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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/6/21)

It’s New Year’s Smash, NIGHT ONE!

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AEW New Year's Smash 2021

Dynamite rings in the New Year!

AEW starts 2021 with an incredible card! Will Kenny Omega still be AEW World Champion after defending against Rey Fenix? Plus, SNOOP DOGG IS HERE!!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & SoCal Uncensored VS The Acclaimed & The Hybrid2; The Young Bucks & SCU win.
  • Jake Hager VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins.
  • Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson & Snoop Dogg VS Matt Sydal; Cody wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Abadon; Shida wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Rey Fenix w/ Penta El Zero Miedo; Omega wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & SoCal Uncensored VS The Acclaimed & The Hybrid2!

Matt & Nick Jackson enter with their friends, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, and they start the New Year’s Smash right with this huge tag match! But will they be able to shut up Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, Jack Evans & Angelico to make 2021 even better?

Bowens has upgraded the 5 Tool Boombox to also shout out Snoop Dogg, and Caster of course has the mic to give us a new diss track. “Yo! Yo! Yo yo! The Bucks cheated us, say yo, you all saw it! We should be the champs, and yo, y’all thought it! We should be fine but they won’t make ’em pay, so I’m like TK, yo whatever you say. Just don’t be mad when Acclaimed starts takin’. Punch ’em in the chest, yo, I call that heartbreaking. We the John Cena guys? That’s so petty! But we John Cena, the Young Bucks’re Janetties!” OH~!

But Caster ain’t done! “Kazarian, your rhymes are wack! That shit sounds worse than a Snoop Dogg track! Doggy style is a thing of the past! I’m a make a new fetish: us whippin’ yer ass, BITCH!” That was hot stuff, but are the 5 Tool Player and the last of the true hybrids going to all pay for the check Caster’s mouth just wrote?

The teams sort out, Bowens starts and he calls out The Fallen Angel. The fans are fired up for SCU as they circle, and Daniels DECKS Caster! Things break down into a brawl, the ref tries to keep order but the Bucks throw TH2 out first. Kaz and Bowens brawl, Daniels and the Bucks TRIPLE PLANCHA Caster and TH2!! Bowens mule kicks, whips, but Kaz rolls off the back! Kaz back kicks, front kicks and LARIATS! Evans gets in to CLOBBER Kaz! The Bucks kick Evans, and give him the alley-oop missile dropkick! Angelico throws Matt out but Nick CHOPS him, and goes LUCHA LIBRE~! Nick gets both TH2 to send them both out! And then Nick goes to the corner to ESCALARA! Direct hit takes out TH2 and Caster again!

Daniels brings Caster up and bumps him off the apron. Daniels has the Bucks line things up, but Bowens disrupts the Arabian Press! Caster and TH2 turn things around on the Bucks and send them into railing! Bowens clubs Daniels, Evans goes to the apron, FLYING SCREW KICK! TH2 puts Daniels in for Bowens, he stomps Daniels around as fans boo and jeer. Bowens drags Daniels up, tags Caster, and The Acclaimed double whip and trip him to drop an elbow and a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Caster tries again, TWO! Caster grinds Daniels down, drags him over, and Angelico tags in to stomp Daniels down. Fans rally for SCU but Angelico wrenches to an elbow breaker.

Tag to Evans, springboard DUMDUM STOMP SLAM! Evans jackknife covers, TWO! Daniels crawls but Evans clubs him down. Evans taunts Kaz and the Bucks then drags Daniels up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Bowens and they mug Daniels. Bowens rains down rights on Daniels’ head, covers, TWO! Bowens drags Daniels up, tags Caster and then he hops up to hit a BLOCKBUSTER! Caster goes up and drops the elbow! Tag to Evans, PHOENIX SPLASH! Angelico tags and climbs, but he hops down to La Magistrol, for a crucifix stretch! Evans and The Acclaimed knock Kaz and the Bucks down while Daniels endures the Navarro Dos Mil! Daniels moves around, and gets the ropebreak!

The ref counts, Angelico lets go at 4, and he drags Daniels around to stomp him. Tag to Bowens and Bowens tells Daniels he’s a fool! Daniels elbows Bowens back and then swings, into a waistlock. Daniels switches, Bowens switches, repeat. Bowens breaks the loop with an elbow, but he runs into BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Daniels can’t hold the cover but he and Bowens crawl, hot tags to Evans and Kaz! Kaz dodges Evans, DECKS Angelico, and rallies with lariats! Kaz flips Evans to CHOP him down! Kaz whips Evans, Evans reverses and Caster grabs Kaz. Evans runs in but Kaz moves and the dropkick hits Caster! Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES and bridges Evans, TWO!

Fans fire up with Kaz as he drags Evans. Kaz dragon sleepers, suplexes but Evans slips out. Evans shoves Kaz but Kaz DECKS Angelico! Kaz turns around into a FLYING KICK! STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans CLOBBERS Kaz, drags him over and tags in Bowens. They mug Kaz, double whip, but Kaz crisscrosses them into each other! Hot tag to Matt Jackson! Matt shoulders Evans, slingshots up and over, gets around Bowens, then gets Bowens and Evans for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt DECKS Caster and Angelico and fans fire up! Matt runs to FLY and take out Evans at the ramp! Then LEAPS to take out Caster! SPEAR for Angelico!

