Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/4/22)
And you can’t! Teach! That!
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
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Why, Konosuke, Why?
Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
- Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!
Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?
Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!
Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!
Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!
Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.
Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.
Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!
Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!
The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!
Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!
Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?
Backstage interview with The Elite.
Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.
Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.
It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.
But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!
White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!
So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.
“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?
Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.
“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?
Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!
The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?
The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!
Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.
Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!
Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!
Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!
Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.
And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.
Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?
Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?
Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.
The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?
The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!
Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!
Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.
Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!
Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!
Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!
Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?
“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?
Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.
He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.
Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!
Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts.
Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.
The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!
The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!
Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!
Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.
Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!
Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!
But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?
Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!
Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!
Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.
Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.
Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!
Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!
Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!
Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!
Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”
Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!
Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall
The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?
A very good aftermath show for AEW after only a very good Double or Nothing. Good promos from Kris Statlander, Wardlow and MJF to follow their title wins. A little surprising that Kris had her first defense so soon but I suppose this gets it out of the way, and it gets Kris going on doing her best to match Jade’s streak. Taya watching backstage makes some sense, and I sense her turning Heel over being denied twice. Sadly, I think Taya is going to go 0-3 for the TBS Champion, because if she didn’t beat Jade, she’s not going to beat the person who beat Jade. And I do appreciate that Wardlow is calling out Luchasaurus, he’s being a proactive champion.
MJF of course isn’t, he’s just expecting AEW to find somebody. But I feel like, with Tony Khan letting us know CM Punk IS returning, that’s just the natural course of things for the world title. AEW Collision’s success is not fully dependent on CM Punk being back, but it will definitely incentivize Chicago fans to show up. But I love that there were plenty of fans who hated that news as there were who loved it in San Diego. And MJF VS Punk is an obvious route given how the Pillars he cheated at Double or Nothing are now going to other stories in the meantime. Sammy was the only absent one, but he’s surely preparing to be a parent.
Darby & Cassidy had an awesome tag match with The Gates of Agony, and I figured Darby & Cassidy would win. Swerve also won an awesome Triple Threat against Bill and Trent, and of course Swerve is moving on to a title. I feel like Swerve should be the one to dethrone Cassidy. He’s got The Mogul Embassy to help him cheat so that technically keeps Cassidy strong, and then Swerve can bring that title into a feud with Darby or in whatever finish we FINALLY get of Swerve VS Keith Lee. Then Jungle Boy returns to teaming with Hook just because there’s no other singles title open. JungleHook VS LFI is still going to be fun, and maybe we get Jungle Boy VS Rush. But honestly, I almost thought JB was gonna turn on Hook there. Heel Jack Perry taking the FTW Championship could be pretty cool.
Great promo from Bullet Club Gold and then great brawl with FTR and Starks. Starks VS White is going to end things one way or another, but I feel like it has to be White’s win. Then BCG VS FTR can be for the AEW World Tag Team Championships going into All In London. Speaking of titles, Championship Rampage is loaded, though I’m surprised there wasn’t just another Battle of the Belts special. I wonder if Battle of the Belts goes away with Collision being on Saturdays. Pretty sure all champions retain, though, because NONE of those titles are AEW property. Also, I feel that’s irresponsible to automatically say it’s Shibata VS Moriarty when Shibata VS Coughlin is airing tomorrow night on ROH.
The Acclaimed had a good promo with Renee on stage, and I figured they’d stick together and try again. They’ll probably choose a Open House Rules stipulation next time, I look forward to something wild from them. Really good promo from The Outcasts, and Storm could face just about anyone in her first defense of the world title. From how things went in the main event, pretty sure it’s Shida since she is still fighting against The Outcasts. Britt & Cole of course win against Jericho & Saraya, but that was a pretty fun Mixed Tag. And if Shida doesn’t beat Storm, I bet we get Britt VS Storm at like All Out or something.
Great opener of BCC VS Lucha Bros & Bandido, and Bryan was pretty good on commentary. I figured BCC would win, they’re going to keep things rolling from Double or Nothing. And good promo from The Elite and Dark Order, because it kept up the continuity from over the years. Hangman saying Kenny was out of the country but not in Canada totally hints at him being in Japan to reconnect with Kota Ibushi, which is definitely the next phase of this. Elite plus Ibushi VS BCC plus Konosuke, Blood & Guts, that has to be it. And speaking of, Callis and Konosuke had a great promo, especially factoring in that nuclear Heel heat Callis has. Like, every other Heel wishes they had the level of booing, jeering and middle fingers Callis had aimed at him.
My Score: 8.7/10
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