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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/4/21)

Dynamite: Homecoming!

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AEW returns to Daily’s Place for a blast from the past!

Before continuing the tour, AEW returns to Daily’s Place! And it’ll surely be rocking with the THIRD Labour of Jericho: JUVENTUD GUERRERA!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera; Jericho wins and advances to the Fourth Labour.
  • Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0; Moxley, Kingston & Darby win.
  • Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny; Christian wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes; Miro wins and retains the title.
  • NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins and will challenge Kamille for the title.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera!

It’s a blast from the past for The Demo God as MJF brings one of Jericho’s biggest WCW rivals to AEW! And given the challenge of a top rope move for the win, will Jericho be able to put away the Juice? Or will Juvi get his revenge 20 years later?

Of course, MJF walks out to join commentary, but makes sure to rip up a fan’s sign just because it mocks him. The bell rings and Juventud goes right at Jericho! Juvi fires off haymakers, CHOPS, uppercuts and more CHOPS! Juvi whips Jericho corner to corner, runs in, but Jericho puts Juvi on the apron, only for Juvi to throw Jericho down by his hair! Juvi climbs, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! Jericho doesn’t go far but he lands hard, and Juvi CLOBBERS him! Juvi stalks Jericho, goes up the corner ahead of him, and leaps into another headscissors! Jericho staggers and Juvi clotheslines him out of the ring! MJF wants to talk about himself as Juvi goes up top.

Juvi LEAPS to CLOBBER Jericho and fans go nuts for that one! Juvi gets space, goes back after Jericho and puts him in the ring. Juvi climbs as Jericho stands and Juvi leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Juvi keeps his cool and he gets Jericho up to scoop, but Jericho slips out. Juvi elbows Jericho, runs in but is put on the apron again. Jericho runs and RAMS Juvi off the apron! Fans fire up for Jericho as he goes out after Juvi. Jericho CHOPS Juvi in return, and again! Jericho follows Juvi around the way to smack off the timekeeper’s table! Jericho puts Juvi in the ring, climbs up top, and hits a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Juvi escapes and MJF says that wasn’t gonna cut it anyway.

Jericho throws hands, CHOPS, and whips. Juvi kicks back, mule kicks, uppercuts and mule kicks again on repeat! Juvi runs but into double forearms from Jericho! MJF claims that’s a throat chop but Jericho runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Juvi drags Jericho up. Juvi CHOPS, whips but Jericho sunset flips! Juvi rolls through, fakes the buzzsaw to BUZZSAW the second time! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Juvi wants the Rings of Saturn! Jericho endures and fans rally up. Jericho gets an arm free, punches and headbutts then gets free. Juvi CHOPS, then CHOPS Jericho in the corner.

Jericho sits down, Juvi goes corner to corner, but Jericho gets up to run him over! Jericho rallies with more shoulders, Juvi dodges to put Jericho on the apron. Jericho fakes Juvi out now to ROCK him with the second punch. Jericho climbs up again, and DOUBLE AX HANDLES! Cover, TWO!! MJF gets mad at Juvi, calling him a “Masked moron,” and then he calls Aubrey Edwards a floozy over her “fast count.” But then MJF denies saying any of that when Schiavone calls him on it. Jericho throws hands on Juvi, gets him up and back suplexes, but Juvi lands on his feet! Jericho still spins Juvi around for a Tiger BACKBREAKER!

Jericho covers, but Aubrey reminds him, Jericho can only win with top rope moves! Jericho sighs but he rains down fists. Jericho rips at Juvi’s mask! Fans are torn as Jericho keeps pulling! Juvi kicks Jericho away, gets up and fires up as Jericho stands. Jericho runs at Juvi in the corner but gets a flapjack to buckles! Juvi puts Jericho up top, climbs up to join him, rains down fists, then jumps up, but Jericho blocks the Super Steiner to get the WALLS OF JERICHO! And this is allowed to count, because they came off the top first! Juvi endures, Jericho sits deep, MJF calls the Jacksonville fans a bunch of fat seals, but Juvi gets the ROPEBREAK!

Jericho lets go, Juvi kicks back and wrenches to a facelock and SPIN OUT NECKBREAKER! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and just the first match of the night! Juvi gets up, runs, but into a kick! Jericho reels Juvi in, but Juvi turns bomb into DDT! Juvi gets Jericho back up to scoop, JUVI DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! MJF is losing his cool on commentary but fans rally up. Juvi rains down rights, runs, but into the JUDAS EFFECT! But Jericho can’t cover off this! Jericho hurries to get up top, Juvi stirs, FLYING JUDAS EFFECT!? Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (advances to the Fourth Labour)

MJF is fuming again, vowing that there’s no way Jericho makes it to the fifth! Wardlow attacks Jericho from behind! Wardlow digs his boots in at the corner, then drags Juvi up to punish him for failing MJF! F10!! Wardlow gets Jericho back up, has him on the top rope, and drapes him out for the CASUALTY OF WAR! MJF then says, “Oh no~. I’m so sorry, guys, did we ruin that moment for you?” Fans tell MJF he sucks, but MJF tells Jericho that if he thought he was every gonna be happy during these Labours, then Jericho’s as dumb “as every one of these scum sucking idiots here in the arena tonight.”

And if Jericho hasn’t figured it out, the Fourth Labour is a match against Wardlow! And the stipulation will be that there will be a special enforcer! It’ll be someone who will make sure this match is fair and square! The Salt of the Earth, who’s better than you and you know it: Maxwell Jacob Friedman! MJF is making himself the authority, but is this a sign that he’s getting desperate? Not to mention, scared of Jericho?

 

Backstage interview with the Lucha Brothers.

It was supposed to be Death Triangle in full but now PAC is missing. And Alex Abrahantes has exactly why Pac isn’t here. It’s convenient that Pac’s travel got cancelled, much like the Lucha Brothers before. And who do you think did that? Oh, well, Andrade El Idolo walks in right now! “Hey, kids, ninos. Where are my thank yous for the limousine last week?” Chavo Guerrero says they went through a lot of trouble to get them here on time last week. Thanks to El Idolo, you could be having first class airfare, limo service, all the steak, lobster and champagne you could want. It’s a pretty good offer, right? What do they say? Si or no?

They told you before. They don’t work for El Idolo or anyone. Penta fires up and rants in Spanish, but Alex calms him down, then translates, “Penta says, ‘No.‘” Death Triangle leaves but Chavo is convinced they’ll come around. What will it take for Death Triangle to get the message through Andrade’s head?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

Tony Schiavone notes last week’s loss to The Elite, and with that, no world title shots of any kind for them. John Silver says that was the biggest match of their lives and- Wait, Hangman Page pops in and says he’s just here to get a drink. But the Dark Order has him wait, and they ask why he hasn’t responded to their calls. Hangman was meant to be part of this interview. Hangman apologizes. He cost them their shots. They tell him it was all their faults, but Hangman says it’s on him. The problems with The Elite were problems Hangman created. He has to fix them. But they have his back!

No, he has to stop looking over his shoulder to know they’re there. He has to do this on his own. Maybe they should part ways. But they’re his friends! Yes, he knows, and he loves them all, but for now… It’s done. Done…? Hangman sulks off, and Evil Uno says they should give him his space. Will the Anxious Millennial Cowboy be able to find what he needs to get past The Elite on his own?

 

Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0!

Matt Lee, Jeff Parker and #RedDeath Danny Garcia called out some of the hardest hitters and craziest fighters in AEW to make a statement! But will they not like the response they’re going to get from the Maniac, the Mad King and the Relentless One?

The trios sort out, Darby and Danny tie right up! They break, circle, feel things out, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Darby rolls to get a headlock, Garcia powers out to a hammerlock and trips Darby to a cover. ONE, Garcia sweeps the legs to ghost pin, ONE! Darby jackknifes, TWO! Garcia kicks and uppercuts and then suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet to waistlock. Lee tags in off the O’Conner Roll, Darby gets sent into a forearm! Garcia kicks Darby, Lee gets him up for big forearms! Lee whips Darby corner to corner then runs in, but into boots! Darby leaps over, gets around, and Kingston tags in. Fans fire up for Eddie as he and Lee circle.

Lee shouts, “You wanna take a swing at me?!” then CHOPS Kingston! Kingston CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Then he runs in to knee Lee in the corner, and stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Kingston keeps going but the ref pulls him away. Moxley digs his fingers into Lee’s face! Moxley lets off before getting caught and Kingston CHOPS Lee again. Kingston whips, Lee reverses and Parker gets a cheap shot in. Parker avoids Kingston’s retaliation and Lee chop blocks a leg! Tag to Garcia and he stomps Kingston down as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia YANKS on a leg, covers, ONE! Garcia headlocks, Parker tags back in, and he drops a fist on Kingston. Parker stomps Kingston, scrapes his laces off Kingston’s face, then gets him up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Lee, and 2.0 mug Kingston. Lee CHOPS Kingston, and CHOPS, and Kingston just scowls at him. Lee ROCKS Kingston with a forearm, tags Garcia, and they mug Kingston, Garcia brings Kingston out to CHOP but Kingston CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Garcia kicks a leg out, runs and BOOTS Kingston down! Cover, TWO! Garcia anchors Kingston’s leg and tags in Parker, and Parker drops another fist!

Parker rains down right hands on Kingston’s head then gets Kingston up. Parker whips Kingston to a corner, tags Lee, and 2.0 whip to whip to forearm smash! Drop toehold to BOOYAH Elbow! Lee covers, TWO! Lee cover again, TWO! Lee tags Parker back in, hands off the facelock, and Parker cranks back. Kingston endures, reaches for his corner, but Parker gator rolls him away. Kingston fights up, fights free and CHOPS away on Parker! Parker ducks the Uraken as AEW returns to single picture, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! Fans fire up as Kingston and Parker crawl, Lee gets in but the ref stops him, only for Garcia to get in and KICK Kingston down!

The ref notices Garcia, he bails out, but Moxley CLOBBERS him on the outside! Moxley whips Garcia HARD into railing! Parker hurries to get Kingston up but Kingston throws him out! Lee checks on Parker, but both of them see Sting! Lee pushes Parker aside because he’s so excited to see The Icon in person! But he doesn’t see Darby building speed! Darby DIVES and takes Lee out! Darby gets Parker up and in, Kingston gets up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tags to Garcia and MOXLEY! Fans are thunderous as Moxley tosses Garcia out, clobbers 2.0, throws Parker back out then gets around Lee to SNAP GERMAN! Lee gets up into Moxley’s LARIAT! And X-PLEX!

