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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (10/15/21)

Rampage is EXTRA LARGE!

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AEW Rampage coverage

A Rampage with a Buy In? Why the hell not!

Not only does AEW Rampage have CM Punk, Ruby Soho and the Inner Circle, but Bryan Danielson and Minoru Suzuki are on the Buy-In on YouTube!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Santana Garrett VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay; Conti wins.
  • Buy-In – Bobby Fish VS Lee Moriarty; Fish wins.
  • Buy-In – Bryan Danielson VS Minoru Suzuki; Danielson wins.
  • CM Punk VS Matt Sydal; Punk wins.
  • Ruby Soho VS The Bunny; Soho wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Junior Dos Santos & The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert & Jorge Masvidal; JDS & The Men of the Year win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Buy-In – Santana Garrett VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay!

The newest addition to AEW gets to be part of this special Rampage Buy-In, and the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty is the one to “welcome” her to primetime! Will Garrett fly high in South Beach? Or will Conti make big inroads towards the TBS Championship Tournament?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. They go around, Garrett headlocks, Conti powers out and things speed up. Garrett rolls, Conti dodges  kick but so does Garrett. Conti gets around to drop sayanagi Garrett all around. Garrett breaks free, arm-drags back, then arm-drags again! Conti blocks the third, fans fire up and Conti breaks free. The two stand off and fans cheer. Garrett goes for a leg, Conti slips around to waistlock then drops to get a leg takedown. CALF KILLER! Garett endures, grabs Conti around the head and drags Conti off the hold. Conti fights up, Garrett knees low then whips her to a corner. Garrett runs in but into a boot!

Conti goes up, Garrett gets under the jump! Garrett comes back but Conti ripcords for a tayatoshi! Then a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Garrett goes to the apron and baits Conti in. Conti avoids the kick , rolls Garrett but Garrett rolls through. Garrett waistlocks, Conti bucks the O’Conner but Garrett ROCKS her with a forearm! Fans boo but Garrett runs corner to corner to handspring back elbow! Garrett snap suplexes, rolls through to the cover, TWO! Garrett has the wrists to LAST CHANCERY! Conti endures, kicks a leg out and rolls to the ropes. Garrett storms over and drags her up, then HEADBUTTS! Garrett whips, Conti ducks and dodges, both ladies HAIR PULL FACEBUSTER!

Fans rally up as both women are down and the ref counts. Conti and Garrett get to ropes at 5, Conti staggers up at 7. Conti runs in but misses the boot! Garrett rolls her up, TWO! Garrett kicks and runs to handspring, but into a waistlock! Conti shoves to BOOT Garrett down! Fans fire up with Conti and she runs back at the corner to BOOT Garrett down! Then side to side for another BOOT! And then the other way for yet another BOOT! Fans fire up off that hat trick, Conti reels Garrett in, D D TAY! Cover, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

What a way to welcome Garrett to Rampage! Will Conti be going for all the gold soon enough?

 

AEW looks closer at The Inner Circle VS The Men of the Year & American Top Team.

Scorpio Sky says, “Dan understands that men roll with men. That’s why he runs with fighters like Junior Dos Santos, like Jorge Masvidal, like Andrei Arlovski.” Excalibur says Men of the Year were already a hot running tag team in AEW, and knows both Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page have fight sport training outside of pro-wrestling. Them teaming with American Top Team is huge. It takes their already great technique and sharpens it more. Tony Schiavone says that when it comes to Lambert and American Top Team having a place in AEW, “off the cuff,” the answer is no. Excalibur says Lambert was a guest invited by Tony Khan, but Lambert clearly used that to run AEW down.

Lambert was given an inch and has taken a mile, so it is rewarding for Chris Jericho to thus far put Lambert in his place verbally. But then American Top Team has run roughshod physically on The Inner Circle. Junior Dos Santos is truly a bad man, he spells trouble for the Inner Circle. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion, the man with the longest winning streak in that division, and tied for second most knockouts. Junior Dos Santos is a beast, having knocked out some of the best in all of MMA. People have asked if Junior Dos Santos is ready for pro-wrestling, but Junior Dos Santos asks if pro-wrestling is ready for him! He’s the scariest man in the world!

Hager, Jericho and Sammy are walking in as fan favorites, but in American Top Team’s home turf. Jorge Masvidal is one of the toughest men in all MMA, defeating Nate Diaz for the BMF Championship. He has the fastest knock out ever with that flying knee. Jorge is a bad, bad dude, so for him to be in the corner of the Men of the Year, that is something the Inner Circle has to worry about. Masvidal is already taking credit as the man who “killed” Jericho. He’ll bring his whole avenue to AEW’s face. He’ll domesticate the savages. Schiavone says just Masvidal’s presence means a lot. It changes the dynamic. All the things Lambert could do, to bring in Jorge is the crowning achievement.

