Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/31/22)
Chicago is Dynamite!
The Windy City is All Elite!
Before going All Out this Sunday, AEW takes over Chicago! Dynamite pits The Elite against The United Empire in the Trios Championship Tournament!
- Bryan Danielson VS Jake Hager; Bryan wins.
- Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel; Storm & Shida win.
- Six Man Tag: FTR & Wardlow VS Silas Young, Ray Jones & Vic Capri; FTR & Wardlow win.
- Fatal 4 Way: Wheeler Yuta VS Dante Martin VS Rey Fenix VS Rush; Yuta wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships Tournament Semifinals: The Elite VS The United Empire; The Elite win and advance to All Out.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley is here!
The UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion is in Chicago, and Chicago is fired up to see him entering from the crowd side! Moxley takes his time to enjoy the cheers before getting in the ring. He gets the mic and fans suddenly start chanting for CM Punk, but plenty of fans still chant for Moxley. Moxley shrugs and says, “Chicago, I know you love your boy, but I think they’re still mopping him off the mat in Cleveland.” Fans get real riled up hearing that. But if they wanna talk about it, let’s talk about it! Moxley once heard CM Punk described as, “The Modern Sixty Minute Man.” What a load of crap that turned out to be!
Moxley had 57 minutes left in him last week, but did Punk? Moxley doesn’t think so. “When guys get in the ring with me, the Undisputed AEW World Champion, the heart and soul of AEW, we find out what they’re really made of. I test them, I push them. And last week, we learned exactly what CM Punk is made of. At the moment where he hit me as hard as he could, he gave me his best shot, and he realized I didn’t care. And he knew I was just gonna keep coming forward, and keep coming forward, all night. At that exact moment, he started looking for a way out.” Fans boo but Moxley says it’s true! Punk claimed his foot hurt and he folded up into a little ball to die!
Fans duel again between Moxley and Punk, but Moxley says champions never fold. They have no idea how genuinely sorry Moxley is that Punk didn’t turn out to be what Chicago wanted him to be, or what anyone wanted him to be when he got back into this business. We all gave him a second chance in the greatest sport in the world, and it just didn’t work out. And while Moxley is sorry for that, he knows Chicago loves him, Moxley has ZERO sympathy for Punk! That is because CM Punk has a fragile ego, fragile body, weak mind and weak spirit. The business is tough, it is what it is, and we move on.
Speaking of, Moxley has in his pocket an Open Challenge contract for a title match at All Out! It’s already signed, so he’ll just leave it right here. Because when he says anybody, anytime, any place, he means it! Fans chant for MJF, but Moxley says who knows who will sign this contract. Maybe it’s someone in AEW, maybe it’s someone from somewhere else. Maybe it’s someone from NJPW. Mox runs that, too! Does Rocky Romero have anyone else left? Let Moxley know! But whoever signs the contract, whoever wants to fight Mox, whoever wants to find out exactly what they’re made of, know this:
Before you step into the ring with Jon Moxley, he can out marathon you, he can out sprint you, he can out fight you, and he can out wrestle you. And it doesn’t matter who you are, he can assure you, he gives far fewer you-know-what’s than you do. He is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion, he is the fire-breathing, blood-spitting, living embodiment of pro-wrestling! He is indominable personified! “Wrestling Jon Moxley may be hazardous to your health. Whoever you are, you’ve been warned!” Moxley throws down the challenge, who will accept it to go All Out this Sunday?
Wait, someone heads to the ring!
AEW Producer, Ace Steel, grabs up the contract? He is a friend to CM Punk, and he puts the contract in his pocket. Is he going to sign it? Or is he hand delivering it to the Best in the World?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Tony Schiavone reminds us of the 1v1 match between Lionheart Jericho and the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, this Sunday at All Out. Jericho says the Lionheart VS The American Dragon is a dream match for most, but a nightmare match for one, and that one is Bryan. And Jericho will tell us all why. Last week, Bryan asked if Stu Hart & Owen Hart were still alive, who would they think is the better wrestler between Jericho and Bryan. That has been bugging Jericho all week. Then Jericho realized, the Harts would appreciate Bryan’s wrestling skills a little more, but they would appreciate what Jericho’s done in the business way more.
Jericho has changed the game, accomplished so much, and that would impress Stu & Owen. And those accolades are going to include beating Bryan this Sunday. But in steps Daniel Garcia. He apologizes for being immature and ungrateful, and he pledges his loyalty to the Jericho Appreciation Society through and through. And this Sunday, Garcia knows Jericho will beat Bryan. Jericho’s the Lionheart, the Greatest Of All Time, it won’t even be close. And Garcia knows Jericho won’t need to cheat or attack from behind or have a distraction to do it. All Jericho needs to do is be the best version of himself, because Garcia believes in him.
Jericho appreciates that, and he believes in Garcia, too. Garcia is the most technically gifted Sports Entertainer in the world today! And this Sunday, it will be Lionheart Jericho. But until then, all’s far in wrestling and romance. So watch you back, Bryan! Garcia doesn’t like the sound of that, but will he accept the way Jericho does things now that he’s fully dedicated to the JAS?
Bryan Danielson VS Jake Hager!
William Regal joins commentary, as does Chris Jericho, but this match is meant to be just the American Dragon taking on the Big Hurt. Will Hager put the hurt on Bryan to tenderize him for Lionheart Chris Jericho at All Out?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Bryan, but they also still sing some of Judas. Bryan tests the waters with kicks but Hager stays up. Hager pushes Bryan to ropes but Bryan gets free to KICK the leg. Hager shakes that off and circles with Bryan again. Bryan gets a leg but Hager facelocks to block. Hager puts Bryan in the corner while fans taunt him with “WE THE PEOPLE!” The ref counts but Hager throws body shots! The ref counts and reprimands, and Hager lets off at 4. Hager then TOSSES Bryan across the ring! Hager runs in but Bryan BOOTS him! Bryan jumps on but Hager stays up in the Guillotine hold!
Hager grits his teeth and powers up to throw Bryan off! Bryan baits Hager in, throws him out and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Hager hits railing! Fans fire up as Bryan goes the apron for the LEAP, but into Hager’s arms! Hager runs and SPINEBUSTERS Bryan through the timekeeper’s table! Chicago loses its mind over that one! Hager gets up and roars but fans boo. Hager points to Jericho on commentary and then drags Bryan up. Hager POSTS Bryan, then POSTS him again! Bryan writhes, clutching his back, and the ring count climbs. Hager hauls Bryan up to suplex him to the floor! The ref reprimands but Hager gets in the ring to refresh the count.
Hager looms over Bryan, puts him in the ring, then rains down forearms! Bryan guards but Hager just keeps hammering him! Bryan tries to get Hager’s leg but Hager holds off the grapevine to then ROCK Bryan with a right hand! Hager paces around Bryan while fans boo, but Hager hauls Bryan up into a corner. Hager RAMS his shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, and then he carries Bryan around for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo and AEW goes picture in picture.
Hager looms over Bryan, digs his knee into Bryan’s back, and then brings Bryan back with some chicken wings. Bryan endures and fans rally up. Bryan fights up to his feet, puts Hager in a corner, and Hager lets off, to CHOP Bryan down! Bryan throws body shots but Hager CLUBS him! Hager CHOPS Bryan again, and Bryan staggers away to another corner. Hager CHOKES Bryan on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Hager stomps Bryan in the corner, lets off again, then digs his boot in. The ref counts as Hager stands on Bryan’s chest, and Hager hops off at 4. Hager blows a kiss to Chicago then drags Bryan up.
Hager tosses Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and RAMS him into railing! Fans fire up as Hager RAMS Bryan into more railing! Hager then puts Bryan back in the ring, soaks up the heat from Chicago and flexes as he paces around. Hager stalks Bryan to a corner, stands him up, and throws heavy body shots. Hager hoists Bryan up top, fans rally, and Hager CHOPS Bryan again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hager climbs, and he CHOPS Bryan again! Hager shows off how big his hand is, and he ROCKS Bryan with haymaker after haymaker! Fans count, Hager stops at 5 because the ref is counting, but Bryan stands up! MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Bryan fires himself up as the standing count climbs! Bryan gets to ropes at 4, dodges Hager and fires off KICKS! Hager drops, Bryan KICKS him more and more! Bryan powers up to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! But Bryan hurries to clamp on, for HAMMER ‘N” ANVIL ELBOWS! Hager blocks one, snapmares Bryan and then hoists him up! Bryan sunset flips through, but Hager drags him up! Bryan wants the ARMBAR, but Hager stays up to rain down HAMMER FISTS! But Bryan uses that to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Bryan throws more elbows, but Hager deadlifts him! POWERBOMB!
Hager catches his breath, crawls after Bryan, and he throws down more hammer fists! Bryan again catches Hager, for the omoplata! Hager resists as Bryan reaches for his head, and he pushes Bryan back! ANKLE LOCK! Bryan endures, rolls, and leg picks to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK!! Hager reaches, fans are thunderous, and Hager crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Bryan lets off. Hager gets to a corner, fans rally up and Bryan CHOPS Hager! And KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! Another CHOP, then Bryan runs corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan goes again, but Hager scoops him for an URENAGE!
Hager moves around to go for the Head ‘n’ Arm, but Bryan slips around to make it a cover, TWO!! Hager lets off, Bryan dodges him, comes back, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Chicago is fired up, but here comes Angelo Parker & Matthew Menard! The JAS won’t let Bryan be in good shape for All Out, they’re mugging him right in the ring! But here comes the BCC! Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta rush the ring and brawl with Cool Hand Ange and Daddy Magic! Claudio TOSSES Parker out of the ring, Yuta kicks Menard out! The brawling continues and Claudio sends Parker up the ramp! Yuta RAMS Menard into railing! Claudio drags Parker to the back and Yuta starts sending Menard that way. But Jericho brings a chair to the ring! Le Champion wants some insurance, but GARCIA rushes out here!
Garcia snatches the chair from Jericho!! Garcia and Jericho argue, they just talked about how Lionheart Jericho shouldn’t need all this! Jericho is upset, he turns around to look for Bryan, and gets a BUSAIKU KNEE for it!! Fans cheer as Bryan gets even with the JAS, and Garcia is conflicted all over again. Will that affirmation of loyalty mean nothing when Jericho isn’t even honest enough to face Bryan head on?
The Wingmen are in the ring… protesting?
Peter Avalon, Cezar Bononi, JD Drake & Ryan Nemeth have suddenly appeared, and while the others hold up picket signs with slogans like “MORE WINGMEN ON TBS & TNT,” “MORE WINGMEN ON TV!” and “GIVE THE WINGMEN MORE SCREENTIME,” the Hollywood Hunk has the mic. “Well, well, well! Wednesday night again, and guess who’s not booked again? I’ll give you a clue: it’s the hottest, handsomest, sexiest, prettiest, hunkiest boys on the roster! The Wingmen!” Avalon gets the mic to say, “And from now on, Wednesday nights will be known as Wingman Wednesdays! Pinkies out, boys!”
Wait! W MORRISSEY is here! The 7 foot tall mountain of a man is back in AEW, and he is storming right up to the ring. The Wingmen stand their ground, JD Drake trying to keep everyone calm. But then Bononi rushes Morrissey, and gets a BOOT for it! Nemeth & Avalon try but they get DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Drake CHOPS, but Morrissey doesn’t flinch! Morrissey fires up and shouts, “You wanna hit me?!” Drake tries again but Morrissey choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Stokely Hathaway walks out to the ring now as Morrissey grabs Nemeth, RAMS him into Bononi, then reel shim back in for an even bigger CHOKE SLAM! Morrissey BOOTS Bononi out of the ring!
Fans fire up for Morrissey while Avalon staggers around. Stokely watches from the apron and Avalon begs for mercy! But when Morrissey doesn’t walk away, Avalon figures what the hell! Avalon tears off his shirt, fires up and runs in, but into a choke grip! Morrissey holds Avalon way over head, tells someone, or maybe everyone, that he’s watching them, then hits a GIGANTIC CHOKE SLAM!! Stokely finally steps into the ring, and he hands Morrissey his card. Is this stable Stokely is building just gotten that much bigger?
Tony Schiavone stops them at the ramp to ask Stokely what all these offers are about. What is Stokely planning with these wrestlers he’s recruiting? Stokely says it’s none of our business. Now, hold on! This is AEW, so it IS our business! Stokely grabs Tony’s collar and gets in Tony’s face as he shouts, “I said it’s none of your business!!” Tony pushes Stokely back, but Morrissey steps up. Tony has them settle down but Chicago is on Tony’s side. But the question is valid: Just what is Stokely planning? How far is he going to expand his brand?
Backstage interview with The United Empire.
Alex Marvez is in the locker room area and notes that later tonight, our main event will be the “Dynamite Finals” of the AEW World Trios Championships Tournament, with Will Ospreay & The United Empire facing The Elite. Ospreay says finally, after all these years, after the Cease & Desists and the constant undermining, Ospreay gets Omega. But then Don Callis walks in. Callis tells “William” it’s been a long time since Japan. Great to see Ospreay lighting it up there. Callis admires everything Ospreay does, and his performance last week on Dynamite was “absolutely fantastic.”
Callis says a lot of people feel Ospreay is the “Next Kenny Omega.” But that’s not the case. Callis says Ospreay is his own man. This is Will BAH GAWD Ospreay! He’s the man everyone’s talking about. And tonight, this will be the most exciting match for Callis since the last time we saw Omega and Ospreay in a tag match against each other. Ospreay took a One Winged Angel that night, but surely this will be different. Callis pats Ospreay on the shoulder, but Ospreay tells Callis to go. Right, of course, they’ve got to get ready for the match. Marvez, you heard him, get outta here. Callis leaves, and Ospreay does agree there, he has Marvez leave.
It seems the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion didn’t appreciate two-faced Callis heaping on the praise there. Will Will Ospreay make Callis actually mean it the next time he says Ospreay’s absolutely fantastic?
Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel!
Thunder Rosa’s injury prevents her from defending the title at All Out, so these four women will fight in a Fatal 4 Way to crown an Interim AEW Women’s World Champion! Will there be dysfunction in either of the teams? Or will The Doctor and her assistant be united in gaining momentum for the title match?
The teams sort out and Shida wants after Britt, but Hayter pie faces her and says she’s Shida’s opponent! So Shida ROCKS Hayter! Hayter kicks low, headlocks, but Shida powers out. Hayter runs Shida over but Shida kips up! Fans fire up, Hayter runs and runs Shida over again! Hayter drags Shida up to scoop, but Shida slips off and dodges the haymaker to redirect Hayter and RANA! OW, that faceplant! The ref checks Hayter but Shida tags Storm. Hayter is somehow okay so Storm stands her up for a EuroUpper! Storm stomps a mudhole into Hayter in the corner, tags Shida back in, and Shida climbs up. Storm holds Hayter in place for the AX HANDLES!
Shida stalks Hayter, brings her back around and tags Storm back in. Storm climbs now and she drops AX HANDLES! Storm drags Hayter up but Hayter JAWBREAKERS her away! Hayter hurries and tags Britt! Britt runs in but into a drop toehold! Storm drags Britt and whips her to the corner. Storm UPPERCUTS Britt, sweeps the legs, then backs up, only for Hayter to be there! Storm BOOTS Hayter for sneaking up on her, but Britt waistlocks Storm! Britt wristlocks and ripcords, but Storm ROCKS Britt first! Britt wobbles, Storm ROCKS her again, then Storm whips. Britt reverses and Hayter trips Storm up!
Hayter hammers Storm’s legs and Britt hurries to grab at Storm’s head but the ref has them back off. Britt stomps Storm instead, the ref reprimands her and Hayter, who is still hammering the thighs, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Hayter and Britt finally let off, and Britt drags Storm up to talk trash. Britt puts Storm in the corner, stomps away, then goes outside to drag Storm deeper into the corner. Britt pulls on Storm’s arms to pull her into the post! Hayter taunts Shida, the ref counts, and Britt lets off. Britt gets in the ring, drags Storm up, and keeps her from Shida by pulling hair! Tag to Hayter, Hayter CLUBS Storm down, then bumps Storm off buckles. Hayter bumps Storm off buckles again, then soaks up the heat. Hayter CLUBS Storm, keeps her from Shida again, and stomps away. Storm snap suplexes Storm, covers, TWO!
Hayter puts Storm back in the corner, tags Britt in, and then Hayter DECKS Shida with a sucker punch! Britt CHOKES Storm and the ref reprimands them both. Britt lets off, argues with the ref, and Hayter CHOKES Storm now! Hayter lets off in time, then Britt digs her boots in. The ref counts, Britt lets off, and Britt brings Storm up to ROCK her. Storm hits back, Britt ROCKS and whips Storm to a corner. Britt runs corner to corner, into a back elbow! Storm goes up the corner but Britt ROCKS Her again! Britt climbs up after Storm, but Storm CLUBS away on her! Storm and Britt fight for control as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Storm ROCKS Britt and she hops off the corner, then Storm reels her in! TORNADO DDT! Britt hurries to tag Hayter, and Hayter drags Storm from Shida. Storm BOOTS Hayter away, then hot tags Shida! The Full Metal Samurai blocks a shot, ROCKS Hayter, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Shida fires up to DROPKICK Hayter! Shida brings Hayter in to suplex, hold on, and SLAM her down! Fans fire up with Shida as she goes to the apron. Shida climbs up the ropes, and springboards to METEORA! Cover, Britt breaks it in time! Storm gets in and she SHOTGUNS Britt down!
