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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/23/22)

The Hardy Boyz raise the ante!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

Things get extreme in a Revolution remix!

Once enemies, now allies, Darby Allin & Sting team with Matt & Jeff Hardy against the Andrade Family Office in a new take on AEW Revolution’s tornado tag!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • CM Punk VS Dax Harwood; Punk wins.
  • 8 Man Tornado Tag: Darby Allin, Sting & The Hardy Boyz VS The AFO; Darby, Sting & The Hardy Boyz win.
  • Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart; Moxley & Bryan win.
  • Adam Cole VS Jay Lethal; Cole wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
  • Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia w/ The JAS VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Jericho & Garcia win.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk VS Dax Harwood!

The Best in the World returns after the hellish Dog Collar Match with MJF, and Austin, Texas is all fired up! But it seems that while he finally got even with the Salt of the Earth, Punk isn’t done with The Pinnacle. FTR’s Mechanic is seen off by Cash Wheeler, and looks to do this truly 1v1 with Punk! Will Punk continue to leave the Pinnacle behind as he continues to climb the ranks?

The bell rings and fans rally up for “CM Punk! CM Punk!” already. Punk and Dax circle, they feel things out, they tie up, and Dax puts Punk on the ropes. Punk turns things around, they end up in a corner, and the ref counts. Punk lets off at 4, he backs away, and he resets with Dax. Gunn Club is spotted watching as these two tie up again. Plus, the fans are chanting, “ASS~ BOYS!” at them, so… Anyway, Dax wrenches Punk’s arm, Punk wrenches back, and he arm-drags Dax. Dax headscissors, Punk kips free, and the two stand off. They circle again, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Punk powers out, but Dax runs him over!

Dax keeps moving, he slides under but Punk arm-drags him again! Punk clamps onto the arm but Dax fights up. Dax gets frustrated but fans continue to chant for Punk as Punk shifts to a hammerlock. Fans chant, “CM Punk!” and Austin Gunn adds “SUCKS!” at the end. He’s the only one. Dax fights up, pulls hair and puts Punk in the corner, but he lets off with an elbow! And then he CHOPS! Dax EuroUppers Punk, then whips him corner to corner. Punk reverses, then scoops Dax to SLAM him down! Dax kicks Punk away to get a headlock takeover but Punk headscissors. Dax kips free and Punk arm-drags him again!

Punk is back on the arm with a top wristlock and fans are loving the technical exchange. Dax fights up, Punk hammerlocks again, but Dax slips around. Punk headlocks, Dax powers out, things speed up as Dax kitchen sink knees Punk down! Fans boo but Dax soaks it all up. Dax drags Punk up, snap suplexes, then he drops a leg! Cover, ONE! Dax is annoyed but he sits Punk up and fish hooks the face! The ref reprimands, Dax elbows Punk in the head! Dax drags Punk up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Dax even blows snot on Punk! Cover, TWO! Dax chinlocks to keep Punk down but the fans rally up.

Punk fights up, powers out, and gets a sleeper! But Dax counters with a BIG back suplex! Punk clutches his back while fans rally. Dax snarls and sits Punk up to pull hair. The ref reprimands and Dax lets go. Dax bumps Punk off buckles, CHOPS him, and Gunn Club wants that again! Dax tells the dorks to sit down but Gunn Club just talks trash back. Fans chant “ASS~ BOYS!” and Punk CHOPS Dax! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Punk whips, Dax reverses and CLOBBERS Punk with an elbow! Dax goes up top now, for a DIVING HEADBUTT FLOP! Punk avoids disaster and fans are thunderous with the standing count.

Punk sits up at 2 of 10, gets to his feet, and Dax follows. Punk throws a haymaker, Dax gives it back! Punk forearms, Dax forearms back! Punk rebounds, ROLLING ELBOW! Dax rebounds to fire a forearm! Punk fires many forearms, then whips to CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Punk drags Dax to a leg drop! Punk goes up top now, fans rally but Dax ROCKS Punk first! And then CHOPS! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Dax climbs up to join Punk, but Punk resists the superplex! GOURD BUSTER! Punk catches his breath up top and fans fire up! Punk aims, but Dax trips him up!

Fans boo but Dax sits Punk back up. Dax climbs up to the very top and he brings Punk up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and writhing and a standing count starts again. Dax rolls out of the ring to the apron to save himself. Dax goes up top now, DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and Dax can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” but Dax drags him up. Punk resists the suplex to suplex Dax and himself out of the ring! Both men crash to the floor and the ring count climbs. Cash returns to check on Dax, and Cash drums the mat to rally up the fans.

Punk and Dax sit up, Dax crawls around the way towards Cash. Punk pursues, Dax gets in the ring and Punk climbs the corner again. Punk doesn’t take as much time this time, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! But into the ANACONDA VICE!! Dax endures, flails, but he’s caught! Dax pulls hair, but Punk cranks the hold! Dax slips out, steps through, but Punk blocks the Sharpshooter to boot Dax into buckles! Then cradle, but Dax rolls it back! TWO!! Punk narrowly escapes! Dax crawls to a corner, Punk runs in, SHINING- NO! Dax blocks wizard to rebound SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans are thunderous as Punk survives again! “This is Awesome!” and both men stir as the ten count starts. Dax gets up, he brings Punk back up and whips him to ropes. Punk kicks the back drop away! Dax ends up in a corner, SHINING WIZARD to the back! Punk says night-night, fireman’s carry and GO- NO! Dax blocks and gets the legs! SHARPSHOOTER!! Punk endures, Cash is going nuts for Dax, but the ref tells Cash to stay off the apron. Punk rolls, throws hands, then monkey flips Dax! ANACONDA VICE!! Dax taps, Punk wins!!

Winner: CM Punk, by submission

A powerful showing from Dax but Punk is still Best in the World! And he’s motioning for a title belt around his waist! Will Punk get his shot at a title soon enough?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society speaks.

