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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/11/22)

Let the Owen Hart Cup begin!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW begins the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments!

History is being made as both the Men’s and Women’s Tournaments begin! Will Toni Storm strike down Jamie Hayter in their highly anticipated opener? Will a Charismatic Enigma or Relentless One lead the charge?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Adam Cole VS Dax Harwood; wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • CM Punk VS John Silver; Punk wins.
  • Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Danhausen; Nese wins.
  • FTW Championship: Ricky Starks VS Jungle Boy; Starks wins and retains the title.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter; Storm wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round No Holds Barred: Jeff Hardy VS Darby Allin; Hardy wins and advances to the semifinals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Adam Cole VS Dax Harwood!

The Undisputed Elite looks to start on their promise that they will win this historic tournament! But will Adam Cole make sure the Owen Hart Cup is all about the Boom? Or will Dax the Ax represent for FTR, his family and for the Harts?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for Dax. Dax and Cole circle, tie up, and go around. Cole puts Dax in a corner, the ref counts and Cole lets off. Fans say, “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” along with Cole, but Dax lets it go. Cole pie faces Dax, but still Dax lets it go. They tie up, Cole wrenches to a wristlock but Dax rolls, wrenches and slips around to headlock for a takeover! Fans cheer, Dax grinds but Cole makes it a cover, ONE! Dax holds on but Cole fights his way up and puts Dax in a corner. The ref counts, Cole lets off to say, “ADAM COLE BAY-” CHOP! Dax ROCKS Cole, CHOPS him again, then EuroUppers!

Dax whips, Cole reveres to kitchen sink knee! Cole rains down fists on Dax, lets off, but brings Dax around for a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally and Cole bumps Dax off buckles. Cole digs his boots in but lets off as the ref counts. Cole ROCKS Dax against ropes, fans duel, Cole whips. Dax slides under, JABS, JABS, and JABS, then DECKS Cole! And again! Cole swings but into a takedown! Cole denies the sharpshooter but Dax gets a cradle! TWO, Cole has it now, TWO! Dax whips, Cole KICKS and Dax staggers away. Cole whips and POSTS Dax low! Dax falls out of the ring and a count begins. Cole goes out after Dax and brings him up to RAM into steel steps!

Dax writhes and Cole soaks up the cheers and jeers. Cole refreshes the count, he drags Dax back up, and RAMS him back into steel steps! Cole smirks as he refreshes the count again. Dax clutches ribs, Cole goes back out after him and stomps those ribs! Dax sputters as he scrambles away but Cole pursues. Cole ROCKS Dax, follows him further along, then ROCKS him again. Dax CHOPS, Cole KNEES low! Dax grits his teeth, Cole refreshes the count, and Cole POSTS Dax again! Fans boo as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cole takes a moment to catch his own breath before he puts Dax in the ring. Cole stalks Dax, brings him around and JAMS a knee into Dax’s back. Cole has the arms for a motorcycle stretch but Dax endures. Fans rally as Dax fights up and Dax mule kicks, forearms, and runs, into a cobra twist! Cole digs his elbows into those bad ribs but Dax endures. Dax fights, fans rally, and Dax pries free to switch the twist onto Cole! Cole hip tosses out fast but backs off to check his bad arm. Cole drives in elbows into Dax’s shoulder and then clamps on a chinlock. Dax endures, moves around but Cole grinds him into the mat.

Dax fights up as fans rally again. Dax gets to his feet to throw body shots! Dax headlocks, Cole powers out then CLOBBERS Dax with an elbow! Cole paces while Dax writhes, and Cole brings Dax up to bump off buckles. Cole throws forearms, talks some trash, throws more forearms, and Dax staggers. Dynamite returns to single picture as Cole hits Dax low. Cole wrenches, whips Dax corner to corner hard, and Dax bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Cole smirks as he looms over Dax. Fans rally and duel as Cole drags Dax up. Cole pushes Dax around, pie faces him, talks some trash, but Dax snarls as he gets up.

Dax throws a haymaker, Cole ROCKS Dax with a forearm! Dax swings, misses, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole ROCKS Dax against ropes, wrenches and whips but Dax reverses to reel Cole in for a GERMAN SUPELX! And Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax still has the waistlock but Cole switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back! Cole holds on, but Dax switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax finishes his hat trick and fans fire up! A standing count begins as both men are down. Dax drags himself to the apron and up the ropes as fans chant for “FTR! FTR!” Cole ROCKS Dax first, climbs up after him, but Dax hits back!

The two brawl, Dax sends Cole down! Dax adjusts to DIVING- NO, Cole moves, but Dax lands on his feet! Pop-up, REBOUND POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Dax just grits his teeth and gets back up. Dax throws off his elbow pad but Cole BOOTS him first! Cole reels Dax in, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Cole is annoyed. Cole goes to a corner, tunes up the band, a shoutout to his hero, HBK. Dax slowly gets up, Cole runs in, but Dax gets under the superkick! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dax hurries to whip but Cole reverses!

Dax goes up, leaps again, SUPERKICK! Cole covers, TWO!! Into a ghost pin, TWO!! Cole and Dax both survive and fans are thunderous! Another standing count starts as fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Cole gets to a corner and he aims again. Dax storms over, into a mule kick! Cole goes up, leaps, PANAMA- NO! Dax block sit with a ropebreak, to ALABAMA SLAM! Cole scrambles to get ropes, then he BOOTS Dax away! Cole resets on the corner, PANAMA SUN- NO, Dax back drops it, rolls Cole and gets him up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and no one can believe it! Another standing count starts as fans are electric!

Dax gets up and he grimaces. Fans rally up as Dax gets the legs and steps through! SHARPSHOOTER!! Cole endures, Dax sits deep, but the bad rib is a problem. Cole fights, tries to turn, and Dax can’t hold it! Dax falls off the hold and flops to the apron. Dax drags himself up, Cole runs in and BLASTS Dax to the railing! Dax is down and a ring count begins. Fans rally for Dax but the count is already 5 of 10. Dax reaches, crawls, gets back to ringside at 7, but he flops off the apron! The count is 9, Dax springs to life and in at 9.9!! Cole is furious so he gets Dax’s legs! Cole wants to, and does STEAL THE SHARPSHOOTER!

Dax endures, he reaches out, but Cole drags him away! Cole sits deep on the hold but Dax keeps fighting! Dax can’t, the ribs hurt! Dax taps, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Cole is going on to the next round, one step closer to keeping his promise. But who will he be meeting in the semifinals? We’ll find out in the main event!

 

Rampage will be early again this week!

Another round of NHL playoffs means this Friday’s Rampage will be at 5:30 Eastern, 2:30 Pacific! Make sure to schedule accordingly so you don’t miss a thing!

 

AEW hears from Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin.

Speaking of that main event, the Charismatic Enigma tells Darby that tonight is the night their worlds collide and their chemistry embraces one another. The Relentless One says no one wants to see these two exchange headlocks, that’s not what this match will be about. This will about getting crazy, getting psycho and do everything they live for. Jeff said it best, they’re more stuntmen than wrestlers. They’ve studied each other closely, this energy is going to be different. Darby knows fans want to see someone going to the hospital after tonight. Hell, Darby wants to do that. This is what they live for.

Darby even asked Tony Khan to just waive the rules and let these two go nuts. The people will see what this dream match is really all about. Will Tony give Darby want he wants tonight? Will it be a No Holds Barred Owen Hart Cup match?

 

Hangman Page is here!

The AEW World Champion is here to join commentary, because he wants to watch what happens with his own eyes.

CM Punk VS John Silver!

Before the Best in the World goes 1v1 with the Cowboy for #PrettyPlatinum at Double or Nothing, the Meat Man gets himself some! Will Johnny Hungy devour CM Punk? Or will it be #ClobberingTime on Long Island?

Punk wears a New York Islanders hockey jersey for Tavares, number 91, to get Long Island on his side. A nice try, as Long Island’s own Silver makes his entrance with the Dark Order seeing him out. Silver says hey to Brian “Q” Quinn of the Impractical Jokers before he gets in the ring. The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, and Punk puts Silver in the corner. The ref counts, fans duel, and Punk lets off at 4 to then go outside and soak it all in. Punk gets back in, circles and ties up with Silver again, and Punk headlocks. Punk grinds Silver down but Silver fights up to wrench out and headlock.

Punk powers out, Silver runs Punk over and fans cheer as he flexes. Silver runs, Punk drops, hurdles and goes to hip toss but Silver makes that a backslide! TWO, and Punk slides out. Silver waits as Punk cools off. Silver goes out, Punk gets back in, and Punk drops an elbow as Silver slides in. Punk ROCKS Silver, clinches in a corner, but Silver turns things around to fire off fast hands! Fans fire up as those forearms and stomps keep flying! The ref counts, Silver lets off at 4 and Silver brings Punk up for more. Silver goes up the corner, reels Punk in, TORNADO- NO! Punk tosses Silver, then CLOBBERS him!

Fans boo as Dynamite goes picture in picture. Punk goes back for Silver, brings him up, and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Punk stalks Silver to ropes, talks trash on Q, whips Silver and hits a body shot, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Punk stays cool while Silver gets to ropes. Silver CHOPS, ROCKS Punk, CHOPS him again, then ROCKS him again. Silver whips, Punk reverses and kitchen sink knees Silver down! Punk looks at Hangman, then goes back for Silver. Punk hits an atomic drop, then turns Silver for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Punk is annoyed but he clamps onto Silver with a chinlock.

Silver endures, fans rally, and Silver fights up to throw body shots. Punk knees low, whips Silver to a corner, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Punk goes corner to corner. Silver dodges and Punk hits only buckles! Punk gets stuck a moment but he flops out of the corner, and Silver ROCKS Punk with a forearm. Silver dodges, CHOPS, dodges and KICKS! Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Silver fire sup, runs, but Punk spins him around to a backslide! Silver rolls through to KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Then deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Punk survives but fans fire up for Silver!

Silver runs into the corner to ROCK Punk with a forearm! Silver then hops up, reels Punk in, TORNADO- NO, Punk denies it again! Silver dodges, goes up, jumps and TORNADO DDT hits! Cover, TWO! Punk survives another one but Silver says it’s time to go around! Fans fire up with Silver as he gets Punk in the torture rack. Punk fights free, ROUNDHOUSES, and Silver goes to a corner. Punk runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Then short arm LARIAT! Punk mocks the flex, and he drags Silver up to whip, CALF KICK! Punk goes out to the apron and he looks at Hangman. Fans rally and duel, Punk is taking his time just staring at the champ.

Punk aims at Silver, handsprings in, and steals BUCK SHOT?! Cover, Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

Hangman is done on commentary, not that he said much, and he storms right to the ring! Punk waits on him, and fans fire up as the two get in each other’s face! Punk asks if Hangman’s mad. Last week, it sounded like Hangman’s taking this all a little personal. Punk doesn’t know why Long Island doesn’t like him, but when it comes to them, Hangman and the title, it isn’t personal. It’s just business. Punk used to wake up and ask himself, “Are you a good guy?” This morning, Punk asked himself, “Are you the champ?” Punk’s answer was YES.

Last week, Hangman said he was going to destroy Punk? Well Punk just destroyed Hangman’s boy, that is a blueprint for what happens at Double or Nothing. And at the end of the night, Hangman will shake Punk’s hand, conscious or unconscious. Punk offers Hangman the chance now, but Hangman just flips him off! Fans love that #CowboySh*t, but will Hangman still have the AEW World Championship after taking Punk on 1v1?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, Britt Baker & Rebel.

Tony Schiavone says in the opening round of the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Britt Baker takes on the joker, whoever that will be, and Hayter takes on Toni Storm. Britt says this only makes sense given the conspiracy that exists in AEW against her. She can’t really prepare for her opponent, but she doesn’t care, she’ll still win. And so will that lovely lady, Hayter. See, here’s the thing about storms. When storms first come rolling in, they’re all violent and exciting. But then eventually, they pass. Tonight, the Storm is over and a Hayter is on the forecast. Schiavone asks if Britt realizes that if they both win, we get Britt VS Hayter in the semifinals.

Hayter says they shouldn’t worry about that right now. It’s fine, no worries. And if it does happen, at least it’ll be a fair fight, and the better woman will win. Britt gives a smirking look to Rebel, will Hayter end up hoping the joker takes out the Doctor?

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Danhausen!

The Premier Athlete has had beef with both the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil, Hook, as well as the very nice, very evil “demon waif” making his AEW in-ring debut here tonight! Will Danhausen prove his powers here tonight? Or will he suffer his first loss in AEW right out the gate?

