The AEW X NJPW crossover continues!
Before opening the Forbidden Door, AEW and NJPW meet in Milwaukee! Can Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi work together before fighting each other?
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice VS The United Empire; Cassidy & RPG Vice wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Malakai Black VS Penta Oscuro; Malakai wins and advances to The Forbidden Door.
- Hangman Page VS Silas Young; Hangman wins.
- Toni Storm VS Marina Shafir w/ Nyla Rose; Storm wins.
- Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Chris Jericho & Lance Archer; Moxley & Tanahashi win.
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Bryan Danielson is here!
Milwaukee fires up for the American Dragon’s return! Bryan has been out of action for a few weeks but he is still standing, and Tony Schiavone is in the ring to give him a formal introduction. And Schiavone also adds the big week for AEW! This Sunday, The Forbidden Door, and next Wednesday, BLOOD & GUTS! Schiavone says it’s great to have Bryan back for such a big week, and hands the mic over. Bryan says that he’s not giving it back. “This week is a great week to be an AEW fan. This week is a great week to be a professional wrestling fan!”
Fans cheer all that, and Bryan says again, Sunday is Forbidden Door, “an inter-promotional PPV with the two BEST pro-wrestling companies in the WORLD! You are going to see some excellent professional wrestling. And a week from today, on Dynamite, you get nearly the complete opposite with the bloody spectacle that is Blood & Guts!” Fans like the sound of that, and even chant, “Blood and Guts!” Bryan tells Milwaukee that he loves how they’re just excited for that violence as he is. And Bryan was expecting to be part of both those events. Chris Jericho had paid the self-proclaimed best technical wrestler in the world, Zack Sabre Jr., to challenge Bryan to a match.
ZSJ claims he was going to prove he is a better technical wrestler than Bryan Danielson. But Bryan was not only excited to prove that wasn’t true, but also to crush ZSJ’s throat. Bryan was excited to get into Blood & Guts to get revenge on Jericho and his “flaccid crew of cocksmen” for what they did at Double or Nothing. But unfortunately, Bryan has some good news and some bad news. Fans dread the bad news as Bryan begins. “Because of what Chris Jericho and Jake Hager did at Anarchy in the Arena, I am not cleared to compete, either at Forbidden Door or at Blood & Guts.”
But then Bryan has the good news! “Lest anybody be concerned about my overall health, you can tell that my mind is working at full, 100% capacity, I can jump into the ring, I can read 500 words a minute, I can run two miles and I won’t even break a sweat! So don’t worry about me coming back! I broke my neck, separated my shoulder, detached my retina, and there’s not a man in this world who can wrestle in this ring like I do right now!” Fans cheer that! “And that’s not even the good news! Here’s the good news! Eddie Kingston has gone on record to say that I’m a judgmental prick. Guess what? You’re damn right I am!
“And because I’m a judgmental prick, I have really, really high standards. So you know that when I promise you that something is going to be amazing, you know it’s going to be amazing. I have found… the one person I trust to take my place at Forbidden Door. The one person I trust to take my place at Blood & Guts. The one person I know in the entire world who will take it to ZSJ from a technical level, and then go and kick Chris Jericho’s head in at Blood & Guts! I have found that one person, and you are all going to be astounded by what he does in AEW!” But who is it? Who who who? Bryan points out he came out the “bad guy” tunnel, he’s not telling!
But do you know what? He won’t tell ZSJ either! So tune in this Sunday and you’ll see the greatest technical match of your lives! Fans are upset but Bryan wants to hear from them who is the best technical wrestler in the world! But wait! Zack Sabre Jr. is HERE! And the Submission Master eggs on Bryan “Dickhead” to give him something. Who is it that meets ZSJ in Chicago for the greatest technical showdown in wrestling? Will ZSJ be able to make him #JustTapOut?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Sometimes it’s business, and sometimes it’s personal. But in a week’s time at Blood & Guts, it will most definitely be personal, Jericho Appreciation Society. What an ego trip. They blinded my best friend with fireball, and put my partner on the shelf, and last week, they came after me. In Vegas, we found out those guys can fight, and next week, we find out of this guys can survive. Because they’ll be locked in there with dogs who don’t know how to do anything else. Santana & Ortiz survived the streets of New York City. Eddie Kingston survived grinding in this business for 17 years! Wheeler survived everything we could throw at him. And me? I’ve been around the block a time or two.
“God, I hate Chris Jericho. Men like that, driven by money, fame, ego. We’ll find out just how much they’re wiling to suffer, just how much they’re willing to endure next week, inside that bloody steel cage. But before that, this Sunday, there’s a little matter of, oh, maybe the biggest match in my entire life, for the AEW World Championship against maybe the greatest wrestler who ever lived in Hiroshi Tanahashi.” This means more to Moxley than Tanahashi can imagine. These last three years of transforming into a better man and a father, this Sunday, Moxley will transform into what he always knew he could be after stepping into the ring with The Ace.
Tonight, Moxley and Tanahashi handle business. Then Sunday, it’s personal. Once the bell rings, Moxley has no respect for anyone. Will the Maniac be able to handle business so that he can finally get back to the top?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice VS The United Empire!
Chaos’ AEW branch assembles to take on the Commonwealth Kingpin and the Aussie Open! Freshly Squeezed is challenging Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship while Rocky Romero & #JustTrent are part of a MASSIVE Triple Threat Tag Team Championship battle! Will Chaos have all the momentum going into that monumental PPV? Or will Ospreay, Fletcher & Davis conquer them here for the glory of the Empire?
The trios sort out and Rocky starts against Fletcher but the fans are fired up for Ospreay. Ospreay tells them to quit it, he doesn’t need their cheers. Rocky and Fletcher tie up, Fletcher waistlocks but Rocky elbows out and headlocks. Fletcher lifts Rocky, throws him, but Rocky dodges the haymaker to headlock again. Fletcher powers out, they RAM shoulders, but neither moves. So Rocky KICKS a leg! Rocky runs, slides, sobats and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Trent and fans fire up as RPG Vice double whip to double body shot. They both run, KNEE and LARIAT! Fans fire up but Fletcher flounders away to tag Mark Davis in.
Trent and Davis circle, Davis shoots in to get a leg but Trent kicks him away. Trent avoids a boot and CHOPS Davis, then forearms and CHOPS again! Davis BOOTS Trent down! Davis huffs and puffs and brings Trent up, only for Trent to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX him! Davis flounders up, Cassidy wants in? Fans fire up as Trent tags in Freshly Squeezed! Cassidy dodges Davis, waistlocks, but Davis switches and shoves Cassidy to a corner. Davis runs in but Cassidy tells him to hold on. Cassidy holds up his hands, and puts his hands in his pockets! Then he dodges Davis and SHOTGUN dropkicks him down! No hands kip-up!
