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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/9/22)

Fallout from Revolution!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW turns the corner from Revolution to St. Patrick’s Day Slam!

AEW got through Revolution but there’s no stopping them now! Will Scorpio Sky stay unstoppable and take that TNT Championship from Sammy Guevara?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Dante Martin; Hangman wins and retains the title.
  • Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Workhorsemen; Moxley & Bryan win.
  • PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Best Friends; PAC wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express VS The Acclaimed; Jurassic Express wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Leyla Hirsch VS Thunder Rosa; Rosa wins and will challenge Britt Baker for the title at St. Patrick’s Day Slam.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert; Scorpio wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Chris Jericho heads to the ring!

Le Champion’s letting his hair down as Fort Myers sings Judas for him. The Demo God didn’t win at Revolution against The Mad King, and he didn’t show Eddie Kingston the respect he promised, either! Jericho gets the mic, and he asks, “Are you ready for Dynamite? Last Sunday at Revolution was literally one of the greatest nights of my professional career. And even though my neck is still stiff and sore, and even though I lost to Eddie Kingston by tapping out to the Stretch Plum, it was still one of the best matches I have ever had in my career, and maybe one of the best matches I’ve ever had in AEW period.”

Jericho thanks Kingston for that. Kingston awakened something in Jericho he didn’t think was still there. Jericho says that he wasn’t sure this still existed in him. “But when it came down to it, after he won the big one and beat Chris Jericho, I didn’t live up to my word, and my word is everything. I refused to shake his hand.” The fans booing is just the same as Jericho’s reaction. Fans chant, “Shake His Hand!” and Jericho says he wants to. He was frustrated and angry so he needs to make it up to Kingston. Kingston won, he deserves Jericho’s respect so Jericho wants to pay his debt. If Kingston is back there, Jericho wants to apologize face to face.

Kingston makes his way out, fans chant for him, and Kingston gets in the mic. Kingston has the music cut, and he tells the fans that they’re gonna get real deep here. “The Friday night before the show, before the PPV, before the biggest match of my career, I didn’t want to show up. I wanted to go out and drink, I wanted to forget about my problems, I wanted the poison that has eaten me for years to do it again.” Jericho got in Kingston’s head about if he could win. He’s lost to Moxley, to Bryan, to Punk, to Miro, to everyone he’s faced in big matches. Kingston was afraid. But at Fan Fest, and please show some respect, Fort Myers. Austin ain’t here, don’t do that.

But seriously, anyway, Kingston isn’t kissing anyone’s asses, but when he had four separate people tell him they didn’t end their lives because they read his article, did you really think Kingston was gonna miss that PPV? Do you understand? After the match, Kingston went to his hotel room, you can laugh at him and he’ll beat you up about this, but he cried in his room. That’s because Kingston wanted to make those people proud. Not Jericho, not himself, those people. Fans cheer for that one! All Kingston can say is, as emotional as he’s getting, for those fans who were there, Kingston hopes he did you proud.

But now to the other issue. That handshake wasn’t for Kingston. He didn’t need the handshake, he needed the win. That handshake was for Jericho. What is Jericho missing inside that made him not want to do that? Kingston doesn’t see that as his problem, that looks like a Jericho problem. Kingston went in there, showed Jericho respect by dragging out the man who Kingston looked up to. The one in Japan, the J Cup, who faced the great Eddie Guerrero, the great Dean Malenko, the man Kingston respect. Lionheart Jericho! And y’know what? No matter what anyone says in the back, on Twitter, Jericho proved Kingston wrong because he is still number one.

BUT! Is that enough to fill that hole to make Jericho wanna shake Kingston’s hand or show Kingston respect? That’s the question Jericho has to answer now. Jericho says that everything Kingston just said is right. He has been obsessing about this the last two nights, so Jericho asks Kingston to hear him out. Jericho respects Kingston, he has his undying respect, and thanks him for giving him one of the best matches of his career, and Jericho would be honored if Kingston forgot about all that other stuff and shakes his hand. Jericho holds it out, Kingston takes it, and the two shake hands.

But wait, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia storm out o ruin the moment! And they rush the ring! They go after these two like they did a few months ago! They knock Jericho down easy because of the bad neck, then they mug Kingston 3v1! But here come Santana & Ortiz! Ortiz even has Floyd the Baseball Bat! Santana TACKLES Garcia and Ortiz runs off Jeff Parker & Matt Lee using Floyd! Santana stomps Garcia around, brings him up for 2point0 to see! Jericho gets Floyd from Ortiz, swings at 2point0, then HITS SANTANA?!?! And then ORTIZ!??! And now 2point0 & Garcia are working with Jericho?!?! What is this?!?

Jericho keeps hitting Ortiz, here comes JAKE HAGER! Big Hurt doesn’t understand what this is about! What happened to the Inner Circle?! Hager… CLOBBERS Ortiz?!?! Hager follows Le Champion and rains down forearms on Santana & Ortiz! Ortiz gets a DOUBLE IMPALER DDT from 2point0! Garcia puts Santana in a SHARPSHOOTER! Fans boo and jeer but 2point0 drags Kingston up while Proud ‘n’ Powerful are moved aside. Jericho SLAPS Kingston, then JAMS him with Floyd! But this still isn’t the end! Hager throws off his Inner Circle vest, 2point0 bring the timekeeper’s table over, and Hager hauls Kingston up!

Jericho helps Hager POWERBOMB Kingston through the table!! Jericho throws off the Inner Circle vest as well, and those are placed over Santana and Ortiz. “This is the Jericho Appreciation Society! And that… That’s entertainment.” The Inner Circle has been replaced, have they left Kingston, Santana and Ortiz for dead?

 

AEW shares CM Punk’s post match comments from Revolution.

“If there’s anybody in the locker room thinking they want the old CM Punk back, think twice.” Punk brutalized and was brutalized in the Dog Collar Match with MJF, but he didn’t quit. Punk needs to detox from all the ghosts and skeletons because he had to go to a place he didn’t want to and become a guy he doesn’t want to be. Punk will be picking the tacks out of his own skin, and will be picking the dry blood out of his ears for weeks. “That CM Punk is dead. Long live CM Punk.” Now that the Best in the World has gotten past the Salt of the Earth, what will he look for next?

