It’s an afternoon Rampage!
For the first time on AEW Rampage, a women’s match opens the show as Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter take on Toni Storm and Ruby Soho!
- Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Toni Storm & Ruby Soho; Storm & Soho win.
- Hook VS JD Drake; Hook wins.
- Owen Hart Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki; Riho wins and advances to the tournament.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Lethal wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Toni Storm & Ruby Soho!
Before the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament bracket is complete, these four look to score major momentum! Will the Doctor and her assistant be rolling into the opening round? Or will the Lightning and the Runaway run them over?
The teams sort out and Storm starts against Hayter as a sampler of their match. They tie up, go around, break, and then stare down as fans rally up. They tie up again, Hayter headlocks but Storm powers out. Hayter runs Storm over with a shoulder, but Storm is right back up. They get in each other’s face, Hayter kicks, whips and rams Storm. Storm stays up to ram Hayter! Storm goes again, dodges and runs Hayter over! Fans fire up, Storm whips Hayter to a corner. Storm runs in to uppercut, tag to Soho. Soho whips Storm in for another uppercut, then Soho hits a forearm! Ruby facelocks but Hayter picks her up to put in the corner!
Tag to Britt, they mug and choke Ruby, then Britt ROCKS Ruby with forearms over and over! Britt whips, Ruby ducks and whips but Britt dodges to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Britt gets Ruby up for an Alabama but Ruby sunset flips, TWO! Britt superkicks but misses and Ruby rolls her up, TWO! Ruby gets around, waistlocks, but Britt switches. Ruby holds ropes, Storm tags in and Ruby elbows free. Britt runs into a DOUBLE STO! Storm drags Britt up and bumps her off buckles. Storm stomps a mudhole into Britt, then lets off as the ref counts. Storm goes corner to corner but into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT!
Britt stomps a mudhole into Storm and lets off to cover, TWO! Britt tags Hayter as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hayter bumps Storm off buckles, stomps her down, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she argues with the ref so Britt can CHOKE Storm! Hayter drags Storm up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Storm into a chinlock and grinds her down. Storm endures, fans rally, but Hayter thrashes Storm down to the mat. Storm fights her way up, throws body shots, but Hayter CLUBS her down. Hayter drags Storm up, whips her to a corner hard, and then talks trash.
Rampage returns to single picture as Hayter drags Storm back up. Hayter whips Storm back in and just as hard, then CLUBS Storm down. Hayter CLUBS Storm more, brings her back up and whips her to a corner. Ruby takes the bump for Storm and Storm gets around to SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and a standing count begins. Storm and Hayter rise at 4 and crawl towards their corners. Hot tags to Britt and Ruby! Ruby rallies on Britt and Baltimore fires up! Soho stomps, sobats and KICKS! Then she blocks a kick to KNEE back! Britt staggers to a corner, Soho DECKS Hayter then YAKUZA KICKS Britt!
Tag to Storm as Soho keeps going, but Britt dodges. Ruby elbows and DEADLY NIGHTSHADES! Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Storm keeps moving, but Hayter BOOTS her down! The ref missed it but sees Hayter in the ring. Britt hops up, but Ruby SUPERKICKS Britt in return! Ruby runs at Hayter, but gets an IRISH CURSE! Storm SUPERKICKS Hayter, then Alabama SLAMS Britt onto Hayter! Storm gets Britt back up, but Britt hits AIR RAID CRASH outta nowhere!! All four women are down but fans fire up! Another standing count begins, Storm and Britt start throwing forearms as they stand!
Fans rally as Storm gets the edge! Storm runs, but Britt bypasses to get the arm! Britt drags Storm down into RINGS OF SATURN! But Storm turns it around to a cover, TWO! Storm then GERMAN SUPLEXES Britt! Storm drags Britt away from her corner, reels her in and hoists her up to the top rope. Storm ROCKS Britt, Rebel creeps over to distract! Britt CLAWS Storm’s eyes! TORNADO SNAP SUPELX, to Hayter’s SLIDING LARIAT! CURB STOMP!! Cover, but Ruby barrels Hayter over to break it! Ruby tosses Hayter, Britt SUPERKICKS Ruby! Storm O’Conner Rolls! Storm and Soho win!!
