AEW Dark is reaching a whole new level!
It’s time to rise up and be bigger than ever! Today is the debut of AEW Dark: Elevation, and along with the action, it will profile AEW’s Rising Stars!
- Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Danny Limelight; JB wins.
- Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Vary Morales & Baron Black; Miro & Sabian win.
- Big Swole VS Skyler Moore; Swole wins.
- QT Marshall VS Marko Stunt; QT wins.
- Tay Conti w/ Negative One VS Ashley Vox; Conti wins.
- The Sydal Brothers VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs; The Sydal Brothers win.
- Red Velvet VS Dani Jordyn; Velvet wins.
- Max Caster VS Dante Martin w/ Darius Martin; Caster wins.
- Abadon VS Ray Lyn; Abadon wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook; Hobbs wins.
- Diamante VS Leila Grey; Diamante wins.
- Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Dean Alexander, Carlie Bravo, Brick Aldridge & David Ali; Private Party, Butcher & Blade win.
- Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa w/ Kenny Omega; Sydal wins and will face Omega on AEW Dynamite.
- Riho VS Maki Itoh; Riho wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Danny Limelight!
Before going into battle against Big Money Matt’s growing stable, Jungle Jack Perry is tuning up as the first match of Elevation’s debut! Will JB be swinging into Dynamite’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam?
The bell rings and fans rally up for JB as he stares down Limelight. They circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Limelight pulls hair, powers out but JB runs him over. JB speeds up, Limelight hurdles but JB comes back to headlock takeover. Fans rally, Limelight headscissors but JB kips out. JB sweeps, covers, ONE! Limelight sweeps, covers, ONE! The fans cheer the stand-off and JB circles with Limelight. They tie up, Limelight headlocks but JB powers out. JB drops to dropkick Limelight down! Fans cheer as JB CHOPS Limelight, then whips him to ropes. Limelight dodges and slips around to arm-drag! Limelight does his dance, then CHOPS JB against ropes.
Limelight whips, JB dodges, and ranas! JB arm-drags Limelight around, then clamps onto the armlock. Limelight fights up, JB puts him in a corner, but JB lets off clean only for Limelight to kick low. Limelight kicks away on JB in the corner, slaps him around, but JB turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! JB whips corner to corner, runs in but Limelight boots him! Limelight goes up to get a DRAPING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Limelight lets off and rolls in to NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally for JB, Limelight throws hands. Limelight back suplexes, covers, TWO! JB CHOPS from below, but Limelight KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS him!
Limelight stalks JB to ropes, JB elbows and CHOPS back! Limelight gets up to throat chop! Limelight then reels JB in for a snap suplex! Limelight snapmares, KICKS JB, then runs to PENALTY KICK! Limelight rolling thunders to a DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Limelight snarls while fans rally up. Limelight goes to the apron, does a dance and slingshots onto knees! JB gets up but Limelight dodges him, tilt-o-whirl, but JB powers that to a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as JB crawls to a corner. Fans sing JB’s song as he gets up. Limelight runs in but JB elbows, ROCKS and uppercuts Limelight! Limelight whips JB away but JB rebound LARIATS!
Fans fire up as JB drags Limelight up to suplex, but Limelight slips out. JB ducks the kick, pump handles but Limelight slips out to throat chop again! Limelight spins to body scissor then waistlock, roll to a HALF CRAB! JB endures as Limelight drags him from ropes! JB crawls his way to other ropes, Marko Stunt gives a little help and JB gest the ropebreak! Limelight lets go and watches JB go to the apron. Limelight climbs up, leaps, but JB denies his destroyer to ROUNDHOUSE! Limelight KICKS back, JB KICKS more, then CHOPS! Limelight CHOPS, KICKS, KICKS, and BOOTS! JB stays up, to pop Limelight up and to the other side of the corner!
Limelight CLUBS JB, swings around, for a FLYING HEADSCISSORS! JB is sent into railing and fans fire up again! Marko checks on JB, he’s okay to continue and Limelight gets in the ring to build speed. Limelight FLIES with a TORNILLO! Direct hit and JB again hits railing! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the first match of the night! Luchasaurus keeps Marko cool as Limelight puts JB in the ring. Limelight climbs again, but JB hurries over. Limelight walks the tightrope to dodge JB, then he springboards for a FLIPPING DDT?! Cover, TWO!?! JB survives and Limelight can’t believe it! Fans fire up again as JB stirs.
Limelight throws off some wrist tape as he aims at JB in the corner. Limelight brings JB up to throw forearms, then whips corner to corner. JB reverses, runs in, Limelight KNEES Him back! Limelight goes up and up and tornado, but JB makes it a roll to a BRAINBUSTER! JB hurries, double underhooks for a TIGER BOMB! And then the Queen Angelito, the SNARE TRAP! Limelight taps, JB wins!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
What a big win for the first episode of Elevation and for Jungle Boy! Will he and Jurassic Express be rolling through St. Patrick’s Day?
Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Vary Morales & Baron Black!
The Best Man and Mr. Superbad beat down Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy, but are heading for a rematch! Will Miro & Kip level up on Elevation going into the first-ever Arcade Machine Match?
The teams sort out, Vary starts with Kip and the two circle. Fans rally up and the two tie up but Kip kicks low! Kip fires forearms, bumps Vary off buckles then stomps a mudhole in. Kip lets off as the ref counts, then drags Vary up to snap suplex! Kip checks with Miro, and he brings Vary up to facelock for another suplex, but Vary rebounds off ropes to a cradle! TWO, and Vary shoves Kip to then RANA! Kip stagers, Vary dodges and enziguris! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kip is safe but Miro wants after Vary. Vary gets Kip tot he corner, tags Baron and Baron throws uppercuts and CHOPS! Kip is stinging but the kicks and CHOPS back! Kip CHOPS Baron more, then stomps Baron in the corner.
Kip wrenches Baron, whips corner to corner, but Baron goes up and over and rolls Kip, but Miro is able to push it over! Baron continues through to Half Crab but Miro gets in to shove Baron off that, too! The ref reprimands and Vary protests, but Miro goes back to his corner. Baron brings Kip up but Kip swings, only into Baron’s atomic drop and BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Baron keeps cool and fans rally as Baron tags Vary in. Vary and Baron hand off to a snap suplex! Vary runs to MULE KICK! Cover, TWO! Miro is again chomping at the bit, but Kip blocks a kick to knee Vary, and then fireman’s carry to a GUTBUSTER!
Kip drags Vary around while Miro gives him orders, and Kip stomps away on Vary’s arms. Kip throws forearms in a corner then hoists Vary up top. Kip climbs up, but Vary blocks the superplex! Vary throws body shots and forearms to send Kip down, then he leaps to missile dropkick! Both men are down, they roll to their corners, hot tag to Miro and he CLOBBERS Baron! Miro goes out after Baron to throw him into the stage wall! Miro says he has had enough, and he get sin Baron’s face! “Are you going to be a world champion!? NO!” Miro throws Baron again, gets in and Vary springboards, into Miro’s AX HANDLE!
Miro shouts that Vary isn’t going to be world champion and that he is wasting Miro’s time! Miro throws Vary to the corner, then reels him into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Tag to Kip, Kip gets Vary up onto the ropes, for the TIME TURNER! Cover, Kip & Miro win!
Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by pinfall
Miro hugs Kip and raises his hand, but he has Penelope stay on the outside. Will the SuperBest Friends break Chuck and Cassidy in their rematch? Or is something else about to break?
Backstage interview with QT Marshall.
QT gets to be part of history as he’s on tonight’s first-ever episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, but Alex Marvez wants to ask about QT’s tension with the Nightmare Family. If you keep asking about the Nightmare Family, QT will walk out. But he’s kidding. QT VS Marko, Paul Wight and Tony Schiavone on commentary, this is big. Well, not that big because Marko is short. QT is just teasing again, but seriously, there is nothing wrong with him and the Nightmare Family. Is that true? Or is QT joking again?
Big Swole VS Skyler Moore!
Though she staked her claim on the Dark Before Revolution, the TRUE #1 contender is waiting on her shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship. Will she be left wanting more after getting through Moore tonight?
The bell rings and Swole circles with Moore. The fans rally up, Swole and Moore tie up, and Moore pulls hair so Swole shoves her down. Swole tells Moore she ain’t ready for this. Moore gets up, circles with Swole and ties up. Swole wrenches to a wristlock but Moore reverses to wrench back. Swole spins through, wrenches and grinds Moore down to hammerlock. Moore reaches back to headlock but Swole cranks the arm. Swole clubs Moore, then waistlocks to throw Moore down. Moore fights up, pries the hold, elbows free, but Swole waistlocks. Moore elbows free again, snapmares and pie faces Swole. Moore mocks Swole, speeds up, but Swole CLOBBERS her!
Swole follows Moore out, whips her into railing, then into the apron! Then into the railing, then into the apron! Swole puts Moore back in the ring, runs in at the corner but Moore slips out! Moore shoulders in but misses, only to dodge the kick! Moore traps Swole’s leg in ropes and chokes her against the ropes! The ref counts, Moore sweeps Swole’s leg, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Moore pushes Swole down and rains down forearms! Moore stomps Swole’s leg, then digs her boot in while mocking the flexing. Swole kicks with her free leg but Moore stomps her down. Cover, ONE, but Moore is after the leg. Fans rally, Swole hits Moore but Moore DDT’s the leg! Cover, TWO!
Moore keeps after Swole’s legs with a standing toehold. Swole fights with slapping hands to the side, but Moore throws the leg down. Cover, ONE, but Moore gets mad and clamps on with a chinlock. Swole endures, fans rally up, and Swole throws elbows. Moore hooks Swole’s arms but Swole breaks free to REVERSE HEADBUTT! Swole runs, Moore reels her in but Swole elbows her away! Swole runs but Moore shows strength as she scoops! BACKBREAKER, reset and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Moore grabs Swole but Swole cradles, TWO! Swole ROCKS Moore, uppercuts her, then rallies forearms!
Swole rallies with more strikes. Moore avoids the kicks but not the HEADBUTT! Swole gets under, ripcord, DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
And that’s all for Moore! Swole definitely rolls towards the title, but will she get her shot before anyone else does?
Kenny Omega is living the high life at the AEW Casino.
He’s friends with the club DJ, gets in ahead of everyone else, and has that AEW Casino mobile game money to flaunt. John Skyler says, “Why can’t I get in?” Omega says he knows the rules, and tells him to get a jacket. The Dark Order is shooting dice. Evil Uno says all on black, but John Silver says as a stats man, they should put it on red. Alex Reynolds reminds Silver they’re the Dark Order. Britt Baker is on a hot streak, and Omega sits with Ricky Starks and Orange Cassidy at Blackjack. Are you ready to play? Or are you ready to win? Go get AEW Casino on mobile now!
QT Marshall VS Marko Stunt!
Like the Gifted said, this is big in a historical sense, as he takes on the Fun-Size member of Jurassic Express! But will the win be big if Stunt surprises QT?
