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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/23/22)

It’s Tag Tag Revolution!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

Who grabs the first spot in Revolution’s tag title match?

Jurassic Express will defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships at Revolution, and the first of TWO contenders will be determined in a battle royal!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Contenders Battle Royal: reDRagon wins and will challenge for the titles at Revolution.
  • The House of Black VS Death Triangle; Death Triangle wins.
  • Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricky Starks VS Preston Vance; Starks wins and advances to the Face of the Revolution.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS The Bunny w/ Matt Hardy; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Tag Team Championship Contenders Battle Royal!

While all the other teams of AEW, such as Best Friends, the Young Bucks, reDRagon and FTR, Jurassic Express makes their way out to watch the madness! Who will be the first of two teams to earn a spot at Revolution?

The bell rings and all the teams rush into the ring! The Bucks are after Best Friends, Santana & Ortiz find FTR, reDRagon is after Private Party, but Billy Gunn wisely advises his sons, Austin & Colton, to hang back. You can’t win the match outside but you can’t lose it, either. The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver also mix it up, but then Butcher & Blade drag Best Friends out under the ropes to brawl. Blade shoves Chuck Taylor into steel steps, then he and Butcher get Trent up to SNAKE EYES off the barriers, then LARIAT! Reynolds DIVES to take them both out! Reynolds puts Blade back in, gets in and BOOTS Blade!

Blade dumps Reynolds up and out, then BLASTS him off the apron to ELIMINATE him! Blade flexes but Silver snarls and comes up to THRWO Blade out! Silver ELIMINATES Blade! But then the Gunn Club get in to CLOBBER Silver! Fans boo  and taunt the “Ass Boys,” and Austin tries to tune them out. Santana & Ortiz creep up and fire off hands on the Gunn Club! Kyle O’Reilly mugs Matt Lee of 2point0, the Gunn Club starts fighting back on Santana & Ortiz. Colton holds ropes down and Austin whips, but Ortiz reverses and sends Austin out! Ortiz ELIMINATES Austin! Colton freaks out, and Santana grins. Big thumbs up before he dumps Colton out and ELIMINATES him!

Billy is upset his boys are out already, but then 2point0 goes after Santana & Ortiz. Drop toehold and BOOYAH elbow! But then Butcher CLOBBERS 2point0! The Bucks kick and whip Butcher but he busts through to DOUBLE LARIAT! But then reDRagon mug and whip Butcher, but he busts through their kicks! DOUBLE LARIATS! Trent CHOPS Butcher but Butcher eggs him on. Trent fires forearms but Butcher whips Trent to a corner. Butcher runs in, misses, and Trent gives him- NO! Butcher block the tornado to RUNNING JACKHAMMER! Butcher throws Trent out but Trent holds on!

Butcher ROCKS Trent but he still holds on! Butcher tries again but Chuck makes the save! They even hug! Butcher runs back in, the Best Friends toss him out and ELIMINATE him! But then reDRagon goes after Best Friends! Fish swings into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! FTR mug Kyle, Trent whips Chuck in at Kyle but is put on the apron! Kyle BOOTS Trent, Chuck ROCKS Kyle! Fish staggers over, gets a leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle BOOTS and ELIMINATES Chuck! Trent fires off CHOPS on reDRagon, back and forth, but into an armlock! Trent gets mugged by reDRagon!

Isiah Kassidy is put on the apron, then Silver dumps Quen! Quen hits the floor, Silver ELIMINATES him! Matt Hardy saves Kassidy, but then Silver DROPKICKS Kassidy! Quen and Hardy miss, Silver ELIMINATES Kassidy! Party’s over for Private Party! Meanwhile, there’s a cluster in a corner with the Bucks, reDRagon and 2point0. FTR hangs back in one corner, Santana & Ortiz are in another, and Johnny Hungy is all alone in his corner. Silver dodges 2point0 but gets 2 FOR THE SHOW! Silver is down but Ortiz fires off on Jeff Parker! 2point0 throws Ortiz over and fire off hands! Santana rushes over to dump and DOUBLE ELIMINATE 2point0!

But then the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK and ELIMINATE Ortiz! Santana reels the Bucks in, QUEBRADA into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Silver runs in, into BIG RIG from FTR! The Bucks and FTR meet again and fans fire up! But then reDRagon mugs FTR! The mutuals of Adam Cole are all cool, but then Cash CHOPS Kyle! Fish brawls with Dax, Trent is after the Bucks. Dax gives CHOP and forearm on repeat to Fish, Matt Jackson is trying to scrape Santana off the apron while Nick is after Trent. Nick SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES, and forearms Trent down. FTR is after Kyle while Nick BULLDOGS Trent!

Nick swaggers as the Macho Buck, Fish helps Kyle against FTR. The Bucks mug Santana but Silver gets after Matt. Nick stomps Trent down low, Kyle adds on. Fish mule kicks Cash, Nick hits Santana, Dax goes after Fish. FTR CLUBS Kyle then brings him up. The Bucks mug Santana, fans rally behind Silver as he fires off on Fish. FTR dumps Kyle out but he holds on. FTR tries again, double trophy lift, but Nick saves him! FTR whips Nick! They ELIMINATE Nick! Matt is shocked, but reDRagon is busy mugging Trent. Santana TACKLES Matt! FTR holds back while reDRagon give Trent a BUTTERFLY DDT to WHEELBARROW SUPLEX!

Santana stomps Matt down, reDRagon double whip Trent up and out, but Trent holds on! Orange Cassidy appears from under the ring! He helps Trent to get back in! Trent CLOBBERS Fish, but Kyle gets a GUILLOTINE! Only for Trent to SUPLEX Kyle! Trent clotheslines Fish, then TORNADO DDT’s! Fish is up, Trent clotheslines and ELIMINATES Fish! But then FTR pounces, only for Trent to hold onto the ropes!

AEW is picture in picture as FTR try to dump Trent up and out. Trent kicks and holds on tight! Kyle stomps Silver, Santana fires off on Matt Jackson in the corner, and FTR let off on Trent so they can mug him. Silver kicks and forearms Kyle in return, but then FTR goes after Silver! Santana CHOPS Matt, Trent fights back on FTR! CHOP and kick and repeat! Trent CHOPS Cash’s ass! FTR falls back but Trent is after them in the corner with CHOPS! Matt rains down right hands on Santana but Santana dumps Matt over! Matt holds onto the corner and Santana is frustrated. Trent tries to dump Dax but Cash reels him in, BIG back suplex!

Santana tries to scrape Matt off the ring as receipt for earlier. FTR gets Silver up, suplex but Silver knees free! Silver throws body shots to snap suplex Dax! Cash stomps Silver down for that! Cash also CLUBS Trent to keep him down. Matt gets away from Santana to turn things around on him. Trent fires off on Kyle, FTR chokes Silver on the ropes. Kyle turns things around on Trent, Trent turns things around on him repeat. Silver fires off on FTR, but that’s still 2v1! Cash kicks low, CLUBS Silver against ropes, and AEW returns to single picture. Refs keep Tully Blanchard from helping out, but Silver is still outnumbered.

But then something gets the ref’s attention elsewhere, and Tully pulls Silver over the ropes! But Silver headscissors Cash and ELIMINATES him! Take that, Tully! And now, our final six are all one man each! FTR’s Dax Harwood, the Dark Order’s John Silver, reDRagon’s Kyle O’Reilly, Best Friend’s Trent Beretta, Proud ‘n’ Powerful’s Santana, and the Young Bucks’ Matt Jackson. Fans fire up as the six try and figure out who to go after. Trent goes after Dax, Santana is after Kyle, leaving Matt to brawl with Silver! Matt JABS then whips, but Silver dodges in the corner to KICK and SNAP GERMAN!

Silver fires off more, then cobra clutch BACKBREAKERS! But Kyle KICKS and fires off on Silver, leg sweep! Dax swings, Kyle ducks. Kyle kicks, Dax ducks. Dax fakes a punch to DDT Kyle! Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Dax! Santana staggers over and stares Trent down. Fans fire up even more as these two meet again after that insane feud between PNP and Best Friends! Santana does, too, and he flips Trent off before firing haymakers! Trent gives them back and fans rally for the brawl! Santana gets the edge, spins, but into Trent’s SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent runs, into a DISCUS LARIAT!

Fans are thunderous, Santana runs at Trent, BOOT and Trent goes out! He’s still on the apron and he reels Santana in! Trent suplexes Santana out to join him but now they battle over suplex control! Santana gets Trent up but Trent knees free! They both throw forearms and BOOTS! Matt and Kyle BLAST them both and ELIMINATE them both! Cole’s friends are working together, and now stare down with Dax and Silver! FTR and Dark Order have no love lost for The Elite, so it’s them against Kyle and Matt! Dax CHOPS Kyle, Kyle fires back! Silver powers Matt up as Dax CHOPS Kyle again. Kyle throws knees but Dax bumps him off buckles.

Dax CHIPOS again, Kyle KICKS and KICKS in return. Matt fights Silver, Dax hammerlocks to back suplex Kyle! Kyle clutches his arm while Matt tries to power Silver out! Kyle goes out to the apron from under the ropes. Kyle catches Dax for a GUILLOTINE against the ropes! Kyle drags Dax up and out! Dax hurries to get ropes but Kyle has his arm! Dax elbows free of the armbar, and they brawl on the edge with forearms! Kyle KICKS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Dax ROCKS Kyle, and again! Kyle wobbles, Matt pushes Silver aside, Kyle BOOTS Dax! Dax teeters, but he gets up to CHOP and ROCK and ROCK Kyle!

Dax stomps Kyle but Fish returns to SWEEP the legs and ELIMINATE Dax! Fans boo as reDRagon gets away with that one! Kyle regroups with Matt and they have Silver all to themselves. They mug Silver, bring him up, but Silver DOUBLE SUPLEXES them!! Fans are thunderous as Johnny Hungy rallies on The Elite! BIG back drop for Kyle! Matt runs in, into a drop toehold! Matt’s on ropes, Silver BOOTS him from behind! Then the SPIN DOCTOR! Silver is fired up, fans are going nuts, and Silver scoops Kyle. But Matt SUPERKICKS Silver down! Kyle gets Silver up, CHASING THE DRAGON REMIX!

Kyle says his arm is bad so Matt keeps on Silver. Matt throws Silver out, but Kyle also dumps Matt! KYLE WINS!!

Winners: reDRagon (advance to AEW Revolution)

So much for being friends with the Bucks! Jurassic Express is rather shocked, but the Bucks are furious! Nick & Matt argue with Kyle & Fish, but it won’t change what’s just happened. Will the Bucks even have make it to Revolution now? And speaking of that, here comes Hangman Adam Page! The AEW World Champion gets in, and he fires off on reDRagon for what they did last week! What do the Bucks do? Well, they’re just watching right now. Hangman DECKS Fish, DECKS Kyle, then looks a the Bucks. The Bucks wash their hands of this, but here comes ADAM COLE! Hangman blocks his superkick to CLOBBER him! And again!

Hangman rains down fists on Cole, and again the Bucks do nothing! Cole gets away, Hangman takes aim, but reDRagon saves Cole from Buck Shot! Wait, Silver CANNONBALLS reDRagon! Silver puts Kyle in for Hangman, to give Kyle BUCKSHOT! Cole is furious but fans are loving the #CowboyShit that just went down! Hangman then gets a chair to take a seat while he has a mic. “Who’s ready for story with Adam Page, baybay?” Cole is more upset now because that’s his thing!

