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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/17/21)

It’s National Cowboy Sh*t Day!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW enters a new era while a Cowboy comes home!

At Full Gear, Hangman Adam Page FINALLY became AEW World Champion! What will be the first act of the Cowboy Shit Era?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno; Danielson wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Rocky Romero; Cassidy & Ishii win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Nyla wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush; Martin & Rush win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal; Guevara wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Elite speak backstage.

Brandon, we good? Yeah, they’re live. Ok shut up. Kenny Omega hasn’t watched his match back yet, and people are already asking, “When’s the rematch gonna be? When’re you gonna get your belt back, Kenny?” Omega lost, The Elite lost the night. Honestly, he’s disgusted. Not in Hanger, he won and so Omega congratulates him. But there’s things Omega has to fix, has to change, and he can’t do it here. If he can count on them to hold down the fort while he’s gone… Adam Cole says, “Don’t you worry about it, Cleaner. I got this.” Sorry, Omega was talking to the Bucks, but- Oh, no, right, sorry. Matt Jackson says they all will hold down the fort.

Cut it. Cut it, Brandon. He doesn’t right away but one thing is clear, Kenny Omega is stepping away to sort himself out. Will the Super Kliq be able to keep going without him?

 

The Dark Order is in the ring!

They’re here in Virginia to declare it National Cowboy Sh*t Day! And so introducing the NEW AEW WORLD CHAMPION, Hangman Adam Page!! Hangman walks out and his home state goes nuts as he’s wearing a “Virginia is for lovers” shirt and the world title! Hangman joins his friends in the ring and gets a few hugs before he gets the mic. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Hangman says he will stop them right there. He didn’t deserve it, he EARNED IT. Fans cheer that even more! “You Earned It! You Earned It!” Now, Hangman is usually a little shy, a little more reserved, and doesn’t really flap his gums, but he’s world champion so he’ll do whatever the hell he wants.

“Look, I’m still just a man with a job and a boss to answer to. And I told you all in our very first press conference that that boss was you. So if my boss will allow, I would love to stay in this ring and celebrate National Cowboy Sh*t Day with you.” Fans love the sound of that! Hangman knows that his championship carries a lot of weight. He knows it means a lot of responsibility. After Full Gear, Hangman knows that means up next is the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. And speaking of, here he comes! Bryan applauds for Hangman, then gets a mic to say, “I came out to essentially say one thing: Congratulations, Hangman Adam Page!”

The two shake hands, and Bryan continues with, “I’m not gonna lie, I’m super excited for this match for the AEW World Championship. But… To be fair, I’m a little surprised and disappointed that it’s not Kenny Omega standing across the ring from me right now.” Hangman says that’s right, cuz he beat Omega’s ass at Full Gear. And he managed to do it in less than 30 minutes. Bryan smiles and fans chant for “Cowboy Sh*t” again as Bryan says he isn’t here to start beef. He didn’t want that for them. But to be fair, Hangman won’t be wrestling someone dressed as a Ghostbuster on Halloween. Bryan is coming to kick some ass.

And if fans want some Cowboy Sh*t, well that apparently doesn’t involve wrestling. Bryan’s been wrestling every week, Hangman’s the one flapping his gums. But hey, some people celebrate like that. When Bryan won a world title at WrestleMania, he wrestled the very next day! The very next day! But of course Virginia boos hard work! Well, if Bryan wants to wrestle for the title, then why not do it right here in Virginia? Bryan asks if fans want to see him and Hangman wrestle tonight. They chant ‘YES! YES! YES!” but Bryan says the thing is, he’d normally be up for it. However, he’s ready to wrestle, but Hangman has his cowboy boots and jeans, as well as a horrible leather jacket,

When Bryan got here, everyone told him that Hangman Adam Page has a long list of excuses as to why he’s failed in his career. Bryan doesn’t want to beat Hangman for Hangman to have the excuse that he’s not ready. Alright, then. The match won’t be tonight. But look, Hangman knows Virginia is for lovers, but he’ll still fight. They get forehead to forehead but the Dark Order keeps this from turning into a brawl! Bryan gets his mic and says Hangman has his little friends stopping him, he doesn’t want to fight! That riles Hangman up more and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” But Bryan says the Dark Order knows Bryan would kick his ass, they’d never let him go.

But then Hangman gets loose and tackles Bryan! Bryan scrambles out of the ring and the celebration has been cut short. But it’s fine that Bryan’s already out here, his match with Evil Uno will be next!

 

Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno!

AEW returns, it seems the rest of the Dark Order went with Hangman to the back, this is truly 1v1 between the American Dragon and Player One! The bell rings, Uno and Bryan circle. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, drops, trips Uno then turns him to a HALF CRAB! Uno crawls to the ropebreak. The fans chant for “UNO SH*T!” as Bryan lets off the hold at 4. Bryan and Uno reset, knuckle lock, and Bryan drops to roll, wrench and wrangle Uno with the wristlock. Bryan twists the arm, brings Uno up to headlock but Uno powers out. Bryan rams Uno but Uno rebounds to run Bryan over! Things speed up, Bryan gets caught with an atomic drop!

Uno sweeps the legs and stomps the hands! Then he Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Bryan gets up but Uno CHOPS! Bryan frowns and SLAPS Uno! Bryan sits Uno up to KICK him down! And CHOPS him to ropes! Bryan bumps Uno off buckles, CHOPS him again, then KICKS and KICKS, then chancery suplexes! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan has a cocky cover even, ONE! Uno gets up, Bryan EuroUppers! Uno CHOPS, eggs Bryan on then CHOPS him again. Bryan EuroUppers then stomps Uno to a corner! Bryan fires off KICK after KICK in the corner, they’re “NO! NO! NO!” kicks! Bryan lets off at 4, then waits on Uno to get up.

Uno stands, and he eggs Bryan on! Bryan pie faces him instead, but Uno just gets back in his face. Bryan still pie faces, so Uno SLAPS him back! Uno CHOPS, forearms, CHOPS, repeat, over and over in the corner a la Moxley or something! Fans fire up as Uno lets off at 4, but Bryan dodges! Uno dodges, RANAS, and then swings. Bryan dodges to KICK! And KICK, but Uno blocks to spin Bryan to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Uno keeps focus and fans rally up. Bryan gets up, Uno KICKS him! And BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! Both men spin and Bryan hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Uno flounders to a corner, Bryan says, “You wanna disrespect me?” Bryan SLAPS away from all sides!

Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat as he goes corner to corner, and he dropkicks Uno! And then goes corner to corner again to dropkick again! Bryan soaks up more heat as he goes a third time, but Uno BOOTS Bryan! Uno goes out and fans fire up as he climbs! SWANTON onto knees! Bryan aims from the corner, BUSAIKU KNEE! But Bryan isn’t done here! He’s going to use Uno to send a message to Hangman as he gives him DANIELSON STOMPS! Then he drags Uno into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Uno taps out, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

No hands, either! Bryan holds on a little longer before he lets go, and the message is clear. Will Bryan look to make Hangman a one-and-done champion?

Tony Schiavone interviews Bryan in the ring about how “testy” things got. The fans are letting Bryan hear it, but he says, “You know what? I came out here to congratulate Hangman Adam Page. And because of his behavior, I ended up kicking his head in,” in reference to Uno. So it doesn’t matter when it will be, but until Bryan fights Hangman Page, he’ll take every member of the Dark Order and kick all their heads in! And next week, they’re going to be in Chicago, and Bryan hears there’s a Dark Order member from there. So guess what, Colt Cabana? If you’ve got any nuts, Bryan’s kicking your head in next week!