 

AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Dante Martin!

Don’t worry, you’re not seeing things. The Cowboy only just defended this title at Revolution against Adam Cole and came away the winner, but he is a FIGHTING champion! Angel Dorado is the #2 ranked singles competitor and is getting his shot! Will Dante be flying higher than ever? Or will Cowboy Sh*t never stop?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “Dorado” becomes literal for Dante!

Dante and Hangman circle, they shake hands to show there is respect, and then tie up. Dante waistlocks, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Dante rolls and handsprings to flip and get free! Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They approach, Hangman gets around to waistlock now, but Dante uses ropes to buck that. They speed up, Dante rolls but Hangman springs up to tie up. Hangman headlocks, Dante powers out but Hangman runs him over. Hangman grabs a leg but Dante enziguris from below! Dante runs, whips, but Hangman runs him over again. Things speed up again, Dante hurdles and rolls back to headscissor!

Hangman’s up but Dante dropkicks him to a corner! Fans fire up and Dante goes after Hangman with a CHOP! Hangman just smirks. Dante eggs Hangman on and Hangman steps forward, into CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Dante whips, Hangman reverses but Dante ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Cover, but Hangman rolls and rolls and gets up! Fans cheer the showing of power, and Hangman hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up while Dante bails out to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT! Dante goes down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Dante gets up, Hangman PLANCHAS him right back down! Fans fire up and get high-fives from the champ, and Hangman catches his breath. The ring count is climbing, but Hangman puts Dante in at 5 of 10. Hangman gets in but Dante throws body shots. Hangman CHOPS Dante off his feet! Hangman stands Dante up, to CHOP him into a corner, and then CHOP him again! And again! Dante turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Dante runs, but Hangman follows to corner clothesline! And short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps cool while fans fire up. Hangman brings Dante up and RAMS him into a corner.

Hangman RAMS his shoulder in again, digs his shoulder in, then hoists Dante up top. Hangman CHOPS Dante, climbs up to join him, but Dante throws forearms in return! Hangman hops down, Dante adjusts and leaps over. Dante dodges and jumps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but Hangman keeps his cool. Dynamite returns to single picture and Hangman brings Dante up. Hangman whips Dante to a corner, runs in but Dante goes up and over! Dante runs back in but is put on the apron. ENZIGURI! Dante then climbs, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Dante is a little surprised but fans rally up. Hangman and Dante stand up, Hangman swings but Dante ducks to hit back! Dante ROCKS Hangman with a forearm, but Hangman blocks the whip! Hangman whips but Dante stops at the ropes. Hangman runs in but Dante jumps up an dover! Hangman ends up on the apron, Dante ROUNDHOUSES him down! Dante goes up and takes a page outta Hangman’s book, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Dante lands on his feet! Fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” as Dante gets Hangman up. Dante puts Hangman in, goes back to the corner and climbs again!

Fans fire up as Dante aims, BIG MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Hangman turns dropkick into a bomb, and covers, TWO!! Dante survives disaster but Hangman fires up! Fans rally as Hangman throws off the elbow pads. Fans rally for “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman walks to ropes. Dante grabs Hangman’s foot to anchor him, so Hangman kicks him away. Hangman goes to the apron but has to jump up as Dante baseball slides! Hangman ASAI MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante runs in, pop-up but he ranas! Hangman hits ropes, rebounds, but Dante dodges! Dante gets in, returns, and jumps up!

But Hangman shoves him off the top rope! Dante backflips to land on his feet! Hangman slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Angel Dorado flew high but the Cowboy hits hard! Hangman holds on against the top two contenders in the same week, who is next on the list?

Tony Schiavone joins Hangman in the ring to commend him on the win here and at Revolution. Schiavone gives Hangman the mic and he says, “Dante, hey. Get your ass back in here real quick.” Dante was about to leave but he decides to go back. Hangman tells Dante, “Look, last year, you got put in a tough position. Your brother got hurt, you had to do the unthinkable: enter singles competition, my friend. And you managed to make it all the way to the AEW World Championship. So I know Darius is back, and I know you guys will be going for the tag titles, but let me tell you. You are one of the hardest hitting, one of the fastest guys I’ve ever wrestled in my life.

“And I wanna tell you, should you make it back here, I’d be glad to do it again.” They shake hands and fans cheer the ringing endorsement. But then Adam Cole speaks up, “Oh for the love of God, would you shut your damn mouth?” Cole storms out and says, “Look at you, Hangman! Look at you! You’re on top of the world, right? You’re untouchable. Well, Sunday at Revolution, I proved that you’re not untouchable. Because at Revolution, we went to war. I took you to your absolute limit and you gave me everything that you had. So congratulations, Hangman, you got a fluke victory against Adam Cole.”

A fluke? Cole says anybody can get lucky once. Next time, Hangman will not get lucky again. Oh is that right? Yeah, it is! And let’s put that to the test! Okay, right now then! Cole says next week on Dynamite, Cole wants a Six Man Tag match where Hangman can “pick any two goons” he wants. Because as far as Cole’s partners, he has two very specific young men in mind. Two guys who know Hangman better than he knows himself. And they’re one of the best tag teams in the entire world, who are COLE’s friends, NOT Hangman’s! Cole is going to give Hangman a week to process this, but Cole promises to make Hangman’s life an absolute living hell!

Cole says Hangman’s days as AEW World Champion are numbered! Cole will not stop until he get what he wants! He will not stop until he gets what he deserves! He will not stop until he hears the words, “And NEW…! AEW World Champion! Adam Cole, BAYBAY!” The Panama City Playboy may be a sore loser, but will he turn it around into being a sore winner?

 

Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Workhorsemen!

The Maniac and the American Dragon went tooth ‘n’ nail, shed blood, sweat and tears in their 1v1 match, and even after a decision, they kept wanting to fight! William Regal sorted them out, and now they’re following through on being a team! But will they be able to survive their first test? Or will JD Drake & Anthony Henry capitalize on some dysfunction?

The teams sort out, at least on one end. Bryan rushes and dropkicks Henry down while Moxley goes after JD! Moxley bumps JD off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off to dig his forearms in. Moxley whips corner to corner and forearm smashes JD! Moxley runs and rams shoulders, but JD stays up! JD spins but Mox ducks the backhand to SAIDO! Tag to Bryan and Bryan KICKS JD! And KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Then… BUZZSAW! JD flops over and Bryan drags JD up. JD powers Bryan to the corner and Henry tags in. JD CHOPS Bryan, Henry CHOPS, then throws EuroUppers and KICKS!

