Place your bets on the Casino Tag Battle Royal!
Revolution is Sunday, Jurassic Express defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships, but not just against reDRagon! Who joins the Triple Threat?
- Bryan Danielson VS Christopher Daniels; Bryan wins.
- Casino Tag Team Battle Royal: The Young Bucks win and advance to AEW Revolution.
- Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Thunder Rosa & Mercedes Martinez; Rosa & Martinez win.
- Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Cezar Bononi; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Adam Cole & reDRagon; Cole & reDRagon win.
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Tony Schiavone and Tony Khan are in the ring!
Daily’s Place is fired up as AEW returns home on the Road to Revolution! Schiavone knows he doesn’t need to introduce the owner and CEO, but Khan has a major announcement! Tony thanks Tony for the mic, and Khan says he normally keeps people on time so he’ll make sure to get to wrestling asap. He thanks the fans for being here, as well as those watching at home. The fans have been the ones keeping this company going through these hard times. Tonight is a big night, and this is perhaps the biggest week in this company’s history. We’re on the road to Revolution this Sunday on PPV, and to add to that, here is his huge announcement!
Khan appreciates people being here for this. When they started AEW three years ago, it was out in the parking lot! A lot of fans were here at the very beginning. It was 17 years before that, another wrestling company started. That company… was ROH! Ring of Honor! And Khan has been a fan of ROH for a long time, so he is very excited, because today, Tony Khan signed a deal, and is the NEW OWNER OF ROH!! That is HUGE! There is no Shane McMahon, it’s all Tony Khan! Almost 20 years ago, ROH launched into an ear of honor with one of the biggest events ever. That main event, maybe some were here. But one man who was there was CHRISTOPHER DANIELS!
Christopher Daniels is an AEW Original, an ROH Original, and the man he wrestled, neither won that night and it’s been eating both men up for 20 years. The man he wrestled is here tonight, and the man who will face Jon Moxley at Revolution! That man is here for the first time in Daily’s Place. That man is none other than BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon is already dressed to compete, because he is facing… THE FALLEN ANGEL!! That match from ROH’s first event opens this already historic Dynamite! But will there finally be a winner?
Bryan Danielson VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans are fired up as the two stare down. Fans chant for “R O H! R O H!” as the two shake hands! AEW sees the Code of Honor upheld, and the two tie up. Bryan gets around to full nelson, Daniels slips through but Bryan turns it back around to hammerlock. Bryan wrangles Daniels down but Daniels fights back up. Daniels headlocks, spins and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER and wristlock. Bryan rolls, bridges, gets up and throws Daniels over! Fans fire up as Bryan strikes a pose, then does jumping jacks just to show off. Daniels nods and circles with Bryan again as fans rally up.
Fans chant and duel, “FALLEN ANGEL!” “LET’S GO, BRYAN!” as the two tie up again. Daniels headlocks, Bryan powers out but Daniels runs him over. Things speed up, Daniels handsprings and arm-drags, then he strikes a pose! And does jumping jacks! Daniels says that’s one and one, and Bryan nods back. They shake hands again and fans cheer the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, Bryan drop toeholds and then rear mounts to go after Daniels’ face! The ref reprimands, Bryan wrenches an arm and tries a double wristlock. Daniels powers out, things speed up, and Bryan runs Daniels over!
Bryan gets the arm and wrenches, to return that ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan hammerlocks, wrangles Daniels down and gets the other arm. Bryan stands on the arm and makes it a recliner! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps on Daniels with a headlock but Daniels powers out. Things speed up again and Daniels CALF KICKS! Bryan bails out but Daniels WRECKS him with a dropkick! And then ARABIAN PRESS! Direct hit and Daniels plays like he’s shocked. The fans fire up, Daniels ROCKS Bryan again, and then he puts Bryan back in. Daniels goes up, Bryan stands and he KICKS the crossbody outta the air!
Daniels sits up, Bryan KICKS Daniels again! And again! Bryan says, “Fallen Angel, huh?” Bryan brings Daniels up to EuroUpper hard! Daniels gets to a corner, Bryan EuroUppers again! Bryan whips, and he kitchen sink knees Daniels down! Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers, then Bryan JAMS a knee into Daniels. Bryan stomps Daniels, drags him around by a leg and uses a toehold to turn him over. Bryan hooks up the legs and KNEES Daniels in the back. Bryan fish hooks Daniels’ face, the ref counts and Bryan lets off right at 4. Bryan then pulls Daniels into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Daniels endures, he touches the rope and Bryan lets him go.
Bryan drags Daniels up to CHOP him! Daniels CHOPS back! Bryan CHOPS again! Daniels CHOPS again! Bryan EuroUppers, then again! Bryan whips, Daniels reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps going to duck and dodges, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Bryan crawls to a corner while Daniels drags himself up the ropes. Daniels runs and rallies on Bryan with clotheslines! Bryan reverses the whip, Daniels KICKS him back and hits an STO! Fans fire up with Daniels, he runs corner to corner but Bryan BOOTS him! Bryan goes up, Daniels SHOTEIS!
Daniels brings Bryan out, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO! Daniels calls his shot, reels Bryan in and underhooks the arms, but Bryan RAMS him into buckles! Then turns him around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Daniels flounders all the way to the far corner. Daniels drags himself up, Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan brings Daniels back up, CHOPS him, then KICKS him! And CHOPS, and KICKS, repeat! Bryan hoists Daniels up top as the count climbs, then Bryan climbs up to join Daniels. Fans fire up as Daniels fights off the superplex! Daniels elbows Bryan over and over, then HEADBUTTS him down!
Bryan staggers up, Daniels CROSBODIES this time! But Bryan rolls it through, TWO! To an ARMBAR! But Daniels makes it a cover, TWO! Daniels drop toeholds and gets an arm, but Bryan trips Daniels to La Magistrol, only for Daniels to block partway! TWO, into a crucifix, TWO! Daniels hits Bryan with a big haymaker, but Bryan just brushes it off! Bryan ROCKS Daniels, Daniels ROCKS him back! They go back and forth, fans fire up as Bryan gets the edge! Bryan spins, into a JAB from Daniels! Daniels JABS, JABS, JABS, then swings, but Bryan bobs ‘n’ weaves to DECK Daniels with a slap! Then ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!