Matt keeps going and fans are still fired up as he scoops Bowens for a slam! Matt goes up top and LEAPS onto Caster and Angelico! Matt gets back in, fans are thunderous and Matt coordinates with Nick, RISKY BUSINESS! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives but Matt brings Bowens up, BUCKLE BOOT BOMB! SLINGSHOT DDT from Kaz! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives again but Matt tags Nick. The Bucks drag Bowens up but Bowens kicks at them. Caster gets in to BOOT Matt, Kaz dropkicks Caster! Kaz and Nick S C U TRIGGER!! Cover, but Evans breaks it! Daniels is in but Angelico DECKS him and BLASTS Matt!

Evans tags in off Bowens, Angelico and Evans coordinate on Nick, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER, to COMPLETE SHOT! Evans is up top, for the 630 onto knees! Tag to Matt! SUPERKICKS for Angelico!! SUPERKICKS for The Acclaimed! Fake out on Evans, DDT! SUPERKICK! Fans are thunderous again and the Bucks drag Evans back up. Gut wrench and Nick springboards, but Caster yanks him down! Evans backslides Matt, TWO! Evans waistlocks, Daniels tags in, O’Conner into Daniels’ kick! Daniels and Matt set it up, Nick springboards, MELT- No, Nick has to adjust, so he SWANTONS out onto Angelico and Caster!! Daniels goes to the corner, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU & the Bucks win!!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

Rivals and friends make for an amazing combination, and Kaz gets the mic to say, “That is how you start off a year!” Nothing like getting a W on a New Year’s Smash version of Dynamite! But here’s the deal. SCU laid down the gauntlet on themselves. The next time they lose 2v2, they’re done as a tag team forever! BUT that is not happening!

Daniels takes the mic and says if this is their last hurrah, then the Bucks need to know, SCU has their back any time they need it. Except for when they battle for the tag team titles! SCU doesn’t just want those belts, they want to win them off the best tag team on the planet! The Bucks shake hands with SCU, but which happens first? SCU making it to the titles? Or falling to their own ultimatum?

 

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

The Maniac is finally back in the flesh after losing the AEW World Championship in that Don Callis screwjob. Jericho’s the only one upset about him being here, and Moxley gets a mic to speak. “You may have expected me to come out here tonight, cussing up a storm, screaming bloody murder about the events that transpired on December 2nd. But where I come from, life isn’t fair and complaining, bitching and moaning is largely a waste of time. This is an unforgiving sport in an unforgiving world, and sometimes you are on the bad end of a bad deal.” When that happens, sometimes all you can do is endure, grit your teeth, and take it on the chin. But you also plant your feet firmly in the ground, stare down adversity and never back down!

So no, Moxley isn’t going anywhere, but what is he going to do about Kenny Omega “and that guy he’s hanging around with that looks like a used car salesman?” For Moxley, he sees things black ‘n’ white and has zero tolerance for shitty people. So the appropriate response would be to run down Kenny and “that a**hole, Callis,” and beat them BOTH to a bloody pulp with a crowbar! But, tonight, the AEW World Championship is on the line. Moxley gave his blood and soul to protect that title’s integrity. Rey Fenix has his opportunity that he scratched and clawed for over 13 YEARS, with his own reckless abandon, blood, guts, and heart, “the way it’s supposed to be!”

Moxley says it is not his right to interfere with another man’s destiny, but he warns Omega. “You are not safe, you will never be safe. Just remember: I will get even, and then some. When I say I’m going to do something, I do it. When I have a responsibility, I uphold it. When I make a commitment, I see it through.” It doesn’t matter how long it takes, Moxley will forever be the Bogeyman that lurks over Omega’s shoulder. Moxley promises him that one day, Omega will look into the eyes of the devil and beg for mercy when he realizes he crossed the wrong guy! A powerful ultimatum from the Death Rider! But when will that day come that he makes the Cleaner pay?

 

Backstage interview with Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy.

Clearly Trent is still injured, but what is the update on his condition? Trent’s torn pec will keep him out four to five months. Miro then comes over to rubs that in. What a long time! Miro says that sure sucks for Trent, but it sucks for Chuck, too. That means Best Friends is on the shelf for four to five months. Because obviously Trent is the leader of this little group. But Chuckie can’t always hid behind their mascot here, he has to man up! If he can’t, that’s fine. Miro can be the new best friend. Chuck can fold Miro’s clothes, wash his car, all that.

Chuck gets it, Trent was Miro’s “young boy.” But Chuck also spent time in Japan and knows how that works. Chuck is not going to be that for Miro. But how about this? Next week, New Year’s Smash Night Two, Chuck beats Miro’s “goofy ass.” Miro was hoping Chuck would ask. Make it more interesting. Since Chuck won’t be Miro’s “friend,” after Miro beats Chuck’s ass, Chuck becomes the Young Boy until Beach Break. Fine, whatever makes this over with faster. Chuck’s dumber than he looks. See you next Dynamite!

 

Jake Hager VS Wardlow!

It would seem The Inner Circle is NOT fine, as the Big Hurt and the War Dog still have the need to throw down! As the rest of the faction watches ringside, who proves themselves the biggest and the baddest behemoth in the Inner Circle?

