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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/4/20)

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The last Dynamite before Full Gear could explode at the drop of a hat!

Before having a surely brutal I Quit match over the AEW World Championship, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston will meet once more, face to face!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • MJF & Wardlow VS Sammy Guevara & Ortiz w/ The Inner Circle; MJF & Wardlow win.
  • Miro w/ The Superbad Couple VS Trent w/ Best Friends; Miro wins.
  • Private Party VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes; Nyla wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & The Gunn Club VS The Dark Order; Cody & The Gunn Club win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dasha interviews The Inner Circle!

Le Champion says that before he joins the amazing commentary that only he can do, he gives credit to Jake Hager, “the toughest man on the planet.” He is 3-0, undefeated in MMA, just look at the battle scars. MJF and Wardlow come in and MJF says he hates the cut Jericho off, even though he is, to talk about the tension last week. He doesn’t want that, but is glad to know Jericho is doing commentary. Jericho will have a front row seat to see exactly why MJF belongs in the Inner Circle. Well it’s interesting that “Max” says that, as Jericho has been thinking about things. MJF does check a lot of boxes, but there’s one thing missing from the total package.

Look at Hager: two black eyes, 15 stitches, still won his fight. Look at Santana: tough as nails. Killer instinct, crazy in the head, willing to do anything to win. Jericho doesn’t see that in MJF. He doesn’t. In fact, MJF is a bit… soft. Soft? Yes, soft. “Just watch.” MJF and Wardlow head off while Jericho heads out to commentary! Will MJF prove he’s anything but soft this close to the Full Gear proving grounds match?

MJF & Wardlow VS Sammy Guevara & Ortiz w/ The Inner Circle!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his muscle are ready to prove worthy of joining Le Champion’s faction, but will the Sammy Guevara and the Puerto Rican pitbull stop him at the door?

The teams sort out and Sammy starts against MJF. Fans fire up but MJF tags out to Wardlow, of course. Ortiz tags in and he stands against Wardlow as fans chant “SOFT! SOFT!” Ortiz headlocks but Wardlow puts him in a corner. Ortiz goes up and over and comes back to dropkick a leg out! Wardlow stays up but Ortiz is on him with forearms. Ortiz kicks but Wardlow blocks to CHOKE SLAM! Wardlow seethes, but MJF wants in so Wardlow tags him in. Fans want Wardlow but Ortiz dodges the knee drop! And claws the back! Ortiz throws haymakers, then dodges but Wardlow gets a cheap shot in! Ortiz chops Wardlow, Wardlow ROCKS Ortiz!

MJF stomps a mudhole into Ortiz, digs his boots in but the ref counts. MJF lets off and shouts at fans before he tags Wardlow back in. Wardlow stomps Ortiz but Ortiz hits back with body shots. Wardlow shoves, Ortiz elbows MJF but Wardlow RAMS him into the corner! Wardlow stomps a mudhole in, MJF tags in and fans boo. MJF drags Ortiz up, throws him down hard, then taunts Ortiz to crawl to Sammy. Ortiz hits MJF, MJF DECKS Ortiz, then he taunts Sammy. Ortiz BITES MJF’s leg so MJF BITES Ortiz’s head! The ref has to keep Sammy back and MJF chokes Ortiz in the distraction! MJF blows a kiss to Sammy then says Jericho should watch this. But Ortiz boots MJF, elbows Wardlow, but MJF catches Ortiz to wring him out into the buckles! Cover, TWO!

MJF keeps on Ortiz with knee drops to the arm. MJF stands on the arm, wrenches it to a wristlock, and tags Wardlow. Wardlow stomps Ortiz’s arm, drags him up to wrench and yank the arm, then ram the shoulder in over and over! Wardlow puts Ortiz in the corner, tags MJF and MJF snapmares Ortiz to a high keylock. Fans chant “SOFT! SOFT!” again but Ortiz grinds on the hold harder. Ortiz fights up as fans rally and Ortiz throws haymakers. MJF knees low, whips Ortiz but Ortiz reverses. MJF and Wardlow stop from colliding, and MJF hurries after Ortiz. Ortiz enziguris back! Wardlow tags in, Ortiz stomps his bad foot and tags Sammy! Sammy enziguris and knees Wardlow but Wardlow stays up! Wardlow blocks one kick but not the HEEL KICK!

MJF tags in, Sammy dodges and KNEES him in the corner! Sammy RAMS into Wardlow, enziguris him, then springboards to crossbody them both! Fans fire up with Sammy as he DIVES into MJF! Then he FLIES onto Wardlow! Sammy has the fans all fired up as MJF runs into his back suplex KICK! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives but Sammy drags him up. Ortiz tags in, Sammy and Ortiz have MJF in a corner, hoist him up top and climb, but Wardlow shoves Sammy down! Ortiz kicks Wardlow then springboard missile dropkicks! But Ortiz’s leg bothers him, and MJF double stomps the arm! Ortiz fights MJF off but MJF goes after the arm. MJF whips Ortiz at Wardlow but Ortiz clotheslines himself and Wardlow out!

Sammy returns and stares down with MJF. Fans are thunderous but MJF handsprings?! But so does Sammy! Sammy kicks, MJF blocks and flips but Sammy lands on his feet. MJF pokes Sammy’s eye! MJF runs, into a KNEE! Sammy torture racks MJF for GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, but Wardlow breaks it! Ortiz gets in and goes after Wardlow! Sammy and Ortiz double whip but Wardlow dodges one to get a dropkick and bulldog! Sammy hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Ortiz hits a back senton! The Inner Circle regroups and Ortiz tags back in. They drag MJF up, hoist him back up and climb back up. Wardlow returns again, has Sammy and Ortiz, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex!! Wardlow drags MJF over, tags in, and he drags Ortiz up for the F10!!Ortiz spasms and flounders, Wardlow covers, SAMMY FROG SPLASHES IT APART!

MJF tags back in, Sammy throws him out! Sammy springboards for a 450 AX HANDLE! Sammy puts MJF back in and Jericho is thunderous! Serpentico wants a high five but Sammy leaves him hanging. Wait that’s not Serpentico, that’s MATT HARDY! And he CHUCKS a chair at Sammy!! Sammy is down, Ortiz has MJF but MJF gets the arm! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA! Ortiz taps, MJF and Wardlow win!!

Winners: MJF & Wardlow, by submission

Sammy’s other enemy costs him against this one! Jericho is satisfied with this, though, because MJF still has to earn it at Full Gear! MJF takes the fight to Jericho as he TACKLES him into the back drop!! Hager and Santana return to back MJF off! But Jericho is smiling?! Will MJF win at Full Gear only to lose the Inner Circle’s favor?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Kenny Omega.

They sit down at “home,” but it isn’t Kenny’s dog or his home. Omega has relocated to Jacksonville temporarily to focus on the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, especially now that he’s in the finals. Right, Omega and Hangman Page will be facing off. Hangman had some wars while Omega got replacement matches. How does Omega think Sonny Kiss and Penta El Zero M feel? Omega counters by asking how we think he feels, having game plans that had to change. Omega knows AEW boasts all the time about being the “sports-based product,” wins and losses matter and all that. They brag about it.

Tony Khan knows the NFL and the Premier League, and Omega would’ve loved to walk into his office and asked, “Hey, TK, how would we handle this in one of those areas?” Schiavone figures it would’ve been with byes into the next round. And could you dispute that? No, he couldn’t. But making it to the finals on Omega’s own merits, to meet his former tag team partner no less, that is the proper way to do it. It seemed rather obvious. Was it, though? Omega bet on Wardlow. But lo and behold, Adam Page, Omega’s former partner.