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Danhausen. Nese is annoyed but he circles with Danhausen. Nese then flexes on Danhausen, so Danhausen CURSES him! Sterling gets on the apron to yell at Danhausen, interrupting the casting, and Nese CLOBBERS Danhausen! Nese then runs side to side, PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, Nese wins!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

This is all because of Sterling! Danhausen had no chance with Sterling there distracting him on Nese’s behalf! But Sterling gets on a mic to shout, “Are you shocked?! Oh, sorry! I’m not!” Sterling tells Nese that Danhausen got a televised entrance but Nese didn’t! What do we think about that? Nese runs to PREMIER KNEE again! Sterling says Tony Nese will just have to continue to embarrass all the internet meme wrestlers! He wants another one, and even sits Danhausen up. Nese brings down his kneepad, but here comes HOOK! Sterling is freaking out and Nese is squaring up as two of Long Island’s own are about to collide!

But then Nese and Sterling bail once Hook is in the ring. Danhausen flounders up while Hook stares down Nese. Fans want #Hookhausen but what does Hook say to the handshake? He accepts! Fans are thunderous, but then Hook just leaves on his own. Will this team-up of Cold-Hearted, Very Nice Devils be what humbles the Premier Athlete?

 

AEW returns and Wardlow is being escorted to the ring.

He’s still cuffed and has no music, but now his tron says “Boo Wardlow!” That tron must be MJF’s personal creation since it’s so cheap. But Wardlow has no choice but to get in the ring with security all over the place, as well as Shawn Spears armed with a chair. Mark Sterling has returned since MJF is another of his clients. And then a trailer for the new season of Dark Side of the Ring plays? Chris Jericho is narrating, “In the middle of the most barbaric match in the history of All Elite Wrestling between top star, MJF, and PG Punk…” Jericho realizes this is about MJF, and he sure ain’t narrating for that a-hole after all they’ve been through.

Wait, how much is the paycheck? Wow, okay, Jericho will do it. The amazing MJF was well on his way to a victory that felt like a dream, but it soon became a nightmare. Taz, “MJF’s consigliere,” says that his boy, MJF, the King of Long Island, had it won, but then Wardlow… Jake Roberts says Wardlow screwed it up. Taz can’t even speak, but Jake the Snake says Wardlow’s a bad man. He gave the Dynamite Diamond Ring to the wrong man in CM Punk. Then Wardlow attacks innocent security guards, costing MJF against Shawn Dean. Take it from Barry Horowitz, “legendary Jewish wrestler,” that Dean is a jobber!

Jericho continues to say that out of the kindness of MJF’s heart, he gave Wardlow TV matches. But that greedy piggy wanted more. The amazing MJF has therefore decided to sit down with Wardlow to talk over his contract. And in the most magical place in the world: Long Island, New York! Because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is better than you, and you know it. And of course, we return to present and the fans, being locals, are all chanting for MJF. MJF makes his entrance in an Islanders jersey of his own, with his name on it. MJF fist bumps fans for once, even copies CM Punk doing some crowd dives, then goes to the ring.

MJF gets the mic to cut his music so he can hear the cheers. Wardlow rolls his eyes and MJF conducts the fans. MJF tells Wardlow, “Now that’s a symphony, b*tch.” But let’s just be honest, Long Island. MJF loves you SOB’s, he really does! But unfortunately, we gotta talk to Wardlow. Let’s be honest, it’s a tale as old as time: a true underdog story, Biblical even, with David (MJF) and Goliath (Wardlow). The younger, smaller but way more jacked and humble and Salt of the Earth, Jewish prince from the holy land, and not Israel but the most magical place in the world, LI, NY! Versus the big dumb stupid oaf.

But we all know why we’re here. They’re to discuss the conditions Wardlow must clear to get his match with MJF at Double or Nothing, and then if Wardlow wins at DoN, since MJF is the “Mensch of the Centch,” then MJF lets Wardlow out of his contract. But before all that, since MJF is so humble, he wants to give Wardlow a chance to talk to his people. Fans boo but MJF has them hold on. They have an opportunity to show the world what Long Islanders are all about. So under no circumstances, wink wink wink, would he want each and every one of them to get up out of their seats and boo Wardlow out of the arena.

To reiterate those in the cheap seats. You’re all poor but you’re still beautiful. MJF winks almost every word as he says, “The last thing I would want each and every single one of you to do is create the loudest boo in the history of professional wrestling. We got that, Long Island?” Yes! So then, the floor is Wardlow’s. And the booing begins. Wardlow takes up his mic, but the mic doesn’t seem to be working. MJF says that’s really weird. He can’t hear Wardlow, can anyone? Nope! Should they let him try? No! Really? Then fine, he’s not gonna speak.

But let’s talk those conditions. And let’s be honest, because they’re being honest right now, right, Long Island? Wardlow is kind of the worst. And karma is coming his way for everything Wardlow did to MJF’s best bud back in the day, the American Roller Coaster, Cody Rhodes. Oh, what? He shouldn’t bring up 2024? That’s funny, neither does the guy in the back. Anyway, don’t worry. Back to now. Wardlow, if you want MJF at DoN, you’ve gotta get whipped. Yeah, MJF will take his belt and not just whip Wardlow once, twice or three times. Not four times, not five, not six, seven, eight, or nine. Shawn Spears, if you would.

Spears takes off his jacket and winds it up. How many times? TEN!! And if Wardlow gets past that, then he’ll have to wrestle Spears inside a solid steel cage. Wardlow laughs at that, but MJF doesn’t know why. Last time MJF checked, Wardlow’s 0-2 in a cage. And he isn’t done, either. This is not just any cage match, no no no. It will have a special guest referee, and his name is MAXWELL! JACOB! FRIEDMAN! And Wardlow, if you somehow get past that, MJF will give him the DoN match. But wait, they didn’t even get to what will happen there if Wardlow loses. Fans want to know, right? YES!

If Wardlow loses at Double or Nothing, he will never be allowed to sign a contract with AEW, forever! So what does the “War Pig” say? Is he too scared because this is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and you know it?! Wardlow gets the pen but he struggles to sign it because of the cuffs. MJF is frustrated already so he has them uncuff Wardlow. Sterling and Spears says that’s not a good idea. MJF says he knows what he’s doing. The cuffs are undone, MJF tells War Pig to sign, and Wardlow stands up to sign on the dotted line. Okay, put the cuffs back on and take him away.

Wardlow smirks as he lets the guard get close, and MJF calls Wardlow a coward. Then Wardlow SMACKS the guard off the table! And then TOSSES The table at the rest! Any that are still up, Wardlow DECKS, BOOTS and shoves away! Spears shields MJF as Wardlow finishes up with haymaker after haymaker! MJF tells Spears to go get Wardlow, but Wardlow DECKS Spears, too! And now MJF is all alone! Long Island freaks out, and MJF runs, only to get caught! Wardlow brings MJF back in, but Sterling gets on Wardlow’s back! MJF gets away but Wardlow throws Sterling down! Fans love it as Wardlow sets the table back up!

Wardlow rips off his shirt, snarls as Sterling gets up, and fans are okay with this happening to Sterling! POWERBOMB through the table!! MJF says Wardlow is not going to survive to make it to PPV, but will Wardlow prove MJF dead wrong?

 

AEW hears from Samoa Joe and his enemies.

Samoa Joe says, “One week, your ROH Television Champion will face the joker in his Owen Hart quarterfinal match-up. Since I’ve walked into AEW, all I’ve been faced with is jokers.” Sonjay Dutt says Joe is sleeping and wishing and dreaming and praying that maybe Jay Lethal is the joker. Ha, it’s not! Joe says he’s been dealing with “fools and clowns like Sonjay Dutt, like Jay Lethal, and their gargantuan protégé.” Dutt says Joe is probably wanting after Satnam Singh, the one in a billion! But it’s not him, either! But here’s a joke for Joe: an old adage that they’d say in India. Lethal knows it, too. “Your stomach is big, but your brain is small.”

Joe vows that he will win the Owen Hart Cup, and then he will come for Lethal and crew to settle things his way. Will Joe be able to trump whatever wild card is thrown his way? Or will the joker be the one laughing all the way to the next round?

 

FTW Championship: Ricky Starks VS Jungle Boy!

Before Team Taz’s #AbsolutePowerhouses take on Jurassic Express for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, we see how #StrokeDaddy and Jungle Jack Perry match-up 1v1! Will JB be a dual champion going into the tag title match? Or will Starks show JB exactly what FTW is all about?

The introductions are made, the orange belt is raised, and we see just who is an absolute man!

The two circle and fans rally. They tie up, go around, Starks waistlocks but JB drop toeholds. JB floats to a facelock, Starks switches that onto him, but JB slips out to get the arm. JB hammerlocks, Starks rolls to switch the hammerlock and then he slaps and kicks JB around! Starks taunts JB but JB gets up and rushes in. Starks gets around to waistlock, JB switches and SLAMS Starks down, then floats the facelock. JB gator rolls with Starks and then kicks him around in return. JB slaps Starks over and over, Starks gets up to waistlock again. JB snapmares free, but Starks bridges to snapmare.

JB bridges to snapmare again, but Starks sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and JB headlocks for a takeover. Starks headscissors, JB kips free and gets in Starks’ face. Fans cheer the exchange but Starks is annoyed. JB blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Starks and knuckle lock one hand. JB goes for a corner but Starks reels him in to knee low! Starks SLAPS JB, then he brings him up in a knuckle lock. Starks goes up, rebounds and arm-drags! Starks kips up and strikes his pose! Fans fire up and Starks grins, but turns around into a CHOP from JB! JB knuckle locks, goes up the corner, and jumps around and around to rebound and arm-drag! Then dropkick!

JB kips up as Starks bails out, and fans fire up as JB copies the pose! The ring count starts as Dynamite goes picture in picture. Starks gets in but JB WRECKS him with a dropkick! JB goes out after Starks, CHOPS him, then follows him along the way. JB CLUBS Starks, fist bumps Q, then CLUBS Starks down. Starks hobbles away but JB follows after. JB CHOPS again, and shouts out more fans. JB keeps with Starks, CLUBS him against the apron, then refreshes the count. Starks goes to bump JB off the apron but JB blocks and body shots to SMACK Starks off the apron! JB then puts Starks in and hurries after.

Starks FLAPJACKS JB on ropes! JB writhes and clutches his ribs but Starks storms over to stomp him down! Starks kicks JB around, chokes him against the ropes, and the ref counts. Starks lets off at 4 and JB gets to a corner. Starks drags JB up, climbs up and swivels hips before he rains down fists! The ref counts, Starks gets 5 before JB hits an atomic drop! JB then dropkicks Starks down, covers, TWO! JB keeps on Starks, brings him up, and whips him to ropes. Starks reverses and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes! Cover, TWO! Starks is annoyed but he drags JB into a rear bearhug. JB endures the squeeze but Starks switches to body scissors.

JB throws elbows as Dynamite returns to single picture. Starks keeps on the squeeze but JB elbows free. JB rolls away while Starks shakes out the stars. Starks gets up, runs but into an elbow! JB ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! JB whips, Starks reverses but JB CLOBBERS him JB starts to rally, then scoops, but Starks slips off. Starks shoves, JB with the COMEBACKER! Fans fire up with JB and runs corner to corner, but Starks puts JB out! JB GAMANGIRIS, then steps in, TORANDO- NO! Starks blocks to bring JB around, for a suplex! JB knees free, tiger feints for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Starks survives but JB drags him back up. Starks shrugs him off but JB ROCKS him at the ropes. JB brings Starks around, whips but Starks reverses to backslide! TWO! Starks underhooks, but JB blocks the lift to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO as Starks bridges up! Starks still has the arms hooked, and he lifts JB to the Canadian rack! JB slips out and arm-drags free! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Starks survives and fans rally up as JB gets Starks up. JB suplexes but Starks fights free and whips. Starks SPEARS the comebacker down! Cover, TWO!! Starks is fuming, drags JB up, but JB trips him to get the leg!

Starks flounders but the SNARE TRAP is on!! Starks endures, panics, is already red in the face, but he claws his way over, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and JB lets go. Starks gest to the apron but JB brings him up. Starks HOTSHOTS JB away! Starks hurries to grab the FTW belt! Is Starks going to run away and use Champion’s Advantage? But Swerve Strickland rushes down to stop him! Starks hurries into the ring, into JB’s victory roll! But the ref is busy with the belt, and with Swerve! Swerve says to get in the ring, JB’s already got more than three on Starks! Starks gets free at like 8, and then Starks CLOBBERS JB!