Winners: Toni Storm & Ruby Soho, by pinfall
The Doctor’s assistants failed her, Toni & Ruby are headed into the Owen Hart Cup with
There’s a phone call for Chris Jericho?
Eddie Kingston tells everyone else to shut up. Jericho knows who this is. Kingston’s been with his lovely wife for 20 years, she’s seen him beat up and in pieces. But when he walked home after that fireball, his wife started crying. Jericho can laugh now, but Kingston seeing his wife cry is burned to his soul. This isn’t about pro-wrestling or sports entertainment. Kingston wants to make Jericho feel the fear and pain his wife felt. Kingston promises he’s gonna hurt Jericho, for her. Kingston hangs up and Jericho doesn’t get what this is about. Is the Mad King coming for more than just a victory in the ring?
Tony Nese and Mark Sterling speak.
But Nese interrupts his lawyer to ask why THE hottest free agent signing in AEW’s history have to force his way onto the show? He doesn’t know the right people? Well he does now. Nese wants a match with the kid who knows all the right people. The undefeated phenomenon and the idiot that everyone loves for who knows why. Next week, Dynamite in Long Island, Nese’s hometown, Nese gives this man his first loss! He wants AEW to send… DANHAUSEN! Wait, what? Danhausen hasn’t even had one match in AEW! Will Nese take out his frustrations on the very nice, very evil Danhausen? Or will he just end up cursed?
Hook VS JD Drake!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is undefeated, and he won’t let that change any time soon. Will Scrap Metal end up exactly that? Or will this Workhorseman end Hook’s streak?
The bell rings, Hook and Drake circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Hook gets around and trips Drake, but Drake scrambles to the ropebreak. The ref counts, Hook lets off at 4, but Drake pie faces then CHOPS Hook! Hook shakes that off, and he seems to actually like it! He wants another, so Drake CHOPS into a headbutt! Hook gets around, drop steps then trips Drake! Drake kicks Hook away but runs into an EL CAMINO!! Fans fire up for Hook as he paces around. Hook gets Drake up, wrenches, reels him in, but Drake counters with a facelock. Drake makes it a dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Hook slips into the REDRUM!! Drake taps, Hook wins!!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook won’t let go of Drake until he’s satisfied, but once again he is undefe- Oh, here comes Danhausen! He introduces himself and says Hook decimated “this super fool.” Quite wonderful. Now, just in case Hook wasn’t watching earlier, but that Tony Nese has challenged Danhausen. Nese no doubt will have “Menacing Mike” in his corner, so Danhausen has a proposal. Fans already anticipate it and chant, “Hookhausen! Hookhausen!” Yes, Hookhausen sounds good. So perhaps Hook will be in Danhausen’s corner against Nese? What says Hook? Fans want him to say, “YES! YES! YES!” But Hook SHOVES Danhausen!
Danhausen picks himself up, and magically produces a bag of chips! It has a bow on it? Hook picks up the chips, only to throw them aside! What will convince Hook to help Danhausen?
Backstage interview with FTR.
Lexi Nair notes last week’s match, Cash VS Dax, an all-time classic. Dax won and moves into the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament, and Cash says Dax did win. Dax will win again and again to win the whole thing. Dax says that it is well noted the wrestlers Adam Cole looks up to, and Dax says the Harts mean a lot to him. Cole is a great pro-wrestler, but as a person, ain’t no respect for him. These fans are chanting for FTR and Dax loves that. But before that love, the fans hated him, and Dax admits he deserved that hate because he was a nasty bastard. Dynamite, the Owen Hart opening round, Dax promises to bring that nasty bastard back to beat Adam Cole.
Dax will be damned if Cole goes on ahead of Dax and win the tournament! Dax is going to do this for himself, for his best friend, for his family, and for the Hart Family. #TopGuysOut. But will Dax the Ax chop down Cole and go to the semifinals?
Owen Hart Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki!
