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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/24/21)

Will the Cleaner clear out another challenger?

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Can Matt Sydal catch Lightning (Spiral) in a bottle?

Matt Sydal takes on the AEW World Champion in a non-title match, but if he wins, he WILL get a title match in the future! Can Sydal do it?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Title Eliminator Match: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal; Omega wins and denies Sydal a title opportunity.
  • Hangman Page VS Cezar Bononi w/ Ryan Nemeth & JD Drake; Hangman wins.
  • Six Man Tag: FTR & Shawn Spears w/ The Pinnacle VS The Varsity Blondes & Dante Martin; FTR & Spears win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & Brandon Cutler VS The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid; The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid win.
  • Tay Conti VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Conti wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order; Darby wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Title Eliminator Match: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal!

Opening Dynamite is “the man who has not lost a singles match in 571 days, with 16 straight singles victories, and the only man with two AEW singles victories over Jon Moxley. He was voted 2020 Outstanding Wrestler of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, as well as a 2020 inductee into their hall of fame. He is 2-0 in singles competition versus Matt Sydal, which includes a 2015 NJPW Junior Heavyweight title defense that took place in Japan and not NOOORTH CAROLINA~! He is a humanitarian, Good Brother, and for 112 days now, he is the reigning, and some say greatest AEW World Champion of all time… He is KENNY, OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAA~!”

The Sweepettes are back, and the Cleaner makes his entrance. But will he make sure not to get struck down by the Lightning Spiral?

The bell rings, Callis joins commentary, and Omega gets in Sydal’s face. Sydal talks smack right back and the two tie up. They go around, Omega headlocks, Sydal wrenches out to a keylock then a headlock. Sydal grinds, Omega pries out and slaps Sydal around. Omega wrenches, wristlocks, but Sydal spins to wrench back. Omega wrenches, wrenches then shovels Sydal up and over! Omega keeps on Sydal with a keylock, but Sydal kips up and wrenches. Omega breaks free, snapmares but Sydal handsprings through to flying-mare! Omega blocks the next one to shove and elbow Sydal down! Fans boo as Omega scowls.

Omega brings Sydal up to club Sydal, and club him again. Omega scoops to SLAM Sydal, then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Omega grows annoyed with Sydal and brings him up again but Sydal throws body shots! Omega CLUBS Sydal again, brings him up and CHOPS him! Sydal is stinging, Omega scoops but Sydal arm-drags free! Sydal dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Omega to ropes! Sydal swings a kick but Omega narrowly avoids it! Fans fire up for Sydal as Omega bails out and walks around. Sydal waits for Omega, Omega gets on the apron but takes his time while fans rally and duel. Omega gets in, grins and asks for a test of strength.

Sydal ties up with Omega, but Omega kicks, kicks and clubs Sydal’s arm! Omega brings Sydal up, reels him in for a hard shoulder! Omega vows to break Sydal, and reels him in for another hard shoulder! Omega wrenches the wrist, lifts Sydal up with one arm to slam him down! Omega stomps Sydal, drags him up and lifts again. Sydal escapes to KICK and KICK and KICK! Omega ROCKS Sydal, fires off more forearms, but Sydal turns V-Trigger into a leg sweep! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sydal keeps focus as he runs corner to corner to METEORA Omega! Sydal goes up top, Omega stands and ROCKS Sydal then CHOPS him! Omega gets Sydal for a ROCKET-

NO! Sydal ranas Omega instead! But he gets up for Omega to CLOBBER him! Omega is seething and talks to the camera that Sydal isn’t going to win this. Omega wrenches and hits a BIG back suplex! Sydal goes to an apron, Omega goes out and brings Sydal for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Mike coaches his brother but Omega pushes Matt back in. Omega looms over Sydal and fans rally up. Omega drags Sydal up, scoops him, and talks trash before he hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega glares at Mike and telling him that he has no choice but to watch what happens to his brother. Omega reels Sydal in, Sydal blocks the bomb lift, but Omega CLUBS away on his back!

Omega drags Sydal up again, powerbomb lift but Sydal slips out to SOBAT! And WHEEL KICK! Omega is down and fans fire up with Sydal! Sydal runs but into a boot! Omega goes up but Sydal jumps to STEINER! Sydal reels Omega in, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives and fans argue the count, but Sydal drags Omega up. Sydal puts Omega up top, CHOPS him, and then climbs up. Omega slips out from under, the Super Steiner crashes and burns! Sydal tumbles and Omega sneers. Omega stalks Sydal, drags him up by his hair, and slashes the throat for the full nelson, SNAP DRAGON! Sydal flounders about, Omega drags him back up and hits AOI SHODOU!!

Sydal crawls to a corner while Omega hears the cheers and the jeers from the fans. Omega says BANG, runs but into a roll-up with bridge! TWO!!! Omega shoves the ref but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega survives Sydal’s best shot and Sydal can’t believe it! But “This is Awesome!” as Sydal heads to a corner. Sydal goes up top, Omega stands, Sydal leaps for Mete- NO! Omega BUCKLE BOMBS the Meteora away! And then a dead lift WILY BOMB, to a V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Sydal shocks Omega! Fans are thunderous, Omega takes aim, V-TRIGGER at the ropes! Electric Chair, POISON RANA!!!

Sydal hurries up top again, SHOOTING- NO! Omega trips him up! Omega scoots and stands to run at Sydal at the top rope, for a SUPER V-TRIGGER! “THAT’S IT!!” Omega gets Sydal up, but Sydal spins around to a victory roll! TWO!?!?! Omega narrowly escapes, V-TRIGGER!! Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (Sydal does NOT get a world title match)

Don Callis says, “No shame in losing to the greatest wrestler of all time!” Sydal could not beat the Best Bout Machine, making their all-time series 3-0. Will Sydal ever make it to that same level?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order, and Hangman Page.

John Silver is all fired up for his TNT Championship match with Darby Allin in tonight’s main event! Is he ready? Oh does it look like he’s not ready? Evil Uno wants Silver to show everyone how ready the Dark Order is! Trust fall! Alex Reynolds is caught with ease, then Stu Grayson! Alan Angels, not so much. Luckily there’s a plush leather couch right behind them. Silver talks with Hangman and Hangman asks if Silver’s nervous. No, he’s not nervous. He’s Johnny Hungy! Alright, great. This is a big night for Silver, but he shouldn’t worry. They’ll be proud of Silver either way. Hangman wishes Silver luck, and Silver is even more fired up!

As for Hangman, he’s heading out for his own match, will he be just as ready for the Brazilian Beefcake?

 

Hangman Page VS Cezar Bononi w/ Ryan Nemeth & JD Drake!

The Cowboy is ready to get back on the horse, as it were! Will he make big strides back towards a title opportunity? Or will “Pretty” Peter Avalon’s stallion be a muscular roadblock on Hangman’s road to redemption?

The bell rings, Bononi and Hangman tie up, and Bononi shoves Hangman down! Bononi eggs Hangman on, but Hangman comes back with forearms and CHOPS! Hangman whips but Bononi blocks to reverse! Hangman goes up and over in the corner, slides under Bononi’s boot, and BOOTS back! Bononi stays up and scowls at Hangman. Bononi rushes in but Hangman dumps him out, to then PLANCHA, into Bononi’s arms! Bononi SLAMS Hangman on the apron! Fans duel as Hangman flounders, and Bononi gets in to stomp Hangman down! Bononi digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Bononi lets off at 4 to throw body shots. Bononi whips and CLOBBERS Hangman, but Hangman kips up!

Hangman and Bononi stare down and fire up. Bononi swings, Hangman ducks to ROCK Bononi back! And CHOP, and forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! Bononi stays up but Hangman scoops him! Bononi is too big, though, and he slips out to scoop and TOSS Hangman to a corner! Bononi powers up, runs in but Hangman dodges! Hangman comes back to LARIAT but Bononi stays up! Hangman tries again, Bononi still stays up! Bononi blocks the third but Hangman gets an EXPLODER! Slingshot, BUCK SHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

With that, the Cowboy is now 8-0 in 2021! He cheers with a beer, then heads out. Will he be riding off into a golden sunset soon enough?

 

Lance Archer speaks.

“Sting, man, I looked up to you. I think everybody that has ever stepped into the ring has looked up to you. Let’s face it, without the Icon, there is no Murderhawk Monster. Without Sting, there is no Lance Archer.” So why did he interrupt Sting’s time? Because it should be HIS time! Archer has a black baseball bat a la Sting, and says that this used to mean something. It used to mean justice, and that people paid attention. Now people will pay attention to Archer! And if they don’t, the walls will come crashing down around them, and it will be Archer’s boot that kicks it down on them.

Sting will go down as one of the greatest of all time, but now people will remember Archer’s name. Sooner or later, one way or another, it will be showtime!

 

AEW shares footage from after last week’s Unsanctioned Match.

Thunder Rosa says, “I came from nothing. And several months ago, I came here to make a statement. And tonight, with blood, sweat and tears, I just showed you that! That Women’s Wrestling should be valued everywhere. And I’m very, very proud of this.” Rosa won big but is that just the beginning for her in AEW?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker live on stage.

A round of applause for the Role Model for her part in one of the greatest matches ever in AEW! The fans have a mixed reaction but Britt can’t believe that’s the “warm welcome” she gets for the hell she went through? Then they’re as dumb, delusional and disrespectful as Thunder Rosa. Britt tells Rosa that she should be thanking Britt every day she wakes up. Rosa should be thankful because she will be remembered forever now. Rosa got to be part of the history that BRITT wrote with her blood! And then Rosa has the audacity to stand here in BRITT’S company, in BRITT’S division, and act like ROSA put it on the map? Then why is everyone talking about Britt?

Britt says she doesn’t even need to praise and adoration of the legends and experts telling her that she’s worthy now, that she’s a star now. Mick Foley, thanks for the thumbs up. But it took him twenty years to become a hardcore legend, and she did it in one night! And that night, when Britt had 87 thumbtacks in her back and blood flowing down her forehead into her eyes, she never saw more clearly. Tony Khan is out here looking for every legend who ever has been, when he has the biggest one that’ll ever be right here, under his nose.

“Because not only did I make history that night, I put AEW on the map. And those three letters, A E W, come second to the most epic three in all of professional wrestling: D M D.” Britt shoves the mic back at Schiavone and heads off. But will The Dentist be able to get the G O L D before Rosa?

 

AEW staff knocks on The Pinnacle’s door.

MJF leads the way for Tully Blanchard, FTR, Shawn Spears and Wardlow as they head to gorilla. The newest and most dangerous faction in AEW has their first match as a unit, after the break!

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Captain Charisma is talking with Dante Martin and the Varsity Blondes about “that beach life,” and asks how Darrius is doing. He’s doing great, just needs more time to recover. Christian says that’s good, and wants Dante to tell him hi for him. Dasha asks Christian that last week, he mentioned his intentions as to why he signed with AEW, and if this conversation had anything to do with that. Nah, this was just hanging out, getting to know everybody, talking shop. These three have a tag match coming up, Christian knows about tag team wrestling, so he was giving them some friendly advice.

But then Frankie Kazarian walks over and says Christian’s been so busy giving advice that he forgot to say hello to an old friend. What’s going on? Kaz says he’s just giving Christian a hard time and is happy to see him. Christian looks great, the shirt’s cool, the catchphrase… Well, actually, Kaz lives by the words “Outwork everyone,” too, and has been doing that since day one. An AEW original, if you will, and one of the original AEW World Tag Team Champions, too. Kaz has beaten the best the company’s put in front of him, and Kaz is just wondering, “When does the work part begin?”

Christian asks Kaz back that he isn’t becoming a “Cranky Franky” is he? Is Kaz convincing Christian or himself of this stuff? They’ve been in the ring together plenty of times, he knows what Kaz is about. But if Kaz wants to see the “work” part start, then Christian will start next week. He has no opponent, so if Kaz is free, maybe he’ll step up? Kaz accepts the challenge! They shake hands and look forward to that, but Kaz asks if Christian is busy on Monday nights. No, of course he’s not! So then, Kaz will have a match on Dark: Elevation, Christian should check it out because seven years is a long time to be out of the ring. Will the Heavy Metal Rebel outwork the workhorse?

 

Six Man Tag: FTR & Shawn Spears w/ The Pinnacle VS The Varsity Blondes & Dante Martin!

After demolishing the Inner Circle and taking their private room, we’ll see Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood and The Chair Man finally join forces in a match to represent their faction! Will Griff Garrison, Brian Pillman Jr. and one-half of Top Flight get what Chris Jericho and his friends got?

The teams sort out and the Ivy League MVP starts with Spears. They circle, FTR start barking at Griff, but Griff focuses. Griff ties up with Spears, Spears powers him towards the Pinnacle’s corner but Griff gets away. Fans cheer that escape, Spears and Griff circle again. They tie up, Spears waistlocks to slam, then floats to facelock then armlock. Spears wrenches the arm, Griff rolls, kips up and wrenches back! Griff tags BPJ and the Blondes CLUB Spears’ arm! BPJ wrenches, yanks, tags Dante, and Dante springboards to stomp the arm! Dante wrenches, tags BPJ back in, and BPJ takes the hand-off to grind Spears down.

Spears powers up, Dax tags in and jumps in as Spears whips BPJ away. Spears drops, Dax CLOBBERS BPJ! Dax drops a leg, an elbow, and a headbutt! Dax drags BPJ around, bumps him off buckles and CHOPS! Dax throws haymakers, tags Spears, but BPJ fires off haymakers and CHOPS! The Pinnacle shove BPJ, Dante tags in and BPJ SUPERKICKS Spears! And SUPERKICKS Dax! Dante goes up and up and MOONSAULTS both Dax and Spears, and lands on his feet! Tag to Griff, he dodges the Pinnacle to DOUBLE SPEAR! Spears and Dax bail out, Dante and BPJ rush the corner but the Pinnacle regroups. Dante and the Blondes build speed, but pull up when they see Wardlow in the way.

