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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/10/21)

New Japan Cup, day 5!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

The New Japan Cup’s opening round finishes here!

Will Yoshi-Hashi #TurnItAllAround against the Tokyo Pimp? Will we all Breath with the Switchblade as Jay White takes on the Hammerhead, Toa Henare?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens; Finlay wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yoshi-Hashi wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White; White wins and advances.

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2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens!

The Flamboyant One is out thanks to Kenta, so it’s up to Finlay to carry on for his team! But will the Texas Heavyweight Champion spill the FinJuice and move on to round two?

The bell rings and Finlay circles with Chase as fans build to a rally. They feel out the grapple, each avoid the other’s leg shoot, but then Finlay gets in, only for Chase to block. Chase facelocks, Finlay slips to a waistlock but Chase switches to hammerlock. Finlay spins through to hammerlock then headlock. Chase tries to power out but Finlay holds on tight. Chase pulls hair but Finlay throws him with a headlock takeover. Chase turns that right into his own headlock, and Chase shrugs off the headscissor attempts. Finlay gets up, powers out and drops to dropkick! Fans cheer as Finlay smiles and brings Chase right up, for a suplex! Cover, TWO!

Finlay keeps his cool while he brings Chase up. Chase shoves him to a corner, Finlay elbows him away and hops up, but Chase blocks the boot to YANK Finlay into the BACKBREAKER! Chase steadies himself while Finlay writhes, and Chase stomps him down. Chase drags Finlay up, whips him to a corner hard, and lets Finlay fall to the mat. Chase elbows Finlay in the back, clamps onto his arms and turns him to get the legs. Chase ties the legs up for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Fans rally as Finlay endures, but Chase lets him down to get more leverage. Chase lets Finlay go, Finlay throws body shots but Chase whips and elbows Finlay down. Chase runs for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Chase gets annoyed but he stalks Finlay to ropes. Fans rally but Chase claws Finlay in the back! Finlay swings but into the Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Chase keeps on Finlay with a body scissors squeeze! Finlay endures, Chase pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Chase lets go of hair and lets Finlay free, and Finlay throws body shots. Chase knees low, kicks but Finlay blocks to hit a neckbreaker! Fans cheer as Finlay gets up slowly. Chase stands, Finlay throws forearms and EuroUppers! Finlay whips, Chase reverses but Finlay comes back with a leaping elbow! Chase bails out but Finlay PLANCHAS! Finlay drags Chase up and in and aims from a corner.

Chase goes to the other corner, Finlay runs in to uppercut! Finlay hops up, leaps, but Chase gets under. Chase comes back but into Finlay’s DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Finlay as he brings Chase up but Chase fights off the exploder. Chase throws Finlay out, builds speed and WRECKS Finlay with a dropkick! Finlay hits railing, Chase puts him in and climbs up top. Chase leaps, into Finlay’s arms, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth and fans rally up as he vows to finish this! Finlay puts on a cravat and heads for the corner, but Chase shoves him away. Finlay runs back in but Chase throws him into the corner! Finlay bounces off buckles and hits the mat!

Fans rally as both men are down, and Finlay gets back to the corner. Chase runs in to forearm smash, then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase tries again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A fourth cover, TWO!! Fans cheer while Chase grows annoyed. Chase stands, fans rally, and Chase fireman’s carries Finlay. Finlay fights free, waistlocks but Chase switches, only for Finlay to roll and get Chase to a cover, TWO! Chase has the ghost pin, TWO! Chase runs in but Finlay dodges, only for Chase to dodge the dropkick! Chase hits a SHINING WIZARD, then drags Finlay right up for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and fans rally up again.

Chase grits his teeth as he gets back up. Chase mocks the Hulkster, wanting to hear the fans. Chase drags Finlay up, Finlay shoves him away, but Chase comes back with a forearm. Finlay forearms back, so Chase hits him again. Chase eggs Finlay on, Finlay throws another forearm! Chase forearms, Finlay forearms, repeat! Fans rally as both men speed up! Chase gets the edge, but Finlay gives it back, and adds a EuroUpper! Chase boots, Finlay forearms, Chase LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Finlay is still in this and fans still rally for him. Chase bails out and rips up the floor mats! The ref reprimands but he also has to keep Juice Robinson back. Chase gets his title belt and CLOBBERS Finlay!! Cover, TWO!!

Finlay survives the belt shot and Chase is furious! Chase drags Finlay back up, tucks him in but Finlay is dead weight. Chase drags Finlay up and says, “I’m going to kill you!” Chase SLAPS Finlay, but Finlay dodges the Jewel Trigger! Chase bucks the O’Conner roll and catches Finlay for a REBOUND BACKBREAKER! Chase keeps moving, and he hits a PSYCHO KNEE! Then he tucks Finlay in, for a- NO! Finlay ranas and covers, FINLAY WINS!!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel tried to rob Finlay, but he gets robbed instead! NJCUP aside, does Finlay now have a shot at the belt Chase clobbered him with?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The Head Hunter may not be an IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, but he’s still a NEVER Openweight Six Man Champion! Will Hashi #TurnItAllAround and head for the next round? Or will the Tokyo Pimp slap him down so hard he can’t #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and Yujiro BOOTS Hashi, then runs to BOOT him again! Hashi stays up, Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses. Hashi dodges the boot to shoulder and elbow him down! Yujiro gets up but Hashi scoops and SLAMS him! Fans cheer as Hashi stomps Yujiro then drags him up. Yujiro pulls Hashi’s hair and Red Shoes reprimands, but then Yujiro rakes Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro runs but Hashi trips him, drags him out and RAMS him into railing! Hashi whips Yujiro into more railing, but Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Hashi stalks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi with the cane! Yujiro brings Hashi around and whips him into railing!

Red Shoes sees the pimp cane and reprimands but Yujiro pushes him aside to bring Hsahi to the ramp. CANE SHOT! Red Shoes reprimands and Yujiro leaves Hashi behind to go into the ring. Fans rally for Hashi as the ring count starts. Hashi slowly rises but doesn’t stand until 10 of 20. Hashi gets in at 13 but Yujiro rains down forearms. Yujiro lets off to stomp Hashi, then paces about. Yujiro drags Hashi up, fans rally, and Hashi headbutts low! Yujiro still snapmares Hashi to drop a leg, drop an elbow and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps his cool as he looms over Hashi. Yujiro drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him!

Hashi sits up and clutches his back, Yujiro drags him into a chinlock. Yujiro lets off to basement boot Hashi in the back! Cover, ONE! Yujiro gets annoyed and he paces around. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in and back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Yujiro kicks at Hashi, slaps him around, but Hashi gets up and in Yujiro’s face. Hashi throws forearms but Yujiro knees low! Yujiro knees again, and avoids Hashi’s spinning kick to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman but no suplex as Hashi suplexes back. Yujiro slips out, mule kicks and reels Hashi in, but Hashi hits the suplex first! Fans rally up as Hashi gets to his feet.

Yujiro stands, Hashi throws forearms and body shots, then CHOPS! Hashi whips, Yujiro reverses but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in and CHOPS Yujiro at the corner! Hashi brings Yujiro around but Yujiro elbows the neckbreaker away. Hashi dodges Yujiro’s clothesline and comes back with the HEAD HUNTER! Yujiro staggers up and Hashi CHOPS him at ropes! Hashi hangs Yujiro out to dry, then runs to dropkick him down! Hashi keeps moving to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi looms over Yujiro and brings him up. Hashi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro blocks the lift and BITES the hand!

Red Shoes reprimands, Yujiro lets go, and then STUN GUNS Hashi! Yujiro runs to BOOT Hashi, throw him down and cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi stays in this but Yujiro grows frustrated. Yujiro brings Hashi back up, Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro forearms back, Hashi forearms again, and fans rally as the two build speed! Yujiro gets the edge, SLAPS Hashi, then slaps him again! Hashi SLAPS back! Yujiro blocks the superkick, trips Hashi and runs, into a LARIAT! But Yujiro is right up to LARIAT Hashi back! Fans rally as both men are down and stirring. Hashi crawls to a corner but Yujiro runs in, to BOOT Hashi!

Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses, Yujiro comes back but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi powers out but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Yujiro fires up as he drags Hashi from a corner. Yujiro hoists Hashi up top, climbs up, and hits a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro isn’t done, he gets Hashi up for another FISHERSMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans fire up! Yujiro is furious and he drags Hashi back up. Fans rally, Yujiro fires up and reels Hashi in, but no Pimp Juice! Hashi shoves Yujiro to hit the spinning mule kick! Yujiro staggers into the SUPERKICK! Hashi fires up, drags Yujiro into a full nelson and spin, but Yujiro spins out to fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!!

Hashi shocks Yujiro and he loses his cool! Fans rally up as Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro reels Hashi in, but still no Pimp Juice as Hashi slips out! Yujiro falls back hard and clutches his head while Hashi crawls to the other side. Hashi drags himself up, fires up, and runs at Yujiro! LARIATS collide but Hashi keeps moving! Yujiro BOOTS and ROCKS Hashi, then runs, but Hashi gets under to FULL NELSON SUPLEX! Hashi keeps going, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Hashi keeps on Yujiro with the full nelson, spin to pump handle, but Yujiro blocks the lift! Yujiro elbows but Hashi throws headbutts!

Hashi throws Yujiro into the corner, then runs in to clothesline! And NECKBREAKER! Hashi heads up top and fans fire up, for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!? Yujiro lives and Hashi can’t believe it! Hashi hurries onto Yujiro with the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, fans rally, Hashi pulls him from ropes and leans harder on the hold! Yujiro keeps fighting, moving around, but Hashi leans harder on the hold! Fans keep rallying as Hashi changes up his grip. Yujiro almost gets free but Hashi gator rolls him,, to the full nelson, pump-handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: YOSHI-HASHI, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Head Hunter managed to grind Yujiro down and finish him off! Will Hashi continue on and finally be at the top of NJPW?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White!

One way or another, Hiroshi Tanahashi waits in the second round! Will it be his new protégé, the Hammerhead, or the new thorn in his side that is the Switchblade that meets The Ace?

After White and Gedo Low Sweet, and White shows off the muscles, the bell rings. Henare does his Haka dance to fire up and egg White on, but White just applauds with the fans. White circles with Henare, but White stays by the ropes for defense. Henare has to stay back until White returns, and they tie up. Henare puts White on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Henare lets off cleanly. White and Henare go again, tie up, and Henare puts White in a corner now. Red Shoes calls for the break but White turns it around! White lets off but stomps away on Henare! White throws forearms, stomps more, then lets off just a moment before giving another stomp.

White whips, Henare reverses but White slides out. Henare pursues, but White catches him with stomps on the return. White forearms and stomps Henare to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but then dodges the return to headlock. Henare powers out but White bails out again, mockingly applauding. Henare rushes the ropes but White wants Red Shoes to keep him back. Henare backs off, White gets on the apron and ducks the punch to hotshot Henare away! White hits a headlock takeover, and Gedo cheers. He’s the only one. White asks the fans why they don’t cheer, but fans rally up for Henare.

Henare fights up, White throws him back down with another takeover, and grinds Henare. Henare still fights up, blocks the takeover this time, and gets White up. White holds off the back suplex, Henare powers him away and White comes back with a forearm! Henare doesn’t budge, then he DECKS White with a forearm back! Fans fire up, Henare runs and runs White over! Henare stalks White to a corner, bumps him off buckles, then again, then CHOPS White! Gedo complains but Henare puts White in another corner to CHOP again! White is stinging as he sits down but Henare is on him with stomps!

Henare fires up, White bails out but Henare is after him and whips him into railing! And then into more railing! And then back the other way into railing! Fans fire up with Henare while Gedo protests. Henare drags White up, puts him in the ring, and fans cheer as Henare glares at Gedo. Henare paces, drags White up, and headbutts him. Henare scoops and SLAMS White, then strikes a pose before he runs, for a LEAPING AX HANDLE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Henare stalks White and drags him from the apron. White kicks Henare away, then catches Henare to EXPLODER him out of the ring! Henare hits hard and Red Shoes checks on him, but he’s okay to continue.

Fans rally up and Henare rises. White goes out to fetch him, drags him up and RAMS him into the apron! And then RAMS him into railing! And then the apron, then back into railing! Jado is on commentary and likes what he sees as White drags Henare back and throws him into the apron. Henare falls over in a slump as Jado says “Bravo!” White refreshes the ring count then puts Henare back in. Cover, but Red Shoes refuses to count because of the antics outside. White stomps Henare, covers, ONE!! White is a bit stunned by that but he drags Henare up to scoop and SLAM him! Cover, TWO! White grows annoyed with Henare and he jams knees into Henare over and over!

White gets a leg and turns Henare for a HALF CRAB! White flexes for a moment while he digs his knee in. Gedo taunts Henare but Henare reaches out to get the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, White holds on until 3. Henare gets to a corner, White stalks over and drags him up to put into the corner. White RAMS his forearm into Henare over and over, then brings him around to snapmare. White digs his knee into Henare while pulling on the chinlock. Henare endures, fans rally up and Henare throws body shots. White throws Henare by his hair! White mocks the clapping for “HE-NA-RE!” then kicks Henare to ropes.

White drags Henare up, stomps him, mocks the clapping more, but Henare blocks the whip! White ROCKS Henare with forearms, whips but Henare blocks again! White KNEES Henare low, and again, then whips him corner to corner. Henare reverses and White hits the corner hard! White is in a daze as he rolls but Henare is after him with forearms! Henare CHOPS White against ropes, whips him to ropes but Henare comes back with a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Henare drags White back up, reels him in and suplexes. White tries to fight free of the stall but Henare keeps him up! Henare powers through White’s attempts to then SLAM White down! Cover, TWO!

Henare fires up and fans rally with him. Henare storms in but White boots him away! White boots again, but Henare comes back, into more boots! White runs but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Henare whips, White reverses but Henare reverses back to fireman’s carry. White slips free, spins Henare and SPIKE DDT’s! Gedo cheers White but fans rally for Henare. Henare is in a corner, White runs in and uppercuts! White brings Henare around but Henare blocks the suplex to suplex! White slips out, kicks low, and CORNER HALF HATCHES! White drags Henare right up to BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and Gedo is mad but White keeps his cool.

White stands on Henare’s neck and flexes but Henare pushes him away. White mocks the clapping as he stands on Henare’s face. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare blocks the urenage. White throws knees but still Henare blocks the urenage. White throws even more knees, then kicks Henare in the face! White stomps Henare, drags him up for forearms, but Henare fires up! White throws even more forearms but Henare DECKS him with one! Fans fire up as both men go down again! Henare runs, but White blocks the lariat, and catches Henare for a COMPLETE SHOT! And then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN!

Gedo goes nuts and White double guns, and then White brags to the Young Lions, “Am I good or what?” White slaps Henare around as fans rally, and White stand Henare up to slap him. Henare swings, but into the URENAGE! White double guns again, pushes Henare out of the ring, and says, “He shouldn’t be in here with me!” White wants the ring count to end this, so Red Shoes starts a count. Fans rally as Henare stirs, and Henare rises at 7 of 20. Henare crawls to the ring, gets up and in at 12. White stomps Henare, scrapes him back out, and wants the ring count again. The count restarts, Henare growls as he rises again, and he’s in at 8 this time!

White stomps Henare, kicks him back out, and again the ring count begins. Henare refuses to stay down, and is in at 4! White goes out to drag Henare out and whips him into railing! And then again! White puts Henare back in, asks Gedo what to do, and Gedo says Kiwi. White drags Henare up, fisherman to the KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and shocks White! White sits Henare up to wrap on a sleeper, but Henare fights it and gets to a corner. White RAMS into Henare’s back over and over, then brings him into a SAIDO! Henare flops across the ring and White grins as he heads over.