Hangman takes a seat, and Hangman says this tale begins in 2008. A young, overconfident, smug little prick named Adam Cole entered the world of pro-wrestling. Cole became a world champion everywhere he went. “But uh, as he could see the writing on the wall and feel his world crumble around him, he clambered back to his old friends and decided to come for the most precious prize in professional wrestling, the AEW World Championship.” And Cole kept his eyes on that prize as he walked towards it step after step, never realizing that he was drawing closer and closer to a six foot hole in the ground.

And at Revolution, when Cole climbed into the ring thinking he’d leave as a champion, he took one step too close to that grave, “and the better Adam laid him down in it.” The world listened to the sound of Cole’s body hitting dirt with a freshly cut Buckshot, and that sound was BOOM. Hangman Page has called out the Panama City Playboy, what will Cole do to get his momentum back?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

The American Dragon is in the main event against Red Death, Daniel Garcia. Bryan says he’s been really impressed by Garcia, and is reminded of a younger version of Bryan. Garcia is technically excellent, vicious and violent on the mat, but the big difference is, Bryan had a great mentor in William Regal. Garcia’s hanging out with 2point0. Imagine if Garcia trained with Bryan or Moxley. That would be an entirely different level, and Bryan shows Garcia that difference tonight. But speaking of Moxley, Moxley said that before they fight together, they need to bleed together. Well, tonight, after this match, Bryan gives Moxley his answer.

Will the American Dragon win Garcia over? And will he convince Moxley to take that next step towards their partnership?

 

MJF heads to the ring.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman has a mic, but he doesn’t look in a good mood after CM Punk told the world they’d be having a Dog Collar Match. MJF has the music cut and then he gets in the ring. Fans chant for CM Punk and MJF says, “Guys, I get it. I used to love CM Punk, too. And I get that you guys want to boo me, I’m not exactly the easiest person in the world to like. But just give me an opportunity here.” MJF says CM Punk showed a photo that for him was “just another Friday.” For MJF, that wasn’t. He knows it’s easy to think he was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, or that we understood his upbringing.

But there was a time in MJF’s life, where the only reason he got up in the morning was pro-wrestling. Just like all the fans, MJF loves pro-wrestling! He loves AEW! And yes, that day did mean more to MJF than just a Friday. He goes back to 2007 when he was just 11 years old. He was dealing with a litany of learning disabilities, such as a severe case of ADD. Every day in school was hell. But the one thing that MJF was good at was football. He tried out for the team, one of only two Jewish kids that tried out. Oh, any Jews in the house? Sweet. But shockingly, MJF actually made it as a starting middle linebacker. For once, he felt he fit in.

And then the next day, he’s walking around school, his teammates walk up to him and he gets excited because he thinks he’s got friends. They look angry, though. And in their hands, they have rolls of quarters. All of them decided to throw the quarters at him as hard as they could, and told him to pick the quarters up. MJF went home, cried and cried and cried, but stopped because it was Friday. That meant he would meet his hero, CM Punk. Punk, the guy MJF looked up to. CM Punk, the Best in the World! That day meant everything to MJF. MJF promised that he’d be just like his hero, CM Punk. He’d speak up for himself! A 5 foot nothing ADD Jewish kid would be the best in the world!

Fast forward to December, 2013. MJF got stronger, faster, has football scholarships, but he doesn’t care. He wants to be like CM Punk! He wants to be a pro-wrestler! MJF studies tape, watches matches, until his eyes bleed. MJF practices promos in the mirror until he gets hoarse, all because he wants to be just like Punk! But then in January of 2014, “you leave me. When I needed you most, when I believed in you, you left me! You left ALL OF US!” MJF realized that if the Best in the World couldn’t do it, then why would some dumb, ADD riddled Jewish kid be able to? So MJF packed his bags, went off to college, and quit on his dreams, burying his happiness deep down.

Until one day, MJF is in his dorm room, scrolling on Instagram, and he sees an account known as The Wrestling Classic. And they have a photograph of CM Punk shaking hands with Bryan Danielson. CM Punk, the same guy MJF believed in, the same guy who left when MJF needed him most… MJF was livid. He packed his bags, got in his car and made a new promise. MJF would become the Best in the World in spite of CM Punk. MJF promised that whatever outcast kid at school was getting bullied, had MJF to watch on his screen! MJF was not going to leave them high and dry like Punk did, the “gutless coward!”

So at Revolution, March 6th, Punk can choke MJF with the chain, whip him with it, make him bleed buckets, but MJF will not quit! If he quits, he’ll be no better than Punk. And we all know that’s not the case! Because this is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is BETTER than you, and you know it!! Mic drop and the fans actually respect MJF for that. But then here comes Punk! Punk gets up on the apron, he asks what MJF is doing and MJF just shrugs. Fans are all fired up as Punk gets in the ring. MJF stays put as Punk asks if that was true. Was it? MJF has a tear in his eye as he looks at Punk.

MJF then leaves, and fans boo again. MJF leaves it at this, and Punk isn’t sure what to make of it. Will the Best in the World be able to go after the Salt of the Earth after hearing all that? Or is this just where MJF wants him?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Garcia & 2point0.

Tony Schiavone brings up what Bryan Danielson said, but Jeff Parker wants to clear the air. These three walked through these doors together. And now that Garcia is becoming the best, Bryan wants to swoop in? Matt Lee says, “No one gives a rat’s ass what it would’ve been like if you and Mox were his mentor! You wanna taste?! You’re gettin’ a taste tonight!” Garcia tells Bryan that Bryan may think he needs a lesson, but one thing Garcia doesn’t need to learn is violence. He was born into that, molded by that, and he’ll be the one teaching Bryan. Will Red Death look to slay the American Dragon?

 

The House of Black VS Death Triangle!

Malakai Black & Brody King thought they’d finished it. But instead, they may have only awoken something much darker than even their own hearts. Will the resurrection of PENTAGON DARK burn down the House of Black?

Pac makes his entrance alone, and then with a wild look on his face, he waves to the stage. Alex Abrahantes is there as a dark priest as Penta Oscuro rises from behind the headstone! He brings a shovel to the ring, will he use that to bury the Black Throne? The teams stare down, the ref tries to sort things out, but the brawl is on! Brody throws Pac out, Malakai ROCKS Penta! But Penta SUPERKICKS Malakai out! Then he SUPERKICKS Brody down! Penta goes up, to CROSSBODY and take them both down! Fans fire up and Penta puts Malakai in the ring. Pac has the ref ring the bell then he climbs up, for a 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Pac and Penta argue the count, but Pac drags Malakai up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Penta and they mug Malakai. Penta wrenches an arm, KICKS away on a leg, but then Malakai throws forearms. Malakai BOOTS, but Penta stays up to throw body shots. Pac tags in, Death Triangle mugs Malakai more. Pac BOOTS Malakai down, then kicks him around. Pack brings Malakai up but Malakai powers him back. Tag to Brody and now the House of Black mug Pac. Brody CHOPS then whips, but Pac dodges, only for Brody to CLOBBER Pac with the left! Cover, TWO!

AEW goes picture in picture as Brody scoops and SLAMS Pac. Brody runs to drop a SENTON! Brody drags Pac up to ROCK him, then he digs his boots in. The ref counts, Brody lets off, and then he tags Malakai. They mug Pac again, and then Malakai snap suplexes Pac down. Cover, TWO, but Malakai holds onto an arm. Malakai wrenches an arm, snapmares Pac then KICKS him in the back again and again. Malakai drops knees on Pac’s head, covers, TWO! Malakai kicks Pac more, then drags him up in a facelock. Malakai hooks the arms while throwing knees, then he tags Brody. They mug Pac again, then Brody CHOPS Pac off his feet!

Brody drags Pac back up, scoops him, but Pac fights free! Pac runs but into a BOOT! Brody looms over Pac, and drags him up into a neck wrench. Pac endures as Brody digs his elbow into Pac’s head! Then Brody shifts to have an arm, CLUBS away on Pac’s chest, then covers. TWO, and Brody grows frustrated, but he taunts Pac and brings him up. Brody CLUBS Pac down, then stands Pac up to CHOP him off his feet again. Brody dares Pac to get up, then snap suplexes him down! Cover, TWO! Brody is frustrated again but he drags Pac back up. AEW returns to single picture as Brody CLUBS away on Pac’s back.

Fans rally but Brody taunts Penta. Penta run sin but into a knee! Brody puts Pac on Penta’s shoulders in an Electric Chair, and Brody CHOPS Pac into giving Penta a POISON-RANA! Fans fire up as Brody takes out Death Triangle with one move! Deaths Triangle regroups outside, Brody slashes his throat and builds speed! Malakai tags in before the DIVE! Direct hit on both Penta and Pac! Brody puts Pac in for Malakai, METEORA! ROUNDHOUSE to SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Penta breaks it! Malakai whips Penta out, then tags to Brody. Malakai drags Pac up, Brody waistlocks, and Malakai runs. But Pac kicks free, Malakai’s knee hits Brody!

Pac sobats and runs, Penta tags in before Pac ENZIGURIS Malakai down! Brody LARIATS Pac inside out, but Penta CROSSBODIES! All four men are down and fans fire up! A standing count begins, and it’s 5 of 10 before Malakai sits up. Malakai staggers over to get Penta up. Brody heads over, but Pack saves Penta from Dante’s Inferno! Pac rams Brody into Malakai and Malakai tumbles out of the ring! Brody fires off forearms and CHOPS on Death Triangle, then Brody runs, into a BOOT from Pac! Brody wobbles but stays up. Brody runs again, into another BOOT! Brody whips Pac away, runs in at the corner but misses!

Malakai tags in before Pac GERMAN SUPLEXES Brody! Death Triangle DOUBLE SUPERKICK Brody! Fans fire up as Pac goes to a corner and Penta brings Brody up. “CERO! MIEDO!” but Malakai gets in! Penta blocks the mist!! Then wheelbarrow for a victory roll, Death Triangle wins!!

Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall

But Brody CLOBBERS them for it! Brody scoop SLAMS Pac onto Penta! Brody digs his boots into Penta’s face and neck! Malakai sputters, having his mist smothered back into him. Brody CLUBS away on Penta for it, then digs his fingers into Penta’s face. Pac gets up but Brody DECKS him! Malakai breathes again, and he CLOBBERS Abrahantes. Malakai gets Penta’s shovel! Brody hauls Penta up, scoop SLAMS him, and Malakai gets in the ring. Malakai has the shovel, and he aims it at Penta’s neck! But then the lights go out! That’s usually the House of Black’s move, but when the lights come up, BUDDY MATTHEWS is here!!

Malakai has seen a ghost! He can’t believe Buddy is here and neither can the fans! But at least the fans are excited about this! Brody and Malakai stay back as Buddy stands in between them and Death Triangle. But then Buddy KNEES Pac and stomps away on Penta! It was all an act from Malakai! Brody then goes out to CLOBBER security before they can stop this! Buddy rain s down fists on Penta, but Malakai pulls him away. Buddy is all fired up, Brody finishes mauling security, and he brings out a batch of chairs! Malakai has Buddy move aside as he gets a chair. Buddy helps put Penta on the chair, and Malakai tells Buddy to finish this.

Buddy has the arms, and he CURB STOMPS Penta into the chair! The lights go out again, and when they come back, the House of Black is gone. Their power grows by one, is all of AEW going to #FadetoBlack?

 

AEW hears from Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa.

The AEW Women’s World Champion says when Thunder Rosa walked through the door, she became a star. It was “Thunder! Rosa!” and that was it. But then La Mera Mera says, “Britt Baker and friends~! Oh my God, Britt, guess what? There’s a contract signing to make this official for Revolution on March 6th. You and your little friends have to come and show up.” Britt questions if Rosa is really a star. Britt beat her, Rosa never beat her on paper. That has to sting. Rosa says she’s bringing the pen, Britt can bring her friends and pals. Because guess what? This time, it will count.

