We now return to our regularly scheduled Rampage.
Scorpio Sky is in his hometown and defending his AEW TNT Championship! But will he still be the Face of TNT with Dante Martin flying in?
- The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers; The Young Bucks win.
- Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS ???; Starks & Hobbs win.
- Athena VS Kiera Hogan w/ The Baddies; Athena wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Scorpio Sky VS Dante Martin; Scorpio wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers!
Matt & Nick Jackson may not have beat The Hardy Boyz at Double or Nothing, but they did get the fall in Dynamite’s star studded 10 Man Tag. And bigger still, it was on AEW World Tag Team Champion, Jungle Boy! Will one more win be all it takes for the Bucks to head back for those titles? Or will Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix usurp all that momentum for their own?
The teams sort out and Matt starts against Penta. Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” already and the bell rings. Nick throws his shirt at Penta, Fenix storms in but the ref has them stand down. Matt and Penta stare down, fans rally and duel, and Penta has everyone hold on a moment. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” He pie faces Matt with it, so Matt throws up the Elite! He pie faces Penta back, so Penta swaggers up to him, “CERO! MIEDO!” “THE! ELITE!” Penta takes off the glove, tosses it in Matt’s face! Penta blocks the superkick, Matt avoids the slingblade but Penta kicks low! FEAR- NO, Matt slips out and kicks low!
Matt tucks Penta in! But Penta slips out of the Fear Factor, only for Matt to sunset flip! Matt stands on Penta and wants the Sharpshooter but Penta kicks him away. Matt rushes back in but Penta drop toeholds and then gets the arm! Penta hooks that one up, gets the other, but Matt scrambles to arm-drag free! Penta sweeps, covers, ONE! Matt sweeps, covers, ONE! Penta kips up and the two stare down while fans fire up again. Nick tags in, so Penta backs off to tag Fenix. Fenix fires forearms, whips but Nick flips up and over to dodge. Fenix tiger feints and rewinds but Nick ducks the heel kick! Nick blocks the chop, CHOPS back, then goes “LUCHA LIBRE~!” to arm-drag!
Fans are thunderous and Nick soaks it all in. But Fenix puts Nick on the apron, shoulders in and sunset flips, but Nick holds the ropes to deny the bomb! Nick slaps Fenix away, backflips off the apron and whips Fenix. Fenix tiger feints, Nick ducks, both men avoid roundhouses and slide in to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down, but then they both kip up! Fans are electric as the two stand off! Nick offers a handshake while fans chant for “A E DUB!” Fenix accepts the handshake, but it’s Matt who sucker punches Fenix! Nick DECKS Penta for good measure, then he tags Matt in. Nick goes to the apron, Matt runs in, LARIAT ENZIGURI COMBO!
Matt keeps going, CANNONBALL ENZIGURI COMBO! Fenix flops out of the ring, Matt builds speed and he WRECKS Fenix with a dropkick! Fenix hits railing, Matt holds the ropes down so Nick can FLY! Direct hit and down goes Fenix! But Penta WRECKS Matt, then he builds speed to FLY onto both Bucks!! Fans are thunderous all over again as Penta sets the Bucks up. Fenix climbs, SUPER TORNILLO!! Fenix takes out everyone and the fans lose their minds! Fenix puts Matt in, and he calls for “ANIMO!” Fenix slingshots, but into a takedown! SHARPSHOOTER! Fenix gets the ROPEBREAK, but Nick is there!
But Penta KICKS Nick first! And then brings him through the ropes for an IRON OCTOPUS! And Penta pulls Matt’s hair at the same time! Fenix keeps Nick’s foot down so he can’t escape the hold! The ref reprimands all four of them for these illegal holds! Everyone lets go at 4, Fenix bails out but Nick PENALTY KICKS him down! FLYING RANA for Penta, too! But Fenix tilt-o-whirl scoops Nick for a BACKBREAKER! Matt PLANCHAS but Fenix dodges! Fenix ROLLING CUTTERS! Fans are electric all over again as Fenix puts Matt in. “This is Awesome!” as Fenix aims from a corner. Fenix climbs, FROG SPLASH onto knees!
