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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/16/21)

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AEW Dark 2

It’s the AEW Dark Before St. Patrick’s Day!

Dark: Elevation was strong, but the original AEW Dark won’t be outdone! FIFTEEN matches will pave the way into Dynamite’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Luchasaurus VS Cesar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Savannah Evans; Hirsch wins.
  • John Silver w/ the Dark Order VS John Skyler; Silver wins.
  • Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Tesha Price; Ford wins.
  • Chaos Project VS Fuego del Sol & Jake St. Patrick; Chaos Project win(s).
  • Jazmin Allure VS KiLynn King; King wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Angel Fashion, Baron Black, Ryzin & Vary Morales; The Dark Order win(s).
  • Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS David Ali, Seth Gargis & Adam Priest; The Gunn Club wins.
  • Bear Country VS Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge; Bear Country wins.
  • Nick Comoroto w/ QT Marshall VS D3; Comoroto wins
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • VertVixen VS Madi Wrenkowski; Madi wins.
  • Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Aaron Solow & Carlie Bravo; SCU wins and stays a tag team.
  • Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz; Cage & Starks win.
  • Jack Evans VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order; Vance wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Luchasaurus w/ Marko Stunt VS Cesar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon!

On Dark: Elevation’s premiere, Marko Stunt was jumped by the Brazilian V8 Engine, “Pretty” Peter and their Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth! So now, to avenge Fun Size, Luchasaurus will battle Bononi 1v1! Who wins this huge opener to this huge Dark after Elevation?

The bell rings and Luchasaurus grapples with Bononi. Luchasaurus has Bononi in a corner, lets off, but they tie up again. They break, start shoving, and Bononi rams Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus doesn’t fall, but he runs to ram Bononi. Bononi stays up, runs, things speed up as Luchasaurus hurdles! Luchasaurus BOOTS Bononi, Bononi rebounds but now it’s a stand-off. Fans rally up as Bononi goes again, Luchasaurus hurdles, and kicks Bononi to a corner now! Avalon coaches Bononi but Luchasaurus runs in to clothesline! Luchasaurus throws haymakers and CHOPS! Avalon is upset, the ref reprimands Luchasaurus but Bononi rakes eyes!

Bononi throws hands and elbows in a corner, lets off and whips Luchasaurus corner to corner. Luchasaurus comes back to CLOBBER Bononi! Luchasaurus aims at Bononi but Avalon takes a swipe! Bononi runs in, Luchasaurus dodges then comes back but Bononi puts him on the apron. Luchasaurus ROCKS Bononi, but Bononi plays it up to distract the ref so Avalon can grab Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus kicks Avalon away but Bononi dropkicks Luchasaurus down! Bononi goes out, gets Luchasaurus up and RAMS him into railing! The ref starts a ring count, Bononi RAMS Luchasaurus into the apron! Avalon talks trash while Bononi goes into the ring.

The ring count is 8 but Luchasaurus slides in at 9! Bononi stomps Luchasaurus out, distracts the ref, and Avalon fires off on Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus grabs Avalon and Avalon begs for mercy but Bononi flies in to club Luchasaurus! Bononi brings Luchasaurus up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Bononi goes in, fires up and brags about his muscles, and he runs in to LARIAT Luchasaurus! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus lives but Bononi throws in knees to Luchasaurus’ back! Bononi stomps Luchasaurus down, talks trash and drags him up, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally for Luchasaurus but Bononi pushes him.

Bononi gives toying kicks but Luchasaurus gets up in a huff. Luchasaurus blocks the haymaker to KNEE, boot and HEADBUTT! Bononi staggers to a corner, Luchasaurus fires off fast hands! GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up and spins to BUZZSAW! Avalon gets on the apron to shout at Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus drags him in! Avalon gets away, Bononi runs and BOOTS Luchasaurus down! Cover, TWO!! Avalon and Bononi are shocked and furious! Bononi scoops Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus slips off to shove Bononi into Avalon! Fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, TWO!?! Bononi survives Extinction and Luchasaurus can’t believe it!

Luchasaurus drags Bononi up in a choke grip but Bononi breaks free to throw forearms! Luchasaurus hits back and it is a brawl of behemoths! Bononi forearms, knees and elbows, then pumps up again, only for Luchasaurus to handspring under and TAIL WHIP! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Bononi put up a fight but Luchasaurus was still too much for him! Will this help Jurassic Express barrel through Matt Hardy’s growing stable on St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Savannah Evans!

The #LEGIT is also #AllElite, and ready to prove she is worthy of that contract! Will Hirsch put the hurt on #TheCannibal and climb up the rankings?

The bell rings and Evans gets in Leyla’s face, then pie faces her! Leyla gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Evans staggers up and is angrily surprised Leyla pulled that off! Leyla runs in to throw forearms over and over but Evans shoves her away. Leyla comes back with more, but Evans shoves again. Evans stays up in the drop toehold, drags Leyla up to whip but Leyla elbows back. Leyla runs but into Evans’ scoop and SLAM! Evans stomps Leyla, rains down angry rights then lets up to choke Leyla! The ref reprimands, Evans lets off and puts Leyla in the corner. Evans throws haymakers, rams her shoulder in, and then again.

The ref counts, Evans lets off and argues with him, then brings Leyla around to CLUB her! Leyla crawls to ropes, Evans chokes her! The ref counts, Evans lets off, but she CHOPS Leyla on the back! Leyla gets up in a huff but she runs into another scoop and SLAM! Evans toys with Leyla, taunts her, and brings her up to throw forearms against ropes. Evans whips, runs in, but Leyla dodges to then clothesline! Leyla runs and METEORA! SWINGING DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Leyla as she talks trash to Evans, then yanks her right up for a SAIDO! Leyla storms around Evans, lets her get up so she can fireman’s carry.

Evans elbows free, shoves, but Leyla springboards, into a fireman’s carry! Evans hits a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Evans grows frustrated and she drags Leyla up, but Leyla KICKS a leg out, then KNEES Evans in the head! Evans staggers, Leyla runs in, flying-mare into an ARMBAR! Evans taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

That armbar is #LEGIT! Will it be what helps Leyla take over the top 5? But as Leyla leaves the ring, Vickie Guerrero gets at her about something. Does she think Leyla is not legit? Will Leyla get to shut the Vicious Vixen up with actions?

 

John Silver w/ the Dark Order VS John Skyler!

Number 4, the Meat Man, Johnny Hungy, he goes by many names. But will he be called the winner tonight against the Southern Savior?

The bell rings and Silver circles with Skyler. They tie up, are in a deadlock but Silver headlocks. Skyler powers out but Silver runs him over! Things speed up, Skyler hurdles but Silver handsprings to RANA! Skyler gets up into a dropkick! Silver flexes, he’s freakin’ jacked, baby! Silver KICKS Skyler in the chest, then KICKS him again! Fans fire up and Silver powers up to KICK Skyler down! Skyler staggers from the stinging in his chest, but Silver is on him in the corner. Silver whips, Skyler reverses but Silver goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING SENTON, back senton, and a rain of right hands! Skyler fires up but Negative One does not approve.

Skyler throws forearms, Silver throws body shots and elbows, then Silver runs. Skyler RAMS Silver into ropes, reels him in and shoves him hard into buckles! Silver sputters and falls over, Skyler covers, TWO! Skyler grows annoyed but he reels Silver into a rear bearhug. Negative One is a bit worried but the fans rally up. Silver fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Skyler CLUBS back! Skyler ROCKS Silver, Silver forearms back! Skyler uppercuts, Silver forearms again. Skyler throws a haymaker, Silver fires off! Silver runs but Skyler headbutts, uppercuts and KNEES! Silver dropkicks outta nowhere!

Silver has Skyler on ropes, runs in and BOOTS him! Torture rack and spin, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, Silver wins!

Winner: John Silver, by pinfall

Negative One likes that! Will the Dark Order like it even more when Number 4 breaks into the top 5?

 

Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Tesha Price!

Mrs. Superbad was there to support her husband and their best man, The Best Man, for Elevation, but got brushed aside a bit. Are there any hard feelings? Will Tesha pay the price for Miro being so cold?

The bell rings, Price dodges Ford’s boot then rushes back in but Ford uses ropes for defense. Ford then kicks Price low, throws haymakers, and whips Price to ropes. Price holds ropes to stop, kick Ford back, but then Ford ducks the roundhouse and heel kick to kick back! Ford CHOPS Price, whips her corner to corner, but Price reverses to try and snapmare. Ford pushes her away, Price goes up and over and flying elbows Ford out of the ring! Price taunts Ford but Kip tells her to quiet down. Price runs in but Ford trips her up to spin her and ROCK her on the apron! Ford gets in, stands on Price, then stomps away!

The ref counts, Ford lets off, but then goes up and KNEE DROPS to the apron! Kip cheers Ford on as she covers Price, TWO! Ford drags Price up, brings her around and hangs her out to dry on ropes. Ford runs side to side to BOOT Price down! Fans fire up for Ford as she puts Price on ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Ford lets off, but then she YANKS Price into ropes! Ford drags Price up, fireman’s carry, and GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!? Price survives and Ford is furious! Ford drags Price up, whips her to a corner and runs in to handspring, but Price rolls to dodge! Price comes back to handspring and ROUNDHOUSE! Price runs but the bulldog is denied!

Ford seethes, and HEEL KICKS Price right down! Ford drags Price back up so she can handspring CUTTER! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall

The Superbads celebrate another win with kisses, as usual. But will Ford be driving back up to the top 5 soon enough?

 

Chaos Project VS Fuego del Sol & Jake St. Patrick!

The Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN have been on the losing end of things lately, but that doesn’t stop them from creeping back up. Will they make the Fire of the Sun and JSP feel pain and torment befitting of Dark?

The teams sort out, but Luther and Serpentico attack Fuego and JSP! They kick Fuego out, the bell rings and Luther whips JSP corner to corner to clothesline! And then back the other way for another clothesline! Luther reels JSP into a BIG LARIAT! Tag to Serpentico, he is the human weapon, inverted suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Serpentico stomps JSP, bumps him off buckles over and over, then Luther tags in. Luther grabs Serpentico and JSP for a meeting of the minds! Serpentico flops out of the ring, Luther reels JSP in, and Luther calls his shot! LUTHER BOMB!! High stack cover, but Fuego breaks it up! Fuego gets away fast, but Luther stays between him and JSP.

Luther drags JSP up, back suplexes but JSP lands on his feet! JSP dodges, hot tag to Fuego! (no pun intended) Fuego hits a missile dropkick for Luther! Fuego rallies on Chaos Project with fast hands, then uses Luther to get just manage the SLICED BREAD on Serpentico! Fuego still rallies on Luther, then springboards to QUEBRADA! Fuego kips up to mule kick! Fuego goes to a corner as fans fire up! Fuego leaps to hit the TORNADO DDT! Cover, but Serpentico breaks it! Chaos Project regroups, Serpentico whips Luther in to DECK JSP! Fuego KNEES Luther, runs but Luther BOOTS Fuego down!