White brings Henare up, hoists him up top, throws forearms, then climbs up to join him. Henare blocks the suplex so White goes to the very top. Henare still resists, throws body shots, then forearms White down! Henare adjusts but White throws forearms back! White climbs, throws more forearms, but Henare HEADBUTTS him down! Henare adjusts again, fans fire up, and Henare leaps for a DIVING SHOULDER!! Gedo freaks out as White flounders up in the corner. Henare runs in and clotheslines, then fireman’s carries, for the RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Henare as he runs at White, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

White survives and Henare is surprised, but he brings White back up. White fights off Henare’s clinch with elbows, but Henare still powers up! White elbows free, gets around, throws fast hands, but Henare blocks to Tomahawk elbow over and over, to then BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up while White flounders. Henare runs, White ducks the clothesline, but Henare comes back to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! White survives and Henare can’t believe it! Henare aims from a corner as White slowly rises. Gedo shouts at White, and White drops before Henare can run in. Henare drags White up, White reels Henare in, but Henare powers out of Blade Runner to TOA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

White survives again and Henare can’t believe it! Fans rally up as Henare fires up, “AOH! AOH!” Henare aims from a corner, but White grabs at Red Shoes while Gedo has his brass knuckles! Gedo swings but Henare blocks to CLOBBER him instead! White gets Henare, Henare slips out and shoves, but White dodges! Henare comes back with the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives but Henare is fired up! Fans rally hard as ever as Henare drags White up. Henare fisherman lifts, but White fights that off, only for Henare to HEADBUTT! Henare says he’ll end it, and he gets White up, but White slips out to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Both men are down but fans rally again.

White finds Henare and heads over. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare fights off the Triple S! White comes back, gets around, TRIPLE S!! And then a lift to the BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Switchblade wins, and then demands Henare be removed from “his” ring! White gets a mic and tells the “Young Boys” to get him ice. Stop wasting it on the loser, give it to him! If they don’t, he’s coming out after them. White tells “Gabe” to give ice to his senpai. Gabriel Kidd does as told, and White shouts, “How about Henare, huh?” No, no, don’t clap for Henare. Clap for the winner, Jay White! Hear that, Henare? White doesn’t care about Henare, get him out of here! White said Henare’s moment would come and go, and there it was. Henare takes his leave from ringside, and White says Henare doesn’t matter any more than the Young Lions! White matters! This is the New Jay-pan Cup!

And he says he is coming for Kota Ibushi! Ibushi is trying to erase WHITE from NJPW’s history! White won’t let that happen. But he’s up against Hiroshi Tanahashi next? Wow, he got a bye, huh? Well if there’s anyone who needed it, it’s Tanahashi. Tanahashi can have all the time he wants but it won’t matter against White! White tells “Tana” that he’ll do him a favor. When White wins the Cup and takes those belts, or perhaps singular belt, off Ibushi, he’ll split them back apart into the Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. White will cement his legacy in NJPW.

So then, White knows that Tanahashi won’t win, and certainly wouldn’t win the Cup anyway. So Tanahashi should just lie down, White covers, they both go home unscathed so that White can keep everyone’s names protected from that “psychopath.” But until then, Kyoto~! Henare, Gabe, Yuya, Tsuji, Tana and everyone else in this tournament, you are looking at the REAL winner! And you will Breathe with the Switchblade, and the RRRRREEEAL Era!! White drops the mic and waits for Jado to join him and Gedo in the Low Sweet. Bullet Club is moving on, and White may pretend he’s being noble by preserving the traditional titles and their lineage, but will the Ace make sure White is nowhere near the top title(s) in NJPW?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good event, but I clearly skipped the first half. Evil got the win for Bullet Club, Jeff Cobb got the win for the United Empire, as they have been all week because of their coming match-up, so what was there to really see? But in another Chaos VS LIJ 8 Man Tag, it was very clever for Bushi to get the win off Sho, and with a La Magistrol, not a finisher. This keeps things even between Goto and Takagi going into the second round of match-ups, and perhaps can feed into the Junior Heavyweight Championship race. Finlay VS Chase was a good match, and it was very interesting that another quick pin was the finish, not a finisher. Maybe Finlay VS Chase for the apparent Texas Heavyweight Championship happens after Finlay is out of the tournament, and that has a definitive finish.

Hashi VS Yujiro certainly looks on paper like Chaos’ bottom tier VS Bullet Club’s bottom tier. But the match itself was good, and Hashi winning is very interesting. NJPW seems to be finally giving him some shine, but we know he won’t get to the semifinals. He might beat Finlay so that we can get the Texas Heavyweight title match sooner, but Hashi won’t beat The Ace or Jay White. White VS Henare was a really good match but of course White won. It was clear we weren’t going to get HenarACE facing themselves, so White VS Tanahashi was a given. That will be a really good match and could go either way.

I also liked White’s promo. He’s claiming the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship somehow erases the lineages of the separate titles, instead of unifying them a la WWE combining WWE Championship and #BigGold into the current WWE World Championship. I haven’t kept up with NJPW’s statements on said IWGP World Heavyweight title, but I would think they could easily just say, “No, the lineages continue in this title.” But it makes for an interesting point, and could be motivation for White to make it to the finals.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/26/24)

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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Sin City is All Elite!

AEW’s fifth anniversary goes Double or Nothing, and The Elite are risking it all in Anarchy in the Arena! Will “Team AEW” tear down our corrupt EVPs?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony; win(s).
  • Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa; wins.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; wins and
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; wins and
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; wins and
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; wins and
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Mercedes Mone; wins and
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks VS Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR; win.
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland VS Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City and “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the high stakes, high reward, high octane action set for Sin City tonight!

 

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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (5/25/24)

Collision in Sin City!

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Death Triangle sees the Gunn Sons, and raises them CERO! MIEDO!

Before going Double or Nothing, Penta & Fenix want to raise the stakes on The Bang Bang Gang! Can they earn a Unified AEW Trios Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & ??? VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Claudio, Garcia & Hiroshi Tanahashi win.
  • The Gunn Brothers VS The Lucha Brothers; The Lucha Brothers win and Death Triangle will challenge for the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS KM; Kyle wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Acclaimed VS The Gates of Agony VS The House of Black VS The Infantry; The House of Black wins.
  • Mariah May VS Leyla Hirsch; Mariah wins.
  • Six Man Tag; Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Team Triple J; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley is here!

While The Maniac is going to face Konosuke Takeshita in a Title Eliminator regarding his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, he’s here tonight at the sight of his AEW debut five years ago! That night was Double or Nothing 2019 and he gave Kenny Omega a Paradigm Shift onto the stack of giant poker chips, but it would seem he’s gonna be face to face with Don Callis now. Callis makes his way out to the ring now and fans boo him and his weird low bass rumble theme song. Callis says he has something important to say, and he tells Jon that he isn’t here to cause any trouble. Callis just wants to talk about their history.

Did everyone know that on Callis’ second night in AEW, he cost Moxley the AEW World Championship? Hey, he’s trying to talk to Moxley, stay out of this! The fans keep booing, but Callis says Moxley literally got his pound of flesh. Roll the footage of the night Moxley decked Callis and caused him to be cut open! Then Callis turned on Kenny Omega just a few nights later! Look at Moxley take advantage of that! Without knowing it, they both changed the course of this company! Every morning, Moxley is the first person Callis thinks about, because Callis sees this scar. TWENTY-FOUR stitches! For most, that’d be a deal breaker.

But Callis says he and Moxley aren’t like most people. Not like all of these normies in the crowd! Ironic of Callis to say that when these “normal people” want to see Moxley scar Callis again… But Callis says when he was in the hospital, Moxley opened the door. Callis thought Moxley was gonna finish the job! Moxley put his hand on Callis’ shoulder and said, “You’re one of us now.” Callis looked Moxley in the eyes, and what he saw was nothing! The same as when Callis looks in his eyes. The worst kept secret as that these two are a lot alike. They see everything, but feel nothing! They are “high-functioning sociopaths,” and pro-wrestling gave them a platform to change the world!

Thirty years ago, guys like them would be an institution somewhere! But they worked together and Moxley beat Omega. The fans tell Callis to STFU, but Callis tells Moxley that when Moxley said “You’re one of us now,” Moxley was right! Callis helped Moxley beat Omega, but who didn’t Callis didn’t have to help? Takeshita. And Jon, this isn’t a threat, but Moxley has Takeshita tomorrow and it kills Callis. Callis doesn’t want to see this match. Imagine instead, them on parallel yet separate paths, and just once, if they were going it he same direction! They could run AEW! Tony Khan couldn’t stop them! The UN couldn’t stop them!!

