Mayhem in Maryland marks a month of All Elite!
Grudge matches and gold, Full Gear has it all! Will The American Nightmare dethrone Le Champeon? Or will he fall and forever give up the title chase?
- Buy In – Britt Baker VS Bea Priestley; Baker wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Santana & Ortiz; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Hangman Page VS PAC; Page wins.
- Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Joey Janela; Spears wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: SoCal Uncensored VS The Lucha Brothers VS Private Party; SCU wins and retains the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Emi Sakura; Riho wins and retains the AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Cody; Jericho wins and retains the AEW World Championship, Cody can no longer challenge for this title.
- Lights Out Unsanctioned Match: Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the AEW YouTube Pre-Show!
Golden Boy greets us to Baltimore for some great backstage exclusives.
SoCal Uncensored arrives!
Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky have that “game day drip” heading into their first AEW World Tag Team Championship defense in a triple threat. But they’re not coming in as underdogs, they are champions! SCU still feels Baltimore is the worst town they’ve ever been to, BUT (and it’s a big but, Scorpio loves big buts and he cannot lie) fans are going to watch SCU walk in and walk out the ring champions, despite having two great contenders. But it won’t matter who is in the ring, whether it’s Pentagon, Fenix, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Orange Cassidy, Butch Cassidy, they will understand that while it doesn’t rain much in SoCal, SoCal shall reign forever. SCU later tonight!
Bea Priestley speaks.
“Unprofessional. Reckless.” Britt wants to talk? Or shoot? First it was a concussion, then a black eye, “boo hoo.” This is a full contact sport, so it isn’t Bea’s fault Britt doesn’t know how to protect herself. Britt wants to say Bea isn’t professional? “You’re a f***ing dentist!” Britt spends her extra time playing with teeth, while Bea is training in the Stardom dojo, learning from some of the best in the world today. “This is my profession. Wrestling for you, Britt, is just something you do on your days off.”
Reckless? At least Bea gets the job done. Britt just complains on Twitter. Bea doesn’t make excuses, her work proves itself. But she’ll say it now: Britt is the poster girl for any promotion, perfect for wrestling five years ago. All the excuses lead back to the fact that Britt cannot hang with Bea, and Britt is just scared to admit it. Bea is the most dangerous person Britt will ever face, and highly underestimates that. Bea is going to unleash even more in the Buy-In, and END Britt Baker. Will this grudge match go too far?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
The rankings are out for AEW, Hangman is 3rd in the singles division but PAC is 2nd. Chances are, a win here leads to an AEW World Championship match. But Hangman is here for one thing: give PAC the ass-whooping he is overdue for. Hangman vows to blister Pac’s skin, break his back and “stomp his little balls ’til they pop!” Whatever happens after that doesn’t matter. It’s time for #CowboyShit.
Backstage interview with Joey Janela.
The Bad Boy quietly prepares for his match with Shawn Spears. It’s been rough, and “Sugar Daddy” Tully and “Sugar Baby” Shawn Spears are probably not taking this match seriously. Daddy is probably buying Baby a new purse. But Janela is here for business. For the first time in a long time, he feels a “certain type of way.” Spears is the “Chairman” but Janela knows more about chairs than him. But he won’t even need chairs, ladders, thumbtacks or barbed wire. Spears and Tully better watch this closely. All Janela need is his fists. He has been pigeonholed as a “hardcore outlaw macho goofball,” but the new fans just learning about him don’t know what he’s really capable of. And tonight, Baltimore will find out that Janela is a “bad, bad boy!” Janela heads out, but will he beat Spears down in return for the beating backstage?
It’s time to Buy In!
TAZ joins Excalibur and Golden Boy for commentary on this big night in Baltimore! And that starts with a match full of bad blood!
Britt Baker VS Bea Priestley!
Dr. Baker DMD and the “reckless” star of Stardom have been at each other since the Fight for the Fallen. But finally, they will get to go 1v1! Who will be left standing when all is said and done?
Bea throws her jacket at Britt and Britt wants after her, but referee Aubrey Edwards keeps her back. The bell rings and now the match begins! Britt fires off then whips but Bea bails out. Britt chases her back in the ring but Bea stomps Britt down. Bea whips Britt but Britt Thesz presses for fast hands! Bea gets away to the apron but Britt storms over, only to get a shoulder. Bea gets back in but Britt side steps and throws Bea by her hair! Britt rains down rights but Bea shoves her away. Fans rally and duel as Britt runs in. Bea dodges and runs back, but into the backslide! Bea slips out, but her buzzsaw misses, and Britt pump handle flips Bea, to then step through to the armbar! Britt wants the other arm but Bea scrambles! Bea rolls and kicks Britt again!
Fans boo Bea going for the head, but Bea doesn’t care. Bea drags Britt up and into a corner to whip corner to corner hard! Britt hits buckles then the mat, but Bea just looms over her. Bea stomps Britt on the back but the ref backs her off. Bea goes out to drag Britt to the post and pulls! The ref counts but Bea holds until 4. Bea just soaks up the heat as she goes back to the apron. Bea drags Britt up to club her down, and then chokes her on the ropes. Bea holds until 4 again, only to bend Britt back in a rope assisted camel clutch! She lets up at 4 to then run and back elbow Britt against ropes! Cover, TWO! Bea just soaks up the heat again before wrapping Britt in a chinlock. Bea grabs the arms to dig her knee into Britt’s back. Fans rally up and Britt powers her way to a ropebreak! Bea lets up to back off, but comes back into a forearm! Britt scoops but her back gives out, Bea BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!
Bea wraps Britt in body scissors and squeezes tight. Bea rolls Britt but Britt rolls back. Britt fights back and fans rally. Britt hammers the knee and Bea lets go, and now the two start throwing forearms! Fans are on Britt’s side with every shot, and Britt gets a flurry! But Bea kicks low to whip, only for Britt to dodge, double clotheslines take both women down! Fans cheer this closely contested match. A standing count begins and fans rally up. Bea sits up first and Britt is slow to follow. Bea throws forearms but Britt counter punches! Britt dodges, and rallies with clotheslines and shoulders! Bea flounders to a corner and Britt runs in, Shining Wizard! Another whip, but Bea goes up and over, only to get a Slingblade! Britt takes aim, spins Bea around, Fisherman Neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Bea survives and Britt grows frustrated.
Bea goes back to a corner but Britt fires herself up. Fans fire up with her, but Bea elbows Britt back. Bea dodges then clubs Britt in the back! Bea goes up top but Britt SLAPS her! The two brawl, Bea shoves Britt, but Britt storms back to trip Bea. Britt throws forearms then climbs up top. SUPERPLEX! But then Britt spins through, but her back gives out again! Bea runs in, misses the knee, CUTTER! Cover, TWO into a Crucifix, TWO! Britt escapes but both women are clutching their backs. Britt brings Bea up, wristlock ripcord, discus but Bea dodges to waistlock, German Suplex! Bea holds on to turn and drag Britt up, leg hook BACK suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Bea is right on Britt with a modified crossface! Britt endures the clutch crossface fusion, and drags herself over, ropebreak! Bea lets go reluctantly and Britt gets to the apron.
Bea triangle jumps to DOUBLE STOMP! Bea wipes Britt out then drags her back in, cover, TWO!! Britt gets to a corner but Bea hoists her up into an Electric Chair! But Britt slips out, ripcord rolling elbow! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!? Bea lives and Britt is losing her cool! Britt drags Bea up but Bea resists and switches to a roll-up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Page Turner! Rings of Saturn, but Bea grabs hair to make it a cover, TWO! SUPERKICK again! Rings of Saturn back on, Bea scrambles but can’t get loose, LOCKJAW! Bea taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The mandible claw did its job! Britt beats Bea in Baltimore, is this going to lead Britt back to a title match?
Candles are extinguished.
“There are 8 million ways to die. She’s one.” Awesome Kong is here, with Brandi Rhodes! This devious duo goes down the ramp while Bea is still. Kong gets in, and a BIG back hand decks Bea! Kong takes off the glove, and produces a knife?! She hands it to Brandi before dragging Bea up. Underhooks, AWESOME butterfly facebuster! Fans cheer for “KONG! KONG! KONG!” but this isn’t done. Brandi hands the knife back to Kong then goes after Bea’s hair! Brandi takes a lock of Bea’s hair and Kong helps her cut it! A trophy of their victim is now part of Kong’s belt. Will there be more additions to the collection?
Pressure sets people apart.
“Those that have the ability to thrive under pressure achieve greatness.” Wins, success, championships. Those that feed off pressure continue to move forward. Tonight is all about pressure. “Greatness demands everything.” Who will crack under pressure? Who will prove that they are worthy of being All Elite?
The Young Bucks VS Santana & Ortiz!
Full Gear begins with determining the best tag team on the planet today! Will it be Matt and Nick Jackson continuing their legacy? Or will it be the Inner Circle’s #ProudNPowerful Boricua Badasses from the Big Apple?
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is ringside to watch and support the Young Bucks in hopes of payback on PNP for attacking them. The teams sort out and we start with Nick Jackson and Santana.
Fans are already thunderous as Nick and Santana circle. But then both men take cheap shots on the opposing partner! Santana and Nick shove each other, then start brawling! But Matt and Ortiz each get payback with a cheap shot on Santana and Nick. To then start brawling with each other! All four men are brawling! Matt DECKS Ortiz, but Santana and Nick keep going. Nick back kicks then runs corner to corner but misses. Nick tries to get away but can’t, so he shoves Santana. Tag to Matt but Santana whips Nick. Nick goes up and over and baits Santana in, to a SPEAR! Nick hits Ortiz as Matt rains rights down on Santana! PNP bail out but get DOUBLE PESCADO!
Matt rains more rights down before regrouping with Nick. Fans are fired up but Ortiz drags Nick out. Nick sends Ortiz into the front row! Matt puts Santana in the ring and pie faces him. Santana CHOPS back! But no Ortiz to tag… Matt arm-drags Santana into an armlock, but Santana stands. Matt wrenches to tag Nick and Nick climbs to drop ax handles! Nick wrenches to tag Matt, Matt climbs to double stomp the arm! Matt blows a kiss to Ortiz as he returns. Matt wrenches but Santana ROCKS Matt with a right! Tag to Ortiz, but he runs into an arm-drag! Santana can’t believe it! Ortiz reaches a foot out and Santana tags, but that doesn’t count! Fans boo, that’s not fair.
Matt wrenches Ortiz and tags Nick with his hand. Nick climbs to leap frog and jam the arm! Nick wrenches to give Ortiz a shoulder breaker, and they go around in a circle. Ortiz pie faces Matt with an extra F U added, but the ref keeps Matt back. Ortiz tags Santana with the hand, but now the ref says he didn’t see it so it can’t count! Fans boo on behalf of PNP, this just seems ticky-tacky. Ortiz comes back in but runs into another arm-drag! Nick drags Ortiz into a headlock while fans chant “Ref, You Suck!” Ortiz yanks at the ref’s shirt before he powers out. The ref is busy adjusting his shirt as Nick kicks back.
But Ortiz blocks the superkick and holds Nick out for Santana to kick rather low! Then Ortiz dragon screws the leg! Matt runs in but gets caught into a Gory Especial. Ortiz turns Nick over in a Boston Crab, and Santana adds on, it’s a Proud ‘n’ Powerful Camel Crab! Fans are loving this innovation! The ref counts at PNP but Santana lets Matt go to kick him out of the ring. Ortiz sits down deep on Nick in a Half Crab, but Nick powers to a ropebreak. The ref counts and Ortiz lets go at 4. Fans rally and duel but Ortiz taunts Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Tag to Santana, and Santana hops up to double stomp the leg!
Santana tells off R’N’R before he suplexes Nick up and down. Cover, TWO! Santana taunts Nick before he claws the back. Santana scoop slams Nick, tags Ortiz, and Ortiz drops a back senton. Ortiz becomes a step for Santana to get some air for his own senton! Ortiz keeps moving, planking splash! Cover, TWO! Ortiz hits Matt off the apron before taking off his gloves. Ortiz claws Nick’s back a couple times, and shows his claws. Ortiz threatens the ref with those claws, and that allows Santana to attack Nick in the corner. Fans rally and duel as Ortiz runs in but Nick fights out! Nick ducks but gets caught, only to slip out of the back suplex! Hot tags to Santana and Matt!
Matt shoulders into Santana, slingshots over and ducks Ortiz to double clothesline PNP! Matt scoop slams Santana then heads up top. Matt LEAPS onto Ortiz! Matt hurries back to the top rope and aims at Santana, Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Santana survives but Matt keeps his cool. Matt drags Santana up to whip him into the Bucks’ corner. The Bucks mug Santana, but Santana fights back! Matt trips Santana, Nick tags in, catapult into the enziguri! Nick climbs up while Santana is on Matt’s knees, double stomp! Nick sees Ortiz and knocks him down for good measure, to then Shining Wizard Santana! Nick goes back after Ortiz, but Ortiz dodges the Penalty Kick, Nick kicks post!
Fans feel that one for themselves but Ortiz shouts, “I’m a genius!” Ortiz trips Nick up so hard, Nick spikes into the apron! Ortiz drags Nick up to whip him into the front row! Santana whips Matt into R’N’R! But that just fires up Ricky and Robbie! The referee backs Santana off to stop riling up R’N’R, despite Baltimore wanting to see it! Instead, R’N’R help Matt get back to ringside while PNP focuses on Nick. Santana CHOPS Nick and puts him into the ring. Nick hobbles with the bad leg and Santana goes after him in a corner. Santana rams his shoulder in, then puts the leg on the ropes. Santana attacks the legs with haymakers, then BOOTS Matt before dropkicking Nick’s legs!
Santana flexes while Ortiz shouts “We’re the best!” Ortiz tags in and PNP set Nick up top. PNP climbs up but Nick fights back! Nick clubs and elbows and shoves them away, to leap, but into both men’s arms. PNP toss Nick back and his leg jams, but Nick boots Santana away. Ortiz hits Matt then runs corner to corner, to get boots, too! Nick runs in, but PNP dropkick out both legs! Fans duel as Santana wonders, “I thought you boys was tough.” Ortiz has a leg, and dragon screws it! Ortiz covers, TWO! Ortiz covers again, TWO! Again, TWO! Nick SLAPS Ortiz then shoves. Ortiz SLAPS back! Nick fires off forearms, bobs ‘n’ weaves, and forearms again. Nick runs but into a rolling headbutt!
