The Owen Hart Memorial Tournament begins!
AEW begins qualifiers for the Owen Hart Foundation’s Memorial Tournament! And The Bunny is going to take on AEW’s newest free agent signee!
- CM Punk VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Punk wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- FTR VS Gunn Club; FTR wins.
- Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS Wheeler Yuta; Danielson wins.
- Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: The Bunny VS Toni Storm; Storm wins and advances to the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament.
- Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo; Andrade wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!
South Carolina University explodes for the Best in the World! But as always, The Acclaimed’s Platinum Max has to have a diss rap! “I’m like Will Smith, I slap you if you smilin’. But you look like you hit more rocks than Hunter Biden. With your messed up teeth, your movies are the only way I’ll go to sleep. You’re not the Voice of the Voiceless. The ladies say, you’re the voice of the moistless. And homey, you need to keep back. I’ll have you crappin’ your pants like a Z-Pak.” Bowens tells Columbia, SC, “The Acclaimed have arrived!” But will Caster have to eat all the crap he just talked?
The bell rings and fans are fired up for “CM Punk!” as he circles with Caster. They tie up, go around, and Punk wrenches and wristlocks. Punk rams shoulders, wrenches again but Caster wrenches back to wristlock. Punk rolls back, gets a leg and trips Caster to then drop an elbow! Caster scrambles to ropes and Punk stays back. Fans rally behind Punk as he and Caster tie up again. Caster pulls hair to put Punk in a corner. The ref counts, Caster lets off but throws a knee low! The ref reprimands but Caster throws hands. Caster wrenches but Punk wrenches back to then snapmare and drop knees!
Punk goes after the arm but Caster scrambles to avoid the Anaconda Vice! Caster gets to ropes and Bowens coaches him while Punk waits. They reset and tie up again. Caster kicks low, wrenches and has the wristlock, but fans rally as Punk fights up. Punk slips through to headlock, but Caster powers out. Punk runs Caster over with a shoulder, covers, ONE! Punk gets the arm again and keeps on the shoulder. Caster whips Punk away but Punk ducks and dodges to CROSSBODY, but into Caster’s BACKBREAKER! Caster pushes Punk over to then drop knee after knee on the back! Cover, ONE! Another, ONE!
Caster is annoyed but he drags Punk up to CLUB on the back! Caster whips corner to corner hard and Punk bounces off buckles! Caster looms over Punk and mocks the title belt motion. Fans boo but Caster brings Punk up to whip him corner to corner again! Punk bounces off buckles again, The Acclaimed do the scissor fingers, and then Caster whips again. Punk tumbles up and out and Bowens warns Caster, but Caster turns around into springboard ax handles! Punk hits an atomic drop, then a snap suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Punk gets up. Caster also gets up, but Punk whips him to the corner.
Caster avoids the knee and Punk hits buckles! Caster hooks the leg but Punk fights the Fisherman! Punk fireman’s carries, but Caster slips off to CLUB Punk in the back! BACK HAND, then a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Punk is still in this but Bowens tells fans to shut up about it. Caster hurries up top, but Punk CHOPS Caster first! Punk CHOPS again, then positions Caster before another CHOP! Punk goes up, SUPER STEINER onto Caster! Fans fire up and Punk runs in, SHINING WIZARD to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Caster still has some power to spare, but Punk is on the apron. But Caster distracts the ref and Bowens trips Punk up!
Punk is stuck on ropes, the ref questions Bowens but Caster hurries to springboard, COAST2COAST! Well, 75% or so but still! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives but Caster hurries up top again! Caster hurries, MIC DROP FLOPS as Punk moves! Punk kicks Caster, reels him in, PILE- Wait, Punk’s back is making this difficult. Punk grits his teeth and tries again, PILEDRIVER! Then ANACONDA VICE! Caster taps, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by submission
One more big win for the Best in the World! And just like anyone, he wants a title! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring to congratulate and interview Punk. What belt is Punk alluding to? Oh c’mon, Schiavone, you’re smarter than that. South Carolina knows! What does this motion mean? Fans chant his name, they can certainly guess. “There’s a couple things I don’t know. One: I don’t know who’s gonna be the champ in a week’s time. It’s either gonna be Adam Cole Baybay, or I’m gonna be looking down the barrel of some Cowboy Sh*t.” Fans like the sound of that either way!
Punk does know a couple things, though! There’s a lot of gray in his beard, and before his time in AEW is up, there’s gonna be a lot more of it. There are scars on his head, and he knows before his time in AEW is over, there will be a lot more scars! And the last thing he knows, before his time in AEW is over, he will be WORLD CHAMPION! Punk has made it clear for everyone, so then, how long will Punk have to wait before he gets his shot?
Backstage interview with MJFTR.
But before Alex Marvez can really ask anything, Smart Mark Sterling is putting up papers. What’s he doing? MJF explains that’s his lawyer. Yes, we know who Sterling is to MJF, but what about the papers? They seem to have Wardlow’s face- No no, we don’t say his name around here anymore. He doesn’t exist, okay? But what does exist is the Pinnacle. The Pinnacle, week after week now that the big stupid oaf is gone, are going to get wins. That starts tonight with FTR VS… What’re they called? The Asinine Boys? Billy’s kids? Who cares. Then next week, Shawn Spears VS Shawn Dean is an easy W, they’re all moving on up, baby!
Dax Harwood speaks up. He doesn’t understand what’s going with MJF and Wardlow, but he just wants MJF to understand that he is Dax’s friend, he is Cash’s friend, but so is Wardlow. Whatever this is, they won’t get in the middle of it. MJF says he would never. First of all, they’re not just friends, they’re damn family. And now he didn’t want to tell them this cuz he knew it’d hurt their feelings, but Wardlow used to talk crap on them all the time. Like, all the time. But that’s not what they’re here to talk about. They’re here to talk about winning! That is what he Pinnacle does! “Because when you’re in the Pinnacle…” MJF puts his hand in.
FTR leave him hanging? He nods to them and Cash puts his hand in, then Dax follows. “… you’re always on top.” MJF has a smug grin but FTR are still not comfortable with this. Cash & Dax already cut off Tully, will they be forced to choose between Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Wardlow?
Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is ready to represent the #BlackpoolCombatClub in singles action, is he going up an equally lethal opponent tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle while fans rally. Lethal offers a handshake, but Moxley slaps it away! Moxley and Lethal circle more, tie up, and Lethal waistlocks. Lethal ducks the elbow to wrench and hammerlock. Lethal ducks another elbow to wrench and wristlock. Moxley whips Lethal out of the ring but Lethal lands on his feet. Moxley goes out, Lethal gets back in, and now fans are dueling. Lethal waits on Moxley to get back in, and the two go again. They tie up, Moxley wrenches to a wristlock, then headlocks for the takeover. Lethal keeps his shoulders up, gets to his feet, but Moxley hits another takeover.
