Will AEW Dynamite have another SUPERKICK PARTAAAY~?!
The Young Bucks defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships, right as the ENTIRE Double or Nothing 2021 match card is revealed!
- Christian Cage VS Matt Sydal; Christian wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston; Moxley & Kingston win.
- Hikaru Shida VS Rebel w/ Britt Baker; Shida wins.
- NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Red Velvet; Deeb wins and retains the title.
- Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Austin Gunn w/ Cody Rhodes & Arn Anderson; Ogogo wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Christian Cage VS Matt Sydal!
Captain Charisma was hoping to take on another member of Team Taz, but the third eye saw the open match contract first! Will Sydal show he can do what Team Taz can’t and outwork Christian?
The bell rings, Christian and Sydal circle and fans fire up already. These two tie up, go around, and Christian gets a headlock. Sydal fights up, powers out, but Christian runs him over! Cover, ONE, and fans fire up again. Christian and Sydal circle, tie up, and Sydal gets a leg. Christian counters with another headlock, and holds on as Sydal tries to power out. Sydal fights up, pries the hold, but Christian wraps it on tight. Sydal pops out the back, headlocks in return and hits a takeover! Christian’s shoulders are down, ONE as he gets back up. Sydal shifts to hammerlock then snapmare to a cover, TWO! Sydal stares Christian down as fans keep on cheering.
Sydal and Christian reset, tie up again, and Sydal powers Christian to a corner. Christian turns it around, they let off as the ref counts, and Christian ROCKS Sydal with a right hand! Sydal RANAS back! Sydal mule kicks, springboards but Christian trips him up! Sydal tumbles out, Christian builds speed and WRECKS Sydal with a dropkick! Fans fire up more as Sydal hits railing! Christian gets Sydal back in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Christian brings Sydal back up. Christian scoops for a BACKBREAKER, then covers, TWO! Christian clamps onto Sydal with a chinlock and digs a knee in. Christian bends Sydal back but Sydal endures.
Fans rally, Sydal fights up, and he throws elbows to get free. Christian ROCKS Sydal with another right, then he goes up and hits a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Christian clamps onto Sydal again, pushes him down and drops a headbutt! Sydal writhes as Christian looms over him. Christian gets Sydal up, scoops again, and hits another BACKBREAKER! Christian drags Sydal and stands on his back, then stomps it! Sydal crawls to ropes, Christian brings him up, and Sydal throws body shots! Christian CLUBS Sydal, brings him back up and around to scoop, but Sydal turns backbreaker into RANA! HEEL KICK! Sydal goes to the apron while Christian is down!
Sydal hurries to a corner, climbs up top, but Christian elbows him first! Christian climbs up to join Sydal, brings him up, but Sydal resists and hits back! Sydal ROCKS Christian and he staggers away, to get a METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Christian survives and both men are down. Fans rally up, Christian and Sydal stand, and Sydal fires off kicks! Sydal KICKS a leg out, but Christian ducks the buzzsaw, only to get a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Christian survives and fans cheer on “Both These Guys!” Christian hits low, whips, but Sydal dodges and runs to WHEEL KICK! Christian ends up in a corner, Sydal hits a BASEMENT KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are even more fired up as Sydal CLUBS Christian. Christian clamps onto the dragon sleeper for a BACKBREAKER! Christian waits for Sydal to get up, and looks to go Rated R! But Sydal jumps the Spear to sunset flip, TWO!!! Christian narrowly escapes, but Sydal has the GROUNDED COBRA CLUTCH! “This is Awesome!” and Christian gets a ropebreak! Sydal lets him go, Christian goes to the apron, and Christian ducks the roundhouse to HOTSHOT! Christian climbs, for a CROSSBODY, but it FLOPS! Sydal moonsaults, Christian moves, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fans continue to cheer “Both These Guys!” as they keep this going!
Both men slowly rise, Sydal KNEES Christian right back down! Sydal picks a leg, and STANDING MARIPOSAS onto knees! KILLSWITCH!! Cover, Christian wins!!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall
Christian looks to the Peeps, and they cheer as he has his third win in a row! Both men hug to show respect, and Taz goes off on commentary that Christian will pay! Christian dares Taz to do something about it, but here comes Ricky Starks! Starks has a mic and says CC has to cool it now. Taz is his own man, and so is Starks. Regardless of what anyone has heard or seen, he is Absolute Ricky Starks! He’s stuck on the sidelines like these flunkies, but between him and Christian, there’s business to handle! So Starks calls to the rest of the team! Hook sneaks up from behind to get Sydal for an EXPLODER! And Christian gets mugged by Will Hobbs and Brian Cage!
Hook goes after Sydal on the outside, but here comes Hangman Page! He has Starks hold his beer and goes into the ring to fire off on Cage! And Hobbs! Cage waistlocks, Hangman backs him into a corner, then dodges to let Hobbs SPLASH Cage! Hangman DECKS Hobbs, but Cage ROCKS Hangman! Cage whips Hangman out, but Hangman slingshots in! But Cage catches the Buckshot to a fireman’s carry! Cage spins for the F5, but Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman throws hands, but Hook slithers in to CHOP BLOCK Hangman’s leg! Cage gets Page back up, for a POWERBOMB! Starks smiles and Taz cheers as the team stands tall! Will Christian and Hangman be unable to stop the Pate of Rage?
The Varsity Blonds speak.
“It’s funny that the Young Bucks would mention my late father, Brian Pillman, because most would be led to believe that’s what got me into the professional wrestling business.” Brian Pillman Junior tells us that could not be further from the truth! That man was the reason he stayed AWAY from wrestling for so long! Growing up, all he ever knew was the dark side of the ring, until he met the Young Bucks. A couple of good guys, family men, who showed BPJ that this could be down the right way, that he could succeed and fulfill his destiny. The Bucks are why the Blonds are here.
Griff Garrison says that in September of 2018, he was at a local show and was asked to run the Bucks’ merchandise table. He was so overcome with joy just to be around those guys. Fast forward a couple years, Griff is in AEW and realizes those aren’t the same guys. What the Bucks need is a reality check. And that will be in the form of the Varsity Blonds winning those AEW World Tag Team Championships! BPJ says it is such a shame that the Bucks had to go back to their old ways. We’ve heard that story, seen that movie before. But what you haven’t seen before is the story of BPJ, Griff Garrison, and the former national champion, Julia Hart, and they will not stop until the achieve their destinies! Will Bulletproof and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop here?
Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston speak.
“We gotta be making some kind of a dent in this tag team division.” They’ve already been on Dark, Elevation and Dynamite against The Acclaimed. Are those boys any good? Kingston knows one’s a rapper. Really? Yeah, and the other is his friend. Oh, fantastic. Then they’ll do to The Acclaimed what they’ve to every other team so far! Wait, is that inviting them to a Superkick Party? Kingston isn’t even sure what that is, since neither of them throws a good superkick. Do they have to throw such kicks to go to such parties? Well, that’s not where they’re going anyway. This is not that. Tony Khan’s all about analytics, numbers. They gotta beef up the record, so they’re gonna beat the brakes off these boys!
The Acclaimed also speak.
“Yo, yo! Listen!” Anthony Bowens says they are pissed! Eddie Kingston from the bodega? Lunatic Cringe, Jon Moxley? They’re invading The Acclaimed’s space, they’re invading The Acclaimed’s tag division! Bowens isn’t sure if they’re dizzy from ramming trucks into trailers, but The Acclaimed are ranked higher! If Mox & Kingston want a shot at the tag titles, they have to go through The Acclaimed! And they won’t, because The Acclaimed will stomp their asses out! “And that right there is a mic drop! Boom!”
The Acclaimed VS Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens debuted an all new track and music video, All Talk, on last night’s Dark to diss the Maniac and the Mad King. And now, Platinum Max has a new rap to diss them directly! “Acclaimed is the Paradigm Shift. These two guys exchanged Valentine’s gifts. Yo, Eddie, why you dressed like it’s ’04? You look like a box o’ New Ports! And Mox, you’re outta your element. I’mma knock you out with this mic like Omega did! Call your girl, she’s all in mah mentions! Trying to hit me up for some oral sessions.” What? He meant the podcast! The Acclaimed have arrived, but will Moxley & Kingston prove The Acclaimed are the ones that are all talk?
Speaking of, the second Bowens gets in, Moxley DECKS him! Kingston dares Cater to do something then fires off hands! The bell rings to get this on record, Moxley drags Bowens out to RAM him into railing, Kingston CHOPS Caster and snapmares to KICK him! Kingston fish hooks Caster’s face and puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Kingston lets off to whip Caster to the other corner. Tag to Mox, they double whip Caster to double shoulder tackle! Moxley paces around Caster, has him in a corner and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Moxley lets off but gets away with mule kicks. The ref reprimands, Mox stops and smirks as fans fire up.