 

AEW shares MJF’s words from after Full Gear.

“What do I got to say? SO MUCH! Right now, look what I’m covered in.” It’s not just face paint, it’s Darby Allin’s shame. All MJF keeps hearing is how great a pro-wrestler Darby is! And how great a pro-wrestler Bryan is! And how great a pro-wrestler Eddie Kingston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Malakai Black, Pentagon! Keep naming ’em, but guess what? MJF made us all look like idiots! People keep saying he’s “only good on the stick,” that he doesn’t have it bell to bell. SCREW THAT! AND SCREW YOU, TOO! See this swelling? MJF has no idea what’s going on inside his knee, but in his mind, he feels nothing but success!

Tonight, he proved us all wrong! He got all the cute little mark chants, but he enjoyed every single second of it because while they viscerally hate MJF”s guts, they have no choice but to admit just how damn good MJF really is! Darby got beat with a headlock takeover. And right about now, MJF is excited to go to Norfolk, Virginia. “Who knows what’s next on the horizon for one of the best wrestlers the world?” MJF says as he makes a belt gesture. “Who knows what’s next for the man with the best right hand in all of professional wrestling?” MJF says as he has the pinkie ring on. He is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and now you have to admit it!

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Schiavone notes the “classic” against CM Punk, but before Kingston can say anything, Daniel Garcia & 2point0 walk over to gloat. “Sad Boy Eddie Kingston,” is he complaining yet? The little prick! But you know he will, because it’s typical of him! They’re sick and tired of the sad story. But the real sad story is that Kingston did not last as long with Punk as “our son,” Daniel Garcia. Kingston says one, just shut up, blockhead and friend. Two, Garcia is letting two grown men call him their son? Kingston doesn’t respect Garcia for that. Be a man, stand on your own.

Yeah, Kingston knows Garcia’s from Buffalo. He knows where he’s from and what they gotta do. Punk wanted to wrestle, Kingston’s gonna fight! 2point0 gets Garcia out of there, and Kingston begs to God that this one time, they only need this one promo to set up something. Kingston’s going to catering!

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Best Friends!

The Hardy Family Office has loved wreaking havoc and causing chaos for Freshly Squeezed and his Best Friends, but now they’re calling in some reinforcements from NJPW! The NEW NEVER Openweight Champion, Chaos’ Stone Pitbull, is here to back Cassidy up, will they take a bite out of Big Money Matt’s bottom line?

The teams sort out and Ishii starts with The Butcher. Fans rally up and Ishii dares Butcher to do something. Butcher just tags Blade. Blade gets in Ishii’s face and talks trash, then he throws a forearm. Ishii stays put! Blade throws more forearms but dodges Ishii’s to hit again! Blade runs but Ishii tanks the shoulder to DECK Blade! Ishii bumps Blade off buckles, then he tags Cassidy in. They double whip, and Ishii runs Blade over! Ishii looks at Cassidy, obviously expecting him to make that a double. Ishii then tells Cassidy to run the ropes. Cassidy does, for a falling SPLASH! Cover, ONE! Cassidy says it was that close. Um…

Cassidy brings Blade up but Blade knees low and RAMS Cassidy into a corner! Blade rams his shoulder in, then talks trash to Ishii. But Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! He unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! He dodges Blade’s clothesline, leaps over then SHOTGUN dropkicks! Butcher tags in as Cassidy kips up! Blade runs in, Cassidy dodges, Blade slides out and eggs Cassidy on. Cassidy puts his sunglasses on, but turns around into Butcher’s shoulder! Butcher hits Ishii but Ishii doesn’t budge! Butcher drags Cassidy up for a suplex TOSS! Butcher drags Cassidy up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Blade and Blade CHOPS Cassidy!

Blade follows Cassidy to the other corner, stomps him and whips him out of the ring. Blade distracts the ref so Bunny can stomp Cassidy down! And Hardy DECKS Cassidy, too! AEW goes picture in picture as Hardy gets away with one.

Butcher drags Cassidy up, puts him in the ring, Blade covers, TWO! Blade drags Cassidy up to scoop, tag in Butcher, and they combine for the LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cassidy is still in this but Butcher jams his knees into him. Butcher drags Cassidy up, tags in Blade, and they mug Cassidy in the corner. Butcher CHOPS Cassidy then exits. Ishii protests but the ref keeps him back. Blade tags Butcher back in and stomps Cassidy on his way out. Butcher taunts Ishii, then chokes Cassidy on the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but the ref keeps Hardy back. Butcher drags Cassidy up to DECK him!

Butcher stares Ishii down, drags Cassidy back up, then whips him to the corner hard! Blade tags in, he digs his knee into Cassidy at the ropes. The ref counts, Blade lets off, the ref still watches Hardy. Blade goes to the apron to stomp Cassidy and stand on his head again. Tag to Butcher, he stomps Cassidy down as AEW returns to single picture. Tag back to Blade, they double whip Cassidy, but he tumbles up and out then dodges Blade and shoves Butcher out! Blade gets in to whip Cassidy to the corner but Cassidy goes up and over, and strolls tot he tag! Ishii runs in but Blade forearms! Ishii roars, forearms back, whips Blade but Blade reverses, only Ishii to come back with a shoulder!

Fans rally for Ishii as he CHOPS Blade in the corner! And again! And again! And again! Ishii whips corner to corner, Blade comes back but into a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Ishii drags Blade up, suplexes, but Blade slips out to tag Butcher! Fans fire up to see the big men stare down forehead to forehead! Butcher forearms, Ishii forearms back, repeat! Butcher gets the edge, whips to the corner, and clotheslines! Ishii sputters, Butcher CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Butcher stands Ishii up and CHOPS again! Ishii gets mad! Butcher CHOPS, Ishii just stares at him. Butcher throws forearms but Ishii leans into them! He’s backing Butcher down to the other corner!

Butcher keeps trying but Ishii ROCKS him with an elbow! Ishii gets Butcher up top, climbs up to join him, and lift shim for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Blade breaks it! The ref reprimands but Butcher tags Blade in and Blade gets Ishii up. Ishii blocks the whip to put Blade in the corner! Clothesline, then a tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up top, CROSSBODY but both mercenaries catch him! They use Cassidy to RAM Ishii, then Butcher suplexes, only to get STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls and dropkicks Butcher at the same time before he DDT’s Blade! Cover, TWO!! Blade survives but Cassidy takes off the armband!

Hardy freaks out but fans fire up! Cassidy glares at Hardy, takes aim on Blade, but Butcher gets in to intercept with a SIDE SLAM! Blade gets Cassidy up, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, but Ishii breaks it!! Ishii DECKS Butcher, gets Cassidy over to the corner and tags himself in! Ishii swings, Blade waistlocks! Butcher gets in but both Ishii and Blade duck! Ishii DECKS Blade, blocks a clothesline and fires off elbows on Butcher! Ishii CHOPS Butcher to a corner, CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Hardy distracts as he shouts for Ishii to stop this! Bunny also distracts the ref, Butcher goes for Ishii but gets a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Blade has the brass knuckles! But Rocky Romero drags Blade out! Hardy RAMS Rocky, Cassidy CROSSBODIES from the top!! Direct hit on Hardy and Blade! Cassidy puts Blade in for Ishii’s LARIAT!! And then the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii & Cassidy win!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall

Chaos gets its first win in AEW! Will more of NJPW look to take a step through the forbidden door soon?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo & FTR.