Rocky tags in, then tags Trent. Rocky whips Cassidy so Cassidy can whip Rocky in for a clothesline! Rocky goes corner to corner while Cassidy winds up, another clothesline! Cassidy is finally back at the corner, and he just feeds Davis to RPG Vice’s DOUBLE LARIAT! Ospreay gets in but Trent back drops him! Chaos flexes, then Cassidy DECKS Davis! Chaos coordinates, Cassidy and Rocky build speed, and they DOUBLE DIVE, but into the arms of Aussie Open! Ospreay drags Trent out to DECK him! Aussie Open meet to SANDWICH Cassidy and Rocky! Then the Empire gets Chaos up, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEX and an APRON POWERBOMB!!
Dynamite is picture in picture as the Empire gloats and Chaos writhes on the floor. Fletcher puts Trent in for Davis and Davis drags Trent up to scoop and SLAM! Davis drops a SENTON! Then a kneeling cover, ONE! Davis kicks Trent around, drags him over, and Ospreay tags in. The Empire mugs Trent, Ospreay CHOPS Trent down, then KNEES and ELBOWS and CLUBS him while he’s down! Ospreay soaks up the cheers and jeers and he drags Trent back up. Ospreay CHOPS Trent, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay then reels Trent in for the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay drags Trent over, tags in Fletcher, and Fletcher stomps Trent. Fletcher stomps Trent’s leg then steps through to have a HALF CRAB! Trent endures, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Fletcher lets go at 4, then tags in Davis. Davis stomps Trent now, paces around him, then brings him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Fletcher, and Fletcher whips Davis for Davis to whip Fletcher for Fletcher to whip Davis, but Trent BOOTS Davis away! Trent then catches Fletcher for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up as Dynamite returns to single picture! Trent crawls past Aussie Open, hot tag to Cassidy!
Cassidy… well, he gets in, and he “kicks” away on Aussie Open’s legs. Aussie Open barely even notices, but then they turn around. Cassidy avoids the double clotheslines to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up and Cassidy knuckle locks Fletcher, dodges Davis, and goes up top to FLYING RANA Davis! Cassidy runs, ducks and dodges Fletcher to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans fire up again and Cassidy stares Ospreay down! Fans chant “Freshly Squeezed!” as Cassidy raises his hands, and eggs Ospreay on! Ospreay tags in and rushes over, but Cassidy moves and Rocky FLYING RANAS! Trent clotheslines Ospreay out hard!
Chaos builds speed, now they DOUBLE DIVE and PLANCHA! All three targets are hit and fans are thunderous! Trent puts Ospreay in and brings him up while fans fire up for “A E DUB!” Trent hangs Ospreay out to dry, Rocky missile dropkicks Ospreay down, and Trent adds a SLIDING BOOT! Cassidy is up top, FALLING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, and fans fire up as he takes aim. Ospreay avoids the Orange Punch to CHOP! Ospreay whips, Cassidy tilt-o-whirls but Ospreay blocks the DDT to suplex! Cassidy slips out, waistlocks, but Ospreay switches. Cassidy elbows free, runs, but into the tiger wall kick and ENZIGURI!
Ospreay gets Cassidy up, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Cassidy flounders, Ospreay stirs, hot tags to Davis and Rocky! Rocky dodges Davis’ boot to run, and RANA! Rocky CHOPS Davis, CHOPS again, but Davis CHOPS Rocky off his feet! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open puts Rocky in a corner and they whip cycle for the BIG forearm! GAMANGIRI from Fletcher, then feed to the double underhooks! Davis lifts Rocky in a BUTTERFLY feed to Fletcher’s POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives and Milwaukee is thunderous again! Tag to Davis and Aussie Open gets Rocky back up.
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Davis fireman’s carries Rocky, pop-up to the- NO! Rocky blocks Fletcher’s roundhouse and sends it into Davis! Then Rocky hits SLICED BREAD on Fletcher! Davis ENZIGURIS Rocky, Cassidy CROSSBODIES Davis! PIP PIP CHEERIO from Ospreay! Trent dodges Ospreay to LARIAT him inside-out! Fletcher SUPERKICKS Trent, runs, but into DOUBLE JUMP KNEES! Trent goes back to the corner, tags in, and fans fire up again. Trent Alabama Lifts, but Davis trips Rocky on the apron! Ospreay gets in to ROUNDHOUSE Trent into a DESTROYER from Fletcher! Davis YANKS Trent by his legs into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Cassidy breaks it!!
Fans are thunderous again but Ospreay throws Cassidy out. Ospreay builds speed, handsprings and SASUKE SPECIALS, but Cassidy moves! Ospreay lands on his feet to see Cassidy give him a thumbs up. And then Rocky SUPER CROSSBODIES Ospreay down! Davis tags Fletcher in, Aussie Open gets Trent up! But Trent fights free, kick and TORNADO DDT! Hot tag to Cassidy! Fletcher flounders into the ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice, by pinfall
Talk about chaos! A hectic finish sees Freshly Squeezed and friends standing tall! But wait, here comes the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb! They help the Empire regroup, and then the five of them get on the apron. Fans chant for them, and so here comes FTR! Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler may be RPG Vice’s opponents this Sunday, but they aren’t going to let NJPW wrestlers just do what they want in AEW! Who will reign supreme in tag team wrestling when both IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
Sonjay says he is so happy, he just ordered a bunch of new pencils. He is so happy because Satnam’s in-ring debut went amazingly! Big wins for Jay Lethal left and right, too, and that means it is time for a celebration! They’re going to India! But Lethal says the biggest celebration is yet to come. Lethal is going to become the NEW ROH World Television Champion, but that only happens if Samoa Joe can get back to work. How long has he been gone? Satnam says it’s been a month! Yes, that means Joe is almost out of time.
So as Lethal sees it, Joe has two options: tape up the shoulder and come back to work to defend his title; or he just vacates the title so it goes to its rightful owner, the longest reigning ROH World TV Champion, Jay Lethal! The clock is ticking, Joe! What will the Samoan Submission Specialist choose to do with his title?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
Dynamite returns and Schiavone brings up how last week’s episode had a shocking end! This man has so much to answer for, it’s Captain Charisma, Christian Cage! Fans boo as the living legend makes his way out, having betrayed Jungle Boy after losing the AEW World Tag Team Championships, hitting both a Killswitch and a Con-Chair-To. Christian joins Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone brings up the “chairshot heard around the world.” Christian was a mentor to Jurassic Express, so why did he do what he did? Fans boo, and Christian says that he could stand here all night until they shut up, it’s up to Milwaukee.