Moxley drags Caster up, bumps him off buckles and tags Kingston in. They mug Caster, Moxley whips Kingston in for a knee! Moxley clotheslines Caster, then feeds him to Kingston’s STO! Kingston rains down rights while daring Caster to talk crap. Kingston BITES Caster’s ear! Fans fire up for Kingston as he drags Caster up and reels him in for a suplex. Kingston does his best to hold Caster up, but lets him drop at 7! Fans fire up more as Kingston claws Caster’s face! Tag to Moxley, he drags Caster up to put in a corner and CHOPS him! And CHOP! Caster wants to get away but can’t as Moxley pushes him into the corner. Moxley winds up, Caster blocks, so Mox CHOPS him on the back!
Moxley drags Caster around, tags Kingston back in and Kingston pokes Caster in the eye! Kingston claws Caster’s face again, Bowens protests but Kingston throws headbutts on Caster. Fans fire up as Kingston stalks Caster, whips him corner to corner, and runs in, but only gets buckles! Kingston elbows Caster away, then boots him! Kingston hops up but Caster throws a throat chop and a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Kingston clutches his leg and Caster drags him over as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bowens tags in, he stomps away on Kingston’s leg, then has him against ropes to choke and throw hands! The ref reprimands, Bowens stops to stomp Kingston, then drags Kingston up for a CHOP of his own! Kingston hobbles to a corner, Bowens CHOPS him again, but Kingston tries to claw him back. Bowens throws forearms, goes after the bad leg but the ref counts. Kingston swings but falls over, Bowens covers, TWO! Bowens drags Kingston away, tags Cater back in and Caster stomps Kingston. Caster taunts Mox, hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW on Kingston, then stomps him more. Caster rains down fists, the ref reprimands but Caster lets off.
Caster chokes Kingston on ropes, the ref counts but Caster lets off at 4. Bowens tags in, The Acclaimed mugs Kingston, and Bowens CHOPS! Kingston CHOPS Bowens back! Bowens CHOPS again, Kingston CHOPS back! Bowens sucker punches Moxley then gets around Kingston to kick his bad leg! Kingston is in a corner, Bowens runs in and blocks the boot! Bowens CLUBS the leg, JAMS it, then hits a DRAGON SCREW of his own! Kingston is down as AEW returns to single picture. Caster soaks up the heat and Bowens ties up the legs into an Inverted Cloverleaf, aka The Price of Fame! Moxley gets in and stomps Bowens!
The ref reprimands Moxley but Kingston is free. Caster stomps Kingston while the ref is busy with Moxley, but he barely gets away with it. Kingston hits back, Bowens clubs him down and tags in Caster. Caster climbs Bowens brings Kingston around, but no Acclaim to Fame as Kingston sends Bowens into Caster! All three men are down and the fans rally up! Kingston crawls, reaches, hot tag to Moxley! Moxley DOUBLE LARIATS The Acclaimed! Moxley throws out Bowens but Caster fires off hands. Moxley gives them all back! Moxley whips, Caster reverses but Mox KICKS and REBOUND GERMANS! Moxley keeps moving to LARIAT!
Moxley gets Caster up, PILEDRIVER a la Suzuki-san! Bowens swings but into a SLEEPER! Moxley drops Bowens to the floor! Fans fire up as Moxley aims at Caster. BANG, and Moxley drags Caster to a corner. Moxley gets Caster up, but Bowens throws hands! Bowens tags in, Caster sets Moxley up and climbs, to SUPERPLEX! Bowens climbs as Caster gets Mox back up, CROSSBODY SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Kingston breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Caster drags Kingston out but Kingston RAMS Caster into railing! Kingston hobbles back to his corner, Bowens is after Moxley but Moxley kicks first! Bowens breaks free, fires off strikes, but wrenches into a SLEEPER!
Kingston tags in, Bowens is fed to the half nelson. Caster trips Moxley up and RAMS him into railing! Bowens elbows Kingston hard, Caster tosses the chain! Bowens wraps up his fist, Caster crawls, but the ref sees the chain! Caster has the boombox, but Moxley takes it away to SMASH HIT Caster! Bowens swings into Kingston’s ENZIGURI! Tag to Moxley, they get Bowens back up, WHEELBARROW PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The wild ones just took out the NUMBER THREE team in the AEW Tag Division! Will they be poised to face The Young Bucks at Double or Nothing for the titles? That is, if the Bucks are still golden by then?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Alex Marvez apologizes for interrupting as Dean Malenko checks out Jericho’s injured arm, but we need a scoop: Is the Inner Circle accepting the challenge for Stadium Stampede 2? Well, Jericho appreciates Marvez’s initiative, but he’ll have to wait just like everyone else. They will say later on, but Marvez should get going. Don’t want to make the Man of 1000 Holds angry. Marvez goes and Malenko reminds Jericho he had four more than him. Yeah but Jericho’s forgotten them. What will The Inner Circle have to say to The Pinnacle’s high stakes challenge?
Tony Schiavone interviews Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page in the ring.
The Face of the Revolution and All Ego have been making quite the impact both before and during Darby Allin’s TNT Champion. Scorpio says that when he was a child, Sting was everything he loved about pro-wrestling. Sting was everything good about the business! And just like all the other Stingers, Scorpio wanted to be just like him. “And then something happened: time. I don’t have to tell you, because you already know. You are not the same man you used to be,” Sting. And Scorpio isn’t a kid. He is a grown man warning Sting to step aside or be put down!
Ethan adds that he can finish this so Schiavone can go. Scorpio has already proven he can put Sting down when he put on that heel hook and made him miss a week! And on that same week he missed, Ethan threw Darby down stone steps! And then what happened after that? Darby lost his title! They can’t take full credit, because Miro is going to be one hell of a TNT Champion. But Darby, just know it was a little bit Ethan’s fault! Ethan knows how much that title means to Darby, calling it his “lifeblood!” That it means the world to him! So Ethan is going to take all of that away from Darby! Ethan is a man of his word, and he promises to be the nail in Darby’s coffin!
But the lights go out, and when they come back up, there’s the snow, the crow, and STIIIIIING~! The Icon stares down the bullies, goes right to the ring, and Darby appears from behind! Darby uses his skateboard to SMACK Scorpio, JAM Ethan, and Sting joins in with fists and stomps! Fans are thunderous as Sting hits Scorpio with a corner clothesline! Darby and Ethan scrap while Sting bumps Scorpio off buckles, and uses the skateboard to SMACK Scorpio in the ribs! Darby tackles Ethan back down to fire off more hands! Sting and Darby loom over Scorpio, and then here comes the Scorpion Deathlock! Darby CLOBBERS Ethan with his skateboard!
Scorpio endures the hold, taps out, but there won’t be anything that stops this! Darby glares at Ethan and plays defense until Sting is satisfied! Sting lets Scorpio go so he can retreat with Ethan! This is not over, because the Dark Order comes out to block the tunnels! Ethan and Scorpio run away through the crowd, but when will Darby and Sting look to break the Face of the Revolution and deflate Ethan’s ego?
The Pinnacle sits down for a fancy dinner.
Wardlow tells the waiter to leave the bottle, and then just chugs wine right from it! He wants another! MJF says Jericho is so funny and witty. Has anyone ever told him that? With his third grade humor, it is so great! Hahaha, Pineapple, not Pinnacle! MJF is My Jerkoff Friend! HAHAHA! Let’s just spray them with the Bubbly! So great, Chris, really. So good! MJF hopes that makes Jericho laugh and laugh and laugh. Because for the first time in Jericho’s career, he is dealing with a guy who always gets the last laugh.
Dax Harwood asks The Inner Circle if they think this is enjoyable for The Pinnacle. Do they think it’s fun to beat them up? No! The Pinnacle, the absolute best group in the world, should be chasing championships! They should be building a legacy! The foundation of what AEW is by being The Pinnacle, but they can’t because they’re dealing with The Inner Circle! It is embarrassing that Jericho is still making a mockery of the sport Dax’s family loves! Last year’s Stadium Stampede was a dog ‘n’ pony show! But this year, The Pinnacle is in control! It won’t be an SNL skit romcom comedy. This will be serious!
Speaking of serious, Shawn Spears wants a refill but the waiter is getting everyone else first, so he grabs the waiter to smoosh his face into a plate! Spears says he wants his drink already! Tully has Spears calm down, so he spares the waiter. Tully tosses the waiter a wad of cash and says that should cover it. MJF says if The Inner Circle decides to do Stadium Stampede 2, they need to understand it will be their last match. “Because when you’re in the Pinnacle, you’re always on top.” Will Jericho and his team take this warning into consideration when deciding on Double or Nothing?
Hikaru Shida VS Rebel w/ Britt Baker!
The AEW Women’s World Champion knows she’ll be facing The Doctor at Double or Nothing. But if somehow, by someway (probably nefariously and with help from Britt), Rebel were to win here tonight, could things drastically change before Memorial Day? Well, probably not, but they could! Will the Full Metal Warrior be ready for anything up Britt’s proverbial sleeves?
The bell rings and Shida circles with Rebel. Rebel shoves Shida and pretends her leg is still bad, but Shida stomps her down! Britt protests, the ref counts as they end up on ropes, and Shida lets off. Rebel does jumping jacks behind the ref’s back just to mock Shida! Shida shoves the ref aside, and Rebel kicks low! Rebel does a dance, Shida shoves her! Rebel swings, Shida blocks the punch to ROCK Rebel! Shida gets Rebel by her legs, and drops an elbow on one! And then another elbow! Britt coaches Rebel but Shida snatches the glove! Shida puts on the glove to send a message to Rebel, and she goes after Rebel’s arms! Britt gets the title belt!!
