Will the Doctor be in the Owen Hart Tournament?
Britt Baker returns to in-ring action in her hometown! Will #Brittsburgh go wild for the former AEW Women’s World Champion in tonight’s Owen Hart qualifier?
- CM Punk VS Dustin Rhodes; Punk wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Dante Martin, Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; The Blackpool Combat Club wins.
- Wardlow VS The Butcher; Wardlow wins.
- Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jungle Boy VS Kyle O’Reilly; Kyle wins and advances to the tournament.
- Hook VS Anthony Henry; Hook wins.
- Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Britt Baker w/ Najee Harris & Pat Freiermuth VS Danielle Kamela; Baker wins and advances to the tournament.
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo; Darby wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk VS Dustin Rhodes!
The Best in the World and the Natural finally meet and Pittsburgh is ready for it! But with his pursuit of the AEW World Championship on the line, will Punk be able to keep focus? Or will Dustin remind us all why he’s been here for FOUR DECADES?
The bell rings and fans rally already as the two circle. They approach and then shake hands. Fans cheer the respect shown and the two feel things out. They tie up, then break, and they circle again. They tie up, Dustin wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, then headlocks. Punk powers out but Dustin runs him over. Things keep moving, Dustin whips but Punk hurdles, only for Dustin to arm-drag him! Punk hip tosses back but Dustin kangaroo kicks! Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Fans rally and duel as the two get up again. They circle, feel things out, tie up, and Punk headlocks for a takeover.
Dustin headscissors, Punk kips free to headlock and takeover again. Dustin headscissors again, but holds on tight. Punk rolls and turns Dustin over to hook up the legs. Fans duel as hard as ever as Punk gets the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dustin fights it, Punk makes it a cover, TWO! Dustin arm-drags Punk again! Punk goes for a leg, trips Dustin and has a heel hook! Dustin endures while fans rally. Punk drags Dustin around, covers, TWO! Dustin wrenches to wristlock then knuckle lock. Dustin uses a straight arm lever to HOTSHOT that arm! Punk goes to a corner but Dustin CHOPS him! Dustin wraps the arm around ropes, then whips Punk corner to corner.
Punk BOOTS back, hurries to fireman’s carry but Dustin slips off to roll-up. TWO, but Dustin arm-drags again! Dustin has the armlock, fans rally as Punk endures, and Dustin even digs an elbow into the shoulder. Punk gets up, whips Dustin away but Dustin ducks and dodges but misses the crossbody! Dustin flops and falls out of the ring, clutches his knee, but he refuses to let this stop him. Fans rally for Dustin and Punk goes out to fetch him. Dustin shoves him away, walks off the bad leg, and Punk pushes him into the ring. Punk gets in, gets the bad leg, but Dustin KICKS him with the other!
Punk snarls but he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! And then he YANKS the leg before dropping another elbow! Dustin clutches the knee and snarls but Punk looms over him. Punk drags Dustin to ropes to put the leg on and hip drop! Fans rally and duel while Dustin crawls to a corner. Punk gets the bad leg and hip drops it again! Dustin seethes in pain but he refuses to call it. Punk gets the leg, drags Dustin around and then drops another elbow, then even knees! Punk YANKS the bad leg, but Dustin gets up and hobbles away. Fans fire up and Punk stalks Dustin. Punk KICKS the leg as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Punk KICKS the leg out from under Dustin, covers, TWO! Punk checks the count but it was fair, so Punk drags Dustin back around. Punk grabs both legs now, to HEADBUTT down low! Cover, TWO! Dustin gets up in a huff and he ROCKS Punk with haymakers! Dustin scoops but the bad leg gives out! Punk falls on Dustin and covers, TWO! Punk keeps cool, mocks Goldust, then gets the leg. But Dustin throws uppercuts from below! Punk stomps Dustin in the gut! Punk drags Dustin around, steps through, but Dustin makes the leglock a cradle! TWO, and Dustin LARIATS Punk down! Both men are on the mat but Dustin is powering up!
Dustin storms after Punk in a corner but Punk kicks the bad leg! Punk snapmares Dustin, and drops an elbow on the leg! Punk gets Dustin’s leg and puts it back on ropes to hip drop again! The ref reprimands but Punk goes for another. Dustin BOOTS Punk up and out! Punk tumbles and now he clutches an arm! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally up. Dustin goes to the apron, but Punk sweeps the legs with a roundhouse! Dustin lands hard on the apron, but Punk spins him around. Punk has the legs but Dustin boots him and POSTS him! Dustin then WRINGS Punk into the apron!
Fans fire up as the ref tells them to get in the ring. Punk rolls into the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Dustin gets in soon after. Dustin storms over, Punk wants the leg but Dustin knees him away! Punk KICKS the leg, Dustin CLUBS the bad arm! Punk KICKS, Dustin CHOPS! Punk throws a haymaker but Dustin gives it back! Punk then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Dustin throws body shots, dodges Punk’s clothesline and back drops him! Punk gets up but Dustin rallies with lariats! Fans fire up with Dustin and he has Punk in a corner. Dustin climbs up, rains down fists, and fans count along, all the way to 9, where Dustin gives dirty birds before TEN!
Dustin hops down, but he forgot about his bad leg! The leg jams and he crawls to a corner. Punk runs in but Dustin moves and Punk knees buckles! Dustin hits CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives but Dustin is too tired to be frustrated! Fans rally up as Dustin gets himself back to the corner. He runs at Punk but into a fireman’s carry! Dustin uses ropes to get free, and then he kicks low to Rhodes Uppercut! And POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Punk escapes but Dustin shakes his head. Dustin grits his teeth, drags Punk back up, and he dragon sleepers! But Punk drops to kick Dustin away! And then CHOP BLOCK!
Dustin is down, Punk hurries to get the leg! Punk steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Fans “WOO~!” while Dustin endures. Dustin’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits up! Punk puts as much pressure as he can on the hold and Dustin falls back again. TWO, and Dustin grabs Punk’s hand. Dustin SLAPS, Punk SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Dustin even eggs Punk on while he fires off SLAPS! Dustin then works to turn the hold! Punk resists and turns it back! Dustin just uses that to go the other way! Dustin turns the hold onto Punk, but Punk gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, the hold is undone, and Punk goes to the apron.
Punk drags himself up the ropes as fans rally. Punk aims, springboards, but into a body shot! Dustin then hurries to dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES! But Dustin ain’t done there! Dustin reels Punk in, for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and Dustin is shocked! Both men are down but the fans are thunderous! Dustin stands, Punk follows. Dustin shouts out his dad with JAB after JAB after JAB! Flip, flop, fly, but ROUNDHOUSE from Punk! Dustin rebounds into the fireman’s carry! But his bad arm! Dustin slips to a sunset but Punk sits on it! PUNK WINS!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
The Natural did not go to sleep, but he could not escape that last one! He does still show respect to Punk and Punk shows it back. Will these two meet in the ring again some day? Will Punk be AEW World Champion by then?
But speaking of the champion, here comes Hangman Page! The Cowboy got past Adam Cole on Rampage, so it’s time to move on to bigger and better! Punk and Page stare down and fans are losing their minds! Punk gives a nod and heads out. Will this be the showdown we see this summer?
But then security stops him at the door? Mark Sterling has them move aside, and he thanks “Wardy” for showing up to work on time. But listen, going forward, when Wardlow arrives, security will bring him right to his closet- er, locker room. And then from locker room to the ring and then right out of the building. So if Wardlow wants to bring his luggage to the ring with him, that’s totally fine. Okay? Got it, Mark. But Sterling says he “forgot.” Wardlow needs to wear handcuffs while on the premises. A security guard cuffs Wardlow, and then Sterling “remembers” his message from MJF to Wardlow. “Eat sh*t, Pig.”
Wardlow tells Sterling, “Oink oink, bitch.” And can someone help him with his bags? Will the War Dog have no choice but to powerbomb and run tonight?
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Dante Martin, Lee Moriarty & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson!
The American Dragon, the Maniac and the Decoder proved they can be a team on Rampage, and now they’re going to show that they can be an unstoppable team by winning all over again! Will Angel Dorado, TYGA STYLE & The Son of the Enforcer see what they could be a part of up close and personal?
Teams don’t even sort out, the BCC just attacks! Moxley’s after Brock, Bryan’s after Moriarty and Yuta is after Dante! Mox and Bryan throw Brock and Lee out while Yuta just stomps away on Dante! The attacks continue outside, and the bell rings as Moxley whips Brock hard into railing! Yuta gets Dante’s legs, hooks those up, then gets the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dante pops free to cover, TWO! Dante gets around Yuta to whip him to ropes, then hurdles to ENZIGURI! Yuta staggers, Dante wrenches to a wristlock, but Yuta pulls on an ear to put Dante in the corner! Tag to Bryan and they mug Dante while fans fire up.
Bryan ROCKS Dante with a EuroUpper, then he puts Dante in a corner to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! CHOP, then run, to DROPKICK! Dante staggers about while fans fire up for Bryan. Bryan runs back in but Dante slips out and slingshots around to ROUNDHOUSE! Dante springboards but Bryan gets under. Dante then hurdles to dropkick Bryan down! Moxley tags in but Dante dropkicks him, too! Fans fire up, Dante tags Brock and Brock rushes in to LARIAT Moxley down! Brock stomps a mudhole into Moxley in a corner and fires off hands! The ref counts, Brock lets off to whip corner to corner.
Brock runs in but Moxley dodges! Brock hits buckles, Moxley hits him with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag to Bryan, Moxley hangs Brock out to dry and Bryan climbs up. Dynamite goes picture in picture as Bryan hits the FLYING KNEE! Brock flops to the floor and Bryan soaks up the cheers. Arn checks on his son but Yuta gets Brock up to RAM into steel steps! No mercy from BCC as Yuta puts Brock in and Bryan gets Brock for a neck wrench. Brock endures, Bryan fish hooks his face, then rakes the eyes. Tag to Yuta, they mug Brock, then Yuta CLUBS Brock down. Yuta clamps onto Brock’s face with fish hooks!
The ref reprimands, Yuta lets off, and he CLUBS Brock again. Brock elbows back but Yuta stomps him down. Yuta drags Brock up, tags Mox, and they mug Brock. Moxley CHOPS Brock, has him against ropes for knees, then he scoops and SLAMS Brock down. Moxley then stomps Brock, ties up the legs, and tags in Yuta. Moxley turns Brock over for Yuta to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yuta clamps onto Brock, tags in Bryan, and they mug Brock some more. Bryan KICKS Brock in the chest, and then KICKS him again! Bryan facelocks but Brock fights his way towards his corner! Bryan turns Brock around to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!
Bryan gets an ARMBAR! Brock scrambles but Bryan tags Moxley in. Moxley stomps Brock, then chinbars and hammerlocks. Moxley turns Brock over, pulls on the other arm, bends the fingers, but Brock endures. Dynamite returns to single picture and Arn coaches Brock. Moxley keeps torturing the arm, then YANKS it! Moxley flips off Moriarty but the ref keeps him back. Moxley DECKS Brock, brings him up, DECKS him again, then runs. Brock hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as both men are down, and hot tag to Bryan and Moriarty! Pittsburgh’s own rallies on the BCC! BOOT from Bryan, then a PENALTY KICK for Yuta!
Moriarty springboards in to FLYING FOREARM Bryan! Moriarty kips up and Pitt fires up! Moriarty fires off knees but Bryan SLAPS him! So Moriarty SLAPS back! Bryan SLAPS again, EuroUppers again and again, then runs, into a EuroUpper! Moriarty whips, Bryan reverses but Moriarty turns it around to capture SAIDO! Cover, TWO! But into BORDER CITY STRETCH! Bryan endures the chicken wing crossface and gets to his feet, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Dante tags in to missile dropkick! Moxley tags in and flips Dante! Dante slips around, Moxley falls out, Dante goes up to springboard and PLANCHA!