Fans are fired up as Parker hits Moxley, but Moxley doesn’t flinch. URAKEN from Kingston! Garcia flies in, into a kick, and PARADIGM SHIFT! Tag to Darby and he’s up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby and team win!

Winners: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin, by pinfall

Garcia and 2.0 might’ve bit off more than they could chew with these three! Will the new kids think a bit more before doing whatever they want?

 

AEW looks closer at Team Taz.

“Guys, where do we even begin?” Brian Cage says Taz didn’t bring him to AEW, The Machine was busting his ass for 15 years and got himself to AEW. But what Taz did do is cost him a world title match! But don’t worry, Taz has a great idea, a consolation prize in the FTW Championship. Ricky Starks says Cage is selfish. As the NEW FTW Champion, Starks will do bigger and better. He will not only outclass, outshine and outwork Cage, he’ll prove what a real champion is all about. Cage says he never wanted the FTW title, never asked to be Team Taz, never even asked to be with Taz himself! But Taz says Cage will find out it’s better to be with them than against them.

But being with them didn’t do anything for him! What Cage did to Starks’ little celebration was just the beginning of the destruction that he will bring! At the end of the day, who betta than Brian Cage? Nobody! Will nothing stop the Path of Cage now that he has nothing to lose?

 

The Elite goof off backstage.

Karl Anderson spins a basketball, and apparently the others are counting how long this has gone. 2012 for Mr. 2012! Then they play some hot potato with the ball and Nick Jackson makes a basket from behind the board! Gallows says if the Dark Order wants to fight the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships next week, bring it! It’ll be the same ol’ recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and two more sweet ass robes for them! Anderson likes robes! Nick then says, “After last week, I have to beg the question to the AEW Tag Division. What, is there no one else?” Is that from Troy? Shut up, Brandon, but yes it is.

Matt has an answer: There is NO ONE left. The Elite has proven they are collectively the greatest group of champions in this business, “and they’re gonna have to retire our dang jerseys up high in the rafters, because they’re gonna have to bury us with these belts.” Matt passes the ball to Kenny Omega but Cutler intercepts and tries to go on his own little monologue. They stop him and let Omega take it. Hangman, old buddy, you sure had the crowd rooting for you. But not matter how many shots he took in that match, as Omega makes a shot with the ball, no matter how many times Hangman had The Elite reeling, when it came down to the game winner, the buzzer beater, BRICK.

Hangman blew it and now he has no friends, no title opportunity, and the people don’t have a main event. Omega would feel bad, but he doesn’t. There’s only one thing left to do, and Cutler climbs a ladder to cut down the net. Nick caws like a bird and Omega says, “C is for cookie, mother fathers, and that’s good enough for me!” What time is it? GAME TIME! But will there be challengers who defy the arrogance of The Elite and challenge them for All Out?

 

Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny!

Captain Charisma’s feud with Big Money Matt’s Hardy Family Office continues! Hardy’s most vicious mercenary got Christian with a brass knuckle cheap shot last week, will he get even with the Killswitch?

Blade doesn’t even get down the ramp as Christian rushes him! Christian fires off hands, throws Blade into the ring, and then the bell rings. Blade knees low, CLUBS Christian then rips up Christian’s shirt! Blade wipes the sweat from his brow with the shirt, then prepares it like a garrote! Christian avoids the shirt attack to kick and kick, and then use his shirt to CLOBBER Blade! Christian rains down fists, Blade bails out, but Christian hurries after him. They go around the way, Bunny blocks Christian’s path, and Blade gets around, only for Christian to sense it and DECK him! Christian whips Blade into railing and fans fire up!

Christian puts Blade in the ring, shoulders in and climbs up top. But Bunny grabs at Christian’s foot! So here comes LEYLA HIRSCH! She and Bunny are going to fight it out later, but Leyla figures why wait? They brawl up the ramp as Blade drags Christian out on the rope. Christian slips out and around to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Christian keeps his cool, whips Blade to ropes but Blade reverses to kick low. Blade suplexes to hang Christian out to dry! Christian flops down and fans boo The Blade as he stomps Christian down. Fans rally up for Christian as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade scowls and gets Christian back up to suplex again. He again hangs Christian out to dry, and grins as Christian flops back down. Blade stalks Christian to ropes and digs his knee into Christian’s head! The ref counts, Blade lets off and then eggs Christian on. Blade stomps Christian and digs a knee into Christian’s back while putting on a chinlock. Christian endures and fights the hold, so Blade shifts to a rear bearhug. Christian still endures, fights his way up, pries at the hold and elbows Blade! Then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Christian runs, ducks and dodges, but gets a kitchen sink knee! Blade is still in control as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Blade stands on Christian’s face and flexes. Blade kicks Christian to the corner, stomps him over and over, but lets off as the ref pulls him back. Blade pushes past the ref to fire off hands on Christian then dig his knee in! The ref gets Blade to back off again, Blade runs back in, but Christian evades and POSTS him! Blade flops out of the ring, fans fire up and Christian climbs the corner! Christian LEAPS to take down Blade! Fans chant, “YOU STILL GOT IT!” as Christian gets up again. Blade flounders about, gets in the ring, and the two stand. Christian and Blade stagger into each other, and the hands start flying! Christian ducks to fire off uppercuts until Blade falls over!

Christian gets Blade in a corner, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, then 15! Christian hops off, Blade tries to get out through ropes but Christian kicks those ropes to get him low! Christian has Blade on ropes and stands on him for a choke! Then slingshots to uppercut! Christian gets back in, mule kicks Blade and goes up to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! Cover, TWO! Christian stays fired up, goes back up and leaps, flying uppercut! Blade gets up again, Christian reels him in to hook the arms, but Blade pushes out of the Killswitch. Christian back elbows from the corner, climbs up again and reels Blade in for a TORNADO-

NO! Blade tosses Christian and then runs in, but Christian avoids the boot! Only to run into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Blade is furious but he gets Christian up. Suplex to GOURD BUSTER! Running KICK to the side! Then Blade goes after a buckle pad?! The ref stops him from undoing it, but Blade gets his bag of tricks! The brass knuckles! But Christian SPEARS Blade first! Cover, Christian wins!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall

Still undefeated in AEW and Captain Charisma is still the number two contender! Will this lead him to becoming the contender to the AEW World Championship?

 

AEW looks back at last week’s match, FTR VS Santana & Ortiz.

Santana says, “When you got to war, you gotta come to the realization of two possibilities: one, you’re gonna shed blood; two, y’all may not make it out alive.” Ortiz says that no matter the outcome in North Carolina, they were gonna leave scars on FTR. It happened, as Cash Wheeler knows very well. Dax Harwood says he almost saw his best friend die, as Cash’s forearm was ripped open and blood came pouring out! “This shit ain’t worth it.” But it is worth it to have one last match with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, because they caused Dax’s best friend to be in a pool of his own blood, suffering all week physically and mentally, wondering if he was ever coming back! But if death couldn’t stop Cash, what can Santana & Ortiz do? Ortiz shouts, “This is far from over!” But then, how does it end?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

He is honored to introduce the AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker, DMD! Britt walks out with Rebel following behind and they join Schiavone in the ring. He knows she’s excited about Pittsburgh next week, but she has to be excited for the reception here as part of Homecoming. Britt says if he’ll recall, it was right here in Jacksonville, Double or Nothing 2021, that she became THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But before she can continue, Red Velvet interrupts! The Chef goes right to the ring and Schiavone says this is the champion’s time. What business does Velvet have here?

Velvet says that first off, red is NOT Britt’s color. And she’s here because she wants a piece of D M D. She gives Britt a nudge, and Britt says she’s happy “Red” came out to join them. Because remember what happened between them right here in Jacksonville? Britt beat Velvet’s ass in three minutes! So whatever challenge her eager little heart desires, she’s got it? Oh, is that the best Britt’s got? She feels so~ good beating Velvet when she was just “enhancement talent,” like that proves something? Things have changed, “sweetheart,” and now Velvet’s record is 22-4 with seven straight wins, and she didn’t have to cheat to get them!

Britt frowns and says that’s impressive, but Britt’s also a very different wrestler now. She’s Britt Baker, DMD, THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But Velvet made her case and has her title shot! Assuming Tony Khan approves, which he will, because Britt’s the golden girl. And they’ll do it on a big stage, just to see if Velvet can hang. It’ll be the PREMIERE of AEW Rampage, Pittsburgh, PA, next Friday! Britt then offers a handshake, but Velvet kicks it away! And then Rebel swings her crutch! Velvet was ready, though, and she ducks it! Velvet then kicks Rebel down, snatches the crutch, only for Britt to kick her down and CURB STOMP her!

Britt digs the crutch into Velvet’s face to add insult to injury, but lets off to hold up her title. Will she still be holding the gold as AEW does it big in #Brittsburgh?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo.

Dasha points out the Lucha Brothers rejecting his job offers, but he’s still requested this time to speak. Chavo jumps in and says that while the Lucha Brothers said they won’t work for Andrade, no worries because Chavo found someone who will. It’s Fuego Del Sol! And Chavo tells young Fuego that he has something special for him. Andrade needs him to shine his shoes. His shoes…? Yes, his shoes. But that’s not the job Chavo told him! Well things change, and they need someone to shine his shoes right now. Andrade emphasizes the “now” part. But when Fuego hesitates, Andrade KNEES him low and throws him into the door! And again! And stomps him down!

Chavo says this should be Pac right here! Chavo tells Fuego to do the job he is given! And he tells the Lucha Bros that if they keep working for Pac, they will never be champions! Will this only prove to Lucha Brothers that something needs to be done about El Idolo’s ego?

 

Schiavone is back in the ring.

He already has Hangman Page out there with him, and notes that Hangman got away before he could really be asked any questions. Could Hangman clarify what was going through his mind? Well- But then the Elite come out, with Matt going, “Whoa, whoa, whoa!” Also Anderson is back to spinning the ball. Hangman tells them that he’s actually glad to see them. There’s something he’s needed to say to them for some time. Omega joins the Bucks at the front as Hangman says he’s needed to clear this up for awhile. Omega wants Hangman to wait a moment as they get in the ring.