Matt tags Nick, Rampage goes picture in picture, and Nick hobbles over to Fenix. Nick drags Fenix up, reels him in and suplexes, but Fenix knees free! Matt spots Jurassic Express in the crowd and tells them to stay put. Fenix trips Nick, gets the legs, Penta goes up top! QUE PASO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Penta KICKS him in the leg! Nick hobbles, Matt taunts Penta but Penta focuses on Nick. Penta KICKS Nick’s leg out! Fans fire up as Penta brings Nick around. Penta reels Nick in as Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tag, tuck, but Nick wrenches out to CHOP! Nick hurdles Fenix to SUPERKICK him!
Nick goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSORS COMBO! Rampage returns to single picture, the Hardy Boyz are also in the crowd watching now, and Matt tags in. Matt runs corner to corner at Fenix, but Fenix BOOTS him! Fenix goes up, springboards, into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt starts up the POLAR EXPRESS! Another NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Matt keeps going! Penta gets in, but gets added to a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Tag to Nick, Matt gets Fenix up and brings him around. Nick climbs, Matt puts Fenix in the ropes, DRAPING SWANTON! Cover, TWO!!
Nick tags Matt, they get Fenix up and double whip, Nick back drops Fenix but Fenix uses that to RANA Matt! Nick sobats, runs, but Penta trips him! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick, Penta spins Nick around and has him hanging off the apron! DOUBLE STOMP DDT to the floor! Fenix gets Matt on the apron, Penta brings him in, DOUBLE STOMP DDT in the ring! Fenix hurries to cover, TWO!! Matt survives, Fenix DIVES onto Nick! Somersault tope hits railing! Penta gets Matt, MADE IN JAPAN, and then Fenix goes up top for some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Matt survives and no one can believe it!
A standing count continues as fans are electric again. Fenix gets up, he brings Matt to the top rope, but Matt shoves him away. Fenix PELES, then Penta gets in to give Fenix a boost! Fenix gets Matt, Matt fights back, and Nick springboards to missile dropkick Fenix into giving Penta a POISON-RANA! And then Matt adjusts to MACHO ELBOW onto Fenix!! Cover, TWO!! Matt is beside himself! Matt tags Nick as fans rally and duel as hard as ever. Nick brings Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! And forearms! Nick throws forearms back, it’s a brawl but Fenix gets the edge! Fenix whips, Nick reveres, tiger feint rewind HEEL KICK! Nick staggers into Penta’s GAMANGIRI!
Penta goes up, Fenix climbs up onto Penta! SUPER DUPER SPLASH!! Penta hops off Fenix to DESTROYER on Matt!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nick survives and the fans are all going nuts! Fenix SOBATS Nick in the corner! Then Fenix puts Nick up top, tucks him in, KINIKKU- NO, Nick rolls it to a cradle, TWO! SUPERKICK! And POISON-RANA! Nick tags Matt, they dodge Penta and DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Fenix! The party has begun but the Bucks look to end it! They get Fenix’s arms, B T E but Fenix slips out! Fenix springboards, but the Bucks catch him! Matt has Fenix, Nick springboards, MELTZER DRIVER! Cover, PENTA BREAKS IT!!
The Bucks are furious but the fans are losing this! Matt stares Penta down, Penta says, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Matt snatches the mask away!! Penta hides his face, but the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK him down! They get Fenix up, B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
Matt adds insult to injury by wearing the stolen mask! The Bucks take this win and celebrate with their fans, but will the Bucks be able to do the same to Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus should they meet for the titles?
Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS ???
Team Taz’s Absolute Powerhouses may not have won the AEW World Tag Team Championships, but they’re ready to take out their frustrations on their opponents tonight. Will Starks & Hobbs fight their way back up to get another opportunity?