So Callis isn’t here to pitch anything, Moxley’s too smart for that. But just imagine what this could be like. They’re alike! They’re not alone! So instead of the eliminator, use that time to make an announcement about Moxley’s future with The Callis Family! What does Callis have to do to get this done? Moxley is taken aback, paces a bit, and fans want him to deck Callis already. Callis offers the mic and Moxley takes it. The fans sing, “F HIM UP, F HIM UP!” Moxley tells Callis, “Okay, just one question.” Anything! What is it? “Well, if you and I are gonna trust each other, if we’re gonna be on the same page, I’m gonna need more of a commitment than that little baby scar on your forehead right there.”

So how about 24 MORE scars in that big bald head of Callis’? But then Takeshita CLOBBERS Moxley from behind! This was the plan all along, wasn’t it? ALPHA ELBOW!! Takeshita then gets a chair, brings it in, and he puts it around Moxley’s arm! Takeshita stands on the arm, then goes up the corner! The fans boo and Takeshita flips Moxley off, before the DIVING STOMP!! Moxley’s arm could very well be broken inside the chair! And then Takeshita STOMPS the chair more! Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli rush out here and that sends The Callis Family running! The damage has been done, will Moxley be able to stop Takeshita tomorrow night?

 

AEW shares Will Ospreay’s message from after Dynamite last Wednesday.

“You think I look pretty bad about now, right? Nah, this is nothing. Mate, I’ve been on full night benders, woke up in the morning, had a bowl of Coco Pops, got on a plane to Japan, called out the toughest guy and whooped on him in front of his wife and kids while I was smiling, bruv! You think this is the end, Messiah? What, am I to believe in you, am I? You think this scares me? I EFFIN’ LIVE FOR THIS, BRUV! I flew all the way from England on a 10 hour flight, got transferred over the Bakersfield, and this is the best that you got? My Messiah, am I meant to believe in you? Am I meant to believe?

“Nah, mate. The only thing that i believe is bell to bell, internationally known, no one is better than me inside that ring. And now what you’ve done, mate, now what you’ve done is just bonded me with that championship. My blood is on that championship, so now it is my duty, it is my spirit, that is bonded with that championship! So Sunday, in the perfect city to do it in, bet it all, gamble your life on it, son. Cuz now, it is my last mission to take that International Championship from you! And Hell or high water, nothing, nobody, is better than Will Ospreay. Cuz I am on another level!” Will Roddy learn he’s not a Savior but a False Prophet of the Backbreaker?

 

Six Man Tag: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & ??? VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

The Swiss Superman and the Dragonslayer are teaming together to take on The Murderhawk Monster, as well as good ol’ Dutch & Vincent, all to avenge what they tried to do to Bryan Danielson & FTR. But who is their third man, brother? It’s HIROSHI TANAHASHI! The Ace of the Universe, the President of NJPW, and one-third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions is here on Collision! Will Ace-sachou be just the trump card Claudio & Garcai need to win big in Sin City?

The trios sort out, the fans lose their minds seeing Tanahashi, but we get Claudio and Dutch starting off. Claudio and Dutch tie up, are in a deadlock, and Claudio powers Dutch back to ropes. The ref counts, Claudio lets off cleanly, but Dutch uppercuts! Dutch headlocks, Claudio powers up and out, but Dutch RAMS him! Claudio RAMS back! Dutch RAMS again! They continue to RAM back and forth, then Dutch kicks low! Dutch scoops and SLAMS then mocks the air guitar! Dutch headlocks, Claudio powers up and out, then drops and hurdles to UPPERCUT! Dutch rebounds, into a scoop! And SLAM! The fans fire up, Claudio runs to DOUBLE STOMP!

The fans fire up, Claudio tags Garcia in. Vinnie gets in but Garcia headlocks. Vinnie powers up and out but Garcia runs him over! Things keep moving, Vinnie CLOBBERS Garcia! Garcia goes to a corner but Vinnie fires off hands! The ref counts, Vinnie lets off, but then Garcia fires back! Garcia stomps a mudhole in, lets off and is all fired up! The fans are with Garcia, he goes back to Vinnie to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to seven, then Garcia- NO, Vinnie slips out, YANKS Garcia down, but Garcia gets around to spin Vinnie! Archer storms in but Tanahashi catches him! We get DOUBLE TWIST ‘N’ SHOUTS!

The fans are thunderous as Tanahashi air guitars and Garcia does his dance! Dutch runs in, Claudio catches him and trips him! The fans fire up, Garcia plays air guitar and Tanahashi does the dance! But then Vinnie CLOBBERS Tanahashi and Archer CLOBBERS Claudio and Garcia! The fans boo but Collision goes picture in picture.

Archer stomps away on Garcia in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Vinnie drags Garcia up. Vinnie CHOPS, Archer talks trash on fans, and Vinnie bumps Garcia off buckles. Vinnie drags Garcia up to SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Archer sends Tanahashi into railing! Garcia grabs at Vinnie’s beard but Vinnie pushes him. Vinnie puts Garcia in a corner, CHOKES him, but lets off as the ref counts. Dutch tags in, The Righteous mug Garcia, and then Dutch reels Garcia in for a short arm LARIAT! Dutch mockingly air guitars, then he stomps Garcia. Dutch drops an ELBOW, then covers, TWO!

Dutch keeps on Garcia, brings him over and bump shim off buckles. Tag to Archer, but Garcia fires forearms on Archer! Archer DECKS Garcia! Archer stomps away on Garcia, roars and storms around, then taunts Tanahashi with his own air guitar. Archer even mocks Garcia’s dance! Archer storms up on Garcia, CHOKES him on ropes, then whips him into the corner hard! Garcia falls, Archer tags Dutch, and Dutch looms over Garcia. Dutch mocks Garcia’s dance, then drags him up for body shots! Garcia goes back to the corner, COllision returns to single picture, and Dutch runs in. Garcia BOOTS back!

Garcia fights off Vinnie and Archer, but leaps into Dutch’s arms! Dutch RAMS Garcia into the corner! Dutch runs back in, but Garcia dodges the splash! Vinnie tags in, he gets a leg, but Garcia BOOTS him away! Archer runs in to BLAST Tanahashi and Claudio! Archer and Vinnie get Garcia up, but Garcia gets around, SAIDO for Vinnie! The fans fire up as Garcia crawls, hot tags to Archer and Tanahashi! The Monster grabs The Ace, but Tanahashi breaks free! Tanahashi fires off forearms, whips, but Archer reverses! Tanahsahi ROCKS Archer! Archer runs back up, Tanahashi dodges the boot and he CLOBBERS Archer!

The fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Archer. Tanahashi runs, but Archer follows, CROSSBODY! Garcia runs pup, but Archer grabs him! CHOKE- NO, Garcia lsilps free of the slam, and he CHOKES Archer on the top rope! Garcia DUMPS Archer out of teh ring hard, but Vinnie SHOTGUNS Garcia! Claudio LARIATS Vinnie! Dutch runs up, but Claudio trips him up! GIANT SWING! The fans are thunderous, Archer gets in to ROCK Claudio! Archer reels Claudio in, the fans boo, but Claudio suplexes first!! The fans are thunderous and Claudio says to go up! Tanahashi understands, but then Archer STEP-UP KNEES first!

Tag to Vinnie and he snaps his fingers, dig what he’s saying? Dutch gets in, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, CLAUDIO BREAKS IT! Garcia also returns, it’s a brawl! Archer TOSSES Garcia, Claudio LARIATS Dutch! Vinnie has Tanahashi to himself as things continue on the outside! The fans cheer “GO ACE! GO ACE!” Tanahashi fights back, Vinnie ROCKS him and runs! But into a SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi hurries out and up, for the HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, The Ace and team wins!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli, Daniel Garcia & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall

A huge moment for these three, and they celebrate with Garcia’s dance! Will, Claudio isn’t really into it, not his style. But will this mean big things are in store for Forbidden Door next month?

 

The following message is on behalf of The Elite.

“When it comes to the tireless work of your EVPs, the job is never done. While being the greatest tag team ever is glamorous, it is in the countless hours of thankless service to every single employee where Matthew & Nicholas find their true glory. From the global stars of AEW to the ring crew and everyone in between, The Elite always give back to the business that has given them so much. However, four men, four violent, ungrateful, ignorant, deranged men, want only to destroy what their humble, selfless work has built.” Anarchy in the Arena is coming, but for the fans, your EVPs will never shy away from adversity in their pursuit to #ChangeTheWorld.