So, Hanger, Omega sees what’s going on here. He’s trying to make new friends, find some self worth, and take Omega’s title. And correct Omega if he’s wrong, but this is a plea to rejoin The Elite. That is the last thing he’d ever do. Well considering all his recent failures, it just seems that Hangman shares a lot in common with these people: “You’re a tryhard.” Omega says The Elite have stayed up, late at night, thinking about maybe forgiving Hangman’s sins, vices and personal demons. But then, as Omega thinks about what the Elite was and what they are now, Hangman no longer fits the bill.

Look Omega in the eyes as he says this: Cowboy or not, the Elite does not have any losers in the group. No failures, no second fiddles, no- Hangman DECKS Omega! The rest of the Elite goes after him! They stomp and punch Hangman, get him up and hit MAGIC KILLER! Who does he think he is, huh!? Get him again! But the Dark Order is here! Wait, wait, Uno and Stu stop Angels and Silver from getting in!? Uno and Stu are trying to honor what Hangman said before, and Omega is laughing at them! The Dark Order leaves, and the Young Bucks hit a B T E TRIGGER! And ANOTHER! And ANOTHER!! Omega doesn’t want this to stop, he’s having fun!

But then FRANKIE KAZARIAN rushes out! He’s not Dark Order, he’s ELITE HUNTER, so he doesn’t have to stop! Kaz CLOBBERS Gallows, throws out Anderson, fires off on Omega, but gets mugged by the Bucks! Omega has the Bucks throw Kaz out and Anderson whips Kaz into Gallows’ BOOT! Omega says he’s pissed off now! But all these flashes from the past, he’s also getting a little sentimental. So Omega will give Hangman one last good look at the thing he’ll never have, the AEW World Championship! BELT SHOT!! The Elite gloat as they stand over Hangman, all their belts in the air. Will no one ever be able to dethrone them?

 

AEW hears from American Top Team’s Dan Lambert.

“Do you know what hurts more than a 6’8″ Murderhawk giving you an elbow to the face and then a Blackout? The truth! Put on your big boy britches next week, because I’m gonna finish that truth. And I’m bringing back-up.” Sounds like Lambert and American Top Team are returning to AEW! Will he get to finish running down the product? Or will he just get run over by Lance Archer?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes!

The Redeemer, God’s Favorite Champion, and one of the most brutal champions already in AEW history, vows that Big Shotty has no chance of surviving this match. Miro says holding the TNT title is his divine right, and no one will change that! But can Johnson prove God doesn’t choose favorites, and that all reigns come to an end?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and both providence and fighting spirits will be tested!

Miro and Johnson circle slowly, then Johnson rushes in, only for Miro to CLOBBER him! Miro nods, drags Johnson up and DECKS him! And again! And then stomps him around. Miro puts Johnson in a corner, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then brings Johnson out to EuroUpper him down. Fans rally and duel as Miro looms over Johnson. Johnson throws body shots but Miro just eggs him on. Johnson keeps throwing hands but Miro DECKS him! Miro whips Johnson to a corner, Johnson goes up but Miro catches him! Johnson fights free and kicks Miro’s leg! Johnson fires off haymakers, but Miro doesn’t flinch! Miro throws Johnson through the ropes but Johnson stays on the apron.

Miro storms over, into a GAMANGIRI! Miro just scowls so Johnson GAMANGIRIS again! Miro staggers, Johnson gets in the corner and boots back! Johnson hops up, leaps, but Miro catches him again for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Miro scowls and shouts, “GAME! OVAAA!” Stomp but Johnson scrambles away! Miro chuckles as it was that close, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Dustin coaches Johnson but Miro goes out after him. Johnson CHOPS but Miro eggs him on. Johnson CHOPS more and more but Miro CHOPS him off his feet! Miro snarls and scowls and drags Johnson up to bearhug and OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Miro goes into the ring to soak up all the cheers and jeers. Then he goes back out, runs off Dustin, and gets Johnson back up. Miro RAMS Johnson into railing! Miro drags Johnson up while shouting at the camera, then he DECKS Johnson with a forearm. Miro puts Johnson in the ring, wanting to finish this definitively. Johnson flounders up but Miro drags him to the corner to again shout at the cameras.

The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4 and still shouts at the camera. Miro looms over Johnson, encouraging fan to get loud. Johnson chops from below but they do nothing. Miro CLUBS Johnson right down! Miro gets Johnson up, whips but Johnson kicks back! Johnson runs but into a bearhug! Miro thrashes Johnson around as AEW returns to single picture and fans rally up as Johnson endures! Johnson throws elbows, Miro let shim free and dares him to keep going. Johnson chops and chops and throws hands, but Miro whips him to pop him up, only for Johnson to DDT! But Miro gets right up!? Wait, he’s staggered! Johnson KICKS the leg, throws hands, and fans fire up!

Johnson dropkicks Miro and Miro staggers! Johnson dropkicks a leg out, Miro gets up but Johnson dropkicks him out of the ring! Johnson builds speed to DIVE! Miro is sent into barriers and Johnson keeps going, to DIVE again! That’s two, Johnson wants the hat trick! Johnson runs and FLIES! Direct hit, Miro tries to stay up but they both fall over! Johnson is back up as Miro gets into the ring. Johnson climbs up, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Miro is getting mad and Johnson is shocked! But fans rally up and Johnson gets up. Johnson runs in to clothesline but Miro stays up. Johnson kicks a leg, then clotheslines again!

Miro’s still up so Johnson runs, but Miro gets around to waistlock, spin and GERMAN SUPELX! But Johnson lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK!! Miro is wobbling as Johnson hits a FOURTH SUPERKICK! Miro blocks the fifth to put Johnson in a corner! Miro runs in but Johnson dodges! Miro staggers back, Johnson hits another SUPERKICK!! Miro is down!! Johnson’s already done what no one in AEW has! Johnson climbs up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Miro still has so much power to get out of that! Fans are thunderous as Johnson fires himself up!

Johnson gets Miro up but Miro grabs Johnson’s beard. Johnson clubs Miro’s arms to break free, and he ENZIGURIS! Miro wobbles, Johnson fireman’s carries, but Miro slips off! Miro shoves and hits a BEST KICK! Miro’s rage is boiling up and fans are fired up with him! “GAME! OVAAAAA!” Stomp and camel clutch! DEEP STRETCH! Johnson is OUT, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Miro lets Johnson go quickly to pat Johnson on his head and “forgive” him. But undefeated, undaunted, and still champion, will anyone stop Miro’s divinely ordained reign?

 

The AEW Rampage announce team is revealed!

Excalibur and Taz will be joined by Chris Jericho and Mark Henry to call the action AEW will bring every Friday!

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Schiavone is with Captain Charisma and notes he is still undefeated in AEW. Tony Khan has done the rankings and now Christian Cage is number one contender! Christian thanks Schiavone for that news, and he says he’d be lying if that didn’t feel good. Leyla Hirsch kept The Bunny at bay, will Christian return the favor to keep The Blade from interfering? Christian appreciated Leyla’s help, so he did offer it, but she said, “Thank you for being a friend~.” Okay, she didn’t sing, but she did say thanks, she already has a friend. She has best friends to help her.

As for being new #1 contender, Christian said it from the start that he didn’t just come here to slap his chest, look for his Peeps, and have some feel good moments. He’s back to take back what was taken from him seven years ago. He came back to cement his legacy and win championships. Next week, he’ll be in Pittsburgh, for Dynamite and Rampage, and he’s known to stir up some trouble. But he’s not just good at it, either. He’s… Hmm, what’s better than good? Oh, he’s got it: “I’m elite.” A subtle hint at what Christian has in mind, will he be able to stir up a whole lot of trouble next week?

 

NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Leyla Hirsch w/ The Best Friends!

It isn’t just The Blade but Private Party and The Hybrid2 accompanying Allie to the ring. But #LEGIT Leyla wasn’t lying, she has Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Kris Statlander and Wheeler Yuta backing her up! With things even outside the ring, will Bunny fare all that well inside the ring?

The bell rings, the two get face to face, and Bunny shoves Leyla. Leyla fires off forearms, Bunny hits back but Leyla gets an arm to give it a CODE BREAKER! Leyla wants her armbar but Bunny bails out! So Leyla DIVES out after her! And she gives a thumbs up to Cassidy! Leyla gets Bunny up and in, gets the arm to hammerlock and RAM Bunny into buckles! And then she drags Bunny down, wanting a Fujiwara Armbar! Bunny resists so Leyla shifts grip to wrench the arm and top wristlock! Bunny pulls hair but the ref reprimands and counts. They end up on ropes, the ref gets between them, and Bunny storms up to Leyla, only to get a back elbow!

Leyla kicks, Bunny blocks and puts the leg in ropes, for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans boo Bunny as she drags Leyla up and throws her out! Bunny snarls while Leyla drags herself back up. Bunny goes out to run and SHOTGUN Leyla into barriers! The HFO applauds, but NWA Women’s World Champion, Kamille, is in the front row! She plays dumb as she asks Bunny, “Oh, is this what you’re after?” She motions to the title belt around her waist, and Bunny smirks. Bunny gets Leyla up, puts her in the ring, and stomps her down as AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny gets Leyla up, bumps her off buckles, then CHOPS her! And CHOPS! And laughs, and CHOPS again! Leyla gets around to get the arm around ropes and HOTSHOT it! Bunny staggers away, Leyla storms after her, but Bunny BOOTS her down! Bunny covers, TWO! Leyla gets to ropes, Bunny stalks up behind her and has the arms, motorcycle stretch STOMP into the corner! Leyla sits back up, Bunny gets her arms again, and STOMPS her in again! Bunny grins as she paces around, then sets Leyla up for a corner to corner SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs like a hyena again as she covers, TWO! Leyla is still in this, and Bunny is getting mad.

Bunny stomps Leyla, CLUBS her, but Leyla ROCKS Bunny with forearms! Bunny knees low, runs and knee lifts Leyla down! Bunny covers again, TWO! Leyla shakes her head, but Bunny KNEES her down! Bunny stomps Leyla, goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Leyla hits her with an uppercut! Leyla climbs up, fires off hands, Bunny hits back, but Leyla gets Bunny up for a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but fans fire up! Wait, Nyla Rose has appeared in the front row, too. Perhaps the Native Beast is just as interested in the NWA Women’s title. Statlander looks over at Nyla and Nyla asks her what’s the problem.