Lethal headscissors back and fans rally as he holds tight. Moxley powers out, hits another headlock takeover, but Lethal headscissors again. Moxley shrugs it off this time, and he grinds Lethal down. Lethal fights up, powers out, but reels Moxley in for a leg pick. Lethal steps through but Moxley kicks at him. Lethal just catches that foot to step through with that leg! But Moxley kicks again, so Lethal just grabs that leg again! Moxley kicks one more time and is free, and then he throws Lethal out again! Moxley goes out faster, but Lethal gets right back in. Lethal won’t let Moxley go after him on the outside no matter what!
Moxley gets in and he dares Lethal to hit him! He has no guard, but Lethal isn’t sure what to make of that. Moxley SLAPS Lethal, so Lethal snarls and throws a forearm! Moxley hits back, Lethal hits again, the fans fire up with the forearms back and forth, faster and faster! Moxley gets the edge and he brings Lethal to his knees! Moxley then CHOPS Lethal, whips, but Lethal kicks back! Lethal runs, rams Moxley but Moxley rebounds to run Lethal over! Moxley SNAP GERMANS! Lethal staggers to a corner, Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley goes up to rain down fists! Fans count way past 10!
Moxley puts Lethal up top, climbs up after him, then stands Lethal up, but Lethal throws body shots over and over! Then Lethal shoves Moxley onto the top ropes! Moxley crotches then crashes down! The ref reprimands while Moxley goes out of the ring. Lethal hops down, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Moxley hits barriers! Fans fire up as Lethal gets back in! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Lethal catches his breath.
Lethal takes aim again, builds speed, and he DIVES again! Direct hit and Moxley just hits the floor! Lethal says hey to the front row, then puts Moxley back in. Cover, TWO! Lethal drags Moxley back up to KICK his leg out. Lethal then drags Moxley back up, to KICK the leg again! Moxley crawls to a corner, so Lethal stomps him down! Lethal stands on the bad leg, but lets off as the ref counts. Lethal drags Moxley up, has the leg, but Moxley swipes at him! Moxley can’t reach, Lethal SLAPS him before the DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO! Lethal hurries after the leg for a toehold! Moxley endures as Lethal digs an elbow into the knee!
Lethal adjusts the angle on the hold but Moxley endures. Lethal throws down fists to keep Moxley down, then pulls on the leg again. Moxley sits up but Lethal punches him back down, repeat. Moxley grabs at Lethal’s head, manages to bring him in, and he BITES Lethal’s nose! The ref reprimands, Moxley stops and Lethal lets him free. Moxley runs but Lethal CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Lethal steadies himself, goes back up the corner, and fans rally up with the Macho finger. But Moxley ROCKS Lethal first! Moxley gets up top, brings Lethal up, SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and Moxley crawls. Lethal crawls away to avoid the cover!
Dynamite returns to single picture as a standing count begins. Lethal and Moxley rise at 4 of 10, and stand at 5! Moxley CHOPS and ROCKS Lethal towards a corner, but Lethal KICKS away on the leg! Lethal CHOPS, whips, but Moxley reverses, only for Lethal to duck and dodge, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Another standing count starts, “This is Awesome!” and Moxley grits his teeth to get up first. Lethal sits up now, they both stand and Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a right! Lethal hits back with a forearm, so Moxley forearms back! Lethal forearms, Moxley forearms!
Lethal sits down after that one, but Moxley eggs him on. Lethal gets up to CHOP, ROCK and keep on Moxley! Lethal CHOPS again, runs, but Moxley follows to forearm smash in the corner! Moxley runs, but Lethal ducks, blocks and runs, into a LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans fire right back up! Moxley crawls over to drag Lethal back up, and Moxley reels him in. Lethal fights the piledriver, clubs the leg, then fireman’s carries! But Moxley slips off, only to run into a LETHAL COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Lethal is frustrated but he drags Moxley to a drop zone. Lethal goes up top and fans rally up!
But Moxley springs up again! Lethal leaps over him, but the boot is blocked! Moxley kicks low but Lethal fights the underhooks! Moxley spins to ROLLING ELBOW, and he reels Lethal back in! PARA- NO! The bad leg gives out! Lethal BOOTS Moxley then runs! Handspring, LETHAL- NO! SLEEPER HOLD! And the drop, but Lethal rolls it back, TWO!! Moxley escapes but Lethal SUPERKICKS! And ENZIGURIS! Lethal fires up with the fans, and he brings Moxley in, BRAINBUSTER! Lethal hurries up top again, fans fire up and… MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Moxley survives and Lethal is beside himself!
Lethal gets in the ref’s face but then he cools off. The frustration is rising, but Lethal works to focus. He gest the leg, but Moxley reels him in! Cradle, TWO!! Lethal escapes, but runs into a spin and PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Maniac avoids that Figure Four and manages to take this win! He offers the handshake now, having come to respect Lethal through the fight. Lethal gets up, is upset, but he still shakes Moxley’s hand. Will Lethal find a way to get back on a winning track in AEW?
AEW takes a look at Marina Shafir.
Since arriving in AEW, she has set out to be a problem. She uses backbreakers, kicks and racks to destroy her opponents. Will she look to take this ferocity all the way onto Dynamite, Rampage, and the AEW Women’s World Championship?
FTR VS Gunn Club!
Dax Harwood may not have beat CM Punk 1v1, but he and Cash Wheeler weren’t going to let Austin & Colten talk trash on them. Will FTR kick the Ass Boys’ asses? Or will “Billy’s kids” prove they’re Ass Men?
But before things get started, MJF makes his way out! The Salt of the Earth shows off the Dynamite Diamond Ring before walking over to commentary. “People used to say Where’s Waldo, now people are saying, Where’s Wardlow? Let’s go, FTR! Pinnacle for life, baby~!” The teams sort out and Dax starts with Colten. They circle, fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” but Austin is upset by that. Billy calms Austin down while Colten and Dax tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Dax and Colten break, and Colten double guns Dax. Austin also taunts Dax, but Dax laughs it off. They circle and tie up again, and Dax gets a top wristlock.