Luther drags Fuego up, Serpentico tags in, and Chaos Project hits CREEPING DEATH! Cover off the meteora spinebuster, Chaos Project wins!

Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall

Luther and Serpentico just put out Fuego, and have perhaps ruined St. Patrick’s day. Will these two continue to creep up the rankings and be contenders soon enough?

 

Jazmin Allure VS KiLynn King!

Top Tier is back but so is the King! Who stands tall as the AEW Women’s Division heads for Double or Nothing?

The bell rings and King circles with Allure. They tie up, Allure waistlocks but King switches to slam her down! King holds on with the waistlock but Allure fights up and wrenches out. King wrenches back, whips Allure to a corner but Allure goes up, only for King to kick her down! King swings but into a roll-up, ONE! Allure runs into a scoop but slips out to kick away on a leg! Allure runs again and dropkicks the leg out! Allure MULE KICKS King down, covers, TWO! Allure keeps on King with a rain of rights! The ref counts, Allure lets off and throws King by her hair! Handspring splash, cover, TWO! Allure grows frustrated as King goes to a corner.

Allure is after her with forearms, but King shoves her away and throws forearms. Allure kicks, snapmares and KICKS King to cover, ONE! Allure clamps onto an arm, King wrenches out and ROCKS Allure! Allure SLAPS King, King seethes and blocks a slap to SLAP back! King CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips! Allure reverses but King CLOBBERS her! King rallies with more clotheslines, then boots a clothesline away to ROUNDHOUSE! Allure is down but King fires up! King says she’s going to take Allure for a ride, and gives her a GIANT SWING! The fans count it out, and King gets about 10 in! A certain Swiss Cyborg would be impressed!

Allure staggers up, King runs in but Allure boots her! Allure hops up, leaps, wheelbarrow and victory roll FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! King isn’t done and Allure is frustrated. Allure drags King up by her hair, throws forearms then runs, but the wheelbarrow becomes KINGDOM FALLS!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: KiLynn King, by pinfall

King didn’t fold and stands tall! But when will The King get to sit on the throne of AEW?

 

8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Angel Fashion, Baron Black, Ryzin & Vary Morales!

Negative One rallies his troops as Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels and Colt Cabana form up and hit the ring! Will Number 5, BOOM BOOM and the OG show the Fashionable Hombre, the EmpBRUH, the Priest of Sin and La Estrella de Rock?

The teams sort out while Negative One lounges on the steps of the ramp, and Fashion starts with Stu. Stu picks Fashion right up, puts him in the corner for forearms, then Uno tags in. Stu whips Uno in to corner splash, then Stu RAMS in! Stu feeds Fashion to Uno’s BACKBREAKER! Vary tags in but Uno kicks low. Tag to Stu and Uno whips Vary to kitchen sink knee! Stu PENALTY KICKS Vary down! Stu drags Vary up, RAMS him into the corner and CHOPS him! Tag back to Uno and Uno CHOPS Vary! Tag to Cabana, he ROCKS Vary, then tags Angels in to EuroUpper! Stu tags in, CHOPS Vary again, then tags Uno. Uno back elbows, Cabana tags in to throw a haymaker!

Tag to Angels, he spinning back kicks, then all four members get in! Angels scoop slams Vary! All four men run, and then stop to hit the Dark Order pose. Negative One cheers as Angels brings Vary up for a back suplex. Vary lands on his feet, shoves Angels then follows. Things speed up, Angels hits a Belly2Belly with a twist! Cover, TWO! Tag to Cabana, they whip Vary for DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOPS! Negative One high-fives Cabana then does the Running Man, and Cabana runs at Vary in the corner. Vary dodges and Cabana hits buckles! Hot tag to Ryzin! Ryzin runs at Cabana but gets a DOUBLE CHOP! Cabana throws a big elbow, then another!

Cabana hits a Bionic Elbow, then goes to tag, but Ryzin keeps Caban from the corner! Ryzin dodges Cabana’s clothesline to ENZIGURI! Ryzin throws hands, then runs, into a BIG back drop! Tag to Baron but Uno tags in and BLASTS the corner! Uno dodges Baron, keeps going and CLOBBERS Baron! Uno DECKS Vary for good measure but Fashion gets in, only to get a NECKBREAKER! Uno blocks Baron’s kick and hands it to Stu so he can DECK Vary again! The ref reprimands, Stu hands Baron’s foot to Colt, and Uno still hits Baron with a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Cabana, Uno and Angels hit Fashion and Vary down!

Uno ROCKS Baron, Angels HEEL KICKS, and Stu torture racks for NIGHTFALL! Cabana finishes it off with the BILLY GOAT’S CURSE! Baron taps, Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by submission

Another big win for the Dark Order, and Negative One adds insult to injury as he kicks Baron out of the ring. The OG pick up Negative One to keep him contained, but will there be no stopping the faction from taking over AEW?

 

Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS David Ali, Seth Gargis & Adam Priest!

Billy joins his boys, Colten & Austin, and they roll three Gunns deep tonight! Will they stay undefeated as a trio and head for big things in AEW?

The Gunns do rock-paper-scissors, but Gargis leads the charge against them! Ali goes after Austin, Gargis keeps on Colten, but Billy backs Priest down. Billy fireman’s carries Priest to ram into a corner, Austin and Colten turn things around to stomp away! Billy has his boys coordinate, Billy feeds Priest to Colten’s COLT 45! Colten feeds Gargis to Billy’s FAMOUSER! Austin loads up, the Gunns whip Ali to the QUICK DRAW! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

BANG BANG BANG, the Gunn Club shoots and scores! But will there ever come a time when they miss the mark?

 

Bear Country VS Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge!

Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson will join Jurassic Express against Matt Hardy’s horde for Dynamite, but they need to keep rolling as a duo. Will The Sensation and… Brick… end up lost in Bear Country?

The teams sort out, and the Bears BULLDOZE Brick and Alexander! Boulder scoop SLAMS Brick, scoops Alexander but Alexander slips out, only for Boulder to put him up top! Boulder ROCKS Alexander, scoops Brick and RAMS Brick into Alexander! Boulder carries both men for a DOUBLE OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Tag to Bronson, then Boulder sets their opponents like a stack of pancakes, for The BEAR COUNTRY SPLASH!! Cover, Bear Country wins!

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

Well who knew bears could move so quick! Boulder & Bronson are building momentum, are we going to see Bear Country reach the top 5?

 

Nick Comoroto w/ QT Marshall VS D3!

The Freak Beast Wrecking Ball is apparently the one member of the Nightmare Family not questioning QT’s behavior. But those issues aside, will Comoroto crush the Prince of Rome to at least make QT proud?

The bell rings and D3 is wary of Comoroto. They circle, Comoroto goes for a leg but D3 slips away. D3 is in a corner, he evades Comoroto and then does it again. Comoroto gets a bit annoyed with the dodgy D3, and he finally gets a hand on him! D3 wrenches to a wristlock but Comoroto scoops and SLAMS him! D3 kicks from below, and then again! D3 goes to a corner, goes up and over Comoroto then runs in but is put on the apron. D3 shoulders in, gamangiris then leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Comoroto wants the Ushigoroshi but D3 handsprings out to fire off kicks! Comoroto shoves D3, D3 dodges but runs into a BACKBREAKER!

QT cheers Comoroto on as he military presses D3 to the POWERSLAM!! Cover, Comoroto wins!

Winner: Nick Comoroto, by pinfall

The Wrecking Ball DEMOLISHES D3, but will he do even more damage as he and QT climb up the rankings?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr have gotten on a bit of a roll, but they’ve gotta keep it going if they want to be contenders! Will the get through the West Coast Wrecking Crew to prove they’re already ready for more?

The teams sort out and BPJ starts with Isaacs. They circle, tie up, and BPJ waistlocks. Isaacs switches, headlocks, but BPJ powers out. Isaacs rams BPJ but he stays up. They start shoving, Isaacs SLAPS first, then runs, but BPJ dodges to run him over! BPJ wrenches Isaacs, whips him to the corner to CHOP! Tag to Griff and Griff hits a splash! The Blondes double suplex Isaacs high and hard, Griff covers, TWO! Griff keeps on Isaacs with a wrench, tags to BPJ, and BPJ CLUBS Isaac’s arm. BPJ wrenches, wristlocks, and yanks on the arm. BPJ wrenches again, but Isaacs ROCKS him with a right! BPJ CHOPS back, but Isaacs CHOPS and ROCKS him!

Isaacs whips BPJ but BPJ reverses. BPJ runs in but is put on the apron, only for BPJ to ROCK Isaacs! Isaacs distracts the ref by playing it up, and Nelson trips up BPJ’s springboard! BPJ hits apron on the way down, the Nelson throws BPJ back in. Isaacs drags BPJ up, throws forearms, and stomps BPJ into the corner. Tag to Nelson and Nelson stomps BPJ down. The ref counts, Nelson lets off to taunt Griff, but the ref keeps Griff back. BPJ CHOPS Nelson but Nelson stomps him back down. Tag to Isaacs, WCWC mugs BPJ, but fans rally up. Tag to Nelson, NECKBREAKER to BASEMENT SHOULDER! Leg drop and elbow drop, Nelson covers, TWO!

BPJ checks his jaw but Nelson taunts Griff. Nelson drags BPJ up to put him in the cover, and he runs in to shoulder BPJ! Nelson uses the three point stance but BPJ elbows him away! BPJ DECKS Isaacs but Nelson BOOTS BPJ! BPJ powers up and POUNCES Nelson! Both men are down, hot tag to Isaacs and he keeps BPJ away from Griff! BPJ flips through to hot tag Griff! The Ivy League MVP rallies on the WCWC, hip toss for Isaacs, BIG back drop for Nelson! Griff runs to SPLASH Nelson, then runs to SPLASH Isaacs! Griff suplexes Isaacs for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, but Nelson breaks it! Griff throws body shots on Nelson but Nelson kicks a leg out!

WCWC coordinate, Canadian rack, DOMINATOR CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Isaacs drags Griff back up, tags Nelson, and they mug Griff to then double back suplex. Griff lands on his feet, BPJ tags in, Griff sends Isaacs out hard! Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Nelson, BPJ FLYING CLOTHESLINES! Cover, the Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

The WCWC get an A for effort, but BPJ and the MVP stand tall! Will they be graduating into the top 5 rankings soon enough?

 

VertVixen VS Madi Wrenkowski!

Two young hopefuls return to fight their way up the rankings. Both are students of Thunder Rosa, but will Madi make Vert face reality and prove she’s Rosa’s star pupil?