So, clearly biased and edited to favor The Young Bucks, Kazuchika Okada & Jack Perry, but will The Elite stop at nothing to stay in control?

 

The Gunn Brothers VS The Lucha Brothers!

The Bang Bang Gang punked out Pac, and that sparked the flame that revived Death Triangle! But in order to make their coming Six Man Tag match for all the gold, Austin & Colten are taking on Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix in a battle of brothers! Will there be zero titles on the line at Double or Nothing? Or will there be CERO MIEDO!?

The teams sort out but things are tense. The ref has them all back off, and we get Penta starting against Austin. The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” Austin is annoyed, he and Penta circle, and Austin mocks Penta’s swagger. Penta shoves Austin and tells him, “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” And pie face! Austin says Penta should listen! “GUNNS! UP!” And pie face in return! The fans boo, the two argue, and Penta tells Austin listen. But Austin DECKS him! Fenix SUPERKICKS Austin! Colten runs in and DROPKICKS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Colten! Austin CLOBBERS Penta! Fenix and Austin DOUBLE LARIAT!

All four men are down and the fans fire up! The brothers regroup, The Gunns run up, the Lucha Bros dodge! The Gunns dodge, but the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Gunns bail out, the fans fire up, and The Lucha Bros say “CERO! MIEDO!” They both run, both slide, but the Gunns duck under to get under the ring! The Lucha Bros drag the Gunns back out, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” But the Gunns duck and superkicks collide! Austin sends Fenix into barriers, then Colten puts Penta in the ring! Austin tags Colten, then he drags Penta up. They whip Penta, set up to body shot, knee lift, and LARIAT! The Gunns soak up the heat and Colten looms over Penta.

Colten drags Penta, suplexes, then covers, TWO! Colten goes after Penta’s mask, tags Austin in, and the Gunns double suplex! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Colten CHOKES Penta on the ropes, then ties his mask to them! The ref reprimands, Austin stomps Colten, then he lets off. Colten CHOKES Penta! Austin taunts Fenix, the ref tries to free Penta, but Austin’s knot is pretty tricky. Austin tags Colten, Penta gets free, and the Gunns stomp him. Colten stomps Penta some more, then drags him up. Colten kicks low, then soaks up the heat. Colten kicks Penta out, goes out after him, and brings him around to POST! Penta tumbles and Colten slides in. Tag to Austin, Austin taunts Penta before he BOOTS Penta down! Austin drags Penta up, SMACKS him off the apron, then taunts him with #GunnsUp.

Austin drags Penta up, puts him in, and Austin stays between Penta and Fenix. Austin swaggers but Penta goes for a leg! Austin holds him off, CLUBS him down, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Colten, the Gunns double whip but Penta KICKS Colten! Austin blocks a superkick, Colten DECKS Penta! Austin drags Penta around, tags Colten, and Colten covers, TWO! Penta stays in this but Colten stays between him and Fenix. Colten drags Penta up, fireman’s carries, and Collision returns to single picture. Penta fights free with elbows, then ducks a lariat to SUPERKICK! Colten and Penta are both down and the fans fire up!

Penta crawls, Austin runs up on Fenix! Fenix fires off on Austin but that keep shim from Penta! Colten drags Penta back and tells him it was that close! But Penta dodges Colten, sends Austin into him, hot tag to Fenix! Fenix DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Penta runs up at Colten, is put on the apron, but Fenix SPLASHES! Austin whips but Fenix tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Colten goes up, Penta SLINGSHOT SUPER STEINERS! Fenix FROG SPLASHES Colten! cover, TWO!! Colten survives but Fenix goes back up! Penta brings Colten up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Austin TRIPS Fenix! Colten back drops free, tag to Austin!

The Gunns get Fenix up, double whip him, then they get moving, JUMP PUNCH! FAMOUSER! Cover, PENTA BREAKS IT! The fans fire up as this continues! Colten & Austin mug Penta, drag him up, and they whip him out of the ring. They call their shot, wait on Fenix, but Penta SUPERKICKS Austin! Fenix rolls Colten into the DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up, Penta SOBATS and reels Austin in! “CERO! MIEDO!” LUCHA FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix DIVES to take out Colten! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (Death Triangle earns a Unified Trios Championship match)

Pac is here to celebrate with his hermanos! But Jay White hurries out to support the Gunns. The Switchblade vows that the Bang Bang Gang will keep their titles! But will they regret ever bullying The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

Arkady Aura is with The Learning Tree & “Redwood,” and notes Jericho’s FTW Championship will be a Triple Threat after Hook and Katsuyori Shibata got a double submission victory. Does this bother Jericho at all? Bill says if he may be so bold, if there is one thing Jericho has always said, it is that when you face adversity, and you are facing the darkest hour, you have to dig deep to pull out the light. Bill is sure that applies here. Jericho agrees. And he loves Arkady’s name, it sounds like a place where you play video games. Anyway, to be serious, he was not expecting to have two opponents.

But now that he does, after 33 YEARS of being on top of the wrestling world, doing the greatest things that’ve ever been done, the fan support that he has, he knows he’ll have to work extra hard to retain the title. But as the longest reigning “For The World Champion” at 44 days, Jericho thinks he will come away with a win. When you’re The Learning Tree, you have to be ready to face all adversaries, and all different types of opponents. But then in walks Bryan Keith. The Bounty Hunter says he missed his shot, but he promises that this ain’t the last we’ve seen of him. Keith heads out, Jericho smiles and thanks him for that.

Will The Ocho defy the one-third odds he has to still be the one with the gold?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS KM!

#CombatKyle is still a bit sore from losing to Malakai Black, but he isn’t gonna let The End be the end of his comeback! Will he just keep fighting until he’s going for gold?

The bell rings and Kyle runs up to fire off on KM! KM shoves Kyle, swings, but Kyle body shots, KICKS and KICKS! Kyle runs, but KM DROPKICKS him! KM fires up, wrenches and whips Kyle corner to corner hard, and he asks, “Who suck snow?!” The fans say “YOU!” KM runs in, but into a BOOT! KM comes back, into another boot! KM tries again, Kyle dodges the splash! GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! KM RAMS Kyle into buckles, but Kyle holds on tight, body scissors included! KM fades, so Kyle lets go to KICK! AX and- NO, KM blocks the smash! Then he blocks a kick! But Kyle blocks a haymaker to get the ARMBAR!! KM taps, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

KOR > KM, and now Kyle is all fired up! Will Kyle be primed to fight for a title after AEW goes Double or Nothing?

 

Willow Nightingale is here!

The fans cheer as the TBS Champion, and her good pal Kris Statlander, heads to the ring. Kris leaves it to Willow from here, and Willow steps in the ring to get a mic. The Babe with the Power says, “Las Vegaaaaas~! Y’know, it feels really great to be here. And on the fifth anniversary of All Elite Wrestling, none the less. And we got Collision on TBS tonight, and you can’t have Collision on TBS without The Face of TBS!” The fans cheer that! Willow revels in their chants a moment before saying thanks. But she also thinks about last night’s Rampage, and how someone else put their hands on her TBS Championships: Mercedes Mone.

The fans are torn but mostly boo The CEO. Willow says Mone has been here about two months, and Willow keeps talking about respect. But we’re way past that now. Tomorrow night, Double or Nothing, Willow will WRECK Mone! She will make Mone long for the days when she was out of harm’s way, sitting at home on the shelf! And Willow knows that championships come and go. But she’ll be DAMNED if tomorrow is the night this reign ends! Because for years, Willow has been working towards HER dream. She’s had knee surgery! Not many known this, but she was almost PARALYZED by a neck injury five years ago, before ever getting to AEW!

So now, Willow gets to live her dream as TBS Champion. And Willow will go through Manitoba Massacres, she will hop on planes to go to Japan, 14 hours each way, and fight in a Stardom ring. So Mercedes, Willow is just getting started! The fans fire up for Willow and she nods. Willow tells Mone that Mone says Willow can’t beat her at 100%. But Willow knows Mone can’t beat Willow at any percent! Because last year, Willow did just that! And tomorrow, at Double or Nothing, she proves that the better woman IS Willow Nightingale! The fans are fired up as Willow holds that title high, but will she be holding it at the end of Sunday night?