Schiavone is sure they’re all disappointed that they lost at Full Gear. Seriously, that is his question? Andrade tells Jose to get some balls! But Cody, Pac. Andrade proved that he is the better wrestler than them. He has beaten them both clean. But now, he will show them his bad side. Cash Wheeler says it’s safe to say FTR is frustrated, because they should’ve made history. But Cash wasn’t legal in that finish, they were robbed! So if Pac and Cody are going to stick their nose in FTR business, and if the Lucha Bros want to cheat them, then maybe we add Malakai Black to this, and we have an 8 Man Tag! They will even waive their fee on this one, they’ll do this for free!

Tully Blanchard tells Arn that if he wants to stick his nose in somewhere, Tully ain’t Jose. He’s got one more in him! HEUVOS! BIG ones. Will El Idolo y The Pinnacle get their payback on the American Nightmare, the British Bastard, and the AEW World Tag Team Champions?

 

Tay Conti speaks.

“Even when I lose, I win. And I did not fail against Britt. I learned. And now, I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting from experience. And let me tell you something else. Next time I have a title shot, I’m coming out of it as your new champion.” But how long will the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty have to wait for her next chance at the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Schiavone of course talks with The Doctor, and still AEW Women’s World Champion. Britt says she is honestly “getting a little exhausted carrying this women’s division.” So as your Role Model, she directs the spotlight to our future AEW TBS Champion, Jamie Hayter. Wait, she’s got a tough match against Thunder Rosa. No no no no. Do NOT say that name on DMD TV, got it? But no, since you said it, let’s put it out there. Thunder Rosa is on her way to being completely irrelevant on Hayter’s rise to gold. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. But will Britt have to eat those words when La Mera Mera gets her hands on Hayter?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!

The Full Metal Warrior and the Native Beast have battled for a belt before, but only one of them can move one step closer to this newly minted title. After what Serena Deeb did to her, is Shida at 100%? Or is she already at a huge disadvantage against the Vicious Vixen?

The bell rings and the hands start flying! Nyla kicks Shida’s bad leg, but Shida dodges and runs. Nyla catches the knee attack to throw Shida to a corner. Shida dodges to fire off forearms! Nyla turns things around for body shots! Nyla puts the bad leg on ropes but Shida kicks with the good leg! Shida bumps Nyla, runs in and KNEES her down! Shida goes up top, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shida gets Nyla up but Nyla blocks the suplex to get the leg! SHIN- NO! Shida makes it a crossbody! Shida runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Shida gets Nyla up fast, but Nyla suplexes her instead! Fans boo but Nyla storms after Shida. Shida BOOTS, QUESTION MARK KICKS, but Nyla bails out!

Fans rally for Shida, Vickie coaches Nyla up. Shida waits on Nyla, but Nyla takes her time. Shida goes out but Nyla gets back in. Now Nyla waits on Shida, so Shida takes her time. Shida gets in the side, Nyla drops an elbow on her! Nyla stands on Shida at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, RAMS her with shoulders and says she’s gonna be the next champ! BIG EuroUpper, and then she snapmares Shida down. Nyla KICKS Shida in the back, paces around, and she stands on Shida’s bad leg! Nyla stomps the leg, then wraps it around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 3, then drags Shida up to choke her on the ropes!

The ref counts again as fans boo, but Nyla lets off at 4. Shida sputters, Nyla drags Shida up and puts her on other ropes to choke her again. The ref counts, Nyla stops at 4, but Vickie uses Shida’s own kendo stick to choke her! Fans boo, Vickie gets away with it, and Nyla drags Shida up to scoop and SLAM! Nyla stands on the bad leg, then drags her up to get the leg. CORNER SHIN BREAKER! Shida clutches her knee, flops out of the ring, but fans chant, “SHUT UP, VICKIE!” Nyla goes out and whips Shida, but Shida reverses to send Nyla crashing into railing! The ring count climbs but Shida gets the chair! Shida sets it up, fires up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her first!

Nyla drags Shida up and makes her take a seat in the chair. Nyla CLUBS Shida, then goes up to the apron. Nyla aims, for a FLYING CANNONBALL onto the chair! Shida got out of the way just in time! Shida puts Nyla in, and then she snatches the kendo stick from Vickie! Vickie runs but trips, so Shida SMACKS her at the ramp! Fans fire up with Shida and she gets to the corner! Shida climbs, Nyla intercepts with a ROCKET LAUNCHER! Shida rolls away, Nyla clutches her back, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Shida up, clamps on and has a neck wrench with a shoulder claw! Nyla stands right over Shida as she endures it all! Nyla’s back bothers her so she can’t hold it forever. She CLUBS Shida more, drags her up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Nyla drags Shida by the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Vickie grits her teeth as she rises up and coaches Nyla. Nyla puts on a camel clutch and pulls Shida way back! Shida endures, Vickie screams, but Shida crawls over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, clutching her own back. Shida gets up, Nyla runs in, but Shida dumps her out! Nyla ends up back where the chair wreckage is!

Shida goes out, CLUBS Nyla on her back, then whips her into more railing! Shida gets in the ring and then climbs up! Nyla crawls over, Shida gets the fans fired up, and she CROSSBODIES Nyla down! Shida gets Nyla back in the ring and fires up as AEW returns to single picture. But the ref misses SERENA DEEB attacking from the crowd!! The chop block takes Shida down! Nyla drags Shida up the ropes, CLUBS and KNEES her, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs up, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives the Serena Screwjob! Nyla drags Shida up, but Shida clubs away on Nyla’s leg! Nyla CLUBS the bad leg, gets Shida up, but Shida fights the bomb!

Shida has the seated senton to the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Nyla endures, fights around, but Shida rolls her from the ropes! Nyla fights up, dead lifts, and POWERBOMBS! Then the BACK SENTON to the leg! Vickie is shrieking for Nyla to end this, and Nyla goes up top! SUPER SENTON misses! Nyla flops around, Shida jackknife bridges, TWO?!?! So close and yet so far! But Shida takes aim, KATA_ NO! Nyla blocks to the STRETCH MUFFLER!! Shida is hanging in the air, she taps out! Nyla wins!!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Perhaps Serena’s screwjob worked out after all! The Native Beast moves on, waiting for the winner of Statlander VS Soho, but will Shida get her revenge on Serena for this?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“The definition of a nightmare is to have an unpleasant or frightening dream, in a place where natural law doesn’t apply. So in Chicago, the four of us are going to haunt the four of you. We will cast you out. And I will make it so that the very air that you breathe will turn toxic and corrupt your lungs. And when you’re laying on the ground, gasping for air, you will realize what small part you have played in the massive equation that now seems to unfold in front of you. Deep breaths, my friends, while oxygen is still on your side.” Will Malakai look to suffocate the American Nightmare next week?

 

MJF, Shawn Spears & Wardlow walk out to the ring.

The Pinnacle are all in suits and MJF of course has the mic. “Cut my music, cut my music.” He then hands the mic to Spears, and he tells Virginia that Maxwell here, who could defeat any one of their heroes with a simple headlock takeover, would appreciate absolute silence at this time. They don’t give it to him and they boo. This is why Spears is a great friend and accountabilibuddy. But “Norfunk, Virginia,” he needs to explain something to the bumpkins. They are looking at the guy that checks all the boxes inside the ring and on the microphone. MJF is easily the most completely pro-wrestler on the planet.