 

Eddie Kingston heads to the ring!

And the Mad King is rather surprised security (probably not the guys Brody King demolished) is already here. He and Chris Jericho are of course having a face-to-face meeting here, but Kingston doesn’t get what this is about. He mocks them by standing next to them with hands together in front of him, just like them. Then Le Champion makes his entrance! Fans sing Judas for Jericho as he gets in the ring and gets himself a mic. Kingston says, “Okay, we’re done now? Are we done massaging your ego with that song? Are we done? Good!” First off, why is the cameraman in the ring? Kingston hates that guy.

Second, what is with the security? Jericho tells Kingston to calm down, but Kingston says he can’t because he doesn’t know these guys. Jericho says security is here so they can talk like men. No fighting like common street thugs, which Jericho knows Kingston likes to see himself as. Oh, Kingston’s a thug? Jericho doesn’t know Kingston. Fans rally behind Kingston as Kingston says, “This dude… Give me a second, because in all honesty, I have no idea why we’re doing this. I’m not a ‘sports entertainer,’ Chris. I’d rather just fight you.” But since Jericho won’t fight here, Kingston asks Tony Khan a favor. Give him any two women wrestlers here. Do something!

This is a wrestling company, not a sports entertainment company. Maybe go down the block for that. Fans are all fired up after that one! Jericho says they are just down the road from Stamford, so maybe he’ll give Kingston some sports entertainment. Except at least this one will be entertaining. Jericho has a story for Kingston about Kingston. “When I first heard that you were coming to AEW, Eddie, everyone in the locker room was so excited.” But Jericho had no idea who the hell Eddie Kingston was. He kept an eye on the independent scene but maybe he’d just missed Kingston. Maybe they meant Eddie Edwards.

But then, Jericho saw Kingston and realized why he’d never heard of him. Kingston just looks like a jobber. But wait, then Jericho saw the match against what’s his name, and heard that promo, and Jericho realized, that though he never heard of Kingston, Kingston was good. Kingston is very good. He’s special! He’s got what it takes to go to the top! And Jericho said that a few days later. And Jericho even said it’d be only a matter of time before Kingston was a huge Babyface in AEW because the people will love him! And he’s right! Kingston asks, “The hell’s a Babyface?”

But Jericho continues to say that it was such a good feeling seeing Kingston busting his ass and getting over and overcoming his issues. Kingston finally, after all those years, signed a contract with AEW and made it to the big time at the age of 38. Everyone was so happy for Kingston! He deserves it, they’re excited, except for Jericho. Jericho didn’t give two shits about the sob story or about Eddie. And the reason why is because Jericho saw Kingston is just jealous of Jericho. Kingston didn’t make it until he was 38, but Jericho made it when he was just 22. Worldwide, man!

By the time Jericho was 38, he’d main-evented PPVs, toured the world, headlined arenas, was a multiple time world champion, and had made millions. Kingston is jealous! Oh, is Jericho done? Nope. Jericho says the reason Kingston is jealous is because deep down, Kingston doesn’t believe he can ever achieve what Jericho has, or can ever be on Jericho’s level. Well first off, “Christopher,” talking about this and that, do you want a cookie? Guess who doesn’t care? The only reason Jericho main-evented all over is because Kingston wasn’t there. Kingston is a different type of cat, dog. He doesn’t leech off people. He isn’t a lying carny or undercut people.

Kingston’s the type to tell the promoters to F off because he’ll do what he does and be himself until he dies. And he can look himself in the mirror. Now Jericho is out here, doing this, saying that, but Kingston doesn’t want to talk to Jericho. Jericho’s just sucking the blood outta Kingston but Kingston’s blood is too tough for Jericho. Kingston doesn’t pump Kool-Aid, y’know? Jericho can do this to the young guys, telling them they have bright futures and to work with him, PFFT! Kingston would rather do things on his own. And y’know what? Kingston just wants to fight. So how about it? Kingston VS Jericho, at Revolution. C’mon!

Jericho will answer that, but first he has a question of his own. Has Kingston ever heard of “Achievophobia?” Does Kingston know what that means? No, he just has a GED. Well, it means the fear of success. And that is Kingston to  a T. Kingston is terrified to make it to the top, the level that Jericho lives on. If he did, he’d fall right off the other side and Kingston knows it. Kingston sees himself and his destiny as one of a failure. Jericho’s read the stories, the family history. Kingston shared it with the world. His first hero was his uncle, and he was a failure. Kingston drops his mic, he’s not for talking anymore.

But Jericho continues. Kingston also looked up to his father, a failure. Deep down, Kingston thinks he’s a failure, too. Jericho’s seen guys like him come and go and he knows what the problem is: Kingston doesn’t think he can win the big one. Kingston challenging Jericho, in this company, JERICHO is the big one! Not Moxley, not Bryan, not Punk, not Hangman Page. Jericho is the big guy in AEW! The Influencer, the Demo God, Le Champion, and if Kingston wants that at Revolution, then he’s got it! Jericho VS Kingston is happening! But like Jericho said, Kingston can’t win the big one and he won’t.

But if he does, Jericho swears to God he will look Kingston in the eye, shake his hand and tell him that he has his utmost and ultimate respect. That will mean Jericho helped Kingston get over what’s holding him back, and that is the fear of success. Ya dig?! Kingston picks the mic back up to tell Jericho this: They have the match, great. But don’t give him the Jericho that did the mimosa match. Don’t give him the Jericho that MJF shoved off the cage. Give Kingston the Jericho that was AEW’s first world champion! The Jericho that bled buckets in Tennessee! The Jericho that got respect from Kingston’s heroes.

Give Kingston the Jericho that turned WCW upside-down! Give Kingston the Jericho that his close friend Paul Levesque hated! Give Kingston that, or else Kingston will eat him alive. Fans are fired up again, and Jericho tells Kingston, “I’m gonna give you that Chris Jericho and so much more, Eddie Kingston. And I’ll say it again. I can see it in your eyes right now. You don’t believe that you can beat me. You don’t believe that you can win the big one. And your opinion of yourself deep down inside is the same opinion that I have of you. You are nothing more than a loser, and you always will be. You can’t win the big one, ever. Hit my music!”

Jericho leaves, working on the self doubt lurking inside Kingston. Will the Jericho Kingston wants be the very thing that takes him out? Or can the Mad King finally break through?

 

The Andrade Hardy Family Office meets backstage.

Big Money Matt tells El Idolo that he will be the winner this Friday on Rampage. Andrade is bringing the AEW TNT Championship to the AHFO as he takes out Sammy Guevara. But is Andrade going to tag Isiah Kassidy in like he did on Elevation? Andrade doesn’t need anyone in his corner to win. But they are a company. They have each other’s backs. Of course! Hardy was just teasing. Of course Andrade wins. But since Kassidy did win it for them on Monday, how about they get Andrade, Hardy and Kassidy in a Six Man against Sting, Sammy and Darby in the first-ever TORNADO TRIOS match at Revolution?

A huge challenge has been issued, but will the Icon, Spanish God and Relentless One make the AHFO regret gambling like that?

 

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricky Starks w/ “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Preston Vance!

Keith Lee, Wardlow and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs have all qualified for this match, making it more like a land of giants than a ladder match. Will the FTW Champion add himself to give Team Taz a mathematical advantage? Or will the Dark Order’s Number 10 be the fourth giant in?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Vance throws Starks down, but Starks gets up in a huff. Starks dusts himself off and ties up with Vance again. Starks waistlocks, headlocks, but Vance powers out to run Starks over. Things speed up, Starks hurdles and kicks low. Starks CLUBS Vance, brings Vance around to whip, but Vance reverses. They ram shoulders, Starks tries again and fires a forearm. Starks runs and runs Vance over! Starks strikes a pose, but Vance gets up. Vance TOSSES Starks to the corner and CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Vance climbs up, rains down fists, but Starks slips out at 5.

Vance stalks Starks and ROCKS him with a right. Vance has Starks in a corner, brings him up, but STarks wrenches, kicks and TORANDO- NO! Vance blocks to suplex, and he holds Starks up! Fans rally and count, Vance drops Starks at 10! Fans fire up with Vance while AEW goes picture in picture. Vance covers, TWO!

Vance keeps cool, he stalks Starks again, and brings Starks up to throw forearms. Vance runs, but Starks sidestepse to hit Vance in the back with forearms! Starks springboard stomps Vance down, then swaggers about. Starks mocks the Dark Order hand, but Vance throws body shots. Starks CHOPS, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Starks kisses his biceps, then slaps Vance around. Starks brings Vance up, RAMS into him at the corner, and then again. The ref counts, Starks lets off and knees Vance low. Vance goes down in a heap, so Starks hops up the corner to soak up the heat. Starks strikes another pose, then drops a stomp on Vance’s ribs!

The ref counts as Starks digs his boots in, but Starks lets off. Starks swaggers while Vance slowly gets up. Vance throws more body shots, but Starks CLUBS him down! Starks runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Starks hears the fans chanting but brings Vance around. Vance ROCKS Starks with a right, then CHOPS! Vance ROCKS and CHOPS Starks in the corner, and repeat! Starks CHOPS back, then knees low. Starks throws forearms, Vance staggers and Starks kicks him at the ropes. Starks clubs and CHOPS, AEW returns to single picture as he whips. Vance ducks, dodges, and RAMS Starks down!

Starks flops out of the ring as fans fire up with Vance! Vance goes out to get Starks, but Starks slides into the ring. Vance pursues, catches Starks and pops him around, FULL NELSON! Starks scrambles, goes up the corner, but can’t get free! Vance shoves him and hits a DISCUS LARAIT! That was for Mr. Brodie! Vance wants to finish this off, he drags Starks up, FULL NELSON!! Starks pulls the mask!! Vance lets go to secure the mask, Starks runs to SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution)

Hobbs cheers Starks, the FTW Champion is going to Revolution! Will Team Taz be guaranteed to take that brass ring and go after the TNT Championship next?

 

The Cutler Cam is live.

Adam Cole is in a bad move but reDRagon is feeling great after their win in the battle royal. Fish tells Brandon to keep it rolling, they’re going to the PPV! But then the Bucks storm in and are upset that one, Cutler is rolling, and two, reDRagon cheated them! That was a double cross! A what? Kyle claims he blacked out when he did that to Matt. Hell, they’ve still got a shot in next week’s Casino Battle Royal. Nick is still mad but Matt calms him down because that’s true. They have a shot. And now, they’re even more motivated. They’ll go to the PPV to kiss reDRagon’s ass! Oh well good luck~!

Cole shouts at reDRagon to stop egging the Bucks on. For the love of God, Cole has enough on his plate, he wants his friends to all get along. They’re a team! Then tell the Bucks! Well he’s telling reDRagon! Alright, well, Landon, stop rolling. Cole is again left alone, torn between two sides. Will Cole be able to focus on Hangman at all with this going on?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS The Bunny w/ Matt Hardy!

Still undefeated at 27-0, the money just keeps rolling in for the Jade Brand. But with the AHFO’s “wascally wabbit” coming for her, will Cargill be able to keep this #ThatBitchShow? Or will it soon be The Bunny’s show?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who brings home the green and gold!

