This might be the realest Dynamite yet!
MJF continues to put Wardlow through the wringer, but now he’s bringing a seven foot tall mercenary to AEW to make quite the impact on Dynamite!
- Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy VS Bobby Fish w/ Kyle O’Reilly; Hardy wins and advances to the tournament.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Angelico, The Butcher & The Blade; BCC wins.
- Wardlow VS W. Morrissey w/ MJF; Wardlow wins.
- Chris Jericho w/ The JAS VS Santana w/ Ortiz; Jericho wins.
- Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Rey Fenix VS Dante Martin; Fenix wins and advances to the tournament.
- Undisputed ROH Women’s World Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo VS Mercedes Martinez; Martinez wins and is the undisputed ROH Women’s World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole is here!
The leader of the Undisputed Elite is going to join commentary so he can watch this opening match!
Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy VS Bobby Fish w/ Kyle O’Reilly!
The Charismatic Enigma takes on the Infamous One, with another spot in history on the line! Will Jeff deny the Undisputed Elite from having three men in the tournament? Or will this tournament be truly undisputed?
The bell rings and fans are fired up as the two stare down. They circle as fans rally, and they tie up. Hardy wrenches and CLUBS an arm, then wrenches and CLUBS it again. Hardy headlocks but Fish powers out, only for Hardy to run him over. Hardy does his dance, fans fire up, and things speed up. Cole says taunting is a mistake, but Hardy still reverses a hip toss into a hip toss! Cover, ONE, but Hardy keeps Fish down with a chinlock. Fans rally while Fish endures. Fish fights up and Cole says Fish is warming up. Hardy RAMS Fish into a corner, RAMS him some more, then whips corner to corner to bump him off buckles.
Fans duel, Fish kicks back but Hardy throws body shots. Hardy headbutts, RAMS into Fish, then bumps him off more buckles. Hardy whips but Fish reverses to RAM Hardy in return! Fish fires heavy shots in the corner, KICKS a leg, then he drags Hardy up to get the leg. Fish throws knees and kicks, then DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Fish stalks Hardy, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Hardy is showing how hardy he is, but Fish drags him up. Fans rally, Fish BOOTS Hardy into a corner, and Fish fires more heavy hands. Fish brings Hardy around for knees, then he snapmares Hardy down.
Fish goes out then slingshot sentons but misses as Hardy bails out! Fish hurries after him but Hardy kicks back. Fish gets the leg again to DRAGON SCREW Hardy into railing! The ref checks on Jeff, Fish tells Matt to back up. Sting and Darby Allin watch from the rafters while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fish stomps Hardy, drags him up, and RAMS him into the railing. Jeff slumps down but Fish tells Matt to back off again. Fish throws more shots on Jeff, then CLUBS him in the side. Fish refreshes the count while Jeff slumps against steps. Fish then brings Hardy around, only for Hardy to throw haymakers! Fish KNEES low, but Jeff gets in as Matt coaches him. Fish stares Matt down then gets back in the ring. Fish paces around Hardy, rains down fists and forearms, then paces again. Fish drags Hardy up to then clinch and bring him around. Hardy gets a cradle! TWO, and Fish KNEES Hardy down!
Fish paces around Hardy, drags him up, and wrenches an arm into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish is frustrated but he drags Hardy up to CLUB him with crossface forearms. Dynamite returns to single picture, Cole still likes what he sees, but Hardy spin back kicks! Fans rally for “BROTHER NERO!” as Hardy and Fish slowly rise. They stand, Hardy wants a jawbreaker but is denied! Hardy blocks Fish’s kick and tries again, but the jawbreaker gets a KNEE from Fish! Fish swings but misses, Hardy hits the JAWBREAKER on the third try! Fans rally up and Cole coaches Fish from commentary.
Fish and Hardy stand again, and Fish KICKS Hardy off his feet! Hardy gets up but Fish KICKS him down again! Hardy ducks the third kick but the mule kick hits. Fish runs but into an elbow! And then a lariat! Hardy whips, Fish reverses but Hardy CLOBBERS Fish! Fans fire up and Hardy gives Fish an atomic drop! Leg trip, leg splitter leg drop! Then basement dropkick and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Fish is still in this and Cole feels good about this. Hardy kicks and TWIST OF FATE! Fish is down, Hardy hurries to the corner and fans fire up! Cole shouts for Fish to get up but Hardy is up top!
Fish KICKS Hardy’s legs out! Hardy is stuck on the top rope and Fish throws haymakers. Fish climbs up after Hardy, for a SUPER FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Fish has the KNEEBAR!! Cole says this is it! Squeeze, Bobby, squeeze! But Hardy endures, with his brother and the fans rallying! ROPEBREAK! Fish lets go at 4 in frustration, but Kyle is fired up for Fish. Cole says Fish has plenty in the tank, and he runs at Hardy corner to corner, but into an elbow! Hardy goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit! Hardy crawls past Fish to go up the corner! Cole says big mistake, but Hardy’s up top! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Jeff Hardy wins!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament)
Cole is upset because the sixth seed goes to the Charismatic Enigma! But then the Young Bucks make their way out! Cole says Matt & Nick Jackson are the sharpest dressed duo as they join the Hardys in the ring. Fans like where this is going and even Cole wants to see a match of those teams. Matt & Nick leave it at this as they check on Fish. But will the Bucks and the Hardys have a tag team war in AEW soon enough?
Rampage has another early episode this week!
With the NHL taking over TNT on Friday, May 6th, Rampage will be at 5:30 PM Eastern, 2:30 Pacific! Make sure to adjust your calendars accordingly so you don’t miss a thing!
William Regal speaks.
“It’s said the eyes are a window to the soul. But if you’re a professional wrestler, it’s the scars that actually tell the story of what your soul holds. Whether it be because of torture, because of punishment, because of conflict, scars are the things that separate us from people who won’t get into the ring and fight for a living.” We also get a video highlight reel of the Blackpool Combat Club training hard, and putting young Wheeler Yuta through grueling sparring sessions.
