Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/7/22)
Fallout from All Out!
Tonight’s Dynamite could be explosive!
At All Out, CM Punk won back the AEW World Championship, but that was only the beginning! MJF is back, what will he have to say?
- Vacated AEW World Trios Championships: Best Friends VS Death Triangle; Death Triangle wins and become the new AEW World Trios Championships.
- Interim AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Storm wins and denies Ford a title match.
- AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- Grand Slam Tournament of Champions, Opening Round: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins and advances to the semifinals.
- ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Daniel Garcia; Garcia wins and is the new ROH Pure Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tony Khan addresses the AEW fans!
“Hi. Thank you for joining us tonight, and welcome to AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite on TBS. Following All Out on PPV this past Sunday night, I have been forced to vacate the AEW World Championship, as well as the AEW World Trios Championships. New world trios champions will be crowned live tonight in our opening contest in a fight between two of the most storied trios in AEW’s history: Orange Cassidy & Best Friends VS The AEW All-Atlantic Champion, PAC, and the Lucha Brothers, the Death Triangle.
“The AEW World Championship is the single most prized title in all of combat sports, and it will be decided in the grandest way possible: The AEW Grand Slam Tournament of Champions. All the entries have been champions somewhere in their careers, and even some in AEW! Chris Jericho the SEVEN-TIME world champion and inaugural AEW World Champion, as well as three-time world champion, Jon Moxley, get byes into the semifinals.
The opening round features three-time TNT Champion, Sammy Guevara, taking on longest reigning TNT Champion, Darby Allin, this Friday for Rampage! And, SIX-TIME world champion Bryan Danielson taking on former AEW World and World Tag Team Champion, Hangman Page, here tonight!! The finals will happen in two weeks, September 21st, at Arthur Ashe Stadium for AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam 2022! Tony Khan promises us a great night of pro-wrestling, and that AEW will be at its very best these next few weeks. He thanks us again, and sends things back to commentary. Just how big will things get for AEW in the wake of All Out?
MJF is here!
Buffalo cheers their fellow New Yorker, and he shows his loyalty by wearing a Buffalo Bills Josh Allen jersey! MJF jogs right to the ring, does a bit of a CM Punk crowd lean, then gets in the ring to cut his music. “BUFFALO, NEW YORK! The Devil is back! Now listen up, Buffalo. First thing’s first. Who’s excited to see MJF? Lord knows I am, guys. I love Buffalo, New York. Hell, the greatest quarterback of all time, Josh Allen, is from Buffalo. Now, we’re gonna get down to brass tax a bit here, okay? Last time you guys saw me, I might’ve said some offensive stuff. I’m just being honest. But I think we can all agree…” Fans chant, “You Were Right!” MJF says he was just kidding then!
Everything he said was a joke! He loves AEW! He’ll never leave this place! He gets an “A E DUB!” chant going, and when MJF said the fans were all stupid marks, he didn’t mean it. Because without fans, there would be no MJF! How about a round of applause for yourselves? “Now, it’s about time. I have to address the big, fat, smelly elephant in the room, and no ma’am, I’m not talking about you. I’m just kidding, honey, we’ll meet up after the show. You’re gorgeous.” Fans cheer and MJF makes heart hands. Now, we know the world title has been vacated. Don’t boo! Hold on! There will be a tournament of champions to crown a new champion.
And if there’s one thing we can agree on, MJF knows one guy who deserves that championship. But MJF is working smart, not hard, so he is not gonna get in that tournament. Y’know why? Because he has a chip that guarantees him a championship match any damn time he wants! Fans cheer that. And also, Tony Khan is paying MJF a boatload o’ money~! Fans cheer that, too! Now, listen. Hear him out, guys. Hold on, he only has so much time allotted, shush. If there’s one thing MJF knows to be true, it’s that while you might think we’re in dark times, we’re not. What we need is leadership. And MJF cannot think of another person more trustworthy than MJF!
There was once a wise Jewish man, his name started with an M. When his people were meek, weak and needed help, that man split the sea wide open and walked them to the Promised Land. MJF isn’t telling you he’s Moses, that’d be ridiculous. HE’S BETTER THAN MOSES! Fans cheer for their new leader! MJF is gonna win the title because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and you know it!! But wait! Here comes the previous champion, and one of the men in the tournament of champions, JON MOXLEY! Moxley enters from the audience side as always, and he gets a mic before getting in the ring.
Mox stares at MJF and fans cheer. “You… You are absolutely full of crap.” MJF says Jonathan thinks MJF isn’t being sincere in Buffalo, in front of all these grotesque, poor lard asses that have quite possibly the worst football team in the history of the United States of America? Off goes the jersey! And he wipes his butt with it! “Josh Allen SUCKS!” But Moxley may be a bit woozy after going to sleep on Sunday, but maybe he has a point. Maybe MJF doesn’t care about AEW. Maybe MJF doesn’t care about the people. And maybe, just maybe, MJF just looks at the world title as nothing more than a bargaining chip that he can use for the bidding war of 2024.
Maybe MJF takes that title with him to a real wrestling company, with real fans and real wrestlers like MJF’s friend and hero, the American Roller Code-ster, Cody Rhodes! Fans boo but MJF tells the “bums” to keep their mouths shut! Maybe, just maybe, MJF gets to work for a real boss, the only Khan in pro-wrestling that’s worth a damn, jolly old Saint Nick! “Because to quote the greatest wrestler of all time, and my personal hero, The Game… ‘That is what’s best for business.'” Mox slaps MJF’s mic down and then says, “This is not the time, and this is not the place. And I am in no mood. You need to leave this ring right now, or I will make you leave.”
Off comes the jacket and fans fire up! MJF unbuttons his shirt as Moxley rolls up his sleeves. Fans fire up for Moxley as MJF struggles with his shirt sleeve. MJF gets the shirt off now, but he just stands there. And then he bails out! Fans boo because MJF is still MJF. Moxley says MJF’s theme music sucks, too. Now, Buffalo, Mox is in no mood. Mox is pissed off, embarrassed, and angry about a great many things. None more so than that he is standing here without the AEW World Championship, the only material possession in the world that really matters to him. But the belt itself is leather and metal and you can buy one online. That belt doesn’t mean anything.
What means something is what the belt represents. It means something to Moxley and to a lot of people. “The AEW World Championship represents passion for this sport, passion for this business. It represents the passion of the guys and girls in the back, and the fans that fill the arenas and watch at home. Those three letters on the AEW World Championship, they represent the heroes during the pandemic, during a time when the world needed heroes. It represents the dream, the vision that we all had when we started this thing years ago. And we wanted to show the world just what wrestling could be!
“The AEW World Championship represents taking the dark and ugly side of this business and letting it die with another generation. The world championship represents the freedom to be as great as you are willing to dare to be! The AEW World Championship means being better than I was the day before. Even if it was just a little bit better, even if nobody notices but me. That world championship represents slaying demons, that world championship represents everything I love about this business!” Fans fire up and cheer Moxley on. Moxley says the fact remains, he lost. And that’s on him, that’s his fault, he made a mistake and got pinned.
Moxley missed the game winning shot. And he was supposed to be on vacation right now until about two days ago. But here’s another chance to take another shot when the game’s on the line. This tournament of champions is one hell of a shot, one hell of a big rock to push to the top of the hill again. Chris Jericho, the greatest of all time. Bryan Danielson, the best pure wrestler to ever step in the ring, a better pure wrestler than Moxley will ever be. Darby Allin, Hangman Page, Sammy Guevara, three dudes all younger than Moxley, faster than Moxley, more naturally gifted than Moxley could ever be. So yeah, that’s a hell of a shot.
But winners always want the ball when the game’s on the line. The ace always wants the ball. And Moxley wants the ball! So yeah, Moxley’s taking the shot. Because this isn’t just time to win, this isn’t just the fourth quarter, this is time to be a legend! The Maniac fires Buffalo up for this already exciting tournament! Will Moxley fight just as hard as he always has to get to the Grand Slam?
Vacated AEW World Trios Championships: Best Friends VS Death Triangle!
As epic as All Out was with the trios title tournament finale, it might as well have never happened. These two teams have scores to settle, and they get to do it with gold on the line! Will Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Trent Baretta be #FreshlySqueezed champions? Or will PAC become the #TwoBeltBastard?
The introductions are made, the trios belts are back on display, and this gold studded Dynamite begins!
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Pac. The fans rally up and duel as Cassidy stares Pac down. Pac then turns right around, “kicks dirt” at Cassidy and tags Penta. Fans rally up with “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta steps up to Cassidy and tells him, “CERO! MIEDO!” Cassidy shakes his head, but Penta undoes the glove. Penta throws it to Alex Abrahantes at ringside, and then says it again, “CERO! MIEDO!” Cassidy raises his hands, and takes off his sunglasses! He tosses it to Danhausen, and that’s a perfect pass! Cassidy raises his hands again, but Penta sobats him first! Penta headlocks, Cassidy powers out, then Cassidy hurdles, only to roll into a PENALTY KICK!