Jade and Bunny stare downface to face, then back up to tie up. They go around and Jade puts Bunny on the ropes. The ref counts, Jade lets off then SLAPS Bunny! Bunny ties up with Jade again, but Jade puts her in a corner. Bunny pulls hair to turn things around, but lets off at 4 to pie face Jade! Jade BOOTS Bunny down! Jade drags Bunny up, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, then brings her up with a straight arm lever! Jade SLAMS Bunny down, then drops a leg on the arm! Jade has the short arm scissor, then does push-ups to show off. Jade does three, flexes, then rolls Bunny into an omoplata!

Jade shifts to a hammerlock as Bunny fights up. Bunny moves around and throws Jade out to the apron! Bunny shakes out the bad arm, storms over, ducks the haymaker and HOTSHOTS Jade down! Jade sits on the apron, Bunny hits a SLIDING FOREARM to the back! Bunny then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Jade into railing! The ref checks them both as AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny and Jade are both okay, and now Big Money Matt walks out to ringside. What took him so long? Hardy tells sterling, “DELETE”! Sterling says no but Hardy keeps saying, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Manager chases lawyer around, Bunny gets in and DROPKICKS Jade headlong into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives being jammed but Bunny stomps her around. Bunny even CLAWS Jade on the back !Bunny whips but Jade blocks! Jade whips and scoops Bunny for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and smiles as fans fire up. Bunny writhes, Jade drags her back up and fireman’s carries.

Bunny fights off, shoves Jade and waistlocks, but Jade bucks the O’Conner Roll. Bunny ducks the boot to CULB away on Jade’s back! Bunny storms up, RAMS Jade into buckles, and then stomps a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Bunny lets off, but runs in corner to corner for another SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs right into the camera, then covers. TWO!! Jade survives and Sterling breathes easy. Bunny seethes, wraps Jade up in a straitjacket stretch, but Jade endures. Bunny brings Jade back with body scissors but Jade fights up to her feet and RAMS Bunny into buckles! AEW is single picture as Jade dribbles and DUNKS on Bunny!

Jade fireman’s carries Bunn but Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny brings Jade around, kicks low and runs, KNEE LIFT! Jade staggers, Bunny runs in to THESZ- NO! SPINEBUSTER! Hardy gets on the apron to distract the ref, and he tosses the brass knuckles in! But then Sterling gives Jade the belt! Each woman has a shiny weapon while STerling and Hardy argue. Belt shields knuckles, and then the ref sees the evidence! Aubrey Edwards EJECTS Hardy! Oh, and also EJECTS Sterling! She could tell they each did something shady! Bunny rolls Jade! TWO!!! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!! Bunny reels Jade in, DOWN THE- NO! Chicken wings, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

And still undefeated! She moves up to 28-0, and this is still #ThatBitchShow! Schiavone says to mark it on the board, but Jade snatches the mic to tell him to cut the shit! She is 28-0, soon to be 30 and 50 and zero! So the question is, who’s next? No, better yet, who’s left?! But before Jade can even say “open challenge,” here comes TAY CONTI! The Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty has a mic to say, “Hey, Jade. I’m not just next. Actually, I’m the one who’s gonna beat your ass, bitch!” Jade counters with, “At Revolution, bring it.” Tay does, as she gets right in the ring and right in Jade’s face! Jade eggs Tay on with a kiss on the forehead.

Tay swings on Jade, but Bunny gets in! Bunny fires off on Tay, but Tay shoves her away, spins her, TAY K O!! Jade then BOOTS Tay down! Jade holds up the belt right over Tay, but then here comes Anna Jay! Jay has a chair so Jade takes her leave. Will Tay get her revenge at Revolution? Or is there just no stopping Jade?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Alex Marvez says Keith Lee was the first to make it into the Face of the Revolution match, and the field has grown ever since. Lee says it has substantially grown. Wardlow, big bad Hobbs, and now Starks. Starks is the only one he’s familiar with, actually. Starks says that’s right, and he walks right into view. Old faces, new territory. Starks puts bass in his voice as he says, “Hello, Keith Lee. How are you?” Starks knows Keith is new here, so here’s the rules: Team Taz runs things around here, and Starks ‘n’ Hobbs don’t care where you’ve come from or what you’ve done. Here, you start all over. So stay in your lane and mind your p’s and q’s. That’s all.

Hobbs snarls at Keith, but Starks says to save it for Revolution. Keith can take his time, they’ll be around. Has the Limitless One just become a target for Team Taz? Or has Team Taz just become a target of Keith Lee’s?

 

AEW is returning to Las Vegas!

May 25th is Wednesday Night Dynamite! May 27th is a LIVE Friday Night Rampage! And then on Sunday, May 29th, it will be AEW Double or Nothing 2022! It is the week fans have been waiting for, get your tickets on Friday, March 4th!

 

Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!

The American Dragon faces yet another young name he mentioned a few weeks ago. Bryan brought out the violence within Lee Moriarty, will he get plenty more of that from Red Death? Or will he get more than he bargained for from 2point0’s “son?”

The bell rings and fans fire up already as the two stare down from across the ring. They circle, feel things out, and tie up with knuckle locks. They go around, Bryan puts Garcia on ropes, traps an arm behind Garcia’s back, then ROCKS him with a forearm, and then with a EuroUpper! Bryan eggs Garcia on, uppercuts again, but Garcia gives those back. Bryan EuroUppers again and Garcia staggers away. Bryan eggs Garcia on but Garcia comes back. They circle, Bryan wants a leg but Garcia gets around to a waistlock. Garcia CHOPS but Bryan grins! Garcia eggs Bryan on now, then CHOPS again. Bryan shoots in, gets a leg pick and steps through for the Indian Deathlock!

Bryan taunts Garcia while SLAPPING him, and throwing down body shots! Garcia endures while doing his best to guard but Bryan drags him up into underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into ARMBAR! Garcia clasps hands, Bryan shifts, omoplata but Garcia rolls. They go around, Bryan still gets the LeBelle Lock! Garcia still gets the ropebreak, so Bryan lets off at 4. Bryan gives Garcia a boot to the face, but Garcia is right up! Garcia forearms, Bryan EuroUppers again. Bryan puts Garcia in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Garcia reverses. Bryan goes up and over, things speed up and Bryan dodges, only for Garcia to CHOP BLOCK!

Fans fire up while Garcia seethes. AEW goes picture in picture as Garcia drags Bryan to step through for a toehold of his own! Garcia pulls back on almost a kneebar type, and he holds on as Bryan rolls to then tie Bryan’s legs up in a figure four. Garcia takes a moment to soak it all in before he rains down forearms on Bryan! Bryan rolls but Garcia still has the leg. Garcia drops elbows on the knee, but Bryan catches Garcia! Garcia clasps hands, hooks a leg with his legs, and has an ANKLE LOCK! Bryan rolls through to get on top and dig his knuckles into Garcia’s face! Garcia kicks Bryan away and gets to a corner.

Bryan storms over to drag Garcia up and stands him up in the corner. Bryan KICKS Garcia, but Garcia shakes his head. Bryan KICKS him again, and Garcia staggers on his knees. Bryan KICKS Garcia down again, then waits on him to get up. Garcia kicks Bryan, throws EuroUppers, and he DECKS Bryan with one! Garcia goes out to drag Bryan to the corner! Garcia SLAMS a leg into the post! Bryan winces but Garcia gets the bad leg again. Garcia SLAMS the leg into the post again! Garcia digs his knuckles into the leg but lets off as the ref counts. Garcia gets in the ring to stop the ring count, and he drags Bryan up to CHOP him to the corner.

Bryan staggers to another corner, Garcia is on him again with another CHOP! Garcia stalks Bryan to a third corner, for another CHOP! Bryan turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Garcia blocks the kick, DRAGON SCREW! Garcia catches his breath, covers, TWO! Garcia seethes as he stalks Bryan to ropes. Garcia has the leg as AEW returns to single picture. Bryan hobbles but Garcia still DRAGON SCREWS him again! The ref reprimands about the ropebreak but Garcia apologizes. Garcia stands Bryan up to ROCK him with a forearm. Garcia then suplexes but Bryan blocks!

The ref counts the ropebreak but Garcia still tires. Bryan blocks again, to then suplex Garcia out to the floor! Garcia hits apron on the way down, Bryan waits for him to stand. FLYING KNEE! Fans fire up while Garcia checks his jaw. Bryan gets up, snarls and gets Garcia up to fireman’s carry and put him in the ring. Bryan then climbs the corner, leaps, missile dropkick! Bryan asks the fans if they want violence and they say “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan gets a leg, KICKS it, and then KICKS it again! Bryan drags Garcia by that leg for a HALF CRAB, to a HEEL HOOK! Garcia endures, reaches for Bryan’s face, but Bryan wrenches the foot!

Garcia gets Bryan’s foot for a HEEL HOOK! They have dueling submissions, but they also stomp each other over and over and over! Bryan sits up to rain down elbows! The two get away from each other, but Bryan comes back to get the arms. TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, ONE!! So Bryan gest CATTLE MUTILATION!! Garcia refuses to quit, and he powers up and around to roll and ANKLE LOCK! Bryan endures, Garcia stomps his head to keep him down! But Bryan turns, pushes Garcia down with his legs, and then rains down more elbows! Bryan has the knuckle locks for a cover, TWO as Garcia gets one arm up!

The two fight up, forehead to forehead, but they throw forearms while still keeping the knuckle locks! They go back and forth like this, wobble, and then fire more shots! Bryan breaks the knuckle locks to SLAP Garcia! Bryan spins, but into Garcia’s choke grip! Bryan breaks free so Garcia SLAPS him! DRAGON- NO! Bryan blocks the screw to get DANIELSON STOMPS! And then TRIANGLE HOLD!! No hands, all flex! Garcia is OUT, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Now that was violence! Bryan gets himself a mic, and he has the music stop so he can speak. “Garcia, that is exactly what I wanted to see. Was Garcia violent enough?” Fans are torn. But 2point0 jump Bryan from behind! They won’t stand for Bryan bullying their boy, but here comes MOXLEY! Fans go nuts as the Maniac storms down through the crowd and to ringside! 2point0 spot him and go after him, but he fights through to throw Matt Lee out, then clotheslines Jeff Parker out to join him! Garcia gets in with a chair, but Bryan stops him! So Garcia just goes bare handed, into a PARADIGM SHIFT!! And a nasty one!

Moxley kicks Garcia out, and now Moxley watches Bryan closely. Bryan has the chair, but he promised Moxley would get an answer. Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Bryan gets the mic to say, “So, in order for us to fight together, we need to bleed together. I don’t need this to make anybody bleed.” The chair is tossed aside, and Bryan says if Moxley wants a match at Revolution, he’s got one! “But don’t be surprised if you’re the only person bleeding.” Will Maniac and American Dragon shed plenty of blood, sweat and tears before becoming the most violent duo AEW has ever seen?


My Thoughts:

Another great Dynamite with a lot more set up for Revolution. For one, we got an awesome Tag Battle Royal to open things. Battle royals are one of the spots AEW shines because they know how to innovate that kind of match. It was great for it to come down to six different halves of teams, and then from there, using the story of Cole and his friends to the advantage. I thought the Bucks were gonna get this one, so that was a good move to have reDRagon win this one. They also skillfully incorporated things with Hangman into this, where he goes after reDRagon more for himself than to help the Bucks, and then the Bucks don’t return the favor.

Hangman did great in his promo, we got a good set-up for Hangman & Dark Order taking on Undisputed Era, and this will all play into the go-home math for both the AEW World and World Tag titles. Cole and all his mutual friends also had a good promo to further the dysfunction in the group. We got one hell of a promo from MJF tonight. I heard the story about MJF being bullied for being Jewish back when he did that interview with Cody Rhodes in the early days of AEW, but it’s still a strong story when also tied into his passion for pro-wrestling. This could’ve been MJF’s Face turn, but I doubt it changes much of anything for Revolution. That Dog Collar match will still be brutal, and it could go either way.

