalks him. Penta goes after Cage with a SLEEPER, and he drags Cage from Dustin. Swerve drags Cassidy up while fans rally for Starks.
Bill shakes his head, he drags Starks up and aims. Bill TOSSES Starks, but Starks stays on the apron! Bill runs back in, but Starks ROCKS him! Starks hurries in, fires hands on Bill, then CHOPS! Bill scoops Starks! Starks slips free, dodges, but Bill BOOGS Starks up and over!! Bill ELIMINATES Starks!! Fans boo, but then Dustin dumps Cage out! They’re both on the apron, APRON DESTROYER for Cage!! Cage falls, Dustin ELIMINATES him! But Swerve’s HOUSE CALL ELIMINATES Dustin!! And now we have a final four: Big Bill, Swerve, Penta, and the champion, Orange Cassidy!
Fans fire up as each man has a corner. Fans rally for “CERO! MIEDO!” and “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Nothing for Bill or Swerve. That makes them mad, they runs in, but Penta dodges Swerve to SUPERKICK Bill! Swerve runs in again, Penta blocks the kick and feeds it to Cassidy so Penta can SUPERKICK Swerve! And then Penta SUPERKICKS Cassidy! Swerve runs back in but Penta dodges to come back and SLINGBLADE! Penta whips Cassidy, he reverses, but Penta goes up and over and hits a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up but Bill steps up. Penta CHOPS Bill, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then “CERO! MIEDO!”
Penta runs, but into a BOOT! Bill clotheslines Penta up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans boo but then Swerve fires off on Cassidy! He feeds Cassidy to Bill’s BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Swerve and Bill shake hands, bring Cassidy up, but Bill wants to do this himself. Swerve says aight and backs off. Bill drags Cassidy up, pats his head, and scoops him to a trophy lift! But then Swerve shoves Bill up and over! Bill falls, Swerve ELIMINATES him! But then Cassidy dumps Swerve out! Swerve holds on, gets back in, and TOSSES Cassidy! But Cassidy also holds on!! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy skins the cat!
Cassidy slips around Swerve, but runs into a HAYMAKER! Swerve rolls, into a SUPERKICK from Cassidy! Cassidy ROCKS Swerve, Swerve SOBATS Cassidy! Swerve whips, Cassidy reverses, but Swerve cartwheels through the ropes to come back! Cassidy dodges and runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT- NO! Swerve blocks and suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! But then HOUSE CALL!! Both men are down and Vegas is thunderous! Cassidy and Swerve stir, Cassidy goes to a corner. “This is Awesome!” and Cassidy steps up, but Prince Nana trips him up!! Fans boo, but Swerve hits another HOUSE CALL!
Swerve goes up the corner, for the KILL STOMPS!!! Swerve huffs and puffs and drags Cassidy up, but he says he’s gonna end this man’s whole career! Swerve puts Cassidy’s hands into the pockets, brings him up, but Cassidy kicks the ropes! TORNADO DDT!! And then tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Swerve flounders, fans are thunderous, and Cassidy is fired up! ORANGE PUNCH! Swerve goes up and out but holds onto ropes!! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, he reloads, ORANGE- NO, Swerve drags Cassidy up and over! J M L- NO Cassidy pulls hair! Cassidy RAMS Swerve into the corner! Nana grabs at Cassidy, Cassidy BOOTS Nana!
Swerve KNEES Cassidy, and Cassidy sits down on the apron! Swerve goes up the corner, takes aim again, APRON KILL- NO, Cassidy’s boots hit first! And ORANGE kick to the arm! Swerve falls, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy (still AEW International Champion)
The odds were against him, but Freshly Squeezed made it through! If 20 men could not stop Orange Cassidy, will anyone ever take this title from him?
Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole w/ Roderick Strong VS Chris Jericho w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Undisputed One’s return was victorious, but the overly sensitive Wizard would not stand for it. Since then, the JAS has done everything they can to ruin Cole’s time back in AEW, even going so far as to set up a trap for Cole and girlfriend, Britt Baker. Jericho has been hypocritical, disrespectful and conniving, but has it all finally come back to haunt him in the worst way possible? Or will not even having the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying ECW legend be enough to help Adam Cole BAYBAY?
Actually, let’s not forget Cole has the Savior of the Backbreaker! Cole, Strong and Sabu all bring chairs to the ring, and the JAS moves to intercept! Menard gets a chair to the gut, Parker gets a chair to the face! Cole rushes in and goes right for Jericho to TACKLE him! The bell rings so this is official, and Garcia goes after Cole! Sabu throws more chairs at Hager and Menard! Jericho & Garcia mug Cole, CHOKE him, but Sabu gets in the ring with a chair! Jericho gets a chair, too! Fans fire up as we take a trip back in time! Meanwhile, Garcia CHOKES Cole! Sabu and Jericho dare each other to make a move!
The JAS get tables and other things while the chairs CLASH! CLASH! And CLASH! Sabu wins out to SMACK Jericho down! Cole stops Menard & Parker from setting up tables, to then put them on it! Sabu goes up to FALLING SPLASH through the table!! Sabu is still all those things they say he is! Fans are thunderous but then Garcia CLOBBERS Sabu! Garcia ROCKS Strong, RAMS him into railing, and Hager RAMS Strong into the apron! And then into more railing! Sabu sends Garcia into railing! Strong does the same to Hager! Cole and Jericho finally get in the ring, this is who’s supposed to be fighting anyway!
Sabu & Strong clear the JAS out so now, Jericho has no choice. “What you got, Chris?!” This is ADAM COLE BAYBAY! And the fists fly!! The fans fire up, Cole knees low and TOSSES Jericho out hard! Cole gets the arm to SLAM it off the steel steps! And then SLAMS the other arm! Cole puts Jericho in, drags him to a corner, and he SLAMS a leg against the post! And then the other leg! And then back again! Jericho writhes on the apron while fans rally up. Cole goes up onto the apron then in the ring. Cole ROCKS Jericho and has him sit down. Cole then goes up a corner, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho blocks!
Jericho hits low, then suplexes Cole to the floor! The ref checks Cole but he’s okay to continue. Jericho stands first, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then Jericho flips everyone off. Jericho drags Cole up, CLUBS him, then brings Cole up. Cole fights the bomb, but Jericho DROPS Cole on the apron! Jericho then drags Cole up and around the way, to RAM into steel steps! Cole tumbles over and fans fire up again. Jericho drags Cole up, SMACKS him off the apron, and has him in the leg. Jericho CHOPS Cole to a corner, CHOPS him again, then stalks him to another corner. Jericho gets in Cole’s face, and SLAPS him!
Fans rally for Cole but Jericho goes back to him. Cole shoves Jericho, throws body shots, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Jericho grabs a chair left behind by Sabu, and he CHOKES Cole with it! The ref can only ask if Cole gives up, but Jericho JAMS Cole low! Jericho wedges a chair into a corner, ROCKS Cole with a forearm, then whips him in. Cole reverses, kicks and then whips Jericho to the open corner. Jericho BOOTS back, runs in, but is sent into the chair!! Jericho falls right over, but he isn’t out of this yet. Jericho stands, Cole fires off forearms on him! Fans fire up as Cole BOOTS Jericho, then runs.
Jericho CLOBBERS Cole! Jericho stomps Cole, fans rally up, and Jericho LION- SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Jericho out of the air! Fans fire up, Cole goes up the corner again, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole fights it but Jericho still puts him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Cole endures, reaches out, crawls over, and he grabs the ropes, but ropebreaks don’t matter in this, this is No Holds Barred! Cole remembers, crawls further on, grabs at the skirt and sees something! Cole grabs the fire extinguisher! But Cole is also fading being stuck in the ropes and the hold! But then Jericho drags Cole in from the ropes!
Cole has the extinguisher, he brings it around, and BLASTS Jericho! Jericho lets go while fans fire up! Cole crawls back to the extinguisher, picks it up, and he CLOBBERS Jericho with it! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives a canister to the head but Cole just glares at him. Cole drags Jericho up, but Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he flops over! Cole talks trash on Jericho, sits him up and runs, but Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Jericho seethes. Jericho grabs the extinguisher, he BLASTS Cole now! And a long one, too! Jericho then just sprays it all around!