Penta taunts Best Friends then drags Cassidy up. Penta fireman’s carries and swings, but Cassidy tilt-o-whirls through to RANA! And kip up! Pac tags in to BOOT Cassidy down! Chuck BOOTS Pac, Fenix FLYING ARM-DRAGS Chuck! Trent ROLLING ELBOWS Fenix but Penta SUPERKICKS Trent! The Lucha Brothers help Pac up, and they all coordinate! “CERO! MIEDO!” They all build speed, but Best Friends all dump them out! Fans fire up as Best Friends set up and give Cassidy a boost! FLYING ORANGE! Direct hit and fans fire up for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” while AEW goes picture in picture.
Best Friends go after Death Triangle on the outside but Pac hits Chuck back with body shots. Trent CLUBS Penta, Cassidy has Fenix, but then Pac goes after them to help the Lucha Bros. Cassidy ROCKS Fenix, Pac CLUBS Trent, but Trent throws an elbow into Pac. They start heading for the stage, the brawl continues, but then Chuckie T FLIES IN OUTTA NOWHERE! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes out Death Triangle and high-fives Trent! Best Friends drag Penta back and CLUB him towards ringside. Chuck kicks Penta along, puts him in the ring, and Cassidy hurries to cover, TWO! Cassidy drags Penta up to ROCK him with a right.
Tag to Chuck, they stomp Penta, then Chuck tags Trent. Best Friends double whip Penta to ropes but he KICKS Chuck back and SUPERKICKS Trent down! Pac and Fenix return, Penta hurries to his corner and hot tags The Bastard! Pac stomps away on Chuck, then whips him corner to corner hard! Trent bounces off buckles and hits the mat! Pac stomps Trent but Trent throws body shots. Pac CLUBS him down then brings him back up to snapmare and chinlock. Pac grinds Trent down, but Chuck and Cassidy rally and coach him up. AEW returns to single picture as Pac drops a knee on Trent’s head!
Tag to Fenix, he and Pac double wrench then KICK Trent. Fenix snapmares and runs, runs, and runs, to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Trent to the Death Triangle corner. Fenix fires off in the corner, ENZIGURIS, then tags Pac. Pac brings Trent around to bump off buckles. Fans rally up and duel, and Trent CHOPS back! And CHOPS! But Pac whips him corner tot corner! Trent stays up to DOUBLE STOMP Pac down! Fans fire up and the standing count starts. Pac and Trent stir, Trent heads for the corner to tag in Cassidy! The Lucha Bros run in but Cassidy ducks their double clothesline to DOUBLE RANA!
Cassidy handsprings but Pac CLOBBERS him! Fans are torn as Pac paces around. Pac stomps Cassidy in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and he shouts at Cassidy. But Danhausen gets on the apron! But Alex yanks him down! So Danhausen CURSES Alex! Alex says Cero Miedo and pie faces Danhausen! So Danhausen drops down to CROTCH PUNCH! Very Nice, Very Evil. Pac goes out to yell in Danhausen’s face, but Danhausen powers up. Pac BOOTS Danhausen down! But Cassidy DIVES and sends Pac into railing! Cassidy puts Pac in, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Things keep moving, Casisdy tilt-o-whirl DDTs! Cover, TWO!!
Cassidy throws off his elbow pad and fans fire up again! Cassidy is locked and loaded, Pac stands up but he kicks low! Pac suplexes but Cassidy STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Both men crawl, hot tags to Penta and Chuck! Chuck rallies on Penta but Fenix ROCKS him! Lucha Bros double whip Chuck, then Fenix whips Penta in. Chuck goes up and over, Fenix runs in but Chuck OVERHEAD Belly2Bellies Fenix onto Penta! Fans fire up with Chuck and he drags Penta up! Chuck whips him, Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Fenix gets in, Penta wheelbarrows with him, VICTORY SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally and Penta tags Fenix in. Penta reels Chuck in while Fenix climbs up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Chuck wrenches out to give Penta SOLE FOOD! Tag to Trent and he avoids Fenix’s leap! BOOT into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans are thunderous, and Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Chuck whips Trent in for a big elbow on Fenix! TORNADO DDT! Fans stay fired up, Trent builds speed, but into Fenix’s somersault CUTTER! Fenix runs at Chuck, but into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Pac BOOTS Chuck! Cassidy waistlocks Pac, GERMAN SUPLEX! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Penta catches him for a MAD EIN JAPAN!!
Trent SLIDING KNEES Penta!! Fenix comes back but Trent whips him to ropes! Fenix Tiger Feint rewinds but Trent ducks the Heel Kick! Trent Alabama Lifts and tucks, but Pac & Penta DOUBLE SUPERKICK Trent into Fenix’s CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Trent survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Fenix drags Trent back and tags Penta. They coordinate again, but Chuck shoves Fenix off the top! Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES Penta into the Alabama! Chuck has Fenix, too! AWFUL WAFFLE and a CRUNCHY!! Cover, PAC BREAKS IT IN TIME!!! Fans fire up and the teams regroup, Trent tags Chuck.
Best Friends stand together and stare down Death Triangle. They run in, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS from Death Triangle! Then TRIPLE DESTROYERS!!!! Penta drags Chuck up, Pac tags in as fans lose their minds, and Fenix goes up! DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!! Then Fenix FLIES and takes out Trent and Cassidy with a tornillo! Fenix resets them while Penta builds speed, Penta FLIES to wipe them out again! Pac is up top, aimed at Chuck! BLACK ARROW!!! Cover, Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Trios Champions)
Lucha Brothers add more belts to their resumes, and Pac becomes a DUAL CHAMPION! Will these three show that AEW has #CeroMiedo?
BREAKING NEWS for AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam!
As if there wasn’t already enough, we will see a rematch from All Out! The AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve In Our Glory, will defend the titles against The Acclaimed once more! Will that be the time Platinum Max & Anthony Bowens finally strike gold?
Backstage interview with The Dark Order.
Tony Schiavone stands with Evil Uno, Preston Vance, John Silver & Alex Reynolds as he notes that injuries kept them from competing for the vacated trios titles. Silver starts speaking, but then Jose the Assistant to La Faccion Ingobernable storms in! He tells everyone to shut up, and he tells Preston Vance that Andrade is making him one last offer. For whatever reason, El Idolo wants Vance to work for him, so here’s the contract. Uno tells Jose that maybe he didn’t understand what they were saying last week. The Dark Order is NOT for sale! Silver says Jose’s last name is “the assistant.” Get outta here!
But in walks Andrade and Rush. They don’t wanna speak with anyone but Vance. No, the only thing Andrade will be speaking to are Johnny’s fists! Rush gets fired up. Silver wants to fight? Yes, he’d love to! Andrade gets Rush to calm down and fall back for now. Will LFI not give up until they get what, and who, they want?
AEW shares footage from after All Out’s Women’s World Championship Fatal 4 Way.
Britt Baker tried to talk with Jamie Hayter, but Hayter wasn’t having it after the stunt Britt pulled. Hayter would’ve won the title, and Britt apologizes, but it doesn’t matter. Britt sulks away, did the Doctor just bust up the best friendship she had in AEW?
Interim AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian!
Thunder Rosa got hurt, a Fatal 4 Way was held, and it was the Lightning From Down Under that struck! Gold, that is. But the new champion, interim though she may be, does not rest when there’s work to be done. Storm is going to be a fighting champion, but will she stay spotless while waiting for Rosa’s return? Or will Mrs. Superbad get herself a golden ticket tonight?
The bell rings and Storm circles with Ford. They tie up, Ford hits a headlock and takeover but Storm headscissors. Ford moves around, hops and hops and handsprings free! But Storm ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Ford up, ONE! Ford and Storm stand off and fans fire up. They tie up again, Storm hits the headlock takeover. Ford headscissors back and holds tight. Storm moves around, hops and headstands, then pops free to get the headlock! Ford fights up and throws body shots. Ford powers out but Storm runs her over! Storm and Ford stand off again, and Ford applauds. Ford offers a handshake, Storm takes it, but of course Ford kicks low!
Ford ROCKS Storm, whips her to ropes, but Storm runs her over again! Things keep moving, Storm runs Ford again! And then SHOTGUNS her into the corner! Fans fire up and Storm says kiss this! SWEET- NO, Ford avoids the hip attack, she’s smarter than that. But then she gets WRECKED by that dropkick! Fans fire up as Storm goes out, but Ford YANKS her into the steel steps! Ford drags Storm up and puts her in as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford takes her time returning, then rains down forearms on Storm! Ford lets off and she drags Storm up to bump off buckles. Ford then runs, handsprings and RAMS into Storm at the corner! Storm staggers, Ford soaks up the heat and she CHOKES Storm on ropes! The ref counts, Ford lets off, and then she KICKS Storm down. Ford puts Storm back through ropes, to HOTSHOT her down! Cover, TWO! Ford is annoyed and Storm sputters. Ford fireman’s carries but Storm fights free and O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and Storm ends up hitting ropes again! Ford runs in to SHOTGUN Storm in the back! Cover, TWO!