The bell rings and the two start shoving. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so they break. Fans rally and duel as the two circle. Hager and Wardlow tie up again, Wardlow puts Hager in a corner but Hager powers out. They go around the ropes, break again, and the Inner Circle cheers this exchange. Wardlow and Hager tie up, Hager waistlocks but Wardlow blocks to switch. Hager throws Wardlow over but Wardlow headscissors back. Hager pops free and the two reset again. They circle again, tie up again, and Wardlow waistlocks. Hager switches, slams Wardlow down, and holds on as Wardlow gets up. Wardlow trips Hager, hammers away, but Hager gets away to reset again.

Fans fire up as Wardlow stares Hager down. Hager trips Wardlow, hammers away, but Wardlow kicks Hager away. Wardlow gets around, waistlocks but Hager elbows free. Hager stalks Wardlow to a corner to throw big body shots. Hager whips corner to corner, Wardlow reverses and storms over to throw haymakers! Wardlow whips corner to corner, runs in but Hager comes back and clotheslines collide! Neither falls, Hager headlocks but Wardlow powers out. They collide with shoulders now, then things speed up. They collide yet again, but still neither falls! Wardlow swings, Hager dodges, Wardlow hurdles?! And then clotheslines Hager and himself out of the ring!

Both men land on their feet! And start throwing hands! Wardlow ROCKS Hager, but Hager comes back, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES finally knock both men down! AEW goes picture in picture as the ring count climbs! Wardlow and Hager stir, the count is 5 of 10, but Wardlow stands at 7. Wardlow is in at 8, Hager follows at 9! Wardlow storms over to Hager and RAMS him into the corner! And RAMS again! Wardlow throws haymakers, Hager staggers but Wardlow throws back elbows! Wardlow whips corner to corner, Hager bounces off buckles hard! Wardlow swaggers about and he stomps Hager down! Wardlow knees Hager into ropes but lets off as the ref counts.

Hager gets up, Wardlow CHOPS him down! And KNEES him into the ropes again! And CLUBS him to a corner! Wardlow whips Hager corner to corner, runs in, but Hager dodges and Wardlow POSTS himself! Wardlow staggers, Hager throws haymakers! Hager puts Wardlow in the corner and CHOPS him! Wardlow staggers, kicks Hager back but Hager RAMS into Wardlow! The ref counts, Hager lets off at 4 and both behemoths take a moment to catch their breath. Hager soaks up the cheers and jeers as AEW returns to single picture.

Wardlow is in another corner, Hager throws more haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Wardlow goes up and over and Hager gets buckles! Wardlow RAMS into Hager and throws EuroUppers! Then RAMS in again, another EuroUpper, repeat! Wardlow carries Hager for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Wardlow knees Hager, suplexes and TOSSES him! Jericho is going nuts on commentary as Wardlow suplex TOSSES again! And AGAIN! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives and Wardlow can’t believe it! Wardlow drags Hager up, fireman’s carries, but Hager slips off to get to a corner. Hager elbows Wardlow away, then dodges to come back with a CORNER SPLASH!

Hager keeps moving, another splash! Hager reels Wardlow into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Hager lifts Wardlow for the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and The Inner Circle is fired up for this, too! Hager goes to a corner, runs then HAGER BOMBS onto boots, but he catches them! ANKLE LOCK!! Wardlow rolls and kicks Hager in the face! Hager staggers again, runs in but is put on the apron! Wardlow ROCKS Hager, runs and BLASTS Hager off the apron and all the way to railing! Wardlow goes out, drags Hager back to the ring, and then gives him an EXPLODER! Hager flounders, Wardlow waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!

Wardlow keeps his focus as he climbs up top. Wardlow SWANTON BOMBS!?! Cover, TWO?!? And to the HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE!! Wardlow gets the ropebreak to save himself! Fans rally up as Hager bumps Wardlow off the buckles over and over! Hager climbs, drags Wardlow up but Wardlow fights. HEAD ‘N’ ARM!! Wardlow fades, but he manages to HOTSHOT Hager! Fireman’s carry, F 10!!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

MJF is the most pleased as Wardlow has been his muscle since day one. Hager is frustrated, but he gives a fist bump to Wardlow! Does this squash the beef between the biggest men in the Inner Circle?

 

Private Party is pumped backstage!

Isiah Kassidy tells Marq Quen that it’s 2021, a new year, new beginnings. They’ll start this off right! He has the gin, but Quen doesn’t have the juice? SNOOP DOGG HAS IT!! Snoop wants to celebrate! But Matt Hardy shows up and has the contracts written up. He is so happy they’re going through with this, and promises Private Party that they will not regret this. Hardy wants them to trust him. They do, but they want to know what was up with him bringing in a chair for that match. Don’t fixate on things like that, this is about winning! They want to be kings, right? Kings like Snoop, right? So you gotta win! Kings are winners! And they have the untapped potential that he will bring it out. 33% is a hefty manager’s fee, but it will pay off.

Before Private Party signs the contracts, they have some things he should look out. Quen hands over the conditions, Hardy unfolds the paper, and he reads. Yes, look, last page. Well okay then. This looks good to them. Hardy can’t wait for Private Party to be iconic. Snoop hopes to be invited. Oh they’ve got him. And all those third party things like Twitch and Cameo? Hardy isn’t a monster, they can still do those as much as they want. Word? Word! Hardy takes these to his lawyer and says they’ll meet back up for dinner. Will the #HardyParty be even bigger in 2021?

