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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (2/21/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Way Jose VS Velveteen Dream; Velveteen Dream wins.
  • Vanessa Borne VS Nikki Cross; Nikki wins.
  • NXT Championship VS NXT Career: Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Johnny Gargano w/ Candice LaRae; Almas wins and retains the NXT Championship, Gargano must leave NXT.

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NXT takes a look at the build to tonight’s main event.

La Sombra became El Idolo. But then El Idolo got stuck being a party boy. Zelina Vega came, and changed all that for him. Now El Idolo is El Campeon, and Vega knew it was going to happen all along. “You are all witnesses to a historic championship reign!” Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling tried, but failed. However, he–and even Mrs. Wrestling–have gotten on Vega’s nerves. Gargano wants one more shot, and Almas gives it, on the condition that if Gargano loses again, he’s GONE from NXT! Johnny accepted, because if he can’t be champion, he has no reason to be here. Can he do it when it is Do or Die in NXT!?

 

No Way Jose VS Velveteen Dream!

The Patrick Clark Experience wants everyone to know he’s worthy of the spotlight, and he’ll start with showing the Fighting Fiesta that light in person. Will the party be spoiled when a dream is over?

Dream shows off just taking his shirt off, and the fans chant, “Velveteen! Velveteen!” Jose shows off some of his own swagger as he takes his shirt off. The bell rings and the two dance while they circle. They tie up, Dream knees low and rocks Jose with European uppercuts. He then hammers in forearms, but the ref backs him off. Dream poses and swivels his hips to get those tassels moving. However, Jose returns and clobbers Dream from behind. Jose keeps it up and backs Dream to a corner with a chop. He whips Dream corner to corner but Dream elbows him back. Dream hops up but flies into double ax handles! Jose rallies and body drops Dream. Jose baits Dream and dumps him outside! He then builds speed, and baseball slides to drop Dream off the apron. Then Jose slingshots over to splash onto Dream!

Dream is in trouble but the party is rolling while we go to break.

NXT returns with Jose putting Dream in the ring. Dream kicks back as Jose reenters, and Jose is staggered. He turns around, Dream picks him up and hotshots him on the top rope to then give him a neckbreaker! Dream hurries to a corner, jumps, but into boots! Small package, TWO! Jose and Dream get up, Jose blocks punches to counter with haymakers. He backs Dream to a corner then biels him out! Jose runs in for a forearm smash, then unloads body shots and stomps. Another biel and Jose keeps up the attack. Jose throws Dream a third time and right into buckles. The fans duel while Jose winds up, pop-up but dropkick from Dream! Dream drags Jose up, fireman’s carry for the rolling Death Valley!

He climbs up again, takes aim, and leaps for the Purple Rain Maker!

Dream wins! The party is over, and so is the dream. Can the Experience make his way towards that NXT Championship?

Velveteen Dream speaks.

The fans chant for “Velveteen!” but he wishes to reassign the NXT End of the Year Awards. Male Competitor of the Year, Overall Competitor of the Year, MATCH of the Year: Velveteen Dream! Aleister Black, Asuka, Tyler Bate? No one cares about them. Velveteen’s name is what’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. The fans chant “Velveteen! Dream!” “And if you can’t see that, then I just don’t have time for ya.” The Experience is the enigmatic mix of charisma, confidence and skill, will the dream continue to be over?

 

NXT General Manager, William Regal, makes an announcement.

2018 is already a great year for the Tag Team Division. Therefore, the Dusty Rhodes Classic will be returning in two weeks. The tournament not only honors the memory of the American Dream, but the winners will automatically challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championships at TakeOver: New Orleans. He wishes luck to everyone entering. Who out of the stacked tag team division will rise up and “shoot for the sky”?

 

Vanessa Borne VS Nikki Cross!

The NXT Women’s Division is also incredibly competitive, and every woman wants to be the best. Can Vivacious Vanessa overcome the Loony Lass of SAnitY?

The fans are already fired up for Nikki, and Nikki is always fired up even before the bell. The bell rings, and she unleashes that fire on Vanessa! She puts Vanessa in a corner for furious stomps, then backs off to drag Vanessa out. Vanessa counters the whip, but Nikki comes back around to get a thrashing sleeper hold wrapped on. Nikki adds body scissors, but Vanessa still snapmares her off. Nikki gets up with a grin, but her kick is blocked, Vanessa brings her into a spinning side slam!

Cover, TWO, but Vanessa tries again. TWO, and Vanessa is frustrated while Nikki just grins. Vanessa stomps Nikki at the ropes, letting up at 4. HOwever, she comse back to choke Nikki on the ropes. She lets up agani, then yanks Nikki off the ropes. Vanessa snap suplexes then floats to a mounted cover, TWO. Nikki resists the half straitjacket but Vanessa still puts it on. The fans rally and Nikki gets up, only for Vanessa to throw her down by her hair. Nikki still grins, even as Vanessa pushes her around. It scares Vanessa, and Nikki tackles her with a crossbody! Nikki thrashes her some more, then rallies with forearm smashes. Nikki puts Vanessa in the corner, fires up, then runs in for a big corner splash. Vanessa staggesr away while Nikki climbs up, flying crossbody!

No cover, but Nikki doesn’t slow down. She roars and beats her chest, then drags Vanessa up. Fisherman Neckbreaker, aka the Purge!

Nikki wins! Unhinged and unpredictable, can Nikki prove unstoppable on her path to the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

NXT looks back to the encounter of Killian Dain & Aleister Black.

The Embodiment of the End has a devil driving him, “because that devil is the NXT Championship.” Aleister wants that title, but so does SAnitY’s Beast of Belfast. Damo vows not to stop until the NXT Championship is around HIS waist. He warns Aleister that his path “will be stopped by chaos.” But Aleister pointed out that Damo crossed him, so now Damo must #FadetoBlack. Which man will run the other off the Road to Wrestlemania to chase that championship?

 

NXT looks back at last week’s Women’s Championship match.

When the Queen of Spades wouldn’t let up on Ember Moon’s arm, the Pirate Princess made her triumphant return! Kairi Sane knocked down and ran off Shayna Baszler before she could do more damage to Ember. Now to settle things, NXT will grant a rematch from the Mae Young Classic finals! Will Kairi win again? Or will Shayna even the score to continue her pursuit of the title?

 

NXT Championship VS NXT Career: Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Johnny Gargano w/ Candice LaRae!

This is it for Johnny Wrestling: win or leave! He’s already 0-3 against El Idolo, some of that because of La Gerente’s direct interference, but he still has his confidence. Is the pressure of being backed against the wall–and having MRS. Wrestling by his side–going to be enough for Gargano to finally win the big one?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Almas rolls Gargano but not even a count before Gargano kicks out. Almas keeps close and rolls him again, ONE, but Almas waistlocks and rolls Gargano back again, ONE! Gargano avoids the Hammerlock DDT and slips out of the ring. The fans applaud while Almas dusts himself off. Candice regroups with her husband while we go to break.

NXT returns to Almas and Gargano tying up again. Gargano gets a waistlock and Almas tries to find a way out. When he can’t pry his way out, Almas hits Gargano with a stiff back elbow. Almas thrusts in a knee, then stalks Gargano to a corner. He whips Gargano corner to corner but Gargano goes up and over to then roll away. Almas runs out but Gargano shoves him to a corner for the step-up enziguri! Then Gargano begins to rally with ax handles and a dropkick. He clotheslines Almas all the way out, and then fires up with the fans. Gargano builds speed, but Vega stands in his way, canceling the flight.

Candice won’t stand by and watch, she gets in and she DIVES!

