AEW Championship Week begins tonight!
Jurassic Express defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against reDRagon, and the ROH World Television Championship makes a Dynamite debut!
- CM Punk VS Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes; Punk wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express VS reDRagon; Jurassic Express wins and retains the titles.
- MJF w/ Shawn Spears VS Capt. Shawn Dean; Dean wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz; The JAS wins.
- Marina Shafir VS Skye Blue; Shafir wins.
- Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland VS Team Taz; Team Taz wins.
- ROH World Television Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins and becomes the new ROH World Television Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk VS Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes!
New Orleans goes nuts for the Best in the World as he makes his entrance! But while the fans all shout “CLOBBERING TIME!” with him, will CM Punk continue his climb up the rankings? Or will his run hit a road block at the hands of the man with no fear?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two stare down. Fans chant for “CM PUNK!” and Punk does his best to signal C and M with his hands. But then fans start to duel, “CERO MIEDO!” “CM PUNK!” Penta and Punk throw up the hand signs, and then they go forehead to forehead. Penta wants Punk to listen but Punk shoves him first! So Penta shoves back. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces but Punk kicks and CHOPS! Penta CHOPS, so Punk forearms. Penta forearms, so they go back to CHOPS! Fans “WOO!” with every CHOP and it is fast and furious already! Punk throws forearms, Penta responds, and now they just throw haymakers!
Punk kicks low, but Penta dodges the haymaker to SUPERKICK! Fans are fire dup for “A E DUB!” as both men wobble. Penta runs, into a sobat! Punk blocks the chop to knuckle lock, ROCK Penta, then go up and up to tumble and arm-drag Penta away! Fans are fired up as Punk adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Punk keeps close to Penta and brings him up to CHOP! And CHOP again! Punk reels Penta in for the fireman’s carry, but Penta blocks the GTS to have an ANKLE LOCK! Punk endures, fans fire up, and Punk rolls to send Penta into buckles! Penta shakes the stars out of his head and Alex rallies the fans.
Punk runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Punk does his C M hands again and then reels Penta in, but gets a SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Penta is a bit frustrated but fans rally up. Penta fires up as the dueling continues, “CERO MIEDO!” “CM PUNK!” Penta runs in and KICKS Punk’s leg! Penta then tosses Punk out, swaggers a bit, then says, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Punk avoids the dive to run and DIVE in return! Direct hit and Penta hits barriers while Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Punk gets up and tells Alex to back off. Then he hobbles over to fetch Penta into the ring. Cover, TWO! Punk rallies the fans but Penta eggs him on. Punk wants Penta to hit him, but Penta dares Punk to hit him. Punk still eggs Penta on so Penta CHOPS him! Punk eggs him on more so Penta CHOPS again! Punk KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Penta in return, then rains down rights! Punk gets Penta up, to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Punk keeps his cool. Punk gets a leg then chinbars to have a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Penta endures, Alex rallies the fans, and the dueling continues. Penta gets the ROPEBREAK!
Punk lets go quickly, and he brings Penta up to whip him to a corner. Penta bounces off buckles and falls to the mat. But even then, Penta eggs Punk on! So Punk KICKS Penta, drags him back up, and whips him in again. Penta reverses and runs in but is put on the apron. Punk ROCKS Penta, takes a breath, then goes up the corner as Dynamite returns to single picture. Penta GAMANGIRIS Punk first! Penta then climbs up after Punk, HEADBUTTS him, then HEADBUTTS again! Punk throws hands back, gets to the top, but slips off before the steiner! Penta manages to roll through but Punk is in bad shape!
The ref has Penta stay back while he checks Punk’s knee. Fans rally, but Penta KICKS the bad leg! Penta drags Punk up, CLUBS him, and Punk is in the corner. Fans rally and duel, but Penta tells them all to hush. Penta whips corner to corner, but Punk hobbles and falls! So Penta stomps away on him at the rope! The ref counts and backs Penta off! Penta brings Punk up again, puts him up top, but Punk blocks the chop to fire off hands! Punk then turns things around, and puts Penta up top, to SUPER STEINER! Punk completes what he started in the other corner, then runs back in to SHINING WIZARD!
Punk fireman’s carries, but Penta elbows over and over and over until he’s free, then he rains down on Punk! Penta traps the one arm, and has the other! But Punk fights up to fireman’s carry takeover, into the ANACONDA VICE!! Penta endures, reaches out, crawls his way around, to the ROPEBREAK! Fans are fired up again as Punk lets go. Fans rally as Penta goes to the apron. Punk follows and throws a haymaker! Penta CHOPS, but Punk ROCKS Penta with another forearm. Penta CHOPS, so Punk haymakers. They brawl on the edge, Punk gets the edge but Penta kicks low! Penta reels Punk in, tucks the arms, but Punk fights it!
Punk kicks, he reels Penta in, but Penta fights the driver! Penta swings and misses, and Punk ROUNDHOUSES him back into the ring! Punk aims from the apron, and even with a bad leg, he springboards to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans rally as Penta goes to a corner. Punk SHINING WIZARDS again, then short arm LARIATS! Punk says night-night, and he waits on Penta. Fans chant for the “GO TO SLEEP!” and Punk gets a wrist. Penta resists so Punk kicks him. Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO! Penta blocks again, and tells Punk, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and PACK- NO! Punk fights free, but Penta ducks the roundhouse to ENZIGURI!
Penta traps an arm, CLUBS away on Punk, and gets the other arm! But Punk pushes through to roll it, TWO! Penta has the ghost pin, TWO! Punk spins Penta around, but Penta slips out to SUPERKICK! Penta runs, springboards, but into the fireman’s carry!? GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
The Best in the World pulled it out, proving he’s still top five material! Like all of us, Punk will be watching Rampage’s TEXAS DEATHMATCH for the AEW World Championship! Which Adam survives to take on CM Punk?
AEW shares footage from the New Orleans airport.
The Jericho Appreciation Society arrived earlier today by private jet, or at least Jericho, Jake Hager and Daniel Garcia did. Because that is how sports entertainers travel! But just as Jericho was bragging about it, Eddie Kingston and his crew pulled up! Remember, ON SIGHT! They’re going to see Jericho and his boys later tonight! The car then pulls away, to reveal Kingston, Santana & Ortiz already dealt with Matt Menard and Angelo Parker! And took their shoes! Jericho shouts to get their car, and then shouts at Kingston! Will The Influencer, Rock Hard and the Red Death make the Mad King and company pay for this?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express w/ Christian Cage VS reDRagon!
