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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/15/22)

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AEW Road Rager 2022

AEW puts pedal to the metal with Road Rager 2022!

Before AEW brings back Blood & Guts, they bring back Road Rager! And before facing off at Forbidden Door, The Maniac and the Ace are face to face!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hair VS Hair: Chris Jericho w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Ortiz w/ Eddie Kingston; Jericho wins, Ortiz has his head shaved.
  • 20v1 Handicap Elimination Match: Wardlow VS “The Plaintiffs”; Wardlow win.
  • Dax Harwood VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Ethan Page w/ Dan Lambert VS Miro; Miro wins and advances to The Forbidden Door.
  • Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Toni Storm; Storm wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: Jurassic Express VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hair VS Hair: Chris Jericho w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Ortiz w/ Eddie Kingston!

The Wizard is flanked by “Red Death” Daniel Garcia, “Daddy Magic” Matthew Menard, “Cool Hand Ange” Angelo Parker, and “Rock Hard” Jake Hager while William Regal is on commentary. Will Regal revel in the “toss pot” getting his golden locks cut away? Or will Jericho take #TheIllest and make him #TheBaldest?

The moment Ortiz gets in the ring, he and Jericho throw hands! Ortiz throws headbutts, then the bell rings and Ortiz runs. Jericho CLOBBERS Ortiz, and LIONSAULTS onto knees! Ortiz gest moving and he LARAITS Jericho! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Jericho bails out. Ortiz goes out and fires off on Jericho. Ortiz BITES Jericho’s forehead, then CHOPS him! The JAS move aside as Ortiz whips Jericho into railing! Jericho ends up taking a seat, and fans fire up with Eddie as he coaches Ortiz on. Ortiz BITES Jericho, but stops as the ref reprimands. Ortiz sits Jericho in the barber’s chair and rains down fists! Fans count along, Ortiz gets all 10!

Jericho flops out of the chair and Ortiz drags Jericho up and into the ring. Jericho gets to a corner but Ortiz CHOPS him. Ortiz whips corner to corner, Jericho goes up and over, but Ortiz goes up and over in return. Ortiz SHOTGUNS Jericho down, covers, TWO! Ortiz BITES Jericho again! Fans cheer as Ortiz drags Jericho up. Jericho rakes the eyes and fans boo. Eddie coaches “Monkey” on, but Jericho throws hands. Ortiz headbutts! Jericho rakes Ortiz’s eyes, hoists him up top, and CHOPS! Ortiz wobbles, Jericho climbs up, and Jericho hits a- NOPE! The rana was blocked and turned into a POWERBOMB!

Ortiz puts Jericho in a drop zone, goes up, PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jericho bails out, Ortiz runs, but Jericho DECKS Ortiz before he can dive! Jericho brings Ortiz up on the apron, throws knees, then SUPLEXES ORTIZ TO THE FLOOR! The ref checks on both men while AEW goes picture in picture.

Ortiz and Jericho writhe, but Jericho is up first and in the ring. Eddie coaches Ortiz to get up and he rises, but Jericho shows off his hair as if to say he’s won already. Ortiz gets in, Jericho brings him up and reels him in for a BIG back suplex. Jericho has the cocky cover, TWO! Jericho flips off the haters and then makes like he can’t hear them. But Ortiz throws body shots! Jericho brings Ortiz up but Ortiz keeps throwing hands! Ortiz runs, but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Jericho is annoyed and he slaps Ortiz around. Jericho drags Ortiz up, throws him out, and the JAS attack while Jericho distracts the ref!

The ref sees something is up but the others let off. Eddie gets a chair to run them off! Ortiz gets back in the ring, but Jericho is after him to stalling suplex! He holds Ortiz up for five before the SLAM! Jericho flexes that wizard strength and then slaps Ortiz around. Ortiz gets mad, he gets up and he gets in Jericho’s face. Jericho slaps Ortiz, Ortiz SLAPS back! So Jericho pokes Ortiz in the eyes! The ref reprimands and fans boo as Road Rager returns to single picture. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he drags Ortiz up. Jericho slaps him around more, but Ortiz CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! And forearms again!

Jericho ducks a chop but not the LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down. Eddie and the fans rally up, Ortiz and Jericho stand. Jericho throws forearms, then a CHOP! Ortiz tears off his shirt to CHOP and forearm on repeat! Regal likes this and so do the fans! Ortiz fires off forearms in the corner, he whips Jericho corner to corner! Jericho BOOTS back, then hurries up top. But Ortiz SLAPS Jericho first, then hits a LONDON BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz is frustrated, but he gets up and whips Jericho into buckles! Then he CLUBS Jericho in the back and a suplex. Jericho slips free, rolls Ortiz, and wants the Walls!

Ortiz fights the turnover and gets Jericho for a cradle! TWO!! Jericho escapes, kicks low and suplexes, but Ortiz fights it. Ortiz wrenches, body shots and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Jericho is still in this and Regal gives Ortiz tips on how to pin. Ortiz BOOTS Jericho, then works to get his back loose. Ortiz goes up and SKY TWISTERS, but Jericho dodges! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho is shocked that Ortiz survives but St. Louis is fired up! Jericho drags Ortiz up, but Ortiz backslides him! TWO! Jericho stands up, into Ortiz’s RAN- NO! WALLS OF JERICHO! Fans are thunderous as Ortiz endures the submission!

Ortiz reaches, Eddie warns the JAS to leave the ropes alone! Ortiz crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Parker swats at Ortiz so Eddie goes after the JAS!! They all brawl, 4 against 1! But wait, here come Wheeler Yuta and Santana! Now things are evened on the outside! Fans are fired up as the JAS are sent into railing! And then, while the ref is distracted with the chaos, Eddie gets in the ring! URAKEN FOR JERICHO!! Eddie slips away, Ortiz hurries to the cover! TWO?!? Jericho survives?! No one can believe it! Ortiz slaps sense into himself and he drags Jericho back up. Hager distracts but Eddie trips him up!

Jericho and Ortiz clinch, but FUEGO DEL SOL is here! And he CLOBBERS ORTIZ?!?! Fuego used Floyd the Baseball Bat to screw Ortiz! Jericho covers, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (Ortiz loses his hair)

WHY, FUEGO, WHY!? Why is he siding with The Wizard?! Because it’s SAMMY! Sammy Guevara is back in the fold! Has the Jericho Appreciation Society only grown this much stronger with the Spanish God?