While Mrs. Wrestling takes the fight to Vega, Gargano slips to the outside to hit Almas with a cannonball!

Candice chases Vega up the stairs and catches her at the stage. She doesn’t let up on Vega for a second, and the fans chant “NXT! NXT!” in appreciation of it. Vega scurries away and Candice gives chase, leaving Gargano and Almas to the match. Gargano haymakers Almas back into the ring, but Almas sees the slingshot coming and disrupts it. They both go to the apron, and Almas drags Gargano up. He hits the dragon sleeper backbreaker and then the elbow drop DDT onto the apron!

He puts Gargano back in the ring, covers, TWO! Almas keeps his cool while the fans duel with chants, “Johnny Wrestling!” “An-dra-de!” Gargano revives and chops Almas. Almas shoves Gargano, Gargano comes back to throw Almas at the ropes, but Almas tumbles to the apron. Gargano walks over, Almas catches him in the draping armbar!

He pulls that arm, but the referee counts. Almas lets go at 4, then takes his time returning. He rains down right forearms, then drags Gargano up. Almas wrenches the arm into a hammerlock then throws Gargano shoulder first into buckles. He stomps away on Gargano at the ropes, then walks off his frustration. Almas loops the arm around the ropes to wrench it more, but the fans rally for Gargano. The fans duel again as Almas roughs Gargano up. Almas whips Gargano corner to corner, then runs in, and blocks the boots. He spins Gargano around, dragon sleeper for a draping backbreaker and elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Almas walks off his frustrations but he’s still in control while we go to another break.

NXT returns to Almas wrenching Gargano’s arm on the mat while fans rally for Gargano. Gargano gets up and to his feet, but Almas knees in low. Almas suplexes but Gargano slips out to roll and kick Almas! Gargano runs and chops Almas in a corner, but Almas reverses the corner to corner whip. Almas runs in, Gargano boots him away this time. Gargano hops up and hits a flying headscissors to send Almas out of the ring. He walks over and slingshots, but Almas slides in under him. Almas runs at Gargano, but Gargano slingshot spears him down!

Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps focus, he knows he’s getting close. The fans rally while he gets feeling in that bad arm. He brings Almas up and throws forearms frmo both sides. Almas responds with forearms of his own, but then Gargano forearms him back. Gargano mule kicks a leg out, then takes aim from a corner, but Almas evades his second kick to roll him up! TWO, but Almas keeps going with the deadlift buckle bomb!

Gargano is down, Almas goes corner to corner and back again, for CIEN KNEES!

Drag to a cover, TWO! Almas can’t believe it, even after the fortitude Gargano showed back at TakeOver: Philadelphia. The fans rally for Gargano while Almas prepares the Hammerlock DDT, but Gargano powers him to a corner. Almas holds on so Gargano rams him in again, but the third time, Almas uses it to throw Gargano into the post! The referee checks on Gargano while Almas slips out to the apron. Speaking of Philadelphia, Almas runs in but his knees are countered with a SUPERKICK! They both slump against the ropes but the fans fire up again. Almas and Gargano strike back and forth with haymakers and chops. Gargano even uses his bad left arm to punch Almas. He then sees their position, and gets an idea. Gargano lifts Almas in the fireman’s carry, but Almas fights out and ends up in the ring. Gargano slingshots in again, but the spear is countered into the Fujiwara armbar!

Almas wrenches and Gargano endures! Gargano reaches for ropes, but rolls instead. Almas keeps on it, then reaches around to steal the GargaNo Escape!!

Gargano rolls Almas, TWO! Almas swings in, Gargano catches that arm. When he can’t get his own hold, Gargano decides to steal the Hammerlock DDT! But Almas stops that, and rolls Gargano in the small package. Gargano rolls it back, then they teeter on a double cover, double TWO! They both swing clotheslines and solidly collide. They go again and again both collide with clotheslines. Gargano runs out, but into a hip toss that sends him into buckles! Almas sees his chance, and runs corner to corner, for Cien Knees to the back of the head!

He drags Gargano for the cover, TWO!! It’s like TakeOver: Philadelphia all over again! The fans rally for Gargano while Almas’ frustration grows. Almas stands up and works on a plan. He drags Gargano up and hoists him to the top rope. Almas drapes Gargano up there with the hammerlock, but Gargano resists. They brawl, Gargano backs Almas down with a headbutt. Gargano adjusts but Almas trips him up. Almas rocks Gargano with a forearm before he climbs up top. Gargano slips out and around and shoves Almas down! Almas hits the floor, then Gargano runs, and DIVES for the tornado DDT!

He hurries to get Almas back in the ring. Gargano wants Almas to get back up, and when Almas does, he slingshots in for another DDT!

Cover, TWO!! Gargano can’t believe he still hasn’t won this yet. The fans cheer and rally as Gargano slowly brings himself around. He drags Almas up to punch him back down. He goes again but Almas hits back. Gargano punches, then Almas forearms, they brawl on their knees. Almas swings big haymakers but Gargano responds with forearms from both sides. Gargano backs up and gets a chop, so he SUPERKICKS Almas back. Then Gargano hops up, but Almas pushes him off. Almas swings the back elbow, but Gargano ducks and so the ref takes the hit!

Even so, Gargano tilt-o-whirls and, after some struggling, gets his GargaNo Escape!!

Almas endures, reaches, but then from out of nowhere, it’s CIAMPA!!

Tommaso Ciampa returns, armed with his crutch! And with the referee down for the count, he SMACKS Gargano with that crutch!

Another flashback to TakeOver: Philadelphia. The Sicilian Psycho slips away into the shadows, and Almas picks the carcass with the Hammerlock DDT!!

The referee only now regains consciousness, and counts the cover. Almas WINS! He goes 4-0 against Gargano, retains the title, but worst of all, he banishes Gargano from NXT. Vega returns to celebrate, likely unaware of the real reason why Almas won again.

All that aside, is Ciampa still not through ruining Gargano’s life?  The fans still chant, “Thank You, Johnny!” in appreciation for all the blood, sweat and tears he shed for them. Candice also returns, to console Mr. Wrestling as the official announcement is made.

The fans refuse, they chant, “No! No!” But Gargano accepted the terms, and must keep his word. The fans applaud as he and Candice stand back up. They again chant, “Thank you, Johnny!” while Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling head up the steps. Gargano looks out at the NXT Universe one last time from the stage.

Ciampa returns from his hiding spot to mockingly wave good-bye to his former friend. Will Gargano leaving NXT be the end of the Psycho’s grudge against him? Or is it just the beginning of a new chapter for them both?

 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty great episode that was straight to the point from start to finish. Dream-Jose was pretty quick, even with the ad break added in. Dream goes over to build him up more, and his promo after was also pretty great. He name-drops the winners of awards, but he’s already lost once to Aleister and can’t compete against Asuka whether or not she is on main roster or NXT. The build is clearly for Dream VS Bate at some point, which will be a great match, but I have no idea who will go over given how talented both men are. Great to hear the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classsic is coming around again, and Mauro name-dropped some teams that have the potential to win. My choice will be TM61, and perhaps in a match where they overcome the Authors of Pain in return for last year’s loss. Then TM61 VS reDRagon can happen Wrestlemania Weekend for some great action and another toss-up decision. Then Nikki Cross VS Vanessa Borne was another short but fun match. No offense to Vanessa, but she wasn’t going to win that one. Nikki stays strong while she waits for either another go at the NXT Women’s Championship, or a feud with the Lady of NXT, Lacey Evans, per Evans’ mission of straightening out the Women’s Division.