He is the man who will start a bidding war in the year 2024. MJF is the past, the present, and the future of pro-wrestling. And more over, he could take their hometown horse and send him straight to the glue factory. Hell, he could take a big cowboy sh*t right on his title reign. But the rankings don’t tell us that story, do they? Because the rankings don’t tell you the truth! Even though the fans hate him so much, deep down, they know he deserves to be the next AEW World Champion! NOBODY in that locker room is nearly as good as MJF. NOBODY in that locker room is on MJF’s level. But here comes THE BEST IN THE WORLD, CM PUNK!

Fans go nuts to see Punk walk out and go to the ring to join MJF and his guys. MJF chews his gum, frowns as he looks around, and fans lose their minds already. “No no no, no no no. No.” Fans tell MJF to STFU already. Okay, okay. MJF introduces himself and holds out a hand, but Punk leaves him hanging! Punk grins and maybe even laughs as he leaves and goes back up the ramp! Is Punk going to prove he can outdo MJF without even saying a word?

 

Backstage interview with Darby Allin.

His match with MJF, many feel, was match of the night at Full Gear, even if it didn’t go Darby’s way. Darby tells “Max” that he still did not break Darby mentally. Darby doesn’t know when and where, but they will have a rematch. As for now, Darby is taking time off. He wants the biggest and the baddest in AEW, but then the Gunn Club walks over. Billy couldn’t help but hear that. So challenge accepted! Billy is the biggest and the baddest, so just say when. Colt tells Darby not to forget his skateboard, and Austin taunts Darby with, “I like turtles.” Darby smirks, because screw it, let’s do it. Will Darby give Billy Gun his first loss in AEW?

 

The Super Kliq speaks, again.

Brandon, you idiot. But Cole is so sick and tired of Jungle Boy, of Luchasaurus and of Christian Cage! Full Gear was the first night of their careers, and maybe even of their lives! Jungle Boy thinks he’s a Jungle Man now? So tough, trying to end Matt’s life on TV! His kids watching at home with popcorn! And he isn’t cleared, nor is Nick. But you heard them. The Elite, especially them, will be stronger than ever! In two nights’ time, AEW Rampage, it will be Jungle Boy & Luchasaurs VS Adam Cole and one of his best friends in the entire world, Bobby Fish!

The Infamous One steps in to say one guy tries to look like Tarzan while the other is a grown man dressing up as a dinosaur! Enough is enough! Time to put an end to the Jurassic joke once and for all. And that, is Un- no, you can’t say that here… Cut, Brandon, cut.

 

The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens tried to recruit Angel Dorado to make their duo a trio, but they weren’t exactly nice about it. But speaking of not being nice, Platinum Max has another rap! “Dante’s fightin’ the Acclaimed again. He’s got more partners than Pete Davidson. You can’t make a choice. You a little bitch, put some bass in your voice! And yo, Lio, you a amateur. And I think you’re better off as a manager. We leavin’ y’all hurtin’. Funny, we’re in Virginia, and both of y’all’re virgins!” Isn’t Lio married?

Anthony tells Norfolk the Acclaimed have arrived, but Lio & Dante DOUBLE DIVE! There’s some words to ya mother! But will Lio & Dante keep their tag team momentum rolling against the fourth ranked team in the division?

Dante puts Bowens in, the bell rings and Dante runs. Bowens dodges, Dante uses the ropes to flip up and over! Lio KICKS Bowens in the ropes, Dante bumps him off buckles to uppercut! Tag to Lio, they double whip Bowens to leap frog and redirect, to then juke and whip and trip, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lio says it’s time, and he brings Bowens up to wrench. Tag to Dante, he climbs up and double stomps the arm! Dante drags Bowens up to throw forearms, but Bowens turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Dante CHOPS back! Dante brings Bowens around, whips, but Bowens reverses and Caster trips Dante up, out and RAMS him into railing!

Bowens goes out, he and Caster double suplex Dante to the floor! Bowens puts Dante in, drags him back and tags in Caster. Caster goes up to jump and STOMP Dante in the chest! Caster brings Dante up, Dante throws shots but Caster knees low. Cater whips to CLOBBER Dante! And then stomp him, then rain down fists! Lio coaches Dante, Caster taunts but Dante kicks back! Bowens tags in as Caster anchors Dante, and Bowens stomps away. Bowens rains down rights, fans rally up and Dante throws body shots in return. Bowens ROCKS Dante, puts him in the corner and tags Caster in. The Acclaimed mug Dante, then Caster turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Caster tries again, TWO! A third try, TWO! Caster is annoyed, he stomps Dante as AEW goes picture in picture.

Caster drags Dante up, Dante throws body shots and kicks, but Caster trips him! Caster rolls Dante to BOOT at the ropes! Caster puts Dante in the corner, tags in Bowens, and the Acclaimed mug Dante more. Bowens brings Dante around to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps on Dante with a cravat and he grinds Dante down. Dante throws body shots, Bowens facelocks, but Dante powers his way over! Bowens knees low then DECKS Lio! Bowens bumps Dante off buckles, tags Caster, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS, for Caster to drop an ax handle! Cover, TWO! Caster stays between Dante and Lio with a facelock as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and The Acclaimed whip Dante to their corner. But Dante BOOTS Bowens, KICKS Caster down, then uses them as steps to leap and hot tag Lio! The Man of the Hour uses Bowens as a step to RANA Caster into ropes! Lio goes up and over Bowens, Bowens whips but Lio reverses then follows, ducks down, rolls Bowens up, SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up with Lio as he handspring kicks Caster down! Bowens back suplexes but Lio lands on his feet for fast hands and the SUPER FOREARM! Bowens staggers into a body shot and SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives the speed assault but Lio keeps his cool.

Fans rally up as Lio thinks what to do. Lio calls to Dante, but he goes up top. Lio leaps but Bowens moves! Lio rolls through but into a throat chop! Lio BOOTS Caster for that, then ducks Bowens! Dante GAMANGIRIS Bowens away, then triangle jumps! Caster avoids the #Nosedive but Lio kicks and HEEL KICKS Caster down! Bowens elbows, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS for a Five Tool Strike Fest! But Dante hits a HUGE MISSILE DROPKICK! All four men are down and fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, reaches 5 of 10, but Lio sits up first. He calls to Dante, facelocks Bowens, but Bowens BACK DROPS Lio away!

Bowens runs in but Lio sends him into the corner! Caster tags in, runs in and DECKS Dante! Caster brings Lio up, blocks a kick, flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, but Caster LARIATS! Tag to Bowens, CLAIM TO FAME! Cover, Dante breaks it! “This is awesome!” as Caster rocks and whips Dante, only to get a springboard SHOTGUN! Dante runs in but Bowens dodges to put Dante in the ropes and ENZIGURI! Dante resists the rope DDT to enziguri! NOSEDIVE!! He sets Bowens up for Lio’s FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lio & Dante win!!

Winners: Lio Rush & Dante Martin, by pinfall

Another HUGE win for this fast & furious duo, but here comes Team Taz! Ricky Starks has a mic but so does Taz himself. Taz congratulates Lio & Dante on the win. But Lio, great to see you back at work. His condolences to the family, but a lot of folks are a little uncomfortable with how they offered a contract to Dante while Lio was gone. But Lio of all people knows business. He prides himself on that, but Taz is a businessman, too. His team are all businessmen. So Dante, you have a golden opportunity. The team is patient, waited a long time just to get Will Hobbs, and in fact, the one year anniversary of Hobbs in Team Taz is coming up! Thanks for the applause.