The ref sees Britt, she and Shida argue, but Rebel has her crutch! CRUTCH SHOT to Shida’s back! Rebel brings Shida up and around to suplex, for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shida is still in this and Rebel kicks, but Shida blocks it! Shida KICKS the leg, and again! Then she hits a SIT-OUT SHINBREAKER! And then the STRETCH MUFFLER!! Rebel endures, Shida just pulls harder, and now she taps!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by submission
If Rebel didn’t need that crutch, she might now! But now Britt attacks Shida! The ref gets Britt to stop but Britt gets the belt! The ref is busy with Rebel as Britt lines up a shot, CURB STOMP to the belt! Britt picks the belt up from under Shida, and holds it over her! Will the AEW Women’s World Championship soon belong to Britt Baker, DMD?
AEW shares exclusive post-show footage from last week!
Kenny Omega uses his EVP authority to check in on Orange Cassidy in the trainer’s room. Best Friends and Kris Statlander stood in his way, and Don Callis asked they take it easy. Cassidy says it was alright, so his friends exited. Omega has the doc stay while they talk. “Rough night at the office, huh?” Omega asks if Cassidy even remembers what happened that night. Callis has the footage of what happened to Cassidy, specifically Cassidy taking that wicked powerbomb from Pac. Omega doesn’t want to rub salt in the wound, but he knows AEW values Cassidy’s talent. This isn’t just the champion speaking, but an EVP.
AEW needs Cassidy to be the mascot! Not so much the main-eventer challenging for the title. So to show that they care, the legal team drew up a little something just for this. Callis says that sometimes, a company has to protect the talent from themselves. Cassidy is a warrior, but someone has to be there to tell him to stop. So here’s the deal. A simple legal document that has Cassidy give up his right to challenge Omega at Double or Nothing because of injury, and then gets his dream match with Omega down the line. If Cassidy would, just sign on the dotted line so that- Cassidy tears the contract nice and slow! And then into more pieces.
Okay, okay, Cassidy isn’t right in the head. Omega wants to explain this to him. “Think about what happened with that powerbomb. What went wrong? Nothing. That’s just the level of talent in the upper echelon of AEW. That’s just the level of talent that lives at the top. And what’s gonna happen on a Pay-Per-View main event, if I pick you up onto my shoulders, and I drive you down with the One Winged Angel? I’m not gonna hold back. In fact, the damage that I do to you could be worse than that powerbomb ever could.” Omega could injure Cassidy, maybe end his career, or heck, even end his life. And no one wants that.
So Callis has a back-up copy for Cassidy. They don’t want him 10 years from now not even remembering his wife and kids’ names. So just listen. Don’t rip it, sleep on it, if he is able to sleep. Maybe just think it over. They say this because they care. Callis and Omega leave, but what will Cassidy’s response be seven days later?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
Jericho leads the way as he, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager are here to answer The Pinnacle’s challenge. Jericho soaks up the fans singing Judas for him before Ortiz speaks. “Everybody’s been asking. Everybody wants to know: What’s the Inner Circle gonna do about the Pinnacle?” Ortiz’s answer is, talk is cheap! He wants to FIGHT! Sammy cannot agree with him more. Pinnacle, Sammy said it before and he’ll say it now. So long as both groups are in the company, this won’t ever end! Sammy could jump off the top and hit a Shooting Star onto someone’s head, or he soaks them with Bubbly ever week, this won’t end until they have this match!
The Pinnacle calls themselves the best? They ain’t nothing more than a bunch of clowns! Especially last week, flopping around like dumbass fish in cheap-ass suits! Sammy’s answer is obvious! Hager says there is no choice! Since day one of Dynamite, the Inner Circle said they are the baddest! The consequences of not accepting are far worse! If they don’t, then they’re no better than The Pinnacle! Cowards and mediocre! And while The Pinnacle tries so hard to be The Inner Circle, Hager promises them, “The last thing we want is to be a bunch of schoolgirl bitches like you!”
Jericho finally speaks, and says all they have had great things to say. The Bubbly was great, too, right? It was all to get The Pinnacle’s attention, since they have their heads so far up each other’s asses, they can’t hear very well. But what Jericho heard loud and clear was the challenge for Stadium Stampede 2, and how the stipulation is, if The Inner Circle loses, they have to break up forever. Jericho wonders if it’s worth it. Was Blood & Guts worth it? The toll that it took on all ten men. The physical beatings, the parts of themselves they left behind that they’ll never get back. Buckets of blood, a pound of flesh, and pieces of their souls that will never come back. Was it worth it?!
No one will forget that night, especially Jericho. He’ll never be the same again because of MJF. “Max, you hurt me bad. And I’m not just talking the physical hurt. I’m not just talking the dislocated elbow, because eventually it will heal. Eventually, it will get better. What won’t get better, what won’t go away, is the mental image that I have of you throwing me off the top of the cage. The most terrifying moment of my life. Time stood still, I felt like I was falling for hours. And when I landed, my head almost hit the back of that stage, and if that would’ve happened, it would’ve been game over for Jericho! So was it worth it?!”
MJF scared Jericho’s family, children, and every single person who watched two weeks ago! Was it worth it?! Was it worth putting his body through it? Putting his family through it?! Was it?! The only answer Jericho has is when he thinks of the revenge he’ll get on MJF. YES, it was 1000% worth it! Jericho has the fire to knock MJF’s teeth down his throat, break his nose and punch him in the face over and over and over again! So if The Pinnacle wants an answer, whether The Inner Circle accepts, it is 1000% YES!! Fans fire up hearing that! “And if you beat us, if we can’t beat The Pinnacle… If we can’t beat the Pinnacle after all we’ve been through, we don’t deserve to be together anymore!”
But Jericho vows that won’t happen, because they told The Pinnacle before: “You’re going to have to kill us if you want to beat us, and we’re still alive!” Santana returns next week and he’ll show you he’s still alive! So at Stadium Stampede 2, HELL is coming for The Pinnacle! May 30th, Double or Nothing, The Inner Circle dances all over The Pinnacle’s faces, and pisses all over their graves! Will this next chapter in the war for dominance be its last?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill.
The hottest signee in AEW is still without a manager, has she made a decision? She is tired of repeating herself! She’s her own boss, she doesn’t- Mark Sterling shows up and wants to make sure Jade knows that he doesn’t want her to work for him! He doesn’t? No, he will work for her! The other managers in AEW, from Vickie Guerrero to Matt Hardy, they represent other women so that’d be a conflict of interest, and Taz named it all after himself! This is going to be Team Jade, and he will bring her brand to the top! Two weeks in a row, a stand-up with Schiavone? Where’s the sit-down with Good Ol’ JR?
Jade sees his point. What’s his name again? Mark Sterling. Well what he won’t do is come in here and interrupt her TV time. So what she needs to do is have him exit stage left, and maybe she’ll think on it. He does as asked and Jade asks who even is Mark Sterling. Will Mark be in the running? Or has Jade already made her decision?
NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Red Velvet!
The crossover returns! Serena Deeb, the world-traveled veteran, has brought this title back to AEW Dynamite! But will the Woman of 1000 Holds need all of them to take on this young, hungry, rising star?
The introductions are made, the NWA belt is raised, and we see how this crossover continues!
Deeb throws her shirt at Velvet before firing off hands! She ROCKS Velvet with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Deeb brings Velvet around to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!! Velvet slowly gets up but Deeb reels her in to underhooks the arms. Velvet slips under, Deeb whips her but Velvet reverses. Things speed up, Deeb fakes out the hurdle to kick low! Deeb whips, Velvet holds ropes and KICKS her back! Velvet keeps moving but Deeb CLOBBERS her! Fans fire up as Velvet goes to a corner and Deeb is after her. Deeb EuroUppers hard again, and again! Velvet wobbles, Deeb stomps a mudhole, but Deeb lets off as the ref counts.
Deeb storms up but Velvet turns it around to fire off boxing body shots! Velvet returns those stomps, the ref counts but Velvet lets off. Velvet digs her boot in and does the split, then stirs it up! The ref counts again, Deeb gets the boot and puts it on ropes to KICK the leg! Deeb gets the other leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Both women are down and fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture!
Deeb gets to the corner, gets up, and hobbles over to Velvet. Deeb gets Velvet up, gets the leg, and DRAGON SCREWS it again! Velvet writhes, Deeb looms over her, and pushes her around. Velvet pushes back, Deeb gets the leg for another DRAGON SCREW! Deeb is serious about showing why she’s champion as she paces around. Velvet hits back with body shots, but Deeb CLUBS her down! And stomps her! And even stomps a hand! Deeb drops an elbow on the leg, then mocks Flair before dropping another elbow! Deeb digs elbows into the knee, then shifts to a cover, TWO! Velvet hobbles up, Deeb gets her with another EuroUpper! And DECKS Velvet with another!
