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! (11/28/22)
Chicago gets Elevated!
Elevation has Thanksgiving leftovers!
AEW continues in Chicago with ten extra helpings of action! Will Matt Hardy & Private Party continue to get that money for The Firm?
- The Bunny VS Blair Onyx; The Bunny wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS “Man Scout” Jake Manning; Cutler wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Emi Sakura & Maki Itoh; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Ari Daivari; Takeshita wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Robert Anthony; Moriarty wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS GPA & Joe Alonzo; Lethal & Singh win.
- Six Man Tag: Best Friends & Rocky Romero VS Davey Bang, Freedom Ramsey & Yabo; Best Friends & Rocky win.
- Athena VS Laynie Luck; Athena wins.
- Six Man Tag: #HardyParty VS Chaos Project & Isaiah Moore; Hardy Party wins.
- Eddie Kingston & Ortiz VS Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory; Eddie & Ortiz win.
Nice to see some of these names back. It’s been a minute since Robert Anthony’s been on an AEW YouTube show, he’ll give Moriarty a real good match. Maki Itoh is always great to have on the show. Satnam Singh having another match is good, it probably means he’s gearing up to get in on a feud soon. And Chaos Project being in a match means Luther is back. Pretty sure Isaiah Moore takes the lose in that match, though, so that Luther’s return is ruined with him or Serpentico looking bad. Though, it’s not like they were looking all that strong, either.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)
It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!
FTR is on a Rampage!
AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!
Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.
Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.
Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!
Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.
Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!
Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!
Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!
Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!
Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!
Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.
He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?
Chris Jericho is here!
The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.
Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.
“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”
Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.
“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.
“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.
Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!
Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.
Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!
Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!
JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?
Backstage interview with Athena.
Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!
“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?
Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!
Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?
Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!
Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”
And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?
Backstage interview with FTR.
Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?
“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!
Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?
As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!
Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!
Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!
Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.
Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!
Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?
A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.
Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?
And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.
My Score: 8.6/10
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