Fans keep booing but Christian says the people here aren’t very smart so he’ll give them another chance. It is rude to make him talk over them, so maybe some decorum. SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTHS! Christian answers the question by saying, “You didn’t think I was gonna let Jungle Boy eliminate me from the Casino Battle Royal last year and get away with it, now did you?” This is all because of that? That’s petty! Maybe, but here’s the thing: what’s more bothersome to Christian than losing a Casino Battle Royal was the reaction of each and every fan when it happened. “I am a legend in this business, and I deserve more respect than to be cheered when I get eliminated from a battle royal, do you understand me?”
Fans boo more but Christian says JB also cost him a massive winning bonus that night, and the fast track to the world title. So yeah, it pissed him off. But it got Christian thinking. If fans liked JB so much, Christian should to a little background check on him. Fans tell Christian to STFU but Christian says that despite his better judgement, he went on social media and look into the kid. “Man, what a cesspool social media has become, especially considering the wrestling corner of social media.” There are losers just like these fans here, tweeting away like their opinions matter or that they know anything about this business. You know NOTHING about Christian’s business!
Christian doesn’t need anyone’s comments about who he should be wrestling, what title he should be going for, or who he should be aligned with. He is one of the best to ever step foot in this ring, so he knows better than us, thank you. It’d be like if Christian pulled up to the drive-thru and told one of you idiots how to do your job! Schiavone wants to move to another subject but Christian says he’s not done yet. And if Schiavone interrupts again, he’s pulling that earring out of Schiavone’s head! Christian says JB cost him a lot of money, so Christian had to recoup it.
So in his research, Christian found that JB is actually pretty talented, so he hitched his wagon to that train and ride it until it went dry. Christian thought it was going to go for a long time, and he was making some easy money just giving JB those pep talks, standing beside him and in his corner, doing minimal work while cashing in big fat checks! You think Christian came back to elevate the younger talent? You think he’s here to help the next generation? No, that’s BS! He’s here to make money! Others out here complain about their paychecks, this and that, well here’s some advice, and since the fans are all too poor, it’ll be free. And this is for anyone in AEW, too.
“You wanna earn my paycheck? Here’s the deal. Try having a match that people actually talk about more than a week after it happens. Can you do that? I’m talking the type of match that parents sit their kids down and make them watch it over and over again. The type of match that changes the industry. The type of match they name PPVs after. Do that, and then you can be on my pay grade. Until then, eat my crumbs and enjoy it!” As for JB, Christian said he was gonna recoup that money, and JB does have the talent. JB just doesn’t have the brains. JB just doesn’t have the killer instinct. And somewhere along the way, Christian saw it happening.
The final nail in the coffin is that the one time Christian doesn’t give JB some pre-match advice, the one time he doesn’t walk down to the ring with them, JB loses the tag team championships. The gravy train ran dry, so as the old saying goes, “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.” Christian is going to take control, get his hands dirty, and that pisses him off! Schiavone cuts Christian off here, because he wants to bring up what everyone was talking about on social media, and that is what Christian told JB’s mom and sister after the show. Christian went right up to them and said they raised JB as a POS!
Why would he do that to them?! Christian says he was just giving JB’s mom the chance to apologize for giving birth to JB, but instead she flipped Christian off. But here’s why she’s really mad: she saw her knight in shining armor go off into the sunset. She was a little sweet on Christian here, and wanted him to be JB’s new father. JB did look up to Christian like a father figure, but here’s the thing: Christian never wanted to be a father figure, JB has no father, because his father is dead. But that’s a good thing, because he’d be embarrassed to see how his son turned out! To see his son crumpled like a ball of paper at Christian’s feet, unable to get up and fight back!
Fans boo even harder as Christian tells JB, “Enjoy your early retirement at 25! Stay gone!” But wait! Here comes Luchasaurus! Christian says he’s been meaning to talk to Luchasaurus about this! Luchasaurus won’t listen to Christian, he just chokes him in the corner! Christian says that hurts, they need to talk but not in front of the people! Remember what happened to Marko! What?! Christian asks Luchasaurus let go, but bringing up Marko only angers him more! Christian then says Luchasaurus is like a son to him! Fans laugh at that but Luchasaurus actually lets him go. Christian says they need to talk but in private. Christian whispers something to Luchasaurus, and then hugs him?
Fans boo, but somehow, Christian has convinced Luchasaurus to show him mercy. They go to the back, just what has Captain Charisma got to say to Luchasaurus?
The Cutler Cam is live.
The Young Bucks and Kyle O’Reilly are impressed, Brandon’s finally doing his job right. But take a look at the AEW World Tag Team Championships. They’re back on the best tag team in the world! The Tag Division is number one again, and all is right with the world. The Bucks are back on top, as the first-ever TWO-TIME, TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions. Now you might be asking, “Young Bucks, are you gonna be on the Forbidden Door PPV this Sunday?” Well, geez, since they’re the original locksmiths that created the key that opened that damn door in the first place, yes, they’ll be there!
Matt asks Kyle how he’s feeling, and Kyle is pretty far from okay! Darby Allin takes out Fish, and then The Man Called Sting should be in jail for what he did to Kyle! That was completely unprovoked! If Kyle’s hands weren’t classified as lethal weapons, he’d sue Sting’s ass. But Forbidden Door, there’s Bullet Club’s Hikuleo, El Phantasmo, and oh yes, the greatest tag team of any generation, the Young Bucks, to take on Sting and all his cronies! Bucks back in the Bullet Club, one night only! They’re gonna Superkick the Forbidden Door down, because it’s SHOWTIME, folks! WOOOO~! CACAW~! Now cut it, Brandon!
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Malakai Black VS Penta Oscuro!
The Forbidden Door is open for one more as this new championship will be granted to the victor of the Fatal 4! The Bastard, PAC. The Redeemer, Miro. And the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii. They all are heading to Chicago, but will it be the House of Black’s Dark Father, or the Man with No Fear that takes the final golden ticket?
The bell rings and fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” Penta gets in Malakai’s face and tells him to listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Malakai, but then narrowly avoids the Black Mass! They brawl, Malakai knees low and runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Malakai bails out and Penta builds speed, but Malakai gets back in to CLOBBER Penta with an elbow! Penta bails out, Malakai goes to the corner. Malakai goes up and out, but Penta trips Malakai up! Penta gets back in the ring and builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Penta hobbles over to get Malakai back in the ring, and then brings him around.