The Pinnacle gets tough now that the War Dog is in the way, but Dante and the Blondes back off. The ref wants the Pinnacle to get back in the ring, but AEW goes picture in picture.

The Pinnacle talk it over with Tully, and then MJF rallies his troops. BPJ gets impatient and he goes out to kick and CHOP Spears! BPJ puts Spears in, but Cash anchors BPJ’s feet on the apron! BPJ kicks Cash away but Spears is there to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Dax, he drags BPJ up and snap suplexes him from his corner! Dax neck wrenches, drives in elbows, then stomps BPJ’s hands! Tag to Cash, BPJ is fed to knees! Cash bends and chokes and CLUBS BPJ against ropes! Dax gets a cheap shot in, Spears tags and drags BPJ up. Spears bumps BPJ off buckles, wrenches and traps an arm to then throw knees! The ref backs Spears off to check on BPJ, but he’s okay to continue.

Tag to Dax, he drags BPJ back up and throws him out! The ref keeps Dax back and Dax uses that to distract so that Cash and Wardlow can drag BPJ up! Tully talks some trash then SLAPS BPJ down! The Pinnacle has learned well from the Inner Circle. Dax goes out after BPJ, drags him up and CHOPS him against barriers! And then bumps him off apron, to fire off haymakers and kicks! Dax puts BPJ in, drags him up but BPJ throws body shots back! BPJ slide sunder, hot tag to Dante! Dante rallies on Dax, Spears gets in but gets a dropkick! Dante dropkicks Dax, then RANAS- No, Spears blocks that and tosses Dante, but Dante lands on his feet!

Dax grabs Dante in chicken wings but Dante BOOTS Spears, ROCKS Dax, then tiger wall kicks Spears to an ENZIGURI! Spears flounders, Dante dropkicks Dax then clotheslines Spears out of the ring!

AEW returns to single picture as Dante runs at Dax, only for Dax to spin him around for a BRAINBUSTER! Dax tells Dante’s fans to shut up, and he drags Dante up to tag Cash. FTR have Dante, tag Spears as they whip, pop-up to the fireman’s carry, then FTR DECKS the Blondes while Spears hits C4! Cover, the Pinnacle wins!

Winners: FTR & Shawn Spears, by pinfall

The Pinnacle are strong together, but that was really more like 6v3 than a fair and square Six Man Tag. Schiavone reluctantly goes to the ring for an interview, but Wardlow drags BPJ up to a top rope, for the FALLING KNEE SMASH! Wardlow throws BPJ out to join Griff and Dante, and MJF grins as his team controls the ring. Schiavone says The Pinnacle has arrived. Cash takes the mic to say that The Pinnacle is not just a name and it’s not just a group. This is FAMILY! Cash doesn’t have a family, a wife and kids waiting at home, but he has his brothers right here! Cash will live and die for each and everyone one of them!

Dax has Schiavone hold the mic for him as he calls out Santana & Ortiz. “You’ve done well for yourselves. Both of you guys have done well for yourselves. And you’ve got a lot of guys here in AEW fooled. But let me tell you something. You’ve got a group of guys here that ain’t fooled. I know, we know, there ain’t a grain of salt in your body.” The Inner Circle, this ain’t some SNL skit. This ain’t some stand-up comedy show! This isn’t a romcom drama! The marquee says “Professional Wrestling.” And if you want to find where you stand in the world of pro-wrestling, you come to AEW and ask for The Pinnacle!

MJF takes a turn and says, “Chris, I’m a little confused. I figured by now, you’d try to come out here and ‘break the walls down.’ But I guess the only thing you’re breaking nowadays is whatever chair you decide to sit on.” Aw, you don’t like that? You upset? Well how about Jericho does MJF a favor, and “grab all your boys and come out here right now!” Wait, silly MJF, they won’t do that. The Inner Circle is terrified of The Pinnacle. Schiavone points out that the Inner Circle can’t come out after being devastated by the Pinnacle. We all know they’re hurt! But one look from Wardlow gets Schiavone to stop. MJF says, “I’m sorry, Tony. Something you wanted to say?” No… That’s what MJF thought.

MJF continues that Schiavone being quite is a great gift, but speaking of! MJF says he has a gift for the Pinnacle. That gift is the future gold they’re about to hold. When you’re in the Pinnacle, you are ALWAYS on top! Will all of these men hold gold that AEW has to offer?

 

Team Taz speaks.

“A message from Team Taz, from all of us, to all of you AEW fans, Team Taz fans. Look, we understand, we know there’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there.” People think, “What is going on with Team Taz? There’s problems!” Taz assures us that there are no problems here. The Machine, Brian Cage, the FTW Champion, apologized for praising Sting last week. Cage also apologized to Ricky Starks for last week, singling him out. Everything is good with the team. Is Hobbs good? Yep. Hook, you good? Yep. Is Starks good? Absolutely. Cage, you good? “Who betta?” That’s not a yes or a no, but the look on his face is a bit of a giveaway. Will the Path of Cage still be with Team Taz much longer?

 

Schiavone interviews QT Marshall on stage.

The “Bulldog” of the Nightmare Family wants this time to explain what’s been going on with him lately. “I’m frustrated. Oh, but I’m Cody’s friend, right? That’s probably the reason you think I’m out here, getting this opportunity to speak right now. And yes, it has its perks.” QT’s wife, his childhood sweetheart, is literally sitting and smiling ear to ear as her husband is living his dream. Cody Rhodes taught QT the value of doing the work. But speaking of doing work, Schiavone should know this, “there’s not a person in AEW besides Tony Khan himself who has done more actual work than me.”

Fans boo but QT tells them to calm down. The Nightmare Family’s thrown him some bones, like PPV appearances. QT did win the first-ever Bunkhouse Match in Dynamite history. But what about the stuff you don’t see? Like making sure Cody’s coffee is hot, or his T-shirt is cut the right way. Or how about the fact that when tonight is over, Cody goes back to his room at the Marriott with his wife while QT has to stay up all night and work while his wife is alone. So forgive QT if his frustrations are warranted after waking up one day and realizing that there’s not a ladder he could jump off of or a match he could win that wouldn’t have the asterisk for the footnote that reads, “Cody’s friend.”

QT tells Schiavone that before he says anything, though fans taunt him with “Cody’s Friend! Cody’s Friend!” QT isn’t denying that! That’s why he’s out here! But here is what QT suggests: the only way to get out of Cody’s shadow is to have an “exhibition match” between friends so that QT can prove to the entire world that not only does QT belong, but that he can hang with the absolute best in AEW! QT knows he can’t make Cody come out and agree. He can’t make anyone do what they don’t want to, he doesn’t have that kind of power in the company. But QT can control what he will and won’t do. QT will no longer take meaningless bumps and jeopardize his quality of life for after he’s done wrestling, if it’s in Cody’s shadow!

But wait! Cody appears! Arm in a sling, he still takes off his headset and leaves that behind to get a mic. He wants this to stop. He understands QT’s angst and where he’s going with this. Cody’s heart isn’t into this, but he will gladly accommodate QT, the Nightmare Family, the Nightmare Factory and all the fans by giving QT his exhibition match. Arn Anderson will even be the special referee. QT will try and beat Cody, Cody will do his best to stop that because of his name and reputation. But he means this with no intimidation, he’s not going to hurt QT. If Cody puts on a Figure Four, he’ll even let it go. If he hooks QT up for Cross Rhodes, he’ll stop from hitting it.

When this place had blossoming success and Cody filled a spot people thought he wouldn’t, he knows he upset some people. Those people are still upset. QT was a good assistant, is a great man. “In an industry filled with acquaintances, you have become a friend.” Cody wants QT to know that he might even be Cody’s best friend. So then let’s have the exhibition as friend to friend. That’s all QT has ever wanted. They shake hands, and Cody lets Schiavone send us to commercial. Will QT’s frustrations be gone after having it out with Cody?

 

Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & Brandon Cutler VS The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid!

Rey Fenix beat Matt Jackson 1v1, and before going 2v2 alongside The Bastard, PAC, Fenix is ready to win 3v3! This storied rivalry throws in a Dungeon Master and The Amazing One, which way does momentum swing before the AEW Tag Team Champions take on Death Triangle?

The teams sort out, Nick and Fenix meet again after their great singles match from months ago. They circle, tie up, and Nick wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix spins, wrenches, wristlocks but Nick handsprings and wrenches again. Nick brings Fenix down, La Magistrol, but Fenix slips out to a headlock! Nick powers out, Fenix wheelbarrows and rolls to roll Nick up, TWO! Nick victory rolls Fenix, TWO! Fenix dropkicks but Nick deflects! But Nick dropkicks only for Fenix to deflect! Both men go for dropkicks but those cancel out! They both get up, and double clotheslines hit! Both men kip up and fans fire up as they stand off!

Nick and Fenix tag to their brothers, Matt and Penta circle now. Fans fire up for “Cero Miedo!” and Penta steps up to Matt, only for Matt to kick him low! Matt whips, Penta holds ropes to SUPERKICK! Matt runs in but Penta side-steps, only for Matt to springboard arm-drag! Penta makes that a ghost pin, TWO! Matt runs in but into a half nelson, spin, and trip! Penta turns Matt over, Matt dodges one stomp and blocks the other to kip up and trip Penta! Matt steps through to a SHARPSHOOTER! Penta gets the ropebreak fast, Matt lets off clean, and things speed up again. Penta drop toeholds, hooks up Matt’s legs and grabs the arms.

Penta headstands on Matt’s back, then rolls to drag Matt to a cover, TWO! These two stand off now and fans fire up again. They tag out to Cutler and Laredo and now the friends of the brothers stand face to face. Cutler pokes Laredo in the shoulder but Laredo shoves back! Cutler shoves Laredo, Laredo gets around and waistlocks. Cutler bucks the roll away, goes out then springboards in but Laredo gets under. Things speed up, Laredo leaps over Cutler’s monkey flip attempt but Cutler kips up into Laredo’s mule kick! Laredo SHOTEIS then whips, but Cutler reverses. Laredo dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Cutler bails out, Laredo goes out to  mule kick, but the Bucks give him the headscissor dropkick!

Fenix gets in, he body shots both Bucks then double knuckle locks for a REBOUND DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Penta gets in and Fenix gives him the go ahead, and Penta FLIES onto the Bucks and Laredo! Fenix fires up, builds speed, but Cutler KICKS him down! Cutler springboards to FLYING FOREARM! Fenix bails out, Cutler rolls the dice for a SPRINGBOARD SENTON onto the Lucha Bros! But Laredo is up top for an ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Laredo puts Cutler in. Laredo goes up but Nick KICKS him first! Cutler tags Nick, Nick tags Matt, and the Bucks get Laredo in the corner, for a SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

AEW goes picture in picture as Matt brings Laredo up. Matt throws haymakers and clubs Laredo’s arm. Matt wrenches, tags Cutler in, and Cutler climbs up to drop an ax handle on Laredo’s arm. Cutler wrenches Laredo, tags Nick, and Nick climbs up to double stomp the arm! Nick taunts the Lucha Bros, drags Laredo back up and tags in Matt. Matt takes the hand-off, scoops and SLAMS Laredo, then tags Nick back in, fist drop and slingshot senton combo! Nick tags Cutler, they slingshot senton and fist drop combo! Cutler tags Matt in, and Cutler runs so they can slingshot leaping leg drop combo! Matt drags Laredo up, Laredo resists the suplex but Matt clubs away on him!

Matt gets Laredo up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Matt drags Laredo back up, bumps him off a boot, then tags Cutler in. Cutler drags Laredo up to bump off his own boot, then tags Nick in. Nick wrenches Laredo, brings him over and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Cutler, Cutler brings Laredo up but Laredo throws body shots. Cutler holds on with a facelock, clubs away on Laredo’s back, but Laredo hits back. They brawl, Laredo gets the edge but swings into a waistlock. Laredo elbows free and handsprings to a DDT! Both men are down as AEW returns to single picture! A standing count begins but both men crawl to hot tag Penta and Nick!

Penta SLINGBLADES Nick down! Penta SLINGBLADES Matt down! Penta keeps moving, tags in Fenix, and the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK the Bucks! Matt and Nick are down together, Fenix gets a boost for a BIG splash on them both! Cover, TWO! Nick gets to a corner, Fenix forearm smashes then drags Nick with double knuckle locks. Nick turns it around and tries to monkey flip, but Fenix turns that around to put Nick up top. Fenix CHOPS, Laredo tags in and SPRINGBOARD STEINERS Nick! Tag to Penta for DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Fag to Fenix, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Matt and Cutler both break it! Penta go after Matt and Cutler and throw them out!

Fenix keeps on Nick and runs in to springboard SOBAT! Fenix rolls Nick, then somersaults, but Nick shoves him away to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! ROUNDHOUSE, clothesline, forearm and B- NO, no bulldog! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick, Nick SUPERKICKS Fenix! Nick whips, Fenix rewinds for the tiger feint HEEL KICK! Fenix whips Nick but Nick spins through the ropes for a LARIAT!! Both men are down while their tag partners regroup at their corners, and fans are thunderous for “A E W!” Hot tags to Matt and Laredo! Laredo and Matt fire off haymakers, and are fast and furious!

Fans are fired up, Laredo SHOTEIS, mule kicks, then runs to handspring- No, Matt blocks the DDT to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express takes off, Penta gets in, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as Matt gets Laredo up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Tag to Nick, he runs to SHINING WIZARD Laredo down! Tag back to Matt, they line it up, RISKY BUSINESS! Tag to Cutler for the SPRINGBOARD FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Penta breaks it! Nick throws Penta out, then Nick PENALTY KICKS him down! Matt gets Penta up, has him on the apron, Nick still gets the DRAPING SWANTON!