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus have had enough of Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, to the point where they put aside the rankings system! But will giving the Undisputed Elite this shortcut to the titles come back to bite them? Or will Jurassic Express make reDRagon extinct?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see how hard these two teams fight in the Big Easy!
JB and Fish start and fans fire up already. Fish and JB circle, tie up, and Fish knees low. Fish wrenches, wristlocks, but JB handsprings to wrench back. JB headlocks, Fish powers out, but JB runs him over! JB runs, Fish stays low so JB handsprings and runs again to RANA Fish then dropkick him down! JB kips up and fans fire up! JB fires a forearm, wrenches an arm, but Fish knees low! Fish KICKS a leg, DECKS JB with a right, then tags Kyle. Fans boo as reDRagon mugs JB. Kyle throws knees, headlocks and grinds JB down. JB endures, fights up and throws body shots. JB powers out, Luchasaurus tags in, and JB drops while Luchasaurus hurdles!
Kyle rebounds, but into Luchasaurus’ hip toss! JB basement dropkicks Kyle, Luchasaurus BOOTS Fish, then cover on Kyle. TWO, and Kyle gets away to a corner. Luchasaurus storms over to fire off big hands, and he ROCKS Kyle with an uppercut! Luchasaurus whips, Kyle holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luchasaurus goes to boot but Kyle ducks! Luchasaurus gets caught on the ropes, Fish tags in, and Kyle gets the leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Fish is there as Luchasaurus tumbles down to grab the leg, KICK it, then DRAGON SCREW Luchasaurus into railing! The ring count climbs, Fish puts Luchasaurus in at 4. Cover, TWO!
Fish brings Luchasaurus up and trades hands, then tag to Kyle. Fish fires more shots, then boots Luchasaurus back for Kyle to KICK a leg out! Luchasaurus falls and Kyle gets a leg for a HEEL HOOK! Luchasaurus grabs the ropes but Fish stands on the hand. Fish tags in to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Kyle and reDRagon mugs Luchasaurus. Kyle fires off knees, but Luchasaurus boots him away! Luchasaurus knocks Fish down then KNEES Kyle down! Kyle hurries to grab a leg, but Luchasaurus still tags JB! JB rallies on Kyle, scoops Fish and SLAMS him, then mule kicks Kyle to run, into a KNEE!
Kyle whips JB but JB hits the COMEBACKER! Fish runs back in but is sent right back out! JB Builds speed to DIVE! Kyle takes the hit but JB keeps moving! JB DIVES onto Fish this time! JB gets back in, he keeps on moving, but reDRagon bail out the side. But Luchasaurus is there to ASAI MOONSAULT! Down goes Kyle and fans fire up for “A E DUB!” But Fish CHOP BLLOCKS Luchasaurus! So JB FLIES out onto Fish! JB gets back on the apron but Kyle swings a punch. JB ducks to shoulder Kyle away, but Fish anchors the springboard! Kyle gets the other leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The ref backs Kyle off, but Fish WRINGS the arm into the apron!
Fans boo as reDRagon takes control, and Dynamite goes picture in picture. Fish looms over JB, drags him up and into the ring, and Kyle sits JB up. Kyle wrenches an arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then hammerlocks the arm to BOOT JB into buckles! Tag to Fish, reDRagon mugs JB again with knee after knee after knee! Then they double snap suplex JB down! Fish covers, TWO! Fish drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Fish stomps him down. Fish stomps away on JB, then WRINGS the arm again! JB writhes but Fish drags him away. Fish wrenches and uppercuts the arm, then he tags Kyle in.
Kyle drags JB up but JB throws hands with the good arm! JB CHOPS, but Kyle tackles him down! Kyle gives JB some ground ‘n’ pound and even a KICK to the back! Kyle taunts Luchasaurus, then drags JB back up. Kyle wrenches the arm again, but JB ROCKS Kyle with a right! Kyle wrenches, JB haymakers, but Kyle hammerlocks and snapmares to put on a top wristlock. JB endures, Kyle lean son the hold, and Fish even talks trash from the apron. JB fights his way up, Dynamite returns to single picture, but Kyle whips JB. JB wants the comebacker but Kyle gets an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! JB clasps hands, makes it a cover, TWO!
JB CHOPS but into an armlock! JB gets the ropebreak, the ref counts, Kyle KNEES JB and keeps on the arm. JB tiger feints to arm-drag free! JB dodges, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on reDRagon with big hands, and a BOOT for Fish! He puts Kyle in a corner, then runs in to back elbow! Luchasaurus back body blocks Fish, gives one to Kyle, then another to Fish! Kyle runs in but Luchasaurus moves so the BOOT hits Fish! Then Luchasaurus GERMAN SUPLEXES Kyle away! Luchasaurus ducks Fish’s kick to kip up and TAIL WHIP! Kyle is back, he gets a BOOT but he yoyos to LARIAT! Luchasaurus rebounds to DOUBLE LARIAT reDRagon!
Luchasaurus choke grips Kyle, then fish, for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT onto Kyle! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives so reDRagon is still in this, and fans rally up! JB wants in but Fish sweeps the legs! No tag for Luchasaurus and Kyle CHOP BLOCKS him down! Fans boo but Fish hustles back to tag in from his corner. Kyle then runs in to forearm smash, Fish adds a knee! Kyle runs in but is put on the apron! JB SUPERKICKS Kyle! Luchasaurus boots, Fish blocks but Luchasaurus uses that to reel him in for a KNEE! JB tags back in and goes up top! Luchasaurus scoops Fish, for the MACHO ELBOW SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
JB checks with the ref but that was a fair count. Fans fire up again and JB drags Fish up. JB runs, “This is Awesome!” but Fish ducks the blindside lariat! JB ducks the buzzsaw to waistlock, but Kyle tags in before the O’Conner Roll. Kyle then drags JB into underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX, and a roll through! Fish helps out, ELEVATED BUTTERFLY DDT into a BOOSTED WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! But into the ARMBAR!! JB fights, endures, reaches around, and gets the ROPEBREAK with a toe! Kyle lets go in frustration and fans are fired up again! Kyle drags JB up and brings him to the reDRagon corner.