Ford grows frustrated while Storm gets to a corner. Ford runs corner to corner and handsprings again to back elbow! Storm shoves Ford away but Ford comes back to BOOT her! Ford then brings Storm around to hook a leg into a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ford is further frustrated but she clamps onto Storm’s arms. Storm endures the motorcycle stretch even Ford digs her knee in. Storm fights up, turns things around but Ford CLUBS Storm down! Ford drags Storm up, reels her in and AEW returns to single picture with the snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Storm up to bump off buckles but fans rally for Storm.
Ford goes corner to corner again, handsprings but Storm moves! Ford POSTS herself, then staggers. Storm ROCKS Ford, counter punches, then dodges to run and run Ford over! Fans fire up as Storm BOOTS Ford, whips her into a corner and UPPERCUTS! Ford sits down, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm reels Ford back in, Ford lifts but Storm SATELLITE DDTs! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies Penelope Ford a title match)
Mrs. Superbad put up a fight, but the Lightning From Down Under struck her down! Who will be next to step to Storm?
AEW hear from Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, as well as Hook & Action Bronson.
On Sunday, in a competitive match, Hook won against Cool Hand Ange. They’ll give credit where it’s due, but then Hook also got his just desserts from Daddy Magic! Welcome to the real world, kid! But just as Menard & Parker were handling business, Action Bronson showed up? Bronson tells them to not try any of that coward stuff in their life with his guy. Well if Bronson wants to walk in all willy nilly into “OUR WORLD,” Daddy Magic don’t think so! Not that night, not any night! Bronson does not belong in wrestling!
Bronson says AEW is coming to Queens soon. That’s his backyard. Grand Slam, come see them! Hook may be crazy, but y’all don’t know ’bout Bronson. Menard says if Bronson wants to spit in their faces, he’ll get a taste! What will happen when the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and the man behind the song?
The Acclaimed is here!
Buffalo is so ready to “Yo! Listen!” “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Oh, that wasn’t part of Max Caster’s plan. The AEW World Tag Team Champions interrupt already, and Swerve says he’s sorry. Were they all here to hear more stupid, corny rap jokes from The Acclaimed? “YES! YES! YES!” And they even call Swerve an A-Hole! Well, in that case, Swerve has a joke for them. The Acclaimed as AEW Tag Champions. HAHA! But for real- Billy Gunn cuts “Swervy Boy” off right there. See, he doesn’t know if the fans are listening, but this ain’t Swerve’s House no more! This is Daddy Ass’s House! Fans chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
And Bowens says, because of all the fans, in two weeks, Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, it is The Acclaimed VS Swerve In Our Glory, round two! And the uncrowned champs are taking home the gold! Because EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed! Now scissor him, Daddy Ass!! Not quite a mic drop, but Swerve takes off his sunglasses. It was already an epic at All Out, will this time be even more insane between Swerve and the Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.
Specifically, Schiavone is with Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Tay Melo & Anna “Jay A S.” Schiavone says they’re celebrating Jericho’s big win on Sunday. Big? How about a GIGANTIC win over Bryan Danielson. And just look at him! Jericho’s better than ever. Here’s a history lesson: 400 years ago, Ponce De Leon went looking for the Fountain of Youth. He didn’t find it, but in 2022, Corazon De Leon, Lionheart Chris Jericho, found that fountain! He’s drinking it in, maaaan~! That’s why Jericho beat Bryan on Sunday at his own game. Jericho is now the Best Wrestler Ever, the Best Sports Entertainer Ever, the BWEE B’SEE!
What? B WEE! B SEE! Hashtag it, Tony! And that’s another reason why Jericho will beat Bryan again, next week on Dynamite to then go on to Grand Slam and become the world champion for the EIGHTH TIME! Because it is Jericho’s title! AEW is his company! And this is his EFFIN locker room! No one is ever taking that away from Jericho, ever!! EVER. And when it comes to the Jericho Appreciation Society, he’s got two little brothers. One is Spanish God Sammy, who takes on Darby Allin this Friday on Rampage in the Tournament of Champions. Sammy says that’s right! He tells Darby that on Rampage, “your little turtle lovin’ ass is getting beat!”
Jericho says the JAS doesn’t like turtles! And his other little brother is Danny Garcia, who is in the biggest match of his career, in his hometown of Buffalo, New York! He’s against Wheeler Yuta, but Jericho knows Garcia will win, because he believes in Garcia. But because Garcia decided to not join them on Sunday, the JAS leaves Garcia alone. Garcia will win, just without the JAS. Right, Sammy? Oh, sorry, he wasn’t paying attention. Look how sexy they all are! Even Jericho! Look at those abs! Is Jericho writing off Hangman Page already when the tournament’s not even begun? And is Garcia going to be able to do this all on his own?
AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling!
The War Dog won alongside his brothers in arms, FTR, against Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns. But now he sets out on his own again, ready to powerbomb anyone and everyone who’s coming for his gold. Will the Premier Athlete be able to survive the symphony? Or will Wardlow give Nese a powerbomb for every one of his eight abs?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is WAR!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” but Nese flexes on him. Nese mocks Wardlow’s lesser abs and jigglier pecks, but Wardlow HEADBUTTS Nese with a harder head! And then gives him the wind-up LARIAT! The straps come down, and Wardlow drags Nese up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the POWERBOMB! Sterling is stunned but that’s just the first verse! Fans fire up for it, “ONE MORE TIME!” and Wardlow gives Nese the SECOND! And then right into the THIRD! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
But wait! Wardlow wants to give an encore to the encore! Sterling gets up on the apron, but Wardlow TOSSES Sterling into the ring! Sterling flounders and begs for mercy! Josh Woods appears and he drags Sterling out of the ring to save him! Wardlow gets a mic to say, “I’ve been hearing a lot on the internet, that Wardlow’s lost it! That the momentum’s gone! Wardlow, he should do this, he should do that. Well let me tell you something! Wardlow is the TNT Champion, and it’s time for me to remind everybody in that locker room, everybody in this business, and all of my fans that have stuck by me since day one, that this is WARDLOW’S WORLD!!”
The War Dog is fired up and ready! Who will step up to him and see whether or not Wardlow’s lost a step?
Darby Allin speaks.
“Ever since we both started in this company, we’ve been competing against each other. Darby wins the TNT Championship, Sammy wins the TNT Championship. Darby does something crazy, Sammy does something crazy. But the one thing we haven’t done is become the AEW World Champion. At one time, I would’ve considered you a friend, but now, I don’t think anybody respects you.” Darby says he won’t even have Sting be ringside. If Sammy wants to win the world title fair, then he needs to prove he doesn’t need anyone else, either. Will the Spanish God accept the Relentless One’s challenge to do this truly 1v1?
Grand Slam Tournament of Champions, Opening Round: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson!
The Cowboy fought hard alongside Silver & Reynolds, but they lost out on the AEW Trios Championships. The American Dragon fought hard against Lionheart Chris Jericho, but lost because of a low blow. Both men want redemption on top of another world championship run, but only one can move on! Who faces The Wizard of AEW in the semifinals?
The vacated belt is on display, so both men get a good look at it as they make their entrances. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Buffalo wants “COWBOY SH*T!” but Hangman offers a handshake. Bryan dismisses him, so the two circle. They tie up, Bryan headlocks, but Hangman endures and powers out. Bryan rams shoulders but Hangman stays up. Bryan sighs and they circle again. Bryan calls for the knuckle lock and Hangman obliges. They have a test of strength and are in a deadlock at the center of the ring. Hangman powers Bryan down to his knees, but Bryan fights back up and rolls back.
Bryan reverses the wrench on Hangman, then breaks one knuckle lock to get a wristlock. Hangman rolls, reverses it back and wrenches Bryan now. Bryan rolls, hooks a leg and even gets a chinbar. Hangman slips through to that to wrench Bryan again. Bryan pushes Hangman to a corner, the ref calls the ropebreak and counts, Bryan lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. Hangman storms up on Bryan and Bryan backs away to bail out of the ring. Fans rally and duel while Bryan cools things off. Hangman stays calm and patient as Bryan takes his time returning. They reset, feel things out, and tie up again.
Bryan headlocks, Hangman endures and powers out. They ram shoulders again but neither falls, so Hangman CHOPS Bryan! Hangman eggs Bryan on so Bryan CHOPS! Hangman CHOPS, Bryan is stinging! But then he picks a leg, turns Hangman over, and hooks the legs up! Bryan grabs the arms, and he then STOMPS the knees! Hangman crawls to a corner but Bryan is on him with CHOPS! And KICKS! CHOP! But Hangman turns it around to CHOP back! And forearm! And CHOP again! Bryan staggers away but he comes back with a CHOP! And a CHOP! And a KICK, KICK, KICK! Hangman sits down but Bryan drags him up to wrench the arm.
