Chris Jericho has his first AEW title defense!
Darby Allin defeated Jimmy Havoc then defied the Inner Circle! Chris Jericho will accept his challenge for the AEW World Championship, in a STREET FIGHT!
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends; SCU wins and advance to the semifinals.
- The Inner Circle VS Alex Reynolds & John Silver; The Inner Circle wins.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Britt Baker; Riho wins and retains the AEW Women’s World Championship.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Jurassic Express VS The Lucha Brothers; The Lucha Brothers win and advance to the semifinals.
- Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley & PAC; Page & Omega win.
- AEW World Championship Philadelphia Street Fight: Chris Jericho VS Darby Allin; Jericho wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends!
Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian represent “The Pride of the West, SCU!” against Trent Baretta and Chuckie T in this opening round match-up! Will Best Friends be able to get over an Addiction to face The Dark Order?
But wait! The Lucha Brothers, Pentagon and Fenix, attack first! They had their confrontation that turned physical last week, but it seems there is no mercy to go along with Cero Miedo! Fenix even rams Kaz into a cameraman! And then a post! Pentagon has Daniels on the ramp, and Fenix brings Kaz over to join him. CERO MIEDO! PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Daniels gets steel! Fenix has Kaz, but here comes Scorpio Sky to save his friends! The Lucha Brothers retreat, and Scorpio asks for medical help for SCU. The ref says it is a no go, Daniels is not in good shape. The medics help Daniels onto the back board and strap him in as fans are concerned. Even the Young Bucks and Cima come out, concerned for their long time rivals and friends.
The medics get Daniels up off the ground, but there is no way The Addiction can represent. Well, Scorpio is still SCU, can he sub in? Yes, he can! Scorpio will have to get ready quick, but can he focus on this match after what just happened?
The teams sort out, but even Chuckie T and Trent are feeling uneasy about what Pentagon and Fenix did to Daniels. Even so, the Kentucky Gentleman starts against Kaz with the bell. Kaz fires off fast hands on Chuckie and puts him in a corner. Kaz whips corner to corner but Chuckie T goes up and over to forearm back. Chuckie T whips Kaz hard into buckles, then tags in Trent. Chuckie hits Scorpio and Trent whips Kaz into the scoop. LONG DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Best Friends keep going, Chuckie hits Awful Waffle and Trent adds a basement knee! Cover, but Scorpio breaks it in time! Chuckie stomps Scorpio for it, and so does Trent. Trent deadlift German Suplexes Scorpio! Chuckie takes Scorpio’s shoe off to throw it away! And then he bites Scorpio’s toes?! So much for being a gentleman.
Chuckie and Trent bail out and Trent rams Kaz into the apron. Chuckie throws Kaz into railing, and then Trent rams Kaz into the apron. Chuckie throws Kaz into barriers again, but Scorpio hurries over. Best Friends mug Scorpio, then Chuckie hops up onto the apron to dumdum stomp Scorpio on the back. Chuckie doesn’t slow down, he forearm smashes Kaz against barriers, then whips him into Trent’s SPEAR! Fans are fired up as the Best Friends high five. Trent and Chuckie put Kaz in the ring as fans cheer. Trent clubs Kaz and forearms him to the corner. Trent chops Kaz, then hoists him up top. Trent climbs up to join Kaz, but Kaz resists. Kaz throws hands and then headbutts. Trent and Chuckie are both wobbly, but Chuckie helps Trent get up with an Electric Chair. ELECTRIC SUPERPLEX! Trent covers Kaz, TWO!!
Scorpio is back on the apron, even with one shoe. He watches as Kaz crawls. “This is Awesome!” already as Trent puts Kaz back in Best Friends territory. Trent trash talks Scorpio before hitting a forearm smash and giving Kaz a CHOP! Kaz elbows back then fights. He goes up and over and hot tags Scorpio! Scorpio rallies on Best Friends, and dropkicks Trent down! He boots then whips Chuckie but Chuckie reverses, only for Scorpio to double stomp him back! Scorpio clotheslines Trent out and has Chuckie in the corner. Fans cheer, “He’s Got One Shoe!” as Scorpio slingshots, but Chuckie knocks him out of the air with a haymaker! Chuckie builds up speed and FLIES, but onto Trent! Scorpio uses Best Friends against each other! Kaz slingshots to huricanrana Chuckie down! Scorpio takes aim as fans rally with “SCU! SCU!” Scorpio, one shoe and all, FLIES! Direct hit takes out both Best Friends! Scorpio takes off his second shoe on his own! And Philly loves it! The shoe returns!?
Trent gets in, Scorpio has him, and Kaz runs in. Scorpio gives Kaz a boost to tornado DDT Trent! Cover, TWO!! SCU is shocked but Best Friends still live! Fans now chant, “He’s Got NO Shoes!” as Scorpio drags Trent up. Scorpio whips corner to corner, Trent tumbles up then down the buckles, into a leaping uppercut! Tag to Kaz, and SCU drags Trent up. Kaz scoops and slams, then springboards for the leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz catches his breath, then brings Trent back up. Kaz whips but Trent holds ropes. Kaz throws haymakers but Chuckie tags in. Kaz whips, Trent slips around for a half nelson, Chuckie feeds Kaz Sole Food into Trent’s Half ‘n’ Half! Scorpio reaches, but he instead intercepts the hug! Scorpio throws haymakers on Trent, then whips him at Chuckie. Trent reverses and Chuckie gives Scorpio a big knee! Trent hits the Psycho Knee! NOW Best Friends hug!
Best Friends have Kaz, Electric Chair and a tag. Trent climbs up top, Best Friends Doomsday knee! Cover, TWO!! Kaz lives and fans are just as surprised as Best Friends! But Chuckie tags Trent back in, and Trent goes after Kaz on the apron. He brings Kaz up, but Kaz resists for dear life! Scorpio saves Kaz a moment, but Chuckie goes after Scorpio. Chuckie whips but Scorpio reverses, Chuckie is sent into railing! Kaz fights Trent off, and back drops him on the apron! That took a lot out of Kaz’s back, but he still gets Trent back in. Fans rally, Scorpio tags in, and SCU coordinates. Powerbomb, and dropkick! Cover, SCU wins!!
Winner: SoCal Uncensored, Scorpio Sky pinning; advances to the semifinals
It wasn’t a pretty win, but there could only be so much style and finesse after that ambush from Lucha Brothers. Will SCU make it through The Dark Order for revenge on Pentagon and Fenix? Will Pentagon and Fenix even make it through their match tonight? And what of Daniels’ condition? Will the Fallen Angel be able to return to the ring?
The Inner Circle is on the move.
Ortiz and Santana walk the halls, a pair of Boricuan bad boys looking for any trouble that might come their way. They go past the interview space without incident, but will they be looking to create one before the night’s over?
The Inner Circle VS Alex Reynolds & John Silver!
Well here’s some of that trouble waiting to happen. Will Reynolds and Silver make Philadelphia proud? Or will “The Beaver Boys” simply be the newest names on the lift of those Ortiz and Santana have beaten down?
The teams sort out, and we begin with Silver and Santana. They circle and back off, but then Silver rushes Santana. Santana dodges to BOOT Reynolds! But Silver throws a roundhouse! It barely budges Santana, despite Silver double gunning. Santana enziguris Silver down with ease! Santana drags Silver up to whip him into the corner, and hit a big back elbow! Tag to Ortiz, and #ProundAndPowerful pop Silver up for a powerbomb, into a Penalty Kick! Santana wrecks Reynolds with a dropkick, and Philly is fired up! Ortiz puts Silver in a corner for a mudhole stomp and a boot wash. Santana throws Reynolds into railing while Ortiz bites the ropes like a mad dog. Ortiz returns to Silver and has the ref hold his gloves. Ortiz claws Silver’s back, then shows his claws to the crowd. The fans like that as Santana climbs up. Ortiz brings Silver up, Street Sweeper! The blockbuster bomb hits! Cover, Inner Circle wins!
Winners: The Inner Circle, Ortiz pinning
A truly impressive win for the Inner Circle’s #ProudAndPowerful tag team! Will they sweep up whoever comes out of the tag title tournament to take those belts for their own?
Chris Jericho congratulates his team via titantron!
“Santana and Ortiz did exactly what I said they would: dominate!” Le Champeon knows champions when he sees them. So not only are Ortiz and Santana ready to “beat the hell” out of AEW, they’re pitbulls amongst pitbulls! They asked Jericho to tell us, they want after THE top tag team in AEW. They want to beat up Nick and Matt Jackson! Full Gear, the Young Bucks VS Ortiz & Santana, two of the most incredible tag teams today! Jericho vows that the Bucks have never been in a fight like this before. Do they accept Le Champeon’s challenge? If they do, they’re going to get their asses kicked.
The Rhodes Family is home, but Cody’s mind is somewhere else.
Despite all the business, all the press, and all the details the AEW First Couple has to deal with, Cody can’t seem to focus. He heads out in his truck to clear his air. Brandi knows he is “the single most passionate person” she’s ever known. As soon as he wanted after Jericho for the title, she knew she’d “lose” him for this next period of time. Diamond Dallas Page knows Cody was as driven as a kid as he is right now. Mama Michelle knows Cody pushed himself in every way he could. Maxwell Jacob Friedman, as Cody’s best friend, knows that while Cody is the face of AEW, he is not the champion of AEW, and that eats away at him. Cody wants to prove that him leaving all those other places was not mistake.
Jim Ross knows that while Jericho only has to worry about his match with Cody, Cody will have already gone through an entire day of meetings beforehand. The question of focus is certainly in Jericho’s advantage. Ms. Michelle knows the legacy of Dusty Rhodes casts a large shadow, but she knows Cody has gotten out from under that to make his own path. Tony Schiavone knows Cody is focused on Jericho just as much as everything else. DDP knows Cody has done a lot of “unprecedented” things in pro-wrestling, but in the words of Cody’s own father, “There’th only one thing real in thith buthineth, and that’th that firsth world champthip title.” Cody wants his first, and until he gets it, “there’s always something missing.” Cody trains hard, works hard, and MJF knows this coming match means everything to him.
Cody not only has the Rhodes Family legacy and the AEW business to carry, but he is himself a great wrestler, and wants to show that to everyone. He has this title shot for that reason, and JR knows Cody will be the American Nightmare. MJF knows a legend will be born. Ms. Michelle knows winning that world title will be the “pinnacle” of Cody’s career. Brandi knows Cody needs this, and won’t rest until he’s beaten Chris Jericho. Will Cody be able to finally vindicate himself at Full Gear?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Britt Baker!
The Doctor is in, and she wants to make the wrestling idol’s reign historically short! The inaugural champion fought so hard against Nyla Rose, she surely won’t let Britt win so easily. Will history be made with a defense or a title change here tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Riho’s first defense begins!
Philly is strongly behind Riho with the bell, and Riho circles with Britt. They tie up, Britt powers Riho back to the ropes, but lets up clean. Riho and Britt circle again, and then tie up. Britt arm-drags Riho fast, but lets Riho get up. Riho is getting upset, but she runs into another arm-drag. Fans duel as the two tie up again. Britt full nelsons then snapmares but Riho handsprings through. They speed up, Riho waistlocks, full nelsons then arm-drags Britt back! But Britt holds on, to reel Riho into a cover, but Riho scrambles to ropes before a count can be made. The two separate and start again.
Riho and Britt tie up, Britt headlocks and brings Riho down, to the Rings of Saturn! And as we’ve seen before, Britt wants her new “Lockjaw” submission! Riho knows it, too, and scrambles to get another ropebreak! Britt lets up fast, and Riho gets to the apron. Both women nod, knowing how close that was. Britt runs in but gets forearms, and Riho shoulders in. Britt forearms back and then brings Riho over. Riho blocks the buckle bump to hit back, then climb. Britt stops Riho then climbs up to join her, but Riho resists the superplex. Britt clubs Riho but Riho hits back. Riho sends Britt away, then leaps, crossbody! But roll through, TWO with the Matrix! Riho dropkicks Britt down! Fans are fired up as Riho scoops, but Britt blocks. Britt and Riho fight for control, and Britt throws forearms. Britt scoops but Riho slips out to waistlock. Britt elbows out hard, then runs into a wheelbarrow victory roll, for double STOMPS!
Philly is still fired up as Riho and Britt get to opposite corners. Riho runs corner to corner, big knee strike! Riho goes to suplex but Britt blocks. Riho tries again and manages the snap suplex! She sits Britt in the drop zone and climbs up top. Riho aims, leaps, but has to roll through as Britt dodges. Britt gets Riho with a SLINGBLADE! Britt drags Riho up, fireman’s carry, but Riho slips out again. Riho waistlocks, but Britt resists, so Riho traps both arms, spins Britt around and rocks her with a right hand! Britt still fireman’s carries, to a TKO neckbreaker! Riho clutches her face, Britt shotgun dropkicks Riho down! Cover, TWO!! Riho lives and Britt is growing frustrated. Britt gets up while Riho crawls. Riho ducks the boot to roll Britt, TWO! Riho rolls Britt for a leg capture, TWO! Riho keeps trying, but that cradle is blocked for a fisherman swinging neckbreaker! Britt grits her teeth as she aims, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?
Philly is fired up as Riho shocks us all again! Britt drags Riho up and wrenches, to then hook the leg. But Riho slips out of the Page Turner to SLAP Britt! And again! Britt ROCKS Riho, reels her out, but spins into Riho’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Britt escapes but Riho goes after her leg with a deep Half Crab! Britt endures, grits her teeth, and crawls for ropes, but Riho drags her away! Riho makes it part heel hook but Britt still gets the ropebrek! Riho is up fast, DOUBLE STOMPS to the back! Cover, TWO!? Britt survives the coup de grace and Riho is raging. Riho goes corner to corner, basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Riho won’t let up, she wants another! Britt sits up, but dodges the knees! Riho hits buckles, Britt ripcords for a rolling elbow! Riho flops down but Britt brings her back up. Wrench and hook, PAGE TURNER! To the LOCKJAW!! Riho resists the mandible claw portion, but it finds it’s way in! But Riho rolls it over to a cover!! RIHO WINS!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall; still AEW Women’s World Champion
Incredible! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat, almost literally! Britt herself is rather shocked, but she has to respect Riho found a way to counter her new move. The two still shake hands, showing respect. Will Britt find her way to another shot? Will Riho be able to keep this reign going in the meantime?
INJURY UPDATE on Christopher Daniels.
Despite that package piledriver to the steel ramp, Daniels only suffered a stinger to his neck, and is up and moving. But will Daniels still be back for some payback on Pentagon and Fenix?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Jurassic Express VS The Lucha Brothers!