But here’s the thing. Hobbs has accomplished a lot with his great support staff. So here’s the deal, Dante. If you choose to go with Team Taz, that will be the start to a hall of fame worthy career. Or just a mediocre one with Lio. The choice is his. Dante is still on the clock, but will he stick with what’s working for him in #LBOLio?

 

Christian Cage & Jurassic Express speak.

Captain Charisma wants to get this straight. At Full Gear, it was the worst night of the Super Kliq’s career. Funny, watching Jungle Boy slam that chair on Matt’s head was personally one of the greatest moments of Christian’s career. And now, they want redemption? Well obviously, Cole has never hold the saying, “Never bring a Fish to a fist fight.” JB says, “So what? You guys are gonna try and end us on Friday night?” Fish and Cole had their chances last week, but they couldn’t do it. The scruff might be off JB’s chin, but the changes inside are here to stay. Hit them with chairs, put them through tables. Hell, JB will eat thumbtacks for breakfast, he doesn’t care. Because they are better than ever! They’ll see Fish & Cole on Rampage!

 

AEW looks closer at Cargill VS Velvet.

Red Velvet says she and Jade have a lot of history already. Velvet was Cargill’s first match in that Mixed Tag with Shaq and Cody. Yes, Cargill beat Velvet twice before, but Velvet’s been scouting. Everything Cargill does wrong, Velvet will do right. After Rampage last week, Cargill said, “You think you did something tonight?” Going after Cargill, throwing cake in Sterling’s face. Velvet messed up is what she did. This is Cargill’s anniversary, and Velvet’s gonna get her ass whooped on #ThatBitchShow! Velvet is done playing games, Cargill is lucky to have a bye. Now, her ass is Velvet’s! Who moves on to the semifinals this Friday?

 

The Lucha Brothers speak.

Alex Abrahantes translates for Penta, “FTR, stop your crying. On more than one occasion, you tried to cheat to win. But you’re so pathetic and you suck so bad, that you couldn’t even get the job done.” Fenix says in Chicago, that 8 Man Tag match, the Death Triangle and Cody Rhodes have something special for him. Y’know why? Because they are the best four man team in the UNIVERSE! They are the Lucha Brothers, and they have CERO MIEDO!!

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal!

The Spanish God and the Inner Circle were victorious at Full Gear, but there’s no time to rest! Sammy welcomes this new addition to the AEW roster, but will this lethal challenge be Sammy’s last?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Lethal steps in through the open door and walks out with gold!

Fans rally as Lethal and Sammy stare down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Sammy waistlocks, Lethal elbows but Sammy hops up and over to go up and over in the corner. Lethal dodges, handsprings, but into a torture rack! Lethal slips off, trips and “WOO~” but Sammy makes it a cradle! TWO, La Magistrol blocked! TWO, and Sammy Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Lethal sweeps legs, covers, ONE! Another sweep but Sammy fisherman bridges! TWO and the two stand off! Fans cheer as they talk a little trash, then reset. They circle, tie up, and Sammy headlocks. “This is Wrestling!” as Lethal powers out to whip, then he hip tosses and handsprings to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Sammy gets up but Lethal is on him with a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the bandaged ribs, but Lethal drags him up to CLUB those bad ribs! Lethal suplexes but Sammy blocks! Sammy throws body shots, Lethal hits back to whip and kitchen sink knee! Fans duel, Lethal drags Sammy up to suplex, but Sammy wrenches out! Only to get a LETHAL COMBINATION! Sammy bails out, Lethal builds speed but Sammy gets in to KNEE Lethal down! Lethal bails out, Sammy FLIES out after him! Direct hit into the railing but it was double-edged for Sammy’s ribs! Fans are still fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Sammy climbs.

SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Lethal saves himself and both men are down as AEW goes picture in picture.

A standing count begins, the two men stir but Lethal sits up first at 4. Lethal gets to ropes, Sammy goes out to the apron then to the floor. Lethal sees him out there and waits as the ring count climbs now. Sammy is still down at 4 so Lethal goes out after him. Lethal can’t win the title on a count-out but Sammy pushes him away and crawls. The ref checks, Lethal wants after Sammy but he gives them space. The medic, Doc Samson, even comes in to check on Sammy. Sammy’s ribs could be worse than thought. Lethal gets impatient, he wants to know what the status of this match is. Sammy sits up, but does need help standing. Lethal holds the ropes open but is Sammy able to continue?

AEW returns to single picture, Sammy tells the doc and the ref to shut up, he wants to fight! Sammy is in the ring, he eggs Lethal on! The ref has no choice but to let this continue, Sammy pie faces Lethal! And flips Lethal off! SO the hand start flying! Fans are fired up as Lethal stomps Sammy down! Lethal drags Sammy up, whips him and FLAPJACKS Sammy high and hard! Lethal calls for it, handsprings, but Sammy blocks the cutter to spin Lethal, STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Both men are down again and Lethal rolls out to the floor. Sammy grits his teeth as fans rally up, and he builds speed, but he has to avoid a boot!

Lethal whips Sammy out, builds speed and DIVES, but Sammy blocks enough of it to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Fans are fired up as both men are down on the outside! The ref checks on both men, “This is Awesome!” as Sammy gets up and leans on the timekeeper’s table. Lethal staggers over but Sammy elbows him then fires off forearms! Lethal pushes Sammy back but Sammy KNEES Lethal down! Lethal ends up on the timekeeper’s table, and Sammy fires himself up! Sammy goes up and fans are thunderous as he says he’s LOCO! SWANTON through the table, but Lethal got out of the way!! Fans lose their minds as Sammy is down in the wreckage!

Lethal drags Sammy up and into the ring! Sammy is down, Lethal climbs and fans fire up again! HAIL TO THE KING!! But Sammy makes it a ghost pin!? TWO!! Lethal gets Sammy up, but Sammy slips out of the bomb. Lethal blocks the kick and goes around to LARIAT, but Sammy lands on his feet!? SUPERKICK! Lethal CHOP BLOCKS the legs! Dragon sleeper with a fisherman, FLIPPING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! But Lethal has the leg! FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Sammy endures, drags himself and Lethal over, only for Lethal to drag him and Sammy away from ropes! Sammy’s shoulders are down, it’s a cover! TWO!

Sammy crawls again, Lethal wrenches back on the foot! Sammy still gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go in frustration, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” However, the show has to end some time so Lethal gets Sammy up and into a cobra twist! Sammy goes around with him, torture racks but the ribs don’t hold! Lethal spins, into a KNEE! Sammy tries again, but still can’t! Lethal full nelson SUPLEXES, but Sammy lands on his feet for another KNEE! Sammy grits his teeth, runs, and KNEES Lethal down again!! Sammy slashes his throat and roars, and he gets the torture rack! G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Somehow, someway, Sammy powers through to take Lethal down! He is still golden, and the Inner Circle appears to celebrate with him! Sammy shows Lethal respect, will these two look to go another round down the line? Who will be next up for this tough as nails TNT Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great post PPV episode! Right away, great stuff from The Elite with them semi-kayfabing Omega stepping away for his real-life recovery. The Super Kliq calling out Christian & Jurassic Express was nice, but I feel like they should focus more on the story brewing between them and Hangman. Though, I did like Fish getting in this and wanting to use Undisputed Era catchphrase only to get cut off. Cole & Fish VS Jurassic Express is going to be great stuff, could go either way. We got a great opening segment with Bryan going out there to sorta crash the Cowboy Shit celebration, and Bryan was at least in character being Heel to Hangman and the Dark Order. That was some great stuff, as was Bryan VS Uno, and Bryan is going to have a great series of matches with the other members.