Jericho drops the canister onto Cole’s stomach! Fans fire up as Jericho goes outside, drags a kendo stick out from under the ring, and has a big grin on his face. Jericho gets in the ring, holds up the stick, and Cole sits up. Jericho pints the stick at him, but here comes BRITT! She has a kendo stick, too! And fans fire up for the “DMD!” as she fires off on Y2J! She SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS him! “How’s it feel, Chris!?” Britt SMACKS her more and more and the fans are loving it! But Saraya runs in, only to get a SMACK! Britt chases Saraya off and SMACKS her as she goes! As for Cole, he gets the kendo stick now!
Jericho is stinging as he leans against the ropes, but Cole storms up behind him. Cole CHOKES Jericho with the stick! “I’ll end you, Chris! I’ll end you!!” Jericho sputters, stands, but into a BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but by only so much! Cole gets the stick back to CHOKE Jericho again! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Cole goes out to the apron. Jericho grabs the chair, but Cole climbs a corner. Jericho CHUCKS the chair at Cole! Direct hit to the head, and then Cole falls through the table!! Vegas loses its mind after getting what they wanted! The ref checks Cole, but he’s somehow okay to continue.
Jericho drags Cole from the wreckage, and says “You see what happens when you mess with Chris Jericho?” Jericho drags Cole up to dribble his head off the apron! Jericho shoves Cole into the ring, then brings out a chain! And it has cuffs on it! Fans chant “YOU SUCK EFF!” but Jericho just grins. Jericho goes into the ring with the shackles, and he cuffs one end to Cole’s wrist. Jericho has the other end, swings the cuff around like a morning star, but Cole body shots Jericho! DDT onto the chair! Cover, TWO!! Cole sees the other cuff, and he puts it on Jericho! This has turned into a handcuff match!
Jericho freaks out, tries to run but Cole YANKS him down! And then SUPERKICKS! Cole goes up a corner, reels Jericho in, and PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Cole is a bit surprised. Cole drags Jericho up, runs, but Jericho ducks the Boom to roll Cole up, TWO!! Jericho LASHES Cole with chain! And LASHES him again! And again! Cole writhes but sits up, and Jericho JUDAD- NO, Cole ducks! But Jericho CHOKES Cole with chain! Jericho brings Cole up, and then has Cole hanging off his shoulder! But Cole kicks off the corner! Cole kicks the arm, then SUPERKICKS Jericho down!
Fans fire up again as Cole reloads, runs, BOOM!! But that’s not enough for Cole, and not enough for the fans! Fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” and Cole wraps the chain around his knee! Cole runs again, FULL METAL BOOM!! Cole unwraps his leg, and then rains down fists! Fans count, Cole goes to TEN! Then he uses the CHAIN to punch Jericho! And then more bare fists! Jericho’s OUT, the ref calls it!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by referee stoppage
The Undisputed One gets his vengeance, having battered and bruised Jericho from head to toe! Will this help Cole move on and head for what he really wants in championship gold?
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Karen Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
After the loss of his blood brother, the Sussex County Chicken has been leaning on his friends. But who really are his friends? Is it Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, who he has gone to war with? Or is it Jay Lethal, who Mark has known for a long time? What happens when his friends put him in the middle of their own heated rivalry?
Mark takes his referee duty seriously by checking everyone’s gear. He then takes the belts and raises them, and we see how personal this match gets!
The teams sort out, Lethal starts against Dax, and Mark has the bell ring. Fans rally for “FTR! FTR!” which upsets the Jarretts. Lethal and Dax tie up, go around, Dax headlocks for a takeover but Lethal headscissors. Dax kips free and the two stand off. They go again, Dax waistlocks but Lethal wrenches to a wristlock. Lethal YANKS the arm, wristlocks and then armlocks, but Dax fights up. Dax whips Lethal but Lethal runs him over! Things keep moving, Dax scoops but Lethal slips out to O’Conner Roll! Mark checks, TWO! Lethal is upset at the delay, but Dax scoops. Lethal turns it into a cradle, TWO!
Lethal arm-drags, Dax headscissors, Lethal kips free, but Dax hits a headlock takeover! Lethal’s shoulders are down, Mark calls it, ONE! Lethal fights up, powers Dax to a corner and Mark calls the ropebreak. Lethal throws a cheap shot and Mark scolds him, but Lethal CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS again, but Dax CHOPS in return! Lethal sputters, Dax CHOPS him again! Lethal CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, and fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Dax headlocks, Lethal powers out and ELBOWS him out! Lethal CLUBS Cash into the ring! Jarrett joins in, Triple J mugs Cash! They double whip, Lethal runs in but Cash goes up and over!
Cash dodges Jarrett, Dax DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! And FTR DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Then then DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP and Triple J collide! FTR have each man in a corner, whip, but they dosido and FTR takes a swing, into DOUBLE BACK SUPLEXES! But FTR land on their feet and they both trip Triple J! Then double step through, double SHARP- NO, Triple J scramble to DUOBLE ROPEBREAKS! Mark counts, Dax lets go at 4 and Triple J regroups outside. Fans rally up for “FTR! FTR!” Mark wants someone to get in the ring and he starts the count. Lethal gets back in at 3, and he stares down with Dax.
Dax and Lethal circle, tie up, and Dax tags Cash. Cash gets the arm to wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and repeat. But Lethal knees low, CLUBS Cash down, then ROCKS him with hands! Lethal tells Dax up his, but Mark keeps Dax back. Lethal claps hands and says “Tag!” but everyone knows that doesn’t count! Mark ends up knocking Jarrett over as he gets in! Jarrett gets mad but Mark says he is the authority so you respect him! Lethal argues with Mark, but Cash CHOPS Lethal! Karen shouts at fans, Cash CHOPS Lethal to the corner. Dax tags in, FTR whip and DUOBLE BACK DROP! Then they CLOBBER Jarrett!
Mark says one in and one out. Dax DUMPS Lethal onto Jarrett! Karen complains, but Dax tags Cash. FTR run in to slide out, and they ROCK Triple J, and then RAM them into each other! Cash puts Lethal in, Lethal whips Cash away and things speed up. Karen distracts so Jarrett can dump Cash out! And Jarrett gets a chair! Mark sees that and says hell no! Jarrett drops the chair, drags Cash up and RAMS him into railing! Fans rally for FTR but Mark scolds Jarrett. Jarrett still RAMS Cash into the railing again. Mark goes out to check Cash, and he tells everyone to get in the ring. Sonjay mocks FTR while Lethal drags Cash in.
Lethal snap suplexes Cash but the fans rally for FTR. Lethal pretends he can’t hear them so they boo. Lethal drags Cash up, tags Jarrett, and Triple J double whip. Cash reverse to send Lethal, but Jarrett hits the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Triple J swagger about, Jarrett drags Cash up and puts him on ropes to CHOKE! Mark counts, Jarrett lets off, but KAREN CHOKES Cash!! The fans boo but Jarrett STRADDLE ATTACKS Cash! Tag to Lethal, he stomps away on Cash, and stomps him into a corner! Mark scolds, but Lethal still drags Cash up. Lethal UPPERCUTS Cash down! Karen mocks the fans while Lethal CHOKES Cash more!
Mark counts, Lethal lets off, and he tags Jarrett in. Triple J stomp away on Cash, fans rally up for Cash but Karen cheers her hubby on. Jarrett just stomps Cash from head to toe! Then he struts! And flips Dax off! Mark keeps Dax back, Jarrett soaks up all the heat but Cash hits low! Lethal tags in, Triple J whip Cash to ropes, kick low, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lethal clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and he leans on the hold. Triple J soak up the heat but Cash fights up, to a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cash and Lethal crawl, but Lethal sucker punches Dax!
Cash rolls Lethal up! TWO!! Cash has no one to tag, though! Lethal gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Lethal drags Cash over, tags in Jarrett, and Jarrett KICKS the leg out! And again! Jarrett drags Cash back, fans fire up, and Jarrett steps through to have the FIGURE FOUR! Cash endures and fans boo but Mark checks with Cash. Cash shakes his head, he isn’t giving up! Cash rests back but has to keep his shoulders up. Mark sees them down, ONE as Cash sits up. Cash falls back again, the shoulders are down, ONE! Cash throws hands on Jarrett! Jarrett thrashes the hold! Cash is down again, TWO!