Bryan whips corner to corner but Hangman reverses. Hangman runs in but into a BOOT! Bryan goes up, but Hangman DECKS him off the top! Bryan ends up on the apron, Hangman triangle jump LARIATS! Fans fire up as Bryan flops to the floor! Hangman takes a moment to take aim, PLANCHA! But Bryan dodges, hammerlocks the arm and POSTS it! Hangman falls, clutching his shoulder, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Bryan isolates Hangman’s arm to STOMP it! Hangman clutches the elbow but Bryan drags him up to top wristlock and arm-drag Hangman down. Bryan isolates the arm again, to stomp it again! Hangman shakes out the arm but Bryan KICKS him in the back! Hangman writhes but Bryan drags him around to wrench the bad arm. Bryan CHOPS Hangman to a corner, but Hangman CHOPS back! Bryan CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS! But that’s Hangman’s bad arm! Bryan KICKS the bad arm, KICKS him to the corner, then KICKS him more! Bryan whips, Hangman reverses, but Bryan goes up and over.
Bryan keeps moving, he ducks ‘n dodges, but runs into a scoop! FALL AWAY SLAM! Even with one good arm, Bryan is sent tumbling out of the ring! Hangman fires up and fans rally behind him as he kips up! Hangman aims again, PLANCHA! Direct hit this time and down goes Bryan! Hangman drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, and Bryan goes to a corner. Hangman gets in, runs corner to corner, and he clotheslines! But that’s still the bad arm! Bryan swings, but Hangman spins him and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives, showing the toughness of a six-time world champion!
Fans rally up and duel as both men sit up. Hangman shakes out his arm while Bryan checks his legs. Hangman drags Bryan up to Alabama Lift, but Bryan sunset flips it! High stack, TWO! Bryan is in a corner, Hangman runs in, but Bryan drop toeholds him into buckles! Bryan KICKS Hangman, runs corner to corner and DROPKICKS him! Bryan keeps moving, another DROPKICK! And then Bryan runs again, into a POP-UP- NO, Bryan RANAS the bomb away! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Hangman survives, showing the toughness of a world champion in his own right. Jericho is watching backstage, happy to see Bryan struggling.
Bryan stands up and he waits on Hangman to sit up. Hangman does sit up, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS him! BUZZSAW again! Fans fire up as Bryan goes up the corner! But Hangman trips him up! Hangman throws forearms, Bryan throws them back, but Hangman CHOPS! Bryan throws another forearm but Hangman fires off! Hangman climbs up after Bryan now, brings him up and scoops, SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Hangman just goes right to the apron! He takes aim at Bryan, but Bryan bails out the far side! Bryan knew better, and fans cheer as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hangman is frustrated, but he goes after Bryan on the far side. Hangman drags Bryan up, and whips him into railing! Bryan takes a seat in the corner, and Hangman gets some space. Hangman fires up and runs in, to BOOT Bryan down! Fans fire up and Hangman refreshes the ring count. Hangman brings Bryan back up, puts him back in the ring, and has him on the apron to CHOP! Hangman CHOPS Bryan again, shakes out the arm, and gets back on the apron. Hangman drags Bryan up but Bryan WRINGS the arm into the apron! Hangman writhes and clutches the arm while Bryan drags himself up and into the ring.
Bryan crawls his way over to Hangman and they go forehead to forehead. AEW returns to single picture as both men stand. Bryan CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, repeat! Hangman even CHOPS through the pain! But Bryan EuroUppers again and again, only for Hangman to catch Bryan into a backslide! TWO, and Bryan GERMAN SUPLEXES! Hangman lands on his feet! POP-UP SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans chant “This is Awesome!” as the standing count starts. Hangman sits up first but Bryan crawls to a corner. Bryan drags himself up the ropes but Hangman stands at 4.
Hangman CHOPS Bryan again! And hoists him up top again. Hangman CHOPS again, but that arm is bugging him. Hangman climbs up to the very top, but Bryan slips out! Bryan trips Hangman up, puts him in a Tree of Woe, and fires off KICK after KICK! Bryan runs corner to corner to SLIDING DROPKICK! Then he sits Hangman up out of the Tree, goes up behind him, and rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Bryan then stands Hangman up, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet?!? ROLLING- NO, Bryan boots it, only for the SOUTHPAW! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives, and he gets Hangman’s arm!
Bryan has the omoplata and the LEBELL LOCK!! Hangman endures and fans are thunderous! Hangman moves around, reaches out blindly with Bryan’s wrists in his face, and powers out! Hangman has the legs and he CATAPULTS Bryan out! Bryan skins the cat to get back in! Hangman swings, into a underhook! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Hangman hurries to move around but Bryan just uses that to omoplata and LEBELL LOCK!! Hangman is caught again! Bryan smothers Hangman, pulls him back, but Hangman fights with his legs! Hangman powers through the hold, and he RAMS knees into Bryan!
Fans are torn while both men are down again. Fans hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! These two have had a time limit draw before, will it happen again? Hangman brings Bryan up to LARIAT! But Bryan brushes that off and eggs Hangman on. Hangman LARIATS again! Bryan still stays up and he eggs Hangman on again. Then he swats the lariat to ROLLING ELBOW! But Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he ducks Hangman’s elbow, runs in, but into the DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bryan survives and Hangman can’t believe it!
Fans are thunderous again as Hangman drags Bryan to a drop zone. Hangman goes to a corner, slowly climbs it, and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! But it sends Hangman into the corner! Hangman just tumbles out of the ring! Fans are torn again but Bryan just resets and builds speed! Bryan DIVES! But Hangman blocks it! APRON POWERBOMB!! Hangman goes up top, for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit but Hangman puts Bryan in the ring! Hangman loads up, slingshots, BUCK- NO, Bryan gets around to O’Conner BRIDGE! BRYAN WINS!!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)
It seems Jericho’s prediction was right! The American Dragon finds a way to win, and now we get an All Out rematch next week! Will Jericho’s seven times beat Bryan’s six? Or will Bryan avenge his loss in Chicago?
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry speaks.
“This was never really about a wrestling match. Christian Cage, the only thing that you’ve done is prolonged the inevitable. So go get your little surgery. And when you are back at 100%, I’m not just gonna beat you. I am going to take years of off your miserable life. And Luchasaurus, it’s funny that you used to carry me down to the ring on your shoulders. Because for three years, I carried your entire career on my back! I busted my ass week in and week out to make us champions, when everyone said you were a liability and a joke. And maybe they were right. Maybe what really happened to me at All Out was that a giant anchor was released from around my ankles.
“Sometimes, you can move on from your past. And sometimes, you have to destroy it.” Will Jack Perry make Luchasaurus pay for the sins of Captain Charisma? And when will Christian return to face the consequences of his actions?
AEW returns with Stokely Hathaway and associates on stage.
Lee Moriarty, Ethan Page, W. Morrissey and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, stand with Stokely as he has the mic. “I know, I know, I know. Everyone wants an explanation from ‘the king of ladder matches,’ Stokely Hathaway about what I did at All Out.” He’ll give it to us. All Out was the greatest moment of his career! But wait, staff is telling Stokely to cut, they need to get to the main event. Stokely laughs as he yanks the staff member into the shot. This guy right here is saying they’re low on time and to wrap it up, like Stokely doesn’t work here or something. That’s funny. LISTEN! When Stokely has the mic, you give him the same respect you would your own father! Got it? Good.
Then Stokely DECKS the poor guy! And the Gunn Sons mug him! Ethan talks trash on the staffer, Lee mocks him, and then Ethan DECKS the guy, too! Fans call them all A-Holes, but they don’t care! The Gunn Clubs set the staffer guy up for Morrissey to BOOT down the ramp!! Security rushes out, but will Stokely Hathaway and his minions do what they want when they want?
AEW hears from Claudio Castagnoli and Dax Harwood.
The Swiss Superman says the ROH World Championship has always been a workhorse championship. It is defended everywhere around the world, it doesn’t matter. And this time, it means everything. Dax the Ax knows he comes in as the underdog, he’s “just a tag team guy.” But Dax fights every night with his heart, his soul and for his family. Because if Dax loses, that’s Claudio taking money outta the Harwood family bank account, and Dax can’t have that. Claudio hopes Dax is ready, will this one burn down the house on Rampage?
ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Daniel Garcia!
This match happened before, but it was in the Dark so did it really even happen? But that doesn’t take away from how big this match here is tonight! The Decoder won the previous time, will he have the formula to repeat history? Or will the Dragonslayer make Buffalo proud with a hometown victory?
As part of Garcia’s entrance, he has Westside Gun live and in person to throw out some Peace “Fly” God! Buffalo fires up for both WSG and Danny G, then Bobby Cruise makes the introductions. The title is raised, and in this newest battle of BCC VS JAS, we see if a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer brings this title home!