Bryan stares Henry down! Henry throws more forearms and kicks then whips. Bryan reverses and kitchen sink knees! Then PENALTY KICK! Tag to Moxley, he drags Henry up to put him in the corner. Moxley forearms and stomps on repeat, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Moxley hops down at 4 to tag in Bryan. Bryan drags Henry up to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! Bryan snapmares Henry to then get the legs. Bryan stands on the legs, Henry tries to resist but Bryan still gets his arms. ROMERO SPECIAL! Tag to Moxley, and he BITES Henry’s forehead, before he CHOPS him down!

Moxley drags Henry up for an X-PLEX! Cover, ONE!! Henry gets away but Moxley runs in, but into an elbow. Henry BOOTS while skinning the cat, to then missile dropkick! Fans fire up, Henry gets over and tags in JD! JD CHOPS Moxley, but Moxley just stares him down. JD CHOPS and SLAPS, so Moxley SLAPS back! JD kicks low, whips, but Moxley LARIATS him down! Then Moxley DECKS Henry, tags in Bryan, and then DIVES out onto Henry! Bryan dodges JD to come back, BUSAIKU KNEE! PARADIGM SHIFT for Henry to the floor! DANIELSON STOMPS for JD!! And then LEBELLE LOCK!! JD taps, Bryan & Moxley win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson, by submission

William Regal is proud of his students as they come together and win! Regal and Schiavone join Bryan & Moxley in the ring, and Schiavone says that it was no doubt, we got a shocker at Revolution. Regal is in AEW! He has brought Moxley and Bryan together. Schiavone is glad to see “your lordship” again and fans are cheering him on. Regal says, “Mr. Schiavone, I thought we’d never do this again. It’s been 29 years since I first came to America and we were on TBS together. Can you believe that? 29 years. Time has flown by. My time is flying by, I’m 53 now. And let’s face facts, I’ve lived more than a hard life.

“I made it that way, through battles in the ring, through battles with myself. And it won’t be that long. Let’s face facts. Probably in the next, I don’t now, ’til I’m 65, 12 years ’til the wife’s pushing me to the sunny window so I can look out while a bit of toast is dribbling out of my mouth. Because I know that I’m not long for this world. Too many empty bottles, thousands of them, and a few broken hearts, sweetheart.” And Schiavone still hasn’t found a decent tailor in all that time. Let’s not go there.

Now Regal is here to obviously be with these incredible gentlemen here. But this is the first time Regal actually gets to thank Schiavone on camera, because 29 years ago, when Regal first came to America, and not to get too into the story, but Schiavone helped Regal in more ways than he can imagine. Schiavone was one of the first, so Regal thanks him. Now no more niceties. As Regal said, time is ticking. Obviously, he is no longer in his old job. For two months, he sat at home and completely checked out of the industry he had been in for 39 years this year. And then someone told him that his friend, Bryan Danielson, had mentioned him on AEW Dynamite.

That piqued Regal’s interest. He had to watch. Then he found out that his great friend of 21 years, Bryan Danielson, was going to fight Jon Moxley. Some, probably a lot of fans, given the timeframe of 29 years since he first came here, they know this. The only reason they know Regal was because of Bryan. Every time someone mentioned Bryan, whether it be ROH or anywhere else, Regal’s name was also mentioned. So it made a young group of wrestlers realize that as much of a rogue Regal is, what he will do is when someone wants to work hard, he makes them a better pro-wrestler!

The first thing Regal will do is what he did for Bryan: Regal will sit him down and tell him what not to do, and that will save them ten YEARS of their career. This is THE wrestler Regal should’ve been. Bryan is the PERFECT pro-wrestler. And there was a time where they spent time training with a group, they’d leave, and then Bryan would stay with Regal. That’d be 3 or 4 PM, then all the way to midnight, every night for five months, and learn. Then however many years, Regal would send Bryan here or there or mention him, doesn’t matter. Bryan became everything Regal couldn’t be because Bryan doesn’t have the problems Regal had.

And then we go to Moxley. 11 years ago, they met. And for a whole year, the psychological and physical problems that they put on themselves would make even the devil cry. So when Regal knew that these two were “going to knock the stuffing out of each other on Sunday,” Regal knew it was his time to come along. Regal knew that because they’re men, and they did it the right way in the ring, Regal thought he’d seen enough and came out. “What better could this younger generation have than the perfect combination: the perfect wrestler, and the perfect and utter sadistic person that will take things to a completely other level?”

Regal says that is why this team is together. Just a warning to the rest of AEW: “You will not like the outcome. And you either will step up, or you will get stepped on.” What will happen to the AEW Tag Division, and all of AEW, now that this perfect pairing is here?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

Alex Marvez is with pretty much everyone in the group as he asks them that after what we saw at Revolution, what is their relationship with Hangman Adam Page? Well he walks over to answer that for them. Sunday, Hangman apologizes. His temper got the best of him, he shouldn’t have gotten mad at them for helping out, so he’s sorry. Evil Uno says it’s cool. But then who will Hangman pick to take on Cole’s team? Silver thinks they should switch it up and use Alan Angels and Anna Jay. If not, Silver & Reynolds are always good, maybe Colt Cabana.

Oh, uh… Hangman just saw Jurassic Express in the hall. They want to get their hands back on the Young Bucks so Hangman just kinda said it was cool. Oh, that’s fine. Hangman can do his thing. Silver’s gotta work on his beard, Reynolds has a yoga class, it’s all good. Well alright, they can catch up after Hangman gets changed. So then, will the all championship team of Hangman, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus crush the Super Kliq? That is, if Jurassic Express is still golden after tonight.

 

PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Best Friends!

This match was on standby just in case, so here it is! The Bastard and his team were on the losing end against the House of Black, but the Best Friends didn’t have that much better of a Sunday. Will Pac use Yuta as his redemption? Or will the Decoder have Pac all figured out?