Velvet goes to ropes, Deeb has her legs for a GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Deeb soaks up the heat from Velvet’s fans, drags her back up, and wrenches to then hoist Velvet up onto the top rope. Deeb climbs but Velvet throws elbows to knock her away! AEW returns to single picture as Velvet adjusts and leaps for a CROSSBODY! Both women are down, fans fire up for Velvet and she rallies with lariats! The legs are like noodles but Velvet drop toeholds Deeb onto ropes! Velvet runs to DOUBLE KNEE Deeb down! Velvet manages a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Velvet staggers back up, puts Deeb in a corner and whips her corner to corner! Velvet runs but Deeb slips to the outside!
Deeb gets Velvet’s shoulder and has a facelock through ropes! Velvet fades from the grovit, but she denies the neckbreaker to shove Deeb down! Deeb has a rough landing, fans fire up for Velvet as she MOONSAULTS from the apron!! Direct hit and down goes Deeb! Velvet puts Deeb in, stalks Deeb and hits a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Velvet is beside herself! Velvet has a hard time standing from the damage Deeb’s done to her legs, but she still hobbles after her. Velvet whips, Deeb reverses and reels her in, straitjacket, but Velvet slips free! Velvet runs, Deeb dodges and backslides, but Velvet rolls through!
Deeb kicks low, has the arms, but Velvet back drops free! Velvet sits on the cover, TWO!! Deeb narrowly escapes and Velvet can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as both women slowly rise. Velvet has Deeb, Deeb shoves her, Velvet gets Deeb for an URENAGE! Deeb is in a drop zone, Velvet climbs but the bad legs slow her down. Velvet is up top, for the MOONSAULT onto knees!! Deeb saves herself and reels Velvet in, for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover and it is deep, TWO!! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” but Deeb isn’t done with Velvet yet! Deeb hooks an arm, gets a leg, SERENITY NOW!!
Velvet endures, reaches for the ropes, crawls and claws, but Deeb drags her away! It’s a Half Crab now, and deep! Velvet shouts, “NO!” so Deeb shifts to figure four, but Velvet cradles! TWO!! Velvet KICKS a leg out, runs, but Deeb follows to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Deeb has the arm again, and the leg, to SMASH the knee over and over and over! SERENITY NOW!! Velvet taps, Deeb wins!!
Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission (still NWA Women’s World Champion)
One hell of a fight from Velvet, but she just didn’t have enough to take this title from Deeb! When and where will this title be defended again? And who will it be against?
PAC is furious backstage!
The Bastard is right outside The Elite’s private room as he demands Marvez and the cameraman stay. “Listen to me! I am sick and tired of getting robbed of opportunity in this company. You saw what they tried last week, didn’t ya? But they failed.” And now Pac has his match, and there’s nothing Kenny or Don or the Bucks or any of the elitists can do about it. So then, Pac asks Marvez: “At Double or Nothing, what fool bets against The Bastard now, huh? HUH!?” Whether Cassidy is still in it or not, will Pac make sure he and Omega pay for the powers at be holding him back?
Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Austin Gunn w/ Cody Rhodes & Arn Anderson!
Britain’s Olympic bronze medalist boxer quite literally threw the first punch, and added insult to injury by running down the United States. Cody vows to be the American Dream at Double or Nothing and make Ogogo eat his words, but will The Son of a Gunn get his shots in first?
The bell rings and Ogogo turns around into Austin’s SHOTGUN dropkick! Austin fires off hands, bumps Ogogo off buckles and throws hands over and over! QT Marshall sneers as Ogogo puts up his guard. Austin whips, Ogogo reverses, but Austin goes up and over. Things speed up, Austin jukes Ogogo to trip him up! And then he hits a THROWBACK! Ogogo staggers, Austin goes to hip toss but Ogogo blocks, to hit the BODY SHOT! That liver shot has taken down opponents in an instant, but Austin manages to survive! Cody and Arn coach Austin over to their side, but Ogogo waits on him to stand. Austin is on noodle legs, he gets ANOTHER BODY SHOT!
Ogogo grins but has some blood on his cheek. Ogogo just smiles as he looms over Austin, spitting up some blood of his own! The ref checks on Austin, and Austin tells him to let the match continue! Austin flounders up, his blood gets on Ogogo so Ogogo pushes him down. Ogogo sits Austin up, stands him up, and reels him in to POP-UP RIGHT HOOK!! Austin is OUT, Ogogo wins!
Winner: Anthony Ogogo, by referee stoppage
In other words, a knockout in the first! Cody checks on Austin, but Ogogo snatches his stars ‘n’ stripes! Cody sees that, Ogogo throws it back at him, and Cody catches it before it hits the ground. Arn takes the flag for Cody as he stares down Ogogo. Ogogo has The Factory backing him up, and they head out. Ogogo warns Cody to keep his hands up, but will Cody put Ogogo down?
Backstage interview with Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian.
They can’t be SoCal Uncensored or even The Addiction anymore, as they lost to The Young Bucks last week. An end of an era, but what about Daniels’ cryptic tweet from last week, simply saying, “That might be all?” What does the future hold for these two? Daniels has Marvez move aside so that he can shake hands with Kaz. Daniels says he loves Frankie, and whispers something else, before walking off camera. Kaz says he doesn’t have the words or the time to explain what Daniels has meant to him, both professionally and personally. “Whatever path CD chooses to take, he’s earned the right to take that path.”
As for Kaz, he knows exactly what path he is on. Kaz lost so much more than just a match last week. He lost a part of himself and it was taken from him. He isn’t just blaming Matt & Nick Jackson. Hell, the Bucks might lose the titles tonight! But Kaz is blaming Gallows & Anderson, Kenny Omega, and even Don Callis, Michael Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler. As far as Kaz is concerned, they’re all at fault! Kaz is going to hunt down every member of The Elite, make them learn about loss and know what it feels like to have their hearts ripped out of their chests! Kaz will have his recompense or die trying! Kaz is a bomb you can’t defuse and a gun you can’t unload. That is not a promise, that is not a threat, that is GOSPEL, according to Frankie Kazarian!
Sammy Guevara returns while AEW is picture in picture.
The Spanish God has his cue cards again to give another message. “Overconfidence precedes carelessness. When you’re The Pinnacle, you’re always overconfident! And last week, you were definitely careless. You made a challenge, you also made a mistake! Only the dead truly know the end of war. The Inner Circle is far from dead! This war is far from over! At Double or Nothing, The Inner Circle VS The Pinnacle, Stadium Stampede II! This time, there will be no surrender! We will not be defeated! We have homefield advantage! And some unfinished business. See you on the field, boys.”
Miro is here!
The NEW AEW TNT Champion, The Best Man, is back to address everyone properly after his win last week. “First and foremost, I want to thank Jesus Christ for protecting me. Also I want to thank Jesus Christ for giving me strength, power and more aggression than everybody else so I could destroy everybody!” That is Miro’s talent. But that isn’t Darby’s talent, is it? After he talked all that crap, Miro beat Darby up so bad, he took what Darby said could never be taken. And now everyone knows that it doesn’t matter if you’re the baddest man on earth, or the hottest thing in AEW, if you have what Miro wants, it’s done!
Miro says Darby disrespected him, but he forgives him as a reasonable man. All Darby has to do is go home, make another gritty student video, and- Fans chant, “We Want Darby!” but Miro says Darby’s right here. He holds up the TNT Championship and chuckles. Miro is champion now, and no one will stop him! That’s why, next week on Dynamite, someone’s getting an opportunity for MIRO’s TNT Championship, and he will make sure he destroys that someone over and over and over again! But here comes Lance Archer! Jake the Snake tries to keep the Murderhawk Monster from going to the ring, so Archer just tells Miro to “shut the hell up!”
Archer hears Miro talking about hurting people. Archer was the beast of All Elite while Miro was trying to have a day all to himself. Miro doesn’t even understand the history of that title! One year ago, Archer and Cody Rhodes stood in the ring and fought for the first-ever TNT Championship. Archer didn’t leave the winner then, but he’ll be damned if on May 30th, 2021, he doesn’t walk out the NEW TNT Champion. Miro, honestly, Archer is happy you won, because now they get to give the people the monster fight they haven’t seen since Godzilla VS King Kong. And from one big bad son of a bitch to another, Archer can’t wait until they beat the hell out of each other!
At Double or Nothing, in front of a sold out crowd, Archer vows to put Miro’s ass in the ground, hold that belt over his head, and make Miro into a Bulgarian bitch! Oh, wow, that hurts so much, Murderhawk. Miro’s never heard that before. But Miro finds it funny Archer is “the monster” but he has an old man holding him back. When Miro wanted the title, nothing held him back! But next time, Archer better pray to God Jake doesn’t get any closer than this! Because no amount of yoga is gonna save Jake’s life! As far as the Murderhawk goes, everybody dies, and that’s true! But Miro insists Archer goes first! What happens when Double or Nothing becomes the war of the monsters?!
BREAKING NEWS for Friday Night Dynamite!