Then that amazing, amazing, amazing main event. It was on par with the TakeOver version of this Almas-Gargano feud, right down to Vega and Candice scrapping and running off to the backstage area. And then, at the very climax, at the very moment we think Gargano will pull off the miracle, Ciampa comes out to kill it all. Their feud won’t need a title to decide who is better, just the win(s). With Gargano leaving NXT, expect him to go to 205 Live/Raw. He won’t have a spot in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, but again, he and Ciampa only need each other in this feud. They had a great match in the Cruiserweight Classic as friends, them having a match as enemies will go above and beyond even that. Then after the dust settles and there is a winner, that man can challenge the winner of the Crusierweight Championship tournament in the days after ‘Mania.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/26/24)

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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Sin City is All Elite!

AEW’s fifth anniversary goes Double or Nothing, and The Elite are risking it all in Anarchy in the Arena! Will “Team AEW” tear down our corrupt EVPs?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony; win(s).
  • Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa; wins.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; wins and
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; wins and
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; wins and
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; wins and
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Mercedes Mone; wins and
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks VS Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR; win.
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland VS Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City and “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the high stakes, high reward, high octane action set for Sin City tonight!

 

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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (5/25/24)

Collision in Sin City!

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Death Triangle sees the Gunn Sons, and raises them CERO! MIEDO!

Before going Double or Nothing, Penta & Fenix want to raise the stakes on The Bang Bang Gang! Can they earn a Unified AEW Trios Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & ??? VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Claudio, Garcia & Hiroshi Tanahashi win.
  • The Gunn Brothers VS The Lucha Brothers; The Lucha Brothers win and Death Triangle will challenge for the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS KM; Kyle wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Acclaimed VS The Gates of Agony VS The House of Black VS The Infantry; The House of Black wins.
  • Mariah May VS Leyla Hirsch; Mariah wins.
  • Six Man Tag; Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Team Triple J; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley is here!

While The Maniac is going to face Konosuke Takeshita in a Title Eliminator regarding his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, he’s here tonight at the sight of his AEW debut five years ago! That night was Double or Nothing 2019 and he gave Kenny Omega a Paradigm Shift onto the stack of giant poker chips, but it would seem he’s gonna be face to face with Don Callis now. Callis makes his way out to the ring now and fans boo him and his weird low bass rumble theme song. Callis says he has something important to say, and he tells Jon that he isn’t here to cause any trouble. Callis just wants to talk about their history.

Did everyone know that on Callis’ second night in AEW, he cost Moxley the AEW World Championship? Hey, he’s trying to talk to Moxley, stay out of this! The fans keep booing, but Callis says Moxley literally got his pound of flesh. Roll the footage of the night Moxley decked Callis and caused him to be cut open! Then Callis turned on Kenny Omega just a few nights later! Look at Moxley take advantage of that! Without knowing it, they both changed the course of this company! Every morning, Moxley is the first person Callis thinks about, because Callis sees this scar. TWENTY-FOUR stitches! For most, that’d be a deal breaker.

But Callis says he and Moxley aren’t like most people. Not like all of these normies in the crowd! Ironic of Callis to say that when these “normal people” want to see Moxley scar Callis again… But Callis says when he was in the hospital, Moxley opened the door. Callis thought Moxley was gonna finish the job! Moxley put his hand on Callis’ shoulder and said, “You’re one of us now.” Callis looked Moxley in the eyes, and what he saw was nothing! The same as when Callis looks in his eyes. The worst kept secret as that these two are a lot alike. They see everything, but feel nothing! They are “high-functioning sociopaths,” and pro-wrestling gave them a platform to change the world!

Thirty years ago, guys like them would be an institution somewhere! But they worked together and Moxley beat Omega. The fans tell Callis to STFU, but Callis tells Moxley that when Moxley said “You’re one of us now,” Moxley was right! Callis helped Moxley beat Omega, but who didn’t Callis didn’t have to help? Takeshita. And Jon, this isn’t a threat, but Moxley has Takeshita tomorrow and it kills Callis. Callis doesn’t want to see this match. Imagine instead, them on parallel yet separate paths, and just once, if they were going it he same direction! They could run AEW! Tony Khan couldn’t stop them! The UN couldn’t stop them!!

So Callis isn’t here to pitch anything, Moxley’s too smart for that. But just imagine what this could be like. They’re alike! They’re not alone! So instead of the eliminator, use that time to make an announcement about Moxley’s future with The Callis Family! What does Callis have to do to get this done? Moxley is taken aback, paces a bit, and fans want him to deck Callis already. Callis offers the mic and Moxley takes it. The fans sing, “F HIM UP, F HIM UP!” Moxley tells Callis, “Okay, just one question.” Anything! What is it? “Well, if you and I are gonna trust each other, if we’re gonna be on the same page, I’m gonna need more of a commitment than that little baby scar on your forehead right there.”

So how about 24 MORE scars in that big bald head of Callis’? But then Takeshita CLOBBERS Moxley from behind! This was the plan all along, wasn’t it? ALPHA ELBOW!! Takeshita then gets a chair, brings it in, and he puts it around Moxley’s arm! Takeshita stands on the arm, then goes up the corner! The fans boo and Takeshita flips Moxley off, before the DIVING STOMP!! Moxley’s arm could very well be broken inside the chair! And then Takeshita STOMPS the chair more! Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli rush out here and that sends The Callis Family running! The damage has been done, will Moxley be able to stop Takeshita tomorrow night?

 

AEW shares Will Ospreay’s message from after Dynamite last Wednesday.

“You think I look pretty bad about now, right? Nah, this is nothing. Mate, I’ve been on full night benders, woke up in the morning, had a bowl of Coco Pops, got on a plane to Japan, called out the toughest guy and whooped on him in front of his wife and kids while I was smiling, bruv! You think this is the end, Messiah? What, am I to believe in you, am I? You think this scares me? I EFFIN’ LIVE FOR THIS, BRUV! I flew all the way from England on a 10 hour flight, got transferred over the Bakersfield, and this is the best that you got? My Messiah, am I meant to believe in you? Am I meant to believe?

“Nah, mate. The only thing that i believe is bell to bell, internationally known, no one is better than me inside that ring. And now what you’ve done, mate, now what you’ve done is just bonded me with that championship. My blood is on that championship, so now it is my duty, it is my spirit, that is bonded with that championship! So Sunday, in the perfect city to do it in, bet it all, gamble your life on it, son. Cuz now, it is my last mission to take that International Championship from you! And Hell or high water, nothing, nobody, is better than Will Ospreay. Cuz I am on another level!” Will Roddy learn he’s not a Savior but a False Prophet of the Backbreaker?

 

Six Man Tag: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & ??? VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

The Swiss Superman and the Dragonslayer are teaming together to take on The Murderhawk Monster, as well as good ol’ Dutch & Vincent, all to avenge what they tried to do to Bryan Danielson & FTR. But who is their third man, brother? It’s HIROSHI TANAHASHI! The Ace of the Universe, the President of NJPW, and one-third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions is here on Collision! Will Ace-sachou be just the trump card Claudio & Garcai need to win big in Sin City?

The trios sort out, the fans lose their minds seeing Tanahashi, but we get Claudio and Dutch starting off. Claudio and Dutch tie up, are in a deadlock, and Claudio powers Dutch back to ropes. The ref counts, Claudio lets off cleanly, but Dutch uppercuts! Dutch headlocks, Claudio powers up and out, but Dutch RAMS him! Claudio RAMS back! Dutch RAMS again! They continue to RAM back and forth, then Dutch kicks low! Dutch scoops and SLAMS then mocks the air guitar! Dutch headlocks, Claudio powers up and out, then drops and hurdles to UPPERCUT! Dutch rebounds, into a scoop! And SLAM! The fans fire up, Claudio runs to DOUBLE STOMP!