Ortiz runs into a SUPERKICK! Both men fall but Baltimore fires up! Nick and Ortiz crawl for their corners, hot tags to Matt and Santana! Matt hits a Northern Lights! And another! It’s the Northern Lights Express! Ortiz runs in, Matt gets a DOUBLE! And then ANOTHER! Double bridging cover, TWO!! Baltimore is loving “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Matt tags Nick. Matt has Santana up, buckle bomb boot combo! Nick is wincing, but Matt has Santana in the drop zone. Nick finally reaches up top, RISKY BUSINESS! The moonsault and splash combo, cover, TWO! Santana survives but he’s dazed. Nick tags out, his ankle is still in a bad way. Ortiz trips Nick up!
Santana hits Matt, then Ortiz runs in. Enziguri misses, Matt ROCKS Ortiz! Matt ROCKS Santana! Matt whips Santana at Ortiz but Ortiz goes up and over to O’Conner roll Santana, to give him a boost for the CUTTER! PNP drag Matt up, double flapjack, step stool moonsault! Ortiz DIVES onto Nick while Santana covers, TWO!! The halfway mark on this time limit passes and PNP are frustrated. But Baltimore knows “This is Awesome!” Santana drags Matt over and tags Ortiz. Ortiz lifts Matt in a powerbomb as Santana climbs. Matt fights, and turns the Street Sweeper into a SUPER Belly2Belly! Then he cradles Ortiz, TWO! SUPERKICK!
Ortiz flounders while Santana rolls out. Matt crawls, tag to Nick. Ortiz is using his teeth to help him get up on the ropes, but he gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS to the back! Ortiz flounders out, Santana returns, springboard quebrada INTO SUPERKICKS! Nick drags Ortiz up onto the top while Baltimore loses its mind. Matt goes over, Nick gets the powerbomb position while Matt has a cravat, SLICED BREAD BOMB! Shout out to MCMG! Cover, TWO!! Nick walks but his leg is still bothering him. Matt tags in and drags Ortiz up into position. Nick aims, springboards, but the leg gives out! Nick crashes and burns and Matt is concerned for his brother.
Matt helps Nick to the top rope and goes back to Ortiz. But Ortiz flails out and tags Santana. Ortiz SUPERKICKS, Santana SUPERKICKS and Matt drops! PNP regroup while Nick tags in. Nick grits his teeth in pain but Santana pie faces him. Nick throws the headband and then SPITS on Santana! Santana takes the gum Nick had, and puts it in his mouth! Nick fires off on PNP with forearms! Nick slows down but Santana spits the gum back! Nick back kicks over and over! Roundhouse! Roundhouse! Nick flips Santana off, SHINING WIZARD in the corner! And then bulldog huricanrana, but into a powerbomb! PENALTY KICK! Cover, but Matt shoves Ortiz into it!
Fans are thunderous as this match continues! “Fight Forever!” Matt runs in but only gets post! Ortiz tags in, Santana climbs up. Santana mule kicks Matt while Ortiz pops Nick up, STREET SWEEPER! PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL WIN!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Ortiz pinning
An incredible match and an incredible win for the Inner Circle’s Santana & Ortiz! But this isn’t enough for them, they beat down the Bucks more! And on top of that, Sammy Guevara makes his way down the ramp, vlogging the whole thing. Fans boo and jeer as the “Spanish God” joins Santana & Ortiz in the ring. The Inner Circle celebrates while also keeping the Bucks down. PNP drags Nick up and Sammy brings out the sock full of baseballs! Ortiz starts swinging, but R’N’R hop up on the apron!?
Ricky and Robbie sucker Ortiz and Sammy in and dump them out! Then Matt goes after Santana! Santana gets fast hands from everyone! Ricky keeps Sammy down, then he slingshots in to hit a DESTROYER!! And then he DIVES onto Sammy and Ortiz!! Baltimore can’t believe it, but Ricky still has something to give! The Young Bucks may not have won this battle, but will they and The Elite win the war with the Inner Circle?
Hangman Page VS PAC!
A series split 1-1 between the third and second contenders. With The American Nightmare going after Le Champeon tonight, that match’s winner might be meeting this match’s winner! But it isn’t even about the title, but about the grudge! Will the Problem Solver do some real #CowboyShit to the Bastard?
The bell rings and Pac runs at Hangman, only for Hangman to tackle him into a corner! Hangman haymakers and CHOPS away on Pac to then throw him out of the ring! Fans are fired up already as Hangman sends Pac into railing! Hangman drags Pac up to throw into more railings across the way! Fans are loving this as Hangman drags Pac up. Pac hits back, but still gets thrown into railing again! Hangman drags Pac up as fans chant “Cowboy Shit! Cowboy Shit!” Hangman puts Pac in but walks into a kick! Pac runs but into Hangman’s arms for a Fall Away Slam! Hangman kips up and standing shooting stars, but onto knees! Pac runs at Hangman in the corner, but Hangman counters his monkey flip and DECKS Pac out of the ring!
Hangman builds speed to DIVE! The tope rams Pac into barriers! Hangman drags Pac up and into the ring again, and runs corner to corner at Pac for a big clothesline! And then reels him in for another big clothesline! Cover, ONE! Hangman keeps his cool, fireman’s carries but Pac slips out. Pac swings but misses his enziguri! Hangman pump handle dead lifts to the suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Pac escapes but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman walks into Pac’s kick and Pac hops up, but Hangman tries to Alabama him! Pac kicks and gets to the apron, holding on with a facelock. The referee tries to separate the two but Pac rubber bands the rope into Hangman’s face! Then Pac boots Hangman down, and again! Pac gets back in to stomp Hangman down! Fans boo and jeer, and the ref questions what happened to Hangman’s face. Pac just grinds his boot into Hangman’s head, but lets up at 4.
Pac drags Hangman up to whip corner to corner and hard! Hangman writhes but Pac just stomps him more! Fans boo and jeer but Pac just pretends he can’t hear them. Pac grinds his boot in again, but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands Pac but Pac just mocks him. Pac drags Hangman up, snapmares and dropkicks the head! Cover, TWO! Pac took it too easy, and he facelocks Hangman. Hangman endures and fans rally up behind him. Pac whips Hangman into a corner and throws an uppercut! Cover, TWO! Hangman gets to a corner but Pac chokes him on the ropes. Pac lets up at 2 but then BOOTS Hangman in the corner. And again! Hangman dares him to give another, so Pac does! Pac chokes Hangman again, but lets up at 3. The ref reprimands Pac but it just goes in one ear and out the other as Pac snapmares to a cover. TWO, so Pac rams his knee in and wraps on a chinlock.
Fans rally up as Hangman endures. Pac drops a knee on Hangman, then tells the fans to shush. Fans boo instead. Pac goes back to Hangman, but Hangman is up and he CHOPS Pac back! And CHOPS! And again! But Pac back kicks hard! Pac runs, to boot Hangman down! Fans boo and jeer but Pac soaks it all up. Pac wraps Hangman into a headlock on the mat. Hangman keeps it from being a cover so Pac just cranks back. Fans rally as Hangman endures. Hangman fights his way up and throws body shots. Hangman throws a forearm but Pac gives it back! Pac whips Hangman but Hangman reverses. Hangman runs in but into a BOOT! Pac drags Hangman into the drop zone, and hears the fans booing as he climbs up. From the second rope, Phoenix Splash FLOPS!
Hangman drags himself up with ropes as a standing count begins. Hangman is up at 3, but Pac is up right after. Pac turns around into a lariat! And an elbow! Hangman whips but Pac reverses, Hangman bounces off buckles to LARIAT Pac down! Baltimore fires up for Hangman as he stands Pac up for more CHOPS! Hangman whips Pac, but Pac dodges and BOOTS again! Pac runs but Hangman follows, and turns the huricanrana into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hangman keeps his cool while he stands back up. Pac rolls out to the apron as fans rally and duel. Hangman joins Pac on the apron, but Pac throws forearms! Pac runs in, but into a side slam on the apron! Hangman throws Pac into railings again, then climbs up top. Hangman has the fans fired up, SUPER MOONSAULT! And “Hot damn!” he lands on his feet!
Hangman puts Pac in the ring, runs, and BOOTS Pac down! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives but Hangman isn’t done here. Hangman goes to the apron and takes aim as Pac rises. Pac flounders out of range of the Buckshot! Pac goes to a corner of the railing, but Hangman just goes around the way. Hangman walks over but Pac hits low! Then gives Hangman a BRAIN BUSTER on the chair!! Both men are down and Baltimore loses their minds! Pac leaves Hangman for dead while the referee checks on him. Somehow, Hangman is okay to continue, so a ring count begins. The count passes 5 before Hangman stirs. Hangman rises at 7, stands at 8, flounders over at 9, and gets in at 9.9! Pac is furious but Hangman got in before 10. Pac goes up top and aims at Hangman as he flounders up. BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives that whiplash, but Pac is just getting angry.
Pac sits Hangman up for a swift kick! And another! Hangman eggs Pac on and gets more KICKS! Pac soaks up the heat as Hangman flops over. Pac drags Hangman up and whips him to a corner. Hangman puts Pac on the apron, but gets an enziguri! We reach the 15 minute mark as Pac hops up fast, but Hangman trips him up! Hangman climbs to join Pac, and goes to the very top, SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are loving this as both men are down. Hangman rolls out to the apron, and fans know what’s coming! Pac rises as fans duel and Hangman slingshots, into a SUPERKICK! Hangman staggers but fires up! Hangman runs in, Pac side steps, SNAP German Suplex! Pac fires up now, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! How you doing, Prizefighter?
Hangman Alabama lifts but Pac fights out. Pac crawls into an IRON OCTOPUS! Hangman is already fading, this floating Brutalizer is, well, brutal! But Hangman refuses to quit, he barrels into ropes for the ropebreak! Pac lets go reluctantly, and Hangman crawls to a corner. Pac makes sure Hangman is in the drop zone before climbing up again. Pac aims, BLACK ARROW FLOPS!! Twice, Pac misses going up high! Hangman slingshots, but Pac ducks under! Pac waistlocks, Hangman standing switches, but they end up going into the ref! Pac low blow mule kicks, but Hangman caught it! Rolling elbow! DISCUS! Alabama lift, DEAD EYE!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall
Now that was some real #CowboyShit! And it is Pac’s first true loss! Is this win enough to earn Hangman another shot at the AEW World Championship? Who will even be the champion should he have it?
Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Joey Janela!
The Chairman, or rather chair man, and his Horseman mentor felt greatly disrespected by the Bad Boy’s soda cigarette prank. But Janela didn’t exactly appreciate the payback in the form of pliers pulling his tongue and a cigarette burning his mouth! Two men with vicious streaks longer than the New England coast are about to battle, but who walks out of Baltimore the winner?
The bell rings and Janela rushes Spears only to be put in the corner. But Janela turns it around fast to CHOP Spears back! Janela CHOPS more and more, but Spears kicks low. They start brawling, and Janela throws more CHOPS! Fans are on Janela’s side as he rips off Spears’ “No More Garbage Wrestling” shirt. Spears bails out to regroup with Tully, and Tully gives him some coaching. Spears goes around while Tully distracts, but Janela sees it coming and hits Spears down. Janela builds speed but Tully is in his way. Spears slides in but Janela sees this coming, too, and CHOPS Spears again! Janela whips but Spears reverses, only for Janela to huricanrana Spears out! Janela runs to the corner, hops up and over, but Spears swings to counter.
Janela hops over that to mule kick Spears back! Then Janela runs, and leaps into a spinning powerslam! Spears slams Janela into the floor! Spears leaves Janela behind for the ring count to begin. Janela stirs so Spears fetches him into the ring. Spears forearms Janela in the back and again, then asks “Does it hurt, Joe?!” Spears shoves Janela into ropes and clubs him down! Fans boo but Spears puts Janela in a corner to CHOP! Spears CHOPS again, but fans rally for the “Bad Boy!” Spears CHOPS, Janela CHOPS, and it’s a CHOP fight! Janela gets the edge with those CHOPS, then whips Spears corner to corner. Spears reverses to send Janela into buckles hard. Spears drags Janela out for an apron back suplex! Fans boo and jeer but Spears just goes back to Janela in the ring. Spears drags Janela up and scoops for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, and Spears starts getting upset with the ref.
Spears wraps Janela up in a chinlock, digging a knee into Janela’s back. Fans rally up and Janela fights his way up, to throw body shots. Janela runs, but Spears sends him right out of the ring! Janela crashes and burns with both apron and floor, but Spears won’t leave him be. Spears goes out to drag Janela up into the ring and has him in a corner. Spears CHOPS Janela, then climbs up to go after the post’s cross bar. Spears grabs a handful of Janela’s hair and even the tag rope, to tie Janela to the cross bar! The ref reprimands and counts but Spears rains down rights! Janela is caught because of a ponytail, but he still boots back! And again! Janela wants to run but the hair holds him back! Janela hops out to work at the knot. Spears runs over but Janela throws forearms! Janela rips free of the ponytail prison!
Janela hops up, but Spears gets clear of the dropkick! SHARPSHOOTER! Spears sits down deep, but Janela endures. Spears taunts the Bad Boy but Baltimore gives Janela the strength to fight towards ropes! Ropebreak! Spears lets go at 4, and argues with the ref. But Spears turns around into a mule kick! Spears doubles over and hobbles up, and Janela throws body shots. The two start brawling and Janela gets the edge. Janela haymakers over and over, then bumps Spears off buckles. Janela throws more haymakers then stomps a mudhole into Spears! Fans fire up with Janela as he runs side to side, running knee! Janela keeps moving, but Spears bails out. So Janela hops up top, to CANNONBALL onto Spears! Fans fire up as Janela drags Spears up and into the ring. Janela climbs again but Spears springs up to OVERHEAD SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Tully is furious with the ref but Spears drags Janela up. Janela cradle counters, TWO! Janela throws Spears out then builds speed to DIVE! Top Suicida sends Spears into the barriers! Janela puts Spears in to boot and kick! Janela runs, rabbit clothesline! Then a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tully coaches Spears up but the fans rally for the “Bad Boy!” Spears grabs Janela’s leg but Janela gives Spears Danielson Stomps! Tully gets on the apron but Janela stares him down. Tully backs away and Janela goes up top. Spears trips Janela, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. Spears scoops Janela, BACKBREAKER on the buckle bar! Janela is down on the outside and Tully demands the ref count, but it’s really a distraction so Spears can expose a buckle on the far side! Spears succeeds, but the buckle pad is so obvious in the middle of the ring. But this is a double fake, as Spears really goes after Janela with Tully’s help, SPIKE PILEDRIVER! Spears drags Janela up and in, fireman’s carry, C4 Driver! Cover, Spears wins!!
Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall
Tully was three steps ahead of everyone else, and he helps Spears get a big win! Will this help Spears achieve #PERFECT10N?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian.