 

Backstage interview with Trent Beretta.

Lexy Nair is with #JustTrent and says that he has all the moment going into his match with Orange Cassidy. Aside from that, this is also deeply personal. We saw Trent end Chuck Taylor’s in-ring career, is he going to try that with Cassidy? Trent says that he’s already said everything that he’s had to say about “that con-man narcissist.” Trent vows that tomorrow night, he shows the whole world something Trent’s known for a long time. But in steps Rocky Romero. Azucar knows they haven’t talked, he just wanted to see him before tomorrow night. It’s a big night, Trent’s been here since day one, lots of memories between what was The Best Friends.

No matter what, Rocky just hopes there is a way they can all put this all behind them. They’re more than Best Friends, they’re family! Trent says that’s not happening at all. And don’t ever interrupt him again. Trent leaves, Rocky isn’t sure what to make of that, is Trent already past the point of no return?

 

Fatal 4 Way Tag: The Acclaimed VS The Gates of Agony VS The House of Black VS The Infantry!

While The Young Bucks are busy with Anarchy in the Arena tomorrow night, they will need challengers for their AEW World Tag Team Championships at some point. This match will go a long way in clearing out the pack, who stands tall after this massive match as strong contenders?

But wait, Platinum Max has a diss track on deck! “The House of Black ain’t about s*it, a new ball gag would fit right in with those outfits! I treat Infantry like infants, getting overpowered. Fake American heroes, y’all’re stolen valor! I heard you rap but you’re not as cold as ours. You pissed me off, now you got the golden shower. From the tip of my pee niz to the top of your tongue, don’t talk about me, b*tch! I heard Brian Cage can’t stay hard, your other two guys, I don’t know what their names are! They still talk a big game, but in Vegas, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!”

Bowens then takes the mic to say, “LAAAS VEGAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Caster’s words really sting and those punchlines were smart, but will The Acclaimed return to the top of the tag charts?

The teams all sort out, and in this form of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time. Caster and Carlie Bravo start, circle, and they tie up. Bravo rolls Caster up, ONE! Caster rolls Bravo up, TWO! Bravo sweeps to cover, ONE! Caster sweeps to cover, ONE! They stand off, Caster pushes Bravo but Bravo pushes back. They circle, Caster avoids the House of Black and tags Bowens. Bravo isn’t as aware, Buddy Matthews tags in off him. Buddy and Bowens circle, but then Bishop Kaun tags himself in! The Cameroonian Prince tells Bowens to split, then he ties up with the Aussie Juggernaut. Buddy headlocks but Kaun powers out. They RAM shoulders, then Kaun goes again.

They RAM shoulders again, Buddy hits a headlock takeover. Kaun headscissors, Buddy kips free, and the two stand off. Brody calls to Buddy, Buddy tags him in. But Kaun tags Toa Liona and the fans fire up for the big meaty men! Brody and Liona circle, they BLAST Infantry and Acclaimed! Then they run up to LARIAT! “MEAT!” The forearms fly, “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Bowens gets in but Brody DECKS him! The “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” continues but Caster gets in. Liona DECKS Caster! The “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” gets going, both Infantry get in. Liona and Brody DECK them both! Then Brody ROCKS Liona!

Kaun runs up, Brody BOOTS him! Brody brings Liona up but Liona fireman’s carries! Brody slips free to HEADBUTT, but it hurts Brody! You never headbutt a Samoan! Liona fireman’s carries, Buddy runs up, so Liona dumps Brody to knee Buddy! Liona TOSSES Buddy out, UPPERCUTS him, then ROCKS Brody! Brody leans on ropes, Liona roars, but he runs, and Buddy dumps him out! The teams all fight o the outside, and BRODY DIVES!! Direct hit into the cluster, STRIKE! The fans are thunderous as we go picture in picture!

The House drags people up, Buddy SMACKS Bravo off steps, then THRWOS him into barriers! Brody CHOKES Caster then CLUBS him down! Bowens goes after Liona but Liona RAMS him into steel steps! Brody chokes Caster, Kaun is sent into barriers, and the House mugs Bravo. Brody CLUBS Bowens, Liona throws Shawn Dean around, it is just chaos on the outside! Buddy CHOPS Bravo, Brody CLUBS Bowens, The Gates mug Dean! The ref wants someone to get in the ring, so Liona and Brody storm in. They circle, snarl, but then Caster tags in off Brody! Caster stays back, Buddy tags in off Liona. Buddy runs up, Caster dodges to BACKHAND!

Caster has Buddy in a corner, goes up, but Buddy DUMPS Caster to the apron! But Caster ROCKS Buddy in return! The fans fire up as Caster climbs, but Buddy trips Caster up! Buddy climbs, he brings Caster up, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Buddy tags Brody, then he scoop SLAMS Caster! Brody runs to SENTON! Brody drags Caster up, Collision returns to single picture, and Brody CHPOS Caster down! Tag to Buddy, he ROCKS Caster. The fans rally, Buddy clamps on a SLEEPER! Caster endures, reaches out, and the fans rally more. Caster fights up, JAWBREAKERS, and then flounders.

Buddy anchors Caster’s foot, yanks him back and he BLASTS Bowens! Caster reaches for The Infantry but Buddy keeps Caster from them, too. The Infantry avoid the sucker punches, then Caster dodges Buddy! Infantry get in Caster SUPERKICKS Buddy! The Infantry DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Brody tags in, he misses wide, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, then TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!! Brody finally falls, Kaun runs up! SUPERKICK from Caster! TRIPLE SUPERKICKS again! Liona runs up, he CLOBBERS Caster, then breaks through the Infantry’s line to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!

The fans are torn as Liona drags Caster over, tags himself in off Caster, then fires up. Liona runs in at Brody to SPLASH! “MEAT!” Buddy is up top! METEORA! Buddy turns around, Kaun uses Liona as a step for a FLYING SHOTGUN! Caster returns to fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on Kaun! Linoa throat chops Caster! Infantry mugs Liona, they hook him up, but Brody CLUBs them all! Brody fires off on Liona, reels him in, but Liona is so big! Linoa fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Caster breaks it! Liona glares and grabs Caster by his neck! Liona SHOVES Caster out, but Bravo tags in!

Bravo ROCKS Liona, DUMPS him out, then hurries in. There’s more brawling outside between Gates and Acclaimed, but The Infantry take the corners! They take aim, STEREO SUPER CROSSBODIES!! The fans fire up again and The Infantry are in. They dodge Brody, BOOT Buddy, SUPERKICK and FOREARM for Brody, repeat! They reel Brody in, but he powers out of the double suplexes! The Infantry bob ‘n’ weave, the brawling on the outside gets wilder as Billy Gunn and Brian Cage join in! The Infantry hook Brody up, but Buddy disrupts Boot Camp! Brody CLOBBERS Dean! The other teams are just gone, fighting all the way to the back!

Buddy has Bravo in a corner, the fans hoot with Brody, and he runs in at Bravo, CANNONBALL DROPKICK COMBO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

Brody King & Buddy Matthews are truly a dangerous duo, will they be aimed right at the AEW World Tag Team Champions after Double or Nothing? Will Malakai Black step into the barbed wire steel cage and prove the House Always Wins?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland speaks.

“Malakai… House of Black… You took the one item that kept me tethered to my comfortable world. The second I stepped foot in AEW, I knew it was only a matter of time before you’d set your sights on me. You were born out of the shadows that I cast. But I’ve been walking this path since before your balls dropped. But you’ve shown me. You’ve shown me where I need to navigate from. I need to go back to the pits. To the margins, to the outside looking in. You wanted this version of me, the version that has a devil on this shoulder, but no angel to be found.

“It’s fitting that this barbed wire steel cage match happens in the land of neon lights, and the violence that will take place within this steel cage is a fitting juxtaposition. Malakai, you said if I lose, I bend the knee, I join the House of Black. Oh, can you imagine? Can you imagine the force that we would be? And in a storybook ending, you defeat your influence, only we… We don’t deal in dreams. Our currency is nightmares, this is a horror story. Has it ever dawned on you, Malakai, that I used this to get closer to The House? What if I defeat you, and the House joins me?