Kyle puts JB up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to go after the arm. JB throws body shots, CLUBS Kyle, but Fish anchors JB! The ref reprimands but Luchasaurus BOOTS Fish! Luchasaurus then Electric Chair Lifts Kyle, but Fish trips JB up! Kyle fights off to a GUILLOTINE! Fish tags in and goes up after JB, and SUPER FALCON ARROWS JB over Kyle and Luchasaurus! Fans are thunderous as Fish covers, but Luchasaurus SLAMS Kyle onto the pin! Fans are thunderous again as all four men are down! Kyle manages to get up but he’s punch drunk, so Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Kyle KICKS, Luchsaurus ROCKS Kyle again!
Kyle KICKS, Luchasaurus uppercuts! Kyle fires off a strike fest but gets caught with a choke grip! Kyle knees low, AX ‘n’ SUPERKICK from JB! Fish CLOBBERS JB, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Fish! Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS Luchasaurus, but JB uses Luchasaurus as a springboards for a TORNADO DDT! Kyle falls out of the ring, Fish spins JB around to a fireman’s carry! But JB feeds Fish to a TAIL WHIP! Jurassic Express combines, THORASSIC EXPRESS!! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
JB & Luchasaurus got one hell of a fight from former IWGP Junior Heavyweight, ROH World and NXT Tag Team Champions, but this train is still rolling! Wait, Kyle gets a chair! He JAMS Luchasaurus in the leg, and he SMACKS JB off a corner! The Undisputed Elite are sore losers! But Kyle says, “UP YOURS!” as he and Fish fall back. But here comes FTR! The joint AAA & ROH World Tag Team Champions aren’t letting reDRagon run away! But that turns into a fight on the ramp! Referees hurry to keep this from getting any more heated, but is it only a matter of time before Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood cross reDRagon and Jurassic Express of their hit lists?
Backstage interview with the Blackpool Combat Club.
Tony Schiavone stands with William Regal, Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson and Wheeler Yuta as he notes this Friday for Rampage, it will be a Trios Match! BCC VS Gunn Club! Regal says he couldn’t possibly be happier because he is surrounded by three tough gentlemen! Yes, a big match for Rampage, and Bryan says, “Why do you think we’re all fired up? Why do you think? Because Wheeler Yuta, for the first time, is fighting with us!” Yuta bled with Mox, spat in Bryan’s face, and these three are going to fight the 24-0 Gunn Club. Moxley says he doesn’t really know the Gunn Club, but he doesn’t like them. They’re a bunch of goofs! That’s what they need less of here in AEW!
Moxley says they plan on breaking the Gunn Club’s faces open. “Time to get mean, Wheeler!” Yuta himself says, “Tony, on Friday, the real work begins.” Will the ROH Pure Champion give us yet another star making performance when he, the Maniac and the American Dragon rip into Billy and his boys?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter.
Tony Schiavone again meets with these two, who again agreed to no physicality this week. “The fans have spoken. We don’t know the brackets for the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament yet, but we do know that Tony Khan has signed what the fans want to see: in the first round, Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm.” Hayter says she is glad Tony made Toni her first opponent. Hayter wants this more than Tony Khan does, and more than the fans do. And why is that? Well, there are a lot of parallels between these two. They both honed their craft in Japan, in the UK and Europe, a lot like Owen Hart.
But Hayter says this is going to be HER crowning moment, and Toni will not stop that. Hayter will win and break Toni’s face. Toni scowls but Hayter asks, “Cat got your tongue? Just gonna walk away?” She does. Hayter says she knew Toni would do that, but will the Lightning From Down Under let her actions speak for her?
MJF w/ Shawn Spears VS Capt. Shawn Dean!
The last time the Salt of the Earth faced Shawn Dean, CM Punk got involved and handed the win to Dean through a GTS and disqualification. It ruined MJF’s otherwise spotless win-loss record, and now Max wants to “right the wrong.” But will MJF be too busy looking over his shoulder and around ringside for Wardlow? Or will the Captain sweep MJF before MJF even has to worry about that?
The bell rings and MJF apparently can’t unzip that fancy jacket of his. Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and Spears has to help MJF! Fans taunt MJF and cheer Dean on, but MJF tells them to shut up! MJF still struggles with the zipper, and Spears talks trash on Dean. Dean is distracted and MJF sucker punches him! MJF stomps away on Dean in the corner, then surprise! The zipper was never really stuck. Fans boo as MJF whips his jacket around then tosses it aside. MJF drags Dean up, whips him corner to corner and WRINGS him out at the same time! MJF then gets on the corner to soak up all the heat.
But wait! For the third week in a row, we look backstage, and security has been decimated! Wait, is one guy missing his shirt? MJF is freaking out! Is Wardlow using a security shirt to “sneak” around? MJF hurries to get Dean up and throw him out! MJF headlocks and drags Dean around the way, to then whip into railing! Fans chant, “WE WANT WARDLOW!” but MJF just puts Dean in the corner. MJF soaks up the heat, but a rather big security guard walks up. SURPRISE! It’s Wardlow! MJF thinks the cheers are for him because he’s just that arrogant, and he turns around to see Wardlow! MJF runs away but Wardlow is in pursuit!
MJF scurries into the ring, then right back out, and to the ramp! Wardlow gets to the ramp, and Spears SMACKS him with a chair! But that barely tickles the War Dog! Wardlow turns his attention on Spears, reels him in, and throws off the shirt! But real security hurries out, only to get CLOBBERED One after the other! Then the last guy gets the APRON POWERBOMB! MJF sends another wave but they’re just dominoes for Wardlow to knock down! But all of them gather around and keep Wardlow back! But wait! The ring count is still going! MJF tries to get around but the cluster is too big!
MJF shouts on the mic to have the ref wait! “I don’t know what Tony Khan is paying you, but I will triple it if you don’t count to ten! I’ll triple it!” Fans chant, “TEN! TEN! TEN!” The ref says TEN, MJF LOSES!!