Starks reels JB in, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)

Swerve realizes he screwed up, but here come Christian Cage and Luchasaurus! They bump past Swerve to get in the ring and check on JB. Swerve tries to explain what he was doing, but they don’t care. Starks & Hobbs get in Swerve’s face now, but here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One backs up Swerve, will they make sure they’ve got next should Team Taz win the tag titles? And speaking of, JB is rather distraught over his loss. Captain Charisma walks up to JB to pat him on the shoulder and bring it in. Will the Jurassic Express be able to keep on track when they take on Starks & Hobbs?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring.

The Influencer, the Wizard, the Demo God, Chris Jericho leads Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker out and Long Island sings Judas. There’s a podium in the ring and Parker goes up to it. “AEW Galaxy! Welcome to our victory speech!” Menard steps up now to say, “You wanna know what really turns me on? You wanna know what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard?!” Uh, no… Well it’s the fact that he gets to stand here as part of the greatest faction in the world, the Jericho Appreciation Society! Jericho then steps up to say, “There’s a lot of hometown heroes here tonight. I’m one of them, did you know that?”

Jericho says he was born “just down the road” in Manhasset, but then he moved away pretty damn quick cuz this place is a dump! Aw c’mon, you guys know it sucks. Oh, does some nerd in the crowd have a problem with that? Jericho’ll throw a fireball at you, because he’s a wizard! Jericho says the JAS did exactly what they said they would do when they “systematically eliminated Santana, Ortiz, and that piece of trash, Eddie Kingston. They are gone! We win, they lose.” Hager raises Parker’s hand in victory while Jericho tells Santana, Ortiz & Kingston to just stay at home. Especially Kingston. Because Jericho 2:16 says “I just burned your face!”

And besides, Kingston has to stay home and take care of his wife. He’s gotta make sure she feels better. If she doesn’t, have her give Jericho a call. Garcia says the story stays the same every time a pro-wrestler steps to a sports entertainer: every single time, the sports entertainer wins! Jericho takes the mic back but here comes JON MOXLEY! The Maniac is a pro-wrestler for sure as he comes in through the crowd! And on top of that, he’s a good friend of Kingston’s, and an enemy of Jericho’s! Moxley makes it to ringside, but Jericho gives him one chance to go on another extended sabbatical of three months. Get outta here now!

Because guess what? There’s only one Moxley, and five JAS! Uh, Moxley isn’t alone. Here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! And WHEELER YUTA! And hell, count William Regal, too! The full Blackpool Combat Club is here, and Jericho says that’s still 5v4! But fans are chanting for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” And from under the ring, it’s the MAD KING! Eddie is here, even with his face badly burned, and he brought Santana & Ortiz! Jericho and his society turn around and see them! Those three on one side, BCC on the other, 6v5 and fans chant at the JAS, “You F’d Up! You F’d up!” And just as it sinks in for Jericho, the brawl begins!

Bryan is after Menard, Ortiz has Parker, Santana and Moxley are after Hager, Yuta has Garcia, and of course Kingston’s after Jericho! Kingston CHOKES Jericho, even! The BCC, Santana & Ortiz throw the others out, but Hager goes to save Jericho! Regal goes after Jericho to reel him in and DECK him! The JAS goes running for it as the Kingston and company stand tall! Will the sports entertainers survive these violent and angry pro-wrestlers?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Rosa VS Deeb.

Good ol’ JR says, “If you want somebody that can out-think ya, that’d be Serena. Serena Deeb is very cerebral.” Dustin Rhodes says Deeb took things into her own hands in a dastardly way, and people took notice. Schiavone says that as much as he knows how great a competitor Deeb is, he doesn’t think Thunder Rosa can be beaten. Dustin says he mentors, coaches and supports Rosa 110%. JR says Rosa is more physical than Deeb, and Schiavone adds that Rosa pushes herself. The champion is the favorite, because she is the champion. La Mera Mera is the frontrunner for winning at Double or Nothing, but will the Professor of Pro-Wrestling have a winning formula?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter!

The Lightning From Down Under has competed in and even won her fair share of tournaments, and looks to make even more history with this one! But will this Storm fizzle out? Or are Hayters gonna hate it when it’s #ToniTime in the semifinals?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around, Storm headlocks but Hayter endures the grind. Hayter slips out the back, headlocks Storm, but Storm rolls her to a cover. ONE, but Hayter holds on to shift to a facelock. Storm switches the facelock onto Hayter, they roll, and Storm hooks an arm. Hayter fights up, Storm throws her down hard for a lateral press, ONE! Storm keeps on the facelock but Hayter throws body shots. Hayter gets free and gets away to a corner. Storm steps to Hayter but Hayter stays back to catch her breath. Fans rally and duel, the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then go shoulder to shoulder!

The test of strength is a deadlock, but Hayter starts bending Storm back. Hayter sweeps a leg, cover, ONE as Storm gets her hand up! Hayter puts it down, ONE as Storm gets the other up. Hayter puts Storm down, Storm bridges up! Hayter CHOPS Storm on the stomach! Things speed up, Storm redirects and basement dropkicks! Hayter bails out, Storm pursues and throws forearms! Storm puts Hayter in, Hayter gets moving and she BOOTS Storm off the apron! Storm is down and Hayter dusts herself off as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Hayter goes out after Storm, drags her up and snap suplexes her to the floor hard! Storm writhes and pounds the mat but Hayter gets in the ring. Hayter counts along with the ref but Storm drags herself up and to the ring at 5 of 10. Hayter stomps Storm right down! Hayter digs her boots in at the corner, the ref counts and Hayter lets off at 4. Hayter then drags Storm up, whips her hard into buckles, then brings her around to do it again! Cover, TWO! Storm gets back to the corner but Hayter mocks the fans. Hayter CLUBS Storm, Storm kicks from below, it’s scrappy even with Storm on the mat! Hayter drags Storm up to snap suplex!

Hayter takes her time soaking up heat while Storm writhes. Now Hayter covers, ONE! Hayter is annoyed that Storm is still in this but she clamps on a headlock. Hayter grinds Storm, shifts to a facelock, but Storm endures. Hayter hooks an arm, she has a grovit of sorts, but Storm fights up. Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm throw body shots. Hayter blocks the whip, then CHOPS! Storm CHOPS back, so Hayter CHOPS again! They go CHOP for CHOP, neither letting go of the wrist! They start throwing forearms, DOUBLE FOREARMS take them both down! Fans fire up while both women get to corners.

Storm fires herself up and fans rally behind her! Storm runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then she hauls Hayter up, TORNADO DDT! Tonight is Tornado Night, apparently! And furthermore, Storm goes to the apron as Hayter bails out, TORNADO DDT to the floor! Storm drags Hayter back into the ring, then climbs up the corner. Hayter stands, Storm leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hayter barely gets that shoulder up! Storm is frustrated but she drags Hayter back up. Hayter fights the Alabama lift, then catches Storm for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and now Hayter is frustrated.

Hayter drags Storm back up, ripcords, but Storm ducks and gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hayter flounders to a corner and Storm hurries after her. They both go to the apron, and Storm fires forearm after forearm! But Hayter gets her, APRON URENAGE!! Hayter drags Storm back in and fans are fired up! Hayter RAMS Storm into a corner, hoists her up top, and then goes up after her. Hayter HEADBUTTS Storm, then brings her up, SUPERPLEX! But she holds on to get Storm up, but Storm cradle counters! TWO!! Storm dodges Hayter’s haymaker to backslides, Hayter rolls through, but into the STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Well, at least now Britt won’t have to worry about facing a friend in the next round. But the question will be, will Storm be facing the Doctor? Or the joker?

 

AEW hears from Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian.

The Face of the Revolution says he will make everyone put respect on his name and the AEW TNT Championship. This Friday on Rampage, he faces someone who is a brother to him, is a former tag team partner, and is someone he traveled the globe with many times over in Frankie Kazarian. It’ll be friendly fire but the title is on the line, so it will be hot as hell. But there can only be ONE Face of TNT. And this Friday, we’re looking at it. Scorpio will SCU there.

As for the Heavy Metal Rebel, Lexi Nair interviews him about this match. How is he feeling about taking on a former tag partner? Kaz has a lot on his mind, but he gets interrupted by Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti. Sammy has some thoughts for Kaz. Kaz has history with Sky, but that man Kaz knew is not the one he’s facing this Friday. That man is dead, and this one will stab Kaz in the back. Kaz can’t trust Scorpio. Trust? A lecture on trust from these two? Sammy, Kaz has been around a long time, he knows who he can and cannot trust. More importantly, he trusts himself, and ultimately, that’s all he needs. So go be unlikeable somewhere else.

Sammy hopes Kaz is right. And he says he’ll SCU later. SamTay kiss before heading out, and Kaz says Sammy’s vlog sucks. But will the Heavy Metal Rebel be ready for anything against American Top Team’s leading man?

 

Double or Nothing’s Buy-In has a match!

After the shocking defeat and the amazing moment in the ring, #Hookhausen has a match against Tony Nese & Mark Sterling! Will Smart Mark and his premier client regret angering the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil into doing something very nice, very evil?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round No Holds Barred: Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy VS Darby Allin w/ Sting!

Tony Khan has approved the special request of these two daredevils! Now nothing, not disqualifications, not count-outs, not even self-preservation, will hold back the Charismatic Enigma and Relentless One! But then whose body lasts longer and moves on to the semifinals?

The bell rings and Darby rushes to SHOTGUN Jeff down! Jeff gets out but Darby DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and Darby is fired up! Fans fire up with him as he brings out chair after chair after chair! He’s got about eight chairs! Darby starts setting the chairs up and fans are fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Darby goes from chair square to a chair rectangle, using all eight chairs! Jeff crawls to the ring but Darby hurries after. Jeff FLAPJACKS Darby onto the steel steps! Darby checks his face while Jeff moves the steps around. Sting and Matt give Jeff space, but Darby RAMS into Jeff. Darby whips, Jeff reverses but Darby leaps over the steps!

Darby rolls and comes back, only for Jeff to leap off the steps and CLOBBER Darby! Fans fire up while Jeff shakes out his arms. Jeff hobbles over to reposition the steps again. The steps are now on their side, and with the top facing Darby. Darby gets up but Jeff drags him onto the steps. Darby slips off to RAM Jeff into the post, and almost into Matt! Matt hurries to get away and Darby puts Jeff in the ring. Darby drags Jeff up but Jeff fights back through the ropes. TWIST OF HOTSHOT! Jeff then goes looking, and he brings out a LADDER! Fans love this already as Jeff brings that ladder into the ring!

Dynamite goes picture in picture as Jeff hurries to get in. Darby grabs the ladder for his own, but now he and Jeff tug-o-war over it. They both drop the ladder to go after each other! Jeff kicks low, reels Darby in, but Darby fights free to hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Jeff survives but Darby grabs the ladder. Darby moves it aside and he drags Jeff around. Darby runs, springboards, but Jeff catches the Coffin Splash! Jeff spins Darby around to JAWBREAKER! Darby flounders to a corner, Jeff rallies the fans and gives Darby the HARDYAC DROPKICK! Darby flops out of the ring but Hardy has to steady himself a moment.

Sting coaches Darby but Jeff goes out after him. Jeff stomps Darby, smacks him off those chairs, and again, before going into the ring. Jeff hobbles, gets that ladder, and stands it up. That is a TALL ladder as Jeff makes sure it is intertwined with the ropes. Darby is sprawled on his own chair rectangle, and fans fire up as Jeff starts climbing! Jeff reaches the top of that ladder, but Darby hurries up the other side! Jeff hurries to meet Darby as Dynamite returns to single picture, but Darby YANKS Jeff down! Hardy gets crotched on his enigma! Darby kicks Jeff down, then Darby climbs! Darby’s up top real fast, and he copies Jeff’s usual pose, before a SUPER FULL METAL SWANTON!!!

Fans lose their minds from Darby and Jeff crashing on the chairs!! It’s hard to tell if the chairs or the human beings are in worse shape! The ref checks on Darby and Jeff but somehow they’re both still conscious. Darby pushes chairs aside as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Darby manages to get Jeff in a headlock and drag him to the ring. Darby pushes Jeff in, then climbs the corner! But Jeff drags himself to the apron on the other side. So Darby adjusts course, APRON COFFIN DROP only gets apron as Jeff moves!! Matt still checks on his brother while the ref and Sting check on Darby. Jeff goes out as fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!”