The bell rings and the two circle. QT and Stunt tie up, Stunt waistlocks then wrenches, but QT just sweeps with one leg. Stunt gets up, circles and ties up with QT, and QT waistlocks to SLAM Stunt down! QT facelocks but Stunt slips away to reset. Stunt and QT circle, Stunt goes after a leg but QT TOSSES him off. Stunt gets fired up and he gets in QT’s face with shoves and a SLAP! QT DECKS Stunt! QT drags Stunt up, whips but Stunt kicks back! Stunt dodges, tilt-o-whirls and a little more for the headscissor! Stunt eggs QT on, baits him into a corner and the buckles, then climbs up for an elbow drop! Cover, ONE, but Stunt basement dropkicks!
Stunt hurries back up top, leaps, but QT blocks the rana! QT brings Stunt up but Stunt sunset flips, but QT stays up! QT drags Stunt right up, tosses him up and flips him for a BACKBREAKER! QT has fans among his peers such as JD Drake and Vickie Guerrero as he stomps away on Stunt. QT drags Stunt up, scoops and hits another BACKBREAKER! Stunt writhes as QT paces around. QT covers, ONE!! Stunt is tougher than he looks and he throws body shots at QT. QT drags Stunt up to suplex, but Stunt fights back with knees! QT keeps him up but Stunt slips around to waistlock! QT bucks the O’Conner off but Stunt ENZIGURIS! Stunt runs, but into a pop-up FAST BALL!!
QT takes his time going to Stunt to cover, TWO!? It was barely more than shifting a shoulder up. QT calls upon the powers of DDP and he drags Stunt up. QT cravats for a running start, but Stunt slips out and flops to the mat! QT laughs, brings Stunt up but Stunt JAWBREAKERS back! Stunt fires off hands but QT DECKS him again! Stunt sits up in a daze but QT drags him to ropes. QT whips, Stunt slides under and uses a pump handle to flip QT! Stunt runs but QT dodges, only for Stunt to come back with a crossbody! Stunt keeps moving, BASEMENT KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Stunt is shocked but he won’t give up here!
Fans rally but QT scoops Stunt, only for Stunt to slip and roll QT up, TWO! Stunt runs, rolls and pops out to DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are fired up for Stunt as he gets himself to ropes. QT slowly rises, Stunt runs in to mule kick then cravat. Stunt uses the ropes, but QT holds the Sliced Bread up, to pop it into the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, QT wins!
Winner: QT Marshall, by pinfall
Wait, the Pretty Boys attack!? Peter Avalon has Ryan Nemeth and Cezar Bononi beat up Stunt, and QT just walks away! Luchasaurus rushes back out but Avalon and his boys get away. We’ll see Luchasaurus take on Bononi on Dark Classic, will he avenge Stunt? As for QT, is everything alright with him?
AEW’s Rising Star: Lee Johnson.
Big Shotty got his first win after joining the Nightmare Family, and by beating Peter Avalon. “That first win was unbelievable. It was something that I dreamed about every single week.” Johnson wished he had the words for it, but he didn’t. Johnson has wanted to be a pro-wrestler ever since he was three. No college, no other job, just wrestling. He knew he’d make it either way, because it would always be his goal.
“It’s so funny, I remember the pandemic first hit and here I am, the first week, I’m eating pizza, I’m eating chicken wings, I’m not gonna wrestle in a long while. That’s what was going on in my head.” But then Johnson gets a call from AEW, they want to give him a shot, do some work, and the rest is history. That big first win, the “Lee Johnson is #AllElite” post, and he learned from the Nightmare Family that doing the work gets you success. But being in this team puts a lot of pressure on him. The Rhodes name is a lot to live up to, but he was told it’s more than okay for him to be Lee Johnson.
His nickname, “Big Shotty” comes from him first being “The Shotgun.” His uncle played football, passed away in 2009, but that was his uncle’s nickname. Getting here, Johnson needed something else. So the nickname is the mindset, “Big Shotty.” Passion, fire, drive. Johnson does the work, and lives by the quote, “I did yesterday what they wouldn’t so that today I can do what they can’t.” Johnson isn’t throwing this one away, he’s taking his shot.
Tay Conti w/ Negative One VS Ashley Vox!
The Brazilian Blackbelt and the Dark Order are staying strong while Anna Jay recovers. But will she be washed out to see by Poseidon’s Siren?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Vox kicks and kicks but Tay shrugs it all off. Tay fakes Vox with one kick, catches her with the heel, then knuckle locks to throw Vox down! Cover, ONE! Vox powers Tay to a corner, but Tay goes up and gets the arm for the DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Tay lets off and fans fire up. Vox swings but Tay blocks to spin and STO! Cover, ONE, but Tay has an arm trapped in a modified arm scissor. Vox rolls but Tay hits sayanagi after sayanagi! Tay then sits Vox up to kick but Vox ducks to roll her up! TWO, Vox dodges again and tries for the FISH HOOK! Tay breaks free but Vox HEADBUTTS her!
Vox runs into the corner but Tay puts her on the apron. Vox shoulders in, slingshots over and headscissors Tay out of the ring! Vox fires up, Negative One gives thumbs down, but Tay avoids the dive to KNEE Vox down! Tay hurries out and aims at Vox, but Vox ducks the kick, only for Tay to KICK the other way! Tay brings Vox up but Vox RAMS her into the apron! Vox throws heavy forearms, but Tay gives them back! Tay RAMS Vox into railing, then brings her back over to put in the ring. Vox rolls right out and comes around the way to SHOTGUN KNEE! Tay staggers, Negative One is worried, but Vox swings her hook! Tay ducks, picks Vox up, swinging BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up for Tay and she fires up as she drags Vox into the ring. Tay climbs up top, Vox staggers but gets under the leap. Tay comes back to BOOT Vox down! Vox flounders, Tay runs in and KNEES Vox! HAMMERLOCK DDT! Cover, Tay, wins!
Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall
Negative One celebrates with Tay with a raise of the hand and a big hug. Will Tay be a contender soon enough?
The Sydal Brothers VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs!
Matt & Mike Sydal know all about elevation, both physically and mentally! Will they be on another level after being part of this historic debut? Or will it be ruined by the West Coast Wrecking Crew?
The teams sort out, Mike starts with Isaacs and fans rally up. Mike focus his chi, but Isaacs gets a takedown! Isaacs has the waistlock and throws Mike around. Mike switches, Isaacs puts Mike in a corner and throws an elbow. Isaacs forearms and whips but Mike goes up and over and handsprings to dropkick! Cover, ONE! Mike tags Matt, the Sydal Brothers double whip to drop toehold, basement dropkick, and then tie Isaacs up into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Isaacs endures, Nelson coaches him but Matt lets him off to DOUBLE STOMP! Isaacs his back, scoops Matt and slams him! Tag to Nelson and he scoops, only for Matt to arm-drag Nelson around!
Sydal has the armlock and keeps Nelson down. Fans rally, Matt wrenches and headlocks, then tags Mike. Mike climbs up, Matt sets Nelson up, Mike DRAPING STOMPS Nelson down! The Sydals flying-mare to a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE, but Mike keeps Nelson from Isaacs. Mike headbutts, throws forearms, and then whips Nelson corner to corner. Nelson reverses, runs in but Mike elbows him away! Mike goes out and up, but Nelson rushes in, so Mike cartwheels on ropes to avoid him! Mike BOOTS Nelson down, covers, but Isaacs breaks it! Matt goes after Isaacs but the ref backs him down. Isaacs CLOBBERS Mike from behind!
Isaacs drags Matt into his corner and stomps him down. Nelson adds on, tags Isaacs in, and they set Mike’s leg on ropes to knee, kick and DRAGON SCREW! DOUBLE STOMPS then cover, TWO! Isaacs tags Nelson, WCWC mug Mike and double whip him, but Mike kicks Nelson! Isaacs ROCKS Mike, suplexes, and feeds him to Nelson, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives but Nelson mocks the third eye. Nelson runs at Mike, Mike goes Matrix and tags in Matt! Matt slingshot kicks Nelson, fires off standing kicks and a sobat! Isaacs runs in but Matt kicks away on him! Matt dodges Nelson to WHEEL KICK him down!
Matt BRONCO BUSTERS Isaacs, and gives Nelson the SLICE, to the STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, Isaacs breaks it! Mike hits Isaacs for earlier, but Isaacs elbows him! WCWC get Mike up but Matt saves him from the double suplex, and gives him an assist in the RANA! Isaacs flies out of the ring, Matt RANAS Nelson! ROUNDHOUSE, then the DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, the Sydal Brothers win!
Winners: The Sydal Brothers, by pinfall
This combination is firing up, they’re ready to strike! Will they be able to turn things around to be ranking tag team contenders?
Backstage interview with Will Hobbs and Hook.
Team Taz is represented on Elevation’s debut, and Hobbs is up against a man who has won 9 of his last 11 matches in Brandon Cutler. Hook scoffs at that, and Hobbs says this is the same BS they’ve been talking about! Cutler isn’t getting his 10th win on Hobbs. Hobs is no chump, who just walks around playing games. Hobbs doesn’t play games. Tonight, Hobbs is about that action. Tonight, they handle Town Business.
Red Velvet VS Dani Jordyn!
Though she lost to Jade Cargill in Cargill’s debut, Velvet isn’t going to let that break her. She’s stirring it up, but will she be serving the Real Mean Girl an L on Elevation?
The bell rings and Velvet circles with Dani. They tie up, Velvet pushes Dani away and fans like that. They tie up again. and now Dani shoves Velvet. They circle, fans rally up, and they tie up again. Velvet headlocks, throws Dani down with the takeover, but Dani headscissors. Velvet pops out, headlocks to another takeover, but Dani again headscissors. Velvet gets out again, arm-drags Dani around, and then whips Dani to ropes. Velvet does the splits to trip Dani and then hits a calf kick! Velvet brings Dani up to bump off buckles and dig her boot in while doing the splits! The ref counts, Velvet lets off at 4, and then Velvet storms back in, only for Dani to throw her into buckles!
Velvet flops out of the ring, Dani stalks her and runs in to CLOBBER her! Dani refreshes the count, then RAMS Velvet into the apron before putting her in. Dani gets her Burn Book and turns to Velvet’s page: “I’m not scared of cake!” Dani goes in, but Velvet gets a cradle, TWO! Dani gets a waistlock but Velvet blocks the lift. Velvet pries free, but Dani reels her in to throw her by her hair! Dani rains down rights, the ref reprimands and Dani lets off. Dani pushes Velvet around then dodges, only for Velvet to come back and rally with clotheslines! Velvet wheelbarrows and hits a BULLDOG! Fans fire up with Velvet as she stirs it up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Velvet keeps close to Dani as she gets up, bobs ‘n’ weaves with her to ROCK her, kick a leg out, then HEEL KICK! Velvet runs to hit JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!
Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall
Another sweet victory for Velvet, and she is heating up at the right time. Will she be on the heels of Big Swole in the chase for Hikaru Shid and the AEW Women’s Championship?
Backstage interview with the Sydal Brothers.
Marvez congratulates Matt & Mike on their big win tonight, but what is next? Well the Sydals bend but they don’t break. They are on their way to taking over all divisions of AEW! But then Michael Nakazawa excuses Marvez so that Kenny Omega can take over this interview! Omega just heard that and was getting goosebumps. But here’s the thing. As much as we want to hear you two talk, they’d much rather hear from the AEW World Champion. That’s why Omega is here to scout for the flagship show on Wednesdays, aka Dynamite. If these two stay on a winning track, they might be on Dynamite, and might even face Omega one day.
Matt says he’ll definitely be on Dynamite. He’ll break right through the Top 5 to be a challenger to that title. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whose top 5? That Tony Khan top 5? The only real top 5 is Omega’s. Nakazawa shows Matt the top five “from the office of Kenny Omega.” Number 5: Michael Nakazawa. Number 4: Also Nakazawa. Number 3, 2 and 1, too? Matt beat Nakazawa before! Well if Matt beats him again, Omega will give Matt a match on Dynamite. And if Matt somehow beats Omega on Dynamite, Omega will give him a title shot! But one caveat: He has to do it TONIGHT. Matt is up for that! He’s okay for a double-header! Omega pumps Nakazawa up, but will a Lightning Spiral strike twice tonight?
Max Caster VS Dante Martin!
Normally in the AEW Tag Division, Platinum has proven he’s very good as a singles competitor. But now, “Angel Dorado” wants to prove he can do that, too! But Caster spits rhymes again, “Platinum Max, I be doing the most. How the team ‘Top Flight’ when you’re sitting in coach? How’m I be scared of a 4-year-old? Hell, I’ll put you through a wall like a glory hole! I’m what you call nice, footsteps bigger than Paul Wight, my peer group’s smaller than your balls, right? I’m about take down Dante, and I’m more handsome, at least that’s what your mom say. Your mom told me that, Dante.” Caster riled Dante up, will he regret it for once?
The bell rings, Caster and Dante circle and tie up. Caster shoves Dante away and smooths his hair. Dante comes back to circle with Caster, they tie up again, and Dante pie faces Caster! Caster reaches at Dante but Dante keeps away. Dante shoves Caster, tension mounts, and the two tie up again. Dante wrenches to a wristlock, Caster wrenches to snapmare and chinlock. Dante slips out, wrenches to a wristlock, but Caster spins through to get in and snapmare. Caster wants to chinlock but again Dante gets out to wrench. Caster tries to throw Dante but Dante waistlocks. Caster bucks him off, headstands and BOOTS Dante down!
Fans boo as Caster eggs Dante on. Things speed up, Dante hurdles then hits a headlock takeover! Caster fights up, fans rally, and Caster wrenches out to a keylock. Caster keeps Dante from ropes but Dante jumps up to springboard and arm-drag! Caster blocks the arm-drag, whips Dante away, but Dante rolls and spins Caster around for a low arm-drag! Caster bails out but he avoids the plancha! Dante jumps from the apron, Caster dodges but Dante kicks his leg out! Dante puts Caster in, goes to the apron and springboards, but Caster anchors him! Dante clubs Caster, but Caster TRIPS Dante! Dante hits buckles on the way down!
Caster stomps away on Dante but lets off as the ref counts. Caster drags Dante up, Dante throws body shots, but Caster CLUBS him down! Caster looms over Dante, brings him up to wrench again, and he keylocks to drive Dante down! Cover, TWO! Caster clamps back onto the arm and digs his elbow in Dante’s head. Dante throws body shots but Caster wrenches again to stomp the arm! Caster drags Dante up, Dante pushes him but Caster puts him in the corner. Caster hoists Dante up top, throws hands, then climbs up. Dante throws body shots and shoves Caster away. Caster comes back and trips Dante up again!
Dante lands on the corner, Caster drags him out for a DRAPING STUNNER! Fans boo as Caster covers, TWO!! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster stomps and clubs Dante, then gets a short arm scissor! Dante fights up, powers to a cover, TWO! Caster drags Dante up, snapmares him and runs to drop a knee but misses as Dante moves! Caster tries an elbow drop but misses again! Dante boots Caster then LARIATS! And dropkicks! Dante headscissors Caster down and fans fire up! Date sees Caster go to the apron and he gets ready to run, but Caster hotshots the arm! Dante still baseball slides Caster, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Caster is down!
Dante puts Caster in, springboards, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Dante hurries and he takes Caster’s boombox away! The ref takes that for Dante, but Caster pops Dante up to LOW BLOW!! Caster goes to the corner while Dante is down, for the MIC DROP! Cover, Caster wins!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall
Caster kisses Dante’s hand as thanks again before letting Dante hold his boys. Will Caster keep dropping bars and getting wins all the way to the top?
Abadon VS Ray Lyn!
The Living Dead Girl is rising again! Will she put the “Dark” back into “Dark: Elevation?” Or will Ray Lyn be a ray of sunshine and win?
The bell rings, Ray is wary of Abadon, and Abadon choke grips her to the ropes! Ray gets away, CLUBS Abadon, but Abadon just turns around. Ray runs, Abadon follows and Abadon CLOBBERS Ray! Abadon uses knuckle locks to drag Ray up, throw her around, and then she stalks her to a corner. Ray kicks back, but Abadon comes back for more. Abadon puts Ray in the ropes for a DRAPING BACK2BACKBREAKER! Abadon stalks Ray more, drags her up, and two-hand SLAMS her! Abadon looms over Ray, drags her back up with body hands but Ray KICKS and KICKS! Abadon catches Ray for an EXPLODER!
Ray bails out, Abadon runs over but Ray dodges to ROUNDHOUES! Abadon stays up!? Ray freaks out but runs in, into an STO! Abadon hammers away on Ray, the ref reprimands but Abadon shrieks at Aubrey! Abadon puts Ray in, stalks her and drags her up, to then put her against buckles. Abadon wants to bite Ray! The ref reprimands, Ray ROCKS her, but then Abadon CHOPS Ray off her feet! Abadon hauls Ray up, Gory Especial for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
That isn’t the end of it, Abadon wants to CHOKE Ray! The ref reprimands her, so Abadon crawls after her! Aubrey gets away, but will there be any running from this nightmare?
Brandon Cutler VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook!
The Dungeon Master hasn’t been able to put together a streak, but that’s both good and bad, since he isn’t on an awful losing streak again. But will running into the Powerhouse reset Cutler to level one?
The bell rings and Hobbs corners Cutler quickly. Cutler tries to get away but Hobbs pushes him back in, and then again! cutler doges under, but runs into Hobbs’ shoulder! Cutler flops out of the ring, Hobbs goes out and chases him around the way. Cutler gets Hobbs as he gets back in and hammers away. Hobbs shoves Cutler, Cutler runs back in to splash and fire off forearms! Hobbs shoves Cutler again but Cutler comes back with forearms! cutler runs, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs RAMS Cutler into the corner, then throws heavy body shots! Hobbs brings Cutler out to pick him up into a bearhug! Cutler endures as Hobbs squeezes and thrashes him around!
Fans rally, Cutler endures, and Cutler throws elbows. Hobbs squeezes tighter, Cutler throws elbows over and over, and Cutler gets free to run. Hobbs swings, Cutler dodges and dropkicks a leg out! Cutler goes to the apron, springboards in and crossbodies Hobbs down! Cover, TWO! Cutler hurries up a corner, leaps at Hobbs, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs pops Cutler around, and hits TOWN BUSINESS!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall
Cutler tried to bring the fight, but Hobbs is just too big, too strong and too mean. Is Hobbs going to steamroll his way to a title opportunity?
Diamante VS Leila Grey!
The Cuban Diamond keeps going to prove she deserves a shot, but will she show this rising star that diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend?
The bell rings, Diamante and Grey circle, tie up, and Diamante wrenches to a wristlock. Diamante hammerlocks, trips Grey, floats to a facelock, but Grey fights up. Grey throws body shots but Diamante CLUBS her and pie faces her. Grey headlocks, Diamante powers out but Grey runs her over! Grey brushes off her shoulder, things speed up and Grey waistlocks to shove and arm-drag! Grey keeps going with more arm-drags and fans fire up for her. Grey whips, Diamante reverses but Grey crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Grey grits her teeth, drags Diamante up and wrenches to a hammerlock. Diamante elbows back and CLOBBERS her with a lariat!
Diamante rains down lefts on Grey, the ref reprimands the closed fists but Diamante drags Grey up to CLOBBER her with crossface forearms again and again! Cover, TWO! Diamante drags Grey up, snap suplexes, for una amiga! Then a snap suplex for dos amigas! Vickie likes what she sees as Diamante uses THREE AMIGOS to send Grey into buckles! Grey sits up, to get Diamante’s HESITATION DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Diamante clamps onto an arm, Grey endures but Diamante chinbars. Grey fights up but Diamante drags her down again. Grey still fights up to throw body shots but Diamante knees low!
Diamante whips, Grey goes up in the corner but Diamante the over. Diamante shoves Grey back to the corner, Grey stops herself with a boot, and pushes off for a back elbow! Both women go down as Grey may’ve bumped heads with Diamante, too. Both women slowly stand, and Grey throws a forearm. Diamante hits back, fires off and uppercuts, then mule kicks to hop on, CODE RED!! Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
Diamante keeps knocking them down, but will she get to the top 5 and be a contender for the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Dean Alexander, Carlie Bravo, Brick Aldridge & David Ali!
Big Money Matt is amassing a stable of heavy hitters, all to go after Hangman Page and the Dark Order! Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and Hardy’s newest henchmen show what they can do as a unit?
Big Money Matt does join his team ringside, accompanying his original clients personally. The teams sort out, and Blade ambushes Bravo! Butcher helps him blast the rest of the corner, and then they hit the dropkick gut wrench combo on Bravo! Bravo flounders, Kassidy tags in off Blade and Bravo tags out to Ali. Ali waistlocks but Kassidy switches, but ALi switches back. Kassidy switches again but Ali elbows the hold. Kassidy CLUBS Ali, back suplexes, but Ali lands on his feet! Ali shoves Kassidy, Kassidy BOOTS him! Quen tags in. Kassidy dodges Ali then pops him up for Quen’s atomic drop, to then enziguri! Leg sweep, SAY CHEESE! Double stomps take Ali down!
Hardy cheers his team on as Quen kicks Ali. Quen suplexes Ali slips out and tags in Alexander. Kassidy swipes at him and Quen dropkicks! Kassidy tags in, Private Party double whip to double atomic drop! They split the wishbone then double basement dropkick! Hardy says those are his kings! Kassidy swaggers, Alexander tags in Aldridge! Aldridge throws haymakers and DECKS Kassidy! He CLOBBERS Quen, but Kassidy dodges and Butcher gets in to CLOBBER him! The ref reprimands Butcher but Kassidy kicks Aldridge out. Hardy is there to POST him! Bravo and team protest but then Bunny gets her shots in!