The fans fire up, Claudio tags Garcia in. Vinnie gets in but Garcia headlocks. Vinnie powers up and out but Garcia runs him over! Things keep moving, Vinnie CLOBBERS Garcia! Garcia goes to a corner but Vinnie fires off hands! The ref counts, Vinnie lets off, but then Garcia fires back! Garcia stomps a mudhole in, lets off and is all fired up! The fans are with Garcia, he goes back to Vinnie to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to seven, then Garcia- NO, Vinnie slips out, YANKS Garcia down, but Garcia gets around to spin Vinnie! Archer storms in but Tanahashi catches him! We get DOUBLE TWIST ‘N’ SHOUTS!

The fans are thunderous as Tanahashi air guitars and Garcia does his dance! Dutch runs in, Claudio catches him and trips him! The fans fire up, Garcia plays air guitar and Tanahashi does the dance! But then Vinnie CLOBBERS Tanahashi and Archer CLOBBERS Claudio and Garcia! The fans boo but Collision goes picture in picture.

Archer stomps away on Garcia in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Vinnie drags Garcia up. Vinnie CHOPS, Archer talks trash on fans, and Vinnie bumps Garcia off buckles. Vinnie drags Garcia up to SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Archer sends Tanahashi into railing! Garcia grabs at Vinnie’s beard but Vinnie pushes him. Vinnie puts Garcia in a corner, CHOKES him, but lets off as the ref counts. Dutch tags in, The Righteous mug Garcia, and then Dutch reels Garcia in for a short arm LARIAT! Dutch mockingly air guitars, then he stomps Garcia. Dutch drops an ELBOW, then covers, TWO!

Dutch keeps on Garcia, brings him over and bump shim off buckles. Tag to Archer, but Garcia fires forearms on Archer! Archer DECKS Garcia! Archer stomps away on Garcia, roars and storms around, then taunts Tanahashi with his own air guitar. Archer even mocks Garcia’s dance! Archer storms up on Garcia, CHOKES him on ropes, then whips him into the corner hard! Garcia falls, Archer tags Dutch, and Dutch looms over Garcia. Dutch mocks Garcia’s dance, then drags him up for body shots! Garcia goes back to the corner, COllision returns to single picture, and Dutch runs in. Garcia BOOTS back!

Garcia fights off Vinnie and Archer, but leaps into Dutch’s arms! Dutch RAMS Garcia into the corner! Dutch runs back in, but Garcia dodges the splash! Vinnie tags in, he gets a leg, but Garcia BOOTS him away! Archer runs in to BLAST Tanahashi and Claudio! Archer and Vinnie get Garcia up, but Garcia gets around, SAIDO for Vinnie! The fans fire up as Garcia crawls, hot tags to Archer and Tanahashi! The Monster grabs The Ace, but Tanahashi breaks free! Tanahashi fires off forearms, whips, but Archer reverses! Tanahsahi ROCKS Archer! Archer runs back up, Tanahashi dodges the boot and he CLOBBERS Archer!

The fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Archer. Tanahashi runs, but Archer follows, CROSSBODY! Garcia runs pup, but Archer grabs him! CHOKE- NO, Garcia lsilps free of the slam, and he CHOKES Archer on the top rope! Garcia DUMPS Archer out of teh ring hard, but Vinnie SHOTGUNS Garcia! Claudio LARIATS Vinnie! Dutch runs up, but Claudio trips him up! GIANT SWING! The fans are thunderous, Archer gets in to ROCK Claudio! Archer reels Claudio in, the fans boo, but Claudio suplexes first!! The fans are thunderous and Claudio says to go up! Tanahashi understands, but then Archer STEP-UP KNEES first!

Tag to Vinnie and he snaps his fingers, dig what he’s saying? Dutch gets in, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, CLAUDIO BREAKS IT! Garcia also returns, it’s a brawl! Archer TOSSES Garcia, Claudio LARIATS Dutch! Vinnie has Tanahashi to himself as things continue on the outside! The fans cheer “GO ACE! GO ACE!” Tanahashi fights back, Vinnie ROCKS him and runs! But into a SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi hurries out and up, for the HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, The Ace and team wins!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall

A huge moment for these three, and they celebrate with Garcia’s dance! Will, Claudio isn’t really into it, not his style. But will this mean big things are in store for Forbidden Door next month?

 

The following message is on behalf of The Elite.

“When it comes to the tireless work of your EVPs, the job is never done. While being the greatest tag team ever is glamorous, it is in the countless hours of thankless service to every single employee where Matthew & Nicholas find their true glory. From the global stars of AEW to the ring crew and everyone in between, The Elite always give back to the business that has given them so much. However, four men, four violent, ungrateful, ignorant, deranged men, want only to destroy what their humble, selfless work has built.” Anarchy in the Arena is coming, but for the fans, your EVPs will never shy away from adversity in their pursuit to #ChangeTheWorld.

So, clearly biased and edited to favor The Young Bucks, Kazuchika Okada & Jack Perry, but will The Elite stop at nothing to stay in control?

 

The Gunn Brothers VS The Lucha Brothers!

The Bang Bang Gang punked out Pac, and that sparked the flame that revived Death Triangle! But in order to make their coming Six Man Tag match for all the gold, Austin & Colten are taking on Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix in a battle of brothers! Will there be zero titles on the line at Double or Nothing? Or will there be CERO MIEDO!?

The teams sort out but things are tense. The ref has them all back off, and we get Penta starting against Austin. The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” Austin is annoyed, he and Penta circle, and Austin mocks Penta’s swagger. Penta shoves Austin and tells him, “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” And pie face! Austin says Penta should listen! “GUNNS! UP!” And pie face in return! The fans boo, the two argue, and Penta tells Austin listen. But Austin DECKS him! Fenix SUPERKICKS Austin! Colten runs in and DROPKICKS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Colten! Austin CLOBBERS Penta! Fenix and Austin DOUBLE LARIAT!

All four men are down and the fans fire up! The brothers regroup, The Gunns run up, the Lucha Bros dodge! The Gunns dodge, but the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Gunns bail out, the fans fire up, and The Lucha Bros say “CERO! MIEDO!” They both run, both slide, but the Gunns duck under to get under the ring! The Lucha Bros drag the Gunns back out, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” But the Gunns duck and superkicks collide! Austin sends Fenix into barriers, then Colten puts Penta in the ring! Austin tags Colten, then he drags Penta up. They whip Penta, set up to body shot, knee lift, and LARIAT! The Gunns soak up the heat and Colten looms over Penta.

Colten drags Penta, suplexes, then covers, TWO! Colten goes after Penta’s mask, tags Austin in, and the Gunns double suplex! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Colten CHOKES Penta on the ropes, then ties his mask to them! The ref reprimands, Austin stomps Colten, then he lets off. Colten CHOKES Penta! Austin taunts Fenix, the ref tries to free Penta, but Austin’s knot is pretty tricky. Austin tags Colten, Penta gets free, and the Gunns stomp him. Colten stomps Penta some more, then drags him up. Colten kicks low, then soaks up the heat. Colten kicks Penta out, goes out after him, and brings him around to POST! Penta tumbles and Colten slides in. Tag to Austin, Austin taunts Penta before he BOOTS Penta down! Austin drags Penta up, SMACKS him off the apron, then taunts him with #GunnsUp.

