How does Moxley fair going into Fyter Fest?
With Taz constantly on his case and Brian Cage decimating him in the AEW parking lot, will Jon Moxley prove he isn’t afraid of The Machine?
- Lumberjack Match: Luchasaurus VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Red Velvet; Shida wins.
- Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana VS Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss; Brodie & Cabana win.
- FTR VS SoCal Uncensored; FTR wins.
- Brian Cage VS Jon Cruz; Cage wins.
- Santana w/ Ortiz VS Matt Hardy; Hardy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lumberjack Match: Luchasaurus VS Wardlow!
That’s right, Dynamite has its first ever Lumberjack match! Best Friends dressed for the occasion, but they’re the only ones. All the excitement around the ring aside, will MJF’s muscle continue on the warpath against the locomotive of Jurassic Express? Or will Wardlow be the one derailed off his win streak tonight?
The bell rings and the two behemoths collide! Neither falls so they throw fast hands! Wardlow knees and punches, talks trash to the lumberjacks on Luchasaurus’ side, but walks into a back elbow! Luchasaurus kicks, kicks and kicks! Luchasaurus runs but into a LARIAT! Wardlow snaps the straps and grins as Luchasaurus bails out. Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt and the lumberjacks on their side help Luchasaurus up, but Wardlow goes out to back them off. Wardlow pushes JB aside and puts Luchasaurus back in the ring. Stunt wants at Wardlow but JB holds him back. Wardlow returns to the ring and rams into Luchasaurus!
Wardlow throws hands, whips Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus reverses. Wardlow goes up and over and rolls, to RAM back in! MJF talks trash as Wardlow throws European Uppercuts. Wardlow dumps Luchasaurus out to enemy territory, and everyone but MJF throws a punch and a stomp! But Luchasaurus explodes out and glares at everyone. Wardlow heads over but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Luchasaurus climbs up to the apron but MJF swipes at him! Wardlow shoulders into Luchasaurus then brings him in with a suplex TOSS! Wardlow drags Luchasaurus back up, for another TOSS! The crowd and lumberjacks all rally, Wardlow drags Luchasaurus up, but Luchasaurus escapes the suplex to throw hands! Luchasaurus kicks, Wardlow blocks and EXPLODERS!
MJF can be heard talking more smack as Wardlow rains down rights on Luchasaurus. The ref backs Wardlow up but Wardlow glares at him now. The ref backs off as Wardlow goes back to Luchasaurus. Wardlow grinds his fingers into Luchasaurus’ mask, but the ref pulls him off again. Wardlow glares, then turns into Luchasaurus CHOPS! Luchasaurus whips corner to corner, Wardlow reverses, but Luchasaurus LARIATS back! Back kick, front kick and QUESTION MARK! Leg sweep and Penalty Kick! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps his cool while MJF freaks out.
The crowd rallies up, Luchasaurus choke grips Wardlow, but Wardlow powers it off! So Luchasaurus CHOPS! Wardlow just roars and flexes, but Luchasaurus BOOTS him back! Luchasaurus runs in, Wardlow puts him on the apron, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS! Wardlow wobbles into the choke grip, and Luchasaurus climbs up! He has the lumberjacks clear out as he brings Wardlow up! Wardlow goes after the horns and headbutts back! Wardlow climbs up to headbutt more, then brings Luchasaurus up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus lives and MJF is furious. “I pay you a LOT of money! Get on him!”
Wardlow and Luchasaurus both sit up slowly, and now it’s a brawl! Haymaker for haymaker flies in the ring, Wardlow rebounds but Luchasaurus catches him to KNEE and BOOT! But Wardlow huricanranas?! Luchasaurus gets up and Wardlow fireman’s carries, but Luchasaurus slips out. Luchasaurus shoves Wardlow, and gets him for a STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! These two men are truly not human! The crowd rallies up but Wardlow goes to the ramp. Luchasaurus pursues, brings Wardlow up, but Wardlow turns the scoop into a gut wrench and POWERSLAM! Wardlow gets up as JB checks on Luchasaurus. Wardlow throws JB onto the lumberjacks! MJF tells Kip Sabian and the others to go after JB, but here comes STUNT! Stun bowls into the pile and defends JB!
Wardlow turns around as Luchasaurus sits up! The two monsters brawl on the ramp while the other lumberjacks hurry to reinforce Stunt! Luchasaurus ROCKS Wardlow with an uppercut but Wardlow hits back. They brawl to the edge of the stage, Brandon Cutler tries to be a hero! But Wardlow TOSSES Cutler onto all the lumberjacks! Luchasaurus whips Wardlow but Wardlow whips Luchasaurus into railing! The ref tries to get this back in the ring, but Stunt hops onto Wardlow! Wardlow pries him off, to LAUNCH him onto the lumberjacks! But Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Wardlow and he falls onto the pile! Luchasaurus looks down at the crowd and decides to FLY! JURASSIC SHOOTING STAR!! The lumberjacks go down and the crowd is thunderous!
Jurassic Express regroups and gets Wardlow to ringside. MJF keeps his distance as Luchasaurus puts Wardlow in the ring. Wardlow flounders about and Luchasaurus waits for him to stand. TAIL WHIP AGAIN! Then a ROUNDHOUSE! Then the choke grip, to CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but MJF distracts the ref! JB SPEARS MJF out onto the lumberjacks! But Wardlow LOW BLOWS Luchasaurus! Fireman’s carry, F10!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Between hitting Luchasaurus in the “front tail” and MJF butting in, Wardlow found an easy way to win in this incredibly tough fight. But the fight continues as MJF goes after Stunt and Jungle Boy! They beat down Jurassic Express, but Luchasaurus comes back to even things. The lumberjacks return to break this up again, but that’s easier said than done! “This is Awesome!” and the night has only begun! Word comes down from Tony Khan that we have a tag team grudge match for Fyter Fest! Jurassic Express’ Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy VS MJF & Wardlow! Will the boy and his dinosaur finally shut Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s mouth?
AEW presents another Technique By Taz!
This week is who else? Brian Cage and his Drill Claw! Cage brings the perfect blend of size, speed, power, experience, athleticism and rage to his matches, and will bring that to Jon Moxley’s face at Fyter Fest. To observe, we relive Cage decimating Lee Johnson with the corner uppercut and enziguri into the German Suplex. The fast twitch muscle fibers are so powerful, which is why he has that first-step explosiveness. And of course, the Drill Claw uses the upper body strength to use a vertical suplex position, so that the blood rushes to the opponent’s head before being driven into the mat. “Mox, you are in grave danger when you defend your AEW world title at Fyter Fest against The Machine, Brian Cage.”
Britt Baker makes her presence known.
Firstly, she sends a note up to Tony Schiavone to know that the very forgiving role model is letting him out of “friendship timeout.” But she does want an explanation and a clinical diagnosis of why Luchasaurus’ tongue is green. Secondly, she has upped the security on her “Roles Royce” as there is Plexiglas around the truck bed she lounges in, and a security guard watching the cab. Will Britt stay safe from the wrath of Big Swole this week?
Hikaru Shida VS Red Velvet!
The Samurai of Stardom will defend her AEW Women’s World Championship against Penelope Ford as part of Fyter Fest’s opening night! As such, Penelope talks smack as Shida makes her entrance, so Shida gets in Penelope’s face. And then Penelope SLAPS Shida! The ref stops Shida from striking back and gets her to enter the ring instead. Will Shida be able to focus on her sinister sweet opponent with Superbad on her mind?
The bell rings, Velvet runs at Shida but Shida KNEES her down! Shida drags Velvet up into the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The fastest win in the AEW Women’s Division, and it’s only the beginning as Shida goes out to CLOBBER Penelope! Shida is after Ford and Kip gets in to break it up. Kip tells Shida to stay back, but Shida DECKS him to go after Ford again! Shida throws Ford into railing and throws more hands! Other wrestlers break this brawl up, but the fight is coming at Fyter Fest! Will Shida shut the Superbad Girl down? Or will it be a Superbad upset for the summer?
AEW shares footage from the Fyter Fest Press Conference.
As Cody Rhodes prepares to defend the TNT Championship against Jake Hager, the entire Nightmare Family is present with the American Nightmare on his side of the podium. But where is Hager? They start without him, and take a question from the media. They ask Arn Anderson if he is surprised by the Inner Circle’s current absence at this conference. Arn says “surprised” isn’t the right word. Hager came out, kept himself about 50 feet away, and challenged Cody with a lot of huffing and puffing. Arn has been around a long time, he isn’t a moron. He said it wasn’t Hager’s time. The timing was wrong because Hager is a big, tough badass.
But what you didn’t see was 30 seconds later, Cody had a vein sticking out of his neck, sweat on his forehead, face red as a beet. Cody looked Arn in the eye and asks, “You don’t think I can beat that son of a b*tch?” That vein got bigger, and Arn knew that Hager had accomplished what he wanted. He became a challenger for Cod. But is Hager so stupid to believe what Arn said about him? Does Hager have the credentials to be champion? Maybe. But not showing up, disrespecting the media and Cody, is only showing Arn that Hager is either doubting himself, or is just too stupid to put up a brave front. When this is all said and done, the champion will still be Cody.
Next question is for Cody. How does it feel to be the inaugural TNT Champion? “How does it feel? It feels like hope.” That yearning and desire for a positive expectation is what hope is. But hope is also last week, Arn choosing Ricky Starks, a kid from Louisiana, who with no exaggeration or hyperbole, had only $3 in his bank account before coming to Dynamite, and then left Dynamite with a job. Cody calls himself the American Nightmare, but he still believes in the American Dream. That’s what hope is. He doesn’t have the best reputation, can be a bit of a boy scout, and takes wrestling very seriously because wrestling fed him his entire life. Cody doesn’t like “meta” wrestling, “play wrestling,” cosplay wrestling, he likes professional wrestling.
Cody likes to fight, taste his own blood, and feeling of another man’s knee between his legs in the Figure Four. It’s an indulgence, but it pales in comparison to what the viewers are having at home. That is the service AEW provides, and the hope Cody is talking about. Another aspect of hope is the title being held up behind him. It’s not even complete yet, that’s public knowledge. This title is not in its final form, but it is the title that led us through the fog of the pandemic and kept the fans going. It is an imperfect yet beautiful situation.
Finally, the Hagers appear. Cody waits for Mr. & Mrs. Hager to walk up the steps and stand on stage with the Nightmare Family. “Are you ready?” Cody’s ready. Hager and Cody meet face to face with the belt held over them. The cameras take their pictures and get their shot as the two put their dukes up. Hager holds his fist near Cody’s cheek, but Cody slaps it away. Dustin gets riled up but Cody keeps him back. Cody says it’s fine. Hager leaves, but his wife splashes water in Cody’s face! Brandi gets riled up now, but Cody says it’s fine, the press conference is done. Will Cody put all of the hope, the inspiration, the grit and determination he has into the fight to take Hager down a peg?
AEW checks in with Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss.