The bell rings, Vert rushes Madi and throws big forearms! Madi powers Vert to a corner to throw forearms in return! Vert turns things around to throw forearms, but the ref counts. Vert whips, Madi reverses and runs in to crossbody! Madi snapmares Vert, hits a NECK SNAPPER, then covers, TWO! Madi rains down forearms, drags Vert up and runs, but Vert hits an uppercut! Vert elbows Madi against ropes, then snapmares her to run and CALF KICK! Madi flounders around, Vert fires up and runs in to dropkick Madi to the corner! Madi drags herself up, Vert runs back in, but only gets buckles! Madi fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! Madi keeps going, BIG leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!

Madi keeps her cool, drags Vert up, but Vert trips Madi to rain down hands! Madi pushes Vert away, throws haymakers and forearms of her own, then whips corner to corner. Vert slides to a stop to EDDY GORDO Madi away! SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK, then an GAMANGIRI! Madi is dazed and Vert throws body shots. Madi forearms back, they brawl from the mat and up to their feet. Madi throws forearms, whips, Vert reverses but Madi LARIATS! Vert gets up but Madi LARIATS again! Madi hits a back drop! Madi drags Vert up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to go up and MONKEY FLIP! Fans fire up with Madi as Vert rises again, Madi runs but her dropkick is deflected!

Vert runs to KNEE Madi down! Cover, TWO!! Madi survives and shocks Vert! Vert drags Madi up and around, but Madi gets her in a small package! Cover, TWO! Vert escapes, staggers to a corner, and she runs back at Madi, but into a drop toehold! Madi runs to SCISSOR KICK!! Cover, Madi wins!!

Winner: Madi Wrenkowski, by pinfall

Now can you dig that, sucka? Madi gets a big win against her classmate and rival, but will Madi’s reality be a bright future in AEW?

 

Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Aaron Solow & Carlie Bravo!

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian are still on their journey of tag titles or bust, and clearly they haven’t reached the end yet! Will the Extra Talented and #GoonPlatoon bring about the shocking conclusion of SCU?

The teams sort out and the Fallen Angel starts with Bravo. Daniels talks to Bravo, Bravo offers a handshake, but Daniels just pats Bravo on the shoulder. Bravo and Daniels circle, tie up, and Bravo gets an arm to wrench to a wristlock. Daniels rolls, wrenches back and headlocks, and holds on as Bravo tries to power out. Bravo tries again and gets free but Daniels runs him over! Daniels headlocks again and Bravo’s back to square one. Bravo throws body shots, powers out, but Daniels runs him over again! Things speed up, Bravo hurdles and hip tosses Daniels to then dropkick him down! Daniels blocks the next dropkick but misses the elbow drop! Fans cheer this opening exchange!

Bravo and Daniels circle but Daniels tags out to the Heavy Metal Rebel. Solow calls to Bravo and Bravo tags him in. Solow and Kaz circle, feel out the grapple, and tie up. Kaz waistlocks to slam Solow down, then holds on to shift and body scissor to a cover, TWO! Solow runs into a drop toehold, Kaz facelocks and keeps Solow grounded. Solow fights up, rolls but Kaz rolls with him. Kaz cranks on the grovit, Solow endures and fights up to back drop. Kaz makes that a sunset flip, TWO! Solow dodges to arm-drag Kaz around, then clamps on with an armlock! Kaz fights up, puts Solow on ropes, and Solow lets off. Kaz CHOPS Solow, whips him but Solow reverses to arm-drag again!

Solow dropkicks Kaz down and covers, ONE! Solow drags Kaz over, tag to Bravo, and Bravo clubs Kaz’s arm. Bravo whips, Kaz kicks him away then tags Daniels. Kaz shoves Bravo to Daniels’ STO! Daniels drags Bravo up to DECK him, then whips him to back drop! Daniels hesitates but he covers, ONE! Daniels snapmares Bravo, tags Kaz, then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops, and fans fire up as Kaz brings Bravo up. Kaz wrenches, reels Bravo in and hits a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz facelocks Bravo, tags Daniels in, and SCU whips Bravo to GAMANGIRI and Manhattan drop! Daniels goes up, CROSSBODY HIGH LOW! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO!

Daniels argues the count but the ref says it’s fair. Daniels clamps on tight with chinlock and fans rally up for Bravo. Bravo fights up, throws elbows, but Daniels shoves Bravo. Bravo dodges, sunset flips but Daniels slips free only to miss the leg drop! Hot tag to Solow! Solow rallies on SCU! Uppercut and a whip to Daniels for another uppercut! Solow keeps going, another whip but Daniels puts him on the apron! Solow enziguris Daniels, dodges Kaz and SUPERKICKS him! Solow goes up top, leaps at Daniels, and hits a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Bravo brings Daniels up but Daniels hits a COMPLETE SHOT!

Solow staggers, Daniels brings him around, underhooks but Solow RANAS free of Angel’s Wings, to SCREW HIGH KICK! Kaz tags in, dodges a kick, and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO, Kaz CHOPS Solow! Kaz suplexes but Solow slips out to throw Kaz down and DOUBLE STOMP! Tag to Bravo, Bravo goes up as Kaz staggers, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kaz flounders to a corner, Bravo runs in but Kaz elbows him! Kaz dodges, Bravo hits buckles, Kaz CLOBBERS Bravo! Tag to Daniels, Daniels DECKS Solow, and Kaz gut wrenches Bravo. BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

Undefeated since issuing the challenge to themselves, and they are climbing the mountain! But will they make it to the top? And with Young Bucks soon to face Death Triangle, who will even be at the top when (or if) SCU gets there?

 

Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz!

Jersey’s Finest has hit a rough road as of late, but sometimes if you’re going through hell, you keep on going to get past it! Will they end up running right into that hell against Team Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines?

The teams sort out, Kiss and Cage start and circle. Fans rally up as Cage doesn’t seem to take Kiss serious. Cage choke grips, pops Kiss up but Kiss slips free and runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Cage to a corner! Kiss handsprings in for the KISS MISSILE SLAP! Cage swings but Kiss goes Matrix to bridge and kick, but Cage blocks the enziguri to KNEE Kiss down! Cage drags Kiss up, RAMS him into the corner, then RAMS into Kiss with a shoulder! And again! Starks tags in without warning, but Cage moves aside. Starks CHOPS Kiss, ROCKS him then stomps him! Starks drags Kiss up to whip, Kiss rolls off the back then leap frogs. Starks shoves Kiss down but Kiss kicks.

Starks still back suplexes but Kiss lands on his feet to ROUNDHOUSE Starks! Hot tag to Janela and the Bad Boy CROSSBODIES! Janela fires off haymakers over and over and DECKS Starks! Cage runs in but Janela dumps him out! Janela builds speed to DIVE, but Cage catches him! For a BRAINBUSTER! Cage drags Janela up and in for Starks, and Starks KNEES Kiss down. Starks drags Janela up, scoop SLAMS him, then runs to drop a knee! Cover, but Kiss breaks it! Starks swipes at Kiss, drags Janela back up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Cage, Cage stomps away on Janela, then digs his boot in.

The ref counts, Cage lets off, and Starks gets a cheap shot in before Cage BOOT WASHES! Tag to Starks, Starks whips Janela to an open corner then runs in, into Janela’s BOOT! Janela hops up, leaps to sunset flip, TWO! Starks storms over to Janela but Janela throws him into buckles! Janela reaches for Kiss but Starks CLOBBERS him first! Starks swipes at Kiss again, brings Janela up to throw him out, then stomps him on the apron. Starks distracts the ref, Hook sweeps Janela’s legs! Kiss protests but the ref keeps him back as Starks puts Janela back in. Cover, TWO! Janela flips Starks off but Starks SLAPS him! Janela SLAPS back, Starks DECKS Janela!

Starks hits a BIG back suplex, drags Janela over and tags in Cage. Starks holds a leg but Cage stomps Janela’s chest. Cage whips Janela hard into a corner, then drags him up for forearms. Cage runs but Janela forearms back! And again! Janela fires up as he throws more forearms, but he runs into Cage’s arms and Cage RAMS Janela into buckles! Cage runs but Janela dodges and Cage hits buckles! Janela crawls for his corner, Cage grabs at Janela but Janela kicks. Cage dead lifts Janela for a BUCKLE BOMB! Tag to Starks, he drags Janela to a cover, TWO! Starks drags Janela up, suplexes but Janela slips out to shove Starks into Cage! O’Conner roll, TWO!

Janela DECKS Cage, elbows Starks, and then kicks Cage to hit SLICED BREAD on Starks! Taz gets worried, Janela hot tags Kiss! Cage tags in, Kiss dodges and fires off! Kiss bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off more, but Cage shoves Kiss away. Kiss rebounds, slides under then dropkicks and kicks to ROUNDHOUSE! Kiss whips, Cage reverses but Kiss slides out to the apron! Cage runs into another ROUNDHOUSE! Kiss climbs, leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Taz is frustrated but so is Kiss. Fans rally up, Cage blocks a whip to send Kiss to a corner. Kiss BOOTS Cage, hops up and leaps, FLYING RANA! Kiss keeps going, BOOT to splits and then a roll up, TWO!

Kiss SPINNING BUZZSAWS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks drags Kiss up, Kiss throws forearms back! Kiss whips, Starks reverses, Team Taz combine to DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Kiss! Cage covers but Janela breaks it! Starks runs at Janela but the Spear is sent into ropes! Janela uppercuts Cage, Kiss ROCKS him with a forearm, and Jersey’s Finest combine for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Janela hurries up top, and DIVING SPLASHES! Kiss is up top now, and drops the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Jersey’s Finest can’t believe it! Kiss tags Janela, then Janela tags Kiss. They both run to DECK Starks!

Cage runs in, misses, Janela ROCKS Cage, Kiss back elbows, Janela ROLLING ELBOWS, Kiss ROUNDHOUSES, Janela SUPERKICKS! Janela positions Cage in the dragon sleeper but Cage powers up to scoop Janela! Cage RAMS Janela into Kiss, shifts Janela, Kiss jumps on but the seated senton isn’t enough! Starks tags in, Cage hits the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Starks SPEARS Kiss, covers, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall

The #AbsoluteMachines win, but Cage is a touch surprised Starks sniped that cover. But a win is a win, Starks strikes his pose, Taz says this is just because they’re upset about Revolution. Team Taz rolls on, will they be the ones to face whoever holds the AEW World Tag Team Championships after Bucks VS Death Triangle happens?

But speaking of frustrations, Janela is upset with Kiss! Janela says at this rate, he’s going back to delivering pizzas, wrestling in bingo halls for 8×10’s, hotdogs and handshakes, all because of Kiss. Fans boo and Kiss tries to apologize, but then Janela apologizes. Janela hugs Kiss, helps him up and says this is just frustration. Think about it from their perspective. Is the rough road ahead even rougher than either Janela or Kiss imagined?