Austin drags Penta up, puts him in, and Austin stays between Penta and Fenix. Austin swaggers but Penta goes for a leg! Austin holds him off, CLUBS him down, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Colten, the Gunns double whip but Penta KICKS Colten! Austin blocks a superkick, Colten DECKS Penta! Austin drags Penta around, tags Colten, and Colten covers, TWO! Penta stays in this but Colten stays between him and Fenix. Colten drags Penta up, fireman’s carries, and Collision returns to single picture. Penta fights free with elbows, then ducks a lariat to SUPERKICK! Colten and Penta are both down and the fans fire up!

Penta crawls, Austin runs up on Fenix! Fenix fires off on Austin but that keep shim from Penta! Colten drags Penta back and tells him it was that close! But Penta dodges Colten, sends Austin into him, hot tag to Fenix! Fenix DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Penta runs up at Colten, is put on the apron, but Fenix SPLASHES! Austin whips but Fenix tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Colten goes up, Penta SLINGSHOT SUPER STEINERS! Fenix FROG SPLASHES Colten! cover, TWO!! Colten survives but Fenix goes back up! Penta brings Colten up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Austin TRIPS Fenix! Colten back drops free, tag to Austin!

The Gunns get Fenix up, double whip him, then they get moving, JUMP PUNCH! FAMOUSER! Cover, PENTA BREAKS IT! The fans fire up as this continues! Colten & Austin mug Penta, drag him up, and they whip him out of the ring. They call their shot, wait on Fenix, but Penta SUPERKICKS Austin! Fenix rolls Colten into the DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up, Penta SOBATS and reels Austin in! “CERO! MIEDO!” LUCHA FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix DIVES to take out Colten! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (Death Triangle earns a Unified Trios Championship match)

Pac is here to celebrate with his hermanos! But Jay White hurries out to support the Gunns. The Switchblade vows that the Bang Bang Gang will keep their titles! But will they regret ever bullying The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

Arkady Aura is with The Learning Tree & “Redwood,” and notes Jericho’s FTW Championship will be a Triple Threat after Hook and Katsuyori Shibata got a double submission victory. Does this bother Jericho at all? Bill says if he may be so bold, if there is one thing Jericho has always said, it is that when you face adversity, and you are facing the darkest hour, you have to dig deep to pull out the light. Bill is sure that applies here. Jericho agrees. And he loves Arkady’s name, it sounds like a place where you play video games. Anyway, to be serious, he was not expecting to have two opponents.

But now that he does, after 33 YEARS of being on top of the wrestling world, doing the greatest things that’ve ever been done, the fan support that he has, he knows he’ll have to work extra hard to retain the title. But as the longest reigning “For The World Champion” at 44 days, Jericho thinks he will come away with a win. When you’re The Learning Tree, you have to be ready to face all adversaries, and all different types of opponents. But then in walks Bryan Keith. The Bounty Hunter says he missed his shot, but he promises that this ain’t the last we’ve seen of him. Keith heads out, Jericho smiles and thanks him for that.

Will The Ocho defy the one-third odds he has to still be the one with the gold?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS KM!

#CombatKyle is still a bit sore from losing to Malakai Black, but he isn’t gonna let The End be the end of his comeback! Will he just keep fighting until he’s going for gold?

The bell rings and Kyle runs up to fire off on KM! KM shoves Kyle, swings, but Kyle body shots, KICKS and KICKS! Kyle runs, but KM DROPKICKS him! KM fires up, wrenches and whips Kyle corner to corner hard, and he asks, “Who suck snow?!” The fans say “YOU!” KM runs in, but into a BOOT! KM comes back, into another boot! KM tries again, Kyle dodges the splash! GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! KM RAMS Kyle into buckles, but Kyle holds on tight, body scissors included! KM fades, so Kyle lets go to KICK! AX and- NO, KM blocks the smash! Then he blocks a kick! But Kyle blocks a haymaker to get the ARMBAR!! KM taps, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

KOR > KM, and now Kyle is all fired up! Will Kyle be primed to fight for a title after AEW goes Double or Nothing?

 

Willow Nightingale is here!

The fans cheer as the TBS Champion, and her good pal Kris Statlander, heads to the ring. Kris leaves it to Willow from here, and Willow steps in the ring to get a mic. The Babe with the Power says, “Las Vegaaaaas~! Y’know, it feels really great to be here. And on the fifth anniversary of All Elite Wrestling, none the less. And we got Collision on TBS tonight, and you can’t have Collision on TBS without The Face of TBS!” The fans cheer that! Willow revels in their chants a moment before saying thanks. But she also thinks about last night’s Rampage, and how someone else put their hands on her TBS Championships: Mercedes Mone.

The fans are torn but mostly boo The CEO. Willow says Mone has been here about two months, and Willow keeps talking about respect. But we’re way past that now. Tomorrow night, Double or Nothing, Willow will WRECK Mone! She will make Mone long for the days when she was out of harm’s way, sitting at home on the shelf! And Willow knows that championships come and go. But she’ll be DAMNED if tomorrow is the night this reign ends! Because for years, Willow has been working towards HER dream. She’s had knee surgery! Not many known this, but she was almost PARALYZED by a neck injury five years ago, before ever getting to AEW!

So now, Willow gets to live her dream as TBS Champion. And Willow will go through Manitoba Massacres, she will hop on planes to go to Japan, 14 hours each way, and fight in a Stardom ring. So Mercedes, Willow is just getting started! The fans fire up for Willow and she nods. Willow tells Mone that Mone says Willow can’t beat her at 100%. But Willow knows Mone can’t beat Willow at any percent! Because last year, Willow did just that! And tomorrow, at Double or Nothing, she proves that the better woman IS Willow Nightingale! The fans are fired up as Willow holds that title high, but will she be holding it at the end of Sunday night?

 

Backstage interview with Trent Beretta.

Lexy Nair is with #JustTrent and says that he has all the moment going into his match with Orange Cassidy. Aside from that, this is also deeply personal. We saw Trent end Chuck Taylor’s in-ring career, is he going to try that with Cassidy? Trent says that he’s already said everything that he’s had to say about “that con-man narcissist.” Trent vows that tomorrow night, he shows the whole world something Trent’s known for a long time. But in steps Rocky Romero. Azucar knows they haven’t talked, he just wanted to see him before tomorrow night. It’s a big night, Trent’s been here since day one, lots of memories between what was The Best Friends.

No matter what, Rocky just hopes there is a way they can all put this all behind them. They’re more than Best Friends, they’re family! Trent says that’s not happening at all. And don’t ever interrupt him again. Trent leaves, Rocky isn’t sure what to make of that, is Trent already past the point of no return?

 

Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Acclaimed VS The Gates of Agony VS The House of Black VS The Infantry!

While The Young Bucks are busy with Anarchy in the Arena tomorrow night, they will need challengers for their AEW World Tag Team Championships at some point. This match will go a long way in clearing out the pack, who stands tall after this massive match as strong contenders?

But wait, Platinum Max has a diss track on deck! “The House of Black ain’t about s*it, a new ball gag would fit right in with those outfits! I treat Infantry like infants, getting overpowered. Fake American heroes, y’all’re stolen valor! I heard you rap but you’re not as cold as ours. You pissed me off, now you got the golden shower. From the tip of my pee niz to the top of your tongue, don’t talk about me, b*tch! I heard Brian Cage can’t stay hard, your other two guys, I don’t know what their names are! They still talk a big game, but in Vegas, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!”

Bowens then takes the mic to say, “LAAAS VEGAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Caster’s words really sting and those punchlines were smart, but will The Acclaimed return to the top of the tag charts?