Fenix puts Cutler in a corner, Matt runs in but is put in the same corner. Fenix BOOTS Nick, UPPERCUTS him in a corner, then runs at Cutler and Matt. Fenix somersaults but Cutler blocks the cutter to toss Fenix to Matt! Matt has Fenix in the gut wrench position, Cutler gives Nick a boost, TOTAL PARTY INDIETAKER! Nick goes up and up to FLY onto Penta! Matt goes up and TRIANGLE JUMP APRON DDT’S Fenix!! Laredo catches up to Cutler for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Laredo & the Lucha Bros win!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid, by pinfall

The Bucks took their eyes off the prize, and the luchadors take the win! But Kenny Omega returns to CLOBBER Laredo?! Omega gets the AEW title belt to hit Laredo more! Matt and Nick ask what the hell and Omega gets a mic. “I’m having vivid flashbacks here, Matt.” He’s remembering 2019, the Fyter Fest main event, all the players are here! Omega knows Laredo from AAA! What happened? Omega is recalling a few years ago, when they all had a choice. Their 12 year friendship, their family, which is fitting with the rest of the Jacksons ringside.

But three years ago, Omega had a choice. Was he going to “stay at home” with the people that loved him, the fans that loved him, and those that he loved back? No, he didn’t do that. Was he going to go to “greener pastures?” NO! Where did he choose to go? It’s obvious, right? They’re obviously thinking, “Kenny, you chose AEW.” But he didn’t choose this. He chose the Bucks. Omega chose the vision that they created three years ago to make this the best wrestling promotion on the planet!! “And rather than sit in the high school cafeteria with the cool kids and the captain of the football team,” speaking of himself metaphorically, “you chose Brandon Cutler.” Omega chooses them, they never chose him back.

Yeah, sure, maybe Callis can come off as abrasive. But Omega will give the Bucks one more chance. “Toss it up.” Omega wants them to Too Sweet for “the hard cam.” Are they with him? Now or never! The Bucks don’t get what Omega’s doing this for. Omega says he may not agree with everything Callis has said, but look at them! The Bucks have changed! They can’t stand by family? This is their last chance!! The Bucks LEAVE! Cutler follows after and Omega says he can go be their camera man for BTE and carry their gear. They’re done here! But then Omega turns around into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from the Lucha Brothers!

Penta drags Omega up and tucks him in, Fenix goes up top, L B DRIVER!! Callis isn’t sure what to do up on stage but the dual AEW World and AAA Mega Champion is left laying in the ring! The Good Brothers finally run out, but it’s a little too late. Omega’s got some blood in his mouth, but he manages to say, “They’re done.” Omega gives a thumbs up to the crowd, but will it be thumbs down for the Bucks?

 

Jade Cargill speaks.

“Red Velvet. I think you made the biggest mistake in your career. You getting in my face was the biggest joke! I beat your ass a couple weeks ago, and you’re coming back, asking for more?” Jade is on the path of greatness, Velvet is just a pitstop on the way to the throne. Jade is undefeated, Velvet is on a win streak, but there can only be one! And Jade is that woman! She looks like money, sounds like money, and looks damn good doing it. Velvet will step in the ring with #THATBitch! Will Velvet survive the storm that’s coming for her?

 

The Nightmare Family empire is growing!

With special behind-the-scene looks at AEW, and candid moments of Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare, Cody and Brandi are ready to show us all how they’re handling balancing work, play and everything in between. Make sure to tune in for Rhodes to the Top, coming to TNT!

 

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston speaks.

The Mad King says, “There it is. Get it. Get it. It’s a broken something.” But that’s fine for Kingston. He’s broken things before in his life, he’ll come back stronger. But he tells the Good Brothers and Kenny, Bullet Club, “This is not New Japan. This is not six years ago. This is not about selling some tacky T-shirts. Oh, did I hit a nerve? I hope I did.” But they will pay for this. Where these two come from, you take one of them out, they put one of you in the morgue! Understand the seriousness of this? Kingston stands up but the bad leg isn’t good for that so he sits back down.

Moxley says the question is, “Just how far are you willing to take this?” Do they think they’re willing to take it as far as Moxley and Kingston? Are they as willing to get blood under their fingernails as Moxley and Kingston? No! “There’s war in the streets of Jacksonville!” Moxley sees the Bucks. He doesn’t know them, doesn’t like them, doesn’t play games with people he doesn’t know. But maybe he owes them one after last week. Moxley doesn’t have the patience for this Bullet Club melodrama, but as you can see, “we’re playing with live rounds here.” So if the Bucks are gonna be in the game, be willing to get your hands dirty. Is this the Maniac sending an invitation for the Bucks to join his side?

 

Tay Conti VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!

We revisit the AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament as the Brazilian Blackbelt takes on the Native Beast! But will a few weeks change anything from that match? Or has Tay learned a thing or two that could trip up the Vicious Vixen?

The bell rings and Tay rushes Nyla! Nyla dodges the boot to then POUNCE Tay! Nyla stomps away then stands on Tay, but the ref counts. Nyla steps off at 4, drags Tay up and scoops her for a slam! Vickie cheers as Nyla drags Tay up. Nyla scoops but Tay slips off to hook Nyla up into an IRON OCTOPUS! Tay drags Nyla down to the mat, but Nyla fights to move around. Tay gets the DISARMER! Nyla powers up to roll Tay to a cover, TWO! Nyla shakes out the arms, Tay flounders up in a corner, but Tay dodges as Nyla runs in! Tay fires off, and uses drop sayanagis to throw Nyla all around! Nyla flounders to a corner now, and Tay runs in to KNEE- No! Nyla makes it a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Nyla clamps onto Tay’s arm and BITES the fingers! Then she pulls on the fingers and gives them a SNAP! Tay goes to a corner, Nyla stomps her and digs her boot in! The ref counts, Nyla lets off, but fans taunt her with “Nyla Sucks!” Nyla CHOPS Tay, brings her out but Tay rolls Nyla up, ONE!! Nyla CLOBBERS Tay! Nyla drags Tay back up, hangs her out to dry on the ropes, then CLUBS her on the bac. Nyla goes to the corner to climb and leap, GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tay survives and surprises the Vicious Vixens as AEW goes picture in picture!

Nyla stomps Tay, drags her up, but Tay fires off forearms! Nyla DECKS Tay, then hooks her up into a camel clutch! Tay endures as Nyla bends her backwards! Nyla fish hooks the face, the ref counts and Nyla goes back to a chinlock, to then dribble Tay off the mat! Nyla drags Tay to the ropes, chokes her and Vickie even gets away with a SLAP! Vickie laughs at Tay but Tay glares back. Vickie wants Tay to cool off, but Tay is backing her down. Nyla comes around to BLINDSIDE Tay! Nyla mocks Tay’s dancing, then stomps her! Vickie laughs, and thankfully picture in picture cuts the AEW audio.

Nyla drags Tay up, puts her in, and covers, TWO! Tay isn’t done yet, but Nyla stays right on her. Nyla has a facelock, Tay fights up to throw body shots. Nyla CLUBS Tay, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nyla whips Tay to scoop her for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Nyla runs, ROLLING THUNDER onto knees! Tay saves herself, and runs in at Nyla to fire off forearms! Tay is unleashed, and she runs in to KNEE! Then side to side to BOOT WASH! Tay drags Nyla around, hammerlocks but Nyla back drops free! Nyla hobbles but into a drop toehold onto ropes! Tay goes to the apron to drag Nyla out and give her a BOOT! Tay climbs up the corner now for a TIGHTROPE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and shocks Tay, but Vickie cackles again. Nyla staggers to a corner, Tay runs in but is put on the apron! Tay ROUNDHOUSES, then climbs up, to leap over Nyla!

Tay comes back to BOOT Nyla, Nyla comes back to CLOBBER Tay! Cover, TWO!! Nyla drags Tay up, reels her in, bomb lifts but Tay sunset flips! Nyla sits down and hammers away on Tay! Tay kicks Nyla away, gets up to kick and mule kick, but she has to catch her breath. Nyla knees Tay, fireman’s carries, but Tay slips off to ROUNDHOUSE! Tay runs in to KNEE Nyla in the corner again! And KNEE her again! Tay reels Nyla in for the DD-TAY!! Cover, Tay wins!!!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

The biggest win for the fastest rising star in wrestling! But Vickie gets her stuck on the corner, and Nyla SLAMS Tay down! Sore losers indeed, Nyla reels Tay in. But Hikaru Shida is here and she SMACKS Nyla with her kendo stick! Shida hammers away on Nyla, but here comes Bunny Allie?! She gets Shida’s stick to SMACK her with it! And SMACK Tay with it! Big Money Matt, Butcher and Blade walk out, the #HFO, Hardy Family Office, watch as Bunny tears into Tay! Nyla gets up and goes after Shida, as does Vickie! Is this a business agreement between the Vicious Vixens and Hardy?

Hardy says “the Women Eliminator Title Tournament, it was terrible. It was a shame, because the Bunny wasn’t in it.” His clients have been overlooked for far too long, and that ends now! Will the AEW Women’s World Champion and every other woman in the locker room have to worry about a rabid Bunny on top of the Vicious Vixens?

 

AEW profiles the rematch of Chuck & Cassidy VS #SuperBest.

The Best Man is looking forward to Mr. Superbad destroy Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy in their coming rematch. Miro is excited because this is what Kip wanted. Chuck says Miro’s gonna kick his ass because Chuck’s pretty good at getting his ass kicked. Kip says, “Arcade Anarchy? You guys thought you were being smart. You guys thought you were being clever.” Chuck says it’s not how many times you lose in the game, it’s whether or not you win in the end. Kip says Chuck & Cassidy are dumber than they look, because this HIS realm!

But Chuck tells Miro, “you big Donkey Kong looking bastard,” which would make Kip “Donkey Kong Jr,” that after Arcade Anarchy, when these two win the whole damn thing, they can keep the princess. Miro says there will be no more Charles the Butler, no more Walking Xanax Cassidy. It will truly be GAME OVER! Will next week be the last round between these four?

 

AEW has much more for Dynamite next week!

After the brawl we saw just moments ago, Tay Conti joins forces with Hikaru Shida against Bunny Allie and Nyla Rose! And likewise, after what Kenny Omega said to the Bucks and what the Lucha Bros did to Omega, the Cleaner and the Good Brothers go up against Penta, Fenix and Laredo Kid in a trios match! The special exhibition match of Cody VS QT with Arn as the referee also happens, and Captain Charisma has his AEW in-ring debut against Frankie Kazarian!

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

“This isn’t a new side of me. This is a side you just haven’t seen. I have been screwed over and over again, and my opportunity to become TNT Champion against Darby Allin is just another example of it.” Everyone will have to stop thinking Scorpio is “uniquely gifted.” Humility only gives people a reason to underrate you. And those days are over! That brings us to Dark: Elevation and Mike Sydal. Time to pay the rent! If Matt Sydal wants to get involved, just remember that Scorpio is more than one man. He is the Face of the Revolution! Will Scorpio not just #ReachForTheSky, but shine in the light?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order!

The Relentless Face of TNT put the challenge out to the Dark Order so that they could all honor the late, great Brodie Lee! But will Number 4 feel like number one when he brings this title back to the fold? Or is being freakin’ jacked not enough to stop Darby?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and one way or another, the Exalted One lives on in tonight’s main event!

Darby and Silver stare down, Darby points to the sky to show respect to Brodie, and they tie up. Silver puts Darby in a corner, lets off and flexes, but Darby shoves him. They tie up again, break, tie up again, and break. Silver and Darby circle, fans rally and duel, and the two feel out the grapple. They tie up with knuckle locks and Silver uses his strength to bring Darby down. Darby gets up, breaks free and wrenches to wrangle Silver down. Silver kips up, but Darby wrangles him with a headlock now! Silver fights up, but Darby holds on tight as Silver tries to power out. Darby hits a takeover, but Silver keeps the shoulders up.

Silver throws Darby, Darby holds on and drags Silver down. Fans rally and duel, Silver fights up again, body shots and shoves, but Darby escapes the scoop to then side step, only for Silver to BLAST him with that body check! The Meat Man has a lot of momentum and he fetches Darby into the ring. Darby flounders about, Silver waits as the ref checks on him, but Darby isn’t going to give up like that. Silver ROCKS him with a EuroUpper, then TOSSES him across the ring! Silver flexes the guns and fans fire up. Darby gets up, Silver brings Darby up to TOSS him into buckles! The chants become “He’s So Jacked!” as Silver trophy lifts and TOSSES Darby, tot hen BOOT WASH!

Silver hurries to get Darby up, SNAP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives as AEW goes picture in picture.

Silver stalks Darby to a corner, drags him up, and KICKS him back down! Silver takes a moment to pace around Darby before he brings him up again. Silver whips Darby hard into the corner, and Darby bounces off buckles. Silver runs corner to corner but Darby elbows him away! Darby goes up but Silver trips Darby into a Tree of Woe! Silver KICKS Darby, then KICKS him again. And again! Silver KICKS Darby in the back, gets him off the Tree into a Gory Especial, and spins him around for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives Silver’s innovation but he still flounders against ropes.

Silver stalks over, brings Darby up but Darby throws body shots. Silver DECKS Darby but Darby fights from below. Silver kicks Darby around then DECKS him again! Silver paces, brings Darby up from the ropes and ROCKS him again! Darby ends up in a corner, Silver DECKS him, then lines up a shot to KICK him out of the ring! AEW returns to single picture as Silver goes out to fetch Darby. Silver whips Darby into railings! And runs in but Darby moves, and Silver tumbles up and over! Reynolds checks on Silver, Silver checks his arm while Darby goes to the ring. Silver manages to stand, fans rally up as Silver gets up and Angels coaches him.