Colten arm-drags free, and “opens fire” on Dax with the invisible gun. Colten taunts “Lil’ Baby Dax,” then he tags Austin. Austin and Dax circle but the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” again. Dax and Austin tie up, Austin hammerlocks but Dax slips around to hammerlock back. Austin drop toeholds, steps on Dax, then fires his own invisible gun. Dax and Cash talk strategy, Cash tags in. Cash mocks the guns and then ties up with Austin. Austin wrenches and hammerlocks, but Cash reaches back and hits a fireman’s carry takeover. Cash has the armlock, and he mocks the “Bang bang bang.”
Austin fights up, puts Cash in a corner, but the ref counts. Austin lets off, but he throws a cheap body shot! Austin throws a forearm, whips corner to corner, but Cash goes up and over and things speed up. Cash drops, Austin hurdles, but Cash arm-drags! And arm-drags again! And then dropkicks! Colten gets in but Cash feints dropkick and Colten flinches! Colten turns back around for Cash to CHOP him! Cash mocks the bang bang and even “SUCK IT!” Tag to Dax, they whip Austin, drop toehold and an elbow drop! Cover, ONE!! Austin manages to get out of that, but Dax drags him up to wrench and tag in Cash.
Cash goes up, Dax wrenches an arm, Cash leaps and KNEES the arm! Austin flounders away and out of the ring, Cash sighs and Billy coaches his sons up. Cash goes out, he gets Austin up to CHOP him against apron! Cash puts Austin in, but Colten trips Cash up! Austin distracts the ref and Billy DECKS Cash! MJF is furious, the ref has to keep Dax back, and Billy tells Cash to “SUCK IT!” Austin goes out to rain down on Cash, Dax gets in Billy’s face but the ref keeps Dax from going after him. Austin drags Cash up and in, tags Colten, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Colten stalks up behind Cash, drags him away from Dax, and Gunn Club double whips to double elbow! They fist bump, hug, and they both tell Cash to “SUCK IT!” Colten drags Cash up, bumps him off buckles then stomps away in the open corner. Colten puts Cash on the ropes to clothesline point blank! And again! The ref reprimands, Colten shouts that he knows about the count. Cash flounders, Colten stare down Dax, and then Colten drags Cash up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Colten tags Austin, they mug Cash, and then Austin throws Cash out hard. Austin distracts the ref now so Billy can stomp Cash down!
Dax goes over and shouts at Billy but the ref has him go back to his corner. The ref also makes sure Billy stays away. But Colten puts Cash in, then wraps up a chinlock. Cash endures as Austin pulls back, sits up, but Austin wrangles him back down. Austin pushes up to put more pressure on the hold, but Cash still endures. Cash keeps fighting up, Dynamite returns to single picture, and fans rally. Cash stands up, Austin brings him away, but Cash powers out to get a headlock of his own! Austin back suplexes, but Cash lands on his feet to back suplex back! Both men are down and fans fire up as MJF puts FTR over.
Tag to Colten, he keeps Cash away and RAMS him into the Gunn corner! Colten stomps away, Aubrey counts and he backs off, but then runs in to SPLASH! And then dropkick! Cover, TWO! Colten is upset with the count, MJF has the nerve to say Gunn Club cheats and all that, but then is technically proven right as Colten DECKS Dax. Colten runs in at the corner, but Cash dodges! Colten crashes into buckles but Austin tags in! Austin hurries to get between Dax and Cash, but Dax dodges the cheap shot and Cash ducks! Tag to Dax! MJF fires up with the fans as Dax rallies with big hands on Austin, then on Colten!
Dax puts Austin in a corner for EuroUppers, CHOPS, repeat! Colten CLUBS Dax, he whips, but Dax reverses. Colten duck san dodges but not the CALF KICK! Dax whips Austin, Austin reverses but Dax reverses back and reels him in, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Dax is frustrated and MJF complains about Aubrey’s count. Dax gets Austin at the ropes but Austin HOTSHOTS him! Austin brings Dax up, but Dax resists the suplex! Dax tries but Austin resists! They fight for suplex control, but Dax wins out, only for Colten to trip him! Austin covers and Colten traps a leg! TWO!! Dax escapes and Cash brings up the leg trap! Billy shouts at Cash to shut up!
Wait, wait, we cut to the back, and it’s WARDLOW!! He doesn’t care that he’s been told to stay home and even banned from the arena, he is here in person!! MJF is freaking out as Wardlow TOSSES security, then DECKS and BOOTS, and even POWERBOMBS one onto a table! The popcorn goes flying and Wardlow is coming through the crowd! MJF is freaking out in a very different way than the fans are! Another guard gets a BOOT, and then another gets an even bigger BOOT! MJF can’t believe how bad security sucks! Fans are thunderous as Wardlow glares at MJF! Wardlow DECKS another guard, but then he gets outnumbered!
MJF says Wardlow may be a monster, but there’s 10, 15 men! He’s a greedy pig and doesn’t belong here! Wardlow points at MJF that he’s coming for him, but MJF doesn’t care. Back in the ring, Dax sees Colten get on the apron. Dax swings on him but gets caught! Austin runs over but Dax escapes! Austin narrowly avoids hitting his brother, but then Dax pushes Austin into him! O’Conner, TWO! Billy is there staring Dax down! MJF tells the “show dad” to get off there, but Austin reels Dax in! Dax turns lift into sunset flip, but Billy grabs Austin’s hands to hold him up! Aubrey reprimands, Cash LEAP FROGS Austin to DECK Billy!
Dax finishes the sunset flip, Austin rolls through, but Aubrey is so busy with Billy she misses THE BIG RIG! Cover, FTR wins!
Winner: FTR, by pinfall
MJF says that is why The Pinnacle is always on top! He leaves commentary to celebrate with his friends, but Dax is furious! This thing with Wardlow is bad for business! They’re MJF’s friends but also Wardlow’s, FTR can’t have that beef affecting them. MJF says he understands, but fans are thunderous for “FTR!” MJF wants FTR to listen to him. They can get past this. This is The Pinnacle right here. But will it stay that way with Wardlow out for MJF’s hide?
AEW takes a look at Rampage’s massive main event this week!
Will Hobbs says Keith Lee has been a big pain in his ass even before he arrived. Keith Lee this, Keith Lee that, bask in this, bask in that. Well Keith can bask and kiss Hobbs’ ass! Meanwhile, Keith commends Hobbs’ bravery for taking him. But the only problem now is, Hobbs wants him 1v1. Hobbs says Rampage is his show, and it’s Ricky Starks’ show. So, Keith, this Friday, he won’t bask in glory but defeat courtesy of the man they call P-P-Powerhouse. Keith tells “Mr. Hobbs” that he will #BaskInHisGlory. Will Hobbs learn that he cannot stop the one who is limitless?