If you were a betting man, knowing that Omega wins every tournament he’s been in to date, even the most prestigious ones, who would you bet on? Hard to bet against Omega. And with that in mind, Omega leaves it up to us. Who do you got? Omega or Page? It seems to be destiny that Omega wins the tournament, and then the world title. Will Hangman deny destiny with some #CowboyStuff?

 

Miro w/ The Superbad Couple VS Trent w/ Best Friends!

The Best Man and Kip Sabian have beef with the Best Friends, and put the trick in “trick or treat” last week, making Trent and Chuck Taylor think all was forgiven. But nothing is forgiven, there will only be pain! Will Miro’s first singles match in AEW be but a sample of what is coming?

AEW returns as Miro makes is entrance. Miro and Trent start shoving but the ref keeps the peace. The introductions are made, but Miro wants to introduce Trent. This match will be until TRENT falls because he’s stupid and his mom never taught him manners! Trent dropkicks Miro for that so the bell rings! Trent fires off, Miro shoves him away but Trent dodges to fire off more forearms! Trent has Miro in a corner, but Miro blocks the tornado to power him off! Trent dodges again, boots back then hops up, but Miro yanks him down for a SAIDO! Miro glares with wild eyes and then he drops elbows! Cover, TWO, but Miro drops elbows and KICKS Trent in the back! Miro throws haymakers, throws European Uppercuts, and stomps Trent down!

Kip talks smack but the fans rally up. Miro digs boots in, the ref counts and Miro lets off at 4. Miro drags Trent up, reels him in and LARIATS! Miro snarls as he looms over Trent and kicks at him. Trent gets up, Miro suplexes him hard and fast, then stalks behind him. Trent gets up, CHOPS and kicks, but Miro stays up. Trent fires off more forearms, then runs but into Miro’s elbow! Miro chokes Trent on the ropes while Jericho talks smack on Orange Cassidy. The ref lets off, and Kip gets a cheap shot! So Chuck goes after Kip, and CHUCKS him into the stage wall! They brawl around the way and up the steps! Penelope wants to follow but Cassidy stays in her way.

Miro throws hands on Trent in the corner and rocks Trent! Miro whips Trent corner to corner and hits a big corner splash! Trent flops against ropes, then Miro whips him back the other way! Trent tumbles up, back but dodges the corner splash! Trent CHOPS Miro, and CHOPS him again! Miro knees low then whips but Trent kicks back! Trent runs and hits a clothesline in the corner, then hits the tornado, but still no DDT! Miro SUPLEXES Trent, then POSTS him! Trent falls out of the ring hard and fans boo as Miro glares, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Miro encourages fans to make noise while Trent is down and out. Cassidy checks on Trent but Trent slowly rises. Miro goes out to throw Trent into barriers! And then drags him up again, talks trash to his face, and then POSTS him again! Trent is down, clutching his shoulder, but Miro looms over him. Miro drags Trent up, puts him in, and takes his time following. Miro sits Trent up for elbow after elbow then a chinlock! Trent endures the grind, Cassidy rallies the fans as hard as he can, which is to say a 6 out of 10. Penelope stops him from that, and SLAPS him so hard his sunglasses go flying! So he takes HER sunglasses for his own! And puts his hands in his pockets, only for THE DARK ORDER to attack!? They still seem to have beef over the TNT Championship scene!

The Numbers all pick Cassidy up and feed him to John Silver’s BOOT! The ref sees them all and EJECTS them all! Rightfully so, they have no reason to be here otherwise! Miro even runs them off with rage alone! Miro goes back to Trent in the ring but Trent throws elbows! Miro stomps Trent down and AEW returns to single picture. Miro drags Trent up, runs and RUNNING KICKS him down! Fans boo but Miro soaks up the heat. Miro looms over Trent and whips him to ropes to then pick him up for a bearhug! Trent endures, fans rally as he fights back with bell claps! Miro ROCKS Trent with a right but Trent jawbreakers back! Trent throws forearms with the good arm, but Miro shoves him, only for Trent to clothesline!

Miro stays up and scowls but Trent tries another lariat. Still nothing so Trent runs, dodges Miro and LARIATS him down! Cover, ONE?! Trent keeps his cool and drags Miro up. Trent throws forearms and CHOPS, but Miro ROCKS him with a haymaker! Miro kicks at Trent but Trent gets up! They are forehead to forehead, Trent SLAPS, ducks the kick then HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Trent fires up and he aims from a corner. Trent runs but Miro catches the flying knee! For a SWINGING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Miro fires up, and he stomps around. Trent rises, Miro kicks but misses, Trent sunset flips! TWO!! Miro runs but is dumped out! Trent builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the barriers! Trent gets Miro in and then runs corner to corner for a clothesline! FINALLY the tornado DDT!!

Trent aims from a corner again as Miro rises. Trent runs to PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Miro survives but Trent doesn’t waste time being frustrated. Trent goes to a corner, springboards but his leg gives out! Miro hits the BEST KICK! And then… GAME OVER!! Trent endures but he taps, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission

And he puts Trent BACK into Game Over!! Trent is fading, Chuck returns and attacks Miro! But Kip returns to go after Chuck! Kip runs to dropkick Chuck and dump him out! Superbad and The Best Man regroup, to go after Best Friends together! They stomp Best Friends, grab a mic, and Miro says, “I told you. You have no manners, and it’s all because of your mother.” But Cassidy is up top and SLOTH FALLS onto them! Fans are fired up for Freshly Squeezed while Kip keeps Miro back! It may have been Game Over for Trent, but there are lives to give! Who will win this game between The Best and the Best Friends?

 

Jim Ross interviews Hangman Page.

Hangman has another drink, of course. He’s doing alright. Saturday, Full Gear, main event level match. How is he feeling about taking on Omega? So good. Hangman has had so much time to prepare. Right away, Hangman saw himself on one side of the bracket, and Omega on the other side. It was just natural that it’d end up between them. Hangman has had lots of time to prepare, and is ready to whoop ass. JR says Omega and Hangman may have been the best AEW World Tag Team Champions yet. What is Hangman’s strategy for Omega? Hangman knows all Omega’s moves, and knows how to reverse all those moves, so there.

Is Hangman lying to JR? This seems like Hangman is nervous and he’s having what looks like bourbon, and perhaps not his first bourbon today. Is Hangman nervous? Well, yeah. Hangman admits he’s a little nervous. Everyone who goes through the tunnel is nervous. Most are too proud to admit it maybe, but Hangman will. Day one, Hangman vowed he would be the inaugural AEW World Champion, and no one believed it but him. But they were right. This will be the closest Hangman has gotten since then. If Hangman doesn’t win, he doesn’t know what he has other than this glass of whiskey. Though, it is good whiskey. As Mama would say, everything in moderation. But JR wishes Hangman luck either way.

 

AEW profiles FTR VS The Young Bucks.

JR says “Tag team aficionados are drooling.” This could be the tag match of the year. Taz says the rivalry started way before AEW, and Excalibur says that the Bucks were considered the best tag team in the world, and not just by fans but also journalists. Until they weren’t, after FTR blew up. Matt Hardy says they’re both extremely talented teams, with two different styles. One is rough and tumble, the other is razzle dazzle. SCU says both teams are the absolute best they’ve ever faced. JR says the accolade of THE best goes where the titles are, that’s how it is always measured. Right now, FTR have the titles. But Arn Anderson says the seasoning, the viciousness and the fact Tully is there favors FTR.