This is going to be a fight in enemy territory, against a team as good as Scorpio & Ethan, that is too much for The Inner Circle. Lambert himself says that after not getting the job done in New York with Dynamite Grand Slam, Jericho & Hager are adding “that little pipsqueak,” Sammy Guevara to this, against Men of the Year and Junior. This might be the one time Lambert’s been to an AEW event where the fans weren’t the dumbest people. But will the odds stacked against them only make the Inner Circle more dangerous?

 

Buy-In – Bobby Fish VS Lee Moriarty

The Infamous One may have lost his TNT Championship debut, but he’s ready to climb up from square one! Will he make the Ace of Space fold here in the Buy-In?

The bell rings and fans rally up for Fish. Moriarty keeps cool as he and Fish circle. They approach, feel things out with hands and kicks, but Fish catches a leg! Fish shoots in, Moriarty facelocks to block, but Fish gets around. Moriarty wrenches, Fish knees low and throws a forearm. Fish KICKS Moriarty off his feet, but Moriarty rolls to hook a leg! He trips Fish, has the toehold, but Fish pulls on an ear. The ref reprimands, Moriarty has the ankle but Fish rolls to trip Moriarty back. Fish has the heel hook, Moriarty moves around to get hammerlock to chinlock. Fish fights up, Moriarty wrenches to a wristlock, but Fish breaks free to fire off fast hands!

Moriarty goes to ropes, Fish brings him up but Moriarty wrenches to the wristlock. Fish slips through to wrench back, but Moriarty spins and spins to hammerlock and waistlock. Fish breaks free, backs Moriarty into buckles then elbows him back. Moriarty goes up and over then comes back to sweep the leg! And he PENALTY KICKS the arm! Moriarty wrenches, Fish pushes him away but Moriarty comes bac with a short crossbody! Cover, TWO, but Moriarty keeps on the arm. Moriarty wrenches, hammerlocks, but Fish fireman’s carries and RAMS Moriarty into buckles! Fans rally and duel as Fish DRAGON SCREWS then SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!

Fish keeps cool as he brings Moriarty up by his ear. Fish throws body shots, KICKS, then snapmares him towards ropes. Fish goes out then slingshots in for the senton! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Moriarty up, KICKS his leg, then brings him out of the corner for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish kicks Moriarty around, Moriarty throws body shots but Fish KNEES back. Fish KICKS the leg out, then has a top wristlock. Moriarty endures, fights up and throws body shots. Fish KNEES low again, but Moriarty throws forearms. Fish gives them back, BOOTS, but Moriarty uppercuts out of the corner! Moriarty goes around, traps the arm and TWEAKS it!

Moriarty whips Fish to ropes, Fish reverses but Moriarty FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fish gets to a corner, Moriarty runs in to GAMANGIRI! Moriarty snapmares and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fish survives and fans rally up. Moriarty brings Fish around but Fish ROCKS him with a right. Moriarty throws a haymaker back, then body shots and a kick. Fish catches him to spin him, ROCK him, KICK him and ROUNDHOUSE! Moriarty staggers into a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Fish is shocked but he drags Moriarty up again. Moriarty resists, elbows Fish away, but Fish comes back to waistlock. Moriarty wrenches to PELE the arm! Moriarty traps the arm in a SAIDOI! Cover, TWO!!

Fish shakes out the cobwebs but Moriarty grits his teeth. Fans fire up with Moriarty as he brings Fish up. Fish slips out of the suplex and has the SLEEPER! Moriarty RAMS Fish into buckles, then WRINGS Fish out. Fish stagger sup and JUMP KICKS Moriarty down! Cover, TWO!?! Moriarty survives and Fish hurries to get him back up for more knees! EXPLODER into the ropes! Moriarty flounders but Fish takes aim, last rites before the BUZZSAW! Cover, Fish wins!

Winner: Bobby Fish, by pinfall

That could’ve even been a knockout! Fish has his first win in AEW, will he turn this into even more? Will he be able to slay the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, tomorrow on Saturday Night Dynamite?

 

AEW looks closer at Bryan Danielson VS Minoru Suzuki.