A picture is shown of a very young John Silver, and very young Chris Jericho, at a meet ‘n’ greet. Jericho says, “What a beautiful picture. Such a heartwarming story of a 12-year-old John Silver meeting his hero and his idol, Chris Jericho. And now, in 2022, he actually gets to have a match against The Influencer. Now let’s be honest, Hungy, you just being in the ring with The Big One puts you on a different level. But it doesn’t put you on my level. I’m gonna take you to school tonight, Hungy. And it ain’t gonna be pretty.” Daniel Garcia says that just as they said last week, the JAS beats up pro-wrestlers.

Tonight, Garcia will give us a perfect example as to why a pro-wrestler could never hang in the ring with a sports entertainer like him. Jericho says they will future endeavor the Dark Order, just like they did the traitors, Santana and Ortiz, and that piece of trash, Eddie Kingston! Where even are they? Angelo Parker says he’ll go see. Oh, nothing over here! Matt Menard looks to the other side, still nothing! Hager says they’re not here and they’re never coming back! They wouldn’t dare, because this is the Jericho Appreciation Society, and that? That is entertainment.

 

8 Man Tornado Tag: Darby Allin, Sting & The Hardy Boyz VS The AFO!

Once enemies, now allies, The Relentless One, the Icon, as well as Matt & Jeff Hardy, are now united against Andrade El Idolo and the faction he hijacked! But Andrade is standing down, will his Butcher, Blade & Private Party get even with Darby, Sting & Team Extreme?

The AFO waits at the apron, but Darby DIVES and takes out Butcher! The bell rings and Darby fires off on Butcher, Sting goes up to CROSSBODY everyone else!! Darby RAMS Butcher into steel steps, Jeff and Matt get Private Party up. Matt TOSSES Kassidy into the railing! Then Matt stalks Kassidy up the ramp to fire haymakers! Butcher hits Darby back, then throws him into railing! Matt smacks Kassidy off the apron, Sting uses Darby’s skateboard to SMACK Quen on the back! Jeff CLOBBERS Blade over the railing! They’re both down right in front of the fans, then Sting whips Quen into railing!

Matt rains down fists on Kassidy, Butcher stalks Darby out into the crowd. Matt sets Kassidy up for Sting, STINGER SPLASH against railing! Butcher stalks Darby, ROCKS him with forearms, but Jeff and Blade have found their way over to them. Blade stalks Jeff up the steps, and we see Matt back drop Quen to the floor! Butcher stalks Darby up, Jeff hits Blade back. Jeff brings Blade along to throw into more railing. Butcher CLUBS Darby and follows him up the steps. Darby ROCKS Butcher and wraps on a SLEEPER! Darby throws crossface forearms on Butcher, and Matt is giving Quen “DELETE! DELETE!” buckle bumps!

Fans rally for Darby as he pulls hair and rakes Butcher’s eyes! But Andrade gets involved as he LASHES Darby with his belt! The ref reprimands but Andrade doesn’t care, he’s taking advantage of there being No Disqualifications! Andrade and Butcher get Darby up, to SWING into the railing, then THROW down the stairs!! Fans lose their minds and boo the AFO as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Matt gives Kassidy a SIDE EFFECT while Butcher stalks Darby in the hallway. Quen puts a trash can in the ring as Matt fires up, and Hardy kicks Kassidy, to get SMACKED by the can! Quen mocks “DELETE!” then helps Kassidy up. Quen stomps Matt out of the ring, then helps Kassidy over. Meanwhile, Butcher and Blade throw Darby around the pavilion! Jeff attacks with a trash can of his own! Fans waiting in the back get to see Jeff TOSS the can into Butcher! Blade DECKS Jeff and stomp him down! Blade is bloody but he calls to Butcher. Private Party double whip Matt hard into railing!

Blade ROCKS Sting, Butcher drags Darby along by an arm. Private Party brings Matt to the stage while Butcher seems to eye a merch table. Private Party double suplex Matt on the ramp! All three of those men are down but are stirring. Matt crawls towards the stage but Private Party are after him! Darby gets thrown into a pillar! Blade drags Sting over to the merch table and CLUBS him down, then stomps Darby. Private Party coordinate, and Quen climbs the tunnel while Kassidy drags Matt up. But Matt throws Kassidy into the side of the tunnel! Matt avoids Quen jumping down, and scoop SLAMS him on the stage!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Matt throws haymakers on Kassidy! Matt DECKS Kassidy, eggs him on, but Kassidy wants mercy! Matt did choose Private Party to be the foundation of his office, but fans say, “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt agrees, and he catches Kassidy’s sucker punch for a clinch! But Quen slides up to LOW BLOW from behind! Fans boo and Private Party drag Hardy up. Blade still throws Darby around, Private Party get Matt up, SUPER DOUBLE SIDE EFFECT off the stage! AND THROUGH TABLES!! Meanwhile, Sting and Darby have turned the tables, with Butcher on top of one!

Darby fires off on Blade, and Jeff’s found a ladder! Darby feeds Blade to Jeff’s LADDER ATTACK! Blade clutches his arm, Jeff sets the ladder up near the tables! Darby fires hands on Blade to put him alongside Butcher! Fans are going nuts as Jeff climbs up! Jeff is at the very top, and then stands on some framing of the wall! Jeff aims, SWANTON BOMB through the tables!! Fans lose their minds as Jeff and the mercenaries are down in the wreckage! Back at ringside, Private Party has risen and they’re dragging Matt back to the ring! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this one as Private Party puts Matt in and covers, TWO!?!

Sting has returned ringside, Kassidy rushes out, but Sting yanks the rope to jam up Kassidy! Kassidy tumbles out, Quen rushes over but into a back elbow! Sting gets in to check on Matt, but Kassidy SMACKS Sting with a chair! Sting just roars and fires up!! Sting rallies with big clotheslines on Private Party! Corner clothesline for Kassidy, STINGER SPLASH for Quen! STINGER SPLASH for Kassidy! Sting goes back for Quen but Quen dodges and Sting hits buckles! Kassidy GAMANGIRI Sting! Kassidy puts Sting up, Quen howls and runs in, GIN ‘N’ J- NO! DRAGON SLEEPER! Sting has Kassidy down, Matt gets Quen for a facelock!

Matt CLUBS away on Quen, Sting drags Kassidy back up. TWIST OF SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Both moves at once, double cover, Sting’s team wins!!