Speaking of those two, it is time for the AAA World Tag Team Champions to put up or shut up if they’re to head for the AEW tag titles. But to everyone’s surprise, Luchasaurus isn’t in this match! He unfortunately was not cleared due to a “non-contact” thigh injury, and is being evaluated at a local hospital. So it will be up to Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt to get the Express to the next stop. Private Party watches from the crowd, will they be meeting the boys and their dinosaur or the brothers with Cero Miedo?
AEW returns as the teams sort out. Stunt starts against Pentagon with the bell for this last opening round match! Pentagon honestly can’t take Stunt serious wearing that merchandise shirt. But Stunt steps to Pentagon, so Pentagon wants Stunt to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” And then he pie faces Stunt to the ropes! Fans boo the bullying attitude, but Stunt shoves back. Stunt wants Pentagon to pay attention, to the flossing! Pentagon takes off the glove, looks to toss it to referee Aubrey Edwards, but then throws it at Jungle Boy! The ref reprimands him for that, but Pentagon just Cero Miedos at Stunt. Stunt takes that hand and bites it! Now the ref has to reprimand Stunt! Pentagon tries to get Stunt to let go, but Jungle Boy comes in as Stunt flies off. Jungle Boy catches Stunt on his shoulders, to then toss him back to Pentagon for a huricanrana!
Fenix runs in to SUPERKICK JB! Then he blocks Stunt’s kick to spin him around. Stunt dodges Fenix to then CHOP. But Fenix doesn’t flinch! Stunt dodges Fenix, tilt-o-whirls multiple times on Pentagon, but Pentagon tosses him at Fenix, only for Stunt to hit Fenix with a DDT! JB rolls Pentagon, somersault to a satellite DDT! The Lucha Brothers bail out and fans fire up for the Express! JB holds the ropes open, Stunt DIVES through to hit Fenix! JB then moonsaults onto Pentagon! Fans are fired up as the Express put Pentagon in. JB uses Stunt as the human weapon, pump handle 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Stunt is frustrated, but he stomps and clubs Pentagon down. Tag to JB, and JB whips Stunt in at Pentagon, 619! German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Pentagon even pulled hair for that. JB hits Pentagon with a forearm smash while Stunt takes the shirt off.
Tag to Stunt, and JB whips Stunt in, to Pentagon’s SUPERKICK! JB runs but Pentagon back drops him, only for JB to headstand on the corner. SUPERKICK takes JB down! Tag to Fenix, and Fenix flips in to run corner to corner, somersault, into JB’s bicycle boot! Stunt runs in at Fenix but is put on the top rope. Fenix CHOPS Stunt, then CHOPS JB. Fenix uses JB to get up to enziguri Stunt down and arm-drag JB anyway! Fans are thunderous for the Lucha Brothers as they work together, TORNILLO! Stunt runs but is put on the ropes. Stunt jumps back but is caught! Pump Handle, PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, TWO!? Pentagon can’t believe Stunt survives! The ref defends her count, but Fenix throws JB into steel steps. Pentagon waits for Stunt to stand, and KICKS the leg out! Stunt writhes but Pentagon relishes the moment. Then he KICKS Stunt’s let out again as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pentagon revels in the pain Stunt is feeling. He drags Stunt up to put against the ropes, and he hushes the crowd so they can hear his… CHOP! Stunt flounders but clearly fans want more. Fenix brings Stunt back up and onto the ropes, but backs away as the illegal partner. Only to come back and CHOP Stunt anyway! Fans want another, so Pentagon goes after Stunt again. Fenix trips JB up just because, and then Pentagon Penalty Kicks Stunt down! The Lucha Brothers are having too much fun tormenting these boys. Fans rally up with the Lucha Brothers as Fenix Penalty Kicks Jungle Boy! Pentagon then trophy lifts Stunt and carriers him around, with one arm! To then TOSS him at Fenix’s SUPERKICK! The referee has about had it with them, but Fenix finally behaves and goes to the corner.
Stunt is somehow okay to continue, which may actually be a bad thing. Pentagon toys with him now, but Stunt throws hands back! They don’t really hurt Pentagon, and then he KICKS Stunt in the leg again. AEW returns to single picture so TV fans can hear that one. Stunt gets to a corner, Fenix Drive-By SUPERKICKS him! Pentagon drags poor Stunt up again, to whip him corner to corner, But Stunt dodges, ducks and SLAPS Pentagon! That finally rocks Pentagon! Stunt slingshot sunsets in, but lets Pentagon sit up to hit a calf kick! Both men are down and JB is fired up! Fans fire up, too, hot tags to Fenix and Jungle Boy! Fenix misses, JB throws a SUPERMAN Punch! JB tilt-o-whirls on Pentagon, reverse DDT! Fenix misses, and rebounds into an inverted powerslam! Stunt DIVES onto Pentagon! Jungle Boy standing moonsault knee drops! But he drags Fenix to a drop zone to then have Stunt 450!! Standing shooting star for JB! Cover, TWO!!
The time warning is given as JB tags Stunt. Pentagon runs in to hit JB with a DESTROYER! Fenix SHORYUKENS Stunt! Fenix tags to Pentagon, then feeds Stunt to a swing by the hair! Stunt goes around FIVE times before being tossed aside! Pentagon then hearkens back to the Temple, hammerlocking one arm and pulling the other, DARK ARMBREAKER!! But still that’s not enough! Fenix goes up top, DOUBLE STOMP PACKAGE DRIVER!! Fenix DIVES onto JB! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: Lucha Brothers, Pentagon pinning; advance to the semifinals
It is mercifully over for the Jurassic Express. But will there be any mercy shown to Private Party in the next round?
Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley & PAC!
There are grudges all over this tag match! The Problem Solver and the Best Bout Machine have both faced and lost to The Bastard, while the Death Rider has made things personal with Kenny Omega. Will the Man Gravity Forgot help with the Paradigm Shift that’s coming? Or will this configuration of The Elite get even?
AEW returns as Hangman and Omega make their entrances. Moxley and Omega want at each other already, but the ref keeps the peace. Pac and Page pull their partners back, but Omega gets loose to clobber Moxley from behind, and that sends him into Pac! Pac spills out, Hangman goes after him, and the ref rings the bell just so this is on the record!
Hangman clubs Pac while Omega keeps on Moxley. Hangman sends Pac into barriers while Omega cubs and knees Moxley over and over. Omega puts Moxley in the Elite corner while Hangman bounces Pac off the apron! Moxley turns things around to CHOP away but Omega throws forearms and CHOPS back! Omega whips Mox but Mox comes back with a lariat! Hangman keeps Pac on the defensive while Moxley rains rights on Omega. Philly chants, “F him up Moxley, F him up!” Hangman gets in to clobber Moxley off Omega but then Pac tags in. Pac baits Hangman into a shoulder, then slingshots over to enziguri Hangman out! Pac goes after Omega, corner to corner whip but Omega reverses. Pac springboards up and over but runs into a boot. Omega hits a Kotaro Krusher bulldog! Fans fire up as Omega runs to run Moxley off. Pac grabs Omega’s hair and Moxley tags in. They mug Omega in the corner, but then back off at the ref’s count.
There’s tension as Pac hops out of the corner, but Moxley grinds his boot into Omega. Moxley lets up at 4 to then drag Omega up. Moxley hits a forearm smash, rolls back and hits a clothesline! Snapmare to a cover, TWO! Moxley stomps Omega’s hands then boots him down! Fans rally with Terminator drums but Moxley brings Omega up. Omega fights back and CHOPS again. And again! Then runs, but into Moxley the kitchen sink knee! Moxley drags Omega up, but Omega snap suplexes first! Fans rally as both men head for their corners. Hot tag to Hangman, and he hits Pac while rallying on Moxley! Triangle jump lariat takes Pac down! Hangman boots Moxley then pescados onto Pac! Hangman gets up top and shoves Moxley away before leaping with a flying lariat! Cover, TWO!
The Problem Solver keeps going, Alabama lift but Moxley resists. Hangman dumps Moxley onto the apron, then runs, to BOOT Moxley down! Hangman climbs up top again, and fans know what this means. But so does Pac, and Pac is on the apron to distract. Moxley shoves Hangman off the top and Hangman crashes and burns off the apron! Hangman writhes while Pac grins. Moxley tags Pac as AEW goes picture in picture, and Pac FLIES onto Hangman! Philly loves the Flosbury Flop!
Pac and Moxley pace about while Omega checks on Hangman. But Moxley ax handles Omega down, and then throws him into barriers! Omega clutches the bad arm, maybe Moxley watched AEW Dark. Moxley then goes to Hangman and gets him in the ring. Moxley has Hangman in a corner while Pac takes Omega to throw him into more railing. Moxley whips Hangman corner to corner hard, and Hangman bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Moxley drags Hangman back up to whip him corner to corner again! Moxley drags Hangman around to then stomp him down, and cover. TWO, but Moxley drags Hangman over. Pac tags in and they mug Hangman in their corner. Pac snapmares to dropkick Hangman in the back of the head! Pac soaks up the heat before stomping Hangman more. Pac drags hangman up to put him in the corner and tag in Moxley.
Moxley and Pac work together but still tensely. They double suplex Hangman with no problem, though. Pac relishes the heat as he goes after Hangman with more stomps. Pac runs to drop a leg! Then he stays between Hangman and Omega, all while taunting. Pac drags Hangman up to back kick and bring him back to the corner. Tag to Moxley and they mug Hangman more. Moxley snapmares Hangman and AEW returns to single picture as Moxley hits a basement lariat! Cover, TWO! Moxley has the legs laced up, for a Cloverleaf! Pac keeps his eyes on Omega as Hangman endures. Omega still gets in and clubs Moxley off! Pac goes after Omega to throw him out hard. The referee tries to restore order, but Moxley whips Hangman to the apron. Hangman holds on, and boots Moxley away. Slingshot, Buckshot misses! But Hangman ducks to reel Moxley in for a clothesline! Moxley stays up stiffly so Hangman rabbit clotheslines then front DISCUS lariats!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Both men crawl, hot tags to Pac and Omega! Omega rallies on the Bastard with ax handles! Pac dodges a third to back kick. But Omega reels Pac into the fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling Senton, to moonsault! Cover, TWO! Omega slashes the throat and drags Pac up to a full nelson. Pac resists, and then Omega has to dodge Moxley. Omega full nelsons Moxley, SNAP DRAGON! Pac whiffs on his dropkick, and gets a SNAP DRAGON, too! Moxley is back up Omega has him again, another Snap Dragon! Fans fire up with Omega as he kneels. The Terminator drums start up and Omega rises. Omega runs and FLIES onto Pac! Direct hit at the ramp! Omega drags Pac up but Moxley DIVES Onto them both! Wait, Hangman is up top again… MOONSAULT! Hangman bowls Moxley and Pac over!
Hangman puts Pac in for Omega as fans chant for “A E Dub!” Tag to Hangman and the Elite work together. Hangman whips Omega in to back elbow Pac, then Hangman adds a corner clothesline! Omega lifts Pac, buckle bomb! Feed to the rolling elbow! POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Moxley breaks it up! All four men are down but fans fire up. Moxley tosses Omega out but brawls with Hangman. “This is Awesome!” as Hangman runs, but into a scrapbuster! Omega V-TRIGGERS Moxley! Omega sees Pac, but misses in the corner. Pac slingshots for a CUTTER! Pac BOOTS Hangman, then runs but is tossed out! Hangman keeps moving, to DIVE Pac right into barriers! Omga and Moxley flop around but soon go forehead to forehead. And the brawl is on! Fast and furious with forearm after forearm, then big knees from Moxley. Omega CHOPS back but Moxley headbutts! V-TRIGGER! Omega boots, then hits another V-Trigger! But he runs into a LARIAT!!
Philly is at a fever pitch as both men are down! Moxley stirs but Omega follows. They both bail out on opposite ends, and decide to ditch the rules! The barbed-wire bat and broom return! They never did get to go mano a mano last week, and the referee is chased off! He’s not going to deal with this, he checks on Pac and Hangman. Omega swings but misses, Moxley jabs Omega with the butt of the bat! But then Pac ruins the fun again when he stomps Omega down! Pac dumps the broom and the bat out, because this match has to end the right way! “Use your head!” Fans don’t want that, and neither does Moxley! Moxley double dirty birds, to Dirty Deeds! Moxley ditches Pac and that leaves him alone with Omega and Hangman! Pac staggers up, turns around, BUCKSHOT! Omega says “BANG!” V-TRIGGER! Then, Alabama lift, DEADEYE! Cover, The Elite win!
Winners: Hangman Adam Page and Kenny Omega, Page pinning
There’s just some semblance of payback here, but the Cleaner won’t be satisfied until he has Moxley all to himself. Will Full Gear go to the extreme with these two?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s episode!
Given the falling out between them, Pac will get his chance at payback against Jon Moxley! Will the Bastard make the Death Rider regret ditching him like that?
AEW World Championship Philadelphia Street Fight: Chris Jericho VS Darby Allin!
AEW fans, do you know what happens when an undead underdog defies Le Champeon? Do you know what happens when a young upstart thinks he can punk out the one and only Y2J? Darby Allin may have beat Jimmy Havoc to have this opportunity, but he’ll have to go to extremes in the birthplace of extreme wrestling! Will Darby survive the Painmaker to become only the second AEW World Champion? Or will he be just the newest name on the List of Jericho?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are already fired up for this one! The bell rings, and the biggest match in Darby’s career begins!
Philly chants, “Thank You, Jericho!” for this one. Jericho and Darby rush each other, and Darby dropkicks! Darby throws fast hands from all sides, and keeps Jericho on the mat. Jericho pushes him away but Darby whips. Jericho holds ropes, dodges Darby’s first clothesline, but Darby gets him on the second go! Darby slingshots to fake Jericho out, but then avoids Jericho’s sweep to slingshot in, and come back with a LOW-PE! Direct hit and Jericho is rocked. Darby hammers away on Jericho then puts him back in the ring. Darby walks right into a low kick! Not that a low blow would be illegal in such a match, but it wasn’t quite that yet. Jericho hauls Darby up for a big back suplex! Jericho wants the fans to make noise, so they do as Jericho CHOPS Darby in a corner. Jericho whips Darby corner to corner hard, and then clobbers him from behind with a clothesline!
Jericho walks around, soaking up all the cheers and jeers as he holds his hands up victoriously. Jericho drags Darby up but hears the fans rally for the younger wrestler. Darby escapes the back suplex, slides, redirects and fires off palm strikes! Darby headbutts low, runs and hops on, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! Jericho LARIATS Darby right back! Jericho toys with Darby now, but Darby throws body shots back. Darby fires off forearms but Jericho knees low and clubs him on the back. Jericho brings Darby up to throw him into a post! Darby bounces off and flies to the floor! The referee checks on Darby while Jericho revels in the moment. AEW goes to break while Darby crawls his way back.