“Buddy and Brody know the Devil that lives in my heart. I’ve been known to be a master manipulator. The House of Blood… That’s something I can sink my teeth into. Questions. So many questions. But Malakai, know this fact: When you see evil in a man’s eyes, it’s already too late.” Edge snaps his fingers and the lights go out. Will this darkness consume all of AEW as things get Rated R?

 

AEW shares Toni Storm’s message from after Dynamite.

“Serena Deeb… This isn’t for you. This is for everyone like you. This is for everyone that thinks that because they’ve had a sad life, it entitles them to some kind of reward. Nothing happens for a reason, darling. Things just happen. If everything happened for a reason, then there would be ONE main event at Double or Nothing, and it would be me talking for 40 minutes while you sit around and analyze my words like a Zapruder Film! But no, instead I have to fight for my life against a woman who thinks that twitching on the floor was a sign from the universe that she should keep wrestling!

“You want to be a victim? I will make you a victim. I will make your three seizures feel like a Sunday stroll in the bloody park! The saddest part about your life is that you thought it had any meaning at all. But don’t worry. In your obituary, they will mention that you lost to the champ.” The leading lady is even more vicious than ever, will she make sure Deeb never works in this town again?

 

Mariah May VS Leyla Hirsch!

Toni Storm’s protege is herself riding high after the big tag win on Wednesday, but now she’s got a LEGIT opponent standing across from her. Will Mariah still be able to shine on her own? Or will she be lost without her mentor by her side?

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. They tie up, Mariah powers Leyla to ropes, and the ref counts. Mariah lets off, Leyla runs up and gets around. Leyla shoves Mariah to a corner, runs up, but Mariah goes up and over. Leyla storms up on Mariah again, but Mariah CHOPS! Mariah shrugs, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again. Mariah CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Leyla ROCKS her! Leyla gets in Mariah’s face, or uh, chest rather. So Mariah makes sure Leyla gets a face full of it! The fans fire up, Leyla is flustered, and Mariah does a little dance. Leyla is furious, Mariah shrugs, and then Leyla clinches! BELLY2BELLY!

Leyla drags Mariah up but Mariah fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DROP! Mariah sits Leyla up, runs, and SHOTGUNS Leyla down! Mariah rocks out and Collision goes picture in picture.

Mariah swaggers around as the fans cheer, and she brings Leyla up. Mariah bumps Leyla off buckles, and puts some stank on the DOUBLE CHOPS! Leyla shoves Mariah, Mariah scuffs her, then snapmares her. Mariah does a little prance then runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Mariah clamps onto Leyla with a body scissors and full nelson, then shifts to a short arm scissor! Leyla fights around, powers Mariah to a pump handle and cording hold! Mariah throws Leyla off her, then DECKS her! Mariah continues to swagger, drags Leyla up and scoops, for the SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! Mariah is having a little too much fun as Leyla flops out of the ring.

Mariah goes out after Leyla, drags her up and fireman’s carries, but Leyla fights free. Leyla RAMS Mariah into steel steps! Leyla puts Mariah in, stomps her, then clamps on a rear bearhug! Mariah endures the squeeze, fights up to her feet, but Leyla whips her into a corner. Leyla runs up to ROCK Mariah, and she rolls to come back, SWINGING DROPKICK! Collision returns to single picture as the fans rally up for Mariah. Leyla drags Mariah into a drop zone, steps on her and climbs up. The fans cheer for Leyla, “SHE’S LEGIT! SHE’S LEGIT!” MOONSAULT FLOPS as Mariah moves! Mariah CLOBBERS Leyla!

Mariah LARIATS Leyla, BOOTS her, then hits a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Mariah and she goes to a corner. Mariah climbs, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Leyla is still in this but Mariah grits her teeth. The fans rally, Mariah drags Leyla up and bumps her off buckles. Mariah puts Leyla up top, CHOPS her, then storms around. Mariah runs corner to corner, to go into the STRATUSPHERE! Leyla flounders, Mariah says kiss this! SWEET HIP- NO, Leyla gets around to O’Conner Roll! Then she blocks a kick to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Mariah survives and Leyla is stunned!

Leyla hurries to drag Mariah up, the fans rally and duel, but Mariah ROCKS Leyla! Leyla gets Mariah in a clinch, but Mariah slips out! Mariah HEADBUTTS Leyla, then KNEES her down!! Cover, Mariah wins!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

And with that, Storm’s understudy puts away another one! Will Mariah be primed for a title opportunity of her own after Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Double or Nothing!

After Brian Cage called The Acclaimed out last night on Rampage, and after the brawling that took them all out of the Fatal 4 Way tonight, Tony Khan has made a big Six Man Tag grudge match for The Buy-In! Will The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn get a big win on Sunday? Or will they fail to escape the #CageOfAgony?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexy is now with The Professor, and brings up those “vicious” comments by Toni Storm. We are less than 24 hours from their match, is Deeb ready? Deeb says tomorrow night is the biggest match of her career. Double or Nothing, or perhaps Deeb or Nothing. Toni Storm, in this lead up to the match, they’ve had some fun and games. Storm stole the banner, paraded around in it, but let Deeb ask you this: It wasn’t so fun when you had to throw in the towel and save that stooge, Mariah, from losing a leg, now was it? And Deeb is sure Mariah is grateful to Storm for making sure she could walk out of there that night. But Deeb can’t say the same for Storm.

Deeb will stretch Storm limb from limb, and it’s been a long time coming. Tomorrow night, Deeb finally becomes AEW Women’s World Champion! And “Timeless” Toni Storm will become Time’s Up Toni Storm. See you tomorrow night. The Professor is ready to teach the Leading Lady a life lesson, will it have to be learned the hard way?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Swerve VS Christian.

The Patriarch says, “Swerve, I felt it was apropos to return to the scene of the crime. The crime you committed against my son. My son, Nick, learned to walk in this ring before he could even run these ropes. Because you didn’t just jump my son, Nick, in a random wrestling gym. You jumped him on holy ground. An eye for an eye.” Swerve admits his methods were a “little misunderstood,” a little skewed, but he always got things done in the ring. No one can ever say Swerve didn’t deserve the world title. Christian hears a lot about Swerve’s House. And he told Swerve that he never forgets.

All In Wembley, Swerve embarrassed Christian. Christian said he’d make Swerve a footnote, but that’s no longer enough. Swerve must be held accountable for his crimes. Two years in AEW and people are still calling Swerve a footnote. He’s on TV, he promises AEW, he promotes AEW on radio and podcasts. He is the face of AEW, the world is forgetting Christian Cage. Christian reminds us that he is taking something from Swerve every week. For every ounce of Nick’s blood that was spilt, Christian is taking the title. Swerve asks if Nick’s yet to learn his lessons. Swerve doesn’t think they have it in them to do this to a world champion!

Swerve has built his house, and at Double or Nothing, he proves it’s whose house? The reason Swerve is not sleeping at home is because he’s too busy building this house! Christian vows to wipe Swerve from the annals of AEW, and to become the NEW AEW World Champion. Two fathers fighting for their families and their legacies, but whose house must suffer for the other’s to thrive?

 

Six Man Tag; Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Team Triple J!

The American Dragon & #TopGuys made it through Archer & The Righteous last week, but another faction just had to take The Elite up on that Double or Nothing bounty. Will Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett & Satnam Singh get another big bag of money for this hit job? Or will Bryan, Dax & Cash prove nothing’s gonna stop them before Anarchy in the Arena?

The trios sort out but Triple J keeps ’em guessing. Things finally settle down, and it is Bryan starting against Jarrett. They circle, tie up, and Jarrett arm-drags! And arm-drags again! And even a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Jarrett does the Fargo Strut, and he tags in Lethal! Bryan keeps cool as he and Lethal circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Lethal knees low. Lethal swaggers, pie faces, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Bryan KICKS Lethal, drags him up, and tags in Dax. Dax kicks Lethal, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS again! Dax brings Lethal over, bumps him off buckles, then whips.