Cash endures, sits up again and fans rally up. Dax TRIPS Lethal off the apron! Dax goes up top, to DIVING HEADBUTT Jarrett! Karen protests but Mark says now it’s a standing count! The count rises to 3 of 10, Cash crawls but clutches his knee. Fans rally as we pass 5, and then go to 8. Hot tag to Lethal, and he CLOBBERS Cash! Lethal whips, Cash hurdles hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS, JABS, JABS and DECKS Lethal! And DECKS again! Dax CHOPS, JABS and repeat in the corner! Fans fire up, Dax whips corner to corner to clothesline! And then another whip, but Lethal reverses. Dax reverses back to short arm LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Mark gets Jarrett outta the way. Dax suplexes, Lethal slips free, but Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds, he brings Lethal up, GERMAN SUPLEX! And he still holds on! But Lethal blocks! Lethal switches, Dax switches, repeat! They go around, Dax BRAINBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Dax is frustrated but fans rally again. Dax drags Lethal up, whips him to ropes but Lethal reverses. Lethal gets under to LETHAL COMBINATION! Fans rally while Dax is down from the backbreaker to neckbreaker. Karen coaches Lethal on while comforting Jarrett.
Lethal goes to the corner, he climbs up, but Dax ROCKS him first! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Jarrett stands, Dax DECKS him! Then CHOPS Lethal! Dax coordiantes with Cash, they both climb up. But Jarrett goes after Cash! Cash throws hands, backs Jarrett down, but Jarrett ROCKS Cash! Sonjay anchors Cash! Mark reprimands but Jarrett POSTS Cash! Dax DECKS Jarrett, but Lethal CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! CHOP! CHOP! CHOP!! Dax finally falls after about five more chops! Lethal adjusts, aims, HAIL TO THE- NO, Dax trips him up! Dax climbs back up, brings Lethal up, for the SUPERPLEX!!
Dax rolls through, brings Lethal up, and Cash is up top, DOOMSDAY POWERBOMB!! Cash DIVES onto Jarrett!! Dax covers, but Sonjay drags him out!! The fans boo and Mark is upset, but Dax chases Sonjay! Sonjay gets in the ring, but Mark stops Dax? To then tell Sonjay he is EJECTED!!! Fans fire up and Dax loves it! Sonjay is furious, he brings Satnam with him and fans sing “HEY HEY HEY! GOOD BYE~!” Dax pats Mark on the back, but wait! Jarrett has a guitar! Dax moves, SMASH HIT on Mark!!! The ref is down!! Fans say Jarrett effed up but now Lethal runs in! LETHAL- NO! Dax blocks! SHATTER MACHINE!!!
Cover, but Mark is out! FTR should’ve won by now, but Mark is just out cold! Aubrey Edwards rushes out, but Sonjay stands in her way!! Aubrey tells her to get outta here, and then SHOVES him! But then Karen SMASH HITS Aubrey!!! Fans boo her more than they’ve ever booed her before! But FTR is in shock all the same! Lethal DOUBLE LETHAL INJECTIONS!!! But we still don’t have a ref!! Fans chant “F U KAREN!” but Karen flips off the fans and grabs the belts! She tells them to kiss this, and Jarrett gets in the ring. Jarrett gives Lethal a belt, he drags Dax up, and Lethal takes aim. But Dax BOOTS Lethal!
Dax ELBOWS Jarrett, and PILEDRIVERS Lethal! But Jarrett BELT SHOTS Dax! And hits THE STROKE!! Sonjay wakes Mark up in time for the cover, TWO?!?!?!? Mark was still woozy, that is what saved FTR! “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” Jarrett is furious and tells Mark he screwed this up! He pie faces Mark!? Fans boo as Jarrett shoves Mark into the corner. Mark stands, Jarrett SLAPS him! Mark SLAPS back! SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Mark did the right thing and called this down the middle! Triple J did the wrong thing by thinking they could just use him! FTR hug their friend, and they all celebrate! Are Mark and FTR finally done with Team Triple J?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Alex Marvez says Starks took care of business with the Bullet Club Gold in the Blackjack Battle Royal, but unfortunately did not win the International Championship. Starks says he did what he said he would by eliminating both Jay ‘n’ Juice, and- Oh no! BCG attacks Starks! Actually this is par for the course, but still! They beat him down for costing them the title, but then FTR rushes in! BCG run off, FTR help Starks to the medical area. Will Starks find some unlikely allies against the Switchblade & Rock Hard?
AEW Media catches up with Jericho and Saraya.
Both of them are furious after the Unsanctioned Match didn’t go Jericho’s way. “Did you see how I just lost the Unsanctioned Match to Adam Cole via referee stoppage? Adam Cole is insane! Adam Cole is a barbarian! Adam Cole is a bastard!” Saraya agrees, and Cole’s just like Britt! That B*TCH! Hitting them with kendo sticks!? What kind of a woman hits a man with a kendo stick?! They ask- NO, they DEMAND a mixed tag match on Dynamite! This has to stop! Jericho & Saraya VS Cole & Britt! This needs to stop! This is what happens when you mess with Jericho! Security tells Jericho to calm down but Saraya you don’t talk to him like that!
The security guard says he’s just doing his job. Saraya says fine. She backs off, and Jericho hits this guy with a FIREBALL!! No one tells Jericho to calm down, he’s a WIZARD!! But will Jericho & Saraya be able to burn the Undisputed Couple?
AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus!
The Maestro of Mayhem made it through the Monstar, but now he faces a monster. No, not the Right Hand of Destruction, but Captain Charisma, who is really more like the Chief of Cheap Shots. Christian insulted Wardlow’s deceased father and what supposed little impact he had on anyone’s life, and that is a step too far. Will Wardlow have a major impact on Christian’s life tonight? Or will Captain Charisma remind us that he is the Lord of Ladders?
Surprisingly, Christian has Luchasaurus leave ringside! Is Christian really going to do this 1v1? Does he really think he can survive doing this 1v1? The introductions are made, the belt is already high above, and we see who climbs over the other to bring it down!
The bell rings, fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” but Christian talks trash that he’s going to be champion. The two feel things out as they circle, and then Christian kicks low! And UPPERCUTS! Wardlow blocks the whip, kicks low, and CLUBS Christian down! Wardlow drags Christina back up, trophy lifts, but Christian slips off. Christian shoves Wardlow but Wardlow blows through the clothesline to then run Christian over! Wardlow winds up, Christiand ucks the lariat, and he chicken wings! But Wardlow powers out of the Killswitch to RAM into Christian at the corner! And again! Wardlow sits Christian down and fans fire up.
Wardlow goes out to DECK Christian from the outside. Wardlow goes for a ladder but Christian CLOBBERS Wardlow! Christian throws hands, Wardlow hits back. Wardlow puts Christian in the ring, gets a ladder, and fans fire up. But Christin DROPKICKS the ladder into Wardlow! And then PLANCHAS, but into the ladder! Wardlow paces and scowls while Christian crawls. Wardlow looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Vegas likes where this is going, because he gets another table! Wardlow sets those up at ringside, side by side, and then CLUBS Christian. Wardlow SMACKS Christian off the steel steps, and then again!
Wardlow brings Christian around and puts him on the tables. Wardlow throws down hands to keep Christian down, and then Wardlow goes into the ring. Wardlow climbs up, fans fire up, but Christian scrambles away! Fans boo but Wardlow hops down. Wardlow stalks Christian around the way, but Christian sucker punches Wardlow! And RAMS him into railing! Christian stalks Wardlow, gets a ladder, and he RAMS Wardlow down! Christian puts the ladder in the ring, then grabs a really big ladder and RAMS Wardlow with that! Christian makes that ladder a bridge between ring and railing, then goes under.
Wardlow knees low! And CLUBS Christian, and then puts him on the ladder. Wardlow CLUBS Christian more, then box jumps to the apron! Fans fire up, Wardlow brings Christian up, but Christian slips free to UPPERCUT! Christian trips Wardlow up! Wardlow gets crotched on rungs! Fans boo but Christian gets in the ring. Christian sets a ladder up but Wardlow crawls his way back in. Christian sees Wardlow, stomps him down, then stomps him right in the gut! Fans boo as Christian digs his boot in. Christian then sets the main ladder into a corner. Fans taunt Christian’s turtleneck, but he whips Wardlow. Wardlow reverses and Christian hits the ladder!
Wardlow reels Christian in but he slips under, to then RAM Wardlow into the ladder! Wardlow staggers about, Christian puts the ladder in the ropes, and then he puts Wardlow under the ladder. Christian has the legs, CATAPULT LADDER GUILLOTINE!! Fans boo while Wardlow clutches his head and neck, but Christian soaks up the heat. Christian brings the ladder around to be under the belt, and Christian climbs. Christian reaches up, gets fingertips on the belt, but Wardlow tips the ladder! HOTSHOT, and LARIAT! Wardlow catches his breath, brings the ladder up, then stomps Christian.
