Let’s see who has the luck of the draw!
AEW deals out jokers in the Owen Hart Foundation tournaments, but this is no joke! Will Samoa Joe and Britt Baker survive Wild Card Wednesday?
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Samoa Joe VS John Morrison; Joe wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Hangman Page VS Konosuke Takeshita; Hangman wins.
- Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland VS The Workhorsemen; Keith & Swerve win.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Kyle O’Reilly VS Rey Fenix; Kyle wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Maki Itoh; Britt wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinal: Adam Cole VS Jeff Hardy; Cole wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Samoa Joe VS ???
The Samoan Submission Machine is still ROH World Television Champion, but he’s also looking to be the winner of the Owen Hart Cup! But he’s the one being dealt the wild card to kick off tonight, just who is the joker? It’s… JOHN MORRISON! Or in this case, #JOHNNYELITE! Will the Guru of Greatness become an Emissary of Elite? Or will Joe make him go night-night for his Dynamite debut?
The bell rings and fans fire up as Joe and Morrison circle. The fans chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” The two tie up, but Morrison hits Joe with a quick elbow! Joe shakes it off and smirks as he circles with Morrison again. They feel things out, Joe JABS and CLUBS Morrison, then CHOPS him! That was a sharp one! Joe wrenches, grinds the arm, but Johnny rolls, fires off forearms and a ROUNDHOUSE! Morrison then gets a leg, trips Joe, and Joe scrambles to ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Morrison lets off, and fans cheer the standoff. Joe and Morrison reset, then they approach. Morrison throws a low kick but Joe shakes that off.
Joe storms through the kicks to fire off KICKS of his own! They clinch, end up in a corner, and the ref counts. Joe lets off, but then he CHOPS! Morrison is stinging but Joe JABS and throws body shots! Joe CHOPS again, but Morrison fires forearms and elbows! Morrison ROUNDHOUSES Joe, throws more shots, then runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, Joe brings Morrison up and ROCKS him! Joe ROUNDHOUSES Morrison in return, and looms over him. Joe drags Morrison up to snapmare and neck wrench. Morrison endures, fans rally up, and Morrison kicks free. Joe staggers, and Morrison HOOK KICKS him!
Morrison JABS and throws body shots at the ropes, then he drags Joe to get the armlock. Morrison facelocks, fans rally and duel, and Joe fights up. Joe throws body shots and JABS, then whips Morrison to ropes. Morrison slips off the back drop to cartwheel and LARIAT! Direct hit and Joe flops out of the ring! Morrison just goes up top to KONG CARTWHEEL!! Direct hit and fans are going nuts as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Morrison high-fives fans then goes back for Joe. The ref wants this back in the ring but Morrison drags Joe up to RAM him into railing. Joe staggers away, Morrison stays on him to RAM him into more railing. Morrison whips Joe but Joe reverses to send Morrison into railing! Joe storms up on Morrison, puts him in the ring, and Joe JABS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS , but Morrison blocks to shove! Morrison fires off shots from all sides, throws elbows and kicks in the corner, then runs corner to corner to- URENAGE from Joe! Cover, TWO! Joe clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Morrison down.
Morrison endures as Joe leans on him. Morrison fights up and throws body shots! Dynamite returns to single picture as Morrison runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Joe is snarling as he stalks Morrison. Joe drags Morrison up, reels him in and hits an atomic drop. Joe runs to BOOT Morrison down, and then he hits a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Morrison survives but Joe keeps his focus. Joe drags Morrison up, brings him around, but Morrison fires off forearms and body shots! Morrison tries to fireman’s carry but Joe is too big and strong! Joe CLUBS Morrison down, clinches for KNEES, then CHOPS Morrison off his feet! Cover, TWO!
Morrison scrambles away to a corner, Joe is after him and hoists him up top. Joe fires forearms, then tucks Morrison in. Fans fire up but Morrison slips free! To fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Morrison even handsprings through! Morrison goes up top, for a 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! SHINING WIZARD! Morrison has Joe in the drop zone now, and he goes up for STARSHIP PAIN onto knees!! Joe fires off palm strikes! Morrison is flopping around, Joe puts him up top and tucks him, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)
Johnny Elite couldn’t survive Joe, but wait! Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal attack! They don’t want Joe to enjoy anything! And Satnam Singh swaggers his way out, and Singh drags Joe up. Lethal has the pipe, he CLOBBERS Joe! But here come the BEST FRIENDS! Trent, Rocky & Chuck all have chairs! Lethal, Sonjay & Singh retreat, but will the time come when Lethal and his lackeys have to actually face Joe and the others in a match?
Backstage interview with the Hardy Boyz.
Lexi Nair says breaking news! Jeff Hardy has been medically cleared, he can compete tonight! He feels good, and the adrenaline from the fans- The Young Bucks barge in and has Lexi back off. They’re praying for Jeff, he scared them. What is he thinking? He’s been doing this for thirty years, he can’t be climbing ladders and do this stuff anymore. They need to think about their families. Jeff should just take the night off. If he doesn’t, he’s just a shell of his former self and Adam Cole will kick his ass. The Hardys tell the Bucks can stop with the #ChristianAF BS! Don’t worry about Jeff, he’ll be fine. He’s a legit Hardy, not a cosplayer like the Bucks.
The wimpy, whiny bitches, Matt & Nick, will never be tougher or better than them. And if the Bucks interfere, Cole won’t be the only member of the Undisputed Elite getting their asses whipped! The Bucks still wish Hardy luck, but will they listen to Matt Hardy’s warning?