Winners: Darby Allin, Sting & The Hardy Boyz, by pinfall

Jeff and Darby return to regroup with their tag partners! These extremely relentless icons have shut down the AFO, but who will get to go after El Idolo?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

A tremendous opener, very rare for Dax to be in a singles match, but there was also some problems with the Gunn Club. Cash says his best friend and brother, Dax, did what he does every time, and that is wrestle from the heart. But then you’ve got those Ass Boys who think that their dad, Billy, has people’s respect, those two get grandfathered in. No! Those two are still puppies wetting the bed. FTR right here is respect. Dax knows there’s a portion of the audience that don’t really care for FTR, and he gets that. They’ve done nasty things in the past. But there is one thing that 100% of the audience cannot say and that is that FTR are spoiled brats.

One thing FTR can’t stand is spoiled brats! Those boys think they can come into Dax’s business, Dax’s profession, and take Dax’s spots? FTR is the absolute best tag team on the planet, bar none, top to bottom, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, EVERY night! FTR is the best, so Dax won’t even call those two “Ass Boys,” that’s a gimmick name. He’ll call them Billy’s sons. And FTR will see Billy’s sons next week. #TopGuysOut. Strong words from a strong and proven team, but will they prove to Austin & Colten that they are NOT ready for this?

 

Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart!

The perfect brawler and the perfect wrestler are so far perfect as a tag team at 2-0. They want to mold the future of wrestling through violence, will they do just that with Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr? Or will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ prove the future is now?

Just like last week, Moxley & Bryan don’t wait to sort out, they go right at the Blonds! The Blonds are a bit more ready than Chuck Taylor & Wheeler Yuta were, they all brawl, but Moxley throws Griff out and Bryan KICKS BPJ in the corner. Griff hits Moxley back but Moxley whips him into railing! Bryan keeps on giving KICK after KICK, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Julia Hart seems to sit and sulk, or perhaps meditate, on the ring steps. Bryan whips BPJ and kitchen sink knees him down. Bryan then tags Moxley in, they mug BPJ, and Moxley CLUBS BPJ down. Moxley scoops to SLAM BPJ then run to KICK him down!

BPJ sits up, Moxley scuffs him and CHOPS him! And CHOPS and CHOPS! Moxley runs, but into a dropkick! BPJ tags Griff, Griff runs corner to corner, and he IVY LEAGUE SPLASHES Moxley! Griff throws hands, runs but Moxley blocks the boot! Moxley gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Griff down! Tag to Bryan, they mug Griff now. Griff sputters as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan has a neck wrench but Griff endures, so Bryan headbutts him down. Griff goes to ropes, Bryan brings him up and has the neck wrench again, for another headbutt! Bryan drags Griff by a leg to turn him over, and he hooks the legs up to then get the arms. Moxley tags in before Bryan lifts Griff up into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Bryan lets Griff down enough for Moxley to CHOP him! Griff falls over and Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley drags Griff up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Moxley drags Griff up, tags Bryan in, and Moxley hangs Griff out to dry for Bryan’s FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!

Bryan clamps onto Griff with a facelock but BPJ rallies the fans. Griff endures and fights up, powers Bryan back, and back drops free! Hot tag to BPJ! BPJ dodges Bryan, CHOPS him, but Bryan EuroUppers! BPJ CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, repeat! But then Bryan KICKS away at the leg, only for BPJ to CHOP again! Bryan EuroUppers, whips, but BPJ ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Bryan with a forearm! BPJ fires up, runs in and clotheslines in the corner! Then CHOPS and suplexes for the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but BPJ drags him back up. BPJ throws forearms in the corner, then runs in, only to be put on the apron!

Bryan forearms but BPJ counter punches! Dynamite returns to single picture as Bryan staggers away. BPJ springboards, into a KICK! Tag to Moxley, they get BPJ up, KING KONG LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! And then, PILEDRIVER! Cover, but Griff breaks it! Bryan gets in to EuroUpper Griff then runs, but is sent out hard! Moxley CHOPS Griff, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Moxley eggs Griff on and Griff fires forearms! ROLLING- Moxley DECKS Griff! Julia definitely sulks now, and might even be bored. Moxley runs, Griff BOOTS him! Griff hoists Moxley up, BPJ joins in, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

BPJ tags Griff and Griff drags Moxley up. BPJ climbs up, but Bryan gets in. Griff swings but misses, Bryan comes back to BUSAIKU KNEE Griff down! BPJ leaps, into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT! Moxley gets Griff, Bryan has BPJ! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS, alongside the DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan then drags BPJ into the LeBelle Lock while Moxley wraps Griff in the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Griff taps, Moxley & Bryan win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson, by submission

The Maniac and the American Dragon slay another team and Regal says that was incredible. Regal joins his students in the ring, and Moxley gets the mic. “I am a very, very lucky man. I am very blessed. I’ve been fortunate enough to compete against the best in the world, and I’ve been fortunate enough to compete, to learn from, the best in the world. But there’s only one man whose opinion I’ve ever cared about. His Lordship, William Regal!” Fans cheer that and chant “REGAL! REGAL!” Mox says Regal’s seal of approval is a mark of excellence, a badge of honor, and Moxley earned it! Through pain, through blood, and through torture, and even dislocated joints!

Moxley wears that Blackpool badge of honor with pride! Just like his friend here, the great American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! These two were forged in combat! And as His Lordship said, if you wanna get in the ring and stand across from them, you better step up or get stepped on. But this message is for anybody who thinks they have what it takes to stand beside them! For anyone who thinks they have what it takes to ride with the three most sadistic individuals in this business! There are no free passes. If you have what it takes, reach deep down into your soul and find that place where you love pain! If you want a badge of honor from the Blackpool Combat Club, there’s only one way to get it: the hard way!

 

MJF is here.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman also has The Chair Man, Shawn Spears, with him as he goes to the ring. And though he lost that Dog Collar Match, MJF is in a great mood because he screwed over Wardlow in last week’s TNT Championship match. MJF already has a mic to have his music cut, and surprise, surprise: the ring has security right up front. MJF says Texas has as many brain cells as they do teeth, and that would be a few, so maybe just pipe down. “Wardlow, Wardlow, Wardlow. It is such a shame that you couldn’t get the job done last week. I mean, really. Especially because unlike you, I’m actually a man of my word.”