Wardlow climbs, but slowly, only for Christian to anchor his foot! Wardlow climbs back down to drag Christian up. Christian grabs the ladder to escape the bomb! Fans freak out, but Wardlow quickly yanks Christian back down! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up again and Wardlow decides to put the ladder down. Wardlow drags Christian up, trophy lifts him, and he walks around in a circle, SUPER AIRPLANE SPIN, to then DROP Christian on the ladder!! Christian sputters and falls out of the ring while fans cheer on “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow stands the ladder up, shakes out the junk, and climbs up.
But wait, Luchasaurus returns! The Right Hand shoves Christian into the ring and Christian goes after Wardlow! Christian drags Wardlow down, REVERSE DDT off the ladder! Wardlow writhes but Christian puts the ladder in a corner. Fans start to rally for Christian and we have a fan duel. Christian lines up his shot as Wardlow stands, and Christian runs in! But into a LOW BLOW! And then an Alabama Lift, ALABAMA SLAM on the ladder!! Wardlow then drags the ladder out, with Christian on it! Wardlow goes up the corner, fans fire up as Wardlow SWANTON BOMBS only onto ladder!!! Even Jeff Hardy would’ve reconsidered that!
Wardlow flops out to the apron and Christian picks the ladder up to RAM Wardlow down! Christian then sets ladder up under the belt and climbs. But ARN is here! Fans fire up as Arn coaches Wardlow up. Wardlow hurries up the corner, to LEAP into this ladder! The ladder breaks and they both fall down!! Fans lose their minds as Wardlow grabs his own leg. Was that Arn’s idea or what? Wardlow hobbles up, stands the busted ladder up, but no, this isn’t gonna work. Right? Wardlow still wants to try! A ref stabilizes it but that messes it up! Wardlow gets a new ladder, but Luchasaurus gets in! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!
Luchasaurus drags Wardlow up again, another CHOKE SLAM!! But Arn gets in!? Fans fire up as Luchasaurus turns around, and choke grips Arn!! But Arn BITES the hand!! Luchasaurus and Arn scrap, Luchasaurus’ finger is bleeding!? Arn has just pissed Luchasaurus off! Luchasaurus goes out to choke Arn! And he brings him to the table! But Wardlow SMACKS Luchasurus with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Luchasaurus is on the tables now! Fans are fired up as Wardlow positions perhaps the tallest ladder in the building! Arn helps stabilize and Wardlow climbs! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!
Now THAT is something Jeff Hardy would’ve done! Fans are electric and losing their minds while both big men are down in the wreckage! But Christian peeks his head out from under the ring! Christian sees an opening and hurries to get in! Christian grabs a ladder, Wardlow sits up, and fans rally up! Christian stands the ladder up, climbs up, but ARN gets in the ring! Christian has a finger on the belt! But Arn tips the ladder, Christian jumps off, but into Wardlow’s arms! POWERBOMB!! Arn resets the ladder, Wardlow climbs it, and Wardlow grabs the belt! Wardlow brings it down and WINS!
Winner: Wardlow (still AEW TNT Champion)
That was a war, and the Face of the Revolution stands tall! Will the Maestro of Mayhem continue to conduct chaos and dominate AEW?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm!
A tale as old as time in pro-wrestling: two best friends are torn apart by success, ambition, jealousy and pride. The two were at odds even before Hayter defeated Storm to become champion, and things have only escalated from there. Will Hayter have to hit Storm even harder to end this? Or will being an Outcast be exactly what Storm needs to strike Hayter down?
But speaking of, where is Hayter? The music plays but she doesn’t appear. Storm acts all surprised, even though we know what The Outcasts did to her just last Friday. Wait, Soho & Saraya throw Hayter out on stage! They go after the bad arm and mug her! Soho has the belt, Saraya says “This is OUR house!” and then Storm goes out to meet her new friends. The Outcasts continue to mug Hayter, and Storm RAMS Hayter into railing! And then they pull her bad arm into the post! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Storm lets off. Saraya says everyone in Vegas are losers, and Storm RAMS Hayter into the steel steps!
The ref tells them all to stop but the Outcasts put the arm against steps, to DROPKICK! And DROPKICK again! Fans boo, The Outcasts put Hayter in, and the ref tells them to stop. Hayter says ring the bell so the bell rings! Storm BOOTS Hayter, covers, TWO!! Storm stomps Hayter’s bad shoulder, fans rally up, and Storm drags Hayter up. Storm grinds the arm, Saraya pulls off a buckle pad, and Storm stomps the arm. Fans rally for Hayter but Storm stomps her. The pad is off, but here comes Britt! Didn’t Saraya think this would happen again?! Britt fires off on Saraya but Storm CHOKES Hayter!
The ref reprimands Storm, she lets off, but then the ref argues with Soho about the buckle pad. Storm whips, Hayter reverses, and Storm goes into the ref and Soho! Hayter gives Storm the HAYTEBREAKER!! Cover, the ref is here, TWO!! Storm survives and she distracts the ref, Soho undoes another pad! Hayter storms over, but gets SPRAY PAINT to the face!! SWEET HIP MUSIC!! Cover, TWO!!! Storm & Soho can’t believe Hayter survives! The ref argues with Soho, here comes SHIDA! Kendo stick SMACK for Soho! And then steel steps! Soho avoids the kendo stick, they brawl with forearms now!
Fans fire up for Shida but Storm is furious! Hayter RAMS Storm into bare buckles! HAYTERADE!! But it’s with the bad arm!! Hayter still manages to cover, TWO!!! Storm survives again but Hayter is just getting angrier! Hayter powers up, rips off the shoulder tape, and roars! Fans fire up as she kisses the bicep and drags Storm up again. HAYTER- NO, Storm gets around and shoves Hayter into buckles! STORM ZERO!! Cover, STORM WINS!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (NEW AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Lightning strikes twice, she is a TWO-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion! Though, it took everyone in the Outcast army to do it. Will AEW really be their house?
AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS ???
Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews have radically and ruthlessly redefined what these titles are all about, from both the look to how you fight for them. The call was sent out to the world for any and all who would challenge them, so who has answered? It’s THE ACCLAIMED!! Billy Gunn, Anthony Bowens & Max Caster have been rolling as a trio, so they wanna take over everything! And of course, Platinum Max has a diss track!
“Platinum on the mic, are you not entertained? In Vegas, everybody loves The Acclaimed! We leaving Brody King in a sad place, lookin’ like a reject from RuPaul’s Drag Race! Yo, that might’ve been in bad taste, but how does Malakai get away with doing blackface? And Buddy acts all ominous, when he’s get cucked by a kid named Dominik! Yo, listen!” There’s a second verse!? “Yo, we have you on your backs in five minutes. How’s it the House of Black with no Black guys in it? And you can keep the advantage, we don’t need a special rule to kick your emo asses!” Bowens says, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Caster’s mouth just wrote a check Daddy Ass can’t cash!
Fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the trios sort out. Bowens and Malakai start, and Bowens says he ain’t scared of the House. The two circle, tie up, and go around. Bowens and Malakai break, then reset. They go again, Malakai waistlocks but Bowens wrenches. Malakai wrenches, Bowens wrenches, repeat, and Malakai clamps onto the arm. Bowens wrenches back, but Malakai waistlocks. Bowens elbows free, but Malakai doesn’t even flinch! Malakai even smirks! Bowens and Malakai circle again, tie up, and Bowens headlocks. Malakai headlocks back, Bowens throws Malakai away but Malakai runs him over!
Malakai brings Bowens up, whips but Bowens reverses, only for Malakai roll off his back! Fans cheer as Malakai sits cross-legged. Bowens sits with Malakai! Fans fire up and Bowens shows off the scissor fingers~! Malakai is not amused as Bowens eggs him on. They both stand, Malakai KICKS Bowens, tags Buddy, and Buddy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Buddy wrenches Bowens but fans chant “DOMINIK!” The only place that will… Buddy wrangles Bowens to an armlock but Bowens endures. Bowens fights up, whips, rolls Buddy up, TWO! Buddy wrenches, Bowens ROCKS him!