Jeff drags Darby onto the steel steps. TWIST OF FATE to the steel! But Jeff isn’t done there, he throws off his shirt and goes up the corner! Fans are ready to lose their minds again as Jeff aims, SWANTON onto steel steps and only steps! Darby dodges, the steps get bent, and now the ref checks Jeff! Jeff is somehow okay to continue, and Darby is somehow hobbling his way over to Jeff. Darby drags Jeff up, puts him in the ring, then Darby goes up the corner again. COFFIN DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? And into a ghost pin into the ladder!! JEFF WINS!!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Even Matt is shocked! But somehow, someway, Brother Nero snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Now will he render Adam Cole OBSOLETE? Speaking of, the Undisputed Elite, from Adam Cole to reDRagon to the Young Bucks appear on stage. Will Cole be the first to represent the Undisputed Elite in the Owen Hart Cup finals? And what of Kyle O’Reilly taking on Rey Fenix?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite here, and an awesome start to the Owen Hart tournaments! Good promo from Britt and Hayter, Storm VS Hayter was great stuff, but of course Hayter and Britt weren’t going to be facing each other next round. Storm gets a great win, and I can’t wait to see who the women’s tournament joker will be. I have a feeling Britt finds a way to win, no matter who it is, but it’ll be a great match to give us Britt VS Storm. Cole VS Dax was an awesome opener, and they had a lot of great references to the rivalry of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, especially with Cole using the Sharpshooter to win. Cole is moving on, it’d be pretty wild if he and Britt both won the tournaments.

The main event was badass because of how they made it No Holds Barred. Jeff and Darby went balls to the wall with that, and WOW that ladder top Swanton onto those chairs. Not to mention how that wasn’t even the end! I think this is the second time steel steps have been bent like that in AEW. But then Jeff winning was actually quite the shock. I thought Jeff was going to drop out early so that the Hardys and the Young Bucks could build towards Double or Nothing. I suppose it can still happen next round with Cole beating Jeff, and we do get a dream match of Cole VS Jeff. Joe and Lethal’s team have a good promo to hype up Joe VS Joker, can’t wait to see who they get for that, too.

Good vignette to hype up Rosa VS Deeb, and a good promo from Scorpio as well as a good promo from Kaz with Sammy all to hype up the TNT Championship. I do like that Sammy thinks Kaz should be careful of Scorpio still being a Heel, but Sammy being a Heel himself, he could just be messing with Kaz. Nese squashing Danhausen to then give rise to #Hookhausen was great stuff, and everyone is going to love that Buy-In tag match. I expect Sterling takes the loss so that Nese stays unpinned and unsubmitted in AEW, and then Nese loses to Hook 1v1 down the line. Hell, I bet fans get Hookhausen to the tag titles because fans love them both so much.

The FTW Championship was great stuff, but I had a feeling something screwy would happen. Starks retains, and then we got great stare downs from Team Taz, Keith & Swerve, and Jurassic Express. Jurassic Express VS Starks & Hobbs is good, but I wonder if they’ll step this up into a Triple Threat. A Triple Threat can be a great way to get the titles off Jurassic Express without actually hurting them. And with Jungle Boy needing Christian to encourage him, we could be seeing Jurassic Express falling apart and turning on Christian or vice-versa. FTR can come back to the AEW World Tag titles after Double or Nothing, perhaps getting their big moment at All Out.

The contract signing for MJF VS Wardlow was great stuff from top to bottom. MJF had Long Island on his side, they played along with him perfectly, and so much of what MJF is putting Wardlow through is a great callback to MJF VS Cody. The Dark Side of the Ring parody was genius, too, especially with Jericho’s narration. Wardlow will somehow, someway make it through the whipping, the rigged cage match, and will get to beat up MJF. And speaking of Jericho, the JAS had a great segment, and I like that the BCC are reinforcing Kingston’s team. It is good continuity since Moxley is Kingston’s friend, and with Yuta going to Japan for Best of the Super Juniors, Moxley and Danielson make Kingston’s team five, we could get JAS VS Team Mad King in Blood & Guts or some other big match.

There was also a lot of genius stuff in Punk VS Silver with Hangman on commentary. Punk played being Heel this time to keep us guessing after Hangman’s promo last week felt almost Heel. Turns out, Tavaren left the Islanders so that’s why it was the perfect jersey for Punk to wear. Punk VS Silver was a great match in itself, and Punk stealing Buck Shot to win was wild. Punk had a great promo to get on Hangman’s nerves, and Hangman just flipping Punk off was a fitting response. Their match at Double or Nothing still feels like it could go either way, Vegas is going to be electric that whole match.

And for those wondering, all the extra Tornado DDT’s from tonight, they’re all in honor of Fuego Del Sol. It seems that after a surgery from last month, Fuego’s neck is now left with a one inch hole in it! He shared a picture of it on his Twitter, but being that it is a hole in his neck, be careful if you go looking for it. On behalf of the Chairshot, I hope Fuego gets well soon and can return to the ring.

My Score: 8.9/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/29/22)

BLOOD! AND! GUTS!

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AEW Blood & Guts 2022

Time to settle things the most violent way possible!

AEW brings back Blood & Guts, and only one team can survive! Will the Jericho Appreciation Society learn they’re not as tough as Blackpool Combat Club?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ethan Page w/ Dan Lambert VS Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends; Cassidy wins.
  • Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Serpentico; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Max Caster & Gunn Club VS Danhausen & ???; Danhausen & FTR win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Leila Grey; Jade wins and retains the title.
  • Blood & Guts: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz & Blackpool Combat Club; Kingston, Santana, Ortiz & The BCC win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ethan Page w/ Dan Lambert VS Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends!

All Ego isn’t in any good mood after losing to Miro on the road to the All-Atlantic Championship. Will he take out his anger on Freshly Squeezed and his new theme song? Or will Cassidy, Trent, Chuck and Motor City all rock out tonight?

Lambert has the mic to say, “It’s not the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the man! Says the 145 pound dork of a man with his hands in his pockets. I’m surprised you’re strong enough to pull those skinny jeans up. What’re you gonna do with a real-life heavyweight body slamming you all over that ring?” Lambert tells the ref to listen up. The Michigan Athletic Commission has rules and regulations, and since this isn’t an election, we’re gonna follow them! So unless those two idiots, Trent & Chuck, can show you a valid manager’s license, how about the ref does his job and tell them go be Best Friends backstage?

Fans tell Lambert to STFU but Lambert says he’s still right! The Best Friends aren’t officially managers, so they have to leave. At least their tie-dye suits look awesome. Lambert sings “Hey hey hey, good-bye~” while fans call BS but the bell rings all the same. Ethan mocks Cassidy putting hands in pockets, and says Cassidy should just go ahead and get that out of the way. Fans are thunderous for “Freshly Squeezed!” and Cassidy puts his hands up, to put them in the pockets. Ethan rushes in but Cassidy ducks, only for Ethan to throw him down by his hair! Ethan steps on Cassidy and flexes, but Cassidy kips up!

Cassidy dodges Ethan again, rolls and SHOTGUNS Ethan to a corner! Cassidy kips up again and now he flexes! Fans fire up and Cassidy says he’s gonna raise the roof. Cassidy goes to scoop Ethan but Ethan is pretty hefty. Ethan scoops Cassidy easily but Cassidy easily slips off  to waistlock. Cassidy shoves Ethan to ropes, things speed up and Cassidy hurdles, but Ethan blocks hip toss to hip toss, only for Cassidy to arm-drag! Ethan bails out, Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Cassidy puts Ethan in fast! Cassidy goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Cassidy flexes again and then says he’s gonna raise the roof!

Cassidy goes to scoop but Ethan throws down elbows! Fans boo as Ethan scoops Cassidy again. Cassidy slips off again, shoves Ethan into a corner, then runs, tilt-o-whirl- NO DDT as Ethan shoves Cassidy away then CLOBBERS him with the shoulder tackle! Fans boo but Lambert cheers as Ethan looms over Cassidy. Ethan drags Cassidy up, fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” but Ethan puts Cassidy’s hands in his own pockets. Ethan then throws a hard body shot, then taunts the fans. Ethan deadlift suplexes Cassidy, carries him around and then SLAMS him down! Ethan flexes again and grins while fans boo.

Ethan looms over Cassidy again, drags him back up, but Cassidy shoots around to roll him up! TWO, and Ethan BOOTS Cassidy out of the ring! Ethan wants after Cassidy but the ref keeps him back. All to plan as Lambert cracks open a bottle of OJ. Lambert gives Cassidy some sloth kicks of his own, and flexes. Lambert is having a laugh while Ethan lounges and AEW goes picture in picture.

Cassidy gets up, gets in the ring, but Ethan is right on him. Ethan ROCKS Cassidy with a forearm and has him in a corner. Ethan taunts the fans, throws down hands and stomps on Cassidy, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref also warns Lambert to stay back but Ethan drags Cassidy up. Ethan ROCKS Cassidy with another right and Cassidy falls over! Ethan trots around like he won already but it wasn’t a knockout blow. Cassidy slowly sits up at the ropes but Ethan drags Cassidy up. Ethan ROCKS Cassidy, ROCKS him again, and again! Ethan whips Cassidy to ropes to CLOBBER him! Ethan gloats while Cassidy stirs.

Ethan stomps Cassidy on his back, drags him up and bumps him off his boot. Ethan RAMS into Cassidy at the corner, and again, and again. The ref counts, Ethan lets off to reel Cassidy in for a PENDULUM BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan is annoyed but he drags Cassidy up again. Ethan ROCKS Cassidy with a haymaker, then has him in the corner again. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan whips corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out then slingshot somersaults around Ethan to run and sunset flip! Ethan stays up, drags Cassidy up, and ROUNDHOUSES him into a suplex and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Cassidy is still in this! Ethan drags Cassidy back up, Canadian Rack to a crucifix, but Cassidy reaches for his pockets! Ethan stops Cassidy from reaching all the way, but Cassidy keeps trying! Ethan stops Cassidy again, but third time is the charm! The hands are in pockets and Cassidy lands on his feet! But Ethan ROCKS him with a forearm! Ethan brings Cassidy back in, another crucifix lift, but Cassidy RANAS free! Ethan hits buckles, Cassidy shoves him back into the buckles and then table tops him! Fans fire up and Cassidy feeds off the energy! Cassidy climbs up but Lambert grabs at him! Cassidy kicks Lambert away but Ethan ROCKS Cassidy!

Ethan drags Cassidy off the top in a trophy lift! Fans boo but Ethan hits the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and fans fire up while Ethan is furious! Lambert tells him to finish off this grown up 12-year-old! Ethan rains down fists, fans rally for Cassidy, and Ethan drags Cassidy up. Ethan tells the kids to shut up about Cassidy, then he flips them off! Ethan says this is for the kids, then suplexes Cassidy, but he gets STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans fire up and so does Cassidy! Cassidy wants to raise the roof, and he goes to scoop, but Ethan switches and shoves, TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!! Cover, TWO!!

Ethan survives but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad! Fans fire up and Cassidy aims, but Lambert creeps onto the apron! Fans boo, the ref warns Lambert, but Cassidy “pushes” Lambert! And “pushes,” and “pushes,” and “pushes!” Fans fire up for the “palm strikes”, Cassidy winds up, and Lambert actually puts up his guard! Cassidy just takes the orange juice from him and takes a swig. Cassidy gives it back, gives a thumbs up, but then dodges Ethan’s sucker punch! Ethan almost hits Lambert, but then he turns around into an ORANGE PUNCH! ORANGE MIST for Lambert! ORANGE PUNCH again! And then, a SLAM!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Now that was fresh! Cassidy gave Ethan and Lambert some Vitamin C, and the Best Friends return to celebrate, with a group hug! GOT to give the people what they want! Will Cassidy rebound from Forbidden Door and head for some gold?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

“Nothing like being in Detroit, and nothing like Blood & Guts live on Dynamite! And here on TBS, he has a match scheduled coming up, but first, he has something he wants to say. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Christian Cage!” Fans boo Captain Charisma as he makes his entrance after what he did to Jungle Boy at the end of Road Rager. But for having a match in literal minutes, Christian doesn’t look dressed to compete at all! Schiavone isn’t sure what more Christian can say than what he said last week, fans fans boo harder.

Christian says that he was asked by upper management, if fans will give him a second to speak, that he is to come out here and apologize for the things he said about Jungle Boy and his family, namely when he brought up his late father. Christian has never apologized for anything he has said or done his entire career, but that being said, “Jungle Boy I’m sorry your entire family isn’t dead, and they had to witness me end you in that ring two weeks ago on Dynamite! Actually, let me clarify. Everyone in your family, except for your mom, Jungle Boy. Call me.” Fans call Christian an A-Hole and he has the nerve to be sarcastic back to them, “Classy as always, Detroit.”