Regal continues to say, “If you gave 100 people a knife and told them to inflict punishment on the person they hate most in the world, 99% of those people would stab that person. The people in the Blackpool Combat Club wouldn’t. We would you cut you on the cheek. Because being stabbed, you’ll forget about it in six months. I prefer to think that all of us would get more pleasure out of knowing that every morning, when you wake up, you’re going to look in the mirror, and you’re going to remember us because of the scars we left on you.” Who will the BCC scar on their way to the top?
Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Angelico, The Butcher & The Blade!
We heard from their menacing mentor, now we will see those words put into action! The American Dragon, Maniac and Decoder have already gone two for two as a trio, will they make it three? Or will the Andrade Family Office finally gain some traction now that the South African Submission Specialist is back in action?
The AFO strike while Jon Moxley is still making his entrance! Butcher clobbers Moxley into railing and hammers away, Blade is stomping Bryan Danielson and Angelico is stomping Wheeler Yuta! Moxley hits back, Regal isn’t bothered at all, and Moxley throws Butcher into railing! Yuta and Angelico spill out of the ring but Blade chokes Bryan with his jacket! Yuta CHOPS Angelico, Angelico KNEES Yuta! The ref gets Blade to stop choking Bryan and then Blade gloats while raising his hands triumphantly. The bell rings to get this on record, and Blade CHOPS Bryan to a corner. And ROCK him with a right, and another CHOP!
Blade whips Bryan to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Blade drags Bryan over to tag Angelico, and they mug Bryan. Angelico wrenches an arm, hooks up both arms, then ties up both legs, for a HANGING BOW ‘N’ ARROW! But Bryan fights free to sunset flip, TWO! Bryan KICKS Angelico in the chest, then KICKS him again! Bryan bumps Angelico off buckles, CHOPS him, then keeps him up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan lets off, to then run in and DROPKICK! Bryan drags Angelico back in, wrenches and wristlocks then tags Yuta. They CLUB Angelico’s arm, then Yuta CHOPS!
Fans rally for Yuta but Angelico knees low. Angelico JABS Yuta, tags Blade, but Yuta back drops and arm-drags Blade to an armlock! Yuta wrenches the wrist, isolates the arm, then STOMPS it! Yuta then scoops but Blade slips off. Butcher tags in, Yuta dropkicks Blade then dropkicks Butcher, but Butcher stays up! Butcher eggs Yuta on, so Yuta fires forearms! Butcher shoves Yuta into Angelico’s cheap shot, but Yuta DECKS Angelico for it. Blade trips Yuta up, Butcher CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, Butcher drags Yuta up and Dynamite goes picture in picture with the snap suplex!
Butcher drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Blade. Blade fires haymakers, CHOPS, and then HCOKES Yuta! The ref counts, Blade lets off, but Yuta DECKS Angelico again! Butcher CLUBS Yuta down, Blade tags Angelico in, and they mug Yuta. Angelico drags Yuta down to trap one arm and pull the other into a modified triangle! Yuta endures, fans rally, Moxley shouts to Yuta, and Yuta moves around. ROPEBREAK, and Angelico thrashes the arms until the ref counts 4. Angelico drags Yuta up, tag to Butcher. They mug Yuta, then Butcher CHOPS Yuta against ropes. Yuta CHOPS back but Butcher CHOPS again!
Butcher CHOPS Yuta in the corner until Yuta falls down. Butcher bumps Yuta off buckles, tags Blade, and they double whip to run Yuta over. They roll Yuta to his feet to DOUBLE CHOP him down! Cover, TWO! Blade KICKS Yuta but now Yuta eggs him on. Blade scuffs Yuta but Yuta still wants more. Blade kicks, Yuta CHOPS, so Blade rakes eyes! Yuta ends up back in the AFO corner and gets mugged again. The ref counts and reprimands, Angelico tags in to add kicks and stomps and jabs! Tag to Butcher, he drags Yuta up to whip into the open corner hard! Yuta bounces off buckles, but Butcher whips him hard the other way!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Yuta stands back up. Butcher storms over and whips Yuta back to the other corner, but Yuta goes up and under and reaches for his corner! Butcher pulls him back but Yuta slips under and waistlocks. GERMAN SUPLEX on Butcher! Fans are fired up while both men are down. Yuta and Butcher crawl, hot tags to Moxley and Blade! Fans explode as Moxley rallies on Blade, then clotheslines him out of the ring! Moxley goes out after Blade to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley clears out space to dump Blade back over! Moxley whips Blade into steel steps!
Fans are thunderous as Moxley drags Blade up to put in the ring. Blade KICKS Moxley back then runs, into a CUTTER! Butcher gets in, Moxley BITES him! The ref counts, Moxley stops but Blade POSTS him! Tag to Angelico, he runs in to roll over Moxley’s back. Moxley jumps the sweep but the Eddy Gordo Kick hits! Angelico runs, into a LARIAT! Moxley shakes his head, tags Bryan in, and Moxley has Angelico by his ear! Bryan missile dropkicks Angelico down! Fans fire up as Bryan gets the wrists! Butcher and Blade rush in but are intercepted! REAR NAKED CHOKE for Blade, GUILLOTINE for Butcher!
Fans are thunderous as Bryan is free to give Angelico DANIELSON STOMPS!! Hammer ‘n’ Anvil Elbows for Butcher and Blade, too! Then check out these legs, NO HANDS TRIANGLE HOLD for Angelico while Yuta and Mox smother the mercenaries! Angelico taps, BCC wins!
Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission
Regal says that is beautiful brutality, and this trio is undefeated! Wheeler Yuta also has himself a spot in NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Will Yuta do AEW, ROH and the BCC proud in that grueling round robin?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs.
Last week, we saw Team Taz put out the challenge to the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and Starks says, “Are you surprised, Tony?” Look at him and Powerhouse Hobbs! They ain’t scared. But then Jurassic Express walk in, and Jungle Boy lets them know he took a week to think about it. Starks & Hobbs VS Jurassic Express for the tag titles sounds like fun to JB & Luchasaurus. But then JB thought a little bit more on it, and Starks seems like a “spicy” kind of guy. Let’s spice it up more. Before Team Taz gets their shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Starks gives JB a shot at the FTW Championship.