As for Ortiz, he must now face the consequences of this match. The barber walks over while fans chant “SAMMY SUCKS!” But Ortiz takes the clippers and scissors from the barber and lets his hair down. Eddie gets a mic while Ortiz is already cutting away his dreadlocks. Eddie tells Jericho that Ortiz is a man of his word. But guess what? This ain’t done! “Monkey, let them know!” Eddie holds the mic for Ortiz while he’s clipping, so that Ortiz can shout, “BLOOD AND GUTS! BLOOD AND GUTS! BLOOD AND GUTS!!” With two weeks left, we know who is behind the Mad King! Will the Jericho Appreciation Society survive?

 

20v1 Handicap Elimination Match: Wardlow VS “The Plaintiffs”!

For the first time perhaps anyway, the normal, everyday security guards of wrestling take a stand! They want retribution and damages paid, and they’ll settle for getting it in the ring! But will the 20 plaintiffs of this civil class action lawsuit end up on the defense against the Maestro of Mayhem?

The bell rings and Wardlow waits for someone to step up. But with 20 men, they take up the entire apron, five to a side! But when they all hesitate to get in, Wardlow goes after them! He BLASTS the ramp side, and they’re ELIMINATED! Wardlow then waits on the other 15. They all get in and swarm Wardlow! He fights, but gets crowded! He TOSSES them all away! Then he DECKS one, another tries to take him down with a leg pick, but Wardlow is just too big and strong! A third rushes in, Wardlow CLOBBERS him, then CLOBBERS a fourth! And a fifth! That guy from earlier? POWERBOMB outside the ring!!

How many are even left?! Mark Sterling is trying to figure that out as four get in the ring. The first one to rush Wardlow gets caught in a facelock, another runs in but Wardlow LARIATS him down! The guy stuck in the guillotine TAPS, so he’s ELIMINATED! And then Wardlow stands on the other for a cover, and ELIMINATES him! The rest rush in, Wardlow CLOBBERS one after another, then SPINEBUSTERS a third! And another SPINEBUSTER! He stacks four guys and covers them all, Wardlow ELIMINATES all four!! Well, just about everyone’s lost count, but one remaining guy gets in and he gets a kick, for a POWERBOMB!

Wardlow kicks and POWERBOMBS another! And then a third guy gets a POWERBOMB, too! And a FOURTH guy! Another triple stack, Wardlow ELIMINATES three! Sterling is furious, Wardlow runs over yet another man, and SPINEBUSTERS yet another! And then a POWERBOMB again! And here’s POWEBOMB NUMBER SIX!! Wardlow again stacks bodies, and ELIMINATES four! Wait, okay, the math comes in, and there’s roughly two men left? One gets in, Wardlow kicks low and gives him a POWERBOMB! The last guy gets in, he gets a POWERBOMB! Wait, there was one more, so the math was off. But the POWERBOMB is still working!

Oh, one more? Was it really only 20 guys or 25? POWERBOMB! And POWERBOMB onto the pile! Wait, there’s still one more! He leaps, Wardlow catches him, and pops him around to a POWERBOMB onto the pile!! Six stacked, six ELIMINATED! Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow (case dismissed)

Wardlow wins the case, but he wants after the lawyer! Wardlow puts Sterling in the ring but Sterling begs for mercy! Wait, Dan Lambert shouts from the cheap seats and says that Wardlow probably spends more time in the gym than he did in the classroom, so let’s make this simple. You mess with one member of American Top Team, and the rest of the team messes with him! Wardlow better watch over his shoulder, because they could be coming from the locker room, from the skybox, or even some legends in the front row right now. Matt Hughes, Tiger Woodley, take out the garbage! They do what Lambert tells them, but Wardlow gets a mic now.

“Hey, you boys are from St. Louis, right? I think as a fellow hardworking Midwesterner, I know you boys are smarter than to take orders from some rich a**hole up in the skybox.” Fans agree with that! Wardlow says they can fight if they want, but something tells Wardlow that they’re cut from the same cloth. Wardlow brings the straps down and Tiger feeds Sterling to Wardlow! Fans fire up as Wardlow gives “Smart Mark” a POWERBOMB!! Lambert and Scorpio are in disbelief, but will The Closer have to clutch that TNT Championship very closely? Or will he find #ThisIsWar?!

 

Dax Harwood VS Will Ospreay!

FTR are perhaps the greatest tag team in wrestling today as they are still dual ROH & AAA World Tag Team Champions. But the Commonwealth Kingpin is the dual Rev-Pro British Heavyweight and NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion! Will Ospreay find a challenger worthy of facing him at Forbidden Door? Or will Dax the Ax show he’s already found one?

The bell rings and fans fire up already as these two stare down. Ospreay and Dax circle, fans fire up even more, and the two tie up. Ospreay arm-drags, does some push-ups to show off, but Dax keeps cool. They go again, Ospreay wrenches and wristlocks, but Dax rolls and spins to wrench and wristlock. Ospreay handsprings free right away and fans are dueling. Dax and Ospreay circle again, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Ospreay powers up and out, but Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Ospreay hurdles but Dax is ready. Ospreay ducks and dodges to RANA! Dax is dizzy from that and fans fire up.

Ospreay drags Dax up, cranks the arm and grinds the shoulder. Dax endures, fights up and pulls hair. Dax puts Ospreay in a corner, Ospreay turns it around, but they both let off, only for Ospreay to CHOP! Ospreay tastes the sweetness, then CHOPS Dax again. Dax turns things around to CHOP right back! And CHOP again! Dax even hurt his own hand on that one. Fans fire up, Dax goes back for Ospreay and clamps onto his face. The ref counts, Dax turns Ospreay around to snap suplex! Leg drop, cover, ONE! Dax snarls, whips Ospreay to ropes and back drops him! Ospreay flops around and fans fire up. Dax covers, TWO!

Dax clamps on with a headlock and hits a takeover. Ospreay keeps his shoulders up, grabs for hair but Dax is bald. Fans rally and duel, Ospreay fights up to his feet, and he throws body shots to then JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay snarl, he whips Dax corner to corner. Ospreay runs in, but Dax throws him to the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Dax, and goes to suplex! Dax fights that to suplex, but Ospreay fights that. Ospreay throws big body shots, suplexes again but Dax slips off to be on the apron. Dax CHOPS and CHOPS and then has the cameraman move so he can APRON- NO, Ospreay slips off the suplex and trips Dax up!