Fans fire up and duel as Penta reels Malakai in, but Malakai trips Penta! Malakai rolls Penta to his feet to ROCK him in the back! Penta drops to his knees but Malakai drags him back up to throw another forearm in the back. Malakai whips corner to corner but Penta reverses. Malakai goes up and over, but then so does Penta, to BACKSTABBER! Both men are down but Penta crawls to the cover, TWO! Penta gets Malakai’s arm but Malakai rolls him up, TWO! SLINGBLADE! Malakai bails out again, fans fire up, and Penta slingshots. Malakai moves so Penta lands safe on the apron, only for Malakai to sweep the legs!
Penta crashes down, Malakai RAMS him into the railing, and then KICKS him! Malakai POSTS Penta, then RAMS him into more railing while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Penta writhes, but Malakai refreshes the ring count and comes back to put Penta in the ring. Malakai stomps Penta, turns him over, then stomps away on his back! Malakai even drops a knee! Penta crawls to ropes and then the corner, but Malakai brings him up. Malakai RAMS into Penta’s back, brings him around and wrenches to tuck the arm for an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Penta endures but Malakai throws elbows into his ribs! Penta fights, Malakai shifts to have a chinlock, but Penta throws body shots. But Malakai tucks Penta back in for another Octopus! Penta endures, arm-drags free, but Malakai KICKS him in the chest!
Penta ends up in a corner, Malakai runs in but Penta elbows him away. Penta superkicks but Malakai blocks, only to rush into Penta’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Malakai flounders, Penta gets space and he runs in, but Malakai BOOTS him! Malakai QUEBRADAS but flops as Penta moves! Penta springboards to SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and a standing count begins while Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Malakai stands first and he hobbles over to Penta. Malakai drags Penta up, waistlocks, but Penta elbows free. Malakai shoves Penta but Penta LARIATS! And then again!
Penta runs, wheelbarrows, victory roll and Penta goes up top for a CROSSBODY SPLASH! Malakai flounders to the apron, Penta goes out after him. Penta brings Malakai around, CHOPS him, and reels him in. Fans fire up as Penta tucks Malakai’s arms, but the back doesn’t allow Penta to lift! Malakai gets free and BOOTS Penta to the post! Malakai then drags Penta up to spin, but Penta ducks the heel kick to GAMANGIRI! Malakai wobbles, Penta reels him in and tucks the arms! Fans fire up for the lift, but Malakai slips back into the ring! ROUNDHOUSE, and then Malakai runs. Penta somersaults for a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both men are down again. Malakai gets himself to ropes, fans rally up, and Penta storms over. Penta hoists Malakai up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Malakai resists the lift then trips Penta up! Penta falls to the mat, Malakai goes back up top. COUP DE- NO, Penta avoids the double stomps, but Malakai blocks the kick to JUMP KNEE! Penta flops out of the ring, Malakai goes to the corner, ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Malakai gets Penta up and in again, then goes back up the corner! Penta rolls away, but Malakai still jumps, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!!
Penta survives and grits his teeth but Malakai brings him up. Penta shoves Malakai to the corner, but Malakai ROUNDHOUSES back! Malakai goes up again, but Penta GAMANGIRIS him first! Penta stretches his back, gets up top to get Malakai, and he tucks the arms! SUPER FEAR FACTOR!!! But Malakai rolls away and Penta can’t cover! Fans fire up while losing their minds, and Penta crawls to the far side. Penta grabs at Malakai, drags himself to the cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Malakai survives by mere inches and Penta can’t believe it! Fans chant, “This is Awesome!” as Penta gets Malakai back up and brings him around. Pump handle and half nelson, but the back gives up!
Malakai stands again, blocks Penta’s superkick, BLACK MASS!!! Cover, Malakai wins!!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall (advances to The Forbidden Door)
But here comes PAC! The Bastard stares Malakai down, but then MIRO is on the tron! “My God. A week after I called you out, the All-Atlantic title came in. Is this your apology to me? All I wanted was my God, my gold, and my gorgeous wife. But you couldn’t help but test me, could you? Good. Because I will walk through The Forbidden Door, dragging all the Bastards and the Pagans with me, and I will redeem them all!! So to Malakai, Pac and Ishii, this Sunday at Forbidden Door, when I send you to meet your maker, you tell that coward The Redeemer wants to talk.” Miro is ready, Pac is ready, and Malakai will have to be ready, because only ONE can hold the gold!
“I always get what I want. And if I don’t, I take it. And the only thing I want is the TNT title. I’ve been waiting three years for this opportunity. I don’t take orders anymore. I told you, I’m coming for everything I want and everything I deserve. Scorpio Sky, when you’re healed and ready, I will gladly welcome you into Wardlow’s World!” When and where will the Face of TNT finally face the Maestro of Mayhem?
Adam Cole is here!
The Panama City Playboy, the “King of Harts,” and the #4 ranked singles wrestler in the AEW Men’s Division is joining commentary once again, because guess who is in the next match!
Hangman Page VS Silas Young!
The Cowboy still wants to start sh*t with NJPW’s IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, even if is Jay White now. But the ROH’s Last Real Man is making his AEW debut in a rather surprising crossover! Will Milwaukee’s own take the fight to Hangman? Or will Hangman prove he is worthy of something on Forbidden Door’s card?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. Hangman wrenches an arm but Silas rolls, kips up, cartwheels and wrenches back. Hangman rolls, kips up, wrenches, hammerlocks, snapmares and the two stand off as fans applaud. Silas mockingly applauds as he and Hangman reset. They approach, Silas knees low and CLUBS Hangman. Silas headlocks, Hangman powers out to get his own headlock and a takeover. Silas headscissors, Hangman kips free, but Silas sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, and Hangman sweeps, covers, ONE as Silas goes Matrix! Silas Oklahoma Rolls Hangman, ONE, and Hangman avoids a sweep to BOOT Silas down!
Fans fire up and Cole is annoyed that Hangman has the advantage. Silas gets to a corner, Hangman storms over and CHOPS! Hangman says one more and he CHOPS Silas again! Silas turns things around to CHOP Hangman! Hangman gets in Silas’ face, so Silas CHOPS again! Hangman CHOPS Silas down! Silas gets to ropes, Hangman whips but Silas reverses and rakes the eyes! Cole says that’s just getting a tactical advantage. Silas whips, Hangman reverses and sends Silas out hard! Hangman then aims and PLANCHAS, but Silas moves! Silas kicks low, puts Hangman back in, but Hangman swings right around to LARIAT Silas down!
Fans fire up while Hangman goes up the corner. Cole says Hangman is making a mistake, but Hangman hits the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Silas goes down, and Hangman smirks at Cole as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Hangman brings Silas up and into the ring, then aims from the apron. Silas staggers up, but he spots Hangman aiming for him and bails right out! No Buckshot yet, but Hangman gets in to storm over to the far side. Hangman brings Silas up, but Silas deadweights him. Hangman is annoyed and keeps trying, but Silas HOTSHOTS Hangman down! Then slingshot STOMPS, then JUMP STOMPS! Silas mockingly applauds, then he runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Silas wants a faster count but he kicks Hangman around. Silas throws hands on Hangman in the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Silas whips corner to corner hard, and Hangman tumbles off the buckles!