Billy Gunn says the Bucks’ new attitude is what they needed. Tully of course says FTR retains. But the Bucks. have put it on themselves: All or nothing. If they don’t win now, they’ll never challenge for the tag titles again. FTR says that’s shooting yourself in the foot, but Hardy says that’s the proper incentive. SCU predicts only that they’re watching. The Bucks want to bet it all on themselves once again, but will they go broke doing that?

 

Taz calls out Will Hobbs.

“That clock is still ticking, buddy. And I’m really losing my patience.” But that’s not even why he and Team Taz are here right now. Taz wants to tell us what he did today. For not one, not two, but for THREE HOURS, Taz sat outside the office of Tony Khan, trying to get even two minutes of his time. And then an assistant comes up and says “TK” is busy dealing with people that are going to compete this Saturday at Full Gear. Oh, okay, Taz will just leave then. “Hey, Tony. You forced me to come out here with a live mic now.” If Tony won’t talk in private, Taz will talk in public. AEW has a ranking system that Taz believes in. Brian Cage, The Machine, is 10-1, practically undefeated because that match with Moxley shouldn’t count. But Cage is also ranked NUBMER ONE! Who betta than Cage? Absolutely nobody!

And how about Ricky Starks? All he’s done is win 10 out of 11. And he’s not top five?! What kind of horse sh*t is that?! But here are the facts, Jack! Starks has hit every opportunity out of the park, home runs! He has opened Dynamite, closed Dynamite, and proven why he IS Absolute. So that’s why he has a hard time figuring out why he ain’t ranked. But hear them out. 1+1=2, and that makes sense. But what doesn’t make sense is that they STILL don’t have a match at Full Gear! So Starks is asking, begging, someone! Make it make sense! Taz wishes he could but he can’t. But tell you what. Cody defending the title against Darby Allin, that will be a great match. Cody and Darby have a lot in common actually. They’re both entitled, spoiled and given everything they want.

So Mr. EVP, Cody, listen up! You run around with your good looks, chiseled body, custom suits all knotted up nice, with the fancy title. But anyone who knows Cody knows he lives the motto, “Do the work.” Team Taz has done the work, but they are getting worked! Live on PPV, there WILL be an FTW presence, Taz guarantees it. Jericho agrees! Will “TK” give them something? Anything?

 

Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS The Young Bucks!

Once again, these two teams meet, and while Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy won that shocker in the inaugural tag title tournament, Matt and Nick Jackson made up for that and more in the Fatal 4 Way contender’s match. But whether out of fear, jealousy or just plain spite, FTR damaged Matt’s leg and endangered the Full Gear match. Matt insists he can still go, but will what is only hurt end up broken before the end of the night?

Speaking of broken, Sammy breaks in and attacks Hardy! Payback for earlier with a TWIST OF FATE to the ramp! And Sammy rains down angry fists from all sides! Private Party runs Sammy off while AEW goes picture in picture! Hardy can’t stay ringside after that, but will he be still okay to make Sammy face ELITE DELETION at Full Gear?

AEW returns and the Bucks make their entrance. The introductions are made, the teams sort out and Nick starts with Quen. They circle, tie up, and Nick headlocks. Quen powers out, Nick runs him over and covers, ONE! Quen headlocks, Nick powers out but Quen uses a leg to turn him over. Nick dodges the standing moonsault, CHOPS and then “LUCHA LIBRE~” arm drags! And then another arm-drag! Nick has the armlock but Quen powers up. Nick wrenches, tags Matt in, and Matt takes the hand-off to wrench, step over and arm-drag. Kassidy tags in, Matt drop toeholds and Nick tags in to slingshot leg drop! Nick drags Kassidy up, tags Matt back in, and they double wrench and wrench and CHOP! They double whip, double elbow, but Quen gets in.

The Bucks intercept to double suplex him onto Kassidy! And then double dropkicks drop Private Party! The Bucks watch as Private Party regroups, to DOUBLE PLANCHA! But Matt’s leg is bothering him again! Matt walks it off and Nick puts Kassidy in. Matt insists he stay in but Kassidy throws body shots! Kassidy throws forearms, whips but Matt reverses. Kassidy goes up, Quen tags in and Kassidy headscissors Matt into the enziguri! Springboard crossbody! TWO! Quen dropkicks Matt but Nick tags in! Nick dodges Quen, Quen whips and tags Kassidy. Private Party double whip, Atomic drop and enziguri! Leg sweep and ‘SAY CHEESE, BABY!” DOUBLE STOMPS! Matt gets in but Private Party double hip toss him onto Nick! And then Private Party double dropkick! Now the Bucks bail out and Quen finally throws off the vest.

Private Party build speed and DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit on both ends, Quen puts Nick in and Kassidy joins in. They double back suplex Nick then Quen kips up! Quen and Kassidy are in opposite corners but Matt shoves Kassidy to the ramp! Quen leaps, Nick dodges him! Nick runs, Quen dodges but Matt tags in as Nick goes up and over! Nick back kicks hard, aims from the corner, shining wizard! And knee, and forearm, and BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Matt drags Quen up as Nick coordinates with him. “This is Awesome!” as Nick tags back in and Matt drapes Quen on ropes. 450 SPLASH! Cover, Kassidy breaks it! Nick throws Kassidy out, tags Matt back in, and then Nick goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK Kassidy down!

Matt drags Quen up, Nick aims and Matt gut wrenches. Quen fights out and Nick springboards in, but into the DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans fire up as everyone is down! Quen stirs as AEW goes picture in picture.

Quen gets to his corner but Kassidy is down. Matt reels Quen in, Quen slips out of the back suplex but so does Matt! But Matt’s bad leg bothers him again! Quen sighs but Matt throat chops him! There’s the bad attitude, too! Matt hobbles, drags Quen up and brings him around to suplex up and over! Fist drop! Cover, TWO! Matt keeps his cool but Quen hits back. Matt trips Quen, Nick tags in, catapult forearm! Quen is stuck on Matt’s knees, Nick springboard DOUBLE STOMPS him! Nick checks on Matt but Matt says to keep on Quen. Nick drags Quen up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Matt in. They mug Quen and Matt fires off ax handles to club Quen to the ground, for ground ‘n’ pound!

Matt lets off to walk off the pain in his leg, but that’s a lot of pain. Matt brings Quen up to grind him down with a facelock. Quen fights up, fights his way to the corner and fans are fired up! But Matt turns it around for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging suplex, TWO! Matt tags Nick, the Bucks drag Quen away and AEW returns to single picture. They double whip, double hip toss but Quen lands on his feet to throw Bucks into each other! DOUBLE RANA! Tag to Kassidy! Kassidy dodges Nick to springboard hotshot Matt! And Kassidy rallies on Nick! Nick reverse the whip but Kassidy BOOTS him! Kassidy goes out to mule kick Matt, enziguri Nick, then SPRINGBOARD THROWBACK STUNNER! The Bucks end up on the outside together, Kassidy builds speed to TORNILLO!

Kassidy is fired up, he puts Nick in and covers, TWO! Kassidy keeps his cool and fans rally up. Kassidy elbows Nick, tags Quen, and they double whip. Drop toehold into the knees, and then the step-up STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and Quen is beside himself. Fans are dueling, rallying, Kassidy tags in. Nick throws hands, but Matt is in no shape to tag with that bad ankle! Nick runs in but Kassidy blocks the Shining Wizard to fire off on Nick! Nick boots Kassidy, Quen has him roll off his back, GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Cover, but Matt breaks it!! Fans are thunderous as Kassidy throws Matt out! Kassidy drags Nick over and tags Quen in. Quen goes up, SHOOTING STAR- No! Nick moves and Matt SPEARS him! Nick SUPERKICKS Kassidy, SHINING WIZARDS Quen, covers, TWO!