It has been awhile since these two have met in an AEW ring, and it was very heated when they did. But with such a big honor on the line, will it be the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion or the Magical Girl Wrestler making history here tonight?
The bell rings and the two rivals circle. Fans rally, they tie up, and Yuka headlocks. Riho throws body shots, powers out but Yuka wrenches to a wristlock. Riho rolls, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Yuka rolls to wrench and hammerlock. Riho reaches back, but Yuka fights her off to a headlock takeover. Riho headscissors, Yuka kips free and fans fire up for the standoff. The two reset, tie up, and Yuka headlocks again. Riho throws more body shots, then powers out. Things speed up, Yuka rolls and runs to arm-drag Riho! Riho sweeps, covers, ONE! Yuka sweeps and covers, ONE as Riho goes Matrix!
Fans fire up and Riho dropkicks Yuka down! Yuka flounders to a corner, Riho runs corner to corner, JUMP KNEE! Yuka flounders, Riho goes out and up the corner. Fans fire up as Riho leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuka narrowly gets out, but fans rally behind Riho as she reels Yuka in. Yuka blocks with a facelock, throws down elbows, and she whips Riho to a corner. Riho reverses and runs in, but Yuka BOOTS her! Yuka goes up top, cartwheels to avoid Riho, then runs to dropkick Riho out of the ring! Fans fire up with Yuka now and she builds speed. Yuka goes up and up and CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and fans fire up again!
Rampage goes picture in picture and Yuka drags Riho up off the floor. Yuka puts Riho in the ring, then hurries to cover. TWO, but Yuka keeps cool. Yuka drags Riho by a leg, and drops an elbow on the knee! And another! Yuka pulls on the toehold but Riho pulls Yuka’s hair. Yuka gets up to hit a SPINNING TOEHOLD! Riho endures the twist, but Yuka hits another SPINNING TOEHOLD! Yuka gets up again, ties up both legs, and turns Riho over for a TRAILER HITCH! Riho endures and scrambles around while fans rally up. Riho drags Yuka along, Yuka pulls on the leglock, but Riho gets the ROPEBREAK!
The ref counts, Yuka lets go, but she stalks Riho to the corner. Yuka drags Riho up and puts the bad leg in the ropes. Yuka pulls but stops as the ref counts 4. Yuka runs in but Riho UPPERCUTS her! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO!! Yuka survives again and Riho grows a bit annoyed. Riho shakes out the bad leg, drags Yuka up but Yuka shoots around to shove Riho to a corner as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Riho is up top. She leaps but Yuka moves to avoid the double stomp! Riho rolls, runs back in, but into a scoop and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!! Yuka grits her teeth and she drags Riho to center. Yuka goes to the apron, climbs the ropes, MAGICAL GIRL SPLASH onto knees! Riho clutches the bad leg while Yuka flounders. Fans rally up, Riho reels Yuka in, DRAGON SUPLEX! Yuka flounders to a corner and Riho goes corner to corner, but Yuka ducks the meteora! Sunset flip, TWO! Riho sits on it, TWO!! POINT-BLANK DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Yuka survives and no one can believe it!
Riho argues with Aubrey but that count was fair. Riho puts Yuka in the drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally again as she reaches the top, but Yuka springs up after Riho! Yuka fires forearms, but Riho hits back! They brawl up top, Yuka gets the edge and stands Riho up! SUPER COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives and Yuka is beside herself! Yuka drags Riho up, “This is Awesome!” and Yuka wrenches and hammerlocks to a pump handle and lift! MERRY-GO- NO!! Roll up, TWO!!! Riho dodges to ROCK Yuka, but Yuka comes back to ROCK Riho! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, Riho wobbles but ROCKS Yuka back!
Yuka smiles through as she fires off boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO! Body scissor clutch and a cradle, RIHO WINS!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament)
The seventh seed is found! And with that, we have our bracket! Riho VS Ruby Soho, Red Velvet VS Hikaru Shida, Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter, and Britt Baker VS… A JOKER! Who will be the wild card dealt in the Owen Hart Women’s Cup? And will the Doctor be ready to see them?