The bell rings, they tie up and Pac puts Yuta on ropes. The ref counts, Pac lets off but then wrenches and YANKS the arm. And YANKS! And wrenches, but Yuta rolls and handsprings to arm-drag! Yuta dropkicks Pac down then covers, ONE! Fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Pac headbutts Yuta in the stomach, then headlocks and SLAMS Yuta into the mat! Yuta checks his face but Pac brings him up. Pac whips Yuta hard into the corner and Yuta bounces off buckles. Pac stomps Yuta, KICKS him, then stomps him more. Pac stands on Yuta at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Pac paces, drags Yuta up and whips him out of the ring. Pac goes out, stares Cassidy down, but Penta walks over. Pac gets Yuta up and whips him hard into railing! Pac then gets Yuta up and snap suplexes him to the floor! Pac gets in the ring to let the count take care of Yuta, but Yuta gets in soon after.

Pac stomps Yuta and taunts him. Yuta hits back, Pac eggs him on so Yuta hits Pac again> Pac KNEES Yuta down! Pac stands on Yuta’s neck and taunts the Best Friends, but he lets off as the ref counts to 4. Pac paces, he stares Cassidy down, then sees Yuta getting up. Pac scuffs Yuta, sits him up while staring at Cassidy, then scuffs Yuta again. Pac eggs Yuta on, Yuta gets up and Dynamite returns to single picture. Pac continues to taunt Yuta so Yuta CHOPS him! And fires off forearms! Pac whips Yuta out, but Yuta rewinds and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Pac gets up, but Yuta atomic drops then ENZIGURIS! Yuta whips, Pac reverses but Yuta BOOTS from the corner! Yuta goes up, fakes Pac out, then CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Yuta almost had Pac but he fires up with the fans! Yuta drags Pac up, but Pac SOBATS! Pac waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Pac argues with the ref but the ref defends that was two. Pac drags Yuta up, puts him up top, then climbs up to join him. Pac brings Yuta up for a SUPERPLEX BRAINBUSTER!! And then the BRUTALIZER! Yuta taps, Pac wins!

Winner: PAC, by submission

Pac lets off and the Best Friends check on Yuta. Will the Bastard look to be even more brutal after what the House of Black did to him?

 

The Cutler Cam is live.

Adam Cole stands with reDRagon and the Young Bucks, and Sunday didn’t go the best for them. Cole didn’t become world champion, neither team here took the tag titles. Matt Jackson says, “No thanks to Kyle & Bobby. Good job, guys.” The plan didn’t work out, but Kyle says it’s self-centered for Matt to say it’s reDRagon’s fault only. Cole has them stop arguing, because things will change next week in that Six Man Tag. Hangman, Cole has two guys who are the perfect partners for him. These guys live in Hangman’s head rent free, 24/7. These guys know how to party, and two of Cole’s very best friends!

Matt stops Cole there. He’s told Cole before. They want nothing to do with Hangman, even if it’s a match. Count them out. Oh, well, Cole wasn’t picking the Bucks anyway. It was going to be reDRagon. Oh, good. Cole storms off and Kyle says again, Matt is being self-centered. Work on that. Cutler says he would’ve chosen the Bucks. Shut up, Brandon. And reDRagon heard that! Will Cole, Kyle & Fish be the undisputed winners against the three AEW champions?

 

Backstage interview with FTR & Tully Blanchard.

Alex Marvez brings up that Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler lost in two straight Tag Team Battle Royals, but where does their focus turn now? The titles? Or revenge on Bucks and reDRagon? Dax says that in private conversations, many, many times, pro-wrestling is Dax’s first love. All the way up until his wedding day with his wife, and then the birth of his baby girl. To be able to go back to Ashville, North Carolina, and tell his daughter that she can do whatever she wants, so long as she stands up for what she believes in, that means Dax & Uncle Dan have to do the same! So that means reDRagon and Bucks, Dax & Cash-

Tully speaks up. He wants to remind them that when he got involved with FTR, it was about championships. They listened to Tully, they want championships. He understands family, he has one, too. The kids need things, but AEW is about FTR winning the titles back! Dax grabs Tully by the collar and tells him this is about his family! Cash cools things off, but says that this is about family. Sadly, Tully ain’t family, so he’s fired. What a development for FTR and The Pinnacle as a whole! Will Dax & Cash get their revenge on The Elite one way or another?

 

The Andrade Hardy Family Office is in the ring.

El Idolo and his assistant, Jose, stand with Big Money Matt, Private Party, and the mercenaries, The Butcher & The Blade. Hardy says that they came out here tonight to start fresh. Hardy wants to make amends with the AHFO. Andrade came out here because he wants to FIRE Hardy from the group he started here! Andrade tells Hardy to tranquilo, take it easy. What happened to Hardy and Mr. Sting? Where’s the suit? Hardy is turning over a new leaf. Hardy apologized for treating everyone poorly, and his boys, Private Party. He puts a suit on, he transforms into an A-hole. Andrade knows what that is like, and same for Jose!

Whoa, seriously, Matt? Fans echo, “A-HOLE~!” and Hardy says he just wants to make things right. Well, okay. They will make this right. It will be a vote. Well, Hardy is fine with that, but he isn’t sure how good Andrade’s arithmetic is, because he can’t vote Hardy out unless Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy side with Andrade. So if they want Hardy to stay, thumbs up. Thumbs down for firing Hardy. Thumbs down from Andrade, but thumbs up from Hardy. Jose says down, but the Private Party boys say up! And Hardy knew that was how it’d be. Hardy wants to work with them, but wait! The Private Party changes their votes!!

Andrade says, “In this business, you always but always need to watch your back.” Hardy looks around and sees the thumbs down! How could they do this to him? But then Andrade attacks Hardy from behind! And the mercs join in, and then so does Private Party! Now it’s just the ANDRADE Family Office! Private Party stands Hardy up and Andrade says he is THE BOSS! BOOT for Hardy! Jose applauds but then Andrade has Jose go fetch something. A chair! But wait, here comes Darby Allin and Sting! They may have had problems with Hardy, but they seem to have bigger beef with Andrade!