Winner: Capt. Shawn Dean, by count-out
Another win over MJF and Dean celebrates! Wardlow goes peacefully now, having done far more damage to MJF than he could have with his own hands. MJF storms into the ring to get at the ref! The ref gets in MJF’s face back! Spears keeps MJF back, this could be a fine! Meanwhile, Wardlow gets rough with the security now so he can shout right into the camera! “MAX! I’M NOT GONNA STOP! NOT UNTIL I GET MY HANDS ON YOU! AND YOU RELEASE ME FROM MY CONTRACT!” The message has been sent, but how will MJF respond?
AEW hears from Darby Allin.
The Relentless One has sent another video in. A casket frame in the middle of an intersection. Darby skateboards downhill towards it. Darby then drags his board, and he says, “Andrade. I’m going to put a nail in this whole thing. Coffin Match.” Enough said, will El Idolo face some grave consequences in this war with Darby?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “Tell me, Fuego. But your hopes and dreams… Are they still the same? As what they were when you were a child? There in lies the main difference between you and I. Say if we were to uh… Cut open my neck, and push our hands through the wound, and rip open my throat, you would find a dark abyss of razor blades.” Maybe one day, Fuego will appreciate this. But he appreciates hollow things, like a fanbase that loves and adores and thanks Fuego, because the House wanted it so. What the House gives, the House can take. And they will take the brightest light and drag it down into the deepest part of Fuego’s soul and kill it.
If you wonder why Malakai is here alone tonight, he wants Fuego to fear the shadows. Will the Fire of the Sun be extinguished in the bottomless pit that is Malakai’s soul?
Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz!
The JAS was warned that this grudge would be on sight, and they got just a taste of it at the airport. Will things only be more brutal with them going 3v3 in the ring? Or will Jericho, Hager & Garcia “future endeavor” the Proud ‘n’ Powerful trio for good this time?
Ortiz shows off that he has Parker’s shoes! The teams sort out and Santana starts against Jericho, and Jericho just flips everyone else off, especially Santana. Then he tries to step, but Santana isn’t intimidated. He just SMACKS Jericho, then puts him in the corner to fire off more hands! Santana climbs up and fans fire up as Santana rains down rights! Santana goes all the way to 10, then whips Jericho corner to corner. Santana runs in but Jericho BOOTS him! Jericho runs in, but into a BOOT! Santana whips Jericho to ropes but Jericho reverses. Santana stops and KICKS, but Jericho CHOPS!
Santana CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Santana gets the edge with CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Fans fire up but Jericho throws a haymaker! Jericho shoves but Santana tackles Jericho! The teams then drop off the corners, Ortiz SHOTGUNS Hager and Kingston CLOBBERS Garcia! Kingston rains down fists, Ortiz keeps on Hager but Hager knees and whips Ortiz into barriers! Kingston digs fingers into Garcia’s face, Jericho bails out but Santana pursues. Hager chokes Kingston to get him away from Garcia, and Jericho goes into the ring. Santana dodges the cheap shot to CLOBBER Jericho with an elbow!
Santana looms over Jericho, sits him up, and rains down more fists! Fans fire up as Kingston BITES Hager! Santana drags Jericho up and Kingston gets in. They put Jericho in the corner, Ortiz tags in and Ortiz whips Santana in for a back elbow! Ortiz hits a SPLASH, then PNP feed Jericho to an STO from Kingston! Ortiz looms over Jericho to grind his forearm into Jericho’s face! Ortiz rushes Hager but into a haymaker! But Kingston trips Garcia off the apron! Kingston goes back after Garcia but Jericho CLOBBERS Ortiz! Jericho tags Hager, they double whip Ortiz and FLAPJACK him! Hager digs a knee into Ortiz and talks trash.
Hager lets off but Ortiz gets up to throw hands. Hager DECKS Ortiz, but fans rally up. Ortiz dropkicks a leg, CHOPS then forearms and CHOPS again! Ortiz runs but into a lift! Ortiz manages to sunset flip, TWO! Hager CLOBBERS Ortiz! Hager hauls Ortiz up, tags in Garcia, and then SPINEBUSTER and some ground ‘n’ pound! Fans boo as Garcia roars, but Garcia tags Jericho in. Ortiz fights back but the JAS mugs him. Jericho back suplexes Ortiz, then has the cocky cover, TWO! Fans boo but Jericho soaks up the heat, only for Kingston to shove him! The ref has Kingston stand down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Jericho shouts at Kingston but then Ortiz DECKS Garcia! Ortiz goes after Hager again but Hager ROCKS him with a right. Jericho fires off on Ortiz now, then digs his knee in. The ref counts, Hager tags in, and Ortiz BITES Jericho! Hager RAMS into Ortiz, digs his shoulder in, then RAMS in again! Hager lets off but that allows Garcia and Jericho to get cheap shots in! Kingston protests but the ref is now busy with him! The JAS get away with it, and Hager scoops Ortiz to SLAM him! Hager looms over Ortiz, then runs to the corner, HAGER BOMB! Cover, Santana breaks it! Hager goes after Santana for that, but almost hits the ref!
The ref gets right in Hager’s face, but Garcia gets his shots in! Jericho tags in and has everything clam down a bit. Jericho CLUBS Ortiz, argues with the ref, but Ortiz crawls to his corner! Jericho sees it in time to elbow Ortiz down! Jericho brings Ortiz up to CHOP him to another corner. Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS then hoists Ortiz up top. Jericho throws hands, soaks up some heat, then climbs up after Ortiz. Ortiz BITES Jericho again! The ref reprimands, but Ortiz shoves Jericho down! Ortiz adjusts up top, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Jericho escapes and he CLOBBERS Ortiz!
Jericho throws down hands, but Ortiz starts to get up. Jericho keeps throwing hands, and Ortiz staggers to ropes. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ortiz throws hands! Ortiz runs, into a dropkick! Jericho taunts Santana and Kingston, runs, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ortiz moves! Fans rally up, Ortiz crawls, but Jericho grabs a foot! Ortiz gets up to break free but Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho whips but Ortiz comes back to CLOBBER Jericho! Fans are thunderous as the two crawl, hot tag to Garcia and he CLOBBERS Ortiz! Garcia CHOPS Ortiz, whips him to ropes, but Ortiz still goes up and over! Hot tag to Kingston!