Miro is right, there will be a challenger for his TNT Championship that night! Top Flight’s Angel Dorado, Dante Martin, steps up to The Best Man! But will Miro make Dante into a real angel just to make his point? And we’re getting a rematch from all the way back at All In, when Joey Janela and Hangman Page go 1v1! And for the tale of the tape, Cody Rhodes and Anthony Ogogo will have an official live weigh-in! Then, Jade Cargill issues an open challenge! Who will step up to the storm that is #ThatBitch?
And, knowing full well that Double or Nothing could be their last night together, Chris Jericho and his team will hold “A Celebration of The Inner,” to look back at their already storied two years together. Plus, the Dark Order OG, Evil Uno & Stu Grayson, look to humble Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page 2v2, while Darby returns to in-ring action against the Beautiful Brazilian V8, Cezar Bononi! And before she faces Britt Baker with the title on the line, Hikaru Shida celebrates ONE FULL YEAR as AEW Women’s World Champion!
And as we saw, Orange Cassidy has a decision to make in regards to the AEW World Championship match! Will Freshly Squeezed still throw caution to the wind and be part of the Triple Threat of AEW’s “upper echelon?” Plus, information on the Casino Battle Royal and Buy-In matches, all at a special start time of 10 PM Eastern, still on TNT!
Speaking of Double or Nothing…!
Another match has just been added to the already stacked night! Sting & Darby Allin will take on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky in a tag team match! The first in-ring match for The Icon since coming to AEW, will he show All Ego & the Face of the Revolution that he is STILL that man they grew up admiring?
And the full Casino Battle Royal field is known! Jungle Boy, Matt Sydal, The Varsity Blonds, The Acclaimed, Penta El Zero M, Lee Johnson, Dustin Rhodes, Will Hobbs, The Factory’s QT Marshall and Nick Comoroto, The Dark Order’s Evil Uno, Colt Cabana and Preston Vance, the Hardy Family Office’s Private Party, Blade and Hardy himself, as well as Christian Cage and of course, a WILD CARD! Paul Wight will be joining commentary for this big match, but who comes out the ace headed for the AEW World Championship?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart!
Matt & Nick Jackson were highly respected by young wrestlers and tag teams, just like Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. But joining their old friends, going back to their old ways and becoming even worse than they used to be has lost them all of that respect and admiration. Will it lose them their titles at the same time? Or will they make Griff & BPJ look more like JV tonight?
As if to add insult to injury, Brandon Cutler scoops up the streamers so the wrestlers ringside don’t get to have them. Nick gives that headband that’s more a cross between a dead cockatiel and a Furby pelt to Michael Nakazawa to wear with his headset. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Bucks’ attitudes cost them the gold to close out Dynamite!
Nick and Griff start, and the two circle. They tie up, Griff shoves Nick down and flexes those Ivy League MVP muscles. They tie up again, Griff puts Nick in a corner but Nick avoids the clothesline. Things speed up, and Griff BOOTS Nick down! Matt tags in but Griff sends him into BPJ’s haymaker! Matt pinballs between the Blonds, Griff BOOTS him down, too! Tag to BPJ, BPJ runs to clotheslines and CHOP Nick! The Blonds send the Bucks at each other, the Bucks do-si-do, but into dropkicks! The Bucks bail out and the fans fire up with The Blonds! BPJ and Griff mock the Bucks’ pose and that pisses the Bucks off!
Nick gets in but trips on the ropes and falls on his face! Nick staggers up, BPJ clotheslines him back out! BPJ then watches as Nick throws a fit and kicks the railing, only to hurt his foot! Brandon massages Nick’s foot while Matt gets in, but BPJ hip tosses him! Then arm-drags! BPJ has the armlock and fans fire up as he shifts through to a wristlock! BPJ gets Matt up, wrenches, YANKS the arm, and tags Griff. Griff CLUBS the arm, wrenches and whips, BPJ tags in, and Griff gets Matt up for BPJ to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! BPJ keeps Matt down with a chinlock, shifts to a facelock and wrench, then YANKS the arm! Tag to Griff, he hops up and drops an elbow on the elbow!
Griff scoops Matt and SLAMS him! Tag to BPJ, and BPJ slingshot sentons but onto knees! Matt gets up to handspring and headscissor Griff, Nick runs in to dropkick Griff down! The fans boo but the Bucks soak up the heat. Matt kicks and whips BPJ out of the ring and onto the ramp! Tag to Nick, Nick climbs and Matt helps him go Old School, to then leap and DOUBLE STOMP BPJ! Then Nick LEAPS to take down Griff! Nick smiles as he and Matt regroup to strike their pose together. They drag BPJ up and Nick bulldog hotshots him down! The ref check son BPJ as he falls against steel stage! Nick dares BPJ to get up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Nick goes up the ropes as BPJ stands, and Nick jumps to drop ax handles! BPJ writhes on the ramp, Nick pretends to be the Macho Man, and he gets BPJ up and into the ring with a toss! Nick stomps BPJ, shows off the Nike Diors, tags in Matt and Matt stomps BPJ down. Matt clubs away, drops elbows, and brings BPJ back up. BPJ throws body shots and a CHOP! BPJ scoops but his back won’t let him finish! Matt CLUBS BPJ back down, drags him back up, and gets him to the top rope. Matt throws hands, positions BPJ just right, then climbs up to join him. BPJ fights back, sends Matt staggering, and leaps, but Matt avoids the crossbody! BPJ flops and Matt swaggers about.
Matt gets BPJ up, tags Nick in, and they combine for the slingshot leg drop BACKBREAKER! Cover, but Griff breaks it! Matt protests but then fakes the tag with Nick! Matt chokes BPJ on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Matt tags Nick back in, and Nick scrapes BPJ’s face on ropes! Nick puts BPJ in a corner to whip him corner to corner hard, and BPJ bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Matt mocks BPJ’s pain, Nick whips BPJ the other way and just as hard! BPJ again hits the mat, Nick double guns and then stomps BPJ. AEW returns to single picture as Nick gets BPJ up. Nick whips BPJ again, BPJ goes up and CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and fans fire up!
BPJ and Nick are both down, they both crawl, and they both hot tag! Matt runs in but Griff rallies on the Bucks! Elbows and clotheslines, a BIG back drop for Nick! Back body block to Nick, Ivy League level SPLASH on Matt! Griff whips Matt into Nick, then runs in to SPLASH them both! Griff keeps going, DOUBLE SPEAR!! The Bucks bail out and fans are thunderous as Griff FLIES!! Direct hit and the Bucks go down! The Blonds fire up with the fans and Griff puts Matt in. Matt kicks but it’s blocked, ROLLING ELBOW to a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Griff covers, TWO! Griff keeps his cool as fans rally up behind the Blonds!
Griff tags BPJ, they coordinate and get Matt up, but Nick anchors BPJ! Mat throws hands and Griff falls, then Nick slingshots in to go up and around and PENALTY KICK Griff from the apron! Matt SUPERPLEXES BPJ! Matt soaks up the heat from the fans and their peers at ringside as he tags Nick. The Bucks have BPJ alone, Nick PENALTY KICKS him! Matt PENALTY KIKCS him! Nick kicks, Matt kicks, repeat! BPJ starts pushing back! BPJ blocks Nick’s superkick to send it into Matt, then SUPERKICKS Nick! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans rally for BPJ, Nick swings into his waistlock! Matt tags before the O’Conner Roll, sunset flip to a SHARPSHOOTER!
BPJ endures as Matt sits deep on the hold! Brandon distracts the ref, Nick gets BPJ with the cold spray right in his eyes!! Griff BOOTS Matt down! Nick SUPERKICKS Griff! The hold is broken and Nick pretends his leg is hurting. Brandon gets Matt the can of spray but Julia points it out! The ref sees that and Matt tries to apologize! But they have a spare! He sprays Julia!! But BPJ gets Matt in a cradle! TWO!!! Matt SUPER- NO! BPJ blocks, but Matt blocks his kick! Matt trips BPJ, and puts the SHARPSHOOTER back on!! BPJ endures, Nick DECKS Griff! Slingshot FACEBUSTER!! Then handspring MOONSAULT onto Griff! BPJ taps, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by submission (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Callis claims he’ll go make sure the Bucks are okay, and Brandon goes to use cold spray but they used it all cheating! Matt & Nick still have the gold, and now Moxley & Kingston are here! The Bucks try to reason with them, but no dice! Moxley and Kingston fire off on Matt and Nick! Kingston is even BITING Nick! Moxley spins Matt around for the SLEEPER! Kingston puts one on Nick!! The Bucks are passing out!! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” And Kingston snatches Nick’s Nikes! Same for Moxley to Matt!
And this just in! With SCU no more and both the Blonds and Acclaimed having lost tonight, Moxley & Kingston are the NEW #1 contenders, and will face the Bucks for the belts at Double or Nothing!! Will the titles just be golden icing on the cake for the beatdown they’ll be serving the Bucks?
This was a wild, awesome episode! It almost felt like it should’ve been the go-home, but that’s next week. With NBA taking over TNT next week, Dynamite goes to Friday at a special time and promises it will be live to kick off Double or Nothing weekend. That night will surely be big with what they advertised for it, but I don’t think it’ll be quite as jam-packed as tonight was. Christian VS Sydal was very good, and it makes sense for Team Taz to come after Christian and Hangman to go after them. Team Taz stands tall now, because I’m pretty sure they all end up losing to Christian and Hangman in their respective matches.