 

Jack Evans VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order!

The Hybrid2 are down to one for right now, but the mouthier half is holding it down for them both. But will this Hybrid1 feel like a zero against Number 10?

Negative One tops of his night, and perhaps complicates Excalibur’s, by joining commentary. The bell rings and Vance circles with Evans. They tie up, Vance shoves Evans down hard! Evans goes to the apron, complaining about hair pulling, but then he hotshots Vance! Evans talks trash but Vance drags Evans back up! Vance suplexes Evans, holds him up for TEN then SLAMS Evans down! Negative One points out that he was very upset when Evans helped cheat Vance out of the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match, so this is payback. Vance CHOPS Evans in a corner, whips Evans corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Vance TOSSES Evans across the way!

Evans bails out, Vance follows but Evans trips him up! Vance hits apron and Negative One is upset, but then Evans crossbodies into Vance’s arms! Evans slips out of the scoop to POST Vance! Negative One doesn’t want commentary, he saw what happened! Vance is down, Evans goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Vance stands at 5, gets in at 7, but baits Evans into a BOOT! Vance covers, TWO! Vance drags Evans up to whip, back drop but Evans lands on his feet to CORKSCREW KICK! Evans talks trash and throws hammering ax handles! “This is what happens when you push an honorable man too far!”

Evans throws hands, wrenches Vance and whips him to ropes to hit a LEG LARIAT! Evans says BOOM for the STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Negative One stresses out as Evans CLUBS Vance down. Vance throws body shots, Evans elbows him down! Evans bumps Vance off buckles, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then shows off with the handspring back elbow! Evans hits so hard, he falls out of the ring! Vance staggers, Evans SPRINGBOARD RYDER KICKS him down! Negative One grows more annoyed as Evans goes to the corner and climbs up. Evans PHOENIX SPLASHES but Vance avoids it! Evans FLOPS and both men are down!

Fans rally up as a standing count climbs. Vance is up at 5 to CLOBBER Evans! Vance rallies with more clotheslines, then he whips Evans, but Evans fights the spinebuster, so Vance back drops him! Vance whips Evans, tries again but Evans knees and haymakers! Evans stands on Vance to then STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Evans grows frustrated and Negative One threatens to smack Excalibur as Evans stomps Vance down. Evans drags Vance up, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Evans gets an ARMBAR! Vance endures, makes it a high stack cover, TWO! Evans runs and DECKS Vance again! Cover, TWO!

Evans gets up, throws haymakers, but Vance puts Evans in the corner to fire off hands and CHOPS! Evans kicks, throws haymakers, then bumps Vance off buckles. Evans digs his boot in, the ref counts and Evans lets off at 4. Vance goes to a corner, Evans throws haymakers, then snapmares Vance to a seated cobra twist! Evans makes it a cobra cradle, TWO! Vance fights but Evans gets him to another armbar! The ref says they’re in the ropes, Evans holds on and gets Vance away from ropes, only for Vance to get back to ropes for the ropebreak. Evans lets go at 4, whips but Vance dodges and waistlocks, ripcord CUTTER! Both men are down but fans rally up!

A standing count begins, and it reaches 4 as Vance slowly sits up. Evans follows, both men get up but Vance CLOBBERS Evans again! And again! Vance whips, and back drops again! Evans staggers to a corner, Vance runs in but Evans BOOTS him! Evans runs, into the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One fires up with Vance as Evans goes to the apron. Vance runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Evans springboards into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Negative One is shocked! Vance drags Evans up, full nelsons, but is that Angelico!? Angelico was here all along and he distracts the ref for Evans to LOW BLOW Vance!! Negative One is freaking out!

Evans drags Vance to a drop zone, commentary is arguing, Evans PHOENIX SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!!? Evans is shocked that Vance survives! Evans reels Vance in, Vance wrenches out and hits the FULL NELSON! Evans is a rag doll!! Vance doesn’t let up until Evans is OUT, Vance wins!!

Winner: Preston Vance, by submission

Vance has blood from the nose or mouth area, but he doesn’t seem to let that bother him. Will anything faze Vance on his way up the ranks in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A good Dark here, and they managed to get 15 matches in an hour and 45 minutes rather than 2 hours, which is a godsend. We already got 2 hours with Elevation, are going to get 2 hours with Dynamite, we need a little less somewhere in this new AEW triple threat. I will say, we got a solid block of squashes with the Gunn Club, Bear Country and Nick Comoroto getting their obvious wins out of the way quick. Dynamite clearly likes giving everyone a fair showing so that they earn their pay and get exposure, but sometimes a squash goes a long way to building up someone, so Bear Country and Comoroto are definitely building up as the beasts they are with those quick wins.

On the flipside, matches like Luchasaurus VS Bononi, Varsity Blondes VS WCWC, Vert VS Madi, and the last three matches were all properly lengthy. There is story building with Jurassic Express and “The Pretty Boys” since Avalon’s whole gimmick now is amassing a faction of attractive people, and it is pretty clear Jungle Boy fits the description. Varsity Blondes are still a young team, Isaacs & Nelson are a promising team as well, so getting some competitive showing works for both. Vert and Madi have a backstory that AEW can definitely play on, but with Madi getting the nod with the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, it makes sense for her to get the win.

SCU’s mission of titles or bust does benefit from having more competitive matches, it really plays on their doubts and how they’re one of the older teams. Team Taz has tension from losing the Street Fight, but it’s good story that there are cracks forming between Jersey’s Finest. Seems a bit of a shame that a team that had some promise is breaking up, but Janela does deserve to have some singles shine again. And Evans VS Vance has good story from the build to Revolution, Negative One was hilarious on commentary, and Angelico making that surprise return was a good twist. Vance still wins, he is a beast in his own right, and that bloody nose adds something to his win, like when Britt Baker kept going when she had that really nasty bloody nose.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/17/24)

JEEEEEEON, MOXLEEEY!

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There is truly a Paradigm Shift in pro-wrestling today!

Returning triumphant from the Windy City Riot, Jon Moxley brings the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to AEW Dynamite! But will someone from NJPW come after him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart; Brody & Julia win.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia; Okada & The Bucks win.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther; Deonna wins.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions; Shane wins.
  • Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli; Ospreay wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

Indianapolis, Indiana fires up as the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion walks in from the back of the crowd! The Maniac shocked the world when he defeated Tetsuya Naito in Chicago and added NJPW’s top prize to his already incredible list of accolades. Moxley goes to the ring, gets the mic, and the fans chant for him as he says, “One of the first championships I ever won, y’know, Salvation Army Community Center at Fountain Square right here in Indianapolis.” The fans cheer that! Moxley continues by saying even back then 20 years ago, he was swimming up stream, never had help.

In fact, a lot of people tired to tell him what he can and can’t do, what he can and can’t accomplish. His words to those people now is the same as back then: kiss his ass and watch him! Watch as he climbs mountain after mountain after mountain. Because being great is not about what others say, it’s about what’s inside. Now, if you didn’t know, this is THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Moxley say this title is steeped in history, illustrious to the extreme, and he has been chasing it for five years. Five years of pain, heartache, wins and losses, pints of sweat and blood, thousands of miles across the ocean.

Five years ago, people said Moxley holding this title, and live on American TV, was impossible. But it wasn’t impossible. Not if they knew what was inside Moxley. That is what this is all about. When your back is against he wall, how deep can you dig? When you feel you have nothing left, choking on your own blood, how deep are you willing to dig and how far are you willing to go? Are you willing to dare to show the world how great you are? THAT is what AEW is about! The fans cheer that, too! Moxley says this brings him to his point: The Don Callis Family. The fans boo now, but Moxley continues.

There are very talented individuals in league with Don Callis. Don Callis is a creep. The fans cheer that! Moxley says he has no time for Callis, but he is feeding these guys lies and those guys are buying it. And then those guys put a hit out and tried to hurt Moxley’s friend and teammate, Bryan Danielson. Now, if you’re putting a target on Bryan’s back, you might as well put one on Moxley’s. You wanna get violent? You wanna be tough guys? Well, you’re welcome to come find Moxley, he’ll be here all night. But he suspects that maybe, he’s not their type. What he could do is run up on them with a tire iron. He could run them over in the parking lot.

But he gets the sense that that wont’ teach the DCF anything. So he’ll pick the biggest, baddest, meanest one of all of ’em, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and challenge Hobbs to a match one week from tonight in the main event of Dynamite in Jacksonville, Florida. Hobbs will accept, because in that match, Hobbs will find out just how out of his depths he is stepping to the IWGP World Champion. Because Moxley won’t make it quick or easy. He will drag Hobbs to the deepest waters that there are, and Hobbs will look around and see no shore. When he asks the ref for the rescue, Hobbs will know the difference between him and Moxley, and that Callis is feeding him lies.

Hobbs will know that he, like everyone else in this business, NO ONE can touch Moxley! There are a lot of great wrestlers in this world, but there is and only ever will be ONE Jon Moxley! The fans fire up for that, but will Hobbs survive the homecoming at Daily’s Place?

 

Mercedes Mone speaks.

“Last week, somebody attacked me in the dark because they were too afraid to face me in the light. But as the CEO, I always get right back up. And as the CEO, I can’t wait to pay back that b*tch that attacked me last week. Lights off, huh? That sounds a little too familiar, Julia Hart.” Mercedes didn’t think Julia was the kind to be a coward. Or maybe, it was someone who wants us to think it’s Julia? Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t wanna face Mercedes when she’s healthy. Either way, Mercedes puts the entire division on notice, and she will watch that Mixed Tag Match. But remember this: There’s a price to pay when you mess with Mone.

 

Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart!

Speaking of that Mixed Tag, Dynamite is about to get Rated R as the TNT Champion and the Babe with the Power are stepping to the King of Death and the TBS Champion! Will Copeland & Willow have the edge going into Dynasty? Or will even now, The House Always Win?

Wait! Willow is down and out! A medic checks her but she says she’s fine. Kris Statlander & Stokely Hathaway aren’t so sure, but there is Dynasty to think about. And then the lights go out in the arena! And when they come back up, surprise! Brody is in the ring and he CLOBBERS Edge! Julia laughs from the stage as Brody TOSSES Edge out. The fans hoot and bark as Brody whips Edge hard into the barriers! Brody CHOPS Edge, stalks him, then whips him into more barriers! Brody makes Edge take a seat, fires off forearms, then hoots as he gets space. The fans hoot along and Brody comes back, to CROSSBODY Edge against the LEDs!