Darby builds speed, Angels takes the TOPE for Silver!! Silver gets Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cabana checks on Angels, but here comes STING! Sting and his bat are here to reinforce Darby and the Dark Order gives him space. Silver fetches Darby and puts him in the ring. Silver makes sure his arm is working, and he drags Darby up for more forearm shots. Darby staggers, Silver KICKS him and KICKS him, then powers up to run. Darby dodges the lariat to backslide, but Silver slips off to KICK and KICK and KICK! Darby fights the waistlock to WRING the arm out, then rolls and rolls and La Magistrols, TWO!! Darby gets around Silver again, THROW- NO! Silver gets Darby to a sleeper!

Silver locks in the QUEENSLAYER, Anna Jay’s hold! Number 99 is with the Dark Order in spirit! Darby flails, reaches, sits up, pries at the hold, and the bad arm is a factor! Silver CLUBS Darby with the good arm, then drags Darby back down! Darby rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Darby fires off fast hands, but Silver blocks the low headbutt into a DARK DESTROYER!! It wasn’t the best, but Silver covers, TWO!! Darby still lives and he gets to the apron. Darby flops to the floor, Sting watches the Dark Order closely, but the Dark Order stays back. The fans are thunderous as Darby is still down and the ring count climbs. Silver hurries to fetch Darby because of Champion’s Advantage.

Silver stands Darby against the timekeeper’s table to KICK Darby! Silver puts Darby in, gets Darby up for more KICKS, but he has to remember television time remaining is running out! Darby sits up after the kick, then blocks the next! Darby SLAPS away on Silver, has Silver in a corner, the ref counts but Silver turns it around to SLAP back! Silver fire off then fires up to run, into BOOTS! Darby goes up, leaps to victory roll but Silver sits on it! TWO!!! Darby narrowly escapes and fans duel about the count! Both men are down, but Silver gets up. Darby follows, Silver forearms but Darby gives back half a dozen!

Sliver fires off fast hands and a kick, but he runs into the COFFIN DROP! Darby reels Silver in, but Silver wrenches out to BOOT Darby to a corner! Silver drags Darby back up, hoists him up top, then climbs up to join him. Darby fights back and GOURD BUSTERS Silver! Darby COFFIN DROPS The Dark Order!! Darby makes sure Silver’s allies are not a factor, and he gets back in the ring. Silver GAMANGIRIS at the ropes! Silver goes up, torture racks Darby for a SUPER TOWER HACKER BOMB!!! Silver has to crawl to a cover, ROPEBREAK!! Darby gets lucky and survives! Silver can’t believe it, but he drags Darby back around.

Silver reels Darby in, gives a shout out to Brodie, for the BRODIE- NO! YOSHI TONIC!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Sting goes into the ring to keep Darby safe, but he also helps Silver up to show him respect. Darby does the same with a fist bump, but then Matt Hardy and his team attack! Hardy throws Darby into railing, but Private Party, Butcher and Blade are outnumbered by the Numbers and Sting! That wasn’t very smart of HFO! Sting CLOBBERS Marq Quen, Tay is after Allie for earlier! Darby returns to DECK Hardy and then DIVE into him!! Darby hammers Hardy and dribbles him off the floor! It’s chaos to close AEW, but Darby stands tall beside Sting! Will the Relentless and the Icon make Big Money Matt pay for ruining the moment?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for AEW and there are clearly a lot of things being set up as we move deeper into Spring. For one, things are going about as I expected for the big story of Omega, the Bucks and Moxley. Omega clears out Sydal, which was obvious, but comes back after the great Six Man of Bucks & Cutler VS Lucha Bros & Laredo. I guess Omega does have a point that The Elite (The The Elite) would’ve normally been the combination they’d go with, but he hypocritically is forgetting how Callis snubbed the Bucks when we had that opportunity and swapped in The Good Brothers a few months ago. Moxley’s promo was very good, and it is as I was hoping: Moxley & Bucks could work together to take on Omega & Good Brothers.

Hangman had a very good match with Bononi, Bononi is definitely figuring out who he is as “Beautiful Bononi,” as Peter Avalon called him on last night’s Dark. Hangman as the #2 ranked singles competitor is definitely in the perfect position to wait it out and see if he can get his own payback on Omega after everything else plays out. I feel like him telling Silver that the Dark Order will support him “either way” should’ve shaken Silver a little, but whatever. Britt had a really good promo to counter Rosa’s post show comments, but seeing how things went with Conti VS Nyla and the brawl, I’m glad they’re more or less delaying Rosa or Britt getting their shot.

The tag match next week should give us a sign if it’s Allie or Tay getting a shot, both would make for a fresh match-up with Shida, and then we can save Rosa or Britt VS Shida for Double or Nothing. The Pinnacle also had a very good Six Man with Dante Martin & The Varsity Blondes, though the Pinnacle was of course going to win. The Pinnacle’s promos after were all very good, though I almost thought Cash Wheeler’s theme of Pinnacle being a family was leading into them just parodying the Inner Circle. It works that Inner Circle isn’t back yet, they got beat down really badly so they gotta sell it by being gone for a bit. Maybe closer to Double or Nothing, Inner Circle starts making a comeback, then we get a huge faction match at the PPV.

Not to be mean to Captain Charisma, but I’m on Kaz’s side with that promo. Christian Cage is of course an accomplished wrestler, a legend if you will, but a workhorse that outworks everyone? I dunno… Christian VS Kaz for the first time since they were both in TNA Impact is still going to be very good, and I do hope to see Christian at least on commentary for Kaz’s match for Elevation, but it’s going to take a lot to see the Instant Classic as an actual workhorse these days. We got a good group promo from Team Taz, and it sounds like Taz sprung that talk about Brian Cage apologizing on him right there. Cage was cornered, kinda had to go along with it, but the Machine is just getting closer to splitting off with every week, and that might be a lot of fun.

QT was so close to just turning Heel tonight, but it was great that he didn’t yet. QT VS Cody in an exhibition is going to turn nasty as far as QT’s side of things, and it seems like a trend for Cody to lose guys he considered friends but didn’t necessarily treat like friends. But if turning on Cody helped MJF, it’ll definitely help QT. I’m still expecting QT to take half of the ever-growing Nightmare Family/Factory stable with him, such as Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solow, just so THE Nightmare Family isn’t bigger than The Dark Order and Pinnacle combined. And “Arcade Anarchy” is a pretty good name for the blow-off of Chuck & Cassidy VS Miro & Kip. But I hope this is where Trent triumphantly returns to help his Best Friends so that all of them can move on.

We got a good promo from Jade to set up her 1v1 match with Velvet, which will be good but probably Jade’s win. Scorpio had a good promo, too, and his match with Mike Sydal will be good but also his to win. The TNT Championship match was amazing, and I like that we continue to get this interesting story build of Number 5 Alan Angels being treated more like last place. He doesn’t get the trust fall catch like the others, but he goes out of his way to save Silver from the tope, so is Angels going to be the first person to leave Dark Order? That’d be a twist. But as great as Silver was doing, Darby wins and keeps his reign going as only the fourth-ever champion.

I like that Sting is sticking with Darby, and I find it interesting that right away, Hardy Family Office wants after Darby. I guess that’s just going to be the theme for Darby and Sting. They take on groups so they’re underdogs just on numbers, only to come out on top. At the same time, Lance Archer is aiming for Sting, so maybe Archer is the X-Factor in that feud, bringing Sting on a detour while Darby fights HFO alone.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/18/24)

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

Deonna Purrazzo wants to tear into Thunder Rosa, but she’ll have to settle for Robyn Renegade first! Will The Virtuosa fine tune her style for La Mera Mera?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo; Kyle wins.
  • Rush VS Cody Chhun; Rush wins.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade; Deonna wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ Billy Gunn; Cage wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo!

#CombatKyle may have lost out on the TNT Championship, but he isn’t going to stop the comeback over it. Will he build back up towards another title opportunity? Or will #TAIGASTYLE prove he’s the one deserving of those chances?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Kyle and Lee tie up, Kyle waistlocks, but Lee wrenches out. Kyle wrenches to waistlock, but Lee sits to switch. Kyle switches, facelocks, wrenches, but Lee rolls and rolls until he rolls free. The fans rally as the two circle again. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, but Kyle gets under. Kyle lifts but Lee fights that. Lee lifts but Kyle fights that. Kyle tries again, but Lee trips him! Kyle uses his leg guard, trips Lee, knuckle lock cover! ONE as Lee gets an arm up! Kyle pushes it down, ONE as Lee gets the other arm up. Kyle puts that arm down, TWO as Lee bridges!

The fans cheer this technical exchange, Kyle jumps but Lee catches him! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Kyle scrambles around, slips free, ARMBAR! Lee clasps hands, stacks Kyle, TWO! Lee rolls Kyle to get the SLEEPER! Lee also has body scissors! But Kyle pulls on Lee’s leg, and that makes Lee let go of the sleeper! Kyle gets the leg, twists for a toehold, but Lee rolls over. Lee reels Kyle in, headlocks, then cravats. The fans rally, Kyle wrenches free to cravat back. Lee ELBOWS Kyle in the chin! Lee BODY SHOTS, then BODY SHOTS again! Lee runs but Kyle KNEES Lee low! Kyle snapmares, runs, then SLAPS Lee!

The fans fire up but Lee gets up. They get face to face, then go forearm to forearm! Kyle fires off fast strikes and he KICKS the legs out! Kyle wrenches to YANK the arm, then CLUBS it! Kyle wrenches, YANKS the arm again, then wrenches to an ELBOW- NO, Lee shoves Kyle away! Kyle runs up but Lee BUCKLE SHOTS him! Kyle staggers away, the fans are torn, and Lee runs up to KICK the bad leg! Ogogo applauds, Lee fires himself up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lee stomps Kyle down, drags him back up, and top wristlocks. Lee isolates that arm, flexes, and STOMPS the arm! Lee paces around, drags Kyle up, and SNAP HALF HATCHES! Cover, TWO! But Lee still has the arm and he hammerlocks it, to then SNAP LOCK it! Kyle endures, grabs at Lee, but Lee bridges and moves around. Lee traps the one arm, pulls on the other, and then makes it a RECLINER! Kyle endures as Lee leans back! Lee lets off as he loses the hold, but then he stomps the bad arm! Lee soaks up the heat as Rampage returns to single picture. Lee grinds Kyle’s bad arm, but Kyle fights up to throw body shots.

Kyle wrenches, ELBOW- NO, Lee has a SLEEPER now! Kyle rolls but Lee holds on tight! Kyle fights up to back suplex! Lee lands out, but Kyle KICKS! SLAPS! KNEES! KICKS! LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up and Kyle snarls as Lee goes to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, and hits a BIG back suplex! HEEL HOOK! Lee endures and fights towards ropes! ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, Lee stands, and Kyle KICKS the leg out! Kyle runs up but Lee dodges the kick to SOBAT! Kyle goes to a corner, Lee runs in, but Kyle blocks the boot! Kyle shoves Lee down, KNEES him, then reels Lee in.

Lee wrenches out of the suplex, to SNAP the fingers! Lee runs up to BOOT Kyle in the corner! Kyle falls, Lee covers, TWO! Kyle survives but Lee reels him in, BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Kyle endures, powers through to clasp hands, and he deadlifts Lee into a CAPTURE SUPLEX! Lee is dazed and Kyle slowly rises. The fans fire up, Kyle storms up, and KICKS Lee’s arm! Lee KICKS Kyle’s arm in return! Kyle KICKS again, but Lee KICKS again! They KICK and KICK and KICK! The fans are behind Kyle, both men block kicks, so they start throwing palm strikes! The fans are thunderous! Both men let the other go, but then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

The fans are thunderous as Kyle and Lee are both down! A standing count starts, both men slowly rise, and they stagger into each other. Lee gets Kyle first, suplex and- NO, Kyle knees free! GUILLOTINE! Lee wrenches free to RAM shoulders! Lee wrenches, to ELBOW- NO, Kyle wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! Hammerlock, GUILLOTINE HOVERBOARD COMBO!!! Lee endures, and he uses his free arm to pry free! For HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Kyle drops into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Lee is fading fast, but he deadlifts Kyle with the one arm! Only to go out! Kyle is free to PENALTY KICK!! Kyle gets Lee up, to ORANGE CRUSH into the ARMBAR! Lee taps, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Shane Taylor Promotion takes another loss on the night, but it was a hell of a fight against Kyle O’Reilly! But Kyle is going to face Malakai Black this Wednesday, will Dynamite be The End of Kyle’s comeback?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Lexy Nair is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn. First off, congrats on the recent success of the newest video. Thank you, Lexy. And Bowens is facing Brian Cage in tonight’s main event, how- Daddy Ass has us stop there. Let’s talk about everyone going crazy, running wild. The Embassy turning on Swerve, The Elite abusing their authority. Billy isn’t sure if Lexy has watched older wrestling, but Billy has a thing about authority. So if they wanna get wild, if they wanna go nuts, that is right up their aisle!

Caster says that’s right! He also thanks Lexi for saying those nice things about his song. But that song was about him and Bowens going back to the Tag Division. If you read the lyrics, which are great lyrics, but none of those team decided to wrestle The Acclaimed. Perhaps they’re a little too afraid to wrestle the best team alive. So they took the first match they could find, and that turned out to be Bowens VS Brian Cage 1v1. Sure, Brian is The Machine, but there are a lot of machines that are now antiquated, and we know Brian doesn’t have AI in his brain. In fact, he can’t update his software! It’s about time Bowens takes Brian to the junkyard!