CM Punk heads to commentary!
He is fired up and ready to watch this next match, since it involves the AEW World Champion.
Hangman Page VS Konosuke Takeshita!
The Cowboy is taking on the Best in the World at Double or Nothing, but tonight, he’ll focus on The Future! Will Konosuke get himself a golden ticket? Or will we see some #CowboySh*t go down in H Town?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Hangman! The forearms start flying, then Konosuke EuroUppers! Konosuke runs but into a scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and Konosuke get to the apron. Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Konosuke! Punk says both guys here have the size, looks and skill, but he’ll beat them all. Hangman puts Konosuke in the ring and fans fire up, but Konosuke hits a BIG PLANCHA! Direct hit back, and Konosuke gets Hangman in the ring. Konosuke drags Hangman up but Hangman CLUBS the back suplex away.
Hangman runs, Konosuke reels him in, but Hangman slips out of the suplex. Konosuke runs in but is put on the apron. Konosuke ROCKS Hangman, goes up, but Hangman trips him up! Konosuke flops to the apron, Hangman goes out to join him, and he CHOPS Konosuke! Hangman then goes to suplex, but Konosuke blocks holding ropes. Konosuke tries to suplex but Hangman blocks. Konosuke wrenches out, ROCKS Hangman with a forearm, and then runs in, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Hangman looks to Punk on commentary, then goes up top! Fans fire up and Hangman ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again and fans fire up!
Dynamite goes picture in picture as Hangman paces around. He drags Konosuke up to CHOP him again. Hangman puts Konosuke in, gets the leg and has a standing toehold. Konosuke endures, keeps his shoulder up, and kicks Hangman away. Konosuke runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps cool and he brings Konosuke back up for another CHOP! Konosuke CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight, until Hangman knees low. Hangman whips, Konosuke reverses but leaps into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Hangman grows a bit frustrated but he cools off again.
Hangman brings Konosuke up, wraps on a chinlock and grinds Konosuke down. Konosuke endures, fights up, throws body shots, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Konosuke throws haymakers and forearms, then whips. Hangman reverses, Konosuke ducks and dodges to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Konosuke dodges to scoop for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Hangman bails out, Konosuke builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Hangman! Fans fire up and Konosuke gets Hangman up and into the ring. Hangman gets to a corner and fans chant, “This is Awesome!”
Konosuke runs corner to corner at Hangman, HELLUVA KICK! Konosuke goes again but Hangman BOOTS back! Hangman GERMAN SUPLEXES at a high angle, but Konosuke gets up to GERMAN SUPLEX right back! Both men run, both men dodge, and both men LARIAT!! Both men fall and the fans give a standing ovation! Fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while the ref’s ten count climbs. Hangman sits up at 5, Konosuke follows, and both men stagger up. Hangman ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Hangman. They go back and forth with more forearms, but Knosuke gets the edge with big elbows!
Hangman POLISH HAMMERS, then gut wrenches for a TOMBSTONE! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives but Hangman keeps his focus. Hangman check son Konosuke, fans rally and Hangman watches Punk while he goes to the apron. The elbow pad comes off, and Hangman looks to show Punk how it’s done. BUCK- NO! Konosuke gets around to CHAOS- NO! Hangman fights the German Suplex, switches, but Konosuke elbows free. Hangman ROCKS Konosuke, and again, but Konosuke ROCKS Hangman! LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! But Konosuke hurries, V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous and Punk admits Hangman is tough. Konosuke gets Hangman up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! But the neck and arm hurt too much for the bridge to stay up! Fans rally and the ref checks on Konosuke but he says he can continue. Hangman and Konosuke get to corners, Konosuke shouts out the legend but Hangman blocks the knee! Konosuke blocks to ROLLING ELBOW! But Hangman reverses the whip, Konosuke leaps into the ROLLING ELBOW!! Hangman snarls and Punk is actually enjoying this. Hangman gets Konosuke up, brings him over to a corner and hoists him up top.
Hangman climbs up after Konosuke, brings Konosuke up, but Konosuke CLUBS Hangman! SUPER LARIAT! But Hangman flips through to land on his feet?! DISCUS!! Then BUCK SHOT!! But not done there! Hangman picks Konosuke up, GO TO SLEEP!! Punk nods as Hangman returns the favor, and Hangman covers, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
CM Punk says he’s loving this! Punk even gets off the commentary desk so he can stare Hangman down properly from the stage. Punk raises his hands, but Hangman raises the belt, and the two get face to face. Fans are thunderous as the two circle each other, and then Hangman storms past Punk. Will these two have a drag down, knockout fight in Vegas?
Fuego Del Sol calls out the House of Black.
He knows what Malakai and his minions are thinking. They’re thinking Fuego just twists his finger because of his tornado DDT. No! He twists his finger in the air because he’s a little twisted inside. Hell, he must be if he’s still calling them out! They’ve made his life hell but Fuego was made to walk through fire! Now he evens the odds, with the Dark Order! This Friday on Rampage, they have the House of Black’s number! In fact, the odds are in their favor. You might say, they’re Ten to One. But will Fuego, Evil Uno and Preston Vance be able to do what no one has done and tear down the House of Black?
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland VS The Workhorsemen!
The Limitless One is in his home state, and he’s welcoming everyone in Houston to Swerve’s House! But will these two keep their tag team momentum going? Or will JD Drake & Anthony Henry find a way not to bask in their glory?