The Jericho Appreciation Society speaks.
Chris Jericho stands with Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker as he says, “For over three weeks, the Jericho Appreciation Society has been the revolutionary force in sports entertainment. And when I call myself the Influencer, it’s not a catchphrase or a gimmick, it’s the truth!” Because for these last three weeks, Jericho has had people from around the world, from dirt sheet writers to fans to lowly pro-wrestlers from every roster in this country, including AEW’s, wanting in on the JAS. It’s not gonna happen! There’s only five of them. So anyone who wants to join, Jericho simply says GFY.
Garcia says if you saw what happened last week when those pro-wrestlers went up against the sports entertainers, you saw them “future endeavor” John Silver & Alex Reynolds, as well as Santana & Ortiz, and that, that… RAT! Eddie Kingston! “Cool Hand Ange” has an idea! He tells “Daddy Magic” to take a peek around. Take a peek? Yeah, take a peek! A peek? Okay, he’ll peek, and oh! Nothing! See that? Lotta nothing! No Santana, Ortiz or trashy Kingston. Hager wants everyone to get it through their heads! They’re not here, and not coming back! But when Hager pulls back the other curtain, SURPRISE~! MAD BALL!
Ortiz fires off on Parker, Santana is after Garcia, and Kingston is after Jericho! They all brawl, Parker gets tossed into road cases and then Ortiz helps Santana with Garcia and Menard! Kingston keeps on Jericho with headlock punches! They even bump into a cameraman on their way towards the stage! They go out a side curtain and fans fire up seeing this in person! Kingston fish hooks Jericho towards ringside, Santana & Ortiz follow while bringing Garcia and the others along. Kingston chokes Jericho against railing while talking trash. Kingston keeps on Jericho and Kingston BITES Jericho’s face!
Ortiz DECKS Menard, Kingston has Jericho in the ring! Fans fire up, Jericho wants mercy, but Kingston wants to clobber him! URAKEN!! Down goes the Influencer! Garcia scurries in but Kingston has him first! And he sets him up for Santana’s BOOT! Kingston stands on Garcia’s head while Ortiz RAMS Menard into steps! Fans are thunderous as Santana gets a chair! Santana tosses the chair so hard it clears the ring to the other side! Kingston makes sure to make use of it, though, and he SMACKS Garcia off the seat! Santana & Ortiz have Jericho up, but Parker shoves Santana down! Hager CLOBBERS Ortiz!
Hager POSTS Ortiz, then gets Kingston for a SPINEBUSTER! Hager rains down rights on Kingston, Garcia gets up to go after Ortiz! Menard & Parker mug Santana, and then Jericho gets his shots in on Kingston. The JAS coordinate, Hager lifts Ortiz up to coordinate with Parker, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Menard fetches Floyd the Baseball Bat for Jericho! Garcia has Kingston in the SHARPSHOOTER! And then Jericho uses Floyd to CLUB Kingston on the back! Again and again and again! Jericho then gives Ortiz some shots with the bat while Menard and Garcia stomp away on Santana!
Jericho holds up Floyd triumphantly while his guys clobber the others again. Jericho then takes off his belt, Garcia rips off Kingston’s shift, and Garcia and Hager hold Kingston up while Santana & Ortiz have to watch! Jericho LASHES Kingston with the belt! And again! Kingston grabs at Jericho but he gets mugged 3v1! And another LASHING! Hager then sets Kingston up for a JUDAS EFFECT! Jericho grins and his men stand tall while fans boo. If these “sports entertainers” can do this to some of the toughest pro-wrestlers around, will AEW belong to JAS?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill and Mark Sterling.
Tony Schiavone asks if she and Sterling have decided on the 30th opponent, aka Jade’s next challenger for the TBS Championship? They have! And Sterling did situate the “baddy section” live on Dynamite, so that’s there. But there were two options for the opponent. Sterling went with the most prestigious one, the Librarian, Leva Bates! Even Jade seems confused as to this decision! Leva walks in with a copy of “Doom Dada” and a notebook, and Jade asks Sterling, “Does it look like my 30th win should be a joke, Mark?” No, Sterling things this is perfect. Jade tells Leva to leave.
Sterling apologizes to a weeping Leva, but this only leaves the other option. And who is that? Uh… Mrnshfr. Who? Marina Shafir! MMA fighter, we saw the video package earlier, she’s a blackbelt and doing pretty good. He doesn’t sound confident. Well, the Librarian was perfect. Jade says she will take on this “Muriner Shurfer” girl. She’s gonna go take care of her baddies while Sterling takes care of this. Schiavone, cut the shit. Will Jade prove that she can beat yet another blackbelt? Or will she learn to fear Shafir?
Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS Wheeler Yuta!
We saw Moxley get a big singles win, now the American Dragon is in action! Will Bryan get to kick Wheeler’s head in all over again? Or will the Decoder prove he is worthy of the Blackbelt Combat Club?
The bell rings and fans are fired up for Yuta! Yuta and Bryan circle, tie up, and Bryan gets around to chicken wing and smother Yuta! Yuta drops to his knees, Bryan goes for a chinlock but Yuta drop toeholds to get a waistlock. Bryan slips around, wrenches and puts Yuta on ropes. The ref counts, but Bryan hammerlocks and CHOPS Yuta! Bryan then backs off, but Yuta shakes it off and steps to Bryan. They circle, tie up, and Yuta wrenches, hammerlocks, spins and wrangles Bryan down. Bryan gets up, wrenches and overhead suplexes Yuta to a wristlock! Bryan digs his knee in then knuckle locks to cover. ONE as Yuta gets an arm up.
Bryan pushes the arm down for another cover, ONE as Yuta gets the other arm up. Bryan pushes that down, ONE as Yuta bridges! Bryan hops on but Yuta stays up! So Bryan keeps trying, and he pushes Yuta down! ONE as Yuta bridges up again! Bryan kicks at Yuta’s legs to get him to drop, ONE as Yuta stands up and monkey flips Bryan away! Yuta rolls back but Bryan reels him in for an armbar! Yuta clasps hands and reaches out, ropebreak with a foot! Bryan lets off quickly and fans fire up. Even Yuta applauds the sportsmanship, and fans fire up for Yuta as the two reset again. Yuta smiles while Bryan is surprised.