Hell, they don’t even wait for a bell! They just swarm ??? and ??? and beat them down! Hobbs throws out ??? while Starks stomps away on ???! The bell rings, Starks whips and CLOBBERS ??? then strikes his pose. Starks hauls ??? up, wrenches the arm and tags in Hobbs. They double whip, and Hobbs CLOBBERS ???! ???? tags in, Hobbs ROCKS him then gives him a HUGE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Starks SPEARS ???, and Team Taz wins!
Winners: Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The Absolute Powerhouses dominated whoever the hell those two guys were and head back out. Will they be heading back up towards the tag titles? And who will be champions by the time they get that golden opportunity?
Athena VS Kiera Hogan w/ The Baddies!
The Fallen Goddess is All Elite, and while she’s after Jade Cargill and the AEW TBS Championship, she has to climb up the ranks. But will she rise like the moon and eclipse the competition? Or will Kiera bring the fire on behalf of #ThatBitchShow?
The bell rings and Athena circles with Kiera. They tie up, Athena arm-drags Kiera but Kiera kicks low. Kiera headlocks, Athena powers out and things speed up. Athena hurdles but Kiera ROCKS her with a right! Kiera talks trash, runs, but Athena catches the crossbody for a pop-up fireman’s carry! Kiera arm-drags free but Athena handsprings through! Athena dusts herself off and eggs Kiera on. Things speed up again, Athena springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE, and Kiera bails out to regroup with The Baddies. Stokely tells her she’s got this, but Athena builds speed. Athena slows up as Kiera steps aside, then she DIVES from the apron!
Athena dusts herself off again as fans fire up. Athena puts Kiera in, she stares down Jade and calls her out, then she goes back to the ring. Athena dodges Kiera, KNEES her in, then springboards, only for Red Velvet to trip her up! The ref missed that as Kiera was claiming injury, and fans boo as Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in. Kiera runs to step up and LEG DROP! Cover, ONE!! Kiera is upset but she KICKS Athena in the back as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kiera drags Athena up, bumps her off buckles, then CHOPS her! Kiera brings Athena around to bump off more buckles, then KICKS her down! The ref reprimands and counts, Kiera snapmares Athena to KICK her again! Cover, ONE!! Kiera is frustrated and she CLUBS away on Athena, then gives her a rain of fists! Athena pushes Kiera away but Kiera vows to end this. But Athena gets her for a cradle! TWO, Kiera BUZZSAWS Athena down! Kiera talks trash, stands on Athena’s neck, and counts along with the ref to let off at 4. Kiera drags Athena up, Athena throws body shots and shoves, then gets around to waistlock.
Kiera bucks the roll-up but Athena sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Athena runs in but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Kiera is frustrated but she wraps Athena up in a chinlock. Athena endures, fights up, but Kiera throws her down! Keira stomps Athena, and stomps, and stomps, and stomps some more, as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and both women are down after a collision. The ref counts, Kiera gets up first but fans rally behind Athena. Athena gets up now, Kiera runs in but Athena dodges! Athena comes back to SHOTGUN hard! Then mule kick, front kick, ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Athena and she runs corner to corner, handspring forearm! Snapmare and then Athena goes to the corner! Athena goes up, but Velvet hurries over! Athena BOOTS Velvet away, but Kiera YANKS Athena down! The ref reprimands over Velvet’s interference, but Kiera goes up to FLYING RANA! Kiera then runs in to BOOT WASH! High stack, TWO!!
Kiera is frustrated but the fans fire up. Kiera drags Athena up, fisherman, but Athena wrenches out. Kiera dodges, Athena dodges, ROLLING ELBOW! Athena goes up a corner but Kiera hits ropes to trip her up! Kiera ROCKS Athena with forearms, climbs up after her to give more forearms, but Athena DECKS her! Athena adjusts, aims, ECLIPSE!! Cover, Athena wins!!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
Velvet and Stokely assure Jade, that won’t happen to her. But the undefeated champion still looks a bit worried. Will the Fallen Goddess ascend and take Jade’s throne from her?