The teams sort out, Keith starts against JD and fans sing, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith conducts the singing but JD shoves him! JD mocks the conducting, so Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! JD somehow stays on his feet but Keith wrenches an arm and wristlocks. Keith tags Swerve, fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Swerve throws a body shot and wrenches the arm, but JD CHOPS him! Tag to Henry, and he slides in after a leg. Swerve traps Henry’s arm, wrenches, but Henry KICKS! And KICKS!
Henry waistlocks but Swerve back shim into a corner. The ref counts, Swerve lets off but then SOBATS! Swerve runs in to uppercut, then he snapmares Henry down for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve keeps moving, SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! JD gets in to back suplex but Swerve lands on his feet. Swerve CHOPS, JD swings but misses! Tag to Keith, Swerve goes Matrix and Keith CROSSBODIES! Henry BOOTS Swerve, but Keith dodges the crossbody to POUNCE! Henry flounders up, Keith brings him in and Swerve goes up! SPIRIT STOMPS!! Cover, Keith & Swerve win!
Winners: Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
That #FallFromGlory was all Keith & Swerve needed to win! Fans sing, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” as Keith gets the mic. Keith says, “My state, I have some wonderful news! It turns out with that victory, the Realest, Swerve Strickland, and yours truly, THE LIMITLESS Keith Lee, have now become a top five ranked tag team.” But here comes Team Taz! The #AbsolutePowerhouses, Will Hobbs & Ricky Starks are here, and Starks says, “Well, well, well. That’s enough talking from you, Rex from Toy Story.” But those two are two of the most selfish jabronies! They think they deserve a shot when Team Taz is right here is insane!
Not only did Starks beat Jungle Boy, but he also beat Swerve’s ass, too! Swerve says Starks is dressed like a bar of soap with a pearl necklace on. Second, this is Houston, Texas. There is Southern hospitality. What did Starks’ mama teach him? But wait, here come the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and Christian Cage! Christian says Ricky thinks he’s smart, but too bad he’s not smart enough to know when to shut up! Instead, he’s walking around with his chest puffed out, dressed like he’s about to go golfing with Christian’s grandfather, and the title on his shoulder. Christian gets it, Starks thinks he’s ready for a real championship.
Now both these teams are worthy, but they’re not the best. Jurassic Express is the best! But they’ll go outside the box and challenge both teams! It’ll be a TRIPLE THREAT for the AEW World Tag Team Champions… AT DOUBLE OR NOTHING! Fans like the sound of that! And since we’re going outside the box, here’s another idea. Starks’ stupid look makes Christian want JB to get the win back. And a win over the guy who cost him that match! So Starks VS Swerve VS Jungle Boy, NEXT WEEK ON DYNAMITE! Fans also like how that sounds! Will that Triple Threat Singles be a great preview of the Triple Threat Tag we’re getting?
Tony Schiavone interviews Kris Statlander and Red Velvet backstage.
These former friends face off in the Owen Hart, and Velvet says they saved each other and all in the past. But that ship has sailed. Things are different now and Velvet wants to win the whole damn thing. So Kris better bring everything, because Velvet will, “The Baddie way.” Yeah, they’ve both changed, clearly. Kris wasn’t in this to begin with but she is taking the opportunity to the top. There is nothing personal, it is just business. And speaking of business, Jade Cargill walks in and says it is hilarious that Velvet made “alien girl” think they were ever friends. Velvet needed a real leader, in Jade. And Tony, cut the sh*t. Will The Chef cook Kris and head for the Cup?
MJF heads to the ring!
He has Shawn Spears with him, as always, and Spears has the leather strap! MJF has his music cut short, Houston boos, but MJF says he is clearly no longer in Long Island. He is in Houston, Te- then he gags. He’ll get it, he’ll get it! Sorry. He is in Houston- Huuuurr. HOUSTON TEXAS. There. And to be honest, everything IS bigger in Texas, because he’s seeing a bunch of dumb, grotesque, FAT hicks! Fans call him an A-Hole but MJF wonders if they mean him or the man he’s about to whip. MJF explains this to Wardlow: If Wardlow lays one finger during these lashes, if he retaliates, he doesn’t get his match with MJF at Double or Nothing, and he never signs with AEW.
Fans tell MJF to STFU but MJF keeps talking. He says that even if Wardlow retaliates, he can keep his job with MJF, so that he can keep shining MJF’s shoes. Because MJF is better than you, and you know it! Now send out the pig! Garage doors open in the back, and a handcuffed Wardlow is escorted into the building by security. And despite what is coming, Wardlow is not afraid. Fans chant his name and cheer him on, and Wardlow gets in the ring. MJF SPITS on Wardlow, but Wardlow just smirks. Wardlow stands at the center of the ring, and MJF LASHES him already. But Wardlow just laughs it off! Apparently that didn’t hurt.
MJF throws off his jacket and decides to LASH again. Still nothing. MJF gets serious and throws off his shirt, fans taunt him for how long that took, and then MJF winds up to LASH Wardlow again. And again and again and again! Was that already 10? Spears keeps MJF back as MJF shouts, “I HATE YOU!” Spears calms MJF down and MJF lets Spears try. Spears winds up and LASHES! Nope, still nothing. Somehow that’s only the eighth. Spears LASHES him again, and now it stings. MJF gets in Wardlow’s face but Wardlow has him back off. Just one last shot. Fans chant Wardlow’s name, and MJF gets mad.