Leyla and Bunny sit up, Leyla throws a forearm! Bunny forearms back, they bralw on their knees! They stand up and Leyla gets an edge, but Bunny knees low! Bunny pushes Leyla around, but Leyla just gets mad! Leyla digs her forehead into Bunny’s collarbone, they shove each other, and Bunny rushes in, only for Leyla to get her with a GERMAN! Bunny flounders into another GERMAN! Leyla runs and foreamrs Bunny in the corner, then runs to METEORA! And swings to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! CROSS ARMBREAKER!! Bunny clasps hands, rolls it to a cover, TWO! Leyla shoots in to get the leg, trip her up, and KNEE Bunny down!

Leyla isn’t done there, she spins Bunny around and runs, to go up and up and MOONSAULT! But BUnny evades! SUPERKICK, fireman’s carry, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Bunny is furious and slapping herself over that near victory! Bunny gets Leyla up, dragon sleeper, but Leyla slips around to drag her down, ARMBAR!! Bunny uses her leg to hook and kick, but Leyla shrugs that off to keep the grip! Bunny moves, Leyla transitions for leverage, and pulls the hands apart! ARMBAR!! Bunny taps, Leyla wins!!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission (NEW #1 contender to the NWA Women’s World Championship)

That armbar is still too legit, and Bunny had to quit! Kamille goes to the ring and welcomes Leyla to try and take the title. The size difference makes this a David VS Goliath story, but will that mean #LEGIT Leyla will topple the powerful giant?

 

Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.

A lot of people have been asking why Jade hasn’t been wrestling, but Mark will be honest, they’ve been busy! They’ve been diversifying the portfolio, connecting with top brands like Shop AEW, wineries, news agencies, and of course interested parties in Hollywood. They made #JadeBrand so successful, they’re back and ready to wrestle. Jade does whatever she wants, and her big return match will be Dark: Elevation. That is perfect, because the sky is the limit for #ThatBitch.

 

AEW has the card for next week’s Dynamite.

After that tense stand-off between them, the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and the Native Beast will be going 1v1! And just as the Good Brothers offered, the Impact Tag Team Championships will be on the line in AEW as they take on Evil Uno & Stu Grayson! Will the Dark Order be able to shift from one title chase to another?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Malakai Black!

The American Nightmare caught the evil eye of The Dark Father, and must fight to stay alive as an in-ring competitor! But the House of Black shows no mercy, will Malakai put “the tired horse” out to pasture?

AEW returns as Cody makes his entrance. He gives his weight belt to some young fans at ringside, fires up as he gets in the ring, and only now does Malakai move. The bell rings, fans are thunderous already, and Cody takes a moment to soak it all in. Then he and Malakai tie right up, Cody waistlocks but Malakai switches, and he shoves Cody away just to mess with him. They circle, go again, and Cody gets a leg. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the break, Cody lets Malakai go and Malakai KICKS him in the leg! Cody hobbles but he elbows back! Cody waistlocks, Malakai switches and lifts but Cody elbows free. Cody’s leg jams a bit as he lands on his feet, and Malakai shoots in!

Malakai gets Cody down and wants a kneebar but Cody moves around and looks to turn this into a Figure Four! Malakai rakes Cody’s eyes! Malakai fires off strikes against the ropes, gets the leg, but Cody ENZIGURIS! Malakai drops to a knee, Cody gets up but Malakai sweeps the legs! Malakai rolls Cody to a HALF CRAB! Malakai has the leg going sideways as he sits deep! Cody endures, fights towards ropes, and Cody gets ropes! The ref counts, Malakai lets go at 4, and fans are still fired up as Malakai watches Cody drag himself up. Malakai is almost salivating, then he runs at Cody, but Cody gets around to dragon sleeper! But Malakai knees free!

Cody goes to the apron, Malakai rushes over but Cody ROCKS him with a haymaker! Cody goes up top, steadies himself, but Malakai steps up to KNEE Cody! Cody flies off and crashes through the timekeeper’s table!! Fans lose their minds and medics check Cody in the wreckage. Malakai wants the count out and the ref begins. “This is Awesome!” as Cody drags himself up and Malakai sits in the center of the ring. Cody gets a little closer to the ring at 7 of 10, is still down at 8, but springs to life and gets in at 9.5! Malakai is annoyed, but he waits for Cody to stand. Cody staggers, hops on one leg, into the BLACK MASS!! Cody is down and Malakai stands on him for the cover, Malakai wins!!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Daily’s Place erupts as The American Nightmare has been devastated! Malakai just shrugs, because he said this would happen and no one wanted to believe him. Medics check on Cody again, and Schiavone goes to the ring. Crutches are brought to the ring and Schiavone hopes Cody can get to his feet. Schiavone recaps what just happened, but gives Cody time to compose himself. “Legacy is a funny thing. When I got into wrestling when I was 15, I was a referee. All I wanted to do was win back the title they took from my daddy in The Garden. And God, that was the goal then, but goals change. Time flies, I’ve had so much fun.”

Cody works to get up and Schiavone helps steady him. Cody gets to his feet, some fans already start singing, “Hey hey hey, good-bye~!” Cody thanks Schiavone for the help, and continues where he left off. “An unprecedented thing happened. I fired them and they didn’t fire me, and I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I met Matt, Nick, and Kenny. Believe it or not, folks, three years ago, people were laughing at us when we said we were gonna be a revolution. They literally did, some of them.” The fans chant “A E DUB!” for Cody as he says now, it’s commonplace that this is destination viewing, not just an alternative. They ARE competition, and they set the table!

Now, new people can eat. For three years, Cody’s face has been on everything, he is so lucky to be the one waving the banner. And sure, maybe some outside interests came his way, maybe there was infighting among the EVP’s, but the truth is, he still loves those guys and will be forever tethered to them. But with all respect to the name, “Daily’s Place,” to Cody, it is the AEW Amphitheatre. Fans like the sound of that! Cody continues to say there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, as Cody says this with absolutely no bitterness in his heart. He thanks the fans so much, loves them so much, they have made his life incredibly special.

Cody goes back to kneeling, to undo his boots?! Fans don’t want this but Cody takes one boot off, then starts on the other! But Malakai is back to SMACK Cody with the crutch?! The House of Black is merciless, and he snatches the one boot Cody took off! Is that going to be Malakai’s trophy for ending the American Nightmare?!


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode! I was surprised the Labours of Jericho opened the night, but seeing what we got for the main event tonight made it make sense. Jericho and Juvi had a great match, and I’m surprised a flying Judas Effect didn’t come to Jericho before. Wardlow being the next opponent makes sense, and I honestly expected it sooner than fourth, but of course MJF is going to add himself to things. He’ll definitely try and screw Jericho over but there’s a good chance he’ll fail so that we’ll get the Fifth Labour. We got good stuff from Lucha Brothers and Andrade, especially Andrade making an example out of poor Fuego.

We also got great stuff from The Dark Order, Hangman and The Elite. It all seemed a bit fast, going from Hangman wanting time apart to The Elite getting in his face and the Dark Order arguing with each other over helping him. Hangman’s story had perfect pacing until AEW changed plans, but they can still make up for it as AEW Dynamite enters year three this Fall. Also, bringing the Impact Tag titles into the AEW ring is an interesting move, but I suppose it’s because Uno & Stu can’t travel to the Impact Zone since Impact records episodes in handfuls at a time. For that same reason, the Good Brothers will retain, but it’ll be a great match all the same.

We got a great Six Man Tag, Danny Garcia and 2.0 (formerly Ever-Rise in the WWE) had a great AEW debut, but Moxley, Kingston and Darby had a great win. They make quite the trio themselves, so this was a great moment for AEW and the fans to see them working together. We also got a pretty good segment from Team Taz and Brian Cage, though it just feels like Cage might’ve been trying to spin things a little too much. Either way, the rematch for Cage VS Starks is going to be really good. I don’t say “title rematch” because as Cage said in his promo, it feels like he doesn’t want the title anymore and is going to move on to other gold.

Miro VS Johnson was exactly as I hoped: it was an awesome match with a great showing from Johnson, but in the end, Miro wins out. Miro rolls on and could take on anyone, and I almost thought they were going to set up Miro VS Dustin at the end there. That’d be a great match, honestly. Dan Lambert saying he’d be back to finish telling “the truth” is a great way to say he’s coming back to kayfabe hate on AEW. And it will surely set up AEW’s first wrestling-MMA crossover match, Lance Archer VS an American Top Team fighter. Then we got a very good match out of Christian and The Blade, and it’s clear that the plans have switched from Omega VS Hangman at All Out to Omega VS Christian.

I also liked the tie-in to Bunny VS Leyla that we got out of Christian VS Blade, and Bunny VS Leyla was a great match. A nice surprise seeing Kamille ringside, but Nyla being there was just awkward. I guess they couldn’t find a better way to get Nyla VS Statlander to happen, other than I dunno, just making it happen? Isn’t that just how stuff can happen in wrestling? It’ll still be a real good match, this just seemed one of the clunkier moves by AEW. We got a good promo from Sterling and Jade, and while I thought her in-ring return would be her first loss, that’s not happening if she returns on Dark: Elevation, so it’s a missed opportunity really.

Malakai Black’s entrance was awesome stuff, and Cody VS Malakai was just as it should’ve been, too. Malakai was aggressive, turned things around every time Cody got going, and in the end, the Black Mass is so powerful. The fans loved it, I loved it, Cody did a great job selling the finish because honestly, that heel kick would rattle anyone and everyone it hits. Cody got really heartfelt with his promo, and then Malakai makes sure he doubles down on Heel Heat by attacking Cody as he’s essentially announcing retirement. Though, what heat does he have when the fans were still eating it up? He is both top Heel and top guy and it only took a month!

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Trent & Roddy win.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; Hook AND Shibata win and will both challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal; Takeshita wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; Swerve wins.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; Malakai wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Team Triple J; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Don Callis is on commentary as “both his guys” are teaming up as an unlikely duo against another unlikely duo! Will the Aerial Assassin get help from the former International Champion in gaining momentum for his match with the current International Champion? Or will it be #JustTrent and the Savior of the Backbreaker standing tall tonight?