Jersey’s Finest continue on their road trip together and take a pit stop. Kiss knows they call Janela “The Bad Boy” for a reason, but Janela isn’t sure if he’s still that guy. Kiss says it’s fine, everyone feels like this now and again. They switch places and Janela drives them to the gas station. Kiss fuels up the tank while Janela gets some snacks, as well as some new sunglasses. A group of strangers walk up and admire the car, and ask for a test drive. Kiss says no way, and that he doesn’t want trouble. Well he has trouble! Kiss fights them off while Janela loads up on Lunchables. Janela finishes checking out and sees the brawl going on! He hurries over, dodges two, and uses the snacks to smack them around! Kiss backs Janlea up, they work together to LOW BLOW and DECK the last thug. “I can get used to this.” “I can, too.” But will the joy ride come to a screeching halt in tonight’s tag match?
Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana VS Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss!
BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana is conflicted because of his sudden losing streak. The Dark Order has offered him a place in their ranks, and even made this tag match so that the Exalted One can be right by his side through it all. Will Cabana cave and #JoinDarkOrder?
The teams sort out and Mr. Brodie starts against Kiss. They tie up, Brodie pops Kiss up but Kiss flips off to kick. Brodie blocks and flips Kiss, but Kiss lands on his feet to dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor Brodie to a corner. Kiss handsprings corner to corner for the SLAP! Brodie DECKS Kiss for it! Brodie drags Kiss up to uppercut down, then brings Kiss up to whip. Kiss dodges, ducks and wheelbarrows, but the bulldog is denied with a toss! Janela tags in and runs in, but gets run over! Brodie tags Cabana in and gives him pointers. Cabana runs but Janela hurdles, drops down and runs him over with a back elbow! Janela drags Cabana up to wrench, tags in Kiss, and they double whip Cabana. Janela hits Brodie while Kiss lifts Cabana, Jersey Hart Attack!
Kiss turns Cabana over with the Half Crab, Janela drops the leg, brother! Kiss Last Chancery but Brodie BOOTS Janela down! Brodie drags Kiss up and throws him out to the apron. Kiss does the splits while the ref backs Brodie down, but the ref doesn’t see Numbers 3 and 4, aka Alex Reynolds and John Silver, attack Kiss! The enziguri rocks Kiss into Cabana’s BIONIC ELBOW! Cabana drop splashes for the cover, TWO! Cabana brings Kiss up and bumps him off buckles hard! Tag to Brodie and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brodie brings Kiss up to CHOP in the corner! Kiss falls over but Brodie brings him back up for an uppercut! Brodie grinds his boot into Kiss then tags in Cabana. Cabana brings Kiss up to club the arm, then stands between Kiss and Janela. Cabana elbows Kiss down again, then covers, TWO! Kiss sits up but Cabana clamps on with a keylock. Cabana turns that to a half straitjacket but Kiss fights his way up. Kiss elbows free, runs, susnet fips, but Cabana stays up! Cabana sits on the cover, TWO! Cabana BOOTS Kiss down hard, then tags in Brodie. Brodie runs and drops an elbow, then another! Cover, TWO!
Brodie sits Kiss up, runs and drops a forearm into Kiss’ back! Brodie brings Kiss up, suplexes and hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Cabana and Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana brings Kiss up and bumps him off Brodie’s boot! Tag to Brodie, but then Brodie tags Cabana back in as he brings Kiss up. Brodie drags Kiss around and has Cabana stomp him. But Brodie insists Cabana stomp more, so Cabana keeps going. Then Brodie sucker punches Janela! The ref keeps Janela back and Cabana stays between Kiss and Janela. Cabana CHOPS Kiss to a corner, then whips corner to corner. AEW returns to single picture as Cabana runs corner to corner, bit Kiss dodges!
Kiss spins to ROCK Cabana with the forearm! Hot tag to Janela and the crowd fires up! Janela climbs up and puts on the sunglasses for a flying crossbody! Janela gives double dirty birds to Brodie, dodges Cabana and hits a jawbreaker! Janela runs, into an elbow! Cabana runs, Janela fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Janela swings on Brodie, then coordinates with Kiss at a corner. They aim at Brodie and Cabana, for DOUBLE ASAI MOONSAULTS! Down go Brodie and Cabana! Kiss puts Cabana in the ring and Janela runs in to elbow Cabana! Janela sets Caban for Kiss’ handspring Axes ‘n’ O’s! Both go to the top rope, Janela splashes, Kiss 450’s!! Cover, but Brodie breaks it!
Brodie whips Janela, but Janela stops himself with the ropes. Brodie runs at Janela but Janela dumps him out! Kiss runs to handspring out, but Brodie pushes him back into the ring. Kiss wrecks Brodie with the dropkick, elbows Cabana away, then coordinates with Janela. Electric Chair as Kiss goes up top, but Cabana avoids Jersey Doomsday to a victory roll! TWO, but Kiss enziguris Brodie away! Kiss and Janela try again, but Cabana Bionic Elbows Janela away! Kiss enziguris Cabana and Janela SUPERKICKS him down! Kiss is up top again, but the Beaver Boys drag Cabana out! The crowd boos but Kiss adjusts to LEAP! Down go the Beaver Boys, but Brodie SUPERKICKS Kiss down! Janela DIVES at Brodie but is sent into barriers!!
Brodie puts Janela in, regroups with Cabana, DISCUS LARIAT! Brodie serves Janela up to Cabana for the cover, Cabana and Brodie win!
Winners: Colt Cabana & Brodie Lee, by pinfall
The Exalted One let Cabana get the pin as they both win! Will this convince Cabana and many more to #JoinDarkOrder?
As for Jersey’s Finest, LANCE ARCHER attacks!! He wanted after these two a couple weeks ago on AEW Dark, and now he gets them on Dynamite! Archer hip tosses Kiss hard, then rains down fists from all sides! Janela has a chair and he throws it at Archer! But it just bounces off him, and even lands sitting upright! Archer BOOTS Janela down! Jake the Snake pulls the Murderhawk Monster back because he’s done enough. These two are a waste of time, The Snake wants Archer going after someone better. But will Archer insist that #EverbodyDies?
FTR VS SoCal Uncensored!
A battle of acronyms as Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood take on SCU’s Addiction! Will FTR shoot up the ranks after defeating such an accomplished team? Or will Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian prove they’ve still got it?
The teams sort out and Cash starts with Kaz and the two circle. They tie up, Cash wrenches to a hammerlock but Kaz spins through to get a hammerlock of his own. Cash powers Kaz back, Dax tags in, but Kaz gets clear. FTR stands down and the crowd cheers. Dax and Kaz circle and tie up as the crowd rallies. Dax headlocks, shifts to a wristlock, then throws Kaz down for a leg drop on the arm. Dax has the short arm scissor and cranks on the elbow, then wrenches to tag in Cash. FTR mug Kaz then Cash wristlocks. Kaz gets to ropes, but Cash wrenches him down to a hammerlock. Cash drops a knee but Kaz gets the ropebreak. Cash holds on until 4 and lets Kaz up. FTR have a quick huddle before Cash and Kaz circle again.
Cash and Kaz tie up again, Cash goes after the arm and wrangles Kaz down with a knee to the elbow. Kaz rolls, uses the ropes to flip through, and wrenches to a whip. Cash reverses, Daniels tags in, things speed up and Daniels dropkicks Cash down! Daniels bumps Cash off buckles, CHOPS him, then brings him out. Cash CHOPS, Daniels knees low, and Daniels headbutts Cash down. Daniels whips Cash, Cash dodges, Dax saves him from the dropkick! Cash brings Daniels up, Daniels pushes him away and Daniels shoves Dax! Cash pushes Daniels and then Kaz comes out. The four start shoving all around and the ref can’t keep the peace! It’s a brawl between FTR and SCU! Daniels swings on Cash but Cash dodges to clothesline Daniels and himself out! Dax suplexes himself and Kaz out of the ring! All four men are down and out as AEW goes picture in picture!
Daniels and Cash flounder up to their feet first, and they continue brawling on that side of the ring. Daniels bumps Cash off the apron, then they go around to where Kaz and Dax are. Cash bumps Daniels off the apron, throws EuroUppers, and they go back around the way. Cash CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, Dash BITES Daniels’ eyebrow! Meanwhile, Kaz dodges and Dax gets POSTED! Daniels puts Cash in the ring but Cash whips him first. Things speed up and Cash clobbers Daniels with the elbow! Cover, ONE! Cash sees Dax is still down so he runs at Daniels, only to get a boot! Daniels brings Cash over and bumps him off SCU buckles. Daniels snapmares Cash down and tags in Kaz. Daniels slingshot elbow drops, Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz drags Cash up, tags in Daniels, and the two double wrench to bring Cash to his knees. Kaz kicks, Daniels clotheslines and Kaz drops a leg! Dax distracts, keeping the ref from counting Daniels’ cover right away, TWO! Daniels drags Cash up to bump off Kaz’s boots. The ref reprimands but Daniels clubs Cash down. Daniels brings Cash up for a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Daniels keeps on Cash as Dax looks ready to jump in. Daniels wraps Cash in a chinlock but Cash fights up. Daniels rams Cash into the corner, tags in Kaz, but Cash fights back. Cash leaps but Daniels catching him, keeping him from a tag! Daniels hits an atomic drop on Cash then hits Dax just because. Kaz slingshots to DDT Cash down! Cover, TWO!!
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz keeps between Cash and Dax. Kaz brings Cash up, scoops and slams, then springboards but misses the leg drop! Cash crawls but Kaz tags Daniels in first. The Fallen Angel swings on Dax, Dax dodges and Cash huricanranas! Tag to Dax! Dax rallies on Daniels with jab after jab then a right! Another right! One for Kaz! Dax snap suplexes Daniels, then snap suplexes Kaz onto Daniels! Dax clotheslines Kaz out of the ring, but Daniels gets him with an uppercut! Daniels whips, Dax reverses, and slingshot suplexes Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Dax is frustrated, but he paces around Daniels. Dax brings Daniels up, but Daniels resists the piledriver. Daniels back drops but Dax wants to sunset flip. Kaz grabs Daniels’ hands to save him, but Cash runs in to leap frog and attack Kaz!
Daniels runs into a waistlock but knocks into Cash. Dax O’Conner rolls, TWO and Dax DECKS Kaz! The ref is busy with Kaz and Daniels cradles Dax! But the ref doesn’t see it, and Cash turns it over into Dax’s favor! The ref counts, TWO!! Daniels kicks but Dax blocks to ROCK Daniels. Daniels comes back with the STO! Both men are down but the crowd is fired up! A standing count begins, both teams crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaz and Cash! The two throw fast hands, Cash ducks to CHOP back. Kaz CHOPS, Cash CHOPS, repeat! Cash swings, Kaz ducks, and Kaz mule kicks to knee and LARIAT! The crowd is fired up as Kaz brings Cash up.
Kaz clubs and suplexes, but Cash slips out to waistlock. Kaz elbows back, then runs, ducks, and slides off the back to BACKSTABBER! Kaz sends Cash at Daniels for the enziguri! Kaz gets Cash again, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and Kaz can’t believe it! Kaz drags Cash up and over to tag in Daniels. The Addiction drag Cash up, CELEBRITY REHAB, but Cash blocks the knees! Dax drags Kaz out while Cash gets the legs! Cash catapults Daniels into buckles! Dax tags in, goes up top, Cash cradles Daniels for the LEG DROP SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Fallen Angel survives the “Veg-o-matic,” and “This is Awesome!”