MJF says unlike Wardlow- Fans tell him to STFU, but MJF says he honors his business agreements. When he said a few weeks ago that if Wardlow won the TNT title, he could keep it, MJF meant it! That’s why it is so sad Wardlow just isn’t good enough to beat Scorpio Sky. MJF wants to talk to CM Punk now. “CM Punk, I know it, you know it, these white trash hillbilly hicks know it. I had you beat at Revolution, just like I had you beat twice in Chicago. So what did you do? You decided to cheat to win. Let me make something perfectly clear: Don’t know where, don’t know when, but there will be another match. And when there is, I’m gonna give you the most embarrassing loss of your entire career.”

But even then, it won’t be over. MJF says it won’t be over until he attends Punk’s funeral and pisses on Punk’s grave. Spears is the only one amused by that thought. MJF says, “Now to go back to the other spineless coward, the War Dog.” The fans like Wardlow? Well that’s cuz they’re inbred. Wardlow, MJF will start calling him, “Pig.” Because that’s what he is: a greedy little piggy. When MJF first met Wardlow a couple years ago- Fans chant “WARD~LOW!” and MJF says that’s good. They can chant his name, because Wardlow, if not for MJF, not for the contract Wardlow signed nearly three years ago, the people wouldn’t even know who he is!

MJF made Wardlow! When MJF met him, Wardlow didn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of. And thanks to MJF, Wardlow has a beautiful roof over his and his mother’s head. And how does Wardlow repay MJF? By costing him the most important match of his life, and then having the audacity to step into MJF’s ring, speak into MJF’s mic, and ask MJF to release him from the contract? “Listen here, Piggy. You didn’t sign some ferkakta deal with some shmuck. You signed a deal with the devil! And all the devil’s deals are ironclad!” Wardlow thought he had it bad before? MJF is about to make Piggy’s life hell!

If MJF tells Wardlow to jump, he will ask, “How high?” Fans start chanting for the Jesus cosplayer, and MJF says he’ll strap Wardlow to a cross just like Jesus! How about that?! If MJF deems it fit to kick that steak mother of Wardlow’s out of his house, Wardlow can’t say a damn thing, because MJF owns him! MJF owns Wardlow! But here comes Wardlow! MJF gets worried, and security steps up, but gets BODIED! Wardlow DECKS another, but the rest swarm in! MJF wants them to hold Wardlow down, and MJF wants refs! Fans boo as Wardlow is outnumbered. MJF says the little swine doesn’t get it. Wardlow doesn’t work for AEW, he works for MJF!

And MJF doesn’t want Wardlow around no more! So he’s trespassing! That makes him like the marks who hop the barricades! But don’t worry, Piggy, MJF will keep paying Wardlow. Just to stay home! Week after week, month after month, year after year, until all the people forget Wardlow ever existed! And until Wardlow ends up the same way he was the day they met: a nobody! “Have fun in the mud, pig! Take him away!” Wardlow tells security to get off, and he walks out on his own. MJF keeps talking to say he’ll squash rumors now. Some people think The Pinnacle’s over, but that couldn’t be more wrong! Now that the big oaf is out, the Pinnacle has never been better!

And starting next week, FTR in action, The Pinnacle will move up! What do they say about The Pinnacle, Mr. Spears? “When you’re in The Pinnacle, you’re always on top.” MJF and Spears have the most obnoxious grins, but will they really keep Wardlow stuck on the sidelines until he’s a faint memory of the past?

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Chuck Taylor, Trent and Orange Cassidy stand on one side, Wheeler Yuta’s on the other. Tony Schiavone brings up how last week, Yuta got in William Regal’s face and Regal slapped him back. This is the first time all four Best Friends have been in the same area together, but Trent won’t let Yuta explain. “You know I never liked you. But these guys trained you. They brought you into this company and they let you live on their couch. And you’re gonna repay them by running off and trying to join the William Regal Tough Guy Club? I’m done with you.”

Yuta says he loves Chuck & Cassidy to death. But yeah, he’s never really liked Trent, either. And Yuta isn’t trying to be the best friend he can be. He’s trying to be the best wrestler he can be. So you either get that or you don’t. Yuta storms off, and the others let him. Will the Decoder prove himself worthy of that Blackpool badge of honor on his own?

 

Adam Cole VS Jay Lethal!

The number four and number three ranked singles competitors in the men’s division clash for the first time in AEW, but they’ve met many times before in ROH, and even for the ROH World Championship. But who gets a very important win that brings them closer to the AEW World Championship and Hangman Adam Page?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and the two tie up. Cole wrenches, wristlocks, but Lethal slips through to wrench back. Cole puts Lethal in the corner, the ref calls the ropebreak, and Cole gets a cheap shot in! Fans rally and duel as Cole fires more forearms and even stomps. Cole wrenches, whips corner to corner, but Lethal reverses to JAB! And CHOP! Lethal follows Cole to the other corner to CHOP again! Cole pushes Lethal but Lethal JABS and JABS and JABS! Lethal winds up to elbow Cole down! Lethal brings Cole up but Cole knees low. Cole throws forearms and Lethal falls against ropes.

Cole ROCKS Lethal again, taunts Letha, then wrenches to whip. Lethal reverses and hip tosses, to then cartwheel and dropkick! Fans fire up with Lethal and he covers, TWO! Lethal clamps on with a rear bearhug and he grinds Cole down. Fans rally, Cole fights up, but Lethal lifts. Cole fights that off, switches, fans duel, and Lethal switches back. Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, but Lethal gets him for a LETHAL COMBINATION! Cole scrambles to ropes and then the apron. Fans rally and Lethal triangle jumps, but Cole ducks the dropkick! Cole smirks and gloats, “BOOM!” But Lethal dropkicks Cole down!

Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lethal keeps moving! Lethal DIVES again! Another direct hit! Lethal wants the hattrick! Cole knows it and he moves around the corner, but Lethal DIVES over the camera man! Lethal still gets the threepeat, and reDRagon appears on stage to watch. Lethal dares them to come to ringside, and he watches Cole closely as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal keeps his eyes on reDRagon as he backs away, and then he turns around into a BOOT from Cole! The one time he wasn’t looking. Cole refreshes the ring count, drags Lethal up and RAMS him into steel steps! Lethal clutches his arm and Cole cheers himself on. Cole drags Lethal up, puts him in the ring, and he drives elbows into Lethal’s shoulder. Cole drags Lethal up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cole dusts his hands off and then drags Lethal back up. Lethal gets a leg for a DRAGON SCREW! But Cole gets up to CLOBBER Lethal! Cole gets to a corner, makes sure his leg is good, then goes back for Lethal.

Cole drags Lethal up, bumps him off buckles, then brings him around. Lethal throws body shots but Cole knees low. Cole bumps Lethal off more buckles then walk off the leg pain. Lethal fires forearms back! But Cole snapmares him for a chinlock. Lethal endures as Cole grinds him down. Lethal fights up, throws body shots, then kicks a leg. Lethal fires a forearm, Cole gives it back. Lethal KICKS a leg, Cole fires another forearm. Lethal KICKS and Cole hobbles, but Cole ROCKS Lethal with a forearm. Dynamite returns to single picture as Lethal shows forearm but KICKS the leg again! Cole fires another forearm, Lethal ENZIGURIS!

Lethal gets the legs, fans fire up and he steps through, but Cole kicks him away! Lethal ends up on the apron, but he slingshots up and over Cole to roll him up! TWO, FIGURE- NO! Cradle counter, TWO! Lethal trips Cole, jackknifes, TWO! But Lethal holds the leg to step through! Cole gets another cradle, TWO! Cole full nelsons but Lethal drops to victory roll, for the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Cole endures! But reDRagon hurry to ringside as Lethal puts more pressure on. Cole drags himself and Lethal over, ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets Cole free and points out reDRagon. They stay back and Lethal drags Cole in.

Cole holds the apron skirt, the ref reprimands, and the ref is busy with the skirt so Fish gets on the apron! Lethal swipes at Fish, Cole rolls Lethal up! With tights! TWO, and Cole SUPERKICKS Lethal! Lethal drops, Cole brings down the kneepad! But Lethal CUTTERS first!! Fans fire up, Lethal runs and handsprings, into a SUPERKICK! Cole goes to a corner and goes up top, and Lethal flounders up into a PANAMA SUNRISE! Cover, TWO!?! Lethal survives and shocks Cole! Fans are thunderous and dueling as Cole tries to drag Lethal up. Lethal is dead weight but Cole still sits him up. Cole runs, but Lethal ducks the Boom!

Lethal O’Conner Rolls Cole, but reDRagon distracts the ref! Cole kicks out, Lethal handsprings, into a LOW BLOW!! Cole runs to hit THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

Give a big assist to Kyle & Fish! The number four contender beats the number three, surely they swap in the rankings. Cole gets a mic to then sit up on the corner to say, “There is nobody on the planet who deserves the AEW World Championship more than me! Hangman, he stole my victory at Revolution. And two of the last three matches we’ve had, I’ve won. Because last week, in that Trios Match, when I was pinning Jungle Boy and staring at Hangman Adam Page, I saw fear. Because he knows he’s looking at the man who’s gonna take his world championship.” Cole says Page caught lightning in a bottle at Revolution. Next time, Cole shoves that bottle up Page’s ass.

Cole says HE is a champion! HE is a winner! HE brings the fight. And speaking of, the “world champion,” is a coward. Hangman doesn’t have the guts to come out here to face these three man to man. But here comes the Cowboy! Cole, Fish & O’Reilly are waiting, Hangman gets in the ring, and fans are fired up for some “Cowboy Sh*t!” Hangman puts the world title belt down, takes off his regular belt, and starts SLAPPING Cole, Fish & O’Reilly around! Hangman keeps Kyle from running so he can throw hands, but then Cole LOW BLOWS Hangman! Cole & reDRagon stomp away on Hangman!

Cole grabs the AEW World Championship and brings it over. But here comes Jurassic Express! JB and Luchasaurus, and even Christian Cage, run off Cole & reDRagon, but Cole has the world title in his possession! “It’s mine now, Hangman! Kiss your championship good-bye!” Cole thinks the belt is his already, but will he lose to Hangman like he did at Revolution?

 

AEW previews Dustin Rhodes VS Lance Archer.

Friday on Rampage, the Natural takes on the Murderhawk Monster! Dan Lambert says, “We have the opportunity to once and for all end the curse of the Rhodes family.” Dustin won’t let Lambert utter the Rhodes name. But Archer says Dustin cannot act like he does not know who Archer is, because they’ve met before. Archer put Dustin down hard, but Dustin says it doesn’t matter if he’s knocked down 1000 times! Dustin gets back up! Archer says Dustin is like everyone else, and #EverybodyDies. But Dustin says Friday night, on Rampage, here in Austin, Texas, Dustin’s home, he’ll kick Archer’s ass! “Because monsters die, too!”

 

AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.

He’s already joined by Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, and Schiavone says last time we saw these two, Paige VanZant attacked Tay during Sammy’s TNT Championship match with Scorpio Sky. Scorpio is the new champion, Paige signed her AEW contract, but how are these two doing after all that? Sammy gets the mic to say Schiavone is right. Three weeks ago, Sammy lost the TNT title. But it is what it is, can’t change what happened, and Sammy may not have the title, but he still has this: this ring. When Sammy’s inside the ring, with or without a belt, Sammy promises to give you a show like you’ve never seen before.

Sammy promises he will do something so crazy, it makes the people who paid money for a ticket to stand up in their seats and chant, “HOLY S*IT!” And Sammy knows, he’s heard it for his whole career, that he can’t keep going like this. The bumps are going to catch up and he’ll pay for this when he’s older. Well if he’s paying for it, then screw it cuz it’s worth it! It’s worth it because of the people! He gets that you have to give something to get something, and with the fans, they are giving him everything he’s wanted in this business. “Until now.” Sammy hands the mic to Tay, and Tay says now, these two want payback!