Dax ends up in the apron skirt and one of his legs gets jammed up a bit. Dax gets free of the skirt but Ospreay SHOTGUNS him into the steel steps! Fans are stunned as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ospreay gets up, takes a moment to catch his breath and stretch his back before bringing Dax back up. Ospreay puts Dax in the ring, CHOPS him off his feet, then drops a knee on Dax’s head. Ospreay clamps onto Dax, and drives an elbow into his head! Dax staggers away to a corner, but he CHOPS back! Ospreay ROCKS Dax with a forearm, but Dax CHOPS! Ospreay DECKS Dax, then digs his boot into Dax at the corner. The ref counts, Ospreay lets off and taunts the fans. Dax slowly gets up, but Ospreay whips him corner to corner hard! Dax bounces off buckles, Ospreay covers, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he keeps after Dax.

Ospreay fishhooks Dax’s face, drags him up, but Dax throws body shots and forearms! Dax whips, Ospreay blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Dax endures, Ospreay stretches and thrashes him around, but Dax pries free to hip toss Ospreay down! Fans fire up while both men slowly get back up and Road Rager returns to single picture. Dax JABS, JABS, but Ospreay SOBATS! Ospreay whips, Dax reverses, Ospreay handsprings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! And then a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax hits a FOURTH GERMAN, then a FIFITH! Fans fire up while both men are down again.

Fans give a standing ovation to “A E DUB!” as Dax gets himself to the corner. Dax climbs, but then Ospreay crawls. Dax hops down, goes after Ospreay, GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay lands high on his neck and shoulders but Dax hurries to a corner. Dax is up top, DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS as Ospreay moves! Ospreay hurries to a corner, springboard 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and fans say “This is Awesome!” Ospreay resets up top, but Dax ROCKS him first! Dax CHOPS Ospreay, CHOPS him again, but Ospreay throws hands! They brawl, Dax gets the edge and he CHOPS Ospreay to the apron!

Dax climbs up, he drags Ospreay up and back to the top! SUPER BACK SUPLEX CROSSBODY COUNTER! Cover, TWO and Dax cradles, TWO!! Ospreay kicks low, reels Dax in, and POWERBOMBS! But Dax rolls him through to a cover, TWO!!! Fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Dax gets to the apron, fans give another ovation and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay slingshots for a PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Dax! Ospreay puts Dax in, fans rally and duel as Ospreay climbs again. Dax is up, PIP PIP CHEERIO to the back! Cover, TWO?!? Dax survives and Ospreay snarls as he shakes his head.

Ospreay gathers power, calls his shot, but Dax reel shim in! Ospreay elbows free, tries again but Dax CLUBS him! And gets Ospreay up for a SLINGSHOT– NO, Ospreay slips out and ROUNDHOUSES! Dax wobbles, into an OS- NO! No Cutter! Electric Chair Lift, but then a spin and SLINGSHOT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives another hard fall and the fans give yet another standing ovation! A standing count starts, both men sit up and give each other Junkyard Dog headbutts! They stand up, and the forearms start flying! Fans fire up as Dax gets the edge and EuroUppers! Ospreay roars but Dax JABS! HOOK KICK!!

Ospreay whips, Dax reverses to wrench and LARIAT! Dax snarls and he throws off his elbow pads. Dax drags Ospreay up, reels him in, but Ospreay slips around to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives but Ospreay just runs, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Dax survives again, but Ospreay arms his special weapon! HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Ax got cut down by Ospreay’s Hidden Blade, and the rest of the United Empire, from Aussie Open to the NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, get in the ring to get in Dax’s face. But here comes CASH! He fights off Khan and Cobb, and ROCKY ROMERO is here to get after Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis! Trent, too! But the Empire still has numbers advantage, and are in better shape after everything that just happened. So here comes ORANGE CASSIDY! Freshly Squeezed is back at 100%, and moves as slowly as always. Ospreay stares at Cassidy as Cassidy gets in the ring.

Cassidy walks around Ospreay, and then they stare down. Cassidy has FTR and Roppongi Vice backing him up, so the Empire stands down. Is this a 10 Man Tag we’re about to see at Forbidden Door? Or will Cassidy take Ospreay on for that US Championship while everyone else fights for the tag titles?

 

AEW looks closer at Jon Moxley VS Hiroshi Tanahashi.

The Maniac says, “I’ve been big game hunting NJPW, I’ve been going after the biggest, the baddest. Naito, Nagata, Suzuki, Ishii. I’ve been going after them all. And the last one, the biggest one that I’ve been looking for for two, three years: Tanahashi.” Kevin Kelly of NJPW commentary says that Moxley called out Tanahashi for “ducking him” these three years. Tony Schiavone adds that Moxley VS Tanahashi isn’t just about the Interim AEW World Championship, this is about two guys who have been on a collision course. Good ol’ JR says that Forbidden Door comes with a lot of intrigue because AEW doesn’t have a health champion.

Moxley says there’s no more running or hiding. He is the best wrestler on the planet, he IS the Forbidden Door! But what will The Ace have to say in response? We’ll see, after the break!

 

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

AEW’s Wild Thing enters from the crowd and St. Louis goes wild for him. But then here comes The Once in a Century Talent, Hiroshi Tanahashi! The two get face to face and fans already lose their minds over how great this is. Moxley has a mic to tell Tanahashi, “I’ve been chasing you for a long, long time, my man. And now, finally, here you are in all your glory. Hiroshi Tanahashi! I chased you across Japan on bullet trains, I chased you across the Pacific on NJPW Strong, wrestling Kenta in an empty warehouse. All that time, all that work from day one with NJPW, it’s always been about you, Tanahashi.”

Moxley says there are a lot of championships in this business, a lot of belts, titles, tournaments, but there is only one man who they call The Ace, and that’s Tanahashi! “But not for long.” Fans chant for “TANAHASHI!” but Moxley says, “The man deserves his respect, he’s an inspiration to generations, he’s an inspiration to me. They call you Ace, but not for long! Because it is a fact, it is not a catchphrase when I tell you I am the best professional wrestler on this planet. A lot of people are just pretending, I live it night in and night out!” Fans cheer in agreement with that.