MJF winds up and LOW BLOWS! Then he LASHES past ten!! Spears and MJF mug Wardlow, fans boo, and they CHOKE Wardlow! MJF gets the Dynamite Diamond Ring, and he DECKS Wardlow with it! Fans boo as MJF tears off his A-shirt. Then MJF tells Spears to finish this. Spears gets Wardlow up, fireman’s carries, and runs for the C4!! Cover, MJF counts it, and MJF says Spears wins! Spears flexes like he did something, and MJF says this is Wardlow’s fate! Wardlow ain’t making it to the PPV! MJF steps on Wardlow’s neck, but will Wardlow take all his anger out on The Chair Man inside the cage?
Roppongi Vice speaks.
Trent says it’s been a weird past few months, but RPG Vice is back together full-time! And they’re going to make a statement. And what better way than to go after something that has eluded them for so long: The ROH World Tag Team Championships! Rocky says that’s just step one. Step two: the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! And step three: The AEW World Tag Team Championships! So all the fighting champs out there better be ready. RPG Vice VS FTR, ROH World Tag Team Championships! All FTR has to do is accept. They know Bret would.
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Kyle O’Reilly VS Rey Fenix w/ Death Triangle!
Samoa Joe made it through the joker, and now he awaits in the semifinals! Will reDRagon’s #KillerKyle take down the Firebird? Or will Fenix say #ANIMO to taking on the Samoan Submission Machine?
The bell rings and Kyle circles with Fenix. Fans fire up, and Kyle drops to bait Fenix. Fenix stomps but misses, Kyle drags Fenix down and has a headlock. Fenix fights up, powers out, but Kyle runs him over. Things speed up, Kyle rolls over Fenix and fans duel, Kyle BOOTS Fenix but Fenix rebounds to hurdle Kyle. Fenix keeps going, sunset flip, but Kyle drops for an ARMBAR! Fenix stacks for a cover, TWO! Fenix tries a rolling cradle, TWO! Kyle wants a leg but Fenix uses that to cradle again, TWO! Kyle blocks the buzzsaw, flips Fenix but Fenix lands on his feet, but Kyle ROUNDHOUSES! They go forehead to forehead and fans fire up!
Fenix shoves, so Kyle throws a forearm. Fenix CHOPS, so Kyle throws another former. Fenix CHOPS, Kyle KICKS a leg out, then wrenches an arm, only for Fenix to trip him. Fenix runs, handsprings over the drop down, blocks the kick to give a kick, but Kyle reverses the whip into a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Fenix endures, headbutts and throws body shots and is free. Kyle runs in but into a BOOT! Fenix hops up, Kyle ROCKS him with a forearm! Kyle gets the arms, wrenches, but Fenix kicks and forearms back! Fenix wristlocks, goes up and jumps to loop the arm through ropes! Then springboard ENZIGURI!
Kyle bails out, fans fire up and Fenix DIVES! Direct hit and they hit the railing! Fenix puts Kyle in, goes up the corner, FROG SPLASH into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Kyle squeezes tight, Fenix endures and fights around to a stack, ONE! Kyle gets the ARMBAR! Fenix gets a ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kyle lets off and fans rally up. Fenix bails out but Kyle pursues around the way. Kyle KICKS a leg, hammerlocks Fenix and POSTS the bad arm! Fenix flops down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Kyle steps on Fenix, refreshes the ring count, then brings Fenix up to wrench and hammerlock again. Kyle POSTS Fenix again! Fenix falls back down, but he gets up to CHOP Kyle! Kyle ROUNDHOUSES Fenix again! Kyle refreshes the count again, drags Fenix up and hammerlocks, but Fenix sends Kyle into POST! Fenix shakes out the bad arm, hobbles his way into the ring, and Kyle gets in at the corner. Kyle hurries to KNEE Fenix down! Fenix bails back out, Kyle pursues again, and he BOOTS Fenix in the side. Kyle KICKS Fenix against railing, follows him around the way, then KICKS him into a taking a seat!
Fans fire up and Kyle runs in, to DROPKICK Fenix against railing! Kyle drags Fenix up to toss him into the ring, and he grabs at the bad arm. Fenix endures as Kyle hammerlocks, and Fenix gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle KNEES Fenix in the arm as he lets off, then paces around. Kyle runs back in to KNEE Fenix against ropes! Kyle gets the bad arm, pulls the elbow pad away, then KICKS Fenix down! And KICKS him again! Kyle taunts Fenix, kicks at him, but Fenix gets up to CHOP! Kyle KNEES Fenix down, taunts him more, and then cartwheels just to KICK Fenix in the back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Fenix CHOPS again!
Kyle throws a forearm, taunts Fenix, but Fenix forearm sin return! Kyle ROCKS Fenix, eggs him on again, and Fenix throws another shot., Kyle fires off a strike fest, then eggs Fenix on. The bad arm holds Fenix back, but he fires off forearms and a CHOP! And a CHOP! And a mule kick! Kyle gets up, gasping for air, and fans fire up! Fenix whips, Kyle reverses but Fenix tiger feints, only for the bad arm to give up! Kyle hurries to get Fenix up, but Fenix GAMANGIRIS Kyle! Fenix tightrope walks to MULE KICK Kyle down! Kyle flounders, Fenix Alabama Lifts, for a FLIPPING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Fenix is frustrated but fans rally up. Fenix gets Kyle up, CLUBS Kyle, and fans rally behind him. But Kyle suplexes! Fenix knees free, Kyle shoves him but Fenix somersault SPIKE-RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Kyle escapes and Fenix can’t believe it! Fans rally again, Kyle crawls but Fenix stands. Fenix runs but Kyle pops him up to ROUNDHOUSE! Another strike fest, but Fenix jumps the sweep to ROUNDHOUSE back! Fenix goes up the corner, leaps, but into underhooks! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Another BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Kyle still holds on, hauls Fenix up, but Fenix RAMS him into a corner! Fenix CHOPS, GAMANGIRIS, then runs to JUMP SOBAT!