Shawn Spears speaks.
He applauds and says, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well done, Wardlow. I say your name now because I need you to listen.” Being Wardlow’s accountabilibuddy and mentor, Spears sees Wardlow has a false sense of invincibility. But even Superman has Kryptonite. But Wardlow knows Spears. Spears does very bad things for good reasons. He doesn’t align with the deepest pockets, but with the darkest intentions. Spears made Wardlow feel 50 feet tall and he has put down every other giant put in front of him. Now Wardlow stands atop the mountain as the number one giant in the industry today!
“Well, Superman, Wardlow the Giant. Here comes Kryptonite.” Spears’ chair has “Giant killer” plastered on it, will he get to splatter Wardlow all over the mat before he ever has a shot at MJF?
Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year are in the ring.
Lambert starts with, “I’m not here looking for some cheap hometown pop, but I am from Baltimore. And coming back here after all these years to an AEW ring in Oriole Country, makes me sick to my stomach. Because just like this company ruined professional wrestling, you Balti-morons have destroyed this once great city!” And to top it all off, Lambert went out for crab cakes last night, and they were disgusting! When he’d rather bring home Baltimore crabs from a downtown hooker than a bayside restaurant, it’s time Dynamite Dan says he’s from Miami!
Ethan Page says they had a team meeting in regards to the mixed tag match they signed on for with Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti. Dan made a very good point: As much as Ethan Page would love to get his hands on Sammy and scar him for LIFE…! Dan asked how Ethan would feel knowing his daughter saw daddy wrestle in a match that would subject her “to those two nitwits” sucking face! It makes Ethan SICK!! And those two have the audacity to call this pro-wrestling? Sammy, you don’t seem like a guy who keeps his word, so neither is Ethan! The mixed tag match is DENIED!
Frankie Kazarian storms out and says while they’re talking about Sammy, it’s funny because Sammy and Ethan have a lot in common. They both have very high opinions of themselves, have very stupid vlogs, and all Ethan would need at this point is a really annoying girlfriend at his side and he’d BE Sammy Guevara. Thinking about it, he has Dan Lambert, it doesn’t come more annoying than that. Kaz joins them in the ring and says he doesn’t care about Sammy, about Lambert or about Ethan Page. He’s here for Scorp. Kaz has always believed in Scorpio. Fans chant for “S C U!” as Kaz says while he’s been Scorpio’s biggest fan and supporter, he’s now Scorpio’s biggest threat.
All Kaz wants is for Scorpio to deliver on the promise: A TNT Championship match! Fans like the sound of that! Ethan stops Scorpio and steps up to Kaz. Ethan is glad Kaz is dressed for a funeral. Because SCU is DEAD, dude! Scorpio steps in and speaks up. Before this goes off the rails, he said things would be different. He’s bringing respect back to the TNT title, and he’ll do it as a fighting champion! That means every worthy contender gets a shot. Scorpio also vows to be a dominant champion! The days of the TNT title being passed around like Tay Conti are OVER. And with all due respect, Lambert, that means the other belt goes in the trophy case where it was supposed to be.
Fans rally for Scorpio and he tells Kaz that he gave Kaz his word. Next week, Kaz has his shot! Fans are ready to see these two inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions battle for the TNT Championship! Who comes away with the belt, and the title “Face of TNT?”
Jungle Boy walks out to commentary!
And he stares down Ricky Starks! Starks was talking trash, will he back it up? He pie faces JB, so JB TACKLES Starks! They brawl right by commentary! JB KICKS Starks, has him on the stage and then DECKS him! Fans fire up as JB chases Starks away, then picks up the FTW Championship! Taz tells JB to put that down, it ain’t his yet! But will it be after Dynamite?
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!
Konosuke Takeshita knows Jay Lethal’s work, but is he worried about facing him? Konosuke says he respects Jay Lethal-san, but he’s not afraid of him. Whoa, whoa, whoa, Takeshita isn’t afraid? Sonjay says Takeshita isn’t afraid of Satnam Singh, a seven foot four giant? Takeshita isn’t afraid of Sonjay Dutt? Takeshita isn’t afraid of Jay Lethal, former ROH World Heavyweight Champion and longest reigning ROH World Television Champion? Lethal hopes Samoa Joe heard that part! And Takeshita, after tonight’s disrespect, Lethal will give you a reason to be very afraid! Then it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event!