Christian takes the mic now and says this scumbag city’s only good point is that it’s close to Canada. “Now, you Motor City sweat hogs might be wondering why I’m standing out here in street clothes when I requested a match this week. Well it’s simple. I requested a match but I never said it was for me.” And out comes… LUCHASAURUS?! Christian has turned Luchasaurus into his own personal muscle! Will the wrestling dinosaur destroy all who oppose Captain Charisma?

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Serpentico!

The bell rings and SNAKEMAN wants mercy! Luchasaurus isn’t going anywhere, so Serpentico shrugs and runs in, into a HEADBUTT! Luchasaurus drags Serpentico into a wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Serpentico flounders and Christian grins. Serpentico staggers up, Luchasaurus scoops him into the JURASSIC FACEBUSTER! Luchasaurus then ties up the legs and puts on his own version of the SNARE TRAP!! Luchasaurus steals Jungle Boy’s signature hold, adding on a nerve hold shoulder claw! Serpentico taps, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by submission

Christian celebrates with his monster. But then, he says it’s not enough. Luchasaurus drags Serpentico out of the ring! Luchasaurus waits for Serpentico to stand, and he clamps on the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM to the floor! Will Captain Charisma unleash this real-life kaiju on all of AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Wardlow and Scorpio Sky.

There is a No Physicality Agreement right now as the Maestro of Mayhem is finally face-to-face with the AEW TNT Champion. Scorpio says he understands Wardlow is “feeling himself” right now, after beating up a bunch of security guards. But Scorpio ain’t no security guard, he is the TNT Champion! Last time Wardlow came after him, Scorpio laid him out, pinned him in the ring, no questions asked. Schiavone says that actually, there was some assistance. Wardlow says yes, but it doesn’t matter. No more talk, Wardlow is getting sick of it. “Bring every member of American Top Team, I’ll treat every one of them like they are security guards.”

And when Wardlow is done with them, he’ll beat Scorpio’s ass and take that title home with him, where it belongs. Oh, talking real big with the No Physicality Agreement, huh? Well let’s do it like this! Next week, Scorpio VS Wardlow, TNT Championship. And if Wardlow’s so tough, it’ll be a Street Fight! Wardlow’s all for that! But will it be Wardlow or Scorpio who comes to regret taking the gloves off?

 

Six Man Tag: Max Caster & Gunn Club VS Danhausen & ???

The Acclaimed and Ass Boys are in Michigan, but it’s rare they make their entrance first. Even so, Caster is ready with a diss track! “Acclaimed and the Gunns, we don’t rap with no undertones. We about to beat the sh*t out of a Juggalo! Danhausen is a lightweight, how you gonna cheer a White guy in whiteface? Embarrass my brothers again, we gon make you drink all the tap water in Flint! We’ll send ya ass to the trash, boys! This is what you get for callin’ them the Ass Boys!” Wait, he always does so… Fans chant it already, and Caster gets the mic to Bowens since Austin & Colten aren’t in the mood.

“DETROOOOOIT! The Acclaimed have arrived!! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” The message has been sent, but who has the Very Nice, Very Evil overlord found as his partners? Danhausen has a mic of his own to say, “Alright, well, Danhausen heard the Ass Boys. They had some sort of challenge for Danhausen to find partners or something. And I dunno, I thought I found some people who are pretty good at wrestling. IT’S FTR!! The THREE BELT TOP GUYS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, loaded up with the AAA, ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships, are here to bring the fight! Will #FTHausen make Caster eat those words he just rapped?

The teams sort out, Austin starts against Cash and fans are fired up. Cash and Austin circle, tie up, and go around. Austin arm-drags Cash away then flexes on the corner. Fans boo but Cash cools off. Cash and Austin tie up again, Cash headlocks but Austin pulls hair and wrenches free to headlock back. Cash powers out, but Austin runs him over! Austin speeds things up, hurdles, then trips Cash! Fans  taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~” and it annoys Austin. Austin rushes Cash but Cash sends him into a corner, then back drops him on the rebound. Austin gets up, swings wild, but ends up in a BIG atomic drop!

Cash SPANKS Austin, then arm-drags him down! Austin gets up but Cash tags Dax. FTR mug Austin and then Dax bumps Austin off buckles. Dax CHOPS, CHOPS and snap suplexes! Dax drops a leg, covers, ONE! Dax drags Austin up to tag Cash back in, and then Cash tags Danhausen. Fans fire up as FTR double whip and double drop toehold Austin, for Danhausen to run and drop an elbow! Danhausen covers, ONE! Danhausen drags Austin up, but Austin CHOPS! Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Colten, and Gunn Club mugs Danhausen. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles then stomps a mudhole.

Fans rally for Danhausen but Colten whips him corner to corner. Colten runs in but into a BOOT! Danhausen goes up for a FLYING RANA! Danhausen gives Austin a hip toss! Caster gets in but Danhausen hip tosses him! Colten CLOBBERS Danhausen! Fans boo but Colten sits Danhausen up to rain down fists. Colten keeps on Danhausen while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Colten taunts the fans, drags Danhausen over and tags in Caster. They double whip Danhausen hard into the corner and he falls back. Caster looms over Danhausen, stomps him down, then clamps on a cobra clutch onto Danhausen. Danhausen endures, flails and fights up, and he throws body shots! Danhausen is free, but he runs into a BIG elbow from Caster! Caster drops a knee, covers, TWO! Danhausen is still in this but Caster drags him to the corner. Tag to Austin and they stomp Danhausen. Austin tells FTR to “SUCK IT!” while Caster stomps Danhausen. The ref has to keep Dax back as Austin eggs him on, and that allows even Colten to stomp Danhausen.

Austin drags Danhausen up, tags to Colten, and Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles. Colten whips Danhausen corner to corner hard and Danhausen bounces off buckles. Colten drags Danhausen up, puts him back in the Acclaimed Gunn corner, and tags Caster. Caster climbs up, and he drops ax handles on Danhausen. Caster clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Danhausen down. Danhausen endures, fights up, and hits a JAWBREAKER! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men get up. Fans rally but Caster clinches and puts Danhausen back in the corner. Danhausen DECKS Austin but Caster throws body shots on Danhausen.

Danhausen throws body shots back but Caster shoves Danhausen back. Caster rushes in but Danhausen spins him around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Both men are down, fans fire up as they crawl, hot tag to Colten and he grabs Danhausen. Colten feeds Danhausen to Caster’s BIG haymaker! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen, Austin tags in to cover, but FTR breaks it! Austin protests but fans rally for Danhausen. Austin drags Danhausen up, taunts FTR, and he suplexes. Danhausen slips out, dodges Austin, hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS away then DECKS Austin! Caster rushes in but Dax DECKS him! Colten rushes in but Dax dodges, and Cash DECKS him!

Cash DECKS Colten again, Austin gets up, but FTR get one Ass Boy each, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! They both hold on, FTR DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX again! And again! Fans fire up as Motor City becomes Suplex City! Cash tells Billy to SUCK IT before he CLOBBERS Colten! Colten bails out, Cash PLANCHAS him down! Dax still has Austin, GERMAN SUPLEX! GERMAN SUPLEX! Five just for Austin, but here comes a sixth! Dax fires up and so do the fans, Dax whips but Austin reverses, only for Dax to reverse back. Austin dodges to run but into a hip toss! Austin handsprings through and hip tosses, only for Dax to resist, QUICK DRAW!

Both men are down from the partially disrupted move, and fans rally up. Danhausen rises! Dax tags him in! Danhausen aims at Austin, for a BOOT! And then a CURSE~! “Good night, Austin!” Fireman’s carry, but Billy gets in! The ref stops him, but Bowens gets in! He can walk on that leg?! Danhausen drops Austin, but he powers up another curse! Bowens swings his crutch, Danhausen dodges, and Austin gets CLOBBERED! Bowens freaks out, Dax drags him out and Danhausen covers Austin! #FTHAUSEN WINS!!

Winners: Danhausen & FTR, by pinfall

FTR destroy the wheelchair since Bowens doesn’t need it anymore! Will FTR continue to establish themselves as the top tag team in the world today? The Acclaimed Gunn Club try to figure out what went wrong, but maybe they were just CURSED! Bowens helps Austin up but Austin shoves him away! Austin’s obviously upset over the crutch shot but Billy tries to keep the peace. Austin gets heated and Billy shoves him down?! Billy is upset with his son over what happened, but what does this mean for the faction?

 

Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.

Sonjay starts by saying, “Last week, I was happy, Samoa Joe. This week, I’m mad! Because you’re still not at work! And we need to make things official. July 23rd, ROH returns to PPV, Death Before Dishonor! And what we need from you won’t cut it with this pencil. We need you to take this pen, black ink, sign your name on the dotted line, let’s make this official!” Lethal asks, “How long is it going to take? How long’s it gonna take for you to defend that ROH Television Championship against me? Accept the challenge! The ROH Television Championship, let’s put it on the line! The current ROH Television Champion VS the longest reigning ROH Television Champion! Let’s make it official, Joe!” Singh leans in to tell Joe, “Jay is gonna kill you, man.”

 

AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Leila Grey!

The UNDEFEATED 33-0 TBS Champion is ready to get yet another win under her belt. Will Leila come to regret accepting this Open Challenge? Or will she shock the world when she dethrones #ThatBitch?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Grey can get some gold!

Grey and Jade tie up, Jade has a cording hold then CLUBS Grey in the chest. And CLUBS her again! And again, then throws knee after knee! Jade scoops, fireman’s carries, then TOSSES Grey to BOOT her down! Grey flounders, the Baddies of Detroit cheer as Jade dribbles, but runs into BOOTS! Grey leaps, but into Jade’s arms! Jade hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she watches Grey crawl. Jade kicks Grey, drags her up, and says she is THAT B- Grey rolls her up! TWO!! Grey fires off forearms, backs Jade down, and fires up! Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey hits a BULL- NO, Jade tosses her! Then BOOTS her again!

Jade says Grey is stupid for trying, and then chicken wings the arms. JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

And now it’s 34-0! Stokely Hathaway gets the mic to say, “So-” But then Jade snatches the mic to say she is tired of all the fans and the women in the back bitchin’ and moanin’! “Now next time, Stokely, get me some real competition.” She shoves the mic back at him, and he says, “Wooooow~! She’s fired up, and I know why. Last night at 11:49 PM, this queen gave an opportunity to every single woman in this locker room. And y’know what happened? You wanna know what happened? Someone who doesn’t even work here, homegirl hasn’t even filled out a W2, even she had the wherewithal to seize the moment.

“Kris Statlander, Athena, you’re not overlooked. You’re just lazy!” But wait! Here comes the Fallen Goddess and Greatest Alien! They rush the ring, Kris CLOBBERS Kiera Hogan while Athena dodges the boot! Athena SHOTGUNS Jade down! Kris storms up to get Jade up and fans fire up as Athena climbs! But Leila Grey SHOVES Athena down!! Leila stomps Kris and Kiera SUPERKICKS Athena! Jade moves Leila aside to stomp Kris! Stokely gets in the ring with them, did Grey just become the newest Baddie on the block? Jade tells her thanks but hell no, and leads her team away. Will Grey use this as motivation to come at #ThatBitch again?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matt Jackson says, “And then there were only two.” Nick Jackson says, “You would think we would be happy, right?” Matt wonders where everyone went. Nick says they reached the Promise Land, AKA win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, not once but twice, Matt adding that they’re the first to ever do it. And yet, they’re still unhappy. All their friends are gone. Bobby Fish isn’t cleared, Kyle O’Reilly isn’t cleared, and now even Adam Cole isn’t cleared. Hell, the cameraman isn’t even Brandon Cutler! This is some intern. Good job, by the way, Fred, just keep it steady.

But the Bucks look around the locker room, and they can’t even find anyone who can relate to them. They literally have no friends left. Except… The titles! They’re the champions for good reason. The first TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions, and Matt hears that the Forbidden Door might be creaked open just a little bit. He heard Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto want a shot at the best tag team in the world. “Well, boys, you can get a shot at us this Friday on Rampage. However, you’re not gonna just get a shot at the titles. No no no. You’re gonna have to beat us one time first to prove who the heck you are.”

The Bucks now who #BISHAMON is in Japan, but we need to show the American/AEW audience that they’re the superstars they claim to be. And if Goto-Hashi loses, they can go to HELL. Nice play on words. But Matt never thought he’d miss Brandon. Cut it, Fred, ya idiot! Will the Young Bucks throw a Superkick Party and kick the former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions back to Japan?

 

But wait! There’s so much more to Rampage this week!