The teams sort out and Ospreay starts against Roddy, but then Cassidy and Trent rush each other on the outside! Ospreay sees that and is distracted, so Roddy CLUBS Ospreay! The fans fire up as there is brawling in and out of the ring! Roddy ROCKS Ospreay, CLUBS him, then whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Then Ospreay PLANCHAS Trent! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY Roddy! Cassidy then DIVES onto Trent and they hit the desk! PIP PIP CHEERIO for Roddy! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps on Roddy but Roddy fights the underhooks! Bennett gets on the apron, Taven throws in a belt, but Ospreay kicks that belt back out.

The ref reprimands The Kingdom but Roddy clinches to an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Roddy tags in Trent and Trent storms up on Ospreay. Trent drags Ospreay up, CHOPS him, then stalks him to a corner. Trent stomps Ospreay, brings him up to ROCK him, but Ospreay ROCKS Trent back! Ospreay fires more forearms, then runs, but Trent CLOBBERS him! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy pushes Ospreay down and rains down fists! Roddy stomps Ospreay, drags him up, but the fans rally up. Roddy stomps Ospreay, fires body shots and a CHOP, then keeps on him with a clinch, Ospreay ROCKS Roddy in return!

Ospreay fires more shots but Roddy DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE!! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a chinlock and he grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay fights up. Ospreay throws body shots then ROCKS Roddy! Roddy knees low, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips free to shove and back drop! The fans fire up while Roddy flounders around! Both men crawl, hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up, Roddy gets under the jump, but Cassidy just BLASTS Trent! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Roddy stops the DD! Roddy sends Cassidy to the corner, but Cassidy goes up and out!

Roddy runs in but Cassidy bumps him off buckles! Then he goes side to side to bump Roddy off more buckles! And then back the other way! The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down! Cassidy is stuck up top, Roddy goes up after him! GUTBUSTER on the top buckle! Then Trent drags Cassidy from the corner! The fans boo as Trent hauls Cassidy up, but Ospreay makes the save! Ospreay sends Trent into barriers! Roddy WRECKS Ospreay with a dropkick! Then he gives Cassidy an APRON BACK SUPLEX, and Trent SPEARS Cassidy down! The fans boo as Trent & Roddy stand tall, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Trent flexes, Roddy drags Cassidy up, and Roddy ROCKS Cassidy. Roddy puts Cassidy in, stomps up and stomps on him in a corner, then brings him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Trent, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Trent knees low, Cassidy sits down, and Trent stomps him at the ropes. The ref counts, Trent lets off at 4, and The Kingdom taunts Cassidy. Trent gets Cassidy’s legs to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cassidy sputters and falls out of the ring, The Kingdom taunting him. Trent distracts the ref and The Kingdom stomps away on Cassidy! Roddy then drags Cassidy up to put him in the ring. Trent covers, TWO!

Trent is annoyed but he drags Cassidy up to tag in Roddy. They mug Cassidy, Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, then Roddy clamps on with a chinlock. Cassidy fights up but Roddy CHOPS him again! Cassidy grits his teeth, stands up, but Roddy CHOPS him down! Roddy soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up to pull on his arms. Cassidy endures the motorcycle stretch, fights up, and he works to put his hands in pockets! Roddy turns him around to CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture, Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in his pockets! Roddy swings, misses, but he reels Cassidy in. Cassidy rebounds to SHOTGUN!

Cassidy works his way over, kips up, and hot tags to Trent and Ospreay! Ospreay rallies on Trent with haymakers! Ospreay whips, Trent reveres but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Roddy runs back in to knee low! Roddy & Trent double whip, but Ospreay handsprings to DOUBLE PELE! The fans fire up, Ospreay covers Trent, TWO! The fans fire up and Ospreay has Trent in a corner. Ospreay runs in but Trent dodges! TORNADO- NO, Ospreay stops the DDT to suplex. Trent slips free, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy runs in to KNEE Ospreay! Then back suplex, but Ospreay sunset flips it! TWO!!

Roddy runs up but into a CHOP! Ospreay runs, into a kitchen sink knee! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this and Roddy is frustrated. The fans rally, Roddy drags Ospreay up, and Roddy reels Ospreay in to suplex. Ospreay slips free, ducks Roddy’s knee, and tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Cassidy, and Ospreay Electric Chairs Roddy for the POWERBOMB! Then Ospreay goes up, gives Cassidy a thumbs up, and then hits the LEAP OF FAITH! Cassidy’s turn, he LAZY ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Roddy is still in this but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad!

Cassidy aims in a corner, but Trent grabs his foot! Cassidy kicks Trent away, Roddy runs up, but Cassidy BOOTS him! Cassidy goes up, but Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy then goes up after Cassidy, but Cassidy fights the suplex! The fans rally, Ospreay joins in and he knocks Roddy down! Trent gets up to get Ospreay, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ospreay lands on his feet! The fans are thunderous, and Ospreay BOOTS Trent into the DEEP IMPACT! Roddy CHOPS Ospreay, ROCKS Cassidy, then KNEES Ospreay. Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Cassidy!

Cassidy covers, and Ospreay keeps Trent back, but Trent powers through to break it up! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Trent rises first, “This is Awesome!” as he rips at a buckle pad. The ref says stop it, and then Cassidy mule kicks Trent! SICK KICK from Roddy! The Kingdom distracts the ref, Callis hops off commentary to anchor Cassidy! Roddy can’t suplex him like that! Roddy gets mad at Callis, Callis hurries away, END OF- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! OSCUTTER!! But as the ref checks Roddy, The Kingdom run in! Ospreay dumps them both out! And then builds speed to FLY! Down go Taven & Bennett!

The fans are thunderous but WARDLOW CLOBBERS OSPREAY! The fans boo as the War Machine comes outta nowhere! ORANGE P- NO, Roddy ducks and Trent’s BUSAIKU KNEE hits! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Roddy & Trent win!

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Kingdom’s numbers are just too much, and now they’re beating down Cassidy & Ospreay! Callis is furious, but then where’s his family!? Trent DECKS Cassidy, Roddy grabs the International title belt! BELT SHOT to Ospreay! Trent won’t let Callis get close, either! SNAKE BITE on Cassidy! Ospreay is busted open! Roddy tells Ospreay he will never have this title! Then Roddy drags Ospreay up, reels him in, and hits END OF HEARTACHE!! Ospreay flounders and writhes, and Roddy paints himself with Ospreay’s blood. Is nothing going to stop The Undisputed Kingdom from conquering AEW?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson want their own Elite security to get a good look at who they’re looking for. Nick then says, “Hey, Darby Allin, ya p*ick! You attacked The Elite unprovoked last week, so guess what? You’re barred this week.” Matt adds that in the interest of having the safest locker room in the business, sorry, no Darby allowed tonight. Matt tells the security to be very careful, Darby is resilient. He broke his foot, practically got Final Destination’d by a bus, and he’s still standing, and out for blood! Do NOT let this man in the building! What’re they doing still standing here? Get to your positions! And tuck your shirts in!

In walks Sonjay Dutt and he wants to commend these two for the great job they’ve been doing, and for knowing how to take care of problems. Darby won’t be an issue tonight. Last Saturday, they took care of two more problems in FTR thanks to The Righteous & Lance Archer. And tonight, it all comes to a head. Sonjay’s Indian Giant destroys the American Dragon. Matt says if Satnam beats Bryan, cool. But if he hurts Bryan, great. Alright, so long as the money’s in the envelope with a few rupees, because tonight, Satnam breaks Bryan like a pencil! HAHAHAHAHA! Sonjay heads out, Matt tells everyone to keep the energy up, next segment! Can he get some water? Thanks.

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

Bakersfield, California fires up as The Bang Bang Gang brings their gold to the ring in a little black wagon. Granted, they don’t need all nine belts, just the one set that represents the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships. Though, they do like to mix and match as they hold one each. Jay White gets the mic and hushes the crowd before saying, “Well, well, well, look at you! The greatest three man team in the game is here!” Fully Cocked Colten Gunn! Switchblade Jay White! And… Austin! THE Unified Trios Champions, the Bang Bang Gang! And White knows what they want. Guns up for the Bakersfield Gold Members~!

But y’know, on that note, White thinks there might be one very special little gold member out there walking around feeling confused, asking himself how he ended up in the situation he’s in. How he ended up burning int he spotlight at the feet of the Bang Bang Gang! That one little gold member is… Pac? Puck? Pock? Pack, but without K. Oh. Okay, okay, Pack. Let White tell him how you ended up here! You made three big mistakes! One: when the Bang Bang Gang is walking down the halls, you run, scatter, turn the other way. What’d Pac do? Looked at them with… that face.

Mistake two: When Bang Bang Gang handled Bang Bang Gang business in this ring with “Azucar” Rocky Romero, one little Bastard decided to stick his ugly bastard nose where it doesn’t belong. Mistake three and biggest of all, Pack, is questioning them. He asked, begged, pleaded for them to make him care, so they gave him what he asked for. But see as the- WAIT! Pac is on the tron! And he tells the Bang Bang Toy Guns that this is what he’s talking about! They warmed him up a bit. And he can’t even be made at them. Like they said, he provoked them first. But gentlemen, three on one? That’s not exactly fair now, is it?

So allow Pac to introduce them to his amigos. His hermanos! His LUCHA BROTHERS! The fans fire up as Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix y The Bastard, Pac, all stand as one! Death Triangle is reunited! White & The Gunns get ready, but Pac TACKLES White while the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK the Ass Boys! Pac throws adown fists, the others brawl, and the fans fire up! Pac ROCKS Colten, ROCKS Austin, but White knees low! White puts Pac in a corner but Pac dodges to stomp away! Death Triangle stomps away on the whole Bang Bang Gang! They then SUPERKICK everyone out! The fans are fired up but the Bang Bang Gang is in retreat!

Pac gets a mic to tell the boys, “You think you’re hard? Well this Sunday, Double or Nothing, AEW Unified Trios Championships! You think you’re hard? I guess we’ll find out.” Death Triangle wants gold again, will they take it from the Switchblade and his boys?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Learning Tree makes his way out, “Big Bill” Morrissey right behind him, because Jericho is joining commentary for what’s up next.

FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith!

While the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil wants payback on The Learning Tree, so does The Wrestler! They and The Bounty Hunter fought and won last Saturday on Collision, and now they all fight for a chance to go Double or Nothing with Jericho! Will wins big to then go after Jericho “For The World?”