Konosuke Takeshita VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
The bell rings and fans rally up for Lethal as he circles with Konosuke. They tie up, Konosuke gets to a waistlock then SLAMS Lethal down. Konosuke facelocks but Lethal reaches out to get a ropebreak. Fans cheer the exchange as the two reset. They circle, tie up, and Konosuke wants an arm. Lethal rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Konosuke wrenches and snapmares. Konosuke chinlocks but Lethal fight sup. Lethal powers out of the headlock but reels Konosuke into a takedown! Konosuke kicks him away, but Lethal CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lethal whips, Konosuke reverses to run, but into a hip toss! Lethal cartwheels to basement dropkick!
Fans fire up and Lethal struts around. Konosuke keeps his cool, and he CHOPS Lethal back! And CHOPS again! Lethal ducks the third but Konosuke arm-drags him around! Then CALF KICKS! Fans fire up and Konosuke struts! “WOO~!” But Lethal ROCKS Konosuke! Konosuke hits back, Lethal KICKs the leg! Konosuke throws more forearms but Lethal knee and whips. Konosuke reverses, forearm smashes in the corner, then whips. Lethal reverses but Konosuke rebounds for a FLYING SHOULDER! Lethal bails out while fans fire up and Konosuke aims. PLANCHA! And a big one! Konosuke then fetches Lethal up and into the ring.
Satnam gets in Konosuke’s face but Konosuke backs up. Konosuke gets in but Lethal KICKS his leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal DIVES! Direct hit and Konosuke is sent into barriers! Sonjay cheers Lethal on as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Lethal soaks up the heat, then gets back in the ring. Lethal distracts the ref and Sonjay mugs Konosuke! Sonjay puts Konosuke in and Lethal ROCKS Konosuke with a forearm. Lethal ROCKS Konosuke again, then brings him around to trip Konsouke up. Lethal lets out a “WOO” but Konosuke kicks him off the figure four! Konosuke gets up but Lethal trips him again! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Lethal has the legs, to CATAPULT Konosuke into buckles! Konosuke staggers into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Lethal then stands Konosuke up for a SHINBREAKER, and DRAGON SCREW! Konosuke clutches his bad leg, Lethal covers, TWO!
Lethal keeps cool as he then runs and handsprings, into a basement dropkick! Konosuke denies Lethal the cutter and Lethal flops out of the ring! Konosuke gets that bad leg moving, then goes out after Lethal, only for Lethal to SLAM the bad leg on the apron! Lethal then whips Konosuke into railing! Lethal runs in, but Konosuke drop toeholds Lethal into railing! Konosuke ROCKS Lethal with a forearm, puts him in the ring, and fires up with Baltimore. Konosuke climbs up a corner but Lethal hits him first! Lethal CHOPS Konosuke, talks trash, then CHOPS again! Lethal climbs up, brings Konosuke up, but Konosuke blocks the superplex!
Konosuke ROCKS Lethal back with forearm after forearm, but Lethal hits back! Lethal gets up with Konosuke as Rampage returns to single picture. Konosuke fights Lethal off, SUPER LARIAT!! Both men fall, Konosuke covers, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Konosuke gets up, drags Lethal up and reels him in. Fans rally and duel, Lethal victory rolls to get the FIGURE FOUR!! Konosuke drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go in frustration then drags Konosuke back. Konosuke cradle counters to a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and Sonjay is freaking out!
Konosuke drags Lethal up but Lethal clubs the bad leg. Konosuke ROCKS Lethal with a right! Konosuke whips, Lethal ducks the rolling elbow to hit the LETHAL COMBINATION! Fans fire up, Lethal runs and handsprings, but Konosuke lets Lethal roll off his back! Wind up, LARIAT!! Then he gets Lethal up for a RUN JUMP KNEE!! Cover, Sonjay distracts the ref!! Konosuke would’ve won twice over! The ref makes it back and counts, TWO!!! Konosuke still almost had Lethal!! But Konosuke shakes it off to get Lethal up. Lethal KICKS Konosuke’s leg! But Konosuke DECKS Lethal with that right!