The Bucks can’t believe it, but they coordinate. Matt gut wrenches, Nick springboards but Kassidy anchors him! Quen victory rolls, TWO! Matt has Quen in a cover, TWO! Quen has Matt again, TWO!! Matt hurries up to kick but Quen blocks! Quen considers what to do with the already bad leg, but Nick SUPERKICKS him first! Quen wobbles, Matt tags back in, and the Bucks hit the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, the Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall

Matt’s bad leg is still attached, so that’s good enough for him! But will it be good enough for him and his brother to finally become AEW World Tag Team Champions? But FTR ambush them!! FTR stomps away and Tully has a chair! GOODNIGHT EXPRESS!! Tully wants the chair to be used, and Cash Wheeler puts it around Matt’s bad leg! Dax Harwood keeps Nick down but also makes him watch! Cash stomps Matt so he stops resisting, then Tully holds Matt down. Cash goes up top, throws the jacket off and taunts Matt with the belt! But here comes HANGMAN! Hangman runs FTR off! And Omega, too! The Elite has been on loose terms but they aren’t going to allow the Bucks to be sidelined like this!

Omega and Hangman fist bump to show there is respect still. But then Hangman gets upset that Omega turned away. Will the Bucks be able to take those titles being less than 100%? Will Hangman and Omega still have respect for each other after finally going 1v1?

 

Tony Schiavone presides over the AEW World Championship face-to-face.

First out is the Mad King, Eddie Kingston! He tells Schiavone to do his job and hold that mic up. Then of course, the champion, Jon Moxley! Tony Khan has warned both men that ANY physicality here tonight will void the match on Saturday. Kingston waits and Moxley comes in from the parking lot! Kingston eggs him on already, throwing his hat and taking the mic from Schiavone. “You think this is a game, Jon?!” Kingston vows to destroy him on November 7th and take that title, hand it to his mom, and tell Mama Kingston the reason she doesn’t have a grandchild is cuz of the belt! The reason she doesn’t even have a daughter-in-law is cuz of the belt! This is what matters in the sport! No other title means this much! And Moxley is holding it, so Kingston has to take him out.

Kingston had to become a sellout, he had to become what he hates, it’s too late. Moxley isn’t saving Kingston, and he isn’t saving that title, either. Moxley takes the mic now, and tells Kingston, “They say be careful who you call your friends. Me, I’d rather have four quarters than 100 pennies.” The longer you are in this business, the more you learn about loyalty. And how it’s a b*tch. Moxley has been burned time and again, but he never thought it’d be by Kingston. Moxley was so happy for Kingston when he signed. Kingston tries to interrupt with “Who cares?!” but Moxley tells him to shut up and listen. Moxley was happy for Kingston and his mom, Ruthie, whose dream it was- Don’t you say her name! Moxley sat at her table, said grace with her, and who he promised he would always have her son’s back! No matter what trouble Kingston caused for himself, Moxley would be there.

Moxley admits, he broke that promise along the way. But Moxley believes that the loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room, and Kingston’s been really loud lately. That’s not the Kingston he knows, so what’s going on? Moxley has an idea. After 18 years, Kingston finally gets his shot, the shot he never thought he’d get. Deep down in Kingston’s heart, he knows he’ll be in the ring with the AEW World Champion, the best wrestler in the world today. And he will lose. So it is scary, yes, after 18 years, it turns out Kingston didn’t deserve it after all. The worst part? The part that makes Moxley sick, is that Kingston made a promise to his mom that he can’t keep. Moxley tells Kingston he has no problem doing what he has to, so Kingston tells Moxley “get ready to kill me.” Kingston says this is real! Kingston doesn’t care about the show, he dares Moxley to take him out! If not, that title is his!

Moxley promises that at Full Gear, “You will find, when you are alone with nothing but your ego, and that is a lonely, lonely place,” Kingston will see he is NOT the man he thought he was, and then he will say the words! Will there be any quit in either man?

 

PAC has a message for AEW!

Kingston’s words, “Where’s your little British friend?” bother him. Pac watching Dynamite while being stranded bothers him. “You see, the funny thing about isolation, you’ve got nobody to play with!” SEVEN MONTHS! “The far side of the Atlantic, again the casualty of this rotten world.” But don’t worry about little ol’ Pac. He’s been here before: lost, abandon, and with “them” wanting him to crumble. But with every day that passes, he gets better and stronger and faster and “more ****ed up!” Pac sees everything now. Will the crazy Bastard return with a viciousness the world has never seen?

 

Backstage interview the Natural Nightmares.

Alex Marvez says Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall requested a match and they got it! They will take on The Butcher & the Blade 2v2 next week! Dustin tells Butcher and Blade that next week- Allie interrupts?! She “thanks” QT for the gifts, and lets him know the cards are maxed out. And then Butcher attacks with a kendo stick! SMACK for Dustin, SMACK for QT, and then Blade tops it off with a trash can lid THWACK! Allie laughs as QT and Dustin are beat down with the TRASH CAN, and then buried under the staging back drop! Will the Natural Nightmares even be in any shape to settle the score?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes!

The Native Beast finally has her rematch for the AEW Women’s Championship and Hikaru Shida, but she needs one last tune-up before Full Gear. Will she devour Red Velvet as an appetizer before a Full Metal Warrior feast?

The bell rings and immediately Velvet dropkicks Nyla! Velvet fires off forearms but Nyla shoves. Velvet dodges, calf kicks and has Nyla in a corner for stomps! The ref counts, Velvet lets off to dig her boot in and do the splits! Nyla glares and gets right up to CLOBBER Velvet! Nyla steps on Velvet then drags her up! DEAD LIFT choke grip to put Velvet in the corner for big body shots! Nyla runs corner to corner for a back body check then a LARIAT! Shida is watching from the crowd as Nyla fireman’s carries Velvet. Velvet fights out, KICKS a leg then mule kicks low! Nyla still shoves her away but Velvet boots back! Velvet goes up, leaps, but is caught! Nyla blocks the huricanrana to BEAST BOMB!! Nyla covers but lets off!

Nyla drags Velvet up to stare Shida down. Nyla runs, and uses a RUNNING KNEE on Velvet! She’s copying Shida’s Tamashi shining wizard! Now Nyla covers, and wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

The Beast is barreling towards Full Gear, but copying the champion’s moves only goes so far. And Vickie says “This is such a pathetic visual.” Velvet comes out with Brandi, the CBO, and still loses? Vickie will give Brandi a new title: The CBSO! Get it? Chief BULLSH*T Officer! Brandi steps to Vickie but Nyla steps in. Vickie has real business to get to. She feels so appreciated now that Tony Khan is listening to her. Because Shida, whether you want to admit it or not, Tony basically made her accept the challenge from Nyla. And it’s great Shida is here tonight. Here’s some insight on what happens Saturday: Nyla will break Shida’s bones, make her cry, and then Shida will surrender. So enjoy your last few days as champion. Gomenasai~!

Vickie’s taunting riles Shida up and she GRABS Vickie by the throat! But Nyla comes over to hit Shida! They brawl!! Referees hurry to break this up, and Vickie says it’s alright. Nyla can wait a few more days to get at the title. But will she get the title? Or just the same she got at Double or Nothing?

 

AEW profiles the Eliminator Tournament finals.