Dax looms over Daniels and brings him up to the top rope. Dax CHOPS Daniels, climbs up top, and Cash climbs up the other corner. SUPERPLEX, but Daniels turns it into an inverted DDT! Kaz trips Cash and Daniels covers, TWO!! Daniels tags Kaz and SCU double whip Dax. Dax kicks Daniels away, dodges Kaz, but runs into the hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! SCU can’t believe it, but they just tag again. Daniels brings Dax up into the underhooks, ANGEL’S WINGS! Cover, but Cash breaks it! Kaz runs in, Cash dodges and hits Kaz with a POWERSLAM! Daniels KNEES Cash down, but Dax rolls Daniels! TWO, but Cash tags back in. Daniels whips Dax, Dax slides under, Daniels turns around into GOODNIGHT EXPRESS!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winner: FTR, by pinfall
Cash and Dax continue to roll through AEW’s Tag Division, and they get some mics to speak. “So this might come as a shock to all of you and all of you at home, but Cash and myself, we were not a welcomed addition to the AEW Tag Team roster.” But it’s okay, because there are good guys, and there are bad guys. FTR may only be scratching the surface of 5’10”, and they may not have the athletic background guys like JR likes, but if we’re talking good guys and bad guys, “We are the absolute baddest.”
So now that brings FTR to talk straight to the camera, and specifically to Jungle Boy and his “dumbass dinosaur.” He’s talking to Santana & Ortiz, and to the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and on top of the list… Matt & Nick, the Young Bucks. Congratulations, boys! You graduated from the kiddie table, but now you’re eating with the big boys! When it comes to FTR, “y’all bit off a little more than you can chew.” FTR talks heavy, hits hard, and are the absolute best tag team on this planet!
But wait, The Butcher & The Blade just hijacked FTR’s truck! “Hey, boys! We’re over here!” This is a great truck! Butcher and Blade have been looking for a new ride, this fits the bill. But just a heads up. If you take one more step towards the truck. they’re going to rip the truck in half! And little does FTR know but behind them, the LUCHA BROTHERS have returned!! Blade knows FTR is excited for a dream match with the Bucks, but first, it’s a challenge for an 8 Man Tag at Fyter Fest! FTR & The Bucks VS The Butcher, The Blade and two brothers with NO FEAR. FTR accepts the challenge! They step up to Pentagon and Fenix, who give them Cero Miedo to the face. FTR pushes back and it’s a brawl!
Pentagon and Fenix beat Dax down, then bring Cash up for the DOUBLE STOMP PACKAGE DRIVER!! The Bucks appear and run the Lucha Bros off, but the damage has been done! Pentagon and Fenix jump into the truck with Butcher and Blade and they drive off into the night! Will FTR get their truck back as well as some payback?
AEW profiles Fyter Fest’s World Tag Team Championship match.
Looking at the two teams in this match, there are the challengers, Best Friends. Trent hopes his posture is confident. Trent and Chuck Taylor are best buddies, while there is some sort of “unique” bond between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. Omega feels that he relates to Hangman the most. No, that’s not true. Yes it is, they’re practically brothers now. Taz says those two are different animals, one having straight whiskey while the other is having a tall glass of milk. Chuck says that’s gross. One is half drunk, the other is gonna have milk breath. Omega says he can count Hangman’s drinking buddies on one hand.
Trent says those two can’t even drink the same drinks, and yet they’re tag team champions? Omega says he is Hangman’s best friend. Excalibur remembers being present for the “genesis” of Best Friends, when Trent and Chuck first met. They’re true best friends. Tony Schiavone notes they love to hug. Nothing wrong with that. Well what else are best friends going to do but hug? Omega and Hangman like shows of affection. Best Friends says the hug isn’t for fun, it gives them strength. There’s a lot of synergy between Best Friends. They’ve been through a lot. Like what? Umm…
JR says that in any sport, it’s about momentum. Schiavone says Best Friends are red hot. Best Friends has been all over the world, but they’ve yet to hold tag titles anywhere. Taz says Trent and Chuck have paid their dues, now it’s time to cash in that “sweat equity.” They’re the real deal. Omega knows Best Friends want to win. He’s taking them seriously. Schiavone can tell Omega and Hangman are getting closer, and those two decided to be the best and are just doing it. They decided to be a team that easy, went for the gold, and won it, just like that. They decided to have the greatest tag team match in history at AEW Revolution, and that’s what happened.
The biggest asset in the arsenal of Omega and Hangman is the Last Call, Buckshot and V-Trigger sandwich. So far, that move has been 100% effective. But while Omega and Hangman claim everything’s okay, JR isn’t buying it just yet. There’s something combustible that hasn’t reared its head yet. Best Friends finally get a shot at tag titles, they’re not gonna blow it. Omega says he and Hangman may not be best friends, but they’re the best wrestlers who are friends. Trent says this is the biggest match of Best Friends’ life, “We’re gonna f*** these boys up.” Hangman says he and Omega will see “you two weirdos” at Fyter Fest. Because those boys are good, real good. But Hangman will still whoop their asses. But they’re good.
AEW profiles the World Championship match.
Jon Moxley admits, he didn’t know what to make of Brian Cage. It didn’t seem like there was a lot going on between the ears. But then Cage put Moxley through a car windshield. Under different circumstances, Moxley would actually get along with Cage. Excalibur says Cage’s physicality is no match for Moxley. The car was the most obvious example. One thing Schiavone remembers about that moment, and this is the “x-factor” if you will, it’s that Taz told Cage it was enough, only for Cage to do it anyway. As aggressive as Taz is, Cage is going to do what he wants. Taz says the amount of “bodily harm” done to Moxley is going to be the real obstacle for Mox. Will he be damaged goods?
Brian Cage VS Jon Cruz!
Taz joins commentary as The Machine heads to the ring. Cage doesn’t even wait for a bell, he FLAPJACKS Cruz high into the air! The bell rings by the time Cruz hits the mat! Cage drags Cruz up and whips him to ropes. Cruz ducks and dodges, then leaps, into Cage’s arms! Cage does some quick curls with Cruz before he TOSSES him. Taz says Cage is the complete package, and Cage brings Cruz up to whip him corner to corner! Cruz bounces off the buckles, into the OVERHEAD suplex! Cage stalks Cruz to the ramp, drags him back up and around, and reels him in for a POWERBOMB into the ring! Cage isn’t done with Cruz, he drags him up for a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Taz wasn’t on commentary long and didn’t need to say much, because Cage’s actions speak for themselves. Taz gets a mic, and asks someone please get Cruz out of the ring. Taz mockingly asks where “The badass” Moxley is. We all know Moxley wanted to be safe and keep others safe given incidental secondhand COVID contact, but Taz says Moxley’s behind the lens. Mox is sitting on his ass at home. “Hi, champ!” Mox remembers Taz, right? And Cage, “your fate.” Remember? He’s the guy who put Moxley through an automobile! The man who came to work! Who competed! Mox sits on his ass with a BULLSHIT EXCUSE! Moxley is just afraid, and he should be! Be afraid of Cage! Fyter Fest is coming, Moxley’s reign is in danger, all because of The Machine.
Cage will take that title at Fyter Fest, and Moxley is done! For all the right reasons Moxley thinks why he shouldn’t be here, it’s actually good Moxley isn’t here. Cage is unsafe. Cage would hurt Moxley more than Moxley has ever been hurt. Taz wants Mox to do one thing: Ask yourself if YOU can stop #ThePathOfCage. Cage says the answer is no, but we’ll know at Fyter Fest.
AEW Media finds Brodie and Cabana backstage.
Cabana feels pretty good after that win. Brodie told him that’s how it’d go. Winning feels good. Success feels good. Everyone suffers loss in life, but it is how you react to those losses that matter. Cabana showed the world when he won and had his hand raised. Brodie told Cabana this, and Cabana thanks Brodie for that. But Brodie wants to show Cabana that again at Fyter Fest, when they take on SCU. SCU? Cabana’s friends? Brodie wants Cabana to trust him. Brodie tells SCU that they were at one time nonbelievers, but they fixed that. Now, Brodie will bring his best to take on SCU’s best. SCU is in Brodie’s sight. Will Daniels, Kaz and Scorpio be able to survive The Dark Order coming for them?
AEW sets up the Fyter Fest cards!
On night one, it will be the tag team grudge match of MJF & Wardlow VS Jurassic Express! Private Party with Matt Hardy by their side going up against The Inner Circle’s Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana & Ortiz! Hikaru Shida defends her AEW Women’s World Championship against Penelope Ford! Cody Rhodes defends his TNT Championship against Jake Hager! The AEW Tag Team Championships are on the line as Omega and Hangman take on Best Friends!
Night two will have Lance Archer going after Joey Janela, as spurred on by the brutal confrontation earlier tonight! Will the Bad Boy get back at the Murderhawk Monster? Nyla Rose returns to action, too, and promises a big surprise. As we just heard, The Dark Order wants after SCU, and SCU has accepted the challenge! A Six Man Tag pits Daniels, Kaz and Scorpio against Brodie Lee, Stu Grayson and Colt Cabana! Will Cabana be conflicted between his friends and success? We have another grudge match as Orange Cassidy seeks revenge on Chris Jericho! Will Freshly Squeezed get revenge for being beaten to a pulp? And as The Blade put forward, he, The Butcher and the Lucha Brothers will team up against FTR and The Young Bucks! And of course, the main event, the AEW World Championship as Moxley takes on Cage!
Britt Baker sends another note up to Tony Schiavone.
Schiavone doesn’t really want to read it, but Britt insists. This is a message to Big Swole, wherever she is tonight. “I have might have been in a dumpster for nine-and-a-half to ten hours” (which is an even bigger exaggeration than last time) but Swole is still the biggest piece of trash on the roster. Britt will have her revenge on Swole. But here comes Swole right now! Britt says Swole wants the star power but there’s nothing she can do this time. And it’s soundproof by the way. Then how can we hear her? Britt says Swole can’t touch her. That’s fine. Swole goes around to jump up on top of the cart! And she dumps trash into Britt’s bunker!! Britt freaks out, but she can’t go anywhere because of the trap she created for herself! Will Britt learn to stop talking trash so that Swole will stop trashing her?
Santana w/ Ortiz VS Matt Hardy!
Proud ‘n’ Powerful gear up for their Fyter Fest match with Private Party, but they first want to go after the young team’s new mentor. But which version are we getting tonight? Hardy makes his entrance, and it’s DAMASCUS! The Broken Brilliance returns, with NEO-1 flying overhead! Will Hardy DELETE Santana before Private Party even gets a shot?