Shida drags Hayter up and she coordinates with Storm. Hayter holds off the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! Tag to Britt and she hurries to drag Shida up. Britt fisherman’s for the FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Britt keeps on Shida with a wristlock, ripcords, but Shida turns that into a roll-up! TWO!! Britt escapes, SUPERKICKS Shida, and Rebel fires up! Fans duel as Britt snarls and runs. Shida avoids the stomp to waistlock! Britt switches, ripcords again, ROLLING ELBOW! Shida wobbles and Britt gets her glove! But Shida gets up to go up the corner! VENUS SHOOT!! Fans fire up while both women are down!
Shida bails out of the ring, she sees Hayter reaching out, so Shida trips Hayter off the apron! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC!! Storm then gets Hayter with a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Shida gets back in the ring, aims at Britt, KATANA KICK!! Cover, Shida & Storm win!
Winners: Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The #FullMetalStorm conquers the Doctor and her assistant! They shake hands, because they know that it will be every woman for herself on Sunday. Will Shida go All Out to become a double champion? Will it finally be #ToniTime in AEW? Or will we see a TWO-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion in Dr. Britt Baker, DMD?
AEW hears from Kip Sabian and PAC.
“I’m a stickler for the details, but even the most meticulously thought out master plan can’t prepare for the perfect opportunity to just fall at your feet.” The Bastard fell for the simplest of ruses in that decoy box head. Kip can read him like a book! But the All-Atlantic Champion says, “Underrated, underappreciated, over it? I get it, Kip. After what you did, Kip, you have pestered me and badgered me, you want a shot at the All-Atlantic Championship.” Kip says that title is the perfect detour. And Sunday, Pac will be the first to “embrace the change.” Will Mr. Superbad have the perfectly planned return to action by making Pac the first former All-Atlantic Champion?
“Malakai Black, all I wanted to do last week was redeem you. But you attacked me, and you put your hands on the Redeemer! Darby, Sting, the last one who tried to help me ended up shaking so hard in Heaven, he shook three hands in hell. My God was so scared that he made a deal with the devil to take me out. How is that working out for you, you coward?! You think your mist can match my power?”
But then Darby Allin steps in! “Malakai, I think you’re very intimidated with what Brody King has been able to accomplish without you. Think about it! You were nowhere around when he choked me out and won the Royal Rampage. You were nowhere around when he beat me in the middle of the ring on Dynamite. Malakai, you need Buddy and Brody, they don’t need you. And the sooner they realize that, the faster your House is gonna burn down. Sting walks in, and says, “The enemy of the enemy is a friend! Showtime begins now!”
Miro says this Sunday, he will wreck the fools and Pagans, and they will all find out his power. They will come in wearing masks to hide their fear, only to leave with ones that deliver oxygen. For this is the word of the Redeemer! Will the #RelentlessIcons help Miro lay waste to the House of Black once and for all?
CM Punk is here!
Chicago fires up for their hometown hero as he walks out to the ring. However, Punk doesn’t look as excited, though that has a lot to do with how he lost the AEW World Championship last week in Moxley’s territory. Punk gets in the ring, gets the mic and already looks emotional as fans chant his name. “June 1st, I broke my foot. And that would’ve been bad enough, but then I wrestled an entire match on it, and to quote my surgeon, he says I pulverized the bones in my foot. So okay. Accidents happen. On June 8th, I got surgery for my shattered foot. I got three plates and sixteen screws put into my foot.
“Which real quick, is sixteen more times than this fat guy’s ever gotten screwed in his life.” WHOA~! But that’s what you get for heckling. Fans cheer Punk for that one, and Punk continues. “I probably shouldn’t have said that. But I probably shouldn’t have done a lot of things in my career. And apparently one of them was coming back too early from a very serious injury. And last week, I got beat up in Cleveland, and I had to drive home with just my thoughts. It’s okay, Chicago, it’s not the first time I’ve been beat up in Cleveland. But something about this time just didn’t sit well with me. Is my foot 100%? To be completely honest with you, yes.
“Last week, I was cleared by doctors, the x-rays look good. But the problem is, it’s a new 100%. And I don’t know if that 100% is good enough.” Fans don’t like the sound of where this is going, but Punk says he came back to pro-wrestling a year ago because he loves the business. And he knows the business doesn’t always love you back, but he came back because he loves the fans. Fans cheer that, and Punk says they do love him back. That’s why it hurts to feel like he let them down. “I wasn’t able to walk Larry for two months, and it hurt because I let him down so I could rush back to perform in front of all of you.”
Punk looks and sees his little sister in the front row, he feels like he let her down. “Maybe that love just…” Punk has to take a moment, and then continues. “Maybe that love just isn’t enough anymore.” But then Ace Steel marches out to the ring! He gets Punk’s attention and asks, “What is this?” Ace gets in the ring with Punk and asks what Punk is saying. This isn’t what they talked about when they agreed he’d come out here. Ace isn’t sure what happened between there and here, but this isn’t Punk. Ace apologizes for interrupting, but he trained Punk, and has been his coach since day one! Since the first day Punk walked into the Steel Domain, Punk has been fighting from underneath.
Punk has fought through everything to get to where he is! Ace has a career he is proud of, but he is most proud of Punk’s career, because Ace was there to coach him. Ace was coaching Punk from day one to do all this. They’re not just friends, they’ve seen those come and go. These two are family. And you don’t let family down! He didn’t let Chicago down! He filled an arena on a rumor that after seven years, he’d come back. And Ace isn’t letting Punk leave now. Punk fought his heart out in Cleveland, but he lost. So what? In Punk’s own words, “Life isn’t about how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up.” And then Ace SLAPS Punk!
Ace tells Punk to get the F up and fight!! Fight Sunday! Sign the open contract! Chicago is all fired up as Ace tells Punk to sign the contract and fight Moxley! Ace shoves the contract into Punk’s hand and a pen into the other. Ace then tells Punk, “If you forgot who you are, tell him, Chicago!” Fans chant for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” Ace tells Punk to sign the contract! Punk unzips his jacket, hugs Ace, and says, “Before I was ever CM Punk, I was just a punk rock kid from Chicago! I was borne lonely at Christ Hospital, blue in the face, with the cord wrapped around my neck, because they’ve been trying to kill me since the day I was born!”
Punk says they ain’t found the man who’s man enough to do it yet! “And Jon Moxley, you ain’t him!” Fans are even more fired up and Punk gets in the crowd! He tells Moxley that he may be wild, but he ain’t wild enough! “This is Chicago, where the weak are killed and eaten!” Punk goes up the bleachers and across one of the rows to say Chicago has different kids, but they have the same heartbeat! One pulse running through the streets which are their arteries, and Punk will pump the blood until it stops pumping! “Jon Moxley, at All Out, you can’t break my bones! You can’t drink my blood! Because I, WE, ARE CHICAGO!”
Punk has someone hold the mic, and he finds his part in the contract! Punk signs on the dotted line, and it is official! Will Punk prove that he IS the Best in the World? Or will Moxley make sure he is still undisputed?
AEW shares Jim Ross’ interview with Christian Cage and Jungle Boy.
Good ol’ JR sits with Captain Charisma and Jungle Jack Perry, on one condition: No physicality. JR isn’t even sure how to approach this situation, but he knows that with no physicality, Christian’s elbow won’t get any worse, and AEW appreciates Christian taking the time to share hits thoughts about this coming match. Of course you appreciate it, JR. You signed Christian to his very first contract in the business, so JR knows Christian is professional to a T. And Christian agreed to no physicality because that’s not an issue for him.
On Sunday, Jack has to step into the ring, be face-to-face with Christian, and realize he’s not in Christian’s league. And even when he’s less than 100%, Christian will destroy JB. JB will be a has-been at just 25 years old. Christian hopes JB is prepared to live for the rest of his life with that. JB say as much as he’d like to sit here and stare at Christian’s stupid, smug face and tell him he hates him, it’s a bit more complicated than that. JB has cared about Christian a lot. Their friendship felt very familiar to JB in a lot of ways. JB loved Christian. Whether or not Christian really cared about JB, he made it feel like he loved JB back.
As much as JB would like to believe “the real” Christian is in there somewhere, this was probably the real him all along. Christian says yeah, this is the real him. He isn’t here to be JB’s friend. He isn’t here to be a father or father figure. JB won’t let Christian talk about his father but Christian says he is just here to make money and win championships. Christian is in AEW for Christian. JB tells Christian about his father, the late Luke Perry. JB’s father taught him what it means to be a man. That is a lesson JB will teach Christian! This Sunday, Christian isn’t wrestling “Jungle Boy.” This Sunday, he FIGHTS Jack Perry!!
Six Man Tag: FTR & Wardlow VS Silas Young, Ray Jones & Vic Capri!
So much gold on the trio formerly known as The Pinnacle! The IWGP, AAA & ROH World Tag Team Champions and the AEW TNT Champion know that at All Out, they’re facing Jay Lethal, one of the greatest ROH World Heavyweight Champions, and the Motor City Machine Guns, one of the greatest tag teams period. Will this tune-up be an exclamation point before writing the conclusion to their story with Lethal this Sunday?
Sonjay Dutt is watching this backstage and taking notes with that pencil of his. The trios sort out and Wardlow starts against Ray Jones. Fans rally as the two step up to each other. Ray says he isn’t scared, and he pokes Wardlow in the shoulder. Wardlow HEADBUTTS Ray then keeps him standing up. Wardlow aims the finger gun, BANG and the wind-up, BIG LARIAT! Ray flounders but Wardlow drags him away. Tag to Cash, he drags Ray up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him! Cash drags Ray up to snap suplex! Tag to Dax, he drags Ray up to bump off buckles. Dax CHOPS Ray, then CHOPS again!
Ray ROCKS Dax back with a right, and he drags Dax over to tag in “Ice Pick” Vic and the two mug Dax. Vic whips, Dax reverses and wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Dax drags Vic up, tags Cash, and then Cash tags Wardlow. FTR whips Vic for the BIG RIG, and then they wipe out Silas & Ray! Wardlow drags Vic up, reels him in, and gives him the POWERBOMB! Fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” and Wardlow conducts them. Wardlow drags Vic up, reels him back in, brings the straps down, and FTR helps give Vic a TRIPLE POWERBOMB! Cover, the Pinnacle wins!
Winners: FTR & Wardlow, by pinfall
Sonjay finishes taking notes, but will any of that help his guys on Sunday? Or will nothing stop this gold-stacked team from crushing Lethal & the MCMG?
Jon Moxley returns!
He heads back to the ring and gets himself a mic because he clearly wants to respond to what we saw earlier! “If that’s what your boy wants, that’s exactly what he’s gonna get. If CM Punk wants to go out on his shield here in Chicago in front of his hometown fans who made him what he is today… Well, Chicago, I guess he does owe you that much. So it will be CM Punk VS Jon Moxley one more time, this Sunday at All Out for the AEW World Championship! And CM Punk, if you think you’ve got one more miracle left in you, you better find it fast. Because the moment that bell rings, you are in danger! I’ll be trying to take your damn head off!”
Moxley says he’s gonna put on a display, a show, of glorious brutality and pro-wrestling violence that CM Punk has never experienced! And he will show the world the difference between a fake messiah, a martyr, and the real thing! A real champion! A legend being made right before your eyes! Moxley is fired up now! Will Ace Steel and CM Punk regret thinking they can make a comeback at the Maniac’s expense?
Backstage interview with The Dark Order.
Tony Schiavone is with Evil Uno & Preston Vance. Because of an injury to Vance’s knee last week on Rampage, he cannot compete in the tournament match set for this Friday. Uno says it was to be Dark Order VS Best Friends, and though Vance’s knee is not up to par, The Dark Order always has a plan! Uno will step in for Vance and- Andrade El Idolo walks in! Vance stands up but Andrade has him and Uno calm down. Andrade is sorry to hear about the knee. Andrade says The Dark Order used to have power. What happened to them? Do they need money? Jose hands Uno a fat stack of $100 bills! Well, thank you for that.
Andrade says he was thinking about giving The Dark Order a contract to work for him. Vance has the body, but maybe he could take the mask off- Uno stops Andrade there. Maybe Andrade doesn’t understand this, but Uno & Vance are Dark Order Forever. Take your money, and your cheap cologne, and get out of here. Uno puts the money in Andrade’s shirt pocket, and Andrade DECKS Uno! Andrade sucker punches Vance, takes one of the crutches, and he SMACKS Uno with it! And again! Jose has Vance stand down by threatening him with a stun gun! Andrade and Jose leave, but where does this leave The Dark Order for Rampage?
Fatal 4 Way: Wheeler Yuta VS Dante Martin VS Rey Fenix VS Rush!
Four men participating in this year’s Casino Ladder Match are facing off in an All Out appetizer! Will it be the Decoder, Angel Dorado, the Immortal Firebird or El Toro Blanco with all the momentum going into the big gamble?
The bell rings and Fenix rushes Rush! Rush dodges and sends Fenix to the ropes but Fenix Tiger Feints through. Yuta waistlocks Rush, Dante slides and trips up Fenix, then Dante kicks Fenix while Yuta shoves Rush to ropes. Things speed up in the ring while DOUBLE FOREARMS rock both Fenix and Dante! Yuta hurdles then drops while Rush leaps over. Yuta gets around to wrench and hook Rush up, IRON OCTOPUS! Rush endures while fans sing, “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~! OLE~… OLE~…” Rush endures and powers out with a back drop, but Yuta comes back, into a POWERSLAM! But Dante springboards and CROSSBODIES Rush!
Dante keeps moving but Fenix ROCKS him! Fenix slingshots up and over and reels Dante in, Gory Especial for a GORY- SUNSET BOMB from Dante!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix handsprings and comes back, SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Dante escapes but Fenix DROPKICKS him down! Fenix keeps moving and he DIVES onto Rush at the ramp! Fans are thunderous for this fast ‘n’ furious exchange! Fenix goes back for Rush while Yuta dodges Dante, and Yuta DIVES onto Fenix! Yuta shows he can fly, but then Dante goes up to FLY!! The Tornillo wipes out Fenix AND Yuta! Dante puts Rush in, goes up and leaps, into a HEADBUTT!
Rush SHOTGUNS Fenix and Dante off the apron, then fires up with the fans! Rush builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit on all three opponents! Rush stands up for the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Rush RAMS Yuta into railing, then he goes back for Dante to TOSS him over the timekeeper’s table! Then Rush drags Fenix up to whip him hard into railing! Fenix flops down, Rush grabs some camera cables and he LASHES Fenix with them! Fenix goes floundering up the ramp and Rush goes after Yuta. Rush snapmares Yuta to KICK him in the back! Rush then sits Yuta down and gathers up more camera cables. Fans fire up and Rush puts Yuta in the ring. Rush stalks Yuta, kicks him around, but Yuta eggs him on. Rush eggs Yuta on, so Yuta ROCKS Rush! Rush ROCKS Yuta back! Yuta ROCKS Rush, Rush ROCKS Yuta!
Rush eggs Yuta on so Yuta ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Rush doesn’t budge, though! Rush CHOPS Yuta to a corner! Rush then sits Yuta down to stomp away on him! Then Rush goes corner to corner, jumps, but fakes Yuta out to BOOT him! Rush then rolls back to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Jose even puts up the fist. Rush storms up on Yuta, brings him up to the top rope, then CHOPS him! Fenix returns but Rush HEADBUTTS him down! Fenix flops to the floor, Rush drags Dante in through the ropes and CHOPS him down! Fenix crawls back in but Rush pulls at the mask! The ref reprimands that, Rush lets off, and he goes back to ROCK Yuta.
Rush climbs up after Yuta, but Yuta fights the superplex! Dante CLUBS Rush on the back and Dynamite returns to single picture. Dante drags Rush down, elbows him, then goes up after Yuta. Rush grabs Dante to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX him, and Dante lands on Fenix!! Fans lose their minds, and Dante gets up into the MISSILE DROPKICK from Yuta! Rush JUMP KNEES Yuta, tucks him in, and hits a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and shocks Rush! Fans rally up and Rush storms up on Fenix. Fenix ENZIGURIS Rush out! Fenix whips but Dante reverses, only for Fenix to springboard!
But Dante catches Fenix in a half nelson! Dante lifts Fenix for a HALF NELSON SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dante is frustrated but he drags Fenix back up. Dante reels Fenix in but Fenix fights the lift! Fenix CLUBS the legs, throws body shots, then gut wrenches Dante into a Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER, to an Alabama Lift, TWISTING POWERBOMB! Cover, Rush SHOTGUNS Fenix off the cover! Rush whips Fenix, Fenix Tiger Feints to HEEL KICK! Rush tumbles all the way out, Dante gets around Fenix to POISON-RANA! Not the cleanest but Dante gets himself to a corner! Fenix stirs and Dante springboards, but Yuta trips him up!
Dante crash lands and Yuta goes up now! Fenix SHORYUKENS Yuta! Yuta wobbles and Fenix goes up to LEAP onto Rush!! Fans are thunderous as everyone is down somewhere in the ring! Yuta drags himself back up, aims at Dante, DOUBLE STOMPS but Dante dodges! Yuta comes back, Dante puts him on the apron, Dante swings but Yuta counters to a slingshot hip toss and roll, SEATBELT!! YUTA WINS!!
Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
The ROH Pure Champion secures a win with that signature cover! But now, add El Idolo, Penta El Zero M, Claudio GADDAM Castagnoli and the Joker, and that’s a wild match right there! Who comes out as the next #1 contender to the AEW World Championship when eight top stars go All Out?
Backstage interview with John Silver & Alex Reynolds.
Tony Schiavone knows they saw what happened to Uno & Vance, that takes out their two possible partners for Rampage! What’re they going to do? Reynolds says this Trios Tournament is the biggest opportunity the Dark Order has had in a long time. And if that means they have to go 3v2, then so be it. Silver says it’s not a big deal- Wait! Hangman Page walks in! He wanted this tournament to be their moment, but if Ten and Uno can’t do it, then they can count on him. Alright! Silver isn’t a booker or anything, but they’ll go get this figured out! This is awesome! Then Hangman Page is joining the tournament this Friday on Rampage! Will the Good, the Bad & The Hungy ride into the sunset once again?
AEW announces matches for All Out’s Zero Hour!
(AKA the Buy-In) It will be a rematch of Tomohiro Ishii VS Eddie Kingston! And then it is official, Kip Sabian will challenge PAC for the All-Atlantic Championship! And Hook will defend the FTW Championship against Angelo Parker! Can All Out get any bigger?!
AEW World Trios Championships Tournament Semifinals: The Elite VS The United Empire!
Speaking of All Out being a big deal, this tournament just keeps giving us incredible match-ups as The Cleaner, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks take on the Commonwealth Kingpin and Aussie Open! Everyone in this main event knows what it is to hold gold, but will the United Empire look to plant their flag in AEW? Or will The! Elite! The, the Elite return to prominence together?
“And now… He has a 1-0 record against Will Ospreay in their only singles match. He has a 3-0 trios record teaming with the Young Bucks VS Will Ospreay. He has drawn large crowds in Japan, and has sold more merchandise than Will Ospreay on two continents. He has held eight more championships than Will Ospreay. It is said that he is better looking, has better hair, a nicer smile, and does more charity work than Will Ospreay. He was victorious in his comeback match on Dynamite, which did not take place in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA! He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEEEEEGAAAA~!”
Chicago goes wild as Omega, with Callis and Michael Nakazawa behind him, makes his way out on stage. The pyro goes off and then Omega joins the Bucks in the ring. Callis of course joins commentary while the trios sort out, and Omega insists he start. The Bucks stand down and Ospreay BOOTS Omega at the bell! Ospreay headlocks, Omega powers out, but Ospreay RAMS shoulders. Omega stays up, fans fire up and Omega pie faces Ospreay. Ospreay gets in Omega’s face, fans are going nuts, and Omega kicks low. Omega headlocks, Ospreay powers out but Omega runs Ospreay over. Ospreay kips up and pie faces Omega back!
Omega throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back! Fans fire up as they go back and forth, then Ospreay CHOPS! Omega is stinging, even through his compression shirt, but Omega CHOPS back. Ospreay RAMS Omega into a corner, fires off haymakers, body shots and stomps, then even shoves the ref aside! The Bucks get in to throw Ospreay off of Omega, but then Aussie Open get in! Nick brawls with Fletcher while Matt brawls with Davis, the ref reprimands everybody, but Aussie Open set the Bucks up, only for the Bucks to dump them out! Omega hurries after Ospreay to CLUB him, CHOP him, then CHOP again!
Omega runs but Ospreay clotheslines Omega up and out! The Bucks kick Ospreay, then coordinate for the alley-oop RANA! Ospreay bails out and the Bucks aim at Aussie Open, DOUBLE PLANCHA! But Davis and Fletcher both catch the Bucks and hold them up! They SANDWICH Omega with the Bucks! Ospreay then climbs up a corner and Aussie Open sets The Elite up! SUPER SKY TWISTER takes out The Elite!! Fans are fired up and Ospreay grins. Ospreay drags Omega up while Aussie Open keeps on the Bucks. “This is Awesome!” as they brawl and smack the Elite off the railing. Davis ROCKS Omega and Fletcher CLUBS Nick!
The brawling goes up the ramp and to the stage! Ospreay has Matt, puts one out on him, but Matt back drops Ospreay! Ospreay lands hard on the ramp while AEW goes picture in picture!
The others brawl nearby, Aussie Open go to suplex Nick and Omega, but Nick and Omega both slip off. The Elite shoves Aussie Open into each other, then set them and Ospreay up for Matt to FLY!! Direct hit on the United Empire just off to stage right! The ref tells them all to get back in the ring and Nick CLUBS Ospreay that way. Omega follows and Nick puts Ospreay in the ring. Matt ROCKS Davis, leaves him and Fletcher behind, and Omega CLUBS Ospreay. Omega stomps Ospreay, CLUBS him, CLUBS him more, but Ospreay ROCKS him back! The hands keep flying back and forth, then Omega bumps Ospreay off Nick’s boot.
Tag to Nick, he and Omega stomp Ospreay, then Nick wrenches Ospreay to YANK the arm. Tag to Matt and Matt climbs up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Ospreay clutches his elbow but Matt brings Ospreay around to DECK him! Matt then drags Ospreay back up, snapmares him, and tags Nick. Nick slingshots, SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Omega reaches out but Ospreay rushes at him! They scrap in the ropes but Omega uses that to facelock and trap Ospreay in the ropes. Nick kicks Ospreay in the back, then Omega shoves Ospreay down. Nick stands Ospreay up to scoop and SLAM him, then scrapes his soles off Ospreay’s face!
Nick spits at Fletcher and the ref is busy holding him and Davis back. Nick drags Ospreay over to the corner, tags Matt back in, and the Bucks double whip Ospreay to ropes. Ospreay ducks the double clothesline to handspring and DOUBLE NEURALIZER! All three men go down and fans fire up! Ospreay flounders, rolls, and hot tags Davis! Dynamite returns to single picture as Davis picks Nick up. Davis RAMS Nick into Matt at the corner for another Bucks sandwich! Davis then TOSSES Nick, clotheslines Matt, CHOPS Nick and clotheslines Matt again! Another CHOP for Nick, another clothesline for Matt, but then Nick ducks the next chop!
The Bucks both kick Davis low, whip him to ropes, but Davis handsprings?! And DOUBLE LARIATS! Davis scoops Nick, but then sees Matt staggering over. Davis sets Nick down so he can DOUBLE SCOOP the Bucks!! DOUBLE SLAM!! Davis shows his brute strength and fans fire up! Tag to Fletcher and Aussie Open coordinate. Davis fireman’s carries Matt for the POP-UP KICK! Then Davis scoops Matt, Fletcher goes up, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, Omega breaks it! Fans cheer but Fletcher is annoyed. He tags Davis back in, Aussie Open double pump handle and lift, but Matt RANAS Davis away!
Matt baits Fletcher in and TOSSES him out, but Ospreay runs in! Matt dodges to wheelbarrow and VICTORY ROLL FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Matt crawls for his corner, hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Davis with Polish Hammers! Davis ducks the discus, kicks low and whips, but Omega slips around and redirects to then dropkick the leg out. Omega keeps moving to KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Davis survives but Omega drags Davis up in a full nelson. Fletcher runs in but Omega just gets him for the SNAP DRAGON! Davis runs in, into the SNAP DRAGON! Ospreay returns, but Omega throws him out!
Ospreay holds on, Omega aims at Davis and says BANG! But Ospreay skins the cat to HOOK KICK Omega! Ospreay springboards, OSCUT- NO! SNAP DRAG- NO!! Ospreay lands on his feet and RANAS Omega out! Fans are thunderous and Ospreay builds speed, SASUKE SPECIAL!! NO! Omega stepped back! SNAP DRAGON to the floor! Omega says he’s also smarter than Ospreay. Omega goes back to the ring and climbs up a corner. Aussie Open rushes in, Fletcher GAMANGIRIS! Davis & Fletcher both climb as fans hope these trios “FIGHT FOREVER!” Aussie Open stalling DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Omega down! Davis covers, Nick breaks it!
Davis snarls but he rains down forearms on Omega. Tag to Ospreay and he storms up on Omega. Ospreay rips at the compression shirt! Ospreay has exposed the rib tape and shoulder tape, and he throws body shots! Ospreay rips at the tape now, then shoves Omega to CLUB him on the back! Ospreay drags Omega up, scoops him, and hits the SPIN OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he stay son Omega as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ospreay drags Omega up by his hair, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS him! Omega sits down, Ospreay tags Davis, and Davis stands Omega up. Davis ROCKS Omega then stalks him to another corner. Davis RAMS his shoulder into Omega, and again! The ref counts, Davis RAMS into Omega again, then hauls him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Matt breaks it! Davis throws Matt out then taunts Nick. Nick talks trash back and Davis sucker punches him down! Omega throws body shots on Davis, but Davis hauls Omega up to RAM him into the Empire’s corner! Tag to Fletcher, he scoops and SLAMS Omega!
Fletcher rains down elbows on Omega, then lets off while Ospreay smirks. Fletcher CLUBS Omega, puts him back in the corner and throws body shots. Ospreay tags in, Fletcher makes Omega stand up, and Ospreay taunts the Bucks. Ospreay goes back to Omega, brings him out, and KNEES him in the ribs! Ospreay hooks Omega up in a cobra twist and Omega endures. Fans rally, Ospreay talks trash at them, but Omega fights free! Omega hip tosses Ospreay down! But Aussie Open reels Omega back into the corner! Ospreay runs in, Omega BOOTS him away! Omega throws elbows on Aussie Open, then he goes up and over Ospreay!
Ospreay scrambles to stop Omega from tagging out! Ospreay anchors a foot, drags Omega away, but Omega throws haymakers! Omega HEABUTTS Ospreay and gets free! Dynamite returns to single picture, hot tag to Nick! Fans fire up as Nick runs at Ospreay! Ospreay blocks the monkey flip but Nick rebounds off the ropes to hit a DESTROYER! Ospreay flops out, Fletcher gets in but knuckle locks and CHOPS him! Nick goes up and up and “LUCHA LIBRE~!” to take out BOTH Aussie Open! Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Ospreay! Nick shoulders into both Davis & Fletcher, and then slingshots for a DOUBLE FACEBUSTER!
Nick then handsprings out to TORNADO DDT Ospreay to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Nick solos the Empire! Nick puts Ospreay in, goes up the corner and 450’s onto knees! Ospreay counters in time, and steals the SNAP DRAGON! Ospreay mocks Omega’s finger gun and aims at Nick, but Omega gets in! Omega gets in Ospreay’s face and the forearms start flying! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth! Ospreay gets the edge, Omega CHOPS back! Omega runs, but into the Tiger Wall Kick! Omega ducks the enziguri and runs, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! LIGER BOMB!! Fans are losing their minds while Ospreay tags Fletcher.
Fletcher & Davis get in, they double wrench and double pump handle Nick to then lift him up. We saw the Empire do this to Fenix last week as Ospreay springboards, but NICK hits the cutter!! Aussie Open is in shock and Omega drags Davis out of the ring! Fletcher whips but Matt tags in! Nick goes up and over, Matt SUPERKICKS Fletcher! Nick SHINING WIZARDS, GAMANGIRIS, FOREARMS, then feeds to Omega’s POP-UP POWERBOMB! Omega rolls Fletcher into sitting up, DOUBLE SUPERKICK V-TRIGGER COMBO!! Cover, Davis breaks it in time!! Nick tosses Davis out, then goes up and up to ESCALARA and take out Davis!
Matt has Fletcher and scoops! Nick aims, springboards, but into an OSCUTTER!! Fletcher turns things around on Matt, and Ospreay goes up?! Davis drags Omega out to APRON POWERBOMB him, while Ospreay SHOOTING STARS into the MELTZER DRIVER!!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Matt survives and NO ONE can believe it!! Ospreay prepares his arm while fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this! Aussie Open sits Matt up but Nick anchors Ospreay. Ospreay BOOTS Nick away, but turns around into a V-TRIGGER! Matt fights free, Nick SUPERKICKS Fletcher! Nick dodges Davis, the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Davis!
The Elite sees Fletcher all alone, so they TRIPLE SUPERKICK him! Fans are thunderous as Matt tags Omega in. Omega aims at Fletcher, BANG, and- Ospreay steals V-Trigger!! Ospreay blocks Nick’s superkick and sends it into Matt! Then Ospreay SUPERKICKS Nick! Ospreay runs, into a double hip toss and feed to Omega’s gut wrench! Nick gets a boost from Matt for an INDIETAKER!! Omega remembers Fletcher is the legal man and he reloads! BANG and V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (advance to the finals at All Out)
A match worthy of the main event! A main event worthy of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament! And a victory worthy of going to the finals at All Out! Will Omega & The Young Bucks prove they are worthy of being the inaugural champions? Who proves themselves worthy to be their opponents this Friday on Rampage?
What a great episode of AEW, especially for a go-home. It did start to feel a little talky in the middle, but AEW has been feeling a bit more talky lately. It’s still been good stuff, there’s just been a lot of it. Moxley had a great promo to open the show, but I just knew that even with it being an “open challenge,” it was going to be Punk answering it. Punk also had a great promo that really got the fans hyped up, but with it playing out this way, it just felt rather melodramatic to me. We will still get the awesome match we expected to see in Cleveland, but this was a very interesting route to take to get there.
Similarly, I had a feeling Hangman Page would somehow end up the third partner for Silver & Reynolds. Andrade whooping Uno after Vance was ruled out by his injury was a surprising way to get there, but maybe we also get a Dark Order VS LFI/AFO feud after All Out. And after just an amazing main event between The Elite and The United Empire, I am pretty sure we get Elite VS Dark Order & Hangman. It will be an awesome match that will reference all the story between Hangman and his old friends, and it will truly make that match hard to call. But news just came out that Bobby Fish’s AEW contract won’t be renewed, so I have a feeling we won’t get Undisputed VS Elite after all.
We got great stuff out of Bryan Danielson, Daniel Garcia and the rest of Jericho Appreciation Society. Bryan VS Hager was a great match and of course Bryan wins for momentum going into All Out. Garcia expects Jericho to be better than he is and that comes back to bite him when the rest of JAS attacks Bryan. Garcia costs Jericho here, so will he cost Bryan at All Out? I thought Garcia was joining BCC but it’s harder to tell what’s going to happen here. We also got a great return to AEW for W. Morrissey where he wipes out The Wingmen and then joins Stokely. And it was good that someone asked what Stokely’s planning. He’s either breaking away from The Baddies, or he’s creating a faction that is actually booked strong in both men’s and women’s divisions.
We got a great interview promo from Christian and JB, and of course AEW uses “No Physicality Agreement” here. Both men delivered their parts perfectly, and that is an even bigger deal for JB. JB is coming into his own through this feud, and win or lose, Jungle Boy will be a certified contender for a singles title going into the Fall. We got a good promo vignette from Pac and Kip to set up their title match, and a great promo from Miro, Darby & Sting to set up a Six Man Tag with House of Black. I have a feeling Pac retains, but anything can happen in #RelentlessRedeemers VS House of Black that then helps set up an eventual Miro VS Malakai 1v1 match.
FTR & Wardlow crush their opponents, and Silas didn’t even get to be part of the match. I again say that this is to set up FTR VS MCMG for the ROH tag titles, so there’s a good chance the team of #LethalMachineGuns finds a way to win. We got a great tag match from Storm & Shida VS Britt & Hayter, and the Faces win so there is half a chance Britt and Hayter conspire so that one of them (Britt) wins in the end. I’d like for Storm to win to vindicate her after how she was treated on main roster WWE and how things have been a little rocky in AEW, but Britt is a worthy Heel to become a two-time champion and taunt Toni in the chase, so it’s between those two to me.
And we got an awesome Fatal 4 Way to hype up the Casino Ladder Match. It is a bit strange that we’re getting two members each from three factions (Claudio & Yuta of BCC; the Lucha Bros of Death Triangle; and Andrade & Rush of LFI), and then it’s literally the Joker as the one person who isn’t attached to anyone. It was awesome to see Yuta get the win here tonight but he is the ROH Pure Champion, so don’t expect him to become a contender. Same for Claudio being ROH World Champion. And there’s still plenty of beef between Lucha Bros and LFI that those four could cancel out. The Joker usually isn’t the winner of these “casino” matches but this could be the time. Could it be… MJF?!
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/28/23)
What’re the odds?
Will the Devil of AEW pay for his sins in Sin City?
Double or Nothing raises the stakes on MJF by putting him in a Fatal 4 Way for the AEW World Championship! Will his reign of terror survive a weekend in Las Vegas?
- Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz VS Ethan Page & The Gunns; Hook & The Hardy Boyz win and Matt Hardy controls Ethan Page’s AEW contract.
- AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal: Orange Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole VS Chris Jericho; Cole wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm; Storm wins and becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn; The House of Black wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie; Jade wins and retains the title.
- AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander; Kris wins and becomes the new AEW TBS Champion.
- AEW World Championship Fatal 4 Way: MJF VS Sammy Guevara VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Darby Allin; wins and
- Anarchy in the Arena II: The Elite VS Blackpool Combat Club; win(s).
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It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!
Join Renee Paquette, Paul “Big Show” Wight, Stokely Hathaway and Kazeem Famuyide in discussing, analyzing and predicting everything tonight on this high stakes night for AEW! Oh, and RJ City is backstage on the red carpet.
Jim Ross interviews Don Callis.