And Paige, Tay goes off in Portuguese, and then translates it: “BITCH! You’re gonna get your ass kicked, just like you did your whole fighting career!” Sammy gets the mic back to say enough talk, it’s Tay & Sammy VS any two idiots from American Top Team, right now! But Lambert gives them “the lay of the land” as he and the Men of the Year walk out. On their side: All Ego Ethan Page, “literally the only thing Canada has gotten right in who knows how long;” Lambert himself, “the most popular co-TNT Champion of all time;” Paige VanZant, “the biggest free agency signing in the history of AEW,” who had it in her contract that she could avoid crap towns like Austin, Texas!

But if the cellar dwellers can convince their parents to give them an extra $9.99 in their allowance, maybe they can subscribe to her OnlyFans and see just why Orange Cassidy’s keeping his hands in his pockets all the time. And last but not least, the TNT Champion, Scorpio Sky, “a man who has not lost a match since Tony Khan reached puberty over a year ago!” Now on the other side, it’s Tiny Tim and his girlfriend, Lucha-WHORE-rus! American Top Team will stay on top of the combat sports mountain, looking back on all the bodies they’ve buried. So unless Men of the Year are gonna give Sammy & Tay what they’re after…

Nope, Men of the Year laugh their way to the back. Yeah, that answers that. Kiss their payback good-bye. And Lambert kisses his TNT belt. But Tay and Sammy tell Lambert that they’re living rent free in his head since he go there, but if he only knew what Tay & Sammy did while wearing those belts… He’d know they now live in his mouth, too. WHOA! Lambert is disgusted, but he still carries that belt at a distance. Will Tay & Sammy find a way to get at Paige and whoever they can from American Top Team?

 

AEW previews the coming FTW Championship match.

Swerve Strickland says, “Hey yo, Ricky! Baby boy. All the little sweet talking that you’re doing, especially about the new talent that’s coming into AEW, taking over your supposed show. Nah, I’m not with that. So, since we’re going to be in your hometown this week, this Friday on Rampage, Swerve isn’t only just gonna take your pride away from you… He’s going to take the FTW Championship away.”

Starks responds with, “So let me get this straight. Swerve, you’re gonna challenge me in my second home of Austin, Texas, for the FTW title, huh? I’ma go ahead and grant your wish. So how about you show up, and you can bring Keith Lee if you want to, cuz I got ‘Powerhouse’ Hobbs behind me. Because there’s only one way to do it, and that’s the Absolute Way.” Swerve says this won’t be done in Starks’ hometown. It’ll be in whose house? Swerve’s House. Will there be a new FTW Champion after these two charismatic stars collide?

 

Red Velvet VS Leyla Hirsch!

It’s a rematch from Rampage but with a special caveat: Kris Statlander is barred from ringside! The irony is that Statlander made sure Leyla kept things #LEGIT and didn’t use the spare crossbar like she did at Revolution. Will Leyla get away with it this time? Or will The Chef see that coming and give Leyla what she deserves?

Velvet gets on the apron and Leyla BOOTS her! So much for keeping things fair! Leyla goes out, CLUBS Velvet, the ref reprimands but Leyla whips, only for Velvet to reverse! Leyla crashes into railing, then Velvet CHOPS her! Velvet whips Leyla to the other side hard! Velvet brings Leyla up again, to whip, but Leyla reverses to send Velvet into railing harder! The ref tells Leyla to get this in the ring, but Leyla runs at Velvet, only to get an elbow! Velvet then goes up the steel steps to FLYING RANA! Leyla tumbles and fans fire up! Velvet drags Leyla up and puts her in the ring, this is finally a match!

Velvet bumps Leyla off buckles, fires off body shots with that boxing background, then she stomps a mudhole! Velvet does the splits as she digs in her boot, then she drags Leyla to center for stomps. STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Leyla turns it right into a gut wrench suplex! Fans boo as Leyla covers, ONE! Leyla is annoyed, Velvet hits back but Leyla CLUBS Velvet as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leyla drags Velvet up and carries her in the gut wrench before the suplex! Cover, TWO! Leyla is annoyed again but she taunts Velvet. Velvet SLAPS Leyla! Leyla drags Velvet down to rain down fists! Leyla lets off and looms over Velvet, stalks her to a corner, then drags her up. Leyla stomps Velvet, digs her boots in now, and lets off as the ref counts. Leyla runs back in to METEORA, and SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Leyla smirks, pushes Velvet around, then avoids the body shots. Velvet makes contact with the next shot, but Leyla BOOTS her down! Leyla soaks up the heat and paces around Velvet.

Velvet kicks from below but Leyla puts her on ropes to dig her knee in! The ref counts, Leyla lets off at 4, and Velvet sputters. Leyla smirks and backs off. Velvet sits up and Leyla taunts her, but Velvet hits back! Leyla and Velvet scrap on the mat! Leyla CLUBS Velvet but Velvet throws body shots. Leyla ducks the clothesline to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Leyla is annoyed again but she wraps on a body scissors! Leyla squeezes Velvet, wraps on a chinlock and throws some short crossface forearms. Velvet endures as Leyla keep son the chinlock, and then Leyla focuses on the body scissors.

Velvet endures and elbows the legs. Leyla shifts to a rear bearhug as Dynamite returns to single picture. Velvet pries free, and JAWBREAKERS Leyla! But Leyla gets around, back suplex, but Velvet lands on her feet! Velvet shoves then follows to rally with LARIATS! Leyla gets up but into an arm-drag! Leyla ends up on ropes, Velvet runs to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet dares Leyla to get up now, but Leyla pushes back. Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves, ROCKS Leyla with a right, then kicks out the leg, CHEF’S KISS HEEL KICK! Leyla wobbles, Velvet runs, but Leyla catches the springboard for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Leyla goes from annoyed to frustrated and she drags Velvet to a drop zone. Leyla goes up, but Velvet CLUBS her first! Velvet turns Leyla around, ROCKS her, then has the arms! ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Leyla survives and now Velvet is frustrated. Velvet tunes up the band, or perhaps preheats the oven? SCREW HIGH KICK! But Leyla rolls away to the apron before Velvet can cover! Velvet goes after Leyla, but Leyla CLUBS her and HOTSHOTS her arm in the ropes! Leyla then gets the spare crossbar! But she also hides something else in her trunks! Leyla gets in the ring, but the ref sees the crossbar!