Kyle staggers and fans fire up as Fenix hit a HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Kyle staggers and yoyos, but Fenix avoids the lariat to tiger feint rewind HEEL KICK! Kyle yoyos again, LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as Kyle and Fenix are punch drunk. They bump into each other, “This is Awesome!” as Kyle kicks, Fenix kicks, and DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both men down! They both sit up, and they both SLAP each other back down! Houston is loving this as a standing count climbs. Kyle gets up at 4 of 10, he clamps onto Fenix’s arm, but Fenix fights up to CHOP, forearm and repeat! Kyle wobbles, but he wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER!
Kyle hops on, GUILLOTINE!! He drags Fenix down, and has a KIMURA! Then he steps through, but Fenix rolls, into a KNEE! Fenix springs up to ENZIGURI! Kyle AX AND SMASH!! But Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK!! Kyle flounders to the apron and fans are thunderous again. Fenix tightrope walks, but to RANA!! They crash to the floor but Fenix gets Kyle back in! Fans lose their minds, but Fenix somersaults, into an ARMBAR!! Kyle shifts around, gets a leg involved, but Fenix clasps hands! Kyle uses leverage to pry the arm free! FENIX TAPS, KYLE WINS!!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission (advances to the semifinals)
#KillerKyle clipped Fenix’s wing, and now we have Kyle VS Joe in the other semifinal match! But with what Lethal and company did to Joe, will Kyle have a much easier time taking down the ROH World Television Champion?
The Blackpool Combat Club heads to the ring!
Bryan Danielson and William Regal enter together from the stage, and of course Jon Moxley leads Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz through the crowd! And then, the Jericho Appreciation Society makes their entrance. Houston sings Judas for “The Wizard,” but then Angelo Parker has them stop! And no pyro, either! No sing-along, no pyro! Jericho takes the mic and says when fans want to sing, they’re excited. But meanwhile, last week, when the JAS was attacked by this gang of thugs, the fans cheered! Jericho says he started thinking: “Who could’ve put together this violent attack between all of these heathens?” It’s of course his old nemesis, Mr. William Regal!
Fans chant for Regal and Santana shakes Regal’s hand, even. Jericho says it’s been awhile. Good to see him. Honestly, thought he’d be dead by now. It’s amazing that after all the abuse Regal put himself through, he still has a working brain, sorta. Fans call Jericho an A-Hole, but Jericho says, “Talk about wasted potential.” All his wrestling skill and character, eh could’ve been one of the Greatest of All Time, just like Jericho. He should’ve been a world class champion ten times over, but instead ended up a world class addict. Regal has been fired from every company he’s ever worked for, and then weaseled his way into AEW on the coattails of his proteges.
Jericho says what a collection! Santana & Ortiz, who are too stupid that everything they had was cuz of Jericho. There’s Eddie Kingston, who fans are chanting for, and Jericho says he’s too stupid to stay home and take care of his family and his wife. Once again, if he needs any pointers, just have her give Jericho a call. And then there’s Bryan Danielson. “YES! YES! YES!” Possibly the greatest wrestler in the world today, yet nothing more than a squeaky clean nerd. Bryan never had a drink in his life, huh? Well stick with that lot long enough, and you’ll get disco biscuits and whiskey shoved down your throat until you have to join “the program” with Moxley!
“It’s a royal flush of losers right here! No wonder Moxley and Regal hang out so much, they’re birds of a feather.” Regal, Jericho’s advice is to go home, stay out of the JAS’s business, because otherwise he gets a fireball in his face, because Jericho is a wizard! Or… Maybe Jericho will just piss in Regal’s tea again. Regal finally speaks up. “Since 1997 when I first met you, I’ve had to listen to you with that whining, vile, pathetic, trap snapping voice of yours. And the only thing that could make me more sick to my stomach are the screams from a burning orphanage, so please be quiet.”
Regal says Jericho is right, he hit a few truths about the past. But there’s one thing these last 21 years that has kept Regal going through thick and thin: for every single time Regal was on a show with Jericho, and that’s hundreds of times, or even when Regal wasn’t wrestling Jericho, whenever Jericho was in the ring, Regal would go to his locker room and open Jericho’s bag to take out the toiletries and unzip it. Regal would take out the toothbrush and stick it right up his bum. Daniel Garcia says that is disgusting! How could Regal ever do that to somebody? “Well, actually, flower, I did it to yours last week.” WHAT?!
Jericho takes the mic back and has to get a certain taste out of his mouth. It’s obvious what they all want! They want a fight, right? It just so happens that at Double or Nothing, one of the greatest matches Jericho ever invented in AEW, THE ACE of AEW… Double or Nothing has been synonymous with this match type! The JAS challenges the BCC to the STADIUM- Moxley speaks up to say no. He ain’t doing that sh*t. They’re not getting sucked into the sports entertainment vortex. Stadium Stampede was a different time, and a different place. This situation calls for… JAS getting their asses kicked live and in living color in front of an arena full of screaming fans!