Starks laughs it off, but Christian Cage points out the fake shades came off. This means Starks is serious. Don’t get Christian started on that title on Starks’ shoulder that he never seems to defend. Hold up! The shades ain’t fake! And as for JB’s challenge, it’s accepted! Starks is FTW Champion for a reason! And next week, Starks shows JB what a real man is all about! An absolute man! Team Taz heads out, will JB become a double champion on the road to Double or Nothing?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Tony Schiavone notes that Starks & Hobbs have a shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championships, but Keith & Swerve have unfinished business with them. Swerve says damn right. He peeped at Starks & Hobbs getting this shot. Rightfully so, as they’re a top five tag team. But there’s still business with Swerve and the Limitless One. Starks & Hobbs are going for prizes but there’s still payback coming! Keith adds that “dubious, questionable, unproven,” all describe what Team Taz did by using Taz himself against Keith & Swerve. Keith guarantees that when this is all said and done, Team Taz will have no choice but to #SwerveinOurGlory.
Wardlow VS ??? w/ MJF!
The security guards still escort a handcuffed War Dog from his “changing room” to ringside. Maxwell Jacob Friedman will not let him free from his contract until this ordeal is over. But is MJF just setting up another man for the Powerbomb Symphony? Or has MJF found the perfect opponent to put down the Piggy?
Speaking of, of course MJF and Shawn Spears have to make their way out. “I would love to say it’s great to be back here in Maryland, but then I’d be a lying piece of sh*t. Speaking of! Look, everybody, it’s Wardlow!” Fans cheer but MJF tells them to shut up. MJF tells Wardlow that MJF isn’t gonna stay out here because he can’t stand to look at the disgusting pigs in the crowd another second. He and Spears will watch this from the back. But Wardlow should be terrified of the man who is about to come out of the curtain! A man who is seven feet of sheer, unadulterated power and has never taken an L in his life! Ladies and gentlemen, the BIG DUB, WILLIAM MORRISSEY!
Impact’s mountainous Morrissey makes his way out, and MJF manages to give him a high-five on his way to the back. Morrissey and Wardlow stare down, the bell rings, and fans are fired up. Fans chant, “How You Doin?” as Morrissey and Wardlow tie up. Morrissey backs Wardlow down but Wardlow gets away. They go again, and Morrissey backs Wardlow down again, but Wardlow gets away again. Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he and Morrissey reset. They tie up, Wardlow CARRIES Morrissey to the corner! Wardlow lets off but he does roar at Morrissey. Morrissey shrugs that off and the two reset again.
They tie up, Morrissey knees low then CLUBS Wardlow, then CLUBS him again. Morrissey CLUBS Wardlow once again, then gloats. Fans boo but Morrissey whips Wardlow into a corner. Morrissey runs in to SPLASH, and he keeps going, but Wardlow follows! Wardlow RAMS Morrissey, EuroUppers, then RAMS again! Wardlow repeats, but lets off as the ref counts. Wardlow runs back in but Morrissey leaps over him! Wardlow hits buckles, Morrissey keeps moving, and he BOOTS Wardlow down! Fans fire up and MJF is fired up, too, as he and Spears watch. MJF cheers on “Big Dub” as Morrissey clotheslines Wardlow out of the ring!
Wardlow gets up and Morrissey mocks the conducting of music. Morrissey then goes out after Wardlow with big haymakers. Wardlow staggers, fans duel now, “We Want Enzo!” “No We Don’t!” Wardlow hits back with haymakers and CLUBBING forearms, then he whips. Morrissey reverses and he POSTS Wardlow! Morrissey mocks the Enzo rope-a-dope then tells fans up theirs! Morrissey drags Wardlow up, CLUBS him, and then he refreshes the ring count. Morrissey SMACKS Wardlow off the apron, and again. Morrissey says Wardlow ain’t the big fish anymore, and then he dribbles Wardlow on the apron!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” but Morrissey puts him in the ring. Morrissey takes his time returning into the ring, then he looms over Wardlow. Wardlow throws body shots and then haymakers! Wardlow backs Morrissey down, whips, but Morrissey reverses. Wardlow ducks and dodges, but runs into the SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Morrissey snarls but he stands over Wardlow. Morrissey brings him up, hoists him up to the top rope, then CLUBS him on the back. Morrissey climbs up to join Wardlow, but Wardlow fights back with elbows! Morrissey hops down, Wardlow adjusts, and Wardlow MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet!
Fans are thunderous and the straps come down! Wardlow gets Morrissey up, for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
It didn’t take a symphony, just a single chord! MJF is FURIOUS! He even throws down Spears’ favorite chair! But of course, security approaches to cuff Wardlow. Wardlow puts out his hands, but then he HEADBUTTS the guard! And DECKS one, then BOOTS the other! Wardlow is fighting back against MJF’s contract! MJF and Spears rush out, but they’re just ushering in more guards. They all get CLOBBERED, one after another! BOOTS, FOREARMS, CHOPS, HAYMAKERS, this is the symphony of destruction Wardlow is putting on tonight! He even gets one up for a POWERBOMB outside the ring! The guards are all bowled over and Wardlow gets a mic!
“WHAT’D I TELL YOU!? I’M NOT GONNA STOP! It doesn’t matter how big they are. It doesn’t matter who they are. I will not stop until I get my hands on you and you release me from my contract!” MJF says everyone can just settle down. Let’s get this straight: Wardlow wants to get after MJF and to get his release, right? Fans chant “Wardlow’s gonna kill~ you!” at MJF. MJF says no! How would Wardlow feel if he and MJF had a match? And if Wardlow wins, he’s out of his contract with MJF. The fans wanna see it? “YES!” They wanna see it?! “YES!” Well then Wardlow’s on! But but but… MJF has some conditions. Of course he does.