AEW returns, and Jericho is the first to use weapons as he holds up his black-wrapped kendo stick high in the air. He already used it on Darby during the break, but now he SMACKS Darby on live television. Jericho sits Darby up to choke him with the stick! Jericho lets go of Darby for a moment, to then bring him up and whip. Jericho SMACKS Darby on the run, right in the stomach. Darby doubles over and has a scrape on the back of his head. Jericho hops up and takes aim, to hit a flying- No! Darby body shots Jericho back! Darby takes the fight back to Jericho with fast hands! Jericho pushes Darby into the corner but walks into boots. Darby leaps over but runs into an elbow. Jericho swings but into a crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO!! Jericho escapes but Darby SMACKS him with the kendo stick! And again! And again!
Jericho ducks to waistlock but Darby standing switches and O’Conner rolls, TWO, springboard splash! Cover, TWO!! But Darby has the arm! He wants a Fujiwara but Jericho resists! Fans rally as Jericho rolls over and gets Darby’s legs! Walls of Jericho, but a ropebreak! But Jericho doesn’t let go, so the ref pulls him off. He glares at the ref, but this allows Darby to get the kendo stick. Jericho runs into a SMACK! Darby hops up, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!! So close! Darby flounders into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Darby saves himself, but Jericho won’t let him alone. Philly wants tables but Jericho finds a chair. Jericho aims at Darby, to JAM the chair into his ribs, and SMACK him on the back! Those chair shots leave Darby writhing, but Jericho wedges the chair into a corner. Jericho stalks Darby as fans still call for tables. Jericho whips Darby but Darby slides and stops, only to run into a scoop. Jericho heads for the chair, but Darby flips over for a stunner! Cover, TWO!!
Both men are down but fans are still rallying up. Darby drags himself to ropes but Jericho is up first. Jericho walks into a kick, but then he grabs the legs to yank Darby off! Walls of Jericho are back on! Darby endures, reaches, but Jericho sits deep. Darby reaches, ropebreak! Jericho lets go eventually, but he’s getting annoyed. Jericho goes looking for things, and finds duct tape! He clubs Darby down, to then use that tape to bind Darby’s hands behind his back! Jericho toys with tossing the tape to fans, only to drop it outside the ring. Jericho then attacks the defenseless Darby with stomps and slaps, and then whips Darby to the other corner, And then he tosses Darby around! Fans are divided as Jericho toys with Darby and throws haymakers. Jericho whips again, Darby dodges! And springboards with NO HANDS for the QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!!
Darby gets up and hits a dropkick! Jericho bails out, but Darby DIVES! A No Hands Tope!? Philly loses their minds over that one! Jericho gets in the ring but Darby flops in, and climbs with no hands, too! MARIPOSA SENTON! Cover, TWO!! If only Darby has his hands free! “This is Awesome!” as Darby fights with just kicks. But Jericho clotheslines Darby down, and then confiscates Darby’s own skateboard! Jericho brings Darby up, underhook, Tiger Bomb on the skateboard! Cover, TWO!? Darby survives and Jericho is getting mad. Jericho has a chair and waits for Darby to stand. Darby dodges to dropkick the chair into Jericho! Fans fire up as Darby climbs up with no hands again. But her comes Jake Hager! Sucker punch and then Jericho has Darby in the Walls of Jericho again! Darby verbally quits, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still AEW World Champion
To think the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla would need help on this one. But a win is a win, and the Inner Circle celebrates with a little bit of the bubbly! Will there be a lot more of the bubbly to come as the Inner Circle continues to take over AEW?
An incredible night for just the third AEW Dynamite episode! That was a great twist to start the show, I didn’t think Lucha Brothers would go Heel/Rudo that hard. They take Daniels out, thinking SCU would lose, but nope. Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian are still a strong combo of their own, and it made for a great moment for the fans with Scorpio having to be in normal clothing and the stuff about the shoes. I figured SCU would’ve won either way, but this will surely give them more of a reason to want after Lucha Brothers, regardless of the results. Lucha Brothers also had an easier time than I expected, I feel like I heard about Luchasaurus not being health in real-life but who knows. Stunt and Jungle Boy still did great, but obviously they weren’t going to win against Pentagon and Fenix. There was some great stuff in that match, though. But now, Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, that’s going to be amazing.
Now it seems that while AEW takes records seriously, and doesn’t want to be the normal wrestling promotion, there are still going to be what feel like squash matches with jobbers. “The Beaver Boys,” Reynolds & Silver, were essentially jobbers for Santana & Ortiz. But that’s fine, it gives fans something fun to watch, as well as serve as a quick debut win for #ProudAndPowerful. But man, stepping it up right away, they want the Young Bucks at Full Gear! That is going to be a great match, and the Bucks are clearly going to respond next week with a match of their own. Then we got a great and very cinematic video package to hype Cody’s part in the Full Gear AEW World Championship match. It didn’t necessarily give away if Jericho was winning, but we all had to figure Jericho was retaining tonight so that Cody’s story with him could have a real ending to it.
Riho VS Britt was really great, and obviously with being as small as she is, Riho is almost always going to be the underdog champion. Britt did well being the bigger of the two competitors, probably not very common for her to do. It was good story to see her get frustrated more and more, despite the respect she has for Riho. A bit of a mixed bag, Riho retaining by so easily figuring out Britt’s unique submission move. I was honestly surprised we got a first defense so soon, but either way, really great for Riho to retain to start building that reign. We got a great tag team grudge match out of Omega, Page, Mox and PAC, and it was smart for Pac to not let things go to a DQ. Omega VS Moxley at Full Gear should really be when all that happens, but this was a good tease. Pac VS Moxley next week will be great, but I wonder if Moxley will resort to going extreme then, too.
We didn’t really go as extreme as I thought in the Philly Street Fight, though. Chair shots are pretty good for the most part, but there wasn’t nearly as much brutality from Jericho as he shows even in non-DQ matches. Was there perhaps time constraints on this that kept Jericho from going all over, hijacking cameras or fan signs? I do appreciate the skateboard spot and the taped up hands, though. One other gripe that was so obvious that fans picked up on it and hated it, was that this Street Fight had ropebreaks! There shouldn’t be ropebreaks! Was this just because they couldn’t think of other ways to stretch this match out to then fit the time constraints they had? At that point, have them brawl up the ramp more, or get into the front row of the crowd. Having ropebreaks save Darby rather than his own youth and exuberance is just not in the spirit of No DQ matches, especially in Philly.
And to make Jericho seem a little weaker, he still needed Hager to attack Darby for him. I suppose there is the excuse of Jericho’s age, but he never needed that stuff in NJPW. This also takes the sting of such a move happening at Full Gear against Cody. That would make a lot of sense for The Inner Circle to help Jericho screw Cody over, because Cody has been built up a lot more in this than Darby. I wouldn’t say these are the only mistakes AEW has made, but I didn’t expect such missteps in their moves. It doesn’t hurt the hype, it just hurts the story they were telling.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/23/23)
It’s an ABSOLUTE Death Match!
Ricky Starks finds a way to up the intensity from All Out!
As if a Strap Match wasn’t enough, Ricky Starks wants revenge on Bryan Danielson in a Texas Death Match!! Will this be an ABSOLUTE blood bath?
- AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin; Christian wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager; Hook & RVD win.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan; Julia wins.
- Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo; White wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen; FTR wins and and retains the titles.
- Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin speaks.
“Tonight I win back the championship that changed my life from Christian Cage and Luchasaurus. I’m not a stupid man, I know this is gonna be a Handicap match. But I am gonna walk out the new Face of TNT.
Christian Cage speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, Darby, you’re challenging myself and Luchasaurus in a three way match for the TNT Championship. Let me remind you that Sting is not allowed at ringside and I don’t like your chances. We will remain the Face of TNT now and forever. Do you understand me?”
Ricky Starks speaks.
“Bryan Danielson, you have never tapped me out. I passed out. You’re talking to a guy that’s been to Heaven, so if you’re looking test God, look no further than Absolute Ricky Starks. Tonight, I put you six feet under.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Ricky Starks, you’re in a lot of trouble for challenging me to a Texas Death Match. A match where to win, you have to knock somebody down and keep them down. Here’s the thing, people have been trying to keep me down my entire career, and nobody has succeeded yet. And Ricky, you sure as Hell won’t succeed tonight either.” Will the American Dragon once again slay the Absolute?
AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin!
As the Relentless One just said, this might as well be a Handicap Match, because you can bet Captain Charisma and his Right Hand of Destruction are united in destroying Darby. Will Darby even survive this match? Or will he find a way back to former glory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who really wears that title after this!
The bell rings and Darby is wary of his enemies. Fans rally for Darby, but Christian bails so this turns into a 1v1 match. Luchasaurus and Darby circle, and Luchasaurus taunts Darby with a test of strength. Darby throws POCKET SAND! And then he DIVES onto Christian! Darby RAMS Christian into steel steps, then puts him in the ring! Darby hurries to CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby keeps moving and he DIVES onto Luchasaurus! Down goes the dinosaur! But Christian pokes Darby in the eyes, and HOTSHOTS him to the floor! Luchasaurus is up and he drags Darby over to RAM into railing!
Fans rally for Darby but Luchasaurus is on him again! Luchasaurus whips Darby into more railing! Fans actually duel as Luchasaurus fetches a chair for Christian then puts Darby in. Christian soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he sits Darby in the chair to CHOKE him on the ropes! Christian stands on Darby, the ref reprimands but there’s nothing to be done in a Triple Threat. Christian drags Darby up, and CHOKES him against the chair’s back! Christian says Darby did this to himself. But then Darby throws hands! Luchasaurus CHOKES Christian, then BACK SUPLEXES him and the chair!
Luchasaurus goes to cover but Christian tells him no, they need to do more damage. Luchasaurus goes out to fetch more items, but Christian covers Darby! TWO! Darby is still in this but Christian TOSSES him out! Christian goes out to stand Darby up, and CHOPS him against the railing! Darby staggers, Christian and Luchasaurus surround him, then they double whip him hard into steel steps! Darby tumbles up and over, fans boo Christian, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Christian flexes, then stalks Darby. Christian SMACKS Darby off steps, then Luchasaurus brings Darby around to CHOP against the apron. Darby flops over and Christian is there to whip him into more railing! Darby staggers all around, Christian & Luchasaurus stalk him to the other corner. Christian gets the chair again to JAM Darby! And again! Darby staggers and stumbles away but Christian follows after. Christian pushes Darby into the ring, then brings him up. Christian has Luchasaurus stand back. Christian talks trash right to Darby’s face, pie faces him and smears the face pain before he CHOPS and CHOPS!
Christian tells Luchasaurus what to do, then he runs at Darby. Darby dodges to send Christian out! Darby fires off on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus shoves him back and HEADBUTTS him down! Luchasaurus stands on Darby’s back! Darby endures, even as Luchasaurus steps all over him! Darby crawls to a corner, Luchasaurus brings him up and Christian throws hands on Darby! Collision returns to single picture as the mugging moves to the corner. Fans boo as Christian & Luchasaurus double whip Darby into a corner. Luchasaurus runs in but Darby dodges and Luchasaurus POSTS himself!
Fans fire up as Christian runs in, Darby dodges and he POSTS himself! Roll up, TWO! Oklahoma roll, TWO! Christian kicks low to suplex, but Darby slips out, SCORPION DEATH DROP! Fans fire up as Darby climbs! But Luchasaurus drags Christian to safety! So Darby just SUPER COFFIN SPLASHES!! Fans are thunderous as both men go down! Darby puts Luchasaurus in the ring, climbs up, and Luchasaurus stands. Darby MISSILE- NO, Luchasaurus catches him! JURASSIC- NO, Darby slips out! Darby BOOTS Luchasaurus, then hits a DIAMOND DUST! But Christian has the title belt!
Christian aims but Darby ducks! SHOTGUN! Down goes Christian! Darby runs in but Luchasaurus catches him, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Darby flops out of the ring and Luchasaurus sees the belt. It is rightfully his, so he picks it up! Fans cheer that he finally holds HIS belt! Christian storms in but Luchasaurus won’t give it back! Christian asks for the belt back, fans say “IT’S YOUR BELT! IT’S YOUR BELT!” Luchasaurus still hands the belt over to Christian, but then Darby shoves Christian into Luchasaurus! And then Darby BELT SHOTS Luchasaurus!! Cover, TWO?!? Luchasaurus survives but Darby PENALTY KICKS!
Darby goes up to COFFIN DROP!! But Christian returns to POST Darby! Cover on Luchasaurus, CHRISTIAN WINS!!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Well, at least now Christian will be rightfully holding onto this belt. Sleazy as he is, Captain Charisma truly reigns as the Face of TNT, will Darby have to move on to a new goal? As for Luchasaurus, he sees Christian’s hand be raised, and then Christian hugs him? Well, when one wins, they both win, right? Christian has Luchasaurus lift him onto his shoulders, then Christian raises the belt high above his head. Will Luchasaurus ever be his own man? Er, dinosaur.
Backstage interview with The Don Callis Family.
Alex Marvez is with Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Don Callis himself, and says that the wrestling world is buzzing with what we saw on Rampage. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho are united, along with Kota Ibushi, and challenged the DCF for WrestleDream! Don says it makes him sick just thinking about Omega and Jericho on the same side, when Don is the one who put them both on the map! And now, they’re name dropping Kota Ibushi. Ibushi is a wrestling legend, but his weakness is Kenny Omega. Kenny Omega loves Kota Ibushi, they are closer than brothers, and that kind of emotion makes them weak! They always have been!
Don isn’t worried. As great as Omega, Jericho and Ibushi are, Don has Sammy Guevara, who left Jericho laying. Don has Konosuke, “The Alpha,” who earned that name when he beat Omega twice in one week! And Don has another family member. This man beat Jericho and Omega in the course of two months, and that is WILL OSPRAEY! So you want WrestleDream to become a nightmare? Don doesn’t think so. Omega, Ibushi & Jericho will face the strongest Don Callis Family ever! See you in Seattle, where they finish it once and for all!!
Backstage interview with Christian & Luchasaurus.
Collision returns as Tony Schiavone congratulates the NEW TNT Champion. Christian says yes, every legitimate title defense has solidified him as the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion! He dedicates this victory to Nick Wayne’s mom, and Nick Wayne’s late father, who must’ve been cheering Christian on from Heaven. But anyway, Christian is finally finished with Darby once and for all, bring on the next challenger! Actually, Tony Khan just announced that Christian’s first defense will be at WrestleDream in Seattle. And it will be a classic match-up. They’ve gone back and forth, so this will be BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS!