MJF had a really good post Full Gear promo, and his segment with Punk was great for how Punk just dissed him completely! But this is a tough one to call because neither one has lost. Punk surely gets cheated like Darby did, because MJF’s first loss in AEW can’t just happen just because it’s Punk. If anything, Punk being cheated elevates things and Punk takes on MJF again and gives MJF his first loss. Darby himself had a decent moment with the Gunn Club, I have a feeling Sting gets involved to hold the Gunn sons at bay. Maybe we get a tag match, Darby & Sting VS Austin & Colt, that ends the #Gunndefeated streak.

Kingston had a great moment with 2point0 and Garcia, and I also hope this is a one time thing, they just get in the ring on like Dynamite next week for Thanksgiving. We got a great tag match from Butcher & Blade VS Cassidy & Ishii. Ishii naturally gets the win, he’s great. Great promos from Andrade, FTR, the Lucha Brothers, and of course Malakai Black. That 8 Man is going to be nuts, too hard to call right now. Britt has a good promo to plug Hayter VS Rosa, I have a feeling Britt cheats Rosa, Rosa goes after her for the top title so that Hayter can take the loss in the tournament to winner of Cargill VS Velvet, which also got a good vignette to plug that.

Nyla VS Shida was great stuff, but wow, I didn’t think Serena would keep her grudge this long. Nyla is facing a Face either way with Statlander VS Soho, I’m thinking Nyla faces Soho to put her over. We got a great tag match out of Dante & Lio VS The Acclaimed, and naturally the Faces win to then have Team Taz walk out and remind us about the offer. Pretty sure Dante stays with Lio, we get Lio & Dante VS Hobbs & Starks. Dante VS Starks for the FTW Championship would be awesome to see, even if Dante doesn’t win. The TNT Championship was awesome stuff, Lethal got a great debut but Sammy winning makes sense to keep this reign going.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/21/24)

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

In pursuit of going back to back in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Willow Nightingale goes on a Rampage against The Professor of Pro-Wrestling, Serena Deeb!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes; Private Party wins.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd; Fenix wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti; Lio wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox; Takagi wins.
  • 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb; Willow wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy know The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho, will be watching this match, given what’s already on tap for Collision tomorrow night. But will Quen & Zay be more than ready to enter the “Jericho Vortex?” Or will the Commander of the Skies and the King of the Ropes make the fiesta take a siesta?

The teams sort out, Brother Zay starts against the AAA World Cruiserweight Champion, and Fairfax is all fired up for Private Party. Komander and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Kassidy headlocks. The fans rally, Komander powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Zay leaps over, comes back, but Komander sidesteps. Zay turns hip toss into arm-drag and the fans fire up! Zay runs up, but Komander BOOTS him! Komander goes up and leaps to RANA! Zay stagger sup, Komander runs and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up with Komander and he drags Zay over. Tag to Metalik and they double whip.

Metalik & Komander double HIP TOSS, then they double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik clamps onto Zay but Zay fights up. Zay throws body shots, powers out and headlocks in return. Metalik throws body shots, powers up and out, but Quen tags in as Zay goes up and over! Zay runs up, Metalik throws him up and out but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING! The fans fire up, Quen hurries to cover, TWO! Metalik toughs it out but Quen stomps him around. Quen drags Metalik up to whip him to ropes, then he DROPKICKS Metalik down! The fans fire up, Quen drags Metalik up, and he scoops to SLAM!

Quen does a cocky cover a la Jericho, TWO! Quen says that’s for The Learning Tree. Quen drags Metalik up, fires forearms, then tags Zay. The fans rally, Private Party double whips but Metalik handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and the fans rally again. Metalik crawls, hot tag to Komander! Komander springboards in to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Komander knuckle locks Zay, kicks Quen, then knuckle locks Quen, too. Komander goes to the ropes, goes up and up and ARABIAN PRESS DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up as Private Party staggers up!

Komander runs up, tilt-o-whirls on Zay so he can RANA Quen! Zay hurries up, Komander blocks a shot to give knees. Komander CHOPS, runs, tiger feints and somersaults, to then swing and RANA Zay! The fans fire up and Komander goes to the apron. Metalik runs up, Komander holds the ropes down so Metalik can FLY! Direct hit on Private Party but now Komander loads up! A salute and a TOP ROPE SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and everyone is down! The fans fire up again and Komander realizes he took out Metalik, too. Komander high-fives with the fans, then he gets Zay up and in. Komander hurries in to cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for both sides and Komander watches Zay stir, but Rampage goes picture in picture.

Komander CLUBS Zay, then brings him up to whip to a corner. Komander runs in to UPPERCUT and Zay falls over. Zay crawls but Komander CLUBS him down. Komander gator rolls Zay from his corner to tag in Metalik. Metalik CLUBS Zay, CHOPS him, but Zay CHOPS back! Metalik CHOPS Zay down, then stomps away! The ref counts, Metalik lets off, and then he digs his boots in on Zay’s neck. The ref reprimands and counts, Metalik lets off again, only to stomp Zay some more. Metalik drags Zay up, wrenches an arm and wristlocks, then tags Komander. Komander springboards to AX HANDLE the arm!

Rampage returns to single picture as the fans rally for Private Party. The luchadores keep Zay isolated, then Metalik whips him to his corner! Zay stops to go after Metalik!? And he TOSSES Metalik out! Komander tags in, but Zay hits a SPINEBUSTER! Zay and Komander are down and now Zay has to crawl to his corner! The fans rally, but Metalik gets in to get Zay’s legs. Zay rolls to throw Metalik away, then he dodges to hot tag! Quen rallies on Metalik with forearms and elbows, then ducks to PELE! Koander returns but gets a BOOT! Quen puts Metalik up top, ROCKS him with haymakers, but Komander runs up.

Quen ELBOWS Komander, goes up and QUEBRADAS! Then Quen goes back up after Metalik, to SUPERPLEX! Quen shakes it off and goes up the corner. 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Komander whips but Quen reverses and TOSSES Komander out hard! But Metalik SUPERKICKS! And SLING-DOGS! Then Metalik goes up and around the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Zay breaks it! Zay helps Quen to their corner and tags in. The fans rally up as Zay gets Metalik up. Metalik fires forearms but Zay fires back! The fans rally, Zay gets the edge and just hammers away! Metalik drops to his knees but Zay CLUBS away!

Zay runs, but Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. Wait, Komander and Quen each climb up! They both SHOOTING STAR, but Metalik and Zay both move! Komander and Quen manage to land out, then Komander takes a swing! Quen ducks, and he shoves Komander into Zay’s BOOT! Quen hops up to POISON-RANA! Komander staggers out of the ring, Zay runs corner to corner at Metalik! Metalik BOOTS Zay, but Quen lets Zay roll off his back! Metalik goes up, Quen jumps up to get him! GIN & JUICE!! Cover, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Fairfax cheers as Quen & Zay now have the momentum! But wait, here comes The Learning Tree to steal the spotlight. Jericho waves to the crowd while Big Bill applauds. But wait! Zay & Quen run up to fight! But that’s 3v2 because Bryan Keith is also there! Quen gets beat down but Zay holds his own, and then security runs out here! Somehow, the two sides are pulled apart, but they’re headed for a Collision! Will Private Party teach The Learning Tree not to look down on them?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

Excalibur narrates that as “one of the fiercest luchadores Mexico’s ever produced, Ultimo Guerrero is among the most highly decorated athletes to compete in CMLL’s 90 year history.” A SIX-TIME CMLL World Tag Team Champion, a FIVE-TIME CMLL World Trios Champion, and a TWO-TIME CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, Ultimo Guerrero now has his eyes set on Kazuchika Okada and the AEW Continental Championship. Ultimo was Okada’s mentor while on excursion in Mexico, and has watched The Rainmaker’s rise ever since. Will Okada withstand the challenge of his former mentor? Or will Ultimo have a golden ticket in time for the Forbidden Door?