The judges for this match are Matt Sydal, BJ Whitmer and Jerry Lynn. The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as these two are heated rivals, but fans are thunderous at the bell. Yuta and Garcia tie up and are in a deadlock. They go around, Garcia headlocks but Yuta powers out. Garcia runs Yuta over and then struts a bit. Fans fire up and Garcia waits on Yuta. They go again, Yuta gets a leg and trips Garcia to have a toehold. Fans boo which surprises Yuta, but Garcia chinbars and drags Yuta down to then rear mount! Fans cheer as Garcia eggs Yuta on. Yuta gets up, gets in Garcia’s face and pushes him to a corner.
Garcia pushes back, things get chippy, but they reset. Fans are thunderous for Garcia, he ties up with Yuta and they’re in a deadlock. Yuta puts Garcia in a corner, Garcia puts Yuta in the other corner, but then they go to another corner. They go back to center, the collar ‘n’ elbow is tight, and then they go to ropes and tumble out! Both men get up in a huff and stare down, but they remember the no head strikes rule. The ref tells them to get back in the ring, and they both slide in fast. Fans fire up as this continues and AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia and Yuta feel out knuckle locks, have a test of strength, and they’re in another deadlock. Garcia starts pushing Yuta back, but he bridges, rises up, and trips Garcia! Knuckle lock cover, TWO as Garcia get an arm up! Yuta puts that down, TWO as the other arm comes up. Yuta shifts to a cording hold and he grinds the arm. Garcia endures, powers Yuta to ropes, but Yuta cranks the arm to hold onto the hold! Garcia fights up to his feet, but Yuta passes him through to wrench back into the cording hold! Garcia still endures, whips Yuta into ropes, and then he holds on! That’s Garcia’s first ropebreak, he has two left.
Yuta lets off slowly, but Garcia uses that to hip toss Yuta up and out of the ring! Yuta tumbles to the floor and fans cheer Garcia. Garcia waits on Yuta, then opens the ropes for him. Yuta goes under, so Garcia stomps away on him! The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and he fires back up. Garcia stands Yuta up to CHOP him! Yuta CHOPS back! Garcia CHOPS! Yuta is stinging but he CHOPS back! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Garcia kicks low, snapmares, then PENALTY KCIKS Yuta in the back! Garcia tallies a point for himself then covers, TWO! AEW returns to single picture as Garcia kicks Yuta around.
Garcia runs the ropes, but Yuta ducks the kick! Yuta hits an atomic drop, then ENZIGURIS Garcia to a corner! Yuta runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Yuta then climbs to FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Garcia as he checks his teeth. Yuta kicks Garcia around now and fans boo. Garcia is annoyed, Yuta kicks him again, and the CHOPS return! They CHOP and CHOP, but Yuta kicks and snap suplexes! Yuta digs his knee into Garcia then covers, TWO! Yuta stomps Garcia, wrenches his arm and grinds the shoulder but Garcia fights up. Garcia whips Yuta away but Yuta KICKS him! Garcia and Yuta just glare at each other now!
Garcia choke grips, Yuta breaks that, but Garcia SLAPS Yuta! Then Garcia SAIDOS! Yuta goes to a corner, Garcia runs in and clotheslines! Then SAIDOS again! And a LAIRAT! Deep stack, TWO!! Garcia drags Yuta around, has the legs, steps through, but Yuta turns that to a cradle! TWO, Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and shoots around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on, he drags Garcia back up, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Garcia clubs at the hands but can’t get free before the GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta is turning Buffalo into Suplex City as he drags Garcia up again! Fans rally for Garcia and he hooks Yuta’s leg to block!
Garcia standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX Yuta now! Garcia holds on, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Garcia drags Yuta up and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Each man has hit three, Garcia wants a fourth! But Yuta resists, switches, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans boo as Yuta still has the waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Garcia switches back to GERMAN SUPLEX again! And GERMAN SUPLEX again! Both men have five, will Garcia go for his sixth? Yuta and Garcia switch and switch and switch, Garcia shoves Yuta but Yuta elbows him away! Yuta goes up but Garcia CHOPS his back! Garcia goes up top, to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!!
Fans are thunderous while both men are down, and AEW goes picture in picture! The standing count starts, and it climbs to 5 of 10 before either man sits up. Garcia and Yuta get to ropes, drag themselves up at 7, and then Yuta flops to the apron. Garcia goes out to the apron, too, and they meet at the corner. They glare at each other through the ropes, and Yuta junkyard dog headbutts Garcia! And again! Yuta stands, he drags Garcia up and tears off a crossbar cover. Yuta stands on Garcia’s head ON the crossbar!! The ref reprimands, Yuta lets off and raises his hands. Fans surely boo but he soaks up the heat.
Yuta drags Garcia through the ropes, undoes another crossbar cover, and then stands Garcia up. But Garcia YANKS Yuta into the crossbars! Yuta clutches his ribs and Garcia climbs up! Garcia stands on Yuta’s head on the crossbar! The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and then he shifts position. Garcia drags Yuta up the corner, then to the top. Yuta throws body shots but Garcia gives them back! They brawl, Garcia brings Yuta to the very top, and hits a JUMPING SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down as AEW returns to single picture! The standing count is back and the fans rally up! We’re past 5 of 10 again before either stirs.
Yuta and Garcia push up off the mat and get forehead to forehead. Yuta SLAPS Garcia, but Garcia fires a flurry of palm strikes! Yuta SLAPs, Garcia fires another flurry, and now they’re both swinging palm strikes! It’s fast ‘n’ furious and fans are loving this! They stand up, and they SLAP SLAP SLAP all at the same time! Garcia dodges to DECK Yuta! Yuta is down and the standing count is back! Fans are thunderous for Garcia but Yuta sits up at 5 of 10. He still isn’t up, we’re at 8! Yuta flounders up so Garcia trips him! Garcia steps through, DRAGONTAMER!! Jericho is watching backstage and cheering Garcia on!
Yuta crawls, reaches out, Garcia sits deep but Yuta gets the ROPEBREAK! That’s just Yuta’s first and Garcia lets off in frustration. Yuta stands, and he DECKS Garcia with a haymaker! That is Yuta’s warning for using a closed fist! Yuta snarls and he drags Garcia up by his ears! But Garcia leg scissors Yuta down, ties the legs up again, DRAGONTAMER!!! And it’s deeeeeep! Yuta endures, grabs Garcia around the head and has a CROSSFACE! But Garcia fights up and moves around! But Yuta shifts through, SEATBELLT! TWO!!! Garcia escapes but Yuta is on him! Yuta steps through, but Garcia boots him down!
Garcia stands into the DRAGONTAMER!!! And it’s DEEEEP!! Yuta grabs Garcia in a CHANCERY! DUELING SUBMISSIONS!!! But Garcia pumps his hips, and Yuta TAPS!! Garcia wins!!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission (NEW ROH Pure Champion)
Buffalo explodes because they finally have a champion to get behind! Red ‘n’ black confetti flies as Garcia celebrates his win on his own! But wait! Bryan Danielson walks out now. Is he here to talk with Garcia or with Yuta? Yuta has Bryan stay back, so that he can shake Garcia’s hand! The Code of Honor is upheld and fans love it, but then Bryan snatches the belt from Garcia? Bryan wags his finger, and helps him put it on around his waist! An even bigger show of respect from The American Dragon to the Dragonslayer, but here comes Jericho! Jericho looks stunned! Is he losing Garcia to the pro-wrestling side? Will he take this out on Bryan in their rematch next week?
A great episode of AEW here, not just to follow up All Out but to adjust from the craziness that happened after the PPV. I’m not going to worry about explaining what went down with CM Punk and The Elite, but it is clear that the first punishment is they’re all stripped of the titles they won at All Out. The other seems to be suspensions, as there was no sign of The Elite or Punk around tonight at all. At the same time, Punk is injured again (mishap during a tope suicida at All Out), so he was vacating his title and missing time anyway. But we got a great way to keep things going, such as putting the AEW Trios Championships onto the Best Friends VS Death Triangle match. It was a great match, and I’m surprised Death Triangle won. I think this makes Pac the first dual champion in AEW.
Great move with this tournament of former champions, too. We already got an awesome match out of Bryan and Hangman, but between Jericho’s promo and the feud between BCC and JAS, I should’ve known Bryan would win. The JAS also had good promos, both Jericho hyping up the tournament and also Menard & Parker calling out Hook and Action Bronson. Darby had a very good promo reviewing his rivalry with Sammy Guevara, and their match is going to be awesome stuff for Rampage. Either guy could win because they’ll be facing Moxley, and will then have one hell of a match with Moxley in the semifinals.
Speaking of Moxley, we got great stuff out of him and MJF. I really liked MJF’s sarcastic promo where he made sure to check off all the Face clichés like shouting out the town and being inspirational. Moxley also had a very passionate promo to get us all back on AEW’s side, not worrying about Punk and his issues. MJF will of course challenge whoever wins the tournament in a couple weeks, but I can’t be sure how the finals sort out. Bryan VS Jericho probably goes Bryan’s way since Jericho won at All Out. But then is Moxley going to win against Sammy/Darby? Will we end up with BCC VS BCC, Bryan VS Moxley? That’d be pretty wild.