Bowens says that’s right! Platinum Max & Daddy Ass said it themselves, there is a lot of chaos and madness going on in AEW! Bowens tells Brian and his cronies that they decided to side with The Elite, well you’re looking at the foundation of AEW! The best tag team alive, the best homegrown stars, The Acclaimed! That train is gonna roll right through Brian tonight, courtesy of the Scissor King! Because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! Say it again, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!! The Five Tool Player is fired up, but will he need all those tools to dismantle The Machine?

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

El Toro Blanco is back again, and this time he is looking to reach the top of AEW. Will he stampede through everyone put in his path until he is adored with AEW gold?

The bell rings, the fans rally up with “FOUR C! FOUR C!” Chhun runs up but Rush dodges! Chhun hits buckles, then Rush CLOBBERS him! Chhun sits in the corner checking his jaw, but Rush goes to the far side. “If you mess with the bull…” You get BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Chhun to a cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Rush stands tall, but he doesn’t even care to celebrate, because this was more an inevitability than a victory to him. But then he sees Chhun stirring, and Rush drags him out of the ring! Rush CHOPS Chhun right down! Then he whips Chhun hard into barriers! The ref reprimands but Rush THROWS Chhun around again! Rush fires down fists, the fans boo as Rush DECKS Chhun! Rush won’t stop, he finds his favorite bright green cord! Rush LASHES Chhun, even as more refs rush out here! Rush CHOKES Chhun with the cord!! The refs all shout for him to stop, and Rush does. But he wants everyone to remember: Nothing happens unless HE says so!!

Rush storms off, spits on Chhun, and then grabs a chair! The refs warn him, so Rush simply stands on the chair to soak up the heat. Will nothing and no one stop Rush from rampaging his way to the top?

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

She notes that to close Collision, Lance Archer & The Righteous viciously attacked FTR after the match. Bryan Danielson walks out, Lexy asks for a medical update. Well, The Elite put a bounty on Team AEW’s heads, and it seems to have worked. FTR won’t make it to Dynamite next Wednesday. But the Elite also failed, because here’s the thing. The Elite wants to change the world? They don’t even show up on Saturdays! And the failure is that Bryan is still here! So this Wednesday, Bryan will be on Dynamite. The Elite can take whatever shot they want, but they better get it done the first time. Otherwise, they won’t like the consequences.

Bryan heads out, but are The EVPs going to make sure no one makes it to Double or Nothing to oppose them?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

The Virtuosa is still seething over her many run-ins with Thunder Rosa, but it seems their rematch isn’t destined to happen just yet. Will Deonna one-up La Mera Mera by beating Robyn worse than Rosa did?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they knuckle lock. Deonna spins to wrangle Robyn, but Robyn rolls back. Robyn wrenches, wristlocks, but Deonna rolls, rolls and gets free. The fans cheer, Deonna smirks, but Robyn runs up. Robyn waistlocks, Deonna switches, but Robyn switches back. Deonna pries free to switch again, then she trips Robyn up. Deonna runs, Robyn stays low, then Robyn hits a rolling fireman’s carry takeover! Robyn runs up but Deonna ducks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Robyn staggers up into an arm-drag! Deonna has the armlock, the fans cheer, but Robyn endures.

Robyn fights up, Deonna hits another takeover, and she traps the arm. Deonna makes it a cover, ONE as Robyn gets the shoulder up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then clamps onto the arm. Robyn fights up to whip free, then runs to sunset flip! Deonna stays up, then slaps the arms away to clamp on an ARMBAR! Robyn fights around, flails, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deonna stalks Robyn, brings her around and whips, but Robyn holds ropes. Deonna ROCKS Robyn, Robyn still holds ropes! Deonna ROCKS Robyn again, whips, but Robyn reverses. Robyn ducks the forearm, and the backhand, then clinches for a HALF NELNSON FACEBUSTER! Robyn fires up, she sits Deonna up, and runs to SHOTGUN her down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is frustrated, but she drags Deonna back up and bumps her off buckles. Robyn CHOPS Deonna, smirks, and winds up to CHOP again! Robyn says one more time, then puts some stank on it. But Deonna dodges to CHOP back! Deonna whips corner to corner, but Robyn reverses.

Robyn runs in, but Deonna puts her on the apron! Robyn ROCKS Deonna first, steps in, but Deonna ARM CODE BREAKERS! Robyn writhes, Deonna storms over, and Deonna drags Robyn up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then top wristlocks to wrangle Robyn. Deonna traps the arm for a SNAP LOCK! Cover, TWO! Robyn clutches the arm but Deonna is on her again. Deonna pulls on the bad arm, then top wristlocks. Robyn endures as Deonna thrashes the arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Deonna wrenches Robyn’s arm. Robyn ROCKS Deonna, but Deonna wrenches again. Robyn fires off a flurry of forearms and the fans fire up! Deonna shoves Robyn but Robyn LARIATS on return! The fans fire up with Robyn, then she wrenches Deonna to reel her in, put her in ropes, and KNEE her! Robyn runs to then STOMP Deonna down! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and Robyn is frustrated. The fans rally, Robyn drags Deonna up, then fireman’s carries. Deonna slips free, shoves, and BOOTS Robyn down! Deonna slashes her throat and vows to end this! The fans fire up as Deonna drags Robyn up.

Deonna Gotch hooks, but Robyn slips free! Robyn pump handles, but Deonna arm-drags free! Deonna BOOTS the lariat, ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA!! Robyn taps, Deonna wins!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

Deonna didn’t even need Venus De Milo, but then she puts that on Robyn anyway!! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Deonna makes Robyn suffer in Rosa’s place! But wait, here comes Thunder Rosa!! La Mera Mera rushes the ring, but Deonna runs away! So when does the part about regretting to mess with a Jersey girl come in? Rosa checks Robyn, and Deonna slithers back in! Deonna CLOBBERS Rosa from behind! Oh so that’s the part about Jersey? Rosa gets up, though, and Deonna retreats again. Rosa runs Deonna down and grabs her by the hair! Rosa drags Deonna back to the ring to RAM her into the apron!

The fans fire up as Rosa tells Deonna to fight her now! Rosa puts Deonna in, Deonna rolls out of the ring and runs into the crowd! The fans boo as Deonna flees into the night. When and where will Deonna have to give Rosa this fight?

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

“I have done things people dream about. I’ve made money, faced legends, won championship after championship after championship. And you might not wanna hear this, but that was easy. And that doesn’t mean I don’t relate. I understand a normal person put in my position would fail. Because since time began, when people wanted to see a star, they’d look up at the Sky. And all that does is put me in the perfect place to reach down and lift you all up here with me. So to all the fans around the world, I’m coming back. And I’m here for you.” But will this comeback finally be the time Scorpio Sky reaches the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

Lexy Nair says Sonjay asked for this time, what is on his mind? Sonjay says first off, he sure doesn’t need Lexy here so hit the bricks. Skedaddle, peace, see ya. Lexy sighs and leaves, and Sonjay says this is for Bryan Danielson. The Elite have put a price out on Bryan’s head, and Sonjay just got off the phone with them, they have worked out quite the deal. Bryan says he’ll be on Dynamite, and so is Sonjay. But no, Sonjay isn’t the one that’ll take him out once and for all. This Wednesday, it will be The American Dragon VS… The Indian Giant! Yeah, that’s right! The one in a billion, Satnam Singh!

And y’know what? Dragon meat is expensive, so hopefully he goes well with a little chicken masala. This Wednesday, it will be one hell of a cookout! Sonjay laughs to himself, but will Bryan be the one with the last laugh after taking on this giant roadblock?

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

Yes, Rampage returns to Friday nights next week, BUT at a special time of 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific! Make sure your DVRs know so you don’t miss this special Double or Nothing weekend edition!

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

The Machine turned on Swerve and then got beat by Swerve, crossing him off the list of top contenders. But will he reboot and head for other title opportunities? Or will The Acclaimed prove they can get it done in any division?

As always, Platinum Max has a diss track! “I heard Brian Cage got captain plans. We leave you bleeding so hard, you got menstrual cramps! Damn you are ugly, lookin’ pathetic. You are so small, get off the Ozempic! When did Brian Cage stop lifting weights? Beat him so bad, whip his ass into shape! Run you outta town just like Daim, because in Portland, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens then says, “PORTLAAAAND~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~! The fans are fired up, but will Cage get his stuff in in response?

The bell rings and the fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Cage and Bowens circle, tie up, and Cage shoves Bowens away! Cage flexes, fans are torn, and Cage says to scissor that. Bowens has Cage hold on, and then Bowens flexes. The fans cheer for Bowens, and he does scissor that! Cage runs up, Bowens gets around, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cage TOSSES Bowens to a corner, takes a swing, but Bowens dodges! Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS, but Cage shoves Bowens away. Cage runs up, Bowens gets under and kicks low. Bowens whips, Cage reverses, but Bowens goes up and over. Bowens hurdles, headlocks, but Cage powers out.

Bowens hurdles, slips around the lariat and DDTS! Cover, ONE!! Cage is tougher than that but the fans fire up behind Bowens. Bowens gets Cage up but Cage SPINEBUSTERS him! Cage says no more scissors! Cage storms up to RAM into Bowens! And RAM in again! And then CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” while Cage stalks Bowens. Cage bumps Bowens off buckles, then says one more time! NOT! Cage trolls the fans, whips Bowens, then runs up to UPPERCUT! LARIAT! SAIDO! Cage asks who betta but the fans are torn. Cage storms over to Bowens, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Cage CHOPS, ROCKS Bowens again, then CHOPS again.

The ref counts, Cage whips corner to corner, then runs up. Bowens dodges the splash, blocks the kick, CLUBS the knee then KNEE JAMMERS into a DRAGON SCREW! Cage writhes and flounders to the apron while Bowens catches his breath. Bowens storms up, brings Cage up, but Cage swings! Bowens ducks, feints, then kicks the legs out! Cage hits apron on the way down, and Bowens aims. Bowens slingshots but Cage moves, so Bowens just goes to the apron. But Cage blocks the Penalty Kick to bring Bowens down, POST BOMB!! Cage gloats, then leaves Bowens behind, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Bowens writhes, Cage goes back out to drag him up, and RAMS him into barriers! Cage brings Bowens around, SMACKS him off the apron, then drags him up again. Cage whips Bowens hard into steel steps! Bowens falls over in a heap, Cage flexes, then Cage refreshes the ring count. Cage drags Bowens up but Bowens pushes him away. Cage BOOTS Bowens down, then brings him up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Cage gloats some more, steps into the ring, and storms up on Bowens. Bowens kicks low, throws hands, but Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage digs his boots into Bowens at the ropes, lets off, and Bowens sputters.

Cage CHOKES Bowens again, the ref counts, and Cage lets off again. Cage drags Bowens up, scoops and uses him for bicep curls! Cage then TOSSES Bowens away! Cage swaggers around, flexes, and covers, TWO! Bowens KICKS Cage from below! And kicks him again! Cage KICKS Bowens, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Bowens! Cage clamps onto Bowens with a chinlock and grinds him down! Bowens endures, Cage grinds him into the mat, but the fans rally up. Bowens fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Cage KNEES him away. Cage wags his finger, gloats a bit more, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash!

Cage soaks up more cheers and jeers as Rampage returns to single picture. Cage run sin, but Bowens BOOTS him! And BOOTS again! Bowens goes up, leaps, but Cage catches him! Cage suplexes, but Bowens cradle counters! TWO!! Cage escapes but Bowens ducks the discus! Bowens hobbles but he still ROCKS Cage, throws more hands, but Cage SOBATS! KICKS! Cage runs, Bowens follows. Cage dodges, Bowens redirects and spins Cage for Rock, Paper, Scissors, SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Bowens! Bowens mule kicks, front kicks, runs and FAMOUSERS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Bowens can’t believe it!

The fans rally up and Bowens rises. Bowens waits on Cage, runs up to clinch, but Cage fires elbows! Cage waistlocks, full nelsons and SLAMS Bowens down! Cover, TWO! Cage is frustrated, but he wants Bowens to get up. Cage runs up, Bowens moves aside to KICK Cage in the ropes! Then DRAPING APRON DDT!! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Bowens rises, drags Cage up, and fireman’s carries! Cage fights that to POST Bowens! And ENZIGIRI! Bowens flops around the corner, Cage brings him up from inside! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Bowens is still in this and Cage is beside himself!

Cage starts up Terminator drums, the fans join in, and he drags Bowens up. Cage pump handles and lifts, but Bowens slips free of the driver! Bowens runs but Cage ducks the kick to roll Bowens up! Bowens rolls through, and he ducks the discus! The SOUTHPAW hits! Cage reels Bowens in, suplexes, DRILL- NO, Bowens slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! And SUPERKICK! Cage falls, Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but the fans fire up! Bowens huffs and puffs and fires back up! Bowens waits on Cage, fireman’s carries, but the bad leg stops him! Cage shoves Bowens at the ref!

Cage runs up, Bowens sends him at the ref! Bowens waistlocks but Cage LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Cage reels Bowens in! DRILL CLAW!!! Cover, Cage wins!!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Bowens may be an excellent former Tag & Trios Champion, but sadly he isn’t at the level needed as a singles guy. Will The Acclaimed have to regroup and focus on going after The Elite? Will The Machine be granted golden opportunities by said Elite?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage to once again follow up Collision, but I’m relieved that next week is going to be a partial return to normal schedule. Because as great as the matches here were, they just felt thrown together to tangentially tell stories. For example, Kyle VS Lee was a great match but Kyle has beef with The House of Black but they didn’t want Kyle getting one over on Buddy or Brody before facing Malakai next Wednesday. Shane Taylor Promotions deserves a touch better than being fed to the bigger stories, but maybe they come around as a trio after Double or Nothing to face like Bang Bang Gang or something.