Fans chant “WE WANT MAMI!” as Buddy swings., Bowens dodges, kicks and runs to KOTARU KRUSHER! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Tag to Caster, the Acclaimed double whip, trip and then Bowens runs up, Buddy shoves him back, kicks at Caster, but Bowens DROPKICKS him out! Caster APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Caster puts Buddy in, hurries after and covers, TWO! Fans fire up and Caster drags Buddy up. Buddy knees low! Tag to Malakai and he runs, but Caster keeps up with him. Caster hurdles, drops, then DROPKICKS! But Malakai BOOTS back! Malakai bumps Caster off buckles and tags Brody.
The Kings of the Black Throne mug Caster, whip him corner to corner, but Caster dodges Malakai to send him at Brody! Malakai rolls over Brody’s back, Caster BOOTS Brody, then dodges Brody. Malakai BOOTS Caster into Brody’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Caster survives, but Brody drags him up to CHOP! Caster falls to ropes, Brody tags Malakai back in. They double whip Caster to ropes, but Caster holds ropes. Caster BOOTS Malakai, dodges Brody and DROPKICS him out! Caster CHOPS Malakai, bumps him off buckles, and then tags Bowens. The Acclaimed hold Malakai into SMASH in the corner!
Caster ELBOWS, Bowens ELBOWS, then feed to the scoop SLAM! Bowens goes up, fans fire up, SCISSOR ME- NO, Malakai boots Caster away and catches Bowens into a KNEEBAR! Brody goes after Billy and Buddy throws Caster out! Buddy FLYING CLOTHELINES Caster, Brody RAMS Billy into steel steps! Bowens endures the kneebar and the heel hook added on! Brody hoots and barks and fans join him. Brody runs in to CROSSBODY Billy into railing! Bowens reaches, grabs the ropes, but House Rules says NO Ropebreaks! Bowens drags himself up with the ropes, Malakai stays on him, and Bowens stands to kick Malakai!
Malakai lets go but Bowens hobbles and falls over. Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” but Bowens throws forearms. Malakai hits back, Bowens blocks a kick to spin and fireman’s carry, but Malakai fights! Bowens still hits the USHIGOROSHI, but it was on the bad leg! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Bowens crawls to an empty corner. Malakai stands to trip Bowens and KNEE him int he face! Then a dropdown, takedown, KNEEBAR!! Bowens endures, Malakai drags him over, tag to Buddy! Buddy goes up, METEORA!! Then Buddy BLASTS Caster, hits Billy, but Billy is pissed! But the ref has him stay back!
Buddy smirks and he goes back to Bowens. Buddy drops a knee on the bad leg, tags Malakai, and Buddy pulls on the leg. Malakai kicks Bowens around, fans rally up, and Malakai stalks Bowens to a corner. Malakai stomps Bowens, drags him around by the leg, and has an INVERTED CALF KILLER! Bowens endures, reaches, gets the ropes but still no break. Bowens drags himself up with the ropes and he throws hands! Malakai wobbles, Bowens fires a strike fest! Malakai runs in, Bowens dodges to SUPERKICK! Bowens falls and Malakai is out on his feet! Bowens crawls, Malakai staggers, but Malakai STOMPS Bowens!
Tag to Buddy, he goes after the leg on the ropes, HIP DROP! Another HIP DROP! And then a KNEE DROP! Buddy kicks Bowens around, stays between him and Caster, and puts him in the corner. Fans chant “Who’s Your Mommy?” at Buddy as he KNEE – NO, Bowens puts him on the apron! But Buddy pulls Bowens’ ear! Bowens dropkicks Buddy’s leg out! Bowens crawls, reaches for Caster, but Buddy drags him back! Brody tags in to SENTON! Brody drags Bowens up to CHOP him back down! Brody stomps Bowens to the corner, CHOPS him again, and then he brings Bowens up. Bowens throws body shots!
Bowens JAWBREAKERS, ROLLING ELBOWS, and then runs in, but Brody catches Bowens! Brody RAMS Bowens into a corner, then CHOPS him down! Fans hoot with Brody, but the ref keeps Caster and Billy from getting in. Brody BLASTS them for the hell of it! And then CANNONBALL! Cover on Bowens, but Caster breaks it! Malakai TOSSES Caster out! Then RAMS him into steel steps! Billy is furious but Buddy tags in. Buddy hoists Bowens up, DANTE’S- NO, Bowens slips free to shove Brody into Buddy! Brody runs in but Bowens dumps him out! Buddy drags Bowens away, goes to the ropes, but Bowens BOOTS Buddy up and out!
Bowens crawls, Malakai returns and he drags Bowens! Bowens BOOTS Malakai away! Bowens hurries, fans fire up, but Brody drags Billy down! Billy whips Brody into railing for that! Buddy gets Bowens but Bowens ENZIGURIS! Buddy BOOTS back, goes up, leaps into a SUPERKICK!! Both men are down and Billy is back! Bowens crawls, hot tag to Billy! Daddy Ass DECKS Malakai, DECKS him again, then DECKS Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Malakai! Billy scoops Buddy for a BACKBREAKER! Malakai runs in, into a COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Brody is back to CHOP! Billy says F YOU! FAMOUSER!!
Billy throws Buddy out but Buddy ROCKS, GAMANGIRIS, but then gets a GUILLOTINE FAMOUSER!! Billy says “SUCK IT!” but turns around into BLACK MASS!!! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
That heel kick was #TheEnd, and as Julia Hart says, The House always wins. Sin City belongs to them, will anyone ever be able to beat the stacked deck?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie!
The last time these two faced off, Mark Sterling made it illegal for La Wera Loca to use the Chicken Wing Facebuster because it “belongs” to #ThatBitch. However, this rematch has set Taya free to do whatever move she wants! Will she be the one in 59-1? Or will nothing stop the storm that’s coming?
Jade gets Big Boss Vette to do a live performance of Pretty Girls Walk, and then the introductions are made. The belt is raised, as are the stakes, and we see who walks away with the jackpot!
The bell rings, Taya rushes in, throws forearms, and goes for chicken wings! Jade switches, Taya elbows free, and Jade gets mad now. They go forehead to forehead, and they fire off more forearms! Fans fire up as Taya gets the edge, but then Jade ducks. Taya SLAPS Jade down! Jade scrambles to ropes, Taya runs in, Jade dodges, Taya redirects and CLOBBERS Jade! Fans duel, Taya UPPERCUTS at the corner then snapmares, to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Jade bails out fast and Sterling is there to coach her up. But Taya climbs the corner! Taya CROSSBODIES and wipes out Sterling!! Fans fire up with Taya, but Jade BOOTS her down!
Jade fires up and fans fire up with her now! Jade puts Taya in, “Let’s go!” Jade stomps Taya, drags her up, whips her to a corner, but Taya reverses. Taya runs in but into an elbow! Jade boots but Taya blocks to put her in ropes! KNEE and SLINDING GERMAN!! Fans fire up but Leila talks trash. Taya tells her to stop, but then Leila grabs at Taya! Taya KICKS Leila away, but Leila tries again! Jade BOOTS Taya down! Fans boo but Leila says whatever. Jade drags Taya up, and snap suplexes her to the floor! Jade flexes, she brings Taya up and into the ring, then drags Taya up. Jade whips her to a corner, runs in, and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jade grows annoyed but she drags Taya up. Jade TOSSES Taya out, then swaggers around. Taya gets up, Jade goes out to CLUB her down. Taya and Jade scrap, and Jade fireman’s carries, to SNAKE EYES Taya off the railing! Jade CHOKES Taya but the ref reprimands. Jade puts Taya in, kicks her around, then has a motorcycle stretch. Taya endures, fans rally and duel, but Jade digs her boot into Taya’s shoulder blade! Taya fights up, fans rally, and Taya arm-drags free! Jade returns but Taya LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taya keeps on Jade with a whip, but Jade reverses to ROCK Taya! Jade reels Taya in, short arm LARIAT!
Jade says she is the number one champ! And she short arm LARIATS again! Jade drags Taya up, fans chant “JADE~BERG!” as she clotheslines again! Fans are torn but Taya throws body shots! Taya fires off forearms, runs, but Jade gets her for a SLEEPER! But Taya powers up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and fans are fired up! Taya pounds the mat, fans rally up, and Jade goes to the apron. Taya runs in, Jade ROCKS her! Jade springboards?! But into a CODE BREAKER!! Both women are down and fans fire up! Taya slaps herself to fire back up, and she goes to Jade.