Bryan and Yuta knuckle lock, Bryan rolls and wrenches then puts Yuta on ropes. Bryan SLAPS Yuta, then headlocks. Yuta powers out but Bryan runs him over! Bryan EuroUppers Yuta to a corner and fires off KICK after KICK! Bryan runs corner to corner, but into a dropkick! Yuta rains down forearms on Bryan! Then steps through to tie up the legs, Yuta has an Indian Deathlock on! Yuta eggs Bryan on, and Bryan throws body shots! Yuta hits back, they brawl, but then Yuta bridges back! Bryan endures the pain, even as Yuta goes all neck, no hands! The fans are thunderous as they duel, and Bryan turns to get the ropebreak!
Yuta lets Bryan go, Bryan goes to a corner, and Yuta runs in. Bryan puts Yuta on the apron, but Yuta ROCKS him first! Yuta goes up top and leaps, into a KICK! Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta sits up, Bryan brings him up and whips him to ropes to hit a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally and Bryan acts like he can’t hear them. Or is he mocking Hogan? Either way, Yuta gets up to CHOP! Bryan EuroUppers, so Yuta CHOPS! Bryan pulls on an ear and then HEADBUTTS Yuta down! Bryan stands Yuta back up to hang out to dry on the ropes! Bryan then KICKS Yuta, and KICKS him, keeps him on the ropes, and goes to a corner. Bryan climbs up, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and hits a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Yuta! Bryan uses a knucklelock cover, TWO as Yuta gets a hand up! Bryan forces that hand back down, TWO as Yuta gets up again!
Bryan is frustrated but he keeps on the knuckle locks as Yuta stands up. Bryan KICKS a leg, then the other leg! Yuta drops, Bryan pushes him with his forehead. Yuta gets back up and they go forehead to forehead. Yuta KICKS Bryan’s leg over and over and over, but Bryan KICKS Yuta’s leg! Yuta falls down, Bryan brings him back up to bump off buckles. Bryan CHOPS Yuta, KICKS him, repeat! Yuta just eggs Bryan on! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS, but Yuta stares him down! Yuta CHOPS, Bryan CHOPS, but Bryan CHOPS again! And KICKS, and CHOPS again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Yuta still snarls.
Bryan CHOPS, Yuta gets in his face, and then CHOPS back! Bryan CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, and fans are fired up as they go back and forth! Bryan EuroUppers again and again, but Yuta catches an arm to backslide! TWO, Yuta swings but Bryan dodges the clothesline to ROLLING ELBOW! Yuta rewinds, gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! But Yuta holds onto Bryan! Bryan shakes his head, fights up, pries the hold to switch, and Regal says Yuta is showing the same grit Bryan showed 22 years ago! Bryan wants the full nelson but Yuta drops, so Bryan KICKS him in the back!
Bryan drags Yuta back up, full nelsons, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yuta survives and Bryan actually smirks. Bryan sits Yuta up, slaps him around, fish hooks his face, and then hooks the arms for hammer ‘n’ anvil elbows! Again and again and again, Bryan drives the elbow in, but he stops to get the chicken wings. CATTLE- NO! Yuta slips out and Yuta fires off hammer ‘n’ anvil elbows! Fans are going nuts, but then Yuta turns it into a SEATBELT CRADLE! TWO!! Bryan escapes but Yuta just roars! Fans are with Yuta as he gets Bryan back up, wrench and- NO, Bryan arm-drags free of the Olympic Slam!
Bryan runs, ducks and dodges, BUSAIKU KNEE!! But he doesn’t cover?! Bryan stares the ref down to let him know what’s coming. Fans are torn as Bryan stomps around. Bryan gets the wrists, but Yuta SPITS in Bryan’s face!! DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan then drags Yuta up to GOTCH HOOK PILEDRIVER!! And then LEBELLE LOCK!! Yuta is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Bryan isn’t letting go! He’s smothering Yuta again! Yuta is purple but the ref convinces Bryan to let him go! Bryan may be pissed, but Regal is impressed by Yuta’s resolve. “This beating will teach him a lot about this industry.” Will Yuta be able to find that next level and prove himself worthy of BCC?
AEW hears from Darby Allin and Andrade El Idolo.
The Relentless One says, “I’ve been wanting to have this match, but week in and week out, it’s you interfere in my match with Sammy, I wrestle Isiah, I wrestle Marq, I wrestle Butcher, I wrestle Blade. So dude, just step up.” El Idolo says, “So, Darby, you want to fight? Andrade El Idolo always fights. Kid, I slam sense into you.” Darby tells Andrade to drop the assistant, drop the group, drop the money and just be himself: one of the very best. Andrade hopes tonight, Darby shows Andrade who Darby is. This is going to be one hell of a main event, but who comes out the other side in one piece?
Adam Cole & reDRagon head to the ring!
The “Undisputed Elite,” the paragons of pro-wrestling, walk out with the AEW World and World Tag Team Championships they stole! They’ve got taped-on labels with their names over the real owners’ names, as if those make it all official. Cole, Fish & O’Reilly get in the ring and South Carolina University is torn. They get mics and Cole notices a box marked “party supplies, top secret.” Kyle opens the box, and half a dozen golden balloons float out. Cole says “There it is! Boys and girls, welcome to the Undisputed Elite’s Championship Celebration! Now, first and most importantly, I wanna make this very clear. Hangman Adam Page & The Jurassic Express are not here tonight.
“And, they’re not here, not only because they were not invited to the party, but because they’re ashamed. They’re embarrassed that we so easily took these championships from them. And that’s the key word: took. Because some of you morons, some of you idiots are trying to say that we stole these championships. You can’t steal something that belongs to you. Because this celebration is not just for the three of us. No, it’s for all of you! It’s for all of AEW! Because AEW needs a new era. AEW needs a new crew to run the show. And AEW has got the three best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet, baybay.”
Kyle says he is seeing a lot of haters. They’re saying reDRagon doesn’t have enough wins. They’re saying reDRagon isn’t ranked high enough to challenge for these tag titles. Kyle says to the haters… Wait, what was he gonna say? Oh, something about how they’re wicked and the rankings don’t matter, because everyone loves them. And y’know what it is? Too much “cham-pag-ne” backstage. He needs to sit down. Kyle does sit, and Fish says the celebration has been epic. What his tag partner is trying to say is, this man, Adam Cole, his reputation precedes him! Fish & Kyle, well Fish will put their resumé up against anyone in the industry!