Christian is furious! He storms off to find Tony Khan, but will it matter? Will Darby finally have justice against Captain Charisma?
Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager & Anna Jay!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just beat the former Jericho Appreciation Society members last night in a Mixed Six Tag with help from his new friends. But now he joins forces with an old friend of his dad’s! Will Hook and RVD prove they’re a one of a kind team? Or will they underestimate the sports… enner-tay-ners?
The teams sort out and fans are fired up for RVD already. RVD lets Hook start against Daddy Magic, though, and fans still rally behind Hook. They tie up, Menard arm-drags, and Menard gloats. Fans boo but Hook resets with Menard. They tie up, Hook waistlocks, hammerlocks, and he trips Menard to a facelock. Menard fights up but Hook spins and hammerlocks and headlocks and hits the takeover! Hook then goes for an arm, but Menard fights against the top wristlock. Menard knees low, tags Parker, and Parker whips. Hook holds ropes, ELBOWS Parker back, but Anna trips Hook up! Parker CLOBBERS Hook and stomps away!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook to a corner, Parker whips so Menard can whip him into the corner but Hook dodges! Hook then wrenches Menard, and points to the corner! Fans fire up as Hook tags in RVD! RVD takes the handoff, he wrenches to a wristlock and fans rally up. RVD brings Menard around, arm-drags him away, but then Parker CLOBBERS RVD! Fans boo but Menard throws hands. Menard whips, RVD rolls off Menard’s back and body scissor roll-up! TWO, but RVD blocks a kick to WHEEL KICK! Parker kicks RVD, but RVD blocks the buckle bump and KICKS back!
RVD goes up to JUMP KICK! “You Still Got It!” RVD watches the ex-JAS regroup, but they get away before he can dive! So he just gets everyone to join in on a “ROB! VAN! DAM!” Hager throws a fit for his team, but Collision goes picture in picture.
RVD waits as Menard & Parker talk strategy. Menard slowly returns, talks some trash, and he seems to call out Hook. RVD obliges and tags Hook in. Hook and Menard circle, then Menard kicks low! Menard whips Hook into Parker’s boot! The ref reprimands but Menard stomps Hook around. Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then distracts the ref so Parker can CHOKE Hook! RVD protests but Parker tags in to throw hands. Parker JABS, then whips Hook to DROPKICK him down! Cover, TWO! Hook is still in this while Collision goes to break.
Collision returns as Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook but Hook holds ropes to KICK Menard and TOSS Parker! Menard rushes in but Hook TOSSES him out! Hook hurries but Parker intercepts with a tackle! Fans boo but Parker drags Hook away from RVD. Hook wrenches free, clinches, and hits the EXPLODER! Fans fire up while Hook and Parker are down! Hook crawls, Anna shouts at Parker to move, but Menard crawls in as fast as he can. Hot tag to RVD! RVD rallies on Daddy Magic! Then he SUPERKICKS Cool Hand Ange! WHEEL KICK for Menard! RVD runs, for the ROLLING THUNDER!
RVD covers but Menard kicks it apart! Fans boo Menard but he brings RVD up. Menard scoops, RVD slips free and blocks a kick to step over and WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as RVD goes to a corner. But then Anna distracts the ref and Hager has a chair! RVD dodges to KICK the chair into Hager! Hook gets in Anna’s face, Parker storms up on him, but Hook turns it around, REDRUM!! RVD goes up, takes aim, FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!! Cover, #HookVanDam wins!
Winners: Hook & Rob Van Dam, by pinfall
Michigan’s own comes back home and wins big! Will RVD have one more title run in him? Will Hook’s newest run not be stopped?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
He has two titles to defend now, with the ROH World Championship in one hand and the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship in the other. And he knows WrestleDream is AEW’s love letter to the late, great Antonio Inoki. The Mad King wants to face the man who best embodies Inoki’s vision today, and that is Katsuyori Shibata. This won’t be just about the NJPW Openweight but also the ROH World title. He wants Shibata to bring his all because that’s what Eddie is gonna do. But then, will Eddie remain the two belt king? Or will we soon see The Wrestler become a TRIPLE CHAMPION?
The Dark Order speaks.
John Silver says, “This world has gotten outta control.” Alex Reynolds says it’s just too much, too fast, and it needs to stop. Evil Uno asks us who we will turn to “when it’s all done?” Happy music plays over destruction and desolation. “You need structure. You need rules. You need order. The Dark Order! Because The Dark Order is good! And we’re here for you!” Uno sneaks in some Italian, “But not forever.” Will you trust these creepy grins? Will you #JoinDarkOrder?
The Kingdom speaks.
Matt Taven says “Neck health is important!” Best Friends are a bunch of liars! When Trent hurt his neck, was Chuck by his bedside? NO! And now these Melvins wanna take away what The Kingdom earned, what they deserve, their shot at the ROH World Tag Team titles!? They will show these dorks what people who don’t celebrate neck health deserve! And Mike Bennett says Chuckie T got some of that last night. A punch to the wiener and a piledriver! So next Saturday is piledrivers in support of neck health! And then they will see how close Best Friends really are, how strong they really are. They aren’t stronger than The Kingdom, and they damn sure ain’t #NeckStrong!
Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan!
The Lady of the House was truly Hartless against Skye Blue last night, bringing out The Babe with The Power. However, Willow Nightingale was then attacked backstage to keep her from competing tonight! So Skye’s other friend is stepping up! Will the Hottest Flame burn this witch down? Or will the House always win?
The bell rings and Kiera rushes up to ROCK Julia! And again and again! The fans rally up as Kiera whips Julia into ropes, runs side to side and HIP ATTACKS! Kiera bumps Julia off buckles, waistlocks, but Julia bucks the O’Conner. Julia runs up to throw Kiera down by her hair! Fans rally, Julia stands on Kiera’s hair and pulls the arms! The ref reprimands, Julia steps off at 4 to then stomp Kiera down! Brody says to stay on her so Julia CLUBS away on Kiera! Julia kicks Kiera around, drags her up and SMACKS her off the mat! Julia stomps Kiera again, drags her back up, then snap suplexes! Julia grins as she then rains down fists!
The ref reprimands about closed fists so Julia lets off. To then let off with one more! Julia paces around Kiera, brings her up, but Kiera throws hands! Kiera ROCKS Julia, BOOTS her, then ROUNDHOUSES! Julia wobbles, Kiera runs in, but Julia spins Kiera for an STO! Standing MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Julia is still on her with a chinlock! Kiera endures, fans rally up, and Kiera fights up. Kiera throws body shots, blocks a punch to give a punch, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Julia! And again! Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN Kiera into the corner! Fans fire up as Kiera goes corner to corner, but Julia sends her into buckles!
Julia drags Kiera up to throw her by her hair again. Brody says keep on Kiera, so Julia whips her to a corner. BACK ELBOW! Julia grins as she snapmares, and then KICKS Kiera in the back! Julia drags Kiera up, SMACKS her off the mat, and then runs, to BLINDSIDER! Julia says the House always wins. HARTLESS STRETCH!! Kiera taps, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission
A 25-0 win streak for The Lady of the House, but she isn’t satisfied! She puts Kiera back into HARTLESS!! But here comes Skye Blue! She was on the other end of this so she’s making the save now! But again, Julia hides behind Brody. But then Brody moves and Julia BLACK MISTS Skye!! Julia strikes again! Brody asks, “Do you see this? Do you see this!? This will not end! This violence will not end! 25 matches, over two dozen bodies stacked, and this will not end until we get to the one. The last loss! KRIS STATLANDER! Next Sunday, Seattle, Washington, WrestleDream, put your TBS title on the line. Or the body count continues to rise.”
But Julia wants Kris to understand: The House ALWAYS wins. Will the Galaxy’s Greatest look to end the streak? Or will the TBS Championship fade to black?
The Righteous speak.
Death walks. You dig what they’re saying? Ol’ Vincent & Dutch are pure, are divine, and are the corpse of decency nailed to a post of greed and moral decay, draped under the shadow of purity. But now they expose MJF & Adam Cole, and purify the lie that is “Better Than You, Baybay.” You dig what they’re sayin’, man?
Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo!
The Switchblade and his Bang Bang Gang called out The Face of Latino Wrestling, saying White’s reputation is more widespread than Andrade’s. Will White make Andrade famous for losing to him? Or will Andrade become famous for beating Jay White?
The bell rings and the fans already taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” White says this is Andrade’s moment in the spotlight! They tie up, go around, and Andrade powers White to the corner. The ref counts, Andrade lets off slowly, but White SLAPS him! White uses ropes as a defense and the ref backs Andrade off. White and Andrade reset, Juice is liking this, but then Andrade headlocks. Fans rally up, White endures the grind, and White powers up and powers out. Andrade runs White down, and then goes to run, but Juice is in the way! The ref reprimands but White knees Andrade! White headlocks and hits the takeover.
Juice and the Gunns shout “ARMAS ARIBA!” Andrade endures, fights up, and he powers out. White slides out, says to heck with it, but Andrade slides! White dodges, Andrade dodges back, and Andrade CHOPS White down! White sputters but Andrade puts him in the ring. Andrade climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Andrade bounces off the cover, but he drags White back up. BCG are worried as Andrade snap suplexes! Uno AMigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gets White up again, gives us some Latino Heat, then hits THREE- NO, White silps free and pulls hair! The ref rephrimands, they’re in the corners and Andrade HEADBUTTS!
White BOOTS back, goes up, but Andrade triangle jump DROPKICKS White to the floor! BCG hurry to check on their captain but Andrade goes out after him. Andrade puts White in, covers, ONE! Austin rubs it in, that was UNO! Andrade seethes but he drags White up. Andrade whips White to the corner, but White dodges the splash to clothesline and DDT! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this but White stays focused. White goes to the corner to CHOP! White RAMS into Andrade again and again, the ref counts but White lets off at 4. To then CHOP! White whips corner to corner but Andrade blocks to BOOT!
Andrade goes up but White CHOPS again! White fireman’s carries, to TKO HOTSHOT! And then White BLASTS Andrade down! Andrade hits railing, BCG swarm like a pack of hyenas, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Colten does a victory lap for White and White goes out to fetch Andrade. White brings Andrade around to SMACK him off the apron, then he pulls hair to APRON GOURD BUSTER! Andrade falls to the floor, Juice taunts him with a dance, and White flexes as he refreshes the ring count. White and the BCG all flex and pose, then White puts Andrade in the ring. Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! White is frustrated but the count is fair. White stalks Andrade to the ropes to CHOKE him and fishhook his face! The ref counts, White lets off, and Andrade CHOPS! And BOOTS! White blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW!
White strums the air guitar to let Tanahashi know he’s thinking of him. Then he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the same leg! Andrade writhes to the ropes but White wraps the bad leg around them! The ref reprimands, White lets off, and then White drags Andrade up to HALF HATCH into the corner! Then White gets the legs to high stack, TWO! Andrade is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Andrade into a chinlock and he grinds Andrade down. But Andrade fights up as Collision returns to single picture! The fans rally, White grinds Andrade down again, but Andrade still endures.
Fans rally more as Andrade keeps fighting. White shakes his head but Andrade stands to throw body shots! White throws Andrade down by his hair! The ref reprimands but White storms back up, into a cradle! TWO!! White kicks the bad leg! Andrade falls and clutches that knee, but White sits him up. White CHOPS! Andrade sputters and White talks trash, but Andrade pie faces him! Andrade eggs White on so White CHOPS him! Andrade still eggs White on so White CHOPS! White finger guns, but Andrade dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans fire up as both men are down! The standing count starts and both men stir.
BCG coach White, White drags Andrade up, and “This is Awesome!” as they go forearm for forearm! Andrade CHOPS, White CHOPS! Andrade CHOPS, White wobbles and staggers, but White comes back to CHOP! Fans rally as the CHOPS just keep going! White kicks, Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then DRAGON SCREW again! Andrade runs, ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER White! Fans fire up but the BCG worries for White. Andrade kips up! El Idolo has plenty of gas left in the tank and he has White in a corner. Andrade goes corner to corner, for CIEN- NO, the BCG drags White out to safety. So Andrade goes up to ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
Fans are thunderous as Andrade takes out the whole Bang Bang Gang! Andrade puts White in, climbs up again, and then MOONSAULTS, lands on his feet, DOUBLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Andrade is frustrated, but the fans are loving this! Andrade looms over White, brings White up, and reels him in, White drops down but Andrade CLUB S him! Andrade full nelsons, White break sit to switch, but Andrade fights the sleeper! White CHOPS! And CHOPS! White runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up as White flops down. Andrade drags White up but White SAIDOS Andrade up and out of the ring!!
The ref hurries to check but Andrade is somehow able to continue. White drags Andrade up and into the ring, storms up on him, and clinches, for the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!?! White pushes that arm back down, TWO!!! Andrade survives but just barely! White clamps onto Andrade with a sleeper, brings him up, but Andrade fights the suplex. White staggers, blocks the boot, KNEE BREAKER! Andrade shouts about his leg, which has given him trouble in the past. But White CHOPS! And CHOPS! Both men hobble, but Andrade boot feints to ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!??! White survives and fans are loving this match all over again!
White and Andrade stir, then White crawls to a corner. Andrade stands, fires up and runs, CIEN SHADOWS!! Then the hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT!!! Cover, Juice helps White with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as BCG gets away with one! Andrade is beside himself, but he drags White around by a leg. Fans “WOO~!” as Andrade steps through! FIGURE FOUR! White endures, the “WOO~” echoes out, but White CLUBS away at Andrade’s leg! Andrade pushes up to the FIGURE EIGHT! The Ass Boys distract the ref so Juice can CLOBBER Andrade with his Cowboy of the Month award!! White is free of the leglock!
White drags Andrade’s deadweight up to hit BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
Andrade being alone was doomed from the start with Juice and the Gunns backing White up! And then they all taunt Andrade while he’s down! Andrade takes his first AEW loss, but will he back for venganza? (Vengeance in Espanol.)
“All In, Wembley Stadium. Did to me what you’ve been doing to me the last 14 years of my life. You used me, then you walked away. Sure did have a lot to say on social media. Sure did have a lot to say on TV. And then when I confronted you… Called you over and looked you in your eyes, you walked away. Tough keyboard warrior. You did what you always do: You ran from your problems. Guess what? You’re not gonna be able to run much longer.” Will there be a clash of the proud ‘n’ powerful on the horizon?
Shane Taylor Promotions speaks.