Brody stands, the ref reprimands but this isn’t even a match yet! Did the House just take out their enemies in quick fashion? Edge crawls towards the ring, he isn’t gonna let the House have their way! Edge drags himself up to the apron and into the ring, and the fans fire up as the bell rings! Brody runs up to SPLASH in the corner! Edge falls over, Brody storms around, then Brody drags Edge up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Brody CHOS Edge, has him on ropes, and CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Brody steps back, and Julia gets a cheap shot in! Then she CHOKES Edge while the ref is still busy with Brody! Brody storms up on Edge, suplexes high and hard, then stalks up behind Edge. Brody drags Edge up, ROCKS him, and Edge ends up in a corner. Brody digs his boots in, the ref counts again, but Brody lets off at 4. Edge sits down in the corner and Brody gives him scuffing, toying kicks. Brody lets off to stand Edge up, and CHOP him down! Brody CHOKES Edge on ropes again, but lets off as the ref counts.

Edge sputters, Brody drags him around, and Brody whips Edge hard into the corner! Edge falls, Brody storms up and stands on Edge’s face, but the ref counts. Brody steps back, Edge goes to the apron, but Julia is there to CHOKE him! The ref is none the wiser and Julia mocks the fans. Brody has Edge under ropes for the GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Brody drags Edge back up, and CHOPS him to a corner. Brody CHOPS again, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Brody hoists Edge up top. Brody climbs up to rain down fists! Brody only goes to three before he hauls Edge up, but Edge fights the superplex!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody trade body shots. Edge then HEADBUTTS away on Brody, and BITES his forehead! Edge DECKS Brody off the corner, then adjusts. Brody stands, Edge FLYING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Julia coaches Brody, he sits up to fire a forearm! Edge fires back, they go shot for shot, then Brody CHOPS! Edge CHOPS! They CHOP, throw forearms, and the fans fire up behind Edge! Edge kicks and IMP- NO, Brody throws him away! Edge dodges the lariat to LARIAT! Brody stays up so Edge runs up to clothesline in a corner! And again! And again!

Edge fires shots, runs side to side, then BOOTS Brody! The fans fire up as Brody leans on the ropes! Edge runs again, for another BOOT! Edge huffs and puffs and he brings Brody around, IMPALER! Cover, TWO! Brody is still in this and Julia coaches him up. Edge stays on Brody, but Brody TOSSES him to the corner! Edge BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! The fans fire up as Edge rises, and he has a wild look as he goes to the corner. Edge runs in, but Brody LARIATS him down! Julia is fired up, and Brody drags Edge to a corner. Brody storms around as he hoots, then he runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL but only gets buckles!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody are both down! Julia coaches Brody, the fans rally, and here comes Willow! Taped up as she is, Willow’s on the corner! Brody drags Edge up and in, but Edge reaches out! Willow tags in! She goes up and she CROSSBODIES Brody! Then she chases after Julia! Julia says no no no, but then Edge SPEARS Brody! Willow hoots now, the fans join in, and Willow gives Brody a CANNONBALL! Julia runs in with a chain! CHAIN PUNCH!! The fans boo as Julia says the House Always Wins! Edge LARIATS Brody out of the ring, but Julia clamps on the HARTLESS LOCK! Willow is OUT, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Brody King & Julia Hart, by submission

The Princess of the Black Throne made sure to have an ace up her sleeve to take this one from Willow! But wait! Here comes Mone! And she has a chair! Julia laughs as she slips away, taking her title with her. The House of Black won tonight, but will they establish their Dynasty?

As for Mone and Willow, well Mone still has the chair and is considering her options. Edge slides back in, so Mone stands down. Edge shakes Mone’s hand, long time no see. Mone still wants to go Double or Nothing, but will she be facing the Keeper of Secrets? Or will it be a long awaited rematch with the Babe with the Power?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

Renee Paquette says we’re just four days away from Dynasty, a PPV where the AEW World Championship will be on the line 1v1, Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland. Renee says that in this situation, just Joe and Swerve, how does Joe see Swerve as an opponent? Well, first, Joe viewed Swerve as a worthy adversary. Someone who some day might be a great champion. But for now, he’s just a nuisance. Joe says Swerve is not someone who has overwhelming speed, strength, size, no. He’s just someone who keeps standing back up after getting knocked down. No matter how many times Joe puts Swerve in the dirt, Swerve just gets back up.

To Joe, that doesn’t seem like a prerequisite to becoming a champion, that’s a punching bag. Then Renee wants to run this back to last week on Dynamite. Joe is always calm, cool, collected and in the driver’s seat. But after last week, Swerve getting his shot in on Joe, then Swerve & Nana holding up the AEW World Championship, Joe’s reaction… Walk us through what that was. As expected, Joe was worried his property was in the hands of someone who will never possess it. That maybe this belt would need to be disinfected before it could be TV ready. You don’t know where Nana’s been!

As for Swerve, Joe will focus on his track record and what he represents. It seems that with every title Swerve has challenged for, he has come up short. Is that not right? Seems like Swerve’s a choke artist. Every championship, every opportunity, every time he tries, he comes just so close, then swerves off target. History will repeat itself at Dynasty, as at Dynasty, Joe will do what he always does, and that is destroy the opposition, cement his legacy as the greatest AEW World Champion of all time, and for Swerve, “my friend, unfortunately you are a choke artist. And come Dynasty, you won’t have to worry about it. I’ll be the one choking you out instead.”

The One True King of Wrestling has spoken, but will he still end up dethroned by The Realest?

 

AEW takes a closer look at The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4.

But as the highlights of ladder matches and of All In London 2023 play, the Bucks themselves interrupt. This package sucks, who edited this together? Cut, cut! The video stops, and we cut to gorilla. Matthew Jackson “apologizes” to FTR, but tonight’s episode is already running short on time, so they gotta bump this from the show. But Matthew promises, the full package will go on social media. And Nicholas sure hopes FTR is watching, because they’re about to beat their friends’ asses in a really cool Six Man Tag. And yeah, it’s a tune-up for Dynasty! A ladder match for the tag titles? Are you kidding? The Bucks perfected that match!

And the Bucks will then become AEW’s first-ever THREE TIME World Tag Team Champions. But what about tonight, Rainmaker? Kazuchika Okada says, “Hey, Pac! You will not make it to Dynasty. You are a dead man!” Cue the music, time for the badass entrance using that elevator thing. But will the New Elite really be rolling into St. Louis with momentum? Or are they underestimating the Top Guys’ allies?

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia!

The trios sort out and The Rainmaker starts against The Bastard as a preview of their Continental Championship match. The fans rally behind Pac, but then The Bucks CLOBBER him, and Okada BLASTS Pac’s corner! The fans boo as The Elite stomps away on Pac, then the Bucks stand down. Okada tags Nick, he storms up but Pac SOBATS! KICKS! And SOBATS! Pac runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! The fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. They double whip, double hip toss, then they coordinate, STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Penta runs up to KICK Nick in the leg! The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” as Penta has Nick on ropes.

Penta whips, Nick reverses, and Matt gets a cheap shot! Penta GAMANGIRIS Matt, but Okada BOOTS Penta down! The fans boo as Nick distracted the ref the entire time. Nick stomps Penta, tags Matt, and Matt rains down fists! The fans boo, but Matt tags Nick back in. The Bucks double whip Penta to a corner, then Matt runs in, only for Penta to TOSS him out! Nick runs up, Penta makes him handstand on the corner, and Penta SUPERKICKS! Nick staggers, Penta tags Garcia! Garcia rallies on Nick, wrenches and clinches, HALF HATCH! The fans fire up as Garcia clotheslines in a corner! Garcia goes up, and he rains down fists!

The fans count all the way to nine, then Garcia winds up to DO HIS DANCE! Garcia lets off, runs up on Okada and BLASTS him! Garcia LARIATS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick reverses. Okada trips Garcia and drags him out! But Garcia ROCKS Okada first! Matt runs up, Garcia DECKS him! But Nick PENALTY KICKS from the apron! Nick BLASTS Pac off the apron, Matt YANKS Penta down, and The Elite attacks while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Matt drags Penta up to whip him into railing! Penta tumbles over into the front row! Nick sends Pac into railing, then soaks up the heat. Matt throws hands on Pac, and he mocks Garcia’s dance, too! Okada puts Garcia in the ring for Nick, Matt mocks the front row, and Nick rains down fists on Garcia! Nick goes all the way to nine, so also mock the dance! Nick lets off to tell everyone that’s a FINE! Nick stomps Garcia, kicks him around, then he tags Okada. Okada storms up to CLUB Garcia, then he drags Garcia around. Okada snapmares Garcia, runs and basement DROPKICKS! The bucks applaud while Okada stands over Garcia.

Okada tags Matt, Matt drags Garcia up and whips him into the corner. Matt runs up but into an ELBOW! Garcia storms up, but Matt scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Nick tags in, slingshot LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Garcia grits his teeth, he pie faces  Nick, but Nick drops a knee on Garcia’s back. Matt gets on a mic to talk to Taz, and to also say hi to Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Nick CHOKES Garcia on ropes, lets off at 4, and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! Matt keeps doing his own play by play as Nick bumps Garcia off buckles. Dynamite returns to single picture, Okada holds Garcia in place and Nick runs in, but Garcia BOOTS Nick!

Garcia elbows Okada away, CHOPS Nick, repeat! Matt is concerned on “commentary,” Nick runs back in but Garcia sends him into Okada! Matt says to get him, but Nick waistlocks Garcia. Garcia wrenches to SAIDO free! Matt asks for the tag, Nick tags him, and Matt still holds onto the mic as he stomps Garcia! Matt says it’s fine, he’s got this. Matt promises the ref he won’t hit Garcia with the mic. Matt instead talks trash, shouting, “You think you’re better than me, Garcia?! HUH!?” Matt then pie faces Garcia! Matt eggs on “the kid,” dares Garcia to show him the reason they hired him, and Garcia gets up to reel Matt in!

Matt freaks out, saying he’s sorry, they’re good! But Garcia still gives Matt the SAIDO! The fans fire up while Garcia crawls, hot tag to Pac! Pac RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over then keeps moving to CLOBBER him! And CLOBBER him again! Pac whips, Matt reveres but Pac stops, sidesteps and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick runs in, but he also gets a SNAP GERMAN! The Bucks stagger up, Pac climbs a corner, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The Bucks bail out, the fans fire up, and Pac goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes both Bucks and the fans are thunderous! Pac even dares Okada to get some! Okada says he’s not legal, he can’t!

Pac still taunts Okada, but then Matt CLOBBERS Pac from behind! Okada tags in, now he’s legal. Okada then BLASTS Penta, and Nick steps back in. Okada and Nick get Pac up, they double whip him to a corner, then Okada sends Nick in. Pac puts Nick on the apron, Matt’s on the other side, and Okada runs in, DOUBLE GIRI ELBOW COMBO! Okada then brings Pac up, Alabama Lifts, and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, Penta KICKS it apart! The fans fire up while Pac and Okada are both down! They stir, crawl, hot tag to Penta! CROSSBODY for Okada! Penta runs, SLINGBLADE for Nick! SLINGBLADE for Matt!