Watch the full version here. Good ol’ JR asked Don, “How do you want this whole saga to conclude?” Don says he has done the hardest thing that a parent or family member could do. It was a cancer eating away with him, and what do you do with a cancer? You cut it out. And Don wants Kenny Omega to know, he hasn’t even started cutting yet. What more can Don possibly do to Kenny Omega after betraying him?
RJ City interviews Arn Anderson.
RJ is intimidated by The Enforcer, and he asks that in tonight’s TNT Championship match, Wardlow’s title will be hanging from the rafters because he got goaded into a ladder match. It feels like they’re playing into Christian Cage’s hands, what is the plan to win? Arn asks, “What makes you think anybody got goaded into their hands?” Arn reminds us that he and Wardlow are playing chess to Christian’s checkers, and they were the ones goading Christian into a match. Does RJ know how heavy a 10 foot ladder is? Arn sure doesn’t see Christian carrying one around much. But he does see Wardlow having yet to unleash what we’re about to see tonight, “in a town that’s up all night long.”
This isn’t them playing around, they’re getting down to business. And Wardlow’s going off tonight. RJ asks Arn if he’s packing heat tonight. Arn chuckles. Ask your mama. “My new step-father, Arn Anderson. Back to you, Renee.” Will the Maestro of Mayhem conduct the most memorable Powerbomb Symphony of all time?
Buy-In – High Stakes Six Man Tag: Hook & The Hardy Boyz w/ Isiah Kassidy VS Ethan Page & The Gunns!
The Firm may have been DELETED, but All Ego & The Ass Boys still want to bring Matt & Jeff Hardy down! However, taking out Isiah Kassidy only opened the door to the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil! Will the FTW Champion help The Hardys take control of Ethan’s life? Or will Hook & The Hardys be the ones rendered OBSOLETE?
The trios sort out and Hook starts against Austin. They circle, tie up, and go around. Austin wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Hook wrenches back. Hook wristlocks while the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks, but Hook power up and out. Austin runs Hook over and fans boo but Austin tells Hook to “SUCK IT!” But Hook gest the leg to a KNEEBAR! Austin gets the ROPEBREAK, Hook lets him go, and the two reset. Ethan tells fans to shut up before he steals their girl. Austin rushes in, but Hook waistlocks and SLAMS him! Fans fire up, Hook gets the arm, and he grinds the shoulder.
Hook brings Austin over, he tags in Matt, and Matt goes up. The fans fire up for the AX HANDLE! Hardy wrenches the arm, ELBOW BREAKER after ELBOW BREAKER, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Tag to Jeff, he and Matt double whip to double elbow Austin down. SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! A classic! Cover, TWO! Jeff CLUBS Austin, brings him up and wrenches. Tag to Hook and Hook takes a handoff to a SAYANAGI! Colten storms in but into a SAYANAGI! Ethan storms in, but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up as the Hardys return, they all clothesline Ethan & The Gunns out of the ring!
Fans cheer and chant “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” with Matt. The fans then taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as they and Ethan regroup. Ethan tells them to get their heads in the game, this is his contract they’re fighting for! Austin tells fans to shut up, but then Hook & The Hardys go out after Ethan & The Gunns! Matt SMACKS Ethan off steel steps, Hook puts Austin in the ring, but Colten turns things around to SMACK Jeff off a corner crossbar! Hook shoulders into Austin but Colten anchors Hook. Hook kicks Colten away, DECKS Ethan, then goes in, but Austin dodges. Austin trips Hook, runs in, BULLDOG!
Austin drags Hook back, tags Colten, and Colten brings Hook to bump him off buckles. Colten stomps a mudhole in, he soaks up the heat and taunts Matt. The ref keeps Matt back, but Ethan uses that to CHOKE Hook! Ethan tags in, he brings Hook along and bumps him off the buckles. Fans rally, Ethan throws hands but Hook counter punches! Fans fire up as Hook backs Ethan down with forearm after forearm! Hook whips, Ethan reverses but Hook BOOTS back! Hook goes up but Ethan ROCKS him! Then scoops to POWERSLAM! Ethan BLASTS the Hardys and fans boo, but Austin tags in.
Ethan tells the fans to kiss this, then Austin puts Hook in the corner. Austin goes corner to corner, but Hook dodges! Austin POSTS himself and then goes out of the ring! Colten and Ethan hurry to get Austin up and into the ring! Ethan tags in, he drags Hook from the Hardys, but Hook shoots around to EL CAMINO! Hot tags to Colten and Matt! Fans rally as Matt rallies on Colten with forearms! And then “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Fans fire up but Austin runs in, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Colten kicks low, whips but Matt reverses, SIDE EFFECT! Ethan CLUBS Matt, bumps him off buckles, and blocks a boot!
Ethan swings but Matt catches Ethan to a SIDE EFFECT! Colten storms up, Matt DECKS him! Matt goes up, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Colten stays in this for Ethan but Matt calls his shot! Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” and Kassidy tells Ethan to “SUCK IT!” But Austin goes after Kassidy and pulls his neck brace off! Ethan shoves Kassidy down! Matt rushes over to help Kassidy, but he has to hurry back into the ring. Colten is there to DROPKICK Matt down! Fans boo but Colten drags Matt over. Tag to Ethan, Ethan rains down fists on Matt! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and shouts, “Hardy who?!”
Ethan stomps Matt at the ropes, ROCKS him, but Matt throws hands! Ethan rakes the eyes and puts him in the corner! The ref counts, but Austin is sneaking a grab at Matt’s shirt! Austin holds the shirt to trap Matt. Matt elbows Austin, but Colten tags in to stomp Matt! Austin anchors a foot to keep Matt trapped, and then Ethan tags in. Ethan drags Matt up, kicks low, and then goes up the corner. Ethan mocks the V1, leaps, and AX ANDLES Matt down! Ethan taunts Hook, and he says it is his turn to “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans boo, but Ethan reels Matt in, TWIST OF- NO, Matt RAMS Ethan into the corner!
Colten tags in and he keeps Matt from his corner! Colten whips, Matt holds ropes, and then Matt throws Colten up and out! Austin hurries in but only gets buckles! Matt crawls for his corner, fans rally up, but Colten crawls in! Colten anchors Matt, then Austin and Ethan trip Jeff and Hook! Colten hits a BIG back suplex! Tag to Austin, he drags Matt up and snapmares into a chinlock. Austin grinds Matt down but fans boo. Matt fights up, fans rally, but Austin brings him to the corner. Tag to Colten, the Gunns mug Matt. Fans rally for Matt but Colten bumps him off buckles. Colten says “SUCK IT!” then runs in, but only gets buckles!
Colten staggers but he tags Ethan in. Ethan drags Matt back, but Matt avoids the elbow drop! TWIST OF- NO, Ethan fights it, so Matt just DDTs Ethan down! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tags to Austin and Jeff! Brother Nero rallies on the Gunns, SLINGBLADE for Colten! Kick and whip for Austin, but Austin reverses. Jeff CLOBBERS Austin! And then atomic drops Colten, trips him, and LEG SPLITTING LEG DROPS! And basement dropkicks! Austin returns but Jeff gets around him, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and the LEG TRAP CRADLE! TWO! But Jeff calls his shot, kicks low, TWIST- NO, Austin shoves him away!
Austin runs in at the corner but Jeff BOOTS him down! Jeff goes up the corner, fans fire up and Jeff FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Jeff calls his shot again. Jeff kicks Austin low, reels him in, but Austin slips out of the Twist! Jeff hobbles, he ELBOWS Austin away, goes up the ropes, but he slips and falls! No Whisper in the Wind, and Austin tags Ethan. Ethan hurries after Jeff, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS free! Ethan goes after a leg, he keeps Jeff from the corner, but Jeff SPIN BACK KICKS! Hot tag to Hook! Hook rallies on Ethan with body shots! Hook fires off in the corner and fans fire up!
Hook HEADBUTTS, then clinches, but Ethan fights the suplex. Ethan knees and CLUBS Hook, suplexes, but Hook knees free to snap suplex in return! Hook hurries back up, and he CLUBS away on Ethan’s chest! Ethan blocks, throws Hook, and RAMS Hook into the corner. Ethan ELBOWS Hook, and ROUNDHOUSES! Hook falls and Ethan drags him to center. But Hook rolls to drag Ethan down! ARMBAR!! Ethan flails, Colten CLOBBERS Hook! Matt gets in but the ref keeps him back. The ref reprimands Colten and he exits, but then Ethan tags him in. Ethan and Colten drag Hook up, double whip, but Hook dodges!
Matt sneaks a tag before Hook LARIATS Ethan! Matt fires off on Colten, bumps him off buckles, and sets up for Jeff! Jeff manages to run in, POETRY IN MOTION! Matt brings Colten around, Jeff goes up! But Austin trips Jeff up! Matt DECKS Austin, dodges Colten, but Colten gets around! Austin returns, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Cover, but Jeff SWANTON BOMBS it apart!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Matt and Colten crawl, hot tags back to Hook and Ethan! They throw hands, Ethan throws elbows. And a BOOT!! Ethan scowls, he drags Hook back up, and he reels Hook in. Crucifix, but Hook fights free!
Hook wants the Redrum but the Gunns mug him! But the Hardys get the Gunns, STEREO TWISTS OF FATE!! Ethan stands up, and he’s surrounded! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Ethan wants mercy, but he gets a TWIST OF FATE! And then another TWIST OF FATE! And then REDRUM!!! Ethan TAPS, Hook & The Hardys win!
Winners: Hook & The Hardy Boyz, by submission (Matt Hardy now controls Ethan’s contract)
All Ego’s fate is sealed! What will Matt Hardy do to further the payback from everything The Firm did to him?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
She welcomes us to the opening ceremonies for the 2023 Owen Hart Cup, and welcomes out Dr. Martha Hart. Martha makes her entrance and has a mic of her own. Renee says it is always so great to have Marth, and it was this time last year that we had the tournament finals. This year, it all kicks off on Forbidden Door weekend. Yes, and Martha wants to say she is so happy to be back in beautiful Las Vegas. She is so happy to be back here with the AEW Family, and her own Owen Hart Foundation and her own family. She welcomes us all to the opening ceremonies of this year’s tournament to celebrate one of the most memorable wrestlers of all-time in Owen Hart.
Fans chant “OWEN! OWEN!” and Martha says that while last year, we were to dress up in bling and such, but the tournament is turning on its head and getting “gangster” this year. Maybe we should have our fedoras. Tony Khan walks out in such a fedora, with the Owen Hart Foundation logo on it. And Martha says this is not wrapping here but kicking off in Canada! And this will round up in Calgary at “the greatest outdoor show on earth,” the Calgary Stampede, July 15th! Make sure to bring your cowboy hats, pardners! Who will be in on this great tribute tournament to become the 2023 King and Queen of Hart?
Get ready to roll the dice.
“As the desert sun sets, the stakes rise. And on this Vegas night, fate will favor the bold, the risk takers. Only those willing to pay a high price survive this town. And the odds on the future? One in four. Tonight, from T-Mobile Arena, this is AEW Double or Nothing.”
AEW International Blackjack Battle Royal!
Orange Cassidy has made it to 22 defenses with this title, but this is going to be the biggest challenge yet! Including himself, this will be a 21 Man Battle Royal, all for the title! Will Freshly Squeezed survive The Superbad Squad, the Varsity Athletes, The Mogul Embassy, Naturally Limitless, “Big Bill” Morrissey, #TAIGASTYLE Lee Moriarty, Bullet Club Gold, “Absolute” Ricky Starks, Bandido, Komander, The Lucha Brothers, and even his own Best Friends? Or will someone come out of this the brand new champion?
Cassidy is the only one standing in the ring while everyone else surrounds him on the outside. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and Kip Sabian rushes in! Kip throws Cassidy up and over, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Naturally, Jay White & Juice Robinson go after Starks, Bandido goes after Kip and ends up saving Cassidy. Kip bumps Bandido off buckles, Fenix stomps Cassidy, and Penta just revels in the chaos. Penta goes after Daivari with CHOPS, Kip takes Cassidy’s sunglasses, but Fenix stomps Cassidy. Kip puts the sunglasses on, brings Cassidy up, Trent ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Morrissey!
Kip tries to throw Cassidy out again but he holds onto ropes to save himself. Cassidy throws elbows, Kip staggers away, The Butcher & The Blade go after Naturally Limitless, doing Swerve Strickland’s work for him. Starks lands on the apron, he ROCKS Juice, shoulders into White, then goes after them both! Josh Woods helps Daivari stay on the apron, and Komander tightrope walks?! He SUPER TORNILLOS Morrissey & Moriarty! Fans lose their minds and Komander gets back to the ring. White CHOKES Penta on the ropes, stomps him, then stomps Ricky. Penta GAMANGIRIS Daivari, then CLUBS White!
Bandido stomps Juice, Komander stomps Tony Nese, Bandido SUPERKICKS Juice! There’s still brawling on the outside, and the Lucha Amigos get the fans all fired up! They bring Nese up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Bandido suplexes Nese, and the others play defense! Bandido holds Nese up for TEN while forearms and SUPERKICKS fly all around! Then at TWENTY, the SLAM!! Bandido has everyone fired up and Bandido trophy lifts Nese! He still has the power to do that!? And then he TOSSES Nese out onto Woods to ELIMINATE him!! Fans are thunderous and Mark Sterling hurries to his team.
Daivari dumps Penta out but Penta lands on the apron. Penta drags Daivari up and over, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Nese anchors Penta’s foot! Daivari kicks low, then reels Penta in! Daivari mocks “CERO~! MIEDO~!” But Fenix TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICKS Daivari down, to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up again, but the Mogul Embassy isn’t impressed. Cage finally gets in and he swings, Komander dodges! Komander springboards but bounces off Cage’s shoulder! Penta runs in but Cage CLOBBERS him! Fenix gets up, cage TOSSES him to a corner to UPPERCUT, PELE, and then sends Penta into him!
Cage waistlocks Penta, who is holding onto Fenix, and Cage DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES them! HE really is a Machine! Bandido runs in to trophy lift Cage!? Cage slips off, throws Bandido to the corner, runs in and he MONKEY FLIPS Bandido!? Cage scoops Bandido, Komander goes up, and he leaps, only for Cage to stay up! Cage POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBOS! Cage DISCUS- NO, Fenix SUPERKICKS! and mule kicks! And ROUNDHOUSE! Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Double mule kick, then Uno! Dos! Tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! And then Wheelbarrow ROLLING SPLASH!
Fans fire up but Bullet Club Gold attacks the Lucha Brothers! They stomp away on them and the other luchadors! Then they go back to Starks, but Starks fights Juice off. BCG lift Komander together, but Fenix makes the save. Penta mule kicks White, the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK Switchblade! Juice is in a corner, Fenix sends Bandido in to back elbow! Fenix sends Penta in to GAMANGIRI! Fenix runs and rolls, SOMERSAULT FOREARM! They snapmare Juice, Komander goes up, and Komander tightrope- NO, White BLASTS Komander down and ELIMINATE him! Then he goes after the other luchadors!
Juice throat chops Penta, then helps White. But starks dumps White over! White holds on, Juice dumps Starks over! Starks dangles off the floor while holding onto the bottom rope! Fans fire up and Starks drags himself back in! Kip scoops Cassidy for a SHOULDER BUSTER, then fireman’s carries! Cassidy holds the ropes, he fights free! Penta KICKS White in the leg! Best Friends and Cassidy get Kip up, TRIPLE POWERBOMB!! Then they TOSS Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! And then they HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! But then Big Bill CLOBBERS them all!
Moriarty hits the FANG DRIVER on Cassidy! Moriarty throws him at the ropes but Chuck goes after Moriarty. Cassidy saves himself but Bill goes after Chuck. Bill aims at Cassidy and TOSSES Chuck! Cassidy ducks, Chuck hits the floor, Big Bill ELIMINATES him! So much for helping a friend… Trent jumps on Bill with a SLEEPER, but Bill puts Trent on a corner. White tries to scrape Fenix out, but he has to save Juice from Starks. Bill CHOPS Trent and Trent flops back into the ring! Blade CHOPS Keith Lee, it doesn’t bother him! Keith ROCKS Blade back! Cage and Butcher go after Dustin Rhodes.
Keith CLOBBERS Blade up and out to ELIMINATE him! Swerve is annoyed but Keith just glares back. Cage CLUBS Keith, fires forearms, and they brawl. Swerve is finally ready and he walks tot he ring. Keith ROCKS Cage, Cage JUMP KNEES Keith! Cage spins, into a fireman’s carry! Pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW! But Swerve jumps on to fire hands! Keith throws Swerve off! The two stare down and fans fire up! Cage attacks, but Keith ELBOWS him! Keith blocks Swerve’s kick, Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge hands, but then Keith hits him low! Swerve kicks, ROLLING ELBOWS, and fires off fast hands!