Darby and Sting go down the ramp but they’re still outnumbered. Jose keeps Hardy down with the chair but Sting and Darby still fight the thugs! Darby is mugged by Private Party, and eventually Butcher & Blade turn things around on Sting! BUT HERE COMES JEFF HARDY!!! The Charismatic Enigma throws hands on Private Party! And RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Blade, to JAWBREAKER Butcher! Hardy chases of Jose and Andrade, too! Darby and Hardy pinball Blade around, then Sting gets his shot in. Matt Hardy gives Blade a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff throws off the shirt, goes up top, SWANTON BOMB!!

Fans are going nuts to see the Hardy Boyz together here in AEW! Even Darby is shocked! Will Team Extreme revolutionize what’s going on here in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

A great response for Swerve at Revolutionary, but he make his in-ring debut on Rampage this Friday. Swerve says, “You know I’m like this. Debuting in AEW.” But Tony Nese applauds and sarcastically welcomes Swerve. Everyone is so excited to see him. Look at Schiavone, he was going crazy! They didn’t do that for Nese but whatever. Swerve doesn’t have an opponent yet, but seeing as how these two have history on Fridays, why not let the Premier Athlete welcome him properly? Swerve wondered who would be first to interrupt him. But of course it’s Nese.

So yeah, let’s revisit their Fridays on Rampage, and Swerve will bless Nese again, by still beatin’ that ass. This ain’t Nese’s House, this is SWERVE’S House. See you Friday.

 

AEW returns and Schiavone is in the ring.

He welcomes us back to Dynamite, and let’s bring in the NEW Face of the Revolution, WARDLOW! The Maestro of Mayhem makes his way out, and no need for an accountabilibuddy, either. Wardlow won the ladder match and is preparing for a TNT Championship match, but Schiavone is really happy to see what Wardlow did with the Dynamite Diamond Ring to MJF. However, isn’t he still under contract with MJF? Wardlow says “We all have to come to a moment in life where we have to decide: Are we going to help somebody, and spend our lives accomplishing someone else’s goals and dreams? Or are we going to take that next step and take that chance and fulfill our own?”

Wardlow says that before Max, he spent too many years spending his life helping someone else build something while receiving nothing and still the demand for more in return. He thought his opportunity with MJF was his chance to free the wild animal from the circus. Little did Wardlow know that he walked out of one cage, and into another. He found himself spending his energy, his life, making sure Max was fulfilling his dreams. Now, Wardlow knew MJF wasn’t a good guy when he signed up for the job, and so everyone will have to forgive him for associating with such trash.

But to be honest, Wardlow grew up very poor, and had to watch his mother with a heart of gold struggle to raise him and his two older sisters. At a young age, Wardlow knew he wanted to be a pro-wrestler because he fell in love with it, but also because it’d grant him the opportunity to provide for himself, and his family. Max was his way of getting his foot in the door. Yes, here Wardlow is, and yes, MJF paid him a lot of money and yes, MJF changed Wardlow’s life. For that, Wardlow is thankful. But it doesn’t matter how much you pay someone, how much you help someone, it doesn’t give someone the right to disrespect them, threaten their family, and sure as hell doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on them!

Wardlow tells MJF that when MJF slapped him, MJF decided his own fate. Contract? Yes, he is still under contract, but he no longer gives a damn! And at Revolution, Wardlow’s actions were to let Max and everyone else know that he is no longer watch MJF’s back, no longer is body guard and no longer in The Pinnacle! Wardlow is finally FREE! Fans cheer that, and chant for “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow hopes MJF is as smart as he claims to be, and releases Wardlow from the BS. Now, in return, Wardlow will wash his hands of MJF and they can go their separate ways.

Don’t get him wrong, Wardlow would love to powerbomb MJF until he can no longer move. But Wardlow’s wasted three years on MJF, he won’t waste another ounce of energy. Karma will be Wardlow’s revenge while MJF gets everything he has coming to him. So Wardlow’s only concern now is getting that TNT Championship and obtaining a new contract. Then Wardlow isn’t stopping at the TNT title. After years of giving, Wardlow is finally taking, and he wants it all! So as of right now, Wardlow is letting everyone know, All Elite Wrestling is officially Wardlow’s world! Fans fire up as the big man puts out his mission statement! Will anyone, can anyone, stop him?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee and QT Marshall.

Alex Marvez says QT asked for this time, but Keith isn’t even sure what QT wants from him. QT wants to welcome Keith to AEW, and says he understands why Keith Lee is limitless. But it seems they have a common enemy in Team Taz. QT thought he and Taz were great friends, with Taz trusting QT to train his son, Hook. Didn’t Hook beat QT up? Yes, but that’s the learning process. QT says Keith seems to have issue with Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs. Keith, QT knows they don’t know each other, but QT has some stroke around here. The Factory has Keith’s back. Uh, Keith has a very large back, but he’s good.

Keith walks away and QT asks what he means by “you’re good?” Keith will pay for this! Is QT seriously going to try and make the Limitless One his enemy?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express VS The Acclaimed!

Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus made it through two of the best tag teams in the world today, perhaps proving THEY are the best tag team today! But will they be able to keep that going with another challenge so soon? Or will Platinum Max Cater & Anthony Bowens derail the Jurassic Express?

The introductions are made, and naturally, Caster has a diss rap! “The fans wanna Acclaimed in this title match, they wanna see it all go down like the price of gas! Luchasaurus, man, he puts me to sleep. Christian’s the only one who ever brings heat! And Jungle Boy’s never seen a pair o’ boobs. All that hair on your head, and yet you can’t grow pewbs! The Acclaimed, beat you up and never stop talking. Number one like Batman at the box office!” Bowens gets the mic to shout, “FOOOOORT MYEER! The Acclaimed have arrived!” The titles are raised, but will Caster & Bowens be raising them in victory here?

The teams sort out, JB and Bowens tie up. They go around, Bowens puts JB in the corner then stomps away,. The ref counts, Bowens lets off but Caster pulls JB’s hair. Bowens stands JB up to CHOP him! Tag to Caster, but JB fights back with forearms and CHOPS! Bowens kicks low, whips, but JB goes up and around to jump over Bowens! He then headscissors Caster into ropes and dropkicks him down! JB kips up and brings Caster around to tag in Luchasaurus. They double whip then CHOP Caster down! Luchasaurus drags Caster up, puts him in the corner for fast hands, then ROCKS Caster!