And even our main event was an example of this. Great promo from Acclaimed, great rap from Caster as usual, but also a good choice for Cage to still win out. Cage has done singles champ stuff, is going to be the singles champ guy in whatever the former Mogul Embassy becomes after this, or even just a singles guy all on his own. Rush of course squashes his opponent tonight but him going after Chhun after was a good touch. At the same time, I kinda wanted the ref to reverse the decision and disqualify Rush after the match, throwing him into a worse rage and beating up on Chhun more. And again, why no La Faccion Ingobernable? Donde esta Dralistico, Preston Vance y Jose?

Good match from Deonna VS Robyn but of course Deonna won. Rosa going after Deonna and Deonna running away was not what I was expecting, it’s rather disappointing, and why not just give us their rematch with escalated stipulations already? Deonna VS Rosa in a Last Woman Standing maybe? Iron Woman Match so that it goes right to half an hour? Something cool like that would really show Tony Khan finally wants to do more with the Women’s Division after promising it like two or three times already.

And very good promos from Bryan and Sonjay Dutt to set up Bryan VS Satnam. I would think Bryan wins, but there’s a good chance Team Triple J goes after him post match anyway. As I just said in the Collision article, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications of the highest level, we could actually get way more than just the eight men advertised as the roster starts choosing sides, a very Avengers Civil War/Endgame type situation.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (5/18/24)

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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

In order to reach The Learning Tree, contenders will have to battle through an FTW Contender Series until only one remains! Who fights their way to a shot at The Ocho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo; Ospreay wins.
  • FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Hook wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero; Shibata wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages; Keith wins and advances.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy; Cassidy wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay; Deeb wins.
  • Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel; Wayne wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Aerial Assassin gave Roderick Strong one last warning on Dynamite, but this is about paying back that knockout shot last week! Will “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” be cashing receipts tonight? Or will it be Rumble, Bad Man, Rumble?

But before things get going, here comes The Undisputed Kingdom. Roddy, Taven & Bennett walk on out, clearly not leaving things at the face to face on Wednesday. Roddy joins commentary, the bell rings and Ospreay runs up to SHOTGUN Shane! The fans fire up while Shane bails out! Ospreay aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Shane and the fans fire up with Ospreay! Ospreay gets Shane up and puts him in, Roddy says “Good for him.” PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, ONE!! Shane gets up, Ospreay kicks and CLUBS him, then fires forearms! Ospreay whips but Shane blocks. Ospreay CLUBS and SOBATS, then reels Shane in.

Shane suplexes first! Ospreay slips free, waistlocks, but Shane switches. Shane shoves, HURDLES, then CLOBBERS Ospreay! The Kingdom applauds while Shane paces around. Shane talks some trash, drags Ospreay up, and HEADBUTTS him! The fans rally for Ospreay, Ospreay fires forearms, but Shane ROCKS him right back! Ospreay flops out to the apron, the fans boo Shane, but then Taven talks smack. The ref tells Taven to back off, Shane tells The Kingdom this is how you finish the job! Shane CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay sputters with the air going out of his lungs! Shane mocks the fans, Roddy says keep up those chops.

Shane stands Ospreay up against the post, tells Roddy to watch this, but then Ospreay POSTS Shane! Ospreay runs up to TORNADO- NO, Shane stops that and pops Ospreay around! Ospreay slips free, and shoves Shane into The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Roddy is furious! Ospreay SPLASHES Roddy with The WOOOO Energy! But while the ref is busy with The Kingdom, Ogogo sucker punches Ospreay! The fans boo but Ogogo soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane looms over Ospreay, drags him up, and brings him around to put on the apron. Shane CLUBS away on Ospreay, the ref counts, and Shane goes up the apron. Shane runs  and APRON LEG DROPS! Ospreay sputters and flounders away, but Shane storms in after him. Shane paces, the fans rally up, and Ospreay fires forearms in return! Shane KNEES low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Shane shoves him to a cover, TWO! Ogogo says it’s that close. Shane talks trash on the fans, then drags Ospreay up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay goes to a corner, and Shane storms up to HEADBUTT him!

Shane BODY BLOWS Ospreay and Ospreay staggers away. Shane talks Ospreay, ROCKS him again, and Ospreay drops to his knees. Shane drags Ospreay back up, to JAB! JAB! And JABS! Ospreay drops to his knees again, but Shane brings him right back up for a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures the squeeze as Collision returns to single picture. The fans rally, Ospreay fires forearm sand gets free! Ospreay fires more shots, but Shane CHOPS! Ospreay staggers, grits his teeth, and the fans fire up! But Shane CHOPS again! Ospreay headbutts the buckles to fire up! Shane CHPOS, Ospreay CHOPS, and Ospreay CHIOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS!

Shane CHOPS again, Ospreay staggers away, and Shane whips. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Roddy says so much talent, but Ospreay is still an idiot child fraud! The fans rally up for Ospreay, Ospreay kips up, and he runs up to BOOT in the corner! Ospreay shoves Shane away, goes up top, and BLINDSIDE CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Shane is tough but Ospreay loads up the arm! The fans fire up as Ospreay aims, Ospreay runs in, but into a KNEE! Ospreay swings, Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves, and then HEADBUTTS! Ospreay wobbles, Shane reels him in, URENAGE! Shane SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Shane is shocked!

The fans fire up as Shane huffs and puffs. Shane brings Ospreay back up, scoops, but Ospreay fights around to Electric Chair and spin! But Shane blocks the rana to POWERBOMB! Shane stands Ospreay back up, but Ospreay ducks a lariat! The SOUTHPAW finds Ospreay! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and even he’s surprised! The fans are thunderous, Shane grits his teeth and drags Ospreay up. Shane runs, but into a SPANISH FLY?! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Roddy is mad that Ospreay even did that! But then The Kingdom stand in Ospreay’s way! Ospreay redirects, OS- NO, Shane blocks, scoops, MARCUS GARVEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

Shane is losing his cool while The Kingdom is losing their minds! Shane tucks Ospreay, lifts, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay BOOTS, “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay goes up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay first, then climbs up. But Ospreay slips out to tuck Shane in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And AGAIN! Ospreay fires up, THIRD CHEEKY NANDOS! Then Ospreay uses the corner to help with the Canadian Rack! STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Kingdom is in shock seeing the BIGGEST Stormbreaker ever! Ospreay glares at Roddy as Roddy steps to the apron. But The Kingdom flanks the ring, get in and mug Ospreay! The fans boo as Bennett & Taven beat Ospreay down! They double whip, but Ospreay holds ropes! Ospreay then DUMPS both Taven & Bennett out, BOOTS Roddy off the apron, then FLIES to take out Taven & Bennett! The #BillyGOAT gets away clean, will he be able to take The Kingdom down and bring the International Championship home to The Don Callis Family?

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley says, “At Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, Konosuke Takeshita-san will try to score himself a shot at the IWGP (World Heavyweight) Championship. He’s been a hell of a blue chipper for quite some time. Now, he’s got a new attitude, some new representation. And he came after me. Me. Trying to put a big ol’ notch in that gun belt. Hey, I get it. I’ve done far worse. What’s my secret? What’s the secret of the BCC? When you stand where I stand in this sport, you get used to being a target. How do we survive? Guys like you, The Callis Family, you’re in it for the gold, you’re in it for the green and chasing fame and fortune, adulation, Instagram, all that.

“BCC, we don’t give a rat’s ass about any of that. We do this because this is who we are. This is our nature. We don’t hunt because we are hungry, we hunt because we are lions. We like it. We never, ever play for money. We play for blood.” Claudio Castagnoli adds that a lot of times, he’s the voice of reason here. Even when no one listens, it’s fine. Things just keep repeating and repeating and he doesn’t like standing here to talk to the camera, because it is the most awful thing to do. What matters is going out there and showing it week after week! And y’know how many people stand back here and tell you how good they are? How great they are?

They have passion! They practice their lines in the mirror! Then they come here, tell you how really, really good they are, and how it’s just been their dream all their lives. And it’s all fake! So fake because they don’t live it one day of their lives. It’s like The Emperor’s New Clothes. Only the BCC can see it. They see through the fake, through the facade. They see through it because while others try to make a name off BCC, that’s a big mistake. You are dealing with the real deal right here! Moxley likes it. Takeshita, you started this game. At Double or Nothing, the BCC finishes it. Will The Maniac tear down The Alpha and send a message to the rest?

 

BREAKING NEWS for AEW’s “Path to All In!”

The first-ever AEW “Summer Series” is heading to the Arlington ESports Stadium, and will be based there for six whole weeks! Collision on Saturday, July 20th, ROH Death Before Dishonor on Friday, July 26th, Collision on July 27th, Collision on Thursday, August 1st, then Saturday, August 10th AND Saturday, August 17th! Make sure you get your tickets starting in June so you can be part of this inaugural event!

 

AEW hears from Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

It was backstage after Dynamite that The Learning Tree, after getting patched up, told Hook, “Wow, I can tell that I touched a nerve there when you hit me with that microphone and made me bleed my own blood.” But Hook, Jericho isn’t mad. It tells him that Hook is learning what it takes to be a champion again. Hook was the “For The World” Champion, and will be again some day, but it’ll take some time. Hook is still learning. Jericho is glad Hook is in the #JerichoVortex and hit him hard enough to make him bleed. It really hurts, but y’know what? It also makes Jericho proud. Makes him proud to see Hook get a little more serious! This is serious business!

This is what The Learning Tree is here for! To make Hook a better person and a better wrestler, both inside the ring and out. Jericho will need stitches, and will gladly get them. Because it is proof that Hook is learning what The Learning Tree is teaching. So in a roundabout way, thank you, Hook. And good luck in the qualifiers. Wow, that really hurts. Really got him with that mic. Hook is “learning,” but will he be the one teaching Jericho a thing or two?

 

FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Learning Tree is giving opportunities to those who are worthy, but it will still come down to who is the most deserving. Will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil prove he’s the only one deserving? Or will Johnny #SendHook to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hook. The two circle, Johnny tests the waters with kicks. The two tie up, Hook headlocks, and Hook wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Hook hits a SAYANAGI, and Johnny staggers to his feet. The fans rally as the two circle again. They tie up, Johnny ROCKS Hook! Hook wrenches back to SAYANAGI again! Hook clamps on for a wristlock, but Johnny fights up. The fans duel, Johnny fights up and trips Hook up. Johnny runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Hook is tougher than that but Johnny rains down forearms and elbows! The fans duel more as Johnny keeps throwing down shots!

Hook wants an arm but Johnny slips around to cravat. Johnny cranks the neck, Hook endures and fights up. The fans rally and duel, Hook pries at the hold to then power Johnny into a SAIDO! Hook runs up to LARIAT! Johnny staggers back up, Hook clinches and throws knees! Hook TOSSES Johnny across the ring! Johnny gets up in a huff, kicks, but Hook catches him! LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Hook and he storms around. Hook brings Johnny up but Johnny JAWBREAKERS! Johnny ROCKS Hook, Hook ROCKS Johnny! Hook fires more shots, but Johnny kicks low! Hook dodges the lariat, but almost runs into Taya!

The ref reprimands Taya for being on the apron, but Hook turns around into a FLYING CHUCK! Johnny goes to the corner, climbs up, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS as Hook moves! Hook is mad now, and he clamps on for REDRUM!! Johnny fights but Hook has the hooks in! Johnny TAPS, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is now moving on to Dynamite’s Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match! Will he make Jericho regret not just giving him the match?

As Hook heads out, Shibata makes his entrance! The Wrestler is also in this series, and he gives Hook a fist bump as they cross paths. Will Shibata join Hook in that Triple Threat? Or will Azucar make things sweet?

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

The bell rings, the two shake hands, and the fans cheer. Shibata and Rocky circle, the fans rally up, and the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata gets around to waistlock, but Rocky switches. Shibata switches, Rocky goes for a leg, but Shibata waistlocks again. Rocky wrenches out to a wristlock but Shibata spins and wrenches back. Rocky rolls but Shibata wrangles him! Shibata double wristlocks, but Rocky powers Shibata to ropes. Shibata still holds onto the wristlock as Rocky tries to whip. The fans rally, Rocky throws knees and powers out this time. Shibata stops himself to stomp Rocky on the back!

Shibata gets a leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” as Rocky endures. Shibata puts on pressure, but Rocky crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK, and Shibata lets go quickly. Shibata stomps Rocky, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Shibata runs, but Rocky catches him into an IRON OCTOPUS! The fans cheer while Shibata endures! Shibata fights up, pops free and throws Rocky down! And it’s back to the FIGURE FOUR! Rocky endures again while fans “WOO~!” Shibata puts on the pressure, Rocky pries at the main leg, but Shibata pulls on Rocky’s legs. They roll, roll, and end up in the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, the leglock is undone, and Shibata brings Rocky up to bump him off buckles. Shibata fires forearms, UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again. Shibata goes corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Rocky kicks again, Shibata bocks, so Rocky reel shim in for an UPPERCUT! Rocky goes up and jumps, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Rocky stands and he stomps Shibata. Shibata sits up, Rocky KICKS him in the back. Rocky wrenches an arm, YANKS it, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS Shibata in the bad arm, then brings Shibata around. Rocky turns Shibata over, traps the right arm and he pulls on the bad one, SACRIFICE! Shibata writhes and clutches the elbow. Rocky storms up to hook that bad arm and KNEE DROP! Rocky drags Shibata up, wraps the bad arm around the ropes, and then digs his boots in. Rocky CHOPS, Shibata drops to his knees, but Rocky wrenches again. ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS the bad arm again! And again!