Dante puts Moxley in, goes up and up to NOSE- NO! REAR NAKED CHOKE! Moxley smothers Dante but Moriarty BUZZSAWS! Moxley doesn’t care, he wants more! Moriarty BUZZSAWS again, Moxley still has Dante, so Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS Moriarty down! Bryan gets Moriarty’s wrists, Brock runs in, but Yuta dropkicks Brock down! DANIELSON STOMPS for Moriarty! Yuta and Moxley give Brock and Dante stereo hammer ‘n’ anvil elbows! Pittsburgh is loving this! The ref has the others get out, so Moxley finishes with PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, BCC wins!
Winners: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
That’s 2-0 for what could be the most dangerous trio in wrestling today! Will the BCC soon take over AEW?
The Elite are on the Cutler Cam.
“Brandon, are we live?” “We’re live, pal.” “Thanks, man.” Wait, what? No “shut up, Brandon?” Kyle O’Reilly says YES shut up, Landon. Guys, what’s up? Where are the Young Bucks’ rompers and $5,000 shoes? Where are the feisty Bucks of old? Okay, yes, they’re not seeing eye-to-eye after the Bucks lost to FTR. But reDRagon lost to Jungle Cruise, Cole lost to Hangman twice! Bobby Fish says, “Wait, we lost?” Kyle says things have to turn around and they need to live up to the name: The Undisputed Elite! That’s them! So tonight, Kyle will qualify for the Owen Hart Cup by kicking Jungle Boy’s ass!
Cole says, “Dammit, Kyle, you’re right.” They all did lose, but as a team, they can’t be stopped! The Bucks’ friends are gone, but Cole is still here, Kyle and Fish are still here. Cole knows as a unit, they can’t be stopped. So next week, Undisputed Elite Open Challenge for a 10 Man Tag! They’ll remind themselves and everyone just how dangerous they can be. There’s a reason Cole named this group the Undisputed Elite. The Bucks put the elite in it, the others need them. Cole also has something else to take care of, but please think about it.
Cole heads out, reDRagon tells Brandon to cut. Kyle surprises himself for remembering the name. But will AEW all remember just how good the Undisputed Elite really is?
AEW hears from Samoa Joe and his enemies.
Joe tells Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt that they may have gone out and found themselves a titan, a massive man. Lethal tells Joe that it was a surprise Joe even came out seeing the destruction that was going on during Rampage. Satnam Singh double choke slammed The Boys, blasted Dalton Castle, and played basketball with Jonathan Gresham’s body! Yet, Joe came out with his pipe! Joe is sure Lethal & Dutt feel safe and comfortable. Dutt says for the last 22 years, he has been the greatest professional wrestler India has ever produced, but Singh will carry on that legacy! Lethal says Joe can’t do a thing! Singh is one in a BILLION!
Joe says Lethal does not understand his teacher. He does not understand the kind of man he is. Like everything in this world, there are things that are inevitable. And now, Joe coming after Lethal is inevitable. But Singh tells Joe to get ready, “Your time is coming.” Will the skyscraper that is Satnam Singh send Samoa Joe falling to his doom?
Tony Schiavone is on stage.
He says is time for the HUGE announcement promised for tonight! He introduces the AEW President and CEO, Tony Khan! Tony and Tony shake hands, and fans are fired up. Khan thanks them for that, and he promises this is going to be big. “Ladies and gentlemen, the president of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Ohbari-san!” And yes, THE Takami Ohbari walks out to shake Khan’s hand. But then Adam Cole interrupts? “There’s only one person who should make an announcement of this magnitude, and that person is Adam Cole Baybay.” Cole is one of the biggest stars to ever wrestle in Japan, and this announcement wouldn’t even be possible without him.
So to get to it, June 26th, the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, AEW and NJPW present: Forbidden Door! Two of the biggest powerhouses giving us an event like we’ve never seen before! Rampage gives us a preview this week, because in an Owen Hart Qualifier, it’ll be Adam Cole VS TOMOHIRO ISHII. Fans are going nuts already but Cole’s not done. The Owen Hart tournament finals will be at Double or Nothing in May, and Cole promises us a member of the Undisputed Elite will take the whole damn thing! And speaking of special moments, Cole has a special friend who wants to say hello.
IT’S THE SWITCHBLADE! Pittsburgh goes nuts as Jay White, leader of Bullet Club, appears! White takes the mic from Khan to say, “Thank you for the introduction, Adam, very kind. It’s very fitting that I would be here for an announcement like this, seeing as the last time NJPW held such a large joint event, I single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden! So, let me make this very clear. It’s not about NJPW. It’s not about AEW.” Fans cheer for Bullet Club and ” Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” White says it’s about the Undisputed Elite! AND Bullet Club. “Because it’s still OUR era.” White throws up the Too Sweet and leaves, but just what will happen as both companies open the Forbidden Door?
AEW shares a Marina Shafir highlight reel.
This was just from last night’s episode of AEW Dark, where Shafir easily put away Alejandra Lion.
Jade Cargill, Mark Sterling, and even Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan, finish watching that reel.
And while Jade yawns, Velvet and Kiera say, “Boo! Boring!” and throw popcorn at them. Jade says moving on from Shafir, will these two be in her baddie section for Rampage? Of course! They do need the hottest in that section. Sterling reminds us that on Rampage, we will see Jade Cargill VS Marina Shafir, for the TBS Championship. Jade tells him to shut up about that, she isn’t even worried. Shafir calls herself The Problem? Well Jade’s a problem solver. So see you Friday, bitch!
Wardlow VS The Butcher!
The Pinnacle may have kicked the War Dog out of the group and tried to drag him through the mud, but he isn’t just some pig about to be slaughtered! Will a Powerbomb Symphony ring out in the Steel City? Or will the AFO’s mercenary do exactly what MJF paid him to do?
And speaking of, Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s music plays, but he has them cut his music. He’s up in the VIP box with Shawn Spears! MJF says sorry, they wanna boo him? Well he doesn’t care, he sees who they cheer, and his name is Ben Roethlisberger! And they also cheer that pig, Wardlow! But Wardlow is a nobody, just like all the fans here! “And since he IS a nobody,” MJF says while he and Spears dump their popcorn onto the fans below, “he’ll be coming out to no music! Send the pig out here!” Security guards accompany Wardlow, just as Sterling told him they would, and Wardlow is still cuffed! Fans chant his name since there’s no song accompanying him.
Wardlow goes to the ring, the cuffs are removed, and the bell rings. Wardlow and Butcher stare down, and then they rush each other! They ram shoulders, but neither falls. They ram again and Butcher eggs Wardlow on. They ram again, then Butcher throws a forearm! Wardlow hits back, Butcher hits again, and fans fire up as Wardlow gets the edge with haymakers! Butcher growls, ROCKS Wardlow, but Wardlow grows. Butcher BITES Wardlow’s forehead! The ref counts, Butcher lets off but he fires off shots in the corner. He even HEADBUTTS over and over! Butcher whips Wardlow to ropes but Wardlow busts the clothesline to CLOBBER Butcher!
Wardlow rallies, runs Butcher over, and Butcher bails out! Fans fire up as Wardlow paces around. But Butcher gets chairs! This isn’t about winning, but about hurting Wardlow! The ref confiscates one chair, then the other. Butcher still paces on the outside, and he dares Wardlow to come out. Wardlow dares Butcher to come back, and Butcher returns to the ring, just to trip Wardlow up! Wardlow boots Butcher away and goes out after him, only for Butcher to RAM him into apron! And then into railing! Butcher CLOBBERS Wardlow, whips him back into the apron and clotheslines again! Then back the other way!
Butcher brings Wardlow around to POST him! Butcher tries again but Wardlow blocks! Wardlow elbows Butcher, POSTS him back, then reels him in! Fans fire up, but Butcher POSTS Wardlow to avoid the bomb! Then Butcher APRON BACK SUPLEXES! MJF and Spears finally eat popcorn as they enjoy what they’re seeing. Butcher gets Wardlow in the ring to then CLOBBER him! Butcher drags Wardlow up, reels him in, POWERBOMB! High stack, ONE?!? Even Butcher is shocked! Wardlow seethes as he gets back up. The straps come down and fans fire up! Butcher runs in but Wardlow kicks low!
Wardlow reels Butcher in, fans are thunderous, for the POWERBOMB!! MJF and Spears are worried now as Wardlow gets Butcher back up! POWERBOMB! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Wardlow gets Butcher up for a THIRD POWERBOMB! But that’s not enough! Here’s a FOURTH POWERBOMB! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
MJF paid good money for nothing! But per the edict, MJF’s guards come back. Wardlow scares one, but the cuffs are put back on. Wardlow blows a kiss to MJF, when and where will Wardlow finally get his hands on MJF?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“On Rampage, me and you, Garcia, and your JAS, all your friends and your King Jericho, not allowed in the building! Santana & Ortiz, not allowed in the building! So it’s just me and you, partner! Jericho, watch what I do to Garcia. Because everything I do to Garcia, I’m gonna do to you. Everything I do to Garcia is meant for you! I’m gonna have fun with you, boy. I’m gonna rip you real good. And when it’s all said and done, all your friends and family in Buffalo ain’t gonna recognize you. You reap what you sew. But people like me, my man? I don’t sew, I just reap.” Will Kingston become a grim reaper this Friday Night Rampage?
Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jungle Boy VS Kyle O’Reilly!
While Jurassic Express retained the AEW World Tag Team Championships, there’s another prize for the taking. Will Jungle Boy swing into this inaugural tournament? Or will Kyle be the first of the Undisputed Elite to put their name in the hat for the cup?
The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up as these two circle. They tie up, Kyle waistlocks but JB switches. Kyle switches back, JB drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Kyle slips out to facelock, JB slips away and fans cheer the opening exchange. They go again, feel things out, knuckle lock and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. JB gets under but Kyle fights off the back drop. Kyle tries to turn it around but JB stops that. JB monkey flips and rolls back but Kyle fights the cover. Kyle pushes at JB’s arms, turns him around, drags him to a cover, ONE as JB gets his arm up.
Kyle moves to get that arm down, ONE as the other arm comes up. JB kips up, CHOPS then goes up and up, to rebound and arm- NO! ARMBAR! JB scrambles to the ROPEBREAK and Kyle lets off. Kyle stomps JB into a corner, stands him up to fire off strikes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kyle comes back, he wrenches and whips JB corner to corner, but JB goes up and over. JB keeps moving, he ducks and dodges then rolls off the back to slide under and dropkick! JB kips up and fans fire up, and JB stands Kyle up to CHOP! Kyle ROCKS JB with a forearm, but JB CHOPS back! JB CLUBS Kyle, then wrenches.
JB YANKS the arm, Kyle wrenches back but JB ROCKS him. Kyle hammerlocks, JB throws an elbow but Kyle wrenches to sweep the legs! JB clutches the arm but Kyle digs a knee in. Cover, TWO, but Kyle gets the arm for a top wristlock. JB endures and fans rally up. JB fights up and throws body shots, then runs. Kyle ducks, JB sunset flips, but into another ARMBAR! JB makes it a high stack, TWO! JB sobats, runs, but into a KNEE! Kyle underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX, and a roll through to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX again! BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER tops it off! Fans fire up while Kyle covers, TWO!
Dynamite is picture in picture as Kyle gets a body scissors. Kyle also uses a chinlock, but JB fights that much off. Kyle traps an arm as part of the hold now, then gets the chinlock back. JB pushes back to a cover, TWO! Kyle lets JB go but stomps him down. Kyle stalks JB but JB back elbows. Kyle KICKS JB against ropes, then has JB in a corner. JB BOOTS back, BOOTS again, and Kyle backs off. Kyle storms up, blocks the boots this time and KICKS the bad leg! Kyle looms over JB, toys with him a bit, and he rains down elbows and forearms! JB can only guard as Kyle KNEES him! Kyle drags JB up but JB throws body shots!
Kyle HEADBUTTS JB, KICKS him down, then paces. Kyle drags JB into a chinbar, and he digs his elbow into JB’s face. The ref reprimands so Kyle shifts to a cobra clutch. JB endures but Kyle shifts right to a grounded cobra twist! JB still endures, Kyle drag shim into a cover, TWO! Kyle wrenches an arm, grinds JB down, but JB throws haymakers. Kyle holds onto the arm, JB throws more shots, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, JB throws more body shots but Kyle trips him! JB boots Kyle away as fans duel. JB gets to a corner, then he elbows, ROCKS and CHOPS Kyle!