Konosuke fires up but Lethal kicks the leg from below! Konosuke stays up, tries again, but Lethal gets around to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! Cover, Lethal wins!
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall
Lethal survives thanks to Sonjay and Satnam, and Sonjay has a mic. “Hold on, hold on!” Remember what Lethal said? How this kid wasn’t afraid? Sonjay and Lethal start stomping, but here come the BEST FRIENDS! They want payback for getting literally tossed aside by Lethal and company! Trent and Chuck hold up for a moment, but then figure what the heck. They blast past Satnam’s defense to go after Lethal and Sonjay! Satnam FLAPJACKS Trent, then choke grips Chuck! Satnam DRIBBLES Chuck on the mat! Orange Cassidy finally gets to the ring, and he puts the sunglasses away!
Fans fire up as Satnam stares Cassidy down. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, then hops away. Because here comes SAMOA JOE! And he has his steel pipe! Fans fire up but refs and security rush out to stop this! Lethal and crew taunt Joe but Joe dares them to come after him. Will Lethal prove he has the guts to go toe to toe with the Samoan Submission Machine?
A great Rampage, and I kinda like it being earlier. No overlap with how SmackDown is right before it and I never get to it live. And for once, AEW has two women’s matches on a card! The opening tag match was great stuff to push things story wise in the women’s tournament, especially with Storm VS Hayter being already decided. Storm and Soho win here but I can’t say that’ll affect the math. Hayter and Britt are on the same side of the bracket, so I don’t see them facing off. Storm can win against Hayter to face Britt, but that also depends on who Britt’s opponent is. A joker for a surprise entrant, can’t wait to see who AEW gets, even just for this one match.
Riho VS Yuka was awesome stuff, especially as the last qualifier. Riho’s new all black gear looked good, but there wasn’t a real change in her style, like Heel behavior. Riho winning made a lot of sense, too, as she is a big part of AEW Women’s Division history. Riho VS Soho will be great, too, and could go either way. Shida lost in the Philly Street Fight, she might redeem herself against Red Velvet. Good “phone call” promo from Eddie Kingston, good backstage promo from FTR to call out Cole, and great interaction from Jungle Boy and Starks to hype up the FTW Championship. But JB touching the belt, that’s bad luck, Starks finds a way to retain.
Good swerve in the promo from Nese and Sterling, making us think they want Hook but they are chickening out to go for Danhausen first. And great interaction from Danhausen and Hook to further the #Hookhausen team-up. I definitely want to see that happen, so maybe Hook shows up late to Nese VS Danhausen and that gives Danhausen the encouragement to win. Oh and of course Hook destroys his opponent again, it’s his thing. Good promo from Spears, I bet one of the “conditions” in the Wardlow VS MJF contract is that Wardlow faces Spears first, Spears is the only one allowed weapons.
A very good and very intriguing promo from Lambert, Men of the Year and Kaz. It seems Men of the Year/American Top Team is just done with SamTay, mostly to let the heat on Sammy die down. But Scorpio is the only one staying Face as he gives Kaz that title shot and vows to be a workhorse with that belt. Scorpio will likely retain, but I bet it’s because Ethan and Lambert continue to be Heel on his behalf. There could be a break-up of Men of the Year with the TNT Championship on the line, but we’ll wait and see.
Great promos before the main event and what a great main event. Awesome showing for Konosuke but naturally Lethal and team Heel a way to a win. Likewise, I figured we’d see Joe, but it was great for Best Friends to show up and want their own payback. Best Friends might be key to keeping Sonjay and Satnam at bay while Lethal and Joe have it out in an ROH World TV Championship match. Depending on how deep into the Owen Hart Men’s Cup Joe is going, he might drop that title to Lethal and Lethal leads the way for whatever eventual ROH weekly show they come up with.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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