When Bryan walked out on stage at All Out this year, Schiavone remembers saying, “God, I love pro-wrestling.” He can’t think of a better combination of a great wrestler, a great person and a bigger star than Bryan Danielson. “He is the epitome of what a pro-wrestler should be in and out of the ring.” Excalibur says Bryan has an insatiable thirst to watch, learning and understanding pro-wrestling. If you’ve talked to him for even five minutes, talking about a match he hasn’t seen or forgotten about, his eyes light up and he immediately goes to watch it. He scours the globe for wrestling. For Bryan to bring that knowledge, technique and passion to AEW, the true home of pro-wrestling today, that is great for everyone.

Since Bryan’s arrival here, he has turned a lot of heads. But he will have his toughest test tonight. He has crossed paths with Suzuki in NJPW, and now he has Suzuki here tonight and then Fish tomorrow on Dynamite. Bryan has made strides since arriving but this is going to be his toughest test. Can the American Dragon survive this gauntlet that is before him?

 

Buy-In – Bryan Danielson VS Minoru Suzuki!

This is a main event caliber match and it’s happening here on the BUY-IN! But will the King of Pancrase fail to slay the American Dragon here in the Miami heat? Or will Bryan learn just why Suzuki is the Meanest Man in the World?

Fans are already going nuts just seeing these two stare down. The bell rings and the two slowly circle as fans fire up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” The two feel things out, knuckle lock and fans already say “This is Awesome!” as the two have a test of strength. Suzuki wrenches the knuckle locks to bring Bryan down, but Bryan fights up to kick the one arm and wrench through. Bryan has the keylock, Suzuki drops but gets up as Bryan goes after the shoulder. Bryan hooks a leg, “This is Wrestling!” as Bryan chinbars. Suzuki endures, Bryan hooks the arms but Suzuki fights to get around and hook Bryan up! Suzuki has the Octopus now, Bryan endures, so Suzuki snapmares him down for a chinlock.

Suzuki digs his knee in, Bryan moves around and gets out of the chinlock to get the legs. Suzuki fights off the Crab so Bryan spins to a kneebar! Suzuki gets the ropebreak and slips away. Bryan and Suzuki reset, circle, approach, but Bryan lets himself be cornered. Suzuki has his dukes up, Bryan shoots in to get a leg and Suzuki backs up. Bryan gets a leg but Suzuki rolls through the dragon screw! Suzuki goes for a chinlock but Bryan gets up and KICKS the leg! Suzuki eggs him on! Fans fire up as Suzuki stands and the two reset again as fans chant, “SI! SI! SI!” Suzuki pie faces Bryan and eggs him on. Bryan throws a EuroUpper! Suzuki comes back to CHOP!

Suzuki taunts Bryan and dares him to hit back. Fans hush themselves and Bryan KICKS Suzuki in the chest. Suzuki comes back to CHOP! Bryan takes a moment, Suzuki waits, and Bryan KICKS again! Suzuki staggers into a corner but he comes back. Suzuki winds up to DECK Bryan with a forearm! Fans lose their minds off that killer shot and Bryan sputters his way back up. Suzuki grins as Bryan gets back up. Fans rally and duel, Bryan KICKS Suzuki in the legs over and over, then the chest, then the legs, then a snapmare for “hammer ‘n’ anvil” elbows! Bryan wants the arms but Suzuki gets the ropebreak! So Bryan KICKS him more! Suzuki goes to the apron but Bryan stomps him!

Bryan brings Suzuki up but Suzuki gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go and then drags Bryan out to DECK him again! And stomp him for good measure! Suzuki stands Bryan up again to DECK him! Suzuki gets the arm, hammerlocks and POSTS Bryan! The ring count is 5 of 10 as Suzuki goes into the ring. Bryan is in at 7, and he throws body shots! Fans rally, Suzuki KNEES Bryan, then snapmares him for a chinlock to a motorcycle stretch! Suzuki then traps an arm and pulls the other! Bryan endures so Suzuki focuses on the other with the mounted armbar! Suzuki twists the wrist, bends the elbow and has a double wristlock!

Bryan endures, gets the ropebreak, but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki kicks away at Bryan, hops out and gives toying kicks. He slaps Bryan around, then makes sure the camera watches as he ROCKS Bryan with a right. Suzuki whips, Bryan reverses and Suzuki eats POST! Bryan goes into the ring, Suzuki staggers up, Bryan LEAPS from the apron for a FLYING KNEE! Direct hit and fans fire up again, “SI! SI! SI!” Bryan brings Suzuki up, fireman’s carries and puts him in the ring. But still, Suzuki eggs Bryan on. Bryan KICKS Suzuki but he grits his teeth as he stays seated! Bryan KICKS again, Suzuki powers up to stay up! Bryan KICKS again, Suzuki sits up, repeat!