Golden Boy has Superbad, but Kip didn’t realize. He thought GB was an intern. But why this sudden change in attitude? Ever since arriving, Kip was going straight down the middle. Kip found there were alliances all over, so Kip took it upon himself to carve his own path. That’s when he met like-minded men in The Hybrid2. The trio hasn’t worked out perfectly, but even the greatest rock bands didn’t come up with their greatest hits right away. Alliances are about people you can trust and you have chemistry with. And so now, Kip has PENELOPE FORD! The Superbad Squad is here with some sex appeal to inject into this “loser” company. Why be bad when you can be superbad. But this is boring, so “cheerio, dweeb.” Janela is going to be upset when he learns the Bad Girl has ditched him for a Superbad boy.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: SoCal Uncensored VS The Lucha Brothers VS Private Party!
The tournament to crown the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions was intense from start to finish! But it was incredibly personal after what Pentagon and Fenix did to Christopher Daniels before SCU even competed. But The Closer, Scorpio Sky, was able to substitute in, and it would be SCU that took the gold! However, that was only the beginning for Scorpio and Frankie Kazarian. A Bronze Medal Match gave Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy a second chance, and now three teams fight in just the first ever defense of these titles! Who comes out the new gold standard in the AEW Tag Division?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. The Lucha Brothers sit it out as Kaz starts with Quen.
The two circle, tie up and Kaz waistlocks to a slam. Kaz floats to a facelock but Quen works his way up to wrench out. Kaz wrenches back and then headlocks and holds on as Quen tries to power out. Kaz gets a headlock takeover but Quen rolls to make it a cover. ONE and Kaz holds on. Quen powers out, Kaz goes up and over but so does Quen. Kaz runs into a sweep and cover, ONE! Kaz returns the sweep and cover, ONE! Kaz kips up and stares Quen down as fans cheer. Quen and Kaz circle but Fenix tags in off of Quen. That’s how a triple threat tag works, after all. Pentagon taunts and Kaz swings on him, but Fenix runs in. Kaz dodges, rolls Fenix up, TWO! Kaz rocks Fenix with a right then whips, but Fenix tiger feints to body check Kaz down, BUZZSAW! Fenix SUPERKICKS Scorpio for good measure!
But then Scorpio and Private Party all rush in! The ref keeps Scorpio back while the Lucha Brothers both waistlock Private Party. They shove Quen and Kassidy at each other, Private Party collides and falls to their knees. The Lucha Brothers count it out, “Uno! Dos! Tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Private Party bails out and Fenix hits Kaz with a suplex to a cover, TWO! Fenix clubs Kaz down and fans fire up as he brings Kaz over. Tag to Pentagon, and the brothers double whip. Fenix shoulders into Kaz then Pentagon adds a kick! Fenix wheelbarrows and rolls Pentagon for him to do the same, Fenix springs up to huricanrana Kaz into Pentagon’s boots! Pentagon covers, TWO! Pentagon is immediately upset with the referee, but two is two. Pentagon stalks Kaz as fans rally up, and he KICKS out the leg!
Pentagon swaggers up to Scorpio, “CERO MIEDO!”but turns around into Kaz’s haymaker! Pentagon hits back, then underhooks Kaz, but Kaz slips out, ducks the clothesline but turns around into a mule kick! Pentagon runs but Kaz follows with a forearm! Kaz runs but Pentagon comes back, double clotheslines wipe both men out! Both men crawl for their corners as fans rally, but Fenix SUPERKICKS Scorpio! Kaz still goes to the SCU corner but Pentagon runs in! Kaz goes up and over and has no real choice but to hot tag Kassidy! Kassidy springboard huricanranas Pentagon! But Fenix rushes in to haymaker Kassidy! Fenix whips but Kassidy reverses to hit a rolling roundhouse! Kassidy springboards to backwards leap frog Pentagon for a facebuster! Kassidy rolls back into a wheelbarrow, bulldog leg drop takes down both brothers! Cover, TWO!
SCU regroups on the outside while Kassidy tags in Quen. Private Party has Pentagon with double whips, atomic drop to squealing enziguri! Sweep and camel clutch, “Say Cheese!” Double stomp! Cover, TWO!! Pentagon survives but Quen drags Pentagon up to the top rope of the open corner. Quen calls for it, he rains down punches for “Shots! Shots!” But Pentagon slips out to KICK Quen in the butt! Pentagon Electric Chairs Quen and tags in Fenix. Fenix hops up, leaps, missile dropkick doomsday! Fenix gets an idea, and he makes the ref do the Cero Miedo with him! But this is a distraction so Pentagon can blow up the SCU corner! Kassidy runs in but into a trophy lift, to a SUPERKICK! Fenix and Pentagon combine again, wheelbarrow monkey flip senton! Fenix drags Quen to a cover, TWO!
Fenix kicks Quen while he’s down then rallies the fans. Fenix drags Quen up but Quen fights back. Fenix clubs him down, wrenches him and kicks him again. Tag to Pentagon, and fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” as Pentagon underhooks Quen. Fenix climbs up top, but Quen slips out to shove Pentagon. Pentagon goes up and over, BACKSTABBER! Cover but Kaz breaks it even before Kassidy can. Kassidy takes offense and starts shoving Kaz. Kassidy then kicks Kaz, whips but Kaz reverses to send Kassidy out onto the ramp! Quen gets up but Pentagon catches him to a pump handle, but Quen flips out! Quen runs to flapjack dropkick! Both men are down and now tables have turned. Quen can’t take Kassidy so he goes to SCU to tag in Scorpio! Pentagon tags Fenix but Scorpio rallies with clotheslines! And a dropkick!
Fans fire up with SCU as Scorpio drags Fenix up for forearms. Scorpio runs and sees the somersault coming so he kicks Fenix first! Then more kicks, to run into the dumdum stomps! Scorpio mocks Cero Miedo, goes to the apron and slingshots in for a cutter! Into the dragon sleeper clutch! Kassidy runs in but Kaz intercepts and throws him out, to then slingshot Kassidy in for a cutter! And also a dragon sleeper clutch! Pentagon runs in to Penalty Kick them apart! Quen also goes after Kaz, but Pentagon gets him with the oldest trick in the book to KICK out the leg! Pentagon whips but Quen reverses, Kaz puts Pentagon out and catches him with the guillotine leg drop! Kaz haymakers Quen hard, then slingshots to huricanrana Pentagon! Kaz almost wrecks himself, but here comes Quen! Fosbury Flop 2-for-1!
Scorpio takes aim, only for Fenix to intercept with a tightrope Penalty Kick! Fans fire up as Kassidy dodges Fenix to TORNILLO onto the other four! But that just leaves Fenix with the biggest target yet. Fenix goes to the top rope, hop hop and ULTIMO TORNILLO! Baltimore is thunderous for that one! Fenix takes a lap before putting Scorpio back in. Scorpio fights the waistlock with elbows then whips. Fenix tiger feints and roundhouses! Fenix uses the ramp for speed, step up springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Fenix is not deterred. Fenix runs corner to corner but Scorpio catches him! Scorpio sits Fenix up top, tag to Kaz, and Scorpio gives Kaz the boost for a SUPER DDT!! Cover, but Pentagon kicks it apart!
Private Party throw Pentagon out, then drag Fenix over to their corner. Quen tags in off Fenix, goes after Kaz, spinning PELE! Scorpio runs in, he gets a PELE! Kassidy mule kicks, then gets a boost from Quen for the Stunner! Kassidy holds Kaz for Quen’s electric slide kick! Then assisted SQUEALING Sliced Bread! Quen goes up as fans fire up! Kassidy keeps Kaz in the drop zone, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! The Bronze Medals almost became gold! Tag to Kassidy and Private Party brings Kaz up again. We know what they’re planning, but so does Scorpio! Scorpio waistlocks Kassidy and Kaz manages to resist the Super Steiner! Scorpio shoves Kassidy into Quen, then waistlocks Kassidy again. Gory Especial, SCU LATER!! Cover, SCU wins!!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Kaz pinning; still AEW World Tag Team Champions
But the Lucha Brothers are NOT standing for this! They take down Kaz and Scorpio from behind! Pentagon rains down hands while Fenix rams Scorpio all the way to barriers. Pentagon has a chair! He sets that down and drags Kaz over, CERO MIE- The lights go down!? And when they come back, there’s a second Pentagon!? He mimics Pentagon perfectly, then hits an STO! And dribbles Pentagon’s head off the mat! Fenix runs in but Fake Pentagon gets him in underhooks, and uses a butterfly driver to throw Fenix onto the real Pentagon! Wait, that move…
YES! Christopher Daniels is back! The Fallen Angel has the chair and he swings, but the Lucha Brothers get clear! Daniels dares Pentagon and Fenix to come back for more, but they retreat. SCU is back at 100%, but will they get revenge on the Lucha Brothers in the near future?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Emi Sakura!
The wrestling idol and inaugural champion defends her title against the woman who trained her! Riho has already made history and has already overcome odds, but can she overcome “Emi Mercury”?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Emi is already emotional as the bell rings on this student VS teacher title match!
Fans cheer and rally as Riho and Emi tie up with a test of strength. They go knuckle lock to knuckle lock and shoulder to shoulder. Emi bends Riho back and hops on, but Riho maintains the bridge! Emi tries again but Riho stays up! Riho powers her way back up but Emi sweeps the legs! Emi stomps Riho then drags her up for a laughing hair biel! Riho flounders to a corner but Emi drags her up to throw her again. But Riho cartwheels, only to leap into a slam! Cover, but Riho uses the Matrix to escape! Riho runs, dropkicks Emi but Emi rebounds with her own! Emi stomps Riho then drags her up to CHOP her against ropes. Emi runs but Riho puts her on the apron. Riho runs in but Emi shoulders her back. Emi steps in but Riho goes out, and Emi CHOPS. Emi runs to body check Riho to the floor! The student is down but okay to continue.
Emi dares Riho to get up, and Riho stands at 4. Emi goes up top but Riho anchors her fast! Riho hurries around the way to club Emi with forearms. Riho trips Emi into a Tree of Woe, then climbs up, to drop WOE STOMPS into the apron! Emi rolls into the ring but is much more worse for wear. Riho gets in and goes corner to corner, corner meteora to roll-up! TWO, but Riho has the Half Crab! Emi endures as Riho pulls back as hard as she can! Emi crawls as fans rally, and she gets the ropebreak! Riho lets go and brings Emi up. Riho suplexes but Emi resists. Emi turns Riho around, swinging Complete Shot! Emi stomp stomp claps to get the fans going. Fans echo, “We Will, We Will, Rock You!” Emi runs corner to corner, another body check in the corner!
Emi drags Riho around to hook the legs and grab the arms. Emi brings Riho up into the Romero Special! And starts rolling! Riho endures the Rolling Romero so Emi tosses her off. Fans cheer as Emi circles around Riho. Emi eggs Riho on and Riho hits back. Emi stomps as fans duel. Riho keeps fighting back but Emi stomps her back down. Emi drags Riho up into a scoop but Riho slips out to a waistlock! Emi does a dance and elbows free. Emi runs but Riho drop toeholds! Riho runs to 619! Riho climbs up as Emi staggers, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Riho won’t be deterred. Riho drags Emi up, but Emi blocks the Northern Lights and claws Riho’s back! Emi “cries” for being reprimanded. Emi whips Riho corner to corner but Riho reverses and hits a big knee! Riho keeps going, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Underhooks, butterfly backbreaker!
Emi drags Riho to a drop zone, hops up, Vader STOMPS! Emi crushes Riho’s arm, but she’s not done! Vader SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Emi just grins. Emi drags Riho up off the ropes and underhooks. Tiger Driver! But Riho suddenly springs up to DOUBLE STOMP! Both women are down and Baltimore rallies up! A standing count begins, and both women stir at 3. The count passes 5, Emi stands using the ropes. She’s up at 7, and CHOPS Riho! Emi eggs Riho on, and Riho forearms back! Emi forearms Riho, but Riho forearms again! Emi CHOPS, Riho forearms! And forearm and forearm! Riho fires off with fury and fans love it! The ref backs Riho off at the ropes, but Emi fires off a strike fest! Two slaps and a kick, then another CHOP! Riho rebounds, wheelbarrow STOMPS! Riho drags Emi up and into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Emi escapes but Riho won’t let up. Riho sits Emi up and runs corner to corner, but no Meteora! So Riho hops up to come back with another double stomp! Fans cheer as Riho goes up top. Riho leaps, BIG DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO with a bridge!! Emi survives the coup de grace, but Riho is not going to let up. Riho goes to run but Emi anchors a foot. Riho hammers away but Emi will not let go. Riho keeps hammering, fires up, but Emi reels her in, SNAP SAIDO! Eim drags Riho up fast, underhooks, Canadian rack, STORM BREAKER! Did Emi just become the Aerial Assassin?! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Riho survives by mere inches! Emi is frustrated but fans are firing up again. Emi drags Riho up, wants another underhook, but Riho lands on her feet out of the driver! Point-blank meteora! Emi sits up as Riho aims from the corner, but she ducks the basement meteora for a sunset flip! TWO!!
Emi wants La Magistrol but Riho slips free, but gets spun into a backslide! ONE but Emi is right on Riho with an Oklahoma Roll! Riho slips out again! ANOTHER point-blank meteora! Fans fire up as Riho gets running, but Emi is ready with a clothesline. Riho makes it a tilt-o-whirl, crucifix, then sunset flip! High stack, RIHO WINS!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall; still AEW Women’s World Champion
Riho is on a roll! She gets the better of her teacher to retain the title! And as such, her teacher shows her respect by both shaking her hand, and raising it high. How much higher can Riho rise from here?
AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Cody!
Le Champeon has turned this from a simple world title match to a personal grudge! Jericho thinks the American Nightmare is an “entitled Millennial bitch” but Cody turned it around on the “stupid dick.” And even if there weren’t insults hurled, punches thrown and an assault committed on Dustin Rhodes, Cody already upped the ante by deciding, as an Executive Vice President yet also a wrestler, that should he lose tonight, he will never challenge for this title again! Will Cody achieve revenge and greatness all at once? Or is he dooming himself to a title scene exile?
As also announced before reaching this point, this match will have three legendary judges watching just in case the 60 minute time limit is reached. Those judges are Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and The Great Muta! Will their expert opinions be needed? Or can a decision be reached before the hour is up?
Cody has his best friend, Maxwell Jacob Freeman, by his side as he heads to the ring. Jericho, meanwhile, has the savage Jake Hager. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Baltimore is already thunderous with the bell!