 

AEW holds an official weigh-in for next week’s TNT Championship match!

Team Taz heads out first, Brian Cage holding the FTW Championship up high. He wants to be a double champion, though perhaps unofficially, but just how much of an advantage will he have over Darby Allin? We find out after the break.

AEW returns and Darby makes his entrance, with the brand new design for the TNT title in hand! Tony Schiavone presides over this, explaining that the red belt edition was retired and handed down to Brodie Lee Junior last week. Now the new black belt is on the line as we have this weigh-in. Taz asks why Cage is weighing in first. As the challenger? Yes. Well obviously Cage is bigger, but is Schiavone making the rules now? Cage goes first, and Schiavone says he weighs in at 272 pounds. Taz says that’s all solid muscle! Now the champion, Darby, steps up to take his turn. Taz promises no one will bite Darby so go ahead and get on the scale.

Darby stands on the scale, Schiavone adjusts the weights and… It’s 170 pounds! A 100 pound difference! Well obviously! But Taz points out Darby might be even lighter, because he has all this stuff on! The jacket, the chains, the shoes, a metal-studded belt. Darby takes the mic from Schiavone to tell Taz, “You may say this feud has been nine months in the making, but in reality, it’s 27 years. I’ve dealt shit like this from people like you my entire life.” And we all know how this ends tonight, so just get to the fun. Darby gets his skateboard and dares Team Taz to do something! Taz says Schiavone should get himself out of the ring so they can handle business!

“Here’s the deal, Darby! You had a chance-” But the lights go out! The snow, the crow, it’s STIIIIING! Team Taz bails out as Sting shows up from the ramp and has his bat again! Darby and Sting are not intimidated by Team Taz, but will it be the other way around? Taz is getting sick of this! Taz tells Darby that with God as his witness, we crown a NEW TNT Champion, The Machine, “you rotten son of a bitch!!”

 

MJF has AEW Media following him again.

Hager is still upset and he is hitting whatever is around. MJF knows he feels like a loser, but he’s actually a winner. No one at home is half the athlete Hager is. Not everyone can just get in and get out of a ring like Hager. Hager is still undefeated in the Octagon, so be proud of that. Hager says he almost dropped MJF, but he appreciates MJF checking in on him. But still go so he can vent a bit more. MJF understands and takes his leave. Is MJF, of all people, going to be the glue that holds the Inner Circle together?

 

Backstage interview with Jurassic Express.

Marko Stunt was “confronted” by “Negative One,” Brodie Jr, but all in good fun. What is next for this trio? Stunt says we all know Jurassic Express likes to have fun, but this isn’t that. “We are on a quest for the AEW Tag Team Championships!” But FTR comes in and asks Stunt why he’s talking about “We, we, we.” Stunt does NOTHING, brings NOTHING to the table, and is a glorified mascot! He lets the dinosaur and Jungle Boy do the dirty work! Maybe Negative One wasn’t just poking fun. Maybe Stunt IS a loser.

Oh is that so? How about Stunt beats their ass next week, taking Luchasaurus’ spot in that tag match next week?! FTR laughs at JB and Stunt against the absolute best team. Fiats versus Ferraris! Challenge accepted! See you later! #TopGuysOut! Tully pats Stunt’s head, but JB holds him back. Will the fury of Fun-Size prove everyone wrong?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson & Snoop Dogg VS Matt Sydal!

Marketed as “The Go Big Show match,” and sponsored by it for that matter, this has actually been a long time coming. For all their time in WWE at the same time, and even ROH, these two never had a 1v1 match. Now, as the American Nightmare is growing his franchise and as the third eye opens, who goes big and shows the other who has been the better all along?

The bell rings, Sydal and Cody circle, run the ropes, then tie up. Cody powers Sydal back, Sydal waistlocks but Cody switches. Sydal bucks the roll up off but Cody sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, Sydal reverses the roles with a sweep and cover, ONE as Cody goes Matrix! Sydal KICKS the leg! And again! And then fakes low to hit high! Coach Snoop is a bit worried as Cody wobbles. Sydal whips corner to corner, Cody reverses but Sydal elbows him back. Sydal goes up, moonsaults and manages an arm-drag! Cody ends up in a corner, Sydal runs in to dropkick! Sydal covers, TWO! Coach Snoop is relieved as Cody gets out to the ramp.

Sydal goes up top, leaps, and METEORAS Cody to the ramp! Snoop avoids being part of that but Sydal clutches his leg for it! Cody gets in the ring, Sydal gets up and shakes out the bad leg, Cody kicks and uppercuts as Sydal gets in! Cody whips, Sydal reverses and throws Cody out! Cody skins the cat into a dropkick! Sydal WRECKS Cody with another dropkick, then goes out after him. Sydal stands Cody up, Cody turns things around at the railing, but Sydal dodges and the forearm ROCKS Serpentico! Serpentico flounders up and Luther is furious! Cody explains that was an accident but Sydal puts Cody in.