We got good promos from The Acclaimed and Moxley-Kingston before their match, as well as another strong rap from Caster. The match was very good, but it was clear Moxley & Kingston were going to win because how The Bucks challenged them to a match at Double or Nothing. The Varsity Blonds also had a very good promo, and we got an awesome main event with them and the Bucks. Similarly, we knew The Bucks would win because they’re going to face Moxley & Kingston, but now the titles will be on the line to up that match. I suppose the cheating the Elite did works to get The Bucks Heel Heat while also keeping the Varsity Blonds strong so they can come back around one day. Kingston stealing the Nikes was hilarious, too. I’m not sure if him wearing them or selling them would be funnier for story.
I like that Omega is doubling down on him disrespecting Orange Cassidy as a contender. Him trying to give Cassidy an out is really so he has a way out of the Triple Threat, but we already know that Cassidy will say no next week. Pac had a good promo tonight, too, and Kazarian saying he’s going to hunt The Elite down already implies that maybe he gets involved next week or at Double or Nothing. Kaz getting involved could even allow Omega to retain because Kaz argues with Pac and Omega capitalizes. Kaz’s line about Daniels having earned whatever choice he makes next is true, Daniels could stay in AEW or retire completely, and no one could judge him for it.
Ethan & Scorpio had a great promo and the attack from Darby & Sting was great, too. I actually like that we’re getting a traditional match for these two teams, but that means Darby will surely be doing the most work for his team. Sting probably gets a hot tag but could still end up losing, since he and Darby won the cinematic back at Revolution. Shida VS Rebel was of course so Britt could stand tall here. But Shida is having her anniversary celebration next week before the PPV, so Britt probably defies math and wins anyway. Serena VS Velvet was awesome, but it makes sense Serena retains. Thunder Rosa wants to get both belts, so this all goes in line with her taking the belts from her rivals in Britt and Serena on the road to All Out.
Ogogo VS Austin was exactly what it should’ve been with the body shots and the blood, as well as Ogogo talking some trash to Cody. Having a weigh-in next week is clearly just for show, as was the previous AEW weigh-in, I believe. I think it would make more sense if they had a tense press conference segment because those happen with boxing and UFC/MMA all the time. Miro and Archer had good promos, though Miro using Jesus in his was a bit surprising. Miro will definitely squash Dante Martin, and we’re going to get an awesome match of Miro and Archer at Double or Nothing. I can’t call it, because Miro just got this belt but Archer lost last year and he has to win something. Flip a coin then tell it to shut up, we’re getting a show stealer here.
The Casino Battle Royal field looks good, and I can’t wait to see who the mystery entry is this year. A new signee they’ve kept under wraps? Someone returning? It’s always something exciting, I can’t wait. The Pinnacle had a really good dinner table promo, a lot of subtleties I am sure I missed, and that is what makes them a great group already. The Inner Circle’s response promos were great, Stadium Stampede II will be great, and this is another case of flipping the coin then ignoring the result because this is going to be too awesome to call.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Will tonight be Very Nice, Very Evil or whatever?
Greetings humans! Danhausen is back in AEW, and to celebrate, he teams with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta & Hook in a Very Nice, Very BIG 8 Man Tag!
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; OrangeHookHausen & Trent win.
- Six Man Tag: The Don Callis Family VS ???; The Don Callis Family wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; Shida, Skye & Statlander win.
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana; Penta, Vikingo & Komander win.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order w/ Jake Hager!
OrangeHausen, HookHausen, OrangeHook, all of the above, and #JustTrent take on Daddy Magic, Cool Hang Ange, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno in a big, super team-up type deal! But will the Very Nice, Very Evil Best Friends be victorious together? Or will the rogues gallery standing against them earn themselves quite a lot of golden opportunities all at once?
But wait, as Big Hurt Hager gets the VNVEBFs to turn their backs, the rogues attack! Fans boo, the bell rings, and all but Danhausen is tossed out of the ring as he tosses Reynolds instead. Uno CLUBS Danhausen, Cassidy is sent into railing, and Uno puts Danhausen in a corner. Uno CHOPS him, soaks up the heat, and then storms up. Danhausen kicks low, throws hands, but Uno kicks back. Uno whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Danhausen runs up to RANA! Uno tumbles, fans fire up and Danhausen catches Reynolds as he runs in, wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as Danhausen kicks low and tags Hook.
HookHausen double whip Uno, Uno holds ropes and Menard tags in. Menard, Parker and Reynolds all get in, but then so do Trent and Cassidy! The eight men are stare down, and the brawl is back on! The ref reprimands but the Dark Order & X-JAS get the edge. They all have someone in a corner, then they all coordinate to quadruple whip! But the Best Friends all reverse that, X-JAS and Dark Order crash into each other! And then Best Friends set up in the corners… and Hook needs to be coaxed a little bit, for the GROUP- NO, they all get kicked low! Fans boo as X-JAS & Dark Order reel them in, but the Best Friends QUADRUPLE SUPLEX!
Fans fire up because now we get the GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Hook then goes after Parker with body shots, but Menard storms up. Menard hits low, scoops Hook, BACKBREAKER and Parker KNEES Hook down! But Trent JUMP KNEES Parker down! Menard kicks low and POWERBOMBS Trent! Cassidy dodges Menard to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Uno CHOPS Cassidy down! Danhausen baits Uno in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reynolds runs in, spins Danhausen and ROLLING ELBOWS!
Hook is back up, T-BONE for Reynolds! T-BONE for Parker! Uno is up, he kicks low and whips. Hook reverses that to clinch and T-BONE! Extra large serving for Uno there! But wait, here comes Wheeler Yuta! The ROH Pure Champion wants to taunt Hook like he has been for weeks now, and then Menard CLOBBERS Hook in the distraction! Yuta joins commentary while Menard bumps Hook off buckles, and reels him in for a big suplex! Tag to Parker and he stomps Hook down. Parker stomps more, then pushes Hook around. Parker tags Uno, they mug Hook. Uno then bumps Hook off the boots of Menard and Reynolds.
Reynolds tags in, he runs side to side to ELBOW Hook! Uno SPLASHES, short arm LARIATS, and Reynolds covers, TWO! Reynolds stands on Hook’s head, fans boo but the Dark Order and X-JAS soak up the heat. But Hook clinches! Reynolds fights with forearms, then he bumps Hook off buckles. Tag to Menard, he stomps Hook then lets off to distract the ref, Uno and Parker CHOKE Hook while Rampage goes picture in picture!
Menard stomps Hook, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right. Menard pushes Hook around, soaks up the heat, but turns around into a CHOP! Menard trips Hook, drags him back, and tags Parker in. Parker CLUBS Hook down, then stomps him. Parker taunts the Best Friends, flicks his hair gel at them, then goes back to Hook. Parker CLUBS Hook, tags Uno, and they mug Hook some more. Uno scrapes his laces on Hook’s face then tags Parker back in. Parker stomps Hook, but Hook powers Parker back! They end up on ropes, Parker KNEES Hook back! Parker then BLASTS Cassidy off the corner!
Rampage returns to singe picture as Parker goes after Hook, and Hook gets around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Parker tags Menard but Hook LARIATS Menard down! The fans fire up as Hook and Menard crawl, hot tags to Trent and Uno! Trent rallies on Uno, then on Reynolds! GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent still has Reynolds but Reynolds fights the nelson. Uno runs in but Trent ducks, the BOOT hits Reynolds! Trent HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES Uno away! Trent runs in at Reynolds but into a BOOT! Reynolds goes up but Trent YANKS him down for a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Trent!
Trent tags Cassidy, and Cassidy storms up to “unleash.” But then he really does fire off BOOT after BOOT on Dark Order! Yuta sighs as this is typical Cassidy. Cassidy dodges the Dark Order’s double lariat to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Uno stops the DDT to suplex! Only to get STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy keeps moving but Uno BOOTS him! Uno hooks Cassidy up, for SOMETHING EVIL! Cover, Trent KNEES it apart! Fans fire up, Reynolds BOOTS Trent! Reynolds runs in to BOOT Cassidy in a corner! Reynolds puts Cassidy up top!
Reynolds ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up, but Trent runs up to get Reynolds! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cassidy adjusts, and Danhausen tags in! But so does Menard! Menard says do NOT do what he thinks he’s gonna do! But then Danhausen CURSES him! And yes, the PURPLE HAT! Hager is pissed, Parker tries to calm him down, but then Hager runs in! Danhausen dodges, Trent & Cassidy dump Hager out! Menard grabs Danhausen, Parker runs in to get the hat back! But Hook gets Parker in the REDRUM!! Menard lets Danhausen go, but Danhausen rolls him up! BEST FRIENDS WIN!
Winners: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta, by pinfall
Not only is X-JAS furious, but Yuta says this is unbelievable. But will the Decoder have to worry about the much more Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts & Anna Jay.