Omega VS Page. Excalibur isn’t sure if this is the showdown either man was hoping for, but… JR says they’re two individuals that ended up as a team and gelled. Taz says Omega is still trying to find who he is in AEW, after his time with Hangman as a team. When they finally lost, that gave Omega this excuse to say he doesn’t need anyone else. Schiavone says Omega wins because he has so much confidence. JR says if Hangman can focus, eh can win. But Don Callis says as the foremost expert on all things Omega, Omega wins again at Full Gear. Schiavone wonders how much each man has taken away from the other in just knowing the other’s moves.

There’s a bit of a musical montage here now reviewing the time Cleaner and Cowboy were a team. The meteoric rise and sudden fall. It’s all set to Don’t Know What You Got (‘Til It’s Gone) by glam metal band, Cinderella. Hangman perhaps the lower low, and Omega is confident he is going to rise to the highest highs. But the real question is, will they still be friends after it’s all said and done?

 

BREAKING NEWS for the Full Gear card!

After the confrontation earlier tonight, Orange Cassidy VS John Silver is now part of the main show! And the Buy-In now has some gold as Serena Deeb defends her NWA Women’s World Championship against ALLYSIN KAY! Will the hottest free agent in women’s wrestling right now take that title on her first try?

 

AEW also has matches set for next week’s Dynamite!

Rey Fenix is now 100% again and wants a rematch with his brother! Will the Lucha Brothers stay in one piece this time, both physically and as a team?

 

AEW hears from Darby Allin.

Darby spray painted a car with “Face of TNT” on it, as well as skulls. And he uses a skateboard to SMASH the window to get inside! “Cody” has a lighter as he waits for Darby to drive at him! “Cody” goes up and over the car with a tumble! Will Darby run through the real American Nightmare as easily as he did that stunt double?

 

Six Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & The Gunn Club VS The Dark Order!

Speaking of the TNT Champion, he escaped a chaotic Lumberjack situation with some help from Billy Gunn and his son, Austin. Will they triumph together over BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana, John Silver and Preston Vance in their first outing together?

AEW returns once more as the Gunn Club make their entrance with a new titantron video! They’re even wearing Nightmare Family merch? They’ve joined the family officially?! That’s pretty wild! And of course, Cody makes his own over-the-top entrance. Darby watches from the nosebleeds to keep a close eye on Cody ahead of their TNT Championship match. Cody starts against Silver and fans are fired up! They tie up, Silver headlocks but Cody powers up and out. They collide and neither falls so Sliver stares Cody down. Sliver SLAPS Cody and eggs him on. Cody kicks, drops down and uppercuts! Cody fireman’s carries and drops for a gut buster rack! Cody drags Silver up to tag in Austin. Austin kicks low, wrenches Silver but Silver throws a forearm!

Silver has Austin in a corner and CHOPS him! Silver whips Austin corner to corner, Austin goes up and over and rolls Silver up. Silver slips out, rolls Austin up but Austin rolls through to basement dropkick the legs out! THROWBACK! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps on Silver but Silver has a wild look on his face. Billy tags in but Silver gets away! Cabana pats Silver on the head and Silver fires up. Silver says he’s FRIGGIN’ JACKED, BABY! Then he tags in Cabana… Cabana and Billy circle, tie up, Billy headlocks but Cabana powers out. Billy runs Cabana over and looms over him. Things speed up, Billy hurdles but Cabana elbows! Cabana runs but Billy catches him to back suplex him HARD! Fans fire up, Billy covers, TWO!

Billy keeps close to Cabana to put him in the corner. Tag to Austin and the Gunns hand-off the wrench. Cabana hits hard, tags Vance in and Vance runs, only for Austin to back drop him! Cabana runs into a BIG right! Austin has Vance, whips him but Vance reverses. Austin dodges but Cabana distracts the ref and Silver gets a cheap shot in! Austin DECKS Silver for it, but Vance SPINE BUSTERS Austin! Cabana stops distracting the ref as Vance looms over Austin. Vance drags Austin up, brings him around and BOOTS him! Austin is in a daze as AEW goes picture in picture.

Vance drags Austin up to fish hook the face and put Austin in a corner. Vance CHOPS and CHOPS and brings Austin away, to then bump him off buckles! Cabana wanted it to be his elbow but Silver makes fun of him for it. Silver tags in and the Numbers mug Austin. Silver brings Austin around to KICK down, and then he double guns at Billy Gunn. The ref keeps Billy back and Silver stands on Austin’s neck while flexing on Billy! Silver lets up at 4, and he drags Austin back up for another KICK! Austin stays up so Silver drags him to the corner and tags in Cabana. Austin shoves back but Cabana whips Silver in for the clothesline! Silver fees Austin to Cabana’s elbow! Cabana keeps Austin from getting to the corner and drags him back to a cover. ONE, but Cabana just smirks.

Cabana drags Austin up, fans rally as Cabana whips, and Austin ducks and sunset flips! Cabana stays up with flailing arms, and flailing arms, and more flailing, but Austin gets him down! TWO, and Cabana DECKS Austin! Cabana tags Vance, Vance looms over Austin and stays between him and the corner. Vance brings Austin up, whips him to the Dark Order corner HARD, then runs in, only for Austin to boot back! Austin punches Cabana and Silver, but runs into Vance’s arms! Vance RAMS Austin into the corner as AEW returns to single picture. Cabana tags in, fires off forearms and body shots, and more forearms! Cabana DECKS Cody just because! But Austin enziguris! Fans fire up, Austin crawls, hot tags to Vance and Billy!

Billy rallies with big hands, then Silver gets in to get hit! Billy DECKS Cabana, then scoops Silver to SLAM him down! Billy runs to corner splash Vance, and brings him around to say, “SUCK IT!” But Vance dodges the Famouser, Cabana is there so Billy clotheslines him out of the ring! Vance swings but misses, FAMOUSER! Cover, Silver breaks it! Cody gets in to bait Silver into buckles, and the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cody goes up and up and FLIES onto Cabana! Billy hits splashes on Vance but Sliver enziguris! Feed to Vance’s ripcord CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Billy survives but Darby doesn’t look impressed.

Silver DIVES, into Cody’s arms! Cody TOSSES Silver into the wrestlers in the crowd! Cody glares at Silver but Vance whips Billy. Billy holds ropes, boots back, tags Austin, and Austin has Cabana for the CROSS RHODES?! Vance tries the spine buster but Austin escapes, QUICK DRAW!! Cover, The Gunn Club and Cody win!

Winners: Cody & The Gunn Club, by pinfall

Welcome to the family, Billy and Austin! But here come the rest of the Dark Order! Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels and Alex Reynolds distract the others, and Silver has a chair! But Cassidy returns to snatch that char from him, and give him some ORANGE PUNCH! Cody makes sure the Dark Order stays back as Cassidy takes his leave. Cody gets a mic while Silver is carried away. “I don’t like telling story that isn’t true. My opponent at Full Gear is telling everybody that TNT doesn’t want him as ‘the face of the network, he’s too reckless.'” But that is a fiction made up by Darby! TNT would LOVE to have someone of Darby’s talent as champion! If things were different, Cody would love it, too. After all, Cody solely recruited Darby! He floated Darby’s name to the other EVP’s, and they were so unsure of him, Cody had to wrestle Darby himself.