Shane Taylor himself says that on paper, Shane Taylor VS Keith Lee may not seem like much of a rivalry. But Keith knows better, doesn’t he? They came into ROH at the same time, established “The Pretty Boy Killers” and DOMINATED the tag division. Lee Moriarty says to tell ’em! Shane says that from ANS to War Machine to The Briscoes, they took ’em all out! But then Keith went to go work for “the other billionaire,” while Shane stayed and became an ROH legend! The world got to see Keith be limitless, but now it is Shane’s time on the biggest stage! And the only thing standing in the way IS Keith.
Shane says if it is to feed his family, then he will put Keith in the GROUND! Before Shane takes everything Keith has, Keith must step in the ring with The Best Damn Technical Wrestler, Lee Moriarty. Will #TAIGASTYLE bring Keith down to size? Or will Moriarty #BaskInHisGlory?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen!
The open challenge of opportunities continues as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler give JD Drake & Anthony Henry their shot. But with WrestleDream and a rematch with Aussie Open on the horizon, will the Top Guys get caught off guard? Or will FTR be bringing the gold to Seattle?
Speaking of, Aussie Open is here! Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are dressed to the nines and they join commentary to watch this one with their own eyes. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are the true Top Guys!
The teams sort out and Cash starts against Henry. They circle, feel things out, and Cash denies Henry a leg takedown. Henry comes back, gets around to a waistlock, but Cash fights up to facelock. Henry slips free, gets around again, facelocks again, and then gator rolls to hammerlock! Cash has the ROPEBREAK, and the two separate. They reset, circle, and tie up. Henry gets an arm to wrench it but Cash slips around to fireman’s carry takeover! Henry headscissors but Cash kips up. Henry wrenches, wristlocks, but Cash rolls, kips up and wrenches to WRING Henry out! Fans cheer but Henry keeps moving!
Henry kips up to then back drop, step over, and Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Henry DROPKICKS Cash down! Henry drags Cash up, wrenches, tag to JD. They mug Cash, JD whips Cash toa corner but Cash avoids the chop! JD avoids a chop, and the two stare down. Tag to Dax, and fans rally up. Dax and JD step up, tie up, and Dax headlocks. JD powers out, Dax RAMS JD, but JD CHOPS! Fans fire up seeing how hard that one hit! JD puts Dax in the corner to CHOP again! JD eggs Dax on so Dax CHPOS! And CHOPS! AND CHOPS! Dax whips, JD reverses to atomic drop, then scoop and SLAM! FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!!
JD keeps on Dax, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! Tag to Henry, and he runs to then come back and forearm smash! Tag to JD, feed to the LARIAT! NECK TWIST! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dax hangs in there but JD looms over him. JD stomps Dax, throws hands, then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen CHOP and KICK and KICK and KICK! Dax snarls and eggs Henry on so Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! They go back and forth, KICK and CHOP! Henry SOBATS, but Dax suplexes to a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Henry wobbles but he tags JD.
JD runs to swing on Cash but Cash dodges, only for the LARIAT to get him! JD keeps moving, SHINING WIZARD! Dax ends up in the Workhorsemen corner, and JD CANNONBALLS! Tag to Henry, Henry goes up, and JD tags back in. Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Then Henry FLIES to take out Cash! JD is up< SCRAP METAL MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives being squashed and the fans lose their minds just from seeing it! But wait, Cash has Henry, GORY BOMB to the apron!! Dax runs up on JD but JD ROCKS him! JD goes up, to FLYING- POWERBOMB!! Step through into SHARPSHOOTER!!
JD endures, fans rally, but JD taps! FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by submission (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Aussie Open says okay, then it’s on! WrestleDream will mark the anniversary of the instant classic back at Royal Quest! Mark Davis gets a mic to say, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” The fans reply “OI OI OI!” Davis says congrats, and keep those belts bright. Because FTR is in the fight of their lives! Fletcher knows Aussie Open says it a lot, but FTR once said themselves that Aussie Open is the best tag team in the world today! And they’ve heard the complaints, “What happened to the Aussie Open that took FTR to the limit in a five star classic?” Well, they admit they haven’t lived up tot he hype, but that is why they challenged FTR to this match!
Aussie Open needs to prove to to the people, they need to prove it to FTR, and they need to prove it to themselves that they ARE everything they say they are! Dax has a mic to say yeah, okay. Aussie Open were sacrificial lambs to Max and his best friend. They were sacrificial lambs to Chris Jericho and his best friend. But what Dax wants from them, what he is begging them on his hands and knees, he wants the biggest, baddest bastards in the world, because on October 1st, WrestleDream, Aussie Open faces THE BEST TAG TEAM IN HISTORY! Fans cheer that! And Dax says if Aussie Open don’t bring that, then don’t even show up. #TopGuysOut.
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi Nair is with Miro’s hot and flexible wife, and says this is the first time we’ve seen her since she surprised everyone at All In London, which was also the first time anyone in wrestling has seen her in two years. So the question is, why now? CJ says that The Redeemer, who she loves so much, has lost his way. She wanted to help him be champion again. But unfortunately, he’s rather preoccupied with the past and… temptations. But then in steps Miro! He says his only temptation is her. And her temptation is this: the lights, the cameras, the fame. It changes you. CJ says she loves the hustle, the puzzle, the chase, and helping those she loves! It makes her come alive!
Miro says his righteous path was to save “them.” And if CJ stays, that means he’d have to… To what? Save her? What were their wedding vows again? Well, they each have to do what they each have to do. They will each walk their own paths. But if there is any love in Miro’s heart for CJ, then please, do not lay a hand on any of her future clients she’s going to manage here. Okay? Can he promise that? Miro leaves without giving an answer. Will pro-wrestling come between husband and wife?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleDream!
As if it wasn’t already big enough, the TBS Championship IS on the line! Kris Statlander is giving Julia Hart her shot, but will Mama Kris be the one running the house after October 1st? Plus, a massive Fatal 4 Way Tag match! The Young Bucks, The Gunns, The Lucha Brothers and #OrangeHook battle for an AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity, any time they want it! Who will have some highly valuable golden tickets in their pockets?
Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson!
These two truly went all out in their Strap match, and while The American Dragon won, Ricky Starks holds to the fact he didn’t tap out, he passed out! Will that unstoppable fighting spirit help Starks win this even more brutal rematch? Or will this be an Absolute thrashing that puts this one to bed?
Starks attacks Bryan the moment he’s in the ring! The bell sounds and Starks fires off hands! Bryan gets up to hit Starks back, they scrap in the corner and Starks gets the edge! Starks stomps away on Bryan, stands him up, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks throws body shots, UPPERCUTS, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! Fans count to five but Bryan DUMPS Starks out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Starks and fans fire up! Bryan finally gets his jacket off to drag Starks up and CROTCH Starks on railing! Bryan runs to CLOBBER Starks! Bryan then goes out after Starks and throws hands!
Bryan then hits Starks with someone’s drink! And RAMS him into the trash can! And then dumps the trash on Starks! Bryan goes after Starks with headbutts, going up the bleachers! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan drags Starks up, ROCKS him with a left, then brings him along, only for Starks to send him into barriers! Starks RAMS Bryan into more barriers, then runs up, into a body shot! Bryan KICKS Starks against barriers, again and again and again! Fans fire up as Bryan then HEADBUTTS Starks and pushes him along back to ringside. Starks goes over the railing on his own but Bryan is after him!
Bryan HEADBUTTS, Starks CHOPS, then Starks TOSSES Bryan into the front row! The fans help Bryan up, as does security, but Starks goes to the apron. Starks springboards to CROSSBODY into the pile!! Fans lose their minds while Collision goes picture in picture.
Starks dumps Bryan back to ringside and then drags himself up and over. Starks stands Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan staggers away to commentary but Starks storms after him, Bryan SMACKS Starks off the desk! And CHOPS him against the desk! And again! And again! Bryan HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS again! Bryan snarls, puts Starks in the ring, then storms up to get a leg. Bryan twists the ankle to turn Starks over, then he grabs the other leg. Bryan hooks the legs up, and he fishhooks Starks’ face! Then Bryan gets the arms, and pulls, pulls and pulls Starks into the ROMERO SPECIAL!
Starks endures, Bryan sets him down, and then Bryan drags Starks into the DRAGON SLEEPER as Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Starks is clawing at Bryan’s face! Starks has a mic so everyone can hear him egging Bryan on. Then Starks dribbles Bryan’s face off the desk! Bryan’s forehead is busted open! Starks lets Bryan fall over, then throws hands right to the wound! Fans rally for Bryan and boo Starks, but Starks drags Bryan up to put in the ring. Starks drags Bryan to the corner, to YANK him into the post! Starks ROCKS Bryan, SLAMS the leg into the post, then ROCKS Bryan again! Starks uses the microphone to jam at the wound! Fans boo but Starks grabs a chair. Starks has Bryan’s leg, to SMACK it against the post!
Bryan writhes away into the ring but Starks is after him. Starks CHOKES Bryan with the chair! Then Starks JAMS Bryan! Starks then traps Bryan’s leg inside the chair! Fans boo more as Starks goes up the corner! But Bryan gets free and he SMACKS Starks! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again! Starks is stuck up top and Bryan brings him up to throw hands! Bryan climbs up, brings Starks tot he very top, but Starks trips Bryan! Starks throws more hands, and BITES the bloody forehead! Starks SPITS, then he throws down fists! Fans tell Starks he’s sick, but he just does his pose! Only for Bryan to punch back!
Bryan adjusts, to SPIDER SUPERPLEX Starks down! Fans fire up as Bryan manages to sit up again! Bryan huffs ‘n’ puffs and adjusts position again, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Starks is sent tumbling into the other corner, and Bryan is getting a second wind! Starks sits up as the standing count starts, but Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up, to BUZZSAW! Fans fire up while Starks flounders. The standing count starts again but Starks grabs at the chair. Bryan is in the corner, aims and runs in, but Starks CHUCKS the chair into his face!! Fans boo as Bryan goes down!
Starks stomps Bryan, the standing count starts, and fans chant for tables. Starks brings Bryan up by his hair, mocks the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” while treating Starks like a rodeo horse, and Collision goes picture in picture again.
Starks drops a knee on Bryan! And then another! Starks goes out to look under the ring, ignoring the table, to then bring out a STRAP! Starks swings that around, he wants to continue where All Out left off. He LASHES Bryan, and LASHES him again, and again! Then Starks CHOKES Bryan with the strap! Bryan endures but Starks hits a STRAP BULLDOG! Starks lets off for the standing count to start, and Bryan is still floundering at 5 of 10. But Bryan rolls out of the ring to get back to his feet! Starks hurries out after Bryan but into a CHOP! Bryan UPPERCUTS, ROCKS, and then POSTS Starks! Starks falls over and Bryan staggers away.
Bryan’s crimson mask is growing but he can still see Starks. Bryan drags Starks by a leg, but Starks SMACKS Bryan with a steel chain! Bryan ends up back in the ring but still down for the standing count. Starks grins and gets in to wrap the chain around his fist. Starks aims to FULL METAL KNUCKLE! Collision returns to single picture as Bryan staggers, then drops to his knees. Starks swings again but Bryan dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Starks staggers around, Bryan runs back in and CHOPS! Starks CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They throw hands and CHOPS, and then Bryan KICKS and KICKS! Starks blocks to SLAP, SLAP, and so on!
Fans fire up but Bryan dodges, only for Starks to SPEAR!! Starks roars, and he wraps the chain around Bryan’s neck! Just like Bryan did with the strap!! Starks bends Bryan back and squeezes tight! Bryan is fading, but he shakes his head! Bryan isn’t giving up, but he might pass out like Starks did! Bryan is purple!! Starks lets go, and he wants the count! The count begins, Bryans putters and stirs, but is still down at 5 of 10. Starks watches from the corner as we hit 8 of 10! Bryan rises up at 9, but Starks grabs the chain again! Starks squeezes tight, and then drags Bryan up into a HANGMAN’S GORY ESPECIAL!
Bryan kicks and goes to ropes! Bryan uses ropes to get up and over and get free!! Fans are thunderous but Starks is primed to run in! SPEAR into a takedown!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Starks flails, grabs the chain and he throws hands! But Bryan grabs that chain, to wrap it around Starks!! Starks freaks out as he relives All Out!! Starks is purple, and he passes out! The count starts, Bryan keeps on Starks with the chain, but Starks revives!? Starks powers up, powers out and he rains down fists!! Fans are thunderous, but Bryan just turns things around! Fans are even more fired up! Bryan lets off on Starks and both men rise.
Bryan HEADBUTTS! Starks throws a haymaker! HEADBUTT! Haymaker! HEADBUTT!! Both men flop over! Bryan shakes out the stars, “This is Awesome!” The count is 6 of 10, both men stand. Starks swings a chair, but Bryan dodges! Bryan returns to BUSAIKU KNEE through the chair!! Fans fire up again as Starks flounders. Bryan says it is time to kick Starks’ head in!! Bryan gets Starks’ arms, and he fires DRAGON STOMPS!! Again and again and again, and again and again and again! But Starks SPITS at Bryan! So Bryan just STOMPS him more!! Fans fire up, Starks checks his face but also has blood coming from his eyebrow.
Bryan backs off, brings down his kneepad, and he wraps the steel chain around his knee! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for giving them this main event, and Bryan stares Starks up. Bryan runs in to FULL METAL KNEE!!! Starks is down, and the count begins! Bryan crawls away at 5 of 10, drags himself up at 8, and the count hits TEN! Bryan wins again!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Starks wanted revenge, but he only got another vicious fight and crushing defeat. Big Bill and Wheeler Yuta come out to check on their respective allies. Bill helps Starks stand, as does Yuta with Bryan. Yuta and Bill get at each other, but Starks has them all stand down. Is this Starks’ way of showing Bryan respect for the absolute war they just went through? And where does Starks go from here?
A great Collision here, and some more added to WrestleDream just as I was hoping. Julia had a good match with Kiera, she mists Skye, but instead of calling out Willow for a PPV match, she wants Kris and the TBS Championship. That will be a good match for WrestleDream but I feel like Kris wins that. Really good tag title match from FTR VS Workhorsemen but of course FTR wins so that their match with Aussie Open is now a title match. No idea who wins that but we all know it will be a match of the year contender. And I think something rather interesting is that Fatal 4 Way contenders tag match, and that detail about a title match “at any time.” Is a team going to win and then Money in the Bank those AEW tag titles away from whoever wins? Because that’d be awesome, actually.
Speaking of which, really fun tag match of Hook & RVD beating Menard & Parker. Of course Hook & RVD win, which helps give Hook & Cassidy momentum going into that WrestleDream Fatal 4. RVD is probably in AEW to be part of the fun, have more of these really good matches, but I can’t really say he is actually after another title reign of some kind. Then big stuff from Eddie Kingston, putting up TWO championships up in his match with Shibata. That’s one huge first defense for the ROH World Championship, but I would think Eddie retains. As awesome as it’d be to see one man with three singles titles, there’s no good story of Eddie losing the belts he worked so hard to have so soon.