Moxley continues to say, “There’s a hell of a lot more on the line at Forbidden Door on June 26th than that AEW World Championship belt. There’s a hell of a lot more on the line. Everything is on the line for me. Everything I’ve worked for for three years. Everything I have blood, sweat and tears, given them for. Everything that I tried to force myself into for three years to become, it is all on the line.” Mox knows that for Tanahashi, his busted neck, his busted knees, his health and everything he is is on the line, too, because Moxley palsy for keeps. “When the dust settles at Forbidden Door, Tanahashi-san, you are gonna call me, ‘Ace.'”

Tanahashi gets the mic but then Jericho has to interrupt! The JAS walk back out, Tay Conti now with Sammy, perhaps another new member of the group. Jericho has the music cut, and Jericho says, “Let’s be honest, Mox. The only reason that you’re standing in that ring is because I wasn’t here last week. This is my spot and you know it! And if you don’t walk away right now, instead of spiking you in the eye, maybe I’ll burn your face with a fireball! Because I’m a wizard! And Tanahashi, the last time I saw you, I had just beaten you two years ago in the main event of the Tokyo Dome!”

But then Tanahashi speaks up! “Jericho! SHUT UP!” Oh, shut up? Really? GET ‘EM, BOYS! GO! The rest of the JAS rushes out now, they’re going at the ring! But wait, not just them! LANCE ARCHER slides in from behind and he DECKS Moxley! And EL DESPERADO is here, too!? He tackles Tanahashi and Garcia helps him stomp Tanahashi out! The JAS and Suzuki-Gun are oddly working together here! Fans boo but Jericho grins as he and SamTay join all this. Jericho introduces the “newest members” of the JAS in Sammy and Tay, and now they are Los Tres Sex Gods! Hell, SamTay will have sex any time, right? They make out right now!

And then Jericho formally introduces the Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer, and the Rogue Luchador, El Desperado. Why are they here? Because they’re on loan from Minoru Suzuki himself, who by virtue of Tony Khan, will be teaming for the first time ever with Chris Jericho at Forbidden Door! Jericho, Suzuki & Sammy VS “Mox’s little bitch boy,” Wheeler Yuta, his other NJPW Young Boy, Shota Umino- Oh, fans like him? Well don’t forget the time Jericho beat him up at the Tokyo Dome, as well as his stupid father, referee Red Shoes!

So as Jericho was saying, it is him, Suzuki & Sammy VS Yuta, Shota, and because Jericho can’t wait to get his hands on this guy again, EDDIE KINGSTON! Wait, speaking of, here comes Eddie! He leads Yuta, Santana, and a fully shaven Ortiz in retaliation for earlier! The extended Blackpool Combat Club clears the ring of JAS and Suzuki-Gun! PARADIGM SHIFT for Menard! SLINGBLADE for Desperado! And that leaves Ace and Maniac in the ring alone! Will these two tear the house down at Forbidden Door? Will Moxley bring that interim title to Blood & Guts just days after?

 

AEW hears from Darby Allin and reDRagon, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly.

The Relentless One tells Kyle O’Reilly, “you took out the one person in this company that’s like family to me.” Kyle says it sounds a little sick, but his mind just keeps going back to that sound of Sting’s ankle bone snapping, and it’s euphoric to me. Darby says he’ll do the same back to Kyle. Darby wants to break Kyle’s leg! Fish tells Darby to get his make-up done just right, get the nails done just right, and jump his stupid ass on that skateboard to bring him their way. Fish promises that Darby will not be happy with how this goes. But Darby says that this Friday on Rampage, they’ll watch Darby break Fish’s leg first. Will Darby find a way to slay the reDRagon all by himself?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Tony Schiavone knows Storm is facing Britt Baker later on, and Storm tells “Brittney” that being a dentist means she knows things because she’s a smart woman. But Storm dropped out of school at 15 and even she isn’t stupid enough to play the games Britt plays. “We’ve all seen you. We’ve all seen what you bring to the table, Britt. But right here, this is the skillset of a champion. This is the criteria of a world champion. This is what it’s gonna be. And I’m gonna take the Women’s Division to where it should be. We’ve all seen the DMD. Oh, we’ve all seen it. But what we want to see, is Toni Storm, world champ.” Will the Lightning From Down Under strike down and shut up The Doctor once and for all?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Ethan Page w/ Dan Lambert VS Miro!

All Ego doesn’t care about the Redeemer’s beliefs or his new mission in life. All Ego only cares about All Ego, and that brand new All-Atlantic title. Will O Canada echo through the night as Ethan steps towards the Forbidden Door? Or will everyone be shouting “GAME OVER” instead?

The bell rings and fans are fired up already, chanting for “MIRO! MIRO!” But then Ethan bails out to slow things down. Lambert says that’s smart, and he talks strategy with him. Ethan gets back up and in, fans still rally for “Let’s Go, Miro!” Miro and Ethan circle, but then Ethan bails right back out. The trolling strategy continues, but Miro gives chase! Ethan gets in, CLUBS and stomps Miro, and CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS him! Ethan lets off, but Miro blocks the kick. Ethan avoids the lariat to fire off KICKS to the leg, then a KICK to the arm! Ethan bumps Miro off buckles, wraps the arm around ropes and pulls!

The ref counts, Ethan lets off at 4, or maybe 4.5, and then he wrenches Miro’s bad arm to RAM shoulders. Ethan wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, and another! Ethan RAMS shoulders with Miro, goes for a double wristlock but fans rally and Miro holds it off. Ethan knees Miro low, but Miro reverses the whip and CLOBBERS Ethan on the return! Fans fire up but Miro’s bad arm is hurting. Miro just gets angry, and he stomps Ethan’s arm! And SLAMS it down, then stomps it again! Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, arm for an arm! Miro drags Ethan up, steps over to hip drop on the shoulder, then he wrenches to CLUB away on Ethan’s arm!

Fans fire up as Miro gives hammer after hammer, then he POSTS Ethan! Ethan flops out to the floor but Lambert coaches him up while AEW goes picture in picture.