Things cool off as Butcher puts Aldridge in for Kassidy. Kassidy drags Aldridge over, tags in Blade, and Blade stomps Aldridge down. Blade bumps Aldridge off buckles, CHOPS and throws haymakers, repeat! Blade stomps away, the ref counts but Blade won’t let off! Kassidy gets a cheap shot in, Blade brings Aldridge up to whip corner to corner. Aldridge elbows back, hot tag to Ali! Ali fires off on Blade then runs, but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Covers but Bravo breaks it! All hell breaks loose now! Hardy’s team throws everyone else out and isolate Ali. They bring Ali around, DOUBLE GIRI combo, to the DRAG THE LAKE! Cover, Hardy’s team wins!
Winners: Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
And that is how you unite as a team! Hardy shouts that for any team that faces his, “YOU’RE DEAD!!” Will this be the fate of Hangman and the Dark Order?
Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa w/ Kenny Omega!
This special bonus for Elevation will test if Matt really is top 5 material! But will the Turkish Oil Master give Sydal the slip and keep him from bothering the Best Bout Machine on Dynamite?
Nakazawa isn’t even dressed in wrestling gear! He’s still in the polo, slacks and headset he wears as Omega’s assistant. And he doesn’t even wait for the bell, he CLOBBERS Matt from behind, with that apple of his! Nakazawa brings Matt up to elbow him down, and then wraps Sydal’s arm against ropes. Nakazawa makes Sydal eat the apple he already took a bite from, then goes to the apron to BOOT Sydal down! Nakazawa drags Matt into a camel clutch, and uses his lanyard!! THe ref counts, takes the headset off so Nakazawa can hear, and Nakazawa lets off at 4. Nakazawa explains he had the volume up.
Nakazawa takes off his belt and starts using that to choke Sydal! The ref reprimands but Nakazawa lets off. Matt fires off on Nakazawa with kicks and CHOPS, but Nakazawa CHOPS and CHOPS back! Nakazawa reels Sydal in, Sydal slips out of the slam to WHEEL KICK! Nakazawa flounders into more kicks! Sydal KICKS and whips, but Nakazawa blocks so Sydal KICKS harder! Sydal points to the third eye and whips but Nakazawa reverses to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Sydal is still in this but Nakazawa says he’ll finish it now. Nakazawa scoops but Sydal fights out and PANTSES Nakazawa! Nakazawa blocks low, but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES him down! Cover, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal (will face Kenny Omega on Dynamite)
Mike celebrates with Matt but here comes Omega to attack them both! Omega throws Mike out, CLUBS away on Matt, and uses Nakazawa’s laptop to CLOBBER Matt! Omega gets a mic, and “congratulates” Sydal for getting the one-way ticket to the Omega Train! Omega is all jacked up and is feeling a little frisky! So that match Sydal wants, let’s just do that NOW! Omega attacks Sydal, reels him in, but there’s no bell! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Nakazawa makes the ref count, and Omega “wins?” But wait, there was no bell, and Omega says the Elevation ratings are going to go up thanks to him!
But Tony Khan appears! Tony says that was crap! He never wanted to be put in this position, but Omega is the one going back on their “gentlemen’s agreement” of how things were going to go. Omega went after Sydal after he already had two matches tonight, and honestly, Omega isn’t the one who makes matches, that’s Tony! So Tony Khan says that 9 nights from now, AEW Dynamite 3/24/21, Sydal will get that match with Omega! And the deal still stands: If Sydal wins, he gets a title shot! Omega is furious but Tony says he’s the one who put himself in this situation! There’s no editing this out of Elevation, either!
Tony’s hand was forced but he’s also forcing Omega to keep his word! Will Sydal strike the Cleaner when things are fair and square?
Riho VS Maki Itoh!
This is already an incredible main event for the first episode of Elevation just from looking at it! The inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion and the Fired Idol do battle in the wake of Revolution, but who will take that first step towards the top?
Fans cheer as Itoh sings her theme song and this time there’s no interruption or distraction. Riho makes her entrance, and the bell rings. Riho and Itoh circle, tie up, and Riho wrenches to a wristlock. Itoh wrenches through to wristlock, but Riho rolls to wristlock again. Riho hammerlocks, headlocks, but Itoh throws body shots. Itoh powers out, things speed up, Riho handsprings and dodges to whip, but Itoh runs her over! Itoh fires up and spins Riho around to cover, but Riho Matrix slips out! Itoh throws Riho down by her hair, then fires up, but the Kokeshi FLOPS! Riho stomps Itoh, drags her up and bumps Itoh off buckles. But Itoh’s iron head is not bothered!
Actually, Itoh fires up by bumping her head off buckles more. Itoh grabs Riho’s head but Riho goes Matrix to avoid a headbutt! Only for Itoh to KOKESHI! Riho gets to a corner, Itoh fires up and asks, “Who is the cutest in the world~? ITOH-CHAAAN~ DESU!” Itoh rains down about 5 punches, then hops down to whip. Itoh runs corner to corner for a back elbow! Itoh whips the other way to then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Itoh drags Riho up to put her in the ropes and pull her back for a stretch! The ref counts, Itoh lets off and runs to forearm Riho in the back! Cover, TWO! Itoh drags Riho around, digs a knee into Riho’s back and bends her back in a chinlock!
Riho endures, fans rally up, but Itoh shifts to a full mount. Itoh hammers Riho in the head but Riho gets a ropebreak. The ref counts, Itoh holds tight until 4! Itoh drags Riho up, but Riho throws forearms! Itoh just shrugs it off but the forearms come in harder! Itoh still eggs Riho on, so Riho keeps hitting. Itoh gives the forearms back, runs but Riho follows to dropkick! Itoh bails out, Riho goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and fans fire up with Riho! Riho drags Itoh up, puts her in and covers, TWO! Riho keeps her cool as she whips again. Itoh reverses, Riho handsprings then drop toeholds Itoh onto ropes! Riho fires up and runs, 619!
Itoh writhes, Riho goes up top, and Riho leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Itoh survives but Riho keeps her cool. Riho drags Itoh up, reels her in, but no Northern Lights! Itoh spins Riho around to DDT! Itoh fires up, drags Riho around and gets the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Riho endures as Itoh sits deep! Riho crawls for ropes, Itoh drags her away! Riho rolls through, gets Itoh down and has a high stack, TWO!! Itoh kicks Riho, runs, but Rioh follows to knee! Riho reels Itoh in, NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Itoh survives but Riho drags Itoh around. Riho has Itoh in a drop zone, climbs up top, and LEAPS, but Itoh avoids stomps!
Riho runs back at Itoh, Itoh dodges Riho in the corner, gets her and TORNADO DDT’S! A standing count starts and fans rally up. Itoh sits up, goes after Riho, and drags her up for forearms! Riho gives them back, and fans rally up again. Itoh stands, throws another forearm, but Riho gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, but Itoh fires off a string of forearms! Itoh runs, but Riho wheelbarrows to victory roll, STOMP 182! Riho goes up top, and leaps for DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?! Itoh survives Riho’s coup de grace and that shocks everyone!
Riho sits Itoh up but Itoh anchors Riho’s foot! Riho kicks Itoh away, then sits her back up to run, but into a HEADBUTT! Riho comes back to BOOT!! Riho runs but Itoh catches her to a HALF CRAB! Itoh sits deep, Riho endures as fans rally, but Itoh drags her from ropes! KOKESHI! Riho writhes, Itoh gets the legs, LION TAMER!! Jericho would be proud! Riho fights towards ropes but Itoh bends her back as far as she can! Riho crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Itoh lets go at 4 and grows frustrated. Fans rally up, a standing count begins but Itoh grits her teeth as she drags Riho from ropes. Itoh punches away on Riho’s stomach and legs!
Itoh fires up, goes to a corner and climbs up top. DIVING KOKESHI FLOPS! Riho comes back, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, Riho wins!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall
After the #Somato strikes, Riho conquers Itoh! Will this big main event on Elevation be what elevates Riho back to the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Alright, a bit of a mixed bag for me here. Because AEW put this on at 7 PM Eastern, just an hour before Monday Night Raw, I could not get to it right away, as I’m only human. I did not expect this to be TWO HOURS, just like an episode of AEW Dynamite. We got a lot more material that was like any normal wrestling program, with the backstage segments and earlier scenes setting up later ones. I do like that they tried to tell a story here with Omega and the Sydals and then Tony Khan has to actually be the cliché onscreen authority figure that he didn’t want to because of how Omega is abusing his pull as world champion and all that. Omega VS Sydal for 3/24/21 is going to be a lot of fun, but I’m pretty sure Omega wins.
QT Marshall’s story was featured here, with his personality taking the slow burn route to turning from Face to Heel. There was also some good continuity between Elevation and normal Dark as Avalon and his guys attacking Marko Stunt had to do with the match Luchasaurus and Bononi had/will have on Tuesday Dark. The profile on Lee Johnson was good, helps us understand him as a person a bit better. Riho VS Itoh was a great match, and it makes a lot of sense for Riho to win. Aside from those, there wasn’t all that much different from how Elevation and Dark are. I almost feel like Elevation is just how Dark tried to be at the beginning before Dark simply became about matches.
Then the more technical aspect for actually watching/listening to Elevation, Paul “Big Show” Wight and Tony Schiavone were alright as commentary, but it might take a bit for them to be where Excalibur and Taz are for Tuesday Dark. I feel like there are some subtleties of the movesets that they don’t know versus what Excalibur knows, but take doesn’t necessarily take anything away from what they’re giving us. Wight knows a lot about the business, he gets what goes on with the moves, so he’s still good as color commentary.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
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ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/16/23)
Collision strikes gold!
Will TBS belong to the DMD?
Britt Baker has led the AEW Women’s Division before, and now she wants to create true history! Will she be the first to have held the Women’s World AND TBS titles in her career?
- Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Starks & Bill win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; FTR wins and retains the titles.
Evil UnoJohn Silver VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn; Silver wins.
- Aussie Open VS ???; Aussie Open wins.
- Andrade El Idolo VS Scorpio Sky; Andrade wins.
- The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous; The Righteous win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Britt Baker; Kris wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.
Claudio Castagnoli says Saturday nights are alright for fighting, and that means it’s perfect for the BCC. Bryan Danielson tells Ricky Starks that last week, Starks choked Bryan out with a BCC shirt. Starks says he’s angry, he’s hungry and he’s greedy. Let’s see how hungry Starks is after Bryan shoves his fist down Starks’ throat!
“Big Bill” Morrissey & Ricky Starks speak.
Bill says his shoes are still soaked with the blood of Jon Moxley, and tonight, more BCC blood will be spilt. Starks tells Bryan & Claudio that there’s no place on this show for glory hogs. That is why Starks & Bill prove why they are the Faces of Collision!
Kris Statlander speaks.