Fans tell Jericho, “F*** Your Birthday!” which makes Cody smile. Jericho bails out to complain about the disrespect, but he does return to the ring. Jericho and Cody circle, and fans rally up for Cody. Also, Jericho is wearing a weight belt to parody Cody’s. The two finally tie up and then break. Jericho and Cody circle again, then tie up. Cody wrenches to a wristlock but Jericho slips around to hammerlock Cody back. Jericho brings Cody to a knee, but Cody goes for a leg. Jericho grabs ropes so Cody pats him on the back and cartwheels away. The two circle and tie up, and Jericho powers Cody to a corner. Jericho gives a rougher break but then runs off when Cody approaches. Jericho regroups with Hager and whispers something. Jericho takes his time returning, then ties up.
Cody waistlocks, half nelsons then headlocks, but Jericho spins out to his own headlock. Fans rally and Cody powers out, but Jericho runs him over. Jericho soaks up the heat but things speed up. Cody hurdles but Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Cody kicks back for the Rhodes dropping uppercut! Jericho bails out in frustration and even gets in the face of Dean Malenko. There’s history there, too. Jericho goes back to the ring and takes his time returning. Cody and Jericho tie up again, and Cody waistlocks. Jericho wrenches to a standing switch, but Cody works on his own. Cody gets the switch but Jericho elbows out hard. Jericho waistlocks again, but Cody pries at the hold. Cody hammers at the hands then wrenches to a hammerlock. Jericho spins through to hammerlock then waistlock, but Cody pries at the hold again.
Cody wrenches around to another hammerlock but Jericho gets the reversal again. Cody runs at the ropes to throw Jericho out! Cody runs to DIVE! Tope suicida hits Jericho into railing! Fans are fired up as Cody drags Jericho up and into the ring. Cody goes up top, leaps and missile dropkicks Jericho down! Cover, TWO! Cody drags Jericho around to a corner, laces the arm and pulls! He lets up at the ref’s count, but is right back on Jericho with a CHOP! Cody CHOPS again, then goes after the right arm for a shoulder breaker! Cody drags Jericho around to throw the arm on the mat! MJF taunts Jericho, “Hit the Judas Effect now!” Cody has the arm again, and puts it in a high keylock. Jericho endures as Cody leans on him. Cody STOMPS the arm! Fans cheer as Cody drags Jericho up to yank on the arm.
Cody whips corner to corner but Jericho reverses. Cody goes up and over and catches Jericho for the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Jericho gets up but Cody clotheslines him to the ramp! Jericho hits hard, Cody builds speed, and Cody LEAPS! Jericho moves, Cody scorpion folds himself!! Referee Aubrey Edwards checks on Cody, Cody busted himself open on the diamond plated steel! Cody already has half a crimson mask! The referee keeps Jericho back for the medic, but MJF also pleads this not end the match. The medic works to patch Cody up but Jericho celebrates already. Mama Rhodes worries for her son but Cody gets back in the ring. So Hager gets Jericho a chair! Jericho uses it to take a seat rather than hit Cody. Then Jericho BOOTS Cody down! Jericho soaks up the heat, then decks Cody with a right.
Jericho tosses the chair because he goes after Cody’s wound with his bare hands! Fans boo but Jericho just throws Cody out. Jericho keeps the ref distracted but MJF protests, because Hager gets a cheap shot in! The medic tries to stop the blood but Cody mentions his ribs aren’t good, either. Jericho just soaks up the heat while Cody slowly gets up. Jericho comes over to drag Cody up and club away on his back. Jericho suplexes Cody up and then hangs him out to dry on the ropes! Cody flops off, and those ribs are only feeling worse. Hager taunts Cody while Jericho talks trash to the judges. Jericho goes back to Cody as fans rally up. Jericho keeps punching but Cody hits back! Cody fires up, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Jericho keeps his cool as he drags Cody back up. Jericho throws a big forearm into the ribs! Cody goes to a corner and Jericho grinds his boot into Cody’s head!
The ref counts and Jericho lets off to argue with her. Jericho drags Cody up to kick the ribs, then rams his shoulder in over and over. Jericho CHOPS Cody then throws more body shots. The ref tells him to back off but Jericho CHOPS more! Jericho whips Cody corner to corner but Cody boots back! Cody hurries up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS! Jericho covers, TWO! Cody survives his own wild idea and Jericho encourages the boos and jeers. Jericho drags Cody into a chinlock but Cody fights his way up. Fans rally but Jericho wrangles Cody back down. Cody stands up and stomps Jericho’s foot. Cody punches but Jericho knees and puts on the cobra twist! Jericho tortures those ribs, but MJF rallies fans back up. Jericho hammers Cody but Cody refuses to quit. Jericho digs his elbow in and hammers the ribs more, but still Cody refuses to quit. Cody pries free of the hold and hip tosses Jericho down!
Cody rests in a corner as fans rally up more. Cody hobbles over, into a dropkick! Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho slaps Cody around, then puts on a chinlock. Jericho digs his knee in but Cody endures still. Cody pries at the hold, fights his way up, and throws body shots and haymakers back on Jericho. Cody whips, Jericho holds ropes and denies the dropkick! LIONSAULT, onto knees! Cody springboards, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Cody is furious! Fans fire up with Cody as he goes at Jericho with clotheslines and a boot! Then Cody rains down rights in the corner, all the way to 10! Jericho goes to the apron, Cody triangle jumps for the Beautiful Disaster Kick! Fans are rallying up again as Cody goes out to fetch Jericho, but Jericho kicks back. Jericho knees Cody’s ribs again, then scoops Cody to ram into the post!
Jericho leaves Cody behind to go back to the ring. Jericho waves hi to Mama Rhodes, then goes out to get in her face. She SLAPS Jericho! Security keeps Jericho from responding, and then Cody SPEARS Jericho down! Mama Rhodes even gets another slap in! Cody puts Jericho in, then gives mama a hug. Cody goes to the ring, stalks behind Jericho, and whips Jericho corner to corner. Jericho goes up but gets blocked, into an ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Hardcore Holly’s move doesn’t quite end it, but Cody isn’t done. Cody drags Jericho up by his legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four Leg Lock! Jericho endures the Nature Boy’s hold and fans chant for him to “TAP! TAP!” Jericho flails, reaches, and turns the hold over! Cody now suffers the pain, but he turns it back over! Cody gets the ropebreak for himself, just in case Jericho tries to turn it again.
The two unlock but Hager pushes Cody! Hager gets on the apron but the ref tells him to get back. Hager talks trash over and over, but Cody sends Jericho into him! O’Conner roll, TWO!! And Cody is sent into Hager’s sucker punch! MJF spots that and points it out. Aubrey EJECTS Hager! MJF joins the fans in singing “Hey hey hey~! Good bye~!” But then Hager attacks MJF! He throws MJF into barriers! And into the apron! Hager leaves, having done damage to Cody’s best friend. But in all this distraction, Jericho has the AEW title belt back, and aims at Cody! TITLE SMASH! Jericho hides the evidence and plays dead! Both men are “down,” but Jericho grins as he rises. Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Cody survives and Jericho can’t believe it!
Jericho dares Cody to get up, and he prepares the elbow. But Cody blocks Judas Effect, into CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Jericho survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Cody and Jericho slowly stir. Cody and Jericho brawl on their knees with big forearms. Fans are on Cody’s side, not on Jericho’s. The hands speed up and Cody gets an edge! Jericho hits back but Cody starts jabbing! American Dream would be proud of that Bionic Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Cody looms over Jericho to stomp him over and over. Cody runs, springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! Cody survives and MJF is relieved to say the least! Jericho grows frustrated with Cody but fans love “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Jericho goes back to Cody to stomp him more. Jericho kicks Cody to a corner then hauls him up for another big knee to the ribs. Cody is against the ropes and Jericho chokes him again. The fans boo but Jericho soaks up the heat. Jericho clubs Cody down then takes off his Le Champeon weight belt. To LASH Cody! And again! And again! Jericho does not stop whipping Cody with the belt! But the ref takes it from him! Jericho drags Cody up and towards the corner to bump off buckles. Jericho hops up, drags Cody in, but Cody breaks free to SUPERKICK! Then Cody climbs up top, for a SUPER- No, no Super Steiner! Jericho drops down, Walls of Jericho!! Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Cody powers up to head for the ropes. Cody falls, comes close, but powers up again as fans rally as hard as they ever have, ROPEBREAK!
Jericho lets go, but rains down rights to that head wound. The ref backs him off because they were closed fists, but then Jericho pushes her. So she pushes back! And Cody rolls Jericho up! TWO! Jericho body shots then trips Cody! Jericho works to turn Cody, but does MJF have a towel?! Jericho stomps away on Cody’s head! MJF is torn on what to do for his best friend, but Cody is in the Lion’s Tamer! And it is EXTRA DEEP! MJF throws in the towel!?
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still AEW World Champion
Fans can’t believe Cody’s best friend would do that! Cody loses but not by his choice! And now, he will never have another chance at this title! But is this the hard decision MJF had to make to save his friend from losing his career? But Jericho takes his belt and leaves, ready to celebrate his first defense alongside his Inner Circle, who meet him at the stage. And yes, they have a little bit of the bubbly! Will anyone be able to dethrone Le Champeon?
As for MJF in the ring, he still looks very conflicted. He didn’t want Cody to lose, but he didn’t want Cody to suffer. He tries to explain things to Cody, but fans are certainly still upset with MJF. MJF gets emotional as he apologizes, but Cody doesn’t even look at him. But then Cody stands MJF up, pats him on the shoulder, but then MJF LOW BLOWS CODY!? And he grins! MJF pie faces Cody down, and glares down at his “best friend.” Fans call MJF an “A**hole!” as MJF says it’s his turn. MJF leaves Cody down in the ring, smirking as he goes. Fans SPLASH MJF with water, but MJF just smiles more. Insult to injury of the highest degree, what will be Cody’s response?
Lights Out Unsanctioned Match: Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley!
The Best Bout Machine and the Death Rider have taken things to a rather extreme level. So much so, that Tony Khan himself felt AEW could not take responsibility for what happens between them. However, that was far from what Moxley wanted, because now it will never count on the record books. Moxley wants to break out of the box he’s been put in, but he’ll just have to settle for breaking Omega instead. How far will each man go to get past the other?
Justin Roberts explains that the lights will turn off then back on, and that there will be no rule but to win! The lights do as said, Omega makes his entrance, followed by Moxley’s entrance from the crowd. Tensions are already running high, and Moxley shoves the referee out of the way to start brawling with Omega! The bell rings and this unsanctioned match is officially underway!
Fans are fired up as Mox mugs Omega in the corner. Omega turns it around to fire off forearms and a CHOP! Omega whips, Moxley reverses but Omega dodges to boot Moxley down! Moxley gets to a corner but Omega is on him with even more forearms. Omega whips corner to corner but Moxley elbows back. Moxley throws a haymaker, Omega CHOPS! Omega runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Moxley gets up and goes out of the ring and says, “It’s time for some f***ing fun.” Moxely goes looking under the ring, and brings out a trash can! He tosses that in, then grabs the lid. Moxley stalks Omega, and just as Omega grabs the trash can, Moxley SMACKS him with the lid! And again! Moxley then takes the trash can, sets it aside, and brings Omega up in the double underhooks. Omega powers Moxley back and they both tumble out of the ring!
Omega hurries to club away on Moxley’s back, then throw him over the railing! Omega gets space, and runs in, to FLY! Super shotgun dropkick takes Moxley down! Omega then borrows a chair to SMACK Moxley’s back! Omega sits Moxley in another chair and CHOPS! Omega borrows a beer to SPLASH Moxley with! Moxley runs off but comes back with a kick. Moxley whips but Omega reverses to send Moxley into the trash bin! Then Omega slams the trash bin on Moxley! Omega sets the bin on Moxley to then head up the stairs, and DOUBLE STOMP the bin into Moxley! Moxley is gasping but Omega drags him back the way they came. Omega bounces Moxley off chairs then takes another beer to SMASH Moxley! Omega tosses Moxley back to ringside, and then hops up on the railing, only for Moxley to shove him off!
Moxley hops the railing to throw Omega over now. Moxley then stalks Omega to brings him around, snap suplex to the floor! Omega writhes but Moxley drags him into the ring. Moxley goes looking under the ring again, and brings out the barbed wire bat! Moxley smirks as he brings the bat into the ring. Moxley JABS Omega in the stomach, then winds up his swing, only for Omega to elbow him away. And then CHOP! But Moxley JABS again! And SMACKS Omega on the back! Then again! Moxley is having fun after all, as he SMACKS Omega a third time! The referee gets a little too close and Moxley scares him off. Omega is starting to bleed from his back, but Moxley SMACKS him again! Moxley pulls Omega back by his hair and dares him to “talk some shit now!” Moxley then presses the bat on Omega’s back and stands on it! Baltimore collectively winces as Moxley STOMPS the bat on Omegae’s back!
The ref checks with Omega but Omega does not want to quit. Moxley revels in the fans chanting “You Sick F*ck!” as Moxley goes back to Omega, to go after the face! Omega holds Moxley off then rakes Moxley’s eyes with his thumb. Omega CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips. Moxley reverses, swings, mises, and Omega full nelsons. But Moxley scrapes the barbed wire bat on Omega’s arm! Omega pushes Moxley away, grabs the trash can and SMASHES it on Moxley’s head! Omega grits his teeth as he drags Moxley up, piledriver onto the can! The can is flattened out and the ref moves it aside before he checks on both men. But Omega picks up the bat! He doesn’t want it, so he tosses it aside. Omega goes out, starts looking, and brings out a TABLE!
Fans love tables, and Omega props it up against railing. The front row on that side moves back a little while Omega brings out the barbed-wire BROOM! The Cleaner is ready! But Omega turns around, and Moxley throws the flattened can at Omega’s head! Moxley builds speed and DIVES, into a broom swipe! The barbed wire scrapes Moxley’s head but Omega isn’t done. He gets in the ring and SMACKS Moxley on the back! Now Moxley is bleeding from his back just like Omega! And in similar fashion to Moxley, Omega pushes Moxley down to start scraping with the broom! And he STOMPS it down! Moxley has so much blood already pouring, but Omega DOUBLE STOMPS the broom down! Moxley writhes and fans are either chanting “A E DUB! A E DUB!” or just stunned silent. Omega brings Moxley’s bat back and puts Moxley against the ropes, to SCRAPE MOXLEY’S FOREHEAD!
Then Omega brings his broom around, whips Moxley and uses a drop toehold to send Moxley face first onto it! Moxley staggers up and Omega runs again, Kotaru Krusher onto the broom! Omega checks his hand, and he did scrape himself but he’s still safe Cover, TWO! Omega hurries out to find something more, and brings in another trash can. Omega puts the can on the top of a post, and fireman’s carries Moxley. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, and he grabs the can, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega argues with the ref but now, not even Full Metal Can’t Escape worked. Omega goes out to search for more things. Omega brings out a board of mouse traps?! Who made that!? Omega puts the sadistic arts & crafts project into the ring, but Moxley attacks from behind. Moxley and Omega brawl with forearms, the safest things they’ve done all match.