The teams all sort out, and in this form of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time. Caster and Carlie Bravo start, circle, and they tie up. Bravo rolls Caster up, ONE! Caster rolls Bravo up, TWO! Bravo sweeps to cover, ONE! Caster sweeps to cover, ONE! They stand off, Caster pushes Bravo but Bravo pushes back. They circle, Caster avoids the House of Black and tags Bowens. Bravo isn’t as aware, Buddy Matthews tags in off him. Buddy and Bowens circle, but then Bishop Kaun tags himself in! The Cameroonian Prince tells Bowens to split, then he ties up with the Aussie Juggernaut. Buddy headlocks but Kaun powers out. They RAM shoulders, then Kaun goes again.

They RAM shoulders again, Buddy hits a headlock takeover. Kaun headscissors, Buddy kips free, and the two stand off. Brody calls to Buddy, Buddy tags him in. But Kaun tags Toa Liona and the fans fire up for the big meaty men! Brody and Liona circle, they BLAST Infantry and Acclaimed! Then they run up to LARIAT! “MEAT!” The forearms fly, “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Bowens gets in but Brody DECKS him! The “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” continues but Caster gets in. Liona DECKS Caster! The “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” gets going, both Infantry get in. Liona and Brody DECK them both! Then Brody ROCKS Liona!

Kaun runs up, Brody BOOTS him! Brody brings Liona up but Liona fireman’s carries! Brody slips free to HEADBUTT, but it hurts Brody! You never headbutt a Samoan! Liona fireman’s carries, Buddy runs up, so Liona dumps Brody to knee Buddy! Liona TOSSES Buddy out, UPPERCUTS him, then ROCKS Brody! Brody leans on ropes, Liona roars, but he runs, and Buddy dumps him out! The teams all fight o the outside, and BRODY DIVES!! Direct hit into the cluster, STRIKE! The fans are thunderous as we go picture in picture!

The House drags people up, Buddy SMACKS Bravo off steps, then THRWOS him into barriers! Brody CHOKES Caster then CLUBS him down! Bowens goes after Liona but Liona RAMS him into steel steps! Brody chokes Caster, Kaun is sent into barriers, and the House mugs Bravo. Brody CLUBS Bowens, Liona throws Shawn Dean around, it is just chaos on the outside! Buddy CHOPS Bravo, Brody CLUBS Bowens, The Gates mug Dean! The ref wants someone to get in the ring, so Liona and Brody storm in. They circle, snarl, but then Caster tags in off Brody! Caster stays back, Buddy tags in off Liona. Buddy runs up, Caster dodges to BACKHAND!

Caster has Buddy in a corner, goes up, but Buddy DUMPS Caster to the apron! But Caster ROCKS Buddy in return! The fans fire up as Caster climbs, but Buddy trips Caster up! Buddy climbs, he brings Caster up, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Buddy tags Brody, then he scoop SLAMS Caster! Brody runs to SENTON! Brody drags Caster up, Collision returns to single picture, and Brody CHPOS Caster down! Tag to Buddy, he ROCKS Caster. The fans rally, Buddy clamps on a SLEEPER! Caster endures, reaches out, and the fans rally more. Caster fights up, JAWBREAKERS, and then flounders.

Buddy anchors Caster’s foot, yanks him back and he BLASTS Bowens! Caster reaches for The Infantry but Buddy keeps Caster from them, too. The Infantry avoid the sucker punches, then Caster dodges Buddy! Infantry get in Caster SUPERKICKS Buddy! The Infantry DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Brody tags in, he misses wide, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, then TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!! Brody finally falls, Kaun runs up! SUPERKICK from Caster! TRIPLE SUPERKICKS again! Liona runs up, he CLOBBERS Caster, then breaks through the Infantry’s line to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!

The fans are torn as Liona drags Caster over, tags himself in off Caster, then fires up. Liona runs in at Brody to SPLASH! “MEAT!” Buddy is up top! METEORA! Buddy turns around, Kaun uses Liona as a step for a FLYING SHOTGUN! Caster returns to fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on Kaun! Linoa throat chops Caster! Infantry mugs Liona, they hook him up, but Brody CLUBs them all! Brody fires off on Liona, reels him in, but Liona is so big! Linoa fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Caster breaks it! Liona glares and grabs Caster by his neck! Liona SHOVES Caster out, but Bravo tags in!

Bravo ROCKS Liona, DUMPS him out, then hurries in. There’s more brawling outside between Gates and Acclaimed, but The Infantry take the corners! They take aim, STEREO SUPER CROSSBODIES!! The fans fire up again and The Infantry are in. They dodge Brody, BOOT Buddy, SUPERKICK and FOREARM for Brody, repeat! They reel Brody in, but he powers out of the double suplexes! The Infantry bob ‘n’ weave, the brawling on the outside gets wilder as Billy Gunn and Brian Cage join in! The Infantry hook Brody up, but Buddy disrupts Boot Camp! Brody CLOBBERS Dean! The other teams are just gone, fighting all the way to the back!

Buddy has Bravo in a corner, the fans hoot with Brody, and he runs in at Bravo, CANNONBALL DROPKICK COMBO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

Brody King & Buddy Matthews are truly a dangerous duo, will they be aimed right at the AEW World Tag Team Champions after Double or Nothing? Will Malakai Black step into the barbed wire steel cage and prove the House Always Wins?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland speaks.

“Malakai… House of Black… You took the one item that kept me tethered to my comfortable world. The second I stepped foot in AEW, I knew it was only a matter of time before you’d set your sights on me. You were born out of the shadows that I cast. But I’ve been walking this path since before your balls dropped. But you’ve shown me. You’ve shown me where I need to navigate from. I need to go back to the pits. To the margins, to the outside looking in. You wanted this version of me, the version that has a devil on this shoulder, but no angel to be found.

“It’s fitting that this barbed wire steel cage match happens in the land of neon lights, and the violence that will take place within this steel cage is a fitting juxtaposition. Malakai, you said if I lose, I bend the knee, I join the House of Black. Oh, can you imagine? Can you imagine the force that we would be? And in a storybook ending, you defeat your influence, only we… We don’t deal in dreams. Our currency is nightmares, this is a horror story. Has it ever dawned on you, Malakai, that I used this to get closer to The House? What if I defeat you, and the House joins me?

“Buddy and Brody know the Devil that lives in my heart. I’ve been known to be a master manipulator. The House of Blood… That’s something I can sink my teeth into. Questions. So many questions. But Malakai, know this fact: When you see evil in a man’s eyes, it’s already too late.” Edge snaps his fingers and the lights go out. Will this darkness consume all of AEW as things get Rated R?

 

AEW shares Toni Storm’s message from after Dynamite.

“Serena Deeb… This isn’t for you. This is for everyone like you. This is for everyone that thinks that because they’ve had a sad life, it entitles them to some kind of reward. Nothing happens for a reason, darling. Things just happen. If everything happened for a reason, then there would be ONE main event at Double or Nothing, and it would be me talking for 40 minutes while you sit around and analyze my words like a Zapruder Film! But no, instead I have to fight for my life against a woman who thinks that twitching on the floor was a sign from the universe that she should keep wrestling!

“You want to be a victim? I will make you a victim. I will make your three seizures feel like a Sunday stroll in the bloody park! The saddest part about your life is that you thought it had any meaning at all. But don’t worry. In your obituary, they will mention that you lost to the champ.” The leading lady is even more vicious than ever, will she make sure Deeb never works in this town again?

 

Mariah May VS Leyla Hirsch!

Toni Storm’s protege is herself riding high after the big tag win on Wednesday, but now she’s got a LEGIT opponent standing across from her. Will Mariah still be able to shine on her own? Or will she be lost without her mentor by her side?