Silas drags Hangman back up, but Hangman blocks the suplex. Silas RAMS Hangman into the corner, again again, then gets space. Silas runs in, but Hangman dodges and Silas hits buckles! Hangman brings Silas into a cradle, TWO! Silas kicks Hangman low and has him in the corner again. Silas brings Hangman out to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Silas clamps on a rear bearhug and squeezes tight! Hangman fights up, throws elbows, but Silas kicks low again. Silas suplexes to put Hangman on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Silas goes to the corner and climbs up, but Hangman ROCKS him first!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman climbs up top. Fans rally as Hangman brings Silas up, for the SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up and a standing count begins. Hangman sits up and gets to ropes, then he goes after Silas. They’re standing at 5 and the haymakers start flying! Silas kicks but Hangman blocks to flip him, but Silas lands on his feet! Silas then gets around and hooks the arms, but Hangman holds off the backslide. Hangman spins Silas around and scoops him, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fans fire up! Silas is in the corner, Hangman runs corner to corner, and clotheslines!
Hangman fireman’s carries but Silas slips off to shove Hangman into the corner. Silas runs in but is put on the apron. Hangman runs side to side and Silas tries to keep up, but he get a TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT! Silas goes to the floor, Hangman PLANCHAS Silas down! Hangman puts Silas back in, goes up top, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Silas is still in this and Cole claims he’s focused, not upset. Cole is convinced Silas will turn this around and the fans duel as Hangman brings Silas up. Silas gets around to BACKBREAKER, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Silas fireman’s carries, for the ROLLING SENTON!
Silas gets up the corner, headstand and ARABIAN- NO, Hangman avoids the press, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then LARIATS! Hangman goes to the apron and fans fire up as the elbow pad comes off. Silas stands up, into the BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Cole is furious and has them shut the music off! “Boys and girls, who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, Baybay?” Wait, JAY WHITE is here! Cole looks confused as to why The Switchblade is here, and White tells Cole, “First off, let me apologize for coming out here and interrupting Storytime with Adam Cole. But I feel like I owe you an explanation. Over the last week, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and as the Catalyst of Professional Wrestling, I’m responsible for all of this. That means I’m responsible for making Forbidden Door as big as it can be.
“And as much as I would love to make it about Bullet Club and the Undisputed Elite, and do a favor for a good friend… My opponent at Forbidden Door still can’t be you. Because, Adam, you lost to him.” Hangman shrugs because that’s true. And then White adds, “Twice.” Ow… White tells Hangman that he and Milwaukee and the world all are just dying to know who White will face at Forbidden Door for his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. White goes to the ring, and he can tell Hangman it won’t be him either. Hangman then slaps the mic out of White’s hand! White swings on Hangman but Hangman dodges to fire off haymakers!
Cole rushes the ring, Hangman DECKS him, then fires off on White! Hangman whips White but White reverses to send Hangman to the apron! But bad move, Hangman loads up! Cole LOW BLOWS Hangman!! Cole then pushes Hangman in and White fires off hands! Cole grabs the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, and he aims at White?! White lets off on Hangman, and sees Cole! Cole claims he wants to hit Hangman with the belt, and White believes him, so White drags Hangman up. But then, that coin drop! IT’S OKADA!! Milwaukee explodes as Kazuchika Okada, the Rainmaker, is here!
Okada rushes the ring, White and Cole stand their ground, and the fight is on! Fans lose their minds as Okada fights Cole and White, and then Hangman gets back up! Adam has Adam and Okada has White as they fire off in opposite corners! Then Okada and Hangman stare at each other. Cole comes in, Hangman DECKS him! White rushes in, Okada gets around, ripcord, but White avoids the Rainmaker lariat! White and Cole bail out, IWGP World title on White’s shoulder. Fans are thunderous for Okada, but what does all this mean for Forbidden Door and NJPW’s top title?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Tony Schiavone is with the undefeated TBS Champion, as well as Keira Hogan and Stokely Hathaway. Schiavone says there is an injury to Red Velvet, and Jade says we can either all sit here and cry about that, or we can understand that the show must go on. Jade is STILL undefeated, and Kiera says Kris Statlander’s “alien looking ass” must think this is real funny since Velvet isn’t here because of her. But the joke is on Kris. Stokely has breaking news, drum roll please! Tony, drum roll! Bddddddt… Stokely says they’re looking for a NEW Baddie! If you want in, all you gotta do is follow these instructions.
First: Use #BaddieSearch in a post. Second: In 140 characters or less, tell them why you should be a Baddie. Or you could keep it one hundy, haha! Not everyone can grace the stage like they can, and you have to be a top notch bitch. And third: “Please, mah sisters in Christ, keep the photos PG.” Schiavone thanks them for their time, but Jade tells him to cut the sh*t. Didn’t we just say to keep it PG? But who will rise above in the #BaddieSearch and stand alongside #ThatBitch?
Athena and Kris Statlander respond!
They’re with Schiavone now, and after what The Baddies just said, O M G, they want to be Baddies, too! They can be sExY~! “You, too, can get the opportunity to stand next to Jade and find out what she smells like~!” Or, they could have the opportunity to be a tOp nOtCh bItCh~! But in all seriousness, it is very unfortunate to hear about Red Velvet. And as sad as that is, Jade must be frontin’ if she thinks Athena & Statlander are backing down. Athena says, “It doesn’t matter if you get one Baddie, two Baddies, hell, twenty Baddies. We are going to thwart each and every one of those hussies that’s set forth in our path.”
Statlander adds, “Absolutely no one can get in our way. Stokely certainly learned that lesson last week.” Oh, y’mean when Statlander smacked him in the back of the head? BOP! Exactly. So they can do their #BaddieSearch, because they’ve got the babe with the power, Willow Nightingale! And Jade, cut the sh*t! Will the Baddies be in bad shape after this trio is through with them?
Toni Storm VS Marina Shafir w/ Nyla Rose!
The Lightning From Down Under has an AEW Women’s World Championship match with Thunder Rosa this Sunday, but there’s only one problem: The Problem stands in her way! Will Storm be able to strike down Shafir? Or will she be stumbling her way into the Forbidden Door?
It is of note that the Native Beast is in Shafir’s corner after the two bonded over brutally beating opponents together on Dark: Elevation. Will Shafir soon be a Vicious Vixen like Nyla and Vickie Guerrero?