Fish says what we’re looking at are “the three baddest dudes that this company has to offer, bar no one!” Cole says that is exactly why this celebration won’t end tonight! It’ll go all week long! They have more cham- Wait! Hangman Page drives into the arena in a Tesla with bull horns on it! The Cowboy then storms his way up to the ring! He gets in, DECKS Kyle, DECKS Fish, DECKS Cole, and then fires off hands on Cole! Fans fire up, Hangman whips but Cole holds ropes! Kyle rushes Hangman but gets tossed out! Hangman BOOTS Fish, then TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS Kyle! Cole runs in, into a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up, loads up, but reDRagon get Cole out of the ring! No Buckshot here, but Jurassic Express come up the ramp with Christian Cage! They CLOBBER Cole & reDRagon from behind! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus drag reDRagon into the ring, Christian POSTS Cole! Luchasaurus choke grips Fish, for a CHOKE SLAM! JB has a full nelson, he lifts Kyle for the TAIL WHIP into FACEBUSTER! Christian then puts Cole in and Hangman slingshots, BUCKSHOT- But Cole ducks! Cole runs, but Hangman TOSSES him out onto reDRagon! Cole may have avoided losing his head, but he and his guys just lost the belts back to the true champions!
Hangman and Jurassic Express have put the would-be champions on notice, but will Cole, Fish & O’Reilly find a way to be the next challengers after all?
AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is on stage.
Here in South Carolina, let’s bring out the AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa! Fans fire up for La Mera Mera, and she gets another chance at her spotlight moment from last week. Schiavone brings up Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero ruining that, so the floor is hers. Rosa says it was a shame that her celebration was cut short. But the thing is, she IS the new women’s champion! She is the first-ever Mexican-born wrestler to do it, and it happened in AEW! When Rosa came to AEW, she told everyone that she’d put Women’s Wrestling back on the map! She fought and clawed her way to the top to be the face of this division!
However, she doesn’t want to just be the face or pillar. “Thunder Rosa wants to be the face of ALL Women’s Wrestling! But honestly, it seems like every time I get to the top, there’s always bullies that wanna bring me down. But remember, Tony, pillars get knocked down. But foundations, they remain standing. And I will be a foundation in this company! So whoever wants to get at me, come and get me! I’m ready. And this brings me to you, Nyla Rose. I know you had a message for me last week. But I’m gonna invite you to use your grown words. Or do you need Vickie to dumb things down so you can understand my message?”
Rosa says she didn’t go through hell so Nyla could just get her. No no, senorita. She’s here to fight. And it doesn’t matter if she has to wrestle Nyla, she will wrestle the very best in the world! So it doesn’t matter if it’s here or another company, Rosa will defend her title, and La Mera Mera will be there! Will Rosa not just be the AEW Women’s World Champion, but the world’s champion?
FTR speaks backstage.
Cash starts with, “It’s been said by people like The Ass Boys that Dax and myself, we take ourselves a little too seriously. And maybe we do. We take this seriously, because it is everything that we’ve ever wanted to do. And we’re doing it together. Right now, we’re making history. We are the AAA World Tag Team Champions. Friday night, we become the ROH World Tag Team Champions, and then we’re gonna become the first-ever two-time AEW World Tag Team Champions, and we know exactly how we’re gonna do it.”
Dax says they came to AEW “to build a reputation, not lose a reputation, okay?” Dax loves pro-wrestling way too much to take second place ever in his career, so he’s tired of waiting! He vows, in front of God and the whole world, he will issue a challenge! Young Bucks VS FTR, round 2, to see who IS the greatest tag team of all time! Do they accept? #TopGuysOut. Will FTR amass not only a historic treasure trove of tag titles, but finally settle the score with Matt & Nick Jackson?
Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: The Bunny VS ???
The Andrade Family Office’s wascally wabbit looks to be the very first woman with her name in this inaugural tournament. But she’s also facing the newest free agent Tony Khan signed to the AEW Women’s Division! But who is she? It’s TONI STORM!! South Carolina goes nuts for the Lightning From Down Under! Will it be #ToniTime already in AEW?
The bell rings and fans are fired up for Toni as she stares down Bunny. Bunny pushes Toni, then pushes her again. But Toni blocks the punch to DECK Bunny! Toni then brings Bunny up, but Bunny knees low and puts Toni on ropes. Bunny CHOPS Toni, whips her to ropes, but Toni CLBOBERS Bunny! Toni gets Bunny up, to snap suplex and float over, TWO! Bunny snarls and gets to a corner, but Toni runs corner to corner. Bunny dodges, but Toni dodges back to ROCK Bunny with forearms! Toni EuroUppers, ROCKS her again, but Bunny pokes an eye! Bunny CHOPS Toni, CHOPS her again, then knees low!
Toni headlocks Bunny but Bunny powers out. Toni dodges Bunny to then dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps cool, clamps onto an arm, and she grinds the shoulder. Bunny fights up, but Toni steps over to JAM the shoulder. Toni gets the arm again, wrenches and wristlocks, and fans rally behind Toni. Toni knees low, whips but Bunny reverses. Toni holds ropes, dodges Bunny and Bunny ends up on the apron. Bunny avoids the shoulder to KNEE Toni down! Toni ends up on the floor, Bunny laughs and runs in to CLOBBER Toni! Bunny laughs more while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bunny stomps Toni, gets in the ring, but Toni gets her and drags her out! Toni CLUBS Bunny, ROCKS her, and again! Toni whips but Bunny reverses to POST Toni! Toni falls over and Bunny snarls again as she storms into the ring. Toni sits up but Bunny fetches her into the ring. Bunny has Toni in a corner, stomps her down, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Bunny lets off and frolics around, to then run in and SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs more then covers, TWO! Bunny slaps herself to stay focused as she drags Toni up. Toni fights the suplex to cradle! TWO and Bunny gets up, but into a backslide! TWO!
Bunny is up again and she CLOBBERS Toni! Bunny pats herself on the back before the cover, TWO! Toni flounders but Bunny CLUBS her down. Bunny stalks Toni, drags her back up, but Toni CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bunny ends up in a corner, Toni grabs at her but Bunny turns things around to dig her shoulder in! The ref reprimands, Bunny RAMS Toni in and then backs off to catch her breath. Bunny storms back up on Toni, drags her up and runs, to knee lift! Toni stays up, and she scoops Bunny for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Both women are down as Dynamite returns to single picture!