Tag to JB, he climbs up and Luchasaurus scoop SLAMS Caster! JB KNEE-BOARD SENTONS! Cover, ONE!! Gunn Club jeer from the crowd but JB CHOPS Caster! JB runs but Bowens trips him! Bowens drags JB out, JB dodges to ROCK Bowens! JB hurries up but Caster CLOBBERS him Then Bowens adds a ROLLING ELBOW! The Acclaimed fire up but Christian and Luchasaurus creep over. Caster puts JB in as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Caster drags JB up and tags in Bowens. The Acclaimed mugs JB, stomp him down, then Bowens has JB in the corner for more stomps. The ref counts, Bowens lets off to shout, “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” JB hits back from below! Bowens KICKS JB down, then tags in Caster. The Acclaimed get JB up to double suplex! But JB uses that to reach out! Caster covers, TWO! Caster clamps on a chinlock and he grinds JB down. JB fights up and throws body shots, then runs, into a BIG back elbow from Caster! Caster drags JB over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Bowens, he runs and forearm smashes!

Caster adds a back elbow, Bowens adds a knee! Feed to Caster’s POWERSLAM! Bowens sucker punches Luchasaurus! Bowens covers, TWO! Luchasaurus is there but he stands down. Bowens drags JB up to stomp him, then gets him for a ripcord NECKBREAKER! Bowens again shouts, “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens stomps JB, but JB CHOPS! Bowens elbows Luchasaurus and stomps JB, then brings JB up for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bowens stays on JB with a chinlock and he grinds JB down. JB fights up, throws body shots, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Bowens knees low, then shakes his head. Bowens whips but JB hits the COMEBACKER! Both men are down, they head for their corners, hot tag to Caster! Caster gets JB’s legs but JB kicks him away! Hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on The Acclaimed, BOOT for caster! Back elbow in the corner for Bowens, then one for Caster! Back again for Bowens, but Caster dodges. The Acclaimed regroup, only to get DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus, and he gets The Acclaimed with choke grips! But The Acclaimed gets away to the outside but Luchasaurus pursues.

Luchasaurus swats Caster’s clothesline, choke grips him, and and dodges the boom box attack! Luchasaurus shoves Caster into Bowens, and JB FLIES out onto them both! JB gets Bowens up and into the ring and Luchasaurus rolls to SPIKE Bowens with headscissors! CHOKE SLAM for Caster! STANDING MOONSAULT, cover, Bowens breaks it! Gunn Club are the only ones happy about that! Luchasaurus throws Bowens out, tags JB in, and he aims at Caster. Luchasaurus runs in but into an elbow! Caster goes up but Luchasaurus CHOPS him on the back! Electric Chair Lift, JB goes up and up, but Bowens trips him up!

Caster slips off and shoves Luchasaurus for Bowens to dump him out! Bowens tags in, he drags JB up! JB fights the clinch with elbows, ROLLING ELBOW, then a forearm for Caster! Bowens fires off the strike fest, SUPERKICK! Tag back to Caster, Bowens reels JB in! CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED to MIC DROP! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it! Fans fire up but Bowens kicks Luchasaurus out. Bowens goes to the apron but Luchasaurus catches him! Bowens pokes Luchasaurus in the eye! Luchasaurus blocks the boom box attack, Caster RWECKS Luchasaurus with a dropkick! Caster tags Bowens in and hurries to get JB.

The Acclaimed work together, POP-UP DOUBLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! JB survives that remix and The Acclaimed are furious! “This is Awesome!” as Caster gets his platinum chain. Bowens distracts the ref, Caster has the chain, but Christian drags him out! Luchasaurus DECKS Caster, JB cradles Bowens! TWO!! Bowens swings but misses, and he’s sent into the Jurassic Express corner, HEADBUTT from Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus tags in, JB puts Bowens up top. Electric Chair, GAMANGIRI, and then JB goes up and up, JURASSIC DOOMSDAY!! TAIL WHIP for Caster! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Three top teams in the world came for Jurassic Express, but none of them could stop the champs! Will JB & Luchasaurus be able to do the same alongside Hangman against Cole, Fish & O’Reilly?

 

Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.

The TBS Champion says, “All we wanna know is, who’s next?” Smart Mark Sterling asks, “Who’s left?” Jade’s beaten Red Velvet. That was easy. She beat The Bunny. Forgot about her. Skye Blue. Anna Jay! And now, Tay Conti. Next is the biggest opportunity of them all: 30-0 undefeated streak. This open challenge has a very important question. “Who wants to step up and receive my beautiful kiss of death on #ThatBitchShow?”

 

AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Leyla Hirsch VS Thunder Rosa!

After Leyla scored a not so legit win in the Buy In, and after an even less fair loss for La Mera Mera, the rankings have switched. Will Leyla still be number one and head for Britt Baker next week? Or will Thunder Rosa use Leyla to vent so she can get a rematch with the “good” doctor?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Leyla gets around, waistlocks then traps the arms for a takedown. She gets a dragon sleeper but Rosa slips out to facelock. Leyla slips out, waistlocks, but Rosa switches. Leyla sits down, breaks free, and fans cheer this opening exchange. Rosa and Leyla circle, fans rally, and Leyla shoots in to get a leg. Rosa hops around, Leyla sweeps the leg to cover, ONE! Leyla keeps on Rosa and throws her over, then pushes her around. Rosa slips out, has Leyla’s arm but Leyla uses that to fireman’s carry throw Rosa down. Leyla wrenches the arm, Rosa breaks free, and fans cheer again.

Rosa and Leyla talk some trash, Leyla shoves and things speed up. Rosa hurdles, arm-drags, then gets up to arm-drag again! And then dropkick! Leyla gets to a corner, Rosa runs in and clotheslines! Then she clotheslines point blank! Rosa brings Leyla out to scoop, but Leyla turns that into a takedown and stomp! Leyla wrenches, WRINGS Rosa into the mat, and she soaks up all the heat as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leyla puts Rosa on ropes and digs her knees in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, but then she chokes Rosa on the second rope! The ref counts, Leyla lets off and Rosa throws elbows. Leyla CLOBBERS Rosa into the corner, then she fires forearms and shoulders! Leyla carries Rosa around to then SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Leyla drops knees on Rosa’s shoulder, has the arm and hammerlocks it. Leyla makes it a cover, over, TWO as Rosa bridges, but then Leyla CLUBS Rosa down. Leyla goes up a corner to soak up the heat, but Rosa CLUBS Leyla down! Rosa CHOPS Leyla in the corner, but Leyla gets around to CLUB back!