Bryan KICKS Suzuki and he finally stays down! So Bryan gets the wrists for DANIELSON STOMPS! Then the double chicken wings to CATTLE MUTILATION!! But Suzuki pushes up to relieve some pressure! They struggle for control, Bryan slips around and turns it to a chicken wing cradle! TWO!! Suzuki gets to a corner, Bryan CHOPS and KICKS and CHOPS in the corner! Suzuki eggs Bryan on with his glare so Bryan KICKS, runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Suzuki snarls even as his chest welt is bleeding! Bryan goes forehead to forehead before throwing a EuroUpper! Bryan whips, Suzuki reverses and runs in to BOOT Bryan!

Suzuki snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! But now Bryan roars as he sits up! Suzuki PENALTY KICKS, Bryan sits up again! Suzuki even claps along, then he runs to PENALTY KICK again! Bryan doesn’t sit up, Suzuki covers, TWO! Suzuki gives toying little stomps to Bryan but Bryan gets up. Bryan EuroUppers! Suzuki forearms! EuroUpper! Forearm! Bryan gets the edge with the EuroUppers but Suzuki turns suplex into FUJIWARA! Bryan crawls, reaches, and has the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go at 4, stomps Bryan at the ropes, but argues with the ref about the rope count. Suzuki has the ref move aside, fixes his shirt for him, then drags Bryan, but Bryan gets the omoplata! LABELLE LOCK!!

Suzuki endures, fights but Bryan wants the other arm! Bryan has RINGS OF SATURN! Suzuki endures all over again, but he manages to shift around with his feet for a ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Suzuki rolls all the way to the far side. Fans how they “Fight Forever!” at this point but the Buy-In has to end at some point! Bryan and Suzuki stand up, and Suzuki throws a forearm! Bryan forearms back! Suzuki forearms again, and Bryan gives it back! Suzuki forearms, Bryan forearms, and Suzuki smirks as he puts his arms back! Suzuki eggs Bryan on, so Bryan fires forearm after forearm! Suzuki wobbles but he grins as he stands up. Bryan forearms, Suzuki ROCKS Bryan back!

Bryan fires himself up and stands again! Bryan forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat and the fans are loving it! Suzuki SLAPS, Bryan SLAPS, Suzuki and Bryan bob ‘n’ weave, DOUBLE PALM STRIKES drop both men!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Suzuki stands but staggers, and so does Bryan. Bryan and Suzuki stand, the two head for each other again and “This is Awesome!” Suzuki forearms again, but Bryan gives it back. Suzuki throws another forearm, but Bryan gives it back. Suzuki forearms, Bryan forearms, and both men fire up! The forearms keep flying back and forth, Bryan gets the edge, and both men roar!

Bryan KICKS, Suzuki forearms, we’re back to more forearms! Both men lean on the other, Bryan KICKS and runs. Suzuki follows, gets around, SLEEPER! Bryan elbows free, but swings into a spin and a SLEEPER! But Bryan spins through to omoplata! Suzuki rolls, spins Bryan around, reels him in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan KICKS, runs, but Suzuki dodges! Bryan dodges, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Incredible! This was an instant classic, and was just on the Buy-In! What more does this EXTRA LARGE Rampage have in store?

 

EW takes a closer look at CM Punk VS Matt Sydal.

Schiavone says that when Punk arrived in AEW back in August, it changed everything for the company. “All the big stars in pro-wrestling have this well-worn term, an It Factor. CM Punk has that.” Excalibur says it is both easy and hard to quantify the CM Punk effect on AEW. Before even signing, the rumor alone sold out the United Center in Chicago. Punk is big time. He had seven years off, everyone wondered if he had rust. But in his three first matches, he’s just as sharp as he was seven years ago. Fans expect a Punk with a chip on his shoulder, but for the first time ever, we’re seeing a happy CM Punk. A CM Punk glad to be facing these younger stars and testing himself against the best.

Lio Rush has returned to AEW, having taken an interest in both Dante Martin and Matt Sydal. Lio has learned corporate finance and wields a lot of influence now. Lio wants Dante on his team, and he is watching Sydal. No one can deny Sydal’s success, going 21-9 and having taken it to some of the best. This is a “stress test” of sorts, and Lio lobbied to Tony Khan to give us Punk VS Sydal for Rampage. Seeing Punk get better in his comeback, he could struggle against Sydal, having one of the best records in AEW. But at the end, CM Punk might still be the Best in the World.