MJF will give us these conditions in a contract signing. And MJF will assure us that it won’t happen in some dump like this! MJF is going to wait for when AEW is in “the most magical place in the world known as Long Island, New York!” MJF tosses the mic and waits until he has homefield advantage. But will that matter when Wardlow’s wrath is coming for his head?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter, Toni Storm & Ruby Soho.
Yet again, no physicality will happen backstage. But these four will make some history as their tag match opens Rampage, the first time Rampage has opened with a women’s match. Britt makes sure Schiavone refers to her as “Doctor Baker.” And she tells Hayter they clearly missed the memo to wear matching black pleather tank tops, all in mocking Storm & Soho. But c’mon, Schiavone. Every single page of the AEW history book has something about Britt Baker, so this Rampage opener only makes sense. You might as well call her Dr. Britt Baker, the History Maker. Hayter says that has such a good ring to it.
But Ruby says she cannot listen to Britt talk for one more second! Ruby doesn’t remember when anyone agreed to no physicality, but just know that Storm can’t wait to get at Hayter in the Owen Hart opening round. And Soho tells Britt that there’s a receipt coming. Soho & Storm are counting down the minutes until 5:30 Eastern on Friday when they can humble these two like they need so bad. And if Britt’s waiting for them to leave, “Bitch, we ain’t going nowhere.” Well they’re not leaving! What are they gonna do? Hit them? Schiavone wants them to keep the peace, and throws it to commercial.
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.
Schiavone says that on May 29th, live on PPV, AEW Double or Nothing returns, and in the main event will be the AEW Heavyweight Champion of the World, HANGMAN PAGE! Fans fire up as the Cowboy makes his way out to the ring, pyro following him. Schiavone says Hangman is defending against CM Punk, who we heard from a week ago. Hangman’s response? “It would be real easy for me to come out here and say how much I love CM Punk, and how much I respect him. It’d be real easy to tell ya how much I look forward to shaking his hand in this ring, how much I look forward to standing across this ring from the Best in the World at Double or Nothing.”
And it’d be real, real easy for Hangman to tell us how much he’s looking forward to having an all time classic with CM Punk for the AEW World Championship. It’d be real, real easy… But that won’t happen. “At Double or Nothing, there’s not going to be a handshake. At Double or Nothing, there’s not going to be a masturbatory Bret Hart tribute match. I am going to destroy C M Punk!” Fans are torn on that proclamation, but plenty of fans chant for Punk. Hangman sees them out there with the shirts. They need to look Hangman in the eyes as he says this: from the bottom of Hangman’s heart, when he is done with Punk, those fans will be getting refunds, if they haven’t already burned those damn things.
Hangman hates to be the bearer of bad news, but as champion, it is his responsibility to tell us that the beloved Punk is not here tonight. And if Hangman were a betting man, and he sure is one, Punk is probably filming some other TV show. How ironic. But Punk, wherever you are, Hangman wants you to hear everything he is saying: “I am going to embarrass you! You said that you wanted a fight? Well you’ve got one. And Punk, it will be the fight of your life!” Hangman throws down the mic while throwing down the gauntlet! Will the Best in the World be ready for some serious #CowboyShit?
Konosuke Takeshita makes his Rampage debut!
The DDT Pro star has had big moments in AEW already, from The House Always Wins last year to Dark and Elevation this last week. But will Konosuke go on a Rampage and come out the winner?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are laughing backstage.
Lethal says that video package for Konosuke was “cute,” and Sonjay says AEW is rolling out the red carpet for all these international stars. But what about for the greatest pro-wrestler from India, Satnam Singh? The one in a billion seven footer! Or for Sonjay and Lethal? Lethal is the longest reigning ROH World Television Champion ever! Where’s his red carpet? As for Konosuke, this isn’t even his fault. This is AEW’s fault! Lethal will prove AEW is backing the wrong horse! And on that special early Rampage, it’ll be Konosuke VS Lethal! Lethal will show us what a real international star is capable of! He’ll get that red carpet whether we like it or not!
Chris Jericho w/ The JAS VS Santana w/ Ortiz!
The Jericho Appreciation Society tried to break Proud ‘n’ Powerful, but they might’ve burned Eddie Kingston and done permanent damage! Will Santana make sure to do some serious damage to the Influencer in return? Or will “the All Elite Wizard” have another dangerous trick up his sleeve?
Fans sing Judas as the JAS approach ringside, and then Santana DIVES onto Jericho and Matt Menard! They go down while the rest freak out, and Santana rains down fists on Jericho! Ortiz dares the JAS to do something, and Santana drags Jericho around by his jacket. Santana stomps Jericho, stands him up and CHOPS him. Santana follows Jericho around the way, throws haymakers, but Jericho hits back. Santana CHOPS again, then follows Jericho around to whip him into railing! Fans fire up, Ortiz watches the JAS, and Santana gets the steel steps. Santana positions it but Jericho CLUBS Santana.
Jericho brings Santana around to ram into railing. Jericho commandeers a camera, but Santana flips him off first! Then BOOTS Jericho down! Santana says, “Not today, papi!” Santana CHOPS Jericho, but Jericho uses Aubrey as a shield. Aubrey reprimands, gets away, and Santana BOOTS Jericho down! Santana drags Jericho up, smacks him off the steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Santana tosses Jericho’s jacket away, then he gets in the ring. The bell rings to make this a match, and Menard grabs at Santana! Ortiz grabs Menard and Santana elbows Jericho away. Ortiz shoves Menard away and Menard says there’s no problem.
Jericho triangle dropkicks Santana off the apron and Santana lands on the steel steps! Ortiz checks on Santana as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Aubrey also checks Santana, and somehow he’s okay to continue. Jericho gloats and the JAS cheer him on, and then Jericho flips the fans off. Santana drags himself up the steps but Jericho goes out to fetch him. The JAS shout at Ortiz, Jericho SMACKS Santana off the steps, then Jericho stands on the steps to soak up all the heat. Santana gets in the ring, and Jericho makes a big deal out of jumping from steps to apron. Jericho pretends to be Super Mario or something here as he jumps around. Then Jericho rains down furious fists on Santana! Jericho drags Santana up, reels him in, and hits a BIG back suplex!
