When life gives you lemons, have a battle royal!
CM Punk will be away with a broken leg, but AEW will crown an INTERIM World Champion! A Battle Royal, a battle with Moxley, then Forbidden Door! Who makes it to the crossover with NJPW?
- Interim AEW World Championship Casino Battle Royal: Kyle O’Reilly wins and moves on to face Jon Moxley in the main event.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Tournament: PAC VS Buddy Matthews; PAC wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
- Hangman Page VS David Finlay; Hangman wins.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Marina Shafir; Rosa wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Kyle O’Reilly; Moxley wins and advances to AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door.
PLAY BY PLAY
Interim AEW World Championship Casino Battle Royal!
As unfortunate as CM Punk’s leg injury is, he vows he will be back and we all know he will. But for now, we begin a long road to AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door, and an interim champion being crowned! Who will win this to then meet the Maniac, Jon Moxley, in the main event?
Darby Allin makes his way out, joining Lance Archer, Tony Nese and Daniel Garcia. Then comes Eddie Kingston, and he’s right after Garcia at the bell! Nese lets them brawl it out at center, Kingston ROCKS Garcia but Garcia ROCKS Kingston back! Fans rally as the palm strikes just go back and forth! DOUBLE PALM STRIKES knock both men down! Archer, Nese and Darby look at each other, but Darby is smart and he slips out under the bottom rope. Nese says that’s right, Darby’s scared of him and Archer! Nese pats Archer on the back, but Archer isn’t going to work with Nese. Archer choke grips and choke SLAMS Nese!
Nese falls out of the ring under the ropes, Darby gets in, and he dodges Archer to SKATEBOARD SMACK! Archer doesn’t budge! He choke grips Darby, but Darby SMACKS Archer in the leg! And then again in the back! Archer falls out under the ropes, Darby DIVES and takes Archer out! Fans fire up, Kingston gets back in the ring, having beaten Garcia down by the steps. Darby gets in and dares Kingston to bring it! So Kingston brings it! They brawl with fast hands and fans fire up! Kingston ROCKS Darby, Darby SLAPS back! Kingston SLAPS Darby off his feet, then stands on his neck! Darby endures, but the countdown is here!
Kingston CHOPS Darby, CHOPS him again, and here comes Rick Starks! The FTW Champion leads the way for the next batch, Darby dodges the Spear to YOSHI-TONIC! Jake Hager is here to reinforce Garcia! Starks BOOTS Darby then SPEARS him down! Following Hager is Rey Fenix, and Swerve Strickland! Garcia brawls with Fenix, Fenix dropkicks, and Keith Lee rounds out the group of five! Fenix puts Garcia on Darby’s shoulders, mule kicks Darby down and that makes Darby BOMB Garcia! Fenix then SUPERKICKS Darby down and he goes after Garcia. Swerve and Keith work on Nese together, pop-up ROLLING ELBOW ENZIGURI!
Archer is after Starks, Hager and Garcia work together on Kingston. Keith whips Swerve into Nese, then Keith SPLASHES! Swerve uppercuts Nese, goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Archer digs his boots into Darby, fans chant “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Keith isolates Starks for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve throws Nese out, Nese holds the ropes and shoulders back. Nese tries to suplex, but Swerve fights to stay on the apron. They brawl, Swerve BOOTS but Mark Sterling anchors Swerve’s feet! Nese BOOTS Swerve, but Swerve avoids falling. Nese BOOTS him again, Keith CLOBBERS Nese!
Nese is holding on and sterling is freaking out. Nese gets up, Keith choke grips and SHOVES Nese, to ELIMINATE Nese! Swerve hugs it out with Keith, but now Keith and Archer stare down! The biggest men in the match stare down but the countdown is back! Keith whips Archer but Archer CROSSBODIES! Archer SHOVES Keith, but Keith lands safe on the apron! Archer ROCKS Keith, runs, but into a pop-up?! Keith goes to throw Archer over but Archer holds on! Archer falls, Keith ELIMINATES the Murderhawk Monster! The countdown is done, here comes John Silver! Fans fire up for the Meat Man as he GERMAN SUPLEXES Garcia, then GERMAN SUPLEXES Swerve!
Konosuke Takeshita is next, fans fire up as he slides in and fights off Silver’s German. The Gunn Club is here, and so is Max Caster, and Max has a rap! “Acclaimed and the Gunns, we back in the zone. All y’all gonna choke like Patrick Mahomes! Yo Fenix, I won’t give one look. I’ll break your arm again like I broke Punk’s foot. Hager, Garcia, y’all’re outta luck. I’m a set you back up Jericho’s butt! I’m turnin’ y’all into sad boys. Two Gunns that shouldn’t be men are the Ass Boys!” Austin & Colten still don’t approve of the nickname! ST. LOUIS~! No! TOPEKAAA! NO!! Bowens takes the mic to say, “KANSAS CITAAAY! The Acclaimed have arrived!”
Bowens then trolls the Gunns with “Ass Boys~” and the fans chant along. Austin & Colten are flustered as they get in the ring but they brawl with Fenix and Silver while AEW goes picture in picture.
Austin tries to throw Fenix out but Fenix holds on desperately. Kingston DECKS Caster, Keith bumps Konosuke off buckles and RAMS into him. Silver and Swerve flex, but then Swerve grabs Silver’s beard! Swerve throws Silver up and out but Silver clings to the ropes. Hager and Garcia mug Kingston, then shove him down. Hager hauls Darby up and tries to push him out but Darby holds on. Kingston is after Garcia, Starks stomps Fenix, Caster and Austin save Colten from Silver. They mug Silver, but Silver hits back with CHOPS and forearms! Caster hides by the ropes, Colten saves Austin from Silver.
Garcia rains down fists on Kingston, Hager gets his shots where he can. Konosuke goes up to BRONCO BUSTER Keith! Dynamite returns to single picture and the countdown is back again! Our next group of five starts with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs! Team Taz is full force as Hobbs hits Konsouke and stomps Keith! Then reDRagon together, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, are coming out! But Darby slides out to shove Fish into Kyle! Darby then goes up to SUPER COFFIN DROP onto them both! Dante Martin makes his way out now, he jumps right up to CROSSBODY Hager! And then Wheeler Yuta makes his way out!
The Decoder returns after a strong run in the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors! Dante flips up and over to dropkick Fenix out, then hurries after him! reDRagon gets in finally, Yuta follows them, and Yuta brawls with Garcia, the two young guns of the Blackpool Combat Club and Jericho Appreciation Society having it out! Hager CLUBS Yuta to help Garcia, reDRagon brawls with the Gunns. Kyle is after Darby, Caster hits Fish, the Acclaimed Gunn Club TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Fenix SUPERKICKS Caster! Keith Lee double choke grips the Gunns but they fight him off. The Gunns go to shove Keith, Fenix dropkicks Caster off the top! Caster falls out, Fenix ELIMINATES him!