The House of Black speak.
Malakai starts by saying, “Members of the House of Black, please rise.” The others walk out from the shadows, and that includes Julia Hart! Malakai says for some of you, this may seem too good to be true, but this is what it means when he says the House always wins. Julia joining them wasn’t a stroke of luck but a carefully executed plan that paid attention to each and every detail. Julia adds that it was “executed through the laws of violence towards man. So celebrate! Isn’t this what you wanted? For these are the fruits of your labor.” The House disappears into the night, when and where will they strike next?
CM Punk is here!
The Best in the World is the NEW AEW World Champion after Double or Nothing, but he doesn’t look as happy as you might expect. There have been some rumors since Wednesday and Dynamite’s Six Man Tag alongside FTR. His walk is a little hobbled but he makes it to the ring and he gets the mic. He already looks emotional while fans chant his name. “When I got here earlier today, I pulled up tot he arena, and every bone in my body was screaming at me to turn around, go home and go hug my wife and Larry. And when I say ‘every bone in my body,’ I mean even the broken ones.
“But my brain told me to stay, and my gut told me that everybody here live deserved an explanation, so here I am. I said since I stepped foot here in All Elite Wrestling that I was gonna wrestle and give you my all until the wheels fell off. Well, I got good news and I got bad news. Which one do you want first?” Fans sound pretty divided on that, but Punk says the last thing he’s ever wanted to feel is that he has let the fans down. The last thing he’s wanted to do is leaving us disappointed. So hopefully thus far, he hasn’t made us feel that way.
“I have loved every single second I have been in this ring. Every single time I’ve been in this ring in front of all of you has been a gift I never thought that I would be able to ever experience again.” Fans are starting to realize what this might be about, but all the more reason to chant for Punk. “Okay, here’s the bad news. Bad news is, I’m injured and I need surgery. A couple of things are broken, the biggest of them, my heart. Because I love nothing more than performing for all of you. I wanted to go on one hell of a run. That’s the bad news.
“The good news is, I can still do all that. I told you I was gonna go until the wheels fall off. Well the wheels are still there, they haven’t fallen off. It’s just that one of ’em happens to be broken. But I’ve come back from worse. I’ve felt better than I feel today. But I am here to tell you that I’ve also felt a hell of a lot worse. This is a bump in the road. It hurts, it hurts like hell. I wanna wrestle for you, I wanna wrestle right now. But that being said, let’s talk about this title. Let’s talk about being AEW World Champion. I told Tony before being out here that I don’t want to hold this place up. There is a long laundry list of talent in the back that can fill my shoes, that can be champion.”
Punk means guys like Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley. He won’t be in anyone’s way. He told Tony Khan he’ll relinquish this title, and Tony told Punk that he believes in CM Punk. And Tony believes this is a bump in the road. Punk needed to hear that. Fans chant his name again and he gets choked up again. Punk says sometimes, he gets a little down on himself and the doubt creeps in. That doubt can ruin anything, but being in front of the fans, he’ll promise this. The doubt won’t creep in and ruin anything.
“And the get back will be bigger than the setback! I’m champion for a reason, and I’m gonna show you exactly why. I will come back bigger, faster, stronger and hungrier than ever before! And gaddammit, I will prove exactly why I am the Best in the World!” Punk gives up the belt for the greater good of AEW, when and where will we see the Best Comeback in the World?
Rampage returns and Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
He asks Dante Martin about his comment where he thinks he’s better than Scorpio Sky. Yes, he did say that. He thinks it, but that is going to turn into “I know,” because with Matt Sydal watching Dante’s back, he’ll be the NEW AEW TNT Champion! Sydal tells Scorpio that he better have learned something from those killers on American Top Team, because he’s gonna have to kill Dante to hold onto the title. They’re the best high-fliers, they dive flying or die trying! And tonight, you’ll see what they’re saying.