Don Callis has a good promo in response to the Six Man Tag challenge, but of course Will Ospreay is the third man, even though I would’ve loved for them to bring in someone really good that really needs something to do. But whatever, Ospreay brings star power, and there is story here already where Ospreay’s faced all three men, Omega, Ibushi & Jericho. It’ll also be an awesome match with Ospreay in it, but I would think Jericho & The Golden Lovers win. It’d also be great if Daniel Garcia helped tip the scales in Jericho’s favor, completing the double turn of Garcia and Guevara and perhaps giving us Garcia VS Guevara.
Really good TNT Championship Triple Threat that was really a handicap match. While I was thinking Christian was going to force Luchasaurus to give him the win, Christian instead opportunistically takes the win from Darby in where he has to pin Luchasaurus. And yet we’re getting a Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match at WrestleDream. That will make WrestleDream even longer, but maybe that is where it all comes to a head with Nick Wayne being in this story. Great match from White VS Andrade, but of course Bullet Club Gold helps White win that one. I know there hasn’t been a lot of interaction between Andrade and La Faccion Ingobernable since Andrade turned Face, but this would be the time for LFI to show their new aggression while also helping Andrade against BCG.
And of course, a great Last Man Standing match in the main event. Oh, yeah, that was a Last Man Standing match they dressed up as Texas Death even though it wasn’t like we weren’t going to notice. Literally earlier this year, AEW Revolution, Hangman VS Moxley, THEIR Texas Death Match was Knockout, Standing Count or Submission/Verbal Forfeit. But I guess since they already played their hand of Starks taking a loss by fainting, meaning Starks would never tap out or say “I Quit,” they could only go with the KO/ten count finish. Still a great match, but I’m just a stickler for labeling things what they are, and this as Last Man Standing, not Texas Death. But I did like Starks having Bill stand down. Makes me think that Starks could be a future ally to the BCC.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/22/23)
A TWO HOUR RAMPAGE!
Rampage goes big for Grand Slam!
AEW doubles up on Rampage, and we see a massive Fatal 4 Way to determine #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships!
- Darby Allin & Sting VS Christian Cage & Luchasaurus; Darby & Sting win.
- Mixed Six Match: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook VS Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker; Kris & OrangeHook win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous VS Best Friends VS The Kingdom; The Righteous win and will challenge MJF & Adam Cole for the titles at AEW WrestleDream.
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Dark Order; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- Skye Blue VS Julia Hart w/ Brody King; Julia wins.
- Mike Santana VS Dirty Bulk Bronson; Santana wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS The Hung Bucks; The Hung Bucks win and become the new ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin & Sting w/ Nick Wayne VS Christian Cage & Luchasaurus!
The Relentless Icons won at All In London, but Captain Charisma’s complaint is that his Right Hand of Destruction was not his tag partner. Now that Christian and the TNT Champion are the legal men, will the result be different? Or will Darby be rolling into the “Triple Threat” title match tomorrow night on Collision?
Christian talks quick strategy with Luchasaurus, and they rush up to bait the Relentless Icons in! Christian ducks away from Sting but Darby gets right on Luchasaurus with a SLEEPER! Christian rushes in after all but Sting fires off on him first! Sting dribbles Christian off buckles! Luchasaurus pries free to THROW Darby! Sting TOSSES Christian out then pursues, and the bell finally rings. Luchasaurus runs at Darby but Darby dodges, Luchasaurus gets caught up on the ropes! Darby then runs to DROPKICK Luchasaurus down to the ramp! Sting sends Christian into steel steps while Darby DIVES into Luchasaurus!
Fans rally up as Darby stands Luchasaurus up, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Christian fights back on Sting but Sting ROCKS Christian! But Luchasaurus POSTS Darby! Darby falls to the floor, Nick calls to Sting. They check Darby, he is still breathing but very dazed from that rough landing. Sting helps Darby up, Darby hobbles over, and Darby says he’s okay. Darby slides in at 6 of 10 but Luchasaurus drags him over. Tag to Christian and Christian stomps Darby down! Christian CHOPS Darby, stalks him along the way, then CLUBS him down! Christian stands on Darby’s neck at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts.
Darby sputters, Christian drags him up, and tag to Luchasaurus. They mug Darby, and Luchasaurus CLUBS Darby down! Luchasaurus scoops to SLAM Darby down! Luchasaurus snarls, whips Darby hard into the corner, and then tags Christian. Christian says he, or Luchasaurus, will be TNT Champion, but fans boo. Christian taunts Sting, goes back to Darby, and Christian brings Darby around. But Darby fights back with forearms! Darby whips, Christian reverses but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Both men are down, Luchasaurus rushes in to BLAST Sting! Christian anchors Darby’s leg, then tags Luchasaurus.
Rampage goes picture in picture as Luchasaurus stands on Darby’s head! Luchasaurus then stomps Darby, stalks him to ropes, and clamps on. Luchasaurus CHOPS, then scoops, then carries Darby around, for a SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Darby hangs tough, but Luchasaurus brings him up. Christian tags in, they mug Darby more, and then Christian stands on Darby’s face! The ref counts, Christian steps off to snapmare Darby and neck wrench! Darby endures, but Christian claws his face! The ref reprimands, Christian lets off, and then sits Darby up just to claw his face again!
Darby fights up, throws elbows, then runs, but into an ELBOW! Rampage returns to single picture as Christian covers, TWO! Christian grows annoyed but he drags Darby up and tags Luchasaurus. They mug Darby more, and then Luchasaurus hauls Darby up. Darby pries the hand away from his throat, but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Luchsasurus shakes out his hand, choke grips and JURASSIC- NO, Darby lands out! But Christian HOTSHOTS Darby! Into the JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but Sting breaks it! Fans rally but Luchasaurus tags Christian. Christian goes up to DIVING FLOP as Darby moves!
Darby and Christian crawl as fans fire up! Both men stand, Darby sunset flips but Christian stays up! So Darby lets off, hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on Christian! Fans fire up, Sting whips but Christian kicks back! Sting just beats his chest! SPINEBUSTER! Luchasaurus runs in but gets fast hands! Sting backs Luchasaurus down into the corner! Christian runs in but is send into Luchasaurus! Sting runs to STINGER SPLASH them both! SCORPION DEATH DROP on Christian! Darby fires off on Luchasaurus! Then feeds him to the dragon sleeper! Darby goes up, SCORPION COFFIN DROP COMBO!!
Christian stagger sup, into a SHOTGUN from Darby! Darby snarls, Sting SPLASHES Luchasaurus! The ref is distracted, Christian pokes Darby in the eyes! Christian chicken wings and turns Darby but Nick distracts him! Darby then rolls Christian up to jackknife bridge! The Relentless Icons win!!
Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall
Fans cheer as the Prodigy of Rain City gets one over on Captain Charisma! But Christian glares at Nick. Will the jokes about Nick’s mom stop for something far more serious, and dangerous? Or will this all be a distraction in tomorrow night’s glorified handicap match?
Mixed Six Match: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook VS Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager!
The Galaxy’s Greatest reunites with her best friend, as well as a new friend! Freshly Squeezed joins forces with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, will their less talk more rock combination help Mama Kris put the Star of the Show, Daddy Magic and Cool Hand Ange to bed?
The trios sort out and the FTW Champion starts against Menard. The two circle as fans rally up, and Menard talks trash. “You wanna taste?! I don’t think so!” Then Menard tags in Parker! Parker and Hook circle, but then Parker tags Menard. Anna applauds, but Hook TOSSES Parker, then SAYANAGIS Menard! REDRUM!! Menard scrambles and tags to Anna! Hook obeys the rules and lets off of Menard, and also steps aside so Kris can step in. Fans fire up as the TBS Champion and Anna circle. Anna kicks low, but Kris blocks the whip! Then Kris hip tosses Anna away! Fans fire up as Kris flexes, but Anna dodges the splash to LEG LARIAT!
Anna wrenches and HOOK- NO, Kris blocks the kick to suplex! Kris holds Anna up and fans fire up, for the SLAM! Kris kips up and flexes again! Parker storms in, the ref steps him, but that’s a distraction so Hager can CLOBBER Cassidy! Kris gets distracted and Anna SUPERKICKS her down! Tag to Parker while Hook backs Hager down. But Menard CLOBBERS Hook now! And then Menard RAMS Hook into railing! Fans are torn as Menard drags Hook up to put in the ring. Parker drags Hook up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Parker drags Hook back up to throw hands! Parker reels Hook in to hit a BIG back suplex!
Parker scuffs Hook, tags Menard, and they coordinate to BACKBREAKER and RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Fans are torn as Menard talks more trash, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Menard stands Hook up, but Hook pushes him back to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Menard wobbles but he kicks back, and whips him hard into a corner! Hook falls and the former JAS soak up the heat. Menard stomps Hook, sucker punches Cassidy, then stomps Hook more! Menard drags Hook up to whip him hard into the ex-JAS corner. Tag to Parker, they stomp away on Hook, then soak up more heat. Parker scuffs Hook at the ropes, mocks Cassidy’s “devastating” kicks, then stands Hook up. Parker whips, then DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Hook hangs in there but Parker drags him up and reels him in. But Hook back drops him away!
parker hurries to drag Hook over and tags in Menard. Menard stomps Hook, kicks him around, then drags him up. Hook throws body shots, but Menard whips him hard into another corner! Menard drags Hook up again, CHOPS him against the ropes, then talks some trash. Menard CHOPS again, fires haymakers, but Hook hits back! And again! And again! But Menard SMACKS Hook down! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as Menard & Parker double whip Hook, but Hook ducks the double clotheslines to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Hook hurries over, hot tag to Cassidy! New York goes nuts as Cassidy bumps Parker off buckles, bumps Menard off buckles, then repeat! Cassidy climbs up, takes aim, but both Menard & Parker turn around! So Cassidy hops down, to put his hands in his pockets! Cassidy dodges double clotheslines to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! And kip up! Cassidy builds speed to then DIVE onto Hager! Payback on Big Hurt! Cassidy runs in, tilt-o-whirls but Menard blocks! Parker joins in, but Hook saves Cassidy from the double suplex!
Hook CLUBS Parker & Menard, helps Cassidy, but then Anna CLUBS #OrangeHook! Anna adds on, but then so does Kris! Kris & OrangeHook TRIPLE SUPLEX the ex-JAS!! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy throws off the elbow pad! ORANGE- NO, Parker gets under! Feed to the drop toehold, BOOYAH ELBOW! Cassidy gets a taste, but Hook hits a T-BONE on Parker! And a T-BONE on Menard! Fans fire up again as Hook T-BONES Parker onto Menard! Anna is furious, but the ref has to keep her back! Hager gets up to CLOBBER Hook!! Fans boo but Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH on Hager!! Anna is still distracting, then she jumps on Cassidy! QUEENSLAYER!
But Kris pries Anna off Cassidy into an Electric Chair Lift! Anna freaks out, Cassidy intercepts Parker to feed to Hook’s REDRUM!! Kris SLAMS Anna down! Menard falls, ORANGE PUNCH for Parker!! Cover on Parker, OrangeHook & Kris win!
Winners: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook, by pinfall
A great win for the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed! Will this momentum carry them all through into WrestleDream?
It’s an all new QTV.
Harley Cameron asks if they wanna see her impersonation of a hot dog. Uh, sure. Harley just goes rigid. Huh. What does Joe Blow think? Uh- Johnny TV springs on the scene and says they must’ve had a great time in Montreal. Wait, Solo wasn’t invited to that. Oh, uh, that sucks. But let’s rrrroll the footage! Harley says this is awkward, but that only works when she asks for it. “RRRRRRROLL~ the footage, gov’nah!” Footage rolls of QT Marshall defending his title in Lutte Academie, the French Canadian wrestling indie. QT pounded that guy’s ass like a turkey! Oh, hey, nice sunglasses, Solo! Remember the handshake? Hecc yeah!
They do the shake, blast off, and then QT texts! He needs a tag partner for next week! Someone with fresh breath, long hair, and has known for a long time. Someone he can trust not matter what. Solo says that’s him! It has to be! No, bro, that’s Johnny! Gotta go, see you next week. Awkward… But will the combined powers of QT & Johnny be unstoppable?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
And he says that after Dynamite, this guy has a lot to answer for. Though, we already knew he was a snake in the grass. Ladies and gentlemen… Don Callis. Fans boo as the patriarch of the Don Callis Family walks out with “The Alpha,” Konosuke Takeshita and goes to the ring. Schiavone has to admit, Callis is many times a step ahead, and he is eating up how the fans all around the world just HATE him! Schiavone says Callis deserves all of it. Callis takes the mic and fans boo as he says just wants to say… “A few weeks ago, the wrestling world was abuzz! The wrestsling world was abuzz at my so-called pursuit of Chris Jericho.
“I didn’t end up with Jericho, but I ended up with the man I really wanted, the newest member of the Don Callis Family… SAMMY! GUEVARAAA~!” The fallen Spanish God makes his way out now, dressed to impress. Fans boo more as Sammy joins his “family” in the ring. Sammy soaks up all the heat, but Schiavone asks, “You actually call this man family?” Sammy says he can’t hear Schiavone, but that might be from all the booing. Sammy tells Don, “Believe it or not, I hated you. I hated you for a long time.
“I hated you almost as much as they hated you. And it’s because this whole time, I thought you were trying to rip apart my family. But really, you were just trying to show me I never really had one. Until now!” They hug and fans boo more. Sammy says why did he betray Jericho on Wednesday? The reason is because for the past four years, he has been holding Sammy back! Jericho has taken Sammy for granted, just like all the fans have! Fans boo more but Sammy says yeah, yeah, yeah. Last year, it was “F YOU SAMMY!” Earlier this year, it was “LET’S GO, SAMMY!” Well Sammy is done with such fickleness! He doesn’t need the fans!
Sammy is done trying to earn the fans’ love. He has a hot, hot wife, a beautiful baby girl and a fat bank account! Fans boo Sammy but Sammy says Jericho is DEAD to him, and never wants to see him again! But wait! Judas plays and fans fire up! Jericho is here, and he rushes the DCF! Jericho DECKS Konosuke, ROCKS Sammy, fires off on Konosuke again to TOSS him out, then he ROCKS Sammy! Sammy scurries away but Callis CLUBS Jericho! Jericho scowls at Callis and fans say Callis F’d up now! But Konosuke returns to SMACK Jericho with a chair! And again! And again! And again!!