They’re not strangers to each other, either. Their first match was in IWA Mid-South Wrestling. Then they went to ROH, to WWE, and now are here in AEW together. Sydal isn’t doing this for ego or even the money, but to prove that Sydal is the best Junior Heavyweight in the world. Sydal’s stamina and ring experience might give him the edge here. Even with the titles he’s won around the world, defeating Punk will be the biggest thing in Sydal’s career. Punk is coming back just a week after his grueling match with Daniel Garcia, has he recovered enough in that time? The crowd gives Punk home field advantage no matter where he is, but Sydal has the support system to keep him going. Sydal feels he has finally become the better wrestler, and that is why he’ll win.

 

CM Punk VS Matt Sydal!

There’s no stopping this one, because it will be completely commercial free to open tonight’s Rampage main card! Will this match need all 30 minutes of its time limit to truly settle who is the Best in the World?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” as he and Sydal approach. They shake hands, circle and tie up. Punk headlocks, hits the takeover but Sydal fights up to wrench out to a top wristlock. Sydal arm-drags, wrenches the arm, then has the cording hold. Punk fights up, powers out and runs Sydal over! Sydal scrambles to ropes but gets up to reset. They feel things out, tie up, and Punk waistlocks. Sydal wrenches, hammerlocks, shiftt through to a headlock takeover, then floats to get Punk up for another. Sydal then flying-mares, ghost pins, TWO! Punk shoots in to get a leg and a takedown, then turns toehold into facelock.

Punk drags Sydal up, suplexes, but Sydal slips out waistlock. Punk switches, full nelsons, but Sydal drops, only for Punk to sit on the cover! TWO, and the two stand off as fans cheer. Sydal and Punk circle and feel things out again as fans rally and duel. They knuckle lock, have a test of strength, and Punk powers Sydal back so he can roll and wrench the knuckle locks. Sydal endures, slips under and trips Punk to a chinlock Sydal digs his knee in, then floats to tie up the legs. BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Punk endures, pops out to a cover, ONE! Punk scoops and SLAMS Sydal, then takes a moment before he gets Sydal up. Punk scoops and SLAMS him again!

Fans rally up and want “UNO MAS!” But Sydal arm-drags out of the scoop to SLIDING KNEE Punk against ropes! Sydal drags Punk up, wrenches and spins Punk to a flying-mare. Sydal again digs his knee in while he has the chinlock, then he steps over to get a leg clutch cradle, TWO! Sydal grows frustrated, he waits for Punk to stand and he KICKS the leg. Punk hobbles, Sydal KICKS and KICKS the leg out! Sydal drags Punk to a standing toehold, and he goes to bridge back! Punk fights it but Sydal still reclines back to add a cravat neck wrench! Punk endures, Sydal slips around to clinch, but Punk fireman’s carries!

Sydal fights free, but Punk avoids Lightning Spiral to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel and Punk feeds off it as he stands Sydal up. Punk whips, CLOBBERS Sydal with an elbow, then he whips Sydal to calf kick! Sydal runs into a spin, but he spins through to WHEEL KICK! Punk crawls to a corner, Sydal goes to the opposite end. Sydal runs corner to corner to SLIDING KNEE! Fans fire up as Sydal goes to the apron. He drags Punk up, but Punk scoops and SLAMS Sydal on the apron! Sydal falls to the floor and Punk grins as he catches his breath. The ring count begins, Punk brings Sydal up and into the ring at 4 of 10. Then he slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO!

Punk hears fans calling for the GTS but Punk scoops Sydal to put him in the Tree of Woe. The ref counts as Punk stomps Sydal, and Punk lets off at 4. Punk goes corner to corner to slide, but Sydal sits up! Punk hurries up after Sydal and throws a forearm! Sydal give sit back, they brawl as Punk climbs. Sydal fights the superplex but so does Punk! Punk rains down fists but Sydal punches back, and both men fall to the floor! The ring count climbs, both men slowly stir at 5 of 10. Both men drag themselves up at 7 and get in at 9! Punk throws a forearm but Sydal gives it back! Punk throws another, Sydal KICKS Punk’s leg. Punk KICKS back, suplexes, but Sydal knees free!

Sydal KICKS the leg, JUMP KNEES, then rolls Punk up, TWO!! Punk survives that one but Sydal fires up! Sydal stands Punk up, hooks the leg, but Punk turns spiral into NECKBREAKER! Sydal goes to a corner, flounders up, and Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Punk reels Sydal in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Punk grows a bit frustrated but he gets to the corner. Punk climbs up, Sydal jumps to SUPER RANA! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives again and fans rally up. Sydal brings Punk around and has the over-the-shoulder HALF CRAB! Punk endures, Sydal pulls harder on the leg, but Punk crawls forward! Sydal grabs the hand reaching out, for the COBRA CLUTCH STRETCH!