It was also a great move to have titles up and down the card. Wardlow of course beats Nese to retain the TNT title, and he had a great promo to tell the naysayers to eat their words. I hope Wardlow just goes on this insane streak of defenses, facing all sorts of big names in AEW as well as outside AEW. If things are done between Miro and the House of Black (Malakai Black was let go, but because he has both physical and mental health concerns), maybe we can get Redeemer VS Wardog. Or hell, throw Brody and Buddy at Wardlow to see what happens. We also got a good promo out of Dark Order and LFI to escalate their story, I would love to see Vance & Uno VS LFI.
Great promo from Swerve and Acclaimed as part of the announcement that they are having a tag title rematch. Given All Out’s match was awesome, this rematch is going to be badass. We got a good bit from Hayter and Britt from after All Out. I hope this means Hayter is breaking away from Britt. Being Britt’s sidekick has held Hayter back, especially in a promotion where there’s no women’s tag titles. Storm VS Ford was a great title eliminator match, but I figured Storm would win. Ford only just got back, she can’t just jump the line. Depending on how things with Hayter and Britt goes, I would love if we got a proper 1v1 of Storm and Hayter, no interference or distractions.
Good stuff out of Stokely and his stable, playing with the meta of being told to wrap for sake of TV time. They got some good heel heat beating up that rando, and I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how each of Stokely’s guys gets going in the different title hunts. Obviously Gunn Club/Ass Boys are the tag team, and perhaps W. Morrissey is the world title guy. I would think Ethan is the TNT Championship guy while Lee Moriarty is the All-Atlantic Championship guy, and then any combination of three can go for the trios titles. And then we got a good promo vignette from Claudio and Dax, that is going to be a great title match, but I would think Claudio retains.
And what an awesome ROH Pure Championship match for the main event. Great tie-in to the BCC VS JAS story, of course, and Buffalo was so red hot for Garcia, of course he had to win. Though, Garcia would’ve probably won even if this wasn’t in Buffalo, because it’s just the story of Garcia showing his “pro-wrestler” side. But it meant so much more that the fans were 111% behind him, so this was a great moment for Garcia. Bryan and Yuta showing Garcia respect while Jericho is stunned was a great closing moment, too. This also adds to how Bryan probably wins next week, because Jericho is again going to have a faction falling apart around him.
My Score: 9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (3/20/23)
Winnipeg gets Elevated!
The Naturally Limitless ride again!
Dustin Rhodes & Keith Lee continue as a duo in AEW! Will they be rolling through the tag division on Elevation? And what of Swerve’s warning to Keith?
- Tony Nese & Ari Daivari w/ Mark Sterling VS Alex Reynolds & John Silver; win.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Taylor Rising; wins and
- Brandon Cutler VS Jason Geiger; wins.
- Dustin Rhodes & Keith Lee VS Levi Night & Jessie V; win.
- Emi Sakura VS Zoe Sager; wins.
- Jake Hager VS Adam Knight; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy & Ethan Page VS Massive Damage, Mo Jabari & Sebastian Wolfe; win.
- Skye Blue VS TFA (Taryn From Accounting); wins.
- Top Flight VS Michael Allen Richard Clark & Shaun Moore; win(s).
A great line-up, namely in some literally great names showing up. “Massive Damage,” “Taryn From Accounting,” and of course, Michael Allen Richard Clark. M A R C, he’s a MARK! I almost hope some of these names stick around through ROH.
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/17/23)
Will Hobbs is on a Rampage!
Will Rey Fenix rewrite the Book of Hobbs?
“Powerhouse” Hobbs is the AEW TNT Champion with help from QT Marshall, but can he keep it on his own against Rey Fenix?
- AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QT Marshall VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Hobbs wins and retains the title.
- Taya Valkyrie VS Ava Lawless; Taya wins.
- Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Bollywood Boyz; Menard & Parker win.
- Daniel Garcia w/ Chris Jericho VS Brody King w/ Julia Hart; Garcia wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Book of Hobbs says he had Aaron Solo steal the belt before QT helped him steal the title! But will karma come back to bite him? Or will Hobbs power through the Firebird?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to for a Rampage!
Fans rally as Hobbs talks some smack on Fenix. Fenix and Hobbs step to each other and Fenix goes head to chest. But Hobbs shoves Fenix down! Fenix kips up, runs in, but gets run over! QT & Solo are amused while Hobbs eggs Fenix on. Hobbs then drags Fenix up with both hands, but Fenix breaks free to get around. Fenix waistlocks but Hobbs breaks free. Hobbs whips, Fenix handsprings over the sweep and fans fire up! Hobbs runs in, Fenix dodges again, and springboards, but he just bounces off Hobbs’ body! Fans boo but Hobbs runs, only for Fenix to dump him out! Fenix then DIVES! Direct hit but Hobbs stays up!
Fenix gets back in the ring, DIVES again, but Hobbs is still up! So Fenix aims, slingshots and QUEBRADAS! Down goes Hobbs! Hobbs gets up and hurries into the ring, but Fenix pursues. Fenix leaps, but into Hobbs’ arms! Hobbs pops Fenix up, and he POWERSLAMS Fenix down! Cover, TWO! Fenix is tougher than that but Solo & QT are still amused. Hobbs goes out after Fenix and he RAMS him into barriers! Hobbs talks trash on the fans but the fans boo back. Hobbs drags Fenix around, stomps him, then drags Fenix up again. Hobbs RAMS Fenix into more barriers! Fans rally for Fenix but Hobbs goes into the ring.
Hobbs kneels to soak up the heat, and he smirks while Alex checks on Fenix. Hobbs goes out after Fenix, CLUBS him, then throws Fenix into the ring. Hobbs says, “Who’s the champ!?” Solo says, “You the champ!” Hobbs hauls Fenix up, whips him hard into the corner, and Fenix bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Hobbs looms over Fenix, stands on him, and the ref reprimands and counts. Hobbs steps off, whips Fenix hard the other way, and Fenix again bounces off buckles. Fans chant “QT SUCKS!” but QT says to ignore that. Hobbs grins as he watches Fenix writhe. Hobbs looms over Fenix, and CHOPS him in the shoulder!
Hobbs then clamps a big claw into the shoulder! Fenix endures, kicks around, but Hobbs lets off to bring Fenix up. Hobbs suplexes, holds Fenix up, Harley Cameron gets a pic, and Hobbs SLAMS Fenix down! Cover, TWO! Hobbs clamps onto Fenix with the shoulder claw again as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Fenix endures, fights up, but Hobbs throws down elbows! Hobbs digs his hand into the shoulder again but Fenix still endures. Hobbs adds on a chinbar, then he CLUBS Fenix down. Fenix goes to the apron, and Hobbs stands on his head! The ref reprimands and counts, Hobbs steps off and Fenix flops to the floor. Hobbs argues with the ref, and QT sucker punches Fenix! Alex protests but the ref missed it all. Hobbs goes out after Fenix, high-fives Harley, and he storms up on Fenix to throw knees. Hobbs POSTS Fenix, and Fenix goes tumbling away! Rampage returns to single picture as Solo laughs at Fenix’s pain.
Hobbs grabs Fenix’s face and shouts at him that this is what he gets for answering the Open Challenge. The ref reprimands, Hobbs lets off and goes into the ring. Fenix drags himself up but Hobbs brings him into the ring. Fenix flops over and Hobbs toys with him. Fans boo but Hobbs taunts Fenix, “You wanna be champ?!” Fans rally for Fenix but Hobbs HIP DROPS him down! Hobbs clamps onto the shoulder again, but Fenix fights up. Fenix throws elbows and gets free! Hobbs grabs Fenix but Fenix PELES! And kips up to BOOT, mule kick, and SCREW HIGH KICK! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up!
Fenix jumps around, but Hobbs trips him up! Hobbs YANKS Fenix off the ropes to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and QT is surprised, but Hobbs digs his forearms in for another cover. TWO, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Hobbs kicks Fenix, talks smack, and paces around to soak up the heat. Fans rally and Fenix CHOPS! Hobbs snarls, but he runs into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up and Fenix feeds off that. But Hobbs stops the whips, swings, but Fenix waistlocks! Hobbs is too big to lift, and Hobbs elbows free. Hobbs snarls, whisp Fenix, but Fenix goes up and over! GERMAN SUPLEX!!
Fans are thunderous but QT is freaking out! Fenix covers, TWO!! Hobbs tosses Fenix away with that kick-out, but he staggers up. Into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs is still in this but Fenix crawls his way to a corner. Fans rally, Hobbs rises, and Fenix climbs up! TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK! Hobbs wobbles and fans fire up more! Fenix shakes out the cobwebs, goes up the corner again, and leaps over Hobbs! Hobbs runs back in to POUNCE Fenix into a corner!! Then DEADLIFT SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fenix survives and no one can believe it! Hobbs is furious, and he hauls Fenix up again.