Sydal climbs up, leaps and crossbodies! Cody rolls through to the SHARPSHOOTER! Sydal endures, fans rally and duel, Sydal powers up and reaches and gets the ropebreak! Cody lets go and Snoop gives some suggestions from Arn Anderson’s play card. Cody stomps Sydal’s leg over and over, then the ribs! AEW goes picture in picture as Cody snapmares and KNEES Sydal down!

Cody drops down to do some push-ups, showing off his conditioning. Snoop gives more signals, basically saying Cody should stay focused. Cody drags Sydal up, wrenches and whips, then knees Sydal down at the ropes. Cody brings Sydal up to scoop and slam! Cody runs to drop a knee like the Nature Boy! Sydal writhes, Snoop unlocks his inner Belichick as he puts up the hood. Cody whips, Sydal reverses and Sydal runs in to elbow Cody, then ENZIGURI! Cody flops down, Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal grows frustrated but he KICKS Cody’s leg out! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!

Sydal and Cody grit their teeth as they get up. Sydal CHOPS Cody to a corner, but Cody turns things around to CHOP back! Sydal CHOPS, Cody CHOPS, repeat! They CHOP until Cody kicks low and elbows Sydal on the back! Cody fires himself up, Sydal sits up with a scowl, but Cody drags Sydal up to hoist him up top! Cody clubs Sydal, climbs up behind him, and AEW returns to single picture as Cody dragon sleepers Sydal on the top rope! INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Snoop is fired up with the fans as Cody and Sydal are both down! Cody crawls to a cover, TWO! Sydal survives but Cody gets the legs. Cody drags Sydal to a drop zone, goes back up top, but Sydal gets up to AVOID the moonsault!

Sydal JUMPING KNEES Cody down! Now Sydal heads up top, aims at Cody in the drop zone, and STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto knees! Cody drags Sydal up, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Cody goes up top again, Sydal is up and gets under the jump. Sydal comes back, tilt-o-whirl takedown! COBRA CLUTCH CROSSFACE! Cody fights up, elbows free, and ROCKS Sydal with a right! Sydal KICKS, CHOPS and SOBATS! Sydal runs, but Cody clotheslines Sydal and himself out! Both men tumble to the floor but Cody is up first. Cody puts Sydal in, runs and BOOTS, but Sydal ducks it to spin and roundhouse! Cody avoids, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and chant “This is Awesome!” Snoop agrees as Cody drags Sydal up. Sydal slips out of the Inverted Especial to waistlock but Cody switches. Sydal elbows free, then hops up to spin, RANA! Cover, TWO!! Cody narrowly escapes but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives but Sydal isn’t stopping there! Sydal fires up, and JUMPING KNEE- No, Cody blocks the knee and spins Sydal into the dragon sleeper, for CROSS RHODES!! Cody isn’t done, he drags Sydal up for another CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

But Serpentico and Luther attack! Chaos Project still took offense to that mishap, and Snoop isn’t sure what to do! Sydal ENZIGURIS Luther! ROUNDHOUSE for Serpentico, and then Cody scoop slams him! But SNOOP wants to go up top?! Sydal lets him, Snoop reaches the top rope, and Cody holds Serpentico in place, for a SNOOP SPLASH! “Cover,” Snoop “wins!” Fans are thunderous as even D O Double G gets big momentum for the Go Big Show!

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Abadon!

After being haunted and hunted by the Living Dead Girl, the Full Metal Warrior faces her fears and defends her title! Will Shida vanquish the vicious Abadon? Or will the new year begin with a true reign of terror?

The introductions are made, but Abadon rushes Shida at the stage! They brawl, Shida SMACKS Abadon with the kendo stick! But Abadon sits up! Abadon goes after Shida and wants to bite Shida again! Shida gets in the ring, throws forearms, but the ref rings the bell to make this official! Shida throws haymakers, but Abadon blocks to wrench. Shida avoids the jaws and kicks low. Shida rolls to wrench, then rolls with the wrench, to handspring and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Shida takes off the scarf to show the marks Abadon left on her neck. Abadon crawls to the apron, Shida goes out and stomps her down!

Shida throws haymakers on Abadon then gets space, to run in and KNEE- NO! Abadon blocks, and BITES Shida’s leg! Shida drags Abadon out to club away on Abadon, but Abadon choke grips and SLAMS Shida into railing! Abadon shrieks like a banshee then drags Shida to the ring. Abadon goes in the ring to stop the count, then goes back out after Shida. Abadon drags Shida under the ring?! The ref tries to stop this, but he hurries under after them! After a few moments, the ref comes out, and Abadon crawls out. Where is Shida?! Is that actual blood in Abadon’s mouth!? Did she eat Shida alive!? Shida crawls out from under the ring, and her neck was the target again!

Abadon throws Shida into the ring, she throws forearms over and over in the corner, then climbs up. SHRIEKING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives but Abadon drags her around to dribble her off the mat! The ref reprimands but Abadon shrieks at him. Abadon hammers away on Shida as AEW goes picture in picture!