But Punk slips through, ANACONDA VICE! But Sydal gets the ropebreak with a foot! Punk lets go, drags Sydal back up and hammerlocks the arm, PEPSI- NO! Sydal goes Matrix, but Punk ducks the roundhouse. Punk wants the fireman’s carry but Sydal steps over to ROUNDHOUSE! Punk drops, Sydal drags him back up! LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, TWO?!?! Punk barely survives and fans are fired up for Punk again! But Punk’s in the drop zone as Sydal goes up top! Punk gets out of the way and Sydal bails out of the shooting star! Sydal tilt-o-whirls, but into a fireman’s carry! G T S!! Cover, PUNK WINS!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

The toughest fight yet in AEW for CM Punk, but he’s still the Best in the World! But he also shows Sydal the respect he deserves with a bow and a handshake. Will Punk continue to stay undefeated? Or will there come a day when someone ends the comeback streak?

 

The Dark Order talks backstage.

They’re all excited to see Hangman Page is back! And Hangman has a title match with Kenny Omega at Full Gear! Finally! They all know the Super Elite’s gonna get theirs, those sons of guns! Reynolds tells Silver “That’s the Gunn Club.” Oh, right. But Adam Cole & The Young Bucks will try and get involved, so the Dark Order’s calling them out! Dark Order VS Super Kliq, what do they say? Will Hangman’s old pals have his back against Omega and his pals?

 

Ruby Soho VS The Bunny!

The Runaway and the Hardy Family Office’s wascally wabbit both want to be in the TBS Championship tournament and grab that gold, so just call this a teaser! Will Ruby or Bunny make a big impression before the bracket is made?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Ruby powers Bunny back but Bunny powers Ruby back. Ruby powers Bunny all the way to a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Bunny and Ruby circle again, tie back up, and Ruby again powers Bunny to a corner. Bunny turns it around, the ref counts, and Bunny lets go to shove Ruby. Ruby shoves back, then Bunny talks trash. Ruby grabs the finger Bunny’s pointing and bends it to then mule kick. Ruby runs, Bunny follows but Ruby arm-drags her around, then dodges, only for Bunny to block the hip toss! Bunny goes to hip toss but Ruby blocks with a cording hold!

Bunny rolls Ruby away, Ruby blocks her kick to KNEE her back! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Bunny up, Bunny blocks the whip, so Ruby ROCKS her with a forearm! Bunny reverses the whip to back elbow! Bunny runs to KNEE Ruby down! Bunny takes a moment to laugh maniacally, then she drags Ruby up. Ruby throws body shots, Bunny RAMS her into buckles! Bunny then goes corner to corner to SHOTGUN Ruby into the post! Cover, TWO! Bunny CHOPS then whips Ruby to ropes, but Ruby holds ropes to kick back! STO! Ruby goes to a corner, goes up top and fans fire up, Bunny rushes over to YANK Ruby down! Bunny then runs corner to corner, SLIDING D!

Bunny laughs into the camera and soaks up the heat as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and both women are down on the outside. The replay shows it was a double-edged Complete Shot to the floor. The ring count climbs, Ruby puts Bunny back in at 5 but Bunny CLUBS her back. They throw forearms back and forth, Ruby blocks to get the edge! Ruby forearms Bunny all the way into the corner and fans fire up! Ruby whips corner to corner, Bunny reverses but Ruby elbows back. Ruby goes up and reels Bunny in for DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby then runs Bunny corner to corner, runs in and RAMS into her! Ruby goes side to side to YAKUZA KICK! And then the other way, another YAKUZA KICK! Ruby brings Bunny around, SAIDO!

Ruby keeps moving, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bunny survives but Ruby drags her back up. Wrench, but Bunny reels Ruby in! Ruby slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock. Bunny switches, Ruby bucks the O’Conner to elbow again. Ruby goes up but Bunny CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Bunny then tucks Ruby in for CHEEKY NANDOS! Ruby is stuck up there, Bunny SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Bunny is furious, she brings Ruby up and dragon sleepers, but Ruby blocks the elbow drop to backslide! High stack, Ruby wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

And Bunny is furious! But Penelope Ford CLOBBERS Ruby on the stage! She throws Ruby into the ring, she and Bunny mug Ruby with stomps and kicks! Bunny frolics before she kicks Ruby again. Bunny gets Ruby up and Penelope has the brass knuckles! Penelope puts those on, takes aim, BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH to Ruby! Ruby goes down, will the Superbad Girl and her nasty little friend get the TBS Championship? And what about Bunny’s chances, as well?