Bryan might’ve been a bit cocky on the cover and Daniels survives because of it! But Bryan says he’ll end this, and fans rally up as Bryan climbs a corner. Daniels gets up to trip Bryan up! And SHOTEI! Daniels gets Bryan’s arms again but Bryan hooks Daniels’ face! Daniels SHOTEIS again! Daniels climbs up, wants to go to the very top, SUPER- NO! Bryan shoves the Steiner away to then leap, into an URENAGE! Daniels hurries, BEST MOONSAULT EVER into a TRIANGLE!! Bryan has Daniels caught and fans go nuts! Bryan rains down elbows as Daniels reaches for ropes! Daniels fades, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
But Bryan holds on, to literally flex on Daniels! The American Dragon finally gets the win on the Fallen Angel, but now he gets the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, 20 years since the first Ring of Honor show. Christopher Daniels and I were in the main event. And at that time, we started matches with a handshake, and we ended matches with a handshake.” Bryan reaches down to Daniels, takes his hand, and says, “Let’s hear it for Christopher Daniels. But here’s the thing: I’m not in Ring of Honor! I’m in AEW! And it’s time to kick somebody’s head in!” Bryan gets both hands to give Daniels DANIELSON STOMPS!!
Bryan lets off and soaks up the cheers and jeers before calling out Jon Moxley! “On Sunday, at Revolution, the head that’s gonna be stomped in is yours!” But wait! Here comes the Maniac himself! Moxley heads through the bleachers and down to the ring. Moxley gets himself a mic before he gets in the ring with Bryan. “I can see that the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, is better than ever. And I can see that Bryan Danielson is more violent than ever. But you got it wrong, my friend. There’s two paths I can walk right now, I’m at what they call a crossroads. And which path I take will determine my future.”
Bryan thinks Moxley walks the path that gets his head kicked in on Sunday and he fades into oblivion, never to be heard from again. But that ain’t gonna happen. Not by a long shot. Moxley chooses to walk another path! “Through sheer force of will, refusal to die, I will walk this path through fire, through bullets, and through you! Because at the end of this path is something that looked impossible not too long ago. At the end of this path, I beat the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! The story of Jon Moxley is just startin’! It’s just beginning. And I write the first chapter on Sunday, a chapter that’s gonna be written in blood!”
But since Bryan wants to talk about what he’ll do to Moxley, kick his head in, there’s like a million people watching at home and thousands live in the crowd. If Bryan wants to prove Moxley wrong, then take a shot! Moxley drops the mic and throws off the jacket as fans fire up! Bryan drops his mic, he steps to Moxley, but then bails right out. Fans boo but this battle will happen at Revolution! Will Bryan beat the hell out of Moxley? Will Moxley beat the hell out of Bryan? And will they still somehow form that most violent faction in the world?
Darby Allin & Sting speak.
The Icon says that this Friday on Rampage, there will be heavy duty fines and indefinite suspensions for anyone who tries to get involved in the coming Triple Threat. No big deal to Sting. Is it any bother to Darby? Not at all. He didn’t need anyone’s help to win the TNT Championship, and he won’t need help this time. “Sammy, no matter what happens on Friday, we’re teaming up on Sunday at Revolution. You, me and Sting to take on Hardy, Andrade and Isiah. And we’ll do what we always do, baby: steal the show. Because ain’t nobody getting more psychotic than us.” But as for Rampage, the TNT title, “It’s showtime.” Who will hold the gold going into Revolution?
Casino Tag Team Battle Royal!
While reDRagon won the standard Tag Team Battle Royal last week, there is still one spot left in the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat! With FIFTEEN teams competing for that last spot, who cashes in on that golden opportunity?
First out is FTR, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with Tully Blanchard seeing them off. Out next is a REUNITED Top Flight! Dante’s brother Darius is back, one year to the day from the last time he was here! Will the Martins make a huge impact and be flying high into Revolution?
The bell rings and the brawl is on! FTR has the edge, they put Top Flight in corners, Dax CHOPS Dante but Darius turns things around on Cash. Darius CHOPS, then throws haymakers! Dax CHOPS Dante, Cash EuroUppers Darius back! FTR coordinate, they double whip but Top Flight slip off the scoops to then dropkick FTR down! Fans fire up, Darius dodges Dax and Dante dropkicks! Dante dodges Cash and Darius dropkicks! Darius gives Dante a boost for the DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as the brothers coordinate. Dax puts Darius on the apron but Darius CHOPS back! Dante A-LIST LARIATS!
The brothers coordinate again, snap suplex to slingshot senton! Dante gives Darius a boost to RANA Cash! The countdown is here, and next we get… The Acclaimed! Cash throws Dante through ropes while Dax whips Darius into a corner. Max Caster has a diss track while FTR mugs Top Flight! “Acclaimed in this match, gone leave that church dumb. We been the top ranked tag team for a month!” Dante missile dropkicks Cash! “Yo, FTR, you ain’t safe. I’mma send your ass to R O H! And Top Flight, you won’t be victorious. Y’all tweakin’ like the kids on Euphoria. We the reason for the people in the seats. Y’all’re less popular than Glenn Jacobs’ tweets!”
Bowens shouts, “JACKSONVILLE~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” Bowens gets in, Darius rushes over but Bowens dodges to fire off an ELBOW, JAB, CHOP, and SUPERKICK! Caster gets in as Bowens gives Dante a torture rack, Caster dropkicks him down! FTR attacks The Acclaimed, Cash CHOPS Caster and Dax stomps away on Bowens! The countdown is back, and the fourth team in is… The Dark Order’s Alan Angels & Preston Vance! Number 5 CROSSBODIES the Five Tool Player! Angels then SHIRANUIS Caster! Bowens waistlocks, Angels switches and feeds him to Number 10’s SPINEBUSTER!
Vance whips Dante to a corner, then back drops him! Angels adds a missile dropkick of his own! Angels KICKS Dax, Dax uppercuts Angels! Vance is after Cash, Top Flight goes after The Acclaimed. Angels turns things around on Dax, Vance has Cash up top but Cash fights free. The countdown is back again and the fifth team in is… The AHFO’s Butcher & Blade! The mercenaries get right in, Blade brawls with Angels, Butcher stomps FTR then Bowens! Then they give Angels the LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Blade throws Angels up but Angels stays on the apron. Butcher & Blade give Darius a BACK SUPLEX CHOKE SLAM!