Moxley runs but into a CHOP! Omega boots and V-TRIGGERS! But then he runs into a LARIAT! Moxley hobbles over to that mouse trap board, and positions it in the ring, to X-PLEX Omega onto them! Omega gets snapped at by no less than half of the traps! Moxley stomps Omega down then goes looking under the ring again. The referee moves the mouse trap board aside, but Moxley produces a golden chain!? These chains are likely for boat anchors or pad locks. Moxley drags that into a little pile then goes after Omega. Side walk slam on the chain! Cover, TWO! Moxley grows frustrated but he brings Omega back up and goes to turn him. Omega resists but Moxley knees him to force him around, neckbreaker onto the chain! Cover, ONE!? Moxley is actually pleasantly surprised.
Moxley eggs Omega on and Omega throws haymakers. Moxley stomps Omega, then grabs the chair. He wraps Omega’s face in the chain, getting links into the mouth! Moxley uses it for a full metal camel clutch! Omega drags himself over, reaching for anything, and settles for the trash can lid. Omega just swings back and gets Moxley in the face with the edge of the lid! Moxley lets off Omega but comes back with crossface forearms from all sides! And then wraps on a sleeper hold with body scissors. Omega grabs the lid again! He SMACKS Moxley once, twice, three times, four times, FIVE times! Moxley lets go but both men slowly rise. Moxley knees and urenages Omega, just missing the chains! Omega writhes while Moxley goes back outside. Moxley finds a screwdriver? Or is it an ice pick? Either way it is something sharp and pointy!
Moxley goes back to Omega, but Omega uses the chains as brass knuckles! Omega throws body shots but Moxley haymakers back. Moxley takes aim but Omega dodges, the pick STABS buckle! The pick is stuck, Omega half nelsons, full nelsons, but Moxley powers out, to back suplex Omega on the chains! Moxley gets up and slashes the throat, promising to end this. Moxley grabs the chain again, and wraps it around Omega’s neck! Moxley whips Omega but Omega blocks and breaks free, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega frees himself of the chain, to SNAP DRAGON Moxley again! Fans rally up as Omega full nelsons again. Moxley senses where they are, breaks free and BITES Omega’s face! Moxley runs, but into another SNAP DRAGON! Omega has the chain again, and he wraps it around Moxley’s neck now! Omega locks it on like a leash, to whip and HANG Moxley!
Moxley chokes, holding onto ropes for dear life!! Moxley is fading fast, but Omega can’t hold any longer. Moxley is spared, and he slumps to the floor. Omega lines up a shot and the Terminator drums begin. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Omega wipes Moxley and himself out through the table! Omega rises and Baltimore loves “Both These Guys!” Omega puts Moxley back in and then goes looking for something new. Omega realizes where it is, and brings out… a sack…? Hardcore fans know what these usually hold inside. Omega opens the sack, and reveals BROKEN GLASS! In reference to the glass table Moxley put him through!? Omega brings the glass over and goes after Moxley’s forehead! Moxley fights back but Omega just goes after Moxley’s hand! Omega cuts between fingers!! Now Omega is the “Sick F*ck!”
Omega stops the bag of glass to breaks the pieces even more. Then he pours the glass out onto the ring mat! But Omega turns around for Moxley to kick and whip! Omega reverses, SIT-OUT SPINEBUSTER ONTO GLASS! Omega makes sure his hands aren’t cut up as he covers, TWO!! Moxley survives, and now the referee’s counting hand is a casualty of this match! Omega grabs Moxley’s legs, to simply drag Moxley through the glass! Then Omega steps through, for a Sharpshooter! Moxley endures, and has no choice but to crawl over the glass to get towards ropes! Moxley gets the ropes, but there’s no ropebreak, he just uses the ropes to get up. Omega lets go, unable to hold the hold any longer. But then Omega collects pieces of glass in his hand? “This is Awesome!” but clearly Omega is plotting something.
Omega has a handful of his shiny little friends, and grins as he brings them to Moxley. Omega wants to force feed the glass to Moxley!? Some pieces get in, then Omega says “BANG!” and runs, but Moxley side steps! Rebound German Suplex ONTO THE GLASS! Omega stands up just from the pain, and V-TRIGGERS back! The glass in the mouth goes flying but Omega keeps going, V-TRIGGER AGAIN! Moxley flops out of the ring but Omega keeps his eyes on him. Omega takes the ice pick from the buckle pad! He stalks Moxley and fans bring the Terminator drum back. Omega grins as he comes up behind Moxley but the referee says this is “not worth it!” Omega grabs Moxley, and uses the pick to SCRAPE Moxley’s forehead!!
Omega calls for the Elite to bring something out for him?! The Young Bucks and Hangman Page don’t want this to go that far. But Omega promises, just the once. The Elite still follow Omega, so they do as he asks. Omega’s special plan: a BED OF BARBED WIRE!! Omega pokes Moxley with the pick for good measure and then tosses it aside. Omega brings Moxley up in the Electric Chair and goes to the edge. Omega folds Moxley but Moxley slips out to fireman’s carry! Omega fights free of that, but the V-Trigger is blocked! Moxley kicks, has Omega, SUPLEX ONTO THE BARBED WIRE!!! Baltimore loses its minds over this most heinous thing yet! How do they get the two out of the spider’s web of steel barbs? The crew does its best to reach in while not hurting themselves, and they drag the two men out. No one knows what to make of this, but the fans are still chanting for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Omega is free then Moxley follows. Fans cheer that the two men are not seriously injured, but then Moxley JABS security out of the way! Moxley storms over to Omega, and brings Omega over to Full Gear stage piece. Omega resists the suplex, elbows Moxley off him, then uses a vent tube to SMASH Moxley! Omega staggers back for space, runs back in, and then V-TRIGGERS Moxley and himself through the stage piece!! Both men are wrecked all over again and the referee has no idea what to do with this! Can you throw an unsanctioned match out? It already doesn’t count! Moxley emerges with a Young Buck buck on his head. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but something’s got to give. Moxley staggers up while Omega is still stuck in the stage piece. Omega drags himself out, that wild look on his face still there. Omega pursues Moxley and throws big forearms.
The Terminator drum is almost too appropriate for Omega at this point as he stalks Moxley back to ringside. Omega clubs Moxley more, puts him in the ring, and brings up a piece of table wreckage. But the moment Omega gets in, Moxley gets him with PARADIGM SHIFT onto the glass!! Cover, TWO!?! How?!? Moxley clears the ring of the trap board and then goes back out. Moxley tears the apron skirt off, to then undo the ring mat’s straps! Moxley undoes an entire corner, and then a bit more. The referee wants this to end, but Moxley exposes the ring’s padding, and then drags that up to expose the wood baseboards! Moxley has exposed half the ring, diagonally! Moxley drags Omega up, Gotch lift, but Omega back drops Moxley! The wood is unforgiving, which is why there is usually padding.
Omega V-TRIGGERS Moxley into the buckles! Then Electric Chair, to the fold, but Moxley slips out again! Moxley double hooks but Omega kicks back, to give Moxley the PARADIGM SHIFT ON WOOD!! Cover, TWO!?! Just what are these two men made of!? Omega sits up and points to the sky. Omega positions Moxley just right before climbing up top. He’s hesitant, but he still PHOENIX SPLASHES, TO FLOP ON THE WOOD!! Fans are in shock as Omega more than likely breaks his nose! Moxley drags Omega over to cover, TWO!?! Moxley wants to end this. Moxley underhooks and lifts, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Unsanctioned turned from unrestricted to unbelievable! And in the end, the Baddest SOB in the Business came out on top! The Young Bucks come to Omega’s side while Moxley asks the camera what his ranking is now. Fourth? Fifth? How does that work? “F*** you, that’s how that works.” Moxley doesn’t care what counts on record, he knows everyone saw what he just did. Will he do even worse until he gets the respect and opportunities he deserves?
Holy crap. How is it that a PPV that keeps title status quo is so amazing? Because AEW knew how to make the matches and the stories behind them so good, we wouldn’t be upset. We have no right to be upset, there is nothing to be upset about! We got great promo packages all throughout, from YouTube Kickoff Show to The Buy In to the main show (most of which I skipped), so those were nice little things. The non-title grudge matches were great, too. Baker VS Priestley was a great match for being the only match on the Buy In, and honestly I don’t think we needed much else, anyway. The main show opening with Bucks VS PNP was a great choice! Those teams were able to do the serious and the comedic in the same match, and Nick selling a busted ankle was great, too. It was a great surprise that PNP won, but AEW has been smart about not overloading us on The Elite winning things. I also really liked getting Rock ‘n’ Roll Express involved for some small payback. This is all going to heat up Elite VS Inner Circle more and for the better.
Hangman Page VS PAC, Spears VS Janela, they were both solid matches, the stories went well, and AEW is doing great on keeping to the win-loss record mattering. Hangman will surely move up in the AEW rankings and might become the new #1 contender by default. Meanwhile, the most interesting development for Janela is that his former female valet has now left him for another talent! But I do appreciate that we’re in the process of seeing AEW’s first fully formed faction, with Kip as the singles guy, TH2 as the tag team and now Penelope Ford is in the women’s division. I look forward to seeing where this Superbad Squad goes. At the same time, I’m moderately intrigued by Brandi and Awesome Kong targeting women and taking locks of their hair… One of them is going for the title one day, but this story building them up might be something unique.
I loved all the title matches tonight, and I can’t be too upset over status quo being kept. All the reigns have still been short just on AEW being a young company, so it is totally fine for all the champions to retain. I knew almost right away that having a Triple Threat Tag match and putting Private Party in was so Private Party takes the pin. SCU retains because of that, but it was a great surprise to see Daniels return, first pretending to be Pentagon’s double. I’m thinking Daniels VS Pentagon happens as a grudge match, but I don’t know if Lucha Brothers get what would be a third chance at the tag titles. Well, unless Daniels subs in a la Freebird Rules. Riho VS Sakura was great, though they recycled quite a bit from their tag match this past Dynamite. However, they did great in adding on. Riho wins with another pin finish and not a finisher, I’m not even sure if she has a finisher. But with the way things are being set up, I wonder if Riho has a rematch with Shida to see if she can beat Shida again. No other women’s wrestler in AEW has been built up strong enough yet, it just seems the way they’re going.
The AEW World Championship match was probably the more surprising title retention, in how they did it. I don’t want to say it was obvious MJF would turn on Cody here, but it was highly likely and then that’s exactly what we got. Well for one, the judges weren’t needed, but it was still great seeing Jericho get in Malenko’s face. This is probably to set a precedent for all world title matches, just so it would set AEW apart from all other promotions. And who knows, maybe one day, the judges will be needed for some added drama. Cody and Jericho did great, I was really shocked by that ramp spot that cut Cody’s face and bruised his ribs. It made for great story, of course, as did MJF throwing in the towel. MJF can surely give a great reason as to why he turned with a promo for Dynamite or even on social media, and a grudge match between him and Cody will be great. And if Hangman is the new contender, a rematch of him and Jericho will make for some great story, too.
That Unsanctioned match, tho. Looking back, Moxley and Omega each having an Unsanctioned match in AEW before this should’ve told us things were going to get wild. The things Moxley and Omega each did with Janela, those all paled in comparison to what Moxley and Omega just did here against each other. We all expected the bat and the broom, trash cans and tables, and even going around ringside. But I don’t know who would’ve guessed a bunch of mouse traps on particle board, a screwdriver/ice pick a la the last time Triple H and Ric Flair had a No Disqualification match, the gold bike chain or the broken glass. For that matter, no one would’ve ever imagined that California King of barbed wire! These guys went to such insane levels, so I could understand more squeamish fans not feeling this, but I’m apparently not squeamish so hey.
Much like Bucks putting PNP over, Omega puts Moxley over because Moxley deserves to win, and I would love if Moxley demands to be included in the contender talk. Hangman VS Moxley, winner goes after Jericho. BOOK IT, KHAN!
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)
Onward, to Seattle!
Dynamite begins the countdown to WrestleDream!
It’s another big week for AEW! And before Swerve Strickland returns home to Seattle, he and Hangman Page sign on the dotted line!
- AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Triple J; Fenix wins and retains the title.
- AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli; Nick wins and will challenge Fenix for the title next week.
- Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn; Cassidy wins.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale; Julia wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Team Triple J
The Immortal Firebird burned brightest last week in his revenge match with Jon Moxley, and now HE is opening the night with an open challenge! But will the entire carnival help the Last Outlaw win this title right off Fenix? Or will Fenix refuse to be a transitional champion?
Well as soon as Team Triple J is ringside, Fenix FLIES out onto them all! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Jarrett up to fire off shots! Fenix stalks Jarrett, CLUBS him, then fires more forearms! And CHOPS! Jarrett pokes Fenix in the eye! Jarrett whips Fenix into railing! And JAMS him with a chair! No rules since this ain’t a match yet, but Fenix CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverses but Fenix RANAS Jay Lethal into Satnam Singh! But Karen CLAWS Fenix’ back! Fenix grabs Karen, but Sonjay CLUBS Fenix! So Fenix SUPERKICKS Sonjay! Fenix puts Jarrett in the ring, the bell finally rings, and Fenix SMACXKS Jarrett to GAMANGIRI!
Fenix goes up and up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO! Jarrett is still in this but Fenix brings him around to fireman’s carry. But the back gives up! Jarrett CLUBS Fenix down, fans rally up for Fenix but Jarrett stomps him. Jarrett brings Fenix around to CLUB him again, and then CLUBS him again! Fenix leans against ropes but Jarrett CHOKES him! Jarrett runs, Karen CHOPS Fenix, and Jarrett hits the STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts while fans boo, and then Jarrett mocks Cero Miedo, and says ‘SUCK IT!” Jarrett runs, into a SOBAT! KICK! And FOREARM! Fenix runs in to JUMP SOBAT!
Fenix pushes Jarrett down, goes up, but Satnam distracts! Fenix avoids the big haymaker, but Jarrett kicks low to DDT! Fans boo while both men are down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix crawls to ropes, Jarrett pursues, but the ref has Jarrett back off. So Karen CHOKES Fenix more! Abrahantes shouts at Triple J but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett puts Fenix in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Fenix hits the mat. Jarrett struts some more, distracts the ref, and that allows Lethal to drag Fenix out for some stomps! Sonjay gest some shots in, too! Sonjay mocks #ANIMO, and Lethal keeps Abrahantes back! Jarrett soaks up the heat from Broomfield, Colorado before he goes out after Fenix. Jarrett whips Fenix hard into railing, and Fenix tumbles into the front row!