A standing count starts and both women rise at 4 of 10. Toni throws forearms but Bunny hits back. Toni forearms again, Bunny returns it, they go back and forth! Bunny CHOPS but Toni forearms! Toni gets the edge, but Bunny knees low and yells in Toni’s ear! Then she CLAWS Toni’s back! Bunny runs but Toni ROCKS her with a forearm! Toni whips, Bunny reverses, but Toni LARIATS! Fans fire up and Toni stalks Bunny but she blocks the superkick to HEADBUTT! Bunny flounders to a corner, Toni runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Toni drags Bunny up and runs, to BOOT her down! Toni then gets Bunny up, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Toni’s surprised Bunny survives but Toni gets back up. Bunny YANKS her into ropes! Toni sputters, Bunny fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Toni survives and Bunny slaps herself more as frustration boils up! Bunny shouts at Toni, runs, but Toni catches her to waistlock! Bunny grabs ropes to deny the O’Conner, the ref counts so Toni lets go. Bunny elbows Toni away and SUPERKICKS! Toni just roars so Bunny SUPERKICKS her down! Cover, TWO!! Toni survives and Bunny is pulling at her own hair! Bunny drags Toni up, dragon sleepers, but no Rabbit Hole! Waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX!
Toni gets Bunny up, SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (qualifies for the Owen Hart Tournament)
And Bunny gets struck by the lightning! Toni is in, will she win this inaugural memorial tournament? Who else will join her as the brackets start to form? Rampage will have Jamie Hayter VS Skye Blue in the second of these qualifying matches!
Speaking of which, the men’s qualifiers will begin just next week on Dynamite! Who will be the first up to put their names into the historic bracket?
Backstage interview with Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero.
Schiavone asks their response to Rosa, and Vickie already takes over. “Thunder, the only reason what you said caught my attention is because you insulted our intelligence. Which proves to me and everyone else that you fear my client.” Nyla adds that Rosa wants to be the foundation around here? UH-UH! Not on Nyla’s watch! The Native Beast is the foundation, the cornerstone, from day one! And she refuses to be a footnote! She will now cement her legacy with Rosa’s blood! Rosa has a death wish, so allow Nyla to grant it for her. “I’ll be your genie. Abracadabra, bitch!” The Vicious Vixens storm off, when and where will Nyla get to sink her teeth into La Mera Mera?
Regardless of how tonight’s main event goes, things are only getting wilder between the AFO and their enemies! The Butcher & The Blade will be taking on the Hardy Boyz in a TABLES MATCH! Will Matt & Jeff decimate the mercenaries and render them OBSOLETE?
Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo!
The Relentless One and the new leader of the Andrade Family Office look to finally settle things 1v1. And as Darby dared him to, Andrade has Jose the assistant return to the back. Will Andrade prove he can get the job done all by himself? Or will nothing stop Darby from putting this to rest?
Darby makes his entrance, and lets Sting return to the back, too. Darby skateboards down the ramp, but then Andrade TORNILLOS out onto him! Fans boo but Andrade fires up, and he SMACKS Darby with his own board! Andrade then drags Darby up TOSSES him onto and over the timekeeper’s table! Darby crashes into railing but Andrade forces the cameraman to look at him! Darby drags himself up but Andrade storms over and fireman’s carries, to then SNAKE EYES off the table! Darby flounders towards the ring and the ref shouts at Andrade, but Andrade shouts back at him!
Andrade drags Darby up again, another fireman’s carry, to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Darby flops down and Andrade dusts off his hands. The ref wants this to get in the ring but Andrade runs in, only for Darby to send him into steel steps! And then Darby SMACKS Andrade with the skateboard! Darby goes up to the apron, OLLIE ATTACK to the back!! Andrade goes around the way, Darby positions the steps and runs up them, to leap, but into a STALLING SUPLEX! Andrade carries Darby but Darby lands on his feet on the other side of the railing! Darby throws a forearm but Andrade hits him back!
Andrade HOTSHOTS Darby off the railing and then snarls as he goes back to the steps. Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB,” but this isn’t even a match yet! Andrade stands the steps on its side, goes back for Darby, but Darby SLAPS him! And pulls hair to pull Andrade into railing! Andrade hits back to suplex Darby and bring him back to the steps, GOURD BUSTER! Darby and steps bend, and fans lose their minds while Andrade gets in the ring to soak it all in. The ref checks on Darby and Darby says he isn’t letting this stop him! Darby forces himself up and into the ring, he wants this match to start!
The ref has little choice, the bell rings and Darby dares Andrade to bring it! Andrade runs in, but then stops to stomp Darby down! Andrade drags Darby up to HIP TOSS Darby into buckles! Darby is dazed but he crawls after Andrade. Andrade drags him up to TOSS him into the other corner! Andrade claps and fans rally up as he goes corner to corner, CIEN KNEES! Andrade pushes Darby into the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Darby manages to get that hand up on the bottom rope and Andrade lets off in frustration. Andrade says he’ll end this, and he drags Darby back up. Darby JAWBREAKERS in return!
Darby runs, but into a HUGE back drop! Darby almost does a 360! Andrade dusts off his hands again while fans boo and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Darby manages to drag himself to center but Andrade stalks him. Andrade stomps Darby, looms over him, then drags him up to a torture rack! Andrade hooks the legs and pulls on an arm before the TORTURE RACK BACKBREAKER! Darby flops into a corner but Andrade exits the ring to drag Darby out onto the apron. Andrade CLUBS Darby with an elbow! Darby drapes off the apron but Andrade isn’t satisfied. Andrade drags Darby out to scoop and POST him! Darby writhes on the floor while Andrade wipes off the sweat with Darby’s hoodie. Andrade tosses the jacket to the crowd, then puts Darby in the ring.
Andrade takes his time stalking Darby, and he even eggs Darby on. Darby kicks at Andrade but Andrade stomps him and rains down forearms! The ref wants Darby to keep his guard up, but Andrade lets off. Darby grabs at Andrade’s foot, but Andrade stomps him down again! Andrade is in control but he still seems frustrated. Darby manages to drag himself to ropes while Andrade says he runs this! Andrade wrenches and reels Darby in, Dynamite returns to single picture one more time as Darby lands out of the back suplex! Darby fires off forearms, powers up, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade says no, no, no, then crucifix lifts Darby, but Darby makes it a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!
Both men are down and fans are fired up. A standing count begins, Darby drags himself to a corner. Both men are up at 5 of 10, Andrade runs in but Darby BOOTS him! Andrade stays up, slaps sense into himself, but Darby BOOTS him again! Andrade BOOTS Darby back! Andrade scowls while Darby is down again. Andrade stomps Darby, eggs him on, and Darby grits his teeth! Fans fire up and Darby SLAPS Andrade! And again! And again! Andrade SLAPS back, it’s a SLAP fight! Darby staggers but he fires off more SLAPPING strikes! Andrade fires back, fans are thunderous as the hands keep flying fast and furious!