The ref reluctantly reprimands Abadon but she stops hammering Shida to drag her back by her hair. Abadon wants another taste, but she clamps onto the neck first! Shida endures the claw in her shoulder, reaches for ropes, but elbows Abadon away. Abadon comes back to club Shida but Shida throws haymakers! Shida staggers up to throw more hands, but Abadon just headbutts back! Abadon SLAMS Shida’s face off the mat, then dribbles her again! Abadon scares the ref then drags Shida back up. Abadon throws jabs to the neck, then wraps a leg around Shida’s head to SPIKE her into the mat! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives and Abadon is furious! Abadon scares the ref again as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Abadon runs at Shida. Shida throws Abadon out, steps up and LEAPS to CROSSBODY Abadon down! Fans fire up and Shida throws Abadon into barriers! Shida dribbles Abadon off the railing again and again! Shida puts Abadon in the ring, climbs up and drags Abadon up to the top, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans are fired up as Shida crawls, but Abadon SPIDER WALKS! Shida runs but Abadon LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives again but Abadon is right on her with a Gory Especial. Shida sunset flips through, TWO! Shida keeps moving, TAMASHI!! Cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

The Full Metal Warrior perhaps survives more than wins, but she is still champion! With as tough as Abadon was, will things only get tougher for Shida in the new year?

 

Tay Conti speaks.

With Anna Jay and the Dark Order by her side, Tay Conti tells NWA Women’s World Champion, Serena Deeb, “I do have a lot of respect for you. But don’t get me wrong. I’m coming for that championship.” Tay gives us a reminder that she is a blue belt in jiujitsu, a blackbelt in judo, and won’t be alone. She’ll have Jay and the Dark Order there to support the NEW NWA Women’s World Champion! Is this a sign that Tay decided to #JoinDarkOrder?

 

AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Rey Fenix!

It’s the first main event of 2021! The Best Bout Machine was meant to battle the Firebird in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, but injuries forced the Firebird to step down. Death Triangle has confidence in Fenix, and vows the Cleaner’s belt collecting ends now! But this is “the man who in 2020 had more wins than anyone in AEW, and unlike Jon Moxley in 2020, he did not lose a singles match. He has held the AEW World title for 35 days. At this point, many people already consider him the greatest AEW World Champion of all time. His 2017 NJPW match with Okada was just voted the greatest in the history of WrestleKingdom.

“His plans tonight include winning once again, followed by hosting the debut of 2.SHOW on the AEW Video Games YouTube channel immediately following Dynamite. Viewing is available everywhere from Texas to Montana, California to NOOORTH CAROLINA~, which he says does not compare to his hometown of Winnipeg, Manatoba, Canada. He weighs 224 pounds and is the reigning and defending All Elite Wrestling Woooorld Champion. Kenny, OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEGAAAA!” The Sweepettes are back! And Omega makes his entrance! With the introductions already given, the belt is raised, and this epic main event happens after the break!

AEW returns and fans are fired up as the bell rings. Fenix and Omega circle, hear the fans getting even louder, and they tie up. Fenix knees low, wrenches the arm but Omega clamps onto a shoulder. Omega full nelsons but Fenix pries at the arms to get free. Fenix drop toeholds, hooks the leg, Omega rolls and hooks the leg to SMASH the knee! Omega stomps Fenix, brings him up and wrenches to then drop elbows on the arm. Omega wrenches, hammerlocks, Fenix elbows and Shiranuis for a flying mare! Things speed up, and Omega SPIKE RANAS outta nowhere! Fans are divided but Omega grins as Fenix bails out.

The Terminator Drums start up, Omega builds speed, but Fenix gets in to RANA back! Omega goes to the ramp, then around the way, and fans rally as Fenix builds speed! Fenix fakes Omega out, then BOOTS him down! And springboards to RANA Omega into the railing! Fans fire up more as Fenix goes after Omega with forearms. Fenix puts Omega in, climbs in and runs at the corner, but Omega ducks the springboard sobat! Omega kicks low, hops up, reels Fenix in, and TORNADO DDT’s! But Fenix handsprings through!? Omega is shocked and he runs into a dropkick! Fenix runs corner to corner, but Omega puts him on the apron! Fenix CHOPS back, springboards but into a CHOP!

Omega goes out, takes his time stalking Fenix, but Fenix CHOPS again! Omega CHOPS, RAMS Fenix into the apron, then RAMS Fenix into railing! And then back into the railing! Fans boo but Callis cheers Omega on as Omega refreshes the ring count. Omega drags Fenix up and wrenches to CHOP, then whips Fenix. Fenix hops the railing and ROCKS Omega back! And ROUNDHOUSES! Fenix runs, somersaults and leaps, into a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega grins and Callis cheers Omega on as Omega again refreshes the count. Omega fetches Fenix into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix flops down but Omega is right on him again.

Omega brings Fenix over, to RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Fenix tumbles down in a heap and Callis says Fenix is done so Omega should just finish it. Omega puts Fenix in, runs and KOTARO KRUSHERS! Cover, TWO!! Omega is a bit surprised but he still confidently drags Fenix up. Omega scoops Fenix, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fenix writhes and rolls to the apron but Omega drags him back in. Omega kicks Fenix around, but Fenix CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Omega CHOPS, Fenix CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS Fenix off his feet! Omega drags Fenix up, waistlocks, and CLUBS him on the back. Fans rally and duel as Omega paces.