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. They tie up, Mariah powers Leyla to ropes, and the ref counts. Mariah lets off, Leyla runs up and gets around. Leyla shoves Mariah to a corner, runs up, but Mariah goes up and over. Leyla storms up on Mariah again, but Mariah CHOPS! Mariah shrugs, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again. Mariah CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Leyla ROCKS her! Leyla gets in Mariah’s face, or uh, chest rather. So Mariah makes sure Leyla gets a face full of it! The fans fire up, Leyla is flustered, and Mariah does a little dance. Leyla is furious, Mariah shrugs, and then Leyla clinches! BELLY2BELLY!

Leyla drags Mariah up but Mariah fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DROP! Mariah sits Leyla up, runs, and SHOTGUNS Leyla down! Mariah rocks out and Collision goes picture in picture.

Mariah swaggers around as the fans cheer, and she brings Leyla up. Mariah bumps Leyla off buckles, and puts some stank on the DOUBLE CHOPS! Leyla shoves Mariah, Mariah scuffs her, then snapmares her. Mariah does a little prance then runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Mariah clamps onto Leyla with a body scissors and full nelson, then shifts to a short arm scissor! Leyla fights around, powers Mariah to a pump handle and cording hold! Mariah throws Leyla off her, then DECKS her! Mariah continues to swagger, drags Leyla up and scoops, for the SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! Mariah is having a little too much fun as Leyla flops out of the ring.

Mariah goes out after Leyla, drags her up and fireman’s carries, but Leyla fights free. Leyla RAMS Mariah into steel steps! Leyla puts Mariah in, stomps her, then clamps on a rear bearhug! Mariah endures the squeeze, fights up to her feet, but Leyla whips her into a corner. Leyla runs up to ROCK Mariah, and she rolls to come back, SWINGING DROPKICK! Collision returns to single picture as the fans rally up for Mariah. Leyla drags Mariah into a drop zone, steps on her and climbs up. The fans cheer for Leyla, “SHE’S LEGIT! SHE’S LEGIT!” MOONSAULT FLOPS as Mariah moves! Mariah CLOBBERS Leyla!

Mariah LARIATS Leyla, BOOTS her, then hits a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Mariah and she goes to a corner. Mariah climbs, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Leyla is still in this but Mariah grits her teeth. The fans rally, Mariah drags Leyla up and bumps her off buckles. Mariah puts Leyla up top, CHOPS her, then storms around. Mariah runs corner to corner, to go into the STRATUSPHERE! Leyla flounders, Mariah says kiss this! SWEET HIP- NO, Leyla gets around to O’Conner Roll! Then she blocks a kick to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Mariah survives and Leyla is stunned!

Leyla hurries to drag Mariah up, the fans rally and duel, but Mariah ROCKS Leyla! Leyla gets Mariah in a clinch, but Mariah slips out! Mariah HEADBUTTS Leyla, then KNEES her down!! Cover, Mariah wins!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

And with that, Storm’s understudy puts away another one! Will Mariah be primed for a title opportunity of her own after Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Double or Nothing!

After Brian Cage called The Acclaimed out last night on Rampage, and after the brawling that took them all out of the Fatal 4 Way tonight, Tony Khan has made a big Six Man Tag grudge match for The Buy-In! Will The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn get a big win on Sunday? Or will they fail to escape the #CageOfAgony?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexy is now with The Professor, and brings up those “vicious” comments by Toni Storm. We are less than 24 hours from their match, is Deeb ready? Deeb says tomorrow night is the biggest match of her career. Double or Nothing, or perhaps Deeb or Nothing. Toni Storm, in this lead up to the match, they’ve had some fun and games. Storm stole the banner, paraded around in it, but let Deeb ask you this: It wasn’t so fun when you had to throw in the towel and save that stooge, Mariah, from losing a leg, now was it? And Deeb is sure Mariah is grateful to Storm for making sure she could walk out of there that night. But Deeb can’t say the same for Storm.

Deeb will stretch Storm limb from limb, and it’s been a long time coming. Tomorrow night, Deeb finally becomes AEW Women’s World Champion! And “Timeless” Toni Storm will become Time’s Up Toni Storm. See you tomorrow night. The Professor is ready to teach the Leading Lady a life lesson, will it have to be learned the hard way?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Swerve VS Christian.

The Patriarch says, “Swerve, I felt it was apropos to return to the scene of the crime. The crime you committed against my son. My son, Nick, learned to walk in this ring before he could even run these ropes. Because you didn’t just jump my son, Nick, in a random wrestling gym. You jumped him on holy ground. An eye for an eye.” Swerve admits his methods were a “little misunderstood,” a little skewed, but he always got things done in the ring. No one can ever say Swerve didn’t deserve the world title. Christian hears a lot about Swerve’s House. And he told Swerve that he never forgets.

All In Wembley, Swerve embarrassed Christian. Christian said he’d make Swerve a footnote, but that’s no longer enough. Swerve must be held accountable for his crimes. Two years in AEW and people are still calling Swerve a footnote. He’s on TV, he promises AEW, he promotes AEW on radio and podcasts. He is the face of AEW, the world is forgetting Christian Cage. Christian reminds us that he is taking something from Swerve every week. For every ounce of Nick’s blood that was spilt, Christian is taking the title. Swerve asks if Nick’s yet to learn his lessons. Swerve doesn’t think they have it in them to do this to a world champion!

Swerve has built his house, and at Double or Nothing, he proves it’s whose house? The reason Swerve is not sleeping at home is because he’s too busy building this house! Christian vows to wipe Swerve from the annals of AEW, and to become the NEW AEW World Champion. Two fathers fighting for their families and their legacies, but whose house must suffer for the other’s to thrive?

 

Six Man Tag; Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Team Triple J!

The American Dragon & #TopGuys made it through Archer & The Righteous last week, but another faction just had to take The Elite up on that Double or Nothing bounty. Will Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett & Satnam Singh get another big bag of money for this hit job? Or will Bryan, Dax & Cash prove nothing’s gonna stop them before Anarchy in the Arena?

The trios sort out but Triple J keeps ’em guessing. Things finally settle down, and it is Bryan starting against Jarrett. They circle, tie up, and Jarrett arm-drags! And arm-drags again! And even a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Jarrett does the Fargo Strut, and he tags in Lethal! Bryan keeps cool as he and Lethal circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Lethal knees low. Lethal swaggers, pie faces, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Bryan KICKS Lethal, drags him up, and tags in Dax. Dax kicks Lethal, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS again! Dax brings Lethal over, bumps him off buckles, then whips.

Cash tags in, then slingshots to SHOULDER TACKLE! The fans fire up and Cash bumps Lethal off buckles hard! Lethal sputters, Cash CHOPS him! Cash goes up, and he rains down fists! But Jarrett storms in, so Cash CROSSBODIES him! Lethal gets Cash but Cash atomic drops back! Cash finishes up on those fists, but Jarrett distracts the ref, and Satnam grabs Cash by the neck! HOTSHOT for Cash! Satnam drags Cash out to CHOP! Sonjay laughs at Cash, the ref tells Triple J to back off, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Satnam shoves Cash in for Lethal to drag around. Lethal has the leg, stomps it, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Cash endures and his team coaches him but Lethal thrashes the leg! Cash reaches out, has to be careful about his shoulders, and he ROCKS Lethal! Lethal lets Cash go, but then CLUBS Cash! Lethal stomps and CLUBS Cash, then tags Jarrett in. They double whip but Cash reverses. Only to get caught in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Jarrett taunts Dax, stomps Cash, then kicks him around. Jarrett stomps Cash more and more, then drags him up. Jarrett whips, ELBOWS Cash down, and he stays between Cash and his team.