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd w/ Truth Magnum!

The Immortal Firebird will be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament this year, preparing to battle The Switchblade, Jay White next Wednesday. However, he does need to stay hot, so will he be all warmed up after tonight? Or will this Outrunner look to be more than just a tune-up?

The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Fenix. Fenix and Turbo circle, tie up, and then Turbo shoves Fenix. Fenix runs up, they RAM shoulders, but Turbo flexes as he stays standing. So Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Fenix BODY BLOWS, fires up, then runs, only for Turbo to run him over! Turbo runs to drop the BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Fenix is tougher than that but Turbo keeps cool. Turbo ROCKS Fenix, runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges Turbo, brings him around and goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Fairfax fires up with Fenix and he goes back up, to tightrope PENALTY KICK! Fenix goes to the corner, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Well, that was certainly fast! Maybe Fenix should be called “Turbo.” Penta & Abrahantes celebrate with Fenix, will there be #CeroMiedo in the Owen Hart Cup? Or will Jay White force even Fenix to Breathe With The Switchblade?

 

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti!

Turns out that The Bad Child and the Sight to See have known each other a long time, but friendship only goes so far when there’s gold on the line. Will Lio make sure he’s the Man of the Hour tonight? Or will Andretti get in on the action in Long Island?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. The fans are on Lio’s side but Action doesn’t sweat it. They shake hands to show there is sportsmanship, then things speed up! Action drops down but Lio gator rolls that, only for Action to slip around to a waistlock. Lio slips under to waistlock then spin, but Action reverses the whip. Lio reverses, Action reverses, repeat, but Lio springboards to RANA, only for Action to handspring through! The fans fire up for this exchange, and Lio says alright. They talk a little smack, then things speed up again. Action follows Lio, even as he turns the corner on a dime!

Lio ducks the lariat, baits Action in then throws him out! Lio builds speed but Action moves aside. Lio stops himself, bails  out, but Action sees him, too! They meet at the steps, backflip away, and then both slide in! The fans cheer again, and the two reset. They go again, hook arms, use that to redirect, then they redirect again, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Lio and Action are definitely likeminded as they go to ropes, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Action and Lio rise up, storm over, and Action facelocks to suplex. Lio slips out to shove, then he ELBOWS Action down! Lio hurries to cover, ONE!! Lio keeps Action down with a chinlock but Action endures the grind. Action fights up, but Lio shifts around to become a backpack! Action still stands up, but Lio sends him into a corner! Lio clotheslines, then short arm LARIATS! The fans rally while Action checks his jaw. Lio gets him right up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Action pushes Lio away, so Lio KICKS him down! Lio eggs Action on, gets him up, and shoves him to a corner to stomp low. Lio fires hands, then lets off as the ref counts.

Lio brings Action up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Action runs up, Lio slips around then snapmares to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Action is still in this but Lio stays on him with another chinlock. Lio body scissors Action to keep him down, but Action endures as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lio brings Action up. Action fires body shots, then forearms. Action whips, Lio reverses then runs up, but into a BOOT! Lio comes back, Action dodges him, then DECKS him! Action DECKS Lio again, wrenches and ROCKS him! Action fireman’s carries, but Lio grabs the ropes! Action puts Lio on the apron but Lio ROCKS Action back! Action BOOTS Lio to the floor! Lio stands up, Action slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Down goes Lio again and Action hurries to put him in the ring! Action springboards to 450 but he has to roll through as Lio moves! Lio kicks the legs out, Action ducks the heel kick to return the favor!

Action CHOPS, BUZZSAWS, then deadlifts Lio into a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated. Action stalks Lio but the fans rally up behind the Bad Child. Action torture racks Lio, pops him up, but Lio arm-drags free! Lio then bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands and ROCKS Action! Lio runs, but Action is up, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated again. The fans rally, Action considers his options. Action puts Lio in the drop zone, goes up and up and SPLIT- NO, Lio dodges the moonsault, roll up and SPIN KICK! The fans fire up and Lio says it’s time!

Lio runs to springboard, RUSH HOUR! Action falls back, Lio hurries up top! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, Lio wins!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, Lio is headed for Long Island! Will Lio make sure it’s his time in that TNT Championship Ladder Match? Top Flight heads out here to check on Action, but then they stonewall Lio. Lio pushes past them to help his old pal to his feet. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Lio offers a handshake. Action looks to his teammates, but he still shakes Lio’s hand. Lio offers, he gets more a low-five out of Darius, but a full handshake from Dante. Dante and Lio will both be in that ladder match, will friendship again be out the window when only one man can be the Face of TNT?

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

Speaking of the Forbidden Door, NJPW’s Rampaging Dragon is going to show up in Long Island for a fight with the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! Not only that, but that match will be part of the Men’s Owen Hart Cup tournament! Will Takagi prove it’s his time, no matter where he wrestles? Or will he have a hard time with the Whole Fox’n Show?

Wait! Fox attacks before the bell! He won’t be a “tune-up” like Turbo was with Fenix! Fox CLUBS away but Takagi KNEES, HEADBUTTS and CHOPS! Takagi runs, but into a CALF KICK! The fans fire up with Fox as Takagi bails out, but then Takagi steps back. Fox stops his plancha to land on the apron, but Takagi goes for a leg. Fox mule kicks free, then uses the corner to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and the fans fire up with Fox! Fox drags Takagi up, puts him in, and then climbs up a corner, to SWANTON BOMB! And long range at that! Cover, TWO! Takagi is tougher than that but Fox has the fans rallying up.

Fox brings Takagi up, CLUBS him, then kicks him. Takagi eggs Fox on so Fox runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up for that display of power! Takagi drags Fox up, reels him in, but Fox fights the suplex, so Takagi hits a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans duel, but Takagi sits Fox up for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Takagi runs to SLIDING- NO, Fox dodges the lariat to kip up, SUPERKICK, and BUZZSAW! But Takagi ducks the second superkick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up and up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the speed blitz and that shocks Fox!

The fans rally up but Fox brings Takagi up. Fox fires forearms, hoists Takagi up top, then gest space. Fox runs back in, goes up, but Takagi holds onto the top ropes to stifle the Arabian Press Fly! Fox flounders back up, the fans fire up, and Takagi pumps up! PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi drags Fox back up, pump handles and torture racks, but Fox sunset flips it! TWO!! Takagi escapes, Fox goes Matrix to avoid the Pumping Bomber, but Takagi ducks the Pele! Takagi shoves, to POP-UP DEATH VALLEY! The fans fire up as Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Takagi shouts “OI! OI! OI!” and Fairfax joins in!

Takagi drags Fox up, pump handles, torture racks, and LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

Fox put up a fight but Takagi is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion for a reason. But wait, here comes Bryan Danielson! Fairfax chants “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan applauds for Takagi. Dragon meets dragon, and we only have 9 days until these two have it out. Bryan offers a handshake, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” so Takagi nods and SLAPS the hand away. The fans boo but Takagi pushes past Bryan to take his leave. Takagi says it’s still his time, but will he have to prove it in Long Island? Or will Bryan kick Takagi right back out the Forbidden Door as he moves forward in the Owen Hart Cup?