Omega drags Fenix up in a waistlock but Fenix elbows. Omega back suplexes, Fenix lands on his feet to dodge and springboard for a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up and Fenix stumbles, to kick and CHOP and knuckle lock. Fenix goes up, up, but Omega shoves him down! Omega swings but Fenix blocks and CHOPS! Fenix springboards, Omega breaks free but Fenix just jumps around to adjust, springboard missile dropkick! Omega bails out, Fenix builds speed, and DIVES!! Direct hit and they both go into the railing! Fenix somehow doesn’t end up in the front row with the Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous with “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Fenix puts Omega back in!

Fenix drags Omega up, puts him in a corner and CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Omega reverses to fireman’s carry but Fenix fights free! Omega is in a corner, Fenix runs into a back elbow! Omega goes up and over and rolls, but Fenix boots back! Fenix goes up, QUEBRADA GERMAN SUPLEX?! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are loving this as both men slowly rise. Omega goes to an apron, Fenix runs over and goes up, up and DUMDUM STOMPS Omega to the apron! Callis panics and checks on Omega as AEW goes picture in picture!

Fenix flops down to fetch Omega, to send him into railing! Fenix puts Omega in, covers, but they’re in the ropes. Fenix shoves Omega over, covers, ONE!! The delay may have spared Omega but Fenix keeps his focus. Fenix eggs Omega on as he pushes him around. Omega smirks but Fenix CHOPS! Omega CHOPS back! Fenix CHOPS, Omega stings but comes back to CHOP! Fenix CHOPS again, they both stand up and Omega CHOPS Fenix down! Fenix sits up, Omega kicks at him, then throws forearm after forearm! Fenix CHOPS, Omega digs his fingers into Fenix’s eyes! The ref counts, Omega stops at 4, and he pushes Fenix around. Omega runs in to CHOP again!

Fenix CHOPS from the mat, Omega CHOPS him on the back! Fenix flops over, but flounders up, and Omega is on him. Fenix throws body shots as AEW returns to single picture and Fenix sobats, CHOPS and suplexes, only for Omega to suplex! Fenix fights free and SUPERKICKS! Omega stays up, reverses the whip, but Fenix tiger feints! Omega ducks the heel kick to V-TRIGGER! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back?! Fans are losing their minds as both men are down! Fenix sits up as fans cheer “ANIMO!” Fenix gets to the apron, springboards for a SKY TWISTER, but into a V-TRIGGER!

Omega drags Fenix up, for a DR. WILY BOMB! High stack, TWO!?! V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega is furious, as is Callis, but the fans are loving this! Fenix is on the ropes, Omega takes aim and says BANG! Omega runs, V-TRIGGER! Omega hauls Fenix up, Electric Chair lift, but Fenix POISON RANAS! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Callis shouts at Fenix as Fenix goes to the ramp. Fenix glares at Callis but turns his attention back to the ring. Fenix slingshots, into a V-TRIGGER! Omega drags Fenix up and pulls him against ropes but Fenix enziguris free! Fenix step sup to springboard CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega survives and Callis is relived.

But Fenix has Omega, scoops, throws knees, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives again and Fenix is beside himself! Fans are electric as Fenix gives Omega some Danielson Stomps! Fenix throws off his elbow pads, goes to the corner and shouts to Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Too much Latino Heat cost Fenix! Omega puts Fenix up top, climbs up, but Fenix resists and headbutts! Omega CLUBS Fenix, Fenix BOOTS back, then Fenix adjusts to somersault, but into a JAY DRILLER!! V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Fenix barely survives but Omega isn’t done! Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, Omega wins!!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

The Firebird got the arm up at 3.01 but that’s too little too late! Omega has conquered another contender, and Callis celebrates with him in the ring. Callis has a mic and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve witnessed history.” They’re going to give us something a little extra. Omega beat Fenix, so why not we witness the end of the career of Fenix? Or no, what’s going on backstage? Eddie Kingston and The Fam are beating down the rest of Death Triangle! Kingston sits Pac up while Butcher and Blade continue to mug Pentagon! Kingston winks and Bunny Allie laughs, and Callis sarcastically says, “My goodness!” What an unsafe working environment!

Callis then asks Fenix if he remembers them saying his brother, Penta, wouldn’t be coming to help him. What IS coming for Fenix is a One Winged Angel into the scrapheap! Omega drags Fenix up, but here comes MOXLEY! And a barbed-wire bat!! Callis runs for his life but Omega turns around into a barbed wire BASH! Moxley winds up and tells Callis this is what they get! Callis stays far away as Moxley aims at Omega! But here come THE GOOD BROTHERS!! The Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions and good friends of Kenny Omega’s, Luke Gallows & Karl A0nderson, are here on AEW! And they’re saving Omega by jumping Moxley! They stomp away and rain down fists!

Fans are going nuts, “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” as Gallows & Anderson mug Moxley, and hit MAGIC KILLER!! Callis is fired up and Omega grins as he and the Good Brothers stomp Moxley then mug him more! Anderson fetches the barbed wire bat for Omega, and Omega SLUGS Moxley on the back! And again! And again, and again, and again! But here come the Varsity Blondes, Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr, but they’re no match for a 3v2 like this! Griff gets tossed, then so does BPJ! Shawn Dean and Fuego del Sol try but they get DECKED before even getting in the ring! More of AEW’s roster tries, from Danny Limelight to Baron Black to Louie Valle, but they all get tossed!