On top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator, we will see Nyla Rose VS Toni Storm 1v1 for the first time anywhere. And speaking of first times, it will be the first ever ROYAL RAMPAGE MATCH! Frankie Kazarian, John Silver, Orange Cassidy, Rush, Hangman Page, Konosuke Takeshita, Penta Oscuro, Will Hobbs, Ricky Starks, Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland, Darby Allin, The Butcher and The Blade, Dustin Rhodes, Max Caster, Tony Nese, Matt Hardy, Dante Martin and Brody King will compete for the first shot at Jon Moxley and his Interim AEW World Championship! Who wins that 5% chance of becoming a contender?

 

Jim Ross joins commentary!

Good ol’ JR is here for the main event, and as he knows not everyone is going to be okay after this main event is said and done!

Blood & Guts: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz & Blackpool Combat Club!

This has been building for months, and now it will all be settled in one bloody spectacle! And after winning the man-up advantage at Forbidden Door, will Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker win again and make the entire “AEW Galaxy” APPRECIATE them? Or will the Mad King, the Proud ‘n’ Powerful, the Decoder, the Maniac, and the newest member in the Swiss Cyborg, Claudio Castagnoli, show to everyone why they’re proud to be professional wrestlers, not sports entertainers?

The JAS also make their entrance first. They’re wearing matching red outfits of mesh shirts, suspender strapped tights and red fedoras. Will red be the perfect color to hide all the blood they’re about to lose? We’ll see, after the break.

Dynamite returns as Eddie makes his entrance with Santana & Ortiz. They’ve got the war paint on, and are even bringing weapons to the ring, such as Santana’s barbed wire baseball bat. Then William Regal accompanies Wheeler Yuta and Claudio. Regal joins JR, Taz and Excalibur on commentary, and all that’s left is Jon Moxley’s entrance! The Interim AEW World Champion, head bandaged up from what Hiroshi Tanahashi did to his forehead, makes his way through the crowd as always, and he joins his team. Sammy is already in the ring for the JAS, daring someone to get in with him. The extended BCC sorts out, and CLAUDIO steps up!

Detroit is thunderous already as the doors are closed. Sammy and Claudio stare down from across the double ring, and then rush in! Sammy jumps up but Claudio back drops him! Claudio gets Sammy up, OVERHEAD suplexes him, but Sammy lands on his feet! Sammy rushes back in, Claudio picks him up and RAMS him into a corner! Claudio whips Sammy corner to corner hard, then runs in to EuroUpper! Then he goes back the other way for another EuroUpper! And then again for another EuroUpper! Fans fire up and Claudio drags Sammy up. Sammy shoves Claudio away and undoes the suspender straps.

Sammy puts Claudio in the corner to CHOP him! But Claudio doesn’t flinch. Sammy throws a forearm, Claudio EuroUppers Sammy off his feet! Claudio rips off Sammy’s mesh shirt to CHOP him! Claudio whips Sammy into the gap between rings and Sammy tumbles with the ropes so close together. Claudio stalks Sammy to the JAS ring and Sammy tries to climb! Claudio grabs at Sammy as he clings to the rafters! Claudio chases Sammy, drags him down, but Sammy throws elbows. Claudio drops to bring Sammy down, and Sammy gets crotched on the top rope! Claudio shrugs while Tay Conti complains.

Claudio drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner, but Sammy stops himself. Sammy elbows Claudio back, goes up to springboards away to the BCC side ring! Fans boo while Sammy bows and then flips Claudio off. Claudio storms into the gap but Sammy attacks him! They brawl, Sammy puts Claudio into the corner and fires hands, but fans cuss Sammy out! Claudio shoves and EuroUuppers Sammy! Claudio TOSSES Sammy back into the JAS ring, whips Sammy and pops him up, but Sammy hits a CUTTER! Tay cheers but fans boo as Sammy stands up. Sammy kisses Tay through the cage, and then goes back to the ring, only to turn around into a trip!

Fans fire up, Claudio takes Sammy for a SWING! The countdown is done, Daniel Garcia gets in for the man-up advantage! Garcia watches out for the swinging Sammy, and he CLOBBERS Claudio from behind! Garcia fires off on Claudio, he stomps away and fans boo, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Garcia storms back up on Claudio but into EuroUppers! Garcia and Sammy mug Claudio, then Garcia facelocks Claudio while Sammy climbs. The young pillars of the JAS argue about who needs to do what, but Claudio throws body shots and EuroUppers on Garcia! Sammy hurries in but he also gets body shots! Garcia and Sammy are in opposite corners, so Claudio starts up a EuroUpper train! Garcia, then Sammy, then back to Garcia, but Garcia dropkicks the legs out! Sammy then KNEES Claudio down! Garcia and Sammy hug it out and stomp away on Claudio. They double suplex Claudio up and over, then stomp him more.

Sammy CLUBS Claudio to ropes, Garcia helps Sammy double whip to ropes. They double elbow Claudio down, Garcia hits a NECK SNAPPER! Sammy and Garcia get Claudio in a corner and bring him out again, but Claudio blocks the double suplex this time! Claudio DOUBLE SUPLEXES Sammy and Garcia! All three men are down, Garcia crawls away to the BCC ring. Claudio stalks after him, but Sammy hurries to CLOBBER Claudio! Garcia BOOTS Claudio at the ropes, then CHOKES him! And he doesn’t have to stop this time! Garcia talks trash on the BCC while Sammy chokes Claudio now, using the suspender straps he took off earlier!

Garcia takes off his do-rag and CHOKES Claudio with it! They both grind Claudio down at the ropes, taunting BCC the whole time. Dynamite returns to single picture as Sammy puts Claudio in a corner. Sammy and Garcia mug Claudio, but the countdown is almost up! Claudio fights back, and as soon as the door opens, Yuta is inside! Yuta wants after Garcia for the attack on AEW Dark last night but he ROCKS Sammy first! FLYING LARIAT for Sammy! GERMAN SUPLEX for Garcia! Yuta holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Garcia swings wild but can’t get free, another GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yuta isn’t done, he hits a fourth GERMAN SUPLEX! Sammy waistlocks Yuta but Yuta shoves Garcia away to switch with Sammy. A GERMAN SUPLEX for the Spanish God! And then another! Tay gets worried as Yuta sets Sammy up, Claudio runs in, EUROUPPER GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Sammy is finally let go and fans fire up with Yuta’s half a dozen German Suplexes! Yuta and Claudio high-five and Claudio drags Garcia from the ropes. Claudio has the do-rag, Yuta has the suspenders, and they use those to CHOKE Garcia and Sammy! Claudio TOSSES Garcia across the ring like that! Yuta lets Sammy go to stomp him down!

Claudio hauls Garcia up to TOSS him into the steel! Yuta TOSSES Sammy into steel! But the countdown is done, and the JAS sends in Rock Hard Jake Hager! Hager rushes in and Yuta leaps at him, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Claudio chases Garcia into the JAS ring, Garcia runs but into a trophy lift! Claudio TOSSES Garcia to the BCC ring while Hager TOSSES Yuta to the JAS ring! Yuta gets hung up a bit on the ropes in the gap, but now Hager and Claudio stare down! Fans fire up, knowing these two have history. Claudio joins Hager in the same ring, and the haymakers start flying! Fans chant “WE THE PEOPLE!” as Hager whips but Claudio dodges!

Claudio springboards, FLYING EUROUPPER! Fans fire up as Claudio stomps and uppercuts Hager in the corner. But Garcia helps Hager while Sammy intercepts Yuta. Hager and Garcia mug Claudio, Yuta scraps with Sammy, but then Hager ROCKS Yuta. Hager has Yuta against the steel then RAMS into him! Hager runs again but Yuta dodges to KICK Hager! Claudio fights off Garcia but Sammy hits him back. Claudio EuroUppers Sammy while Yuta missile dropkicks Hager! Claudio bumps Sammy off buckles, Yuta fires off on Hager. Hager clinches Yuta but Claudio goes after Hager with body shots. Hager picks Claudio up for a SPINEBUSTER!

Sammy and Garcia stomp Yuta while Hager hammers Claudio. But the countdown is ending and the JAS get ready. Fans want to see him, so MOXLEY gets in! And he brings a chair! Moxley CHUCKS the chair at Hager’s head, and it bounces right off to hit the steel! Moxley then fires off on Garcia, kicks Sammy, and he stacks the young pillars in a corner to CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH them! And again! And again! Moxley brings Sammy around for an X-PLEX! Garcia tries to get away but Moxley traps him in the ropes and bends him backwards! With some fishhooks and crossface forearms for good measure!

Fans sing, “F ’em up, Moxley, F ’em up!” Moxley joins Garcia in the gap to rain down hammer fists! Claudio picks up the chair Moxley brought in and sets it down. Claudio gives Hager a BULLDOG onto the chair! Regal is loving this now as Moxley grinds Garcia’s face off steel like a cheese grater! Claudio sits the chair up and Yuta helps him bring Sammy over. They double whip Sammy and Yuta drop toeholds Sammy to SMACK off the seat! Eddie gives Moxley a fork to JAB into Garcia’s forehead!! Yuta stomps away on Hager, Claudio tosses Sammy to the JAS ring, and Hager uses the chair on Hager’s ribs.

Claudio taunts Tay with putting Sammy on the ropes and she shouts, “I HATE YOU!” He doesn’t care, Cesaro STRADDLE CHOKES Sammy on the ropes! Yuta and Moxley join Claudio, and Garcia is bleeding from the forehead. Moxley picks Garcia up for Yuta to run, they hit a HART ATTACK on Red Death! Claudio high-fives his team for that one, and then fetches Sammy. Tay is shrieking as Claudio trophy lifts Sammy, to toss him to Moxley’s CUTTER! Then Claudio drags Sammy around while Yuta climbs up top, and Claudio sets Sammy up for Yuta’s DIVING HEADBUTT! A nice shoutout to Bryan Danielson there.

Yuta keeps on Sammy while Claudio and Moxley go back to Hager. Moxley tells Claudio to fetch Garcia, and Yuta’s already working on the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS as fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Claudio and Moxley join in with their own HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans love the triple hammering, but the countdown is finishing again. JAS sends in “Cool Hand Ange” Parker, but he realizes he’s actually outnumbered right now. He stays on the outside of the ring but ends up cornered that way. Fans tell him “YOU F’D UP!” but he dodges Yuta to regroup with Garcia. That’s not enough, he grabs the chair, but then loses it as he has to scurry away!

Parker goes around a corner but Claudio catches him! Claudio gut wrench suplexes Parker into the ring! Yuta scoops Parker to MICHINOKU DRIVER, and then Moxley gives Parker a EuroUpper! Claudio EuroUppers Parker off his feet! Yuta EuroUppers, and Parker is punch drunk. Moxley EuroUppers Parker and he falls over again. The BCC shrug and Moxley gets a couple push-ups in just so he stays warm. Claudio goes back to fetch Hager and throw EuroUppers. Hager clinches and throws knees in return while Moxley throws the chair into the JAS ring. Yuta keeps on Garcia, but Parker JAMS Moxley with the chair!

Hager TOSSES Claudio into steel, Parker SMACKS Moxley on the back! Garcia, crimson mask at 100%, turns things around on Yuta while Parker RAMS into Moxley at the corner! Hager stands on Claudio, Parker helps Sammy up, and Hager has a chair of his own to SMACK Claudio’s leg! Yuta turns things back on Garcia while Hager smothers Claudio’s face with a chair. Garcia reverses Yuta’s whip to SHOTGUN Yuta into the corner! Moxley DECKS Parker, DECKS Sammy, and brings Sammy back to center. Hager SMACKS Claudio on the back with the chair! And then Hager digs the chair into Claudio’s neck!

The countdown is over, and Parker hurries to block the BCC door! Ortiz powers through and CLOBBERS Parker! Ortiz then CLOBBERS Sammy, CLOBBERS him again, CLOBBERS Hager, CLOBBERS Sammy again, then CLOBBERS Parker! Ortiz CLOBBERS Sammy a third time, then CLOBBERS Parker a third time! Ortiz whips but Sammy reverses, Ortiz comes back but Sammy dodges, so Ortiz CLOBBERS Parker a fourth time! Sammy dodges Ortiz again, but Ortiz comes right back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Ortiz is a one man wrecking crew, and Dynamite goes picture in picture again.

Ortiz brings Sammy up to drag him up to a POWERBOMB! Yuta helps Moxley in the JAS ring but Parker then TOSSES Ortiz to that side! Hager hauls Claudio up but Claudio throws body shots. Ortiz hits Parker back, Claudio EuroUppers Hager in a corner! Yuta stands on Garcia’s neck, Moxley and Ortiz mug Parker, and Claudio RAMS Sammy into Hager! Ortiz RAMS Parker into steel! Yuta RAMS Garcia into steel! Moxley brings out a black bag! That is always a dangerous sign, and Moxley pours out broken glass! Hager suplexes Claudio while Moxley brings Parker over. PILEDRIVER onto the glass!!