The bell rings, Santana circles with Hardy, and then rushes him to a corner. The ref counts, Santana lets up at 4 and eggs Hardy on. Ortiz talks smack, saying Hardy’s scared. Hardy snaps at Ortiz then circles with Santana. They tie up, Hardy puts Santana in the corner but Santana turns it around. Santana lets up but sucker punches Hardy! Santana CHOPS Hardy then stalks him along the ropes. Santana throws haymakers then boy shots. He brings Hardy out, throws more haymakers, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy holds the ropes and then dumps Santana up and out! Ortiz checks on Santana but Hardy goes out to fetch him. Hardy ROCKS Santana with the haymaker! Hardy presses Santana against the post and keeps his eyes open! Then he bumps Santana off the post!
Hardy clubs Santana then whips him into railing! Santana collapses while Hardy refreshes the ring count. Hardy backs Ortiz off then goes after Santana. Hardy BITES Santana’s fingers! Santana punches but Hardy hits back. Hardy puts Santana in the ring but Santana grabs the ref. Ortiz anchors Hardy’s foot and Santana runs to dropkick Hardy down! “You see that? We’re geniuses!” Santana stands on Hardy’s head while AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana brings Hardy up, throws forearms into his back, then hoists him up with a high and hard back suplex! Cover, ONE! Santana and Ortiz are frustrated but Santana toys with Hardy. Hardy hits back with body shots, but Santana CHOPS and headbutts! Santana stalks Hardy, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Santana grinds his boot in but the ref counts. Santana lets up to argue with the ref but goes back to dig his knee into Hardy. The ref counts, Santana stomps away, then grinds his boot in until 4. Santana argues with the ref more, but Hardy kicks and punches back! Hardy rocks Santana, throws more hands in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Santana reverses HARD and Hardy collides with buckles!
Ortiz talks trash at Hardy in the corner while Santana drags him out. Cover, TWO! Santana grows frustrated but also messes with the ref. Santana CHOPS Hardy in the corner, then brings him around to throw out. Ortiz waits for the ref to be distracted before he throws Hardy around and into the ring. Santana argues as AEW returns to single picture. Santana runs corner to corner, Hardy puts him on the apron, but Santana rams a shoulder into Hardy. Santana drags Hardy through the ropes, to slingshot up and over, but Hardy ducks the enziguri! Hardy dead lifts and waistlocks, but Santana elbows out. Santana swings, into a SIDE EFFECT, but Santana flips through! Santana baits Hardy into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Santana steps on Hardy to then springboard, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Santana grows frustrated while the crowd rallies up for Hardy. Santana stalks Hardy and pushes him to a corner. Santana CLUBS Hardy in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Hardy stops himself to kick back and bump Santana off buckles. Hardy clubs and punches but Santana ROCKS him with a right. Santana hops up but Hardy intercepts with a haymaker. Hardy climbs up but Santana resists and headbutts Hardy down. Santana adjusts, leaps, but his frog splash FLOPS! Hardy and Santana are down but the crowd rallies up. The standing count begins, Hardy stands at 4, and he fires up as he goes after Santana with BIG haymakers. Santana gives them back and we have a brawl!
Santana hits, Hardy gets the edge, and Santana drops! Hardy whips, elbows Santana down then runs, and LARIATS Santana inside out! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but Hardy won’t let up. Hardy brings Santana up to bump off buckles over and over and over, all the way to the bottom! The crowd fires up as Hardy says “DELETE!” Hardy runs in to corner clothesline, but no bulldog! Santana runs into the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, ONE!! Ortiz coaches Santana but Hardy hits another SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy brings Santana back up, wants a third, and hits a THIRD Side Effect! Cover, TWO!! Santana still lives and Hardy is shocked! But Hardy brings Santana up, puts him in a corner, but runs into a knee!
Santana hops up, leaps, into a kick! Twist of Fate denied, but Hardy hits an inverted DDT! Ortiz distracts the ref as Hardy covers! Hardy runs Ortiz off, brings Santana up, but Santana fireman’s carries to a running MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! To a victory roll, Hardy wins!!
Winner: BROKEN Matt Hardy, by pinfall
Damascus successfully defeats Santana, but Ortiz uses the mad ball to smash Hardy down! Proud ‘n’ Powerful go after this mortal vessel with more mad balls, and then they coordinate at the corner. They bring Hardy up, for the STREET SWEEPER! Private Party runs out but the damage is done! Is the Hardy Party over before it even began?
Orange Cassidy heads to the ring!
Freshly Squeezed didn’t mean anything by him walking into The Inner Circle’s shot, but they made it personal by attacking him with blood oranges. Cassidy got payback last week, but now he and Le Champion will meet face to face before their grudge match at Fyter Fest. Surprisingly, Jericho is here without The Inner Circle’s back-up. Jericho grabs a mic to speak to Cassidy. “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.” Jericho repeats that to make sure we understand that. It’s a joke everyone knows, and when you first hear it, it’s amusing, but also kinda stupid. But the more you hear it, the more you realize how annoying and dumb it is. And that’s Cassidy in a nutshell. Cassidy is the “chicken crossed the road” joke of pro-wrestling, because the more Jericho sees him, the more he sees that act, the more annoying he becomes and it pisses Jericho off.
When Jericho first heard the name “Orange Cassidy,” he thought it was stupid. The first time Jericho saw Cassidy’s matches, he thought Cassidy was an embarrassment to the business. And when Cassidy signed with AEW, Jericho called Tony Khan, Cody, Kenny, the Bucks, and asked them all, “Why in the hell did you bring in Orange Cassidy?” And they all said the same thing: “People love him.” The crowd sure does. Freshly Squeezed was definitely unique in presentation and in-ring style. And as the late Brian Pillman once told Jericho, if you want to make it, you have to be different. And for that, Jericho applauds Cassidy. Cassidy did the “seemingly unthinkable thing” and got over on his own by being himself. That’s why people love him! He’s like them: a lazy slacker that doesn’t have what it takes to make it to the top. Cassidy made a mistake when he broke out of his lane and got in Jericho’s way.
This is Chris Jericho, man. You better be the best Orange Cassidy at Fyter Fest, because if he tries any of that “bullsh*t, kick me in the shin offense,” Jericho will knock his teeth down his throat and beat him in 30 seconds. Do you understand him? As it stands now, Cassidy needs to reach down deep into those pockets and pull out a man-sized miracle, because that’s what it’s gonna take to beat Le Champion. But it won’t happen. AT Fyter Fest, the Orange Cassidy Phenomenon ends, because Jericho is gonna make him run outta juice. Clever, right? Cassidy takes the mic from Jericho!? Is he going to talk?! Cassidy brings the mic up, but then puts it down. To give a shin kick! And another! That’s what Jericho was talking about. Sweet Shin Music! Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets!
Jericho takes the sunglasses from Cassidy, and breaks them! Cassidy sees the pieces on the mat, and TACKLES Jericho! Cassidy is FURIOUS! He and Jericho brawl, go around, spill out of the ring, and Cassidy knocks Jericho into the railing! And then they go down the way to the crowd! Cassidy throws BIG hands on Jericho, then throws him into railing. Jericho DECKS Cassidy, and RAMS him with railing! Jericho pulls Cassidy’s jacket over his head for a hockey scrum! He throws Cassidy into railing, then brings him around the way to be in front of the fans. Cassidy hits back and bumps Jericho off railing! They fight up into the bleachers and Cassidy clubs him back. Jericho bashes Cassidy off chairs then SMACKS him with a water bottle!
The two go up higher, and Cassidy counter punches! Jericho uses tarp to block and hit back, but Cassidy won’t let up! Cassidy brings Jericho to behind production and Jericho ROCKS Cassidy! Jericho whips Cassidy into equipment, then brings a camera crane around to SMASH Jericho! Jericho brings Cassidy back up, bumps him off trunks, then climbs up to bring Cassidy on top. Jericho scoops, Cassidy drops down and SMASHES Jericho on the railing! And again! And again! Cassidy cools off to get space, and runs back down to SUPERMAN PUNCH Jericho through a table! The crowd is thunderous for Cassidy as he stands tall, bloody ear and all! Also, spare sunglasses! Will Cassidy show Jericho just how serious this “joke wrestler” can be?
An incredible “go home” to Fyter Fest! The Lumberjack match was insane, especially with the stage spots, but of course MJF helps Wardlow cheat and win. The tag match between MJF, Wardlow and Jurassic Express will be really good, and honestly could go either way. If MJF’s team loses, it’s because Wardlow takes the pin so that MJF can still say he’s gone undefeated and unpinned and all that. MJF’s big loss should be in singles competition at All Out this year. Shida almost didn’t even need that match, she won so quick and then brawls with Penelope. I’m thinking Shida wins, even with Kip ringside to try something. Nyla Rose’s announcement for Night 2 is intriguing, because I cannot possibly think of what it could be.
We got a great tag match out of SCU VS FTR, and yes that came about because Natural Nightmares could not compete. QT Marshall and Jon Moxley both came into contact with people who had COVID like symptoms so everyone’s playing it safe. But as a substitute, Daniels and Kaz did great, even in losing. As I predicted, there is an 8 Man Tag but with one team being subbed out as there are #SpeakingOut related reasons why Jimmy Havoc is out and thereby keeping the Superbad Squad out of action. FTR & Bucks VS Butcher, Blade & Lucha Bros is still going to be insane, and honestly even better than if Kip and Havoc were in. It’s great to have both Lucha Bros back, they’ll get things going again. Cabana and Brodie win in a pretty good match with Janela & Kiss, and now Dark Order and SCU are finally getting their story going again. Cabana should definitely be conflicted about how Brodie wants him to treat his friends, that will make for good story.
Archer going after Janela and Kiss was a good move, too, since we saw seeds being planted on Dark. It at least makes Dark important enough to watch for little details like that, so that things aren’t so out of nowhere. The “press conference” was a good final segment for Cody and Hager, though Mrs. Hager splashing water at Cody is right outta Brandi doing that to Stephen Amell. We got a great vignette for Best Friends and Omega-Page, as well as one for Moxley VS Cage. Cage takes Moxley’s spot on the card and destroys Cruz, but I was most surprised by Taz’s promo. Was it controversial for him to say Mox being cautious about COVID was BS? Yes, it was. But it was also genius Heel work.
Britt was doing genius Heel work, and Swole still got to give her some comeuppance. As it is right now, Britt VS Swole is going to be a showstealer at All Out. Hardy VS Santana was another substitution as Sammy Guevara’s past was made to haunt him. Even so, Hardy and Santana had a great match, and Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Private Party will be a lot of fun. Cassidy and Jericho had a great closing segment, from Jericho’s promo to the crazy brawl. Their match at Fyter Fest could be a showstealer.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/16/23)
Collision strikes gold!
Will TBS belong to the DMD?
Britt Baker has led the AEW Women’s Division before, and now she wants to create true history! Will she be the first to have held the Women’s World AND TBS titles in her career?
- Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Starks & Bill win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; FTR wins and retains the titles.
Evil UnoJohn Silver VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn; Silver wins.
- Aussie Open VS ???; Aussie Open wins.
- Andrade El Idolo VS Scorpio Sky; Andrade wins.
- The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous; The Righteous win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Britt Baker; Kris wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.