Cash tags in, then slingshots to SHOULDER TACKLE! The fans fire up and Cash bumps Lethal off buckles hard! Lethal sputters, Cash CHOPS him! Cash goes up, and he rains down fists! But Jarrett storms in, so Cash CROSSBODIES him! Lethal gets Cash but Cash atomic drops back! Cash finishes up on those fists, but Jarrett distracts the ref, and Satnam grabs Cash by the neck! HOTSHOT for Cash! Satnam drags Cash out to CHOP! Sonjay laughs at Cash, the ref tells Triple J to back off, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Satnam shoves Cash in for Lethal to drag around. Lethal has the leg, stomps it, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Cash endures and his team coaches him but Lethal thrashes the leg! Cash reaches out, has to be careful about his shoulders, and he ROCKS Lethal! Lethal lets Cash go, but then CLUBS Cash! Lethal stomps and CLUBS Cash, then tags Jarrett in. They double whip but Cash reverses. Only to get caught in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Jarrett taunts Dax, stomps Cash, then kicks him around. Jarrett stomps Cash more and more, then drags him up. Jarrett whips, ELBOWS Cash down, and he stays between Cash and his team.

Jarrett drags Cash around to drop elbows on the knee! Jarrett then clamps on a toehold and pulls on the leg. Cash endures, tries to fight back but Jarrett elbows him. Cash CLUBS away on Jarrett, Jarrett elbows him again, and Cash’s shoulders are down! TWO, and Cash CLAWS at Jarrett’s face! Jarrett lets go of the leg to stomp it! Jarrett KICKS the leg out, and Cash falls over again. Cash rises, but Jarrett KICKS the leg again! And then clamps on for a SHIN BREAKER! Jarrett drags Cash around, steps through, but Cash BOOTS him away! Jarrett hits buckles, falls back, and Collision returns to single picture!

Both men crawl for their corners, the fans rally, and Lethal jumps in to get Cash’s leg! Cash still jumps around, and hot tags Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and DECKS Lethal! And DECKS Jarrett! Dax whips Lethal, Lethal reverses but Dax snatches him for a package, TWO! Dax whips, Lethal reverses, and Satnam gets the cheap shot! LETHAL COMBINATION! The fans boo but Lethal storms up on Dax. Lethal drags Dax over, points to the big man, and the fans boo. But Lethal tags in the One in a Billion! Satnam dribbles Dax like a basketball! The fans do cheer the show of strength, and Jarrett says he and Lethal can just relax now!

Jarrett & Lethal take a seat in some chairs, Karen sitting on her hubby’s lap, and Satnam palms Dax’s head like a basketball! Cash AX HANDLES, but Satnam is just upset! Satnam SHOVES Cash up and out! Dax is in a corner, Satnam run sin, but Dax dodges! No more relaxing, Jarrett tags in! But so does Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires hands on Jarrett! “YES! YES! YES!” The fans fire up as Bryan KICKS away on Jarrett, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to TEN, then Bryan whips corner to corner. Jarrett reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT!

Vegas is all fired up with Bryan and he runs to DROPKICK in the corner! Bryan keeps moving, another DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, but gets under Jarrett’s lariat to wrangle him! Omoplata, LEBELL LOCK! Lethal CLOBBERS Bryan! Cash storms in, DUMPS Lethal out, and then he calls to Bryan. Bryan builds speed, and DIVES while Cash PLANCHAS! Down go Lethal and Jarrett! Dax says OLE to Satnam and sends him into steel steps! Satnam hobbles his way into the ring, Bryan & FTR get in! They surround the giant, and they KICK! KICK! KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” TRIPLE KICKS rattle Satnam from all sides!

Bryan winds up, to BUZZSAW! FTR mock The Bucks, F T R TRIGGER!! And then BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Satnam staggers about! Lethal gets in, DOUBLE LETHAL INJECTION on FTR!! But Bryan DISCUS LARIATS Lethal! Jarrett reels Bryan in, but Bryan slips around! Jarrett still RAMS Bryan into buckles! The fans boo as now Karen gets Jarrett the guitar! But the ref snatches it! Aubrey’s been through this crap before and she tells Karen, “Not tonight, b*tch!” But then Sonjay gets Jarrett a chair! Jarrett aims at Bryan, takes a swing, but Bryan dodges and the chair SMACKS Satnam!! The giant tumbles up and out!!

Bryan aims, Jarrett panics, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Lethal runs in, into a SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover on Jarrett, Team AEW wins!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Karen is furious but there’s nothing she can do about it! Cash gets a mic and says, “2020, FTR made the debut in AEW for the first time in our careers. Four years ago, that very moment, AEW became our home. AEW is where I will live, I will breathe, I will fight, I will DIE for this company! Everybody, wrestling fans, are better off because of AEW. Wrestlers are better off because of AEW! The entire wrestling world is better off because of All Elite Wrestling!” The fans agree with all of that! Cash says FTR & Bryan might be beat up, might be hurt, they and Darby Allin might limp into Double or Nothing. But Cash swears that they’re the only ones that’ll walk out!

Dax takes the mic to say that five years ago, almost to the day, in this building, the same people here tonight, this company started. Why is FTR fighting for AEW? It is not just this company that FTR is fighting for. They are fighting for every single man and woman that wakes up in the morning, goes to work, has a terrible day, but comes home, turns their TVs on, and watches AEW. And for that one moment in time, whether it’s one or two hours, all those problems are gone. One time a week, two times a week, FTR gets to be their hero. If they were to die tomorrow, Anarchy in the Arena, they will be your heroes. #TopGuysOut!

The fans are fired up, just like The American Dragon & FTR! Will they and the Relentless Darby Allin tear down the corrupt Elite to save All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A very good Collision, but it always feels like things get so talkie. And that kinda happened here because this was the go home show. All the promos were well done, as they almost always are, but were also in many ways redundant. Well, mostly the Chris Jericho one, but I guess him taking up screentime is part of the gimmick now. Willow’s was really good, too, but I wouldn’t say that changed the go home math or anything. Edge’s promo after that awesome Fatal 4 was also good, and I suppose that’s the promo that matters since he is now turning the tables on Malakai. Edge naturally would want to lead the faction rather than join it, but again something feels very Edge & Judgment Day about this, not sure what happens here.

Storm’s promo certainly helps her ride that Tweener line. On one point, yeah, she’s right, tragedy in life doesn’t entitle anyone to anything outside of sympathy. But at the same time, she sure didn’t show any sympathy to Deeb’s tragedy. Deeb’s response was also good, the title match will be great stuff, but surely Storm retains. And I will say that we got a very good video package for Christian and Swerve, I just wish it wasn’t also on the night bogged down by other promos. The irony is, this video could’ve been on the Countdown to Double or Nothing special from last night, but I wouldn’t know because I didn’t watch it. There must be fans who do watch it if AEW keeps doing them. But it just feels like after five years, AEW would’ve figured out how to not make things feel redundant.

Great opening promo from Moxley with Callis, and good ambush from Takeshita. I thought that with Double or Nothing only giving us a Title Eliminator, Takeshita would still win and force something for Forbidden Door. Now I don’t know. Maybe Takeshita defies the math and wins with cheating, or they go outside the box and have Moxley get disqualified because he’s just that pissed. Great opening Six Man Tag right after, with Hiroshi Tanahashi being a great surprise. A great win for the Faces there, and there’s any number of possibilities for Forbidden Door, but surely Tanahashi will want a part of that card.

Great tag match of Gunns VS Lucha Bros, but I figured Lucha Bros would win to force the trios title match. Granted, still don’t see Death Triangle winning out, but it’ll be a great match. And also of course another match is added to the Buy-In, it’s what happens with all AEW PPVs. Great filler squash of Kyle beating KM, Kyle should definitely be waiting on the other side of Double or Nothing for a title match, and it’d be fitting continuity if he went for the TNT Championship after having his matches with Edge and the House of Black. A good filler match from Mariah and Leyla, with a good win for Mariah. It’d be a bit copy-paste from ROH making Athena & Billie Starkz a mentor-mentee champion duo, but what if Mariah tried for the TBS Championship before going for the world title?

And great main event Six Man Tag, but of course the Faces won. Very good closing promos from FTR, though Dax has used his spiel about doing this for us, the hardworking folks, before and it’s a bit redundant again. I still want this to turn into AEW Avengers: Endgame or whatever, but the way things are going, I would think Team AEW, aka the Faces, find a way to win to motivate Bucks VS FTR “One last time” and at All In 2024.

My Score: 8.7/10


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