The Galaxy’s Greatest knows Britt Baker has homefield advantage here at her alma mater, Penn State, and Kris is still sore from her main event title match just last night. But Kris is no normal champion, she is THE fighting champion. Tonight belongs to Stat!
Britt Baker speaks.
“We are here at State College, Pennsylvania, and we are your first AEW Collision women’s main event! Time for me to come home with that TBS Women’s Championship title and tell everybody why TBS is The Britt Show.”
The Dark Order speaks.
John Silver says The Acclaimed were too busy scissoring and didn’t take time to read the contract! Anthony Bowens isn’t wrestling Evil Uno! No, he’s wrestling THE MEAT MAN! Evil Uno says that’s right, and Silver will win tonight, because The Dark Order is good.
The Acclaimed speak.
Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen!” and Billy Gunn says they have been the AEW World Trios Champions for TWENTY DAYS! And Bowens says fine print or not, Uno or Four, the Five Tool Player, The Best Sciz in the Biz, will beat dat ass! Because EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!
Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
The American Dragon wants to settle things with The Absolute, so they’re each calling upon they powerful allies! Will The Swiss Superman be rolling into his Winner Takes All match with Eddie Kingston on Dynamite: Grand Slam? Or will the human skyscraper not be jumped over in a single bound?
The teams sort out and Bryan starts against Starks. Fans rally up and the two circle. But then Starks tags out to Bill and fans boo. Bill soaks up that heat and Starks mocks Bryan’s Yes fingers. Bryan KICKS Bill, KICKS again, but Bill stays up. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Bill catches Bryan to shove him to a corner! Bill CHOPS, then he CHOPS again! Bryan drops to his knees and Bill looms over him. Bill drags Bryan up to ROCK him with a right. Bill digs those blood-stained boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Bill stalks Bryan, stands him up and whips, but Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the leg!
Fans fire up as Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the leg again! “YES! YES! YES!” but Bill choke grips to SHOVE Bryan down! Bryan goes to his corner, Bill shakes out the leg, and Claudio tags in! Fans fire up as the ROH World Champion steps to the big man. But Bill mocks Claudio by raising his hand for a test of strength. They knuckle lock and go shoulder to shoulder! Fans fire up for Claudio but Bill starts bending him back! But Claudio powers up to stand tall! Bill is stunned, but he kicks low! And ROCKS Claudio with a right! Claudio ROCKS Bill with a forearm! They go back and forth, and fans are on Claudio’s side!
Claudio fires off forearms, ducks a shot, then fireman’s carries! But Bill is too big, and he shoves Claudio, to SPLASH in the corner! Fans boo but Bill soaks up the heat. Bill suplexes, but Claudio slips free and UPPERCUTS! Fireman’s carry, but Bill slips free! Claudio blocks the boot to UPPERCUT again! Tag to Bryan, the BCC mugs Bill then double whip. Bill breaks the double lariat to DOUBLE LARIAT first! Fans boo but Starks tags in and fires off on Bryan in the corner! The ref reprimands and counts but Starks lets off. Starks runs Bryan corner to corner to bump him off buckles! Starks goes up to rain down fists!
Fans count along and Starks goes all the way to TEN! Starks poses, mocks the “YES!” and then CHOPS! Starks smiles, then SLAPS Bryan! Bryan glares at Starks, Starks pie faces but Bryan turns things around to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! And CHOP! And CHOP! Starks is stinging but Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS again! The ref counts, Bryan puts Starks up top, and then Bryan goes to the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Starks is still in this, but Bryan wraps on a seated abdominal stretch! Bryan fishhooks Starks’ nose, but the ref reprimands. Bryan lets off with a CLUB to the chest!
Bryan stalks Starks, brings him up, and shoves him to the corner to CHOP! And KICK! Then JAB, JAB, JAB! Bryan whips, Starks reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Starks drags Bryan up, tags Bill, and they mug Bryan with a clubbing shot! Bill puts Bryan in a corner, goes corner to corner, and SPLASHES! Bill is loving it and so is Starks as he says, “Too easy.” Bill soaks up the heat, says one more time, and he whips Bryan corner to corner again. Bill runs in again, but into a BOOT! Bryan goes up, steadies himself, but Starks distracts! Bill BOOTS Bryan down, then almost gets Claudio! But this is a distraction so Starks can fire off shots on Bryan!
Fans boo, Starks gets Bryan up and in the ring, and the ref reprimands everyone as Collision goes picture in picture.
Bill swaggers around, then he stands on Bryan at the ropes! The ref counts, Bill steps off Bryan’s neck at 4, and then Starks drags Bryan up to CLUB away! Claudio storms over from the outside but Starks hurries away. The ref stops Claudio, and Starks claims bad leg. Bill digs his boots in on Bryan again, Starks talking trash the whole time, but the ref reprimands, Bill lets off, tags Starks, and Bill digs his boots in again. Starks brings Bryan up, goes up a corner, and gives us a “YES! YES! YES!” Absolute Old School! Starks soaks up more heat by mocking Bryan more, then he CLOBBERS Bryan! Cover, TWO!
Starks drags Bryan up, CHOKES him on ropes, the ref counts and Starks lets off at 4. Starks argues with the ref, all to distract from Bill CHOKING Bryan! Claudio storms over again, Bill lets off, and Starks bumps Bryan off buckles. Starks climbs up, and he rains down fists again! But Bryan trips him up so Starks CHOPS! Starks resets, he rains down more fists, and gets all the way to TEN again! Starks soaks up more heat with the mocking of the Yes Movement, then he fires off on Bryan again! Collision returns to single picture, the ref tells him to back off already, and Starks drags Bryan up by his hair.
Starks whips corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges, and LEAPING LARIATS! Both men are down and Penn State is thunderous! Bryan and Starks crawl, a standing count is going, hot tags to Bill and Claudio! Claudio SWATS Bill’s lariat, fires off UPPERCUTS, then LARIATS! And then LARIATS again! Bill is still up so Claudio LARIATS again! Bill just roars! Claudio dodges Bill to fire off MORE UPPERCUTS! And then he clotheslines in the corner again and again and again, all the way to TEN, then to EIGHTEEN, to then UPPERCUT and LARIAT!! Bill finally falls!!
Fans are thunderous again as Claudio storms up and fireman’s carries! For the T K O!! Cover, TWO!! Bill survives and Claudio can’t believe it any more than the fans can! But then Claudio gets the legs, and the fans wanna see it! But Bill reaches up to choke grip! Fans boo but Claudio gets free, to springboard, into the SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Claudio survives and shocks Bill! Bill tags Starks, Starks fires off hands, even as Claudio ends up on ropes! The ref backs Starks down, but Starks then kicks Claudio low. Starks whips, Claudio reverses and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Claudio has the legs! SWISS SWING!!
Fans fire up and count along, Claudio goes all the way to TEN before the toss! Claudio takes a moment, covers, TWO! But Claudio has the legs for a SHARPSHOOTER! Bill BOOTS Claudio, but he holds on! So Bill BOOTS again and Claudio goes down! Bryan is up top, he MISSILE DROPKICKS Bill outta the ring! Fans fire up, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Bill! Starks dodges Claudio, SP- NO, Claudio turns spear into lift! But Starks turns lift into DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio survives and Starks is beside himself! Starks pounds the mat, goes to a corner, and he aims at Claudio.
Starks runs in, SP- UPPERCUT!!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan tags in and fans fire up again! Bryan snarls as he KICKS Starks! And KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Starks ducks to roll up! TWO, into LEBELL LOCK!!! Starks freaks out, he fainted to this once! He fights free and rains down fists on Bryan! Then CATAPULT into an UPPERCUT from Bill! STARKS SPEARS!!! Cover, CLAUDIO BREAKS IT! Fans are thunderous again but Starks drags Bryan up. “This is Awesome!” as Starks hoists Bryan up, but Bryan slips free! Bryan dodges Starks to WRECK Bill and then HOTSHOT Starks!
Bryan goes up, takes aim, but Starks distracts the ref so Bill can trip Bryan up! Fans boo but Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT Bill into the railing! Claudio runs in again, but Bill TOSSES him into the crowd! Starks goes up after Bryan but Bryan slips under to trip Starks! Bryan goes back up, brings Starks to the top, SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Starks turns it around in time, covers, TWO!! Starks drags Bryan up while Bill BOOTS Claudio! The ref is distracted, Starks LOW BLOWS Bryan!! Starks reels Bryan in to ROSHAMBEAUX!!! Cover, Starks & Bill win!!
Winners: Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall
The fans can’t believe it! Starks takes the low road and takes this win away from the BCC! Claudio is furious and he has a chair! Starks & Bill run for it, but will this momentum help Starks absolutely take over AEW?
The Hung Bucks speak.
Matt Jackson asks if they’re live and Brandon Cutler confirms, they’re live on these beautiful faces. How do the arms look? Never mind, shut up. Hangman Page tells the Mogul Embassy that it would seem Swerve has them working really hard for him. But if you want a trios match, why not make it a real gamble? Put up those ROH World Six Man Tag Championships! Nick says it’s gonna be a jackpot. And these three are familiar with those titles. Oh, right, so now they can become two-time Six Man Champs! See you “dweebs” next week! Cut it, Brandon. The red button. Hangman says “dweebs” is a good line. Brandon, cut already.
And so it is confirmed! Rampage: Grand Slam is already two hours, but it’s even bigger now! Will The Cowboy & Bucks once again be golden? Or will nothing stop Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona in their reign of terror?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.
“Sometimes, we need to know when to move on. But in this next chapter in the Book of Hobbs, it’s titled, ‘Destruction.’ Now in this chapter, absolutely no one is safe. And I’m not talking about putting an armbar, a headlock, on someone. I’m talking about physical pain. Mental pain. I’m talking about ripping your arm off, smiling, and eating you with it. In this chapter, it doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, you’re not safe. Absolutely no one is safe.”
“Hobbs, you son of a b*tch. You should be thanking the Redeemer right now. I punched you all the way to Heaven, stomped you all the way to Hell, broke your back… but I didn’t make you humble. And for that, somewhere down the line, we’ll have to meet up again. But you…” Miro looks up to the skies. “You went all out when I was at my weakest, you delivered temptation. My hot and flexible wife.
“Why, God, why? Why, why, WHY!? Every time I try to step away from you, you do everything to pull me back? I will not bend! It is not my fault that your absence from this world left all these people godless! And now they have hope, because they pray to me! And if any one of them fools don’t want to be redeemed, I’m gonna package them nice in a pine box and send them your way. For this is the promise of The Redeemer!”
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood were feeling so good after All In London, but were brought down a bit at All Out. So they’re looking to reestablish their Top Guy status by taking on two of the biggest and bulkiest around! Will FTR make it past their hoss-tile opponents? Or will we all be sippin’ the Savage Sauce after this Collision?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are really the big dogs of AEW!