Taya throws a forearm, Jade throws it back! They go back and forth, fans rally, and Jade whips. Taya reverses to drop toehold! QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH!! Jade endures, Taya drags her back! Taya relocks the legs, QUEEN ANGELITO STOMP!! Cover, TWO!!! Jade survives and Leila says that’s right! Leila is on the apron, the ref tells her to get down. Taya storms up, Leila swings but Taya BOOTS her down! But Jade rolls Taya! TWO!! Taya stands, Jade runs in, but into a SPEAR!! Taya drags Jade back up, chicken wings, ROAD TO VALHALL!!!! Cover, TWO!??!? How?! Fans cannot believe it, and neither can Sterling!
Taya drags Jade up, fireman’s carries, but Jade slips off! Jade kicks, Taya wobbles, and Jade chicken wings! JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
SIXTY! AND! ZERO! Sterling gets the mic to say that Jade is undefeated! She has DOMINATED everyone put in front of her, and she is even prepared to wrestle for this title any time! Any place! “But the problem is, there is nobody left!” Jade flexes, but wait. Who is that? Is that… KRIS STATLANDER!? The Galaxy’s Greatest is back again! Sterling is freaking out, he didn’t think this was gonna happen! But Jade says she’s a woman of her word, it’s go time!!
AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings, Kris dodges the boot and fires off forearms! Jade shoves Kris but Kris ROUNDHOUSES!! Vegas is thunderous as Kris forearm smashes in the corner! Then BOOT WASHES! Kris drags Jade out, suplexes, holds it, but Jade knees free! Jade CLUBS Kris and BOOTS her down! Jade chicken wings, but Kris fights it! Kris elbows free, scoops Jade, tucks her, BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (NEW AEW TBS Champion)
You double down, you lose twice as big! 60-1 is where Jade’s streak ends, all because Kris had #SundayNightFever! Confetti flies as we finally have a second-ever TBS Champion!! Sterling is furious but it is all HIS fault! Will Kris finally reach a new stratosphere now that she has gold?
[Coverage will continue in the morning]
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/26/23)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Get ready to scissor in Sin City!
Just days before Double or Nothing, AEW Rampage sees The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn continue in trios action! Will they be aiming for The House of Black soon enough?
- Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
- Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???; Ethan & The Gunns win.
- Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Britt & Shida win.
- Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Moriarty & Morrissey win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass won the Tres de Mayo Trios Battle Royal over three weeks ago and are still building momentum in the Trios Division. But will they be able to bring down Rush, Dralistico & Preston Vance? Or will LFI make Sin City tranquilo?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed in the house, we the nicest ever. This is not a game, this is not Fight Forever. Rush, you’re losing your cred. How you gonna fight us with all your pubes on your head? Wait, is this guy from Tijuana, bro? He looks like the dominatrix at the donkey show! We’ll make your crew say adios. Acclaimed here to win this match mas rapido!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does~! But will this be muy bien for The Acclaimed? Or muy malo?
The trios sort out and fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens starts against Dralistico and the two circle. Dralistico copies the conducting of the choir, and even offers the scissor finger. Bowens goes to accept but Dralistico kicks low! Dralistoco CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bowens turns things around to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Dralistico CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bowens whips, Dralistico goes up and over and then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Bowens comes back with a mule kick, front kick, and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up because “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!”
But Dralistico gets away and tags in Perro Peligroso. Bowens tags in Caster, and The Dangerous Dog circles with Platinum Max. They tie up, Vance headlocks, and Caster powers up and out. Vance runs Caster over, mocks the scissors, then runs. Caster drops, hurdles, then arm-drags! Caster has Vance’s arm and thrusts with it! Then Caster clamps the armlock, but Vance fights up to ROCK him with a forearm! Vance whips, Caster ducks ‘n’ dodges, and leaps, but into Vance’s arms! Vance FALL AWAY SLAMS Caster towards his corner! Billy tags in and fans fire up! Billy is a big man, just like Vance.
Billy takes off the brand new “I ♥ 2 Scissor” shirt, and shows off the DADDY ABS! Billy raises the hands, calling for a test of strength. Vance goes to oblige, but then Billy tells him “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up but Vance CHOPS Billy! Vance tells Billy to “SUCK IT!” then runs, but into a scoop! Billy carries Vance around, to FALL AWAY SLAM! What Vance can do, Billy can do better! Billy scoops and SLAMS Vance, tags Bowens in, but then Rush rushes in to ROCK Billy! Dralistico attacks Bowens and Caster, the LFI turn things around as they throw out Billy and Bowens. Billy is sent into the steps! Bowens and Caster are sent into railing!
Fans rally for The Acclaimed but the LFI all stomp away on Caster in the ring. The LFI mock the scissors, and then just flip off Caster before raising the LFI fists. Fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The LFI mug Caster more, then Rush CHOPS him in a corner. Dralistico CHOPS Caster, and then Vance stands Caster back up to CHOP him, too! LFI double whip Caster corner to corner, Dralistico runs in to SPLASH, and then Vance runs in to clothesline! Rush powers up, runs, and jumps just to BOOT Caster! Rush rolls back to tranquilo while the rest of LFI raise the fists. Fans rally for The Acclaimed while Vance bumps Caster off buckles. Vance then runs to BOOT Bowens! Rush drags Caster out, throws body shots, and then he and Dralistico put Caster back in for Vance. Vance then sends Caster back out to them, to send into railing!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but then LFI brawls with The Acclaimed on the outside! Rampage returns to single picture as fans chant “REF YOU SUCK!” Billy is sent into railing, and Dralistico dumps Bowens over into the front row! Vance keeps on Caster while Dralistico HEADBUTTS Bowens while he’s sitting on a fan’s lap! The fans help Bowens get up, Vance drags Caster up and tags in Dralistico. Dralistico CHOPS, then throws forearm after forearm. Dralistico goes side to side for a SUPERKICK! Dralistico lounges up top and the fans boo. Dralistico drags Caster up to whip but Caster blocks!
Dralistico CHOPS Caster, has him in an open corner, and he whips Caster corner to corner again. Caster dodges the splash! Dralistico rushes back after Caster, Caster dodges, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men are down, they crawl for their teams, hot tags to Vance and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on LFI! He SPLASHES Vance in a corner, brings him out, kicks low and, well, “SUCK IT!” FAMOUSER!! Cover, but Jose helps with the ropebreak! Fans boo, they know the truth! Jose mocks the scissor fingers while celebrating his antics. But Caster tosses Jose in! Billy drags Jose up while Caster RAMS Dralistico into railing!
Bowens RAMS Rush into railing on the other side, then goes to the corner. Billy scoop SLAMS Jose into position! Bowens is up top, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Jose flounders out of the ring, and the fans fire up as The Acclaimed- NO, Rush & Dralistico drag Caster & Bowens out of the ring! Billy swings on Vance but he dodges, to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Caster says Billy but Rush CLOBBERS Caster! Billy is in the corner, Rush stomps him! Fans boo, but El Toro Blanco says “When you mess with the bull,” only to turn around into Bowens’ Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK!!
Rush bails out, but Dralistico springboards in, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Dralistico drags Bowens up, but Bowens wrenches and clinches, THE ARRIVAL! Caster hurries, he tags in off Billy and climbs up! MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall
A fast ‘n’ furious battle, and Daddy Ass and his boys make it through! Bowens gets the mic to say, “How we doin’ tonight, Vegas?” Fans cheer, they’re doing great! “The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass, we feel the exact same way, because we’ve been running through this Trios Division all month long! And seeing as though we are in Vegas, I think we should do some gambling. What do you say?” Bowens says that if Vegas is gonna gamble, maybe Sunday night, remember this: The House always wins, but never bet on Black! Because EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Bowens, Caster & Billy call out Malakai, Brody & Buddy, will the scissors cut down the House of Black?
Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???
From one trios match to another, All Ego & The Ass Boys are taking on The Hardy Party at Double or Nothing, with Ethan’s contract on the line! Will Ethan, Austin & Colten be rolling into Sunday to exact revenge on Matt & Jeff?
The trios sort out, Austin starts against ??? and the two circle. Ethan & Colten distract ???, and Austin CLOBBERS him! Austin swaggers, then tags in Colten. Colten drags ??? up, puts him in the corner and stomps away on him! The ref counts, Colten lets off to tell her to shut up! Tag to Austin, Austin stomps a mudhole now, but the ref counts again. Austin lets off and shouts, then tags Colten back in. The Gunns whip, body shot, knee lift, and then LARIAT! Fans boo but the Gunns soak it up. Colten says if Ethan wants some, here he goes. Tag to Ethan and he soaks up the heat while trotting around ???