So here’s what happens at Double or Nothing: the five douchebags of JAS VS the five of Regal’s crew, gang warfare in anything goes, glorious violence until the JAS is all bleeding like stuck pigs! Fans like the sound of that. Moxley says call it whatever you want! Anarchy in the Arena! Pro-Wrestling VS Sports Entertainment! The beautiful art of what they love VS “a bunch of stupid bullsh*t!” Moxley hands the mic to Eddie and Jericho says if they want anarchy, fine! But JAS is a well-oiled machine. BCC has issues! In fact, the last time Moxley and Santana were in the ring together, they were trying to stab each other’s eyes out! The GOOD Eye for an Eye match!
And Danielson and Eddie have been after each other all year? What did Bryan say about Eddie? Matt Menard reminds us that Bryan called Eddie “lazy!” And what did Eddie say in return? That Bryan was a “judgmental prick!” Eddie says yes, he is. But let’s just hurry this up. Why wait for the PPV? Who cares about the fans or buys or ratings! Let’s just fight, bitch! Fans fire up for that one, and Hager is ready to go. But Jericho says nope. Eddie says they’ll just go after them then! But Bryan stands in Eddie’s way? Even Moxley is a bit surprised. Eddie shoves Bryan but Bryan shoves Eddie! Is Jericho right about the dysfunction in this destructive group?
Matt Sydal and Dante Martin speak.
Sydal wants to make sure Dante is seeing this. The BCC can’t get along with anyone because they only care about violence. And while they’re caught up with those sports entertainers, Dante can see it in their eyes. They just want to fight. So that is what these two will give them! But a fight with the two highest high-fliers in AEW is not something they’re ready for. And no one has to wait for Double or Nothing! They’ll do this on Rampage! Sydal & Dante just called out any two members of the BCC, but will they be the ones regretting this?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS ???
We saw one joker be dealt with, and now the Doctor deals with the other! Just who is taking on Britt Baker, DMD? It’s… MAKI ITOH!! The Cutest in the World is back in AEW, but will she be dance her way to the next round? Or will the Doctor be in the semifinals?
The bell rings and Maki is happy to see her tag partner, and vice versa. They hug, and then Britt asks Maki for a favor. Maki says of course, and she drops down!? Maki’s gonna let Britt win?! Nope, nevermind, Maki drags Britt into a cradle! TWO!! Maki almost had Britt and Britt is pissed! Britt ROCKS Maki with a forearm, and Maki cries…? Britt is confused, but then Maki stomps Britt’s foot! Maki does a little dance while she grinds Britt’s toes, then she flips Britt off. Britt slaps the finger away, swings on Maki but Maki dodges to run, and run Britt over! Maki roars, fires up, and runs, KOKESHI MISSES!
Britt hurries to get Maki’s arms! Rings of Saturn, but Maki gets a cover, TWO! Fans duel, Britt fires off forearms, and whips. Maki reverses but Britt SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt rains down fists on Maki while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Britt mocks the V for victory then bumps Maki off buckles. Britt CHOKES Maki, the ref counts, and Britt lets off, to then ROCK Maki with a forearm! Britt sweeps the legs and digs her boot into Maki. The ref counts, Britt lets off, then she soaks up the cheers and jeers. Britt stomps Maki more, drags her from the corner, and she covers, TWO! Maki gets to ropes and scowls but Britt CHOKES her! The ref counts, Britt steps off, but Maki is getting mad! Britt brings Maki up to CHOKER her again! Britt makes Maki smile since she is the joker, after all. The ref counts, Britt lets off with a forearm, then swaggers about.
Britt brings Maki around, throws more forearms, then whips to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she clamps onto Maki with a seated cobra twist. Maki endures, fights, but Britt CLUBS her down. Maki still endures the hold and fans rally up. Maki fights up to her feet, throws body shots, but Britt ROCKS Maki with a forearm. Maki staggers and cries again, but Britt mocks her. Britt pie faces Maki so Maki scowls. Maki pie faces back, Britt drags Maki up and into underhooks. Dynamite returns to single picture as Britt his the BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Britt covers, TWO! Britt drags Maki up, but Maki snap suplexes first!
Fans fire up and Britt gets up to kick Maki down. Britt bumps Maki off buckles, throws more forearms, and she brings out the glove! Britt grins as she puts the glove on, then spells out “D M D!” Britt gets Maki up, bumps her off buckles again, but Maki’s hard head doesn’t feel it. Maki grins and shakes her head, but Britt bumps her off buckles again. Maki fires up and fans fire up! Maki headbutts the buckle to make a point! Britt isn’t sure what to do, Maki HEADBUTTS her! Fans fire up and Maki brings Britt in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Maki hurries to get Britt into the center and stomps her.
Fans fire up, Maki runs, but she fakes Britt out to KOKESHI! Cover, TWO! Britt hurries to SUPERKICK Maki down! Britt clamps on with RINGS OF SATURN! And then, she flips Maki off before the LOCKJAW! Maki taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (advances to the semifinals)
But before Britt can celebrate, here comes Toni Storm! The Lightning From Down Under stares down her next opponent and Britt mocks the rock ‘n’ roll, but will Britt be the one crying when it’s #ToniTime?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
He reminds us that it’ll be Britt VS Storm in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup semifinals, and it’ll be Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly in one of the Men’s Owen Hart Cup semifinals! And it’ll be a celebration of THREE YEARS of AEW at Double or Nothing in Las Vegas! But then out walks Serena Deeb! She apologizes for interrupting but she had to come out here to say she is so sick of hearing Tony Schiavone talk! What? Deeb heard what he said in the vignette. He said she couldn’t beat Thunder Rosa at Double or Nothing! Well, he simply predicted Rosa winning the match. Deeb can win against Rosa- Well that’s not what he said.