Ortiz SMACKS Garcia with a chair! Ortiz SMACKS Parker with the chair! Parker is bleeding now, but of course he would from that glass to his forehead. Yuta holds Garcia down while Moxley goes after Hager and rakes the eyes! Claudio keeps Sammy down while Moxley ROCKS Hager with a haymaker. Moxley has Hager in a corner, climbs up and digs a piece of glass into Hager’s forehead! The Maniac is truly going nuts in Blood & Guts! Yuta kicks Parker around, Claudio climbs up to rain down fists on Hager from all sides! Claudio EuroUppers Hager, but Garcia kicks Claudio. Garcia and Hager CROTCH Claudio together!

Hager and Garcia shake the rope to really jam up Claudio’s junk but Moxley goes after them. Sammy goes after Moxley and now Moxley gets mugged. Sammy and Garcia double whip Moxley HARD into the steel! Hager ROCKS Claudio while he’s still on the ropes, and Dynamite returns to single picture again. The countdown is finishing as Parker crotches Yuta on ropes, and Sammy does the same to Ortiz. Now “Daddy Magic” gets in with a chair of his own. Menard SMACKS Yuta off the ropes! And he SMACKS Ortiz! And then SMACKS Claudio, and he CLOBBERS Moxley! Menard, Garcia, Sammy and Hager all stomp the Interim AEW World Champion!

Garcia SMACKS Claudio down with the chair, Parker and Menard go to the JAS ring to keep eyes on Yuta and Ortiz. Hager digs his knees into Moxley, Garcia joins Menard and Parker while they hit Ortiz with a DOUBLE DDT! Sammy brings Moxley up to snap suplex Moxley onto a chair! Moxley’s forehead is bleeding again, just like on Sunday. Hager POSTS Claudio, fans chant “We Want Tables!” while Menard CHOKES Moxley! Menard rains down fists, trying to make Moxley’s forehead even bloodier. Menard shoves Moxley through ropes to RAM him into steel! And dig him in, too! And ROCK him!

Claudio fires off EuroUppers on Hager in the gap! Yuta sees Garcia up top and SMACKS him with the chair! Claudio runs side to side but Hager manages to move and Claudio runs right into the wall! Menard throws back elbows on Moxley but Yuta’s CLAWING Sammy’s eyes! Menard spots Ortiz trying to crawl through the gap and intercepts him. Parker CLAWS Yuta’s eyes now! But the countdown is finishing again! And Eddie helps Santana get one of those tables! They put it in, and Ortiz helps bring it in. Santana gets the BAT! Santana dodges Menard, CLOBBERS Garcia, CHOPS Menard, then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again!

Santana CHOPS away on Menard in the corner, then brings Menard out to center for a ROLLING- NO, Menard ducks to waistlock. Garcia rushes in but Santana BOOTS him down! Santana then switches to SAIDO Menard down! Hager is digging his knee into Claudio at a corner, Garcia rushes back in at Santana, but Santana gives him an URENAGE! Eddie is watching Jericho from across the way, clearly waiting for The Wizard to finally join this fight. Wait, Santana is clutching his leg. Did he overdo the urenage and hurt himself? Santana falls back while Ortiz digs a chair into Garcia. Yuta, bleeding from his forehead, punches away on Parker’s crimson mask of a face!

Parker uses the cameraman to CLOBBER Yuta, then he RAMS Yuta into the steel! Sammy runs at Claudio but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Menard and Ortiz fight over the barbed wire bat, and Jericho looks worried since the time is finally approaching. Menard digs the bat into Ortiz’s face but Moxley has the FORK! Moxley JABS the fork into Menard’s head! And wait, Moxley has BAMBOO SHOOTS?! Moxley JAMS those into Menard’s head now!! Fans tell Moxley he’s a Sick F for that one, but Yuta helps Moxley stomp Menard down. Garcia puts Claudio into the ropes to pull him back, and Ortiz checks on Santana.

Menard is of course bleeding now, but he still throws punches on Moxley. Hager fires off on Ortiz, but Yuta has Parker so that he and Garcia can have some sort of sleeper hold stare down! Sammy gets back up to help Hager mug Ortiz, and Menard has the barbed wire bat! Menard digs that into Moxley’s face! Garcia and Yuta throw Parker and Claudio aside to start firing off SLAPPING palm strikes on each other! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster and faster! And then the countdown is back, and Jericho steps in! Jericho has Floyd to CLUB Claudio! Ortiz dodges and throws haymakers on Jericho! DDT!! Ortiz digs the chair into Jericho!

Parker CLOBBERS Moxley with a chair, Ortiz SMACKS Jericho with a chair, but Sammy climbs up and aims at Ortiz. Sammy leaps to FLYING CUTTER! Yuta gets Sammy with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Santana DECKS Parker, Menard rushes at Yuta but Yuta spins him around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Tay checks on Sammy while Hager hauls Yuta up for a SPINEBUSTER! Claudio spins Hager around to torture rack! RACK BOMB! Garcia roars and BLASTS Claudio with a EuroUpper! But Claudio fires up and comes back to POP-UP UPPERCUT Garcia!! Claudio stomps Garcia, but Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER!

Jericho grins as he’s the only one standing, but he hasn’t counted properly. The countdown is down, and here comes EDDIE!! Fans are thunderous as the Mad King, kendo stick in hand SMACKS Garcia then SMACKS Parker! The bell finally rings, because Blood & Guts can truly start! Which means it can finally end, too! Eddie stalks Jericho, SMACKS Menard, SMACKS Hager, SMACKS Menard more, then SMACKS Hager, too! That kendo stick is breaking, but it stays together so Eddie can go after Jericho! Jericho wants out but there’s no escape! SMACK and SMACK and SMACK from Eddie to Jericho!

Eddie tosses the broken stick, and he pulls out a bottle off… Is that rubbing alcohol? Gasoline? What is it?! Hager CLOBBERS Eddie before anyone can find out! Hager tosses Eddie into the ring, he and Garcia and Parker stomp away while Menard smothers Yuta and Sammy CLUBS Claudio. Ortiz punches Parker, he gets a chair and SMACKS Garcia, “This is Awesome!” as Ortiz fires off on everyone in the JAS! Moxley is after Garcia, Eddie gets his kendo stick back, but Tay manages to get whatever Eddie had and pass it to Jericho! But Ortiz brings the TABLE over! The BCC has the JAS on the floor, and that table makes its way to the gap.

The table is set up, Eddie SMACKS Hager into falling on the table, and Claudio EuroUppers Parker in a corner. Yuta and Moxley give Garcia their own version of DOOMSDAY! Ortiz helps Eddie get Hager up while Claudio BOOTS Menard against steel! Eddie and Ortiz give Hager a DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the table! The BCC regroup, they go after Garcia and Eddie brings Garcia around. Garcia resists but Eddie HEADBUTTS him! Garcia still resists his face touching steel, but Eddie FISHHOOKS his mouth. The BCC gather up more of those black bags, and they pour them out. It’s THUMBTACKS! And a TON of them!

The entire JAS ring has tacks, while Cesaro and Ortiz are tearing up the BCC ring’s mat! They are exposing the wood! They’re truly tearing the house down! Moxley gives Menard an X-PLEX onto the tacks!! Claudio whips Sammy but he reverses to RANA Claudio into the steel! Sammy BOOTS Claudio, BOOTS Eddie then SUPERKICKS him! Wait, how did Parker end up hanging from the girder on the outside of the ring?! It’s like something from a slasher horror movie! Garcia LASHES Yuta with his belt, then TOSSES him off the type while Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Kingston goes after Garcia and JABS at him with the fork! Eddie and Ortiz are after Garcia together while Moxley shoots around Menard to have a SLEEPER! They’re both falling into the tacks while Eddie and Ortiz DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Garcia! Moxley has the BULLY CHOKE on Menard while they’re in the tacks! Jericho finally makes a move, and he squirts the bottle of rubbing alcohol on Moxley’s face! It stings his bloody wound, and then Jericho hits JUDAS EFFECT! Moxley falls onto the tacks!! Jericho snarls and he looms over Moxley, gloating as if he’s won already. Jericho then gathers up a handful of tacks, and DIGS them into Moxley’s forehead!

Jericho paces around, again the only one standing. Jericho drags Moxley up again, TOSSES him into the steel, then fires off hands. But Moxley brings Jericho in to BITE his face! Moxley then kicks, underhooks, but Jericho fights. Jericho LOW BLOWS Moxley! And then hits a DDT onto the tacks! Jericho THRUSTS a chair at Eddie! Jericho soaks up the heat and gets Moxley’s legs. Dynamite returns to single picture as Jericho drags Moxley around in the tacks, before WALLS OF JERICHO!! Moxley endures as he’s being pushed into the tacks, but here comes Eddie! Fans are thunderous as Eddie gathers up tacks, to THROW into Jericho’s face!!

Jericho lets Moxley go as he scrambles away to the BCC ring. Eddie hurries after him, and he throws haymakers! “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!!” Eddie wants to do just that as he whips Jericho into the steel! Eddie hobbles around, gets the barbed wire bat, but Jericho blasts the FIRE EXTINGUISHER at Eddie! Eddie flounders away and Jericho tells Tay to do something. Tay CLOBBERS referee Aubrey Edwards?! All to get the key to the cage?! Tay unlocks the cage door and fans boo, but here comes RUBY SOHO! The Runaway won’t let Tay get away with this! Ruby drags Tay down and fires off fists! The refs try to stop these two but the ladies brawl to the back!

Jericho climbs up the cage! Didn’t he learn from the first Blood & Guts this doesn’t work out well? But Eddie laughs and he follows Jericho up! Jericho and Eddie stand up, and Eddie fires off hands! Eddie BITES Jericho’s ear, Mike Tyson style! URAKEN! Jericho falls down but he is still on the top. Sammy hurries to climb up and help Jericho as Eddie says Jericho’s going off the edge! Sammy CLOBBERS Eddie first! Sammy looks around, trying to figure out what to do next. Fans rally as the three crawl up top and everyone else is regrouping down below. Sammy stands, he digs Eddie’s face into the steel, and fans chant “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Sammy drags Eddie up but Eddie LOW BLOWS Sammy! Eddie says Sammy F’d up, and down come the straps! Eddie TOSSES Sammy off the edge!! Sammy CRASHES down through the timekeeper’s area!! Fans lose their minds and Eddie grins. But this fight is still going as Dynamite goes picture and picture again!

Eddie looks through the ceiling to check on his team. They’re still in this, too, but medics are checking Sammy. Jericho stands up, Eddie pursues, but Jericho goes to the far side. Jericho warns Eddie, but Eddie doesn’t care, he keeps heading that way. They get forehead to forehead and the forearms start flying! Then they become haymakers, and it’s a hockey fight! Detroit is loving this! Eddie BITES Jericho again, then rips at his shirt. Eddie CHOPS Jericho, Jericho wobbles, and Dynamite goes to break!

Dynamite returns one more time, and Eddie rains down fists on on Jericho. Jericho trips Eddie to rain down fists on him, then get the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Menard RAMS Ortiz into steel on the outside of the cage! The fight is spilling out of the steel, and CLAUDIO climbs! Will Claudio put away his grudge with Eddie to end this with Jericho? BOOT for Jericho, that is a yes! But here comes Menard! Daddy Magic is going to reinforce Jericho now, but Claudio has Jericho’s legs! SWISS SWING on top of the cage! Claudio goes around 10 times, then steps through, but Menard CLUBS Claudio. Menard rains down forearms, then drags Claudio up.

Menard reels Claudio in, Claudio fights the lift, and Eddie has Jericho in the STRETCH PLUM! Claudio trips up Menard, and has a SHARPSHOOTER!! DUAL SUBMISSIONS on top of the cage! Jericho and Menard endure, but MENARD TAPS!! The BCC WINS!!

Winners: Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz & Blackpool Combat Club, by submission

Eddie is confused, he thought he was gonna make Jericho tap. But a win is a win because Claudio finished off Daddy Magic! Eddie is a bit upset by that, but can’t he be happy for the group? Ortiz, Yuta and Moxley are, and even Santana, despite his apparent injury. Will winning take care of the hard feelings? Is the BCC finally through with the JAS?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, especially with it being Blood & Guts. A great opener with Cassidy and Ethan Page, with some Hellish cleverness from Lambert getting Best Friends ejected and putting advantage back to his side. But of course, that didn’t change anything and Cassidy came out the winner. It is also good to see Chuck Taylor is still here, there was concern he was leaving AEW after deleting tweets. But with Cassidy winning, he maintains momentum and could even win his way up to one of the midcard titles. There’s history between Cassidy and PAC, so an All-Atlantic Championship feud that also helps give us some Best Friends VS Death Triangle closure would be a great move.