The Gunns go after Fenix for that, Fish digs his knee into Darby. Gunn Club also go after Keith with CHOPS, they scissor, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS them both! Keith sets them up for Fenix’s SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Keith DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES the Gunns out and ELIMINATES them! Keith and Swerve laugh at the Ass Boys, but then Swerve dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Every man for himself, remember? Swerve smirks and Keith seethes but they’ll just have to talk that out later. Silver fights off Starks and Hobbs as the final countdown is here! The Joker is… EL IDOLO! Andrade makes his way out, will he make a huge impact on this match?
Andrade goes right after Darby for the Coffin Match! Then he hits Swerve and tosses him! Swerve stays safe on the apron, but Fish is after him. Andrade and reDRagon work together to beat up their common enemy, Darby! They also hit Team Taz for good measure. Garcia and Kingston both end up on the apron, they brawl! Kingston wants to throw Garcia but Garcia fights him off, and BITES him, too! Starks puts Silver on the apron, Silver fights Starks off, but Hobbs BLASTS Silver and ELIMINATES him! Andrade brawls with Konosuke, Andrade DECKS Konosuke! Kingston SHOVES Garcia and ELIMINATES him!
But then Hager BLASTS Kingston and ELIMINATES him! But then Yuta DUMPS Hager and ELIMINATES him! The bodies are hitting the floor, and now Yuta hits Fish! Konosuke ROCKS Hobbs! And ROCKS Starks! Starks fights Konosuke’s waistlock with elbows, then whips. Konosuke reverses, Starks dodges and runs, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke fires up, fans fire up with him, Darby CHOP BLOCKS Kyle. Hobbs BOOTS Konosuke, he and Konosuke DOUBLE LARIAT, then they start firing forearms! Konosuke gets the edge, but Hobbs ROCKS him! Knosuke keeps trying, but Hobbs throws him over!
Konosuke stays safe with one good arm, but Team Taz DECK and ELIMINATE him together! Starks swings on Dante but into a fireman’s carry! Dante puts Starks on the apron, elbows him, then flips over Hobbs to elbow him! Hobbs sends Dante at Starks, Starks pulls down the ropes, Team Taz ELIMINATES Dante! Kyle stomps Yuta, Team Taz goes after Fenix. Fenix fires forearms then SUPERKICKS Hobbs! Starks whips Fenix, Fenix tiger feints and rewinds, but Starks ducks the heel kick to strike his pose! Fenix just frowns, but Starks shoves him. Fenix throws Starks out, Starks holds on!
Starks ROCKS Fenix, but Fenix goes up the corner, TRIANGLE ENZIGURI! Down goes Starks, Fenix ELIMINATES him! Hobbs helps reDragon hold Darby down so Andrade can stomp him. Fenix whips Swerve, Swerve reverses and Fenix almost falls out! Hobbs CLOBBERS Yuta, reDRagon and Andrade keep going after Darby. Andrade drags Darby up by his chain necklace so Kyle can kick him. Swerve goes after Kyle but Fish goes after Swerve. Darby hits Andrade back, fans rally up, and Swerve is fighting reDRagon alone. Darby runs, Andrade catches the Coffin Splash! But Darby ducks and Swerve’s ROLLING ROUNDHOUSE gets Andrade!
Andrade staggers, Darby puts him in a corner. Swerve gives the assist, COFFIN SPLASH! Swerve then runs in, UPPERCUT! Andrade flops, Fish CLOBBERS Swerve! Darby ducks a kick but not the sobat! Kyle sleeper holds., Fish runs, but Swerve DROPKICKS him! Kyle boots but that gets blocked to a BACKBREAKER! Yuta stomps away on Hobbs! Fish back suplexes Darby but he lands out of it. Fish and Darby switch around, end up in a corner, Kyle forearm smashes Darby! Fish elbows, Kyle KICKS, then feed to the scoop! Darby turns that to a THROWBACK STUNNER! Darby HEADBUTTS Kyle!
Darby dumps Fish and ELIMINATES him!! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Kyle, then COFFIN SPLASHES again! Darby wants a third, but Swerve uses that momentum to TOSS and ELIMINATE Darby!! Strickland sure is living up to that nickname! Fans boo but Swerve turns around into a BOOT from Andrade! Swerve goes up and out, Andrade ELIMINATES Swerve!! And we have our final five: Andrade El Idolo, Rey Fenix, Kyle O’Reilly, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and Wheeler Yuta! Fenix goes after Andrade but Andrade hits him first. Andrade suplexes and uses the ropes, but Fenix uses that to get a TORNADO DDT!
Fenix goes to ropes, he springboards, BIG flying arm-drag to a DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up with Fenix, he runs in to boot, Andrade avoids the kick to CHOP! Fenix kips back up to SUPERKICK! But Hobbs CLOBBERS Fenix! Hobbs is standing while everyone else is down. Hobbs whips Fenix to SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs hauls Fenix up, drags him to ropes, Fenix holds on, and Yuta DUMPS Hobbs to ELIMINATE him!! And Fenix is holding on by his feet! Kyle and Andrade gets up, each man has a corner now. Kyle and Andrade keep the alliance going, so Yuta and Fenix team up. They brawl, Kyle fires off strikes on Fenix and sweeps the leg!
Yuta blocks Andrade’s boot but Kyle BOOTS Yuta! Kyle and Andrade high-ten, and Kyle does a rather cheesy Latino Heat. Andrade CHOPS Yuta, he and Kyle both toss Yuta out, but Yuta holds on! Yuta ROCKS Kyle, goes up, but Andrade hits him first! They brawl, Yuta HEADBUTTS Andrade! Fans rally for Yuta, he missile dropkicks Andrade down! Yuta is fired up, he atomic drops Kyle but Kyle ducks the enziguri! AX AND SMASH! Yuta rewinds, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Kyle yoyos to LARIAT! Andrade runs into Fenix’s BOOT! Fenix goes up and up and TORNILLOS into a BOOT!
Andrade snarls, fans boo, and he hauls Fenix up to whip. Fenix tiger feint rewinds, HEEL KICK! Andrade wobbles, Fenix runs and somersaults, but Andrade LOW BLOWS Fenix out of the air!! Andrade hauls Fenix up and tosses him out to ELIMINATE him! Fans boo, but Kyle and Andrade KICK Yuta back and forth. Andrade drags Yuta up, fans rally behind Yuta, but he gets mugged. Kyle has Yuta, Andrade runs in, but Yuta manage to TOSS and ELIMINATE Andrade!! It’s just Yuta and Kyle now!! Yuta dumps Kyle while he’s shocked, but Kyle holds on! Kyle facelocks Yuta and chokes him on the ropes to drag him up and over!