Penta catches Okada, tuck and pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, The Bucks break it! The fans boo but Nick rains fists down on Penta. The Bucks whip Penta to Okada, but Penta wheelbarrows and victory rolls, DOUBLE SATELLITE- NO, The Bucks back drop free! Garcia storms up, blocks Nick’s superkick to send it into Matt! Then Garcia reels Nick in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Matt superkick feints to DDT Garcia! Pac is up, he HOTSHOTS Matt, then slingshots to CUTTER! The fans are thunderous as Pac glares at Okada. Pac drags Penta to the corner, tags in, and “This is Awesome!” as we get that title match preview after all!

Okada fires a forearm, Pac gives it back, and they keep going back and forth! Pac gets the edge, then whips, but Okada reverses. Okada runs up, into a SUPERKICK! The fans are thunderous as Pac goes up the corner! But Matt trips Pac up! Pac crashes down to the mat, but the fans rally as Garcia rises! Pac crawls over, hot tag to Garcia! Garcia fires off forearms on Okada, then CHOPS! Garcia runs, into a DROPKICK! Okada drags Garcia up, scoops, but Garcia slips free to trip him! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Okada escapes, gets around, and sends Garcia into DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Then gut wrench and TOMBSTONE!!

Penta runs up, but Okada dodges the slingblade! Okada scoops Penta to TOMBSTONE!! Nick & Matt get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS into the RAINMAKER!! Cover, New Elite wins!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

The Continental Champion smirks as he looms over the Dragonslayer, but The Bucks sit Garcia back up! E V P TRIGGER!! Garcia suffers for being friends with FTR, and then the Bucks bring out a ladder! Penta gets up but Matt DECKS him! Matt stomps Penta, stands on him, and Nick brings Garcia over. Scoop SLAM onto the ladder! Garcia writhes, but the Bucks still aren’t done! They open the ladder, stick Garcia inside, and then squeeze it shut on him! Okada & Matt hold Garcia down while Nick climbs up, but Pac returns! Pac runs the New Elite off with that bell hammer! The Bastard already had reason enough to go after them, but will he take out his rage on Okada?

As for The Bucks, they’ve got the momentum and the upper hand going into that Ladder match! Will they be the ones making history? Or will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood be the ones to establish their Dynasty?

 

Dynamite returns with Taz in the ring.

The Suplex Machine promised Chris Jericho to set up a meeting with Hook, so he’s here as moderator as Lionheart makes his entrance. Jericho joins Taz in the ring, followed by Hook. Taz has the mic while fans chant “HOOK! HOOK!” Taz says he’s just here to make sure things go nice and easy. There have been some issues between both Jericho and Hook. That said, Jericho has the floor. Jericho has the mic to say he’s known Taz for 30 years, and he appreciates Taz getting Hook to come out here. And to Hook, Jericho thanks him for coming out here. Jericho just wants to clear up some things.

The reason Jericho pulled Hook off the apron last week was not to mess with Shibata. Shibata ended up collateral damage. Jericho just wanted to get Hook’s attention and let him know it felt like Hook wasn’t listening to him as much as he should. The fans boo and Hook eats chips while Jericho says he is doing this all for Hook. Some say Jericho’s the greatest of all time at this. Others talk about the learning tree. Jericho says he IS the learning tree. The fans boo more but Jericho wants Hook to think about the people who listened to Jericho’s “perfect parables,” his pearls of wisdom. Every single one of them has gotten to that next level.

MJF, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Daniel Garcia, Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and so many more! Everyone that has come into the “Jericho Vortex” has come out the other side a better performer, a better wrestler, and to be honest, a better person. That is what Jericho wants for Hook. He wants them to scale to the highest of heights together. They can reach the top of Wizard Mountain so they can both breathe in the rarified air of Jericho and reach the top! Jericho knows he can get Hook there. So what does Hook say? Is he ready to put the animosity aside so he can sit under the brilliant branches of the learning tree?

The fans are booing and saying no. What does Hook say? “No!” The fans cheer and Jericho looks disappointed. What does Hook mean, “no?” Hook says he doesn’t need Jericho’s help. Dude, c’mon. Don’t be stupid. Taz stops Jericho there, but Jericho tells Taz to stop. The fans boo but Jericho says he’s doing what Taz should’ve done 30 years ago and give this kid some proper guidance! Seriously! But this is what Jericho is talking about. He needs to get Hook away from all this dead weight that’s been holding him back his entire life. Taz says Jericho needs to calm down but Jericho says Taz needs to stop.

Jericho again tells Hook that he has had people his whole life telling him how good he is, how he’s a future world champion, including Taz, his father. But Jericho says Hook is not as good as he thinks he is! The fans boo more and Taz speaks up again, only for Jericho to SHOVE him! The fans boo even harder, and now Hook is mad! Hook drops the mic, he storms up to Jericho, and then he SHOVES Jericho into a corner! Hook tells Jericho that he crossed the line. You wanna see how good Hook is? He’ll go another round with him, anytime, anywhere! Now get outta his ring! Jericho says Hook doesn’t mean that, but Hook says it again, get outta his ring!

Hook lets Jericho go and the fans sing “Hey hey hey, Goodbye~!” Jericho slowly takes his leave, trying to smooth things over, but it’s too late for that. When and where will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil get his hooks into Lionheart?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

Renee now sits down with the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship. In just a matter of days, Swerve’s career could change. Swerve could become the NEW AEW World Champion at Dynasty. In order to do that, he has to beat Joe. We heard from Joe earlier, what is Swerve’s reaction to Joe calling him a “choke artist?” Swerve chuckles at that. He’ll ask back, does Renee agree with Joe that Swerve’s a choke artist? No, she does not. He doesn’t think so, either. Joe talked about Swerve stumbling, title opportunity after opportunity. He isn’t wrong about that. Swerve has stumbled out the gate, stumbling throughout his career.

But guess what? Swerve’s always fallen forward into success. Just in this past year alone, Swerve was put in a coffin, got back up. He got stapled, body thrown into barbed wire, and he got back up. Not but a couple weeks ago, a man punched him in the face with a chain, bloodied him, and Swerve is still here. Swerve always gets back up. That’s his military upbringing, his warrior ethos: never give up, never quit. So Joe, call Swerve whatever you want. Punching bag, choke artist, a parasite, but guess what? This Sunday at Dynasty, he’ll also be calling Swerve the NEW AEW World Champion. “Whose house?”

Renee asks what makes Swerve so confident about Sunday? Swerve thinks about it, and says with all due respect, it isn’t something he should be answering to Renee. He should be saying this to Samoa Joe. Swerve takes off the mic, takes off his jacket and his hat to get up in the camera. Swerve promises to tell Joe this to his face, in that ring, tonight! Swerve storms off, but will Joe bother to meet him out there?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther!

While The Virtuosa won’t be part of the sequel title picture with the leading lady, she’ll gladly take out the understudy! Will Deonna make sure Mariah can’t help Timeless Toni against Thunder Rosa? Or will Mariah make her mentor proud?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Mariah shoves Deonna down. Mariah pulls on Deonna’s hair, they tie up again, and Mariah puts Deonna in the corner. Mariah ROCKS Deonna, whips corner to corner but Deonna reverses. Deonna runs in, blocks a boot, THROWS Mariah by that leg, then runs to KNEE LIFT and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll through, but Mariah scrambles out of the ring! The fans fire up as Storm is there to check on her protege, but Deonna builds speed! Storm gets Mariah out of the way as Deonna baseball slides, and Mariah DECKS Deonna!

Mariah whips Deonna into barriers, Storm taunts the “loser,” then Mariah puts Deonna back in. Deonna swings, Mariah ducks and ROUNDHOUSES! Mariah rams a shoulder in, only to get caught! Deonna drags Mariah out for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Mariah goes to a corner, Storm coaches her, but Deonna runs up, Mariah goes up and over, ROCKS Deonna again, then puts Deonna up top. Mariah runs up to STRATUS- NO, Deonna shoves her away! So Mariah SHOVES Deonna to the floor! The fans cheer as Mariah poses, and Storm taunts Deonna again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref is busy with Mariah, and that lets Storm step on Deonna’s face! Mariah goes out to kick Deonna around, then CHOPS her against the apron. Mariah puts Deonna in, kicks her around, and then drags Deonna up. Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Mariah keeps calm, Storm coaches her and Mariah CHOPS Deonna. Mariah puts Deonna in a corner, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Mariah lets off, but Deonna dodges the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! Mariah knees low, snapmares, then she clamps on a chinlock. Deonna endures, even as Mariah thrashes her around.

Deonna fights up, but Mariah throws her by her hair! The ref reprimands, Mariah “apologizes,” then she kicks Deonna around. Mariah brings Deonna through the ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Mariah lets off at 4, then she stalks Deonna to a corner. Mariah fires forearms, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off again. Mariah digs her boot into Deonna, lets off as the ref counts, then whips her corner to corner hard! Mariah runs in, Deonna ELBOWS her back, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Deonna ELBOWS Mariah again, goes up the corner, but Mariah runs up! Deonna BOOTS Mariah, then hits a FLYING KNEE on Mariah’s arm!

Deonna runs up to LARIAT Mariah, then whips her to ropes. Mariah reverses but Deonna KICKS back! And LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she brings Mariah up. Mariah ROCKS Deonna! Deonna ROCKS Mariah! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, then Deonna gets the edge! Deonna runs up, but Mariah ROCKS her at ropes! Mariah runs, but Deonna catches her to the BACK2BACKBREAKER, and right into a takedown! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Mariah scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4.

Deonna drags Mariah up, CHOPS her, and Mariah ends up in a corner. Deonna whips corner to corner, Mariah reveres but Deonna dodges to BOOT! Cover, TWO! Mariah survives but Deonna drags her right up. Deonna reels Mariah in, vows to end this, and lifts, but Mariah slips free of the bomb! HEADBUTT! Deonna flops into a corner, Mariah takes aim! Storm and the fans rally up, KISS THIS!! Mariah hits the hip attack, then TORNADO DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and shocks Mariah! Mariah drags Deonna up, Storm wants this to end. Mariah fireman’s carries, Deonna sunset flips! But Mariah sits on it! TWO!!

Deonna finishes the sunset flip, DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

But Storm attacks Deonna! She and Mariah beat down The Virtuosa, but here comes Thunder Rosa! She CLOBBERS Luther, then dodges Mariah to BOOT Storm! Then ROUNDHOUSE for Mariah! La Mera Mera shoves Mariah out, has the fans all fired up, and Deonna gets in Rosa’s face. They argue, shove, and then Mariah trips Deonna to drag her out! Mariah and Deonna brawl, Storm takes aim, to kick Rosa low! But Rosa wrenches back to DECK Storm! Rosa gets Storm into a CAMEL CLUTCH, and brings out lipstick! Rosa SMEARS it all over Storm’s crazy face! Rosa gets payback for Storm disrespecting the face paint!