Ethan stomps ??? then brings him up, only to get a JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to 222! The Gunns jump in but Austin misses, Colten gets a BOOT, and then Austin gets a haymaker! 222 throws more heavy hands, but then Ethan BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Ethan looms over 222 and shouts, “Are you kidding me?” The Gunns take care of ??? and 333 by throwing them into the railing! Ethan puts 222 up, crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! And then he and the Gunns get 222 up, feed to the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, Ethan & The Gunns win!
Winners: Ethan Page & The Gunns, by pinfall
Ethan isn’t done, either, he wants a mic! A mic is given, and Ethan says he wants to talk to the “bozos” in Vegas. “Shut up, you basic ass civilians.” Ethan doesn’t care if anyone here was watching, he wants The Hardy Boyz to have been watching. Because if so, they just saw what a REAL three man crew, a REAL trio, can do! A REAL team! And on Sunday, guess we won’t find out what the Hardy Party can do because these three took out Kassidy! FOR GOOD! So it is clearly going to be 3v2 now. But wait, here come the Hardy Boys! Fans fire up as Matt & Jeff are on stage, and Jeff has a mic of his own!
Jeff says, “The Ass Boys are looking good out here on Rampage with a boost of ego. This Sunday, the Egos will be DELETED, compliments of us.” Matt tells Ethan that his contract and his ass will belong to Matt now! If they have to fight 3v2, they’re not afraid to. Because to them, fear is only a four letter word. Wait, Kassidy is here with a neck brace? Ethan mocks them to come on down, and Austin mocks the moaning and squealing. Kassidy says unfortunately, the doctor did not clear him to compete. However… He found a replacement. It’s HOOK!! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil did help Hardy Party in the Firm Deletion, so he has returned to help them again!
Fans fire up as Hook follows the Hardy Boys to the ring, and that sends Ethan & The Gunns running! Will the remnants of The Firm be torn down once and for all now that Kassidy has #SentHook?
Backstage interview with Naturally Limitless.
Lexi Nair is with Keith Lee & Dustin Rhodes, and we all know things have been heating up between them and the now Mogul Embassy. It has just been announced that Swerve Strickland and Brian Cage are both in the Blackjack Battle Royal, as are they. What does that mean for them? Imagine that, huh? Swerve and Cage in a battle royal. So after Keith & Dustin eliminate them, because this is all for the International Championship, then Keith & Dustin can just eliminate everyone else and then make a decision on who wins it all. Dustin is confident he and Keith can come to an agreement.
But Swerve and Cage, you know it’s heated. You know it’s coming. Be ready. Keith adds that if the Embassy is in this, then he can’t wait! Keith heads out, and Dustin hopes Swerve saw that. Will nothing stop Keith & Dustin settling things with Swerve’s House this Sunday?
Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
While The Doctor & The Full Metal Warrior couldn’t put away the Outcasts, they are sticking together in this ongoing battle of AEW Homegrowns and everyone else. Will these former AEW Women’s World Champions prove they are still a formidable team? Or will the Vicious Vixens be a major problem for them?
The teams sort out, Shida starts against Nyla as no strangers to each other. They circle, and then Nyla kicks low and CLUBS Shida on the back! Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, then tags in Marina. The Vixens double whip, but Shida ducks the double ax handles to shove Marina into Nyla, and then shove them both into a corner! Shida runs corner to corner to KNEE them both down! Shida then snap suplexes Marina onto Nyla! Fans fire up with Shida and she points to Britt. Fans fire up as Shida tags in Britt! Britt fires off on Marina, but Marina shoves her back. Britt dodges, comes back, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Britt keeps on Marina with hammering elbows, then she wraps on a chinlock. Britt brings Marina up but Marina blocks the suplex. Britt powers up and still suplexes Marina up and over! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Marin up, ROCKS her, and then whips her to ropes. Marina reverses to CHOP and BOOT Britt down! Marina scowls, storms up on Britt, and tags in Nyla. The Vixens mug Britt in the corner, and Nyla CHOKES Britt on the ropes! Nyla laughs right into the corner camera before she lets go at 4. Fans boo as Nyla stands on Britt and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nyla lets off as the ref counts, and then Nyla drags Britt up. Nyla scoops Britt to SLAM her down, then she soaks up the heat. Nyla stomps Britt, drags her up, and scoops to SLAM her again! Nyla mocks the “D! M! D!” and then stalks Britt to scoop her again. Britt slips off, but Nyla choke grips her for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Marina and Shida shout at each other, and Nyla brings Britt up to CLUB her on the back. Nyla bumps Britt off buckles, tags Marina, and Marina fires off body shots! Marina kicks Britt’s legs out, then tags Nyla back in. The Vixens drag Britt up to whip her hard into the corner!
Marina whips Nyla in to SPLASH! And then Nyla feeds Britt to Marina’s BOOT! Marina taunts Shida, clamps onto Britt with an armlock, and she grinds Britt down. Britt endures, reaches out, throws slapping hands on Marina, but then Marina whips Britt back into the corner! Nyla tags back in, the Vixens mug Britt more, and Nyla RAMS Britt in the corner! And again! And again! Nyla sits Britt down, digs her boot in, and mockingly counts along with the ref before letting off at 4. Nyla snapmares, clamps claws onto Britt’s shoulders, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and the Vixens double whip Britt into their corner again! Marina sends Nyla in but Britt avoids the splash! Marina hurries after Britt, misses, and she stubs a toe on the ropes! Gotta be careful going barefoot! Hot tag to Shida! Shida dodges Marina, ENZIGURIS her down, then rolls to SHOTEI Nyla! Marina throws a forearm, but Shida throws a flurry in return! Fans fire up with Shida as she just hammers away on Marina! Marina staggers around, swings, but Shida DECKS her! Shida puts Marina in a corner, climbs up, and Shida rains down more fists! The fans count along and Shida gets all the way to TEN!
Shida roars, brings Marina out with a kick, and then adjusts up top to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shida tags Britt then runs to ROCK Nyla! Britt brings Marina up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, but Nyla scoop SLAMS Shida onto it! Nyla is mad and she hoists Britt up. Nyla hangs Britt out to dry, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs, aims, but Shida saves her from the knee! Nyla runs back in, but Shida & Britt dump her out hard! And then a METEORA to the floor wipes the Native Beast out! Britt has a glove, she spells it out, “D! M! D!” But Marina CHOPS, KICKS and KICKS! But Britt dodges to SUPERKICK!
Britt hurries to ripcord and- NO, Marina gets around to ripcord and SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO into a ghost pin! TWO into the RINGS OF SATURN! Shida is in, KATANA puts Marina into the LOCK JAW!! Marina is OUT, the ref calls it! Britt & Shida win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida, by submission
A hard fought victory for the Doctor and the Warrior! But wait, The Outcasts are on the tron! And they’re all shaking their heads but smirking as they stand over JAMIE HAYTER! They went after her backstage! Shida & Britt hurry to the back but the damage has been done! Will Hayter be able to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship after this?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, ahead of the Blackjack Battle Royal, Lee Moriarty & Big Bill take on Best Friends. Let’s see which team comes out on top. Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!” Will Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor have the hot hand going into the International Championship match? Or will #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper make bust them already?
Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
As Best Friends make their entrance, we see their best amigos, Bandido, Komander and even The Lucha Brothers all watching from the front row. They’re all going to be in the battle royal, too, and well, look at that. It would seem The Superbad Squad and the Varsity Athletes had the same idea. They’re all together in one section watching this in person, too.
Anyway, the teams sort out and Moriarty starts against Chuck. They circle, Chuck does some drop steps, and then the two tie up. Chuck waistlocks, wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Moriarty works on the escape, but Chuck cranks the wrist. Moriarty stomps a leg, rolls and kips up to then arm-drag free. Chuck backs off and Moriarty does his dance. Fans boo but Bill cheers. Trent tags in and he circles with Moriarty. They tie up, Moriarty gets around to a waistlock but Trent switches. Moriarty switches back, Trent switches again, but Moriarty elbows free and hits a headlock takeover.
Trent headscissors, Moriarty kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Trent headscissors again, Moriarty kips free again, and fans cheer the standoff. Moriarty does his dance and fans boo again. Moriarty claps at Trent, but Trent offers a handshake. Moriarty accepts, but he sees the cheap shot coming! Trent laughs it off, but Moriarty rakes the eyes! Moriarty CHOPS Trent to ropes, whips him, but Trent reverses. Chuck hits Moriarty, but Moriarty DECKS him! But then Trent CLOBBERS Moriarty! Fans fire up with Trent and he brings Moriarty up. Trent CHOPS Moriarty down, then tags Chuck.