Leyla reels Rosa in for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Leyla KICKS Rosa in the back! Rosa slowly gets up and hits back with body shots, but Leyla CLUBS her again! And again! Leyla drags Rosa up, puts her on the top rope, CLUBS her more, and has her in a Tree of Woe. Leyla pulls the bad arm around ropes! The ref counts, Leyla lets off at 4 and Rosa falls out of the Tree. Leyla backs off, to METEORA! And swinging dropkick! Cover, TWO! Leyla is frustrated but she clamps onto the bad arm. Leyla puts it in a top wristlock and she thrashes Rosa around. Rosa endures, throws some shots back, and gets up.

Rosa keeps throwing hands, then hits a JAWBREAKER! Dynamite returns to single picture, Rosa starts to rally with clotheslines! Rosa baits Leyla in, drop toehold into the ropes! Rosa runs to dropkick Leyla in the back! Fans fire up and Rosa runs again, another dropkick into ropes! Rosa gets Leyla up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rosa fires up and fans rally behind her. Rosa runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Leyla sits down, Rosa goes up to swing in, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Leyla CLUBS away on Rosa, then drags Rosa into a drop zone. Leyla goes up top, but Rosa trips her up!

Rosa turns Leyla around, CLUBS her, then climbs up to give headbutts! Leyla hits back, but Rosa gets Leyla up, SUPERPLEX! Roll through, to fireman’s carry! TKO NECKBREAKER! Rosa runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Leyla survives and makes it to the apron. Rosa grits her teeth, chases after, but Leyla HOTSHOTS the bad arm! And then she goes to pull the same trick from Sunday! Leyla has the spare turnbuckle bar, but Red Velvet shows up! Velvet throws Leyla in to keep her from using the bar! Leyla is pissed, but she turns around into Rosa’s kick! Scoop and- No, Leyla slips out!

Leyla pump handles and DUMPS Rosa down! LEGIT ARMBAR!! Rosa endures, clasps hands, fights around, and she gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Leyla lets off. Leyla CLUBS Rosa more, yanks her in, but Rosa sunset flips it! TWO! Leyla runs in, Rosa dodges the knee to roll Leyla! Scoop and FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Rosa wins!!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Championship)

Now this was legit! La Mera Mera is one week away from her rematch, will she get revenge on Britt for St. Patrick’s Day?

Tony Schiavone speaks from commentary that that was a tremendous win for Rosa, she should feel great about it. And it was one year ago at St. Patrick’s Day Slam that Rosa had that amazing Unsanctioned Lights Out Match with Britt Baker. Now, in her hometown of San Antonio, in the title rematch, it will be in a STEEL CAGE! Rosa is fired up to hear that! Will that cage keep out Britt’s little buddies so Rosa can have a real shot?

Britt Baker responds.

“Hey, Thunder. Champ here. It’s funny how you had a little more pep in your step getting down the ramp tonight. I guess that’s how it works when you think you actually have a shot at beating your opponent. Speaking of which, I beat you at Revolution, so why instead of going to the back of the line like everyone else, did you get an Eliminator Match three nights later? And now, I have to wrestle you in a cage to keep my friends out, but you get all of San Antonio backing you? This conspiracy sh*t lives on. Hey, Red Velvet! How you doing, girl? Thunder, I’m happy you finally found a friend, but where’s Mercedes? She didn’t make it to the party?

“That’s okay, she’s not gonna be available next week anyways, regardless of the cage, after Jamie finishes her this week on Rampage. And Thunder, I’m not afraid of you. I’m not afraid of a cage. What I’m afraid of is what becomes of All Elite Wrestling if carny riffraff like you becomes champion. Remember: almost a year ago in that Lights Out Match, you go the pin. But who really won? Yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.” Britt said a lot of big words, but will she have to eat them all when she and Rosa are locked inside the cage?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Scorpio Sky w/ Ethan Page & Dan Lambert!

The Spanish God retained against both El Idolo and Darby Allin, but no one has pinned or submitted The Closer in over a year. We know Wardlow is waiting on the other side, but who brings the gold to the St. Patrick’s Day Slam?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, it’s title VS streak, something’s gotta give!

Sammy and Scorpio stare down, then Scorpio rushes in! Sammy dodges, fires off and CHOPS Scorpio in the corner! Scorpio turns it around to CHOP and CHOP! Sammy fires haymakers back, but Scorpio knees low. Scorpio whips, Sammy reverses and hurdles, then flips, then dropkicks! Scorpio bails out, Sammy kips up so smooth! Scorpio regroups with All Ego and Fat Headed Dips*it, but Sammy storms over. Scorpio ROCKS Sammy with a sucker punch, then ROCKS him again! Sammy ROCKS Scorpio back, then whips him into railing, right in front of Paige VanZant and her hubby!

Sammy refreshes the count, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up but Ethan complains, this isn’t No Disqualification! Sammy RAMS Scorpio into steel steps, then refreshes the count again. Sammy finishes setting up the table, Lambert and Ethan are furious with the ref. Sammy gets Scorpio up but Scorpio fireman’s carries! Sammy slips off to RAM Scorpio into railing again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Scorpio flops under the table, Sammy goes around to get him. Sammy puts Scorpio on the table, throws down hands, then tells the fans he’s loco! Sammy goes up top and fans fire up!

The ref warns Sammy, this still isn’t no disqualification! Sammy doesn’t care, he’s LOCO! 630 SENTON, but Scorpio moves! Sammy goes through the table, ALONE! Ethan coaches Scorpio up while Lambert is having the time of his life! Fans lose their minds, a medic checks on Sammy, but Scorpio stomps Sammy down! Tay Conti rushes out to check on Sammy, too, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The medic still checks Sammy, he does have bad ribs from Revolution. Sammy is shaking his head, this was probably too reckless for even him. More refs come out, they talk over the situation. Ethan and Lambert have Scorpio stay in the ring while Sammy is still being checked out. Tay is very worried as Sammy does his best to explain to the medic. Scorpio does a mock ring count, and hits ten. He acts like he wins, but uh, titles don’t change on count outs, right? Sammy tries to sit up but even that is hard. Sammy slowly stands up, and has Tay and the medic support him. They’re walking towards the ramp, is this match done?