Abrahantes checks Fenix as he drags himself up, but Triple J chases him off! Abrahantes can’t do anything when it’s 4v1! Jarrett then drags Fenix up to suplex to the floor! Fenix writhes, the ring count is climbing, but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett talks trash, drags Fenix up, and puts Fenix in before ten. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts the fans, and then paces around Fenix. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Jarrett drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS first! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverse but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls, but Jarrett trips him up!
Fenix goes to the apron and Jarrett kicks him down. Triple J rallies behind their guy but he then sicks them after Fenix. The ref stops Karen right in her tracks! Aubrey ain’t having it no more, and fans love it! Fenix gets up on the apron, RAMS into Jarrett, then RAMSA him again! Fenix RAMS into Jarrett one more time, then hobbles his way to the corner. Fenix springboards and leaps, FLYING ARM-DRAG and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Fenix crawls to the cover, TWO! Jarrett is tougher than that but Fenix SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Fenix goes to the corner and drags himself up top!
Fenix aims, Lethal distracts, but he gets a PENALTY KICK for it! Sonjay tries now, and Jarrett LOW BLOWS! Fans boo but Jarrett cradles! TWO!! Triple J is furious but Jarrett whips. Fenix reverses, Jarrett lifts, Fenix slips out of the bomb! Jarrett kicks and wrenches, THE STROKE!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Fenix survives and the fans are loving this! Satnam gets on the apron, Jarrett sends Fenix his way, but Fenix dropkicks the legs out! Satnam falls but Jarrett gets Fenix’s legs! FIGURE- NO, Fenix cradles now! FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
Triple J tried all the tricks, but nothing could stop Fenix! But he only has a week to rest as we’re getting another title match next week! Will Fenix be facing Nick Jackson, Brian Cage or Claudio Castagnoli? We find out in a Triple Threat later tonight!
Adam Cole & MJF have another bro session.
Though with a bad foot, the Panama City Playboy joins Maxwell Jacob Friedman at the Long Island pierce to celebrate the win at Grand Slam. MJF sees Cole and tells him to hop onboard! Wait, MJF has a boat? Nah, this is his dad’s, but he doesn’t need to know. Uh, what? But anyway, they set sail, have some drinks and even go fishing. Cole thanks MJF for the invite. So beautiful out here. Yeah, it’s the greatest place on Earth. But uh, quick question. MJF is so glad Cole came out to help a brochacho out, and got hurt in the process, but… He was on the phone with Roddy a long time, huh?
Yeah, sorry, he was just worried about Roddy. Yeah, MJF gets it. Seems he was so worried, he couldn’t even be out there at the start of the match. Cole apologizes but Roddy is a brother to him. Yeah, yeah. MJF has Cole hold his beer so he can get some more. Cole hopes they can catch something today. Good beers, right? Yeah, delicious. MJF goes to the cooler, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring?! MJF puts it on his pinkie, but Cole asks if MJF brought him out here just to hit him with the diamond ring then dump his body in the ocean, did he? What? No that is the last thing he’d ever do! MJF is secretly taking the ring off behind his back.
Cole says they do need to talk. Part of a healthy friendship his having more than one friend. It is okay and normal and healthy. Cole knows friendship is new to MJF, but MJF needs to know, Cole still cares about him. Well, look, having more than one friend is not for MJF, but… If it is normal and is Cole’s deal, then he supports that. Cole appreciates that. Plus, MJF almost got caught the last time he threw someone overboard so that’s a relief. What? Whoa, wait, we got a bite! They work together and pull it in! It’s PAUL WIGHT!? He says he was just trying to go for a swim! Paul spits out the hook and joins the boys on the boat. Paul knows they’re Better Than You, Baybay, and that’s aight.
Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita returned to Japan.
The patriarch of the Don Callis Family and his “new son,” The Alpha, walked the streets of Tokyo as they responded to the Six Man Tag Challenge. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Chris Jericho want to make a match for WrestleDream, but they’re not even in Seattle. They’re in Japan to hunt down the Golden Star! And Don knows all the favorite places of the Golden Lovers, so Kenny better have a new third man in mind for WrestleDream after they take care of business! The DCF will be live and in person after the break, will they have succeeded in their mission?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She says to expound upon their actions this past week, please welcome Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita. The fans boo as dastardly Don and treacherous Takeshita make their way out during a recap package. Back in present, Renee gets to business. We all saw what happened between Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho at Grand Slam and the days after, so is it safe to say that Sammy is DCF? And sorry, but it is hard to hear over the chorus of boos. Callis says he has something to say. “I’m so happy that Sammy Guevara is FREE of the toxic influence of Chris Jericho, that I wanted to bring him out here myself! Ladies and gentlemen, the newest member of the Don Callis Family, SAMMY GUEVARA!”
The Spanish God, the REAL Judas of AEW, struts his way out like he did last Friday on Rampage. Fans boo him like they boo Callis and he joins the family. Sammy and Callis hug, and then even Konosuke hugs Sammy. Callis says, “You wanna know about Tokyo now?” Renee says yes, we just saw their video. What was the business there? Callis reminds us that Kota Ibushi is not safe! He and The Alpha went to Tokyo with a personal camera crew that caught it all! They were at Ibushi’s dojo in Gunma, Japan, and they barged right in! Ibushi wasn’t there, so they beat up on one of his students!
Ibushi showed up, took the fight to Konosuke, but checking on his student left him open to a SLEEPER! Ibushi fought free, gave some ground ‘n’ pound, but Callis SMACKED Ibushi with his umbrella! Big mistake, Don! Ibushi stormed up on Callis, Callis ran away, but Konosuke CLOBBERED Ibushi with a kettle bell weight! Callis then came back to stomp Ibushi, and then Konosuke CHOKED Ibushi with his jacket! Callis told Omega that this is his beating heart lying on the ground! No one is safe from the Don Callis Family!! Fans boo as Callis says his family has never been stronger! With Konosuke, Will “BAH GAWD” Ospreay and Sammy Guevara going to WrestleDream!
Fans boo as Sammy now speaks. Sammy is being painted as the bad guy, when in reality, he’s the HERO! Fans boo more but Sammy says Jericho is the real villain. Fans chant “F YOU, SAMMY!” but he just tunes that out to say Jericho, for four YEARS, held Sammy back! Sammy was champion without Jericho! He headlined PPVs without Jericho! And he was great all on his own. Every time Sammy started to fly, Jericho would clip Sammy’s wings and bring him down. Sammy thought that one day, Jericho would pass him the torch. But Jericho never was going to do that, and Callis is the one who showed Sammy that Jericho is selfish!
Sammy TOOK the torch, and now looks to become the star he was born to be! Fans boo more but Callis says at WrestleDream, they take everything from Ibushi, Jericho and Omega, “until there’s nothing left but the tears!” Konosuke adds as much in Japanese, will the Don Callis Family truly destroy three of the greatest of all time?
AEW shares footage from after Collision.
Last Saturday, after losing to Bryan Danielson again, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey were backstage, and Starks says that he survived again! He didn’t lose, he survived, period! Bryan Danielson has not tapped him out, and he never pinned him. The rankings is still Starks above Bryan! But then Wheeler Yuta walks over. Easy, man, he comes in peace. Yeah, Starks survived. And Yuta is man enough to admit he was wrong for what he did. He put his hands on Starks when the fight was over, and Starks was just trying to show Bryan respect. Starks tells Yuta that the next time Yuta puts his hands on Starks, Starks makes sure Yuta doesn’t walk away on his own accord!
Yuta says he’s trying to be the bigger man but it seems Starks doesn’t wanna hear it, so here’s how Yuta really feels. Starks is an entitled prick, all style and no substance, and all he does is whine, complain and moan! Starks couldn’t get up after everything Bryan put him through but guess what? Yuta gets up every damn day! The Blackpool Combat Club beats his ass, puts him down, and he just gets back up because that makes him stronger. And Starks doesn’t have the balls for that! But if he disagrees, let’s find out at WrestleDream. Starks smirks and walks off. Yeah, walk away. But it is now official! Absolute VS Decoder, who proves they’re tough enough?
AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli!
WrestleDream on Sunday, and the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of Dynamite next Wednesday, things are looking up for AEW! As such, one of these three men will challenge Rey Fenix for his title live on Dynamite next week! Who grabs themselves a golden ticket to #ANIMO?
The bell rings and Cage rushes Nick! Nick dodges but then Cage blocks the superkick to CHOP! Cage drags Nick up to trophy lift, and then TOSS him to the floor! Fans fire up as now Machine and Swiss Superman meet! First time anywhere, and the two tie up for a test of strength! They’re shoulder to shoulder, and Cage powers up to bend Claudio back! But Claudio powers up to push Cage! Cage kicks, SOBATS, and suplexes, but Claudio counters to suplex Cage! But Cage is right up! Cage suplexes, and he SLAMS Claudio! But Claudio is up, to UPPERCUT! Cage snarls, LARIATS, but Claudio stays up to UPPERCUT!
Cage LARIATS, Claudio UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS, and runs at Nick. Nick RAMS into Claudio, slingshots up and over to CHOP Cage! SOBAT for Claudio! LUCHA LIBRE~ as Nick FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Nick goes up and up and TOPE CONJILO! “How about that?” Nick puts Cage in, goes up and in but Cage SPLASHES first! Cage hoists Nick up but Nick slips under to kick a leg out! Cage is stuck, Claudio puts Nick on the apron but Nick GAMANGIRIS! Nick slingshots to STOMP Claudio and DRAPING BACKSTABBER Cage! Fans are thunderous with Nick but Claudio BOOTS him down! Now fans fire up with Claudio!
Dynamite goes picture in picture as Claudio stalks Nick. Claudio scoops Nick to a trophy lift of his own, to DROP Nick behind him! Claudio flexes, covers, TWO! Claudio keeps cool, looms over Nick and brings him up to ROCK with a forearm! Nick goes to a corner, Claudio fires more shots, but Nick hits back! Nick backs Claudio down with haymakers, whips him to ropes, but Claudio reverses to LARIAT! Claudio then goes out to whip Cage, only for Cage to reverse! Claudio hits railing and gets stuck in the front row! Cage goes after Nick in the ring and fires forearms. Cage RAMS into Nick in the corner, then CHOPS him!
Cage talks some trash, runs back in, but into a BOOT! Then into more BOOTS! Nick goes up but Claudio SHOVES him, into a suplex from Cage! JACKHAMMER! Cover, but Claudio stomps it apart! Claudio drags Cage up, fires a forearm, and then has him in a corner. Claudio brings Cage out but Cage puts Claudio up top! Cage ROCKS Claudio, climbs up after him, and the two fire forearms back and forth! Claudio fires a flurry, and then HEADBUTTS Cage down! Nick springboards to CROSSBODY! Then Claudio CROSSBODIES Nick! Cover, TWO!! Claudio reels Nick in, but Cage CLOBBERS Claudio first!
Cage drags Claudio up, whips but Claudio reveres to knee low, and GUT WRENCH SUPELX! Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage flounders to a corner. Fans fire up with Claudio and he runs in, but Cage moves! Cage UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick is back and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Claudio! Then Nick RAMS into Cage, slingshots to FACEBUSTER, then he CARTWHEEL MOONSAULTS, but Claudio catches it! Only for Nick to TORNADO DDT it!!
Fans are thunderous as Nick goes up top, and Nana freaks out as Nick hits a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Nana is relieved. Nick stands, but Claudio drags him out to RAM him into steel steps! Claudio hurries in after Cage, and fans fire up as they wanna see it! Claudio says okay, here comes the SWING!! Cage endures as he goes around and around, and the fans count to TEN! Claudio then covers, but Nick breaks it! Nick runs at Claudio but is put on ropes! Only to body scissor throw Claudio out! Nick goes up, he leaps and CROSSBODIES, but Cage catches him! F10!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Cage is furious! Cage storms up, Claudio RAMS into him, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Cage goes up, and he deadlifts Claudio for the SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio barely survives and Nana is beside himself! Cage slashes his throat, he wants to end this! Cage hauls Claudio up, Alabama Lifts, but Nick SUPERKICKS! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio sunset flips, but Nick ghost pins! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage, but Cage rebounds! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Nick gets Cage again, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cage in the corner! Nick SUPERKICKS again! UPPERCUT! SUPERKICK TO CLAUDIO!
Nick runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cage swings but Cage blocks to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives, but now Claudio has the clinch! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Claudio drags Cage up, reel shim in and tucks the arms, RICOLA~ BOMB!! But then Nick FLYING RANAS Claudio away! Cover on Cage, NICK WINS!!
Winner: Nick Jackson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW International Championship)
Nick snatches this one away from Cage and Claudio, and would you look at that? Fenix VS Nick one more time around! Will Nick prove he is the better younger brother? Or will Fenix make sure The Buck stops here?
The Righteous speak.
Dutch addresses, “Mr. MJF… Mr. Cole… We have one question to ask you two: Do you ache for a feeling that you fake to feel?” Vincent says, “Boys, just like everyday society, all the fake people of the world are bonded by materialistic thinks. Just like the two of you! But soon, that’s gonna change.” “Karma has no deadline, gentlemen.” “And for us, we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s easier to forgive your enemy than it is to forgive fake friends. Dig what I’m saying, man?” Will the brochachos see what they mean soon enough?
MJF & Adam Cole are here!
Broomfield fires up as the ROH World Tag Team Champions head to the ring, Cole with his foot wrapped in a cast and using crutches to get along behind the AEW World Champion. Will Cole even be able to compete this Sunday? The brochachos still get in the ring, and MJF has a chair for Cole to take a seat. And even then, they still do the “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” together. MJF gets the mics and has the music cut. MJF hears the cheers, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Devil has arrived in Colorado!” And Cole, talk to ’em! “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole, Baybay?” Fans cheer that!
Cole says this is going to be a sad chapter. Because last week, Cole got hurt, and hurt real bad. His ankle exploded, broke in three different places, and tore ligaments. He did everything he could but now he has to get surgery. There is nothing more soul crushing than hearing this, but Cole promises us that he will do everything in his power to get back as soon as humanly possible. Fans cheer that, but Cole wants us to know, that he and MJF are the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Because they can’t defend these titles now, they must now relinquish- WHOA WHOA WHOA! MJF wants brocacho Cole to hold on there.
Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and MJF tells Cole, “I know you didn’t have my fine kosher ass wrestle twice in one night to win these belts, to relinquish them to those freaky deeky douchebags, the Righteous.” MJF asks Colorado if they wanna see them just relinquish these titles. “NO!” Yeah, he thought so. MJF can’t believe he’s gonna say this, but let’s keep it real. Cole wouldn’t be hurt right now if not for him. Cole doesn’t want MJF blaming himself but MJF says no, he needed help with Samoa Joe, that is true. MJF will take that. However, he also knows how much these tag titles mean to Cole.
And MJF wants to make sure when Cole comes back, which he will 110% because he’s one of the best of all time, these will be waiting for him. MJF tells The Righteous that on October 1st, The Devil of AEW slides into Seattle, and will defend these tag titles in a HANDICAP MATCH, and will WIN, because they’re Better Than You, BAYBAY! Fans love that, but wait. Here comes Roderick Strong shouting for “ADAM~! ADAM~!” Fans echo it in mocking tones, as The Kingdom wheel Roddy out on a wheelchair. Roddy tells Cole that he needs him more than ever now. This is an emergency! Fans boo as they don’t believe the timing.
MJF says hold on, everybody, listen. As much as he thinks Roddy is nothing but a simp, which the fans echo, MJF learned a lesson on that boat. Roddy is Cole’s boy. And MJF may not like it but he respects it. So Cole, you go do what you gotta do. Just know MJF will be here when he comes back. Fans cheer that and Cole stands up. Cole and MJF look each other eye to eye, and then hug! Fans cheer again, Roddy says hurry up already. Cole hops out of the ring and says he’s coming, just calm down. Fans chant, “HE’S OUR SCUMBAG!” As The Kingdom and #HotRoddy head out. MJF gets the fans to cheer Cole again before he reaches the back.
MJF says he isn’t a fan of- Bullet Club Gold?! Jay White, Juice Robinson & The Gunns strut their way out, #Cardblade included, and then White tells his boys he can handle this on his own. Juice & The Gunns return to the back, and White continues to the ring. Fans chant “TOO SWEET! WOOP WOOP!” but then come back with “M J F! M J F!” MJF starts to talk but White tells him to shut up! Fans boo the attitude but White says they can shut up, too. White says we’ve all heard MJF’s voice enough tonight, time to hear White’s sweet and exotic accent for a change. Fans boo, and MJF is perplexed.
White says don’t worry, he knows coming out with the Bang Bang Gang, 5v1, it had MJF shook. Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, Austin. And Cardblade, too! But it is okay, this is one on one time to revel in the moment. MJF tells White he must be smoking some strong Colorado grass. Fans chant for “WEED! WEED! WEED!” MJF says he is gonna yank it out, watch! White, that mid mic work ain’t gonna work on MJF. When you come for the king, you best not miss, and that first shot was a little bit hairy. Almost as hairy as that pubic hair stuck on White’s chin he passes for a goatee!
Fans chant “PUBIC HAIR! PUBIC HAIR!” Another first here… But MJF says in his career, he’s been compared to a lot of people. The sentiment was always the same: “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no blank.” And as the star rose, the names got bigger and bigger. It never bothered MJF, until he read, “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no Jay White.” White says that’s true, though. Fans call BS. But MJF says he didn’t get why it upset him, until now, standing eye to eye with White, in front of all MJF’s beautiful poors. Fans cheer the “compliment.” MJF says it is very apparent now. The people know better than anyone that MJF is like filet mignon.
And the thing about filet is that it is a thing unto itself. You can have other things on a plate with it, but it is all about the filet. Much like when MJF is in this ring, the show is all about MJF. Because NOBODY is on the level of The Devil. He is a generational talent, babe! Fans cheer that! And then there’s White. He is very talented, don’t get MJF wrong. However, even the smartest of fans have been confused into thinking these two are equal. That White is a filet when in reality, he’s just tofu. Fans boo tofu, then chant “TOFU! TOFU!” at White. The funny thing about tofu is that it takes on the flavor of whatever you want, BUT you need to add something to it to trick yourself into believing it has flavor.
And Jay White, you have been given everything. All the finest spices, herbs, and so on! The entrance, the nickname, the music, the shirts, the opportunities. White was handed the keys to one of the greatest wrestling factions of all time, the Bullet Club. White shows off the jacket. However… if you take that all away, we are left with nothing but boring, bland, tasteless TOFU. And now here White is, trying to hop onto MJF’s plate and steal some of his flavor! MJF doesn’t even mind because he sees through him. White is all hype. White is nothing more than a smartly produced, mass marketed vision of what someone in Japan thinks was a top guy!
So allow MJF to give you some advice from a REAL top guy! If MJF were White, he’d just leave the ring and would stop talking smack to MJF’s poors! Cuz if White doesn’t, for the rest of his career, whenever their names are mentioned in the same sentence, it will read as follows: “Sure, Jay White is good, but he’s no Maxwell Jacob Friedman.” Because he’s better than you, and you know it! Fans cheer and MJF soaks it all in. White shakes that off and then gives MJF his applause. Yes, thank you, this is what White wanted! His very own, personalized, MJF experience! But to be honest, White’s a little let down.
Fans bring back “TOFU! TOFU!” but White shrugs that off. He says something is off about MJF. Personally, is it the injuries? Or maybe it’s the distraction that is his bromance with Adam Cole BAYBAY! See, when they scream Cole’s name, people do that, they go “BAYBAY!” White bets MJF wishes they’d do something like that for him. But White doesn’t think the fans love MJF like they do Cole. The fans boo and MJF smirks. White tells the fans remember, when he’s talking, they hush. But this whole situation, if you think about it, is kinda White’s fault. See, if White didn’t put Cole’s career on halt at Forbidden Door 1, maybe this friendship doesn’t develop as Cole makes his way back.
Then they don’t tag together, they don’t become ROH World Tag Team Champs together, they don’t Wembley main event together, Cole doesn’t try to break MJF’s neck at Wembley… But hey! You got him back cuz now Cole’s ankle is busted and that is MJF’s fault! Fans boo but White says MJF’s neck really isn’t feeling good after Samoa Joe last week. So yeah, White’s been ruining MJF’s life from afar. But it’s okay, he’s here, up close and personal, to ruin it in the flesh! Fans boo more but White tells MJF that MJF says he’s the devil? Nobody is on the level of the devil? Well, Mr. Devil, find a new level that does not exist, in order to stop White from taking the AEW World title!
Yeah, he is taking the thing that matters most! Funny how the All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion isn’t so elite when compared to Switchblade Jay White, the #1 asset in all of pro-wrestling! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla! The man who singlehandedly sold out Madison Square Garden AND the United Center! White is King Switch, baby! The ONLY Grand Slam Champion that matters! And he is high rolling in Denver! The Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling!! And HE, NOT MJF, will be a truly elite champion when he peels that off MJF’s carcass! MJF can go sulk and sob with all his poors! He’s just like them, he’s their scumbag!
Fans boo and tell White to STFU, but White says yeah, yeah, yeah. Don’t worry, Max, he will have them and they will have him while White has the Triple B, BAYBAY! And you can ALL breath with the Switchblade, the new and true AEW World Heavyweight Champion! It is STILL his era! This is the Switchblade Era because MJF’s soft, and he knows it! MJF tells White he doesn’t have a damn clue what MJF’s capable of, so how about he shows you!? MJF throws off the scarf and belt and even his shirt! Fans fire up as White throws his jacket off, but then White bails out! Fans boo but MJF tells him that if he wants the title, he ain’t getting it!
When and where will these two young and violent stars have it out for the top prize in AEW?
Jim Ross has a sit-down interview with Darby Allin and Christian Cage.
Good ol’ JR makes one thing perfectly clear: it is a smart move for AEW to guarantee there is no physicality here. The match on Sunday is too important for the company, for both men’s careers, because we expect a classic. Times are changing, look who the recognized champion is now. No controversy on Captain Charisma’s claims to be TNT Champion, what are his thoughts on that? Christian isn’t sure what JR means. He’s been champion for months now. And he just proved he is far superior every single way on Collision when he “retained” his title in a Triple Threat.
Then JR has a question that’ll piss Christian off. Christian’s lost to Darby twice. What makes Christian think he can win two outta three falls at WrestleDream? First, those were flukes, and all non-title. Christian will walk out of Darby’s hometown as the TNT Champion. Christian knows in his heart that Darby is nowhere near the man or the wrestler Christian is. Darby relies on his stupid skateboard and other little tricks, and throws his whole body around, tables, ladders and chairs. Christian wanted the two outta three so that we can see what happens when Darby actually has to wrestle. Christian vows that Darby will be exposed in his hometown, in front of his family and friends, and he hopes Darby will be ready to live with that for the rest of his life.
Now speaking of being prepared, is Darby’s uncle going to be there? Oh, right, no, his uncle… Sounded like a great guy, taking his little nephew out for a drunken joyride. And what happened? Darby says he’s dead! Is that what Christian wants to say? Everyone Christian talks trash on is dead! What is Christian after? That doesn’t define who Darby is today! You think Darby’s afraid of dying? You think he’s afraid of losing? Newsflash, he won’t lose! Christian cannot beat Darby in Seattle! Darby’s won the TNT title there once and he’ll do it there again! So then, if he’s so confident, Christian says bring everyone. Mom, dad, brother, hell! Bring Nick Wayne and his mom!
Actually, yeah, do that, Christian can call her to make sure. But bring everyone. Bring Buddy- OH, right, he’s dead. Darby says Christian wants Nick to be there so he can take advantage of him again! That’s the only reason Luchasaurus won at All Out! And Darby will make sure Nick doesn’t show up ringside, and if Christian has the BALLS, he’d do this without Luchasaurus at ringside! Only if Christian does, though. Christian explains: You think Darby is helping Nick? Darby’s not the mentor that kid needs. He needs a champion, a real man! Someone who doesn’t paint his face to hide his identity!
Darby gets restless in his seat and Christian dares him to hit him! Darby instead gets a water bottle and says he isn’t hiding. Darby washes the paint away and asks if Christian thinks he’s hiding! Christian says he does! And Christian also says he does not need Luchasaurus. WrestleDream, October 1st, in Seattle, TNT Championship, best two outta three, Christian proves he has and always will be the Face of TNT, so get used to it!! Darby stands up and storms off, will he prove the only one hiding is the guy in the turtleneck?
Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn!
Ahead of a HUGE Fatal 4 Way Tag to determine new #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, one man from each team faces off, no teammates allowed ringside! Rey Fenix is still International Champion, Nick Jackson is headed for a title match with him next week, with one of their brothers move the team into pole position? Will Freshly Squeezed serve up some Orange Punch? Or will Bullet Club Gold’s… uh, Austin hit a bull’s eye before WrestleDream?
The bell rings and Austin talks trash while holding up the gun finger. He rushes Cassidy but Cassidy tosses him out! Austin drags Cassidy out to join him and sends him into railing! But then Austin sees Penta there and backs off. Matt rolls Penta up, TWO! Matt arm-drags, wheelbarrows and arm-drags again! Matt fakes Penta out to DDT! But Austin rolls Matt up! TWO, and Matt TOSSES Austin! Cassidy returns, Matt hurdles, things speed up and Cassidy ARM-DRAGS Matt! Fans fire up as off comes the elbow- NO, Austin rolls Cassidy up! TWO, and Austin runs in at the corner, only for Cassidy to TOSS him out!
Penta returns but Cassidy ELBOWS him back! Penta wobbles, then he swaggers! Fans fire up and Penta rolls back to RANA, and then LEG DROP! Cassidy stagger sup into a DROPKICK! Cassidy falls out of the ring, fans fire up but Austin cuts Penta off. The two stare down, but then the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOY~!” Austin and Penta circle, Austin mocking Penta’s swagger. Austin says “Listen! GUNS UP!” Penta says hold on, and off comes the glove! Perfect pass and catch to Abrahantes, and then “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Austin but Austin reloads to say “GUNS! UP!” Fans boo but Penta resets, but Austin dodges the chop!
Austin CHOPS, he talks trash, but Penta CHOPS him down! Fans fire up as Austin bails out, “CERO!” NO, Matt is back! Penta dodges to SUPERKICK! Cassidy is back, he stops the Cero Miedo to say hands up, into pockets! But Penta SUPERKICKS him down! “CERO! MIEDO!” But then Austin CLOBBERS Penta! Austin CLOBBERS Matt, too! Then he dodges the Orange Punch to JAB! JAB! JAB! Austin does a little dance, to then DECK Cassidy! Austin soaks up the heat, covers, TWO! Austin fumes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin hears the fans taunting him, then he goes up the corner to taunt them back. Austin brings Cassidy around, stomps him, then talks a bit more trash. Austin paces around, DECKS Penta off the apron, then brings Cassidy up again. Austin bumps Cassidy off buckles, brings him out, and reels him in to suplex. Cassidy blocks, Austin keeps trying, but Cassidy suplexes Austin! Matt runs in to kick and snap suplex Cassidy! Penta runs in to kick and snap suplex Matt! Austin snap suplexes Penta! Cassidy snap suplexes Austin! Matt snap suplexes Cassidy! Penta snap suplexes Matt! Austin goes after Penta, but Penta snap suplexes Austin!
Fans fire up as Cassidy runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Matt runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Fans are thunderous as Penta comes out with the Three Amigos and “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs in at the corner but Cassidy ELBOWS him again! Cassidy goes up, Penta superkicks the legs out! Cassidy is stuck, Penta goes up, but Austin drags Cassidy out of the corner to ROCK Penta! Austin climbs up to fire hands but Penta hits back! They brawl, and Penta HEADBUTTS Austin down! Matt goes up to BLAST Penta off the corner! Matt then goes up, but Austin CLUBS him on the back!
Austin climbs up behind Matt, brings him up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt throws headlock punches on Austin, ELBOWS him down, then adjusts. Fans fire up and Matt CROSSBODIES Penta on the outside! Cassidy goes up to aim at Austin but Austin is up first! Austin CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy throws hands back! Austin falls down again, and Cassidy adjusts, to TRUST FALL onto Penta & Matt! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy goes up, but Austin gets under the leap! Things speed up, Austin turns hip toss into QUICK DRAW! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Austin fumes.
Abrahantes rallies the fans while Austin drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Austin calls out The Game, underhooks the arms, but Cassidy back drops him away! Penta runs in to DESTROYER on Cassidy! Austin staggers up, reels Penta in, but Penta back drops him. Matt hits a DESTROYER on Penta! Austin runs up on Matt, but Matt back drops him away! Cassidy hits a DESTROYER on Matt!! Austin tries again, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Austin sunset flips it, TWO! Cassidy reels Austin in, to hit a DESTROYER!! The fans are thunderous as all four men stagger and wobble! Then they all fall over!