Best Friends double whip Moriarty to a corner, then Trent sends Chuck in to clothesline! Trent runs in to ELBOW! Trent brings Moriarty out, Best Friends double suplex! They both flex on Morrissey, then SLAM Moriarty down! Fans cheer but Big Bill runs in! He breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT the Best Friends! Bill clotheslines Chuck out, then he whips Trent corner to corner hard! Trent tumbles up and out and Bill paces. Best Friends are down while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Bill goes out to stomp Trent around, then stalks Trent. Bill rains down fists on Trent, but Chuck is after Moriarty! Chuck whips but Moriarty reverses to send Chuck into railing! Bill drags Trent up, ROCKS him, and Moriarty puts Chuck in the ring. Moriarty drags Chuck up, UPPERCUTS him, and then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off, and he distracts the ref so Bill can BOOT Chuck down! Moriarty covers, TWO! Moriarty drags Chuck up, the Varsity Athletes and Superbad Squad aren’t impressed with any of this, but Bill tags in. Bill throws body shots, the Lucha Brothers cheer Chuck on.
Bill digs his boot in, but steps off as the ref counts, and Moriarty CHOKES Chuck now! Trent protests but Moriarty scurries away. Bill soaks up the heat from Vegas, then he DECKS Chuck! Bill drags Chuck up, ROCKS him again, then tags in Moriarty. They mug Chuck, stomp away on him, and the ref counts. Moriarty lets off and roars, then goes back to Chuck. Moriarty drags Chuck up to wrench an arm into an ELBOW BREAKER! Moriarty snapmares Chuck, wraps him up, but Chuck fights the straitjacket. Moriarty turns Chuck over and hammerlocks an arm, to then SNAP LOCK it!
Chuck endures, even as Moriarty bridges over! Moriarty then goes back around to SNAP LOCK the arm again! Chuck endures, Moriarty bridges again, and then SNAP LOCKS a third time! Chuck manages to sit up, he throws some elbows, and he gets free! Only for Moriarty to DECK Trent with a cheap shot! Moriarty CLUBS Chuck, brings him around and tosses him out! The ref is distracted with Moriarty and Bill goes over to run at Chuck. But Chuck dodges, and the big boot from Big Bill gets stuck on the railing! That’s not good for Little Willie! Rampage returns to single picture and Moriarty rushes out! Chuck dodges and slides in, to hot tag Trent!
Fans fire up as Trent gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Moriarty! And then GERMAN SUPLEX again! And HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Moriarty flops out of the ring. Trent builds speed to DIVE, but into Big Bill’s big hands! APRON CHOKE SLAM!! The Lucha Amigos all wince from that and Trent flops to the floor. Bill drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and then he tags in. Bill runs in at Trent, but Trent dodges the splash! Bill hits buckles and maybe even post! Trent half nelsons but Bill elbows free, only to get a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Trent then reels Bill back in, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF!!
Fans fire up with Best Friends, and Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Trent then drags Bill up while Chuck climbs the corner. But Moriarty CLUBS Chuck down off the corner! Bill turns Alabama Lift into Canadian Rack, but Trent slips free! Trent runs, but into the BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Fans fire up from that feat of strength, and Bill tags Moriarty. They haul Trent up, Bill full nelsons and Moriarty gets the legs, NARAKU!! Cover off the full nelson swinging bomb, but Chuck breaks it!! Fans fire up as Best Friends survive! Moriarty drags Chuck up to TOSS him! Tag to Bill and they go back to Trent.
Moriarty wants Bill to go to the corner and Bill climbs up. Moriarty brings Trent up, but Chuck anchors Bill! Trent sends Moriarty into Little Willie! Moriarty flops out of the ring, and Best Friends fire off hands on Bill! They adjust Bill’s position up there, then climb up after him! DOUBLE SUPERPLEX!! Trent crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Bill survives and the Varsity Athletes are amused. The Lucha Amigos rally for Trent & Chuck as Chuck reels Bill in. But Moriarty slides in to claw Chuck’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Trent whips Moriarty. Moriarty reverses to send Trent out and then BOOT him down!
But Chuck kicks Moriarty and reels him in! AWFUL WAFFLE!! But Bill BOOTS Chuck!! Bill choke grips, and SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAMS him!! Cover, Bill & Moriarty win!
Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall
Moriarty & Morrissey stand tall, but this was in tag team action. The battle royal is every man for himself, will it come down to these two at the end? Wait, they go up to the Lucha Amigos to talk some trash, and Bandido gives thumbs down right to their faces. Bill shoves Bandido, so Bandido throws a forearm! Moriarty goes after Bandido, the Lucha Brothers go after Moriarty and Bill! And then Butcher, Blade, Kip, and the Varsity Athletes join in! People are sent into railing, and the Varsity Athletes mug Trent in the ring! Sterling tells them to keep going, but here comes ORANGE CASSIDY himself!
The Freshly Squeezed International Champion is here, he runs the Varsity Athletes off swinging his backpack, but the other entrants are still brawling it out on the outside! Cassidy shows off the prize, but here comes THE MACHINE! Brian Cage storms his way down to the ring, but here comes KEITH LEE! He and Dustin Rhodes storm their way down to the ring, and they add a lot of beef to the brawl! Naturally Limitless mugs Cage, the Varsity Athletes still mug Trent, and Cassidy just looks around at the chaos. But then “Whose House? SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve is here in person, but he doesn’t seem in any rush to save Cage.
Keith eyes Swerve from the ramp, but Dustin still throws hands on Cage. Keith storms up after Swerve, but Swerve laughs and dares him to follow backstage. Cage turns things around on Dustin, all the other teams keep beating on each other! If this is how it is to close Rampage, how much wilder will it get when the title is on the line?
A really good Rampage for the go-home of Double or Nothing, and obviously since we didn’t see the traditional pre-battle-royal brawl on Dynamite, of course we saw it here to close the show. The main event tag match was great stuff, and what a great surprise that Best Friends didn’t win! The go-home math now says Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t winning, though I would love if one of them did have a belt. Honestly, they’re trying to make it seem like Cassidy is going to retain the title, since almost everyone else in the battle royal either A) has a feud going already or B) just isn’t at midcard champion level yet.
For example, Swerve & Cage VS Keith & Dustin. We should’ve had some kind of blowoff way sooner than this, maybe on a themed Dynamite and in a No Disqualification style match. Same thing for Ricky Starks, Jay White and Juice Robinson being in this match. But that problem goes all the way back to how AEW handled Starks VS Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. In the end, if anyone new is winning this belt, I would actually want it to be Komander. Komander is still with AAA, so I would love to see him do a tour of Mexico with the title the same way Pac toured the UK with it to establish that first reign.
Decent squash match from Ethan & Gunns beating those jobbers we never even got the names of, and great promo with Hardy Party to establish a new take on the Six Man Tag. Hook joining is a natural choice given he helped the Hardys against The Firm before, but something about this feels like the same backwards pacing as we’ve seen with Starks. The Hardys should’ve turned the contract control tables on Ethan way before The Firm Deletion, with The Firm Deletion being the blowoff that sends the Hardys and Ethan in different directions. Hook & Hardys will definitely win, and we will get who knows how many months of shenanigans where Matt orders Ethan around.
Really good women’s tag match with Britt & Shida winning, even though there’s nothing to win for women’s tag teams in AEW anymore/right now. But of course The Outcasts attack Hayter 3v1 to put her on the defensive. This go-home math would mean Hayter overcomes the odds because she has Britt & Shida helping against Saraya & Ruby. Personally, I’m hoping Taya Valkyrie beats Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship, so that Jade can then jump up to the world title scene and really just tear into all six ladies. What bigger way to lead into AEW Collision, AEW All In and AEW All Out this Summer than with Jade finally being more than the midcard champion?
And great stuff at the beginning with The Acclaimed VS LFI. I just knew Acclaimed would find a way to win and then call out The House of Black. Apparently House of Black issued an open challenge for Double or Nothing, so The Acclaimed has answered it already. I am curious to know what stipulation The Acclaimed will bring to the Open House, but I really can’t be sure who wins. The House of Black have made the Trios Championships unique from the other titles, and have a growing popularity with the fans, but The Acclaimed are also really popular. This is like how AEW booked themselves into a corner with Hobbs VS Wardlow, and look where that’s gotten Hobbs.
My Score: 8.7/10
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