The teams sort out and fans are already fired up for FTR. Jameson taunts Dax about his lack of a six pack. Too much tequila and pizza! But then Dax picks Jameson up and Cash joins in, SHATTER MACHINE for Jameson! Fans fire up, but then the Savages CLOBBER FTR! Bronson whips corner to corner, Boulder whips him in to SPLASH! Boulder then SPLASHES, and the Savages DOUBLE BACK DROP! Boulder tags Bronson, then runs to SPLASH Cash on the mat! Boulder sets Cash up to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Dax breaks it in time! Boulder drags Dax up and TOSSES him out!
Bronson hauls Cash up, feeds to Boulder’s BACKBREAKER! Bronson says he’s gonna BUST, and then he hits a SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Bronson snarls, but he runs in at Cash in the corner, ready to motorboat! But Cahs dodges and Bronson POSTS himself! Fans rally up as Cash and Bronson crawl, hot tags to Dax and Boulder! Boulder CLOBBERS Dax! Boulder taunts Dax, fans boo, but Boulder whips Dax to ropes. Dax ducks ‘n ‘dodges and slides under to JAB, JAB, and ROCK! Boulder shoves but Dax SHOTGUNS! But Boulder comes back! Dax avoids the elbow drop but Boulder scoops him! POWERSLAM!
The straps come down and fans are torn. Boulder storms around, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS but FLPOS as Dax moves! Dax RAMS Boulder into the corner, Cash helps out to hoist Boulder up, but Bronson returns! FTR DOBULE HAYMAKER, then they hit SHATTER MACHINE!! FTR go back after Boulder, Cash tags in and goes to the other corner. Dax gets Boulder up, SUPERPLEX for the Power! Cash SPLASH for the Glory!! Cover, FTR WINS!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The challenge was made, the challenge was accepted, and the challenge was won by the champs! But wait, it seems another team wants their shot! The Workhorsemen get in the ring and stare FTR down. JD Drake & Anthony Henry seem to think they’re next, so FTR offers handshakes. The Workhorsemen take it, and the four stare down. But Aussie Open is watching from backstage and seem amused. Will JD & Henry catch FTR off guard? Will Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis be next in line after them?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi Nair is with the Limitless One and says it is good to see him again. Last week, Keith talked about- Oh, well, Shane Taylor & Lee Moriarty walk over first. Shane says it is always Keith living int he past. Listen, Shane is here to introduce the world to the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, “The BEST Damn Technical Wrestler int he World,” Lee Moriarty. Keith knows Moriarty. Hello and salutations. But Shane says anyone in singles competition should run from Keith? Shane doesn’t run. But Keith already knows that, too, right? Yes, and about Shane’s mistakes. Not running will soon be one.
Shane says let’s find out then. Moriarty is hyped up for this, when and where will these old frenemies have it out?
John Silver VS Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn!
A bait and switch from the “good guys,” and now Number IV will be facing the Five Tool Player instead! But of course, Caster has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed in the house, and Bowens’ ’bout to kill a boy! Kinda like how Penn State just beat Illinois! John Silver is the Meat Man, why? Because he just beats his meat, man! And where’s Uno and his business suit? Lookin’ like a dominatrix on a job interview! ‘Ey yo, they’re singing the name! In Happy Valley, everybody loves the Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to shout, “PENN STAAAATE~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~!
Silver gets the mic and asks what is going on. First off, he googled “scissoring,” and they’re doing it wrong. He’s not gonna do it. Second, they didn’t read the rest of the contract, because it says Billy & Caster are banned from ringside! Fans boo but Silver says no one likes scissoring anyways, so they’re gone! Fans call BS but Bowens says it’s okay, he’s got this. Caster & Billy start to leave, and Silver CLOBBERS Bowens from behind! The bell rings and fans boo as Silver CLUBS away on Bowens! The ref counts, Silver lets off, and Bowens turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And then he fires haymakers!
The ref counts, Bowens fires up, then ROCKS Silver! Bowens goes corner to corner, runs around the world, and ROCKS Silver with another haymaker! Then a scoop and SLAM, and Bowens scissors in front of Silver’s face! Silver grabs Bowens’ arms, fights up, but Bowens throws him away, and DROPKICKS him down! Fans boo as Silver bails out, but Bowens keeps his cool. Silver takes his time returning, fans rally up behind Bowens, and Silver finally steps in. They circle, but then Silver uses ropes as defense! The fans boo but Silver cheap shots Bowens! Silver UPPERCUTS!
Silver says he’s freakin’ jacked, then he whips corner to corner. Sivler runs in, into an ELBOW! Bowens reels Silver in, but Sivler GAMANGIRIS Bowens to the floor! Fans boo but Silver smirks as Collision goes picture in picture.
Silver watches Bowens get up, then he runs in around the way to BOOT Bowens down! Silver taunts the fans, puts Bowens in the ring, and stalks him. Silver ROCKS Bowens with a right, ROCKS him again, and then CHOKES Bowens on the ropes! The ref counts, Silver lets off, and Silver taunts Bowens. Bowens shoves Silvera way, goes to a corner, and kicks back! Then fires forearms! Silver YANKS Bowens into buckles! Silver paces, drags Bowens up, and KICKS him in the chest! Bowens sputters but Silver KICKS him again! Silver flexes, soaks up the heat, then KICKS, but Bowens blocks! Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Silver cravats. Fans rally, Bowens fights free and throws forearms! Silver KICKS Bowens back! Silver DECKS Bowens, then soaks up more heat. Silver drags Bowens up but Bowens ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Silver KICKS! Silver runs, but Bowens follows! Silver ducks but Bowens redirects and fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK knocks Silver down! Fans fire up as Bowens says “EVERYONE! Loves the Acclaimed!” Bowens kicks, runs, and KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Bowens feeds off the energy.
Silver rises, Bowens clinches but Silver fires elbows! Silver ROCKS Bowens, but Bowens fixes the neck to ROCK Silver back! Silver ROCKS Bowens, Bowens ROCKS Silver, repeat! Fans fire up as they keep going, but Silver CHOPS! Silver runs, but Bowens ROCKS him! Bowens runs but Silver BOOTS him! Silver runs but lures Bowens into a SUPERKICK! Silver runs, into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Bowens and he runs corner to corner, but Silver dodges! ENZIGURI, GERMAN SUPLEX, and then SUPERKICK! Then a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Bowens survives, but Silver keeps his focus. Silver aims from a corner, Bowens rises, and Silver runs in, only for Bowens to dodge! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Bowens and he runs to SHINING WIZARD! Silver flounders and bails out, but Bowens hurries out after him. Silver slowly rises, Bowens runs in, ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up with Bowens again and the ring count starts. Bowens drags Silver up and in, gets the fans even more fired up, but EVIL UNO POSTS Bowens!! Where’d Uno even come from!? Under the ring?!?
Uno puts Bowens in for Silver to RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, SILVER WINS!!
Winner: John Silver, by pinfall
Caster & Billy rush back out but Uno says Silver did it! The Dark Order gets away with this one, but how are they the “good guys” in this story of champions and challengers?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“What do you guys want me to say? Like, don’t we have a thing on YouTube explaining it? Me and Claudio go all the way back to 2000 and what? Six? Seven? When he first moved here to this country. We became friends, and we lived together, and then he started judging me.” Claudio knew what Eddie goes through emotionally and mentally every day. But Claudio decided not to do business with Eddie, not to respect him. Don’t edit this out, you idiots. Claudio left potholes in that road that many had to clean up. That’s why Eddie doesn’t like him, holds a grudge against him.
And don’t edit this out, neither! Renee told Eddie to fix it! And it’s driving him nuts because he’s been trying to fix it! Since Wembley! He thought the singles match could fix it! That him not answering Moxley’s calls could fix it. But y’know what? THIS will fix it! THIS will end it! Win, lose or draw, THIS will finish it! Claudio says Eddie doesn’t know how to have friends? How to keep ’em? Well, he’s right! Cuz Eddie pushes them away, then blames them for it. That’s the curse Eddie lives with. But what Eddie does have and will always have, is home! New York’s always been with Eddie! Burroughs, Yonkers, wherever it is, that’s Eddie’s home.
And Claudio thinks Eddie’s gonna let Claudio into Arthur Ashe just to beat him? End him and end this with Eddie on the mat? You are out your effin’ mind! All of New York has Eddie’s back! Try to beat him there! They’re built different! Built in the cold and the misery! Can Claudio deal with that? No, he can’t. Eddie gives Claudio all the credit in the world. The skills, the body, but he ain’t ready for the misery! Eddie’s gonna eff Claudio up in New York! Now get out of his face! The Mad King is definitely raging, but will he use that to burn Claudio down? Or will it burn Eddie out?
Backstage interview with Hook and Orange Cassidy.
Renee is with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and Freshly Squeezed, and they’re enjoying a bag of chips. They asked for this time, so what’s up? Cassidy says he and Hook should, uh, try a tag match or something. Hook says yeah. Cassidy says maybe Grand Slam? Hook says let’s do it. They bond over having chips, and Renee says cool. #OrangeHook is go, but who will they face?
Aussie Open VS ???
Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis went on a Rampage and got a win, and now they’re ready for a Collision! Will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla just keep on building momentum back towards a title match?
The teams sort out, Fletcher ties up with Wes and headlocks. Wes powers out, Fletcher reverses and Davis runs in to help CLOBBER Wes! PENALTY KCIK! SENTON! Fans fire up and the big guy gets in! Aussie Open dodge to DOUBLE BOOT! A-LIST LARIAT from Fletcher, SLIDING FOREARM from Davis! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open gets Wes up to underhook, BUTTERFLY BOMB!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
Practically a record win, and now Aussie Open get the mics! Davis starts up, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” Davis then says, “F T are you paying attention?” Fletcher says that was a nice win FTR got earlier. What was that? Two, three minutes? Well on Rampage, Aussie Open did the job under one minute, and maybe even quicker here tonight! Fans cheer that, and Fletcher says FTR loves to talk about how many titles they’ve won, and won everywhere they’ve been. But so have Aussie Open! FTR won the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but so have they. FTR won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, but so have they! Belts they never lost, by the way.
So if FTR wants to throw out open challenges, fine, they don’t care! Because right here, right now, Aussie Open calls their shot! October 1st, 2023, one year to the day they last stepped in the ring with FTR, WrestleDream in Seattle, for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, IF FTR still has ’em! Aussie Open VS FTR round one at NJPW Royal Quest was an instant classic, will WrestleDream give us an even greater one?
Toni Storm: Portrait of a Star.
The Lightning From Down Under sits with RJ City for an interview. She thanks him for doing this, and he says she is about to face her friend, Saraya- She says this lighting is blinding her. Is this really what they’re going with? Oh, uh, sorry. They can try and soften it. Or at least lower it or something. This is an interview, not an interrogation. RJ apologizes and he continues. Storm VS Saraya is set for Grand Slam for the AEW Women’s World Championship, but fans have started to notice a… change in Storm. A change? What change? The business has changed! Storm is still the same loveable and captivating person she’s always been.