Fans boo but then Sammy has Konosuke stop. Because Sammy takes the chair to SMACK Jericho now! And again! And again!! Sammy unleashes that resentment and rage! Konosuke drags Jericho up, Sammy helps, and Callis tells Jericho this is what he gets! Callis throws punches, but hurts his own hand! So he brings out the SCREWDRIVER!! Fans freak out, but here comes KENNY OMEGA!! The Cleaner is back, with a metal pipe!! Omega runs the DCF off and fans are thunderous! Jericho staggers up to his feet and he bumps into Kenny. Both men are on guard, but upon seeing who it is, Jericho cools off.
Omega drops the pipe, and he nods before leaving. Will Omega and Jericho see that the enemy of their enemy is truly a friend in the fight against the treacherous, disgusting and conniving Don Callis?
Rampage returns as Alex Marvez finds Kenny Omega.
Marvez says Omega and Jericho, in the same ring together, working together against Don Callis! Kenny stomps Marvez there. Do they really think Kenny did any of that for Jericho? That he cares about Jericho? This is bigger than Jericho! This is about Kenny taking care of Callis. But then Jericho walks over. Jericho tells Kenny that he says this once: he appreciates Kenny making that save, but he also knows the reason it happened. Just as Kenny was saying, this is not about them becoming friends. This entire company was based on the Omega VS Jericho rivalry. But now, something that Callis never thought would happen: Jericho and Omega are UNITED in taking Callis out!
The match Callis put together in Tokyo, it is now a nightmare come to life. And as far as Sammy goes, he is the real Judas. But so Jericho suggests they team up for real and take out the Don Callis Family, at WrestleDream! Omega tells Callis that he stabbed Omega in the back, betrayed his best friend in Jericho, and threatened someone Kenny loves in Kota Ibushi. That scar on Callis’ head that he blames on Omega, after they’re done with him, Callis will look like Freddy Krueger. WrestleDream, October 1st, will become a Wrestle Nightmare. DCF VS Jericho, Omega and Ibushi! Who you got?! They’ll be waiting.
ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous VS Best Friends VS The Kingdom!
All teams with history in ROH, all teams with history with the tag titles, but only one team gets to go on to their WrestleDream against MJF & Adam Cole. Will Matt & Jeff DELETE the competition? Will Dutch & Vincent bring about an Autumn Sunset? Will Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta get a shot at finally becoming champions? Or will Mike Bennett & Matt Taven go after the men that (emotionally) hurt Roderick Strong?
In this Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal at a time, so the ref calls for them to sort things out. But then tensions build between old rivals in Best Friends and The Kingdom, as well as new rivals in The Hardys and The Righteous. The ref can sense where this is going, and he rings the bell right as the brawl begins! Taven has Trent, Mike has Chuck, Dutch has Matt (Hardy) and Vinnie has Jeff! Then The Kingdom and Righteous put Best Friends and Hardys up top, fire off more hands with them, but then Best Friends and Hardys knock The Righteous and Kingdom down! Four corner V1! QUADRUPLE AX HANDLES!
The Hardys give thumbs up to Best Friends, and then Best Friends offer it. But the group hug is denied! Fans boo as The Hardys are sent outside, followed by Best Friends. Mike RAMS Chuck into railing, Dutch builds speed, but the KICK OF THE KING takes him down! Taven builds speed to FLY! He takes down The Righteous and Hardys! Trent gets in the ring and fans fire up! Trent builds speed, but Chuck stops him! They HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! The Best Friends then BLAST The Kingdom, and they DOUBLE TOPE to take everyone out! Fans are thunderous as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Best Friends put Taven in, Matt Hardy is after him, and he ROCKS Taven with a forearm. And another! Taven drops to a knee, Hardy bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” The ref counts, Hardy finishes up, and fans rally. Hardy drags Taven up, brings him around, tag to Jeff. The Hardys double whip, then double ELBOW, and then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jeff drags Taven up, snapmares, and basement dropkicks! But then Chuck tags in off Jeff! Tag to Trent and Best Friends get Taven up. Forearm and SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Mike shouts at Trent but Trent keeps his focus on Taven.
Trent runs in at the corner to BACK ELBOW! Then Trent keeps moving, but Taven ducks and sends Trent out! Mike YANKS Trent down to BOSTON BAYONET! Mike mocks Jeff’s dance moves, but then backs off as the Hardys step to him. Taven then CLOBBERS Trent! Taven puts Trent in the ring, stalks him, and keeps him from Chuck. Trent anchors a leg, tags Mike, and Mike CLAWS Trent’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Mike again mocks Jeff. Mike drags Trent up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS him down! Mike then BOOTS Trent, stands him back up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Trent hangs tough but Mike tags Taven.
The Kingdom gets Trent up, feed to a BOOT, then a FOREARM, then Taven goes up. Trent ducks and the MISSILE DROPKICK hits Mike! Taven panics, apologizes, and Rampage returns to single picture. The Kingdom keeps Trent from Chuck! Then they DECK Chuck! Trent BOOTS Mike, dodges Taven and TORNADO DDTS! Fans fire up while Trent and Taven are down. Vinnie reaches out to tag off his old enemy, and Hardy tags off Trent. Hardy rallies on Vinnie, then hits a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, ONE!! Tag to Jeff, the Hardys whip Vinnie to BOOT, JAWBREAKER, and then NECKBREAKER! Jeff SPLASHES down, covers, TWO!
Jeff wrenches to CLUB Vinnie’s arm. Tag to Matt, they mug Vinnie, and then double whip. Dutch runs in but is sent into Vinnie! Matt sets up, Jeff runs, POETRY IN MOTION! Matt tags Jeff back in, and Jeff hits an atomic drop, then the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick to add on! And an elbow drop! Cover, Dutch breaks it! Jeff kicks Dutch but no Twist yet! BOSS MAN SLAM! Taven ENZIGURIS Dutch! Vinnie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Mike whips Vinnie but Vinnie BOOTS! Vinnie ROCKS Mike, feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Matt Hardy runs in but into a BOSS MAN SLAM!!
Chuck sneaks a tag off Jeff Hardy, Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Vinnie! Trent runs but Dutch catches him! Trent slips free of the Boss Man Slam to feed Dutch to a SEXY CHUCKY KNEE! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Taven runs in to BOOT Trent! “That’s for Adam Cole, ya dummy!” But Taven turns around into a SUPERKICK from Chuck! Chuck drags Taven up, wrenches, but Mike stops Sole Food! Taven distracts the ref, Mike PUNCHES CHUCK IN THE WIENER!! Mike reels Chuck in, Taven goes up, HAIL MARY!! Cover, TRENT BREAKS IT! Fans fire up as Jeff tags in off Taven! Taven is furious but Jeff gives Chuck a TWIST OF FATE!
Jeff throws his shirt off! Jeff goes up a corner, but Vinnie tags in off Jeff! SWANTON BOMB on Chuck, but Dutch drags Jeff out! Vinnie SWANTON BOMBS!! Cover, The Righteous win!!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships)
Fans don’t like it, but Vinnie snipes this one, and now he and Dutch will face MJF & Cole in Seattle! Will The Righteous expose the false friendship for what it is? Or will the brochachos continue to prove they are Better Than You Baybay?
Wait, Taven RAMS Trent into railing! He is furious that he and Mike lost! Mike CHOKES Chuck with a chair! Taven SMACKS Trent with a chair! They are violating their PSAs about neck health by endangering the neck health of Best Friends! Mike SMACKS Chuck off a chair! Fans boo while The Kingdom storms off, what will it take for the OGK to finally get back to the ROH World Tag titles?
Mike Santana speaks.
“Now it’s time for you to understand what this all truly means to me. Going away for this injury was the easy part. Handling what goes on in here (the heart) and up here (the mind) was the hard part. That was the true test. I spent 30 DAYS staring out a treatment center window, wondering just where my life went. And I realized I’ve survived way too damn much to just piss it all away. And here I am, for the world to see. And I’m hungrier than ever. Everybody is food. You get in between me and my money, I will put you down. You get in between me and feeding my daughter, I put you down.
“And realize this: Whether it’s here, whether it’s anywhere, I’m gonna get mine. If you don’t like it, you fight me or fire me! But you have two options: Either get down, or lay down.” There is a fire raging inside Mike Santana, will he use it to blaze a trail to the top of the mountain?
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Dark Order!
While everyone loves the diss tracks and the scissor fingers and the bright colors, it would seem Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & John Silver would have us believe Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass are the bad guys in all this. But if they’re the heroes of this story, does that mean the Dark Order will prevail? Or will they fail to end the Scissoring World Tour?
But speaking of a diss track…! “Acclaimed on the mic, and it sounds so pretty. Damn it feels good to be in New York City! Oh my God, the Dark Order! The number one cure for a sleep disorder! The group is smaller than I remember. Now we gotta fight against the three worst members! And we beat you down proper. Have all y’all laid up like Aaron Rodgers.” Ouch… But Bowens takes the mic to shout, “NEW YOOORK CITAAAAY~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! But will those scissors cut down The Dark Order before they ever rebuild?
The trios sort out and Caster starts against Reynolds. The fans rally up and sing “OH~ Scissor Me Daddy~!” Caster and Reynolds circle, tie up, and go around. Reynolds waistlocks, throws Caster down, then pulls on an ear to get a headlock. Caster fights up, throws body shots, and then headlocks back. Reynolds powers up and out, but Caster runs him over! Caster says “SUCK IT!” then runs, but Reynolds hurdles. Caster BACKHANDS Reynolds! And says “SUCK IT!” again! Reynolds runs in, but into an arm-drag! Caster keeps on the armlock but Reynolds fights up. Reynolds puts Caster in the corner and Silver tags in.
Uno pulls Caster’s hair to keep him in the corner, the reprimands, but Silver & Reynolds mug Caster! The ref counts, Silver lets off to say “I’m freakin’ jacked, baby!” But Caster fights back and RAMS Silver into the corner! Tag to Bowens and he kicks Silver. Silver shoves Bowens but Bowens fires off haymaker after haymaker after haymaker! Self-scissor and Bowens DECKS Silver! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Tag to Billy, he and Bowens double whip to double ELBOW! They wind up, and scissor before the ELBOW DROP! Billy then scoops to SLAM Silver! Tag to Caster, they hold Silver open as Bowens goes up!
SCISSOR ME- NO, Reynolds HOTSHOTS Bowens down! Uno DECKS Billy, BOOTS Caster, and then Reynolds RAMS Bowens into railing! Uno drags Billy out to POST him! Silver STRADDLE ATTACKS then GERMAN SUPLEXES Caster! Bridging cover, TWO! The Dark Order regroup, to mock the scissor fingers! Fans boo but Silver looms over Caster. Silver bumps Caster off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Silver tags Reynolds, they mug Caster, then Reynolds brings Caster around for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Caster hangs tough but Reynolds grinds his forearm into Caster’s face! The ref reprimands, Reynolds lets off at 4, then he tags Uno. Reynolds bumps Caster of Uno’s boot, then Uno CHOPS Caster! Uno scoops to BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Uno argues with the ref, but then drags Caster back up. Uno brings Caster around, but Caster fights his way towards his corner! Caster reaches out but Uno turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Uno drags Caster up as Rampage returns to single picture, and bumps him off more buckles.
Uno tags Silver, and Silver snapmares Caster. Silver KICKS Caster in the chest! Silver taunts Bowens & Billy, but backs off to then drag Caster up. Silver KICKS Caster down, then he taunts Bowens & Billy again. Silver stands Caster up but Caster throws hands! But Silver gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Caster ends up in the Dark Order corner and Uno tags in. Uno stomps a mudhole into Caster, but lets off as the ref counts. Uno gets in the ref’s face, and that allows Silver to CHOKE Caster! Fans boo but Uno drags Caster up. Fans rally but Reynolds tags in, the Dark Order mugs Caster. Silver says Dark Order freakin’ rules!
Reynolds CLUBS Caster, stands on his face, and says the Dark Order claw is a real hand sign! Reynolds stomps Caster, drags him up, and then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Uno, and Uno CHOPS Caster! Tag back to Reynolds, and Uno keeps Caster stuck so Reynolds can run and ELBOW! Uno SPLASHES, then short arm LARIATS! Reynolds covers, TWO! Fans rally for Caster as he crawls, but Reynolds intercepts to scissor finger with him! Then Reynolds sucker punches Bowens! The ref keeps Billy back, but then Caster back drops! Reynolds sunset flips but Caster sits on it, TWO! Reynolds hurries up, but Caster hot tags Billy!
Fans fire up as Daddy Ass starts whooping some ass! Billy TOSSES Uno, TOSSES Silver, then back drops Reynolds! Fans fire up more as Billy says “SUCK IT!” FAMOU- NO, Reynolds sips out to ROLLING ELBOW! Billy drops to a knee and Reynolds shouts “Suck this, Billy!” Reynolds runs, but into a LARIAT! Tag to Bowens! Bowens drags Reynolds but Reynolds cradle counters! TWO!! Reynold swings but Bowens spins him for the Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK knocks Reynolds down! Fans fire up as Bowens tags Caster. The ARRIVAL, and then the MIC DROP! Cover, Silver shoves Bowens down to break it!
Silver BOOTS Bowens out, distracts the ref with the arguing, and Uno has a title belt! Uno aims, BELT SHOT on Caster!! Uno gets away with the evidence, Reynolds covers, TWO?!?! Caster survives and Uno is furious! But Billy CLOBBERS Uno! Silver CANNONBALLS Billy! Reynolds hauls Caster up, he and Silver start up the WOMBO COMBO! But Caste turns Stunner into FAMOUSER! Bowens POSTS Silver, crotch first! Bowens tags in and the Acclaimed get Reynolds up! Double trophy lift, into an ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
The Dark Order showed their true colors with trying to cheat this one, and the Scissor World Tour continues! But will Uno, Reynolds & Silver try again? Or will Caster, Bowen s& Daddy Ass move on to bigger and better?
Skye Blue VS Julia Hart w/ Brody King!
Chicago Skye got a great Six Woman Tag win last night in ROH, but now she is back to fighting for herself. Will she be able to shine in the darkness? Or will the House always win?
The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally up as the hats come off, and then the two slowly circle. They approach but Julia dodges. Julia smirks but Skye rolls her eyes. They reset and Julia offers a handshake. Skye is wary, but she still accepts. And then Julia reels Skye in to whisper something to Skye? Skye gets mad but Julia SLAPS her first! Skye fires off forearms! Fans fire up but Julia shoves Skye. Skye blocks a kick to KNEE Julia! Skye runs up to reel Julia in, snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Skye drags Julia up and fireman’s carries, but Julia fights free to waistlock. They go to ropes but Skye turns O’Conner into a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Skye hurries to smack Julia off buckles! Skye swaggers, runs corner to corner, but Julia trips her into buckles! And throws her down by her hair! Julia kicks Skye around, then rains down fists! Fans boo but Julia scowls, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Julia stomps Skye around, CLUBS her down, then CLUBS her again! Julia clamps on a chinlock and she stretches Skye back. Skye endures, reaches out, so Julia throws her down. Julia stomps Skye, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Julia SLAPS Skye, then CHOPS her! Skye flounders along the ropes but Julia brings her up to whip and CLOBBER her! Julia paces around while Skye writhes. Julia drags Skye up, CLUBS her, then stomps her down. Julia scuffs Skye around, drags her up and SLAPS her again! Skye flounders to a corner, but Julia fires off forearms! Julia digs her boots in but lets off as the ref counts.