 

Mark Henry talks with our main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man starts with American Top Team. This is Junior Dos Santos’ first pro-wrestling match, what are their thoughts? Dan Lambert says talking is what the “Inner Circle Jerks” do best. This may be JDS’s first pro-wrestling match but he’s been bashing brains in for years. He ain’t coming alone, he has the Men of the Year, Jorge Masvidal, and all of “ATT Country” backing them up. Then Jericho, your reactions? Yes, this is a huge night! JDS’s pro-wrestling debut, right here in AEW. Jericho remembers his first match. He was nervous, scared, didn’t know what he was doing but his family was so happy and proud for him.

So JDS’s grandma can bake him a cake in celebration, but the reunited Inner Circle is going to kick his ass! Men of the Year, “fat faced dips*it” Dan Lambert, and Masvidal are on the list, too. There is nobody crazier in AEW than Jericho and his Inner Circle! “See you tonight, BITCHES!” Then enough talk! Time for the main event! We will see this insane trios match, after the break!

 

Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Junior Dos Santos & The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert & Jorge Masvidal!

Le Champion leads #RockHard Jake Hager and the TNT Champion, Sammy Guevara, into battle once more, but against perhaps their most dangerous opponents yet! Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky are one thing, but they’re up against a genuine heavy hitter in JDS. This Rampage has already been extra, how much wilder is it about to get to close out the night?

Lambert cuts off Justin Roberts to speak. “You send these idiots into the ring in our hometown? American Top Team has fought for this city for 25 years! You show us our respect! Put on our goddamn music and sing us into the ring right now!” Only American Top Team seems to cheer for American Top Team. Fans tell Lambert to STFU as the teams sort out. The Spanish God is ready, and he starts against Scorpio Sky. They circle, approach and Scorpio kicks low then fires off forearm after forearm! He DECKS Sammy, then brings him away from the Inner Circle corner to whip to ropes for a kitchen sink, that Sammy turns into a roll-up, TWO!

Sammy comes back, ducks and waistlocks to leap frog and elbow Scorpio way for a jumping back kick! Fans fire up as Sammy whips Scorpio to ropes to hurdle, back flip over and dropkick down! Sammy kips up smooth and takes a bow! Tag to Jericho, Le Sex Gods whip and CLOBBER Scorpio! Scorpio flounders to his corner, JDS tags in! Jericho ties up and throws hands with JDS but ends up in a corner! The ref backs JDS off, he runs back in but into BOOTS! Jericho goes up, JDS is up and he BOOTS Jericho out of the air! JDS rains down rights, then lefts, but Jericho gets the ropebreak. Tag to Hager and now we have some real bad men in the ring!

Hager and JDS feel things out, Hager shoots in but JDS holds him off. Hager avoids the hands, flips JDS off, then they go again. JDS BOOTS Hager to a corner, fires off more hands, but Hager hauls JDS up to SPINEBUSTER! Hager gives some ground ‘n’ pound but JDS drags him down to throw more hands. JDS KNEES Hager to ropes! Tag to Scorpio, JDS CHOPS Hager, then Scorpio brings Hager around for forearms. Hager blocks the whip to reverse it, Scorpio kicks back but Hager CLOBBERS him! Tag to Jericho and he runs to run Scorpio over. Jericho slides out and gets in Masvidal’s face! Jericho shoves Masvidal but Lambert keeps Masvidal back.

Masvidal eggs Jericho on, Ethan CLOBBERS Jericho from behind! All Ego stomps and rains down fists, then JDS helps keep the rest of the Inner Circle away. AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan puts Jericho back in the ring and Scorpio covers, TWO!

Scorpio keeps cool, drags Jericho back over and tags in Ethan. The Men of the Year mug Jericho, Ethan DECKS Jericho and then kicks him against the ropes. Ethan bumps Jericho off buckles, tags in Scorpio, and the Men of the Year mug Jericho again. The ref reprimands, JDS tags in and he joins in on the mugging with fast hands. The ref counts, JDS lets off just long enough, then he fires off more hands! Tag to Scorpio, he scrapes his soles off Jericho’s face, then he argues with the ref so Lambert can get a cheap shot in! Ethan mocks the fans and Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio tags Ethan, they drag Jericho around for some stomps, then Ethan stomps Jericho more.

Ethan drags Jericho up, whips him to ropes and kitchen sink knees, but Jericho turns that into the takedown! Ethan fights off the Walls and throws Jericho away! Ethan pushes Jericho down for ground ‘n’ pound, then he lets off to soak up the heat. Ethan shows off his smile, then he drags Jericho up, only for Jericho to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ethan rakes Jericho’s eyes to back him down! Tag to Scorpio and he chokes Jericho on the ropes! The ref counts, Ethan lets off and Jericho sputters to a corner. Scorpio throws hands, puts Jericho up top and throws hands. Scorpio climbs up to join Jericho, but Jericho resists the superplex.