Jericho takes a moment to catch his breath and soak up heat. He mocks the fans rallying for Santana, but Santana flips Jericho off. Jericho slaps Santana, Santana slaps Jericho! Jericho stomps Santana but Santana throws body shots. Jericho fires off forearms, then whips Santana to a corner to hit a clothesline! Jericho hoists Santana up top, CHOPS him, but Santana SLAPS back! Jericho distracts the ref, claiming he got hit in the eye, and Garcia shoves Santana off the top! Jericho pushes Santana down and chokes him while throwing down hands! Aubrey counts, Jericho stops, only to ROPE GUILLOTINE Santana!
Santana sputters and writhes while Aubrey reprimands Jericho. Jericho goes out to the apron to stomp and scuff Santana. Jericho then brings Santana to a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm, then climbs up top. Dynamite returns to single picture and Jericho jumps, into Santana’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Jericho gets back up, he brings Santana up in a corner and CHOPS him. And CHOPS again. And CHOPS again! Jericho chokes but Santana turns things around to throw haymakers! Santana whips, Jericho reverses and Santana hits buckles. Jericho runs but Santana denies him the bulldog by THROWING him into the corner!
Jericho is stuck, fans rally, and Santana gets himself back up. Jericho gets himself free of the corner but Santana CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him! And snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Santana hits Dos Amigos! Fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” and Santana hits THREE AMIGOS! Santana gets to a corner and climbs up, He shouts out Latino Heat but Jericho ROCKS him first! Jericho throws more hands, climbs up after Santana, throws body shots, but Santana gives those back. Santana HEADBUTTS Jericho down, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Santana can’t believe it!
Santana brings Jericho up, whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Santana to fireman’s carry. But Jericho sunset flips, and he has the legs! Fans fire up as Jericho tries to turn Santana over! WALLS OF JERICHO! Santana endures as Jericho sits deep! Ortiz coaches Santana, he powers up and reaches out, but Menard is pulling the ropes back! Santana still gets the ROPEBREAK! Jericho gloats like he’s won but no, Santana is still in this. Santana gets Jericho in a cradle, TWO! Santana CHOPS so Jericho CHOPS! CHOP for CHOP, again and again, faster and faster! Santana gets CHOP after CHOP, but Jericho ducks the lariat!
Jericho waistlocks but Santana bucks the O’Conner Roll! Santana rolls back and springs up, STUNNER! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives but Ortiz coaches Santana to keep on him. Santana brings Jericho up, but Ortiz sees Angelo Parker with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Ortiz snatches Floyd from Parker and CRACKS him with it! Jericho shoves Santana away, Ortiz CLOBBERS Garcia! Jericho rushes in, Santana dodges and DECKS Hager! Then DISCUS for Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again! Jericho drags himself to a corner, Santana runs in to CANNONBALL! Santana drags Jericho up but Menard distracts Aubrey!
Ortiz trips Menard off the apron and CLOBBERS him with Floyd! But Jericho LOW BLOWS Santana! Aubrey missed it, JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
The Wizard definitely used the power of misdirection to pull off this one! And then the rest of the JAS mugs Ortiz! They shove Ortiz into the ring, stomp away on Ortiz, but Ortiz drags Parker down! Hager drags Ortiz off Parker so he and Garcia can mug him! Menard keeps Santana down with stomps, and Jericho gets Floyd back! Jericho CLUBS Santana with the bat! Then he has Hager set Ortiz up, to CRACK him one! The Jericho Appreciation Society stands tall again, will they continue to do whatever they want to whoever they want?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh, Jay Lethal. You’re out here making challenges, but challenges are the territory of brave men! Is that what you are, Jay? Are you a brave man? Allow me to give you something to think about. To be brave for.” Friday on Rampage, Joe is coming for Lethal! Lethal may want to bury Konosuke, but will he end up torn apart by the ROH World TV Champion?
The Gunn Club speaks.
Colten & Austin want the cameras to follow them, but Billy looks rather annoyed already. The Acclaimed are writing raps, so the Gunn Club interrupt. The Gunn Club have arrived, and guess what? They did talk to Papa Gunn, and they got the Acclaimed some gifts. Oh, really? Wow, they shouldn’t have. Max Caster & Anthony Bowens open up the gifts, and no way! It’s scissors! Get it? Also, the key to their hearts. What does this mean, though? Billy says it means to stick it in, boys! They scissor with fingers! But no, not the real scissors, Max! That’s nuts! But will this new alliance make everyone love the Acclaimed and Gunn Club?
The Varsity Blonds are in the ring!
Brian Pillman Jr. has the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here before you a very humbled young man. Humbled by my experiences not just here in AEW. Humbled by our encounter with the House of Black many months ago. The very encounter that led to the poisoning of the mind of Julia Hart. But perhaps the most humbling experience of all, was watching while everything you’ve every worked for being torn apart little by little.” Griff pats BPJ on the shoulder as BPJ brings up a quote from the best friend of his late father, John Harbaugh! Fans cheer the Baltimore Ravens’ coach as he is here in person.
BPJ says this quote has been with him his entire life. “Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” But John, BPJ would be lying if he said he didn’t lose sight of that. He got comfortable, complacent, and the Blonds lost that enthusiasm. That’s when the greed and malice crept in and drove them apart. But BPJ is here to tell us that today is a new day, and he is feeling gaddamn enthusiastic! He’s fired up about protecting the one thing that made them whole! He’s fired up about keeping the Blonds together! Ladies and gentlemen, the Varsity Blonds want to fight the House of Black in Baltimore!
The lights go out because they’re getting what they wanted! The eerie light shines behind the back of Malakai Black. Brody King and Buddy Matthews emerge from the shadows and follow their dark leader to the ring. And they surround BPJ and Griff! Julia hides in the corner, but no one makes a move. BPJ and Griff don’t get it, and then the brawling begins! The numbers are in the House of Black’s advantage, Brody fires off on Griff in a corner while Malakai BOOTS BPJ into Buddy’s tilt-o-whirl and LAWN DART into Griff! BPJ tumbles out, Brody CANNONBALLS Griff! Julia can only watch as Griff is put before Malakai.