The bell rings and the two approach. Shafir BOOTS Storm down and Storm gets to a corner. Shafir storms up on Storm but Storm boots her back. Shafir laughs it off and circles with Storm. They tie up, Shafir gets a leg but Storm stays up. Fans rally, Storm hits a half hatch takeover to a cover, ONE and Shafir gets a faceclock. Shafir mounts and gets an arm to roll Storm! Storm flails, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shafir lets off but stares Storm down. Storm kicks at Shafir, then stands up. Shafir is after a leg again, tries a throw, but Storm clamps on. Shafir powers through for the takedown!
Storm keeps her shoulders up but Shafir shifts to get a foot. Storm rolls, reels Shafir in and headlocks. Shafir powers out but Storm redirects herself and dropkicks Shafir down! Fans fire up and Shafir gets to a corner. Storm stomps and whips, but Shafir reverses to sweep the legs! Shafir stares Storm down, then things speed up. Storm follows Shafir but Shafir KICKS her down! Storm goes to the apron and Shafir kicks her to the floor! The ref keeps Shafir from pursuing, so Nyla drops a SENTON on Storm! Fans boo as the Native Beast gets away with that one, and Shafir fetches Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Shafir brings Storm up and into the ring, and has her in a corner. Shafir walks into Storm’s kicks but she grabs the legs to kick away on them! Shafir digs her boots in at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Shafir paces, stalks Storm along the ropes, then brings her up for a cravat into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Shafir snapmares Storm and shifts to a chinlock. Storm endures, fights up, reaches out, but Shafir throws in knee after knee! Shafir then trips Storm and waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm sits up in a daze but Shafir drags her into a half nelson and wristlock combo.
Storm endures, fights up again, throws body shots, but Shafir trips Storm again and hard! Nyla applauds and Shafir covers, TWO! Shafir smirks as she drags Storma round. Storm kicks her away, Shafir cartwheels back and gets the arms for a straitjacket stretch! Storm endures again as Shafir even fishhooks her face! The ref reprimands, Shafir keeps on the straitjacket, but Storm still endures. Storm powers up as Dynamite returns to single picture, and she kicks free! Storm throws forearms, but Shafir shoves her and eggs her on! Storm throws more forearms, Shafir throws them back! Shafir chicken wings Storm to HEADBUTT her in the back!
Shafir spins Storm around again but Storm breaks free to HEADBUTT Shafir down! Shafir staggers up, Storm runs, but into a BOOT! Storm bails out of the ring and Shafir watches her. Shafir goes out, KICKS Storm around, then bumps her off the apron. Storm staggers around the way but Shafir pursues. SAYANAGI! Shafir drags Storm up again, shoves her into steel steps, but Storm avoids the boot! Shafir hobbles, Storm uses the steps for a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Storm hurries to put Shafir in, and she fires off clubbing forearms! Shafir wants the sayanagi but Storm blocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up as Storm fires up!
Storm runs at Shafir corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Storm grabs at Shafir but so does Nyla. The ref reprimands and Nyla backs off. Storm gets Shafir up, but Shafir wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, only for Storm to slip out and roll Shafir up! With a bridge! STORM WINS!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
Storm solves the Problem, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla stomps Storm and Shafir joins in! They mug Storm, but here comes THUNDER ROSA! The champion gets in, dodges Nyla and SHOTGUNS Shafir! Nyla is after Rosa, but Rosa elbows her away and Storm CHOP BLOCKS Nyla’s leg! Rosa tops it off with an ENZIGURI! Storm grabs the belt to CLOBBER Nyla with it! Fans fire up but Rosa noticed that. Storm looks at the belt, then looks at Rosa. Storm hands the belt back to Rosa, but will Storm take it for her own this Sunday?
Darby Allin and Sting speak.
The Relentless One calls out The Undisputed Elite, saying they saw what these two did to Bobby Fish. “Kyle, you say you’re not medically cleared. I don’t believe that for one second. I just think you’re too afraid to show up this Sunday for Forbidden Door. So what do we have here? The Young Bucks and two members of Bullet Club, El Phantasmo and Hikuleo VS me and Sting. You think we’re gonna come alone? Oh, no. We’ve got two members of our own. You wanna get crazy? We can get crazy. Shingo and Hiromu! And one by one, Undisputed Elite, we’re gonna take you guys out. And it continues this Sunday at Forbidden Door.”
The Icon says, “We’re gonna keep kicking bodies all the way down the freakin’ hill! Until there’s nobody left. Two down, three, four more to go, it doesn’t matter to us. At Forbidden Door, it’s gonna be showtime.” A star-studded 8 Man Tag has been set! Will the Bucks, ELP and the Young Gun be able to make Chicago Too Sweet? Or will Darby & Sting tranquilo with Los Ingobernables de Japon?
AEW has Rampage set!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, Hook, is ready to take on whoever NJPW’s LA Dojo sends, and they’re sending Dylan Barrales, aka The DKC! Then, before the Forbidden Door Winners Take All Tag Title match, FTR’s Cash Wheeler and The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb face off 1v1! Will Cash be able to survive the “Imperial Unit?” Or will he go on a Tour of the Islands in Milwaukee?
Plus, Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez have been teaming up on Dark and Elevation, and their team will make its television debut! And to settle some old scores, Andrade El Idolo takes on Rey Fenix in a match of lucha libre superstars! Speaking of which…
AEW hears from Rey Fenix, Alex Abrahantes and Andrade.
Fenix asks Alex if he remembers a couple weeks ago, when Andrade took away Fenix’s opportunity to be the Interim AEW World Champion. Yes, that dastardly low blow in the battle royal! But El Idolo can’t believe Fenix is still crying about that. Andrade has other things to do. He has a wife now! But Fenix tells Andrade that when he showed up, he wanted the Lucha Brothers to work for him, but y’know what? Death Triangle works for nobody! So one more time, 1v1, on Rampage! Andrade says he is tranquilo, but he’ll see Fenix this Friday. Who comes out the better man when these two throw down?
The Forbidden Door just keeps getting bigger!
First, for the Buy-In: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club have been running strong, and now Max Caster and all three Gunns, from Austin to Colten to “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn, team up against more of the LA Dojo’s finest! The DKC, Kevin Knight, Alex Coughlin and Yuya Uemura go on an excursion of sorts, will they return home as conquering heroes?
And then, after what we saw from Jay White, Adam Cole, Hangman Page and Kazuchika Okada, the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship won’t be defended against one but THREE opponents! It will be a Fatal 4 Way, White VS Cole VS Hangman VS Okada! Will the Switchblade Era survive such a challenge? Or will the Windy City bring about the winds of change?
Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Chris Jericho & Lance Archer w/ SamTay!
Before battling for the Interim AEW World Championship as opponents, one of the best in AEW and one of the best in NJPW team together to take on some common enemies! Will the Maniac and The Ace stand tall against the Wizard and the Murderhawk Monster? Or will Jericho having The Spanish God and Brazilian Goddess in his corner be a factor?
Dynamite returns and Archer makes his entrance. William Regal has joined commentary to watch this one in person. Tanahashi makes his entrance from the stage, followed by Moxley’s entrance from the crowd. Moxley flips off SamTay before he joins Tanahashi at the ramp. They talk game plan, and then they rush the ring! The brawl is on and fans fire up! Moxley throws hands with Jericho while Archer knees and CLUBS Tanahashi! Archer bumps Tanahashi off buckles but Moxley tosses Jericho out. The ref rings the bell once it’s just Tanahashi and Archer, but Jericho hits Moxley back on the outside with forearms!
Jericho punches Moxley into having a seat in the corner, but Moxley kicks back and rams Jericho into railing. Tanahashi throws forearms on Archer but Archer eggs Tanahashi on! Tanahashi throws hands, Archer hits back, and fans count along as Moxley rains down fists on Jericho! Moxley tops it off with an elbow as the tenth hit, and Tanahashi starts backing Archer down with a strike fest! Fans are fired up as Moxley whips Jericho into more railing! Tanahashi runs and dropkicks Archer’s legs out! Archer hobbles, Tanahashi runs again, but into a full nelson SLAM! Archer drags Tanahashi up, tags Jericho, and they mug the Ace.
Jericho soaks up the heat, then brings Tanahashi up to CHOP! And forearm, and forearm again! Jericho throws haymakers in the corner, the ref reprimands, but Jericho keeps throwing hands. Tanahashi blocks a punch to give counter punches! Tanahashi backs Jericho down, throws shots in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, Tanahashi bounces off buckles, and Jericho runs in, only for Tanahashi to send his bulldog into buckles! Jericho is stuck, Tanahashi runs corner to corner to SPLASH Jericho down! Fans fire up as Jericho falls back and Tanahashi wobbles. Tanahashi gets Jericho up, wrenches, and tags Moxley.
Moxley and Tanahashi mug Jericho, then Moxley snapmares Jericho for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Moxley goes way past ten this time! Moxley even BITES Jericho on the forehead! SamTay protest and the ref reprimands, but Moxley lets off. Moxley taunts Archer then clotheslines Jericho out of the ring! Moxley goes out after Jericho to ROCK him with haymakers! Moxley bumps Jericho off the apron, then whips him into the timekeeper’s table! Moxley CLAWS Jericho’s back, then bends him back with a crossface! Moxley tells Jericho this is just a sampler of Blood & Guts!
Moxley puts Jericho in the ring, but Archer gets in. The ref tells Archer to get out, but this is just so Sammy can grab at Moxley! Moxley kicks Sammy away but then Jericho TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS Moxley down! Jericho drags Moxley in, and then ROPE GUILLOTINES him! Jericho tags Archer in, they mug Moxley, and Archer slaps Moxley around. Moxley fires off forearms, Archer just eggs him on, so Moxley runs. But Archer goes the other way, and DERAILS Moxley! Archer fires up and fans are torn as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Archer DECKS Tanahashi, the ref reprimands, but Archer stands on Moxley’s head! The ref reprimands and counts, Archer lets off and he throws Moxley out. Archer then goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Moxley! Fans boo and give thumbs down but Archer just soaks it all in. Archer puts Moxley back in the ring, tags Jericho back in, and Jericho looms over Moxley. Moxley reaches out as Tanahashi gets back on the apron, but Jericho slaps Moxley around. Jericho brings Moxley up for a back suplex! Cocky cover, TWO! Jericho drags Moxley up and throws him back out, and Moxley is swinging wild as he staggers.
Jericho gets in Tanahashi’s face and the ref is busy with them, so Sammy cheap shots Moxley! Archer adds on, then holds Moxley’s arms back so Tay can get a shot in! SamTay sneak away and Archer tells fans to give him some space. Archer puts Moxley in for Jericho and Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho drags Moxley back up, brings him around and suplexes high and hard! Jericho flexes while Moxley writhes and Jericho drags him away. Tag to Archer, they mug Moxley again, and then Archer puts Moxley in a corner. Archer CHOPS Moxley down, then clamps on a chinlock. Archer twists Moxley’s head and claws at his eyes, but the ref reprimands.
Archer lets Moxley go, then mockingly applauds. Fans rally up, Archer stands Moxley up, and Moxley throws haymakers! Archer knees low and Moxley falls down! Archer brings Moxley up to bump off buckles, then he tags Jericho. They mug Moxley more, the ref counts, and Archer stops at 4. Jericho snamares Moxley and KICKS him in the back. Jericho soaks up the heat as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he even encourages the fans to get louder. Fans rally for Moxley but Jericho SLAPS him! And SLAPS him again! Moxley CHOPS Jericho! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Moxley fires up, runs, but into a throat chop!
Jericho runs, springboards, LIONSAULT onto knees! Fans fire up while both men are down! Moxley and Jericho crawl for their corners, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Jericho, whips him to ropes, but Jericho reverses. Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi DECKS Archer for earlier, then he back elbows Jericho. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with the air guitar! Tanahashi scoops Jericho to SLAM him, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives but Tanahashi fires up. Fans fire up with him and Tanahashi runs, SLING-
NO, Jericho spins Tanahashi around to underhook the arms! But Tanahashi back drops free! Jericho rolls Tanahashi and wants the legs! Fans fire up, Tanahashi drags Jericho into a cradle, TWO!! Jericho escapes, dodges the haymaker and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, Moxley breaks it! Archer gets in to throw Moxley out, then goes out after him, only for Moxley to get right back in! Moxley DIVES and takes Archer down! Fans fire up while Jericho slowly rises in the ring. Tanahashi also gets up, and they throw forearms back and forth on their knees. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, even as they stand up.
Tanahashi gets the edge, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICK him back! Jericho spins but Tanahashi ducks the Judas Effect! Tanahashi steals the CODE BREAKER! Tanahashi hurries up the corner and fans fire up! Jericho stands, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! But Jericho rolls through it to have the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Tanahashi endures, Archer CLOBBERS Moxley, and fans are thunderous! Tanahashi reaches, but Jericho is sitting on this deep! Moxley manages to get in to give Jericho a CUTTER! Archer gets in to BOOT Moxley! Archer then hauls Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi avoids lariat to SLINGBLADE!