Kyle and Yuta brawl on the edge, forearm for kick on repeat! Yuta then blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg, and GAMANGIRIS Yuta into the ring! But Kyle gets the leg in the ropes! DRAGON SCREW! Kyle runs and BOOTS Yuta out, KYLE WINS!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly (advances to tonight’s main event)
#KillerKyle survives and now he’ll be facing The Maniac in the main event! Speaking of which…
Moxley speaks backstage!
“For three years, I’ve been big game hunting in NJPW. For three years, I’ve been blazing a trail with AEW. And it’s funny how things work out. It’s been a weird year, it’s been a strange year. It hasn’t been easy. More than people know. But I told you in January, I was gonna grab professional wrestling by the balls. Tonight, I guess this is Wednesday Night Wars come to life, right? With all due respect, Kyle O’Reilly, all of due respect, you are now in with the wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time. Because this tournament, this opportunity, whatever you wanna call it, it belongs to me! The Forbidden Door belongs to me! It always has.
June 26th, it’ll be a moment three years in the making! “Three years of blood, sweat and tears, in one fell swoop, NJPW, AEW and this entire sport, belong to me! Love you, mom.” Moxley is ready to take on O’Reilly, but who tears the other apart just to step closer to the Forbidden Door?
AEW has good news on CM Punk.
His surgery’s leg was a success, the doctors are very happy with the outcome, and more updates will come in as time goes on.
AEW has a NEW title on the way!
Tony Schiavone narrates, “Since its formation in 2019, All Elite Wrestling, led by the visionary, Tony Khan, has shaken the world of professional wrestling. Now it’s time to give AEW’s roster of championship athletes a new reason to fight and fulfill their destiny. AEW presents the All-Atlantic Championship, a new title that represents the AEW fans watching around the world in over 130 countries. This spectacular international stage promises to bring you the best of the best for decades to come.”
But who will be the first to hold the All-Atlantic title? A tournament of international flavor will be held, starting tonight! Four brackets will give us the four men who will fight in a Fatal 4 Way at AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door! Mexico will have Penta Oscuro taking on the Netherlands’ Malakai Black! Canada’s Ethan Page takes on Bulgaria’s Miro, and NJPW will determine its entrants for both Japan and the rest of Asia. But up next, the United Kingdom’s Bastard, PAC, takes on Australia’s Juggernaut, Buddy Matthews!
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Tournament: PAC VS Buddy Matthews!
Not only is this battle about the new belt coming to AEW, but this is also about Death Triangle avenging the underhanded way the House of Black won at Double or Nothing! Will PAC make Buddy pay for the sins of the House? Or Buddy break the Bastard once and for all?
The bell rings, fans rally and the two stare down. Buddy and Pac circle, tie up, and Buddy wrenches to a wristlock. Buddy YANKS the arm, grinds Pac’s shoulder, but Pac fights up. Buddy wrenches again, Pac rolls, pries free, and has the wristlock back. Buddy rolls, handsprings around, then wrenches again. Buddy grinds the arm, fans duel, and Pac uses ropes to flip through and wrench. Buddy wrenches, hits a headlock takeover, but Pac keeps his shoulders up. Pac headscissors, Buddy kips free but Pac headlocks for the takeover. Buddy headscissors, Pac kips free, Buddy sweeps to cover, ONE! Pac sweeps the cover, ONE!
Both men spring up and fans fire up for the stare down! Pac and Buddy reset, circle, and they tie up. Buddy headlocks, Pac powers out, but Buddy runs Pac over! Things speed up, and Pac kips up to stare Buddy down. Pac ducks the haymaker, headlocks but Buddy powers out. Pac runs Buddy over, things speed up, Buddy hurdles but Pac RANAS! Buddy bails out, Pac builds speed, but fakes Buddy out with the slide. Buddy rushes out after Pac but Pac gets back in. Pac and Buddy egg each other on. Pac slides out but Buddy fakes Pac now! The two stare down ringside as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac grabs Buddy to whip but Buddy reverses, only for Pac to reverse back! Buddy tumbles over the timekeeper’s table! Pac tells the ref to hold on while he fetches Buddy. Pac brings Buddy up and puts him in, and then he goes up the top rope. Buddy trips Pac up! Buddy climbs up after Pac, brings him into a fireman’s carry, but Pac fights with elbows! But Buddy still brings Pac up to DROP him on the top rope! Not quite a Chicago Skyline but Pac still tumbles down to the floor! Buddy goes out after Pac, brings him up, and RAMS him into the railing! Buddy then hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Buddy snarls and brings Pac off the apron, for another APRON BACK SUPLEX!
Buddy pushes Pac into the ring and drags him up by his hair. Buddy brings Pac back to the apron, suplexes, but Pac fights free! Dynamite returns to single picture as Pac grabs at Buddy but Buddy shoulders into him. Buddy shoulders into Pac again, then talks trash right to Pac’s face. Pac avoids the shoulder to KICK Buddy! Pac runs to tilt-o-whirl DRAPING DDT!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Pac drags himself away and fans rally up. Pac watches Buddy crawl from the ropes, Pac ROCKS him with a forearm! Buddy ROCKS Pac, so Pack ROCKS Buddy back. Buddy throws another forearm, but Pac throws more and more forearms!
Pac swings, Buddy blocks to fire off a strike fest! Buddy KICKS Pac, stomps Pac’s foot, but Pac avoids the kick to sobat! And KICK! And sobat! Buddy drops, Pac runs, but Buddy UPPERCUTS! Buddy snapmares Pac and runs, but Pac ducks the kick to roll Buddy up! TWO, Buddy blocks the first superkick but not the second SUPERKICK! Buddy drops again, Pac runs again, but into Buddy’s JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up while both men wobble. Buddy runs into a SNAP GERMAN! LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans fire back up! The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but someone has to advance!
Buddy gets to a corner, Pac runs in, but Buddy BOOTS him! Buddy goes up, but Pac GAMANGIRIS! Buddy wobbles up top, Pac climbs up after him. Pac brings Buddy up but Buddy shoves Pac down! Buddy adjusts, leaps, sunset flip! Pac rolls through but into Buddy’s SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!! Pac survives and fans can’t believe it! Buddy and Pac slowly rise and the fans rally up. Pac gets away from Buddy, goes to a corner, but Buddy runs in, into a back elbow! Pac goes up, but Buddy tucks him in! CHEEK- NO, Pac BOOTS Buddy away, then jumps on for a POISON-RANA!! Buddy flounders and Pac fires up!
Pac runs in at Buddy as fans give a standing ovation, BOOT! Pac keeps Buddy in the drop zone then goes right up! BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Pac wins!!