Ethan Page counters with, “Learn from those killers? You didn’t watch Double or Nothing, did you? We are the killers.” Dan Lambert says Dante has been on a tear lately, and is one of the brightest stars on the roster. But he’s still a big question mark, and if the Queen had balls, she’d be the King. But you’re looking at the only king on TNT. Scorpio says that for someone who talks about peace, love and pro-wrestling, suddenly Sydal now talks a big game. Can he back it up? Dante can have peace, love and pro-wrestling, because Scorpio will take “Genie” any day.
So Mark Henry, please hit your line, because Scorpio can’t wait another moment to walk down that aisle and kick this kid’s teeth down his throat! Well then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event!
In light of Punk’s news that he must leave, AEW Dynamite this Wednesday will open with a Battle Royal. The winner faces the current #1 Contender, Jon Moxley, in the main event, and the winner of that goes on to Forbidden Door in a match to crown an INTERIM AEW World Champion! Who cashes in on such a huge opportunity?
AEW TNT Championship: Scorpio Sky w/ Ethan Page & Dan Lambert VS Dante Martin w/ Matt Sydal!
The Closer returns home to SoCal to defend the gold and his win streak, but he could be up against the fastest and most agile opponent he’s had ever! Will Scorpio hold onto the gold in the last of purple ‘n’ gold? Or will his reign soon take a Nosedive?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we’ll see if the king can keep his throne!
Scorpio and Dante circle as fans rally up. They feel things out, Scorpio puts Dante in a corner as fans chant for “S C U! S C U!” Ethan tunes it out because that team is done, and Scorpio resets with Dante. They feel out the grapple, each man gives a testing kick but Scorpio’s stings more. Dante stays up but he’s being cornered. They tie up, Scorpio headlocks, but Dante powers out. Scorpio runs Dante over, but things speed up. Scorpio runs Dante over again, things keep moving, and Scorpio runs Dante over again! Scorpio flexes and fans fire up. Scorpio offers Dante a hand, but then leaves him hanging. Dante blocks the stomp to spin and headscissor!
Dante gets up to arm-drag Scorpio around, and he has the armlock! Fans applaud the exchange and Rampage goes picture in picture. Scorpio fights his way up, Dante whips him to a corner, then Dante runs in. Scorpio blocks the flip, puts Dante up top and DECKS him to the floor! Sydal checks on Dante but Scorpio goes out to fetch him. Scorpio RAMS Dante into the apron! Then ROCKS him with another right! Dante staggers around the way but he comes back with fists of his own! Scorpio ROCKS Dante, puts him in, but Dante KICKS his leg. Scorpio fires off body shots and he RAMS Dante into a corner for more shots!
The ref counts, Scorpio lets off and backs away. Scorpio takes his time soaking up the cheers and jeers but Dante ROCKS him with a right! Scorpio trips Dante, rains down fists from all sides, but Dante anchors a foot! Dante trips Scorpio to give back the ground ‘n’ pound! Scorpio digs his fingers into Dante’s face! The ref reprimands, Scorpio lets off but is seething. Scorpio gets up, brings Dante into a chinlock and digs his knee into the back. Dante endures, Sydal rallies the fans, and Dante fights up. Scorpio snapmares and KICKS Dante in the back! Scorpio still has to sit down to catch his breath, but Scorpio gets up again.
Scorpio clamps onto Dante to bend him back with the chinlock, but Dante endures again. Scorpio pulls Dante’s nose and then gets the chinlock in deep! Dante endures being bent back against Scorpio’s knee and the fans rally up again. Rampage returns to single picture, Dante fights up and throws body shots! Scorpio hits back with a forearm but Dante hits him back with one. Scorpio throws another forearm, but Dante fires off a flurry! Dante whips, Scorpio reverses but Dante flips up and over! Then SHOTGUNS Scorpio out! Dante builds speed to spring up and FLY! HUGE crossbody takes out Scorpio at the ramp!