Miro shakes out the bad arm while Ethan slowly gets up. Miro goes out and he ROCKS Ethan! Miro then RAMS Ethan into railing! Fans fire up while Miro stalks Ethan. Miro drags Ethan up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then brings him around to put back in the ring. Ethan hurries away to a corner, and Lambert barks at Miro. Miro just glares at Lambert, runs in at Ethan, but into a BOOT! Ethan runs, ducks and dodges and BOOTS Miro down! Miro ends up on the ropes, Ethan pretends his arm is hurting, but Lambert doesn’t try a cheap shot. Hard to say if that’s from being wise or being afraid.

Either way, Ethan CHOKES Miro on the ropes now! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and he argues with the ref. Now Lambert gets his cheap shot in! Lambert flexes like he did something impressive, and he fist bumps Ethan. But Ethan turns around into a DROPKICK! Both men are down but Miro hurries to cover, TWO! Miro snarls, and he goes out after Lambert! Lambert scurries away, but Ethan is on the apron! Ethan leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE Miro down! Ethan gets up to shout, “I’M THE MAN!” and then give a big grin to the camera. But Miro RAMS Ethan into railing! And again!

Miro seethes as he puts Ethan in the ring. Miro storms right up to Ethan, whips him to ropes, but Ethan kicks back! Ethan runs, into a SAMOAN DROP! Road Rager returns to single picture and fans fire up for Miro. Ethan gets to the apron and Lambert tries to keep confident, but Miro drags Ethan up against the ropes. Fans fire up as Miro gives a shout out to an old friend! BEATS OF THE BULGARIAN BODHRAIN! Miro gets nine, but Ethan HOTSHOTS the arm! Miro DECKS Ethan for the tenth shot, and then hurries out after him. But Ethan RAMS Miro into steel steps! And SMACKS him off them, too! And then POUNCES him back into the steps!

Miro is down, clutching the bad shoulder. Ethan drags Miro up and into the ring, then he climbs a corner! Miro stands, Ethan leaps, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE again! Cover, ONE!! Miro shocks Ethan, but Ethan hurries to the apron. Ethan mocks the prayers, STEP-IN CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives and Ethan argues with the ref, but the count is the count. Fans rally up as Ethan looms over Miro. Ethan gets Miro’s arms and shouts, “I’m gonna make you pray to me!” Ethan makes Miro put his hands together and demands Miro pray to him! Miro just laughs, and he turns the wristlocks around on Ethan! Miro is furious and he HEADBUTTS, into the BELLY2BELLY!

Miro then gets Ethan up, another Belly2Belly! Fans fire up, Miro SPLASHES in the corner, then WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up with Miro as he storms around. Lambert is freaking out as Miro aims from a corner. Lambert gets on the apron, Miro DECKS him! And then BEST KICK to Ethan! Miro is snarling as he shouts, “GAAAME~! OVEEER~!” And the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH!! Ethan taps, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission (advances to Forbidden Door)

All Ego feels Miro’s wrath, and it is Miro who is redeemed! Miro joins The Bastard, Pac, in the All-Atlantic Championship Fatal 4 Way! Will it be Penta Oscuro or Malakai Black that joins them? And who from NJPW’s own mini-tournament will win that golden ticket to Chicago? We see who embarks on the New Japan Road this weekend with the first round!

 

Matt Sydal & Dante Martin speak.

Angel Dorado starts by saying, “This week on Rampage, I go one-on-one with Jon Moxley. A lot of people are looking at this as a ‘potential’ victory. Well, I am sick and tired of hearing the word, ‘potential,’ because that is all I’ve been labeled as.” The mentor, Sydal, says, “It’s not about Dante’s potential, it’s about time everybody caught up.” Dante says, “When stars like Moxley go down, it is going to be people like me who take his spot. So this Friday on Rampage, a new star is going to be born, and that star is Inhuman.” Sydal tells Moxley, meet the #Inhuman, Dante Martin.

 

Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Toni Storm!

It’s a rematch from the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Semifinals, and now it’s about going after THE AEW Women’s World Championship! Will “The Queen of Harts” win this rematch to get another rematch with Thunder Rosa? Or will it finally be #ToniTime?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Storm dodges, the forearms start flying, and it’s a scrap! Fans fire up, Storm DECKS Britt and Britt bails out! Storm chases after Britt and ROCKS her! Britt hits back and then POSTS Storm! The ring count is climbing as Hayter and Rebel creep over. The ref warns them to leave Storm alone. Hayter backs off, but Britt CLOBBERS Storm! Britt refreshes the count, fans rally and duel, and Britt puts Storm in. But then Storm trips Britt up! Storm CHOPS Britt, puts her back in, and then climbs up a corner. Britt stands, turns around, and Storm CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Storm is annoyed, especially with Rebel on the apron. Storm focuses on Britt and runs the ropes, only for Hayter to trip her up! Hayter YANKS Storm out of the ring, but here comes Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera pushes past Rebel and gets in Hayter’s face! Hayter runs, Rosa chases her, and Britt is down a sidekick as AEW goes picture in picture!

Britt puts Storm in the ring, Storm goes to a corner, and Britt stomps away on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off and drags Storm up. Britt ROCKS Storm, runs, and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt wants a faster count, but then she clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist. Storm endures, fights up, and pulls Britt down into headbutts! Britt throws Storm down by her hair! Britt cravats for a neck wrench and she throws in knees. Storm falls over and Britt spells, “D M D” to the camera. Britt then brings Storm up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Britt drags Storm up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!

Storm gets to a corner, Britt taunts the Storm fans and then drags Storm up to throw forearms! Storm turns things around to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Britt kicks Storm low! Britt drags Storm up and CHOKES her in the corner! The ref counts, Britt lets off, and Britt whips Storm out to send her back in! Britt stomps away on Storm, the ref counts and Britt trips Storm to dig her boots in! The ref counts again, Britt lets off, but she’s wary of Storm kicking at her from below. Road Rager returns to single picture as Britt stomps and digs her boots in again. The ref counts but Britt lets off, and Storm ends up on the apron.

Britt drags Storm back in and covers her, ROPEBREAK! Britt stands Storm up to ROCK her in the corner, then she runs in, into a wrench and TORNADO DDT! Britt bails out of the ring while Rebel freaks out, and Storm goes to the apron! ANOTHER TORNADO DDT, and to the floor! Fans fire up, Storm puts Britt back in, but she’s slow to returning. Britt gets away to Rebel but Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES her! Britt’s glove goes flying! Storm and the fans fire up, and Storm runs in at the corner to HIP ATTACK! Storm wants after Britt but Britt clings to the ropes and pushes her away. That high speed hip might’ve legit rocked Britt.