Winner: PAC, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)
The Bastard avenges Death Triangle, and both Fenix and Penta make their way out to celebrate with him. But this won’t be the end of it, as Penta and Malakai meet in another match in this tournament. Will Death Triangle have two men in? Or will Malakai avenge Buddy and go to the Forbidden Door for the House?
Eddie Kingston speaks backstage.
He wants the cameras to watch. They tell him he has a minute, but Kingston won’t need a minute! Hager, you cost Kingston a chance to be champion! Kingston promised himself he’d be world champion and Hager cost him that! Garcia and 2point0 or whatever you guys are, and Chris Jericho, you all better be watching. Kingston is going to get them all! And don’t you count him down. He’ll do what he wants. He knows what it all means, this TV production stuff. But Hager! Kingston wants you on Rampage! Doesn’t matter if the show’s on after the NBA, before the NHL, whatever, he wants a match! Kingston wants Hager on Rampage for a FIGHT! Now we can tell the truck Kingston’s done!
AEW returns and #JustTrent is in the ring.
“Guys, I’m kind of bummed out. Today’s supposed to be National Best Friends Day, and my friends aren’t here. Something else is bothering me. A few weeks ago, myself and Rocky Romero, we had a match for the ROH Tag Team titles. And while we didn’t win that match, we didn’t lose, either. So the way I see it, Roppongi Vice deserves one more shot!” Fans like the sound of that! Trent knows FTR are fighting champs, so why don’t they come out and make things right? FTR obliges and fans fire up to see the ROH & AAA World Tag Team Champions. They join Trent in the ring, and Trent lets Cash have the mic.
Fans chant for “FTR! FTR!” and Cash says, “Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. And as much as this pains me to say, because we are fighting champs, you’re absolutely right, Trent. We didn’t lose against Roppongi Vice, but we damn sure didn’t win, and that doesn’t sit well with me or with Dax. Because we want to come out here, night after night, and show every single one of these people without any single doubt we are the absolute best tag team on this planet.” Fans cheer that, and Dax gets the mic. “And look, Trent. If it were up to us, we’d come out here to Kansas City and give these people a treat with you guys.”
But… Rocky is in Japan, so FTR won’t hold that against RPG Vice. The problem here, though, isn’t with FTR. It’s with those guys who attacked them all and cost RPG Vice the match. It should be all of “Will Ospreay’s Bitch Boys.” And Dax thinks that if it were up to him… Wait, wait, someone is coming out? NJPW’s United Empire is here! Will Ospreay, the Commonwealth Kingpin, is here in person! And though he’s the only one on stage, he’s not alone! From behind, it’s Aaron Henare and Aussie Open, Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher! Henare SPEARS Trent down, then he, Ospreay and Aussie Open mug FTR!
Fans lose their minds at this shocking attack from the Empire! They scrape Cash out, then Dax, and then they get Trent up! Aussie Open double pump handle for the CORIOLIS EFFECT! Ospreay then puts on his elbow pad and he aims at Trent! HIDDEN BLADE!! Fans are torn but, will Ospreay and his men make this UEW: The United Empire’s Wrestling?
Tony Schiavone interviews reDRagon, Adam Cole, and William Regal.
Kyle is facing Moxley tonight, but Regal wanted to address the Undisputed Elite first. “Kyle, Bobby, I’ve taught you both many, many things over the last few years. But this is Jon Moxley you’re facing. This is a man who even sends shivers down my spine. Are you sure you’re ready for this? After that grueling battle royal, are you sure? Think about your wife, think about your friends. Are they going to miss you? My best wishes. It’s going to really hurt me to be on commentary when I have to call you getting your head cracked open.”
Regal leaves, then Kyle repeats, “Think about my wife? Think about my friends? That’s who I think about every time I step into that ring, and I’ve got all the momentum in the world right now. I’ve got wins over Jungle Boy, wins over Rey Fenix, Darby Allin. I came to AEW to do two things, Tony: Fight the best this world has to offer, and fight for the AEW Championship. And tonight, I get to do both against Jon Moxley in the main event.” Cole and Fish like that fire. Cole is going to go call commentary for what’s next, but he knows Kyle has this.
And just as he said, Cole joins commentary. It seems “The King of Harts” has some interest in what an “old friend” is up to tonight.
Hangman Page VS David Finlay!
The Cowboy lost the title to CM Punk, but the irony is that Punk’s leg takes him out of action and Hangman is not in the running for the interim title. Will Hangman fight his way up so that no matter who is champion, he can take that title from them? Or will the fourth generation Man Who Loves to Fight take that fight to him?
The bell rings and the two get in each other’s face. Finlay shoves but they tie up. Finlay puts Hangman on ropes, Hangman turns it around, they both go around and around and end up in a corner. The ref counts, fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman lets off, but Finlay shoves him! So Hangman shoves back! They tie up again, Hangman headlocks but Finlay powers out. Hangman CLOBBERS Finlay and fans fire up. Hangman speeds things up, Finlay drops then dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Cole says he can tell that Hangman’s emotional even though he won’t show it, while Hangman and Finlay tie up.
Finlay wrenches to an armlock but Hangman rolls and wrenches to wristlock. Finlay spins, wrenches, hammerlocks, and he wrangles Hangman to the mat. Finlay then steps over to cover, ONE! Finlay facelocks, Hangman gets up and Finlay shifts to a headlock. Hangman powers out, Finlay runs him over, and things speed up. Hangman hurdles, Finlay shoves him, but Finlay jumps into Hangman’s arms! Scoop SLAM, but Finlay kangaroo kicks! Hangman avoids the dropkick to BOOT Finlay down! Fans fire up and Hangman smirks while he catches his breath. Hangman gets Finlay up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS again!
Hangman whips Finlay out of the ring, Finlay hurries back up but Hangman BLASTS him off the apron! Fans fire up, Hangman encourages them to get louder, then he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Finlay hits railing! Hangman gets a drink from a young lady in the front row and takes a sip. Hangman thanks her and hands the drink back, then goes to Finlay. Hangman puts Finlay in and fans rally up again. Hangman runs corner to corner but Finlay dodges! Finlay runs in, blocks Hangman’s boot and KNEE JAMMERS! Hangman hobbles, Finlay CHOP BLOCKS! Finlay has evened things with Hangman while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Finlay drags Hangman up from the ropes, EuroUppers, then runs in to uppercut at the corner! Finlay shoves Hangman down, goes up, and leaps for a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, ONE!! Finlay is frustrated but he hip drops Hangman’s leg at the ropes! And again! But then Hangman BOOTS Finlay out! Hangman gets up, builds speed, but slides into the apron skirt trap! A Finlay family classic! Finlay fires off on Hangman, and even HEADBUTTS him! Hangman flops down under the skirt and Finlay smirks as he drags Hangman back up and in. Finlay stomps Hangman in the corner, but Hangman hits back with body shots!