Fans fire up as the Mad King rallies on the JAS! Haymakers for everyone, ENZIGURI for Hager! Garcia ROCKS Kingston, whips, but Kingston reverses to KNEE low! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Tag to Santana! Santana hurries to get Garcia up, snap suplex! Uno Amigo! Fans fire up and Garcia fights but DOS AMIGOS! Santana then gets THREE AMIGOS! Kingston shouts out the other Eddie and Santana goes up to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives but Santana tags Kingston. Kingston fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Tag to Santana, feed to a clinch and URENAGE! Ortiz then tags in and goes up for a FLYING LEG DROP!
Fans fire up again with Ortiz and he tells Santana to go up. Ortiz reels Garcia in, Kingston intercepts and DECKS Hager! Kingston then DIVES to take Hager out! Ortiz gets Garcia up, but Jericho gets in, so Ortiz POWERBOMBS Garcia onto Jericho! Santana adjusts course to SUPER CANNONBALL Hager down! Fans are thunderous again but here come Menard & Parker! So Ortiz DIVES to take them out! Ortiz hurries back in, tags Kingston, and Garcia wants mercy? He gets palm strikes instead! And then an EXPLODER! Kingston then powers up, but Garcia ducks the Uraken to shove Kingston!
Garcia distracts the ref as Jericho uses FLOYD THE BASEBALL BAT!! Kingston falls from that shot, Garcia covers, JAS wins!
Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society, by pinfall
And of course, they all mug Kingston now! The 5v3 advantage is just too much, and Jericho is hitting Kingston with the bat! Hager returns, they drag Ortiz in and feed him to a JUDAS EFFECT! They stomp Santana while fans boo, and the JAS stand tall! That may not have been entertainment, but will this be a lesson in the numbers game for Kingston and his team?
Backstage interview with MJF, Shawn Spears & Mark Sterling.
Alex Marvez can’t help but chuckle as he says, “Another upset win,” and MJF gets mad. Is that funny? Does Marvez think it funny?! How about the fans?! “YES! YES!” MJF shouts, “Maybe people have forgotten just who the hell MJF is! I am the prodigy, I am the phenom! I’m the pinnacle of professional wrestling!” But it’s so funny, right? No sympathy for the devil, but he doesn’t need it. He has MONEY. And that is what makes the world go ’round. Tell ’em, Mark! Sterling reads the contract between MJF and Wardlow, and says MJF has the unfettered right to book or not book Wardlow against anyone he wishes.
MJF then makes Marvez hold the mic in front of him as he says, “That means no more just showing up to the arena to have a good time, Pig. Nah. See, I’m gonna put you to work! And I have the BEST idea on how to slaughter a greedy little pig like you.” Spears hands MJF an envelope, and then Andrade’s assistant, Jose, steps into frame! The answer: A BUTCHER! The AFO’s Butcher steps in and roars at the camera! Will he chop Wardlow down into bacon bits?
Marina Shafir VS Skye Blue!
Before facing the undefeated TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, #TheProblem finally has a match on Dynamite! Will the US Open Judo National Champion be seeing red as she takes on Blue before going for gold?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sterling and Jade are watching backstage. Well, Sterling is watching and taking notes on his clipboard, Jade is scrolling through her phone, probably more interested in what her baddies post on social media. Speaking of, the baddies section is full tonight, they’re paying more attention to this than Jade. Shafir kicks Skye low, throws her with a sayanagi, and then looms over her menacing. Wait, Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet are also in the audience watching this, they are cheering on Skye Blue as they’re friends and training partners. But Shafir scoops Skye and just carries her around.
Shafir pops Skye up, but Skye slips out and runs in to get a GUILLOTINE! Shafir isn’t even worried, through, as she turns this into a BEARHUG, and then SWINGING SLAM! Shafir again stands over Skye menacingly, trying to send her aggression through the screen and right at Jade. Jade actually looks up right as Shafir says, “Shame, shame,” with her fingers. Jade rolls her eyes, but Shafir says she should watch this. Shafir drags Skye up, CLUBS her down, then brings her up to DECK her! Skye gets to ropes and drags herself up as the baddies all boo. Skye throws forearms and haymakers! But then Shafir KICKS, pump handles, and FALL AWAY SLAMS!
Shafir glares at the baddies as they boo, but if anything, it amuses Shafir. She eggs them on, but Skye chicken wings! Shafir breaks free, waistlocks, but Skye gets ropes. Skye drops down for a cover, TWO! Shafir blocks the kick, PALM STRIKES the chest, then fisherman roll to a leg capture TRIANGLE!! Skye taps, Shafir wins!
Winner: Marina Shafir, by submission
Shafir makes Skye wave hi to her friends, and then goes out to blow a kiss to everyone. Jade brushes this off, but is this one Problem not even an undefeated baddie can solve?
Lexi Nair interviews Hook.
For the third time in as many events, Lexi tries to get Hook to talk. Next week, in Pittsburgh, it will be Hook’s first match on Dynamite. How is he feeling? But even before he opens his mouth, Sterling walks in with his newest client, Tony Nese. Sterling says of course they’re interviewing Hook. But why not the hottest free agent signing in the Premier Athlete? Nese tells Sterling that AEW doesn’t want to hear from someone who actually earned their success, but from someone who was handed it. Hook stands up and Sterling wants him to calm down. This was just about an interview.
Nese & Sterling leave, and surprise! Danhausen is here! Is it working yet? Hook just throws the medicine ball at him. Danhausen catches it but falls over. Will anything ever faze Hook? Will anything ever get him to talk?
AEW hears from Dan Lambert & The Men of the Year.
Ethan Page starts by saying Sammy Guevara threatened them with, “Wait ’til you see what we do next.” Turns out, all that was next was crawling to management and begging for a TNT Championship match! And it’ll be in the only place in America that Sammy and his future ex-girlfriend won’t get booed out of the building in! Lambert says that might not be true. “Turns out, the most obnoxious couple in the history of AEW are still right here.” But what happened to the Mixed Tag they wanted so badly? Guess maybe it’ll be another Saturday night where she goes unsatisfied.
Scorpio says Sammy desecrated their car, the title, and their names, and he still didn’t get what he wanted. But now, Scorpio will give Sammy the ass-kicking he needs. And the only thing bigger in Texas than that will be Scorpio’s win streak. Sammy and Scorpio are going to be part of Battle of the Belts II, but will Sammy get the belts back, and some revenge, too?