Claudio Castagnoli says Saturday nights are alright for fighting, and that means it’s perfect for the BCC. Bryan Danielson tells Ricky Starks that last week, Starks choked Bryan out with a BCC shirt. Starks says he’s angry, he’s hungry and he’s greedy. Let’s see how hungry Starks is after Bryan shoves his fist down Starks’ throat!
“Big Bill” Morrissey & Ricky Starks speak.
Bill says his shoes are still soaked with the blood of Jon Moxley, and tonight, more BCC blood will be spilt. Starks tells Bryan & Claudio that there’s no place on this show for glory hogs. That is why Starks & Bill prove why they are the Faces of Collision!
Kris Statlander speaks.
The Galaxy’s Greatest knows Britt Baker has homefield advantage here at her alma mater, Penn State, and Kris is still sore from her main event title match just last night. But Kris is no normal champion, she is THE fighting champion. Tonight belongs to Stat!
Britt Baker speaks.
“We are here at State College, Pennsylvania, and we are your first AEW Collision women’s main event! Time for me to come home with that TBS Women’s Championship title and tell everybody why TBS is The Britt Show.”
The Dark Order speaks.
John Silver says The Acclaimed were too busy scissoring and didn’t take time to read the contract! Anthony Bowens isn’t wrestling Evil Uno! No, he’s wrestling THE MEAT MAN! Evil Uno says that’s right, and Silver will win tonight, because The Dark Order is good.
The Acclaimed speak.
Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen!” and Billy Gunn says they have been the AEW World Trios Champions for TWENTY DAYS! And Bowens says fine print or not, Uno or Four, the Five Tool Player, The Best Sciz in the Biz, will beat dat ass! Because EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!
Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
The American Dragon wants to settle things with The Absolute, so they’re each calling upon they powerful allies! Will The Swiss Superman be rolling into his Winner Takes All match with Eddie Kingston on Dynamite: Grand Slam? Or will the human skyscraper not be jumped over in a single bound?
The teams sort out and Bryan starts against Starks. Fans rally up and the two circle. But then Starks tags out to Bill and fans boo. Bill soaks up that heat and Starks mocks Bryan’s Yes fingers. Bryan KICKS Bill, KICKS again, but Bill stays up. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Bill catches Bryan to shove him to a corner! Bill CHOPS, then he CHOPS again! Bryan drops to his knees and Bill looms over him. Bill drags Bryan up to ROCK him with a right. Bill digs those blood-stained boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Bill stalks Bryan, stands him up and whips, but Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the leg!
Fans fire up as Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the leg again! “YES! YES! YES!” but Bill choke grips to SHOVE Bryan down! Bryan goes to his corner, Bill shakes out the leg, and Claudio tags in! Fans fire up as the ROH World Champion steps to the big man. But Bill mocks Claudio by raising his hand for a test of strength. They knuckle lock and go shoulder to shoulder! Fans fire up for Claudio but Bill starts bending him back! But Claudio powers up to stand tall! Bill is stunned, but he kicks low! And ROCKS Claudio with a right! Claudio ROCKS Bill with a forearm! They go back and forth, and fans are on Claudio’s side!
Claudio fires off forearms, ducks a shot, then fireman’s carries! But Bill is too big, and he shoves Claudio, to SPLASH in the corner! Fans boo but Bill soaks up the heat. Bill suplexes, but Claudio slips free and UPPERCUTS! Fireman’s carry, but Bill slips free! Claudio blocks the boot to UPPERCUT again! Tag to Bryan, the BCC mugs Bill then double whip. Bill breaks the double lariat to DOUBLE LARIAT first! Fans boo but Starks tags in and fires off on Bryan in the corner! The ref reprimands and counts but Starks lets off. Starks runs Bryan corner to corner to bump him off buckles! Starks goes up to rain down fists!
Fans count along and Starks goes all the way to TEN! Starks poses, mocks the “YES!” and then CHOPS! Starks smiles, then SLAPS Bryan! Bryan glares at Starks, Starks pie faces but Bryan turns things around to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! And CHOP! And CHOP! Starks is stinging but Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS again! The ref counts, Bryan puts Starks up top, and then Bryan goes to the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Starks is still in this, but Bryan wraps on a seated abdominal stretch! Bryan fishhooks Starks’ nose, but the ref reprimands. Bryan lets off with a CLUB to the chest!
Bryan stalks Starks, brings him up, and shoves him to the corner to CHOP! And KICK! Then JAB, JAB, JAB! Bryan whips, Starks reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Starks drags Bryan up, tags Bill, and they mug Bryan with a clubbing shot! Bill puts Bryan in a corner, goes corner to corner, and SPLASHES! Bill is loving it and so is Starks as he says, “Too easy.” Bill soaks up the heat, says one more time, and he whips Bryan corner to corner again. Bill runs in again, but into a BOOT! Bryan goes up, steadies himself, but Starks distracts! Bill BOOTS Bryan down, then almost gets Claudio! But this is a distraction so Starks can fire off shots on Bryan!
Fans boo, Starks gets Bryan up and in the ring, and the ref reprimands everyone as Collision goes picture in picture.
Bill swaggers around, then he stands on Bryan at the ropes! The ref counts, Bill steps off Bryan’s neck at 4, and then Starks drags Bryan up to CLUB away! Claudio storms over from the outside but Starks hurries away. The ref stops Claudio, and Starks claims bad leg. Bill digs his boots in on Bryan again, Starks talking trash the whole time, but the ref reprimands, Bill lets off, tags Starks, and Bill digs his boots in again. Starks brings Bryan up, goes up a corner, and gives us a “YES! YES! YES!” Absolute Old School! Starks soaks up more heat by mocking Bryan more, then he CLOBBERS Bryan! Cover, TWO!
Starks drags Bryan up, CHOKES him on ropes, the ref counts and Starks lets off at 4. Starks argues with the ref, all to distract from Bill CHOKING Bryan! Claudio storms over again, Bill lets off, and Starks bumps Bryan off buckles. Starks climbs up, and he rains down fists again! But Bryan trips him up so Starks CHOPS! Starks resets, he rains down more fists, and gets all the way to TEN again! Starks soaks up more heat with the mocking of the Yes Movement, then he fires off on Bryan again! Collision returns to single picture, the ref tells him to back off already, and Starks drags Bryan up by his hair.
Starks whips corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges, and LEAPING LARIATS! Both men are down and Penn State is thunderous! Bryan and Starks crawl, a standing count is going, hot tags to Bill and Claudio! Claudio SWATS Bill’s lariat, fires off UPPERCUTS, then LARIATS! And then LARIATS again! Bill is still up so Claudio LARIATS again! Bill just roars! Claudio dodges Bill to fire off MORE UPPERCUTS! And then he clotheslines in the corner again and again and again, all the way to TEN, then to EIGHTEEN, to then UPPERCUT and LARIAT!! Bill finally falls!!
Fans are thunderous again as Claudio storms up and fireman’s carries! For the T K O!! Cover, TWO!! Bill survives and Claudio can’t believe it any more than the fans can! But then Claudio gets the legs, and the fans wanna see it! But Bill reaches up to choke grip! Fans boo but Claudio gets free, to springboard, into the SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Claudio survives and shocks Bill! Bill tags Starks, Starks fires off hands, even as Claudio ends up on ropes! The ref backs Starks down, but Starks then kicks Claudio low. Starks whips, Claudio reverses and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Claudio has the legs! SWISS SWING!!
Fans fire up and count along, Claudio goes all the way to TEN before the toss! Claudio takes a moment, covers, TWO! But Claudio has the legs for a SHARPSHOOTER! Bill BOOTS Claudio, but he holds on! So Bill BOOTS again and Claudio goes down! Bryan is up top, he MISSILE DROPKICKS Bill outta the ring! Fans fire up, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Bill! Starks dodges Claudio, SP- NO, Claudio turns spear into lift! But Starks turns lift into DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio survives and Starks is beside himself! Starks pounds the mat, goes to a corner, and he aims at Claudio.
Starks runs in, SP- UPPERCUT!!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan tags in and fans fire up again! Bryan snarls as he KICKS Starks! And KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Starks ducks to roll up! TWO, into LEBELL LOCK!!! Starks freaks out, he fainted to this once! He fights free and rains down fists on Bryan! Then CATAPULT into an UPPERCUT from Bill! STARKS SPEARS!!! Cover, CLAUDIO BREAKS IT! Fans are thunderous again but Starks drags Bryan up. “This is Awesome!” as Starks hoists Bryan up, but Bryan slips free! Bryan dodges Starks to WRECK Bill and then HOTSHOT Starks!
Bryan goes up, takes aim, but Starks distracts the ref so Bill can trip Bryan up! Fans boo but Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT Bill into the railing! Claudio runs in again, but Bill TOSSES him into the crowd! Starks goes up after Bryan but Bryan slips under to trip Starks! Bryan goes back up, brings Starks to the top, SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Starks turns it around in time, covers, TWO!! Starks drags Bryan up while Bill BOOTS Claudio! The ref is distracted, Starks LOW BLOWS Bryan!! Starks reels Bryan in to ROSHAMBEAUX!!! Cover, Starks & Bill win!!
Winners: Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall
The fans can’t believe it! Starks takes the low road and takes this win away from the BCC! Claudio is furious and he has a chair! Starks & Bill run for it, but will this momentum help Starks absolutely take over AEW?
The Hung Bucks speak.
Matt Jackson asks if they’re live and Brandon Cutler confirms, they’re live on these beautiful faces. How do the arms look? Never mind, shut up. Hangman Page tells the Mogul Embassy that it would seem Swerve has them working really hard for him. But if you want a trios match, why not make it a real gamble? Put up those ROH World Six Man Tag Championships! Nick says it’s gonna be a jackpot. And these three are familiar with those titles. Oh, right, so now they can become two-time Six Man Champs! See you “dweebs” next week! Cut it, Brandon. The red button. Hangman says “dweebs” is a good line. Brandon, cut already.
And so it is confirmed! Rampage: Grand Slam is already two hours, but it’s even bigger now! Will The Cowboy & Bucks once again be golden? Or will nothing stop Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona in their reign of terror?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.
“Sometimes, we need to know when to move on. But in this next chapter in the Book of Hobbs, it’s titled, ‘Destruction.’ Now in this chapter, absolutely no one is safe. And I’m not talking about putting an armbar, a headlock, on someone. I’m talking about physical pain. Mental pain. I’m talking about ripping your arm off, smiling, and eating you with it. In this chapter, it doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, you’re not safe. Absolutely no one is safe.”
“Hobbs, you son of a b*tch. You should be thanking the Redeemer right now. I punched you all the way to Heaven, stomped you all the way to Hell, broke your back… but I didn’t make you humble. And for that, somewhere down the line, we’ll have to meet up again. But you…” Miro looks up to the skies. “You went all out when I was at my weakest, you delivered temptation. My hot and flexible wife.
“Why, God, why? Why, why, WHY!? Every time I try to step away from you, you do everything to pull me back? I will not bend! It is not my fault that your absence from this world left all these people godless! And now they have hope, because they pray to me! And if any one of them fools don’t want to be redeemed, I’m gonna package them nice in a pine box and send them your way. For this is the promise of The Redeemer!”