Hangman runs, but Finlay dropkicks the legs out! Finlay drags Hangman back and has the leg, to DDT the foot! Hangman clutches the leg but Finlay digs his knee into the back of it. Finlay clamps on an STF! Hangman endures, fans rally, and Hangman crawls his way forward! Finlay lets off to SMASH the knee into the mat! Hangman clutches the leg and Finlay drives knees into Hangman’s side! Finlay looms over Hangman, brings him up, and scoops to SLAM Hangman into the ropes! Finlay drags Hangman from the ropes, Dynamite returns to single picture and Finlay stomps away.
Finlay steps through but Hangman kicks at him with the legs. Fans fire up, Hangman fireman’s carries! Finlay slips off, duck sand dodges, but leaps into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up and Hangman manages the kip up! Cole is furious about that, and Hangman runs corner to corner at Finlay for a big clothesline! Then a short arm LARIAT! Hangman CHOPS Finlay, and CHOPS, and then brings Finlay around to whip. Finlay reverses but Hangman holds ropes to stop himself. Finlay storms over but is put on the apron. Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Fans fire up, Hangman aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Finlay!
Cole says he knew that’d hurt Hangman’s bad leg. Hangman drags Finlay up, puts him in the ring, and Finlay flounders to a corner. Fans rally up and Hangman runs corner to corner, into an elbow! Finlay runs in, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Cole knows they’ve been throwing heavy shots, something has to give. Fans rally, Hangman gets Finlay up to an Alabama Lift, but Finlay slips off. Hangman bucks the waistlock but runs into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Finlay is frustrated that Hangman survives, but he aims from a corner. Finlay runs in corner to corner, to UPPERCUT!
Cole likes where this is going as Finlay pushes Hangman away. Finlay goes up, CROSSBODIES, but Hangman rolls through with it! Cole doesn’t like where this is going now, Hangman brings Finlay up, but Finlay cradles! TWO!! Hangman escapes, Finlay UPPERCUTS! And uppercuts again! Finlay whips Hangman to a corner, Hangman bounces off the buckles and comes back, but Finlay ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet! But the bad leg jams! Hangman’s slow to spinning, Finlay ROCKS him first! Finlay runs, into a LARIAT!! Hangman goes to the apron and Cole is upset. Slingshot, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hangman gets back up on the horse with this win, and he gets a mic to speak. Fans chant and Hangman says, “There’s a lot I want to say about the AEW World Championship. But tonight is not the night. Tonight, I wasn’t in the little battle royal, and it doesn’t look like I’m gonna get a title shot any time soon.” Fans boo but Hangman says, “But since that’s the case, I remembered there’s not only one world championship in professional wrestling. So the last Sunday in June, Forbidden Door, I want the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! And I, want, OKADA!”
Cole speaks up and says Hangman has to be kidding. “Are you really that delusional? First of all, Okada might not even be the champion. It could very well be my good friend, Jay White. But you didn’t think about that. Because you don’t think like a champion. Oh, also, everyone, newsflash: Page, you aren’t a champion anymore! You lost the AEW World Championship, and I won the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Meaning I’ve been on a frickin’ roll ain’t nobody gonna stop. If anybody should get a shot at the IWGP Championship, it should be ME! Because I am the new franchise player here in AEW! Your time has come and gone, my friend.
And whether Hangman or anyone else wants to admit it, AEW is all about Adam Cole, Baybay. So Cole suggests that Hangman just stay out of the way. That ain’t no cowboy sh*t, that’s a promise! BOOM. Cole has staked his claim and puts Page in his place, but will management have other ideas?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Kansas City is All Elite, but so is his guest. It’s WARDLOW! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he makes his way out, and his theme song is restored! Wardlow goes to the ring and Schiavone brings up that Wardlow opted not to be in tonight’s battle royal, and now we’ll hear why. Wardlow is handed the mic and he hears the fans chanting “WARD~LOW!” for him. “Oh, Kansas City… Welcome to Wardlow’s World! And you’re right, Tony, I asked not to take part in the Battle Royal for the heavyweight championship. The reason being, CM Punk is our champion. So if I’m not making him tap or pinning his shoulders to the mat, I don’t want it yet.
“So heal up real quick, champ, because you can bet your ass I’ll be waiting for you when you get back.” Fans like the sound of that. Wardlow continues to say there is a title he does want. A title that few men have carried that brought an incredible amount of respect to it. “Unfortunately, since then, there’s a few men that have completely diminished it. That’s a title that I had won three months ago. A title that I have thought about every day since that night. I want the TNT TITLE!” Fans like the sound of that, too! “It’s time for a change around here, and-”
But before Wardlow can continue, Scorpio Sky walks out on stage, holding up the TNT Championship. Fans boo Scorpio but he’s at least heading to the ring to confront Wardlow. But then Dan Lambert and Ethan Page scramble out to stop him! They don’t want Scorpio to fight while he’s less than 100%, and Lambert even calls Wardlow a coward for calling out a man who is at less than 100%. Ethan tells Wardlow to wait, but Wardlow says if Scorpio’s got a bum knee, Wardlow is All Elite now. He’s got all the time in the world. He’ll wait until Scorpio feels 110%! Scorpio, Ethan and Lambert leave, but wait, now Mark Sterling is on the tron.
Sterling tells Wardlow he shouldn’t be focused on anything right now, because last week, he ripped up legal documents life on TV! “You can’t do that, you dummy!” But Sterling is starting to realize, Wardlow might not understand the big words coming out of Sterling’s mouth, and these fine men in the security staff aren’t going to get the money they deserve. So, because Sterling is a nice guy, he’ll give Wardlow two options: face Sterling in the court of law over the class action lawsuit on behalf of the American Arena Security Professionals; or he wrestles 20 of them at once, live on TV, in an elimination match! Either way, Wardlow pays! So will Wardlow choose to do this the easy way, or will he take Sterling to court?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
How they lookin’, Brandon? Super cute. Alright, good. Matt Jackson says, “What a week it was last week, right, brother?” Nick says, “Unbelievable!” First, in LA on Wednesday, the Bucks beat the current reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions, clean as a whistle! And then on Friday in their hometown of Ontario, California, the Bucks beat their biggest rivals in the Lucha Brothers. Matt wants to know if Nick agrees with him, “The Young Bucks are back, baby! And y’know what? We want our Tag Team titles back.” Nick agrees with all that, but then there’s a knock on the door. And in walk in the Hardy Boyz!