The bell rings and Keith BOOTS Hook right down! Keith runs up on Shibata, Shibata dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP int he corner! Hook storms up to fire hands on Keith! Shibata pushes Hook aside to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Hook pushes Shibata, the rivals stare down, but Keith RAMS Hook into Shibata! Keith then fires forearms on Hook. Keith runs, but into a SAYANAGI! Hook shoots around, REDRUM, but Shibata gets Hook in a SLEEPER! Keith DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS free! All three men stagger to their feet, and Hook clinches Shibata for an EXPLODER! Shibata comes back to BELLY2BELLY Hook!

Keith gives Shibata an EXPLODER! Hook gives Keith an EXPLODER! Shibata hits an STO on Hook! All three men are down again and the fans fire up! Keith, Hook and Shibata slowly sit up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shibata runs up on Keith, throws him down, and has a HEEL HOOK! Shibata endures, crawls back, and has the ROPEBREAK! Shibata doesn’t have to but he does let off given the hold won’t count for anything now. Shibata drags Keith back, steps through, and FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCKS! Keith fights it, but Shibata clamps it on tight! But then Hook throws down forearms on Shibata! Shibata lets Keith go, crawls to a corner, and Hook drags Shibata up. Hook throws knees into Shibata, then brings him out of the corner to TOSS him out of the ring! Hook then goes for Keith, but Keith wrenches to a HOOK KICK!

Hook falls, Keith goes to a corner, and Keith huffs and puffs. Keith drops a knee on Hook’s head, covers, TWO! Keith huffs ‘n’ puffs more, and he CLUBS Hook to ropes. Keith CHOPS, then follows Hook around the way. Keith CHOPS again, then clinches, but Hook fights the exploder! Hook slips around but now Keith fights the exploder! Keith fires down elbows, but Hook still lifts! Keith fires down more elbows, but Hook tries again! EXPLODER! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and Hook rises. Hook stalks Keith, but Keith avoids the crossface forearms! Hook turns around, Keith KNEES him down!

Keith drags Hook up, underhooks, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Keith hits the TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Shibata breaks it! The fans rally, Shibata kicks and bumps Keith off buckles. Shibata BOOTS Hook in a corner, then runs to BOOT Keith! Shibata rains down forearms on Keith, then runs to BOOT Hook! Shibata HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Keith! Shibata drags Keith up for a HALF HATCH! Cover, Hook breaks it! Hook knees low, clinches, T BONE SUPLEX! Shibata goes to a corner, Hook grabs Keith. Hook clamps on the REDRUM! But Keith RAMS Hook into a corner! Hook goes up and he goes for a HANGING REDRUM!

Keith RIDING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he goes up, reels Hook in, DIAMOND DUST! PENALTY KICK from Shibata! Shibata gets Keith up, fireman’s carries, and USHIGOROSHI! Shibata stares Jericho down before putting on the FIGURE FOUR, with HEEL HOOK!! Keith endures, Hook gets in! REDRUM on Keith!!! Keith endures double submissions, he TAPS!! Then who wins?!? The ref has the two men let off of Keith, and declares they BOTH win?!

Winners: Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (both challenge Chris Jericho for the title)

The fans don’t want a draw, they want Hook and Shibata to fight it out! But Jericho gets on the mic and says yeah, he agrees! Hi, Bakersfield! He just wants to get camera time, right? But Rick Knox, what an interesting call. Two winners, two contenders, makes his job a little harder at Double or Nothing. But such is life, huh? Just gotta say, Hook and Shibata, he’s proud of you both for everything they’ve picked up from The Learning Tree and the Jericho Vortex. But he’s gotta warn you, as the longest reigning For The World Champion in history at over 33 days, he’s just getting started.

So even though it’ll be the first-ever Triple Threat “For The World” Rules match, he’ll walk out of Vegas the winner. Thanks, everybody! But he’s not losing to anyone ever, okay? Thanks, guys! Tony Khan texts Tony Schiavone, and it is official! The first ever FTW Triple Threat, will going Double or Nothing only guarantee Jericho loses?

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

The Alpha wants to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but he’s only getting a Title Eliminator match at Double or Nothing. Will the Zen Assassin simply be used as a warm-up and a warning for Jon Moxley?

The bell rings, Takeshita knees Sydal low then CLUBS him down! Takeshita brings Sydal up to CLAW Sydal’s face, then lets off as the ref reprimands. Takeshita drags Sydal up, and throat chops him! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Takeshita deadlift suplexes Sydal for a BRAINBUSTER! Takeshita stands up, snarls, and he  stomps Sydal around. Takeshita gives taunting kicks as Sydal sits up, and then Takeshita stands him up. BLUE- RANA! Sydal dropkicks the legs out, then BASEMENT DDTS! Sydal hurries to the apron, then the corner! Sydal goes up, leaps over Takeshita, then keeps going, but into the BLUE THUNDER BOMB!

Takeshita and Callis agree, time to break Sydal! Takeshita stands Sydal up, winds up, ALPHA FOREARM! Cover, Takeshita wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Takeshita made quick work out of Matt Sydal, but then offers a handshake, The Code of Honor if you will. Sydal accepts it, but then Takeshita ripcord deadlifts Sydal into a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! No honor, no respect, and the fans boo! But Callis loves it! Takeshita stomps away on Sydal, but then here comes Moxley! The Maniac was gonna be here either way, and Takeshita wants to know where he’s coming from! Moxley slips in from the crowd, has a mic, and he steps up to Takeshita. Then he DECKS Takeshita with the mic! The fans cheer Moxley on as he paces around. Moxley kneels and tells Takeshita he’ll see him at Double or Nothing.

Takeshita sent a message with his win over Sydal, Moxley just sent his response! Will this Title Eliminator turn into a slobberknocker?

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

Nick tells Darby Allin, “you stupid idiot,” that they know he’s watching from somewhere in Bakersfield. They saw him on the travel list, but again, he is banned from the arena! The tech staff is given wanted posters of Darby just so they know, and Matt says it’s time to actually run this show. But sitting at gorilla, right in their spot, is Swerve Strickland! The Realest asks, “What up, turds?” Oh, sorry, is this one of their seats? Matt says it’s fine, he’s the champ, he can make himself at home. Good to see him, by the way. Also, has he seen Darby? He’s banned from the building. Swerve takes a copy of the poster, crumples it up, throws it away, and says no, he has not.

Anyway, hit his music, his match is up next. Matt says yes, of course. Someone do it! Is it this idiot’s job over here? Press the buttons! The music gets going, and Bakersfield is now “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But will Nick Wayne simply be Christian Cage’s sacrificial pawn in this game he’s playing?

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

The bell rings and Nick throws his shirt at Swerve. Swerve takes that shirt, rubs his junk on it, then throws it back. The two step up, the fans rally for Swerve, and then Nick bails out. Swerve is annoyed, storms out after Nick, but Nick slides back in. Swerve sighs, slides back in, but Nick slides back out. Nick plays cat ‘n’ mouse with Swerve as he again slides in just as Swerve slides out. Swerve feints the slide, and now he has Nick! The fans fire up as Swerve fires off body shots! Swerve whips Nick right into barriers! Nick sputters, Swerve says if Nick wants a father, Swerve will be that father. Swerve takes off his regular belt to SPANK Nick with it!

Swerve gives Nick a good lashing, Nick hobbles away, and the ref reprimands. But the fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” So Swerve winds up and LASHES Nick’s butt! Nick falls over, Swerve puts his belt back on, and the fans chant, “Thank You, Swerve!” Swerve leaves Nick behind to uncover a crossbar! Swerve brings Nick over but Nick fights back! Nick body shots, but then Swerve back drops Nick into the ring! Swerve then steps in to dropkick Nick down! The fans cheer and Swerve pushes Nick around. Nick goes to a corner, Swerve runs up but Nick puts Swerve on the apron! Nick blocks a shot, and bumps Swerve off the exposed crossbar!

Swerve staggers, Nick triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Swerve staggers away again, and Nick goes to the apron. PENALTY KICK! Then ASAI MOONSAULT, but Swerve catches Nick! But Nick swings to DDT Swerve on the floor! Both men writhe, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick drags Swerve up and RAMS him into barriers! Swerve falls in a heap, Nick soaks up the heat, and then Nick stalks Swerve into the ring. Nick clamps onto Swerve, then KNEES him in the back! Swerve staggers up, Nick kick shim down! Nick puts Swerve on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4 and soaks up more heat. Nick then stalks Swerve, snapmares him, and scrapes his soles off Swerve’s face! Nick swaggers as he soaks up heat, but Swerve gets up to fireman’s carry! Nick flails to get free, and he CLAWS Swerve’s face! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick is on him with a snapmare and KICK!

Swerve grits his teeth, Nick eggs him on, and Swerve stands. Swerve snapmares and KICKS Nick! Swerve frowns as Nick stands back up, and the two get forehead to forehead. Nick CLAWS Swerve’s face again! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, and he kicks Swerve. Swerve hits back, but Nick mule kicks! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick CLAWS at his face again! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4, and Nick soaks up more heat. Nick taunts Swerve, avoids the kick, then taunts Swerve more. Swerve swings blind as Nick taunts him, JABS him, and repeat. Swerve runs up, misses again and Nick JABS! Nick still taunts Swerve, but Swerve ROCKS him!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS Nick, then UPPERCUTS in the corner! Swerve snapmare, gator rolls, and deadlift suplexes, but Nick knees free! Nick then TOSSES Swerve out, goes up and out to the apron, then ASAI- NO, Swerve anchors him on the corner! APRON BACK SUPLEX! Nick falls to the floor and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, Swerve slides in at 4 of 10, and then goes back out to the apron. Swerve aims as Nick sits up, and the fans fire up for the KILL STOMPS to the floor!! The fans are thunderous as Swerve drags Nick up and puts him in the ring. Swerve says this is what Nick wanted!

Swerve goes up the corner, Nick eggs Swerve on! KILL- BOOTS from below! Nick somersault clutches, TWO! Swerve gets out, runs in, but into buckles! Roll up, feet on ropes! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS! Then somersault and CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Nick is beside himself and Swerve scowls as he sits up. The fans fire up for Swerve but Nick says he’s gonna take Swerve’s House! HOUSE- NO, Swerve blocks the call! Swerve slips around to get a BACKBREAKER, then a power lift into a POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again and Swerve drags Nick up. Swerve says, “I am sorry.” But then HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Realest apologized for his past with Nick Wayne, but that didn’t mean he was gonna show mercy. But then LUCHASAURUS ATTACKS! The monster now called Killswitch takes Swerve out and of course The Patriarch & Mother Shayna are here. Luchasaurus CHOKES Swerve while Christian checks on his favorite son. But Swerve LOW BLOWS the dinosaur and DUMPS him out! Christian doesn’t know until he turns around! Christian wants Swerve to hold on, but then he runs away! Swerve pursues, HOUSE CALL drive-by for Luchasaurus! Swerve chase Christian right up the ramp and backstage!