Storm scrambles away, Luther doing his best to clean her up. The Storm and the Thunder are about to clash, which force of nature will reign over the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Backstage interview with Bullet Club Gold.

Renee is now with the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, but she has to get the Gunns to stop tapping the mic. This is a very exciting time in AEW as Dynasty is just days away. BCG asked for this time, what is going on? Jay White says it is very exciting but Renee doesn’t seem that excited. This is supposed to be her favorite time of the week! She gets to talk with the who? Bang Bang Gang. Aw c’mon, say it with feeling! Yeah, like this! BANG BANG GANG! The Bang Bang Gang has been having a blast the last couple of months. They did some scissoring, learned new catchphrases, sold new merch, made new friends, got new fans, and the boys even hung out with their old man.

And now everyone can see just how much better off Austin & Colten are without Daddy Ass and with #StepdaddySwitch. And y’know what? They’ll fulfill their destiny at Dynasty! How did this all start? Surprise, surprise, it is all about the gold. They are the ROH Six Man Champs, and Acclaimed have what BCG wants! The Acclaimed are the AEW World Trios Champions! They’ll put it all on the line, #WinnersTakeAll! And then we will see that THE greatest three man unit today is the Bang Bang Gang! And if you ain’t down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Jay White & The Gunns want it all, but will they lose it all in St. Louis?

 

The Acclaimed respond.

Daddy Ass says, “Well. It seems that you three have finally grown a set and showed everybody what your true intensions are, and that’s to get a shot at the championships that we now hold. Well, Jay White, I’ve already beaten the life outta you. And as for those other two, hell, I’ve been beating the hell out of them since they were little kids. You called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it.” Anthony Bowens says, “That’s right, Jay White. You wanna fight? This Sunday on Dynasty, you want us to put the AEW Trios titles on the line? Well guess what? We accept your challenge. So bring your little Ass Boys, bring your big golden bat, because guess what?

“The Scissor King has got a big golden bat of your own, and you can choke on it!” Max Caster says that’s right, “Twinkblade and the Ass Boys. You guys wanna make challenges? Well let us in on the fun, too. Just for old times, let’s run it back! Two on two, Acclaimed and the Ass Boys on Collision this week, and we’re gonna beat your ass, I’ve got no doubts about it! Because…” “EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” The stakes have been raised, who will establish their Dynasty in the Zero Hour?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

Trent Beretta turns on Freshly Squeezed and now it’s all falling apart. And who better to kick someone when they’re down than Big Bad Shaney T. Boy? Will Shane rumble, bad man, rumble? Or will Cassidy fight like a man with nothing left to lose?

The bell rings and the fans rally behind Cassidy. But then Ogogo and Moriarty close in. Shane tells his guys it’s fine, he’s got this. Ogogo and Moriarty stand down. Shane eggs Cassidy on about how he took out Shibata. Shane even says Cassidy can give the people what they want and put his hands in the pockets. Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in the pockets! The fans cheer, Cassidy dodges Shane and SHOTGUNS! Shane stays up, Cassidy kips up, then he dodges again! Another SHOTGUN, another kip up, and Cassidy runs to SHOTGUN again! Shane stays up in a corner, but Cassidy runs in. Shane swings, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Shane blocks!

Shane suplexes, Cassidy kicks and flails, but ends up on ropes. Shane hits LONDON TOWER! Cassidy flops out of the ring, Shane distracts the ref, and Moriarty stomps away on Cassidy! Moriarty THROWS Cassidy into barriers, then puts him in the ring. Moriarty acts innocent, and Shane puts Cassidy in the corner. Shane taunts Cassidy, puts his arms around ropes and hands in the pockets. Shane winds up to CHOP! Cassidy sputters as he drops to his knees. Cassidy flops out of the ring again, but the ref tells Moriarty & Ogogo to back off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cassidy clutches his neck, slowly sits up, but Shane goes out after him. Shane winds up and hushes the fans, only to throw Cassidy into the ring. Shane won’t do what the fans want, and he drags Cassidy up into a corner. Shane wraps the arms around ropes again, tucks them back in the pockets, and then argues with the ref. Shane ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy flops against ropes, and Shane taunts him while stalking him. Shane puts Cassidy in a corner, talks trash and pie faces, but Cassidy fires haymakers! Cassidy fires off shot after shot, then winds up, but Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Cassidy flops out of the ring again!

Moriarty mockingly cheers Cassidy on while Shane goes out to fetch him. Shane puts Cassidy on the apron, and CLUBS him! Shane then goes up to the apron, lines up the shot, APRON LEG DROP! Cassidy sputters as he flounders away, and Shane storms back in after him. Shane taunts Cassidy, and Cassidy “unleashes” body shots. Shane pie faces Cassidy, Cassidy fires more shots, then winds up. Shane encourages the fans to fire up, too, but then Cassidy SUPERKICKS! Shane wobbles, but he DECKS Cassidy! Shane stalks Cassidy to a corner, stands Cassidy up, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Shane fires off hands, but Cassidy dodges the chop! Cassidy runs in, Shane puts him on the apron, but Cassidy ducks to ROCK Shane back! And bumps him off buckles! ROCK, BUMP, repeat! Cassidy dribbles Shane off the buckles over and over, then lets off as the ref counts. The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs up, but while Shane distracts the ref, Ogogo grabs a foot! Cassidy shakes Ogogo off but Moriarty gets the other foot! Cassidy kicks him away, too, but Shane choke grips! Shane has Cassidy with both hands, but Cassidy throws hands! Shane still holds Cassidy up so Cassidy fires off faster and faster shots!

Shane lets Cassidy go, Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but Shane blocks the DDT again! Shane suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Shane wobbles, Cassidy runs to DIVE onto Moriarty! Cassidy then DIVES onto Ogogo! Cassidy keeps moving, takes aim, ORANGE- NO, Shane dodges! But Cassidy dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives, Shane huffs and puffs, and Shane drags Cassidy up. Shane vows to end this, and he tucks Cassidy in, only for Cassidy to fight free! Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift?! Shane’s too big! Shane KNEES Cassidy, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES!! Off comes the elbow pad, Cassidy reloads, ORANGE- HAYMAKER from Shane!

Cassidy wobbles, Shane winds up again, but ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

But then Moriarty clamps on a SLEEPER!! The fans boo as Ogogo storms in and unbuttons his sleeves. The fans boo as STP mugs Cassidy! Ogogo shows off the Olympic level left hand, and then Shane says this isn’t it! Get Cassidy up! Ogogo & Moriarty drag Cassidy to his feet, but here comes Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal! But then BLAM, someone hits Daniels with a chair! And BLAM, same for Sydal! IT’S TRENT!!! Trent CHUCKS the chair into Sydal’s face! The fans boo, and Trent is still wearing the shirt, “Trent & Orange Win The Big One.” Trent glares at Cassidy, STP is a bit confused, but the fans tell off #JustTrent.

STP get Cassidy up again, and Shane DECKS Cassidy!! The fans boo harder, but Cassidy is put in the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Cassidy suffers as Trent leaves. Best Friends no more, but did Trent just watch the end of Orange Cassidy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

This Saturday, April 20th, the night before Dynasty, it is Collision AND Rampage back-to-back for THREE hours of All Elite Wrestling! Make sure your DVR is set accordingly so you don’t miss a minute of Dynasty Weekend!

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Just 24 hours before all their title matches on Dynasty, Okada & The Young Bucks are back in action against Pac & FTR! Will The New Elite win another trios match? Or will the #TopBastards have momentum going into St. Louis?

 

Roderick Strong speaks.

“Kyle, your comeback was sweet. I swear to you, I smiled and I cried because I was so happy to have you back. But there’s something that you didn’t realize.” Roddy is of course referring to how Kyle could do it on his own, so long as he didn’t get in Roddy’s way. Roddy finishes by saying, “When we step into the ring, I am going to break you, and I am going to end you forever!” Another friendship turned sour all because of pride and greed, but will the Savior of the Backbreaker be Kyle’s doom? Or will there be no End of Heartache when Kyle takes the International Championship away from The Undisputed Kingdom?

 

Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli!

The Don Callis Family tried to break the Blackpool Combat Club, and they just about did it to Bryan Danielson at the end of Collision last Saturday. Will the Swiss Superman exact some revenge on behalf of the American Dragon? Or will the Aerial Assassin simply sharpen his blade using Claudio’s body?

Dynamite returns as Claudio makes his entrance. Don Callis has magically appeared on commentary because “the golden goose,” “The King of the Bangers,” is here thanks to him. The bell rings and Claudio immediately UPPERCUTS Ospreay to the corner! Claudio drags Ospreay to a cover, TWO!! Claudio keeps the hot start going as he hauls Ospreay up, reels him in, and tucks the arms! RICOLA- NO, Ospreay slips free to ROCK Claudio, whip, but Claudio reverses. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Claudio blocks the rana to pop Ospreay around into a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay clutches his back while fans are torn.

The fans rally for Ospreay as hard as they can, but Claudio stands Ospreay up to ROCK him! Claudio storms up on Ospreay in the corner, throws a body shot, but Ospreay CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS Ospreay down! The fans fire up, Claudio whips Ospreay to a corner, then runs up, into a BOOT! Ospreay goes up to FLYING RANA! Claudio tumbles away, gets up, but Ospreay BOOTS him out of the ring! The fans fire up, Ospreay aims but Claudio moves. No plancha and the fans boo, but Ospreay storms out after Claudio to CHOP him again! Ospreay ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio RAMS Ospreay into barriers!

The fans rally, Claudio RAMS Ospreay into railing! Claudio whips Ospreay at the LED, but Ospreay leaps over! Claudio runs up, but Ospreay ROCKS him first! Ospreay then goes up onto the barrier, to FLYING FOREARM! Down goes Claudio and the fans fire up! Ospreay SMACKS Claudio off aprons, fires shots, then puts Claudio in the ring. Fans sing for “OSPREAY~, OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” as he goes up the apron. Ospreay springboards but Claudio trips him up! Fans boo but Claudio drags Ospreay in, runs side to side, and DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans boo as Claudio stands on Ospreay and stomps around.

The ref reprimands and counts, Claudio steps off at 4, but then DOUBLE STOMPS again! Claudio brings Ospreay up, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Claudio bends Ospreay back against his knee, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay gets his hands in, throws hands on Claudio and stands up. They trade forearms, the fans rally, and Claudio eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay ROCKS Claudio! Claudio ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay fires a flurry, but Claudio ROCKS him again! Claudio brings Ospreay around to ROCK him in the back! Claudio eggs Ospreay on, whips, but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and again, DEJA VU RANA!