Fans fire up and Dante gets Scorpio up and in. Dante watches Ethan, but then jumps right up to the corner! And then up again, to hit a HUGE missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Dante, he goes to the corner again, but Lambert gets on the apron! The ref argues with Lambert while Sydal is also on the apron across the way. Dante goes to springboard but Ethan trips him up! Dante still lands safe on the apron, and Sydal FLYING KNEES Ethan down! Dante springboards cleanly this time, but Scorpio catches him to a fireman’s carry! T K- NO! Dante slips off, and then he fireman’s carries Scorpio! To STEAL TKO!! Cover, TWO?!?!
Fans can’t believe it, least of all Dante! Scorpio goes to a corner, Dante gets up and he runs in. Scorpio puts Dante on the apron but Dante GAMANGIRIS! Dante goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Scorpio rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Both men getup, Dante leaps to DOUBLE STOMP Scorpio! Cover, TWO!! Dante is growing frustrated but Sydal coaches him up. Scorpio gets to ropes, shoves Dante away, then pops Dante up to HOTSHOT him! Fireman’s carry, T K O!! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Face of TNT is still Scorpio, but Angel Dorado sure gave him one hell of a fight! Who steps up next to try and take his crown?
A great Rampage to follow up both Double or Nothing and Dynamite from this past week. However, a bit bittersweet with Punk giving us the news of his injury. Thankfully it is an injury he can recover from, which he will, and it seems there is no vacating the title, only that there will be an interim champion like they did for the TNT Championship when Cody couldn’t defend it that one time. A Battle Royal, followed by a match with Moxley, which then leads to a match at Forbidden Door against I’m assuming Hiroshi Tanahashi since he wanted a match with Punk. A very good plan put together so quickly, I can’t wait to see who wins to be interim world champion.
Then we got a PPV level tag team match to open tonight, holy crap Young Bucks VS Lucha Brothers here was an all-timer. It was also a good detail to have the tag champs, Jurassic Park, and the Hardys both in the crowd. Hardys beat Bucks, I feel like Bucks can’t say they’re #1 contenders until they win in a rematch. Or they give us another Triple Threat Tag match that just burns the house down at like Forbidden Door or All Out. The squash match from Team Taz on those jobbers we didn’t even get introduced to was actually pretty fun for that reason: they didn’t let those guys get introduced. Team Taz is going to stay strong in the Tag Division, they can be waiting in the wings after things sort out with Jurassic Park, Bucks and Hardys.
Very good AEW in-ring debut for Athena with Kiera Hogan, and I think this is one of Kiera’s first televised singles matches in a while. But Athena was of course going to win, she can’t just be brought in and be chumped out. Athena is of course aiming for Jade, but Athena will probably beat Velvet next, maybe face some other great Heels, and then we see Jade VS Athena at either a Summer special like Road Rager or Fyter Fest. I can’t see them trying to stretch this to All Out, fans are going to want this match before that and AEW should do everything they can to actually get more time for their women’s division.
Good promo from House of Black, the logical next step is Varsity Blonds trying to ask “Why Julia Why?” and they just get destroyed by like, not even Malakai but just Brody and Buddy. At the same time, House of Black needs to get going towards titles, so Face-Heel dynamics be damned, give me Malakai VS Scorpio for the TNT title! We got a great TNT Championship main event, but of course Lambert and Ethan interfere and that more or less allows Scorpio to win. Scorpio did have a bit of a hobble but I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine. He should be ready to take on just about anyone, he should take on just about anyone, the TNT Championship is no longer isolated to Cody’s story and Scorpio cut out Sammy and Kaz after Double or Nothing, let’s get on that workhorse championship run!
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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