Renee Paquette is with Saraya, Ruby Soho & The Star of the Show to say they are teaming up for the first time in Six Woman Tag action. Saraya says yes they are, and sorry for cutting Renee off, Renee knows Saraya loves her, but… Isn’t Anna just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Ruby sighs and Saraya says “Liza Minnelli” is in a time out so shush. Anyway, Saraya thanks Anna for teaming with them, Lord knows they’ve needed some extra help around here. And also, they do have something in common that is giant, greasy, irritating, and needs to be handled. Oh, speaking of, here it comes.
Parker walks in, apologizes for not being here sooner, and then says hi to Ruby. But uh, yeah, the guys are ready to go, they’ll be out there for her, team effort! Um, no, Anna doesn’t want the boys out there. Especially Parker. What? But Saraya says this is why she loves Anna! She’s great. Yeah, she is. Hey, no, stop looking at Ruby. Saraya drags Ruby along, leaving Parker alone. Will the X-JAS still even be the X-JAS anymore with all this drama?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Schiavone says that 28 years ago, in this town, at the Mall of America, two men were in the main event for the very first wrestling match ever on TNT. It was Sting VS Ric Flair. And Schiavone wants to also say that the final match on TNT back then was Sting VS Ric Flair. So it gives Schiavone a sense of pride to welcome one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, as well as STIIIING~! The Icon makes his way out to the ring and fans howl for him. Schiavone then introduces the Nature Boy, the Minnesota native, Ric Flair! Fans “WOO~!” as Flair makes his way out now, and hugs Sting in the ring.
Schiavone has them bring it in. Wednesday night, they announced the location of Sting’s final match at AEW Revolution, March 3rd, 2024. It will be Greensboro, North Carolina, where these two set the standard for a great televised wrestling event. Sting stands at 24-0, the longest undefeated streak standing, and we’re just two weeks away from tickets going on sale. Sting asks to take the mic, and he howls for the fans! The fans howl back and Sting says Minneapolis, lots of great memories here! Not only did he and Ric do the first and last WCW shows on TNT here, but they did the very big, gigantic- Oh, can’t really say that on TV, sorry. Copyright and stuff.
But the massive match at Mall of America, everyone knows about it. Sting’s had great matches here against and with Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow, and lots of other great memories. So good to be back. Thank you for those memories. Thank you, Tony Khan, Tony Schiavone and the Nature Boy! WOO~! Ric takes the mic now, and he says, “Wow. From 1972 ’til today. And believe it or not, I’m still alive. And that’s saying a lot, heh. Because I’ve covered a lot of ground and had a lot of fun. But there are three or four people that are always gonna be special in my life, and you’ll love these names.
“Dusty Rhodes, Ricky The Dragon, and a guy that I think I’ve wrestled at least 15 hundred times over our career, the great–and the word ‘Icon’ does not even enough to begin to say what a man he is. I’m so serious, to be back in my hometown in this moment, and this ride. This is an incredible ride. Think about the history of our business. I’ve been there with him since ’88, and I’m gonna be there with him in the end. And man, that doesn’t happen in real-life, guys. And y’know what? We’ve stayed as respectful and honest with each other as the day we met, and that’s really unusual. You’re the man, brother.”
Fans cheer, and Ric says, “We’re gonna dance all night and dance a little longer. We’re gonna stay up all night and stay a little longer. I cannot tell you where we’ll be at like the old days, but you know we’ll be going AEW strong! WOO~!” Fans echo “WOO~!” with Ric and Schiavone says Ric will be there for Sting at AEW Revolution, tickets on sale soon! The Icon and Nature Boy are riding off into the night, and we have the when and where. Now all we need is, who faces Sting in his final match?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander & Skye Blue.
Renee is now with the Shining Samurai, the Galaxy’s Greatest and Chicago Skye as she says a lot has changed in the AEW Women’s Division after Full Gear. Shida lost the AEW Women’s World Championship to Toni Storm, and Statlander lost the AEW TBS Championship to Julia Hart, the same match Skye Blue was in. Does tonight feel like a way to get momentum back? Kris says it has been a hard pill to swallow. “You work so hard for something, and you come back from multiple injuries, you come back and change yourself so many times, and you obtain something so precious, and it’s just taken away in a matter of seconds.”
And worse yet, Kris wasn’t the one who got pinned. Oh, okay, blame Skye when Kris had plenty of chances to win the Triple Threat, and didn’t. Shida tells them to stop. She also lost a title, she also feels angry, but not towards them. Not towards her partners. They can take their anger out on their opponents tonight! Kris agrees with that, and so does Skye. Will this trio of stars be able to bring down The Outcasts and Star of the Show?
The Don Callis Family VS JAH-C
So what if they lost the Like A Dragon Street Fight? “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs did damage to Paul “The Giant” Wight like no man has ever done before, and there’s still a lot left in the tank for Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita. Will they only be made stronger from that loss?
The teams sort out, Hobbs starts and Jah throws hands! Hobbs doesn’t even flinch! Jah runs, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! In runs ??? but Hobbs picks him up to SPINEBUSTER! D runs in but Hobbs SPINEBUSTERS him, too! Fletcher & Konosuke step in, they all get a man up, and in synchronized formation, we get the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM, GRIMSTONE and BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, The Don Callis Family wins!
Winners: The Don Callis Family, by pinfall
Fans boo but Callis celebrates with his “family.” Then Callis gets a mic to talk. “Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega! The Golden Jets! You put two of the greatest of all time into a tag team and what do you got? You got a team that could be the most dominant of all time. And I know that wins and losses matter here in All Elite Wrestling. But in the Don Callis Family, the only thing that matters is winning! And whether it’s singles, tag, or trios, the Don Callis Family will continue dominating until there’s nowhere for the Golden Jets to hide in AEW!” The ultimatum has been issued, will it only be a matter of time before AEW belongs to the DCF?
Prince Nana & Brian Cage talk with The Workhorsemen.
Nana says it is an unbelievable time for the Mogul Embassy. Cage says it’s always a great time. Nana says the Gates of Agony are in NJPW World Tag League, killing it and bringing home that money. But tonight, Nana needs to hire some help, and that brings in JD Drake & Anthony Henry. Nana has been watching them, he likes their style. That is why tonight, he needs their services. And this could be a huge opportunity for you both to step up to the plate and to prove a point. To impress Swerve Strickland, too. So tonight, Nana’s paid them, get the job done, and we’ll see if they can join the team. But he believes in them!
Nana & Cage head out, will Scrap metal & The Saint of Augusta help The Machine bring down the luchador trio in tonight’s main event?
Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander!
Both sides have said what’s on their mind, but it’s the emotions in their hearts that could make or break these team-ups. Will Saraya be able to keep things together between Anna and Ruby? Or will it be Shida who struggles to keep Skye and Kris on the same page?
The teams sort out and Kris starts against Anna. The fans rally as the two circle, then tie up. Kris waistlocks, SLAMS Anna, then drags her up to tag Shida. The former champs double whip, sweep and ELBOW Anna down. Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Shida covers, TWO! Tag to Skye and she wrenches Anna to a JAWBREAKER! Anna blocks the superkick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Skye pushes Anna around, but Kris tags herself in. Skye lets that go, to then tag herself back in! But Kris tags back in again! They argue, but then Shida tags herself in to get them both to stop.
But then Anna hot tags Saraya! Saraya gets around Shida, Shida gets around Saraya, but Saraya mule kicks Shida! Saraya runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS first! Shida fires up, the fans are with her, and Shida torture racks! Saraya endures, but Ruby says put her down! So Shida DROPS Saraya! Ruby storms in but Shdia kicks her low, and snap suplexes her onto Saraya! Fans fire up as Shida covers Saraya, TWO! Shida tags Skye in and Skye keeps Saraya from her corner. Skye whips, runs up and SHINING WIZARD on the ropes! But Anna distracts the ref so Saraya can keep Skye stuck, and Ruby ROUNDHOUSES Skye down!
Fans boo but Saraya howls to the moon. Saraya stomps Skye, insults her, and whips her to the corner as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, lets off to distract the ref, and Ruby digs her boot in! Anna pulls Skye’s hair to help out, then Saraya storms up to bump Skye off buckles. Tag to Ruby, she stomps away on Skye, but lets off as the ref counts. Saraya tells fans to shut up while Ruby drags Skye around. Skye throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Ruby staggers back, Saraya tags in, and the Outcasts mug Skye! Saraya has Skye in the ropes to throw knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off, and she pushes Skye back in. Saraya keeps Skye from her corner, taunting Shida and Kris, then she stomps Skye.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, tags Anna and Anna CHOKES Skye! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and then Anna CHOKES Skye on ropes! The ref counts again, Anna lets off and distracts the ref so Saraya can SLAP Skye. Anna bumps Skye off buckles, Ruby tags in, and Anna ROCKS Skye. Ruby CHOPS Skye, stalks her to a corner, and stands her up, but Skye avoids the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Skye and Ruby sputter and drop to their knees while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and hot tag to Kris! She BLASTS Ruby, drags Saraya up and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, but Anna kicks it apart! Anna drags Saraya back and tags herself in. Anna stands Kris up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Then Saraya KNEES Kris down! Cover, TWO! Anna drags Kris up, QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! But Kris powers up to back suplex free! Ruby runs in, STO! Skye SUPERKICKS Ruby! Saraya YAKUZA KICKS Skye! Shida ROCKS Saraya, whips her but Saraya reverses, only for Shida to JUMP KNEE! Anna BOOTS Shida! Kris runs up, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna tags Ruby and they get Kris up.