It was fairly clear, though perhaps a bit mind-boggling, that Luchasaurus was going to turn Heel with Christian Cage’s influence. Luchasaurus looks pretty awesome in all black gear, mask included, and of course he demolished Serpentico. Jungle Boy is apparently actually injured, not just out with the kayfabe injury from the Con-Chair-To, but that will give Luchasaurus plenty of time to shine as a singles guy and as a Heel monster, and we’ll eventually get JB VS Luchasaurus on the way to JB going after Christian.

Wardlow and Scorpio had a good promo interaction to set-up their title match, and a Street Fight is of course setting up interference. I just can’t be sure which way this goes, because Scorpio could use interference to win again, or Wardlow becomes that powerful to win even with interference. When I saw that the Six Man Tag had mystery partners for Danhausen, I just knew it would be FTR. Fans love FTR, fans love Danhausen, this seemed like a natural combination. The Six Man Tag was a lot of fun, and of course #FTHausen wins to keep momentum after Forbidden Door. And while the split in Acclaimed Gunn Club was coming, it happening because of this loss was a small surprise. Billy is siding with the Acclaimed, of course, and I can’t wait to see how this sorts out.

Jade was of course winning her title match tonight, especially because it was Leila Grey, who hasn’t even won one match during her time on Dark and Elevation. But I was hoping that with Grey helping Jade and Kiera, Grey would get a spot as the new Baddie. Instead, Jade snubs Grey, and we’ll still wait to see who subs in. At the same time, I don’t get how that promo from Stokely was supposed to work this in kayfabe. If it’s an Open Challenge, I suppose Grey answered first and that’s it, but then he pokes holes by bringing up how Athena and/or Kris should’ve answered it to get their shot at Jade. Maybe they were just overthinking the logic of their own storytelling, but maybe this story still finds its way to giving one or both Athena and Kris Statlander their title shots.

The Young Bucks had a good promo to help the audience understand that sadly, yes, Adam Cole is hurt after Forbidden Door. But with Fish kayfabe out, and Kyle and Adam more or less legitimately out, this gives the Undisputed Elite a chance to return all together and do who knows what. But Bucks calling out Goto-Hashi, they’re going to have a really good match, but I would think Bucks win because the only ones taking those belts off them are the tag team belt collectors, FTR.

And what a big Rampage we’re having, with that match, Nyla VS Storm, and then the “Royal Rampage,” which I can’t see being like the Royal Rumble with sending one man out at a time. It could just be a huge battle royal, just on Rampage, but who knows. Out of those 20, I would think Hangman doesn’t get this, his story back to the world title needs to be a bit like his journey to the top the first time. He has to scratch and claw, no shortcuts, and I would love if Hangman gets the interim belt right before CM Punk returns so the Undisputed AEW World Championship can be between Hangman and Punk in a Double or Nothing rematch. As for who will/should get this, I’d love if it was Rush for someone completely fresh, or maybe Darby or even Dustin Rhodes for a fan favorite moment.

And of course, Blood & Guts was an epic main event because it was an entire hour. Great stuff from all 12 men, as well as Tay and Ruby Soho. Sadly, Santana got legit hurt from that rough urenage, it could be a torn ACL. It sucks because Santana surely had a lot to do in this match, and it sucks because he and Ortiz could’ve gotten in on some tag title story before the inevitable FTR VS Bucks for all the belts. But even with Santana going down, everything was a bloody as it should’ve been, and what a great way to finish things. Eddie throwing Sammy off was awesome, and explains why the timekeeper’s area got so big.

I almost thought that was a sign JAS was winning, but in the end, it’s BCC. If Bryan had been in this, I bet the finish would be exactly the same with Bryan getting Menard to tap/surrender, and Eddie being annoyed by that. It’s good that Eddie gets over his beef with Claudio, for now, and while Garcia VS Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship is already on the books, there could be a lot of different things the rest of these guys do, such as Claudio getting in on the All-Atlantic Championship and Eddie still settling things with Jericho 1v1 to put the feud to bed.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (6/28/22)

Wheeler Yuta gets Dark!

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AEW Dark 2

The ROH Pure Championship shines in Universal Studios!

AEW continues in Universal Studios, and the ROH Pure Championship is back in action! Will Wheeler Yuta retain his title against Premier Athlete, Tony Nese?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Willow Nightingale VS Ashley D’Amboise; Nightingale wins.
  • Nick Comoroto & Aaron Solo VS Matt Vandagriff & Knull; Comoroto & Solo win.
  • Matt Sydal VS Jake Something; Sydal wins.
  • Athena VS Amber Nova; Athena wins.
  • Dante Martin VS Lucky Ali; Dante wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Valentina Rossi; Julia wins.
  • Fuego Del Sol VS Marcus Kross; Fuego wins.
  • JD Drake & Ryan Nemeth VS Evil Uno & Preston Vance; Uno & Vance win.
  • Ariya Daivari VS Caleb Konley; Daivari wins.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Yuta wins and retains the title.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Fuego back in action, I hope we get to see him take on Sammy Guevara for that impersonation angle. Good to see Athena (Ember Moon) in action with a returning Amber Nova. Good to see Ariya Daivari on the same night as old WWE running mate, Tony Nese. And speaking of, Nese VS Yuta is going to be a good one, might even cover that one because of how unique the Pure Rules matches are.

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ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling!

The Decoder has been doing the Blackpool Combat Club proud, from Best of the Super Juniors 29 to holding onto this title. Will Yuta still have this title as AEW heads into Blood & Guts? Or will the Premier Athlete finally put some money where his 8 pack is?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the 150th episode of Dark has a golden main event!

The judges for this match are BJ Whitmer, Mercedes Martinez and Christopher Daniels. The ref calls for the Code of Honor handshake, Nese is obliged to take it, but he doesn’t shake Yuta’s hand long. Fans rally for Yuta as he and Nese circle. Nese flexes on Yuta, but Yuta hooks that arm for a fireman’s carry takeover! Cover, ONE and Nese gets away. Yuta flexes back, the two circle and feel out the grapple. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and SLAMS Yuta, but Yuta sit sup and pries free to wrench the arm. Yuta drags Nese down into a double wristlock, then hammerlocks. Nese reaches back, rolls, and wrenches to wristlock.

Nese facelocks, snap suplex to a cover, TWO! Nese facelocks, Yuta slips out and hammerlocks. Nese reaches for ropes, but in Pure Rules, each man can only have three ropebreaks so he decides to forgo using one. Nese fights up but Yuta cranks the hammerlock. Fans rally, Nese drop toeholds and facelocks. Yuta slips out again and Nese is frustrated as he’s back in the hammerlock. Nese fights up again, Yuta wrenches but Nese knees low. Nese whips Yuta to a corner, Yuta reverses but Nese stops himself to elbow back. Nese goes up to moonsault but Yuta dodges! Yuta goes up and over in the corner, then scoops to SLAM and SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Yuta as he clamps onto the arm again. Nese fights up, but Yuta wrenches to headlock. Yuta BOPS Nese in the head, and Sterling protests! But Yuta used an open palm, it is legal! Nese shoves Yuta and argues, but Yuta rushes back in. They tie up, go around and end up on the ropes. The ref wants them to let off, and Nese DECKS Yuta with a cheap shot! Fans boo but Nese gets away with it. Nese then LARIATS Yuta and covers, TWO! Nese hurries to get a leg and he KICKS Yuta in the back over and over to get him in the HALF CRAB! Yuta endures, thinks about it, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nese lets off, and that’s one down for Yuta.

Nese looms over Yuta, brings him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Yuta staggers to a corner, the judges are making notes, and Nese whips Yuta corner to corner hard! Yuta bounces off buckles and flounders around while Nese flexes. Fans rally, Nese drags Yuta up, but Yuta throws body shots. Nese whips Yuta hard into another corner! Yuta writhes, Nese covers, TWO! Nese hurries to facelock Yuta and bring him up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese wraps on the body scissors! Yuta endures, fans rally, but Nese puts on the squeeze. Nese dares Yuta to use a ropebreak but Yuta pushes back to a cover, TWO!

Nese keeps on the squeeze but Yuta still endures. Yuta pushes back again, another cover, TWO! Yuta throws elbows back and gets free! Fans rally but Nese RAMS Yuta to a corner! Nese puts Yuta up top, climbs up after him, but Yuta fights the suplex. Yuta throws body shots and Nese hops down. But Nese rolls to SHORYUKEN! And then a fireman’s carry, but Yuta is holding ropes! That’s ROPEBREAK #2! The ref counts, Nese lets go and everyone, even Sterling, makes note. Yuta has one ropebreak left, will Nese make Yuta use it? Nese kicks Yuta around, pie faces him, but Yuta CHOPS! And forearms! Yuta fires off forearms but Nese shoves him away.

Yuta runs in at the corner, Nese BOOTS him away, then leaps, into an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Yuta fires up, goes corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! Nese staggers, Yuta goes up top, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Nese goes out. Yuta kips up to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up for Yuta but Sterling tells them to shut up. Yuta puts Nese in, but Sterling trips Yuta!! Nese gets Yuta in a facelock, and now the third ROPEBREAK is used! Sterling cheers like that’s the win already! Yuta is upset but he storms up to Nese. Nese trips Yuta into the BOSTON CRAB! Yuta endures, and he throws Nese away!

Nese returns but Yuta DECKS him! Wait, that was a closed fist to the face! Those aren’t allowed in Pure Rules, so that’s a warning on Yuta! Sterling tells Yuta that’s what he gets! Yuta calms down but Nese eggs him on. Nese SPITS at Yuta, and Yuta rushes in! Nese fireman’s carries, Yuta slips off but Nese elbows him away. Yuta uses ropes to rewind and waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Nese escapes and Yuta, a bloody nose or lip, is roaring! Fans fire up with Yuta and he rushes in at Nese to whip him to ropes. Nese reverses, slips under to pump handle and scoop, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Yuta survives, but Nese puts on the BOSTON CRAB! No ropebreaks means Yuta has to get free on his own! Yuta fights, reaches out, gets the ropes out of instinct, but then climbs the ropes and uses leverage to trip Nese up! Nese comes back to HEEL KICK Yuta! Yuta flops, Nese goes to the corner. Nese climbs up top, for a PREMIER 450 FLOP as Yuta moves! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then the STF!! With a STRAITJACKET VARIANT! Nese taps, Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission (still ROH Pure Champion)

Yuta was up against it, but he came out the victor! And though Nese doesn’t want to, he shakes Yuta’s hand to uphold the Code of Honor. The Decoder proves he can grit it out and fight through the blood, but will he be able to help Blackpool Combat Club make it through Blood & Guts?

Wait, speaking of! Daniel Garcia LEAPS off the stage and CLOBBERS Yuta! Jericho Appreciation Society’s Red Death punches away on Yuta’s bloody face, and then Angelo Parker & Matthew Menard join in! They all stomp Yuta, put him back in the ring, and stomp him more! Fans boo as Menard gets the mic. “Take a look! Take a look! You like it, Yuta? Huh? Blackpool Combat Club, huh? Take a look! Tomorrow night, live on Dynamite in Detroit, Michigan, BLOOD & GUTS! You think you’re ready? I don’t think so! YOU GOT NOTHING!”

Parker then takes the mic and says the Jericho Appreciation Society proved they are the five-star symbol of excellence. So at the end of Blood & Guts, the AEW Galaxy will see that Yuta and his “pro-wrestler pieces of garbage” APPRECIATE them! Garcia stands on Yuta and says, “After Blood & Guts, I’ma strip you of your honor, and I’ma strip you of your belt, too.” Garcia stakes his claim to the Pure Championship, but will he have to survive pure carnage inside that double cage?


My Thoughts:

A very good main event from Yuta and Nese, and I like that there were some great parallels between this match and Yuta’s previous ROH Pure title defense, such as running low on ropebreaks. Yuta wins, of course, but then a great go-home bit with the attack from JAS. Garcia, Parker and Menard gave good promos there and it is clear this is going to extend past Blood & Guts, regardless of who wins the match. There’s still so much about Garcia that makes me think he should be in BCC rather than fighting them, but Garcia VS Yuta is going to be an awesome ROH Pure Championship match. You can bet the Code of Honor won’t be upheld there, though.


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