Keith shoves Swerve down but Swerve KANGAROO KICKS! Swerve RANAS, but Keith blocks it!! Keith hauls Swerve up, Swerve slips free, but Keith SPLASHES Cage! Swerve ENZIGURIS Keith, somersaults, but into a BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Swerve crawls to the bottom rope, and Cage KNEES Keith down! The Lucha Brothers have Butcher but he powers out, only for them to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Lucha Brothers toss Butcher over, he holds on, but DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send him down! The Lucha Brothers ELIMINATE him! Cage stomps Dustin, Fenix CLUBS Cage, Bandido ELBOWS Moriarty!
bill runs at Bandido but misses! Bandido runs in at Bill but Bill dumps him out. Moriarty BOOTS Bandido and ELIMINATE him! But Trent throws Moriarty over! Moriarty drags Trent out with him, they brawl on the edge! Penta and Fenix go after Cage, White works with Swerve against Naturally Limitless. Trent waistlocks but Moriarty fights with elbows. But Trent APRON HALF ‘N’ HALFS Moriarty and he falls, Trent ELIMINATES him! Bill TOSSES Cassidy, but Cassidy holds onto the ropes! Cassidy skins the cat again, but Bill runs in! Trent takes the shot! Bill’s BOOT ELIMINATES Trent!
Bill stomps Cassidy, Swerve and Keith encounter each other again. Keith throws hands on Swerve, has him on the ropes, then brings him around to TOSS him! Swerve holds on, Cage DUMPS Keith and ELIMINATES him!! Fans boo but the refs have to keep Keith from going after Swerve and Cage! Cage drags Swerve into the ring, but Dustin gives Cage a CROSS RHODES!! Swerve is too busy taunting Keith, he misses Dustin dump Cage out! Dustin stomps Cage’s head, but Swerve CLUBS Dustin! Swerve throws hands on Dustin, but Dustin kicks low to RHODES UPPERCUT! The Lucha Brothers are also brawling with Bullet Club Gold!
The CHOPS go back and forth between Lucha Brothers and BCG. BCG whip but the Lucha Bros reverse to send BCG both up and over! BCG gets back in, White blocks a superkick and lets Juice lift Fenix! Juice dumps Fenix out but he hold son! Penta runs in, but he is sent into Fenix! Penta ELIMINATES his brother!! But then Starks clotheslines Juice up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans fire up as Starks fires hands on White! But White hits a SWINGING URENAGE! Cage throws Dustin up and over but Dustin holds onto ropes. Penta looks at White and fans fire up. “CERO! MIEDO!” And a pie face!
White gets mad, he swings on Penta but Penta ducks to kick, and KICK! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, springboards, but into BLADERUNNER!! White drags Penta up, but Starks SPEARS White!! Starks TOSSES and ELIMINATES White!! But Juice drags Starks out to throw hands! Fans boo, the refs get Juice back, but White drags Starks up to RAM him into the railing! Swerve throws knees into Cassidy, the refs check Starks, and Cage CHOKES Dustin. Bill sees Starks crawl in and stalks him. Penta goes after Cage with a SLEEPER, and he drags Cage from Dustin. Swerve drags Cassidy up while fans rally for Starks.
Bill shakes his head, he drags Starks up and aims. Bill TOSSES Starks, but Starks stays on the apron! Bill runs back in, but Starks ROCKS him! Starks hurries in, fires hands on Bill, then CHOPS! Bill scoops Starks! Starks slips free, dodges, but Bill BOOGS Starks up and over!! Bill ELIMINATES Starks!! Fans boo, but then Dustin dumps Cage out! They’re both on the apron, APRON DESTROYER for Cage!! Cage falls, Dustin ELIMINATES him! But Swerve’s HOUSE CALL ELIMINATES Dustin!! And now we have a final four: Big Bill, Swerve, Penta, and the champion, Orange Cassidy!
Fans fire up as each man has a corner. Fans rally for “CERO! MIEDO!” and “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Nothing for Bill or Swerve. That makes them mad, they runs in, but Penta dodges Swerve to SUPERKICK Bill! Swerve runs in again, Penta blocks the kick and feeds it to Cassidy so Penta can SUPERKICK Swerve! And then Penta SUPERKICKS Cassidy! Swerve runs back in but Penta dodges to come back and SLINGBLADE! Penta whips Cassidy, he reverses, but Penta goes up and over and hits a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up but Bill steps up. Penta CHOPS Bill, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then “CERO! MIEDO!”
Penta runs, but into a BOOT! Bill clotheslines Penta up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Fans boo but then Swerve fires off on Cassidy! He feeds Cassidy to Bill’s BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Swerve and Bill shake hands, bring Cassidy up, but Bill wants to do this himself. Swerve says aight and backs off. Bill drags Cassidy up, pats his head, and scoops him to a trophy lift! But then Swerve shoves Bill up and over! Bill falls, Swerve ELIMINATES him! But then Cassidy dumps Swerve out! Swerve holds on, gets back in, and TOSSES Cassidy! But Cassidy also holds on!! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy skins the cat!
Cassidy slips around Swerve, but runs into a HAYMAKER! Swerve rolls, into a SUPERKICK from Cassidy! Cassidy ROCKS Swerve, Swerve SOBATS Cassidy! Swerve whips, Cassidy reverses, but Swerve cartwheels through the ropes to come back! Cassidy dodges and runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT- NO! Swerve blocks and suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! But then HOUSE CALL!! Both men are down and Vegas is thunderous! Cassidy and Swerve stir, Cassidy goes to a corner. “This is Awesome!” and Cassidy steps up, but Prince Nana trips him up!! Fans boo, but Swerve hits another HOUSE CALL!
Swerve goes up the corner, for the KILL STOMPS!!! Swerve huffs and puffs and drags Cassidy up, but he says he’s gonna end this man’s whole career! Swerve puts Cassidy’s hands into the pockets, brings him up, but Cassidy kicks the ropes! TORNADO DDT!! And then tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Swerve flounders, fans are thunderous, and Cassidy is fired up! ORANGE PUNCH! Swerve goes up and out but holds onto ropes!! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, he reloads, ORANGE- NO, Swerve drags Cassidy up and over! J M L- NO Cassidy pulls hair! Cassidy RAMS Swerve into the corner! Nana grabs at Cassidy, Cassidy BOOTS Nana!
Swerve KNEES Cassidy, and Cassidy sits down on the apron! Swerve goes up the corner, takes aim again, APRON KILL- NO, Cassidy’s boots hit first! And ORANGE kick to the arm! Swerve falls, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy (still AEW International Champion)
The odds were against him, but Freshly Squeezed made it through! If 20 men could not stop Orange Cassidy, will anyone ever take this title from him?
Unsanctioned Match, Special Enforcer Sabu: Adam Cole w/ Roderick Strong VS Chris Jericho w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Undisputed One’s return was victorious, but the overly sensitive Wizard would not stand for it. Since then, the JAS has done everything they can to ruin Cole’s time back in AEW, even going so far as to set up a trap for Cole and girlfriend, Britt Baker. Jericho has been hypocritical, disrespectful and conniving, but has it all finally come back to haunt him in the worst way possible? Or will not even having the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying ECW legend be enough to help Adam Cole BAYBAY?
Actually, let’s not forget Cole has the Savior of the Backbreaker! Cole, Strong and Sabu all bring chairs to the ring, and the JAS moves to intercept! Menard gets a chair to the gut, Parker gets a chair to the face! Cole rushes in and goes right for Jericho to TACKLE him! The bell rings so this is official, and Garcia goes after Cole! Sabu throws more chairs at Hager and Menard! Jericho & Garcia mug Cole, CHOKE him, but Sabu gets in the ring with a chair! Jericho gets a chair, too! Fans fire up as we take a trip back in time! Meanwhile, Garcia CHOKES Cole! Sabu and Jericho dare each other to make a move!
The JAS get tables and other things while the chairs CLASH! CLASH! And CLASH! Sabu wins out to SMACK Jericho down! Cole stops Menard & Parker from setting up tables, to then put them on it! Sabu goes up to FALLING SPLASH through the table!! Sabu is still all those things they say he is! Fans are thunderous but then Garcia CLOBBERS Sabu! Garcia ROCKS Strong, RAMS him into railing, and Hager RAMS Strong into the apron! And then into more railing! Sabu sends Garcia into railing! Strong does the same to Hager! Cole and Jericho finally get in the ring, this is who’s supposed to be fighting anyway!
Sabu & Strong clear the JAS out so now, Jericho has no choice. “What you got, Chris?!” This is ADAM COLE BAYBAY! And the fists fly!! The fans fire up, Cole knees low and TOSSES Jericho out hard! Cole gets the arm to SLAM it off the steel steps! And then SLAMS the other arm! Cole puts Jericho in, drags him to a corner, and he SLAMS a leg against the post! And then the other leg! And then back again! Jericho writhes on the apron while fans rally up. Cole goes up onto the apron then in the ring. Cole ROCKS Jericho and has him sit down. Cole then goes up a corner, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho blocks!
Jericho hits low, then suplexes Cole to the floor! The ref checks Cole but he’s okay to continue. Jericho stands first, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then Jericho flips everyone off. Jericho drags Cole up, CLUBS him, then brings Cole up. Cole fights the bomb, but Jericho DROPS Cole on the apron! Jericho then drags Cole up and around the way, to RAM into steel steps! Cole tumbles over and fans fire up again. Jericho drags Cole up, SMACKS him off the apron, and has him in the leg. Jericho CHOPS Cole to a corner, CHOPS him again, then stalks him to another corner. Jericho gets in Cole’s face, and SLAPS him!
Fans rally for Cole but Jericho goes back to him. Cole shoves Jericho, throws body shots, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Jericho grabs a chair left behind by Sabu, and he CHOKES Cole with it! The ref can only ask if Cole gives up, but Jericho JAMS Cole low! Jericho wedges a chair into a corner, ROCKS Cole with a forearm, then whips him in. Cole reverses, kicks and then whips Jericho to the open corner. Jericho BOOTS back, runs in, but is sent into the chair!! Jericho falls right over, but he isn’t out of this yet. Jericho stands, Cole fires off forearms on him! Fans fire up as Cole BOOTS Jericho, then runs.
Jericho CLOBBERS Cole! Jericho stomps Cole, fans rally up, and Jericho LION- SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Jericho out of the air! Fans fire up, Cole goes up the corner again, aims, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole fights it but Jericho still puts him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Cole endures, reaches out, crawls over, and he grabs the ropes, but ropebreaks don’t matter in this, this is No Holds Barred! Cole remembers, crawls further on, grabs at the skirt and sees something! Cole grabs the fire extinguisher! But Cole is also fading being stuck in the ropes and the hold! But then Jericho drags Cole in from the ropes!
Cole has the extinguisher, he brings it around, and BLASTS Jericho! Jericho lets go while fans fire up! Cole crawls back to the extinguisher, picks it up, and he CLOBBERS Jericho with it! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives a canister to the head but Cole just glares at him. Cole drags Jericho up, but Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he flops over! Cole talks trash on Jericho, sits him up and runs, but Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Jericho seethes. Jericho grabs the extinguisher, he BLASTS Cole now! And a long one, too! Jericho then just sprays it all around!
Jericho drops the canister onto Cole’s stomach! Fans fire up as Jericho goes outside, drags a kendo stick out from under the ring, and has a big grin on his face. Jericho gets in the ring, holds up the stick, and Cole sits up. Jericho pints the stick at him, but here comes BRITT! She has a kendo stick, too! And fans fire up for the “DMD!” as she fires off on Y2J! She SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS him! “How’s it feel, Chris!?” Britt SMACKS her more and more and the fans are loving it! But Saraya runs in, only to get a SMACK! Britt chases Saraya off and SMACKS her as she goes! As for Cole, he gets the kendo stick now!
Jericho is stinging as he leans against the ropes, but Cole storms up behind him. Cole CHOKES Jericho with the stick! “I’ll end you, Chris! I’ll end you!!” Jericho sputters, stands, but into a BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but by only so much! Cole gets the stick back to CHOKE Jericho again! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Cole goes out to the apron. Jericho grabs the chair, but Cole climbs a corner. Jericho CHUCKS the chair at Cole! Direct hit to the head, and then Cole falls through the table!! Vegas loses its mind after getting what they wanted! The ref checks Cole, but he’s somehow okay to continue.
Jericho drags Cole from the wreckage, and says “You see what happens when you mess with Chris Jericho?” Jericho drags Cole up to dribble his head off the apron! Jericho shoves Cole into the ring, then brings out a chain! And it has cuffs on it! Fans chant “YOU SUCK EFF!” but Jericho just grins. Jericho goes into the ring with the shackles, and he cuffs one end to Cole’s wrist. Jericho has the other end, swings the cuff around like a morning star, but Cole body shots Jericho! DDT onto the chair! Cover, TWO!! Cole sees the other cuff, and he puts it on Jericho! This has turned into a handcuff match!
Jericho freaks out, tries to run but Cole YANKS him down! And then SUPERKICKS! Cole goes up a corner, reels Jericho in, and PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Cole is a bit surprised. Cole drags Jericho up, runs, but Jericho ducks the Boom to roll Cole up, TWO!! Jericho LASHES Cole with chain! And LASHES him again! And again! Cole writhes but sits up, and Jericho JUDAD- NO, Cole ducks! But Jericho CHOKES Cole with chain! Jericho brings Cole up, and then has Cole hanging off his shoulder! But Cole kicks off the corner! Cole kicks the arm, then SUPERKICKS Jericho down!
Fans fire up again as Cole reloads, runs, BOOM!! But that’s not enough for Cole, and not enough for the fans! Fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” and Cole wraps the chain around his knee! Cole runs again, FULL METAL BOOM!! Cole unwraps his leg, and then rains down fists! Fans count, Cole goes to TEN! Then he uses the CHAIN to punch Jericho! And then more bare fists! Jericho’s OUT, the ref calls it!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by referee stoppage
The Undisputed One gets his vengeance, having battered and bruised Jericho from head to toe! Will this help Cole move on and head for what he really wants in championship gold?
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Special Referee Mark Briscoe: FTR VS Team Triple J w/ Karen Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
After the loss of his blood brother, the Sussex County Chicken has been leaning on his friends. But who really are his friends? Is it Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, who he has gone to war with? Or is it Jay Lethal, who Mark has known for a long time? What happens when his friends put him in the middle of their own heated rivalry?
Mark takes his referee duty seriously by checking everyone’s gear. He then takes the belts and raises them, and we see how personal this match gets!
The teams sort out, Lethal starts against Dax, and Mark has the bell ring. Fans rally for “FTR! FTR!” which upsets the Jarretts. Lethal and Dax tie up, go around, Dax headlocks for a takeover but Lethal headscissors. Dax kips free and the two stand off. They go again, Dax waistlocks but Lethal wrenches to a wristlock. Lethal YANKS the arm, wristlocks and then armlocks, but Dax fights up. Dax whips Lethal but Lethal runs him over! Things keep moving, Dax scoops but Lethal slips out to O’Conner Roll! Mark checks, TWO! Lethal is upset at the delay, but Dax scoops. Lethal turns it into a cradle, TWO!
Lethal arm-drags, Dax headscissors, Lethal kips free, but Dax hits a headlock takeover! Lethal’s shoulders are down, Mark calls it, ONE! Lethal fights up, powers Dax to a corner and Mark calls the ropebreak. Lethal throws a cheap shot and Mark scolds him, but Lethal CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS again, but Dax CHOPS in return! Lethal sputters, Dax CHOPS him again! Lethal CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, and fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Dax headlocks, Lethal powers out and ELBOWS him out! Lethal CLUBS Cash into the ring! Jarrett joins in, Triple J mugs Cash! They double whip, Lethal runs in but Cash goes up and over!
Cash dodges Jarrett, Dax DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! And FTR DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Then then DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP and Triple J collide! FTR have each man in a corner, whip, but they dosido and FTR takes a swing, into DOUBLE BACK SUPLEXES! But FTR land on their feet and they both trip Triple J! Then double step through, double SHARP- NO, Triple J scramble to DUOBLE ROPEBREAKS! Mark counts, Dax lets go at 4 and Triple J regroups outside. Fans rally up for “FTR! FTR!” Mark wants someone to get in the ring and he starts the count. Lethal gets back in at 3, and he stares down with Dax.
Dax and Lethal circle, tie up, and Dax tags Cash. Cash gets the arm to wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and repeat. But Lethal knees low, CLUBS Cash down, then ROCKS him with hands! Lethal tells Dax up his, but Mark keeps Dax back. Lethal claps hands and says “Tag!” but everyone knows that doesn’t count! Mark ends up knocking Jarrett over as he gets in! Jarrett gets mad but Mark says he is the authority so you respect him! Lethal argues with Mark, but Cash CHOPS Lethal! Karen shouts at fans, Cash CHOPS Lethal to the corner. Dax tags in, FTR whip and DUOBLE BACK DROP! Then they CLOBBER Jarrett!
Mark says one in and one out. Dax DUMPS Lethal onto Jarrett! Karen complains, but Dax tags Cash. FTR run in to slide out, and they ROCK Triple J, and then RAM them into each other! Cash puts Lethal in, Lethal whips Cash away and things speed up. Karen distracts so Jarrett can dump Cash out! And Jarrett gets a chair! Mark sees that and says hell no! Jarrett drops the chair, drags Cash up and RAMS him into railing! Fans rally for FTR but Mark scolds Jarrett. Jarrett still RAMS Cash into the railing again. Mark goes out to check Cash, and he tells everyone to get in the ring. Sonjay mocks FTR while Lethal drags Cash in.
Lethal snap suplexes Cash but the fans rally for FTR. Lethal pretends he can’t hear them so they boo. Lethal drags Cash up, tags Jarrett, and Triple J double whip. Cash reverse to send Lethal, but Jarrett hits the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Triple J swagger about, Jarrett drags Cash up and puts him on ropes to CHOKE! Mark counts, Jarrett lets off, but KAREN CHOKES Cash!! The fans boo but Jarrett STRADDLE ATTACKS Cash! Tag to Lethal, he stomps away on Cash, and stomps him into a corner! Mark scolds, but Lethal still drags Cash up. Lethal UPPERCUTS Cash down! Karen mocks the fans while Lethal CHOKES Cash more!