What’re they doing in the Bucks’ office? What do they want? Nice room, Bucks of Youth. But uh, they were walking by, saw the door was cracked, heard them talking, and Matt Hardy just expected the Bucks to be burying the Hardys like always. But they weren’t! They were talking about winning matches, which they have, and that they deserve a tag title match. Well, if memory serves, the Hardys beat the Bucks at Double or Nothing! So if anyone deserves a shot, it’s the Hardys! Jeff says amen, but then in walk Christian Cage & Jurassic Express! They should really keep that door locked, y’know. Oh, okay, everyone just make themselves at home!
Captain Charisma says he couldn’t help but overhear the chatter, too. Bucks want a title match, Hardys want a title match, but he doesn’t think either of them deserve it yet. They gotta earn it the same way “we” did. Now yes, the Bucks pinned Jungle Boy in his hometown of Los Angeles in front of his family. But the titles weren’t on the line. When they are on the line, things will be different, that is where “we” get the win back. But y’know what? Christian throws out a challenge to both teams, the Hardys and Bucks.
And what Christian is thinking is, a match that put the Hardys and Christian on the map. A match that made them household names. A match that even made the Bucks famous. Then just say it! “Next week, right here on Dynamite, for the AEW World Tag Team titles… The Hardy Boyz VS The Young Bucks VS Jurassic Express… IN A LADDER MATCH!” The Bucks and Hardys are fired up but JB is questioning Christian’s logic. Now get out of their office! Fine, see you next week, Bucks. Cutler, cut the camera, you dumbass. But will Christian be looking like the idiot for putting his boys in a position to lose?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Marina Shafir!
La Mera Mera issued the challenge on social media, but she didn’t have to wait long for a response! The Problem dared Rosa to solve her, will Rosa have that solution? Or will Rosa’s run end when Marina stumps her?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it is time to test Rosa’s Problem solving skills!
Marina and Rosa tie right up, go around, and fans rally for Rosa as Marina brings Rosa down. Rosa brings Marina down in return, they both get back up, still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and then go back to center. Rosa puts Marina on ropes, the ref counts but Marina pushes forward. Rosa monkey flips and rolls back to try a cover, but Marina throws Rosa off. They still stay locked up, until Marina knees low! Marina whips Rosa to a corner, brings her around and bumps her off buckles. Rosa staggers, Marina snarls and Marina bumps Rosa off buckles again. Marina throws in knees, but lets off as the ref counts.
Marina cravats to snapmare but Rosa drags Marina down and goes for a cording hold! Fans rally as Rosa has the double wristlock but Marina slips around and gets a rear mount to a SLEEPER! Rosa pushes Marina back, rolls back and has a cover, TWO! Marina has the leg! Rosa scrambles but Marina ties up the legs in a deathlock. Rosa rolls, Marina shifts to a clinch, but Rosa bumps her off buckles first! Rosa CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Marina eggs her on! Rosa CHOPS again then fires off forearms! Marina shoves Rosa away, blocks the overhand chop to CHOP back! Marina then rams into Rosa again and again, wanting to get leverage.
Rosa fights off the judo throw to CLOBBERS Marina! Rosa clinches, throws knees, but Marina blocks. Marina lifts but Rosa fights that and sobats! Rosa drops to RHODES UPPERCUT! Shout out to Dustin, and Rosa storms in after Marina. Rosa clinches, Marina fires body shots and facelocks. Marina suplexes but Rosa fights it. Marina powers it through to snap suplex Rosa down! Fans rally while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Marina clinches Rosa but Rosa fights back with a clinch of her own. The knees and kicks fly, Marina BOOTS Rosa into a corner! Marina storms up on Rosa, brings her up, and THROWS Rosa down! Marina clamps onto Rosa with a neck wrench while talking some trash. Marina makes Rosa look at the camera but Rosa fights her way up. Marina KICKS Rosa in the back! Marina snarls but fans rally as Rosa gets to ropes. Marina ties Rosa up in the ropes, bends her back, and lets off at 4 to CLUB Rosa down! Marina looms over Rosa, digs her knee in to the cover, ONE! Marina is after the arms, and she ties Rosa up in a straitjacket stretch!
Rosa endures as Marina leans on the hold. Rosa fights up, throws kicks, but Marina throws Rosa down again! Marina looms over Rosa, kicks at her, toys with her, and then KICKS her! Marina KICKS at Rosa’s legs, but Rosa KICKS Marina’s legs back. Marina KICKS, Rosa KICKS, but then Marina shoots in to trip Rosa! BOSTON CRAB! Rosa fights, Marina shifts her grip to get the Indian Deathlock back, then floats to a facelock. Rosa endures, fight sup, and fans rally, only for Marina to CLUB her and CLUB her again. Marina KICKS Rosa low, and then KICKS her high! Marina bumps Rosa off buckles, then scowls as she throws body shots.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Rosa counter-kicks one of Marina’s low kicks. Rosa fires up and BOOTS Marina down! Fans fire up and Rosa runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Rosa goes side to side to A-LIST LARIAT! Marina sits, Rosa goes up, SWINGING KNEES! Rosa has Marina on ropes and fires KC up for the DROPKICK! Then another DROPKICK against ropes! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally, Rosa gets Marina up and fireman’s carries, but Marina throws elbows. Marina KICKS the leg, then hauls Rosa up to pump handle. Marina CLUBS Rosa, hooks her up, TWISTING EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!!
Marina grows frustrated, maybe the Problem is having a problem with the champ! Marina clamps onto Rosa’s face again, drags her up, but Rosa throws body shots. Rosa firemen’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa roars and brings Marina up, to KICK her! And KICK! Rosa powers up but Marina blocks the kick! Palm strike and a lift, but Rosa sunset flips, TWO!! Rosa gets up but Marina gets around to waistlock. Rosa switches, Marina switches back, but Rosa victory rolls, and wins!!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
The solution came in the blink of an eye, and Rosa retains the title! But Marina is pissed and she KICKS Rosa down! Marina hauls Rosa up in chicken wings to HEADBUTT her in the back, then SAYANAGI! Fans boo as Marina ties Rosa up in the INGREDIENT! The leg lock armlock combo is putting Rosa out, but TONI STORM rushes in! Storm dropkicks Marina and fires off fists! Marina shoves Storm away, but Storm gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rosa gets Marina up, for the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Fans fire up, but now Storm picks up the title. Storm hands it back to Rosa, but will she want her shot next? What will happen with Storm and Thunder clash?
Backstage interview with The Baddies.
Schiavone is here with Jade Cargill, Red Velvet, Kiera Hogan & Stokely Hathaway to bring up the big match on this Friday’s Rampage. She says it seems more like no one can mind their damn business. Hathaway says, “And you heard the queen, Tony. Last week on Dynamite, we had an issue with Athena. We confronted Athena, and then all of a sudden, Anna Jay and um, what’s the name of that big head girl from outer space?” Kris Statlander. More like, “Statland yourself back on that ugly planet you came from.”