House of Black VS Death Triangle was a very good match, and Penta Oscuro had quite the epic entrance. But what a way to take away from all that for Brody to beat the hell out of Penta and Pac, and then Buddy Matthews (FKA Buddy Murphy) to swerve them and be part of the House of Black. I hope Fenix can return soon so that they can have a Six Man match. We got a good promo vignette to announce the AEW Women’s World Championship contract signing for Rampage, I expect Mercedes Martinez to reinforce Rosa if Britt and her team start something. And then Britt VS Rosa is going to be an awesome match, this is the match I was hoping they’d give us last year, and this could finally be the time Rosa takes the title off Britt.

Kingston and Jericho had a great promo segment, which seems to be easy as anything for these two. They’re having the match I expected this whole time, it’s going to be awesome, and it could go either way. I’m leaning towards Kingston as Jericho has done a good job putting over the other guys he’s feuded with. We got a good AHFO group promo to hype up both the TNT Championship match this week and give us a big Tornado Trios match for Revolution. I feel like the AHFO will break even: if Andrade loses the TNT title match, he, Hardy and Kassidy find a way to win the tornado match.

It feels like Hardy is on his way out of his own faction so that it’ll end up the Andrade El Idolo Office or something. He wasn’t ringside with Bunny until late in the match, but he did add quite a bit to things once he was there. Naturally, Jade Cargill still wins, and I like that they jumped right into her next challenger. Tay getting knocked down was fine but Anna Jay rushing out there almost undercuts Tay being the challenger. But at the same time, people would wonder where Jay was if she didn’t since she’s Tay’s friend and tag partner. I don’t see Tay winning at Revolution but she will definitely give Jade an awesome match.

Great Face of the Revolution qualifier out of Starks VS Vance, but after Cole found a way to cheat Vance’s Full Nelson, of course Starks had his own way of doing that. Starks and Hobbs both being in the ladder match is going to be a great element to the match, and they’re probably going to be why Keith Lee doesn’t win. Great to hear AEW is going back to Vegas for Double or Nothing this year, that is going to be a wild week for AEW. Then we got a great main event out of Bryan VS Garcia. Of course Bryan won, and of course Bryan is going to have a match with Moxley at the PPV. That match could go either way, but it is guaranteed to be bloody, and I would love if they do still become a team no matter who wins.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/15/24)

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Will Dax Harwood SAY YEAH?

Before going Double or Nothing on Anarchy in the Arena, The Elite defends their championships! Will Dax end The Rainmaker’s reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley VS Kyle Fletcher & Jeff Cobb; Bryan & Moxley win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The Bucks win and deny Daniels & Sydal a title match.
  • Hook VS Sebastian Wolfe; Hook wins.
  • AEW World Championship Eliminator: Swerve Strickland VS Brian Cage; Swerve wins and denies Cage a title match.
  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Harley Cameron w/ Saraya; Storm wins.
  • AEW Continental Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Dax Harwood; Okada wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley VS Kyle Fletcher & Jeff Cobb!

The American Dragon may be teaming with Eddie Kingston & FTR at Double or Nothing, but he’s joining forces with The Maniac to take on The Aussie Arrow & The Imperial Unit! The Don Callis Family is looking to grow their forces, will they and the United Empire make for a powerful alliance? Or can the Blackpool Combat Club tear them all down here tonight?

But speaking of united, Kyle & Cobb attack Moxley the moment he’s ringside! The fans boo as the ROH World TV and NJPW World TV Champions mug the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Kyle soaks up the heat and talks some trash while Cobb holds up Moxley’s belt. Cobb throws hands on Moxley, puts him in the ring, but here comes Bryan! The fans fire up as Washington’s own ROCKS Kyle, whips him hard into railing, and then dropkicks him down! Bryan fires hands on Cobb now, then whips him into railing! Cobb gets stuck, Bryan brings him back down, and Moxley makes Kyle sit on railing! Moxley LARIATS Kyle down!

The fans fire up as this is like a sampler of Anarchy in the Arena! Bryan DROPKICKS Cobb against railing! Moxley CHOKES Kyle with his jacket! Don Callis is on commentary complaining but his guys started it! Bryan sends Cobb into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Kyle! Cobb SMACKS Cobb off railing, then has the fans fire up as he throws down fists! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan just picks up speed, then he lets off to revel in the fans cheering. Moxley CHOPS Kyle, ROCKS him and makes him take a seat. Moxley goes side to side to run in and KNEE Kyle against railing! Bryan puts Cobb in the ring, the bell sounds, and the match begins!

The fans fire up as Bryan stalks Cobb to a corner and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with each one, then Bryan stands Cobb up. Bryan runs corner to corner, to DROPKICK! Cobb staggers, Bryan tags Moxley, and Moxley puts Cobb in the corner. The fans fire up as Moxley rains down fists! Moxley goes all the way to nine, then he CLAWS Cobb’s face! Mox puts Cobb’s leg in the ropes, ROCKS Cobb, then runs side to side to DROPKICK the leg! Moxley brings Cobb out, trips him, and then tags Bryan. The BCC split the wishbone on Cobb! And then Bryan KICKS Cobb down!

Bryan gets the bad leg, steps through, and fans “WOO~!” as Bryan drops into the FIGURE FOUR! Cobb fights but Bryan clamps it on tight! Cobb endures, but Moxley tags in and ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO! Moxley brings Cobb up but Cobb RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Kyle and Kyle fires off furious fists! The fans boo but Kyle storms in to kick Moxley. Kyle CHOPS Moxley, but Moxley just frowns and crosses his arms. Moxley pie faces Kyle and eggs him on, but Kyle CHOPS back! Moxley paces, goes to another corner, and eggs Kyle on. Kyle CHOPS, but Moxley turns things around to fire forearms and CHOPS on repeat!

The fans fire up and Moxley whips corner to corner. Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley puts Kyle up top, CHOPS, then goes up after Kyle. Moxley CLAWS Kyle’s back, then BITES Kyle’s face! The ref reprimands but Moxley brings Kyle up, to SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Kyle clasps hands but Cobb stomps Moxley! The fans boo but Kyle is still free. Kyle brings Moxley around, Moxley reaches for Bryan, but Kyle fires body shots. Moxley turns things around on Kyle and tags in Bryan! Moxley hangs Kyle out to dry, Bryan goes up top, GUILLOTINE FLYING KNEE! The fans fire up again and Bryan revels in it as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan stalks Kyle, looms over hi m, and then hooks up the legs. Kyle resists as Bryan goes for arms, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Tag to Moxley, he drags Kyle up and whips him into a corner. Moxley runs up but Kyle THROWS him out to the floor! Cobb goes after Moxley to stomp him, but Bryan rushes over to fight Cobb! Cobb whips Bryan into railing! Cobb then runs to CLOBBER Moxley! Cobb puts Moxley in the ring for Kyle, the ref reprimands Cobb, but Kyle soaks up all the heat. Tag to Cobb, Kyle keeps Moxley down so Cobb can stand on him! The ref reprimands, Kyle lets off and Cobb deadlift suplexes Moxley!

Cobb marches around with Moxley, then THROWS him away! Cobb mocks Bryan and KICKS Moxley! Then Cobb SPLASHES, covers, TWO! Cover again, TWO! Cobb drags Moxley up while Bryan rallies the fans. Cobb tags Kyle, then traps Moxley in the corner to Kyle can throw hands. Kyle scoops and SLAMS Moxley, then brings him back up. Kyle scoops and SLAMS Moxley again, flexes, then taunts Bryan. Dynamite returns to single picture as Kyle drags Moxley up. Kyle throws a haymaker, Moxley throws it right back! Kyle forearms, Moxley returns it! The fans are on Moxley’s side as the shots go back and forth!

Moxley goes for Bryan but Kyle keeps him back! Then Kyle BLASTS Bryan! Cobb has Moxley caught in the corner, Kyle fires off body shots! Tag to Cobb, and Cobb watches Moxley flounder. Cobb taunts Moxley to reach for Bryan, then he waistlocks and deadlifts! Moxley fights with elbows, but Cobb holds on! Moxley still fires more elbows, gets free, then dodges Cobb to SNAP GERMAN! The fans fire up while both men are down! Moxley hobbles up, hot tag to Bryan! Bryan goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Cobb! Bryan kips up, and then he BLAST Kyle! The fans fire up as Bryan dodges Cobb to KICK! CHOP! Repeat!

“YES! YES! YES!” echoes out and Bryan whips, but Cobb reverses! Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, LEAPING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous as Bryan takes aim, and KICKS! KICKS! KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up, but Cobb ducks the buzzsaw! Cobb shoves Bryan, Kyle trips Bryan up! Bryan kicks Kyle, then he DUMPS Cobb! Bryan builds speed and DIVES onto Kyle! Cobb CLUBS Bryan, puts him in, and then URENAGES! FALLING AX HANDLE! And then Cobb mocks the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” The fans boo but Cobb GACHIMUCHI- FLOP! Bryan avoids the moonsault to then run up and BU- ATHLETIC PLEX!!

The fans fire up while both men are down! They both crawl, hot tags to Moxley and Kyle! Moxley dodges Kyle to ROCK him, but Kyle comes back to ROCK Mox! Moxley rebounds to ROCK Kyle again, but now Kyle BOOTS Moxley! Moxley BOOTS Kyle, Kyle BOOTS Moxley! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS and repeat! Moxley fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Moxley runs, but into a CALF KICK! Moxley goes to a corner, Kyle snarls and soaks up the heat! Kyle runs corner to corner, into a KING KONG LARIAT! Cobb runs in, into a CUTTER! Kyle scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT!

The fans fire up but Cobb TOSSES Bryan out. Kyle gets Moxley up, feeds him to Cobb, and Cobb RAMS Moxley into a corner. Kyle runs up to GAMANGIRI! Cobb adds an UPPERCUT! Cobb feeds Moxley to Kyle’s JUMPING TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!? Moxley survives and Kyle is furious! Kyle has Cobb step in, and Cobb gets Moxley up in an Electric Chair Lift! Kyle goes up, but Moxley fights free! Moxley shoves Cobb into Kyle! Then Bryan gets in to BUSAIKU KNEE! Moxley avoids Kyle’s leap, Bryan ROUNDHOUSES! DEATH RIDER!! Moxley covers, BCC wins!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley, by pinfall

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion gets one on the ROH World TV Champion, but wait! Konosuke Takeshita slides in! He drags Moxley off the corner with a GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cobb attacks Bryan, too! The fans boo but Callis wants them to kurose! Konosuke winds up to DECK Moxley!! Kyle & Cobb mug Bryan, Konosuke CHOKES Moxley, but wait! Here comes Claudio Castagnoli! The Swiss Superman has a crowbar and he swings! The Callis Family and Cobb get outta there! The BCC stands tall, but will they have more issues with the Don Callis Family after Double or Nothing?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland is here!

The fans fire up for the Rated R Superstar as he- OH, House of Black attacks! Well, Edge wanted their response to his challenge, but it’s Brody King & Buddy Matthews who mug him and throw him down the ramp! Malakai Black takes his time following as Buddy & Brody mug Edge at ringside! They then put Edge in the ring, Malakai bringing the TNT Championship with him. CURB STOMP! Brody gets chairs into the ring, and Buddy brings them over. Malakai slowly joins them in the ring, and gets a mic while the fans boo. Buddy & Brody sit Edge up so Malakai can speak to him.