FTR goes after the mercs, then they get Angels. Angels fights them both off, trips Cash and ROCKS Dax, but they both SHOVE Angels to the ramp! FTR ELIMINATES Number 5! The countdown is back again and the sixth team is… the Varsity Blonds! Brian Pillman Jr. whips Griff Garrison in, into a BOOT from Bowens! Bowens hops up and leaps, into Griff’s arms! BPJ adds on, dropkick SPINEBUSTER as AEW goes picture in picture!
FTR goes after Darius but Dante saves him. Vance has Caster and the mercs after him but he fights them off. The Blonds work on Bowens, Darius stomps Cash and Dante scoops Dax. Bowens stays safe on the apron, FTR hep each other out. Dante ROCKS Cash right to a corner! BPJ CHOPS Blade, Bowens tries to toss Griff. Dax ROCKS BPJ but BPJ CHOPS Dax! FTR mug BPJ, and then they toss him out! FTR ELIMINATES BPJ! the countdown is back. The seventh team in is… BEAR COUNTRY! Bronson & Boulder storm out and they start running people over! Boulder TOSSES Bowens!
Caster goes after Bronson while Boulder trophy lifts Dante! Dante slips into a sleeper hold but Boulder shoves him off and BOOTS him down! Boulder hammers away on Caster, then CLUBS Griff and SPLASHES Vance! Bronson fires off on Vance, Boulder digs his boots into Bowens. FTR pick on Griff, but then Dax fires off on Bronson. Boulder digs his boots into Darius against the apron. The countdown is back as AEW returns to single picture. The eighth team is… SANTANA & ORTIZ! Daily’s Place fires up for Proud ‘n’ Powerful as they take the fight to Bear Country! Boulder DECKS Ortiz but Santana just fires off on both Bears!
ENZIGURI for Boulder, but Bronson whips Santana. Santana holds ropes, Ortiz brings Bronson over, PNP dump and ELIMINATE Bronson! Boulder storms over but PNP get him up and ELIMINATE Boulder, too!! FTR goes after PNP, but Ortiz holds on! Bowens tosses Griff, Griff holds on but Bowens digs at him! Meanwhile, Top Flight throw Caster out, and Darius gives Dante a boost to DROPKICK and ELIMINATE Caster! Griff gets in, the countdown is back. The ninth team in is… BEST FRIENDS! Chuck Taylor & Trent, accompanied by the rest, rush into the ring! Chuck dodges Blade to CLOBBER him! Trent dodges Bowens to CHOP him!
Trent CHOPS and LARIATS Bowens! Chuck digs his boots into Blade, then he and Trent give Dante SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Griff tries to dump Dax out but Dax holds on and Cash makes the save. PNP goes after Best Friends and they brawl. DOUBLE LARIATS and DOUBLE BOOTS take them all down! Bowens whips Griff up and out to ELIMINATE him! But the countdown is back and the tenth team is… The rest of the Dark Order! Uno & Stu set up, Uno TOSSES Grayson into PNP! Then Stu saves Vance from the AHFO! Uno BOOTS Dax, helps Stu with the save, Vance puts Blade on the apron.
Blade elbows Vance, Vance BOOTS and ELIMINATES Blade! Butcher fights off the rest of the Dark Order to get after Vance. Fans fire up seeing the hosses throw hands! Butcher ROCKS Vance, Uno BOOTS Butcher! Stu JUMP KNEES, Vance BOOTS Butcher down! The Dark Order work together to throw Butcher up, out, and they ELIMINATE the Butcher! Stu then hangs Darius out to dry. FTR go after Bowens, BIG RIG!! BIG RIG for Stu Grayson! The countdown is back, the 11th team is… THE YOUNG BUCKS! FTR let off to keep their eyes on Matt & Nick Jackson as they swagger their way out to the ring.
Cash mockingly holds the ropes open for the Bucks, and all the other teams give the Bucks some space. Matt & Nick stare down Dax & Cash, and then all the other teams swarm these four as AEW goes picture in picture again!
The Dark Order is after Cash, Best Friends are after Nick, PNP have Dax while the others have Matt! Dax fights free, everyone moves around, and Stu throws Ortiz over. Ortiz holds on even as Stu stomps away on him. Nick CLUBS Vance, Bowens hangs on to ropes, Santana is after Nick now. Santana CHOPS Nick, Nick kicks back. Bowens tries to throw Stu out but Stu holds on. Best Friends have Matt and Trent rains down fists! The countdown is back, and the 12th team is… The Wingmen’s Ryan Nemeth and “Pretty” Peter Avalon! The Hollywood Hunk dropkicks Trent, Peter dropkicks Chuck! Then they dodge Stu to DOUBLE DROPKICK him!
Avalon ENZIGURIS Trent into Nemeth’s SATELLITE DDT! Then they swivel hips! Only to get mugged by everyone else! The Dark Order goes after Avalon, the Bucks go after Nemeth. Dax CHOPS Nemeth, Bowens stomps Avalon, Bucks go after Blade, Dark Order goes after Santana. The countdown is back and AEW is single picture again, the 13th team is… The GUNN CLUB! Or, as fans chant, “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin & Colten get in, Austin DECKS the Wingmen, Colten CLOBBERS the Dark Order! “Who’re the Ass Boys now?!” Fans still chant “ASS~ BOYS!” The Gunn Club turn around into a BIG RIG and DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
The Bucks and FTR both throw out and ELIMINATE the Gunn Club! Then they brawl with each other! Matt fakes Cash out, Dax fakes Nick out, STEREO DDTS! Then Matt and Dax brawl! The countdown is back, the 14th team is… #BROCKLEE! Anderson & Johnson represent the Nightmare Family and start throwing hands on the Wingmen! They shove Nemeth and Avalon into each other, they fake the haymakers to DOUBLE DDT! Big Shotty and the Son of the Enforcer are all fired up! Bowens swings but into a SUPERKICK from Johnson, SPINEBUSTER from Anderson! Bowens puts Vance out, goes after the mask, and DECKS Vance! Bowens ELIMINATES Vance!
Chuck whips Ortiz but Ortiz reverses and sends Chuck up and out! Ortiz ELIMINATES the Kentucky Gentleman! FTR mugs Anderson, Wingmen are after Johnson, Dark Order regroups to go after Top Flight. The Dark Order both whip the Wingmen up and out! The Dark Order ELIMINATE the Wingmen! Stu fireman’s carries Bowens, but Bowens slips off and TOSSES Stu out, Bowens ELIMINATES Player 2! And the FINAL COUNTDOWN~ is here! The 15th and final team is… 2POINT0! Wait, really? Matt Lee & Jeff Parker are a bit anticlimactic for a final team. But Parker does want Lee to hold on a moment, let the chaos settle.