Omega SLUGS Ryzin, then dares anyone else to try, while Gallows POWERBOMBS Fuego through a table!! Gallows uppercuts Limelight down, stalks up to push BPJ and Griff around, and then he regroups with Anderson. The Good Brothers sit Moxley up and Omega winds up to SLUG Moxley in the chest! Omega compliments Moxley on making him flip the switch, and then he rubs the belt in Moxley’s face. Moxley DECKS Anderson but Omega SLUGS him again! Anderson and Gallows stomp Moxley down, and even use their own title belts to knock him down!

But now the YOUNG BUCKS run out! Friends to all of these guys, the Bucks want an explanation! Callis says this was all self-defense because Moxley brought the bat in! The bat is tossed aside, but then the Varsity Blondes grab Omega! They expect the AEW Tag Team Champions to fight on their side, but as Gallows CLOBBERS BPJ, Matt SUPERKICKS Griff!! Again, Omega is still their friend, but that doesn’t mean this is “the band” getting back together. The Bucks still want an explanation, but Omega simply throws up the Too Sweet! The Good Brothers do it with him, but what about the Bucks? Nick and Matt… THROW IT UP!! Is Bullet Club truly for life?!


My Thoughts:

Holy crap! Given the circumstances, the great tribute episode we got to Brodie Lee/Jon Huber, this New Year’s Smash event was worth the wait. We got a great 8 Man Tag to open between some great teams, especially the combination of long time rivals and friends, Young Bucks and SCU. I loved the crisscross of finishers, such as Kaz and Nick doing the BTE Trigger, and of course finishing with Daniels and Matt doing Best Meltzer Ever. They officially established the obvious story, SCU wants to earn their way to a title match and face the Bucks, championships or bust. That is going to be their 2021, and who knows if they pull it off.

Hager VS Wardlow was great stuff, a pure fight of big, mean powerhouses. I am surprised Wardlow won, but I see now that MJF used the moment to get in Hager’s good graces. There is a very strong chance MJF is making moves to get on everyone’s good side to then usurp the leadership from Jericho, and that’d be a pretty good story for the faction in 2021. Chuck VS Miro with the special Young Boy bet stipulation is also an interesting story to at least bring these trios to Beach Break in February. I have a feeling Miro wins so he can subject Chuck to humiliating things, and then Trent makes a return to ruin the Superbad wedding as revenge.

Sting is great, Darby is great, Team Taz is great, but the weigh-in for a non-weight-class belt doesn’t make sense. That was all just a vehicle to further establish what many of us had already figured, and that is Sting teaming with Darby to bring the fight to Team Taz. The new TNT belt looks pretty good, but I feel like that “red ribbon” with “champion” on it stands out too much. And honestly, the design didn’t look that different from the belt they retired. But the match of Darby VS Cage will still be great, with Darby surely still retaining somehow.

I like that we got a promo establishing Matt Hardy is officially managing Private Party, and I bet that will all fall apart at some point as he tries to push them into being Heels. I like that Snoop got to have a part in that because of Gin ‘n’ Juice, and I wonder what those secret demands from Private Party are. I am pretty sure FTR goaded Stunt into wanting in on the match, and things are going according to their plan. I can’t be sure if Stunt wins to prove the haters wrong, or he tries too hard and that is why they lose. Either one makes for good story with Jurassic Express, but I’m leaning towards FTR winning.

Cody VS Sydal was very good, and Snoop did a good job being the corner man. The thing with Chaos Project was clearly just to set up Snoop having a moment, though, but it was still pretty fun. I just wish TNT didn’t go so hard on having AEW hype up the Go Big Show. Yes, it’s very exciting and it’s a big investment, but I don’t know. I’m certainly not going to bother watching whole episodes. Can it at least be used on AEW as a way to make Cody seem like a Heel? Cody’s more fun as a Heel to me.

Tay Conti getting a title match against Serena Deeb is great stuff, but I can’t be sure the NWA Women’s Championship changes hands outside of the NWA. It’d be quite the surprise, but unless AEW stars start showing up on NWA, I’m not sure it’d do much for either company. Shida VS Abadon was a very good match, especially on character. Abadon could probably scare The Fiend. She scares me, that’s for sure. But Shida retains to keep going strong, and at this rate, it feels like it’ll either be Britt Baker or Nyla Rose that takes the title from her.

Moxley had a great promo warning Omega, and it should’ve been obvious he’d try to follow through tonight, since he literally said he does what he says he will. The overly elaborate introductions for Omega are getting better in my opinion, and I like that Jericho popped for when Winnipeg was mentioned. Omega VS Fenix was an incredible match, practically PPV levels, and of course Omega wins because the story is only just beginning. The Good Brothers being the first Impact stars to show up on AEW was a great surprise, and them going after Moxley, then helping Omega fight off basically every AEW Dark regular was great.

The big shock was the Bucks showing up to then apparently side with Omega! Having crossovers and referencing the past is the power AEW has over WWE, because even though Jericho didn’t want to say Too Sweet or Bullet Club, the more knowledgeable fans know exactly what’s going on here. Now all we need is NJPW to get in the mix, and we can finally have that Bullet Club Civil War we should’ve gotten back in 2019 when all this AEW talk got started.

My Score: 9.6/10


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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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