JB whips, Kyle reverses but JB CLOBBERS him! JB keeps moving for more forearms, but Kyle bypasses to KICK a leg out! Kyle runs, but into an uppercut! JB runs but sees Kyle coming and dumps him out! JB then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Kyle hits railing! JB hurries back in, Kyle grabs a leg! Kyle brings JB out to whip him into railing! But JB rebounds for a COMEBACKER! JB fires up and fans fire up with him as he drags Kyle back up. JB puts Kyle in, takes aim and steps in, but into a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! JB sits on the apron, Kyle storms over, but JB shoulders into him! Step-in TORNADO DDT! And GUILLOTINE!
Kyle endures, fights up to lift JB, and Kyle throws body shots to then clinch JB in a head ‘n’ arm triangle! JB lets go to get the ropebreak, but Kyle pump handles that arm to EXPLODER! JB staggers up, Kyle runs in to KNEE him! JB rebounds to COMEBACKER again! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally and duel, the standing count starts, but JB and Kyle go to opposite corners. JB runs in corner to corner, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle runs in but JB OVERHEAD Belly2Belly throws Kyle into buckles! JB drags Kyle up but Kyle wrenches the arm! Kyle has JB in a corner and throws knees!
Kyle hoists JB up top, climbs up after him and still wants that arm! JB throws body shots, slips under and trips Kyle up! JB then drags Kyle into a Tree of Woe, only for Kyle to rake eyes! Kyle adjusts, but JB CLUBS him first! JB gets Kyle for headlock punches! The ref counts, JB lets off at 4 but then stomps Kyle in the Tree! The ref counts again, JB runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! Kyle flops out of the Tree, JB drag shim back by a leg. JB grits his teeth, sits Kyle up and says it’s done. JB runs, but Kyle ducks the blindside lariat to kick, knee and KICK! JB hops the sweep to SUPERKICK! Kyle staggers, into a tilt-o-whirl and roll, to a body scissor clutch! TWO!!
Kyle gets JB’s leg! ANKLE LOCK! JB endures, rolls through, and he has a leg! SNARE TRAP!! Fans fire up, Kyle crawls around with JB on his back, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, JB lets go in exhaustion! “This is Awesome!” as JB drags Kyle to a drop zone. JB then goes up the corner, only for Kyle to kick his legs out! Kyle then goes up after JB, to SUPERPLEX! Roll back but JB catches the cradle, TWO!! Kyle has JB up again, BRAINBUSTER! But Kyle isn’t done there, he goes up top! KING KONG KNEE!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament)
The killer Canadian is entering the tournament! Will he do Canada and the Undisputed Elite proud by taking the cup? As for JB, he apologizes to Christian Cage for failing him. Captain Charisma says he didn’t fail, and the two head off. Will JB just have to focus on defending those AEW World Tag Team Championships for now?
Backstage interview with MJF & Shawn Spears.
Alex Marvez says The Butcher couldn’t get the job done, and then MJF snatches the mic! Spears calms MJF down and MJF says yes, Butcher failed, but there’s a lot more money where that came from. MJF is a snake, and when he said those words, men, women and children around the world grew sick to their stomachs. How could a man so proudly say he’s a snake? Well much like a snake, when MJF decides that you are his prey, it doesn’t matter how big or how bad someone is. All it takes is one bite. Spears produces more money, and MJF gives it over to Jake the Snake! Don’t look surprised. This is what the world’s about.
Jake says that while some people need diamonds and title belts, that is for the little boys who chase the ladies. Jake chases money. And when the time is right, and that’s right now, Jake can smell it from a mile away. This will be like when Wardlow was a little boy lying to grammy just so daddy won’t slap him again. Hell is for children! Remember that! But then Lance Archer storms in and slaps the money down! He doesn’t need to be paid extra, he just wants to fight Wardlow! And if anyone, and he means anyone, gets in the way, #EverybodyDies! The Murderhawk Monster is next up, will he be the one to lay waste to Wardlow?
Hook VS Anthony Henry!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil has been on Rampage after Rampage and is now 6-0. But for the first time since his debut, he’s on a Dynamite! Will his streak hit lucky number seven? Or will he stumble before the Premier Athlete gets a chance to face him?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Hook goes for an arm and wrenches through to ankle pick. Henry kicks at him but Hook gets a HALF CRAB! Henry gets the ropebreak, Hook holds on until 4. Hook then goes right after Henry in the corner with heavy hand and knees! Then he TOSSES Henry across the way! Hook whips, reels Henry in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Tony Nese and Mark Sterling are in the crowd to take notes but Nese doesn’t seem that impressed. Fans cheer Hook, though, and he runs ropes. Henry ducks once but the BLINDSIDE lariat hits! Hook then throws crossface forearms! And-
Wait, is that Danhausen? Danhausen CURSES Hook! But it still doesn’t do anything. Hook just CLUBS Henry more, before wrapping on REDRUM!! Henry taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Danhausen gets a mic to says it’s enough! He’s had it up to here with Hook! Hook things he can just ignore Danhausen week in and week out, then toss around and decimate these hard body super fools? NO! If Hook won’t be cursed by Danhausen, he will FIGHT Danhausen! Pittsburgh goes nuts as Hook looks at the finger pointed at him. Danhausen brings his finger back, but Hook just shoulder bumps him. When and where will Hook rip into his very nice, very evil stalker?
Backstage interview with Frankie Kazarian.
Tony Schiavone says Kaz, 10-1 in 2022, is here to make a challenge. Kaz is calling out Sammy Guevara! But then Scorpio Sky walks in. Kaz’s former SCU tag partner apologizes for interrupting, but this is very important. Since Battle of the Belts, Scorpio has time to reflect. 402 days undefeated, TNT Champion, Tag Team Champion, Face of the Revolution. One hell of a run, but none of it is possible without Kaz. Five years ago, Scorpio called Kaz for a favor. Scorpio was struggling, and he needed a shot. They formed SCU, the rest is history. But now, Scorpio has another favor.
Yes, Kaz wants to be TNT Champion, but Scorpio wants him to wait a little longer. Scorpio is going to challenge Sammy, get that belt back, and then he will give Kaz the first shot. Kaz tells Scorp that he’s always had his back. And he always will. Kaz is gonna let The Closer take his shot first! Will the Spanish God be willing to go another round with Scorpio Sky?
Thunder Rosa speaks.
“Last Saturday, at Battle of the Belts, well Thunder Rosa beheaded The Beast. Nyla Rose, you thought I was gonna be a stepping stone for you to retake the AEW Women’s World Championship? Damn, girl, you were absolutely wrong. I am nobody’s stepping stone! I have shown, over and over again, that I am one of the best in the world. And to continue to show that, I have to face the most experienced and the best competitors that there are. One defense done, and now it’s time to go Double or Nothing.” La Mera Mera is planning on taking this title to Vegas, but who will meet here there?
Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti are in the ring.
The Spanish God gets the mic as he stands with the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty, and as Pittsburgh boos him, to say, “I love this. I feel on top of the world, right where I should be, as TNT Champion for a third time.” And with the love of his life, Tay. They kiss, and they say they love each other. Sammy also loves the fans. The ones that cheer and support them, he will give you his everything forever because they deserve it. But for the rest of you, and he can hear you, those that turned on them the first chance they got, he asks why. Is it cuz his girlfriend is hotter than theirs? Well they have one option: #BeMad.
“Oh so it’s gonna be like that, huh, Sammy?” Scorpio barges out with Ethan Page and Dan Lambert behind him. So it’s just screw the fans and Men of the Year, as well as all the people that supported him by watching those stupid vlogs? Well guess what? The feeling in this room is not screw us. It’s screw YOU, SamTay! Oh, really? Screw them? Ethan shouts at Sammy to shut the hell up! There’s not a single ass in the seat tonight that’s here to hear Sammy talk! And the only reason Men of the Year aren’t ripping Sammy’s head off his shoulders and putting 12 stitches in that ugly ass face is because Dan Lambert decided tonight is about business.
So shut your mouths, open your ears, and listen to #DynamiteDan! Fans actually cheer Lambert as he says Grandpa Lambert always said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” And that’s true, because while they have big dreams and the energy to go anywhere they like, they just lack the experience to make the wise choices. Sammy’s a perfect example, because he risks everything in the ring to earn the respect of the fans, and now he’s all up in his feelings, acting like some high school DOUCHEBAG who can’t keep his tongue out of his girlfriend’s mouth! But here’s one more choice: either Scorpio gets his rematch, or Scorpio & Ethan go to the ring to give Sammy the pounding Tay dreams about!
SamTay talk it over, and Sammy tells Dan, “I don’t give a sh*t about your or your dead grandpa.” All Sammy does care about is a match. So fine, they’ll have a rematch for the title next week, if SamTay gets their mixed tag match. What do they say? DONE! Well then, next week, it’s a LADDER MATCH! Sammy adds one last caveat before signing off, but will the Spanish God survive when he gives Scorpio Sky a fair shot?
The House of Black speaks.
Brody King says, “The last time we addressed you, we said that we would turn your eyes black. And yet, you kept us waiting, because you refused to draw blood.” Buddy Matthews says, “So the House had to change the narrative, because the House felt it needed to do so.” No fire will be resurrected, and the ashes will be washed away with the rain of shame. Malakai Black appears to say, “The House is owed a debt. Icarus flew too close to the sun, so next week, the sun dies.” Is the House of Black looking to extinguish Fuego Del Sol once and for all?
Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Britt Baker w/ Najee Harris & Pat Freiermuth VS Danielle Kamela!
The Steel City is ready for this one! The Doctor is back in action for the first time since losing the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s going for quite the prize! Will Britt continue to add to her accolades? Or will The Beautiful Vision make this real ugly for #Brittsburgh?
The bell rings and fans are thunderous for “D M D! D M D!” Britt and Kamela tie up, Kamela waistlocks then shoves, to then gloat and mock the chants. Kamela and Britt reset, tie up, and Kamela waistlocks again, to then SLAM Britt down. Kamela holds on as Britt fights up. Britt headlocks, wrenches, and hammerlocks. Kamela fights but Britt snapmares and ghost pins, TWO! Kamela gets up but into another roll up, TWO! Britt kicks low, brings Kamela in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt leads the fans in “DMD” chants, then she ROCKS Kamela with a forearm. Britt ROCKS Kamela more, then climbs up to rain down some fists! But Kamela slips out to trip Britt up! Kamela brings Britt up to bump off buckles, then she goes corner to corner for a BLINDSIDE BRONCO BUSTER! Kamela bumps Britt off more buckles, throws her down, then soaks up the heat. Kamela stomps Britt around, but Britt throws body shots. Kamela CLUBS Britt down, shoves her down, then steps on her to go to the corner. VADER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kamela tries again, TWO! Kamela is annoyed but Britt hits back.
Kamela CLUBS and hammers Britt, this is some of that Super Bowl 43 grudge right now. The ref counts, Kamela lets off, and Britt mule kicks! Kamela kicks back, stomps away in the corner, then drags Britt out to WRING her arm! Kamela runs to CLOBBER Britt, then high stack! TWO, and right into the crossface! Kamela slips away to then CLUB Britt back down! Kamela drags Britt up into a chinlock and she grinds Britt down. Britt endures, pulls Kamela’s hair, but the ref reprimands. Britt fights up but Kamela throws her down again! Kamela soaks up heat while pacing around Britt. Kamela mocks Britt, lines up the shot, and KICKS Britt down!
Kamela says the kick was good, then takes a bow. Dynamite returns to single picture as Kamela taunts Najee and Freiermuth. She snatches the Terrible Towel to CHOKE Britt with it! The ref reprimands, Kamela lets Britt go to then swing around the towel. Britt TACKLES Kamela! Fans fire up as Britt rains down forearms! Kamela kicks free and kicks low to whip, but Britt ducks to ROLLING ELBOW! Kamela staggers, Britt ROCKS her again! Britt ROCKS Kamela more, has her against ropes and just fires off! The ref counts, Britt whips but Kamela reverses, only for Britt to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Britt reels Kamela in.