FTR goes after 2point0 as they get in! FTR focuses on Lee while Parker is after Santana. Anderson whips Matt but Matt skins the cat to stay in! Nick then creeps up on Anderson, Matt dodges, the Bucks throw Anderson out and ELIMINATE him! Bowens KICKS Trent, Parker is after Darius! Dax then goes after Johnson, dumps him out and ELIMINATES him! Top Flight fire off on Bowens, Darius clotheslines Bowens out and ELIMINATES him! Uno throat chops Trent then throws him out, but Trent holds on! Uno goes after fingers but Trent drags Uno out to join him! They’re on the apron as Uno and Trent brawl!
Uno pokes Trent in the eyes! Uno then reels Trent in, but here comes DANHAUSEN! He curses Uno! But Uno’s evil, too! APRON HALF ‘N’ HALF from Trent! Uno falls, Trent ELIMINATES him! Trent gives a thumbs up to Danhausen, very nice, very evil. Parker puts Ortiz out to join Trent so Trent hurries to get in. Santana throws 2point0 both out, and they brawl! Parker drags Santana out with him, they’re brawling on the edge! Ortiz fights Lee off then stomps Parker down! Lee CLUBS Ortiz but Ortiz holds on! Santana KICKS Parker off the apron and ELIMINATES him! Santana BOOTS Lee down, and ELIMINATES him!
But then FTR goes after PNP! They brawl, PNP ROCKS FTR, but 2point0 anchor PNP’s legs! FTR BLASTS PNP off the apron and ELIMINATES them!! Trent is the last Best Friend standing, FTR regroup while Top Flight go after Nick. Matt whips Trent, Trent tumbles up and out! Matt CLOBBERS Trent, Trent holds on but Matt kicks his arm away! Trent falls, Matt ELIMINATES him! The Bucks regroup, as do Top Flight and FTR. These are the final three teams, only one can go to Revolution! FTR goes after Darius, Bucks go after Dante, but Top Flight fights both these top teams off!
Darius ENZIGURIS Dax, Dante goes after Cash. Cash turns it around to fire off in the corner! Dante hops up to boot back, and then he slides under to KANGAROO KICK! Dante runs in, but Cash puts him on the apron! Cash ROCKS Dante, but Dante gives a buckle bump! Darius fights Dax off, Dante goes up and up but has to land out of the Nosedive! Cash gets Dante up, runs to ropes, but Dante headscissors! BOTH men hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dax can’t believe it, but now he is alone! He turns around, and blocks the superkick from Matt! Dax reels Matt in, gets him up, rebound POWER- RANA! Matt hurries to clothesline Dax up and out!
Dax stays on the apron, only one foot tapping the ramp! Matt fires off haymakers, but reDRagon creep out! They distract Dax, Matt and Nick DOUBLE SUPERKICK and ELIMINATE Dax!! Then reDRagon adds on, TOTAL ANNIHILATION for Dax! Darius is all alone with the Bucks! And that looks good to the Bucks! Fans are thunderous as Darius says he will get this for Top Flight! He fires off hands on the Bucks, then elbows, then forearms, and he even blocks Nick’s kick! Darius hands it to Matt, to STOMP Nick’s leg! Matt whips, Darius dodges and ducks to CLOBBER him! But Nick hobbles up and takes aim to kick low.
The Bucks double whip Darius, Darius handsprings to back elbow Nick! Matt ROCKS Darius, whips him, but Darius rebounds and redirects to SPANISH FLY! Darius clotheslines Nick out! Brandon Cutler, that vlogger stooge, catches him! Nick ROCKS Darius, Matt scoops him! But Darius slips off and shoves Matt into Nick! Nick goes FLYING and he takes Cutler with him! Darius ELIMINATES Nick!! Matt is shocked, Darius dumps him out! Matt skins the cat and Darius doesn’t realize! Darius rushes in, Matt slides under, but Darius jumps over! Matt tosses Darius but he lands on the apron!
Darius ROCKS Matt, brings him in, suplexes him out and they start brawling! Matt ROCKS Darius, Darius ROCKS Matt! Matt wobbles, he ROCKS Darius, but Darius fires off haymakers! Fans are behind Darius but Matt LOW BLOWS! Matt waves bye, to SUPERKICK and ELIMINATE Darius! The Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks (advance to AEW Revolution’s World Tag Team Championship match)
And reDRagon get in to celebrate with them! The Elite conspiracy has worked out in their favor! But here comes Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus see the two teams they’re facing this Sunday, will they still be golden after Revolution?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“The entire wrestling world is buzzing over the announcement of Eddie Kingston VS Chris Jericho this Sunday at Revolution after our promo segment- Well, Eddie, you probably don’t know what a promo is. After our conversation on Dynamite last week. Congratulations, kid, you’re finally becoming the big star I always knew you would be.” But Jericho still can’t related to a guy like Kingston, because Jericho’s been such a big star for so long and Kingston… well, hasn’t. But this Sunday, it’s finally Kingston’s chance to win the big one. Because like Jericho said last week, Jericho IS the big one in AEW.
So Kingston, look deep down inside. Do you really think you have what it takes to beat the Influencer? Do you really think you have the confidence to get over your fear of success? Jericho doesn’t think so. But if Kingston does, IF, then Jericho will shake his hand and tell him he has his undying respect. But if not, which he won’t, Jericho will laugh at Kingston’s pathetic ass and to GFY. Santana and Ortiz walk in, Jericho raises a fist, and he gets fist bumps in return. Are they good? Santana & Ortiz don’t answer that, but Jericho says he always has their backs. Will the Inner Circle still be standing, no matter what happens between Le Champion and the Mad King?
CM Punk heads to the ring!
The Best of the World looks rather conflicted as he walks out into Daily’s Place and gets the mic. Fans chant for Punk, and Punk says he used to wake up every morning, splash his face with some water and look himself in the eye in the mirror. He’d ask himself, “Am I the bad guy?” Punk never had an answer. He doesn’t believe anyone thinks of themselves as the “bad guy” in their own story. Up until a week ago, Punk was sure MJF was the bad guy. And he’ll say right now, Punk thinks what Max did last week, to come out and bare his soul like that, on national television, that takes courage. Courage Punk didn’t think MJF had.