But then Malakai stares at Julia. Julia is shivering in fear, but then Buddy helps her step forward. Brody holds out a chair and fans chant, “House of Black!” Brody stomps Griff to keep him down as Julia takes the chair! Julia raises the chair, and Griff begs for mercy! But she can’t do it! She drops the chair while starting to sob! Malakai storms up on Julia and rips away the eyepatch! He tells her to finish the transformation! But here comes DEATH TRIANGLE! Pac, Fenix and Penta rush in and run the House of Black off! Alex Abrahantes makes sure Julia is okay, but will she ever be okay?
Jade Cargill and the Baddies speak.
Mark Sterling says, “Not everybody realizes that we’ve actually kept that celebration going since Pittsburgh. Jade Cargill, undefeated, 30-0, still the TBS Champion.” Then last week, the world is talking about their trios debut. And then Red Velvet is also in the Owen Hart Cup! Great job! Thank you, Mark, that’s very sweet. Not only did Velvet qualify, but she’s gonna win the whole damn thing! Of course! And that’ll make two champions within The Baddies. Let’s keep the celebration going. It’s what baddies do. And that’s all, period!
Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Rey Fenix VS Dante Martin!
The Immortal Firebird returned and got the drop on the House of Black. But now, he wants to fly high into history! Will he blaze a trail to the cup in his comeback? Or will Angel Dorado be the one reaching new heights here tonight?
The introductions are being made but Death Triangle is still helping Julia. She seems to have calmed down and takes her leave. Dante makes his entrance and gets in the ring with Fenix. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Fenix backs Dante down but Dante powers his way back. Fenix turns things around to put Dante on ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Dante pushes Fenix but Fenix rolls. Fenix runs in but Dante goes up and over! Fenix rewinds, Dante ducks the kick and kicks back. Danite whips, Fenix reverses and DROPKICKS Dante out! Fans fire up and Fenix goes up the corner to tightrope CROSSBODY! Direct hit!
Fans fire up and Fenix puts Dante in as Dynamite goes picture in picture. Fenix fires up, he springboards, but Dante kips up so Fenix bails out of the 450. The two stare down and fans fire up again. Dante rushes in but Fenix pops him up into a Gory Especial, only for Dante to arm-drag and Dragon’s Lair! ONE and Fenix has a ghost pin! TWO, Dante cradles, TWO, and Fenix sunset flips! TWO, Dante sits on the pin, TWO! Fenix spins around on the mat but Dante jackknife bridges, TWO!! Fenix manages to escape, and he has Dante down with a facelock while fans rally. Fenix drags Dante up, turns him, Gory Especial for the GORY- SUNSET FLIP! TWO!
Dante gets up, dodges and RANAS Fenix away! Fenix steadies himself in the corner, but he comes back, only for Dante to jump over him! Fenix can’t help but chuckle at Dante’s agility, and then he shows his own. Dante shoves Fenix, and hurdles him back! This is becoming a oneupsmanship about high jumps! Fenix rushes in again, they RAM shoulders, and then they come back to each try and hurdle! Dante bops Fenix in the air, then hops on for a DESTROYER! Fans are fired up as Fenix flops out of the ring! Dante builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Dante is fired up now and he gets Fenix up.
Dante POSTS Fenix, then drags him up again. Dante dropkicks Fenix against the apron, then looms over him. Dante puts Fenix in, slides in and stalks him. Dante CHOPS Fenix, Dynamite returns to single picture, but Fenix gets around. Dante headlocks, Fenix fights out but Dante throws body shots. Dante whips Fenix, Fenix reverses and then JUMP SOBATS! Dante staggers around, Fenix puts him up top and INVERTED SPANISH FLIES! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives and “This is Awesome!” Fenix aims from a corner, rushes in, but Dante turns rolling elbow into a spin and GUT WRENCH FACEBUSTER!
Dante aims from a corner now, he BOOTS Fenix, then whips Fenix to the corner. Fenix reverses again, Dante goes up and out to slingshot across the way! Fenix goes up but Dante GAMANGIRIS him first! Dante goes right up and MULE KICKS Fenix to the mat! Fenix gets up as Dante adjusts, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante grits his teeth but he keeps cool. Fans rally up, Dante brings Fenix up, but Fenix fires a forearm. Dante blocks and shoves, then tilt-o-whirls Fenix into another FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dante SLAPS and ROCKS Fenix, then he runs, only for Fenix to somersault RANA! Cover, TWO!!
Fenix tumbles out of the ring but he stares down with Dante. Fenix gets up, blocks the baseball slide dropkick, but Dante avoids the boot to ROUNDHOUSE! Dante goes up the ropes but Fenix shoves him away! Dante lands on his feet, Fenix GAMANGIRIS! Fenix slingshots for a clinch, but Dante fights the bomb! Fenix tries again, to give Dante a POP-UP CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Dante is still in this, fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Fenix puts Dante up top, then tucks him in, BLACK FIRE- CRADLE!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix gets up, into a SUPERKICK! Dante hurries up top, but Fenix CLUBS him first!
Fenix goes up after Dante, CLUBS away on Dante more, then positions himself. INVERTED SPANISH FLY, but they land on their feet! Dante just stares Fenix down and fans are thunderous! Dante ducks the haymaker to POISON-RANA! Dante hurries to the corner, he wants Fenix to get up! Fans are losing their minds as Dante jumps, jumps, but Fenix gets under the Nosedive! Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY, but Dante shows he has power on top of agility as he catches Fenix! But Fenix slips off to inverted suplex, into a knee and FIRE THUNDER PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament)
That’s seven, too! As in, Fenix is now the seventh seed in the tournament! And he shows respect to Dante by bringing him up and hugging it out! But who will be the eighth and final name to join Fenix and all the others? The bracket is revealed! Fenix will take on Kyle O’Reilly! Jeff Hardy takes on Darby Allin! Adam Cole takes on Dax Harwood! And a “joker” will be drawn to take on Samoa Joe! All this in the opening, who make history in the Owen Hart Cup?