Jarrett drags Cash around to drop elbows on the knee! Jarrett then clamps on a toehold and pulls on the leg. Cash endures, tries to fight back but Jarrett elbows him. Cash CLUBS away on Jarrett, Jarrett elbows him again, and Cash’s shoulders are down! TWO, and Cash CLAWS at Jarrett’s face! Jarrett lets go of the leg to stomp it! Jarrett KICKS the leg out, and Cash falls over again. Cash rises, but Jarrett KICKS the leg again! And then clamps on for a SHIN BREAKER! Jarrett drags Cash around, steps through, but Cash BOOTS him away! Jarrett hits buckles, falls back, and Collision returns to single picture!

Both men crawl for their corners, the fans rally, and Lethal jumps in to get Cash’s leg! Cash still jumps around, and hot tags Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and DECKS Lethal! And DECKS Jarrett! Dax whips Lethal, Lethal reverses but Dax snatches him for a package, TWO! Dax whips, Lethal reverses, and Satnam gets the cheap shot! LETHAL COMBINATION! The fans boo but Lethal storms up on Dax. Lethal drags Dax over, points to the big man, and the fans boo. But Lethal tags in the One in a Billion! Satnam dribbles Dax like a basketball! The fans do cheer the show of strength, and Jarrett says he and Lethal can just relax now!

Jarrett & Lethal take a seat in some chairs, Karen sitting on her hubby’s lap, and Satnam palms Dax’s head like a basketball! Cash AX HANDLES, but Satnam is just upset! Satnam SHOVES Cash up and out! Dax is in a corner, Satnam run sin, but Dax dodges! No more relaxing, Jarrett tags in! But so does Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires hands on Jarrett! “YES! YES! YES!” The fans fire up as Bryan KICKS away on Jarrett, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to TEN, then Bryan whips corner to corner. Jarrett reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT!

Vegas is all fired up with Bryan and he runs to DROPKICK in the corner! Bryan keeps moving, another DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, but gets under Jarrett’s lariat to wrangle him! Omoplata, LEBELL LOCK! Lethal CLOBBERS Bryan! Cash storms in, DUMPS Lethal out, and then he calls to Bryan. Bryan builds speed, and DIVES while Cash PLANCHAS! Down go Lethal and Jarrett! Dax says OLE to Satnam and sends him into steel steps! Satnam hobbles his way into the ring, Bryan & FTR get in! They surround the giant, and they KICK! KICK! KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” TRIPLE KICKS rattle Satnam from all sides!

Bryan winds up, to BUZZSAW! FTR mock The Bucks, F T R TRIGGER!! And then BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Satnam staggers about! Lethal gets in, DOUBLE LETHAL INJECTION on FTR!! But Bryan DISCUS LARIATS Lethal! Jarrett reels Bryan in, but Bryan slips around! Jarrett still RAMS Bryan into buckles! The fans boo as now Karen gets Jarrett the guitar! But the ref snatches it! Aubrey’s been through this crap before and she tells Karen, “Not tonight, b*tch!” But then Sonjay gets Jarrett a chair! Jarrett aims at Bryan, takes a swing, but Bryan dodges and the chair SMACKS Satnam!! The giant tumbles up and out!!

Bryan aims, Jarrett panics, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Lethal runs in, into a SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover on Jarrett, Team AEW wins!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Karen is furious but there’s nothing she can do about it! Cash gets a mic and says, “2020, FTR made the debut in AEW for the first time in our careers. Four years ago, that very moment, AEW became our home. AEW is where I will live, I will breathe, I will fight, I will DIE for this company! Everybody, wrestling fans, are better off because of AEW. Wrestlers are better off because of AEW! The entire wrestling world is better off because of All Elite Wrestling!” The fans agree with all of that! Cash says FTR & Bryan might be beat up, might be hurt, they and Darby Allin might limp into Double or Nothing. But Cash swears that they’re the only ones that’ll walk out!

Dax takes the mic to say that five years ago, almost to the day, in this building, the same people here tonight, this company started. Why is FTR fighting for AEW? It is not just this company that FTR is fighting for. They are fighting for every single man and woman that wakes up in the morning, goes to work, has a terrible day, but comes home, turns their TVs on, and watches AEW. And for that one moment in time, whether it’s one or two hours, all those problems are gone. One time a week, two times a week, FTR gets to be their hero. If they were to die tomorrow, Anarchy in the Arena, they will be your heroes. #TopGuysOut!

The fans are fired up, just like The American Dragon & FTR! Will they and the Relentless Darby Allin tear down the corrupt Elite to save All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A very good Collision, but it always feels like things get so talkie. And that kinda happened here because this was the go home show. All the promos were well done, as they almost always are, but were also in many ways redundant. Well, mostly the Chris Jericho one, but I guess him taking up screentime is part of the gimmick now. Willow’s was really good, too, but I wouldn’t say that changed the go home math or anything. Edge’s promo after that awesome Fatal 4 was also good, and I suppose that’s the promo that matters since he is now turning the tables on Malakai. Edge naturally would want to lead the faction rather than join it, but again something feels very Edge & Judgment Day about this, not sure what happens here.

Storm’s promo certainly helps her ride that Tweener line. On one point, yeah, she’s right, tragedy in life doesn’t entitle anyone to anything outside of sympathy. But at the same time, she sure didn’t show any sympathy to Deeb’s tragedy. Deeb’s response was also good, the title match will be great stuff, but surely Storm retains. And I will say that we got a very good video package for Christian and Swerve, I just wish it wasn’t also on the night bogged down by other promos. The irony is, this video could’ve been on the Countdown to Double or Nothing special from last night, but I wouldn’t know because I didn’t watch it. There must be fans who do watch it if AEW keeps doing them. But it just feels like after five years, AEW would’ve figured out how to not make things feel redundant.

Great opening promo from Moxley with Callis, and good ambush from Takeshita. I thought that with Double or Nothing only giving us a Title Eliminator, Takeshita would still win and force something for Forbidden Door. Now I don’t know. Maybe Takeshita defies the math and wins with cheating, or they go outside the box and have Moxley get disqualified because he’s just that pissed. Great opening Six Man Tag right after, with Hiroshi Tanahashi being a great surprise. A great win for the Faces there, and there’s any number of possibilities for Forbidden Door, but surely Tanahashi will want a part of that card.

Great tag match of Gunns VS Lucha Bros, but I figured Lucha Bros would win to force the trios title match. Granted, still don’t see Death Triangle winning out, but it’ll be a great match. And also of course another match is added to the Buy-In, it’s what happens with all AEW PPVs. Great filler squash of Kyle beating KM, Kyle should definitely be waiting on the other side of Double or Nothing for a title match, and it’d be fitting continuity if he went for the TNT Championship after having his matches with Edge and the House of Black. A good filler match from Mariah and Leyla, with a good win for Mariah. It’d be a bit copy-paste from ROH making Athena & Billie Starkz a mentor-mentee champion duo, but what if Mariah tried for the TBS Championship before going for the world title?

And great main event Six Man Tag, but of course the Faces won. Very good closing promos from FTR, though Dax has used his spiel about doing this for us, the hardworking folks, before and it’s a bit redundant again. I still want this to turn into AEW Avengers: Endgame or whatever, but the way things are going, I would think Team AEW, aka the Faces, find a way to win to motivate Bucks VS FTR “One last time” and at All In 2024.

My Score: 8.7/10


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