Britt whips, Kamela reverses again but Britt dodges in the corner to SUPERKICK! Kamela staggers, Britt reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Kamela flounders, Britt aims and CURB STOMPS! Britt calls to Freiermuth and he gives her a Steelers glove! Fans fire up as she puts it on, and wraps Kamela up, LOCKJAW!! Kamela taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (advances to the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament)
The crowd goes wild! Britt gets the mic to tell Pittsburgh that finally, they have a woman in the ring with a mic who knows how to use it. The last few weeks have been very clear, and that is the division is a disaster without her. Let’s see what they’re left with without their DMD. T0here’s Ruby Soho, the Runaway, who literally needs to run away instead of coming out looking like a redheaded rascal. There’s Toni Storm, who sadly has Britt’s girl, Jamie Hayter, in round one. And guess what, Toni? If you thought cake to the face was bad, just wait until Hayter mops her face with the ring. Toni will wanna leave here, too.
And last but not least, if you noticed, Jade Cargill said Pittsburgh is ugly. The only people here tonight wanting to see Jade are the ones she gave free tickets to. And the latest addition to that “Baddies” club is Red Velvet, who if no one else remembers, Britt whooped Velvet last year. But the baddies can sit down, THIS is the baddest bitch on the block! And your future Owen Hart Women’s Tournament winner. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
AEW hears from Serena Deeb and Hikaru Shida.
The Professor of Pro-Wrestling says this all started seven months ag in Philly. Serena said it then that Shida is not on her level, but Shida asks, “How long are we doing this? Let’s finish this!” Next week on Dynamite, they will end this, and they each vow to end the other! This will end where it started, because it will be a PHILLY STREET FIGHT!! Chairs, tables, kendo sticks, the challenge is accepted! Who survives this grudge match in the land of extreme?
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo!
That’s right, the Relentless One and the leader of the AFO are going around one more time, with the ONLY way to win being when you stuff your opponent into that pinewood box! Who will not so much win as survive this grim showdown in the Steel City?
Dynamite returns and Darby makes his entrance. The bell rings and the fans fire up. The BLADE appears ringside and Darby swings at him with his skateboard! Blade gets away but Andrade waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Darby lands on his feet! And JAMS Andrade with the board, then SMACKS him on the back with it! Darby eggs Blade on then JAMS Andrade again. Darby has to swipe at Blade again, but Marq Quen rushes out! The AFO is getting involved as always as Quen beats Darby down! Andrade high-fives his guys and they stalk Darby to a corner. Andrade stomps away on Darby, then soaks up the heat.
Darby bails out of the ring, but the AFO go out after him. Andrade tries to open the coffin but gets a splinter perhaps. Darby gets up to JAM Blade and JAM Quen! Then he steps on the coffin to LEAP, but Andrade catches Darby to SLAM him through railing! Darby crawls but Andrade grabs the skateboard. Andrade SMACKS Darby with it! Then Andrade lets Blade and Quen stomp away on Darby while he goes back for the coffin. A fan has a “I’m here for Darby Allin” sign, but Quen takes that and rips it up! But this fan takes off his Sting mask, and it’s ACTUAL STIIIIIIING! Sting beats up Quen and Blade!
Fans are thunderous as Sting keeps after Blade and Quen while Andrade keeps after Darby. These five are brawling through the crowd, Sting uses the trash can to hit everyone, and Darby rakes Andrade’s eyes! They move along the walkway, Sting throws Quen and Blade into railings, break ’em down, then keep going towards the crane mic. Andrade knocks Darby down, brings him over, and fans are loving this! Andrade fireman’s carries Darby but Darby fights free! Darby sends Andrade into the railing on the stairs! Blade is after Darby while Sting drags Quen up to the upper level! Sting has Quen up on the railing but Quen pokes his eyes!
Quen kicks Sting, Blade passes him a chair, and Quen SMACKS Sting! Sting doesn’t flinch!! Sting CHOPS Quen, then SHOVES Quen onto Blade and Andrade! Sting then goes up higher and fans are thunderous! Sting FLIES!! Direct hit on everyone!! Fans lose their minds while Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Sting manages to get up, he and Darby regroup, and Sting howls and beats his chest! Sting goes after Blade, Darby is after Andrade. Darby uses a chair to SMACK Andrade! Sting brings Quen along now, Darby takes Andrade back towards ringside. Andrade whips Darby into and over the railing! Darby flounders and clutches his ribs while Andrade paces about. Andrade puts chairs in the ring, then hauls Darby up to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Darby flops, Andrade catches his breath, and Andrade puts Darby back in. Andrade gets the chair and wedges it in the corner. Andrade then storms over to Darby and fires up.
Andrade CLUBS Darby, but Darby just seethes. Darby throws forearms but Andrade gives them back! Darby staggers but he hits Andrade back. Andrade fumes but Darby throws more shots. Andrade winds back, but kicks low! Then he RAMS Darby into the chair! Andrade dusts off his hands while Darby is down in the corner. Andrade goes out to look under the ring, but he can’t find anything so he just takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Andrade holds the chair up high before he wedges it into Darby’s face! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans boo and Andrade soaks up heat. Andrade powers up and runs corner to corner, but Darby throws the chair at him!
The chair hits Andrade in the legs, and then Andrade hits buckles! Darby runs in to hop on and CODE RED! Darby kicks Andrade out of the ring, hurries up the corner and takes aim! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Andrade catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Fans rally behind Darby but Andrade drags him up and over towards the coffin! The lid is up, Andrade SLAPS Darby into the coffin! And we see now that the lid is covered in thumbtacks! No wonder Andrade pricked a finger! But Darby has to block the lid from closing, meaning those tacks dig into his forearm! Darby then mule kicks Andrade away!
Andrade comes back to ROCK Darby, and then drag him up to suplex to the ramp! Andrade brought Darby halfway up the ramp with that, and he looks to the steel grate walkway by the stage. Andrade drags Darby up again, to suplex! Darby fights it, throws knees, then body shots. But Andrade still tries! Darby fights more, Andrade powers through to suplex and TOSS Darby onto the grate! Darby writhes, Andrade storms over and drags him back to the ramp. Andrade drags Darby down the ramp towards the coffin. Andrade hauls Darby up, RAMS him into steel steps, and then drags him up again.
Andrade scoops Darby, SNAKE EYES off the apron, and then Andrade boots the coffin? He’s breaking the lid off it! Andrade wants to use the lid as a weapon! The lid is attached pretty securely, so Andrade scoops Darby and carries him up to the apron! But Darby throws elbows! Darby turns things around, THROWBACK STUNNER HOTSHOT COMBO! Andrade falls towards the coffin, and Darby DIVES! Direct hit and they both fall into the coffin!! Fans are thunderous as Darby drags himself out. Darby puts Andrade’s legs back in, then gets the lid! Andrade sits up, but Darby SLAMS the lid into him!
Jose the assistant runs down, Andrade’s last hope! Jose steps on the lid to keep Darby from trying again, and then he BOOTS Darby! Jose rips off his shirt like he’s muy macho, and he reels Darby in. But Darby back drops Jose onto the lid! Jose gets tacks to his back, then Darby SLAMS the lid onto Andrade! Darby then jumps onto the lid to shut it completely, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin
Sting returns to regroup and celebrate with Darby, these two stand tall over the AFO once again! Even the Hardy Boyz show up to say Darby just DELETED Andrade! Darby slammed the lid on Andrade, but has he turned the page on his grudge with El Idolo?
A great episode of Dynamite here, lots of great stuff leading into the Summer. For one, Tony Khan’s newest announcement was indeed huge, as they are officially working with NJPW and giving us a crossover event. I cannot wait to see what great match-ups we get in AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. Of course, Cole VS Ishii for Rampage this week is a great sampler, and I would think Cole qualifies for the Owen Hart tournament. Jay White showing up to basically say Undisputed Elite and Bullet Club are on the same side was cool, but I bet something happens where they won’t be. UE VS any five guys will be a great 10 Man next week, too.
Great stuff from the Owen Hart tournament qualifiers tonight, too. I figured Kyle would win over JB because even without Cole promising Undisputed Elite winning the whole thing, Jurassic Express has the tag titles. Jurassic Express will be busy defending those at Double or Nothing so they don’t need to be in the Owen Hart Cup, as Kyle called it. Britt VS Kamela was pretty good stuff but it was definitely more for Britt’s homecoming than anything. Britt of course wins because of the hometown hero power as well as just her being more established than Kamela. Britt had a hard hitting promo that kept her Heel despite Pittsburgh loving her, and any of those names she called out will meet her (and lose to her) in the tournament.
But speaking of Velvet and Jade, I’m surprised they’re on the same page now. They basically hated each other in their feud, but I guess that’s just how it is in wrestling. When you and your rival end up the same, both Heels or both Faces, you’re allies now. The way they keep having Jade play it off like Shafir isn’t good enough, the more I think Sharfir becomes the one in 29-1. That would be pretty nuts, and then it totally frees Jade up to go after the world title. We got a great promo out of Rosa calling out basically everyone else, so Jade VS Rosa would make for a great Double or Nothing title match.
Deeb and Shida have a great vignette, their Philly Street Match is going to be wild and could go either way. I’m leaning towards Shida, though, as a momentum builder for the Owen Hart tournament. Good vignette from Samoa Joe, Lethal and Lethal’s group. I guess Joe will have to fight through Singh to get to Lethal, and that’ll actually be a really good first match for Singh. Eddie Kingston has another great promo, and his match with Garcia is going to be awesome. Kingston VS Jericho II should definitely happen for Double or Nothing, alongside a separate Santana & Ortiz VS Ever-Rise.
Punk VS Dustin was an awesome opening match, Dustin does still have it, but naturally Punk wins. Hangman staring Punk down basically solidifies that their title match is for Double or Nothing, and it is going to be a killer match. The Six Man Tag was also great stuff, and of course BCC wins. I was a little surprised it was Lee Moriarty and not Lee Johnson, but it makes sense with Moriarty as one of the names Bryan dropped when this story started. Moriarty should still definitely join up. That way, Bryan & Mox can Two Man Power Trip in AEW, Moriarty & Yuta can do the same in ROH for a huge Four Man Power Trip.
An interesting promo from the House of Black. I guess they’re after Fuego still, but does Fuego turn or join Death Triangle? Everything with Wardlow and the Pinnacle was great. MJF having Sterling as a messenger for the crappy deal Wardlow got tonight was great, as was Wardlow and Butcher having a great hoss fight. Wardlow of course wins, and MJF of course escalates. Archer and Jake had a good promo, Wardlow VS Archer is gonna be wild, and somehow, someway, Wardlow wins. I thought Hook was gonna face Nese tonight, but him tapping out Anthony Henry was still good. Danhausen finally having a match in AEW is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to see it.
In perhaps surprise of the year, we got a double turn between SamTay and American Top Team. I guess that’s just how bad things have got for Sammy where he’s the lesser of two jackasses when compared to Dan Lambert. But one way or another, we got the Mixed Tag Match coming, and Sammy is going to use that ladder match to keep the title from Scorpio. Kaz will step up after, Sammy probably gets another win, and who knows where it goes from there. And of course, an awesome main event in that Coffin Match. Sting and the AFO getting involved should’ve been obvious, but I did love Sting did the “wearing Sting mask” joke again.
If there was even another minute left at the end of the show, I am confident Darby was going to SUPER Coffin Drop to shut the lid on Andrade. The Hardys also got to show up at the very end so they get paid this week. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean things are over between AFO and Darby-Sting-Hardys. But at the same time, how much more do they escalate things? Maybe the final blow-off is Hardys VS Private Party since Quen & Kassidy betrayed Matt and now Matt & Jeff are gonna teach them a lesson. That would actually be great stuff, especially if it’s No Disqualifications.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!
Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!
- Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
- Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
- Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!
The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!
Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.
Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!
Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.
Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!
Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!
Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.
So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?
AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.
Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!
Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.
Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”
Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!
Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?
AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.
The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?
Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!
Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?
The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!
Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.
But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.
Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!
Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!
Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!
Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall
Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?
Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.
They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?
It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.
Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?
Athena VS ???
The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?
The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!
Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!
Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?
Juice Robinson speaks.
“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!
Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?
Darby Allin speaks.
“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.
“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!
Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!
The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!
Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!
QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!
Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!
QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!
Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!
QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!
Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?
A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.
Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.
Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.
Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.
And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/30/22)
The truth shall be revealed!
The Devil of AEW reveals all!
Fans have been waiting, and now, the NEW AEW World Champion, MJF, returns to explain just how he convinced William Regal to screw over Jon Moxley!
- Dax Harwood VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari; Starks wins
- Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S”; Nightingale wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite; The Elite wins and the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley is here!
The Maniac came dangerously close to annihilating Lord William Regal last week given how angry he was over the Full Gear screwjob. And that anger hasn’t exactly lessened since. But as fans chant for him, he’s here tonight to say, “I grew up about 90 miles from here. When I first started, I used to wrestle here in Indianapolis all the time, down in the old Fountain Square at the Salvation Army Gym.” Fans cheer for that shoutout. “That was a long time ago. This has been a crazy ass ride. You never know what’s around the corner. But there are three constants in this world, three certainties: death; taxes; and Jon Moxley.” Fans also cheer that!
Moxley says “There is nobody that can outwork me, out hustle me, out wrestle me, out fight me, out bleed me or out sweat me! Today, nothing’s really changed. Nothing’s really changed since day one in AEW. I am at THE top of the food chain! I do what I want and I say what I want. This AEW ring belongs to me! And you can bet your ass there is not a man in that locker room, there isn’t a man in this building, there isn’t a man within 100 miles that has the balls to come out here, look me in the eyes and tell me any different.” But here comes HANGMAN! Adam Page is back and Indianapolis can’t believe it!
Hangman storms down to the ring, not yet cleared to compete but clearly not caring! And he gets right in the face with the man who concussed him in Moxley! Fans are ready for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley smirks. “You sure you wanna do this, man, after what happened last time? Oh, I’m sorry. Do you not remember last time?” Hangman DECKS Moxley, proving he does! Hangman keeps after Moxley as they go outside the ring and he fires off! Moxley RAMS Hangman into railing but Hangman DECKS him again! Hangman wants after Moxley but security and referees rush out! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley gets loose, only for Hangman to CLOBBER him!
Hangman rains down fists, Moxley gets back up, and Moxley dares Hangman to try that again. Hangman storms up and he DOES hit Moxley again! Fans are loving it but even MORE refs rush out to stop this! Fans still want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley breaks loose! Moxley takes a spill off the ramp, but he gets up again! They scrap, but the security and refs pile on top of them to smother this fight. Moxley goes out one tunnel, Hangman goes out the other, what will keep these two from fighting backstage!?
Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Bryan Danielson!
FTR acknowledged that they have had perhaps the best year possible as a tag team, but Dax the Ax wants to prove himself worthy against THE BEST WRESTLER in the world! The American Dragon accepted that challenge, and now we see if Dax is right. IS Bryan Danielson the best in the world? Or will Dax take that title and add it to his collection?
The bell rings and fans fire up already. Dax and Bryan circle, tie up, “This is Awesome!” already for Indy as the two break. Bryan and Dax circle, tie up again and Bryan headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax headscissors but Bryan moves around. Bryan headstands, turns Dax over, bridges and hooks the legs up. Dax avoids the headlock to facelock, but Bryan puts Dax on the ropes. The ref counts, Bryan lets off, but Dax ducks the kick! Dax and Bryan stare down and fans cheer this opening exchange. Bryan and Dax tie up again, Dax headlocks but Bryan powers out. Dax runs Bryan over, keeps moving, but Bryan drops.
Dax slide sunder the haymaker but swings into a takedown! Dax slips free to step through the legs! Bryan scrambles around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Dax tries to let off but Bryan is the one holding on with a leg scissor. The ref reprimands them both, Bryan lets off but then kicks Dax under the chin! So Dax stomps Bryan in return! Bryan scrambles out of the ring while Dax checks his chin. Fans rally up and the ring count starts. Bryan stands on the apron and has Dax back up. Bryan steps in, he and Dax tie up, and Bryan puts Dax in the corner. Bryan CHOPS, but Dax turns things around to CHOP back!
Dax stands Bryan up to CHOP again! And UPPERCUT! Bryan turns things around to CHOP, and KICK, and CHOP, and KICK, repeat! Bryan whips corner to corner but Dax reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over. Things keep moving, Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a waistlock. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dax CHOPS Bryan again! Dax whips, Bryan reverses but Dax KICKS the back drop! Dax runs in but Bryan whips him out! Dax hits the apron hard, Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Dax ends up in the front row! Fans fire up and Bryan drags Dax up. Bryan ROCKS Dax but Dax CHOPS!
Dax ROCKS Bryan but Bryan fights back, they’re brawling right in front of the fans as AEW goes picture in picture! Dax finds the corner of the railing but Bryan is on him! They throw haymakers and CHOPS, Dax ROCKS Bryan and suplexes him up and over the railing! They crash down right in front of more fans! Indy is loving having the action right at their feet, but the ref checks both men. Dax and Bryan stir, sit up, and Dax fist bumps fans as he returns to ringside. Bryan is slower to stand, crawls his way to the ring, and Dax goes out to meet him. Dax eggs Bryan on, goes back into the ring, and Bryan slowly gets to the apron.
The count is 5 of 10 but Bryan gets in. Dax storms up to Bryan and Bryan eggs him on. Dax ROCKS Bryan, brings him around and CHOPS! And then CHOPS again! Bryan staggers to another corner but Dax follows him over to UPPERCUT! Dax UPPERCUTS again, then CHOPS again! Dax even hurt his hand on that one! Dax drags Bryan up again, to whip corner to corner. Dax runs in but Bryan BOOTS him back! Bryan ROCKS Dax with a forearm, CHOPS back, CHOPS more and more, then spins, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on as Dynamite returns to single picture, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another!
Fans fire up with both men down on the mat. Dax stands up, climbs the corner, but Dax hops down to stalk Bryan. Dax drags Bryan up but Bryan switches. Dax switches, Bryan switches, repeat, but then Dax fakes Bryan out! Dax reels Bryan in but Bryan back drops the driver away! Dax makes that a sunset flip but Bryan rolls through, rolls Dax, and then ducks the haymaker. Dax ducks the roundhouse, then feints a haymaker to reel Bryan in! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Dax can’t believe it! But fans rally up as Dax goes to the corner and climbs up. Dax DIVING HEADBUTTS but FLOPS as Bryan dodges! La Magistrol, TWO!!
Bryan hurries to the apron and Dax runs in, but Bryan jumps over! FLYING KNEE! Direct hit and both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs, Dax and Bryan stand. Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bryan puts Dax in, climbs up the corner himself, and fans rally back up. But Dax ROCKS Bryan first! Dax climbs up, brings Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots. Bryan slips out to trip Dax up! Dax lands on his ax, Bryan climbs up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The corner came gets a close-up look as those shots hit again and again! Bryan then stands Dax up for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Dax turns it but Bryan rolls it! TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Bryan and Dax are both down on the mat! A standing count starts, both slowly rise, and they crawl to each other. Dax gives a junkyard dog headbutt, but Bryan gives it back! Dax headbutts again, but Bryan HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS as he stands up! Bryan whips, Dax reverses and wrenches and short arm LARIATS! But Bryan stays up and shakes his head! Dax LARIATS again, but Bryan still stays up! Dax swings again, Bryan dodges and LARIATS! But Dax stays up! Bryan LARIATS again, but Dax just eggs him on! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and DOUBLE LARIAT and DOUBLE LARIAT again!
Fans fire up as the lariats turn to haymakers, and then both men drop to their feet! Indy hopes they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Dax CLOBBERS Bryan point blank!! But Bryan gets up to LARIAT Dax! Dax and Bryan DOUBLE LARIAT again, and they both flop to the floor! Indy gives a standing ovation, and a standing count starts. “This is Awesome!” as Bryan stands. Bryan’s chest is almost as red as his tights, but then he BUZZ- NO, Dax blocks! Dax JABS, then gets Bryan up for a SLINGSHOT- NO, Bryan RANAS it! But Dax sunset flips that! TWO!! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as both men are down again. A standing count, Bryan and Dax slowly sit up. Bryan stands up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Dax ducks the buzzsaw to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Bryan lands on his feet! Bryan ducks, dodges, BUSAIK- NO! Dax blocks the knee to SLINGSHOT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! But Dax has the legs and ties them up! SHARPSHOOTER!! Bryan endures, turns slightly, but Dax uses Bryan’s own kneepad for extra leverage! Bryan still reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Dax lets Bryan go and he drags Bryan away from ropes. Dax steps through but Bryan blocks to drag Dax into a cradle! TWO, Dax has the cradle, TWO!
Bryan has the cradle back, TWO! Dax has it again, TWO! Bryan, TWO!! Dax, TWO!! Bryan shifts to LEBELL LOCK!! Fans fire up as Dax endures! Dax reaches out but he’s so far away, he TAPS! Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Dax tried to slay the American Dragon, but he could not! Bryan may very well be the best wrestler in the world, but he nods and applauds the valiant effort of Dax Harwood. Will Dax still be in the conversation of greatest of all time?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal is back! But this time the prize is a match with MJF for the ring, and the Diamond Ring contender can name the time and place they face him for it! Matt Hardy, Brian Cage, Ethan Page, Jungle Boy, Dalton Castle and Captain Shawn Dean are among the known participants, but who comes out on top to go after MJF’s other precious possession?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Tony Schiavone brings up next week’s special Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal. The Absolute is the #1 contender to MJF’s AEW World Championship, and he’s in action later tonight to warm-up for Winter is Coming. Starks says that’s right, but he would like to make “an absolute announcement.” Starks is entering IN that battle royal! Starks is going to make a judgment call right now: Starks will WIN that battle royal! Why? Because Starks is coming for everything MJF has! The title, the diamond ring, and his spot at the top! Everything MJF has is owed to Starks as well. He is Absolute for a reason, he proves it tonight, next week and ultimate proves it at Winter is Coming! Will Ricky Starks single-handedly change the AEW landscape to close out the year?
Hangman Page is being escorted out by security.
But then he spots Moxley! The brawl is back on!! Who could’ve guessed?! They ditch the couple of security guards, and Hangman TOSSES Moxley into a garage door! Security rushes back in with reinforcements, but Moxley throws them aside to get at Hangman! Security and refs pry these two apart for what feels like the hundredth time already, what will it take for these two to wait for a match?
Renee Paquette holds a special sit-down interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is live in Nashville with Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker and thanks them for this time. She also has the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli here. She thanks them for being here, and thanks them all for agreeing to no physicality. Renee starts with Claudio, but then Menard speaks up! When Claudio loses to Chris Jericho next week and has no choice but to be in the JAS, “The beautiful thing about being a sports entertainer, Claudio, is you can be anything you want! You like yodeling? You can be a yodeler!” Renee has the JAS calm down, she hadn’t even asked a question.
The JAS oblige, and Renee says that at ROH Final Battle, in the main event, it will be Claudio VS Jericho for the ROH World title. What would it mean to Claudio to regain that title and bring it back to professional wrestling? It would mean a whole lot. That was his first world title anywhere. It would silence the doubting voice in his head that says he can’t win “the big one.” He needs to prove that, and vows he will prove that. Hager speaks up to just say, “I like this hat!” Then he takes out a matching bucket hat from his fanny pack, and he offers it to Claudio! Deep down, Claudio the Sports Entertainer will love the hat. They can be a great tag team again!