So congrats, Tony! After all your years in the business, in one interview, you made yourself a complete idiot! And speaking of idiots, Deeb remembers Dustin Rhodes saying his piece. Deeb knows Dustin is in the back and invites him to come out. Yep, here he comes! Fans cheer for The Natural as he goes to the ring. Dustin doesn’t get why Deeb’s doing this, but Deeb says of course Texas cheers Dustin. He’s a failure, just like all their sports teams! Fans boo Deeb and Deeb tells Dustin that she heard him be as much of an idiot as Schiavone. Hell, seems like JR is the only one with brains around here!
That cute little video of Dustin and his teacher’s pet, “I’m her coach, I’m her mentor~.” Deeb used to respect Dustin. She knows what he had to do to persevere, and he knows what she had to do. The dues she had to pay to make wrestling good for women today! The trials and tribulations she had to endure during “that” era! And still no respect. She put breast implants into her body just to satisfy some old perverts! She shaved her head just to show how bad she wanted this! So tell her, face to face, why did Dustin say Deeb can’t beat Rosa? No answer? Y’know why he can’t answer? Because Dustin doesn’t have the BALLS to!
When Deeb does beat Rosa to become AEW Women’s World Champion, Dustin will respect her! But speaking of, here comes Rosa! Deeb SLAPS Dustin, then eggs Rosa on! Dustin holds Rosa back! Rosa elbows Dustin away! She realizes what she did and apologizes, but Deeb gets the belt! BELT SHOT on Rosa!! Deeb smirks and leaves, belt in hand! The Wolf of Wrestling steals Rosa’s title tonight, but will she rightfully own it after Double or Nothing?
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinal: Adam Cole VS Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy!
The Undisputed Elite has two horses in the race, and while Kyle VS Joe is set for the second semifinal, we see the first one happen here tonight! Will the Panama City Playboy head to Las Vegas? Or will he be rendered OBSOLETE by the Charismatic Enigma?
But wait! Cole attacks Jeff during his entrance! Cole stomps Jeff on the ramp, then whips him into the ring! The ref reprimands, Matt is stunned, but Cole sets up on the ramp for “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets in, but Hardy kicks him low! The bell rings, Jeff bumps Cole off buckles, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes up the corner! Jeff aims but Cole bails out. So Jeff goes to the apron and LEAPS onto Cole! Fans fire up with “DELETE! DELETE!” as Jeff puts Cole in. Cole bails out, Jeff pursues but Cole kicks low. Cole RAMS Jeff into the steps, then stares Matt down. Cole goes back for Jeff and puts him in the ring.
Fans rally, Cole drags Jeff up and reels him in, BACKSTABBER! Cole watches Jeff stir while fans rally up. Cole sits Jeff up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cole stomps a mudhole into Jeff, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole takes a bow then goes back for Jeff. Cole wrenches and whips Jeff corner to corner, and Jeff bounces off buckles hard! Cole smirks and brings Jeff up to CHOKE him on the rope! The ref counts, Cole lets off, and Jeff sputters to a corner. Cole drags Jeff up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jeff is still in this and Cole is annoyed, but he soaks up the cheers and jeers. Cole clamps on a chinlock to grind Jeff down but Jeff endures. Jeff fights up and throws body shots, but Cole throws him down by his hair!
The ref reprimands, Cole picks Jeff’s hair off his fingers, then goes back to drag Jeff up and JAM him in the back with a knee. Cole has the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Jeff endures, fans rally up, and Jeff fights to his feet. Cole knees low, DECKS Jeff with a forearm, then brings Jeff back up to bump off buckles! Jeff flounders against ropes, Cole whips him to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cole smirks and pretends to check a watch. Cole taunts Jeff and throws more forearms. Dynamite returns to single picture as Jeff hits back! Jeff dodges the haymaker to CLUB Cole and hit a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg Trap Cradle, TWO!!
Fans rally and Matt rallies the fans with “DELETE! DELETE!” Cole throws a haymaker but Jeff gives it back. Cole throws a forearm, Jeff throws a haymaker. Jeff gets the edge but Cole knees low! Cole blocks the first kick but not the SPIN BACK KICK! But Cole PELES! Jeff drops but Cole drags him back up, only for Jeff to suplex and GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cole is still in this but Jeff grits his teeth. Fans rally, Jeff has Cole in a corner, and Jeff whips. Cole reverses then runs in, but Jeff elbows him away! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND SUPERKICK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Cole didn’t get all of Jeff and that helps Jeff survive!
Fans rally, Cole takes down the kneepad and runs, but Jeff ducks! Jeff kicks for the STUNNER OF FATE! Then the INVERTED TWIST OF FATE! Jeff throws off the shirt and goes up top! Fans are thunderous and Jeff takes aim, SWANTON BOMB FLOPS as Cole moves! THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
And now we have one half of the finals! Cole gloats, but Matt gets in to make sure he doesn’t add on. Cole stays back, but here come the Young Bucks! The Hardys turn around in time before they can set up, but then Cole CLOBBERS the Hardys from behind! Fans boo, but the Bucks give Matt the B T E TRIGGER!! They also stomp away on Jeff! But here comes Darby and STIIIIING! Darby TACKLES Nick, Matt goes after him and they brawl! Sting slowly approaches, and he goes after Matt and Cole! The Undisputed Elite can’t stay up, but here comes Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly! Fish KNEES Darby, then feeds him to Kyle for TOTAL ANNIHILATION!