They finally tie up after all that, and Andrade shoves to then DECK Darby with a right! Both men fall down and “This is Awesome!” The standing count is back, both men are still down past 5 of 10. Andrade manages to get up now at 7, and he takes off his belt! The ref takes it away, though! Andrade complains, but he and the ref both miss Darby taking off his belt, and wrapping up Andrade’s legs! Andrade falls into buckles! Andrade staggers up, Darby gets around him, THROWBACK STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives but Darby just seethes and snarls more. Darby drags himself away to the opposite corner as Andrade sits up.
Darby gets up, runs in, but into a clinch! URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Andrade is beside himself as Darby survives, and he drags Darby up to put on the top rope. Andrade CHOPS Darby, climbs up the corner to join him, and then ROCK him with a forearm! Andrade stands Darby up, fireman’s carries, but Darby fights with elbows! Darby gets a SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! And into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Andrade endures, even as Darby pries at his fingers! But here comes Jose! Only for Sting to CLOBBER him from behind! Fans are thunderous as Sting keeps Jose away from this, but wait, here come Butcher & Blade!
The mercs go after Sting and mug him! Darby sees that, lets Andrade go, and climbs up to SUPER CROSSBODY them down! Fans are losing their minds, Darby gets back in and springboards, but into a roll-up, BRILLANTE BUCKLE BOMB! And then, hammerlock and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, El Idolo wins!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall
The AFO didn’t need to help him, they just needed to beat up The Icon! Darby loses, Sting gets in to check on him, and now the AFO decides to finish this! They go after Sting but he fights them off! It’s still 3v1, so here come Private Party to make it FIVE! They mug Sting, but here come the HARDY BOYZ!! Matt has a chair and he uses it on Kassidy! Jeff CLOBBERS Quen, then bumps him off apron! The mercs already got a table, but Matt gets in before they can set it up! Butcher & Blade run to regroup with El Idolo, and South Carolina is going nuts for the Hardys!
Jeff puts Quen in, Matt gives him a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff goes up and fans are thunderous for the SWANTON BOMB! The Butcher & Blade are furious, but will they also be BROKEN after taking on Matt & Jeff in a Tables Match?
A great episode of AEW, such good stuff is being set up for the Spring stretch. Punk has a great opener with Caster, and of course Punk wins it to further set up that he wants the world title. And I don’t know why he said “next week,” Battle of the Belts II is 4/15, but I suppose the point is valid. We’re going to see Battle of the Adams II at that event, and I’m thinking Page retains. We got a great segment out of “Undisputed Elite” because of how subpar the celebration in the ring was. Great promos, great appearance from Hangman in a Tesla that he basically put JBL’s longhorns on, and great scrap between UE and Hangman with Jurassic Express. Jurassic Express VS reDRagon is surely also happening, and that could go reDRagon’s way.
Great stuff out of FTR and MJF backstage, and a great match out of FTR VS Gunn Club. I was really surprised they had Wardlow show up here this week but I suppose Wardlow wasn’t going to be stopped this week or any week from just showing up. It was good stuff that Wardlow’s attempt and getting in almost cost FTR. Just as we saw The Inner Circle fall apart and become something new, we’ll surely see something happen with The Pinnacle. MJF could end up losing FTR’s loyalty, and to be different from Jericho, MJF could end up with just Shawn Spears. FTR also has a great promo to shout out Supercard of Honor and call out Young Bucks, FTR is going to be on a great run.
Speaking of the reformed Inner Circle, great segment out of Jericho Appreciation Society with Santana, Ortiz & Kingston. I figured the trick was going to be that this time, the curtains open and those three show up. The brawl naturally did go the JAS’s way, cuz they have the numbers advantage, but it was also a bit telling that Jericho used Floyd the Baseball Bat again. Pretty sure we get Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Ever-Rise 2.0, Menard & Parker, while also getting the rematch of Kingston VS Jericho. PNP are definitely winning, but maybe Garcia and/or Hager help Jericho cheat Kingston this time, because duh, they’re Heels, and more often than not, a Heel faction leader wins thanks to the faction.
Moxley VS Lethal was a great match, another rough loss to add to Lethal’s story of trying to “find a way.” Bryan VS Yuta was amazing stuff, Yuta’s best match in AEW and probably ever. I also like Regal on commentary, him seeing great things in Yuta is, well, great. It looks like Yuta either needs to put on a similar performance against Moxley, or win against someone else established in the upper midcard. I really hope Yuta becomes the first new member of Blackpool Combat Club, it just seems right. Great promo vignette from Hobbs and Keith, their match is going to be awesome stuff on Rampage.
We got a pretty good video package for Marina Shafir, and it’s big stuff for her to be making a Dynamite/Rampage debut going after the TBS Championship. We got a fun little promo out of Jade, Sterling and Leva. This was the first time we’d seen Leva anywhere in a long time, so glad to know AEW at least remembers her. Jade VS Shafir is definitely going to be a great for Jade’s 30th match, and as I was saying last time, it is definitely going to be a big moment one way or another. Jade winning over another legit martial artist is big, but losing will still be fine because it was to a legit martial artist. Just not sure why we got a shot of Jade’s baddies without her…
Really good promo from Rosa, really good response from Vickie & Nyla, though the audio was odd with Vickie. But duh, we’re getting Rosa VS Nyla, probably for Battle of the Belts II. But I really like that Rosa is implying she wants to use the “forbidden door” to get at all the other women’s titles she can. And hell, she should definitely go for a female belt collector story. Rosa VS NWA Women’s World Champion, Kamille. Rosa VS the eventual ROH Women’s World Champion, whether that be Willow Nightingale, Mercedes Martinez or Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa VS Tokyo Joshi Pro’s Princess of Princess Champion, Shoko Nakajima. Those would be amazing for AEW’s Summer stretch.
We got a great first qualifier for the Owen Hart Tournament, Toni Storm is definitely a great get, and she’ll get past the crap WWE RawDown put her through. Not sure if she’ll win the whole thing, but she’s gonna have a great run. Pretty sure Hayter beats Skye on Rampage but it’ll probably be another great showcase. And just about any big name in the singles division for the men are gonna be in the tournament. All these matches are going to be great to fill out Dynamites and Rampages from now through May, and it’s going to be a great inaugural tournament on both the men’s and women’s ends.
Good promos from Darby and Andrade to set things up tonight, but I feel like they could’ve held off on announcing the tables match. That could’ve, would’ve, should’ve been something left for after the awesome main event from Darby and Andrade. But of course Andrade has his team help him and Andrade wins. Hardys fight off AFO, thus the tables match we were told about, that is going to be wild. And if Darby didn’t get the win here, I wonder if he and Andrade up things for Double or Nothing, like a No Disqualification that then leads the winner to a title.
My Score: 9/10
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.
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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?
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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