MJF spoke about a lot of deep, powerful things. But Punk also can’t shake the feeling that he’s just being gaslighted. Punk makes it clear to everyone watching: Punk doesn’t think MJF is lying. Those things surely happened to MJF. Where the questions lie is in the sincerity. Punk might be getting soft, because he isn’t even sure if it matters. There’s a famous picture of Punk online, very young, with Stone Cold Steve Austin. And after much lesser men framed Austin as a man who took his ball and went home, Punk didn’t get mad at the world. Punk didn’t lash out and do horrible things.
And since being here in AEW, Punk has seen Max knockout the legendary Dean Malenko, who is suffering from Parkinson’s. Punk heard MJF bury the late, great Brian Pillman Senior, in his hometown. Punk had to watch MJF say awful things about Darby Allin’s late uncle. And here’s the thing, ladies and gentlemen, this is the one fact Punk knows: “Hurt people hurt people.” When Punk came to AEW, MJF stood in front of him, introduced himself and Punk didn’t shake his hand. Is Punk to blame for MJF’s horrible behavior? Is Punk somehow Dr. Frankenstein and MJF is the monster he created?
Punk thinks everyone has to take responsibility for their actions. And Punk is pretty sure there is nothing he can say that is more impactful than something he can do. In order to do that, he needs MJF to come out here. Punk doesn’t want anyone but Max from last week to come out here. They can talk, have a conversation in front of the world. Punk waits and fans chant, and without music, MJF makes his way out. MJF joins Punk in the ring, and though fans boo, he keeps his cool. Punk walks up to MJF to say, “Here’s the thing, Max. I’ve done horrible things in my life. I used to be you, so full of hate.”
Punk poured alcohol down an alcoholic’s throat. He covered a legendary wrestler in the ashes of his dead, beloved manager. He mocked a wrestler’s addiction until he lost his JOB because of it. And Punk is here to say that all that hate is not going to keep you warm, it’ll burn you up. Punk would like to think that his respect isn’t just given, it is earned. And right now, this is bigger than Punk, bigger than MJF, bigger than wrestling. This is about an 11 year old kid watching at home right now, and right now he looks up to MJF the same way MJF looked up to Punk. That is what this is about.
Punk might be wrong, but he woke up this morning, splashed water in his face, and he looked at himself in the mirror and asked, “Are you the good guy?” Punk finally had an answer. That answer is… He is sure trying. Punk offers a handshake and fans aren’t sure what to make of this. MJF himself isn’t sure what to make of it. MJF pushes past the handshake to HUG Punk. MJF is hugging his childhood hero, and now Punk is the one unsure what to make of this. Punk hugs him back! Fans cheer this cathartic moment for Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and then MJF KICKS PUNK IN THE BALLS!
MJF throws off his jacket, drags Punk up and throws him through ropes, to then reel him in for the HEATSEEKER!! MJF rips off his fancy button-up shirt to reveal a T-shirt with THAT PICTURE on it! Young Max and Punk at the meet ‘n’ greet! MJF then calls for his henchmen! Wardlow and Shawn Spears walk out, and they have both diamond ring and dog collar! MJF puts the ring on his pinkie, and he demands Punk get up! Punk slowly stirs, manages to get to his feet, DYNAMITE DIAMOND PUNCH!! MJF stands up on the corner and shows off the ring as he soaks up all the heat. FTR also return to watch the ramp as MJF rains down fists!
Punk is busted open, MJF BITES Punk’s forehead! FTR CLOBBER security as they rush out! Spears gets in the ring and mocks Punk. MJF drags Punk up, smears the blood all over his shirt, then throws Punk out of the ring! Punk sputters on the floor, MJF gets him up to punch the bloody wound more! MJF stands Punk up for Spears to put the collar on him! MJF tells the timekeeper to stop ringing the bell, then he gets a mic. “You stupid, stupid old man. I’m a snake. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. And this Sunday, at Revolution, I’m going to show you and all these mindless sheep that I am the devil himself!”
MJF then has Spears CHOKE Punk by pulling the chain! Punk dangles from the ropes while bleeding, but here comes Sting, Darby and Sammy Guevara! They run The Pinnacle off, but the damage has been done! Punk can finally breathe again, will he make sure MJF never speaks again?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Schiavone says the Limitless One has qualified for the Face of the Revolution, but before that, Friday Night Rampage will see Keith Lee have a little tune-up. But before Keith can comment, Ricky Starks walks in, imitating Keith’s “Greetings and salutations.” Keith has Starks stop right there. Starks has twice interrupted him. If there is a third, there will be none of Starks left to do so again. Well Starks is just here to let Keith know that Rampage is Starks Country. And Hobbs is the President.
With that all said, Starks is giving Keith a fair warning. If Keith shows up on Rampage, he might not make it to Revolution. Starks is just being a good brother, and giving Keith a heads-up. See you when they see you. And Keith promises to be there. Will this little warning do little to scare the Limitless One away?
Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Thunder Rosa & Mercedes Martinez!
The AEW Women’s World Champion and her sidekick are in action as the Doctor prepares for her title match at Revolution. But will La Mera Mera & Mean Ms. Mercedes be merciless to Britt Baker, DMD?
The teams don’t even wait for the bell, they brawl at the ramp! Mercedes throws Hayter down and Rosa is after Britt! The bell rings, the brawl continues, Rosa fireman’s carries but Britt slips off. Britt shoves Rosa then follows, Rosa stops but Britt dodges the clothesline, only for Mercedes to be there to ROCK Britt with a right! Mercedes and Rosa circle Britt, have her in the corner, but Hayter gets on the apron. Mercedes whips Rosa in to A-List Lariat Britt in the corner! Mercedes runs in to BOOT Britt down! Rosa goes up and SWINGING METEORAS! Mercedes drags Britt to a cover, TWO!
Mercedes drags Britt up, ROCKS her with a right, then fires off more forearms. Mercedes scoops, Britt slips off and spins her around to run and SLINGBLADE! Britt covers, TWO! Britt brings Mercedes around, tag to Hayter. Hayter storms in and gets in Mercedes’ face. They both run, and they ram shoulders! They go again, and they ram shoulders! Hayter shoves, Mercedes runs and runs Hayter over! Mercedes puts Hayter in the corner, tag to Rosa and they mug Hayter. Rosa CHOPS, snapmares and KICKS Hayter! Rosa glares at Britt, KICKS Hayter again, then runs, but Rebel swipes at her! So Rosa drags Rebel up! Hayter rolls Rosa and Rebel distracts the ref for Britt to SUPERKICK!