“Adam, I really don’t understand why you try to keep up with this facade of what you think you are.” The fans tell him to STFU already but Malakai kneels by Edge. If they don’t like that, they’re gonna love this. Malakai tells Mr. Matthews to take Edge’s wedding ring. The fans boo as Brody clamps on a SLEEPER so that Buddy can take Edge’s ring off his finger. Edge is already fading but Malakai takes the ring. Malakai looks it over, puts it in his pocket, and Brody sits Edge in a corner. Brody hoots, Edge is out cold! Malakai and Buddy position chairs on either side of Edge, then they go for the adjacent corners!

But Kyle O’Reilly is here! He YANKS Malakai down, ROUNDHOUSES him, then he dodges Buddy! Kyle BOOTS Buddy, then gets in the ring, only for Brody to LARIAT! Brody stops the rescue attempt and TOSSES Kyle out hard! Buddy is there to get Kyle back up, and feeds him to THE END! The House continues where they left off, FULL METAL CERBERUS!!! Edge is sandwiched between chairs and Brody’s beefy body! Is that Malakai’s way of saying yes to the barbed wire catch match?

 

AEW has a medical update on Eddie Kingston.

Last Saturday for NJPW Resurgence, The Mad King had a hellacious No Ropes Last Man Standing Match for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship, and he lost to Gabe Kidd. But that wasn’t even what this update is about. Jack Perry distracted Eddie from a blindside attack by The Young Bucks! Matthew & Nicholas Jackson were playing hooky from AEW Collision just so they could beat down Eddie! Jack then said in a backstage interview that Eddie chose the wrong team in this fight. Eddie tells it how it is, right? He’s a real one? Well, he sure didn’t hesitate to jump into bed with a bunch of fakes who claim to represent AEW! Eddie paid for that in Ontario, California.

The Scapegoat says we all have to sacrifice, and Eddie’s about to lose everything.

The Elite speak backstage.

Jack, Matt, Nick & Okada finish watching the replay like we all did, and they pretend to cringe in pain seeing all that. Looks like Eddie might’ve been bit by the injury bug. Then that might men Anarchy in the Arena is 4v3, right? Unless Team AEW wants to forfeit. Nick says that’s a good point. Let’s look at the track record these past three weeks. Week one, they take out The President, Tony Khan. Week two, they take out Kenny Omega. And now, Eddie Kingston! They run this place because they’re The Elite and you’re not! And Okada tells Dax that tonight, he will DESTROY him! “Mwah, B*TCH!” The Elite’s tyranny is only growing worse, will there be another to stand against them?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Renee Paquette is with Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, and she brings up Dax’s title match with Okada later tonight. However, we just heard from our EVPs that Eddie is out, that puts Team AEW down a man. Cash says first off, The Bucks aren’t their EVPs, that’s just Matt & Nick. And if The Elite honestly thinks they’re just gonna forfeit to them, thinking they’re not gonna take Anarchy in the Arena at 4v3, 4v2, 4v1, it doesn’t matter. But… Cash thinks that maybe, just maybe, they have a new fourth man. And Dax tells Okada, name calling isn’t nice. By the company Okada keeps, it looks like he’s The Elite’s b*tch! Guess we’ll see tonight. #TopGuysOut.

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!

While Matthew & Nicholas are confident they have the advantage at Double or Nothing, they still have to fulfill their obligations as champions. On top of that, this is about The Fallen Angel putting the EVPs in their place for talking down to him. Will the Zen Assassin help Daniels humble The Bucks? Or will there be no standing against The Elite?

Jack Perry is on commentary, wanting more energy out of Justin Roberts in introducing The Bucks. The teams sort out, Sydal starts against Nick, and Nick gets right in Sydal’s face. Nick says he’s an EVP, he can do whatever he wants! And he pie faces Sydal! So Sydal KICKS Nick in the leg! Nick hobbles, Sydal KICKS, and KICKS, and JUMP KICKS! Sydal whips, Nick reverses but Sydal tilt-o-whirls and rolls him up! TWO, and Sydal wrenches an arm. Tag to Daniels and the fans fire up! Nick gets away, tag to Matt, and now Matt gets in Daniels’ face. The fans rally for Daniels as he and Matt argue.

Daniels takes off one of his finger wraps and tells the Bucks to read between the lines! Matt says clever, and he shoves Daniels. Daniels SLAPS Matt, bumps him off buckles, then fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daniels fires up and the fans are with him! Daniels whips but Matt reverses. Daniels reverses, Matt reverses again, but Daniels CLOBBERS Matt! Nick starts barking at the ref but Daniels DECKS him! Daniels brings Matt up but Matt throat chops him! The ref reprimands but Matt hits a back suplex! Daniels lands out, rolls Matt up, tag to Sydal! Sydal has Matt in the corner to whip Matt back in, Daniels GAMANGIRIS!

Daniels then feeds Matt to Sydal’s KICK, then adds an STO! The fans fire up and Sydal sets up, STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Nick shouts at Sydal, Sydal frowns, but he keeps Matt from Nick! Matt takes a swing, Sydal gets under to lift, but Nick tags in! Matt still suffers the atomic drop! Sydal whips but Matt reverses, only for Sydal to come back and LARIAT! Nick ROUNDHOUSES Sydal! Nick BLASTS Daniels, goes out and then PENALTY KICKS! Jack says that’s so smooth. Nick goes up, and he AX HANDLES Sydal down! The fans boo but Matt soaks up the heat, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick stomps Sydal around, scrapes him off the ropes, and then lets off as the ref reprimands. Nick stomps Sydal in the corner, then CLAWS Sydal’s back! The ref reprimands but Matt mocks the fans. Nick tags Matt in, they whip Sydal to the corner, but Sydal ELBOWS Matt and BOOTS Nick! Sydal goes up and leaps, but the Bucks catch him! And they pop him in position! Nick goes to the apron but Sydal RANAS Matt into Nick! Matt scrambles and anchors Sydal’s legs! Sydal gets up to fire strikes, but Matt trips him! Nick tags in, and CATAPULT into the GAMANGIRI! Sydal falls back onto Matt’s knees, Nick goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS!

Nick & Matt soak up the heat from the fans, Jack talks them up on commentary, maybe even rats on Tony Schiavone, and Nick bumps Sydal off buckles. Tag to Matt, The Bucks mug Sydal. Matt brings Sydal back around to fire body shots in the corner. The ref counts, Matt stomps away on Sydal, then stands on him! The ref reprimands and counts, Matt steps away to taunt Daniels. Matt stands Sydal up to pie face him, but Sydal fires off forearms on The Bucks! Sydal fires more shots on Matt, but Matt scoops to BACKBREAKER! Tag to Nick and he slingshots in to LEG DROP! Cover, Daniels breaks it! Matt goes after Daniels!

Dynamite returns to single picture, the fans rally up, but the Bucks bully Sydal. Sydal fights back with forearms and KICKS! Sydal fires off on Matt, but Nick runs up! Sydal dodges, and he DOUBLE RANAS The Bucks! The fans fire up as Sydal crawls, reaches out, hot tag to Daniels! Daniels gets around, shoves Nick and ELBOWS him down! Then he LARAITS Matt! Daniels whips, Nick reverses but Daniels ducks the superkick to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! The fans fire up with Daniels and he reels Nick in, but Matt CLOBBERS Daniels from behind! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but The Bucks double whip.

Daniels ducks the double clothesline to shove Nick into Matt! Then he reels Nick in, clinches Matt, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! The fans fire up with Daniels and he has Nick in the clinch, for an URENAGE! But Matt SUPERKICKS Daniels down! Sydal runs in, Matt ducks one kick but not the JUMP SOBAT! Sydal sends Matt out to then PLANCH, but Matt dodges! Matt sends Sydal OVER barriers! Nick fires hands on Daniels but Daniels hits back! The fans rally up, Matt goes after Sydal in the crowd! Nick runs up but Daniels puts Nick on the apron! Nick ENZIGIRIS, then he goes up a corner! Daniels SHOTEIS first!

Jack says that was a closed fist! Daniels goes up the corner, but Matt anchors Nick! The Super Steiner crashes and burns! Matt mockingly asks where Sydal went, and then he gets Daniels up. NIck is up top, they give Daniels the TK DRIVER!! Cover, The Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal a title opportunity)

Jack asks if anyone is surprised, and Schiavone says not really. Disappointed maybe, but not surprised. But then Matt gets a mic to cut the music, and he tells Daniels that last week, Daniels spoke down to The Bucks! And he even put his hands on Matt! As an executive, Daniels should know better! The Bucks are trying to clean up the toxicity in this company! They’ve been working hard for months and he’s screwing things up! So unfortunately, Daniels, they must bear some bad news tonight. “CD, we’ve gotta let you go. You’re FIRED!” The fans boo but Matt says don’t worry, they’re not evil! They’ve got a sweet severance package all set up! It’ll cover him for at least… 30 days!

The fans boo but Matt says to make this less awkward, they even have a security escort to usher Daniels out immediately. The EVPs just want to say thank Daniels for five years of kickass work! They love him to death, see you later. But please, everyone, stick around for the show! Let’s get an AEW chant going! “A E DUB! A E DUB!” The fans boo instead, but Jack says let’s raise a toast to The Bucks for the great job they’re doing. He sips some WOOOOO Energy, then says have a drink, Schiavone, “ya stooge.” Jack pours his drink out on Schiavone’s head! The fans boo more and Jack takes off. Schiavone grumbles at the SOB, but what can anyone do against this corrupt management?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

Collision & Rampage will be live and back to back on Saturday, starting at 8 PM Eastern, and all on TNT! Make sure your DVRs are ready so you get ALL THREE HOURS of All Elite Wrestling!

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Renee is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and her entourage, and brings up that tonight, the leading lady is in a quote “grudge match” with Harley Cameron. But it has also been decided that Mariah, Luther and Saraya are all banned from ringside. That upsets Storm and her team, but Renee does bring up last week, Storm being knocked out by Serena Deeb. How is Storm feeling tonight? Storm says first thing’s first: her maternal instincts are kicking in and her ovaries must be heard! HARLEY CAMERON! You assaulted and abused this sweet, angelic child that is Mariah May? Then you must answer to the bosom that she clings to!

So now, it will just be Storm and Harley, and Storm will take Harley’s womb to the woodshed! And as for Serena Deeb, Storm must thank you for knocking her out. She didn’t have to listen to another second of Deeb’s sob story! Funny how you wanna hitch yourself to this caboose. Well, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Storm promises that Deeb will end Double or Nothing the same way every degenerate in Las Vegas does: flat on your back with an ass in your face, wondering where the bloody hell your dignity went! And tonight, bet your bottom dollar on this old whore that you all adore! Everything is coming up chin, tits, and shoooe~!

Uh… Okay. Will the grudge match Storm and Harley have truly be timeless? Or will Harley be the one Outcast that does crazy better than she does?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

He holds Adam Copeland’s wedding ring to the light, and he says when he looks at it, it’s gorgeous. But everything that is holding Edge back in this world, all fits into such a small little trinket. His hopes, his dreams, his children, his wife, his memories, all in this ring. But speaking of holding Edge back, a barbed wire cage match? Malakai knew there was still a part of Edge that still existed. And of course, like Edge said, but if Malakai beats Edge, and he will, Edge must bend the knee to The House of Black. Malakai is raising the stakes for Double or Nothing, will The Rated R Superstar still be able to win the bet?

 

Hook VS Sebastian Wolfe!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil promised he’d be back, and he’s back to fight! Will he send a message to Chris Jericho with this return to the ring? Will Jericho even bother to listen?