But she feels the business used to be about making stars and earning money. No, now it’s about listening to the fans and signing every little girl with a sob story. But sorry, isn’t this a company, not a charity? These people wouldn’t know talent if it slapped their tits off! And if that has to be Storm, then so be it. She looks around at the set, and the lamp is hideous! Can we do something about that? No? Sorry. TO BE CONTINUED~!
Scorpio Sky speaks.
“Getting back in the ring after back-to-back injuries is daunting for anyone, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t throw me right back in the deep waters, just where I belong. After all, I didn’t win gold in this company three times by being afraid to get wet. And Andrade is one of the best in the world. And that’s who I’m here to face. So Andrade,” Scorpio switches to Spanish to say, “I know you’ll come with everything, but it won’t be enough.” This time, Scorpio isn’t coming back, he’s here. Will The Closer strike out The Latin Idol?
Andrade El Idolo VS Scorpio Sky!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. They approach and Andrade offers a handshake. Scorpio says nah, man, this ain’t ROH. But fans chant “SHAKE HIS HAND!” Scorpio tells them to shut it, and the two tie up. Andrade headlocks, Scorpio powers up but can’t power out as Andrade holds on tight. Andrade wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then hammerlocks. Scorpio reaches back to flying-mare! Fans rally, things speed up, Scorpio hurdles then trips Andrade up to have the leg! But Andrade slips free to facelock. Scorpio fights up, goes to ropes, and the ref counts the break.
Andrade shifts to a headlock, Scorpio powers out, but Andrade whips. Scorpio KICKS back, runs, but Andrade dodges. Scorpio rolls back to headscissor and RANA! Fans fire up and Scorpio runs in, but is put on the apron. Andrade runs in but Scorpio ROCKS him! Scorpio steps in but Andrade has the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Scorpio falls to the floor and fans rally up. Andrade goes to the apron, goes up the corner, but Scorpio SHOVES him down! Andrade crashes to the floor and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade writhes, Scorpio hobbles his way over, and Scorpio hauls Andrade up to RAM him into the apron! Scorpio puts Andrade in, slaps his bad leg, and then storms in after Andrade. Scorpio RAMS Andrade into a corner, and again, and again! Scorpio lets off as the ref counts, and he brings Andrade around to snapmare and SCRAPE the face! Andrade checks his forehead, but Scorpio covers, ONE! Scorpio drops an elbow! And another! Andrade goes to ropes, puts Scorpio in a corner and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Scorpio dodges to ROCK Andrade! And KNEES him down! Andrade checks his jaw, but Scorpio drops another elbow!
Scorpio drags Andrade up, reels him in, throws up the three, and he suplexes, only for Andrade to block! Andrade snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another for Dos Amigo! But Scorpio wrenches out to back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Scorpio twists Andrade with a neck wrench. Andrade endures, even as Scorpio leans on the hold. Collision returns to single picture, fans rally up, and Andrade fights up to his feet. Andrade throws body shots, breaks free and then he CHOPS! But Scorpio knees low, scoops, but Andrade turns it to a CROSSBODY! Both men are down again and fans rally up.
Andrade rises but Scorpio is on him with forearms! Andrade CHOPS! Scorpio BOOTS! And BOOTS! And BOOTS! Andrade finally falls, but he fires up! He eggs Scorpion on, so Scorpio BOOTS again! Andrade eggs him on more, blocks the boot, and then DRAGON SCREWS! And then another DRAGON SCREW! Then Andrade runs to CLOBBER Scorpio! Scorpio goes to a corner and fans fire up as Andrade kips up! Andrade feeds off the energy, runs corner to corner, but Scorpio stands to ELBOW back! Scorpio goes up the corner to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! But Andrade rolls through so Scorpio sunset flips again! High stack, TWO!!
Andrade escapes and bails out of the ring. Scorpio builds speed to FLY out onto Andrade! Direct hit and both men go down! Scorpio shakes out the bad leg, hobbles after Andrade and puts him in again. Fans rally up, Scorpio storms up and fireman’s carries, but Andrade fights free! Fans duel, both men throw shots, and Scorpio runs, into a boot feint and ELBOW!! Then underhook, but Scorpio fights the DDT! Cradle counter, TWO!! Andrade runs in, Scorpio kicks low to run, but into a dropkick to the leg! Andrade steps through to have the figure four! Fans “WOO~!” and Andrade bridges up! FIGURE EIGHT!! Scorpion taps, Andrade wins!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by submission
Scorpio couldn’t withstand the pain, but he does still show Andrade respect. Wait, Jay White is here! The Switchblade isn’t waiting to have the ring on his own, he’s here with Bullet Club Gold now! And White says he’ll get to the two in the ring in a second. But first…! Where are they? Colten whispers it to him. Guns up for State College gold members! Fans cheer, and White tells Mr. Andrade El Idolo, if he pronounced that right. White wasn’t here last week, but he watched his boys, and that means he watched Andrade watching his boys. And when Andrade was watching them, he seemed to have fun watching BCG.
It seemed Andrade was having fun watching the Bang Bang Gang! A lot of fun watching Rock Hard Robinson, “Full Cocked” Colten, and… Austin! Wait, no nickname? The fans say he should be “ASS~ BOY!” But Andrade, these are White’s boys! But maybe Andrade wants the Switchblade Spotlight? Everyone wants it, no one else can handle it! And White will prove it when he gives Andrade the opporutnity of a lifetime! Step into the spotlight with King Switch, and learn the lights are too hot, too bright, and you’ll be gasping for air as you Breath With The Switchblade! This is STILL White’s Era!
Austin says if Andrade’s not down with that, they got two words for ya! No, not those words. #GunsUp! And if that’s still not good enough, then maybe they just do things right now? Andrade storms out and Juice eggs him on. But refs and security stop them! Fans boo, Andrade eggs the Bang Bang Gang on but they just wait on the ramp. Will Jay White live up to his own hype when he steps to El Idolo?
Backstage interview with Katsuyori Shibata.
Tony Schiavone is with The Wrestler, the ROH Pure Champion. Shibata will defend his title next week on Honor Club, against Nick Wayne. But as we all know, October 1st will be WrestleDream, and Shibata has something to say. Shibata uses his phone’s Google Translate text-to-voice featured to say today he is one of the best in the world, and a great champion. October 1st, WrestleDream, Shibata is coming. Who will get their wrestle dream of facing The Wrestler in Seattle?
The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous!
For whatever reason, Matt & Jeff Hardy found themselves looking up at the faces of Dutch & Vincent after last night’s 8 Man Tag. But it would seem Dutch & Vincent want a little bit of payback from the tag team battle royal not too long ago. Will that be possible against a legendary team like the Hardys? Or will it be as easy as snapping your fingers?
The teams sort out and Matt starts against Vinnie. They circle, Vinnie offers Jeff a shot, but Matt fires off forearms first! Vinnie kicks low, Matt clinches, but Vinnie elbows free to run and CLOBBER Matt! Cover, ONE, but Vinnie pushes Matt down to rain down fists. The fans boo but Vinnie soaks it all up. “You dig what I’m sayin’, man?” Vinnie cravats, goes for the corner but Matt sends him into buckles! And again, and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Matt shouts V1 and he tags Jeff in. Dutch runs in but The Hardys dump him out! Matt ROCKS Vinnie, Jeff ROCKS Vinnie, and repeat!
Jeff whips Vinnie into a BOOT from Matt, then Jeff adds a JAWBREAKER! Matt hits a NECKBREAKER, then Jeff SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Jeff drags Vinnie up, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Jeff drags Vinnie up, tags Matt in, and then the Hardys double whip corner to corner. Matt sets up, Jeff runs in, POETRY IN MOTION! Vinnie flops, Matt starts up more “DELETE! DELETE!” Vinnie stands, blocks a kick to give a kick, but Matt RAMS him into the corner! Dutch tags, Vinnie whips and Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Matt is still in this, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Dutch UPPERCUTS and Matt goes to a corner. Dutch ELBOWS Matt, then CHOPS him against ropes. Matt sputters, hits back, but Dutch ROCKS him! Dutch stomps Matt, UPPERCUTS again, then tags in Vinnie. The Righteous DOUBLE ROCK, DOUBLE CHOP, then double whip so Dutch can CLOBBER Matt! Vinnie covers, TWO! Vinnie keeps on Matt but Matt throws hands. Matt backs Vinnie down but Vinnie ROCKS him back! Vinnie CHOKES Matt in the corner, the ref counts, and Vinnie lets off at 4. Vinnie bumps Matt off buckles, tags Dutch back in, and Dutch throws body shots!
Dutch snapmares, then lines up a shot to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Dutch keeps on Matt with a facelock. Matt endures, fights around but Dutch shifts to a chinlock. Dutch squeezes tight, Matt fights up, and Matt throws body shots! Dutch CLUBS Matt down and Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Matt crawls. Vinnie mockingly encourages Jeff to reach out, then he goes back for Matt, only for Matt to hit a SIDE EFFECT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Jeff! Fans rally as Brother Nero rallies on Vinnie! SPIN BACK KICK! Dutch runs in, into an atomic drop! Leg trip, and LEG SPLITTING LEG DROP! Basement dropkick added on, then an elbow drop! Jeff fires up with the fans, and he kicks Vinnie to TWIST- NO, Vinnie powers out! Vinnie runs but into an elbow! But Vinnie keeps Jeff from going up, so Jeff kicks low, TWIST OF FATE! Dutch hurries in to stop the cover!
Matt storms in to throw forearms on Dutch! And a JAWBREAKER! The Hardys DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Dutch up and out! They call for “DELETE! DELETE!” as Vinnie stands. Kick and TWIST OF- NO, Vinnie powers out, only for another SIDE EFFECT to hit! Jeff is up top, but Dutch YANKS him down! And then Dutch drags Matt out to RAM him into steel steps! Vinnie hurries to get Jeff, and The Righteous combine for AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, The Righteous win!!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
Vinnie & Dutch grin as they soak up the heat from the fans! They just pinned the highly decorated Hardy Boyz! Is this a sign that The Righteous shall reign soon enough? Fans boo as Dutch gets the mic to say, “Vincent! Dutch! We are The Righteous! Two believers who seek truth in the liars’ eyes! HAHAHA!” Vinnie says speaking of truth, they just defeated one of the greatest tag teams in the world! Fans boo more but Vinnie says like it or not, the people of the world are just prisoners to false icons. They’re fooled by the conmen, and listening to the devil on their shoulder! But Vinnie doesn’t believe in the devil, man! They’re here to tell ya the truth!
Their truth will kill the egos that leave to false loves and fake friendships. Kinda like MJF and Adam Cole… Those two just happen to be the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Dig what he’s sayin’, man? The Righteous want after #BetterThanYouBaybay, but so do a lot of people! Will Vinnie & Dutch cut the line? Or will The Kingdom have something to say about this?