Take a good look, Darby. He’s been looking all night so take one last look. “You are looking at the man, the superstar, that left the empire, went to war, and actually won!” That pisses a lot of people off, because the truth that Cody speaks contradicts the lies many people live! “So stop lying!” Darby wants the TNT Championship? He wants to be the face of AEW? He wants the “ace belt?” “Here’s the problem, Darby. You’re not the ace.” Cody is the prince, the ace, the face of TNT, but will that all change when he and the #Relentless Darby Allin go around one more time?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for the go-home to Full Gear! The matches weren’t all high level like previous weeks but there was great story progress for the many matches at the PPV. Jericho was great on commentary all night, and his transition from the promo with MJF to MJF’s match with Sammy and Ortiz was good. It works that Matt Hardy cost Sammy so that MJF could get a win. MJF going after Jericho, and then Jericho actually respecting it, is great stuff for their match. I don’t know if MJF wins his way in, even if by cheating, or if he forms his own team after all, but whatever happens at Full Gear will be great. Sammy also got good revenge on Hardy, Elite Deletion is of course going to be gold. Team Taz had a really good promo to point out the AEW rankings system doesn’t always seem to go work you’d think. I wonder if, with things moving around, the Buy-In ends up with a “surprise” tag match of Team Taz VS just about any team really.

The face-to-face of Moxley and Kingston was great, there was so much fire as they brought up history. Their match will definitely be in the same line as last year’s Moxley VS Omega “Unsanctioned” match, it just has to be. We got a great video message from PAC, and we got great vignettes for the tag title and eliminator tournament matches. Bucks and Private Party had an incredible match, especially because of Matt selling bad leg. Omega and Hangman both had great interview segments, and them coming out to stop FTR was a great detail, as was their stare down. Both those matches will be instant classics, that’s guaranteed. Nyla of course won against Red Velvet and it was a good detail for her to copy Shida’s moves. That match is going to be great but it’s going to take a lot to even match the Double or Nothing one.

Miro VS Trent was really good, but I feel like this won’t end unless it’s a tag match. Cassidy and John Silver had a back and forth so their match, which is now a main card match, will be a lot of fun. The Six Man Tag main event was pretty good for a main event, especially with the detail that Gunn Club is now Nightmare Family, and apparently so is Lee Johnson. Nightmare Family VS Dark Order is definitely going to be something huge as AEW moves into 2021, that could end up being how AEW circles back to Blood & Guts if they wanted. Cody’s promo aimed at Darby was great stuff, and their match will also be great. I would hope Cody standing tall with Gunn Club and then saying all that means Darby goes over at Full Gear. It’s the only thing it should mean, really, so Cody doesn’t become the company he vowed to get away from.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/21/24)

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

In pursuit of going back to back in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Willow Nightingale goes on a Rampage against The Professor of Pro-Wrestling, Serena Deeb!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes; Private Party wins.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd; Fenix wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti; Lio wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox; Takagi wins.
  • 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb; Willow wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy know The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho, will be watching this match, given what’s already on tap for Collision tomorrow night. But will Quen & Zay be more than ready to enter the “Jericho Vortex?” Or will the Commander of the Skies and the King of the Ropes make the fiesta take a siesta?

The teams sort out, Brother Zay starts against the AAA World Cruiserweight Champion, and Fairfax is all fired up for Private Party. Komander and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Kassidy headlocks. The fans rally, Komander powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Zay leaps over, comes back, but Komander sidesteps. Zay turns hip toss into arm-drag and the fans fire up! Zay runs up, but Komander BOOTS him! Komander goes up and leaps to RANA! Zay stagger sup, Komander runs and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up with Komander and he drags Zay over. Tag to Metalik and they double whip.

Metalik & Komander double HIP TOSS, then they double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik clamps onto Zay but Zay fights up. Zay throws body shots, powers out and headlocks in return. Metalik throws body shots, powers up and out, but Quen tags in as Zay goes up and over! Zay runs up, Metalik throws him up and out but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING! The fans fire up, Quen hurries to cover, TWO! Metalik toughs it out but Quen stomps him around. Quen drags Metalik up to whip him to ropes, then he DROPKICKS Metalik down! The fans fire up, Quen drags Metalik up, and he scoops to SLAM!

Quen does a cocky cover a la Jericho, TWO! Quen says that’s for The Learning Tree. Quen drags Metalik up, fires forearms, then tags Zay. The fans rally, Private Party double whips but Metalik handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and the fans rally again. Metalik crawls, hot tag to Komander! Komander springboards in to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Komander knuckle locks Zay, kicks Quen, then knuckle locks Quen, too. Komander goes to the ropes, goes up and up and ARABIAN PRESS DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up as Private Party staggers up!

Komander runs up, tilt-o-whirls on Zay so he can RANA Quen! Zay hurries up, Komander blocks a shot to give knees. Komander CHOPS, runs, tiger feints and somersaults, to then swing and RANA Zay! The fans fire up and Komander goes to the apron. Metalik runs up, Komander holds the ropes down so Metalik can FLY! Direct hit on Private Party but now Komander loads up! A salute and a TOP ROPE SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and everyone is down! The fans fire up again and Komander realizes he took out Metalik, too. Komander high-fives with the fans, then he gets Zay up and in. Komander hurries in to cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for both sides and Komander watches Zay stir, but Rampage goes picture in picture.

Komander CLUBS Zay, then brings him up to whip to a corner. Komander runs in to UPPERCUT and Zay falls over. Zay crawls but Komander CLUBS him down. Komander gator rolls Zay from his corner to tag in Metalik. Metalik CLUBS Zay, CHOPS him, but Zay CHOPS back! Metalik CHOPS Zay down, then stomps away! The ref counts, Metalik lets off, and then he digs his boots in on Zay’s neck. The ref reprimands and counts, Metalik lets off again, only to stomp Zay some more. Metalik drags Zay up, wrenches an arm and wristlocks, then tags Komander. Komander springboards to AX HANDLE the arm!

Rampage returns to single picture as the fans rally for Private Party. The luchadores keep Zay isolated, then Metalik whips him to his corner! Zay stops to go after Metalik!? And he TOSSES Metalik out! Komander tags in, but Zay hits a SPINEBUSTER! Zay and Komander are down and now Zay has to crawl to his corner! The fans rally, but Metalik gets in to get Zay’s legs. Zay rolls to throw Metalik away, then he dodges to hot tag! Quen rallies on Metalik with forearms and elbows, then ducks to PELE! Koander returns but gets a BOOT! Quen puts Metalik up top, ROCKS him with haymakers, but Komander runs up.

Quen ELBOWS Komander, goes up and QUEBRADAS! Then Quen goes back up after Metalik, to SUPERPLEX! Quen shakes it off and goes up the corner. 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Komander whips but Quen reverses and TOSSES Komander out hard! But Metalik SUPERKICKS! And SLING-DOGS! Then Metalik goes up and around the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Zay breaks it! Zay helps Quen to their corner and tags in. The fans rally up as Zay gets Metalik up. Metalik fires forearms but Zay fires back! The fans rally, Zay gets the edge and just hammers away! Metalik drops to his knees but Zay CLUBS away!

Zay runs, but Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. Wait, Komander and Quen each climb up! They both SHOOTING STAR, but Metalik and Zay both move! Komander and Quen manage to land out, then Komander takes a swing! Quen ducks, and he shoves Komander into Zay’s BOOT! Quen hops up to POISON-RANA! Komander staggers out of the ring, Zay runs corner to corner at Metalik! Metalik BOOTS Zay, but Quen lets Zay roll off his back! Metalik goes up, Quen jumps up to get him! GIN & JUICE!! Cover, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Fairfax cheers as Quen & Zay now have the momentum! But wait, here comes The Learning Tree to steal the spotlight. Jericho waves to the crowd while Big Bill applauds. But wait! Zay & Quen run up to fight! But that’s 3v2 because Bryan Keith is also there! Quen gets beat down but Zay holds his own, and then security runs out here! Somehow, the two sides are pulled apart, but they’re headed for a Collision! Will Private Party teach The Learning Tree not to look down on them?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

Excalibur narrates that as “one of the fiercest luchadores Mexico’s ever produced, Ultimo Guerrero is among the most highly decorated athletes to compete in CMLL’s 90 year history.” A SIX-TIME CMLL World Tag Team Champion, a FIVE-TIME CMLL World Trios Champion, and a TWO-TIME CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, Ultimo Guerrero now has his eyes set on Kazuchika Okada and the AEW Continental Championship. Ultimo was Okada’s mentor while on excursion in Mexico, and has watched The Rainmaker’s rise ever since. Will Okada withstand the challenge of his former mentor? Or will Ultimo have a golden ticket in time for the Forbidden Door?