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood were feeling so good after All In London, but were brought down a bit at All Out. So they’re looking to reestablish their Top Guy status by taking on two of the biggest and bulkiest around! Will FTR make it past their hoss-tile opponents? Or will we all be sippin’ the Savage Sauce after this Collision?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are really the big dogs of AEW!
The teams sort out and fans are already fired up for FTR. Jameson taunts Dax about his lack of a six pack. Too much tequila and pizza! But then Dax picks Jameson up and Cash joins in, SHATTER MACHINE for Jameson! Fans fire up, but then the Savages CLOBBER FTR! Bronson whips corner to corner, Boulder whips him in to SPLASH! Boulder then SPLASHES, and the Savages DOUBLE BACK DROP! Boulder tags Bronson, then runs to SPLASH Cash on the mat! Boulder sets Cash up to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Dax breaks it in time! Boulder drags Dax up and TOSSES him out!
Bronson hauls Cash up, feeds to Boulder’s BACKBREAKER! Bronson says he’s gonna BUST, and then he hits a SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Bronson snarls, but he runs in at Cash in the corner, ready to motorboat! But Cahs dodges and Bronson POSTS himself! Fans rally up as Cash and Bronson crawl, hot tags to Dax and Boulder! Boulder CLOBBERS Dax! Boulder taunts Dax, fans boo, but Boulder whips Dax to ropes. Dax ducks ‘n ‘dodges and slides under to JAB, JAB, and ROCK! Boulder shoves but Dax SHOTGUNS! But Boulder comes back! Dax avoids the elbow drop but Boulder scoops him! POWERSLAM!
The straps come down and fans are torn. Boulder storms around, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS but FLPOS as Dax moves! Dax RAMS Boulder into the corner, Cash helps out to hoist Boulder up, but Bronson returns! FTR DOBULE HAYMAKER, then they hit SHATTER MACHINE!! FTR go back after Boulder, Cash tags in and goes to the other corner. Dax gets Boulder up, SUPERPLEX for the Power! Cash SPLASH for the Glory!! Cover, FTR WINS!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The challenge was made, the challenge was accepted, and the challenge was won by the champs! But wait, it seems another team wants their shot! The Workhorsemen get in the ring and stare FTR down. JD Drake & Anthony Henry seem to think they’re next, so FTR offers handshakes. The Workhorsemen take it, and the four stare down. But Aussie Open is watching from backstage and seem amused. Will JD & Henry catch FTR off guard? Will Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis be next in line after them?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi Nair is with the Limitless One and says it is good to see him again. Last week, Keith talked about- Oh, well, Shane Taylor & Lee Moriarty walk over first. Shane says it is always Keith living int he past. Listen, Shane is here to introduce the world to the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, “The BEST Damn Technical Wrestler int he World,” Lee Moriarty. Keith knows Moriarty. Hello and salutations. But Shane says anyone in singles competition should run from Keith? Shane doesn’t run. But Keith already knows that, too, right? Yes, and about Shane’s mistakes. Not running will soon be one.
Shane says let’s find out then. Moriarty is hyped up for this, when and where will these old frenemies have it out?
John Silver VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn!
A bait and switch from the “good guys,” and now Number IV will be facing the Five Tool Player instead! But of course, Caster has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed in the house, and Bowens’ ’bout to kill a boy! Kinda like how Penn State just beat Illinois! John Silver is the Meat Man, why? Because he just beats his meat, man! And where’s Uno and his business suit? Lookin’ like a dominatrix on a job interview! ‘Ey yo, they’re singing the name! In Happy Valley, everybody loves the Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to shout, “PENN STAAAATE~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~!
Silver gets the mic and asks what is going on. First off, he googled “scissoring,” and they’re doing it wrong. He’s not gonna do it. Second, they didn’t read the rest of the contract, because it says Billy & Caster are banned from ringside! Fans boo but Silver says no one likes scissoring anyways, so they’re gone! Fans call BS but Bowens says it’s okay, he’s got this. Caster & Billy start to leave, and Silver CLOBBERS Bowens from behind! The bell rings and fans boo as Silver CLUBS away on Bowens! The ref counts, Silver lets off, and Bowens turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And then he fires haymakers!
The ref counts, Bowens fires up, then ROCKS Silver! Bowens goes corner to corner, runs around the world, and ROCKS Silver with another haymaker! Then a scoop and SLAM, and Bowens scissors in front of Silver’s face! Silver grabs Bowens’ arms, fights up, but Bowens throws him away, and DROPKICKS him down! Fans boo as Silver bails out, but Bowens keeps his cool. Silver takes his time returning, fans rally up behind Bowens, and Silver finally steps in. They circle, but then Silver uses ropes as defense! The fans boo but Silver cheap shots Bowens! Silver UPPERCUTS!
Silver says he’s freakin’ jacked, then he whips corner to corner. Sivler runs in, into an ELBOW! Bowens reels Silver in, but Sivler GAMANGIRIS Bowens to the floor! Fans boo but Silver smirks as Collision goes picture in picture.
Silver watches Bowens get up, then he runs in around the way to BOOT Bowens down! Silver taunts the fans, puts Bowens in the ring, and stalks him. Silver ROCKS Bowens with a right, ROCKS him again, and then CHOKES Bowens on the ropes! The ref counts, Silver lets off, and Silver taunts Bowens. Bowens shoves Silvera way, goes to a corner, and kicks back! Then fires forearms! Silver YANKS Bowens into buckles! Silver paces, drags Bowens up, and KICKS him in the chest! Bowens sputters but Silver KICKS him again! Silver flexes, soaks up the heat, then KICKS, but Bowens blocks! Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Silver cravats. Fans rally, Bowens fights free and throws forearms! Silver KICKS Bowens back! Silver DECKS Bowens, then soaks up more heat. Silver drags Bowens up but Bowens ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Silver KICKS! Silver runs, but Bowens follows! Silver ducks but Bowens redirects and fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK knocks Silver down! Fans fire up as Bowens says “EVERYONE! Loves the Acclaimed!” Bowens kicks, runs, and KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Bowens feeds off the energy.
Silver rises, Bowens clinches but Silver fires elbows! Silver ROCKS Bowens, but Bowens fixes the neck to ROCK Silver back! Silver ROCKS Bowens, Bowens ROCKS Silver, repeat! Fans fire up as they keep going, but Silver CHOPS! Silver runs, but Bowens ROCKS him! Bowens runs but Silver BOOTS him! Silver runs but lures Bowens into a SUPERKICK! Silver runs, into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Bowens and he runs corner to corner, but Silver dodges! ENZIGURI, GERMAN SUPLEX, and then SUPERKICK! Then a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Bowens survives, but Silver keeps his focus. Silver aims from a corner, Bowens rises, and Silver runs in, only for Bowens to dodge! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Bowens and he runs to SHINING WIZARD! Silver flounders and bails out, but Bowens hurries out after him. Silver slowly rises, Bowens runs in, ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up with Bowens again and the ring count starts. Bowens drags Silver up and in, gets the fans even more fired up, but EVIL UNO POSTS Bowens!! Where’d Uno even come from!? Under the ring?!?
Uno puts Bowens in for Silver to RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, SILVER WINS!!
Winner: John Silver, by pinfall
Caster & Billy rush back out but Uno says Silver did it! The Dark Order gets away with this one, but how are they the “good guys” in this story of champions and challengers?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“What do you guys want me to say? Like, don’t we have a thing on YouTube explaining it? Me and Claudio go all the way back to 2000 and what? Six? Seven? When he first moved here to this country. We became friends, and we lived together, and then he started judging me.” Claudio knew what Eddie goes through emotionally and mentally every day. But Claudio decided not to do business with Eddie, not to respect him. Don’t edit this out, you idiots. Claudio left potholes in that road that many had to clean up. That’s why Eddie doesn’t like him, holds a grudge against him.
And don’t edit this out, neither! Renee told Eddie to fix it! And it’s driving him nuts because he’s been trying to fix it! Since Wembley! He thought the singles match could fix it! That him not answering Moxley’s calls could fix it. But y’know what? THIS will fix it! THIS will end it! Win, lose or draw, THIS will finish it! Claudio says Eddie doesn’t know how to have friends? How to keep ’em? Well, he’s right! Cuz Eddie pushes them away, then blames them for it. That’s the curse Eddie lives with. But what Eddie does have and will always have, is home! New York’s always been with Eddie! Burroughs, Yonkers, wherever it is, that’s Eddie’s home.
And Claudio thinks Eddie’s gonna let Claudio into Arthur Ashe just to beat him? End him and end this with Eddie on the mat? You are out your effin’ mind! All of New York has Eddie’s back! Try to beat him there! They’re built different! Built in the cold and the misery! Can Claudio deal with that? No, he can’t. Eddie gives Claudio all the credit in the world. The skills, the body, but he ain’t ready for the misery! Eddie’s gonna eff Claudio up in New York! Now get out of his face! The Mad King is definitely raging, but will he use that to burn Claudio down? Or will it burn Eddie out?
Backstage interview with Hook and Orange Cassidy.
Renee is with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and Freshly Squeezed, and they’re enjoying a bag of chips. They asked for this time, so what’s up? Cassidy says he and Hook should, uh, try a tag match or something. Hook says yeah. Cassidy says maybe Grand Slam? Hook says let’s do it. They bond over having chips, and Renee says cool. #OrangeHook is go, but who will they face?
Aussie Open VS ???
Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis went on a Rampage and got a win, and now they’re ready for a Collision! Will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla just keep on building momentum back towards a title match?
The teams sort out, Fletcher ties up with Wes and headlocks. Wes powers out, Fletcher reverses and Davis runs in to help CLOBBER Wes! PENALTY KCIK! SENTON! Fans fire up and the big guy gets in! Aussie Open dodge to DOUBLE BOOT! A-LIST LARIAT from Fletcher, SLIDING FOREARM from Davis! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open gets Wes up to underhook, BUTTERFLY BOMB!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
Practically a record win, and now Aussie Open get the mics! Davis starts up, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” Davis then says, “F T are you paying attention?” Fletcher says that was a nice win FTR got earlier. What was that? Two, three minutes? Well on Rampage, Aussie Open did the job under one minute, and maybe even quicker here tonight! Fans cheer that, and Fletcher says FTR loves to talk about how many titles they’ve won, and won everywhere they’ve been. But so have Aussie Open! FTR won the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but so have they. FTR won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, but so have they! Belts they never lost, by the way.
So if FTR wants to throw out open challenges, fine, they don’t care! Because right here, right now, Aussie Open calls their shot! October 1st, 2023, one year to the day they last stepped in the ring with FTR, WrestleDream in Seattle, for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, IF FTR still has ’em! Aussie Open VS FTR round one at NJPW Royal Quest was an instant classic, will WrestleDream give us an even greater one?
Toni Storm: Portrait of a Star.