That’s it! “Kristen Highlander,” you’re going 1v1 with Red Velvet this Friday, and once Velvet is done with you, you’ll be beggin’ like Keith Swettin. Who can beat Velvet? NOBOOODY! And Tony? Cut the sh*t. Who wins the huge grudge match between these former friends?
Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Kyle O’Reilly!
AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door is but 18 days away! The Maniac wants to get back to the top of AEW, but #KillerKyle wants his first taste! Who proves they want it more in this guaranteed knockdown, drag-out fight of a main event?
The bell rings and fans fire up. Kyle and Moxley circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Kyle tests the waters with a kick but Moxley stays up. They go again, Kyle tries another kick but Moxley still stays up. They go again, Kyle shoots in but Moxley holds off the takedown to float to a mount. Kyle rolls and uses his legs to get a TRIANGLE! Moxley throws hands, Kyle shifts and they end up in ropes. Kyle gets away and fans rally up. Moxley and Kyle reset, tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Regal loves the energy. Moxley waistlocks, Kyle wrenches free and gets a wristlock, but Moxley rolls and wrenches through to cording hold and hip toss! Cover, ONE!
Kyle gets Moxley’s foot while Regal says he loves seeing the “Cornish Height” from Moxley. Moxley hops his way to ropes, the ref counts and Kyle KICKS Moxley’s leg as he lets off. The ref reprimands, but Moxley and Kyle reset. Moxley and Kyle circle, feel out another grapple, but then Moxley SLAPS Kyle! Kyle shrugs that off, they go again, and each man tests the waters with attempt at slaps and kicks. They then tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Moxley wrenches and hammerlocks and he wrangles Kyle down. Kyle reaches back, Moxley cranks the arm and then gets the other. Moxley bends the fingers! Then SNAPS them!
Kyle clutches his hand while the ref reprimands, but Moxley wrenches Kyle’s arm to wrangle him down again. Moxley shits for a Short Arm Scissor, almost a half nelson. Kyle pushes up and has a cover, ONE, into an ARMBAR! Moxley clasps hands, Regal knows you can’t count Kyle out with his high technical IQ, but Moxley gets around to stack Kyle. Kyle lets him go but now Moxley wants Kyle’s legs. Moxley shoots around to grab the wrists, for some DANIELSON STOMPS! Moxley wants to kick Kyle’s head in but Kyle gets away and out of the ring! Fans fire up, Kyle gets back in but he’s wary of charging Moxley.
Moxley smirks and puts his hands back, daring Kyle to do something. Kyle throws fast strikes for free! Moxley ROCKS Kyle but Kyle ROCKS him back. They go forearm for forearm, fans firing up as they pick up speed! Moxley gives Kyle boxing elbows and a HEADBUTT! Kyle wobbles, Moxley eggs him on, so Kyle KIKCS and KICKS and KICKS! Moxley goes to a corner, Kyle KICKS him more and more! Kyle whips, Moxley reverses and runs in to clothesline! And then another clothesline! And another! Moxley fires up and the fans are with him as he goes corner to corner, only for Kyle to dropkick the legs out!
Kyle goes to an apron, Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley steps through, into a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Just like Kyle did to Yuta! Kyle ties Moxley’s leg up in the ropes, then hurries up top! GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP!! The leg gets bent and fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Moxley gets free of the ropes and hobbles away, but Kyle pursues. Kyle BOOTS Moxley into the chair in the corner! Kyle then BOOTS Moxley while he’s in the chair! And KICKS him! Moxley grabs the foot! Moxley brings Kyle around, and CHOPS him down! Moxley waits, Kyle gets up, and Moxley CHOPS him into the chair! Moxley climbs up to rain down fists on Kyle, and the fans count along! Moxley brings Kyle up to whip, but Kyle reverses and Moxley is sent into railing! Kyle runs in to DROPKICK Moxley out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref tells Kyle to get this in the ring. Moxley finds himself stuck but Kyle wants to use that to his advantage!
Kyle is in the ring, the ring count starts, and Moxley has to get himself unstuck. Moxley is free but the count is climbing. Moxley gets in at 8 of 10 but Kyle BOOTS him down! Kyle rains down forearms and palm strikes in a ground ‘n’ pound! Kyle lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers from KC. Moxley crawls to ropes, but Kyle goes out to the apron and SLAMS the bad leg on the edge! And then again! Kyle DECKS Moxley, SLAMS the bad leg again, repeat! Kyle climbs the corner to the top but Moxley stands up. Moxley staggers, but he still hits ropes to trip Kyle up! Moxley then goes up after Kyle and CLUBS away on him!
Fans rally as Moxley CLAWS Kyle’s back! The ref reprimands, Moxley stops, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Moxley brings Kyle up, for a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Both men crash down and Moxley clutches his bad arm. The ref starts a standing count and fans count along. Moxley and Kyle stir at 3 of 10, but stand at 5! Kyle fires a forearm, Moxley gives it back! Kyle hits again so Moxley KICK! Kyle KICKS, Moxley KICKS, repeat! Kyle forearms, fires off more strikes, but Moxley gives HEADBUTT after HEABUTT! Moxley runs to BOOT, but Kyle BOOTS back! Moxley and Kyle DOUBLE BOOT and they both fall!
Fans fire up again as the standing count restarts. But Kyle is up and he has the arm to ELBOW- NO! SLEEPER! But Kyle pries free, so Moxley shifts hands, CHICKEN WING CROSSFACE! Kyle endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK with his teeth! Moxley lets off, and kicks the ropes to jam Kyle’s jaw! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives but Moxley won’t let off! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Kyle slips free but Moxley facelocks for KNEE after KNEE! Kyle blocks to get around, CROSSFACE FOREARMS, then knees and elbows of his own! Kyle KICKS Moxley in the back, and KICKS again! Kyle then facelocks, Moxley slips out to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!!
Fans are thunderous as Moxley just leaves Kyle rag dolled! But then he underhooks, only for Kyle to block the lift! Moxley throws more knees, runs, but into a KNEE from Kyle! PENALTY KICK! Both men are down and the standing count starts again. Kyle roars as he gets right up, but into a CUTTER! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley drags Kyle up, to GOTCH LIFT PILE- NO! Kyle gets a TRIANGLE COUNTER!! Kyle has Moxley with just legs and he fires off elbows into Moxley’s head! Moxley fights and slips free, but Kyle gets the leg! KNEEBAR AND HEEL HOOK!! Moxley endures, kicks with his free leg, but Kyle gets that leg, too! DOUBLE KNEEBAR!!