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd w/ Truth Magnum!

The Immortal Firebird will be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament this year, preparing to battle The Switchblade, Jay White next Wednesday. However, he does need to stay hot, so will he be all warmed up after tonight? Or will this Outrunner look to be more than just a tune-up?

The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Fenix. Fenix and Turbo circle, tie up, and then Turbo shoves Fenix. Fenix runs up, they RAM shoulders, but Turbo flexes as he stays standing. So Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Fenix BODY BLOWS, fires up, then runs, only for Turbo to run him over! Turbo runs to drop the BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Fenix is tougher than that but Turbo keeps cool. Turbo ROCKS Fenix, runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges Turbo, brings him around and goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Fairfax fires up with Fenix and he goes back up, to tightrope PENALTY KICK! Fenix goes to the corner, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Well, that was certainly fast! Maybe Fenix should be called “Turbo.” Penta & Abrahantes celebrate with Fenix, will there be #CeroMiedo in the Owen Hart Cup? Or will Jay White force even Fenix to Breathe With The Switchblade?

 

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti!

Turns out that The Bad Child and the Sight to See have known each other a long time, but friendship only goes so far when there’s gold on the line. Will Lio make sure he’s the Man of the Hour tonight? Or will Andretti get in on the action in Long Island?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. The fans are on Lio’s side but Action doesn’t sweat it. They shake hands to show there is sportsmanship, then things speed up! Action drops down but Lio gator rolls that, only for Action to slip around to a waistlock. Lio slips under to waistlock then spin, but Action reverses the whip. Lio reverses, Action reverses, repeat, but Lio springboards to RANA, only for Action to handspring through! The fans fire up for this exchange, and Lio says alright. They talk a little smack, then things speed up again. Action follows Lio, even as he turns the corner on a dime!

Lio ducks the lariat, baits Action in then throws him out! Lio builds speed but Action moves aside. Lio stops himself, bails  out, but Action sees him, too! They meet at the steps, backflip away, and then both slide in! The fans cheer again, and the two reset. They go again, hook arms, use that to redirect, then they redirect again, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Lio and Action are definitely likeminded as they go to ropes, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Action and Lio rise up, storm over, and Action facelocks to suplex. Lio slips out to shove, then he ELBOWS Action down! Lio hurries to cover, ONE!! Lio keeps Action down with a chinlock but Action endures the grind. Action fights up, but Lio shifts around to become a backpack! Action still stands up, but Lio sends him into a corner! Lio clotheslines, then short arm LARIATS! The fans rally while Action checks his jaw. Lio gets him right up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Action pushes Lio away, so Lio KICKS him down! Lio eggs Action on, gets him up, and shoves him to a corner to stomp low. Lio fires hands, then lets off as the ref counts.

Lio brings Action up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Action runs up, Lio slips around then snapmares to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Action is still in this but Lio stays on him with another chinlock. Lio body scissors Action to keep him down, but Action endures as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lio brings Action up. Action fires body shots, then forearms. Action whips, Lio reverses then runs up, but into a BOOT! Lio comes back, Action dodges him, then DECKS him! Action DECKS Lio again, wrenches and ROCKS him! Action fireman’s carries, but Lio grabs the ropes! Action puts Lio on the apron but Lio ROCKS Action back! Action BOOTS Lio to the floor! Lio stands up, Action slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Down goes Lio again and Action hurries to put him in the ring! Action springboards to 450 but he has to roll through as Lio moves! Lio kicks the legs out, Action ducks the heel kick to return the favor!

Action CHOPS, BUZZSAWS, then deadlifts Lio into a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated. Action stalks Lio but the fans rally up behind the Bad Child. Action torture racks Lio, pops him up, but Lio arm-drags free! Lio then bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands and ROCKS Action! Lio runs, but Action is up, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated again. The fans rally, Action considers his options. Action puts Lio in the drop zone, goes up and up and SPLIT- NO, Lio dodges the moonsault, roll up and SPIN KICK! The fans fire up and Lio says it’s time!

Lio runs to springboard, RUSH HOUR! Action falls back, Lio hurries up top! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, Lio wins!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, Lio is headed for Long Island! Will Lio make sure it’s his time in that TNT Championship Ladder Match? Top Flight heads out here to check on Action, but then they stonewall Lio. Lio pushes past them to help his old pal to his feet. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Lio offers a handshake. Action looks to his teammates, but he still shakes Lio’s hand. Lio offers, he gets more a low-five out of Darius, but a full handshake from Dante. Dante and Lio will both be in that ladder match, will friendship again be out the window when only one man can be the Face of TNT?

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

Speaking of the Forbidden Door, NJPW’s Rampaging Dragon is going to show up in Long Island for a fight with the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! Not only that, but that match will be part of the Men’s Owen Hart Cup tournament! Will Takagi prove it’s his time, no matter where he wrestles? Or will he have a hard time with the Whole Fox’n Show?

Wait! Fox attacks before the bell! He won’t be a “tune-up” like Turbo was with Fenix! Fox CLUBS away but Takagi KNEES, HEADBUTTS and CHOPS! Takagi runs, but into a CALF KICK! The fans fire up with Fox as Takagi bails out, but then Takagi steps back. Fox stops his plancha to land on the apron, but Takagi goes for a leg. Fox mule kicks free, then uses the corner to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and the fans fire up with Fox! Fox drags Takagi up, puts him in, and then climbs up a corner, to SWANTON BOMB! And long range at that! Cover, TWO! Takagi is tougher than that but Fox has the fans rallying up.

Fox brings Takagi up, CLUBS him, then kicks him. Takagi eggs Fox on so Fox runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up for that display of power! Takagi drags Fox up, reels him in, but Fox fights the suplex, so Takagi hits a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans duel, but Takagi sits Fox up for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Takagi runs to SLIDING- NO, Fox dodges the lariat to kip up, SUPERKICK, and BUZZSAW! But Takagi ducks the second superkick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up and up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the speed blitz and that shocks Fox!

The fans rally up but Fox brings Takagi up. Fox fires forearms, hoists Takagi up top, then gest space. Fox runs back in, goes up, but Takagi holds onto the top ropes to stifle the Arabian Press Fly! Fox flounders back up, the fans fire up, and Takagi pumps up! PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi drags Fox back up, pump handles and torture racks, but Fox sunset flips it! TWO!! Takagi escapes, Fox goes Matrix to avoid the Pumping Bomber, but Takagi ducks the Pele! Takagi shoves, to POP-UP DEATH VALLEY! The fans fire up as Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Takagi shouts “OI! OI! OI!” and Fairfax joins in!