The Lightning From Down Under sits with RJ City for an interview. She thanks him for doing this, and he says she is about to face her friend, Saraya- She says this lighting is blinding her. Is this really what they’re going with? Oh, uh, sorry. They can try and soften it. Or at least lower it or something. This is an interview, not an interrogation. RJ apologizes and he continues. Storm VS Saraya is set for Grand Slam for the AEW Women’s World Championship, but fans have started to notice a… change in Storm. A change? What change? The business has changed! Storm is still the same loveable and captivating person she’s always been.
But she feels the business used to be about making stars and earning money. No, now it’s about listening to the fans and signing every little girl with a sob story. But sorry, isn’t this a company, not a charity? These people wouldn’t know talent if it slapped their tits off! And if that has to be Storm, then so be it. She looks around at the set, and the lamp is hideous! Can we do something about that? No? Sorry. TO BE CONTINUED~!
Scorpio Sky speaks.
“Getting back in the ring after back-to-back injuries is daunting for anyone, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t throw me right back in the deep waters, just where I belong. After all, I didn’t win gold in this company three times by being afraid to get wet. And Andrade is one of the best in the world. And that’s who I’m here to face. So Andrade,” Scorpio switches to Spanish to say, “I know you’ll come with everything, but it won’t be enough.” This time, Scorpio isn’t coming back, he’s here. Will The Closer strike out The Latin Idol?
Andrade El Idolo VS Scorpio Sky!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. They approach and Andrade offers a handshake. Scorpio says nah, man, this ain’t ROH. But fans chant “SHAKE HIS HAND!” Scorpio tells them to shut it, and the two tie up. Andrade headlocks, Scorpio powers up but can’t power out as Andrade holds on tight. Andrade wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then hammerlocks. Scorpio reaches back to flying-mare! Fans rally, things speed up, Scorpio hurdles then trips Andrade up to have the leg! But Andrade slips free to facelock. Scorpio fights up, goes to ropes, and the ref counts the break.
Andrade shifts to a headlock, Scorpio powers out, but Andrade whips. Scorpio KICKS back, runs, but Andrade dodges. Scorpio rolls back to headscissor and RANA! Fans fire up and Scorpio runs in, but is put on the apron. Andrade runs in but Scorpio ROCKS him! Scorpio steps in but Andrade has the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Scorpio falls to the floor and fans rally up. Andrade goes to the apron, goes up the corner, but Scorpio SHOVES him down! Andrade crashes to the floor and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade writhes, Scorpio hobbles his way over, and Scorpio hauls Andrade up to RAM him into the apron! Scorpio puts Andrade in, slaps his bad leg, and then storms in after Andrade. Scorpio RAMS Andrade into a corner, and again, and again! Scorpio lets off as the ref counts, and he brings Andrade around to snapmare and SCRAPE the face! Andrade checks his forehead, but Scorpio covers, ONE! Scorpio drops an elbow! And another! Andrade goes to ropes, puts Scorpio in a corner and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Scorpio dodges to ROCK Andrade! And KNEES him down! Andrade checks his jaw, but Scorpio drops another elbow!
Scorpio drags Andrade up, reels him in, throws up the three, and he suplexes, only for Andrade to block! Andrade snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another for Dos Amigo! But Scorpio wrenches out to back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Scorpio twists Andrade with a neck wrench. Andrade endures, even as Scorpio leans on the hold. Collision returns to single picture, fans rally up, and Andrade fights up to his feet. Andrade throws body shots, breaks free and then he CHOPS! But Scorpio knees low, scoops, but Andrade turns it to a CROSSBODY! Both men are down again and fans rally up.
Andrade rises but Scorpio is on him with forearms! Andrade CHOPS! Scorpio BOOTS! And BOOTS! And BOOTS! Andrade finally falls, but he fires up! He eggs Scorpion on, so Scorpio BOOTS again! Andrade eggs him on more, blocks the boot, and then DRAGON SCREWS! And then another DRAGON SCREW! Then Andrade runs to CLOBBER Scorpio! Scorpio goes to a corner and fans fire up as Andrade kips up! Andrade feeds off the energy, runs corner to corner, but Scorpio stands to ELBOW back! Scorpio goes up the corner to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! But Andrade rolls through so Scorpio sunset flips again! High stack, TWO!!
Andrade escapes and bails out of the ring. Scorpio builds speed to FLY out onto Andrade! Direct hit and both men go down! Scorpio shakes out the bad leg, hobbles after Andrade and puts him in again. Fans rally up, Scorpio storms up and fireman’s carries, but Andrade fights free! Fans duel, both men throw shots, and Scorpio runs, into a boot feint and ELBOW!! Then underhook, but Scorpio fights the DDT! Cradle counter, TWO!! Andrade runs in, Scorpio kicks low to run, but into a dropkick to the leg! Andrade steps through to have the figure four! Fans “WOO~!” and Andrade bridges up! FIGURE EIGHT!! Scorpion taps, Andrade wins!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by submission
Scorpio couldn’t withstand the pain, but he does still show Andrade respect. Wait, Jay White is here! The Switchblade isn’t waiting to have the ring on his own, he’s here with Bullet Club Gold now! And White says he’ll get to the two in the ring in a second. But first…! Where are they? Colten whispers it to him. Guns up for State College gold members! Fans cheer, and White tells Mr. Andrade El Idolo, if he pronounced that right. White wasn’t here last week, but he watched his boys, and that means he watched Andrade watching his boys. And when Andrade was watching them, he seemed to have fun watching BCG.
It seemed Andrade was having fun watching the Bang Bang Gang! A lot of fun watching Rock Hard Robinson, “Full Cocked” Colten, and… Austin! Wait, no nickname? The fans say he should be “ASS~ BOY!” But Andrade, these are White’s boys! But maybe Andrade wants the Switchblade Spotlight? Everyone wants it, no one else can handle it! And White will prove it when he gives Andrade the opporutnity of a lifetime! Step into the spotlight with King Switch, and learn the lights are too hot, too bright, and you’ll be gasping for air as you Breath With The Switchblade! This is STILL White’s Era!
Austin says if Andrade’s not down with that, they got two words for ya! No, not those words. #GunsUp! And if that’s still not good enough, then maybe they just do things right now? Andrade storms out and Juice eggs him on. But refs and security stop them! Fans boo, Andrade eggs the Bang Bang Gang on but they just wait on the ramp. Will Jay White live up to his own hype when he steps to El Idolo?
Backstage interview with Katsuyori Shibata.
Tony Schiavone is with The Wrestler, the ROH Pure Champion. Shibata will defend his title next week on Honor Club, against Nick Wayne. But as we all know, October 1st will be WrestleDream, and Shibata has something to say. Shibata uses his phone’s Google Translate text-to-voice featured to say today he is one of the best in the world, and a great champion. October 1st, WrestleDream, Shibata is coming. Who will get their wrestle dream of facing The Wrestler in Seattle?
The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous!
For whatever reason, Matt & Jeff Hardy found themselves looking up at the faces of Dutch & Vincent after last night’s 8 Man Tag. But it would seem Dutch & Vincent want a little bit of payback from the tag team battle royal not too long ago. Will that be possible against a legendary team like the Hardys? Or will it be as easy as snapping your fingers?
The teams sort out and Matt starts against Vinnie. They circle, Vinnie offers Jeff a shot, but Matt fires off forearms first! Vinnie kicks low, Matt clinches, but Vinnie elbows free to run and CLOBBER Matt! Cover, ONE, but Vinnie pushes Matt down to rain down fists. The fans boo but Vinnie soaks it all up. “You dig what I’m sayin’, man?” Vinnie cravats, goes for the corner but Matt sends him into buckles! And again, and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Matt shouts V1 and he tags Jeff in. Dutch runs in but The Hardys dump him out! Matt ROCKS Vinnie, Jeff ROCKS Vinnie, and repeat!
Jeff whips Vinnie into a BOOT from Matt, then Jeff adds a JAWBREAKER! Matt hits a NECKBREAKER, then Jeff SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Jeff drags Vinnie up, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Jeff drags Vinnie up, tags Matt in, and then the Hardys double whip corner to corner. Matt sets up, Jeff runs in, POETRY IN MOTION! Vinnie flops, Matt starts up more “DELETE! DELETE!” Vinnie stands, blocks a kick to give a kick, but Matt RAMS him into the corner! Dutch tags, Vinnie whips and Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Matt is still in this, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Dutch UPPERCUTS and Matt goes to a corner. Dutch ELBOWS Matt, then CHOPS him against ropes. Matt sputters, hits back, but Dutch ROCKS him! Dutch stomps Matt, UPPERCUTS again, then tags in Vinnie. The Righteous DOUBLE ROCK, DOUBLE CHOP, then double whip so Dutch can CLOBBER Matt! Vinnie covers, TWO! Vinnie keeps on Matt but Matt throws hands. Matt backs Vinnie down but Vinnie ROCKS him back! Vinnie CHOKES Matt in the corner, the ref counts, and Vinnie lets off at 4. Vinnie bumps Matt off buckles, tags Dutch back in, and Dutch throws body shots!
Dutch snapmares, then lines up a shot to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Dutch keeps on Matt with a facelock. Matt endures, fights around but Dutch shifts to a chinlock. Dutch squeezes tight, Matt fights up, and Matt throws body shots! Dutch CLUBS Matt down and Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Matt crawls. Vinnie mockingly encourages Jeff to reach out, then he goes back for Matt, only for Matt to hit a SIDE EFFECT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Jeff! Fans rally as Brother Nero rallies on Vinnie! SPIN BACK KICK! Dutch runs in, into an atomic drop! Leg trip, and LEG SPLITTING LEG DROP! Basement dropkick added on, then an elbow drop! Jeff fires up with the fans, and he kicks Vinnie to TWIST- NO, Vinnie powers out! Vinnie runs but into an elbow! But Vinnie keeps Jeff from going up, so Jeff kicks low, TWIST OF FATE! Dutch hurries in to stop the cover!
Matt storms in to throw forearms on Dutch! And a JAWBREAKER! The Hardys DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Dutch up and out! They call for “DELETE! DELETE!” as Vinnie stands. Kick and TWIST OF- NO, Vinnie powers out, only for another SIDE EFFECT to hit! Jeff is up top, but Dutch YANKS him down! And then Dutch drags Matt out to RAM him into steel steps! Vinnie hurries to get Jeff, and The Righteous combine for AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, The Righteous win!!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
Vinnie & Dutch grin as they soak up the heat from the fans! They just pinned the highly decorated Hardy Boyz! Is this a sign that The Righteous shall reign soon enough? Fans boo as Dutch gets the mic to say, “Vincent! Dutch! We are The Righteous! Two believers who seek truth in the liars’ eyes! HAHAHA!” Vinnie says speaking of truth, they just defeated one of the greatest tag teams in the world! Fans boo more but Vinnie says like it or not, the people of the world are just prisoners to false icons. They’re fooled by the conmen, and listening to the devil on their shoulder! But Vinnie doesn’t believe in the devil, man! They’re here to tell ya the truth!
Their truth will kill the egos that leave to false loves and fake friendships. Kinda like MJF and Adam Cole… Those two just happen to be the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Dig what he’s sayin’, man? The Righteous want after #BetterThanYouBaybay, but so do a lot of people! Will Vinnie & Dutch cut the line? Or will The Kingdom have something to say about this?