Cameras follow as we go through gorilla, then to the hallways! Christian tries to block the path as he hurries for the parking lot! Christian finds the rental, throws the valet out, and then drives off, leaving his “family” behind! But then someone pulls up in front of him! It’s PRINCE NANA! Nana was waiting in the parking lot for this! Swerve grabs at Christian, they brawl through the car window, and Swerve drags Christian out! Then he throws Christian into the production truck trailer! And then back into the rental! Swerve beats down on Christian but Christian gets loose. Christian is going up the rental? Swerve pursues, Christian kicks at him!

Both men get on the roof of the car and the brawl continues! Swerve kicks low, DDT onto the roof! Christian sputters, flounders to the hood, and Nana has a chair! Nana hands it to Swerve and Swerve takes aim! But Christian moves before the Car-Chair-To! Christian runs away, but he better be heading to Las Vegas. Will Double or Nothing be the end of The Patriarchy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

This Friday before Double or Nothing, Rampage will be at a special start time of 6:30 PM Eastern! Make sure your DVR is ready for this special edition!

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

Speaking of Double or Nothing, before the Dark Father brings out the darkness inside Adam “Edge” Copeland, he must settle things with #CombatKyle. Will Malakai simply use Kyle to sharpen his edge before he becomes the Face of TNT? Or will this not be The End of Kyle O’Reilly?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up, the two slowly approach, then feel things out. They test the waters with kicks and jabs. They go around, Kyle keeps looking for an opening but Malakai clinches him. They go to ropes, Malakai turns things around on Kyle, but he lets off cleanly. The fans cheer, the two reset, and they feel things out again. Each man still tests the waters, and Kyle shoots in for a leg. Malakai fights it, Kyle goes for an arm but Malakai arm-drags free. They start throwing kicks but also guarding! Kyle BOOTS, Malakai BOOTS, and both men ELBOW JAB! Both men KNEE low! Both men back down and the fans fire up!

Malakai snarls, he headlocks Kyle, but Kyle powers out. Malakai runs him over, covers, ONE! Kyle goes for legs, Malakai blocks and throws more knees. Malakai shoves Kyle then sweeps the legs. Malakai runs and springboards, but Kyle kicks Malakai’s legs out! The fans fire up as Kyle storms up on Malakai. Kyle KICKS, SLAPS, and KNEES, but Malakai sweeps the legs again! The fans fire up, Malakai drags Kyle up, and KICKS him now! Kyle hobbles, goes to kick but Malakai blocks and KICKS back! Kyle fires a forearm, Malakai grabs the leg to then JUMP KNEE! Kyle tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Malakai paces while Kyle is dazed, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle sits up, shakes out the stars, but Malakai goes out to KICK! Kyle staggers away, Malakai KICKS him against barriers. Kyle KICKS back, KICKS again, but Malakai puts the leg on barriers! Malakai KICKS the leg and Kyle falls back! Malakai drags Kyle up, KICKS him against the apron, then KICKS him again. Malakai puts Kyle against barriers and KICKS! Kyle slumps down and Malakai paces. Malakai drags Kyle up but Kyle fires forearms and KICKS in return! Malakai BOOTS Kyle away! Kyle checks his chin, Malakai puts him in the ring. Malakai storms up but Kyle KICKS! Malakai KNEES low! Then Malakai grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Kyle grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Malakai stomps him down. Malakai looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks at him from below. Malakai grabs the leg, and has a KNEE LOCK! Kyle endures as Malakai pulls on the leg! Kyle reaches out, fights with his free leg, and Malakai lets go. Kyle stands, hobbles, but Malakai blocks his kick! DRAGON- NO, Kyle sits down on the leg whip to have an ARMBAR! Malakai clasps hands, fights around, but Kyle pulls on the grip! Dynamite returns to single picture, Malakai hooks Kyle for a waistlock, but Kyle fights up. Kyle pries at the hold, wrenches out with a double wristlock, but Malakai KICKS the bad leg!

Kyle staggers back, yoyos int he ropes, but Malakai blocks the lariat and ELBOWS Kyle! Malakai reels Kyle in to suplex, Kyle knees free then fires more knees! Kyle fires off a strike fest, then WRINGS Malakai’s arm out! Malakai staggers away but the fans fire up! Kyle runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Kyle wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! But Malakai ROCKS Kyle! Kyle blocks a kick to KNEE and SNAP GERMAN! AX and SMASH! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up while Kyle grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle rises up. Kyle storms over to Malakai to KICK the bad arm! And KICK! And KICK! And KICK!

Kyle snarls as Malakai stands, so the KICKS keep coming! Malakai ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROCKS Malakai! The forearms go back and forth, then Kyle KNEES low! Malakai fires a body shot, Kyle fires a one-two! Malakai gives that one-two back, so Kyle kick-kicks! Malakai fires off a flurry of his own, but Kyle fires forearms !Malakai blocks a kick, Kyle slips free, double leg takedown! GROUND ‘N’ POUND, then ARMBAR! Malakai fights it with a strong S grip, but Kyle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Malakai endures and scrambles around while the fans fire up! Malakai reaches out, fights up, and Kyle shifts his grip.

Malakai ELBOWS Kyle, KNEES him, then suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Malakai is beside himself! Malakai storms over to Kyle, gets a leg, but Kyle steps over to KNEE! AX and- ELBOW from Malakai! Kyle stays up, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit! Both men wobble, Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Malakai feints then THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Kyle got caught by that change in flow, and he just faded to Black! But wait! The lights all turn red! Malakai looks around in confusion, but this can only mean one thing. BLOOD FROM ABOVE?! It’s like something outta Carrie! Malakai is not just drenched, he’s fumbling around from how slick the canvas is! And then, on the tron, walking down the steps… is EDGE! “Malakai. Malakai~! Up here. Be careful what you wish for.” Edge grins and he has fangs! “See you soon.” Is Malakai going to regret bringing out that side of The Rated R Superstar?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight!

The Leading Lady and her understudy have had just about enough of Saraya & Harley trying to troll there way to the spotlight, and now look to finally end this farce! But given she’s still parading around in Serena Deeb’s banner, will the AEW Women’s World Champion be ready for The Professor’s test this Sunday? Or will the madness truly go off the rails this close to Double or Nothing?

The teams sort out and Harley starts against Mariah, a partial rematch from last Saturday. The irony that Mariah’s Toni cosplay is also a Harley Quinn cosplay but Harley Cameron is in all black. The two tie up, Mariah waistlocks, but Harley reaches back, headlocks, and grinds. Mariah powers up and out, drops down, Harley rolls and kicks low! Harley clinches but Mariah ROCKS her! Mariah whips, Harley goes up and out, then ducks Mariah to RAM into her! Harley ROUNDHOUSES Mariah away, goes up and in, then talks trash on Storm. Harley runs but Mariah follows, trips Harley, then keeps moving to SHOTGUN!

Mariah smiles and the fans fire up as she paces around. Mariah gets Harley up, scoops, and SPIN-OUT SIDEWALK SLAMS! Then Mariah fireman’s carries, but Harley slips free to tag Saraya. Mariah waits on Saraya and the two circle. But then Saraya backs away to ropes for defense, she wants the REAL Toni Storm! The fans fire up, and Mariah tags Toni! The two former friends circle now, and Saraya ROCKS Storm! Storm ROCKS Saraya, repeat! The fans fire up as they go back and forth, and are definitely on Storm’s side. Saraya kicks low, whips, but Storm reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then tags Mariah.

Storm scoop SLAMS Saraya, then Mariah offers herself up. Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her onto Saraya! Cover, ONE! Saraya is tougher than that, but Mariah tags Storm back in. Mariah now scoops, but Storm is a bit sturdier. So Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her on Saraya again! ELBOW DROP, cover, TWO! Tag back to Mariah, she brings Saraya up and fires forearms. Mariah snapmares Saraya, runs and KNEES Saraya down! Saraya flounders, has the ref check her, and Harley runs in to CLOBBER Mariah! Toni storms in but the ref stops her, completely missing the crazy one going after Mariah! Saraya has Harley slip away and she stomps Mariah now.

Saraya does jumping jacks to show off her cardio, and then she HEADBUTTS Mariah as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya stalks Mariah to ropes, puts her through them, and then steps onto the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref reprimands and counts, Saraya lets off, and then she steps back inside. Harley storms right up to AX KICK Mariah down! The ref reprimands and Saraya just shrugs. Saraya drags Mariah around, whips her to the corner, then tags in Harley. They mug Mariah, Harley stomps away, then stands her up. Harley digs her boot in, lets off at 4, and then Saraya CHOKES Mariah while Harley argues with the ref! Luther protests, Storm is furious, but the Outcasts get away with that. Harley covers, TWO!

Harley stays between Mariah and Storm and drags her up. Harley bumps Mariah off buckles, tags Saraya, and they mug Mariah some more. Saraya TOSSES Mariah out, storms out after her, then drags Mariah up to RAMS her into barriers! Saraya taunts the fans, soaks up the heat, and blows a mocking kiss to Storm. Saraya digs her boots into Mariah, the ref reprimands, but Saraya drags Mariah up and into the ring. Saraya keeps Mariah from Storm, tags in Harley, and Harley RAMS Mariah into the corner! Harley then brings Mariah around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Harley argues the count as Dynamite returns to single picture,

The fans rally, Harley drags Mariah up, but Mariah ROCKS Harley! And ROCKS her again! And again, and again and again! The fans fire up as Mariah just hammers away! Harley shoves Mariah away, brings her around, then JAWBREAKER! Harley runs up, Mariah dodges, and DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS collide! Mariah crawls hot tag to Storm! Storm CLOBBERS Harley, BLASTS Saraya, then goes up and over Harley! Storm runs back at the corner, blocks Harley’s boots, and puts her in ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Saraya returns but into JAB after JAB! Saraya falls, Harley returns, but Storm HEADBUTTS!