Sting is still after Cole but reDRagon gets in! Sting goes after them with big haymakers, and then he fires off on Cole! Kyle SMACKS Sting with a chair! But it does nothing!! Fans are thunderous as Sting takes the chair from Kyle to SMACK back with it! But then the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK SANDWICH Sting down!! Cole gets the chair, he puts it around Sting’s leg, and fans boo as the rest of the Undisputed Elite pushes the Hardys and Darby out! KING KONG KNEE DROP on the leg!!! Fish mocks Sting’s pain, and Cole even has another chair! But AEW’s out of time! Quick, check Twitter!
The Undisputed Elite continues the beat down, Kyle stomping Darby at the ropes! They then leave all four men behind to go up the ramp and to the stage for the group pose. They may be standing tall now, but will the Men’s Owen Hart Cup still be Undisputed?
A great Dynamite with almost all Owen Hart tournament matches. I was a little surprised Samoa Joe’s match opened the night, and what a great surprise that it’s “Johnny Elite” as the men’s joker. Also a little surprised Joe won when Lethal, Sonjay & Singh are still after him. But I also like that Best Friends/Roppongi Vice run them off, still wondering if we get a Six Man Tag of those guys before Joe and Lethal fight for the ROH World TV title. RPG Vice calling out a lot of tag team champions was cool, too, I would love of a big series of tag title matches between Double or Nothing and Forbidden Door in June. This could be exactly how FTR gets themselves to being TRIPLE Tag Champions.
And speaking of tag titles, a Triple Threat is a great move to accelerate things between Keith & Swerve, Team Taz and Jurassic Express. It is also a way that a team can win and get the belts off Jurassic Express without actually pinning Jurassic Express. If there’s a time for Christian to break off from Jurassic Express, it’d be after a big Triple Threat loss at Double or Nothing. The Triple Threat of JB VS Starks VS Swerve is going to be really telling towards the tag match. If JB wins, it basically foreshadows one of the other teams taking those belts. Fuego calling out House of Black and teaming with The Dark Order is a good move, and I almost hope Fuego officially joins Dark Order since Dark Order isn’t really interacting with Hangman anymore.
Hangman VS Konosuke was an awesome match, and Punk was good on commentary half complimenting and half insulting Hangman. Hangman of course gets the win for momentum, and he has a pretty great stare down with Punk. Still anyone’s guess who wins at Double or Nothing, but it’d be an interesting next phase for Hangman if he has to chase again. The lashing of Wardlow segment wasn’t quite as dramatic as I expected, though Wardlow basically has Goldberg entrance. But it was hilarious how Wardlow was no selling the lashing and it was pissing MJF off. I didn’t think MJF would kick Wardlow in the balls, but should’ve expected it. This only guarantees Wardlow beats Spears into a puddle next week despite MJF being special referee.
Britt VS Maki was great stuff, Maki is a great character. But I figured Britt would win, she’s a top star in AEW and her taking on Storm was definitely going to happen. Statlander, Velvet and the Baddies had a good promo segment together, Statlander VS Velvet could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Velvet having help from The Baddies. Kyle O’Reilly VS Rey Fenix was match of the NIGHT! Maybe even match of the week and match of the month. Kyle winning makes sense to give Undisputed Elite another contender, and maybe in the semifinals, Joe gets truly screwed over by Lethal so Kyle can advance. Cole had a great match with Jeff Hardy in the main event, and of course he won. We could still end up with Cole VS Kyle in the finals, which would be awesome for many reasons.
Deeb had a great promo segment with Schiavone and Dustin, and she made some strong points in regards to the WWE’s Diva Era and the BS that went on then. And sadly, it seems like that BS is coming back, if you look at how things are in NXT 2.0 and the WWE Women’s Tag Division. Rosa of course comes out to confront Deeb, but then Deeb stands tall. Pretty sure that means Rosa wins to strengthen her reign.
And I really liked what we got out of JAS and BCC plus Proud ‘n’ Powerful. I just knew Jericho would bring up Stadium Stampede as that literally is synonymous with Double or Nothing and Jericho, but of course they can’t do that, we’re finally leaving the pandemic era behind. While I was hoping we’d get Blood & Guts announced, I hope we get that after Moxley & Bryan destroy Sydal & Dante. Otherwise, it sounds like a slightly more chaotic Falls Count Anywhere type match, which I don’t see really working all that well as far as cameras keeping up with everything. And announcing Blood & Guts just makes sense because we have Regal here to shout the name!
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!
AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?
- Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
- Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.
A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?
To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!
- The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
- Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Royal Rampage!
Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?
Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.
Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!
Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.
Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!
Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.
Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!
Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!
Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!
Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.
Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!
Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!
Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!
Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!
The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.
Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!
Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!
Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!
Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!
Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!
Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!
Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!
Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)
The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?
Backstage interview with Hook.
Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?
The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!
Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!
Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!
Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner. Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!
Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!
Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)
Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?
AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.
“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?
Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!
Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?
Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!
The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!
Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!
Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!
Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!
Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!
The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?
A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.
Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.
Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.
The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.
My Score: 8.6/10
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