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland VS Team Taz!
Ever since AEW became Limitless in Swerve’s House, Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs have been absolute bullies! But Keith & Swerve don’t run from bullies, then run over ’em! Will the #AbsolutePowerhouses have no choice but to #BaskinTHEIRGlory?
The teams sort out and we start with Starks and Swerve. Fans rally and sing for Keith, but Starks then tags out to Hobbs. Swerve and Hobbs circle, they tie up, and Hobbs shoves Swerve away. Swerve says alright, but then Hobbs pushes him! Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves, fans chant, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” as he wrenches and wristlocks Hobbs. Hobbs resists, whips, and runs Swerve over! Hobbs then gets Swerve up, taunts Keith, and scoops Swerve to FALL AWAY SLAM! Hobbs stares Keith down but Keith applauds. Hobbs mocks the conducting of the chorus, then he drags Swerve up to wrench.
Tag to Starks and New Orleans goes nuts for their hometown hero! Starks wrenches Swerve’s arm, wristlocks, then knuckle locks to CHOP! Starks goes up and up and goes a little Old School, to then CLUB Swerve! Swerve goes to a corner, Starks whips him corner to corner but Swerve reverses! Starks goes up and over to run and shoulder Swerve down! Starks strikes a pose and fans fire up. Things speed up, Swerve makes Starks stumble but Starks whips him away. Swerve flips through, rolls up and Eddy Gordo headscissors to then dropkick! Fans fire up, Swerve drags Starks over, tag to Keith!
Fans fire up as Swerve holds Starks open for Keith to kick. Starks avoids the Grizzly Magnums to CHOP, but Keith doesn’t flinch. Keith puts Starks in the corner, tags Swerve, and the two coordinate. Swerve sits up top and uses his legs to trap Starks! Starks asks for mercy, but Keith just gives him a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Starks falls over, and Swerve adds the FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, ONE! Swerve keeps close on Starks, brings him back, and tags Keith back in. Fans chant, “RICKY! WOOP WOOP!” as Swerve kicks Starks on the way out. Hobbs gets in but Keith intercepts to toss him!
Keith tosses Starks, too, and Team Taz regroups at the ramp. Tag to Swerve, and Keith goes to the apron. Keith gives Swerve an assist, for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT off Keith’s chest! Direct hit onto Team Taz at the ramp and fans go wild! Swerve does a dance over Starks while Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Swerve and Keith are all smiles, and Swerve puts Starks in. Swerve clamps onto an arm but Starks fights so Swerve kicks him and whips him. Starks reverses, Hobbs holds the ropes down and Swerve tumbles out! Hobbs then CLOBBERS Swerve with a full body attack! Starks smirks now and Hobbs scowls over Swerve. Starks goes out and Hobbs drags Swerve up. Hobbs scoops to SNAKE EYES Swerve off the apron, then Starks puts Swerve in. Starks gets a leg, Swerve tries to kick free but Starks stomps him in the gut! Starks toys with Swerve as he slaps him around, then he tags Hobbs in.
Starks CHOPS Swerve, then Hobbs whips Starks to taunt Keith and back elbow Swerve! Hobbs adds a SPLASH, tag to Starks, and Hobs holds Swerve for Starks to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Starks drags Swerve back to the corner, tags Hobbs back in, and Team Taz mugs Swerve more. Hobbs clamps onto a shoulder and he grinds Swerve down. Swerve endures and fights up, and he ROCKS Hobbs with a right! Swerve slips under but Hobbs catches him to whip at the corner. Swerve uses that to elbow Starks down! Hobbs hurries over but Swerve BOOTS him away. Swerve then dumps Hobbs out in return for earlier!
Swerve crawls for his corner but Hobbs intercepts! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hobbs pops Swerve up, but Swerve STOMPS Hobbs down! Both men crawl, hot tags to Starks and Keith! The Limitless One rallies on Absolute, and then he TOSSES Starks to a corner! Starks JABS back, Keith HEADBUTTS Starks! Keith then stands Starks up, but Hobbs CLOBBERS Keith! Hobbs waistlocks but Keith elbows free! But Starks KNEES Keith! Hobbs runs in, but Keith hurdles him, and Hobbs RAMS Starks instead! Keith then throws Hobbs aside, to TOSS Starks at Hobbs! Fans are fired up again as Team Taz tumbles!
Tag to Swerve, Keith sends Starks into a KNEE! Starks pinballs between forearms, then Keith fireman’s carries! Starks is tossed into a ROLLING ELBOW ROUNDHOUSE COMBO!! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives and Swerve can’t believe it! Fans fire up but Swerve drags Starks up. Half nelson, but Starks arm-drags free! Starks runs in but is sent right out! Swerve goes to the apron, BOOTS Starks, then drags him back up and in. Swerve aims from the apron, but Hobbs is there! Hobbs swipes at Swerve but misses, Swerve trips Hobbs up! Swerve slingshots and somersaults, into a SPEAR from Starks!!
Starks BOOTS Keith down and fans are fired up! Starks runs in, ROLLING DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Starks cannot believe it and New Orleans is losing their minds! Starks puts Swerve up top. Starks climbs up after him but Keith tags in! Swerve fights back with body shots, fireman’s carries, and Keith is in! Keith runs, SUPER FIREMAN’S POUNCE!! Cover, but Hobbs breaks it! Keith and Hobbs get in each other’s faces and the ref has to back Hobbs down! Keith drags Starks up but Starks ENZIGURIS! Starks tags Hobbs and Team Taz hurries to get Keith up! Taz himself is here now to make sure his guys do this!
Starks tries to gut wrench but Keith gut wrench suplexes him away first! Hobbs is up top but Keith ROCKS him first! Taz shouts at his team, Keith gets Starks up. Keith pops Starks up, Swerve climbs, but Hobbs SHOVES Swerve off the top! Starks RANAS Keith away! Hobbs scoops Swerve, but Swerve slips off to POST Hobbs! Starks uses ropes for the TORNADO, but Keith blocks that! Keith puts Starks on the top, Starks boots back! FLYING SPEAR!! Cover, but Swerve 450 SPLASHES it apart! Hobbs returns to SPLASH Swerve in a corner! “This is Awesome!” as Hobbs goes after Keith, only for Keith to fireman’s carry!