Sammy takes a moment to rest, still tries to explain, and then he gets up again. Wait, is Sammy saying he can continue?! Tay and the medic don’t think that’s good, but Sammy gets in the ring! The ref checks with him if this is really what he wants, and Sammy says yes! Dynamite returns to single picture, this match continues! And he SPITS in Scorpio’s face to egg him on! They start throwing hands fast and furious, and fans cheer on the guts! Scorpio fires knees on the ribs, throws Sammy out hard, and Tay is back to check on him again. Scorpio goes out and tells Tay to back off. He says this is what happens.

Scorpio gives Sammy a kiss on the cheek to taunt Tay, and then VanZant starts talking trash. Tay stares her down but leaves it at that. Scorpio gets Sammy up, for a BACKBREAKER! Scorpio gets right in Sammy’s face as he writhes, but Sammy pie faces back. Scorpio gets Sammy up again, for another BACKBREAKER! Tay cheers Sammy on but Scorpio talks trash right to his face. Scorpio looms over Sammy, drags him back up, and hits a third BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Sammy stays in this but the kick-out seems to hurt just as much as anything else! Scorpio digs his knee into Sammy with a chinlock!

Fans rally up, Sammy fights to his feet and throws haymakers and body shots! Sammy fires off shots, runs, and turns Scorpio’s kitchen sink into a roll-up! TWO!! Sammy CHOPS Scorpio, but he drops to a knee. Sammy CHOPS again, and he whips but Scorpio reverses. Sammy back elbows from a corner, and jump kicks! Sammy gets out, springboards back in, FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and fans are thunderous! Sammy snarls, slashes his throat, and he brings Scorpio up. But Scorpio fireman’s carries for the TK- NO! Sammy slips out, SUPERKICKS back, and torture racks! G T H!!! But Scorpio gets away before a cover!

Sammy hurries to get Scorpio into a drop zone! Sammy goes up, and SHOOTING STARS onto knees!! Both men are down and Lambert distracts the ref. Ethan gets on the apron but Tay YANKS him down! Tay says no he don’t! But VanZant jumps the rail to CLOBBER Tay! And RAM her into steel steps! Sammy is distracted, Scorpio gets a T K O!!! Cover, Scorpio wins!!!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

The streak still lives, and Scorpio is now the first to check off his second AEW title! But speaking of which, Scorpio CLOBBERS Sammy with one of the belts!! Tay gets up and VanZant shoves her into the ring! BUZZSAW! Tay flops onto Sammy, and VanZant shows off her AEW contract. VanZant uses Tay’s ass as the table to sign it! American Top Team is taking over! But with Wardlow waiting, will Scorpio’s reign end real quick?


My Thoughts:

Wow, I have never seen a wrestling company do such a big follow-up show like this. We just got Revolution, and St. Patrick’s Day Slam is coming next, but AEW sandwiching what was practically a PPV on TV was a major power play. We got a powerful opening segment with Jericho baiting Kingston and even Santana & Ortiz into a trap to recreate the Inner Circle into a new faction. I had the weirdest feeling something like this would happen, but I never thought it’d happen. And then we got an awesome surprise in a world title match for Dante. This was definitely AEW’s nod towards Dante being another of their young pillars.

At the same time, Hangman having any match was a great way to bring Adam Cole out and essentially demand a rematch. Of course, this all threads through the story of dysfunction within The Elite and Cole’s social circle. I knew right away that Cole was making us think he meant the Young Bucks but was really going with reDRagon. I did not expect Hangman to say he was going with Jurassic Express over The Dark Order, but there’s still the on again, off again relationship that Hangman has with them that AEW plays with. Jurassic Express having another title defense here was also a great surprise, and it was great stuff with The Acclaimed.

Wardlow of course was going to say he was breaking off from MJF, but that was a really well done promo for him. FTR had a really good promo, too, and firing Tully was quite the surprise. It seems that while the Inner Circle’s ashes have born a new faction, it feels like The Pinnacle is just going to fall apart period. Maybe Tully defaults to being Shawn Spears’ manager, and then they together help MJF. Good promo from Keith and QT to set up a match there, and a good promo from Swerve and Nese to vaguely reference WWE 205 Live and the golden days it had with these two. I would think Swerve wins his debut in a great match with Nese.

Great “standby” match from Pac VS Yuta. It didn’t necessarily block off more from Death Triangle VS House of Black, but it did harken back to when Pac feuded with Cassidy. AHFO had a good segment together, and this was the moment everyone was figuring would happen. Matt Hardy gets kicked out but he gets back-up from Brother Nero! The Hardys are together again again, and I’m thinking we get an 8 Man Tag since Darby and Sting also joined in. Leyla VS Rosa was a very good match, and it was great of Velvet to stop Leyla from cheating. That sets up Velvet VS Leyla, and then I really like that they’re stepping up Britt VS Rosa to a Steel Cage.

Britt had a good promo that does technically have a good point about Rosa coming back so soon, but the easy counter is that management has eyes and is fed up with her cheating. Though, I’m pretty sure that, like any other cage match, interference still happens. I just hope that with Rosa being in her hometown and AEW actually letting hometown heroes go over, this is finally Rosa’s win. Jade had a good promo to leave it open that she’ll be expecting someone to step up. Not really sure who there is with many names busy in stories, but maybe we’ll get a nice surprise through the “Forbidden Door.”

We got a great tag debut for Moxley & Bryan, and even a good AEW debut for The Workhorsemen. But whoever was being put against Moxley & Bryan, they were going to lose. Regal had an awesome promo, a powerful promo, that showed us the path that led these three to this moment, and I am very excited. Whether Moxley & Bryan become an AEW Two Man Power Trip or add some of those young names Bryan mentioned before to their team and still take over everything here. And then, what a main event! I did not think Sammy would crash through the table and sell the ribs, and then still lose because of American Top Team.

Next week, Scorpio VS Wardlow is going to be great stuff, could go either way because American Top Team or MJF can screw Wardlow. And VanZant targeting Tay Conti, that’s a good audible with Cody & Brandi gone. Hell, it’s an improvement because Tay is legit just like VanZant.

My Score: 9.1/10


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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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