The ref checks on Britt but Storm doesn’t let off. Storm drags Britt up, throws a forearm and Britt falls to a knee. Storm wants to reel Britt in, but Britt flops back down. The ref and Storm aren’t sure what to make of this, but then Britt claws Storm’s face!! Cradle, TWO!! Britt hurries to get Storm up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Britt’s sneaky tactics didn’t work so she gets the glove! Fans spell along, “D M D!” But Storm slips around Britt to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then the tuck, SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The Storm finally strikes Britt down! And Rosa returns, her AEW Women’s World Championship in hand. Rosa raises the belt, and she points at Storm with a smile. When and where will we see Thunder and Lightning clash?

 

Backstage interview with Stokely Hathaway.

Tony Schiavone is with the publicist for Jade Cargill & The Baddies, and he has “breaking news” for Rampage. “The TBS Champion has issued an open challenge, I will be making my commentary debut. Yes, I will be getting two paychecks in one night, which is why I’m the best at what I do.” But OMG, Willow Nightingale walks in and YES! Yes to what? Stokely knows why she’s here. He loves the look, loves the outfit, he remembers having an afro back in the day. Willow oughta be a Baddie! Willow is honored, but she doesn’t want to be a Baddie. Does he not remember? They worked together so many times in the past.

But it makes sense Stokely doesn’t remember. He’s so far so focused on everyone else, chasing their success, clapping for them and what they’re doing while Willow is trying to prove herself. So on Rampage, WILLOW accepts the open challenge! Well, with all due disrespect, that’s crazy as hell! But sure, see you on Friday. Will Willow prove she is championship material as the one in 33-1? Or will she just be another guest on #ThatBitchShow?

 

Hangman Page is here!

St. Louis fires up for The Cowboy and his pyro as he heads to the ring. Fans already chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” while Hangman gets a mic. Hangman says, “With Forbidden Door just around the corner, just last week, I called my shot. And I said I wanted a match with Kazuchika Okada. And I didn’t just want the match with Okada, I wanted to challenge him for his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. And well, as a self-professed occasional dumbass, I didn’t take into account that by Forbidden Door, he may not still be champion. And lo and behold, this weekend, Okada lost that championship. Funny life. But the sentiment has not changed. And the challenge still stands! Because at Forbidden Door, there-”

But Adam Page is interrupted by Adam Cole, telling him, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You really are a stupid cowboy, aren’t ya?” Hangman sighs and facepalms while Cole says, “First of all, a huge congratulations to the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, my good friend, Jay White. Secondly, I don’t know why I have to keep repeating myself, but Page, you will NOT challenge for that championship at Forbidden Door. And if anyone’s gonna challenge for it, it’s gonna be me! Because Forbidden Door is not about AEW. Hell, it’s not even about NJPW. Forbidden Door is about The Undisputed Elite. Forbidden Door is about the Bullet Club.

“And the best way to showcase that event and that championship is Adam Cole BAYBAY VS Jay White. And speaking of Forbidden Door, Okada, he’s not even gonna be there! But there is someone here tonight who would love to come out and say hello.” It’s JAY WHITE HIMSELF! But not from the ramp! White sneaks in from the crowd side and he gets in the ring! BLADERUNNER for Hangman!! Cole applauds the Switchblade, and White says, “Uh-uh, uh-uh. I am Switchblade, Jay White. I am the Catalyst of Professional Wrestling. I am the IWGP, WORLD! HEAVYWEIGHT! CHAMPION!

“So Hangman, what makes you think that you call the shots? Because you couldn’t beat CM Punk? Because you lost your AEW World Championship? Oh, and hey buddy, our singles record? 2-0 to the Switchblade.” So if White’s going to put HIS title on the at Forbidden Door, it won’t be against Hangman. Cole says there it is! Undisputed Elite and Bullet Club, baby! Right? Uh, no. It won’t be Cole, either. Oh… White says he holds the prize, so he holds the power! This here means that the WORLD now breathes with the Switchblade, because this is the Switchblade Era! Cole tries to get White to reconsider, but with time running out, who will White choose from AEW over him?

 

Just made for Forbidden Door!

After the confrontation earlier tonight, Orange Cassidy WILL challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship! Will Freshly Squeezed get serious and get some gold? Or will the Commonwealth Kingpin slice him up with that Hidden Blade?

And after clearing Britt Baker out of the way, Toni Storm gets her AEW Women’s World Championship match with Thunder Rosa in Chicago! Will the winds of change blow and help the Lightning From Down Under strike gold? Or will La Mera Mera ride out the storm and retain her title?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: Jurassic Express VS The Young Bucks!

Well, things being what they are, the Triple Threat is now down to 2v2. But that doesn’t change that Captain Charisma dragged Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus into this situation. Will the champions fail to bring the belts back down? Or will they be able to survive the Superkick Party in St. Louis?

The introductions are made, the belts are already raised high above, and we see who literally rises above the competition to be the best in AEW!

The bell rings and fans fire up as all four men look to the titles above them. Then Matt TACKLES JB and Luchasaurus TOSSES Nick! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, Matt helps Nick and they mug the dino-man. They double whip but he busts the clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT The Bucks! Luchasaurus hurries outside to fetch a ladder, but Matt WRECKS him with a dropkick! Luchasaurus hits railing and falls down, and Matt takes the ladder for his own. But JB DIVES into Matt and sends him into railing! JB hurries inside while Nick gets the ladder. Nick intercepts JB, CHOPS him, then knuckle locks and goes up the ropes to “LUCHA LIBRE~” to the ladder!

But JB stops Nick from doing anything more with a CHOP! JB goes up the ropes now, and he jumps to SUPER RANA Nick off the ladder! Fans are thunderous while Nick tumbles out, and JB hurries to position the ladder under the belts! JB climbs, but Matt gets in and yanks him down. Matt ROCKS JB, whips him to ropes, but JB ducks and goes up the ladder! Matt hurries after him, they brawl at the top, but Nick returns. JB SMACKS Matt off the ladder, but Matt gives Nick a boost to DECK JB! Nick climbs but Luchasaurus choke grips him! Luchasaurus choke grips Matt, too, while dragging Nick down!