Mark counts, Lethal lets off, and he tags Jarrett in. Triple J stomp away on Cash, fans rally up for Cash but Karen cheers her hubby on. Jarrett just stomps Cash from head to toe! Then he struts! And flips Dax off! Mark keeps Dax back, Jarrett soaks up all the heat but Cash hits low! Lethal tags in, Triple J whip Cash to ropes, kick low, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lethal clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and he leans on the hold. Triple J soak up the heat but Cash fights up, to a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cash and Lethal crawl, but Lethal sucker punches Dax!
Cash rolls Lethal up! TWO!! Cash has no one to tag, though! Lethal gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Lethal drags Cash over, tags in Jarrett, and Jarrett KICKS the leg out! And again! Jarrett drags Cash back, fans fire up, and Jarrett steps through to have the FIGURE FOUR! Cash endures and fans boo but Mark checks with Cash. Cash shakes his head, he isn’t giving up! Cash rests back but has to keep his shoulders up. Mark sees them down, ONE as Cash sits up. Cash falls back again, the shoulders are down, ONE! Cash throws hands on Jarrett! Jarrett thrashes the hold! Cash is down again, TWO!
Cash endures, sits up again and fans rally up. Dax TRIPS Lethal off the apron! Dax goes up top, to DIVING HEADBUTT Jarrett! Karen protests but Mark says now it’s a standing count! The count rises to 3 of 10, Cash crawls but clutches his knee. Fans rally as we pass 5, and then go to 8. Hot tag to Lethal, and he CLOBBERS Cash! Lethal whips, Cash hurdles hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS, JABS, JABS and DECKS Lethal! And DECKS again! Dax CHOPS, JABS and repeat in the corner! Fans fire up, Dax whips corner to corner to clothesline! And then another whip, but Lethal reverses. Dax reverses back to short arm LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Mark gets Jarrett outta the way. Dax suplexes, Lethal slips free, but Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds, he brings Lethal up, GERMAN SUPLEX! And he still holds on! But Lethal blocks! Lethal switches, Dax switches, repeat! They go around, Dax BRAINBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Dax is frustrated but fans rally again. Dax drags Lethal up, whips him to ropes but Lethal reverses. Lethal gets under to LETHAL COMBINATION! Fans rally while Dax is down from the backbreaker to neckbreaker. Karen coaches Lethal on while comforting Jarrett.
Lethal goes to the corner, he climbs up, but Dax ROCKS him first! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Jarrett stands, Dax DECKS him! Then CHOPS Lethal! Dax coordiantes with Cash, they both climb up. But Jarrett goes after Cash! Cash throws hands, backs Jarrett down, but Jarrett ROCKS Cash! Sonjay anchors Cash! Mark reprimands but Jarrett POSTS Cash! Dax DECKS Jarrett, but Lethal CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! CHOP! CHOP! CHOP!! Dax finally falls after about five more chops! Lethal adjusts, aims, HAIL TO THE- NO, Dax trips him up! Dax climbs back up, brings Lethal up, for the SUPERPLEX!!
Dax rolls through, brings Lethal up, and Cash is up top, DOOMSDAY POWERBOMB!! Cash DIVES onto Jarrett!! Dax covers, but Sonjay drags him out!! The fans boo and Mark is upset, but Dax chases Sonjay! Sonjay gets in the ring, but Mark stops Dax? To then tell Sonjay he is EJECTED!!! Fans fire up and Dax loves it! Sonjay is furious, he brings Satnam with him and fans sing “HEY HEY HEY! GOOD BYE~!” Dax pats Mark on the back, but wait! Jarrett has a guitar! Dax moves, SMASH HIT on Mark!!! The ref is down!! Fans say Jarrett effed up but now Lethal runs in! LETHAL- NO! Dax blocks! SHATTER MACHINE!!!
Cover, but Mark is out! FTR should’ve won by now, but Mark is just out cold! Aubrey Edwards rushes out, but Sonjay stands in her way!! Aubrey tells her to get outta here, and then SHOVES him! But then Karen SMASH HITS Aubrey!!! Fans boo her more than they’ve ever booed her before! But FTR is in shock all the same! Lethal DOUBLE LETHAL INJECTIONS!!! But we still don’t have a ref!! Fans chant “F U KAREN!” but Karen flips off the fans and grabs the belts! She tells them to kiss this, and Jarrett gets in the ring. Jarrett gives Lethal a belt, he drags Dax up, and Lethal takes aim. But Dax BOOTS Lethal!
Dax ELBOWS Jarrett, and PILEDRIVERS Lethal! But Jarrett BELT SHOTS Dax! And hits THE STROKE!! Sonjay wakes Mark up in time for the cover, TWO?!?!?!? Mark was still woozy, that is what saved FTR! “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” “This is Awesome!” “FTR!” Jarrett is furious and tells Mark he screwed this up! He pie faces Mark!? Fans boo as Jarrett shoves Mark into the corner. Mark stands, Jarrett SLAPS him! Mark SLAPS back! SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Mark did the right thing and called this down the middle! Triple J did the wrong thing by thinking they could just use him! FTR hug their friend, and they all celebrate! Are Mark and FTR finally done with Team Triple J?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Alex Marvez says Starks took care of business with the Bullet Club Gold in the Blackjack Battle Royal, but unfortunately did not win the International Championship. Starks says he did what he said he would by eliminating both Jay ‘n’ Juice, and- Oh no! BCG attacks Starks! Actually this is par for the course, but still! They beat him down for costing them the title, but then FTR rushes in! BCG run off, FTR help Starks to the medical area. Will Starks find some unlikely allies against the Switchblade & Rock Hard?
AEW Media catches up with Jericho and Saraya.
Both of them are furious after the Unsanctioned Match didn’t go Jericho’s way. “Did you see how I just lost the Unsanctioned Match to Adam Cole via referee stoppage? Adam Cole is insane! Adam Cole is a barbarian! Adam Cole is a bastard!” Saraya agrees, and Cole’s just like Britt! That B*TCH! Hitting them with kendo sticks!? What kind of a woman hits a man with a kendo stick?! They ask- NO, they DEMAND a mixed tag match on Dynamite! This has to stop! Jericho & Saraya VS Cole & Britt! This needs to stop! This is what happens when you mess with Jericho! Security tells Jericho to calm down but Saraya you don’t talk to him like that!
The security guard says he’s just doing his job. Saraya says fine. She backs off, and Jericho hits this guy with a FIREBALL!! No one tells Jericho to calm down, he’s a WIZARD!! But will Jericho & Saraya be able to burn the Undisputed Couple?
AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Wardlow VS Christian Cage w/ Luchasaurus!
The Maestro of Mayhem made it through the Monstar, but now he faces a monster. No, not the Right Hand of Destruction, but Captain Charisma, who is really more like the Chief of Cheap Shots. Christian insulted Wardlow’s deceased father and what supposed little impact he had on anyone’s life, and that is a step too far. Will Wardlow have a major impact on Christian’s life tonight? Or will Captain Charisma remind us that he is the Lord of Ladders?
Surprisingly, Christian has Luchasaurus leave ringside! Is Christian really going to do this 1v1? Does he really think he can survive doing this 1v1? The introductions are made, the belt is already high above, and we see who climbs over the other to bring it down!
The bell rings, fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” but Christian talks trash that he’s going to be champion. The two feel things out as they circle, and then Christian kicks low! And UPPERCUTS! Wardlow blocks the whip, kicks low, and CLUBS Christian down! Wardlow drags Christina back up, trophy lifts, but Christian slips off. Christian shoves Wardlow but Wardlow blows through the clothesline to then run Christian over! Wardlow winds up, Christiand ucks the lariat, and he chicken wings! But Wardlow powers out of the Killswitch to RAM into Christian at the corner! And again! Wardlow sits Christian down and fans fire up.
Wardlow goes out to DECK Christian from the outside. Wardlow goes for a ladder but Christian CLOBBERS Wardlow! Christian throws hands, Wardlow hits back. Wardlow puts Christian in the ring, gets a ladder, and fans fire up. But Christin DROPKICKS the ladder into Wardlow! And then PLANCHAS, but into the ladder! Wardlow paces and scowls while Christian crawls. Wardlow looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Vegas likes where this is going, because he gets another table! Wardlow sets those up at ringside, side by side, and then CLUBS Christian. Wardlow SMACKS Christian off the steel steps, and then again!
Wardlow brings Christian around and puts him on the tables. Wardlow throws down hands to keep Christian down, and then Wardlow goes into the ring. Wardlow climbs up, fans fire up, but Christian scrambles away! Fans boo but Wardlow hops down. Wardlow stalks Christian around the way, but Christian sucker punches Wardlow! And RAMS him into railing! Christian stalks Wardlow, gets a ladder, and he RAMS Wardlow down! Christian puts the ladder in the ring, then grabs a really big ladder and RAMS Wardlow with that! Christian makes that ladder a bridge between ring and railing, then goes under.
Wardlow knees low! And CLUBS Christian, and then puts him on the ladder. Wardlow CLUBS Christian more, then box jumps to the apron! Fans fire up, Wardlow brings Christian up, but Christian slips free to UPPERCUT! Christian trips Wardlow up! Wardlow gets crotched on rungs! Fans boo but Christian gets in the ring. Christian sets a ladder up but Wardlow crawls his way back in. Christian sees Wardlow, stomps him down, then stomps him right in the gut! Fans boo as Christian digs his boot in. Christian then sets the main ladder into a corner. Fans taunt Christian’s turtleneck, but he whips Wardlow. Wardlow reverses and Christian hits the ladder!
Wardlow reels Christian in but he slips under, to then RAM Wardlow into the ladder! Wardlow staggers about, Christian puts the ladder in the ropes, and then he puts Wardlow under the ladder. Christian has the legs, CATAPULT LADDER GUILLOTINE!! Fans boo while Wardlow clutches his head and neck, but Christian soaks up the heat. Christian brings the ladder around to be under the belt, and Christian climbs. Christian reaches up, gets fingertips on the belt, but Wardlow tips the ladder! HOTSHOT, and LARIAT! Wardlow catches his breath, brings the ladder up, then stomps Christian.
Wardlow climbs, but slowly, only for Christian to anchor his foot! Wardlow climbs back down to drag Christian up. Christian grabs the ladder to escape the bomb! Fans freak out, but Wardlow quickly yanks Christian back down! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up again and Wardlow decides to put the ladder down. Wardlow drags Christian up, trophy lifts him, and he walks around in a circle, SUPER AIRPLANE SPIN, to then DROP Christian on the ladder!! Christian sputters and falls out of the ring while fans cheer on “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow stands the ladder up, shakes out the junk, and climbs up.
But wait, Luchasaurus returns! The Right Hand shoves Christian into the ring and Christian goes after Wardlow! Christian drags Wardlow down, REVERSE DDT off the ladder! Wardlow writhes but Christian puts the ladder in a corner. Fans start to rally for Christian and we have a fan duel. Christian lines up his shot as Wardlow stands, and Christian runs in! But into a LOW BLOW! And then an Alabama Lift, ALABAMA SLAM on the ladder!! Wardlow then drags the ladder out, with Christian on it! Wardlow goes up the corner, fans fire up as Wardlow SWANTON BOMBS only onto ladder!!! Even Jeff Hardy would’ve reconsidered that!
Wardlow flops out to the apron and Christian picks the ladder up to RAM Wardlow down! Christian then sets ladder up under the belt and climbs. But ARN is here! Fans fire up as Arn coaches Wardlow up. Wardlow hurries up the corner, to LEAP into this ladder! The ladder breaks and they both fall down!! Fans lose their minds as Wardlow grabs his own leg. Was that Arn’s idea or what? Wardlow hobbles up, stands the busted ladder up, but no, this isn’t gonna work. Right? Wardlow still wants to try! A ref stabilizes it but that messes it up! Wardlow gets a new ladder, but Luchasaurus gets in! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!
Luchasaurus drags Wardlow up again, another CHOKE SLAM!! But Arn gets in!? Fans fire up as Luchasaurus turns around, and choke grips Arn!! But Arn BITES the hand!! Luchasaurus and Arn scrap, Luchasaurus’ finger is bleeding!? Arn has just pissed Luchasaurus off! Luchasaurus goes out to choke Arn! And he brings him to the table! But Wardlow SMACKS Luchasurus with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Luchasaurus is on the tables now! Fans are fired up as Wardlow positions perhaps the tallest ladder in the building! Arn helps stabilize and Wardlow climbs! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!
Now THAT is something Jeff Hardy would’ve done! Fans are electric and losing their minds while both big men are down in the wreckage! But Christian peeks his head out from under the ring! Christian sees an opening and hurries to get in! Christian grabs a ladder, Wardlow sits up, and fans rally up! Christian stands the ladder up, climbs up, but ARN gets in the ring! Christian has a finger on the belt! But Arn tips the ladder, Christian jumps off, but into Wardlow’s arms! POWERBOMB!! Arn resets the ladder, Wardlow climbs it, and Wardlow grabs the belt! Wardlow brings it down and WINS!
Winner: Wardlow (still AEW TNT Champion)
That was a war, and the Face of the Revolution stands tall! Will the Maestro of Mayhem continue to conduct chaos and dominate AEW?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm!
A tale as old as time in pro-wrestling: two best friends are torn apart by success, ambition, jealousy and pride. The two were at odds even before Hayter defeated Storm to become champion, and things have only escalated from there. Will Hayter have to hit Storm even harder to end this? Or will being an Outcast be exactly what Storm needs to strike Hayter down?
But speaking of, where is Hayter? The music plays but she doesn’t appear. Storm acts all surprised, even though we know what The Outcasts did to her just last Friday. Wait, Soho & Saraya throw Hayter out on stage! They go after the bad arm and mug her! Soho has the belt, Saraya says “This is OUR house!” and then Storm goes out to meet her new friends. The Outcasts continue to mug Hayter, and Storm RAMS Hayter into railing! And then they pull her bad arm into the post! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Storm lets off. Saraya says everyone in Vegas are losers, and Storm RAMS Hayter into the steel steps!
The ref tells them all to stop but the Outcasts put the arm against steps, to DROPKICK! And DROPKICK again! Fans boo, The Outcasts put Hayter in, and the ref tells them to stop. Hayter says ring the bell so the bell rings! Storm BOOTS Hayter, covers, TWO!! Storm stomps Hayter’s bad shoulder, fans rally up, and Storm drags Hayter up. Storm grinds the arm, Saraya pulls off a buckle pad, and Storm stomps the arm. Fans rally for Hayter but Storm stomps her. The pad is off, but here comes Britt! Didn’t Saraya think this would happen again?! Britt fires off on Saraya but Storm CHOKES Hayter!
The ref reprimands Storm, she lets off, but then the ref argues with Soho about the buckle pad. Storm whips, Hayter reverses, and Storm goes into the ref and Soho! Hayter gives Storm the HAYTEBREAKER!! Cover, the ref is here, TWO!! Storm survives and she distracts the ref, Soho undoes another pad! Hayter storms over, but gets SPRAY PAINT to the face!! SWEET HIP MUSIC!! Cover, TWO!!! Storm & Soho can’t believe Hayter survives! The ref argues with Soho, here comes SHIDA! Kendo stick SMACK for Soho! And then steel steps! Soho avoids the kendo stick, they brawl with forearms now!
Fans fire up for Shida but Storm is furious! Hayter RAMS Storm into bare buckles! HAYTERADE!! But it’s with the bad arm!! Hayter still manages to cover, TWO!!! Storm survives again but Hayter is just getting angrier! Hayter powers up, rips off the shoulder tape, and roars! Fans fire up as she kisses the bicep and drags Storm up again. HAYTER- NO, Storm gets around and shoves Hayter into buckles! STORM ZERO!! Cover, STORM WINS!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (NEW AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Lightning strikes twice, she is a TWO-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion! Though, it took everyone in the Outcast army to do it. Will AEW really be their house?
AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Open Challenge: The House of Black VS ???
Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews have radically and ruthlessly redefined what these titles are all about, from both the look to how you fight for them. The call was sent out to the world for any and all who would challenge them, so who has answered? It’s THE ACCLAIMED!! Billy Gunn, Anthony Bowens & Max Caster have been rolling as a trio, so they wanna take over everything! And of course, Platinum Max has a diss track!
“Platinum on the mic, are you not entertained? In Vegas, everybody loves The Acclaimed! We leaving Brody King in a sad place, lookin’ like a reject from RuPaul’s Drag Race! Yo, that might’ve been in bad taste, but how does Malakai get away with doing blackface? And Buddy acts all ominous, when he’s get cucked by a kid named Dominik! Yo, listen!” There’s a second verse!? “Yo, we have you on your backs in five minutes. How’s it the House of Black with no Black guys in it? And you can keep the advantage, we don’t need a special rule to kick your emo asses!” Bowens says, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Caster’s mouth just wrote a check Daddy Ass can’t cash!
Fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the trios sort out. Bowens and Malakai start, and Bowens says he ain’t scared of the House. The two circle, tie up, and go around. Bowens and Malakai break, then reset. They go again, Malakai waistlocks but Bowens wrenches. Malakai wrenches, Bowens wrenches, repeat, and Malakai clamps onto the arm. Bowens wrenches back, but Malakai waistlocks. Bowens elbows free, but Malakai doesn’t even flinch! Malakai even smirks! Bowens and Malakai circle again, tie up, and Bowens headlocks. Malakai headlocks back, Bowens throws Malakai away but Malakai runs him over!
Malakai brings Bowens up, whips but Bowens reverses, only for Malakai roll off his back! Fans cheer as Malakai sits cross-legged. Bowens sits with Malakai! Fans fire up and Bowens shows off the scissor fingers~! Malakai is not amused as Bowens eggs him on. They both stand, Malakai KICKS Bowens, tags Buddy, and Buddy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Buddy wrenches Bowens but fans chant “DOMINIK!” The only place that will… Buddy wrangles Bowens to an armlock but Bowens endures. Bowens fights up, whips, rolls Buddy up, TWO! Buddy wrenches, Bowens ROCKS him!
Fans chant “WE WANT MAMI!” as Buddy swings., Bowens dodges, kicks and runs to KOTARU KRUSHER! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Tag to Caster, the Acclaimed double whip, trip and then Bowens runs up, Buddy shoves him back, kicks at Caster, but Bowens DROPKICKS him out! Caster APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Caster puts Buddy in, hurries after and covers, TWO! Fans fire up and Caster drags Buddy up. Buddy knees low! Tag to Malakai and he runs, but Caster keeps up with him. Caster hurdles, drops, then DROPKICKS! But Malakai BOOTS back! Malakai bumps Caster off buckles and tags Brody.
The Kings of the Black Throne mug Caster, whip him corner to corner, but Caster dodges Malakai to send him at Brody! Malakai rolls over Brody’s back, Caster BOOTS Brody, then dodges Brody. Malakai BOOTS Caster into Brody’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Caster survives, but Brody drags him up to CHOP! Caster falls to ropes, Brody tags Malakai back in. They double whip Caster to ropes, but Caster holds ropes. Caster BOOTS Malakai, dodges Brody and DROPKICS him out! Caster CHOPS Malakai, bumps him off buckles, and then tags Bowens. The Acclaimed hold Malakai into SMASH in the corner!
Caster ELBOWS, Bowens ELBOWS, then feed to the scoop SLAM! Bowens goes up, fans fire up, SCISSOR ME- NO, Malakai boots Caster away and catches Bowens into a KNEEBAR! Brody goes after Billy and Buddy throws Caster out! Buddy FLYING CLOTHELINES Caster, Brody RAMS Billy into steel steps! Bowens endures the kneebar and the heel hook added on! Brody hoots and barks and fans join him. Brody runs in to CROSSBODY Billy into railing! Bowens reaches, grabs the ropes, but House Rules says NO Ropebreaks! Bowens drags himself up with the ropes, Malakai stays on him, and Bowens stands to kick Malakai!
Malakai lets go but Bowens hobbles and falls over. Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” but Bowens throws forearms. Malakai hits back, Bowens blocks a kick to spin and fireman’s carry, but Malakai fights! Bowens still hits the USHIGOROSHI, but it was on the bad leg! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Bowens crawls to an empty corner. Malakai stands to trip Bowens and KNEE him int he face! Then a dropdown, takedown, KNEEBAR!! Bowens endures, Malakai drags him over, tag to Buddy! Buddy goes up, METEORA!! Then Buddy BLASTS Caster, hits Billy, but Billy is pissed! But the ref has him stay back!
Buddy smirks and he goes back to Bowens. Buddy drops a knee on the bad leg, tags Malakai, and Buddy pulls on the leg. Malakai kicks Bowens around, fans rally up, and Malakai stalks Bowens to a corner. Malakai stomps Bowens, drags him around by the leg, and has an INVERTED CALF KILLER! Bowens endures, reaches, gets the ropes but still no break. Bowens drags himself up with the ropes and he throws hands! Malakai wobbles, Bowens fires a strike fest! Malakai runs in, Bowens dodges to SUPERKICK! Bowens falls and Malakai is out on his feet! Bowens crawls, Malakai staggers, but Malakai STOMPS Bowens!
Tag to Buddy, he goes after the leg on the ropes, HIP DROP! Another HIP DROP! And then a KNEE DROP! Buddy kicks Bowens around, stays between him and Caster, and puts him in the corner. Fans chant “Who’s Your Mommy?” at Buddy as he KNEE – NO, Bowens puts him on the apron! But Buddy pulls Bowens’ ear! Bowens dropkicks Buddy’s leg out! Bowens crawls, reaches for Caster, but Buddy drags him back! Brody tags in to SENTON! Brody drags Bowens up to CHOP him back down! Brody stomps Bowens to the corner, CHOPS him again, and then he brings Bowens up. Bowens throws body shots!
Bowens JAWBREAKERS, ROLLING ELBOWS, and then runs in, but Brody catches Bowens! Brody RAMS Bowens into a corner, then CHOPS him down! Fans hoot with Brody, but the ref keeps Caster and Billy from getting in. Brody BLASTS them for the hell of it! And then CANNONBALL! Cover on Bowens, but Caster breaks it! Malakai TOSSES Caster out! Then RAMS him into steel steps! Billy is furious but Buddy tags in. Buddy hoists Bowens up, DANTE’S- NO, Bowens slips free to shove Brody into Buddy! Brody runs in but Bowens dumps him out! Buddy drags Bowens away, goes to the ropes, but Bowens BOOTS Buddy up and out!
Bowens crawls, Malakai returns and he drags Bowens! Bowens BOOTS Malakai away! Bowens hurries, fans fire up, but Brody drags Billy down! Billy whips Brody into railing for that! Buddy gets Bowens but Bowens ENZIGURIS! Buddy BOOTS back, goes up, leaps into a SUPERKICK!! Both men are down and Billy is back! Bowens crawls, hot tag to Billy! Daddy Ass DECKS Malakai, DECKS him again, then DECKS Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Buddy! SPLASH in a corner for Malakai! Billy scoops Buddy for a BACKBREAKER! Malakai runs in, into a COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Brody is back to CHOP! Billy says F YOU! FAMOUSER!!
Billy throws Buddy out but Buddy ROCKS, GAMANGIRIS, but then gets a GUILLOTINE FAMOUSER!! Billy says “SUCK IT!” but turns around into BLACK MASS!!! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
That heel kick was #TheEnd, and as Julia Hart says, The House always wins. Sin City belongs to them, will anyone ever be able to beat the stacked deck?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Taya Valkyrie!
The last time these two faced off, Mark Sterling made it illegal for La Wera Loca to use the Chicken Wing Facebuster because it “belongs” to #ThatBitch. However, this rematch has set Taya free to do whatever move she wants! Will she be the one in 59-1? Or will nothing stop the storm that’s coming?
Jade gets Big Boss Vette to do a live performance of Pretty Girls Walk, and then the introductions are made. The belt is raised, as are the stakes, and we see who walks away with the jackpot!
The bell rings, Taya rushes in, throws forearms, and goes for chicken wings! Jade switches, Taya elbows free, and Jade gets mad now. They go forehead to forehead, and they fire off more forearms! Fans fire up as Taya gets the edge, but then Jade ducks. Taya SLAPS Jade down! Jade scrambles to ropes, Taya runs in, Jade dodges, Taya redirects and CLOBBERS Jade! Fans duel, Taya UPPERCUTS at the corner then snapmares, to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Jade bails out fast and Sterling is there to coach her up. But Taya climbs the corner! Taya CROSSBODIES and wipes out Sterling!! Fans fire up with Taya, but Jade BOOTS her down!
Jade fires up and fans fire up with her now! Jade puts Taya in, “Let’s go!” Jade stomps Taya, drags her up, whips her to a corner, but Taya reverses. Taya runs in but into an elbow! Jade boots but Taya blocks to put her in ropes! KNEE and SLINDING GERMAN!! Fans fire up but Leila talks trash. Taya tells her to stop, but then Leila grabs at Taya! Taya KICKS Leila away, but Leila tries again! Jade BOOTS Taya down! Fans boo but Leila says whatever. Jade drags Taya up, and snap suplexes her to the floor! Jade flexes, she brings Taya up and into the ring, then drags Taya up. Jade whips her to a corner, runs in, and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jade grows annoyed but she drags Taya up. Jade TOSSES Taya out, then swaggers around. Taya gets up, Jade goes out to CLUB her down. Taya and Jade scrap, and Jade fireman’s carries, to SNAKE EYES Taya off the railing! Jade CHOKES Taya but the ref reprimands. Jade puts Taya in, kicks her around, then has a motorcycle stretch. Taya endures, fans rally and duel, but Jade digs her boot into Taya’s shoulder blade! Taya fights up, fans rally, and Taya arm-drags free! Jade returns but Taya LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taya keeps on Jade with a whip, but Jade reverses to ROCK Taya! Jade reels Taya in, short arm LARIAT!
Jade says she is the number one champ! And she short arm LARIATS again! Jade drags Taya up, fans chant “JADE~BERG!” as she clotheslines again! Fans are torn but Taya throws body shots! Taya fires off forearms, runs, but Jade gets her for a SLEEPER! But Taya powers up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and fans are fired up! Taya pounds the mat, fans rally up, and Jade goes to the apron. Taya runs in, Jade ROCKS her! Jade springboards?! But into a CODE BREAKER!! Both women are down and fans fire up! Taya slaps herself to fire back up, and she goes to Jade.
Taya throws a forearm, Jade throws it back! They go back and forth, fans rally, and Jade whips. Taya reverses to drop toehold! QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH!! Jade endures, Taya drags her back! Taya relocks the legs, QUEEN ANGELITO STOMP!! Cover, TWO!!! Jade survives and Leila says that’s right! Leila is on the apron, the ref tells her to get down. Taya storms up, Leila swings but Taya BOOTS her down! But Jade rolls Taya! TWO!! Taya stands, Jade runs in, but into a SPEAR!! Taya drags Jade back up, chicken wings, ROAD TO VALHALL!!!! Cover, TWO!??!? How?! Fans cannot believe it, and neither can Sterling!
Taya drags Jade up, fireman’s carries, but Jade slips off! Jade kicks, Taya wobbles, and Jade chicken wings! JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
SIXTY! AND! ZERO! Sterling gets the mic to say that Jade is undefeated! She has DOMINATED everyone put in front of her, and she is even prepared to wrestle for this title any time! Any place! “But the problem is, there is nobody left!” Jade flexes, but wait. Who is that? Is that… KRIS STATLANDER!? The Galaxy’s Greatest is back again! Sterling is freaking out, he didn’t think this was gonna happen! But Jade says she’s a woman of her word, it’s go time!!
AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling & Leila Grey VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings, Kris dodges the boot and fires off forearms! Jade shoves Kris but Kris ROUNDHOUSES!! Vegas is thunderous as Kris forearm smashes in the corner! Then BOOT WASHES! Kris drags Jade out, suplexes, holds it, but Jade knees free! Jade CLUBS Kris and BOOTS her down! Jade chicken wings, but Kris fights it! Kris elbows free, scoops Jade, tucks her, BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (NEW AEW TBS Champion)
You double down, you lose twice as big! 60-1 is where Jade’s streak ends, all because Kris had #SundayNightFever! Confetti flies as we finally have a second-ever TBS Champion!! Sterling is furious but it is all HIS fault! Will Kris finally reach a new stratosphere now that she has gold?
[Coverage will continue in the morning]
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/26/23)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Get ready to scissor in Sin City!
Just days before Double or Nothing, AEW Rampage sees The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn continue in trios action! Will they be aiming for The House of Black soon enough?
- Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
- Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???; Ethan & The Gunns win.
- Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Britt & Shida win.
- Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Moriarty & Morrissey win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass won the Tres de Mayo Trios Battle Royal over three weeks ago and are still building momentum in the Trios Division. But will they be able to bring down Rush, Dralistico & Preston Vance? Or will LFI make Sin City tranquilo?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed in the house, we the nicest ever. This is not a game, this is not Fight Forever. Rush, you’re losing your cred. How you gonna fight us with all your pubes on your head? Wait, is this guy from Tijuana, bro? He looks like the dominatrix at the donkey show! We’ll make your crew say adios. Acclaimed here to win this match mas rapido!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “LAAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does~! But will this be muy bien for The Acclaimed? Or muy malo?
The trios sort out and fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens starts against Dralistico and the two circle. Dralistico copies the conducting of the choir, and even offers the scissor finger. Bowens goes to accept but Dralistico kicks low! Dralistoco CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bowens turns things around to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Dralistico CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bowens whips, Dralistico goes up and over and then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Bowens comes back with a mule kick, front kick, and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up because “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!”
But Dralistico gets away and tags in Perro Peligroso. Bowens tags in Caster, and The Dangerous Dog circles with Platinum Max. They tie up, Vance headlocks, and Caster powers up and out. Vance runs Caster over, mocks the scissors, then runs. Caster drops, hurdles, then arm-drags! Caster has Vance’s arm and thrusts with it! Then Caster clamps the armlock, but Vance fights up to ROCK him with a forearm! Vance whips, Caster ducks ‘n’ dodges, and leaps, but into Vance’s arms! Vance FALL AWAY SLAMS Caster towards his corner! Billy tags in and fans fire up! Billy is a big man, just like Vance.
Billy takes off the brand new “I ♥ 2 Scissor” shirt, and shows off the DADDY ABS! Billy raises the hands, calling for a test of strength. Vance goes to oblige, but then Billy tells him “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up but Vance CHOPS Billy! Vance tells Billy to “SUCK IT!” then runs, but into a scoop! Billy carries Vance around, to FALL AWAY SLAM! What Vance can do, Billy can do better! Billy scoops and SLAMS Vance, tags Bowens in, but then Rush rushes in to ROCK Billy! Dralistico attacks Bowens and Caster, the LFI turn things around as they throw out Billy and Bowens. Billy is sent into the steps! Bowens and Caster are sent into railing!
Fans rally for The Acclaimed but the LFI all stomp away on Caster in the ring. The LFI mock the scissors, and then just flip off Caster before raising the LFI fists. Fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The LFI mug Caster more, then Rush CHOPS him in a corner. Dralistico CHOPS Caster, and then Vance stands Caster back up to CHOP him, too! LFI double whip Caster corner to corner, Dralistico runs in to SPLASH, and then Vance runs in to clothesline! Rush powers up, runs, and jumps just to BOOT Caster! Rush rolls back to tranquilo while the rest of LFI raise the fists. Fans rally for The Acclaimed while Vance bumps Caster off buckles. Vance then runs to BOOT Bowens! Rush drags Caster out, throws body shots, and then he and Dralistico put Caster back in for Vance. Vance then sends Caster back out to them, to send into railing!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but then LFI brawls with The Acclaimed on the outside! Rampage returns to single picture as fans chant “REF YOU SUCK!” Billy is sent into railing, and Dralistico dumps Bowens over into the front row! Vance keeps on Caster while Dralistico HEADBUTTS Bowens while he’s sitting on a fan’s lap! The fans help Bowens get up, Vance drags Caster up and tags in Dralistico. Dralistico CHOPS, then throws forearm after forearm. Dralistico goes side to side for a SUPERKICK! Dralistico lounges up top and the fans boo. Dralistico drags Caster up to whip but Caster blocks!
Dralistico CHOPS Caster, has him in an open corner, and he whips Caster corner to corner again. Caster dodges the splash! Dralistico rushes back after Caster, Caster dodges, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men are down, they crawl for their teams, hot tags to Vance and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on LFI! He SPLASHES Vance in a corner, brings him out, kicks low and, well, “SUCK IT!” FAMOUSER!! Cover, but Jose helps with the ropebreak! Fans boo, they know the truth! Jose mocks the scissor fingers while celebrating his antics. But Caster tosses Jose in! Billy drags Jose up while Caster RAMS Dralistico into railing!
Bowens RAMS Rush into railing on the other side, then goes to the corner. Billy scoop SLAMS Jose into position! Bowens is up top, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Jose flounders out of the ring, and the fans fire up as The Acclaimed- NO, Rush & Dralistico drag Caster & Bowens out of the ring! Billy swings on Vance but he dodges, to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Caster says Billy but Rush CLOBBERS Caster! Billy is in the corner, Rush stomps him! Fans boo, but El Toro Blanco says “When you mess with the bull,” only to turn around into Bowens’ Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK!!
Rush bails out, but Dralistico springboards in, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Dralistico drags Bowens up, but Bowens wrenches and clinches, THE ARRIVAL! Caster hurries, he tags in off Billy and climbs up! MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall
A fast ‘n’ furious battle, and Daddy Ass and his boys make it through! Bowens gets the mic to say, “How we doin’ tonight, Vegas?” Fans cheer, they’re doing great! “The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass, we feel the exact same way, because we’ve been running through this Trios Division all month long! And seeing as though we are in Vegas, I think we should do some gambling. What do you say?” Bowens says that if Vegas is gonna gamble, maybe Sunday night, remember this: The House always wins, but never bet on Black! Because EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Bowens, Caster & Billy call out Malakai, Brody & Buddy, will the scissors cut down the House of Black?
Six Man Tag: Ethan Page & The Gunns VS ???
From one trios match to another, All Ego & The Ass Boys are taking on The Hardy Party at Double or Nothing, with Ethan’s contract on the line! Will Ethan, Austin & Colten be rolling into Sunday to exact revenge on Matt & Jeff?