Claudio says he is sick of this! He is sick of the JAS, of sit-down interviews, and being on stage with microphones. He came to AEW to prove he is the best WRESTLER! He does that at Final Battle when he beats Jericho! Claudio throws his chair away but the JAS laughs like hyenas. Garcia says the BCC is falling apart! Yuta says Garcia shouldn’t talk about stuff he knows nothing about! Garcia says alright, here’s what he does know: he made the right choice staying with the JAS! Because that little combat club is falling apart! They’ll prove it next week on Dynamite by “beating up some pro-wrestling dorks!” Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta!
Yuta says he is done with the JAS, the stupid hat, the stupid nicknames, and those suspenders with a belt. What the hell are you doing, Parker? The only reason Garcia isn’t just dead to Yuta is because Yuta wants that ROH Pure Championship! So yeah, tag match challenge accepted. But at Final Battle, Garcia puts the Pure title on the line and they end this. Garcia says okay then. Yuta storms off now, will the BCC reclaim gold and honor to end their 2022?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox!
Sure, Wardlow wants his belt back, but #TwoBeltsJoe is already ready to move on. Will Joe stay the Double Television Champion? Or will the newest high-flyer to go #AllElite start off with a bang?
The introductions are made, the AEW title is raised, and we see just who is The Face of TNT!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” as the two tie up. Joe powers Fox to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Joe then throws a body shot, JAB, JAB, JAB, JAB, and HEAD CHOP! Fans fire up, Joe stomps Fox and drags him up. Joe DECKS Fox, then mockingly applauds. Joe brings Fox up but Fox throws hands! Joe HEADBUTTS Fox, runs, but Fox goes Matrix to duck the lariat! Fox PELES Joe and Joe tumbles out of the ring! Fans fire up as Fox builds speed and FLIES! But Joe moves aside! Only for Fox to roll through and stand back up! Joe turns around into a BOOT!
Joe gets in the ring, Fox follows and CLUBS away! Joe sweeps the legs! Fox lands on his face, Joe lands on Fox with a SENTON! Joe snarls at Fox as AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe covers, TWO! Joe sits Fox up to CHOP him to ropes, then stands him up. Joe bumps Fox off buckles, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Joe storms up to Fox, drags him up, but Fox throws body shots! Fox runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Joe snarls, stalks Fox and then covers, ONE!! Fox is showing toughness and that amuses Joe. Joe drags Fox up, snapmares him and clamps on a hard neck wrench! Fox endures as Joe leans all his weight on the twist! Fox fights up as fans rally, and Fox throws body shots. Joe throws Fox down by his head! The ref reprimands, and Fox sits up, into a MULE KICK! Cover, TWO!
Now Joe is frustrated as Fox sticks around. Joe stalks Fox to ropes, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Joe CLUBS away on Fox’s back with big forearm shots, then CHOPS him on the back! Fox slumps down and Joe smirks as he digs his boot in. The ref count, Joe lets off, and then Joe paces around. Joe drags Fox back up, HEADBUTTS him, but Fox kicks back! Joe throws a forearm, Fox kicks, repeat, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fox runs, but Joe scoops to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fox barely bridges up for that, and Joe taunts him. Joe puts Fox in a corner, hoists him up top, but Fox throws forearms!
Joe CHOPS Fox back! And then climbs up after Fox, but Fox throws body shots! Joe steps back, Fox FLYING DDTs! Fans fire up and Fox MULE KICKS, BUZZSAWS, but then Joe ducks the heel kick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and shocks Fox! Fans fire up as Fox pounds the mat. Fox has some blood in his mouth but he just goes back up top. Fox leaps, but Joe moves aside. This time Fox crashes and burns! Joe runs to POUNCE Fox into the ropes! Joe hoists Fox up top, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
A strong first defense, he gets both belts on his shoulders, and then he gets a mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to a new and glorious era! For I am the One True King of Television!” But Wardlow is on the tron! “Hey, self-proclaimed King of TV. Wow, that’s almost as good as the last nickname you came up with in War Joe. Listen, I hope you enjoyed playing the role, because I’m coming for what’s mine! Cuz Joe, this ain’t your world, this is WARDLOW’S WORLD!” Wardlow has the fans chanting his name, will Joe have to watch his back from now on?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs continues his homecoming journey.
Still in Oakland, California, Hobbs says, “I walk along these streets… I’ve been bullied, I’ve been beaten up. It’s only made me tougher.” The guys on the street rolling dice spot him and give him space. They all wonder who that was, but know not to mess with him. Hobbs continues to narrate, “I’m going to let each and every one of you feel the pain, the hurt, the happiness. I’m taking what belongs to me.”
AEW presents a new Technique By Taz.
We review Hook’s match with Lee Moriarty in defense of the FTW Championship. Taz points out that Hook’s escape from the Border City Stretch was all about breaking wrist control and sitting out to shift and pop free. Then Hook gets the half nelson and cross choke for the Redrum. Moriarty may be a submission savant, but Hook might be a prodigy. Will the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil continue to make his father proud in defending that title?
William Regal is here!
Indianapolis boos as “this snake, this coward” (Excalibur’s words on commentary) makes his way to the ring. Moxley is no longer in the building so Regal doesn’t have to hide. He walks down the Burberry carpet and into the ring where something is on a pedestal under a cover. Regal gets a mic while fans boo more, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen… Your new AEW World Champion… Maxwell Jacob Friedman!” MJF makes his entrance, here as promised last week. Fans are torn as MJF swaggers his way out, belt around his waist and Burberry scarf around his neck. MJF goes to the ring, mic already in hand.
MJF and Regal hug, and MJF says, “I know you people aren’t very bright, but when The Best Wrestler on God’s Green Earth is holding a microphone, you keep your hillbilly mouths shut.” Fans boo more as MJF says, “I would now like to tell you people how my and Mr. Regal’s unholy union-” Fans tell MJF to STFU and that gives him pause. “How uncouth.” But MJF finishes his thought by saying, “Not too long ago, Mr. Regal sent me an email and it was right after The Firm had attacked me, and that email reads as follows.
“Maxwell, I watched on as The Firm attacked you. It’s become very clear you’ve grown weak. I see all the potential in you to not just become a villain, but the greatest villain of our time. However, as I’ve said previously, you have much to learn. I’m willing to help you reach your true potential, but if you want to get the world title around your waist, this time you mustn’t grab the Dynamite Ring. Instead, you must grab the brass one. Yours Sincerely, Sir William Regal.” It was after that that MJF and Regal secretly met, and MJF is not afraid to admit that Regal is a genius.
MJF was more than apt to listen when Regal said to not use the diamond ring, but the brass knuckles. Regal didn’t want MJF to just beat Moxley, no no. He wanted MJF to leave Moxley with a lesson in the form of an emotional scar so that Moxley will never forget the day that he was outsmarted by MJF. “Now let’s talk about The Firm, shall we?” MJF knows everyone wants to know what he’s going to do to The Firm, “and to be honest, eh. I kinda respect The Firm. They saw a weakness in me, and like sharks smelling blood, they attacked, and I would’ve done the exact same thing.
“And let’s be fair, even if I did harbor some resentment, Mr. Regal, do I really seem like the type to chase anyone down?” Regal says no. MJF says that’d take effort. And as Indy knows oh too well, effort is for poors like all of them! See, MJF is above that. And speaking of things MJF is above, let’s talk about the belt, shall we? When MJF became our AEW World Champion, he made a promise to himself that he’d make changes around here. Out with the old, in with the new, and so looking at this belt, he wants to vomit in his mouth. And that’s not just from being in Indiana.
Fans boo more but MJF says, “It’s because it desperately needs an upgrade. This belt is tacky, it lacks class, and to make matters worse, it reminds me of all the men who held it previously. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, yeah, sure, they were all talented in their own rights, I guess. But I think we can all agree none of them are on my level. And that is specifically why this version of the title, much like all of you, is garbage.” MJF throws down Pretty Platinum! And then Regal unveils the BURBERRY STRAPPED AEW World Championship! MJF introduces to the world, the new and improved AEW World Championship, “Triple B: The Big Burberry Belt!”
Fans boo but MJF says this is now the most important, prestigious and prolific world title in all of pro-wrestling, and that’s because MJF is the one holding it! “No one, and I mean no one, deserves to be recognized as world champion except for me! Not any of your over-hyped, overrated pieces of trash you guys constantly push for. Fake tough guys like Eddie Kingston…” Fans start chanting for “Eddie! Eddie!” MJF says they can chant all they want, Eddie will NEVER be world champion. MJF calls out other fake tough guys like Ricky Starks. Starks is a fake star is what he is!
And speaking of fakes, let’s talk about the worst of the worst, the middest of the mid, fake wrestlers like Bryan Danielson! Fans boo but MJF says, “No offense, in comparison to me, Bryan Danielson couldn’t wrestle his way out of a gaddamn paper bag. No offense, Mr. Regal, you tried everything you could. Some people just can’t be helped.” MJF tells Indy to pipe down, but speaking of people who can’t be helped, here’s a message to everyone on HIS show, in HIS locker room and on HIS roster. “So long as I’m in this company, you will never know what it feels like to be on top, because I am going to be world champion for a very long time. All the way, in fact, until the bidding war of 2024!”
At that time, Triple B will be a bargaining chip to get the biggest money contract in the history of the business! MJF will make more money in a day than any of these white trash hicks in their miserable lives! “I just pray to God the right Khan foots the bill, and Lord knows I ain’t talking about Tony.” MJF grins at the camera because he’s talking about “Mah boi, jolly ol’ Saint Nick! And my other boy, The Game, Trips. And if I’m being completely transparent here, Mr. Regal, come January 1st, 2024, I don’t even know if a wrestling company wins the bidding war, because quite frankly, I am getting sick and tired of having to look at disgusting, grotesque professional wrestling fans on a weekly basis. Maybe Hollywood wins!”
MJF grins as fans boo more. But MJF isn’t deaf. He knows there is an interesting amount of fans who were over the moon for him to become champion! Okay, to those fans, fantastic. But call him “Mystic Max,” because their happiness will soon turn to resentment, because those fans are fickle! “Pretty soon, you’ll be saying stuff like, ‘I am sick of MJF! He’s so boring! He’s so repetitive! All he does is talk! He never wrestles. He’s a coward!’ There it is!” Fans chant “BORING~!” as MJF continues to predict the rants about making opponents jump through hoops. But to those people, MJF says, “Great.”
Because y’know who keeps tuning in, praying to God that someone takes Triple B off MJF? YOU! MJF says during his long and illustrious reign, Triple B will be defended very rarely, and he will wrestler very rarely, because unlike everyone else, he’s a special attraction. “In order for you discussing poors to see me defend my title, nine times outta ten, you will have to reach into your pockets for that small amount of money that you have, and buy a PPV in hopes to see someone dethrone me. Newsflash: they won’t. I am about to have a world title reign that will make Hulk Hogan, JBL and Jeff Jarrett seem short and sweet!
“I am about to have a world title reign that is gonna make that shmuck, Bruno Sammartino, roll in his shitty little grave!” Fans boo as MJF stoops to new lows in his insults. MJF says we are now in the Era of MJF, and his reign of terror has only just begun. Fans boo as he holds up Triple B, but then MJF remembers something! He knows fans are confused by all this, but hold on. MJF brings the brass knuckles out and says without these, and without Regal, none of this is possible. The fans might’ve booed when Regal came out here, but everyone still respects him, both fans and wrestlers alike. Because for 40 YEARS, Regal, has given blood, sweat, tears, and sacrificed so much to the business!
MJF gets fans to cheer Regal because Regal loves the business. So that’s why MJF wanted to say from the bottom of his heart, SUCKER PUNCH WITH THE KNUCKLES!!!! Fans boo as hard as ever as MJF walks over and squats by Regal’s prone body. “It’s funny. You said I had much to learn, and yet you’re the one who made a deal with The Devil. So allow me to leave you with the words you left me seven long years ago. ‘Will, the game has changed. MJF exclusive hires top talents and top world class athletes. When you’re of them, send me your stuff. Yours Sincerely, the World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman.'”
MJF drops the mic, brings Triple B with him, and leaves through the crowd. Bryan hurries to Regal’s side, along with the medics. Regal wanted to make the greatest villain of all time, but he have just created the worst monster of all time! Did MJF cross a line no one should ever cross?