The fans fire up as Claudio bails out! Ospreay gets fans to join in “OI! OI! OI!” then he runs up to PLANCHA! But Claudio catches him! APRON BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Claudio soaks up the heat, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio stomps Ospreay around, drags him up, and then whips him hard into the LED barrier! Claudio leaves Ospreay behind to step into the ring, and he lets the ring count handle this. Ospreay rises, clutches his side and hobbles his way into the ring. Claudio is there to stomp away on him! Claudio drags Ospreay up, Ospreay fires a forearm! Claudio fires back, they throw forearms back and forth again, but then Ospreay snapmares and KICKS Claudio! Claudio gets right up to snapmare and run, to UPPERCUT Ospreay! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay stays tough and Claudio grows frustrated. Claudio then clamps on with a chinlock.

Ospreay endures, fights up, throws body shots, then puts Claudio in a corner. Ospreay whips corner to corner but Claudio reverses, and Ospreay hits buckles hard! Claudio does a little victory lap before he cheers himself on. Then he drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps a chinlock right back on, and the modified S grip lets him wrench Ospreay’s head. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Claudio knees low, runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Ospreay whips, Claudio reverses but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Callis says he told Ospreay in their strategy meeting that he needs “moves in bunches” to take down Claudio. The standing count starts, but both men stir. Claudio drags himself up with ropes, but Ospreay just kips up! “This is Awesome!” and Ospreay fires up! Ospreay runs in corner to corner, BOOT! Ospreay shoves Claudio down, goes to the apron, springboard and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps calm while he brings Claudio back up. Ospreay underhooks, but Claudio blocks the lift! So Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Claudio UPPERCUTS but Ospreay catches it!

Ospreay backslides, TWO! But then Ospreay steps through to SHARPSHOOTER! The fans fire up as Claudio endures his favorite hold! But as such, Claudio powers up, trips Ospreay, and now Claudio has the SHARPSHOOTER! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, but Claudio sits deep! Claudio reaches back, hooks an arm, and shifts to a CROSSFACE! The fans duel as Claudio rolls Ospreay from ropes! Ospreay rolls to a cover, TWO! Claudio BOOTS Ospreay, whips, but Ospreay handsprings again! Claudio gets under, ducks ‘n’ dodges, springboard, into a SUPERKICK! Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Ospreay is beside himself while both men are down, but the fans are thunderous! The fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this match has a time limit! Ospreay rises, he brings Claudio in and underhooks again, but Claudio still resists! Ospreay fires more Kawada Kicks, but Claudio RAMS him into a corner! Claudio lets off slowly, and pokes Ospreay in the eyes! The fans boo but Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again from all sides! The ref reprimands but Claudio UPPERCUTS until Ospreay sits down! Claudio then reels Ospreay in, short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Claudio stays focused.

Claudio scuffs Ospreay, the fans rally, and Ospreay rises. Claudio scuffs Ospreay more, slaps him around, but Ospreay fires a forearm. Claudio forearms back! The forearms turn to UPPERCUTS as Claudio fires from all sides! An UPPERCUT knocks Ospreay down, but he kips up to PELE! The fans fire up while Claudio wobbles, comes back, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay reels Claudio in, but Claudio slips out of the bomb to UPPERCUT! Tuck the arms, RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio escapes but the fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay aims as Claudio rises, BUZZSAW and HEEL KICK!

Ospreay calls his shot, goes to the ropes and springboards, but Claudio catches him! Torture rack, BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans fire up again! Claudio calls his shot now, and he sits Ospreay up. Claudio runs, runs, but Ospreay SPANISH FLIES!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives, but off comes the elbow pad! Ospreay aims, runs up, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!!! Callis came outta his seat but Ospreay is still in this! Claudio says it’s time, and the fans fire up! Claudio gets Ospreay’s legs, for the GIANT SWING! But Ospreay sits up!? And slips through to DDT!!

Ospreay goes up and up and LEAP OF FAITH!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives that sky twister, but Ospreay aims! HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Aerial Assassin takes down the Swiss Superman in an instant classic! Even Callis says that’s incredible! But wait, Konosuke Takeshita, Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs show up to mug Claudio! The fans boo, but Ospreay is rather surprised by this. Callis takes no responsibility for what his guys are doing, but Takeshita still drags Claudio to the ramp. This is like at the end of Collision! But unlike last time, here comes MOX! The fans fire up as the DCF regroups in the ring, only for Moxley to jump in from the crowd! Moxley fires hands on everyone, but that’s still a 3v1 fight! Hobbs and Fletcher mug Moxley, but he throws Kyle away to fire off with Hobbs!

Claudio is up, he DUMPS Takeshita into the stands! Moxley sends Hobbs running, and now the BCC regroups! Ospreay is still confused and upset and he storms off. Will the #BillyGOAT still get a fair fight with Bryan Danielson at Dynasty? Will Moxley humble Hobbs as part of AEW Homecoming? Well BREAKING NEWS for Collision tomorrow night! Bryan Danielson returns to action alongside Claudio Castagnoli to take on Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, IN A BUNKHOUSE BRAWL! Will the American Dragon breathe fire and burn down the Don Callis Family all in one weekend?

 

Swerve heads to the ring!

Just as he promised, and with Nana by his side, The Realest is here. He has the music cut to say that this Sunday in St. Louis, the main event of Dynasty, it is Swerve challenging Samoa Joe for the AEW World Championship. The fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve gets in the ring and says he was asked earlier tonight, how does he believe he’s going to defeat Joe? That answer is simple: remember last week, when he knocked Joe on his ass and had him scurrying like a little b*tch? Joe had fear in his eyes! He was quivering! Swerve was standing there, the title above his head, and it looked mighty good on him.

Joe showed Swerve everything he needed to see. Joe was scared! The fact that Joe knows Swerve’s gonna beat him and win the title. Swerve’s just out here with the people of Indianapolis, he’s just waiting on Joe to come out here so he can say all this to Joe’s face, like a man. So Swerve’s here, Nana’s here, so Joe, bring your Sweet Tooth ass out here! Swerve waits, and here comes Joe! But security stands in the way! This is the man Swerve wants, and he says he just wants to talk, so he can knock Joe’s ass out again! The cluster of Joe and the security guards gets closer and closer, so Swerve goes up and up! Swerve SUPER STOMPS the whole thing apart!!

The fans lose their minds as Swerve stares Joe down! Swerve says he is taking this from Joe, and then the fists fly! Joe whips Swerve into steel steps! Joe puts Swerve in the ring, fetches his belt, and says Swerve’s taking nothing from him! Joe storms into the ring, smirks as Nana checks on Swerve, and then Joe mocks Nana’s dance. Nana turns around and says hold on now! Joe storms up on Nana, but Swerve gets up to BOOT Joe! Swerve aims, for a HOUSE CALL! Joe is down but Swerve goes up! The fans are thunderous, but Joe trips Swerve up! Nana panics as Joe tells Swerve that he is NOT that man!

Joe HEADBUTTS Swerve, tucks him in, and hits the MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe looms over Swerve, picks up the title, and holds it up high. Will this be the scene at the end of Dynasty? Or will Swerve finally have his moment?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite as the go-home to Dynasty, great escalating of things between Blackpool Combat Club and Don Callis Family. Moxley has a really good opening promo, and he surprisingly calls out Hobbs. Ospreay has an awesome main event with Claudio, and of course Ospreay wins to have momentum going into Dynasty. And I do appreciate that he is against how the Don Callis Family is doing things. They didn’t need to beat up Claudio, he isn’t even part of Dynasty, and now that even backfired as there’s going to be a BIG tag match on Collision as one last go-home to Dynasty. Pretty sure Bryan & Claudio win that so Bryan has momentum, too, making Dynasty’s dream match much more unpredictable.

Good promo from Mercedes Mone, and I like that her hair was colored to match the new Dynamite colors. But also, good detail for her to think how I was thinking, the attack on her could’ve just been Willow making us think it was Julia. Really good Mixed Tag with how someone, apparently Julia, attacked Willow beforehand. It ended up mostly an Edge VS Brody match that way, but good heroic entrance by Willow. But of course the House cuts corners to win, and great save by Mone to run Julia off. This does tease Mone VS Julia but I’m very certain the go-home math says Willow wins the TBS Championship to make Double or Nothing the rematch from the NJPW Strong Women’s title tournament.

Also good stuff in the AEW Women’s World title story as Deonna VS Mariah was a great match. Good win for Deonna, but of course Storm attacks her and that brings out Rosa. Rosa stands tall here, so the math indicates Storm retains. But at the same time, there’s still potential for Storm and Mina Shirakawa to fight over Mariah as opposed to fighting over a title. Or maybe they’ll fight over both? After all, May is Double or Nothing, so it could be a bit of both. Or like, Storm retains the title, but Mina “wins” Mariah to her side, #RoseGold does stuff in AEW or even ROH, and Storm will be without one of her insurance policies.

Great stuff in the story of New Elite. I actually liked The Bucks interrupting the hype package because it started too FTR friendly, and we got a great Six Man Tag. Of course The New Elite beat Pac, Penta & Garcia, but I was kinda hoping FTR was going to make the save to better set up the Six Man Tag I honestly thought we were getting tonight. Pac & FTR VS Okada & Bucks has to go really wonky, though, that’s a lot of go-home math that affects many titles. Meanwhile, Jericho’s face to face with Hook went about as expected in that Jericho ruins it cuz of his ego. Him shoving Taz was the unexpected part but it got Hook mad, and so we’re definitely getting Hook VS Jericho for the FTW Championship at some point.

Good promo from Roddy to hype up his match with Kyle, maybe Kyle has a tune-up match during Collision or Rampage this Saturday so he has momentum going into the match. Great match from Cassidy VS Shane, and while Shane Taylor Promotions interfered a lot, Cassidy winning was of course happening. STP beating him down, and Trent stopping the save was some wild stuff, though. A little surprised no one’s interviewed Trent, or tried and then get shot down by Trent, but him still wearing the “win the big one” shirt kinda implies what broke him. The moment they didn’t win the big one, after all the losses leading up to this, Trent finally gave up on Best Friends.

I am very happy that Acclaimed VS Bang Bang Gang is going to be Winners Take All for the trios titles. Good promos from both sides, but I just hope the winners will bring their AEW and ROH titles to both Collision and ROH TV on Honor Club. We finally got Kyle Fletcher back on ROH TV, the other male champions of ROH need to show up. And uh, for that matter, if Wheeler Yuta is unable to compete at all with his injury, Tony Khan needs to figure out what to do with the ROH Pure Championship. But I think we all know what’s going down with the AEW World Championship. Great promos from both Joe and Swerve, then a great final confrontation to close the night. And per the math, Joe stands tall, meaning Swerve is taking that title at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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