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Let me guess. Eddie was screaming and he was yelling and he was cursing. See, Eddie, I know you. That’s why you’re mad at me. Because I know what you could become, I knew what you threw away, I know you better than you know yourself.” For the past ten YEARS, Claudio has had to hear Eddie complain to anyone that would listen. Eddie dragged Claudio through the mud, because he was not man enough. Eddie’s still not man enough! Claudio’s beaten Eddie before, and he’ll beat him again, and this time, it will be the last time because Claudio is sick of it. “Eddie, let’s put an end to it.” Kingston VS Castagnoli, the final chapter. Together, dreams and title aspirations will burn down to ashes!
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Collision!
Rob Van Dam is back in AEW to wrestle in his home state! And after the handshake earlier tonight, it is official, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against the Workhorsemen!
Backstage interview with FTR.
Schiavone is with Dax & Cash as the news breaks, and Cash says they have Henry & Drake, a team FTR has been aware of for the last 15 YEARS. And that is what these open challenges are all about. They want teams to step up. Then if they make it past Workhorsemen, with or without the belts, they face Aussie Open. Dax will bet every dollar he has that FTR will still be the tag team champions! See you boys in Seattle! #TopGuysOut!
Collision returns with a backstage interview with Ricky Starks & Big Bill.
Schiavone is with The Absolute and the human skyscraper, and while they won tonight, they seem very upset. Why is that? Starks says he should’ve figured that they’d play some promotional video package for the guy Starks just beat! And for a guy that doesn’t even work here! At WrestleDream, a show Starks doesn’t even have a match for! This is the type of stuff he is talking about! He is over it, beyond exhausted. The deal is, Starks beat Bryan tonight. And he gets that it is everybody’s dream to beat Bryan Danielson. But guess what? Starks did it! Now to be a nightmare!
And to do so, Starks will go to lengths he has never gone to before. So next week on Collision, Starks VS Bryan in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! Show up, Starks will show out, and he will put an end to the fiasco known as Bryan Danielson. Starks & Bill head out, will The American Dragon even survive to face Zack Sabre Jr. in Seattle?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Britt Baker!
The Galaxy’s Greatest gave Jade Cargill a rematch just last night, and that was one to remember! But will Kris be able to do it all over again not even 24 hours later? Or will The Doctor become a history maker in AEW?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see is history is made in Britt’s alma mater!
The bell rings and fans fire up for the hometown hero, “D M D! D M D!” Britt and Kris stare down, circle, and then tie up. Kris shoves Britt away to show her strength, and the two circle again. Fans rally up, Kris and Britt tie up again, and Britt headlocks. Kris powers out, then runs Britt over! Fans boo but Kris just smiles. Britt stands, Kris nods and the two reset. Fans rally, the two circle, and they tie up again. Kris scoops to SLAM Britt, and she flexes on The Doctor. Fans are a bit torn now but Britt bails out to catch her breath. She acknowledges the “We Are” sign at ringside, and heads back in.
Britt and Kris reset, step up, and talk a little trash. Britt ROCKS Kris, but Kris smiles to ROCK Britt! Britt ROCKS Kris, and Kris ROCKS Britt! They go back and forth, Kris CHOPS, then runs! Britt follows, slips around, shoves Kris to a corner but Kris goes up and over! Kris hobbles a bit, her legs are still braced up. Britt runs in to NECKBREAKER! Britt runs to SLING- NO, Kris powers out to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris keeps cool and fans rally up again as Collision goes picture in picture.
Kris brings Britt up, suplexes, and holds her up for a count of TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris is annoyed but she brings Britt up and in. Kris whips Britt to a corner, then runs in. Britt fights off the scoop but Kris ELBOWS Britt. Kris scoops, Britt fights, but Kris still hits a BACKBREAKER! And she bends Britt against her knee! Britt endures, so Kris shoves her down! Kris then wraps on a cobra clutch and grinds her down to the mat. Britt endures, fights up, and the fans rally. Britt stands, CLUBS Kris, but Kris ROCKS Britt! Kris scoops Britt to SLAM her into a drop zone!
Kris goes up while Britt writhes, but Britt hurries to SMACK Kris! Britt then climbs up after Kris to throw hands! Kris hits back, the two brawl up top, and Collision returns to single picture. Kris gets the edge, shoves Britt down, then CLUBS away on her back! Britt falls, Kris adjusts, and Kris MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Britt moves! Britt goes to the apron, but Kris rushes her! Britt HOTSHOTS Kris down! Britt drags Kris to the corner, and she SLAMS the right leg into the post! And then Britt SLAMS the left leg into the post! And then back to the right leg! And back to the left!
Britt lets off, to run and SLINGBLADE Kris down! Britt keeps moving, another SLINGBLADE! FISHERMAN- NO, Kris slips out to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Kris doesn’t slow down, she drags Britt up to suplex, SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Britt survives and Kris grows frustrated with her. “This is Awesome!” as Kris hauls Britt up. Kris runs, but Britt trips her out of the scissor kick, to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Britt brings out the glove! Britt puts it on, spells it out, “D! M! D!” but Kris rolls her up! TWO, but Kris swings. Britt dodges, returns, and tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA!
RINGS OF SATURN! Britt reaches but Kris blocks the hand! Kris powers her way around, has Britt’s arm, and fans boo as Kris wrenches to ROCK Britt! Britt ROCKS Kris! Kris ROCKS Britt, but Britt ROCKS Kris! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and fans rally up! “YES! BOO!” Britt gets the edge, Kris shoves to ROUNDHOUSE! Kris runs, into a SUPERKICK! Britt runs, ROLLING- NO, Kris ducks, but then Britt SUPERKICKS again! But Kris still LARIATS!! Both women are down, and the fans are thunderous! The ref starts a count, Kris and Britt stir, but we pass 5 of 10!
Britt goes to a corner, and she drags herself up at 7. Britt runs in, but Kris TOSSES her to the corner! Kris UPPERCUTS, runs side to side, and she- NO, Britt dodges and the knee hits buckles! Britt goes up, STATE COLLEGE SUN- NO, no sunrise! But then Britt turns the tuck to a sunset flip! TWO!! Kris ROUNDHOUSES again! And reels Britt in to tuck and POWER- NO, Britt slips free! DESTROYER!!! Kris wobbles, Britt reels her in, underhooks for a PEDIGREE!! CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kris survives and no one can believe it! Britt is shocked, too, but she goes back to the corner.
Britt hops up, Kris rises, “D! M! D!” But Kris Electric Chair Lifts! Britt fights free and has an IRON OCTOPUS!! Fans are thunderous as Britt brings Kris down to a knee with this! But Kriss fights back up! So LOCKJAW OCTOPUS COMBO!!! Britt drags Kris down to the mat, fans are freaking out, but Kris rolls it with a fisherman hook! KRIS WINS!!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Nittany Lions cannot believe it! Kris snatches victory from the Lockjaw of defeat! Even so, Britt shows Kris respect by shaking her hand, and then raising it in victory. But wait! We see in the skybox that Julia Hart is watching. Will the Lady of the House of Black look to take everything away from Mama Kris?
A great episode of Collision here, but it felt like a lot of talking even for an AEW program. Also, what was with them not knowing they were live before the Keith Lee and Ricky Starks interviews? I’d like to think AEW has figured out how to do live television by now, but I guess not. They didn’t have the problem with The Elite’s promo, but that’s because they literally have asking Cutler if they’re live as part of the bit. That aside, it is both odd yet intriguing that Keith Lee VS Shane Taylor is being revisited almost a year after the Swerve in Our Glory story… Well, it never resolved, but that’s when Keith and Swerve broke up.
Speaking of The Elite, Hung Bucks had a good promo and I should’ve known they would challenge for the ROH World Six Man titles. I said on Dynamite that I hoped they wouldn’t, because it kinda buries the entire ROH roster if no other team could dethrone The Embassy but The Hung Bucks just jump right in and win. Though, I suppose it’s no different than the ROH World Tag titles being used in story for MJF and Adam Cole. The Righteous VS The Hardys was really good, too, and a bit surprised The Righteous won. But they’re after the ROH tag titles just like The Kingdom, so maybe MJF & Cole get overwhelmed and lose the belts that way.
Then we got some good stuff out of the Acclaimed and Dark Order story. Clever swerve (if that’s what it counts as) where they change Uno out for Silver, bring up a ringside ban, and then Uno still shows up to help cheat Bowens. Their own AEW World Trios Championship match will also be next week for Rampage, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition to me. I really thought The Dark Order would be in ROH more so they could get the ROH Six Man belts, but Tony Khan had different plans. What I’d like for him to see through is The Dark Order getting new recruits.
Great promos from Hobbs and Miro to hype up a future rematch, but Hobbs emphasizing the word “absolutely” and his video package having some clips with Starks in it makes me think Hobbs will want to revisit that feud. And Miro’s possibilities are very open, or maybe too much. Honestly, I thought he was going to feud with The House of Black to revisit something also not wrapped up, and then he could take MJF being the “Devil of AEW” literally so that Miro could show God he can destroy what not even He could. But for now, it just feels like Miro is so far removed from the top title, it is a real shame.
Starks & Bill VS Bryan & Claudio was great stuff, and great Heel win for Starks & Bill over Bryan & Claudio. Starks continues to call out his being overlooked, and Starks VS Bryan in a Texas Death Match is going to be insane. FTR VS Iron Savages was a lot of fun, but of course FTR wins. Aussie Open crushing two randos that didn’t even get introduced was pretty fun, but I figured they’d call out FTR for a rematch. I would think the titles will be on the line, as I don’t see The Workhorsemen taking the titles off FTR. FTR VS Aussie Open could go either way, but even then, it feels like FTR comes out the winners there to take these titles to Full Gear.
Really good match from Andrade VS Scorpio, but Andrade winning was a surprise after the Scorpio promo. But it would seem Bullet Club Gold wants to start a feud with Andrade, which still leads me to wonder why Andrade and La Faccion Ingobernable aren’t reunited yet. That would make for some great faction feuding there. Though, why did they drop Andrade VS House of Black so soon? Again, I guess Tony Khan changed plans, but he should really see certain plans through first. This kind of disconnected booking feels a bit like older WWE, if you ask me.
Very good promos from Eddie and Claudio to call each other out and put some last hype on their Winner Takes All match next week. That is going to be an amazing match, for both what they can do in the ring and for the story behind this. Then another hilarious promo from Cassidy and Hook, and #OrangeHook is going to be a great team. Though, that is both a great move, and a disappointing move because Hook just got the FTW title back and should be facing new challengers, while Cassidy should be (kayfabe) healing up so he can go after a new title, like the TNT Championship once this thing with Christian, Luchasaurus and Darby is over.
And great TBS Championship match tonight, though it was gonna be hard to follow Kris VS Jade from last night. AEW tends to favor hometown heroes, but as I said with Kris VS Jade, they couldn’t have Kris lose the belt so soon. Britt could still try again down the line, maybe going fully Heel again, but she and Shida should really have things out first, and then the winner of that faces Kris for the title at like Full Gear.
My Score: 8.8/10
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