Anna HOOK KICKS, then Ruby SUPERKICKS but Kris pulls Anna into it! Ruby panics, Kris tags Skye and Electric Chair Lifts Ruby! SLAM and CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The dysfunction wasn’t enough to bring down Skye and Kris, they made it work and now celebrate together! As for Anna, she is furious with Ruby, and Saraya pulls Ruby along like an angry mother with her daughter. Are the Outcasts going to be on the outs sooner rather than later?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Firstly, the Continental Classic continues, and the Gold League’s third round has been set: Jon Moxley VS Rush; Jay White VS Jay Lethal; and Swerve Strickland VS Mark Briscoe! Will El Toro Blanco be the one to serve The Maniac that first L in the tournament? Will Lethal and Briscoe finally get on the board?
And after being the one to score the pinfall in tonight’s Six Woman Tag, Skye Blue gets her shot at “Timeless” Toni Storm and the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Skye finally make it through the Storm to grab the gold on the other side?
Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana!
While the AEW World Trios Champions, Billy Gunn & The Acclaimed, are down and out, trios are forming and fighting their way up. Alex Abrahantes’ league of luchadores want their shot, but will they make it through a Rampage? Or will The Mogul Embassy learn that having #CeroMiedo is priceless?
The trios sort out, and Cage starts against Komander. Cage kicks Komander low right at the bell, then whips him to ropes. Komander handsprings, Cage dodges but Komander dodges back, then RAN- NO, Cage blocks that to pop Komander up! But Komander sunset flips! Cage drags Kmoander up to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Penta tags in, then GAMANGIRIS Cage! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! And then he dodges to SUPERKICK! Henry tags in, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off hands. Henry gets around to make Penta kneel, and he DROPKICKS Penta away! Henry soaks up the jeers, but Penta tags Vikingo!
Viking springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Henry! Fans fire up as Vikingo then whips Henry corner to corner. Henry reverses, but Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! Vikingo forearm smashes int he corner, goes up and fans rally, for the IMPLODER DRAGON-RANA! And then the DREAMCAST KICK! JD tags in and fans rally up. JD says “SUCK IT!” and then dares Vikingo to chop him. Vikingo winds up as fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” CHOP! JD nods, but he wants another. Vikingo CHOPS again, and JD huffs and puffs. JD swings, Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges but JD CHOPS Vikingo down after all!
JD then powers Vikingo to ropes to BIEL him across the way! JD taunts Penta, whips Vikingo, but Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges again to CORKCCREW RANA! JD flounders out, Cage and Henry run in, but Penta & Komander SUPERKICK them first! Henry bails out, Penta gives Komander a boost, saluting MISSILE DROPKICK! Cage tumbles out, fans rally as the luchadores coordinate, and “CERO! MIEDO!” TRIPLE DIVES!! Some cleaner than others, and JD pops Vikingo back up to CLOBBER him off the ropes! Komander stomps Cage, and puts him in the ring as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Komander hurries in, Penta BOOTS JD to join Komander. But Henry trips Komander! Penta runs up, SUPERKICKS Henry, then makes sure he knows, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a SPIN POWERSLAM! Cage drags Komander up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cage flexes, Henry & JD join in, and then JD stalks Komander. JD drags Komander up, DECKS him, then stalks him to ropes. JD puts Komander in the corner, CHOPS, and then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen mug Komander, Henry throws body shots, then he runs in to forearm smash! JD tags, LARIAT, NECK TWIST and SLINGSHOT SENTON!
Nana likes what he sees as Komander writhes. JD drags Komander up, keeps him from the lucha corner, and he CLUBS Komander back down. JD drags Komander up to scoop and SLAM! JD goes up a corner, to then VADER FLOP as Komander moves! Henry tags in, he drags Komander from the corner, then ducks the enziguri! But Komander rolls free and hot tags Vikingo! Vikingo springboards to CROSSBODY! Vikingo SOBATS Henry, runs but into a cheap shot from Cage! The ref reprimands but Henry throws Vikingo down by his hair! NECK TWIST! And a headscissor squeeze, even!
Henry lets off to then stand Vikingo up, for another NECK TWIST! Tag to Cage and he RAMS Vikingo into a corner! And again! And then he CHOPS! Cage wrenches Vikingo, scoops him, and does bicep curls before he FALL AWAY SLAMS Vikingo! Cage flexes, taunts Cero Miedo, and he drags Vikingo up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vikingo lands on his feet! Vikingo waistlocks, Cage elbows free then whips Vikingo to ropes. But Vikingo slides under, only to get caught! But Vikingo then PELES! Hot tag to Penta as Rampage returns to single picture! Penta dodges Cage to then SLINGBLADE Cage down! SLINGEBLADE again!
The Workhorsemen attack, double whip, but Penta KICKS JD and SUPERKICKS Henry! Penta runs in to wheelbarrow Cage, victory roll and DOUBLE DDT on the Workhorsemen! Fans fire up and Penta SUPERKICKS Cage! Tag to Komander and he goes up top to MISSILE DROPKICK JD! Penta hauls Henry up, ALLEY-OOP into a MISSILE DROPKICK from Vikingo!! Fans lose their minds over that one, and then Penta sets up so Komander can use him as a step, HANGTIME DROPKICK on JD in a corner! Cage staggers up, Penta has his target, SUPERKICK! Komander springboards, FLYIGN CODE BREAKER! And he holds on for Vikingo to DOUBLE STOMP Cage!
Penta goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS of his own! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives because he’s a Machine! But Abrahantes rallies the fans for his team. Penta hauls Cage up, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Cage wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! Penta falls into the tag with Komander, and Komander springboards, but Cage SWATS him! Cage whips Komander to the corner, tags Henry, and Cage runs up to MONKEY FLIP Komander into JD’s POWERBOMB!! Then JD CATAPULTS Kmoander into Henry’s SUPERKICK! Henry goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER of their own! Cover, Vikingo breaks it!!
JD TOSSES Vikingo, Penta SUPERKICKS JD! Cage fireman’s carries Penta for F10! Vikingo returns with a springboard, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Henry is back, he steps over and reels Vikingo in, PILEDRIVER! But Penta catches Henry now, half nelson, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! JD is up, Penta kicks but JD blocks it! JD has Penta for the underhooks, the SILENCER! Komander returns, JD ducks his roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! But Cage waistlocks Komander! Komander fights with elbows, but Henry runs up! Komander ducks, the ENZIGURI hits Cage! Nana is furious, and Cage CLOBBERS Henry!!
Nana says no more, they’re done. JD asks what the hell, but Cage shoves JD. Vikingo DREAMCAST KICKS JD! The Embassy is leaving, they don’t want to hire Workhorsemen anymore? Well Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and FEAR FACTOR!! Komander is up top, he tags Vikingo before giving Henry CIELITO LINDO! Komander DIVES onto JD! Vikingo adds on the 630 SENTON!! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The implosion of Nana’s team all over a misunderstanding gives Penta’s team their first victory together! Will Penta, Komander y Vikingo take this momentum to next beat Action Andretti & Top Flight?
A really good Rampage here with a lot of tag team action. There must be something in Cassidy’s contract about opening shows, though, because that 8 Man Tag certainly felt main event worthy. But then it made sense in story that it had to go first so that the X-JAS could be in action before Anna, and Anna would tell Parker to stay in the back during her match because of how Ruby would be involved. Great win for Cassidy’s team, and great win for the Faces in the Women’s Trios match. Rather surprised Skye is getting her shot at Storm so soon. Yes, she interrupted Storm’s acceptance speech moment, and won here, but why not give us a promo segment between them first, then the match on Winter is Coming. But at the same time, debut in Montreal, they want it to be important.
Of course Don Callis Family squashes jobbers, but I like that we got to see Hobbs, Konosuke and Fletcher all in red ring gear. And seeing Don Callis’ Last Supper parody, it makes me think he wants a total of 11 faction members. I say 11 because “Judas” is already accounted for in Jericho. So far, he has five, Callis really is gonna have to recruit tag teams and/or trios if he wants an easier time of filling out the group. Really good main event from Penta’s team going against Cage & Workhorsemen. Of course the Faces win, but also it was clear the Workhorsemen were going to take the loss for the Heels. Kinda wished Cage would beat down the Workhorsemen after the loss, not because of the “misunderstanding” trope, but that’d probably take away from the Faces celebrating.
And given Rampage is prerecorded, turns out that was for the best this week. I’d only just heard today about how… controversial Ric Flair got in his part of the promo segment. Flair also tweeted about it, both apologizing and not apologizing for what he said. This is gonna be a long three months if everyone has to worry about Flair spouting off the stuff he got away with in the 1980s when he was much, MUCH younger. That aside, the entire segment was redundant anyway, we heard them talk on Dynamite, this is the same crowd that heard it all, it’s just a waste of time.
My Score: 8.5/10
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