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Let me guess. Eddie was screaming and he was yelling and he was cursing. See, Eddie, I know you. That’s why you’re mad at me. Because I know what you could become, I knew what you threw away, I know you better than you know yourself.” For the past ten YEARS, Claudio has had to hear Eddie complain to anyone that would listen. Eddie dragged Claudio through the mud, because he was not man enough. Eddie’s still not man enough! Claudio’s beaten Eddie before, and he’ll beat him again, and this time, it will be the last time because Claudio is sick of it. “Eddie, let’s put an end to it.” Kingston VS Castagnoli, the final chapter. Together, dreams and title aspirations will burn down to ashes!
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Collision!
Rob Van Dam is back in AEW to wrestle in his home state! And after the handshake earlier tonight, it is official, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against the Workhorsemen!
Backstage interview with FTR.
Schiavone is with Dax & Cash as the news breaks, and Cash says they have Henry & Drake, a team FTR has been aware of for the last 15 YEARS. And that is what these open challenges are all about. They want teams to step up. Then if they make it past Workhorsemen, with or without the belts, they face Aussie Open. Dax will bet every dollar he has that FTR will still be the tag team champions! See you boys in Seattle! #TopGuysOut!
Collision returns with a backstage interview with Ricky Starks & Big Bill.
Schiavone is with The Absolute and the human skyscraper, and while they won tonight, they seem very upset. Why is that? Starks says he should’ve figured that they’d play some promotional video package for the guy Starks just beat! And for a guy that doesn’t even work here! At WrestleDream, a show Starks doesn’t even have a match for! This is the type of stuff he is talking about! He is over it, beyond exhausted. The deal is, Starks beat Bryan tonight. And he gets that it is everybody’s dream to beat Bryan Danielson. But guess what? Starks did it! Now to be a nightmare!
And to do so, Starks will go to lengths he has never gone to before. So next week on Collision, Starks VS Bryan in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! Show up, Starks will show out, and he will put an end to the fiasco known as Bryan Danielson. Starks & Bill head out, will The American Dragon even survive to face Zack Sabre Jr. in Seattle?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Britt Baker!
The Galaxy’s Greatest gave Jade Cargill a rematch just last night, and that was one to remember! But will Kris be able to do it all over again not even 24 hours later? Or will The Doctor become a history maker in AEW?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see is history is made in Britt’s alma mater!
The bell rings and fans fire up for the hometown hero, “D M D! D M D!” Britt and Kris stare down, circle, and then tie up. Kris shoves Britt away to show her strength, and the two circle again. Fans rally up, Kris and Britt tie up again, and Britt headlocks. Kris powers out, then runs Britt over! Fans boo but Kris just smiles. Britt stands, Kris nods and the two reset. Fans rally, the two circle, and they tie up again. Kris scoops to SLAM Britt, and she flexes on The Doctor. Fans are a bit torn now but Britt bails out to catch her breath. She acknowledges the “We Are” sign at ringside, and heads back in.
Britt and Kris reset, step up, and talk a little trash. Britt ROCKS Kris, but Kris smiles to ROCK Britt! Britt ROCKS Kris, and Kris ROCKS Britt! They go back and forth, Kris CHOPS, then runs! Britt follows, slips around, shoves Kris to a corner but Kris goes up and over! Kris hobbles a bit, her legs are still braced up. Britt runs in to NECKBREAKER! Britt runs to SLING- NO, Kris powers out to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris keeps cool and fans rally up again as Collision goes picture in picture.
Kris brings Britt up, suplexes, and holds her up for a count of TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris is annoyed but she brings Britt up and in. Kris whips Britt to a corner, then runs in. Britt fights off the scoop but Kris ELBOWS Britt. Kris scoops, Britt fights, but Kris still hits a BACKBREAKER! And she bends Britt against her knee! Britt endures, so Kris shoves her down! Kris then wraps on a cobra clutch and grinds her down to the mat. Britt endures, fights up, and the fans rally. Britt stands, CLUBS Kris, but Kris ROCKS Britt! Kris scoops Britt to SLAM her into a drop zone!
Kris goes up while Britt writhes, but Britt hurries to SMACK Kris! Britt then climbs up after Kris to throw hands! Kris hits back, the two brawl up top, and Collision returns to single picture. Kris gets the edge, shoves Britt down, then CLUBS away on her back! Britt falls, Kris adjusts, and Kris MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Britt moves! Britt goes to the apron, but Kris rushes her! Britt HOTSHOTS Kris down! Britt drags Kris to the corner, and she SLAMS the right leg into the post! And then Britt SLAMS the left leg into the post! And then back to the right leg! And back to the left!
Britt lets off, to run and SLINGBLADE Kris down! Britt keeps moving, another SLINGBLADE! FISHERMAN- NO, Kris slips out to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Kris doesn’t slow down, she drags Britt up to suplex, SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Britt survives and Kris grows frustrated with her. “This is Awesome!” as Kris hauls Britt up. Kris runs, but Britt trips her out of the scissor kick, to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Britt brings out the glove! Britt puts it on, spells it out, “D! M! D!” but Kris rolls her up! TWO, but Kris swings. Britt dodges, returns, and tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA!
RINGS OF SATURN! Britt reaches but Kris blocks the hand! Kris powers her way around, has Britt’s arm, and fans boo as Kris wrenches to ROCK Britt! Britt ROCKS Kris! Kris ROCKS Britt, but Britt ROCKS Kris! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and fans rally up! “YES! BOO!” Britt gets the edge, Kris shoves to ROUNDHOUSE! Kris runs, into a SUPERKICK! Britt runs, ROLLING- NO, Kris ducks, but then Britt SUPERKICKS again! But Kris still LARIATS!! Both women are down, and the fans are thunderous! The ref starts a count, Kris and Britt stir, but we pass 5 of 10!
Britt goes to a corner, and she drags herself up at 7. Britt runs in, but Kris TOSSES her to the corner! Kris UPPERCUTS, runs side to side, and she- NO, Britt dodges and the knee hits buckles! Britt goes up, STATE COLLEGE SUN- NO, no sunrise! But then Britt turns the tuck to a sunset flip! TWO!! Kris ROUNDHOUSES again! And reels Britt in to tuck and POWER- NO, Britt slips free! DESTROYER!!! Kris wobbles, Britt reels her in, underhooks for a PEDIGREE!! CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kris survives and no one can believe it! Britt is shocked, too, but she goes back to the corner.
Britt hops up, Kris rises, “D! M! D!” But Kris Electric Chair Lifts! Britt fights free and has an IRON OCTOPUS!! Fans are thunderous as Britt brings Kris down to a knee with this! But Kriss fights back up! So LOCKJAW OCTOPUS COMBO!!! Britt drags Kris down to the mat, fans are freaking out, but Kris rolls it with a fisherman hook! KRIS WINS!!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Nittany Lions cannot believe it! Kris snatches victory from the Lockjaw of defeat! Even so, Britt shows Kris respect by shaking her hand, and then raising it in victory. But wait! We see in the skybox that Julia Hart is watching. Will the Lady of the House of Black look to take everything away from Mama Kris?
A great episode of Collision here, but it felt like a lot of talking even for an AEW program. Also, what was with them not knowing they were live before the Keith Lee and Ricky Starks interviews? I’d like to think AEW has figured out how to do live television by now, but I guess not. They didn’t have the problem with The Elite’s promo, but that’s because they literally have asking Cutler if they’re live as part of the bit. That aside, it is both odd yet intriguing that Keith Lee VS Shane Taylor is being revisited almost a year after the Swerve in Our Glory story… Well, it never resolved, but that’s when Keith and Swerve broke up.
Speaking of The Elite, Hung Bucks had a good promo and I should’ve known they would challenge for the ROH World Six Man titles. I said on Dynamite that I hoped they wouldn’t, because it kinda buries the entire ROH roster if no other team could dethrone The Embassy but The Hung Bucks just jump right in and win. Though, I suppose it’s no different than the ROH World Tag titles being used in story for MJF and Adam Cole. The Righteous VS The Hardys was really good, too, and a bit surprised The Righteous won. But they’re after the ROH tag titles just like The Kingdom, so maybe MJF & Cole get overwhelmed and lose the belts that way.
Then we got some good stuff out of the Acclaimed and Dark Order story. Clever swerve (if that’s what it counts as) where they change Uno out for Silver, bring up a ringside ban, and then Uno still shows up to help cheat Bowens. Their own AEW World Trios Championship match will also be next week for Rampage, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition to me. I really thought The Dark Order would be in ROH more so they could get the ROH Six Man belts, but Tony Khan had different plans. What I’d like for him to see through is The Dark Order getting new recruits.
Great promos from Hobbs and Miro to hype up a future rematch, but Hobbs emphasizing the word “absolutely” and his video package having some clips with Starks in it makes me think Hobbs will want to revisit that feud. And Miro’s possibilities are very open, or maybe too much. Honestly, I thought he was going to feud with The House of Black to revisit something also not wrapped up, and then he could take MJF being the “Devil of AEW” literally so that Miro could show God he can destroy what not even He could. But for now, it just feels like Miro is so far removed from the top title, it is a real shame.
Starks & Bill VS Bryan & Claudio was great stuff, and great Heel win for Starks & Bill over Bryan & Claudio. Starks continues to call out his being overlooked, and Starks VS Bryan in a Texas Death Match is going to be insane. FTR VS Iron Savages was a lot of fun, but of course FTR wins. Aussie Open crushing two randos that didn’t even get introduced was pretty fun, but I figured they’d call out FTR for a rematch. I would think the titles will be on the line, as I don’t see The Workhorsemen taking the titles off FTR. FTR VS Aussie Open could go either way, but even then, it feels like FTR comes out the winners there to take these titles to Full Gear.
Really good match from Andrade VS Scorpio, but Andrade winning was a surprise after the Scorpio promo. But it would seem Bullet Club Gold wants to start a feud with Andrade, which still leads me to wonder why Andrade and La Faccion Ingobernable aren’t reunited yet. That would make for some great faction feuding there. Though, why did they drop Andrade VS House of Black so soon? Again, I guess Tony Khan changed plans, but he should really see certain plans through first. This kind of disconnected booking feels a bit like older WWE, if you ask me.
Very good promos from Eddie and Claudio to call each other out and put some last hype on their Winner Takes All match next week. That is going to be an amazing match, for both what they can do in the ring and for the story behind this. Then another hilarious promo from Cassidy and Hook, and #OrangeHook is going to be a great team. Though, that is both a great move, and a disappointing move because Hook just got the FTW title back and should be facing new challengers, while Cassidy should be (kayfabe) healing up so he can go after a new title, like the TNT Championship once this thing with Christian, Luchasaurus and Darby is over.
And great TBS Championship match tonight, though it was gonna be hard to follow Kris VS Jade from last night. AEW tends to favor hometown heroes, but as I said with Kris VS Jade, they couldn’t have Kris lose the belt so soon. Britt could still try again down the line, maybe going fully Heel again, but she and Shida should really have things out first, and then the winner of that faces Kris for the title at like Full Gear.
My Score: 8.8/10
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