 

2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb!

The Babe with the Power won the entire tournament last year, and even won titles between then and now, but she’s also lost between then and now. However, there’s motivation beyond repeating as the Queen of Harts here, because former friend Kris Statlander is waiting in the semifinals for the winner of this match. Will Willow pass the Professor of Pro-Wrestling’s test to take on The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor? Or will there be no mercy in Deeb’s Dojo?

The bell rings, Willow offers a handshake, and Deeb accepts. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, then they rally up for “DEEB! DEEB! DEEB!” as the hometown hero. Deeb nods, but Willow brushes that off. The two tie up, Willow wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Deeb rolls forward, rolls back, reaches over and wrenches to wristlock Willow. The fans duel now as the Willow fans fire up. Willow feels her way through the wristlock to then get around and waistlock. Willow SLAMS Deeb down, holds on, but Deeb moves around. Deeb pops the hold open to hammerlock then headlock, then spin and hammerlock again.

Deeb hits another headlock, another spin, and another headlock. Deeb keeps the pattern going to disorient Willow, but Willow powers out. They RAM shoulders, and Willow says, “Ooh~, okay.” Deeb runs, RAMS Willow, but Willow still doesn’t budge. Deeb runs again but Willow follows to then run Deeb over! The fans are torn but Willow scoops and SLAMS! Willow runs then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Willow keeps cool and she brings Deeb up to suplex. Willow holds Deeb up, then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up more and Willow goes up a corner. Deeb stands, but she avoids the missile dropkick!

Deeb grabs a leg, turns Willow over, HALF CRAB! But Willow gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deeb lets go, and Willow goes to the apron. Deeb storms up but Willow ROCKS her first! Willow steps in but Deeb gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs to BLAST Willow down! Deeb then hurries out to get Willow up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! The fans fire up for Deeb while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deeb drags Willow up, puts her in the ring, then drags Willow up for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Deeb drags her back up. Deeb ripcords to ELBOW, then wrenches the arm to wrap Willow up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Willow endures, marches her way forward, but Deeb bends the fingers! Willow still endures, still fights her way over, and her free arm gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go, Willow goes to a corner, and Deeb storms over. Deeb wrenches and whips, but Willow reverses! Willow runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb reels her in to KICK! Deeb goes to the apron, brings Willow into the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb hears the fans, then she storms in after Willow. Deeb sits Willow up but Willow throws body shots in return! Willow stands to CHOP, then CHOP again! Deeb staggers, Willow ROCKS her with a forearm! Willow CLUBS away in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in. Deeb turns things around then CHOPS Willow in the corner! Willow staggers away but Deeb puts her in another corner, for another CHOP! Deeb UPPERCUTS Willow, reels her in, but Willow fights the lift to back drop free! Deeb writhes, Willow hobbles to a corner, but Deeb hurries up. Deeb whips, but Willow cartwheels and ENZIGIRIS!

Both women are down, but Deeb shakes out her arms. Willow crawls her way to ropes, Deeb stands, and Rampage returns to single picture. Willow runs Deeb over, then runs her over again! And again! Willow is fired up and the fans are with her now as she runs to back body block in a corner! Willow clotheslines, snapmares, BOOTS, and then fires up! The fans cheer as Willow whips and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Deeb survives and Willow is frustrated, but Willow gets Deeb up. Willow whips, Deeb KICKS back! Deeb wrenches, hooks Willow up again, IRON OCTOPUS! But Willow powers out, right into an AIR RAID CRASH!

The fans fire up, Willow gets Deeb up and gut wrenches, but Deeb grabs a leg! Deeb CLUBS that leg, trips Willow, and turns her into the HALF CRAB! Willow endures, even as Deeb sits deep! The fans duel, Willow crawls, then runs over. Willow kicks and kicks and kicks free, then brings Deeb around! Fireman’s carry, but Deeb fights free! Deeb wants the full nelson but Willow elbows free! Deeb shoves Willow to SNAP GERMAN! Willow staggers up, Deeb hammerlocks and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO! Willow survives and the fans fire up! Deeb is frustrated, but she refocuses and goes to a corner. The fans are torn as Deeb climbs up top.

“This is Awesome!” as Willow ROCKS Deeb first! Willow climbs, CLUBS Deeb, then brings her to the very top! SUPERPLEX! And a stiff one! Both women are down but the fans are all fired up! A standing count starts as both women stir. Willow rises at 5 of 10, and she finds Deeb. Willow stands Deeb up to ROCK her! Deeb UPPERCUTS back! Willow CHOPS, Deeb CHOPS, repeat! Deeb UPPERCUTS, Willow huffs ‘n’ puffs and ROCKS Deeb! Deeb rebounds to LARIAT, but Willow rebounds to LARIAT!! Deeb is down and Willow hurries to cover, TWO!! Deeb survives but Willow just powers up!

Deeb is in a corner, Willow goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Deeb hurries to reel Willow in and tuck the arms! DEEB-TOX!! Cover, TWO?!? Willow survives but Deeb doesn’t hesitate! Deeb SMASHES the knee into the mat again and again! Deeb then steps over, but Willow kicks her away! Willow fireman’s carries, but the leg buckles! Deeb slips down, UPPERCUTS, and then UPPERCUTS again! Deeb runs, but Willow goes the other way! POOOUNCE~!! PERIOD! The fans are thunderous as Willow gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Willow passes the Professor’s test, and now she’s not only one step closer to repeat Owen Hart Cup finals, she’s going to get her grudge match with Kris Statlander! Will Willow also get her revenge? Or will Kris add to the list of things she’s done to ruin Willow’s life?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage, and they’re really stuffing these episodes lately. For one, two good tune-up matches. Fenix of course beats Turbo Floyd easy, and we get a great match out of Takagi VS Fox. But again, of course Takagi won so he has momentum, and I figured Bryan would show up. Bryan will surely have his own great tune-up match as part of a Forbidden Door go-home episode, and then we’ll get an awesome match out of Bryan VS Takagi in the Owen Hart Cup. Great opening tag match from Private Party with Metalik & Komander, and while Metalik & Komander are great, Private Party gets the momentum going into their match tomorrow night on Collision.

As such, of course Jericho and team show up, but the brawl was a bit of a surprise. Chances are that means Jericho & Bill win with help from “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith. Great TNT Championship qualifier from Lio and Action, and I like this tension they’ve kept between Lio and Top Flight. Given how AEW handles contracts and departures, there really never was closure behind Lio leaving AEW for NJPW, and then that means there was no explanation why Lio left Dante high and dry and that has to be the kayfabe by default, but at least they’re making up for it now. Lio and Dante interacting will be a great part of the ladder match in itself, but I’m still leaning towards Jack Perry winning the title.

And great main event from Willow and Deeb. Deeb is great, she deserves something, but sadly there are a lot of other great wrestlers in the AEW Women’s Division. And with story taking precedence, of course Willow won here. Willow VS Kris will be great, and could go either way. However, also because of story, Mariah May is surely going to win this tournament so she can take on Toni Storm for the Women’s World Championship. Plus, Kris and Willow can feud through the summer, escalating things to something really wild to then give the winner of that momentum going towards the world title, perhaps in time for All Out.

My Score: 8.8/10


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