Mercedes complains but Hayter stomps and whips Rosa into the corner. AEW goes picture in picture as Hayter CHOPS Rosa! Hayter stalks Rosa to the open corner, CHOPS her again, then whips her corner to corner. Hayter hits Rosa with a back elbow, then a snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Hayter stays on Rosa, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boots in. The ref counts, Hayter lets off at 4, but Rosa and Britt trade shots. Britt chokes Rosa, Mercedes protests but the ref keeps her back. Britt gets away with everything, and Hayter brings Rosa up to bump her off buckles. Hayter stands Rosa up to whip her corner to corner hard!
Hayter runs in, but Rosa KNEES her away! Rosa then CLUBS Hayter down, dribbles her off the mat, and runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rosa drags Hayter up, Hayter hits back and scoops to SLAM Rosa down! Hayter covers, TWO! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she grinds Rosa down. Rosa endures, fights around, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Hayter holds on but Rosa turns her over for a SEATED SURFBOARD! Rosa pulls Hayter way back, rocks her then STOMPS her! Cover, TWO! Rosa drags Hayter away from Britt to CLUB her, but Hayter throws body shots. Hayter CLUBS Rosa down now, then grinds her down.
Rosa fights back, fights free, and she hits a STUNNER! AEW returns to single picture as Rosa tags in Mercedes! Mercedes rallies on Hayter, Britt gets in but Mercedes CLOBBERs her! Mercedes blocks a kick, Hayter fights the spinebuster. Hayter kicks but Mercedes dodges to then hook Hayter up, T-BONE SUPLEX! Mercedes roars and fans fire up! Mercedes covers, TWO! Mercedes drags Hayter up and whips her, but Britt tags in. Hayter BOOTS and Britt gets in, but Mercedes gets around! Britt fights the half nelson, switches and spins Mercedes for a ROLLING ELBOW! Hayter reels Mercedes in, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER!
Hayter holds Mercedes up for Britt’s SUPERKICK, and then Hayter hits an STO! Britt covers, TWO! Mercedes survives and Britt is frustrated. Britt talks trash to Rebel, then sucker punches her! SUPERKICK for Mercedes! And then the takedown into a CROSSFACE! Mercedes resists, gets free and CLUBS Britt down! Hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as we get the women’s title preview! Britt fires forearms, Rosa flips her off and SLAPS her! Britt swings, Rosa ROCKS her again! They go back and forth, Rosa ROCKS Britt again. Rosa blocks the kick, trips Britt, but Britt avoids the double stomp! Britt turns Rosa, Rosa turns Britt and scoops!
Britt slips off, ripcords, but Rosa gets under to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Hayter breaks it! Hayter scrambles away while Rosa and Britt slowly stir. They both stand, and Rosa ROUNDHOUSES Britt! Mercedes is in, she gets Britt for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Hayter goes after Mercedes, they brawl and fall out the ring! Rosa gets Britt up, Mercedes CANNONBALLS the sidekicks! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa & Mercedes win!
Winners: Thunder Rosa & Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
La Mera Mera just pinned the champ! Will she do that all over again at Revolution? Or will Britt find a way to keep the title?
Backstage interview with Tay Conti & Anna Jay.
Tay accepted Jade Cargill’s open challenge for the TBS Championship at Revolution. Tay is a Black Belt in Judo, and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. How does she hope to get that gold belt? Before she can say anything, Mark Sterling & Jade Cargill walk in. Of course they show up. Jade says, “Bitch, shut up before I kick you in the face again. Nobody gives a damn about that karate shit.” Jay keeps Tay from firing off, and Sterling says someone didn’t read the fine print. If Tay so much as harms a green hair on Jade’s head, this title opportunity will be taken away faster than you can say jiujitsu. Tay clams down, and Jade says to be thankful she gave Tay this opportunity.
The Jade Brand leaves, TayJay stays cool. Will the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty beat some modesty into Jade? Or will she just be the newest loser on #ThatBitchShow?
Sammy Guevara has his cue cards!
AEW goes picture in picture as Sammy shares his thoughts. “Fines! Suspensions! Why is that what it takes just to get a fair match with you? Matt, Isiah, Andrade, can you do nothing on your own? When I won this belt, I didn’t need or want help! The Inner Circle didn’t fight my battles! I DID! Which is why I respect you, Darby Allin! You do it the same way. Every fight with you has been fair. This Sunday, it will be an honor to fight along side you and an icon, STING! Make no mistakes though, this Friday, you are nothing more, than another opponent! Good luck!” El Idolo VS The Relentless VS The Spanish God, but there can only be ONE TNT Champion!
AEW hears from Kris Statlander and Leyla Hirsch.
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien says, “Leyla, you call yourself a legit athlete. But a legit athlete would know how to take a loss, learn from the experience, and yet, all you’ve done is blame me for winning.” But Leyla says, “Stat, you said that my parents had a reason for giving me up for adoption.” Kris stands by what she said about Leyla being childish, and she meant it with every fiber of her being. Leyla asks the producers why she’s even doing this. Why is she talking to a camera? Kris said what she said. Kris says if Leyla wants to talk struggles, Kris will give her something to struggle with. They’re about to see a whole different side to Kris Statlander no one has ever seen before.
Leyla is done talking! She’ll let her actions speak louder than Kris’ words! What happens when these two finally have it out in the ring 1v1?
Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Cezar Bononi!
We saw the members of The Pinnacle play their part in MJF’s brutalizing of CM Punk, but the Maestro of Mayhem actually just stood by and watched. Is he not in agreement with his teammates anymore? Or will he start doing things the way they want against the Wingmen’s Brazilian Beefcake?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Bononi knees low, CLUBS Wardlow, and then whips him to ropes. Wardlow uses that to reel Bononi in! POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as it begins already! Spears isn’t happy but fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow gets Bononi back up, to POWERBOMB again! And then roll Bononi up and into a THIRD POWERBOMB! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
And he did it his way! Spears gets in with his chair, but Wardlow stops him from getting his shots in! Spears lets the chair go, fans chant for Wardlow and Spears throws off his beanie. Wardlow doesn’t back down from The Chair Man, so Spears steps away. Will the War Dog become the new Face of the Revolution in that stacked field of stars?
AEW hears from The House of Black.