A standing count begins as fans chant for “A E DUB!” All four are down at 4 of 10, but they stir and go to ropes. Every man has a corner, but Penta runs in at Matt. Matt dodges to CLUB Penta, cravat, and he SUPERKICKS Austin! Matt runs to kick off Cassidy to hit SLICED BREAD on Penta! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls but Matt makes it a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then the Polar Express begins! But Cassidy slips around but Matt switches. They go to ropes, Matt manages the O’Conner, but Penta AND Austin run in! Matt gets them both, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! TRIPLE COVER!! TWO!!! All three escape and fans are thunderous!
Matt feeds off the energy and he drags Penta up. Matt doesn’t have Nick but he still calls the shot! B T E- NO, Penta blocks! “CERO! MIEDO!” Kick and underhook, but Matt slips out to underhook. Penta slips out to ENZIGURI! Penta runs, dodges Austin, to SLINGBLADE! Penta kicks Matt low, reels him in, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES Penta down! Cassidy blocks Matt’s superkick to spin him, Alabama Lift him, and BEACH BREAK!! But Austin hits a FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!! Austin hurries to cover Matt, TWO!! Austin hurries to pin Penta, TWO!! Austin strikes out and is furious, but the fans rally up.
All four men rise, and Austin ROCKS Matt! ROCKS Cassidy! ROCKS Penta! “GUNS UP-” TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Cassidy! Penta SUPERKICKS Matt, but Matt SUPERKICKS Penta! They SUPERKICK each other! They DOUBLE LARIAT, DOUBLE LARIAT, and then run, but Austin trips Penta! Cassidy returns to ORANGE PUNCH Matt!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Freshly Squeezed finds the opening, and now he and the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil have the momentum! Will #OrangeHook grab themselves tag title tickets that are good for a title match at any time? Or will one of the three brother tag teams pull together and win big together?
Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale!
The Lady of the House is on an impressive win streak of 26-0, since losing to Kris Statlander. As such, she is after the TBS Championship this Sunday. Will she make the Babe with the Power just another example? Or will Willow prove why she’s the 2023 Queen of Harts?
It’s also of note that Willow still has bandages wrapped around her head, covering the eye Julia Hart hit with black mist while backstage at Rampage. Will having only one eye hold her back against such a sadistic opponent?
The bell rings fans rally up as Willow stares Julia down. They approach, Julia has a sinister smile, but Willow CLOBBERS her! And bumps her off buckles! Willow fires clotheslines in the corner, the ref backs her off, but then Willow storms back up on Julia. Willow fires more forearms, bumps her off buckles, and then stomps a mudhole into Julia! The ref counts, Willow lets off, and Julia jumps on! She claws at the bandages! Willow SLAMS Julia down, storms around, but Julia dodges to fire off more forearms! The ref counts, Julia whips but Willow handsprings through! Willow comes back to short arm LARIAT!
Willow hauls Julia up, CHOPS her in the corner, and then bumps Julia off buckles! Willow throws more clotheslines and CHOPS! Willow reels Julia in, snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Willow rains down fists while Brody coaches Julia to get up. Willow storms around, but Julia SLAPS Her! That only makes Willow grin! Willow scoops to SLAM! And then scoop to SLAM again! And then another scoop, but Julia fights free! Julia ducks ‘n’ dodges, bails out, and she hides under the ring! Willow storms out after her but Brody stands in the way. Julia sneaks out the other side, then runs up to CHOP BLOCK! Fans hoot and bark as Julia hits a BLINDSIDE LARIAT!
Julia grins as she CLUBS away, and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Julia drags Willow up and into the ring, storms in after her, and CLUBS away more! Julia makes us all look at the damaged eye before she CLUBS Willow again. The ref reprimands, Julia stalks Willow to ropes and CHOKES her! The ref counts again, Julia lets off, and she CLUBS Willow down. Julia digs her boots in, but Willow pushes her away. Julia CLUBS Willow, Willow hits back. They throw hands back and forth, and Julia stomps Willow around. Julia brings Willow up but Willow throws body shots! Willow fireman’s carries, but Julia CXLAWS at Willow’s face! Julia drags Willow down while the ref reprimands!
Julia puts Willow on ropes and CHOKES her! The ref reprimands and counts, Julia lets off at 4, and then stalks Willow as she rises. Julia SLAPS Willow, has her in a corner, and CHOPS her! And ROCKS her! Julia fires forearms, snapmares, then KICKS her in the back! And KICKS her in the side! Julia rains down forearms, then clamps on a chinlock. Willow endures as Julia leans on the hold. Willow fights up as fans rally, and Willow stands as Dynamite returns to single picture. Julia jumps on for a SLEEPER, but Willow pops her into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both women rise and fans rally behind Willow!
Willow runs corner to corner to BACK BODY BLOCK, then she snapmares Julia away, to BOOT her down! Willow then whips Julia to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Julia survives but Willow stays focused. Willow drags Julia up, reels her in, short arm LARIAT! And short arm- NO, Julia turns it into an STO! Julia then steps over, for the HARTLESS STRETCH!! Willow endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Julia is furious as she lets go, but then she watches Willow go to the corner. Julia runs in, handsprings, but into a POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! The straps come down, Willow is roaring, and she hauls Julia up!
Willow gut wrenches, scoops, and then RAMS Julia into a corner! Julia is put in the Tree of Woe, and Willow mocks the hooting and barking! Fans join in, Willow runs in, but Julia sits up and cannonball hits buckles! Julia adjusts, to MOONSAULT! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall
Julia angered Willow and took advantage of that rage! But she’s not done, either! HARTLESS STRETCH!! Willow endures, refuses to tap, but it doesn’t matter anyway because this match is over! But here comes Kris! The TBS Champion runs down and rushes Julia but Julia dodges and hides behind Brody! Julia has a sly little smile, but will nothing stop Mama Kris from grounding the brat? Or is the song right that the House Always Wins?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
As if this week wasn’t big enough, The Acclaimed’s Open Challenge for the Trios Championships has been answered! It will be the Hardy Party, Isiah Kassidy & The Hardy Boyz! Will the Scissoring World Tour be DELETED? Or will nothing stop Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn? Plus, Ruby Soho takes on Hikaru Shida for a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship for October 10th, the special edition Tuesday Night Dynamite! And though he is to defend both the ROH World and NJPW Strong Openweight titles against Katsuyori Shibata, Eddie Kingston defends the latter against Rocky Romero! Will Azucar look to change the Mad King’s plans?
Renee Paquette is back in the ring.
She is already with Swerve Strickland at the table for this contract signing, and says we are days away from WrestleDream, Swerve returning to his hometown to face this former AEW World Champion, Hangman Adam Page! The Anxious Millennial Cowboy makes his entrance and the fans fire up. And Renee makes sure everyone knows, no one else is allowed ringside, neither from The Mogul Embassy nor from The Elite. Security is here to ensure that, so let us make this 1v1 match official. Hangman is given the contract first, and he takes the pen but Swerve says before he signs, Swerve has to admit. He is impressed with the fire Hangman has shown lately.
Even at Grand Slam, Swerve didn’t think Hangman had it in him. But uh, a little too late for it, don’t you think? We’re just four days away from WrestleDream. Swerve says it is better to be prepared on the approach rather than the landing, but that’s just him. Does Hangman understand what he is walking into? This is Seattle, “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” That is a lion’s den! It’s the Twelfth Man, dammit! Unlike anything Hangman’s ever dealt with. And he doesn’t really understand. They are two competitors that couldn’t be more opposite. Swerve is nothing like Hangman. Hangman is not the wrestler Swerve is, and Swerve is NEVER going to be the wrestler Hangman is.
Cuz what’s a farm to a mogul? A cowboy to an outlaw? A Buckshot to a Killshot? Swerve puts down his mic and stares Hangman down but Hangman says Swerve is all fire dup. Good, he should be. A few weeks ago, Swerve said some things that in the moment, Hangman won’t lie, they stung. But now that he’s had time to think about them, he wants to thank Swerve for saying all that. Hangman hadn’t gotten new wrestling gear in over a year. He hadn’t had new shirts or merch, and that something was up with Hangman. Hangman knew it, too, deep down.
Because for a year and a half, every day that Hangman would come to work, he felt there was a little black cloud hanging over his head that he just couldn’t get rid of. And yeah, sure, the sun would shine sometimes. Hangman beat Moxley in a Texas Death Match! Hangman reunited with his friends in The Elite! And it felt like Hangman should’ve been the happiest man in the world, but every time he started to smile, that little cloud came back and started to rain. Hangman was annoyed, pissed off, because he knew he couldn’t do anything or say anything. He had this umbrella folded up at his side, and he knew that for as long as God let it rain on him, he didn’t dare open the umbrella.
“But that is over with. And I weathered the storm, I’m still here!” Fans cheer that, and Hangman says the thing that Swerve noticed and made Hangman see, is that in the downpour, it washed something out of Hangman. Call it determination, passion, hope, but it was gone. And now that Hangman has had time to think, to really reckon with it, he realizes that the people have always, and now more than ever, deserve more from Hangman! They deserve the best of Hangman! Fans cheer that, too! And Hangman deserves to do that for himself. So that is what Swerve will get in Seattle. He will get THE BEST of Hangman!
Fans fire up as Hangman signs his part. Swerve laughs as the fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” Swerve says that was beautiful stuff. But frankly, that was also the most pathetic thing he’s ever seen! More pathetic than Russell Wilson and the Broncos against the Dolphins. Fans boo but Swerve says him being from Seattle, he is happy to have gotten “that piece of trash” out and left him here in “this dumpster fire of Colorado.” But Swerve will level with Hangman. This isn’t personal. It could’ve been anybody, but it happened to be Hangman in the position Swerve wants. Yeah, it’s true. Swerve really just might have mental issues, like mental health problems, because he makes an enemy out of someone every single day.
And that is what drives him to get into the position Hangman has! Swerve will do that! He will take this spot from Hangman this Sunday at WrestleDream! Oh and by the way, it rains an awful lot in Seattle. Hangman says Swerve keeps on saying he wants Hangman’s spot, Hangman’s position, to be a main event player in AEW. That’s what he keeps saying, right? Swerve himself said that if he had Hangman’s opportunites, he would’ve been long ago the first Black AEW World Champion. And Swerve, maybe he would’ve, that is a hypothetical. But the only thing either man can do is to live in a way that the generations to come won’t have to ask the same questions.
They could go back and forth all day long about what opportunities were handed to him and what opportunities Hangman earned. But in the end, one thing we can all agree on is that for every opportunity Hangman ever had, he has knocked it out the park! Fans cheer that! Hangman tells Swerve that if he wants this spot, damn right he should want it! But if he wants to say he has what it takes to fill Hangman’s boots, he does NOT! Swerve SLAPS Hangman, then signs his part. Renee backs away, as Hangman STABS Swerve’s hand with the other pen!! Security rushes in to pull these two apart before it gets worse!
Fans fire up as both men want to tear each other apart! They only have to wait four more days, will they be willing to wait until WrestleDream?
Wait, what’s going on backstage?!
Four men in completely black suits and masks are beating up on someone! They drag this person up, and TOSS him into the wall!! Wait, is that JAY WHITE?! Who just jumped King Switch and why? The camera pans over, and it’s MJF’s devil mask! Is MJF bringing out that dark side again? Is that even MJF under the mask?
A great Dynamite to start another go-home week. They hadn’t advertised much in the way of matches, so we got some great stuff essentially outta nowhere. Fenix VS Jeff Jarrett was a really good opener, with of course that circus of sidekicks doing what they can to help Jarrett, but of course Fenix retains. Fenix’s leg seemed to be actually banged up after that suplex over the barriers, so hopefully he’ll be okay given the recent handful of injuries. And awesome Triple Threat of Nick Jackson VS Cage VS Claudio to set up a title match for next Dynamite, and what a great move to make it a rematch of Fenix VS Nick. That was a huge hit when Dynamite first got going, so it’ll be great to see them go another round for the Dynamite anniversary.
Awesome Fatal 4 to hype up the Fatal 4 Tag we’re getting at WrestleDream. Cassidy winning makes me think #OrangeHook is out of the running, but then it feels like The Bucks are getting the title shot. That’s a lot given they’re now ROH World Six Man champs. At the same time, the Bucks VS FTR is always a good match. And Willow VS Julia was a great match, especially as it ended up the main event match. But I got to thinking, while Julia has been working hard a long time, but like, what happened to Willow getting to do stuff after winning the Owen Hart Cup? Why didn’t they think to raise the stakes, have Willow win here and then we get a Triple Threat at WrestleDream? If you’re going to do so few women’s matches, have more women in the matches.
Great promos all over to hype things for WrestleDream, though. A little redundant to show Don Callis & Konosuke in Tokyo, have them walk out live, and then cue up the rest of that Tokyo trip, but the point got across that neither Omega, Jericho or Ibushi is going into the Six Man Tag grudge match at 100%. As such, this has to be where Omega, Jericho & Ibushi get a win to make up for the losses at All In and All Out, as well as the betrayal of Sammy on Jericho. And nice post-Collision promo from Starks and Yuta to set up a match for WrestleDream. And given Starks has lost twice to Bryan, he has to win against Yuta here.
Great sit-down interview promo from Christian and Darby, and it seems Christian is just going to bring up anyone’s dead relatives to get heat. I like that Darby has dared Christian to leave Luchasaurus behind so they can truly be 1v1 for their two outta three, but I’m sure something still happens where Luchasaurus shows up and costs Christian in the end. At least, I’m sure hoping that happens. And a great promo for the contract signing with Swerve and Hangman. They could really steal the show since the fans will already be fired up for hometown hero Swerve, and at this point, it feels like Swerve could win.
But the newest vignette from The Righteous wasn’t that different from their previous. However, it was a good segue into the promo we got from MJF and Adam Cole. Another hilarious brochacho vignette, but a damn shame Cole’s foot injury is really that bad. I really hope Cole comes back quickly, it still feels like he just got back from the concussion. Hilarious stuff with Roddy, still in a hospital gown, wheeling in to shout at Adam. I like that MJF is learning to let friends have other friends, that is character growth. And MJF wanting to face The Righteous all alone, that is also some growth, where he is getting the guts to be the Face that takes on all comers.
And then, great promo from MJF and Jay White, setting up a title feud outta nowhere, but probably to make up for Cole being out of action. And what a wild closing scene where Devil MJF has henchmen again. Though, I wonder what’s really going on here. We saw The Kingdom & Roddy leave, Cole trailing behind. How do we know this is Roddy, The Kingdom and a couple others being given an opportunity all framing MJF to turn Cole against him? Either way, there’s some great intrigue thrown back into this story, I like it.
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
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