The ref takes the obvious crossbar away, but Leyla uses the hidden tool for a WRENCH SHOT!! Cover, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall

Again, anything but #LEGIT! But Leyla isn’t done with Velvet, either! She rains down forearms, then puts on the ARMABAR!! The ref reprimands but it doesn’t matter that Velvet taps! Here comes KRIS! No more ringside ban, she RAMS Leyla into the corner! And again and again! Kris fires off forearms, then TOSSES Leyla across the way! Leyla bails out and Kris goes back to check on Velvet. Will the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien’s new form be what finally humbles Hirsch?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling.

Schiavone is with the still undefeated AEW TBS Champion, and “Smart Mark,” as Jade prepares for that 30th win. But who is her opponent? They’re not here to talk about that. Jade wants to talk about after the match. She’s already planning a huge celebration for going 30-0. Mark, take notes. They need money falling from the ceiling, green confetti, and green Lamborghinis. It’s going to be so much better than… Who was that girl Jade beat? Thunder Rosa. Right, whatever. But most importantly, Jade wants some fine, fine exotic dancers. And a section for her baddies, they can’t be anywhere else.

But what is Jade gonna wear? She needs to be in something fit for a champion! Nobody is like her. Green trim and… Well, she’ll keep brainstorming, Mark will keep taking notes, and Schiavone… Just cut the sh*t. Mark says you heard it hear first, a celebration fit for a queen. But will Jade overlook her competition and lose her throne before she knows it?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

This is a very special moment for many, let’s bring out the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa!! Austin is all fired up as La Mera Mera is here. But then Vickie Guerrero shrieks, “EXCUSE ME!” She tells Schiavone to get out of her way, and then she tells Rosa that she may think of herself as a leader, and she’ll give a little bit of credit. Fans are booing and Vickie shouts, “I SAID EXCUSE ME!” Rosa sarcastically agrees that the fans should be more polite. Vickie continues to tell Rosa that Rosa does show up bright and early on Wednesday mornings. But as far as being a Texan, do NOT insult Vickie’s state!

Vickie says Rosa can take her fake green card, start the backstroke, and return to Mexico! Rosa gets herself a mic and tells Vickie that first of all, she got her US citizenship in the state of Texas. Vickie shouts, “EXCUSE MEEEE” and says Rosa is hysterical if she thinks that means anything. And then NYLA ROSE attacks from behind! Vickie laughs as her Native Beast mauls Rosa! “THIS is a true champion! And her name is Nyla Rose! And make no mistake, she is hungrier and thirstier for this title.” Nyla gets her taste of La Mera Mera, but will she finally sink her teeth back into the title?

 

Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia w/ The JAS VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!

The Jericho Appreciation Society is finally in action as The Influencer and Red Death are in action together. They claim to be sports entertainers, and claim they’ll beat up any pro-wrestlers, but will they be able to take down the #1 contenders in the AEW Tag Division? Or will the first wrestlers getting beat up be the Beaver Boys?

While Jericho & Garcia have Hager, Menard & Parker backing them up, Numbers 3 and 4 have 5 and 10, Alan Angels & Preston Vance. Fans still sing Judas for Jericho, and Jericho still allows it. But Menard says the fans do not appreciate the fact Jericho allows the fans to sing that song! As far as Menard is concerned, there should be no singalong! But with that said, “Daddy Magic,” “Cool Hand Ange” and “Rock Hard Hager” hop out of the ring. The teams sort out, fans chant for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” as he starts against Jericho. Jericho shows off the abs but Silver shows off the guns!

Jericho pats Silver on the head, and the shoulder, and says HE is Silver’s hero. He is Chris Jericho! Then he pie faces Silver! So Silver ROCKS Jericho with haymakers! Fans fire up, Sliver whips, then runs Jericho over! And then CLOBBERS him with an uppercut! Then scoop SLAMS, and does the cocky Jericho cover! ONE, but Silver grins at a flustered Jericho. Jericho runs into an arm-drag! Silver has the armlock and fans rally up. Silver drags Jericho over, tag to Reynolds, and they double whip Jericho to then double drop toehold and double basement dropkick! Fans rally, Silver KICKS, Reynolds uppercuts, repeat!

Silver & Reynolds double whip again, Jericho holds ropes and bails out! The fans boo but Silver goes out after Jericho to KICK him down! Silver drags Jericho up to suplex while Reynolds build speed, TOPE BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Silver & Reynolds get back in. Garcia runs at them, but into a FLAPJACK UPPERCUT! Then Silver & Reynolds strike the Dark Order hand pose! Jericho is furious and he kicks the steel steps! But then he plays like he got hit, and both Menard and Parker claim Vance and Angels did that! The ref isn’t sure who to trust, so she EJECTS Vance and Angels! Fans boo but JAS is in control as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

While the ref is busy arguing with Silver, Garcia stomps away on Reynolds! Garcia roars, Jericho gets back in, and they have Reynolds in the corner. Reynolds rams Garcia with a shoulder but Jericho CLUBS Reynolds. The JAS mugs Reynolds, Jericho CHOPS Reynolds in the corner. And again! And again, and again! Jericho stomps away on Reynolds but the ref counts. Jericho lets off to flip off the fans. Jericho then goes back to Reynolds but Reynolds throws body shots and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And runs, into a haymaker! Jericho drags Reynolds up to throw out of the ring, and he distracts the ref so the JAS can mug Reynolds on the outside!

Silver protests but the JAS is getting away with all of it! Garcia drags Reynolds and puts him in for Jericho. Jericho brings Reynolds up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho has the cocky cover, TWO! Jericho keeps Reynolds from Silver, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Jericho climbs up, Reynolds stands and Silver warns him, but Jericho still leaps, into a dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down! Silver and Reynolds reach for each other while Jericho flounders. Hot tag to Garcia, and he elbows Reynolds down! Garcia drags Reynolds up to SAIDO! Cover, TWO! But Garcia still flexes on Silver.