Hobbs whips, Fenix tiger feints to HEEL KICK! But Hobbs DECKS Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Fenix drags Hobbs to a drop zone, he goes up the corner, and he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!!! Hobbs is still in this but Fenix doesn’t lose focus. Fenix waits on Hobbs to sit up, and he SUPERKICKS! And then SUPERKICKS! Hobbs wobbles, runs in, but Fenix dodges to SUPERKICK again! Hobbs drops to a knee, Fenix runs in, SOMERSAULT- SPINEBUSTER!! Hobbs rolls Fenix through to get him in the torture rack! TOWN BUSINESS!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Hobbs, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
Alex checks on Fenix, but Hobbs storms up to him. Hobbs brings down the straps, but he says it’s okay. QT turns Alex around for a DIAMOND CUTTER! Fans boo as QT raises Hobbs’ hand in victory. Will QTV help make the Book of Hobbs the story of the year?
Adam Cole speaks.
“March 29th will go down as the most important day in my entire life. Not only will March 29th be the debut of AEW All Access, but even more importantly to me, after nine months, I make my return to AEW. And I know that my opponent is going to give me the fight of my life. And that’s good, because I am looking for a fighter. I’m looking for a technician. I’m looking for someone to push me and remind me who the hell I am. So on March 29th, I show the world how damn good Adam Cole Baybay is, and nobody is gonna stop me.”
Stu Grayson speaks.
“Jon Moxley, up until our match tonight on Dynamite, everybody was asking me the same thing. ‘Stu, are you back? Are you back with AEW?’ And I just didn’t know what to answer. I just didn’t. Until now. Now that I am in the hospital because you and BCC gave a concussion to my brother, Evil Uno. So now I’m thinking, Mox, now I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, now I am back.’ You wanted Stu Grayson, you got him! Next week, I want you, Mox. I want you in a one on one match. And I swear to god, I will break you.” The BCC are #ForgedByCombat, but will the Maniac be ready for someone born and bred for combat?
Taya Valkyrie VS Ava Lawless!
La Wera Loca is now All Elite! She wants after #ThatBitch, Jade Cargill, but will her first match in AEW be ruined by “The Hellion?”
The bell rings, the two approach, and Taya gets around to waistlock and SLAM Ava down. Ava scrambles to a corner, Taya runs in to ELBOW her! And then LARIAT! Fans fire up with Taya as she sits Ava down. Taya goes corner to corner, slaps her thighs then her head, and comes back to METEORA! Taya says that’s why she’s La Wera Loca! Taya CHOPS Ava against the ropes, then CHOPS again! Taya whips, Ava reverses and dodges, but the SPEAR hits all the same! Taya drags Ava up, chicken wings, looks like Jaded but this is THE ROAD TO VALHALLA!! Cover, Taya wins!
Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall
Speaking of Jade, she, Leila Grey and Mark Sterling are on the stage. Sterling is taking notes, maybe drafting up a lawsuit. Will Jade have no choice but to take on one crazy Canadian?
Stokely Hathaway is in training.
Matt Hardy tells Stokely that he, Isiah Kassidy & Ethan Page are gonna get him ready for Hook. Hook’s a wrestling machine, a killing machine. He could break Stokely’s arms, legs, back, and neck. Hook could snuff out your life! Does Stokely want that? No! Then they’re gonna get him ready. Just trust them. The montage shows Stokely is off to a rough start, and a rough middle. And his technique to escape a half nelson is to tickle Isiah. But he seems to take scoop slams well. Hardy thinks they need about four or five more, to really toughen Stokely up. Hook is also a suplex machine. Wait, why’re they doing scoops then!?
Stokely runs up the bleachers, and he gets a cookie for his reward! That’s a good-ass cookie. But will any of this help Stokely against the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Don’t touch that dial and stay on ’em! It’s a battle of Canadians as the duo formerly known as 2Point0 take on some old frenemies from back in the day. Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange prove they’re still great sports… enner-tay-ners? Or will there be lights, camera and Bollywood action in Winnipeg?
The teams sort out and Parker starts against Harv Sihra. The two circle, feel things out, but Menard takes a swipe. Harv is distracted and that allows Parker to clobber him from behind! The JAS mug Harv, Gurv runs in but he gets beat down, too! Parker KNEES Gurv out of the ring, then Menard UPPERCUTS Harv. The JAS double whip Harv to ropes, but Harv holds ropes to stop himself. Menard runs in but into an UPPERCUT! Parker runs in but into a LARIAT! Harv UPPERCUTS again, tags Gurv, and the brothers set Parker up for a FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Parker bails out and fans boo.
Parker is flustered but the fans rally for “BOLLYWOOD! BOLLYWOOD!” Gurv runs and slides out, but Parker slides in! Gurv grabs Parker’s legs, but Parker BOOTS Gurv away. Parker tags Menard before Gurv slides back in, and Parker dodges to set Gurv up for Menard’s LARIAT! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he drags Gurv. Menard bumps Gurv off buckles, CHOPS, but Gurv CHOPS back! Menard ROCKS Gurv, bumps him off buckles and tags in Parker. The JAS mugs Gurv and then Parker brings Gurv up. Parker snap suplexes, stomps, then mockingly applauds at Harv while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Parker “kicks dirt” at Gurv while staring down Harv. Parker drags Gurv up, tags Menard, and the JAS mug Gurv again. Menard throws Gurv out hard, then he taunts Harv. The ref reprimands Menard but Parker stomps away on Gurv! Menard then goes out to bring Gurv up and throw him into barriers! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers before he puts Gurv back in. Menard drags Gurv back, tags in Parker, and they stomp away on Gurv. Then they split the wishbone! Gurv writhes, but Parker keeps him from Harv. Parker stands Gurv up, whips him to ropes, but Gurv kicks back! And LARIATS!
Both men down, the fans rally up, but Parker anchors Gurv with a toehold! Tag to Menard and he drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Gurv hangs tough but Menard covers again, TWO! Menard SLAPS Gurv around, CHOKES him in the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Menard mockingly kisses Gurv’s forehead before he tags Parker. The JAS mugs Gurv more, drag him up, but Gurv shoulders into Parker! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO! LAIRAT from Gurv! Both men are down again and fans rally up again! Parker tags Menard, the JAS drags Gurv up, and double suplexes! The JAS is in control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as Gurv turns things around on the JAS! Hot tag to Harv! Harv rallies on the JAS, big elbows and clotheslines all around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP for Menard, then an atomic drop for Parker! WHEEL KICK takes down Parker! The JAS end up in opposite corners, Harv CHOPS Parker then whips him. Parker reverses, Menard drop toeholds, and they bring back the BOOYAH ELBOW! Gurv returns, but he runs into TWO FOR THE SHOW! The double flapjack onto buckles wipes Gurv out! Menard tags Parker, they drag Harv up, DOUBLE IMPALER DDT!! Cover, the JAS wins!
Winners: Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, by pinfall
Menard & Parker win the long-awaited sequel from their Cruiserweight days, and they SCISSOR FINGER to call out The Acclaimed! Will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn have something to say on Dynamite next Wednesday?
AEW shares footage from earlier this week.
Don Callis has a camera crew and a taiko drummer to greet Konosuke Takeshita. Konosuke asks what’s going on while he’s given a bouquet of flowers. Callis says, “Look at the pageantry!” Konosuke says that was pretty cool. Callis says this is what Konosuke gets in Winnipeg and everywhere else, when he’s associated with Don Calls. They shake, and then Callis brings Konosuke in for a hug. This is great, right? Welcome to Winnipeg! Fans applaud, and Konosuke is admittedly flattered. But will all this special treatment convince the Future of Wrestling to join Callis’ stable?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
It is a crossover dream match as Kenny Omega takes on AAA’s El Hijo del Vikingo! The current AAA Mega Champion is an incredible high-flyer and is certainly leading the way of a new generation in lucha libre. But will he make an impression when he takes on the Best Bout Machine?
Plus, on top of Moxley VS Grayson and the No Disqualification match of Hook VS Stokely, Skye Blue is coming after The Outcasts! She takes on Toni Storm 1v1, but will Saraya & Ruby Soho make sure the “entitled rookie” doesn’t make it out of Dynamite in one piece?
The Gunns speak.
Colten Gunn welcomes us to “crappy Winnipeg, but guess what? You get to see The Gunns check into our suite because we are the champs, of course.” Austin is all fired up, but then he tells Top Flight to carry their things. Oh, oops, sorry! They aren’t valets! This is the second best brother tag team in AEW. Colten says Austin’s right! Darius & Dante say okay, that’s funny. Fans of the Young Bucks, right? What? N-No, that’s not what they meant. Oh, then the Lucha Brothers? Uh, no, not them, either. So the Hardy Boyz? NO! The number one brother team is THEM! The Gunns! Oh, really? That’s funny.