The Bucks break free to mule kick, ROUNDHOUSE, and then take the ladder down. The Bucks coordinate, they run at Luchasaurus but he handsprings under! And BOOTS the ladder out of their hands! Luchasaurus gives JB a boost via wheelbarrow to COMPLETE SHOT Matt! Nick BOOTS Luchasaurus, puts JB on the apron, but JB ENZIGURIS and Luchasaurus scoops! JB goes up, ELBOW DROP SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO! Fans fire up, Jurassic Express set a ladder up, and they both climb. Nick and Matt drag them each down, Matt smacks JB off buckles, then helps Nick with Luchasaurus. The Bucks CLUB, shove and mule kick the legs, and Luchasaurus smacks off rungs!

The Bucks reset the ladder, putting it in a corner. Matt brings JB up, he and Nick double whip, but JB runs up the ladder, to the ropes, DOUBLE CROSSBODY! JB puts Nick outside and Nick smacks off apron! JB elbows Matt away, goes up and leaps, into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt starts up the Polar Express, and he goes on to NORTHERN LIGHTS JB onto the ladder!! JB writhes and Nick goes up the ladder to TORNILLO onto Luchasaurus! Fans are thunderous again as Matt drags JB over and Nick positions a table. The Bucks bring JB up, but Luchasaurus saves JB from the double suplex! Luchasaurus DECKS Matt and JB suplexes Nick into the ring!

JB runs and gets a boost to RANA Matt off the apron and through the table!! Fans lose their minds as Matt is down in the wreckage! JB gets back in, Luchasaurus gives him another boost, but Nick turns rana into POWERBOMB off the apron and through a table!!! JB is down in wreckage and fans lose their minds all over again! Nick shoulders into Luchasaurus, slingshots up, but into a choke grip! But Nick fights free to CANADIAN DESTROYER!! Luchasaurus flops out, Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Nick hurries up the corner, Luchasaurus is on a table… SUPER 450 THROUGH A TABLE!!!

AEW goes picture in picture while all four men are down in table debris! The referees check them all, and somehow they’re all okay to continue! Matt hobbles up, as does Nick, and while Matt gets in the ring, Nick fetches JB. Matt sets the ladder up against ropes now, and he fetches JB. Matt sets JB on the ladder and then holds the whole thing up. Nick is climbing the corner, DRAPING SWANTON on the ladder! JB writhes but the Bucks move on to fetch even more tables! They have a huge table drop zone by the ramp, and double stack it! Matt and Nick get back in the ring, and Matt hobbles over to JB. JB kicks from below but Matt stomps him down.

Matt drags JB up, Nick runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Then BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! The Bucks soak up the cheers and Nick does his Macho Man. Matt then points a la the Outsiders over to the table tower they made. The Bucks drag JB up, and they double trophy lift as Road Rager returns to single picture. But JB avoids the lawn dart, dodges Nick and he fires off forearms and elbows! JB blocks Nick’s superkick to throw it into Matt! Then SUPERKICKS Nick! JB springboards to QUEBRADA INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! The Bucks hurry as Luchasaurus gets in, but he handsprings under the kicks!

Matt ducks as Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS, and Nick takes the hit! ROUNDHOUSE for Matt, then choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Choke grip for Nick, CHOKE SLAM onto the ladder!! The Bucks bail out, Luchasaurus goes to the apron to MOONSAULT! Direct hit on both Bucks and fans fire up! Luchasaurus gets back to his feet, brings another ladder into this, and he pushes that to center. Luchasaurus stands the ladder up, puts it under the belts, but Matt stops him from climbing. Matt jumps on for a SLEEPER, but Luchasaurus still climbs!? The refs brace the ladder, that’s nice of them. JB returns, he has a smaller ladder, and he CLUBS Matt on the back with it!

Matt drops off Luchasaurus, clipping the other ladder on the way down. JB sets up the short ladder next to the tall ladder, but Matt hurries after him. Matt and JB brawl while reaching, but Luchasaurus CHOPS Matt on the back! Nick springboards to get onto the taller ladder with Luchasaurus! There’s brawling all over, reaching up for the belt, too, and now it’s just a fight! Fans are thunderous as Luchasaurus JABS Matt, and Matt punches JB! JB CHOPS Nick! Matt SMACKS JB’s head off the top of the ladder and down he goes! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Nick, down he goes! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Matt, and now Luchasaurus is all alone!

Luchasaurus reaches out, but the Bucks grab his legs! They drag Luchasaurus down and then DOUBLE POWERBOMB Luchasaurus onto the leaning ladder!! JB returns, but Nick SUPERKICKS him! Then POISON-RANAS him down! Matt puts Luchasaurus back on a table, throws down hands, then he returns to the ring. Nick moves the one ladder aside and Matt climbs up the corner. Matt tells Luchasaurus this is it! MACHO ELBOW through the table!! Another table is wrecked, and Nick climbs up the ladder. Nick reaches out, but JB drags him back down! JB gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Matt hurries back in, he and JB are both crawling for the ladders. It’s a race, but JB chose the short one. So JB drags Matt back down, only to get a shoe! Matt hurries up the rungs but JB chases him down! JB CLUBS Matt, brings him back, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! JB tries again but Nick climbs up, too. They fight near the top, Matt returns and he CLUBS JB. JB CLUBS the Bucks back, Nick then Matt and repeat. JB CHOPS and CHOPS, but Matt blocks! Matt has one arm, Nick gets the other! The Bucks climb up higher, SKYSCRAPER B T E- NO!! JB tips the ladder with a kick, and the Bucks go falling down!

The Bucks HOTSHOT off the ropes, and they stagger into the other ladder! That ladder tips and JB falls into a HOTSHOT! They’re all down, but Luchasaurus returns! Fans fire up as Luchasaurus hurries to get the taller ladder back up! Luchasaurus climbs, reaches, but the Bucks return again! They push the ladder over, and Luchasaurus fall through the table tower!!! Even the Bucks are shocked seeing that! But JB is back, and he has hold of the shorter ladder. JB CHUCKS the ladder at Nick then fires off haymakers on Matt! JB CHOPS Nick while he’s trapped between ladders, then hurries to climb! But the Bucks stop him again!

The Bucks bring JB down into a FLAPJACK, then B T E TRIGGER!! The Bucks reset the tallest ladder, and they both climb together. The Bucks bring the belts down together, they win!