Malakai says, “You have deemed us inherently evil. But wasn’t it the House, PAC, that gave you new sight? Wasn’t it the House, Pentagon, that gave you new means to find new levels of…” “Violence,” Brody King finishes. “The part of the human condition that society chooses to shun. The part that the House has embraced and enforced as you sit back and cast…” “Judgement,” Buddy Matthews finishes. “The one thing everyone passes, and everyone fears to receive. We don’t cast judgement. We seek the truth. And the truth is is that we are the House.” “And the house always wins.” Will this trifecta of terror tear down the norms to enlighten AEW?
Backstage interview with Wardlow and Shawn Spears.
The Chair Man knows the big guy is mad, but Spears still loves him! And big news! Max, c’mere! MJF says he heard Wardlow got a little perturbed earlier, so here’s some good news. If Wardlow wins the ladder match and beats the TNT Champion, he can keep the title. Besides, it’s not like he’s going to win it anyway. MJF starts to walk off but Wardlow says it’s only because he’s too busy making sure MJF’s winning. MJF comes back to SLAP Wardlow! Maybe Wardlow forgot: he isn’t a pro-wrestler, he is MJF’s bodyguard! Wardlow doesn’t work for AEW, he works for MJF! And if MJF were Wardlow, he would not mistake kindness for weakness or Wardlow’s family will be out on the street! Will the War Dog obey his “master?” Or will he finally bite the hand that feeds him?
Six Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Adam Cole & reDRagon!
Before the battle of Adams at Revolution for THE AEW World Championship, Page and Cole call upon their friends! The Good, The Bad & The Hungy ride again against the undisputed paragons of pro-wrestling! Will champion or challenger have all the momentum going into their title bout?
The ref keeps the peace as the trios want after each other. The teams sort out and the Adams start things off! Fans fire up to see this preview, but then Cole backs off and tags to Bobby Fish. Hangman figured as much, and he circles with the Infamous One. They approach, Hangman avoids the roundhouse to fire off haymakers! Fish reverses the whip but Hangman slips out of the scoop to shove and BOOT! Fish flounders and Hangman brings him up to bump off buckles. Hangman stomps away on Fish, the ref counts and Hangman lets off at 4. Fans fire up and Hangman drags Fish up. Fish knees low and brings him around for knees.
Fish tags Kyle O’Reilly, reDRagon mugs Hangman and then double whips. Hangman busts through the double kicks to run Kyle over! And then kick Fish to suplex onto Kyle! Cover, TWO! Hangman drags Kyle up, tags in John Silver, and Silver brawls with Kyle. Kyle and Silver trade KICKS, but Kyle gets a facelock! But Silver suplexes Kyle first! Fans chant for “Johnny Hungy!” as he tags in Alex Reynolds. They get the legs to roll and TOSS Kyle! Fish gets in, but runs into double drop toeholds! DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Kyle gets up but Reynolds dodges him to dropkick him down!
Fans fire up with Reynolds, he covers, ONE! Reynolds drags Kyle up, underhooks the arms but Cole rushes in. Reynolds chases him off, but turns around into fast strikes from Kyle! Leg sweep! Tag to Cole and he drags Reynolds around to rain down fists! Cole tags Kyle back in, Kyle KNEES Reynolds low. Kyle wraps Reynolds up, cobra twist! Reynolds endures, and reDRagon links up to add leverage! The ref sees that and reprimands. Fish lets go, Reynolds hip tosses free! Kyle gets the foot but Reynolds fights his way over, hot tag to Hangman! The Cowboy fires off haymakers on Kyle then whips him to ropes.
Kyle holds ropes and bails out, but Hangman pursues! They go around, get in, Fish tags and Kyle baits Hangman. Fish KICKS Hangman’s leg out and then Kyle knocks the Beaver Boys down! Fish drops elbows on the leg, and now Cole wants Hangman! Tag to Cole and he hops up. Cole takes aim, leaps, PANAMA- NO! Hangman has Cole in the Alabama, but Cole flails to sunset flip! TWO, Hangman sits on the cover, TWO! Hangman rolls through to jackknife and Alabama! Cole fights that off, suplexes, but Hangman slips out! Hangman waistlocks but he ducks Cole’s elbow. Cole ducks the lariat, mule kick to the leg!
Cole brings the kneepad down fast, runs, but Hangman ducks the Boom! Hangman runs in but is put on the apron! But Cole sees him load up! Cole bails out before Hangman can slingshot in, and reDRagon regroups with Cole. Fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Hangman dares someone to get in but the ref keeps him back. The ring count starts, Cole takes his time returning, and he still stays back to tag Kyle. Hangman tags Silver, Silver and Kyle circle again. They tie up, go around, Silver headlocks but Kyle powers out. Silver runs Kyle over, then flexes! He’s friggin’ jacked, baby! Things speed up, Kyle kitchen sink knees Silver down! Kyle rains down forearms on Silver, then lets off to drag him over. Tag to Fish and reDRagon stomp Silver down. Fish drags Silver up to clinch and throw knees. Fish snapmares Silver down, then goes out to slingshot senton back in!
Fish taunts Reynolds then drags Silver around by a leg. Fish hits a KNEE JAMMER, then tags Cole. Cole drops ax handles, then drags Silver up. Cole turns Silver for a NECKBREAKER! Cole flexes, he’s mildly jacked BAYBAY. Cole drags Silver up and bumps him off buckles. Cole stomps away on Silver, then tags Kyle. Kyle drags Silver up to tag Fish, and reDRagon mugs Silver with knee after knee in the corner. They let off as the ref counts, then they double snap suplex! Fish covers, TWO! Fish is frustrated but he drags Silver up to bump off buckles. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Silver up and cravats for a snapmare.
Cole clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, even as Cole pushes the hold. AEW returns to single picture and fans rally up. Silver throws body shots, Cole knees low. Cole fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Cole smirks as Silver survives. Cole taunts Reynolds but the ref keeps him back. Cole then sucker punches Reynolds and knocks him to the railing! Kyle tags in to rain down forearms and elbows on Silver! Kyle wants the arm but Silver clasps hands. Silver fights up to a cover, TWO! Silver KICKS Kyle, then KICKS him again! Kyle blocks a kick to bring Silver around and sweep the leg! HEEL HOOK!