AEW returns as Regal is loaded into an ambulance.
He has a neck brace and backboard as he is on the stretcher. Bryan is there, he’s going to ride with Regal to the hospital. Will Lord Regal be alright? Will someone avenge him by ruining all of MJF’s plans for his future?
Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari!
Speaking of, the Absolute #1 contender plans to ruin the holidays for MJF by taking both world title AND diamond ring! Will Starks be red hot going into the battle royal? Or will Daivari Dinero already ruin Ricky’s own run?
Before the bell, Stokely Hathaway walks out to have everyone wait. He also has Ethan Page and Matt Hardy with him, and Hardy steals the spotlight by getting the fans cheering for V1 and “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Stokely tells Hardy to get his ass to the back! Hardy smiles, but Ethan tells him to not forget that The Firm owns his ass! And in that Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal, Hardy’s gonna help Ethan win it all, because Ricky took away that #1 contendership away from him! So Ethan vows to take the battle royal from Starks. AND, Ethan is calling his shot right now!
At Winter is Coming, after MJF whoops Starks’ ass around the whole arena defending the world title successfully, Ethan will whoop MJF’s tired ass! Then Ethan will be the one with the diamond ring, and Starks will just watch and cry. IF he makes it to Winter is Coming. Daivari CLOBBERS Starks in the corner! The ref rings the bell, Daivari stomps a mudhole, then he fires off hands. Daivari whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Fans fire up with Starks and he drags Daivari up! Underhooks, gut wrench, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Starks looks at Ethan and Stokely as they’re already eating their words. Will All Ego be deflated in that battle royal? Will Starks win big again to then go for BOTH of MJF’s prizes?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, Britt Baker & Rebel.
Tony Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, the Doctor, and the Doctor’s Assistant and brings up last week how Britt & Hayter won big in tag team action. Britt wants Tony to keep “Doctor” in how he addresses her. And also, she shouts out the big win by her Pittsburgh Steelers right here in Indianapolis. But let’s talk about what is really concerning: The coming sit-down interview Renee has with Saraya. Hayter has a great idea! Why not a sit-down interview with THE Women’s World Champion! A little chat even. And he will, next week. Renee can sit her ass at home! It’s settled, yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S” w/ Tay Melo!
Things are getting fierce in the invigorated AEW Women’s Division, and the always positive powerhouse is positively gonna pummel the Star of the Show! Will Willow keep the energy going to the top of the rankings? Or will the Queenslayer choke her out?
The bell rings and Anna smirks as she circles with Willow. Anna avoids Willow but Willow clamps onto an arm! Anna whips free but Willow runs her over! Fans fire up as Willow runs, rolls then runs Anna over! Willow flexes, drags Anna up and short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIATS again! Anna ELBOWS back but swings into a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Willow runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Anna goes to a corner, fans rally for Willow and she runs in to back body block! Willow does a dance, whips Anna corner to corner, then runs in to back body block again! Anna dodges the lariat to ROCK Willow, run and HEEL KICK!
Anna shoves Willow down, goes up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Anna mocks Willow before the cover, ONE!! Anna is upset as AEW goes picture in picture.
Willow gets to ropes but Anna CHOKES her! The ref counts, Anna lets off and paces about. Willow throws body shots but Anna CLUBS her down. Anna CHOKES Willow, the ref counts, but Tay is also talking trash. Anna lets off and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swipes at Tay but she gets away, and then Anna bumps Willow off buckles. Anna stalks Willow, CLUBS her down, then shouts at the fans to shut up. Willow kicks Anna, Anna ROCKS Willow, and Anna whips Willow corner to corner. Anna runs in to back elbow Willow down! Anna talks more trash, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Anna bumps Willow off buckles.
Anna ROCKS Willow again, whips her to ropes, then CLOBBERS her with an elbow! Anna soaks up the heat while Willow crawls. Anna CHOKES Willow on the mat, the ref counts and Anna lets off to then cover, ONE!! Anna is annoyed at Willow’s toughness, and she CLUBS Willow down. Anna bumps Willow off buckles, digs her boots in, then lets off at 4. Tay applauds as Anna snapmares Willow for elbows! Anna clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. But Willow endures and fans rally up. Willow fights up, only for Anna to wrangle her down. Willow fights up again, throws body shots, and AEW returns to single picture.
Willow ROCKS Anna, but Anna ROCKS Willow. Willow ROCKS Anna, so Anna ROCKS Willow! Fans rally as the shots go back and forth, and Willow CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! Anna KNEES low, whips, but Willow reverses. Willow runs in to back body block in the corner, and LARIAT! Snapmare, run and BOOT! Fans fire up with Willow and she whips Anna to ropes, for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Anna survives but Willow drags her back up. Willow fireman’s carries, Anna slips off to waistlock but Willow elbows free. Willow runs, into a spin and wrench and HOOK KICK! Then a Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Willow survives and upsets TayJay! Fans fire up and cheer Willow on as she rises up. Anna shouts she’s gonna choke her out! QUEENSLAYER!! But BACKPACK SENTON turns that round! Willow drags Anna up and gut wrenches, but Tay gets on the apron! Willow DECKS her for it! Anna reels Willow in but Willow fights the clinch with elbows! Gut wrench, but Anna hooks a leg to roll! Cradle, TWO!! Anna hurries but Willow BOOTS and LARIATS! Fans fire up and Willow drags Anna back up! Gut wrench, DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
No weeping Willow here! She’s all smiles as she gets another great win! Will Willow will her way to a title opportunity in time for the holidays?
But wait! TayJay aren’t done having a bad time, cuz RUBY SOHO Is back! Tay thinks she’s coming from the ramp, but nope! Ruby slips in from the crowd! Tay turns around, and Ruby tackles her! Ruby rains down fists! Anna returns but Ruby DECKS her! Tay ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby just grins! Ruby chases Tay out of the ring and brings her around to HEADBUTT! Tay wobbles, Ruby brings Tay around again, into DESTINATION UNKNOWN to the ramp! Ruby sits with Tay and gives her a kiss on the forehead. Is the Runaway going to run through the Brazilian Goddess?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai himself says, “Before this week is done, you will have seen more of us making less of them.” The House is back from the dead, what does this mean for AEW?
Backstage interview with QT Marshall and Orange Cassidy.
Schiavone notes we all saw The Factory and Best Friends fall victim to the return of Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews. They agreed to this time to talk it out. QT wants to talk directly to Cassidy since he keeps getting interrupted. QT wants a shot at the All-Atlantic Championship. Cassidy says no problem. Oh, yeah, okay. Then this Friday on Rampage, it won’t just be a normal match! QT wants a Lumberjack match! Yeah, love it, great. See you then. QT can’t stand that, though he got what he wanted, Cassidy kept talking over him. But since he got what he wanted, will QT get the title? Or will he just get what he deserves?
The Baddies are here!
And it is a celebration for the still undefeated AEW TBS Champion! Jade Cargill is 42-0, has the physical belt back, and has Red Velvet back, though she kicked Kiera Hogan to the curb. That aside, they and Leila Grey go to the ring, Velvet and Leila in magenta to contrast with all the green and gold. The confetti cannons go off with red, while Jade has the mic to say, “Now we all know why we’re here tonight: because of me, and my big ass celebration! But before we begin, let me address something and set the record straight. I made the Baddies, I say who stays and who goes. Now you see, I got rid of the trash last week. So I’m so confused as to why you two were chilling with her this past weekend!”
Velvet shrugs, Leila rolls her eyes, but Jade says she is done playing games! Jade got her belt back from Nyla Rose at Full Gear! Understand that to stand next to Jade is a blessing. So either you two get in line, or they can step. Because they are eating on her dime, making names off of her, and this whole company is eating off of her! SHE is the brightest star the company has! Stand her next to any wrestler in the back, and every consumer knows she’s the star! No one has Jade’s face, Jade’s body, or Jade’s aura. NOBODY! Leila and Velvet seem to agree with that since they’re staying right there in the ring.
Jade then asks the fans, “So you tell me what we’re gonna do about that. And you all can play, but I put asses in seats!” Plenty of the fans agree with that. “I wrestle for bad bitches. Now cameramen, do your job and get my Baddies.” The cameras do in fact find the Indy Baddie Section as Jade continues. “I am the real deal! I am nothing but real. And like I said, I create careers. And speaking of careers, Lil’ Bow Wow is a joke! Is a total joke!” But wait, Bow Wow is on the tron! And he says, “Jadey, baby, you deserve all the flowers in the world. Congratulations on your little win. It was cute, really cute.”
But to get to business, time is money and Bow Wow is all about money. He’s done with his tour, has a lot of time on his hands, so what does that mean? “See you soon. Real, real soon.” Jade doesn’t understand what the hell is going on with Bow Wow, but she and the Baddies storm out of the ring. Who, if anyone, will ever dethrone #ThatBitch?
The Acclaimed speak.
Billy Gunn is with Max Caster & Anthony Bowens backstage, and he’s like a drill sergeant with his trainees. He asks, “Why is there a camera in our face?” Bowens answers, “Because AEW stands for Acclaimed Every Wednesday.” Billy asks, “Why do you two not have a match on Dynamite?” Caster answers, “Because Everyone Loves the Acclaimed, and no one wants to fight us, Daddy Ass.” Billy asks, “And what are you two going to do about it?” Bowens says, “I have an idea, Daddy Ass.” Then would he like to let us all know? Bowens says this Friday on Rampage, they give a tag title opportunity to the best tag team in AEW!
How can that possibly be when THEY are the best team in AEW?! Caster says Bowens meant the second best team, Daddy Ass. Sorry. Okay. Then there’s only one thing left to do: SCISSOR FINGER~!!! Who is the second best team in AEW? AKA the #1 contenders? We’ll see this Friday when Rampage returns to its regular time of 10 PM Eastern!
AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite!
PAC, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M ruined the return of Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks with a bell hammer. Then they cheated the second match with another bell hammer. Will there be THREE hammers in this third match? Or can the Best Bout Machine and his boys finally get on the board?
The fans sing Carry On My Wayward Son for The Elite, and then the introductions are made. But then The Elite attack Death Triangle on the ramp! Omega is after Fenix, Matt Jackson is after Pac and Nick Jackson is after Penta! Fans fire up as the brawl goes from ramp to stage, but then also down the ramp. Indy fires up for “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” as Omega and Nick mug Fenix. Matt ROCKS Penta, the ref reprimands everyone, but Penta runs, into a back drop to the ramp! Nick kicks Fenix, runs to get a boost from Matt, the RANA sends Fenix down the ramp! Omega RAMS Pac into part to the tunnel, to hit a KOTARO KRUSHER to the stage!
The Bucks check on Omega, that elevated bulldog really hurts the tailbone and hip. Nick CLUBS away on Pac, drags him up, and Matt walks Pac with Nick down the ramp. They head for ringside, Omega walks off the pain, and the Bucks set Pac up. Omega runs down the ramp to build up speed, for a SUPERKICK from Pac!! The Lucha Brothers then somersault down the ramp, DOUBLE STUNNERS!! Death Triangle turns things around on Elite and this still isn’t even on record as AEW goes picture in picture!
Fenix CLUBS Omega, ROCKS him and they end up going around the ramp. Matt and Nick hobble, Penta and Pac keep on them. Omega and Fenix brawl just offstage in front of fans. Fenix UPPERCUTS, Penta CLUBS and KICKS Nick to send him along the pyro grate. Nick hits Penta back and TOSSES Penta off onto Fenix and Omega! Pac and Matt brawl at center stage while Nick LEAPS to AX HANDLE Penta back down! Matt KICKS Pac towards that side of the stage, reels him in, but Pac blocks the suplex. Matt keeps trying but Pac throws body shots. Matt throws those shots back, then punches away on Pac’s forehead!