The fans fire up as Storm poses! Storm then runs to SPLASH Harley in a corner! Harley sits down, Saraya runs in, but Storm drop toeholds Saraya into Harley’s hips! Storm laughs at them, then she drags Harley up for a SKY HIGH! Cover, but Saraya BOOTS it apart! Mariah returns, dodges the haymaker to HEADBUTT a la Storm! Mentor and protege help each other up, pose for a close up, then they each get an Outcast. “This is Awesome!” as they put Harley & Saraya up top! They each climb up, CLUB away, then coordinate. But Harley & Saraya each SMACK Storm & Mariah off buckles! STEREO SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! The Outcasts double cover, TWO!!!

Saraya & Harley coordinate now, they get Storm & Mariah in corners to stomp mudholes in! The ref counts, Saraya & Harley let off to coordinate again. They both storm back up for more, but Storm & Harley put a stop to that! They set those boots down, to plant some wet ones on their enemies! Consider their fates sealed with a kiss, because now we get STORM ZERO and MAYDAY!! Harley is then fed to a STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Mariah win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

This dynamic duo dominates, and now they again adorn Storm with Deeb’s banner. But wait, Serena Deeb is here! She SMACKS Luther down with a chair!! Then she JAMS Mariah, and HEADBUTTS Storm! The fans are torn as Deeb grins. Deeb brings out a SHOE! HIGH HEEL TO THE FACE!! Deeb grins as she watches Storm crawl, then she picks the chair back up. Deeb uses the chair to take a seat on Storm’s back, and then pulls on a leg! FULL METAL HALF CRAB! Storm taps out, not that this is a legitimate hold in any way! The ref reprimands, other refs rush out to tell Deeb to stop, but Deeb only lets go when she says!

Deeb has just made Storm suffer, and she takes her banner back. Will she also take that AEW Women’s World Championship when she and Storm go Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

No matter what happens at Double or Nothing, there will be an AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Casino Gauntlet match! The winner will receive their shot at the title at Forbidden Door in New York!

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

They have their wagon of gold and are laughing off that surprise from earlier. Jay White’s pretty sure he knows what Death Triangle wants! They want Bang Bang Gang’s loot! They want Bang Bang Gang’s gold~! You want the gold? This is who you bring? The Lucha Bros? When White already has THE GREATEST brother tag team behind him? Colten says it’s just as White says, The Gunns ARE the best brother tag team in the world. And if you wanna shot at the titles, you gotta earn it! So how about a Gunn fight in the Collision Corral. Penta & Fenix are brothers, but so are The Gunns! Penta & Fenix are former AEW World Tag Team Champions, but so are The Gunns!

And Austin says don’t worry, they won’t be hard to find. Just walk into town, look above the saloon doors, and you won’t see “Cero Miedo,” it’ll say GUNNS UP! The Bang Bang Gang is locked and loaded, will Death Triangle win the right to fight for the gold?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

The American Dragon always fights against corporate corruption, that’s why he’s standing up against The Elite alongside Team AEW this Sunday! But The EVPs have been doing everything they can to make Anarchy in the Arena a foregone conclusion. Will the One in a Billion be just the thing to ruin Double or Nothing? Or will Bryan prove everyone’s the same size when down on the ground?

As the two get in the ring, Satnam gets right in Bryan’s face. Well, Satnam’s chest does, as he’s quite literally head and shoulders above Bryan. Satnam goes to pie face Bryan but Bryan pushes that big hand away. The bell rings, the fans fire up with “YES! YES! YES!” and the two circle. Satnam puts Bryan in a corner, but Bryan dodges the chop to KCIK, KICK and KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to fire hands but Satnam shoves him away! Satnam BOOTS Bryan down and the fans boo. Satnam stands Bryan up to bump off buckles, then stalks him to another corner. Satnam winds up to CHOP!

Bryan sputters and falls over, and Satnam soaks up the heat. Satnam drags Bryan up, suplexes, and holds Bryan up! Then the SLAM! The fans boo more while Bryan flops out of the ring. Satnam goes out after him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Sonjay clears the desk of the drinks, the action figures, the hood, everything, but then the whole thing falls apart! Satnam kicks the steel steps aside, drags Bryan over. The fans tell Sonjay how he messed that one up, but Satnam still lifts Bryan. Bryan goes to the apron! Bryan KICKS Satnam, and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan gets space, runs up, and FLYING KNEES!

Satnam staggers but stays up, so Bryan resets! FLYING KNEE again! Satnam staggers and takes a seat in the corner of the barriers! Bryan runs in to DROPKICK Satnam down! The fans fire up and Bryan rises. The fans want that again, so Bryan runs back in, only for Satnam to get up and catch him! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Bryan writhes, Sonjay is all fired up, but the fans boo. Satnam shoves Bryan into the ring, Sonjay and the rest of Team Triple J applaud, then mockingly say “YES! YES! YES!” Satnam steps in for a cocky cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this, but Sonjay pulls at a buckle pad. Satnam YANKS it right off!

Satnam storms up on Bryan, drags him up but the ref won’t let him use the bare buckle! Sonjay argues with the ref, so Bryan LOW BLOWS Satnam! Now that Satnam’s cut down to size, Bryan runs and BUSAIKU KNEES!! Satnam even hits the bare buckle! Bryan keeps moving, but Satnam still grabs him! So Bryan KICKS at the legs! And CLAWS at the eyes! And KICKS at the chest! “YES! YES! YES!” Then BUZZSAW! Satnam stays up!? This is a sturdy tree! He CHOPS Bryan, and then he looms over Bryan. Satnam hauls Bryan up, suplexes, but Bryan slips free! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Satnam drops to his knees as Bryan keeps going!

Bryan then shifts to the omoplata, and puts on the biggest LEBELL LOCK ever!!! Satnam endures, TRIPLE J ATTACKS!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Bucks said themselves that this wasn’t about getting the win but about inflicting damage! Jeff Jarrett runs the ref off while Lehtal drags Bryan up. Jarrett gets his guitar, but Bryan slips free! Jarrett avoids hitting Lethal, but then Bryan dodge shim again! BUSAIKU KNEE for Lethal! BUSAIKU KNEE for Jarrett! Sonjay tries to sneak in, but Bryan has the guitar! Sonjay clubs Bryan, but it was weak! Bryan swings, Sonjay dodges, and Satnam PUNCHES through the guitar!! The mugging continues, then Satnam hits a SPLASH in the corner! The fans boo, but now The Bucks make their way out here!

Matthew & Nicholas step out of the Codyvator and they have that envelope! That’s the payment for this hit job on Bryan! Jarrett CHOKES Bryan, then rains down fists! Sonjay receives the payment, and it looks good to him. The Bucks have Jarrett stand down, he did great. They shake hands, then The Bucks get to stomp Bryan! The fans boo as the EVPs drag Bryan to center, sit him up, and give him an E V P- NO! Bryan avoids the knees and they hit each other! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan fires hands on Matt, “YES! YES! YES!” But here comes The Rainmaker! Bryan is ready for Okada, but then JACK PERRY ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Scapegoat takes down Bryan, and now The Elite all mug him! Ripcord, RAINMAKER LARIAT!! This isn’t over, either, as they drag Bryan out of the ring and up the ramp! And surprise! There’s a table waiting! But wait, who is this pulling up to the arena? It’s DRABY ALLIN! He fist bumps Tony Khan, who drove him here!! TK can travel now!? Darby storms into the ring, armed with some kind of airsoft gun! The Elite is freaking out, but here he comes! That’s not an airsoft gun, that’s a FLAMETHROWER!! The Elite freaks out even more, and then Bryan finally gets to fight back! He fires off KICKS on Nick, then TOSSES Nick down through the table!!

The fans are going nuts, and Anarchy in the Arena is only going to be crazier! Will nothing stop the revolution against The Elite’s “revolution?”


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Dynamite as the go-home to Double or Nothing. For one, that was a wild way to end the show. I should’ve figured Bryan would win against Satnam, and making it by disqualification technically protects Satnam’s first singles loss. Satnam did have a great showing otherwise. The Bucks had good promos with how they banned Darby from the arena all night, which naturally meant he was showing up at the end there. Great surprise that it was Tony Khan who got him there, and then that flamethrower gun was a wild move, too. Nick ended up with serious road rash from that table crash but I would think he’s okay. But unless The Elite turns things around on Saturday, the go-home math says The Elite wins Anarchy in the Arena.

Great opening tag match from Ospreay & Cassidy VS Trent & Roddy, and I like the subtle details of Callis wanting to help Cassidy more than Ospreay. Trent & Roddy win here because there’s a very good chance Ospreay takes the title and Cassidy gets revenge on Trent. Takeshita squashing Sydal so hard was a little surprising, but Moxley getting the better of Takeshita was not. As I’ve said on the other articles, Takeshita is surely getting a win off Moxley since it’s just a Title Eliminator, and there’s a very good chance we get Moxley VS Takeshita at Forbidden Door. As such, Moxley should definitely beat Evil at NJPW Dominion in early June.

Very good tag match from Storm & Mariah VS Saraya & Harley, with a great win for Storm & Mariah but then great ambush by Deeb. Deeb stands tall, so it feels like Storm wins at Double or Nothing, maybe with help from Mariah and Mina Shirakawa to get us towards mentor VS mentor for the heart and mind of Mariah. Really good stuff out of Bang Bang Gang and Death Triangle, but Bang Bang Gang needing a backstage promo to establish they aren’t just giving up a title match was redundant. Have them say all that from the stage so that it saves time. But given that we’re getting Penta & Fenix VS Gunns, I would think Death Triangle is earning that match. Who knows how the title match goes, but it seems like a shame if Pac loses another PPV title match.

Great match from Malakai VS Kyle, a lot more than I was expecting to get as the go-home. And then what a wild mind game move from Edge, that “blood” hit so fast and hard! Brood Edge is making his AEW debut, but I can’t be sure on the math. Malakai won a match but Edge basically stood tall with that blood prank. Great Triple Threat from Hook, Shibata & Keith, but I’m rather surprised by how they did the finish. Could just be coincidental, but it was a little too much like what we saw last night on NXT with a double pin finish to make a title match into another Triple Threat. Pretty sure Hook and Shibata are now going to cancel out and Jericho retains.

Great match from Swerve VS Nick Wayne, great win for Swerve, and great segue right into that attack and chase scene. Great return for Nana there, but Christian running away muddies the math. I don’t think Swerve is losing, so something must happen on Collision to turn things around in Christian’s favor.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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