Rocky cravats to snapmare Shibata, then runs to basement dropkick! Rocky fires up and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, Rocky KICKS Shibata in the arm! Shibata eggs Rocky on and the fans rally up. Rocky KICKS again, but Shibata stands! Rocky KICKS, and KICKS, but Shibata just steps into them! Shibata DECKS Rocky and the fans fire up! Rocky is dazed but Shibata brings him up. Shibata CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Shibata CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and runs, but Rocky dumps him out! Shibata stays on the apron, and gets a SLEEPER! The ref counts, Rocky wrenches free to HOTSHOT the arm! Rocky reels Shibata in through ropes, to KICK, KICK and he goes up! MISSILE DROPKICK!

The fans fire up, Rocky drags Shibata to a cover, TWO! Rocky frowns but stays focused as he brings Shibata up. Rocky cravats, Shibata pushes out of Sliced Bread! Rocky’s leg jams, Shibata CLOBBERS him! Shibata comes back, leg scissor takedown into the HEEL HOOK!! Rocky flails, reaches out, but Shibata keeps him back! Rocky crawls his way over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn as Shibata lets Rocky go. Shibata stomps Rocky, drags him up, and fires off forearms. Shibata UPPERCUTS, then stomps Rocky down. Shibata goes corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up but Shibata’s not done!

Shibata hits a HALF HATCH, then covers, TWO! Shibata clamps on a SLEEPER! Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, pops free to somersault clutch, TWO! Shibata swings, Rocky gets under and backslides, TWO! Shibata escapes, gets a leg, ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND! Rocky rolls up deep, TWO!! Shibata escapes again and the fans fire up! Rocky and Shibata reset, Rocky UPPERCUTS, then HAYMAKERS! Rocky runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Shibata runs to PENALTY KICK! Then he gets Rocky’s legs, for the FIGURE FOUR!! Rocky endures, flails, but he’s at center! Rocky TAPS, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

And with that, we’re two thirds of the way to that contender’s match! Shibata shows Rocky respect, Rocky shows it back, and Rocky tells Shibata to go win that title. Will The Wrestler get past the Triple Threat to get another shot at Jericho?

Well, just like Shibata did with Hook, Bryan Keith makes his way out while Shibata’s leaving. The Bounty Hunter gives The Wrestler a tip of the hat, will this be the final piece to the puzzle? Or will things get literally much bigger for Dynamite?

As the Iron Savages make their entrance, Jacked Jameson tells “all you fat morons, skinny idiots, and Low T Losers to shut up.” The fans boo instead, but Jameson says he rode the Max Rail Line from the airport to the hotel downtown, and all along the tracks, it is filled with trash! Now that they’re here in the Moto Center, it’s funny, because it’s also filled with trash! The fans boo being insulted, but Jameson says he can’t wait to leave this dump. But this is the Sauce Hoss, Beefcake Boulder! He’s sippin’ sauce, livin’ hoss, and taking everybody to #TIDDYCITY! And then he just attacks Keith!!

FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages!

The bell rings and Boulder fires big elbows and clotheslines into Keith in a corner! Bulky Bronson and Jacked Jameson cheer him on, but Keith slips free of the scoop! Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Keith up, scoops him again, and flexes as he carries Keith around. POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Keith is tougher than that but Boulder tells Jameson to pass him that Savage Sauce! Jameson gets on the apron but the ref tells him to hop down. This is all a distraction so Bronson can get involved! Boulder brings down the straps but Keith sends Bronson into Tiddy City!

Bronson falls, Keith BITES them tibbies! The fans fire up, Keith runs, but Boulder ELBOWS him down! Boulder goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Boulder wobbles, Keith goes up and reels him in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat)

Now that was a BIG win for Bryan Keith! The Triple Threat is set, will The Bounty Hunter be just one step away from having his prize?

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

Lexy Nair has found The Bastard somewhere in the bowels of the arena, and says that last week, The Bang Bang Gang had a message for him. Does Pac care to respond? Pac says he couldn’t care less! But obviously, he saw their little message. Credit where credit is due, those guys are very funny chaps. Hilarious, even. And typically, they’re naughty behavior would really ruffle his bastard feathers. But not today. He couldn’t care less. Pac hasn’t felt a thing in weeks! And you expect him to care about those idiots?! In fact, let this be an open invitation! Make him feel something! Make him feel anything, boys! He’s begging you, daring you! Make him care. Try harder.

And as for Lexy, just leave him alone. She nods and leaves. The Bastard is in no mood, but will that all change the next time Bullet Club Gold takes aim at him?

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

AEW returns from break, and wait! They’ve attacked Pac! They drag him out here on stage! Jay White kneels beside Pac, gets a mic, and makes Pac sit up. “I bet you care now, don’t you? Bastard.” The Switchblade & The Gunns leave Pac down and out, and White says he told Pac to stay out of their business. Is Pac going to heed the Bang Bang Gang’s warning? Or is he only going to escalate things from here?

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

Christian Cage tells Nick Wayne, “You have a match right here tonight on Collision. And it’s jut a precursor to this coming Wednesday on Dynamite, because you are gonna be facing… Swerve Strickland. I know you’re ready for it. Yo have our support.” Nick thanks Christian, and says he’s been meaning to talk with him. A year ago, when Swerve jumped him in the garage, Nick was just a boy. A kid. But ever since teaming with Christian, he has changed. Nick is now a man! And tonight, this is just a warm-up. Nick knows he can beat Swerve on his own. Nick heads out, Christian & Mother Shayna beam with pride. Will Swerve’s House soon end up in Wayne’s World?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

Freshly Squeezed is certainly feeling out of sorts after Trent Beretta made things all about #JustTrent. But likewise, Private Party might have to get serious as sadly, Marq Quen is again on the shelf. Cassidy or Kassidy, who wins to get themselves back on the right track?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Cassidy as he and Kassidy circle. Zay runs up, Cassidy trips him but Zay kicks him away. Things speed up, Zay hurdles, Cassidy leaps over, then they keep moving. Cassidy arm-drags, Zay needs a moment, and the fans fire up. Zay runs up, Cassidy dodges, but now Zay arm-drags! Cassidy hobbles up, blocks a hip toss, then he wrenches to a backslide! TWO, and Cassidy reels Zay in! Zay rolls Cassidy, TWO! Cassidy sweeps to cover, ONE! Zay sweeps to cover, ONE! They keep going back and forth, then Zay goes Matrix! But Cassidy powers him down, ties the legs up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

The fans fire up while Zay endures, and Zay pops free to cover! TWO, Cassidy avoids a boot, then shows punch! Zay stumbles back, the fans fire up! Zay bails out and wants a timeout. Cassidy does give him time on the outside, and Zay paces around. The ring count climbs, Zay hurries up but Cassidy BLASTS him off the apron! Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Zay avoids the desk! Don Callis is watching backstage and approves. Cassidy goes out after Zay to ROCK him with a right, then Cassidy refreshes the count. Cassidy ROCKS Zay again, refreshes the count again, taking a pause to lounge on the apron.

Cassidy DECKS Zay this time, then he puts his hands up. The fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy runs up at Zay, to SHOTGUN him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy kips up. Cassidy stalks Zay, drags him up, and whips him into more barriers! But wait, Trent is walking down the bleachers! Th efans boo but Cassidy is distracted, and Zay attacks! Zay CLUBS away, then shoves Cassidy down. Zay whips Cassidy, Cassidy reverses, Zay goes up the barriers! Zay flips up and over, then RAMS Cassidy into barriers! BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Trent pretends to be concerned as Zay puts Cassidy in.

Zay climbs up, leaps, but Cassidy gets away! Zay rolls, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Zay drags Cassidy up, whips Cassidy into a corner hard, and Cassidy tumbles up and out! Trent applauds, the ring count starts, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Zay leaves Cassidy behind, Cassidy rolls his way towards the apron but the count is 5 of 10. Cassidy stands and rolls in at 7, only for Zay to DROPKICK him back out! Zay then goes out to get Cassidy, and whips him hard into barriers! Zay mocks the hands in pockets, then he stomps away on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up and puts him in the ring, then slingshot SENTONS! Zay mocks the hands in pockets some more, then soaks up the heat with a mocking thumbs up. Zay then mocks the “devastating” kicks! Zay kicks and kicks, but Cassidy fires body shots in return! Zay gets around to hit a BIG back suplex!

Zay talks trash, stalks Cassidy, then drags him up. Zay CHOKES Cassidy on the ropes, but the ref counts. Zay lets off at 4, argues with the ref, then drags Cassidy up. Zay whips Cassidy hard into buckles! Cassidy falls in a heap and flops right out of the ring. Zay drags steel steps over, talks a little trash on Trent, then grabs Cassidy. Zay SMACKS Cassidy off the steps, talks a bit more smack on Trent, but Trent tells him to focus on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up to the very top of the steps, and Trent says go ahead. Zay lifts, Collision returns to single picture, but Cassidy fights back! Cassidy back drops Zay to the floor!

The fans rally for Cassidy as he gets in the ring. Cassidy grits his teeth, Trent frowns, and Zay rolls back in. Cassidy drags himself up with the ropes, the fans rally, and Zay storms up, but into counter punches! They go back and forth, Zay eggs Cassidy on, so Cassidy ROCKS him again and again! Zay RAMS Cassidy into a corner, then reels him in, to suplex! STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! The fans fire up, Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! The fans fire up again while Trent scowls. Cassidy grits his teeth, kips up, and the fans cheer! The elbow pad comes off and Cassidy throws it at Trent! Cassidy aims at Zay, for the ORANGE- NO Zay ducks!

Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift but the back gives up! Zay CLUBS away, reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy powers up! Zay sunset flips, TWO!! Cassidy escapes, kicks, but Zay blocks and flips him off! Step over WHEEL KICK! The fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner, and Zay runs up! Cassidy sends him into buckles! Cassidy runs in, Zay dodges, Cassidy tumbles up and out! Cassidy bumps Zay off buckles, runs him side to side for another! And then another! but Zay triangle jump STUNNERS! Cassidy wobbles, Zay reels him in, but Cassidy back drops him to the apron! Zay gets up, Cassidy BOOTS him! Zay BOOTS back!

Cassidy roars, DOUBLE BOOTS send both men down! The fans fire up as Cassidy and Zay flounder around. Cassidy sees Trent, the ref has them both calm it down! Trent says he’s just watching, he’s a good boy. Zay CALF KICKS Cassidy against barriers! Zay puts Cassidy in, but Cassidy comes back! Zay dodges the Orange Punch and it almost hits the ref! Cassidy turns around, dodges Zay, but the ref ends up helping Zay with SILLY STRING!! Cassidy staggers up, Zay runs, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Zay keeps going, he climbs a corner! SWANTON BOMB to Cassidy’s back! Cover, TWO!!! Zay can’t believe Cassidy survives!

The fans rally, Trent is upset, but Zay drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Cassidy lifts to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Trent is disappointed but Callis is pleased. Is Cassidy really going to end up turning to the dark side- er, Don Callis Family? Lexy interviews Trent at ringside, saying we saw him attack his former best friends. And now he’s here in the front row to watch the match. Clearly, this is far from over. Trent says being here ringside, it is plainly obvious that he is a better wrestler than Cassidy! The fans boo but Trent says the only reason Cassidy won was because he cheated! Trent claims Cassidy is a sociopath who thinks rules don’t apply to him! But they do! Rules matter!

But while we’re all out here, Trent wants to issue a challenge for Double or Nothing! A straight up wrestling match! Trent VS “that narcissist,” Orange Cassidy! Cassidy DECKS Trent!! Cassidy drags Trent over the railing, security separates them fast! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but we’ll see that soon enough. Will Trent suffer for what he did? Or will his delusional ego fuel him until he’s gotten rid of all his former Best Friends?

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is preparing to take on the AEW Women’s World Champion, “Timeless” Toni Storm. Double or Nothing is just over a week away, will Deeb use the Star of the Show to tune-up for the leading lady?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Deeb throws her shirt at Anna, then kicks her low! Deeb CLUBS away, reels Anna in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Deeb keeps on Anna by tying her up in Paradise! Deeb sits on Anna while Anna is stuck! Deeb then rallies the fans, runs up and DROPKICKS Anna out of Paradise! The fans cheer, Deeb brings Anna up, but Anna fires off forearms! Anna whips, ROCKS Deeb, then snapmares. Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Deeb staggers up, Anna reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Deeb stumbles away, Anna ROCKS her in a corner! Anna whips Deeb corner to corner, runs up, but blocks boot!

Deeb reels Anna in to KICK Anna, then slips out to the apron. Deeb avoids Anna’s shoulder thrust, to get her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! The fans cheer Deeb as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb storms in, drags Anna up, ripcords and ELBOWS her, then wrenches to hook Anna up, IRON OCTOPUS! Anna endures, even as Deeb bends her fingers! Anna fights her way forward, ROPEBREAK! Deeb holds until the ref counts 4, then she whips. Anna reverses but Deeb turns hip toss into takedown! Deeb sits down, has the legs, and turns Anna over for the SEATED SURFBOARD! Anna endures as Deeb rocks the boat, then Deeb lets off to hook the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Anna escapes, but Deeb TOSSES her out! Deeb runs up, but Anna ROCKS her back! Anna storms in, but Deeb gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Deeb runs, and she BLASTS Anna off the apron! Deeb then storms out after Anna, drags her up, and reels her in. TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Anna flounders, Deeb fires up, and Deeb gets Anna into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Deeb has Anna in a COBRA TWIST! Anna endures, pries at the hold, and HIP TOSSES free! The fans fire up as Deeb stands up, and Anna cradles! TWO, and Anna dodges Deeb to CLOBBER her! And ELBOW her down! Anna fires up, runs corner to corner, ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Anna whips corner to corner, runs in, LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up and Anna whips again, but Deeb reverses. Anna still catches Deeb for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Anna hurries to get Deeb up, whips her to ropes, but Deeb dodges now! Deeb dodges again, then LARIATS Anna down! Deeb fires up and the fans are torn.