Matt gets space, runs but Pac BOOTS him away! Then Pac says what the hell, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Nick, Omega and the Lucha Brothers!! Death Triangle then drags Nick and Omega up, but Matt SUPER CROSSBODIES them all down! Omega helps Matt up and the Elite drag Death Triangle up. The brawling continues, going back to the ramp and then to ringside. Omega sends Penta into railing while Nick sends Pac into the apron. Fenix whips but Matt reverses to send Fenix into barriers! Matt mocks Fenix’s pain then kicks him down! Matt then brings Fenix around to have him join the others ringside.
Dynamite returns to single picture, Brandon Cutler is vlogging this for The Elite as they set up Death Triangle. They all put one out, but the ref wants this to finally get in the ring. Omega says fine, and he puts Penta in the ring. The bell finally sounds and NOW this is a match! Then Omega kicks Penta out of the ring, the Bucks DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMB Fenix and Pac! Omega then brings Penta around, but Penta fights that bomb off to CHOP Omega! And CHOP Matt! And tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER Nick! Omega rushes back in, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Penta as he shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!”
But then Penta moves, Matt WRECKS the ref with that wrecking ball dropkick!! And Alex Abrahantes sneaks a bell hammer to Penta! Penta hurries, hiding that hammer in his waistband. Penta then sets that down in a corner, and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on The Elite! Penta puts Omega in, grabs said hammer, and fans are torn! Fenix gets in and he tells Penta NO! They’ve already done this enough for his liking! Penta tells him to shut up and just watch! But then Fenix grabs the hammer from Penta! V-TRIGGER hits Fenix!! Fenix flops out of the ring, Penta kicks Omega and tucks! But Omega slips out, the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Penta!
Omega hurries to SNAP DRAGON! Penta flounders, the ref is finally up, and fans are thunderous as Omega drags Penta back up. POWERBOMB, flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, but Pac breaks it! Nick kicks Pac and sends him out. Omega goes corner to corner but Penta BOOTS him away! Nick runs in but is put on the apron! Matt runs in, but he’s also put on the apron. Omega runs back in but Penta dodges so Omega takes the DOUBLE ENZIGURI! Penta SUPERKICKS Omega! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Pac BOOTS Nick! Death Triangle sets Omega up in a drop zone, Death Triangle all climb the same corner!
Fans fire up as Death Triangle takes aim at an Elite each! Penta DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS while Fenix and Pac DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Penta hauls Omega up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Penta cannot believe it! Tag to Pac and “This is Awesome!” as Pac goes up top. Nick runs in to get Omega to safety! Nick then ducks under Pac’s leap and SUPERKICKS him on the return! Nick aims at Penta but Penta blocks his superkick! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! And SUPERKICKS Penta! Matt hits NORTHERN LIGHTS on Penta, and starts up the Polar Express!
But Fenix LEAPS in, only for Matt to catch him! DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans are thunderous as Pac BOOTS Matt down! Omega staggers to a corner, Pac runs in, and he BOOTS Omega! Pac puts Omega up top, climbs up after him, and then stands Omega up. Omega fights the superplex to fire off forearms and elbows! Pac clings to the ropes to stay up! They get forehead to forehead, but Omega fires off forearm after forearm! Pac just keeps taking those shots! Pac HEADBUTTS Omega in return! The brace might’ve helped in that! Pac stands Omega up, for a SUPER FALCON ARROW!!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega survives again and fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fenix CLOBBERS Matt on the outside, Pac and Omega slowly sit up in the ring. Nick coaches Omega, but Pac drags him to the Death Triangle corner. Pac stomps Omega, kicks him, then drags him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Fenix, he snapmares Omega and BUZZSAWS! Pac KICKS, Penta KICKS, and then Death Triangle TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Jackknife cover, but Nick breaks it! Fenix bumps Omega off buckles, CLUBS him, then tags Penta. Penta turns Omega around to CHOP! Omega staggers but Penta brings him back. Tag to Pac, he CHOPS Omega down! Pac paces while Omega is stinging.
Pac eggs the fans on, taunts the Bucks, but he turns around into a CHOP from Omega! Omega CHOPS but Pac kicks out a leg to BOOT Omega down! Pac then BOOTS Nick down for good measure! Pac kicks Omega around, taunts him, then ROCKS him! Omega ROCKS Pac back! Pac ROCKS Omega, Omega ROCKS Pac, and they go back and forth! Pac fires off a flurry and Omega wobbles! Pac pushes Omega around, Omega throws body shots but they’re a bit weak. Dynamite returns to single picture as Pac eggs Omega on. Omega fires stronger body shots now, so Pac SOBATS! Pac runs, but into a V-TRIGGER!
Pac wobbles against ropes, Omega runs in but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! But Omega is up to LARIAT Pac down! Fans are thunderous and their teams are chomping at the bit! Omega and Pac crawl, reach out, hot tags to Fenix and Nick! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and again, then Fenix shoves, but Nick dodges the rolling sobat! Nick runs in, whips Fenix, but Fenix tiger feint rewinds! Nick ducks the heel kick to SUPERKICK! But Fenix kips up, only for Nick to block that superkick to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fenix stays up so Nick wheelbarrows into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix is still in this but Nick tags Matt.
The Bucks drag Fenix up, double whip, but Fenix ducks and springboards, but the Bucks catch his crossbody! Nick helps Matt position Fenix in the gut wrench, then Nick goes to the apron! But Fenix RANAS Matt into Nick! Fans fire up as Fenix somersaults, but Matt catches him to a fireman’s carry! Nick goes up the corner, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The full combo of rolling senton, 450 splash and moonsault connects! Cover, but Penta SUPERKICKS it apart! Nick throws Penta back out and fans fire up! Nick and Matt sit Fenix up, B T E- SUPERKICKS from Pac & Penta! Omega ROCKS Pac, ROCKS Penta, CHOPS Pac then CHOPS Penta!
Omega fires off hands on Penta and he drops! Pac swings, into a full nelson! Pac breaks that so Omega waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES, only for Pac to land on his feet! Fenix somersault CUTTERS Omega! Fenix tags Penta, Penta tags Pac. Penta drags Matt up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, Penta tucks Matt in, DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix then DIVES onto Nick and Omega! Tag to Pac and he climbs up! Penta goes up and up to ESCALERA SPLASH! 450 SPLASH from Pac! Cover, TWO!!! Matt survives and Pac is fuming! Matt flounders to a corner, Pac runs in and UPPERCUTS! Pac reels Matt in to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!!
The Bastard is furious as Matt survives again. Pac drags Matt back into the drop zone then climbs up. BLACK ARROW, into Matt’s knees!!! Cradle, THE ELITE WIN!!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle)
FINALLY, The Elite score one on Death Triangle! But they’ve still got a long way to go in this Best of 7! Omega gets the mic to say, “There was never gonna be a sweep, as long as The Cleaner’s in town. We’re bringing this back, it’s gonna be a reverse sweep. And boy, this is the first time in awhile I’ve been able to close a show. So without any further adieu, I must bid you all a good bye, mwah! And good night, BANG! Now play that song again, would ya?” Fans sing Carry On again as Dynamite goes off the air. Will The Elite come back from being down two to win this in six? Or will Winter is Coming cool them off so that Death Triangle can get hot again?
Great Dynamite here to pave more of the road for Winter is Coming. For one, a very creative change to the Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal since the current ringbearer is also the current AEW World Champion. I had a feeling Starks would want in on that on top of being #1 contender to the world title. Starks squashed Daivari, he really should win the battle royal so he can make Winter is Coming a Winner Takes All situation. At the same time, that does seem a shame to have Starks lose both prizes, so maybe Starks calls for a double header? He may not win the belt but he can win the ring and take MJF’s ace in the hole.
And speaking of the battle royal, I do like that Ethan wants to force Hardy to help him, but I bet Hardy finds a way to mess that up for him. Then maybe that starts things towards Hardy liberating himself and Private Party from The Firm. #HardyParty has been building up wins on Dark and Elevation, they could be Trios contenders on the other side of Elite VS Death Triangle, and that could be all the more reason The Firm will want to keep them under contract as long as possible.
Great opening segment from Moxley and the surprise return of Hangman! Of course it turns into a brawl that happens again backstage, and that will definitely be a match for Winter is Coming. And I think we will get the proper finish there we were meant to see in the title match. Amazing first match of the night in Bryan VS Dax tonight. Dax has definitely proven himself as a great wrestler, no matter what division we’re talking about. He loves being a tag guy with Cash, but maybe before calling it a day, Dax will win a midcard title. Perhaps the All-Atlantic Championship since Cassidy loves putting that thing up.
QT and Cassidy had a hilarious little promo to set up a match for Rampage, but a Lumberjack Match is just tailor made for the House of Black showing up and wrecking everyone ringside. I’m pretty sure Cassidy retains the title either way, and he’ll likely defend it against Malakai 1v1. Acclaimed have a good promo to set up a tag title match, but I don’t see FTR stepping up to them on a Rampage. It’ll probably be whoever is second on the contender’s list. And whichever that team is, they’re losing to The Acclaimed. FTR and Gunn Sons have to set up something for Final Battle, it’s what makes sense.
Speaking of other things that were set up for Final Battle and that make sense, great sit-down interview promo from JAS and BCC, especially with Claudio being fed up with the constant interviews. Hager bringing out a second purple bucket hat is hilarious, too. Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta will be a great tag match, Garcia VS Yuta will be a great Pure title match since we’ve seen it a couple times already. But I cannot be sure where the titles go. Of the two, I see Garcia losing, but then that means Claudio will be forced to sports entertain. A part of me would love seeing what happens with that, though.
The celebration for The Baddies wasn’t much of a celebration, and they didn’t even get to have the clearly red velvet cake. But Jade really amped up her arrogance saying Jade is AEW. I almost thought this was the moment she turned off Velvet and Leila for good, but guess not. And Bow Wow either has a proxy to dethrone Jade, or he is such a distraction that Jade loses. I can’t be sure who Bow Wow introduces in the first idea, while that second idea feels a bit cheap. I suppose it does keep Jade strong in her first loss ever, but Jade is so good as a character that she deserves to be beat by someone straight up so there’s no excuse.
Good match for Willow VS Anna and a very good win for Willow. But since she’s lost multiple times to Jade, she probably has to wait until Jade loses it so she can go after the new champ. And a great return for Ruby in her hometown, she and Willow can both build momentum taking the fight to TayJay. Good promo from Hayter and Britt to keep the “hate-on” for Saraya. Nice return of Technique by Taz, and I really liked the orange filter. No idea who is next for Hook, or who dethrones him, but Hook is finally facing people that challenge him, so that’s good.
Another great vignette for Hobbs. He really should be TNT Champion, but it is nice to get some real depth for his character. He’ll definitely be the next TNT Champion after Wardlow VS Joe. Joe VS Fox was a great match, too, and it’s great for Fox to be somewhere higher profile. MJF continues to be great on the mic, but he should be pissed at whoever made that belt for him. The Big Burberry Belt just looks like a Big Brown Belt because of how muted those colors ended up on the leather. But you do have to appreciate MJF has picked up the mantle of “AEW’s HHH Parody” with Cody Rhodes in WWE.
And just as things were starting to drag on, MJF turns it all around with that sucker punch to Regal! Bryan was devastated, but he’ll surely return with rage, wanting after MJF, and I wonder if Tony Khan already shoots down MJF’s “PPVs only” stipulation by making MJF face Bryan at like Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash to see if MJF even makes it to 2023 as champion. Also, lots of people are talking about Regal going back to WWE but not going back to WWE, I don’t know which will happen, but this is of course a way to write him off for a moment and give him a great return moment to screw MJF over.
And lastly, what a great main event for the trios titles. I feel like half of the segment wasn’t even officially a match. These two teams keep busting out great stuff, and the Death Triangle story with the hammer continues. It more or less cost them tonight, but the Elite had to get on the board somehow. They take a week off from this series next week to come back at Winter is Coming, but I bet there will be a promo where Fenix argues with Penta about the hammer. This is all leading to The Elite getting the belts at the end of the series, and then Death Triangle might fall apart. I don’t really want that, the Trios Division needs trios as great as them, but if even The Dark Order can fall apart, then any trio can.
My Score: 8.8/10
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