Just like them leaving their bags here with Top Flight, but not the belts. Because that’s because they know if the Gunns ever took on Top Flight, Top Flight would “valet” those belts, too. Oh, yeah? Top Flight thinks they’d win? Then how about this? Next week on Dynamite, they put the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line! Then you can try to “valet” them. Top B*TCHES! The Gunns head out, but uh, they still left their bags. Dante & Darius take those away, but will they soon take away the gold?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage next week!
Rampage will be on a different night next week, so mark your calendars for March 25th, 10 PM Eastern!
Excalibur hypes up the main event.
“Three teams in the main event, intent on leaving Winnipeg the AEW World Trios Champions. It was an exciting, brutal match, but it was a match that saw the House of Black retain their titles. In the midst of the melee that occurred after the bell, a war continued to rage between the Jericho Appreciation Society and the House of Black. And as a result, our main event, Daniel Garcia goes one on one with Brody King.” Mark Henry adds it’s time for the main event! But will the Dragonslayer be able to bring down the House of Black’s tattooed titan?
Daniel Garcia w/ Chris Jericho VS Brody King w/ Julia Hart!
The bell rings and then Garcia bails out. Fans boo but Garcia and Jericho soak up the heat. They hug, and Jericho shows off his custom Winnipeg Jets jersey, but then Brody storms out after Garcia. Garcia hurries away, slides into the ring, and Brody gets in the ring. Garcia just bails right back out! Fans boo and Brody paces around, but Jericho applauds the strategy. Brody waits on Garcia, but then storms out after him again. Garcia keeps up the cat ‘n’ mouse game, slides back into the ring, and Brody slides in. Garcia dropkicks the legs out! Garcia fires off fast hands but Brody TOSSES Garcia into a corner! And then SPLASHES!
Brody whips corner to corner, runs in but Garcia dodges. Garcia fires off hands, but Brody DECKS him! Fans rally up, Brody drags Garcia up and CHOPS! Fans rally while Garcia bails out again. Jericho checks Garcia, that chop already made his chest red. Garcia hurries away, but then Julia is there! She stares Garcia down, but Garcia tries to put on the charm with a little dance. Brody storms up behind Garcia, turns him around and CHOPS him again! Garcia falls at Julia’s feet and she smiles. Brody drags Garcia up to RAM him into barriers! Fans rally up, Brody stands Garcia up and CHOPS him again!
Garcia staggers away, face wincing with pain, but Brody throws him into more barriers! Brody confiscates the chair from security, makes Garcia take a seat, and Winnipeg hoots and barks with Brody. Brody runs to CROSSBODY Garcia into the barriers! Fans lose their minds and the ref checks Garcia. Somehow, Garcia is still in this, and Brody drags him up to CHOP again! Garcia staggers away and Brody keeps after him, to RAM him into the steel steps! Fans rally, Brody runs back in, but Garcia drop toeholds Brody into the steps! Brody bounces off the steel and Garcia manages to put his dukes up, as Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref checks Brody, and he’s somehow okay to continue. Garcia crawls into the ring to let the count handle this. Jericho coaches Garcia while Julia checks Brody. Brody shakes out the cobwebs, Garcia wants the count to go faster, but Brody is in before 10. Garcia stomps away on Brody at the ropes and he fires up now! Garcia drags Brody up, fires off forearms, then digs his knee in. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, then stands on Brody to hyper stomp away! Garcia hops off as the ref counts again, and Garcia high-fives Jericho. Garcia goes back to Brody, but Brody CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Garcia BOOTS him down!
Garcia digs his boot in again, lets off as the ref counts, and Garcia does his dance. Garcia runs side to side to BOOT WASH Brody! Garcia says that’s it! He’s beat Brody! But Garcia still has to drag Brody out, only for Brody to kick at him from below! Garcia holds onto a foot until Brody BOOTS him in the face! Garcia staggers to ropes, Brody runs in, but into a drop toehold! Brody hits ropes, and Garcia CHOKES him! Garcia even claws Brody’s face! The ref reprimands, Garcia lets off, and he steps on Brody’s back. And then steps on him again! Brody just gets annoyed as Garcia keeps stepping on him.
Garcia does his dance, turns to step on Brody again, but Brody sits up! Garcia can’t push Brody down, so he KNEES away on his side! Brody just gets mad! Garcia throws haymakers, but those only give Brody power! Rampage returns to single picture, Garcia keeps throwing hands, but Brody roars! Garcia runs, into the BLACK HOLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives but Brody drags him up! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?! Garcia survives and fans fire up, but Brody snarls. Brody puts Garcia in a corner, CHOPS, and Garcia seems ready to cry. Brody stands Garcia up to CHOP him again! Even Jericho felt that one.
Fans hoot and bark with Brody again, and he goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Garcia to the cover, ROPEBREAK! Brody miscalculated and Garcia survives! Brody drags Garcia back to center, but Garcia fights the lift! Fans rally, Garcia CLUBS the legs and he drags Brody down. Garcia fires off knees on the calves and ankles! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Brody fights up, but he starts fading! Brody keeps fighting, he has Garcia as a backpack and he RAMS him into buckles! But Garcia holds on! Brody RAMS Garcia again, but Garcia still has the sleeper! So Brody THROWS Garcia off him!
Brody sputters as he goes back to the corner and fans rally behind him. Garcia stands, into the DISCUS LARIAT from Brody!! Brody says this is the end and Julia has an evil little smile. Brody drags Garcia up, crucifix rack, but Garcia fights free! Garcia dodges in the corner, rolls Brody up, TWO!! Brody escapes, but Garcia has the legs! Garcia manages to turn Brody for the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho and Winnipeg cheer him on, but Brody endures! Brody fights around, crawls his way over, but Garcia sits deep! Brody still fights, and makes his way to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4.
The ref argues with Garcia, and Jericho CLOBBERS Brody with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Garcia then clamps on a RINGS OF SATURN!! Brody’s arm drops once! Then twice! Then three times! GARCIA WINS!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission
JAS should stand for “Jericho Always Steals (the victory!” Because that’s what Jericho just did for Garcia! The ref questions Jericho, but Jericho defends his innocence. Will the House of Black make sure the sports entertainers pay for these transgressions?
A really good Rampage here, even though we had to wait for basketball to finish up before it. Great opener out of the TNT Championship match, and naturally Hobbs retains in his first defense. And of course QT cheats to help Hobbs, even though he shouldn’t even need that. Hobbs’ story is still connected to Wardlow’s, so it won’t be until those two have a rematch that Hobbs loses this title. They’re gonna boost his win-loss record through the “House Rules” house show tour, it seems, as he’s defending this title against Christopher Daniels, despite Daniels needing to also be strong because of his ROH run.
Of course Taya wins her AEW in-ring debut, and of course Jade and Sterling show up to watch in person. I can already predict Sterling is going to draw up a frivolous lawsuit saying Taya can’t use her chicken wing facebuster, Road to Valhalla, because it is exactly the same move as Jade’s chicken wing facebuster, The Jaded. I bet Taya beats Leila in a tune-up that also counts as fighting the lawsuit, and so it’ll come down to who can hit the chicken wing facebuster first to win the TBS Championship. And after 54 wins over her two year career, Jade can lose to someone as well-known and established as Taya without being hurt, and Jade can finally move on to the women’s world title.
Good revisit of Ever-Rise VS Bollywood Boys, and I figured Menard & Parker would win to then also call out The Acclaimed. I bet Caster is working on his diss track for Menard & Parker right now to throw it at them the next time they meet. Decent segment with Callis and Konosuke, and of course Callis pours on the Japanese culture. Konosuke’s choice can still work either way, but fans really like Konosuke so I would think he stays a Face by rejecting the invitation to join up. And while such a story is beneath Omega, I wouldn’t mind if he had a small moment in this story since he was the one who brought Konosuke into AEW to begin with.
Speaking of Omega, great match coming up for him and El Hijo del Vikingo, that is gonna be awesome. Good promo from Gunns and Top Flight, especially with how Top Flight rightfully had three brother teams easily better than Austin & Colten. But Austin & Colten are totally going to cheat to beat Top Flight and retain the titles since their story is with FTR. Great promo from Grayson to call out Moxley, and it sounded very John Wick with that whole, “I’m thinking I’m back!” Moxley VS Grayson is going to be awesome, and will give Hangman a reason to come out and confront Moxley again since there’s still a lot going on there.
The one point of disappointment is that Mark Henry’s role is reduced even further. He didn’t get to welcome us back from break, and his line was trimmed down to just the latter half. But good vignette with narration from Excalibur to make up for it. And great main event, where I should’ve known Jericho would cheat to help Garcia win. Oddly enough, The House of Black will end up the Faces in this story since the JAS will be doing all the Heel tactics, and they could have quite the feud going towards Double or Nothing.
My Score: 8.6/10
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