Darby Allin speaks.
“There’s not a lot to say about this, Jeff. The match kinda writes itself. It’s gonna be a special night.” Sting adds that Jeff Hardy will pull out all the stops, but so will Darby. And yes, it will be special. Two daredevils who throw caution to the wind are going to collide, who moves on to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament semifinals?
Thunder Rosa is here!
The fans fire up for the AEW Women’s World Champion as she has the mic. “Everybody has a story to tell. And me? I’m gonna tell mine. Mine is full of good guys and bad guys. Full of successes and failures. But I’m gonna start with a success. As you can see me tonight, I stand in front of you your undisputed Women’s World Champion. And it was… I fought hard to defend and retain this title against Nyla Rose in Texas. I love you, too.” But guys, when she first came to AEW, she came with no expectations. She just wanted to elevate Women’s Wrestling. Little did she know that she’d become a bloodline and backbone of the division.
She carried a heavy weight for a long time. But with a lot of hard work, she was able to become who she is today. And she was even able to elevate a division that some continue to criticize. Today, she can tell us with confidence that she IS La Mera Mera of AEW! She is the top competitor among some of the best. And as such, she wants to take on the best and the most experienced. Which brings us to another story. Before she was Thunder Rosa, she went along California’s coast just to see one wrestler an done wrestler only. The one that inspired her to become the best version of herself. And with that said, Rosa wants to call out the #1 contender: Serena Deeb!
The Professor of Pro-Wrestling makes her way out! Deeb solidified her spot as the #1 contender after defeating Hikaru Shida in that Philly Street Fight. And Deeb says it’s been a long time for these two. Deeb’s watched Rosa scratch and claw her way to the top, and she has earned where she is right now. Deeb respects Rosa. Well, thank you. But y’know what? Deeb truly believes that these two can make this the best Women’s Division in the world! Rosa agrees and so do the fans. But… In order for that to happen, the best woman wrestler has to be champion. Well, what is Deeb saying? Doesn’t she see that this title MAKES Rosa the best woman wrestler?
Deeb says sure, Rosa is champion, that suggests Rosa is the best. But to be real, everyone is thinking but no one wants to say. Everyone knows deep down, from the fans to the wrestlers to the coaches! Deeb is on another level! Deeb is in a class all her own! And it’s about time Deeb has a title to show it. Oh? You wanna place a bet? Sure. Deeb places a bet that Rosa is about to have the shortest reign in AEW history! At Double or Nothing, Deeb takes Rosa’s championship! See you in Vegas! The match is on the table, but who comes away with the pot?
John Silver speaks.
“C M Punk! You wanna dance with the Meat Man, huh? Next week, it’s me versus you! Mano y mano in my hometown of Long Island, New York!” And the reason Silver is the Meat Man is because of these humongous steaks right here! Let’s freakin’ go! Will the Best in the World make an impression on Hangman through the Meatman? Or will Johnny Hungy eat Punk alive?
Undisputed ROH Women’s World Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo VS Mercedes Martinez!
Speaking of championships, the Virtuosa is not impressed with the OG Badass being just an “interim” champion. But Mercedes still had to earn becoming interim champion like any other champion! Will Mercedes also earn the right to be THE champion in ROH? Or will Deonna deny Mercedes and stand alone as the one true Woman of Honor?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, both belts are raised, and only one leaves Baltimore with both!
Deonna refuses the Code of Honor but Mercedes shrugs that off. They circle, fans rally and duel, and the two tie up. They go around, break, and Deonna grins as she and Mercedes reset. They tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Deonna wrenches the arm and wristlocks. Mercedes rolls then wrenches Deonna back, and fans rally up more. Deonna powers through and headlocks, then grinds Mercedes. Mercedes fights up, puts Deonna in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Deonna shoos Mercedes and the two reset again. They tie up, go around, and Mercedes puts Deonna back in a corner.
The ref counts the break, Mercedes lets off slowly, but Deonna avoids the chop! Mercedes avoids Deonna’s chop, and the two get forehead to forehead. Fans fire up and Deonna shoves Mercedes. Mercedes shoves back, they go again, feeling out the knuckle lock. Deonna wrenches to have a wristlock, then she gets the arm between her legs to TWEAK it! Mercedes goes to a corner while Deonna struts about and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Deonna storms up on Mercedes and stomps a mudhole into her. The ref counts, Deonna digs her boot in but lets off at 4. Deonna brings Mercedes up to ROCK her with a forearm, then ROCK her again. Mercedes goes back to a corner, Deonna brings her up to reel her in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but Mercedes clutches the bad arm as she goes to ropes. Deonna stalks Mercedes, toys with her, but Mercedes throws body shots and haymakers! Deonna flounders, Mercedes stands her up to CHOP her down. Mercedes stands Deonna up to CLUB her, too, then stomp her at ropes.
Deonna goes to the apron, Mercedes follows her out, but Deonna wrenches the bad arm to wrap around the ropes! The ref counts but Deonna wrenches that arm before letting off at 4. Deonna then hops down to drag Mercedes into the corner, and she SLAMS the arm against the post! Mercedes writhes and drags herself up. Deonna is after Mercedes with forearms, then gets space. Mercedes blocks the boot to SPEAR Deonna onto the apron! Mercedes flops down and shakes out the bad arm while Deonna writhes on the apron. Deonna drops off, goes after Mercedes, and she throws forearms. Mercedes hits back, and they brawl right at ringside!