Moxley grabs at Kyle’s beard, then JABS Kyle right in the mouth! Kyle lets go, clutching his jaw, but Moxley hauls him right up. PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?? Kyle narrowly escapes and both men are down! Fans are fired up, still rallying behind Moxley. Kyle fires a forearm, Moxley fires a forearm. Kyle fires another, Moxley gives another. They go back and forth, going for palm strikes now in a wild slap fight! Kyle KICKS low then AX AND SMASH!! SAIDO!! But Moxley’s right up!? To SAIDO right back! But then Kyle’s right back up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! And again! And again! Both men lean on each other as they slump to their knees!
KC is thunderous again as both men slowly stand back up. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle SLAPS, but Moxley gets a SLEEPER! Moxley squeezes tight, and gets the BULLY CHOKE!! Kyle endures, is turning red, so Moxley shifts to a facelock and KNEES! Moxley runs, to REGAL KNEE!! But that’s not all, Moxley gets the arms, for the PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)
The Maniac conquers #KillerKyle! And now, Moxley is walking up to that Forbidden Door! NJPW determines their contender this Sunday at Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall, Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto! Who will meet Moxley in Chicago for that Interim AEW World Championship?
A great AEW here that sets up a lot for Forbidden Door, and even next week for Road Rager. Though, I must’ve misread something when they mentioned it last time, because I thought this was for July. But Road Rager 2022 looks great, with a great promo segment setting up the AEW World Tag Team Championship match. Jurassic Express VS Bucks VS Hardys in a Ladder Match is going to be amazing stuff, and this could be the way Jurassic Express lose without it really hurting them. What it should also set up is JB confronting Christian Cage on acting like he’s the leader and putting them into the ladder match, and we could end up with JB VS Christian 1v1 in time for the Blood & Guts special.
We also got a good promo from Wardlow to set up his story. He gives us a reason why he’s waiting on the world title, but at least he is going after the TNT Championship next, as he should. He is definitely taking on those 20 “security guards” in what will be history’s biggest and most amazing squash match. After getting through all 20 of Sterling’s guys, Wardlow will get at Scorpio Sky, and that could go either way given. Wardlow is super over, fans would love seeing him get that title. But at the same time, Scorpio has Ethan and Lambert, they could cheat Wardlow like they have everyone else for some big heat. I’m hoping AEW goes with Wardlow winning, though.
Hangman VS Finlay was a great match, and Cole was a lot of fun on commentary. Of course Hangman wins, and I like that he called out Okada for Forbidden Door. Okada has said Forbidden Door won’t mean as much without him, so good to see someone wants after him. But I also liked that Cole called Hangman out for thinking he just gets a title match. Pretty sure we’ll get Adam VS Adam III, winner faces whoever is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion after Dominion. In that regard, pretty sure Hangman wins, because if White ends up winning, Cole isn’t facing him. Either way, the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship is going to have an awesome match.
Great AEW Women’s World Championship match, and it was all the greater because it was gritty and sloppy at times. It was like a real fight because both women have MMA training, so they made the best out of this one. Rosa of course retains, but Marina attacking her after was a bit of a surprise. Storm making the save was also a surprise, but it does set up Rosa VS Storm, and that is going to be really good stuff. I would think Rosa wins again, they might be wanting to build her up for when Britt makes her way back around, or for Jade Cargill wanting both titles. The Baddies had a good promo, Velvet VS Statlander will be good, but that Six Woman Tag has to still be coming.
We got a great bit with Trent, FTR and the United Empire. Rampage will have a big match of Trent & FTR VS Ospreay & Aussie Open, and it will surely set up a big tag title match at Forbidden Door, RPG Vice getting another shot at the ROH tag titles while perhaps also bringing in the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, as Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb will be getting a rematch for those against Bullet Club’s Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale. FTR could end up becoming the tag team equivalent of Ultimo Dragon when he had all the different Junior Heavyweight titles draped on him, and I would love to see it.
AEW bringing in a new title is a great surprise, but was still hoping for Trios titles. The All-Atlantic title looks beautiful, but a little oddly named when Asia and Australia don’t touch the Atlantic… But what a great tournament with a lot of great match-ups, and I can’t wait to see who NJPW throws in. PAC VS Buddy tonight was a great opener to that series, but you can bet Malakai will beat Penta so that there aren’t two Death Triangle members in the Fatal 4 Way. Ethan VS Miro will surely go Miro’s way, and I feel like Miro will be a front runner for that belt. Pac and Malakai will cancel out, the NJPW entrant will just be there for star power, Miro will go on a tear like he did with the TNT title.
Great battle royal to open the night, I still continue to like how AEW’s wrestlers realize they can go under the top rope to do whatever they want outside. I am a little disappointed Swerve turned on Keith and seemed to be tilting towards Heel right after Keith & Swerve said they were going to be a two man power trip. A very dumb, WWE style move there. Kingston has a great promo after where he gets meta about TV direction, and he of course eggs on JAS and we’ll be getting more heat going towards Blood & Guts. And fans were super behind Yuta, but avoiding Blackpool Combat Club VS Blackpool Combat Club was a fair choice.
We get an awesome main event, but it makes a lot of sense for Moxley to win. Kyle is great but he and Fish are still more about the tag division and the Undisputed Elite story. Moxley also had a great promo to make a point that he has been the bridge between AEW and NJPW, and no offense to Goto, but Tanahashi is definitely winning at Dominion. It was meant to be Tanahashi VS Punk, Moxley has been wanting more matches with Tanahashi, we’re definitely getting Tanahashi VS Moxley, and I would think Moxley wins to be interim champion to take on whoever and then await Punk’s return. This kind of predictability borders on boring, because there were many possibilities, but Moxley could still lose the interim title before Punk returns for a shocking match-up, like Punk VS Bryan.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/30/23)
Lexington gets Elevated!
Can All Heart overcome the Swiss Superman?
The ROH World Championship returns to AEW Dark: Elevation, and Claudio Castagnoli takes on Blake Christian. Will All Heart survive the Swiss Superman?
- Red Velvet VS Billie Starkz; Velvet wins.
- Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS The Workhorsemen; Reynolds & Silver win.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Brian Pillman Jr; Rush wins.
- Athena & Diamante VS Skye Blue & Yuka Sakazaki; Skye & Yuka win.
- Top Flight VS Ari Daivari & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Top Flight wins.
- The Kings of the Black Throne w/ Julia Hart VS Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum; The Kings of the Black Throne win.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Blake Christian; Claudio wins.
A pretty good line-up, and I think Athena will end up in a program for her ROH Women’s Championship coming out of that tag match. Good tune-up match for Top Flight going into their AEW World Trios Championship program with the Elite, that should be a good win. And Blake Christian is going places. He’s had good stints on NJPW Strong, he’s in ROH and AEW, he’s going to give Claudio a great match. Claudio will still win, this is mostly to get things going towards Supercard of Honor on March 31st, but Blake could easily find himself going for a midcard title like the ROH Pure Championship or AEW All-Atlantic Championship.
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