The bell rings and Wolfe runs up, but Hook gets under the lariat! Hook lifts Wolfe to SAIDO! The fans fire up and Hook paces around. Wolfe sits up, into crossface forearms! Hook CLUBS Wolfe, into the REDRUM!! Wolfe taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

It was short, but the message was clear! But just in case, Hook grabs himself a mic. “This isn’t what I was looking for. I’m here for Chris Jericho and my FTW Championship! Chris, get out here right now!” The fans fire up as Hook calls out The Learning Tree, and here he comes! And Jericho also has “Big Bill” Morrissey with him as he goes to the ring. Jericho & Bill step into the ring, and Jericho waves hi. He has the mic to say hey, everybody! And Hook, it is so great to have you back. Hopefully, Hook learned a few lessons after essentially hitting himself in the face with a baseball bat. Jericho understands why Hook did it.

Jericho is just glad Hook called him out here. Jericho loves being on Dynamite so much, even if he has to share the spotlight with someone! He just loves it! Hook says, “Share the spotlight? Chris, I don’t wanna share the spotlight. I want all the spotlight on you, getting your ass beat by me, for MY FTW Championship, right here tonight!” The fans like the sound of that! Bill & Jericho chuckle and Jericho asks if they’d like to see it. The fans do! Jericho agrees, but this isn’t a fighting moment. It’s not. The fans boo but Jericho says this is a teaching moment. And what Jericho wants to teach Hook is that the world doesn’t revolve around him.

Hook needs to be less selfish in this business. Just like Jericho! Think of others. The fans boo but Jericho says he wants to get these words right. The fans chant “Please Retire!” but Jericho knows why they want him to. They know that when he does, he’ll be inducted into every pro-wrestling hall of fame in the world! But he’s not ready for that yet! Neither is AEW, because The Learning Tree & “The Big Redwood” are here to entertain everyone! Everyone here, everyone at home! That’s why this is the For The World Title now! Not For The Hook! Hook’s name isn’t on this title. Jericho’s is, he has a sticker that reads “The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho.”

But Jericho wants to teach Hook that when you lose a title, you don’t just jump to the front of the line, you work your way up. That’s why this Saturday Night Collision, Hook and a few others will be in a qualification match. If Hook wins, then maybe he gets the chance to face Jericho again for this title. How does that sound? Huh? Hook says yeah, great. But you know what else sounds good? BOP with the microphone! Jericho staggers, Hook fires off hands, but then Bill goes after Hook! But Hook gets around Bill! Bill gets free and Jericho DECKS Hook! Bill beats Hook down and Jericho says to learn this lesson! Know when to stay down!

But wait! Here comes SHIBATA! The Wrestler slides in, Jericho runs but Shibata dodges Bill to BOOT Bill out! The fans fire up for Shibata as he stands tall with Hook. Jericho is bleeding from where the mic got him, will he learn not to upset a Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?

 

Swerve Strickland speaks.

“The State of Washington, congratulations. Your boy brought home a world championship. This past weekend on Collision, I ended a chapter of my life that was called The Mogul Embassy. Toa Liona, Bishop Kaun, they bit the hand that fed them and they got put down. My focus now is at Double or Nothing coming up against Christian Cage. We’ll get to that soon. I was the one that got put in the coffin, yeah, sure. But I’m the one that’s gonna put you in your grave. Speaking of which, tonight, Brian Cage. Consider yourself the final nail in that coffin of the Mogul Embassy. Everybody, welcome Brian Cage to whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The Realest heads out, will he terminate The Machine so that nothing will stand between him and Captain Charisma? Or is this the night the Swolverine really does get all his stuff in?

AEW World Championship Eliminator: Swerve Strickland VS Brian Cage!

The bell rings and Swerve runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Swerve fires hands, Cage puts him in a corner to fire clothesline after clothesline! Swerve blocks one to arm-drag and wrangle Cage. Cage avoids the stomp to the arm, Swerve waistlocks but Cage switches. Cage back suplexes, Swerve lands out, and then Swerve DUMPS Cage out! Swerve builds speed to DIVE, but Cage catches him for a suplex, only for Swerve to get free! BOOT from above! The fans fire up, Swerve then FLYING DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Cage writhes, the fans fire up, and Swerve seethes. Swerve goes back to get Cage up, he CLUBS the arm, then he SLAMS the arm on railing!

Swerve brings Cage around, wraps the arm around the post and pulls! The ref counts, but Cage YANKS Swerve into the post! Cage rolls into the ring, then storms after Swerve at the apron. Cage ROCKS Swerve, ROCKS him again, then goes to the corner. The fans boo but Cage deadlifts, only for Swerve to HOTSHOT the arm! Swerve slingshots in, somersaults, and COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, ONE!! Cage is tougher than that but Swerve scowls. Swerve storms up again, clamps onto Cage’s arm and CLUBS it! Swerve grinds the shoulder, Cage endures, but Swerve hooks the arm up and then has the chinbar.

Cage endures the neck wrench and fights up, to then scoop Swerve, for a BACKBREAKER! Swerve flounders, Cage storms after him, and Cage ROCKS Swerve to a corner. Cage RAMS into Swerve, digs his shoulder in, then CHOPS! Swerve staggers, but he CHOPS back! Swerve fires forearms, CHOPS again, then puts Cage in a corner. Swerve wraps the bad arm around ropes, and he fires off haymakers! The ref reprimands, but Swerve pulls on the arm! The ref counts, Swerve lets off at 4, and the fans rally up. Swerve storms up but Cage kicks low! Cage bumps Swerve off buckles, whips but Swerve blocks.

Cage kicks and CHOPS Swerve, reels him in to suplex, but Swerve slips free! Swerve has the half nelson but Cage RAMS him into a corner! Cage fires elbows, then says, “Who betta?!” The fans boo, Cage runs back up, but into a BOOT! Swerve runs up, but into a trophy lift! And a THROW into the corner!! Swerve scrapes down buckles and flops to the apron, but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Swerve is on the ground, Cage goes out to fetch him. Cage whips Swerve into railing! Swerve crawls, but Cage hauls him up, to BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Swerve flops into the front row, at the feet of the fans! Cage refreshes the ring count, then drags Swerve up to DUMP him back to ringside. Then he hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Swerve writhes, Cage soaks up the heat, and Cage goes in after Swerve. Cage stomps Swerve, stalks him to a corner, then fires off forearms! Swerve hits back and the two go back and forth! Cage ROCKS Swerve, Swerve sits down in the corner, and Cage digs his boot in!

The ref counts, Cage lets off, and he mocks the fans cheering Swerve on. Cage then KNEES Swerve in the corner! Cage drags Swerve to a cover, TWO! Swerve stays in this but Cage stays on Swerve with a chinlock. Cage grinds Swerve down but Swerve endures. Swerve fights around as the fans rally up, and Swerve fights to his feet. Swerve throws body shots, then ROCKS Cage! Swerve runs, but Cage CLOBBERS him! Cage goes to a corner as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES Swerve!! Swerve flounders, Cage covers, TWO!! Swerve survives and the fans fire up, but Cage just looms over him.

Cage gets Swerve up, reels him in, and puts one out. But Swerve slips out of the bomb! Swerve drop toeholds Cage into buckles! The fans fire up as Swerve runs in to BOOT Cage in the back of the arm! The fans fire up, Cage hobbles and Swerve storms up on him. Swerve snapmares, gator rolls, but Cage suplexes first! Swerve slips free, Cage ELBOWS him! Swerve BOOTS back, ducks a lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Swerve springs up to DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous, and Swerve sees Cage go to a corner. Swerve runs up to UPPERCUT! Swerve scowls, UPPERCUTS again and again and again!

The fans rally with “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve snapmares Cage, then goes up, to FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve hits the Griddy and the fans are thunderous! Swerve stalks Cage, whips him to ropes, but Cage reverses. Swerve catches Cage’s leap!? And pops Cage into a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO! Swerve is frustrated but he reloads in a corner. Cage rises up, Swerve runs in, somersault and- JUMP KNEE from Cage! Cage gets Swerve up, Gory Especial into WEAPON- NO, Swerve slips free and rolls Cage into a SHORT ARM SCISSOR! Cage flails, fights around, rolls and stacks, and deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage fireman’s carries for an F5!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Cage grows frustrated. Cage slashes his throat but the fans boo. Cage hauls Swerve up, suplexes, but Swerve somersault clutches! TWO!! Cage runs up, but Swerve ducks the lariat to RISING HEADBUTT!! Cage flops to the apron and Swerve shakes out the stars before going after him. Swerve SUPERKICKS Cage, and Cage dangles off the apron! Swerve aims, slingshots, WOE STOMPS to the floor!! The fans are thunderous again and Swerve has a sinister grin! Swerve puts Cage in the ring, goes up top, and 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks the fans!

Swerve shakes his head, he won’t let Cage’s toughness intimidate him. Swerve half nelsons but Cage arm-drags free! POP-UP POWERBOMB! Deadlift and POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and “This is Awesome!” Cage drags Swerve back up, reels him in, suplexes, but Swerve RANAS! And FOREARMS! Cage roars and eggs Swerve on! So Swerve SOBATS, ROLLING ELBOWS, but Cage SUPERKICKS back! Cage ripcords but Swerve ROKCS him first! And BOOTS him! And then fires off boxing elbows! Cage shoves Swerve, Swerve comes back, DOUBLE STOMPS!! And then Swerve gets the bad arm set up, to STOMP it!!

The fans are thunderous, and Swerve time to end it! “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (denies Brian Cage a title opportunity)

And with that, The Mogul Embassy is dead and buried! But wait, Swerve goes looking under the ring, and he brings out some chairs! Swerve stalks Cage, and SMACKS him with a chair! Brian Cage writhes, but here comes Christian Cage! Swerve puts Brian’s arm on a chair, has the other, and he waits for The Patriarch to show himself. Christian and Mother Wayne are on stage, but where are their boys? Swerve wants Christian to watch what happens to this Cage, but Nick Wayne slithers in to LOW BLOW Swerve!! Christian laughs at Swerve for falling for it. And now Killswitch Luchasaurus gets in to BOOT Swerve down!

Nick throws down hands, Killswitchasaurus drags Swerve up. They have a picture of Swerve and his daughter?! Nick makes Swerve look at it, before he SMASHES it on Swerve’s head!! Glass shatters and Swerve falls in a heap! And only now does Christian walk to the ring. The fans boo and Swerve’s eyebrow is just gushing blood! Killswitchasaurus puts Swerve on ropes to CHOKE him, and Christian tells him, “You embarrassed my son, Nick Wayne, when you attacked him at his gym, at his home, right down the street here in Everett, Washington last year. You embarrassed my son, and now I’m forced to embarrass you.”

Christian has the picture of Swerve and his daughter, and asks if Swerve thinks his daughter is proud. Maybe they should ask her! Is she proud of her absentee father? The fans boo as Christian pushes the picture into Swerve’s face, painting it with his blood! “Tonight, I took your blood, Swerve. In two weeks at Double or Nothing, I take your World Heavyweight Championship!” The fans boo and Swerve glares at Christian, but Christian smirks as he walks away. Christian may be taking things from Swerve, but will he only get Swerve’s wrath in Sin City?

 

Backstage interview with Hook & Shibata.

Renee is with The Handsome Devil & The Wrestler, and notes it is clear Hook will do just about anything to get the FTW Championship back. But now knowing that there is a qualifying match on Collision, does it feel like the numbers game is getting too stacked against him? Hook says the odds could not mean less to him. Whoever he has to beat to get his hands on Jericho, he will beat. Okay then. Shibata speaks up with his translator: “Even me?” What does that mean? Shibata says that he wants his own shot at Jericho. Hook says push comes to shove, Hook VS Shibata to face Jericho, that’s fine by Hook.