Mercedes gets the edge, CHOPS, then whips. But Deonna reverses to POST Mercedes! Deonna crawls away while the ring count is climbing. Dynamite returns to single picture and the count is 17 of 20! Both women get in at 19! Fans fire up and Deonna is furious! Deonna and Mercedes crawl towards the other, and the forearms start flying! They go back and forth, over and over, but Deonna shoves. Mercedes CLOBBERS Deonna! Mercedes rallies, and SAIDOS! Deonna flounders to a corner, Mercedes gets her bad arm moving, BIG clothesline in the corner! Mercedes runs side to side and BOOTS Deonna down! Then she goes again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Mercedes gets back to her feet. Mercedes scuffs Deonna, drags her up, and fires off forearms. Mercedes ROCKS Deonna, whips, but Deonna reverses to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into the FUJIWARA! Mercedes gets up, rolls away, but Deonna BOOTS her down! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Deonna is growing frustrated that Mercedes is still in this. Deonna drags Mercedes up, reels her in, but Mercedes back drops the piledriver away! Deonna sunset flips but Mercedes rolls through to KNEE Deonna down! Mercedes drags Deonna up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Mercedes is shocked but Deonna is still in this! Fans rally, Deonna drags herself to a corner, but Mercedes takes aim. Mercedes runs in corner to corner, but Deonna dodges! Mercedes elbows Deonna away, but runs into an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!! Deonna is furious that Mercedes survives! Deonna drags Mercedes back up, Gotch hold, but Mercedes trips Deonna to a jackknife bridge! TWO, FUJI- NO! Cradle, TWO!! DOUBLE LARIATS! Both women are down and fans fire up! A standing count begins, Deonna gets herself to a corner again. Fans rally, Mercedes stands at 6 of 10, and she runs in, into a BOOT!
Deonna goes up the corner, but Mercedes ROCKS her with a haymaker! Fireman’s carry, LANDSLIDE! And then Mercedes gets the arms, for a CURB STOMP! Mercedes then hooks the legs, SLAPS Deonna and gets the arms again, DRAGON SLEEPER SURFBOARD! But Deonna BITES the arm!! So Mercedes BITES Deonna’s head!! DRAGON SLEEPER!! Deonna taps, Mercedes wins!!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission (UNDISPUTED ROH Women’s World Champion)
Interim no more, the OG Badass is THE ONE AND ONLY! She made the Virtuosa tap out, so Deonna shakes Mercedes’ hand. With as hard as she fought to become champion, how much harder will Mercedes fight to stay champion?
A great episode for Dynamite here, and what a great main event. Deonna and Mercedes gave us a great match, and a great moment for Mercedes to come out the winner. Thunder Rosa also had a very good promo segment with Serena Deeb to set up their title match, but also to confront the criticism of the AEW Women’s Division. The irony is, I don’t think people say AEW has a weak women’s division. They just don’t show it off enough. But getting to close out the night was a great move, as is the women’s tag match for Rampage. A good part of the promo from Britt, Hayter, Ruby and Toni is that the Faces were fed up with just having promos. The tag match is going to be a lot of fun, as will the Owen Hart Cup matches.
Speaking of, the men’s qualifiers from tonight were awesome stuff. We got a great opening with Jeff VS Fish, as well as Cole on commentary. Jeff winning makes a lot of sense, since the Undisputed Elite can’t just fill up the bracket. Plus, Jeff VS Darby is going to be awesome for the opening round. Bucks coming out to tease a tag match in AEW with the Hardys was also great, because that’ll be awesome stuff. Dante VS Fenix was just incredible with the innovation and the agility, and Fenix winning also makes sense. Fenix VS Kyle is going to be a great clash of styles match. And I can’t wait to see who the joker/wild card will be, they’ll give Joe a great match.
Joe has a really good promo to respond to Lethal and his team talking trash on Konosuke. I’d be a little disappointed if Lethal was the joker, and not someone from NJPW. And with Kyle and Cole on opposite ends of the bracket, I would love if AEW gave us Kyle VS Cole as a way to reference NXT but also put some tension within the Undisputed Elite. Really good segment out of Varsity Blonds and House of Black, and they really dangled that Julia Hart turn in front of us. Death Triangle going after House of Black was good, though, and I bet we get some more matches before Julia gives into that dark side and joins House of Black.
We got a good segment out of Gunn Club and Acclaimed to create a sorta super group. But this is totally falling apart as soon as they lose and one side blames the other. Good promo from The Baddies, though not much development. Very good promos from Team Taz and Jurassic Express, and I was hoping the FTW Championship would come into this. Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland also have a good promo to remind Team Taz that they’re not done with each other. I feel like Team Taz cheats to keep the FTW title on Starks, but then maybe Keith & Swerve find a way to keep Team Taz from getting the tag titles, setting up a tag title blow-off for Double or Nothing.
A great promo from William Regal, and a great trios match from the Blackpool Combat Club. I kinda want BCC to feud with the AFO to keep building up that trios record. They can take all sorts of combinations, from Private Party and Angelico to Private Party and Blade, and eventually Andrade gets added to the mix. Though, with NJPW’s BOSJ coming up, they may have to pull back a bit on trios matches since Yuta will be participating and that obviously means being away in Japan. But Moxley and Bryan can still feud 2v2 with Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and… Oh, well, no The Hybrid2 since AEW let Jack Evans go…
Great match out of Jericho VS Santana, but of course the JAS cheats to help Jericho win. Fans wanted Eddie Kingston but of course he didn’t show up, he’s still recovering from the fireball. But surely Kingston will be back before Double or Nothing, and maybe with reinforcements. I’d love a 10 Man Tag for Double or Nothing. And then a great promo from Hangman because you’d think this was a Heel turn, but it’s really just him upping things with Punk. Punk VS Silver is going to be good next week but of course Punk will win. Hangman VS Punk is going to be great stuff, and there’s a chance Punk does win the title. But it won’t hurt Hangman that much since it is CM Punk.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!
From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!
- AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
- Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”
Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.
Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.
Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!
So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!
Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?
The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!
The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.
Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!
Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!
Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!
Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!
Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)
There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?
Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!
Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?
The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!
Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall
Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?
La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.
Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?
Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!
Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?
The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.
Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!
Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”
Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.
HOOK is here!
Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!
Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!
Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!
Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.
Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.
Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.
Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.
Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!
But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!
Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!
Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?
A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.
Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.
Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.
And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
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