Garcia throws an uppercut to put Reynolds in the corner, then he stomps a mudhole in him. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in, but Jericho tags in. Dynamite returns to single picture, Jericho drags Reynolds up to put him on ropes. Jericho digs his knee in, he lets off as the ref counts 4, and Garcia gets a shot in. Jericho makes Reynolds stand up but Reynolds throws body shots and forearms! Reynolds runs, but into Jericho’s throat chop! Fans boo but Jericho runs to LIONSAULT FLOP! Reynolds avoids the impact, crawls to his corner, hot tag to Silver! Silver rallies on Jericho, whips him to ropes, and FLAPJACKS!

Garcia runs in, but he’s thrown right into ropes! Garcia tumbles out, Silver mockingly applauds, and then goes back for Jericho. Silver whips, Jericho holds ropes and dumps Silver out! Silver lands on the apron, Jericho ROCKS him first, then triangle jumps, into a GAMANGIRI! Silver knows Jericho too well! Silver then CANNONBALLS onto Garcia, he CLOBBERS Menard, BOOTS Parker, and runs at Hager, to RANA him away! Silver then goes up top and fans are thunderous! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Silver fires off KICK after KICK to SUPERKICK! Silver fires up, ROLLING- CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Jericho can’t believe Silver survives! Jericho rains down fists but fans rally for Silver. Jericho drags Silver over, tags Garcia, and they CHOP and CHOP and double whip. Jericho whips Garcia so Garcia can whip Jericho in, but Silver tosses Jericho out! Garcia runs in, Reynolds tags and Silver dodges! Garcia hits buckles to get the ROUNDHOUSE to ROLLING ELBOW! GAMANGIRI, STUNNER and GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge, TWO!!! Garcia survives the Beaver Boy Blitz and Hager is on the apron! Hager shouts to Garcia, but Silver DECKS Hager! He DECKS Menard and DECKS Parker, too!

Silver then DIVES onto Hager, but gets caught for a POWERSLAM! The ref missed it all while checking on Garcia! Reynolds goes for Garcia, but gets brought down into a cradle! TWO!! Pop-up KNEE from Reynolds! Reynolds runs, but into FLOYD THE BASEBALL BAT!! Jericho gets away with it because Garcia distracts the ref again! And then Garcia drags Reynolds around by his legs, for a SHARPSHOOTER!! Reynolds endures as Garcia sits deep!! Reynolds taps, JAS wins!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia, by submission

The Jericho Appreciation Society used teamwork and shenanigans to cheat the Dark Order out of this one! Is this a sign that the JAS will take over AEW?


My Thoughts:

A very good AEW, and quite the surprise that CM Punk wasn’t just back, but in the opener with Dax Harwood. That was an awesome match, especially for Dax as a singles guy. He used the Sharpshooter, that’s definitely a tease of the rumors where Bret Hart is coming back to AEW to replace Tully as their manager. Then the interactions with Gunn Club, the promo FTR had backstage, that’ll be a great tag match, and I bet Bret will show up after. MJF of course had a very good promo to respond to everything that’s happened since Revolution. MJF of course still wants after Punk, but it was a clever move on his part to handle Wardlow by forcing Wardlow to stay away. I bet Wardlow finds a way to defy his contract and attack in like the parking lot. Fitting, since his vignettes took place in a parking lot.

We got a great 8 Man Tag, but it was rather tricky having things happen in multiple locations as far as all the camera cuts. Great table spots in both locations, though. I figured the Faces would win, and now Andrade will have to fight for himself now. That could go either way, as Andrade could easily cheat and win and stay strong as the new leader of the faction. We got a great match out of Moxley & Bryan VS Varsity Blonds. A great detail was Julia acting very differently. Between this and her new attitude in her matches on AEW Dark, it’s all the more clear she’ll join House of Black. Moxley & Bryan of course win, Moxley has a great promo that tentatively names the faction, and with Yuta’s promo with Best Friends, Yuta is definitely becoming the first recruit.

Great previews for Rampage. Dustin VS Archer is going to be great, especially given their original match during the early days of pandemic. The FTW Championship is going to be just as great, and I’d love if Swerve won that belt. At some point, that belt has to leave Team Taz, even for just a second, and Swerve is a great guy to show his FTW side. We got a very good match from Velvet and Leyla, but of course Leyla cheats to win this time. Once again, Kris Statlander gets involved, her rematch with Leyla is coming and maybe they should make it No Disqualification just so Kris can get even with Leyla with her own brutal weapon shot.

Rosa had a good segment with Vickie and Nyla, though Vickie may have been too overbearingly shrill. I thought Nyla was going to be TBS contender but I suppose she’s still Heel, so she’ll skip that to go for the top title. Nyla will give Rosa a great first defense, but I’m thinking Rosa wins. Speaking of the TBS Championship, Jade is so confident she’ll get the 30th win, I almost feel like this sets her up for her huge first loss. I can’t wait to see who they get, but it needs to be a big name to make it all worth it. We got a fairly good promo segment with Sammy, Tay, and Lambert, and while Lambert goes for long hanging fruit, he kinda gets karma for Sammy & Tay implying very lewd things happening with the belt. We’re definitely getting Sammy & Tay VS Paige & Vanderford.

We got a great match out of Cole VS Lethal, but I feel like Cole didn’t need reDRagon to help him out there. I suppose it is more for Heel heat as Cole goes into the obvious rematch with Hangman, that he will surely lose because he was standing tall here and he stole the belt. Likewise, Jurassic Park make the save because they and reDRagon will be facing off for the tag titles, but that could go either way. It’d be pretty cool if reDRagon became the only team to have held IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag, ROH World Tag, NXT Tag and AEW World Tag Team Championships.

The JAS had a good group promo, though the only “Sports Entertainer” term was “future endeavor.” We did get a great main event with Jericho & Garcia making a great team against an already great team in Silver & Reynolds. I can’t say their in-ring style screams “Sports Entertainer,” other than perhaps Jericho pulling an Eddie Guerrero with the steps. Other than that, the distractions and cheating were the same as any Heel faction anywhere, and of course that is how JAS wins. JAS could easily go through more members of the Dark Order to build up their momentum and tag rankings, but totally expect Kingston, Santana & Ortiz to show up for revenge.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)

Detroit gets Elevated!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)

It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

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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?


My Thoughts:

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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