Hobbs slips off but Keith elbows him first! The ref is busy checking on Starks as Keith fires up! Keith is going Super Saiyan, but Taz trips him up! SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
Team captain Taz himself gets a big assist in that! He made sure his guys won, and Starks’ homecoming is victorious! Will Starks & Hobbs be unstoppable all over AEW?
ANOTHER match has been made for Battle of the Belts II!
The ROH World Championship will make its AEW debut as The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham, defends against The Peacock, Dalton Castle! This golden week just keeps getting bigger, who will come out of it holding onto the titles?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.
Tony Schiavone speaks with the AEW Women’s World Champion about her BOTB II main event title match. La Mera Mera is so excited, but she is again interrupted by the Vicious Vixens. Vickie Guerrero & Nyla Rose have brought a cake. Nyla says it was supposed to have writing on it, but that costs extra, and frankly, Rosa ain’t worth it. But they want to let everyone know they’re celebrating Rosa having AEW’s shortest world title reign! Rosa plays along with the sarcasm, saying they’re both so sweet for this. Vickie, Nyla, do you think she’s stupid? Yes, they do! Well then ESTUPIDA! Rosa shoves the cake into Nyla’s face!
Vickie is furious and tells Nyla to get Rosa! But with all that frosting in Nyla’s face, she DECKS Vickie! Then Rosa CLUBS away on Nyla! But Nyla kicks her back and RAMS her into road cases! And again! Referees rush over to stop this, and Nyla says, “Joke’s on you! I love cake! And violence!” The Native Beast just gave Rosa an appetizer, but will Nyla sink her teeth back into the AEW Women’s World title?
AEW hears from Hangman Adam Page, and Adam Cole.
The Panama City Playboy tells the Cowboy, “You have some preconceived notion that I’m afraid of this match-up.” Cole ain’t scared of sh*t! But Hangman says, “The best lessons in life are lived, not preached.” Cole is scared of how he will feel waking up the next morning, thinking he didn’t do all he could have to become THE AEW World Champion. Because that feeling of disappointment at Revolution, when he couldn’t beat Hangman, to go back to his hotel room and say to himself, “Dammit, you’re the best!” Hangman says this Friday Night Rampage, Texas Deathmatch, he will rip Cole limb from limb, knock his teeth down his throat and make him swallow his own blood!
Cole says he can’t wait to go home this time and say, “That’s right, the AEW World Champion is here, baybay.” Adam VS Adam II raises things to a whole new level, but who will be the Adam that survives?
ROH World Television Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Samoa Joe!
The Meanest Man in the World defeated Rhett Titus and took this title at Supercard of Honor 2022. But now, the ROH Hall of Famer has come to take that title for his own! Will the Samoan Submission Machine make the King of Pancrase bow down? Or will Suzuki prove why he is universally respected and feared in this ring?
Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt are watching ringside, sarcastically chanting for Joe. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions, “KAZE NI NARE!” and the belt is raised as we perhaps have the most violent normal match ever!
Joe offers a handshake but Suzuki just gets in Joe’s face. Fans are fired up and Suzuki CHOPS! Joe CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, repeat! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and fans are loving this as both men’s chests are turning red already! Suzuki eggs Joe on, the CHOPS keep going! Joe then throws forearms so Suzuki gives those back! Suzuki laughs and fans fire up, so Joe CHOPS again! Suzuki CHOPS back! Joe throws another CHOP, so Suzuki CHOPS again! Joe CHOPS, Suzuki nods and CHOPS again! Joe roars and CHOPS, Suzuki roars and CHOPS! This is like Suzuki taking on Hiromu in the New Japan Cup, just beefier!
Joe CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t budging! Suzuki revels in it, if anything! And the fans are reveling in it, too! Suzuki CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! So Joe CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Suzuki still stays up, and he shakes his head. “This is Awesome!” and it’s been all CHOP after CHOP! Suzuki just keeps throwing those overhand CHOPS, but Joe comes back with CHOPS of his own! They finally go back to forearms and Suzuki staggers! But Suzuki forearms back, they go back and forth, Joe elbows but Suzuki ROCKS him! Joe ROCKS Suzuki back!
Fans fire up as these two just stare down. Suzuki ROCKS Joe with a forearm but Joe gives it right back! Suzuki smiles again, and he ROCKS Joe. Joe smiles and he ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki gets the edge with forearm after forearm, and Joe wobbles! Suzuki runs, but Joe runs him over! Fans are thunderous as someone finally falls over! Suzuki gets to the apron, Joe drags him up, but Suzuki gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki drags Joe out as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Suzuki throws another forearm and he follows Joe along the way. Suzuki throws a forearm, Joe hits back! Joe CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, we’re back to the CHOP fight! Suzuki eggs Joe on so Joe CHOPS again. Suzuki CHOPS, Joe CHOPS, again and again! Joe CHOPS and Suzuki has to step back, but he comes right back. They tell the ref to be patient, but then tell each other to get in. So they both do, and the forearms start flying again! Joe gets the edge, runs, but Suzuki catches him for a takedown! Suzuki wants and gets the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Suzuki even bends the fingers! Joe endures, but Suzuki omoplatas that arm!
Suzuki reaches out and gets Joe’s other arm to pull it back! Suzuki pulls back as hard as he can but Joe still endures! Joe moves around, ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets go at 4, and he kicks Joe around. Suzuki KICKS Joe in the chest, throws more forearms, then wrenches the bad arm to dig an elbow into the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Suzuki has a standing crossface! Suzuki lets off to throw a haymaker, but Joe just HEADBUTTS! So Suzuki HEADBUTTS! Joe HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Then he reels Suzuki in for a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but into the STF!! Now Suzuki endures!
Dynamite returns to single picture once again as Joe focuses on the crossface! Suzuki endures as Joe cranks him back, so Joe shifts to have RINGS OF SATURN! Suzuki endures, fans rally, and Suzuki reaches out with a leg for the ROPEBREAK! Joe lets go, has Suzuki in a corner and JABS! Joe whips corner to corner but Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Joe down! Suzuki drags Joe up, snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki grins and fans fire up again. Suzuki drags Joe up, but Joe breaks free! They clinch, throw more forearms, and Suzuki reels Joe in. Fans fire up, but Suzuki knows already the piledriver won’t work.