Silver endures and kicks free, but Kyle tags Fish! Fish drags Silver, Silver BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Cole and Hangman! Cole stops in his tracks, he tags right back to Kyle! Hangman rallies on Kyle, whips corner to corner but Kyle reverses. Hangman uses that to triangle jump LARIAT Fish down! Hangman dodges Kyle, scoops him and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Hangman kips up to PLANCHA onto Fish! Then Hangman gets back in to run, but Kyle boots his lariat! Hangman avoids the roundhouse to POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Hangman fires up and the fans rally behind him and “COWBOY SH*T!”
Hangman brings Kyle up but Kyle shoots around to KICK a leg out! Kyle aims, AX and- ROLLING ELBOW from Hangman! Kyle yoyos in the ropes, but Hangman LARIATS him down! Cole says he’s got this and he tags in. Cole storms up, but Hangman is right in his face! They’re forehead to forehead and fans fire up! Cole throws forearms with Hangman back and forth! They’re fast ‘n’ furious! The Dark Order gets in to brawl with reDRagon! It’s a triple hockey fight!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” as Kyle BOOTS Hangman! Reynolds ROLLING ELBOWS Kyle! Fish CLOBBERS Reynolds, Silver ENZIGURIS Fish!
Cole kicks but Silver blocks to trip him, KICK him, BUZZSAW and SUPERKICK, to a- GHOSTBUSTER from Cole!! Cole turns around, into a LARIAT from Hangman! All six men are down and fans are thunderous again as a standing count starts! Hangman is up at 3 of 10, and he stalks behind Cole. Hangman deadlift waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Reynolds tags in, he dodges the boot to fire off hands! Cole BOOTS back, then runs in, into a pop-up KNEE! Cole staggers, Reynolds runs in to BOOT Cole in the corner! Reynolds runs but into a SUPERKICK! BLINDSLIDE SUPERKICK! Cole brings down the kneepad, BOOM!! Cover, ColeDRagon wins!
Winners: Adam Cole & reDRagon, by pinfall
This Adam may have won, but he’s not done! He rains down fists on Reynolds, but Hangman BOOTS Cole down! Hangman fires off but Kyle gets Hangman in a SLEEPER! Fish runs, but Hangman fights free to deny the high-low! Hangman CLOBBERS Fish, BOOTS Kyle, then gets to the apron! Hangman takes aim, Cole turns around, but Fish sweeps the legs! Down goes Hangman, and Cole drags him in for more fists! Fans boo but reDRagon gets duct tape! They mug Hangman and tape him to the ropes! Cole taunts Hangman as he can’t put his hands up to stop this! Silver gets in, though, and they make Hangman watch Silver take the TOTAL ANNIHILATION!
Reynolds is thrown in, he takes PANAMA SUNRISE! Hangman tries but he can’t break free, and Cole gets in his face with the belt. So Hangman HEADBUTTS him! Cole SUPERKICKS back! Cole fires off hands, then SUPERKICKS again! Cole holds up the AEW World Championship and tells Hangman that it will belong to him! Will Cole prove he’s the superior Adam now, then and forever? Or will he be in for some serious #CowboyShit at Revolution?
A great go-home for AEW! For one, HUGE news to start the show. I had a feeling and yet didn’t think it’d be possible, but now Tony Khan and AEW own ROH! Word’s getting out that ROH will become the developmental to AEW, but only time will tell. Also no idea if this means ROH coverage will return, but still exciting stuff. Bryan VS Daniels was a great match to follow up that news, and it also segued perfectly into Bryan and Moxley having one more face-off before the match. I really don’t have an idea how this one goes. I would think Moxley wins the match, but it’d be a much bigger surprise if they still become a team after this since Bryan’s going very Heel and Moxley is Face.
AEW once again gives us an awesome battle royal. It was awesome to get Top Flight back at 100% with Darius’ return. And even 2point0 being the last team for a letdown was a great move. And while it looked like Top Flight had a shot to shock the world, the plan stays as I expected. Young Bucks, reDRagon and Jurassic Express are going to have a great Triple Threat tag, and I fully expected Bucks and reDRagon to cancel out so that Jurassic Express can retain. Jericho’s promo was just him repeating what he said last week, so that was a bit disappointing. It was also surprising that Santana & Ortiz even gave him fist bumps. Jericho VS Kingston could still go either way, but I was hoping for a bit more drama in the Inner Circle over this stuff. Maybe we still get that even after Revolution.
The segment with Punk, MJF and the rest of The Pinnacle went as I expected and yet still went above what I expected. Punk already got really bloody, and he’ll surely just get bloody all over again at Revolution. MJF got his shots in, I’m thinking he loses on Sunday. Wardlow put Bononi away much faster than I could’ve expected, but it worked perfectly within the story that’s building. I’m a little surprised MJF is “letting” Wardlow keep whatever title he wins, but Wardlow breaking free from The Pinnacle is still coming. Hell, it could happen at Revolution if MJF calls on him to help him against Punk.
Keith Lee had a good segment with Team Taz, you can bet Starks & Hobbs will try to get at Keith on Rampage as their go-home segment. Sammy had another good cue card promo, Darby & Sting had a good backstage promo, but what a surprise that we’re getting a TNT title Triple Threat before the Tornado Trios match. Being a Triple Threat could be the way Andrade gets that title while also putting dysfunction into the Darby-Sting-Sammy team. We got good promos to hype up the TBS Championship match and Statlander VS Hirsch, but I’m still bugged by what’s going on in the latter. Are we getting a completely unmotivated double turn? I’d really hate that.
The women’s tag match was pretty good, but it felt a bit clumsy. It has been some time since Britt and Rosa had a match against each other, they’re probably just working on their chemistry again. I’m sure their title match at Revolution will be much better, but with Rosa standing tall here, I have a feeling AEW is going to keep Britt on top. We got a good House of Black promo, I like that they are framing themselves as tweeners. Once Fenix is back, we can get a killer Six Man out of these guys. And we also got a killer Six Man in tonight’s main event, but Cole & reDRagon of course won here. They stand tall, beating down Hangman, Silver & Reynolds, because Hangman is going to retain that title at Revolution.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!
AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?
- Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
- Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.
A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?
To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!
- The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
- Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Royal Rampage!
Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?
Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.
Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!
Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.
Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!
Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.
Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!
Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!
Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!
Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.
Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!
Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!
Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!
Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!
The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.
Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!
Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!
Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!
Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!
Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!
Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!
Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!
Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)
The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?
Backstage interview with Hook.
Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?
The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!
Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!
Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!
Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner. Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!
Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!
Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)
Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?
AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.
“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?
Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!
Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?
Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!
The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!
Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!
Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!
Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!
Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!
The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?
A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.
Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.
Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.
The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.
My Score: 8.6/10
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