Skye sputters but Julia stands her up. Julia whips Skye corner to corner hard, then runs in, only to get buckles! Skye schoolgirl bridges, TWO! Julia KICKS Skye down! And CLUBS her! Julia chinlocks to grind Skye down to the mat, but Skye endures as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Skye SLAPS Julia! Julia SLAPS back! Skye fires off forearms! Fans fire up with Skye, then she whips. Julia holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! Snapmare and then SUPER- NO, Julia blocks the kick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Julia hangs tough but fans rally up. Skye goes to the corner and she climbs up. Julia staggers, and she trips Skye! Julia goes up to throw hands but Skye hits back! Julia CLUBS Skye but Skye ROCKS Julia! Julia sits on the ropes but she fights with forearms! Skye ROCKS Julia again and Julia leans way back! But Julia sits up, SPIDER SUPERPLEX!
Fans fire up as Julia hangs upside-down like a bat! Then she hops down to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Julia grows frustrated but Brody says to end this! But Skye covers! TWO, Julia has the ghost pin, TWO! Skye full nelsons but Julia powers out to ROCK Skye! And SUPERKICK! Julia runs to BLINDSIDER! “The House always wins.” HARTLESS!! Skye taps, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission
Julia is undefeated on the year, but she isn’t done! She puts Skye back into HARTLESS!! Skye taps more, the ref reprimands, but Julia makes her suffer! Wait! Here comes Willow Nightingale! The Babe with the Power is Skye’s friend, and she makes the save! Julia scurries away to hide behind Brody. Julia wags her finger and has a sinister little smile. Is the Lady of the House going to target the 2023 Queen of Harts?
Bullet Club Gold speaks.
Colten Gunn busts out the Espanol, bringing up how tomorrow night on Collision, Jay White is going to wrestle Andrade. Austin says you gotta roll those R’s more. It’s “Andrrrade El Idolo~!” Juice shows off his “rrrrrr~~” and then Jay White walks over. He loves it when you get Juice purring. But no, boys, it is Andrrrade El Iiidolooo~! Oooh~! But see, the thing is, White is familiar with Andrade. A world class athlete who has traveled the world over. But White knows Andrade. They met in 2015 in Japan. Andrade didn’t know White, probably doesn’t even remember, but why would he?
But Andrade knows him now as The Switchblade, Jay White. The WORLD knows Jay White, just like the world knows the Bang Bang Gang, Bullet Club Gold, #TopShelfGunns! And Andrade El Idolo, you want the world to know your name and ask for his name in the same breath as White’s. Well lucky for Andrade, tomorrow night on Collision, Michigan will know your name when Jay White BEATS Andrrrade El Idolo~! And then his moment in the spotlight ends with two words: ARMAS ARRRRRIBAAAA!! BCG is guaranteeing a “GOALLLL~!” but will they be the ones learning a thing or two?
Mike Santana VS Dirty Bulk Bronson w/ The Iron Savages!
We’ve heard the story and we’ve heard the warnings, but time to see it in action! Will the Bronx Boricua Badass burn down his beefy ‘n’ bulky opponent?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Santana circles with Bronson. Santana gets on the corner to soak up all the energy coming from the crowd. Then he ties up with Bronson, they go around, and Bronson puts Santana in a corner. Santana turns it around, the ref counts and Santana lets off, but Bronson ROCKS him! Bronson then storms up to fire off hands! Bronson bumps Santana off buckles, fires off haymakers, but the ref counts. Bronson says he’s gonna BUST~! But Santana CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bronson kicks low, runs, but Santana BOOTS him! Santana waistlocks, Bronson switches but Santana bucks the O’Conner to roll and CUTTER!
Fans fire up and Santana aims from a corner now. Bronson stands, into the DISCUS LARIAT! Santana is all fired up and the fans are with him! Bronson bails out but Santana DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Bronson! Fans are thunderous as Santana puts Bronson in the ring. Santana goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Santana drags Bronson up, reels him in, and he underhooks to Canadian Rack, GUTBUSTER! Cover, Santana wins!
Winner: Mike Santana, by pinfall
A victorious return, but wait! Ortiz is on stage? Proud ‘n’ Powerful have parted ways, but now these two stand face to face. Ortiz says if Santana’s ready to talk, he’s ready to listen. Santana just walks past Ortiz so Ortiz says okay, if that’s how it is… Will PNP ever be a team again? Will they even reunite as friends?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, Swerve’s Mogul Embassy, and Hangman Adam Page & The Young Bucks now come to a head as the ROH Six Man Championships hang in the balance. Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!” Will Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona continue their reign of terror? Or will Matt, Nick & The Cowboy have these belts for a second time?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS The Hung Bucks!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly the elite trio!
The Code of Honor is upheld as this is an ROH sanctioned bout. Then the Embassy attacks! The Gates of Agony go after The Bucks while Cage is after Page! Kaun whips Matt and Liona whips Nick but the Bucks hold ropes! The Gates rush in but the Bucks dump them out! Fans fire up as the Bucks DOUBLE PLANHA and bring the Gates down! Hangman fires back on Cage with haymakers, then a ROLLING ELBOW into the DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as the Bucks slide and anchor Kaun, and then Hangman BOOTS Kaun down! The Bucks catch Kaun, bring him around to drape him out, and Hangman remembers this one!
Fans fire up as Hangman goes to the apron, to DRAPING SHOOTING STAR! Fans are thunderous and even Hangman is surprised he pulled it off. Nick PENALTY KCIKS Liona, RAMS into Cage, then slingshots to FACEBUSTER! Then cartwheel MOONSAULT for LIona! Slingshot DESTROYER for Cage! Matt is up top, to MACHO ELBOW! Fans are thunderous as The Hung Bucks get in together. They sit Cage up, B T E- “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The Mogul himself is here! Hangman snarls at Swerve but Swerve and his fur coat stay on stage. Nana does his dance, though!
Hangman steps out to the ramp to stare Swerve down but Swerve just blows him a kiss. The Gates CLOBBER The Bucks! Kaun & Lona get Matt up, Cage coordinates with them, ROCK-A-BYE BOMB!! Cover, Hangman breaks it in time! Liona TOSSES Hangman out, then Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Nick! The Gates fires each other up, then Kaun whips Liona in. Matt ELBOWS Liona away! Kaun runs in but into a BOOT! Matt goes up but Kaun kicks the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER and then an ELBOW DROP from Liona! The Embassy roars while the fans boo, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kaun tags in to drag Matt up and ROCKS him in a corner! And CHOP! Kaun stalks Matt as he staggers away, then tags in Liona. The Gates mug Matt, Liona stomps a mudhole in then digs his foot into Matt’s throat! The ref counts, Liona lets off, and then Liona hauls Matt up to scoop. Liona puts Matt on ropes to throw KNEE after KNEE! The ref counts, Liona just fires off more and more, but he lets off at 4. Tag to Cage, Liona stomps Matt and then Cage drags him up. Cage bumps Matt off buckles, then UPPERCUTS! Matt hits back but Cage ROCKS him! Cage whips corner to corner, Matt bounces off buckles and into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Cage drags Matt up, shoves him and ROCKS him in the back! Tag to Kaun, he shoves and ROCKS Matt in the back! Tag to Liona and the mugging continues! They stomp and stomp until Matt falls out of the ring! Liona tags Cage back in and Cage fetches Matt. Cage whips Matt hard into railing! Cage soaks up the heat, “Who betta!?” Cage puts Matt back in the ring, covers, TWO! Cage drags Matt into a chinlock and grinds him down. Matt endures, fights up, and throws body shots. But Cage KNEES Matt low! Cage then BLASTS Nick off the apron! The ref reprimands but Matt fights his way out of the Embassy corner!
Cage runs in but Matt sends him into Kaun, knocking Kaun off the apron! Cage keeps Matt from Hangman but Matt SUPERKICKS Liona! But Cage SPLASHES Matt in the corner! Cage hoists Matt up top, CLUBS him on the back, then climbs up after Matt. Cage again soaks up heat, but Matt fires punches and elbows in return! Rampage returns to single picture, Matt knocks Cage down! Cage is in the drop zone, fans rally up and Matt adjusts, to CROSSBODY The Gates! Matt then hurries in, dodges Cage, tag to Hangman! The Cowboy rallies on The Machine with haymakers! The fans fire up as Hangman whips but Cage reverses.
Hangman slides under, BOOTS, but Cage reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Hangman lands on his feet! Nana is freaking out but Kaun grabs Hangman! Cage runs in but Hangman BOOTS him! Hangman ROCKS Kaun, then triangle jump LARIATS Kaun down! Hangman keeps moving, and he triangle jump MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Cage hangs tough but fans rally with Hangman. Hangman goes to the apron, but the Gates anchor him! So the Bucks DOUBLE DIVE to take the Gates out! Hangman slingshots, but Cage catches him in Alabama position! WATER WHEEL DROP!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous but Cage hauls Hangman up. Swerve is still stoic on the ramp, but Cage puts Hangman on the top rope. Cage goes up but fans rally for Cowboy Shid! Cage fireman’s carries, but Hangman flips it to a SUPER STEINER!! Cage staggers up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Kaun runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Liona runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Liona stays standing, and he roars, only to get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Liona tumbles out, Matt gets Kaun up! The Bucks coordinate but Matt’s back holds him back. So Hangman scoops Kaun, Nick springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage deadlifts Nick to a fireman’s carry!
Kaun turns things around on Hangman to have a fireman’s carry, and then Liona returns to fireman’s carry Matt! The Embassy coordinate, SAMOAN DROP, AIR RAID CRASH and an F5 all at the same time!! Cover on Hangman, TWO?!? Hangman is still in this and fans are thunderous! The Embassy argues with the ref but Nana says to focus. The Embassy regroups, and Cage whips Kaun in to SPLASH! Liona sends Cage in to UPPERCUT! Kaun sends Liona in to clothesline! feed to Kaun’s full nelson, Cage picks Hangman up and Liona is up top, HAMMOCK SPLASH BOMB!! Cover, Nick SUPERKICKS it apart!!
The Gates swarm Nick and beat him down! They get him up, Cage coordinates with them again, but Nick flips up and out of the rock-a-bye! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage while Matt SUPERKICKS Liona! Kaun gets a SUPERKICK! The Gates stay up!? They DOUBLE LARIAT The Bucks! But Hangman DOUBLE BUCK SHOTS The Gates!! Cage swings, misses, Hangman Alabama Lifts to DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives but Hangman doesn’t worry, he just reloads on the apron. But Swerve is approaching. Hangman slingshots, Cage dodges, and Swerve is now face to face with Hangman. Hangman turns around into a DISCUS!!
Cage gets Hangman up, DRILL- VICTORY ROLL!! THE HUNG BUCKS WIN!!!
Winners: The Hung Bucks, by pinfall (NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The Elite wins big, but Hangman goes right back to glaring at Swerve! Pyro goes off to celebrate The Hung Bucks becoming TWO-TIME Six Man Tag Team Champions, having ended one of the most dominant trios in either AEW or ROH! But this doesn’t change what is coming. Hangman and Swerve will put pen to paper on Wednesday to make their WrestleDream match official. Will Swerve’s House have something waiting for the Cowboy in Colorado?
A great two hours for Rampage here, though I am not going to advocate for this being a regular thing. Great opening tag from Darby & Sting VS Christian & Luchasaurus, and I like that Nick Wayne costs Christian this match. Darby taking on Christian and Luchasaurus in that TNT Championship Triple Threat which will really is a handicap match could also be a way to hand the feud off to where Christian has matches with Nick Wayne over this “Your dad is dead, I will be a better dad” gimmick. Now I don’t know if that means Darby wins the title or not, but it feels more likely he loses since Christian and Luchasaurus are going to work together.
Great Mixed Six but of course Kris & OrangeHook win. This was the first outing of Cassidy & Hook as a team, so they weren’t going to lose, and certainly not to the former Jericho Appreciation Society. And while Hook is FTW Champion, this does feel like they’ll eventually make it to some tag title match so that Cassidy can add to his resume. Great Fatal 4 Tag, but The Righteous winning was a big surprise to me. I thought WrestleDream would be when they pull the trigger on The Kingdom VS MJF & Cole and that pushes things towards a brochacho break-up. Seems not, they might be saving that for Full Gear in LA. And Kingdom might bide their time with a feud with Best Friends.
Good promo from Callis and Sammy, and really good stuff with Jericho going after them all, and then Kenny making the save. I was a little confused as to where Kota Ibushi was supposed to come into this until Jericho made the challenge of a Six Man Tag a la All In London. But at the same time, it prompts the Don Callis Family to grow, as it should, and maybe Callis keeps it a surprise until WrestleDream. Really good promo from Mike Santana before he of course beat Bronson, and I really like that Ortiz appeared. People have been wondering how much shoot and how much work we’re seeing in their social media exchanges, but I would think this hints at it being more a worked shoot, playing off the tension that has perhaps already been resolved.
Really good AEW Trios title match, with Dark Order looking good in their new gear, white with purple highlights. But I figured The Acclaimed would retain, they’re not losing on TV. Good match from Skye VS Julia, and Julia winning was only a slight surprise given all the momentum Skye’s been building. But Willow making the save was good stuff, and I really do think we need someone to be feuding with Willow over her winning the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Should’ve been doing that the whole time, but whether it’s AEW or ROH, Tony Khan’s got the book and we’ve all talked about those issues.
And a great main event for the ROH World Six Man titles, but with how fast and furious the Hung Bucks were going at the start of the match, I really thought they were losing. Swerve showed up, he could’ve easily screwed Hung Bucks over, but he was putting it on Hangman to mess things up and that actually cost The Mogul Embassy. I was talking this whole time about how that kinda buries ROH, and unless The Hung Bucks show up on like next week’s ROH episode, I still hold to that. Adam Cole & MJF haven’t been on ROH TV even though they’re the tag champs, so it just makes ROH seem like an afterthought despite them constantly using the various ROH champions on AEW programming. And if The Hung Bucks beat the near unbeatable Embassy, who is even going to beat the Bucks without cheating so, so hard?
My Score: 8.9/10
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