Winners: The Young Bucks (NEW AEW World Tag Team Championships)

Nick and Matt, bloody and bruised, are the first-ever TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions!! Christian Cage checks on his guys, perhaps feeling responsible for this loss. Will Jurassic Express be able to get back on track after being derailed like this? Will the Bucks look to make this reign bigger and better than the first?

Christian gets in the ring and checks on JB now. JB is up, but he needs Christian and Doc Samson to help him to the ropes. But then Christian pulls JB into a KILLSWITCH!!!! Christian shouts something at JB while the fans lose their minds! Christian then goes out of the ring and under the to bring out chairs! Christian swings at the refs and they back off, and Christian gets in the ring. He puts JB’s head on one chair, is armed with the other, CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Christian then sits by his former protégé, apparently disappointed in him. Christian takes off his jacket and lays it over JB like he’s dead and buried. Fans call Christian an A-Hole, but he doesn’t care.

Even after AEW officially goes off the air, Christian stays in the ring. He takes his jacket back to say he told JB this would happen, and that they should’ve listened to him. Christian then goes to JB’s mother and sister, but they flip him off and tell him to GTFO. Christian tells them they raised a POS, but happy birthday anyway. Has Captain Charisma just crushed the career of Jungle Boy? Or can JB make a comeback and avenge this betrayal?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome night for AEW! Road Rager made for a great event that propelled a lot of things towards Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts 2022. The Hair VS Hair was a great opener, and of course the JAS got involved. Great to see what will surely be the Blood & Guts team fight them, but also a very clever twist for Sammy to be disguised as Fuego. Sammy rejoining Jericho’s team and bringing Tay along feels like a fallback plan since they wrote Sammy out of the TNT Championship picture for now. At the same time, Sammy and Garcia being in the same faction oddly feels redundant, and there’s just so much about Daniel Garcia that says he should join Blackpool Combat Club, so that he can be a “pro-wrestler,” not a “sports entertainer.”

Jericho and the JAS interrupting Moxley and Tanahashi was a bit of a surprise but it also makes sense with everything they’re building to. And I like that we’re getting a team-up of JAS & Suzuki-Gun to take on the extended BCC family. With that match essentially being the go-home to Blood & Guts though on the Forbidden Door PPV, it could go either way and hint at who is winning Blood & Guts. As for Moxley and Tanahashi, they both stand tall so they both have momentum, but I’m still leaning towards Moxley winning. Interim or not, someone in AEW is having the AEW World Championship to await CM Punk’s return.

I said it last week and I was proven right: Wardlow VS 20 jobbers was the biggest and best squash match in wrestling history. Granted, I lost count because I think the announcement of eliminations was early. Those five guys at the start came back around and got eliminated later. But either way, of course Wardlow wins, and with Lambert calling him out, it is obvious we’re getting Wardlow VS Scorpio for the TNT Championship. Hard to call that one, but fans would love for Wardlow to win. Ethan VS Miro was great stuff, too, but as I figured, Miro wins to go on to Forbidden Door. And as I said before, it is basically Miro’s to win because he’s returning, and because other things cancel out.

Dax VS Ospreay was an amazing match, and it was basically happening just because! There will be more between the United Empire and the extended Best Friends faction, and it is great that we’re getting Ospreay VS Cassidy for the US title. And we’re getting much, much closer to seeing the various tag titles on the line, between the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles and the ROH World Tag titles. Really good promos from Darby and reDRagon, I would think Darby beats Fish to then get a rematch with Kyle. Good promo from Dante and Sydal to hype up Dante VS Moxley, but I would think Moxley wins to get more momentum towards Forbidden Door. And very good segment between Stokely and Willow to set up Willow VS Jade, though I don’t see Willow winning.

Great segment from Hangman, Cole and Jay White. It makes a lot of sense that Hangman wants the title more than a specific opponent, and of course Cole and White are going to tell him, “No.” But that only foreshadows that Hangman will force them to give him the match, and maybe Cole can default to facing Okada. Cole is apparently resting up from some injuries, so that’s why he’s only been running Hangman down verbally and we’re not getting Adam VS Adam III to face the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. And Okada having his name mentioned could motivate him to show up and have a match on the Forbidden Door card.

And of course, we got an awesome main event. They didn’t mention anything on air but those in the know already know Jeff Hardy is in trouble with alcoholism again. A damn shame, and I hope he finally breaks through that addiction. But what we got out of Jurassic Express VS Young Bucks was still incredible, PPV level stuff. Holy crap, Luchasaurus crashing through that double decker of tables. And the Young Bucks winning makes a lot of sense, this seemed like the right time to shift gears in the tag division. And apparently it was also the perfect moment for Christian to betray JB, holy crap that was wild stuff. This could give JB some time off, and then he’ll have an amazing return as he goes for revenge on Christian.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)

Rampage by the Lake!

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It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!

From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
  • Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
  • Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bryan Danielson is here!

The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”

Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.

Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.

Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!

So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?

 

AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!

Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?

The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!

The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.

Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!

Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!

Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!

Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!

Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)

There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?

 

The Lucha Brothers speak.

Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?

 

Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!

Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?

The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!

Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall

Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?

 

La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.

Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?

 

Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!

Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?

The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.

Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!

Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”

Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.

 

HOOK is here!

Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!

Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!

Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?

Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!

The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!

Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.

Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.

Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.

Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.

Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!

But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!

Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”

Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!

Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.

Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.

Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.

And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
  • Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!

The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?

Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!

Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!

Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.

Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!

Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!

Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!

Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!

Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!

Winner: Darby Allin

The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”

 

Chris Jericho responds!

“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.

“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”

 

Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!

Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!

 

Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!

Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?

The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!

Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!

AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.

Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!

Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!

Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!

But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!

LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!

But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!

Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall

There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?

 

The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.

Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.

The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.

So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.

But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.

And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!

 

Jungle Boy is here!

Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!

Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!

JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?

 

Miro speaks.

“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”

Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?

 

Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!

They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!

Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!

Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!

And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?

 

Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!

The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?

Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.

The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?

 

Backstage interview with Gunn Club.

Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.

Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!

The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.

Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!

Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!

Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!

AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!

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

THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.

Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.

Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?

 

AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!

After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?

Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?

 

Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!

As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!

Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.

Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!

Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!

The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!

Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!

Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!

Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!

Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!

Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.

Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.

Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!

Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!

Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)

Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!

Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!

Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.

I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.

Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.

Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.

Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.

Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.

Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.

My Score: 9.1/10


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