All four men are down and fans are thunderous again! Moxley makes his way back to his corner as fans rally. Sammy coaches Jericho, but Tanahashi stirs. Jericho flops out of the ring but gets back in. Hot tag to Moxley, hot tag to Archer! Moxley LARIATS, Archer stays up! Moxley LARIATS again but Archer just eggs him on! Moxley runs but Archer follows this time, to ROCK Moxley at the ropes! Archer runs but now Moxley follows, Moxley ROCKS Archer at the ropes! Moxley runs, but into the scoop! Inverted Crucifix, but Moxley slips off! Kick and PARADIGM SHIFT!! Tag to Tanahashi and he’s right up top! HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Mox & Tana win!!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall
They held it together and won together! But now, this Sunday, the Maniac and the Once in a Century Talent will meet as opponents. Who will walk out the Forbidden Door our Interim AEW World Champion?
As for Jericho, EDDIE KINGSTON attacks him! The Mad King throws hands on Jericho, but Sammy leaps at him! Kingston fights Sammy off but now Jericho comes back! Moxley isn’t sure if he should go help, but WHEELER YUTA appears! Yuta helps Kingston fight off Le Sex Gods! Yuta sends Jericho into railing, Kingston brings Sammy all the way around the send into railing by the timekeeper’s area! Kingston gets a chair, dodges Sammy’s jump knee, and SMACKS Sammy in the head! Yuta stomps Sammy down, but MINORU SUZUKI is here! The Meanest Man in the World strolls on out and Milwaukee is going nuts!
Kingston is stunned, but Yuta goes after Suzuki and they brawl on the ramp! Suzuki knees low, CLUBS Yuta, Jericho and Kingston are brawling again! Wait, is that SHOTA UMINO!? The Shooter is helping the Decoder go after the Murder Grandpa! Sammy goes after Umino, and this entire time, Tanahashi and Moxley have just been staring down! Referees rush out to stop the madness but Suzuki knocks Yuta down and has a chair! Archer helps hold Yuta down for the SMACK to the back! And then the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society rushes out to help Jericho! Angelo Parker & Matt Menard help him mug Umino!
Kingston rushes over with a chair and that gets Parker & Menard to let off. Sammy is still after Umino, so Santana & Ortiz rush out! Proud ‘n’ Powerful get after Sammy and Jericho, then Jake Hager and Daniel Garcia appear to go after Umino! Suzuki and Archer blast Yuta with a fan’s popcorn bucket!! Security rushes out but now they’re part of the fight! And still the Ace and Maniac stare down! Is this chaos just a sampler of what’s going to happen inside the double steel cage that is Blood & Guts?
An awesome Dynamite, especially with it as a double go-home. And unlike WWE go-homes, they don’t shove in a bunch of recap packages, they just let a lot of the on-screen talent tell you what happened last week. Like with Christian’s promo to explain why he did what he did. It seems odd that he started helping Jungle Boy because of a grudge, but him basically riding JB’s coattails to get easy money does make sense. That jab about JB’s late father, Luke Perry, was major Heel heat, holy crap. And Christian managing to stop Luchasaurus from just choke slamming him to hell was surprising. But who knows, maybe Christian manipulates Luchasaurus into turning on JB.
Great opening promo tonight from Bryan Danielson, even though he did announce he’ll be out of action for some time. But I do like that they’re managing to use this to add a fourth man to Blackpool Combat Club who will face ZSJ, and apparently be the sixth man on the BCC side in Blood & Guts. And it has to be six, because Moxley names himself, Eddie, Santana, Ortiz and Yuta in the match. This could be anyone, and I will love seeing whoever it is taking on ZSJ and joining BCC in one fell swoop for a huge debut in AEW. Lethal, Sonjay & Singh have a good promo, and you know Samoa Joe’s response will be an ROH World TV Championship match, probably on TV.
The Six Man Tag match was great stuff, but Cassidy & Roppongi Vice winning surely means Ospreay retains the US Championship (that he doesn’t even have because Juice Robinson is holding the belt hostage) and RPG Vice is taking the pin so FTR or United Empire can win without the other being weakened. Then FTR and United Empire can do a more dedicated program for the Summer, perhaps having FTR even show up on New Japan Strong. Good promos from Bucks & Kyle as well as Darby & Sting to set up a really fun 8 Man Tag. I like that Shingo & Hiromu are joining Darby & Sting, and I have a feeling Sting’s team wins, Hikuleo surely taking the pin.
Wardlow has a good promo to keep up the hype for his TNT Championship match. Great AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier from Malakai VS Penta, but I knew Malakai was going to win so that the Fatal 4 won’t have two parts of Death Triangle. And great promo from Miro to call out his opponents and pretty much solidify the fact that he is winning that title. Very good promos from The Baddies to let us know they’re adding a new member, and great response promo from Kris & Athena to poke fun at them, and at the WWE “be sexy for TV time” stuff Athena brought up in her shoot interview.
Them shifting from Anna Jay to Willow Nightingale in the Six Woman Tag is fine, plans clearly head to change after Velvet got hurt. I just hope this new Baddie is a new star getting some time, not a swerve like Anna turning Heel or Willow turning on Kris and Athena. Great match from Storm VS Shafir, that was way better than just the usual tune-up stuff before a big match. Also, Nyla and Shafir sticking together as a duo makes me wonder why Vickie Guerrero’s Vicious Vixens stable hasn’t grown yet. Vickie really should try to get more women on her team, especially since there’s two women’s titles now.
Good promos from Fenix and Andrade to set up a Rampage match, and that will be awesome stuff. Hangman VS Silas was great stuff for Silas to make an AEW debut with. But Hangman wins, and we get great surprises with White and Okada showing up. A great little brawl, and a tease of Cole turning on White, and a Fatal 4 Way for the IWGP World title is awesome! This could be a way for Okada to win the belt back without pinning White, or vice-versa, White retaining without pinning Okada. It also gives us all the combinations we expected, like White VS Cole, White VS Hangman, Okada VS Cole and Okada VS Hangman, all in one amazing match.
And of course, what a great main event tag match and ending segment. Moxley and Tanahashi didn’t need to do team moves, they just needed to work together, and just as I anticipated last week, they win so that they both have momentum going into Forbidden Door. And I love that they kept staring at each other, ignoring everything going on outside the ring. That brawl was a great way to send things off before the Six Man Tag at Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts next week, this is going to be an awesome week for AEW.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!
From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!
- AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
- Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”
Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.
Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.
Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!
So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!
Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?
The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!
The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.
Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!
Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!
Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!
Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!
Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)
There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?
Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!
Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?
The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!
Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall
Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?
La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.
Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?
Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!
Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?
The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.
Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!
Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”
Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.
HOOK is here!
Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!
Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!
Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!
Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.
Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.
Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.
Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.
Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!
But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!
Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!
Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?
A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.
Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.
Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.
And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
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