Jericho throws body shots then headbutts Scorpio down! Jericho adjusts, jumps and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Jericho gets up but Scorpio CLOBBERS him! Tag to Ethan, he digs his heel into Jericho’s neck, and AEW returns as the ref counts. Ethan lets off at 4, tags in JDS, and JDS drags Jericho up to scoop and carry around. JDS is showing off as he POWERSLAMS Jericho down! JDS enjoys the cheers and jeers before he covers, TWO!! Jericho survives but JDS puts Jericho in the corner. Tag to Ethan, he throws hands and kicks, but Jericho ducks the roundhouse to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tags to Scorpio and Sammy!

Sammy shoulders and GAMANGIRIS, then triangle jump CUTTERS! Ethan runs into a SPANISH FLY! Sammy DECKS JDS, STANDING SHOOTING STAR to Scorpio! Cover, TWO! Sammy gets Scorpio up, tags Jericho back in, Le Sex Gods double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER! Jericho TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS Ethan down! Jericho returns to Scorpio but Scorpio sends him out. Jericho lands on the apron, goes up top and hits FLYING AX HANDLES! And the LIONSAULT! Cover, Ethan breaks it in time! Sammy gets in to clothesline Ethan out! Hager and JDS brawl, JDS KNEES Hager out of the ring!

JDS goes after Hager, bumps him off the apron, but Sammy ASAI MOONSAULTS Ethan down! Fans are going nuts as JDS bounces Hager off the timekeeper’s table, then scoops him. Hager sips off and catches JDS, URENAGE through the table!! Both JDS and Hager are wiped out on one side, Sammy and Ethan are down on the other, and fans are losing their minds! Scorpio gets Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as the two are brawling with forearms. Scorpio gets the edge, fires off more then runs, but into a kick! Scorpio blocks the Code Breaker to fireman’s carry, but Jericho slips out to trip him up! WALLS OF JERICHO!!

Scorpio endures but Paige VanZant jumps the rail! She distracts so Masvidal can FLYING KNEE STRIKE!! Scorpio covers, Men of the Year and JDS win!

Winners: Men of the Year & Junior Dos Santos, by pinfall

And then the rest of American Top Team jump in to mug Jericho while Paige vlogs it! Fans boo and call them “A**HOLES!” but Lambert and his team soak it all up. But wait! Here come Santana & Ortiz! The Inner Circle still had members left out of this, and they run off American Top Team while throwing hands on Men of the Year! Hager gets up and in, as does Sammy, and they all help Jericho. Is this war of AEW VS American Top Team far from over?


My Thoughts:

An awesome night for AEW Rampage, that Buy-In was good enough to be tonight’s televised content. Garrett VS Conti was a solid opener, and Conti is definitely going to be in that TBS Championship tournament. Ruby VS Bunny was also a really good match, and Ruby getting that quick win was great for keeping things going between the two. Ford also getting after Ruby is a sign they’ll all be in the tournament, and I bet Ruby gets her revenge by defeating Ford. Fish VS Moriarty was great stuff, Moriarty is definitely a diamond in the rough. No idea where Fish goes right now but he can definitely give us great matches just for the sake of having great matches.

Bryan VS Suzuki was probably the best singles match of the night, the real main event of the whole night. That was basically everything great about these two guys in under half an hour. Bryan is definitely going to be in the 2021 AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament. He might even win so that he gets to face the winner of Omega VS Hangman. Dark Order VS Super Kliq is going to be a great match, no matter which three Dark Order members they put up. Punk VS Sydal being commercial free was great stuff, but a bit of a bummer Punk buried Sydal’s finish. Yeah, it’s CM Punk but c’mon, the Lightning Spiral is a really good move.

The trios match main event was great stuff, JDS did a great job in there for this being his first match. Taking him out of the equation with a table spot was a good move, it prompted American Top Team cheating to turn things back around. Santana & Ortiz took a little long in making the save but I would love if we got something big for Full Gear with all five Inner Circle members and then whoever else from American Top Team. Something allowing for more brutality would at least make things reasonable in pro-wrestlers (and Hager) beating MMA fighters.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

JEEEEEEON, MOXLEEEY!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mercedes Mone speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Brody King & Julia Hart, by submission

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

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

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

 

Dynamite returns with Taz in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deonna finishes the sunset flip, DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bullet Club Gold.

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

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

 

The Acclaimed respond.

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

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

 

Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

Roderick Strong speaks.

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

 

Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

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

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

 

Swerve heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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