The trios sort out, Austin starts against ??? and the two circle. Ethan & Colten distract ???, and Austin CLOBBERS him! Austin swaggers, then tags in Colten. Colten drags ??? up, puts him in the corner and stomps away on him! The ref counts, Colten lets off to tell her to shut up! Tag to Austin, Austin stomps a mudhole now, but the ref counts again. Austin lets off and shouts, then tags Colten back in. The Gunns whip, body shot, knee lift, and then LARIAT! Fans boo but the Gunns soak it up. Colten says if Ethan wants some, here he goes. Tag to Ethan and he soaks up the heat while trotting around ???
Ethan stomps ??? then brings him up, only to get a JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to 222! The Gunns jump in but Austin misses, Colten gets a BOOT, and then Austin gets a haymaker! 222 throws more heavy hands, but then Ethan BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Ethan looms over 222 and shouts, “Are you kidding me?” The Gunns take care of ??? and 333 by throwing them into the railing! Ethan puts 222 up, crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! And then he and the Gunns get 222 up, feed to the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, Ethan & The Gunns win!
Winners: Ethan Page & The Gunns, by pinfall
Ethan isn’t done, either, he wants a mic! A mic is given, and Ethan says he wants to talk to the “bozos” in Vegas. “Shut up, you basic ass civilians.” Ethan doesn’t care if anyone here was watching, he wants The Hardy Boyz to have been watching. Because if so, they just saw what a REAL three man crew, a REAL trio, can do! A REAL team! And on Sunday, guess we won’t find out what the Hardy Party can do because these three took out Kassidy! FOR GOOD! So it is clearly going to be 3v2 now. But wait, here come the Hardy Boys! Fans fire up as Matt & Jeff are on stage, and Jeff has a mic of his own!
Jeff says, “The Ass Boys are looking good out here on Rampage with a boost of ego. This Sunday, the Egos will be DELETED, compliments of us.” Matt tells Ethan that his contract and his ass will belong to Matt now! If they have to fight 3v2, they’re not afraid to. Because to them, fear is only a four letter word. Wait, Kassidy is here with a neck brace? Ethan mocks them to come on down, and Austin mocks the moaning and squealing. Kassidy says unfortunately, the doctor did not clear him to compete. However… He found a replacement. It’s HOOK!! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil did help Hardy Party in the Firm Deletion, so he has returned to help them again!
Fans fire up as Hook follows the Hardy Boys to the ring, and that sends Ethan & The Gunns running! Will the remnants of The Firm be torn down once and for all now that Kassidy has #SentHook?
Backstage interview with Naturally Limitless.
Lexi Nair is with Keith Lee & Dustin Rhodes, and we all know things have been heating up between them and the now Mogul Embassy. It has just been announced that Swerve Strickland and Brian Cage are both in the Blackjack Battle Royal, as are they. What does that mean for them? Imagine that, huh? Swerve and Cage in a battle royal. So after Keith & Dustin eliminate them, because this is all for the International Championship, then Keith & Dustin can just eliminate everyone else and then make a decision on who wins it all. Dustin is confident he and Keith can come to an agreement.
But Swerve and Cage, you know it’s heated. You know it’s coming. Be ready. Keith adds that if the Embassy is in this, then he can’t wait! Keith heads out, and Dustin hopes Swerve saw that. Will nothing stop Keith & Dustin settling things with Swerve’s House this Sunday?
Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
While The Doctor & The Full Metal Warrior couldn’t put away the Outcasts, they are sticking together in this ongoing battle of AEW Homegrowns and everyone else. Will these former AEW Women’s World Champions prove they are still a formidable team? Or will the Vicious Vixens be a major problem for them?
The teams sort out, Shida starts against Nyla as no strangers to each other. They circle, and then Nyla kicks low and CLUBS Shida on the back! Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, then tags in Marina. The Vixens double whip, but Shida ducks the double ax handles to shove Marina into Nyla, and then shove them both into a corner! Shida runs corner to corner to KNEE them both down! Shida then snap suplexes Marina onto Nyla! Fans fire up with Shida and she points to Britt. Fans fire up as Shida tags in Britt! Britt fires off on Marina, but Marina shoves her back. Britt dodges, comes back, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Britt keeps on Marina with hammering elbows, then she wraps on a chinlock. Britt brings Marina up but Marina blocks the suplex. Britt powers up and still suplexes Marina up and over! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Marin up, ROCKS her, and then whips her to ropes. Marina reverses to CHOP and BOOT Britt down! Marina scowls, storms up on Britt, and tags in Nyla. The Vixens mug Britt in the corner, and Nyla CHOKES Britt on the ropes! Nyla laughs right into the corner camera before she lets go at 4. Fans boo as Nyla stands on Britt and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nyla lets off as the ref counts, and then Nyla drags Britt up. Nyla scoops Britt to SLAM her down, then she soaks up the heat. Nyla stomps Britt, drags her up, and scoops to SLAM her again! Nyla mocks the “D! M! D!” and then stalks Britt to scoop her again. Britt slips off, but Nyla choke grips her for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Marina and Shida shout at each other, and Nyla brings Britt up to CLUB her on the back. Nyla bumps Britt off buckles, tags Marina, and Marina fires off body shots! Marina kicks Britt’s legs out, then tags Nyla back in. The Vixens drag Britt up to whip her hard into the corner!
Marina whips Nyla in to SPLASH! And then Nyla feeds Britt to Marina’s BOOT! Marina taunts Shida, clamps onto Britt with an armlock, and she grinds Britt down. Britt endures, reaches out, throws slapping hands on Marina, but then Marina whips Britt back into the corner! Nyla tags back in, the Vixens mug Britt more, and Nyla RAMS Britt in the corner! And again! And again! Nyla sits Britt down, digs her boot in, and mockingly counts along with the ref before letting off at 4. Nyla snapmares, clamps claws onto Britt’s shoulders, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and the Vixens double whip Britt into their corner again! Marina sends Nyla in but Britt avoids the splash! Marina hurries after Britt, misses, and she stubs a toe on the ropes! Gotta be careful going barefoot! Hot tag to Shida! Shida dodges Marina, ENZIGURIS her down, then rolls to SHOTEI Nyla! Marina throws a forearm, but Shida throws a flurry in return! Fans fire up with Shida as she just hammers away on Marina! Marina staggers around, swings, but Shida DECKS her! Shida puts Marina in a corner, climbs up, and Shida rains down more fists! The fans count along and Shida gets all the way to TEN!
Shida roars, brings Marina out with a kick, and then adjusts up top to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shida tags Britt then runs to ROCK Nyla! Britt brings Marina up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, but Nyla scoop SLAMS Shida onto it! Nyla is mad and she hoists Britt up. Nyla hangs Britt out to dry, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs, aims, but Shida saves her from the knee! Nyla runs back in, but Shida & Britt dump her out hard! And then a METEORA to the floor wipes the Native Beast out! Britt has a glove, she spells it out, “D! M! D!” But Marina CHOPS, KICKS and KICKS! But Britt dodges to SUPERKICK!
Britt hurries to ripcord and- NO, Marina gets around to ripcord and SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO into a ghost pin! TWO into the RINGS OF SATURN! Shida is in, KATANA puts Marina into the LOCK JAW!! Marina is OUT, the ref calls it! Britt & Shida win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida, by submission
A hard fought victory for the Doctor and the Warrior! But wait, The Outcasts are on the tron! And they’re all shaking their heads but smirking as they stand over JAMIE HAYTER! They went after her backstage! Shida & Britt hurry to the back but the damage has been done! Will Hayter be able to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship after this?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, ahead of the Blackjack Battle Royal, Lee Moriarty & Big Bill take on Best Friends. Let’s see which team comes out on top. Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!” Will Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor have the hot hand going into the International Championship match? Or will #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper make bust them already?
Best Friends VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
As Best Friends make their entrance, we see their best amigos, Bandido, Komander and even The Lucha Brothers all watching from the front row. They’re all going to be in the battle royal, too, and well, look at that. It would seem The Superbad Squad and the Varsity Athletes had the same idea. They’re all together in one section watching this in person, too.
Anyway, the teams sort out and Moriarty starts against Chuck. They circle, Chuck does some drop steps, and then the two tie up. Chuck waistlocks, wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Moriarty works on the escape, but Chuck cranks the wrist. Moriarty stomps a leg, rolls and kips up to then arm-drag free. Chuck backs off and Moriarty does his dance. Fans boo but Bill cheers. Trent tags in and he circles with Moriarty. They tie up, Moriarty gets around to a waistlock but Trent switches. Moriarty switches back, Trent switches again, but Moriarty elbows free and hits a headlock takeover.
Trent headscissors, Moriarty kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Trent headscissors again, Moriarty kips free again, and fans cheer the standoff. Moriarty does his dance and fans boo again. Moriarty claps at Trent, but Trent offers a handshake. Moriarty accepts, but he sees the cheap shot coming! Trent laughs it off, but Moriarty rakes the eyes! Moriarty CHOPS Trent to ropes, whips him, but Trent reverses. Chuck hits Moriarty, but Moriarty DECKS him! But then Trent CLOBBERS Moriarty! Fans fire up with Trent and he brings Moriarty up. Trent CHOPS Moriarty down, then tags Chuck.
Best Friends double whip Moriarty to a corner, then Trent sends Chuck in to clothesline! Trent runs in to ELBOW! Trent brings Moriarty out, Best Friends double suplex! They both flex on Morrissey, then SLAM Moriarty down! Fans cheer but Big Bill runs in! He breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT the Best Friends! Bill clotheslines Chuck out, then he whips Trent corner to corner hard! Trent tumbles up and out and Bill paces. Best Friends are down while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Bill goes out to stomp Trent around, then stalks Trent. Bill rains down fists on Trent, but Chuck is after Moriarty! Chuck whips but Moriarty reverses to send Chuck into railing! Bill drags Trent up, ROCKS him, and Moriarty puts Chuck in the ring. Moriarty drags Chuck up, UPPERCUTS him, and then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off, and he distracts the ref so Bill can BOOT Chuck down! Moriarty covers, TWO! Moriarty drags Chuck up, the Varsity Athletes and Superbad Squad aren’t impressed with any of this, but Bill tags in. Bill throws body shots, the Lucha Brothers cheer Chuck on.
Bill digs his boot in, but steps off as the ref counts, and Moriarty CHOKES Chuck now! Trent protests but Moriarty scurries away. Bill soaks up the heat from Vegas, then he DECKS Chuck! Bill drags Chuck up, ROCKS him again, then tags in Moriarty. They mug Chuck, stomp away on him, and the ref counts. Moriarty lets off and roars, then goes back to Chuck. Moriarty drags Chuck up to wrench an arm into an ELBOW BREAKER! Moriarty snapmares Chuck, wraps him up, but Chuck fights the straitjacket. Moriarty turns Chuck over and hammerlocks an arm, to then SNAP LOCK it!
Chuck endures, even as Moriarty bridges over! Moriarty then goes back around to SNAP LOCK the arm again! Chuck endures, Moriarty bridges again, and then SNAP LOCKS a third time! Chuck manages to sit up, he throws some elbows, and he gets free! Only for Moriarty to DECK Trent with a cheap shot! Moriarty CLUBS Chuck, brings him around and tosses him out! The ref is distracted with Moriarty and Bill goes over to run at Chuck. But Chuck dodges, and the big boot from Big Bill gets stuck on the railing! That’s not good for Little Willie! Rampage returns to single picture and Moriarty rushes out! Chuck dodges and slides in, to hot tag Trent!
Fans fire up as Trent gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Moriarty! And then GERMAN SUPLEX again! And HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Moriarty flops out of the ring. Trent builds speed to DIVE, but into Big Bill’s big hands! APRON CHOKE SLAM!! The Lucha Amigos all wince from that and Trent flops to the floor. Bill drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and then he tags in. Bill runs in at Trent, but Trent dodges the splash! Bill hits buckles and maybe even post! Trent half nelsons but Bill elbows free, only to get a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Trent then reels Bill back in, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF!!
Fans fire up with Best Friends, and Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Trent then drags Bill up while Chuck climbs the corner. But Moriarty CLUBS Chuck down off the corner! Bill turns Alabama Lift into Canadian Rack, but Trent slips free! Trent runs, but into the BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Fans fire up from that feat of strength, and Bill tags Moriarty. They haul Trent up, Bill full nelsons and Moriarty gets the legs, NARAKU!! Cover off the full nelson swinging bomb, but Chuck breaks it!! Fans fire up as Best Friends survive! Moriarty drags Chuck up to TOSS him! Tag to Bill and they go back to Trent.
Moriarty wants Bill to go to the corner and Bill climbs up. Moriarty brings Trent up, but Chuck anchors Bill! Trent sends Moriarty into Little Willie! Moriarty flops out of the ring, and Best Friends fire off hands on Bill! They adjust Bill’s position up there, then climb up after him! DOUBLE SUPERPLEX!! Trent crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Bill survives and the Varsity Athletes are amused. The Lucha Amigos rally for Trent & Chuck as Chuck reels Bill in. But Moriarty slides in to claw Chuck’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Trent whips Moriarty. Moriarty reverses to send Trent out and then BOOT him down!
But Chuck kicks Moriarty and reels him in! AWFUL WAFFLE!! But Bill BOOTS Chuck!! Bill choke grips, and SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAMS him!! Cover, Bill & Moriarty win!
Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall
Moriarty & Morrissey stand tall, but this was in tag team action. The battle royal is every man for himself, will it come down to these two at the end? Wait, they go up to the Lucha Amigos to talk some trash, and Bandido gives thumbs down right to their faces. Bill shoves Bandido, so Bandido throws a forearm! Moriarty goes after Bandido, the Lucha Brothers go after Moriarty and Bill! And then Butcher, Blade, Kip, and the Varsity Athletes join in! People are sent into railing, and the Varsity Athletes mug Trent in the ring! Sterling tells them to keep going, but here comes ORANGE CASSIDY himself!
The Freshly Squeezed International Champion is here, he runs the Varsity Athletes off swinging his backpack, but the other entrants are still brawling it out on the outside! Cassidy shows off the prize, but here comes THE MACHINE! Brian Cage storms his way down to the ring, but here comes KEITH LEE! He and Dustin Rhodes storm their way down to the ring, and they add a lot of beef to the brawl! Naturally Limitless mugs Cage, the Varsity Athletes still mug Trent, and Cassidy just looks around at the chaos. But then “Whose House? SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve is here in person, but he doesn’t seem in any rush to save Cage.
Keith eyes Swerve from the ramp, but Dustin still throws hands on Cage. Keith storms up after Swerve, but Swerve laughs and dares him to follow backstage. Cage turns things around on Dustin, all the other teams keep beating on each other! If this is how it is to close Rampage, how much wilder will it get when the title is on the line?
A really good Rampage for the go-home of Double or Nothing, and obviously since we didn’t see the traditional pre-battle-royal brawl on Dynamite, of course we saw it here to close the show. The main event tag match was great stuff, and what a great surprise that Best Friends didn’t win! The go-home math now says Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t winning, though I would love if one of them did have a belt. Honestly, they’re trying to make it seem like Cassidy is going to retain the title, since almost everyone else in the battle royal either A) has a feud going already or B) just isn’t at midcard champion level yet.
For example, Swerve & Cage VS Keith & Dustin. We should’ve had some kind of blowoff way sooner than this, maybe on a themed Dynamite and in a No Disqualification style match. Same thing for Ricky Starks, Jay White and Juice Robinson being in this match. But that problem goes all the way back to how AEW handled Starks VS Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. In the end, if anyone new is winning this belt, I would actually want it to be Komander. Komander is still with AAA, so I would love to see him do a tour of Mexico with the title the same way Pac toured the UK with it to establish that first reign.
Decent squash match from Ethan & Gunns beating those jobbers we never even got the names of, and great promo with Hardy Party to establish a new take on the Six Man Tag. Hook joining is a natural choice given he helped the Hardys against The Firm before, but something about this feels like the same backwards pacing as we’ve seen with Starks. The Hardys should’ve turned the contract control tables on Ethan way before The Firm Deletion, with The Firm Deletion being the blowoff that sends the Hardys and Ethan in different directions. Hook & Hardys will definitely win, and we will get who knows how many months of shenanigans where Matt orders Ethan around.
Really good women’s tag match with Britt & Shida winning, even though there’s nothing to win for women’s tag teams in AEW anymore/right now. But of course The Outcasts attack Hayter 3v1 to put her on the defensive. This go-home math would mean Hayter overcomes the odds because she has Britt & Shida helping against Saraya & Ruby. Personally, I’m hoping Taya Valkyrie beats Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship, so that Jade can then jump up to the world title scene and really just tear into all six ladies. What bigger way to lead into AEW Collision, AEW All In and AEW All Out this Summer than with Jade finally being more than the midcard champion?
And great stuff at the beginning with The Acclaimed VS LFI. I just knew Acclaimed would find a way to win and then call out The House of Black. Apparently House of Black issued an open challenge for Double or Nothing, so The Acclaimed has answered it already. I am curious to know what stipulation The Acclaimed will bring to the Open House, but I really can’t be sure who wins. The House of Black have made the Trios Championships unique from the other titles, and have a growing popularity with the fans, but The Acclaimed are also really popular. This is like how AEW booked themselves into a corner with Hobbs VS Wardlow, and look where that’s gotten Hobbs.
My Score: 8.7/10
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