Suzuki shoves Joe, and he dares Joe to keep throwing those chops! So Joe CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS, Joe CHOPS, repeat! Both men are red across the chest, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end! Joe CHOPS and CHOPS, but then Suzuki gets around, SLEEPER HOLD! But Joe scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans are thunderous again, Lethal and Sonjay continue to cheer Joe on. Joe CHOPS Suzuki against the ropes. forearms him, then CHOPS again, Joe runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Suzuki and he roars! Suzuki wraps on the SLEEPER HOLD! Joe is already purple, and Suzuki tries it this time!
But Joe fights the Gotch lift, so Suzuki KNES Joe in the corner. Suzuki goes for the sleeper but Joe RAMS him into the buckle! Joe puts Suzuki up top, and GAMANGIRIS! Suzuki wobbles, Joe reels him in, but Suzuki gets him for a HANGING TRIANGLE! Joe resists the extension, drags Suzuki in and fires more forearms! Joe gets Suzuki up, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW ROH World Television Champion)
Former ROH World Heavyweight Champion, former ROH Pure Champion, and now finally, ROH World Television Champion! But to “celebrate” with him, Sonjay says congrats to Joe! Lethal says that just like they promised, they’ve brought a very special surprise present that they know Joe will love. Drum roll please. And tada! A middle finger. And then lights go out?! Seems the surprise present was a two-parter! The lights come back up, and a GIGANTIC man has appeared in the ring! Wait, that’s SATNAM SINGH! The NBA’s first Indian born Sikh basketball player, is now ALL ELITE!
Singh CLOBBERS Joe, pushes him out of the ring, and both Lethal and Sonjay mug Joe! Singh then whips Joe into the steel steps! The 7’2″ Singh puts Joe in for Lethal, and Lethal takes off his jacket. But Joe CHOKES Lethal! Singh gets in to SQUEEZE Joe’s head! Joe gets mugged again as fans boo! Joe passes out from Singh’s double claws! Then Singh stands Joe up, just for the LETHAL INJECTION! Lethal picks up the ROH World TV title to place on Joe, and then Sonjay puts a towel over Joe like he’s dead! Will Joe’s reign end before it even begins?
An awesome AEW Dynamite right here. Punk gets to be in another great opener, and Penta really gave him a great match. I was a little worried about Punk’s knee but I suppose that’s just Punk playing it up like the pro he is. Punk wins to be poised as #1 contender to whoever wins this Friday. Cole and Hangman had a very good promo vignette to hype up the Texas Deathmatch, and that is going to be awesome. I’m sticking with Hangman winning but he and Cole are definitely both gonna bleed. We got a great AEW World Tag title match, too, but I had a feeling Jurassic Express was gonna win. FTR showing up to confront reDRagon was good stuff, and I would love if FTR challenges Jurassic Express, ALL the belts on the line!
Good stuff from Blackpool Combat Club, they’re going to have a great Six Man against Gunn Club, and Gunn Club is not gonna know what hit them. Good stuff from Hook and Nese and Danhausen, Hook is going to have a great match on Dynamite next week, and you can bet Hook will also be facing Nese soon enough. Pretty good promo from Lambert, Ethan & Scorpio, and for once, I gotta agree: what happened to the Mixed Tag plans? Though, at the same time, I think we should be looking at Paige VanZant not being pro-wrestling ready in time. But maybe, win or lose between Sammy and Scorpio, we get that Mixed Tag later, for like Fyter Fest 2022 or something.
Great segment out of Rosa, Nyla and Vickie. Nyla proved that the reason she sticks around in these top feuds and title programs is because not only is she imposing in the ring, she’s hilarious on the mic. Rosa VS Nyla is going to be great stuff on a stacked Battle of the Belts II, which now includes the ROH world title. Gresham and Castle are going to have a great match and The Boys reuniting with The Peacock is an underappreciated part of this. We got a good video from Darby and that Coffin Match is gonna be wild. Malakai Black had a really good promo, and that thing about fearing the shadows, the House of Black is definitely adding new members.
Hayter VS Storm in the first round of the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament is great to hype things up, but there goes a semifinal match in my bracket. But at the same time, it takes away predictability since it was gonna be clear those two would meet in the later rounds. Great stuff out of The Pinnacle and Wardlow, and Dean benefits again. Wardlow VS Butcher is going to be badass, and as with all MJF’s feuds, he will have no choice but to face Wardlow in the end and their match can even be Wardlow winning his freedom from MJF.
Really good stuff out of JAS and Kingston-Santana-Ortiz. Good use of “on sight” on location at the airport, and then a great Six Man Tag. JAS of course cheat to win, they mug Kingston, Santana & Ortiz, but this is far from over. Not sure if two other guys join Kingston’s side, but that would be great for a 10 Man Tag, maybe even Blood & Guts II. Shafir VS Skye might be the only letdown of the night. It wasn’t even so much Shafir and Jade failed to play their parts. It was just too much interplay between Shafir and “the baddies,” and Shafir should’ve just had a solid match with Skye instead.
We got great stuff out of Keith & Swerve VS Team Taz because New Orleans was so hot for Starks, but quite the surprise from Taz interfering for his guys. Big win for Hobbs & Starks, we can continue this feud and get great singles matches between all these guys. And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Suzuki VS Joe. Suzuki loves chops, I love chops, I love that Suzuki loves chops, and I love that Joe, who is in both ROH and AEW, gets that ROH title. Now, some mixed feelings about how Lethal & Sonjay added on at the end. Lethal’s first surprise being a middle finger was hilarious, and for Satnam Singh, this is great for him to debut in a big story as Lethal’s muscle.
At the same time, that’s all this is. Lethal goes extra Heel by needing a giant like Singh, and my personal moment of, “Who is that?” killed the momentum. Could’ve been Lethal adding someone fans know from wrestling, like any name from ROH or AEW not doing a damn thing, but this sounds like some weird deal between AEW and Turner since Turner does a lot of NBA stuff. But it’s clear, Joe VS Lethal is the ROH World TV title feud, and the match will be awesome until Singh and/or Dutt interfere.
My Score: 8.9/10
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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