Deeb stalks Anna to a corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Deeb roars, blocks the boot, ELBOWS Anna and hooks her up in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Anna hobbles, Deeb reels her in, but Anna switches! Deeb switches, Anna fights the nelson and elbows Deeb. Deeb shoves Anna to SNAP GERMAN! Then Deeb wrenches, hammerlocks, and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO!! Anna survives but Deeb keeps her focus. The fans rally for Deeb and she brings Anna up. Deeb reels Anna in, but Anna wrenches out to HOOK KICK! Anna runs, Deeb follows, CHOP BLOCK! Then Deeb stomps the bad leg, drops an elbow on the knee, then drops another elbow!

But Anna gets the QUEENSLAYER!! Deeb pushes back to a cover, TWO!! Anna lets Deeb go, gets her back up, Gory Especial! But the bad leg stops her! Deeb backslides Anna, rolls her through and reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms, for the DEEB-TOX!! But that’s not all, Deeb kicks Anna over to get that leg! HALF CRAB! Wait, Luther is out here? He is taking Deeb’s banner?! Anna TAPS, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

Deeb sees what that butler is up to, and she’s furious! Deeb can’t believe Storm would be so petty as to have her manservant take her banner! Mariah May walks out here now, she and Luther hold the banner open for all to see, but what’s this about? Oh well here comes Toni Storm herself! The Leading Lady looks at the banner, and strips behind it!? The banner is now a dress that wraps around Storm as she kicks off her shoes! Deeb is even angrier now, and she chases after Storm! Storm and entourage run away, will Deeb strip Storm naked of that Women’s World Championship?

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

The Prodigy of The Patriarchy, the honorary son of Christian Cage, is looking to get payback on Swerve himself next Wednesday. But will he be ready to make AEW into Wayne’s World? Or will he struggle to even get past the acrobatic wonder that is Jack Cartwheel?

The bell rings, Wayne runs up to BOOT Jack down! Wayne stomps away on Jack, lets off to soak up heat, and then takes aim again. Wayne runs corner to corner, but Jack cartwheels away! And cartwheels again! Jack runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Wayne bails out, Jack CARTWHEEL KICKS him down! The fans fire up for Jack, and he builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP, emphasis on flop! Wayne avoided disaster, then gets Jack up and into the ring. Wayne says he’s too smart for that, and he rains down fists! The fans boo as Wayne lets off, and he slams Jack down. Wayne stands on Jack’s face, scrapes him, then PENALTY KICKS him!

Wayne flexes and soaks up heat, then goes back to Jack. Wayne pats Jack on the face, goes up and up, into WAYNE’S WORLD!! Wayne goes to cover, but then says no, that’s not good enough. Wayne sits Jack up, tells Swerve that he’ll be waiting. “Whose House?”! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Wayne wins!

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

Message sent, but surely The Realest doesn’t sweat Nick Wayne. Will Swerve make Wayne’s World come crashing down? Or is this a trap game so close to Double or Nothing?

 

Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

It would seem there’s a bounty out for The Elite’s opponents in Anarchy in the Arena. The American Dragon, Cash & Dax don’t mind, though, because they’re always down for a fight! Will AEW’s Top Guys prove to the EVPs that if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself? Or will The Murderhawk Monster alongside good o’ Dutch & Vincent show that #EverybodyDies?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against Vinnie. The fans rally up, the two circle, and they tie up. Dax puts Vinnie in a corner, Vinnie turns things around, and Vinnie smothers Dax. Vinnie throws body shots, lets off as then ref counts, then throws more body shots. Vinnie brings Dax around to scrape off the ropes! The ref reprimands, Vinnie lets off, and he whips corner to corner. Dax hits buckles hard, and Vinnie gets in Dax’s face! “This is for the EVPs, man!” Vinnie whips corner to corner, Dax reverses and CHOPS Vinnie down! Dax snap suplexes, drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax keeps Vinnie from his corner, tag to Cash.

Dax feeds Vinnie to Cash’s knees, then Cash fireman’s carries. He and Dax work together, assisted GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cash headlocks, Vinnie powers up but can’t power out. Cash hits a takeover, grinds Vinnie down, and Vinnie fights up. Vinnie powers up, drops down then ELBOWS Cash! Vinnie says, “Dig what I’m saying?!” Vinnie stalks Cash to the corner, tags Dutch, and The Righteous mug Cash! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Dutch DECKS Cash. Dutch scoops Cash to SLAM him down! Dutch smirks at Dax, then drags Cash up. Dutch whips, Cash goes up and over and keeps moving! He even ducks the boot!

Dutch scoops, Cash slips out to JAB! JAB! JAB! Cash bobs ‘n’ weaves then DROPKICKS! Tag to Dax, FTR double whip Dutch to double body shot, and DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dutch is tougher than that but Dax keeps on Dutch. The fans want Bryan, Dax whips but Dutch reverses. Dax BOOTS back, goes up, FLYING BULLDOG! Archer gets in to choke grip! Bryan and Cash make the save, Vinnie joins in, and it is a brawl! The fans fire up as Bryan TOSSES Vinnie! Cash ROCKS Archer, Dax throws Dutch out! Bryan runs Vinnie into barriers, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Bryan has people move aside so he can sit Vinnie in the corner. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan then runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Vinnie into barriers! Bryan revels in the cheering, FTR keeps after Archer and Dutch. Cash CHOPS Archer, Bryan SMACKS Vinnie off the apron, and Cash high-fives fans before he CHOPS Archer again! Cash leaves Archer behind so he can help Dax with Dutch. Vinnie turns things around on Bryan, Cash HEADBUTTS Dutch! Cash puts Dutch in the ring, then scares Vinnie off. Bryan & FTR regroup, but Archer still gets a shot in on Bryan!

The teams regroup, Dax DECKS Vinnie before getting in the ring. Dax runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dutch BODY CHECKS him! Cover, TWO! Dutch looms over Dax, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Vinnie, the Righteous mug Dax, and the ref counts. Vinnie slaps Dax around, brings him around and snapmares, then clamps on a chinlock. Vinnie squeezes tight but Dax endures and Collision returns to single picture. The fans boo but Dax endures. Dax fights up and the fans rally up. Dax throws body shots, but Vinnie ROCKS Dax! Vinnie puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, but Dax throws hands in return!

Vinnie falls back, but Dutch storms up! Dax throws hands on him, too! Dax then leaps, but into a BOOT from Vinnie! Vinnie then BASEMENT FLATLINERS! Cover, TWO! Vinnie drags Dax up, puts him in the corner and tags Archer. Archer BODY BLOWS, then he ROCKS Dax! Dax flops through ropes, but Archer brings him back in. Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW! Archer keeps moving, and he ELBOWS Dax again! Archer keeps going, but Dax dodges! The fans fire up and Dax storms up. Archer puts Dax up top! Archer ROCKS Dax, then inverted crucifix lifts! But Dax CLAWS Archer’s face and BITES his forehead!

Dax steadies himself up top, but Archer STEP UP KNEES! Archer runs again, but only gets buckles! Archer staggers, Vinnie tags in! Vinnie gets Dax’s legs, but Dax kicks Vinnie away! Dutch tags in, runs up, but Dax avoids the elbow drop! Hot tag to Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires off forearms! Dutch stays up so Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS and KICKS! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every KICK! Bryan whips, Dutch reverses but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to LEAPING LARIAT! Portland is thunderous as Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Bryan winds up, BUZZ- NO, Dutch ducks it!

Dutch shoves Bryan to ropes, Bryan stops himself, and Dutch runs up. Bryan dumps Dutch out, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Dutch hits railing! The fans fire up as Bryan puts Dutch back in! Bryan goes up, Dutch stands, Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Down goes Dutch, Bryan kips up! Vinnie runs up, Bryan dodges! Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Bryan & Cash coordinate, cash DROPKICKS Dutch! Bryan DROPKCISK Dutch while Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Cash PLANCHAS Vinnie, Bryan runs, but manages to escape the Scrapbuster! Bryan wrangles Dutch into the omoplata! Dutch fights around, but ends u in the LEBELL LOCK!

Archer STOMPS Bryan! Cash runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Archer gets Dax, for the CHOKE SLAM!! Archer roars, he and Vinnie stomp away on Bryan! The fans boo but Dutch joins in. Dutch then tags Vinnie, The Righteous gets Bryan up, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, Cash breaks it!! But Archer SHOVES Cash out! Vinnie goes up, Archer runs in but Cash sends him into steps! Bryan trips Vinnie! Cash tags in, Bryan goes up! Cash goes to the adjacent corner! Bryan has Vinnie for the SUPERPLEX!! That’s the Power, Cash SPLASHES for the Glory! Cover, Dutch runs up! Cash moves, Dutch SPLASEHS Vinnie!

Cash fires off on Dutch, then runs to LARIAT! Archer BOOTS Cash! Archer hoists Cash up top, but Bryan’s back! BUSAIKU KNEE! But Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! But Cash hits a TORNADO DDT! Vinnie has Cash for a roll-up! TWO!! Vinnie back suplexes but Cash lands out! Dax gives Cash a lift up and over, then Vinnie turns around into the SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Bryan & FTR win!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Three-fourths of Team AEW made it work, and surely The Elite is not happy about this! But then The Righteous attack! Archer hits Bryan with an APRON CHOKE SLAM! This was never about the match but about the damage done! AUTUMN SUNSHINE for Dax!! Archer goes looking under the ring while The Righteous get Cash up. Vinnie finds a chair! Archer CHOKES Dax, Dutch JAMS Cash with the chair! That chair is set down, Archer uses another to JAM Dax again and again! The fans boo, but no back-up is coming with Eddie injured and Darby absent. Archer lifts Cash, for a FULL METAL BLACKOUT!!

Cash writhes on top of the steel, but the torture isn’t over! The chair is put on top of Dax and Vinnie goes up! FULL METAL SWANTON BOMB!! But here comes Daniel Garcia! He has a chair, too! Garcia JAMS Archer, DECKS Vinnie, then hits a SAIDO on Dutch!! Garcia runs up to clothesline Dutch up and out! The fans fire up as Garcia runs off Vinnie and Archer, too! But was the save a little too late with FTR suffering the worst of it? Are The Elite going to make sure there’s no one to even be on Team AEW?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of Collision here, and of course more is set up for Double or Nothing. Very good promo from Moxley and Claudio, and Moxley VS Takeshita is made, but it will just be an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship  Eliminator, not a straight up title match. Maybe that means Takeshita wins so that he earns a title match for Forbidden Door, and then he loses there. Though, if that’s the case, Moxley must be getting past Evil at NJPW Dominion just a few weeks before Forbidden Door. Moxley’s great in the ring and all but I’m starting to agree with Shota Umino in his interview, where he said NJPW should not be some feeder to AEW.

Interesting for AEW to have Collision stationed in one spot for a six week stretch like that. Is this to make up for bad ratings/attendance for Collision? I mean, if they keep Collision interesting during that time, sure. Having something like tonight’s FTW Contender Series could help. I figured Hook would make it in, and same for Shibata. It seems the new attitude for The Iron Savages won’t count towards anything on AEW programming, Keith took Boulder out pretty easy. Hook VS Shibata VS Keith is going to be great stuff, and seeing as Jericho’s promo naturally called out Hook, there’s a good chance Hook wins. Though it’d be a great twist in the story if it wasn’t Hook or even Shibata but Keith getting his shot so that he can have another PPV title match under his belt.

Great stuff out of Ospreay VS Taylor, and I figured Ospreay would win. Great little brawl of him fighting off The Kingdom, though I was kinda hoping at least Kyle Fletcher would show up to connect the dots on Don Callis Family backing each other up. Great match of Cassidy VS Kassidy, even with Trent showing up ringside as a partial distraction. Great win for Cassidy, and Cassidy VS Trent is now made for Double or Nothing. That could go either way depending on how this courting of Cassidy goes for Don Callis, which also probably relates to how things go for Ospreay in that International Championship match. I still don’t want Cassidy to go Heel and I still don’t see Callis making a Face run work.

Very good promo from Pac to call out Bang Bang Gang, and wow I didn’t think Bang Bang Gang would get him so soon. Still unclear if this becomes a trios thing even though the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions do need to defend those titles at some point. But even just Pac VS White 1v1 would be awesome stuff, would love to see it. Good promo from The Patriarchy, and of course Nick Wayne wins, even though this has also been his first singles match in months. He sure isn’t beating Swerve but that probably ends up just a set-up so the Patriarchy can beat Swerve down, keeping the go-home math in Swerve’s favor.

Very good match from Deeb VS Anna, and what an out of the box move for Storm to take Deeb’s banner and make it a dress. Still hard to say what happens at Double or Nothing, but the fans are still just so in love with Storm, it doesn’t feel like she’s losing the title. And great Six Man Tag main event, great win for Bryan & FTR but I should’ve figured there’d be a beatdown. Garcia making the save is great, and honestly it’s a little surprising he wasn’t “the fourth man” over Darby. Garcia has teamed with FTR before, there’s history with Bryan when Garcia was torn between Bryan and Jericho, something about that makes even more sense than Darby just not liking The Bucks & Jack Perry.

But at the same time, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications, Garcia can still get involved to help. In fact, many AEW wrestlers could get involved to turn this into AEW’s Avengers Civil War/Endgame whatever. Which would be a great way to top off the PPV that makes five years of AEW, honestly.

My Score: 8.7/10


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