Takagi drags Fox up, pump handles, torture racks, and LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

Fox put up a fight but Takagi is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion for a reason. But wait, here comes Bryan Danielson! Fairfax chants “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan applauds for Takagi. Dragon meets dragon, and we only have 9 days until these two have it out. Bryan offers a handshake, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” so Takagi nods and SLAPS the hand away. The fans boo but Takagi pushes past Bryan to take his leave. Takagi says it’s still his time, but will he have to prove it in Long Island? Or will Bryan kick Takagi right back out the Forbidden Door as he moves forward in the Owen Hart Cup?

 

2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb!

The Babe with the Power won the entire tournament last year, and even won titles between then and now, but she’s also lost between then and now. However, there’s motivation beyond repeating as the Queen of Harts here, because former friend Kris Statlander is waiting in the semifinals for the winner of this match. Will Willow pass the Professor of Pro-Wrestling’s test to take on The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor? Or will there be no mercy in Deeb’s Dojo?

The bell rings, Willow offers a handshake, and Deeb accepts. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, then they rally up for “DEEB! DEEB! DEEB!” as the hometown hero. Deeb nods, but Willow brushes that off. The two tie up, Willow wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Deeb rolls forward, rolls back, reaches over and wrenches to wristlock Willow. The fans duel now as the Willow fans fire up. Willow feels her way through the wristlock to then get around and waistlock. Willow SLAMS Deeb down, holds on, but Deeb moves around. Deeb pops the hold open to hammerlock then headlock, then spin and hammerlock again.

Deeb hits another headlock, another spin, and another headlock. Deeb keeps the pattern going to disorient Willow, but Willow powers out. They RAM shoulders, and Willow says, “Ooh~, okay.” Deeb runs, RAMS Willow, but Willow still doesn’t budge. Deeb runs again but Willow follows to then run Deeb over! The fans are torn but Willow scoops and SLAMS! Willow runs then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Willow keeps cool and she brings Deeb up to suplex. Willow holds Deeb up, then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up more and Willow goes up a corner. Deeb stands, but she avoids the missile dropkick!

Deeb grabs a leg, turns Willow over, HALF CRAB! But Willow gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deeb lets go, and Willow goes to the apron. Deeb storms up but Willow ROCKS her first! Willow steps in but Deeb gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs to BLAST Willow down! Deeb then hurries out to get Willow up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! The fans fire up for Deeb while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deeb drags Willow up, puts her in the ring, then drags Willow up for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Deeb drags her back up. Deeb ripcords to ELBOW, then wrenches the arm to wrap Willow up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Willow endures, marches her way forward, but Deeb bends the fingers! Willow still endures, still fights her way over, and her free arm gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go, Willow goes to a corner, and Deeb storms over. Deeb wrenches and whips, but Willow reverses! Willow runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb reels her in to KICK! Deeb goes to the apron, brings Willow into the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb hears the fans, then she storms in after Willow. Deeb sits Willow up but Willow throws body shots in return! Willow stands to CHOP, then CHOP again! Deeb staggers, Willow ROCKS her with a forearm! Willow CLUBS away in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in. Deeb turns things around then CHOPS Willow in the corner! Willow staggers away but Deeb puts her in another corner, for another CHOP! Deeb UPPERCUTS Willow, reels her in, but Willow fights the lift to back drop free! Deeb writhes, Willow hobbles to a corner, but Deeb hurries up. Deeb whips, but Willow cartwheels and ENZIGIRIS!

Both women are down, but Deeb shakes out her arms. Willow crawls her way to ropes, Deeb stands, and Rampage returns to single picture. Willow runs Deeb over, then runs her over again! And again! Willow is fired up and the fans are with her now as she runs to back body block in a corner! Willow clotheslines, snapmares, BOOTS, and then fires up! The fans cheer as Willow whips and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Deeb survives and Willow is frustrated, but Willow gets Deeb up. Willow whips, Deeb KICKS back! Deeb wrenches, hooks Willow up again, IRON OCTOPUS! But Willow powers out, right into an AIR RAID CRASH!

The fans fire up, Willow gets Deeb up and gut wrenches, but Deeb grabs a leg! Deeb CLUBS that leg, trips Willow, and turns her into the HALF CRAB! Willow endures, even as Deeb sits deep! The fans duel, Willow crawls, then runs over. Willow kicks and kicks and kicks free, then brings Deeb around! Fireman’s carry, but Deeb fights free! Deeb wants the full nelson but Willow elbows free! Deeb shoves Willow to SNAP GERMAN! Willow staggers up, Deeb hammerlocks and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO! Willow survives and the fans fire up! Deeb is frustrated, but she refocuses and goes to a corner. The fans are torn as Deeb climbs up top.

“This is Awesome!” as Willow ROCKS Deeb first! Willow climbs, CLUBS Deeb, then brings her to the very top! SUPERPLEX! And a stiff one! Both women are down but the fans are all fired up! A standing count starts as both women stir. Willow rises at 5 of 10, and she finds Deeb. Willow stands Deeb up to ROCK her! Deeb UPPERCUTS back! Willow CHOPS, Deeb CHOPS, repeat! Deeb UPPERCUTS, Willow huffs ‘n’ puffs and ROCKS Deeb! Deeb rebounds to LARIAT, but Willow rebounds to LARIAT!! Deeb is down and Willow hurries to cover, TWO!! Deeb survives but Willow just powers up!

Deeb is in a corner, Willow goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Deeb hurries to reel Willow in and tuck the arms! DEEB-TOX!! Cover, TWO?!? Willow survives but Deeb doesn’t hesitate! Deeb SMASHES the knee into the mat again and again! Deeb then steps over, but Willow kicks her away! Willow fireman’s carries, but the leg buckles! Deeb slips down, UPPERCUTS, and then UPPERCUTS again! Deeb runs, but Willow goes the other way! POOOUNCE~!! PERIOD! The fans are thunderous as Willow gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Willow passes the Professor’s test, and now she’s not only one step closer to repeat Owen Hart Cup finals, she’s going to get her grudge match with Kris Statlander! Will Willow also get her revenge? Or will Kris add to the list of things she’s done to ruin Willow’s life?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage, and they’re really stuffing these episodes lately. For one, two good tune-up matches. Fenix of course beats Turbo Floyd easy, and we get a great match out of Takagi VS Fox. But again, of course Takagi won so he has momentum, and I figured Bryan would show up. Bryan will surely have his own great tune-up match as part of a Forbidden Door go-home episode, and then we’ll get an awesome match out of Bryan VS Takagi in the Owen Hart Cup. Great opening tag match from Private Party with Metalik & Komander, and while Metalik & Komander are great, Private Party gets the momentum going into their match tomorrow night on Collision.

As such, of course Jericho and team show up, but the brawl was a bit of a surprise. Chances are that means Jericho & Bill win with help from “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith. Great TNT Championship qualifier from Lio and Action, and I like this tension they’ve kept between Lio and Top Flight. Given how AEW handles contracts and departures, there really never was closure behind Lio leaving AEW for NJPW, and then that means there was no explanation why Lio left Dante high and dry and that has to be the kayfabe by default, but at least they’re making up for it now. Lio and Dante interacting will be a great part of the ladder match in itself, but I’m still leaning towards Jack Perry winning the title.

And great main event from Willow and Deeb. Deeb is great, she deserves something, but sadly there are a lot of other great wrestlers in the AEW Women’s Division. And with story taking precedence, of course Willow won here. Willow VS Kris will be great, and could go either way. However, also because of story, Mariah May is surely going to win this tournament so she can take on Toni Storm for the Women’s World Championship. Plus, Kris and Willow can feud through the summer, escalating things to something really wild to then give the winner of that momentum going towards the world title, perhaps in time for All Out.

My Score: 8.8/10


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