The two stare down, but then in steps Samoa Joe! And he’s laughing at Hook! Joe says, “Really? What is this? Who are you? Wasn’t too long ago I thought you were something special. But then week after week, I watch you come out here and fall into the same trap over and over and over again. And now Jericho’s got you at your own man’s neck? Sad. Y’know what’s sad? It’s that if you two people stop playing yourselves, you might actually be dangerous around here.” Joe storms off, Hook says he’ll fight Joe, too! Shibata adds, “He’s too large to be wearing a floral pattern.” The Wrestler and the Handsome Devil do not fear Joe, but should they?

 

Toni Storm VS Harley Cameron!

The leading lady promised to do some serious damage to her apparent replacement within The Outcasts, all to avenge Mariah May. Will Storm punish this parody parading around with Saraya? Or will Harley’s own brand of crazy actually outshine the original?

The bell rings and the two stare down as they circle. They feel things out, Harley kicks low then headlocks for a takeover. Toni headscissors, Harley kips free, then Harley gets around to waistlock. Harley headlocks but Toni slips out to headlock back. Harley throws body shots, powers up and out, but Toni turns her over! The fans cheer, Toni hits a headlock takeover now. Toni thrashes Harley around, but Harley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Harley headscissors, but Toni kips fee. Harley knees low, throws more knees, then whips. Toni reverses but Harley ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Toni to THESZ PRESS!

Toni rains down fast hands, then lets off and the fans fire up. Toni runs to HIP ATTACK Harley off the apron! The fans fire up more as Toni lounges on the apron. Toni then sees someone on stage, and it’s Deeb! The Professor is exempt from that ringside ban, and she just wants to say hi. Harley sends Storm into steel steps! Harley dribbles Toni off the apron again and again, then puts her in the ring, and Dynamite goes to picture in picture.

Harley has a crazy grin as she then goes to a corner. Harley climbs, and she slingshots in to BASEMENT FLATLINER! Harley soaks up the heat while pacing around Toni. Harley puts Toni in a corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Harley argues with the ref, then stalks Storm to another corner. Harley digs her boot in again, but lets off at 4. Deeb is mildly amused, but Storm CHOPS Harley! And CHOPS! Harley bumps Storm off buckles, then RAMS into her! And again, and again! Harley digs her shoulder in, lets off to soak up more heat, then goes back for Toni at the ropes. Harley whips, ELBOWS Toni down, then covers, TWO!

Harley is annoyed but she stalks Toni to more ropes. Harley CHOKES Toni on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts and argues with him again. Toni rises but Harley is on her in a corner. Harley whips corner to corner, runs in, and then jumps up to ROCK Toni! Harley fires off more shots, then goes corner to corner again. Storm puts Harley on the apron, Harley ducks a haymaker, and she ROUNDHOUSES Toni down! Harley storms in, then digs her boots in again. The ref counts, Harley lets off, and Toni sputters to the apron. Harley drags her back in, sits her up and clamps on a chinlock. Harley gets the arms to make it a straitjacket stretch!

Storm endures, fights up, and powers out of the hold to arm-drag! Harley comes back, into a HEADBUTT! Both women fall and Dynamite returns to single picture. The fans rally, a standing count starts, but Storm goes to a corner. Storm stands at 4 of 10, Deeb smiling as she struggles. Harley runs up, but into an ELBOW! Harley comes back, but Storm goes up and over, rolls and returns, then blocks boots! DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Then a DDT! Then a roll through, into a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Storm isn’t quite perfect but she isn’t going to stop here! Storm hauls Harley up, but Harley throat chops!

The ref reprimands but Harley reels Storm in for SOLE FOOD! Harley shrieks, runs, and SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Harley is losing her mind! Or, more of it than she’s already lost. Harley talks trash on Storm, runs again, but Storm gets up to grab her! SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Harley survives but Storm staggers to her feet. She gets Harley up and in, but Harley trips her! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Storm sunsets, TWO! Harley stacks, TWO! Storm sunsets again, TWO! Harley kicks, Storm ducks then feints a punch, to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Now that is timeless! Deeb is impressed, at least, but Storm clings to her precious. Will Storm still be the leading lady after the Professor puts her to the test?

 

Backstage interview with Will Ospreay, Roderick Strong & The Undisputed Kingdom.

Arkady Aura mediates this face to face meeting of #BillyGOAT and Savior of the Backbreaker, and thanks them to agreeing to no physicality. She introduces the International Champion and the #1 contender, and says Ospreay is no stranger to gold. How does this one feel different? Ospreay says the world’s eyes are definitely on him, but there is a sour taste in his mouth after last week. Shane Taylor did all the work so that Roddy and his “bell end mates” could stand over him. Bell end? Yeah, Taven, you’re a bell end. Bennett’s a bell end, Wardlow’s a HUGE bell end!

But most of all, Ospreay hates that Roddy is so comfortable around Ospreay with that title. Now, there’s only two reasons Roddy could feel this way. One: If Ospreay were to lunge at Roddy and put his hands around Roddy’s throat, he’s pretty sure the rest of these guys would get involved. Two: Maybe it’s that Ospreay retired the Tiger Driver 91 from his arsenal. Now, Ospreay isn’t sure the mind games Roddy is playing, but Roddy keeps bringing up that move. Ospreay’s gotta wonder, why is Roddy playing these games when he plays them so piss poor? Roddy, you understand what it feels like to be dropped on your head and feel the power go out in his arms.

Ospreay’s done that move on people that he loves, that he respects, and allow him to tell Roddy right here and right now, Ospreay does NOT respect Roddy. Not because of his talent. That’s why Roddy’s a champion, bruv! But it’s because Roddy’s never respected Ospreay back! Not in ROH, PWG, Progress, even Southside Wrestling, Roddy has always looked down on Ospreay, has never had any respect for Ospreay. So in turn, Ospreay’s got none for Roddy. Roddy says that’s the smartest thing Ospreay’s ever said! Roddy doesn’t have respect, never have. And it’s because Ospreay himself is so talented in the ring, but such an idiot in life!

And Ospreay thinks that now, now that he has a “missus” and a child, that he’s this responsible man? Roddy says Ospreay is still the irresponsible little boy that he’s been and always will be! Ospreay doesn’t deserve this title! Understand this: Roddy overcame something traumatic in his life, a neck injury that almost took him out. But Roddy doesn’t cry over it! And everything Roddy has had and will get, he worked for day in and day out! So it doesn’t matter who everyone else thinks Ospreay is, Roddy knows who Ospreay is, and Ospreay is a fraud! Ospreay is a coward, a child, and at Double or Nothing, Roddy ends this!

Ospreay says yeah, go ahead, get it out. This will be sweet for Ospreay, because Roddy will learn a lesson of humility! For all those years he looked down on Ospreay, that he buried Ospreay to the ROH guys! This will be sweet because Ospreay will take the one thing that makes Roddy important around here. Ospreay is the best wrestler in the world! Internationally known as the greatest of all time! And so Sunday, May 26th, that is Ospreay’s time to show everyone why he is on another level! Roddy says sure, we’ll find out. Who will still be standing after these two go Double or Nothing for pride and respect?

 

Renee Paquette is in the ring.

The fans cheer and she says it is now time for the contract signing for the TBS Championship match happening at Double or Nothing. First, the challenger, Mercedes Mone! The fans fire up for The CEO as she makes her way to the ring. And of course, welcome the champion, The Face of TBS, Willow Nightingale! The fans fire up for the Babe with the Power as she makes her entrance, Stokely Hathaway & Kris Statlander by her side. Willow tells them that she’s got this, so they let her go to the ring alone. The belt is put on display and Renee says this is such a highly anticipated match between the two of them.

Of course, there is so much history here, but also the AEW in-ring debut of Mercedes Mone. Without further ado, the champ is up first. Sign away and make it official. Willow has the mic to tell The CEO that she does respect her, she really does. She respects Mone, everything she’s done in her career, but Willow needs to know: Does Mone respect this title? Because this is the T B S Championship! The fans cheer that as Willow says this is a title that celebrates the legacy of professional wrestling. A legacy that dates back to over 50 YEARS, on this very channel. The fans cheer that, too! Willow says it is a legacy built on fighting, on hard work, dedication, and defending titles.

Making a name for yourself in the face of obstacles, that is something that every woman that has held this title represents. That is what Willow’s friend, Kris Statlander, represents! And now, Willow is the Face of TBS. The fans cheer that, too! Willow says her smiling face, every time she walks to the ring, you see on the tron, “Nothing Matters, Smile Anyway.” And to Willow, that means through all the doom and gloom, find something to smile for. Her smile is her strength, and pro-wrestling is just that. And this title is what matters to Willow! So through all of that, Willow is NOT going to just let Mone walk into AEW and take that away! Not now, not at Double or Nothing, NOT EVER!

The fans are all fired up but Mone just smiles back. Willow signs her part, pushes the contract over to Mone, and Mone gets a mic. “Evereeeeett~! Please say hello to your C E O.” The fans are a bit more torn than they were for Willow. But Willow wants to talk legacy to Mone? HAH! “Money Changes Everything” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s a fact. Back in 2015, in Brooklyn, while Willow was still training, Mone was in the ring changing the game forever. Willow wants to talk dedication? Scratching and clawing your way to the top? What about breaking down doors and kicking through glass ceilings? That is what Mone did!

Willow would not be here without Mone! Mone respects Willow, she has so much respect, and thinks Willow is a great champion. But there is a difference between being great, and being the Greatest Of All Time. The fans are again torn, but Mone continues to say, “Let’s talk about The Face of TBS. You should be looking at the New Face of TBS.” Mone shows off her outfit, the fans are still torn, but Mone says everyone’s had to have seen her on the red carpets, throwing out first pitches, sitting courtside, because that is what a CEO does. And now, Willow, Mone knows the best part of Willow’s career was beating Mone.

But at Double or Nothing, now that Mone is healthy, Willow losing will still be the best thing to ever happen! Because Mone’s legacy is all about winning! Mone caresses the belt, signs her part of the contract, and Willow stands up. Mone can keep on believing that, because the last time they wrestled, Willow walked away the champion. And Mone didn’t walk out at all. DANG~! Mone SLAPS Willow for that one! Renee gets outta there as Mone throws off her jacket and grabs the belt! But then Willow ducks the attack to kick low! Willow reels Mone in, gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB through the table!!

The fans are going nuts for Willow as she holds up the title! Will this be the scene we see in Sin City when The Face of TBS and the CEO go Double or Nothing?

 

AEW Continental Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Dax Harwood!

While Jack Perry & The Young Bucks crossed off Eddie Kingston, Team AEW is confident they’ve got a new fourth man ready to step up. Will they need another new fourth man after The Rainmaker is done with Dax? Or will this Top Guy find a way to dry up the reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s bringing the gold to Las Vegas!

The bell rings, the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Dax waistlocks. Okada switches, Dax arm-drags to a takeover, but Okada headscissors. Dax kips free, hits a headlock takeover, but again Okada headscissors. Dax kips free again, the two stand off, and the fans cheer. Okada and Dax reset, circle, and the fans rally up again. The two tie up, Dax headlocks but Okada powers up and out. Dax runs Okada over! Things keep moving, Dax slides under the boot, then trips Okada to tie up the legs! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, then bails out of the ring! The fans fire up while Dax waits on Okada.

Okada takes his time coming back to the apron and steps in. He and Dax tie up, end up on ropes, and the ref counts. Okada lest off slowly, fakes a chop to pat Dax on the shoulders, but then kicks low! Okada CLUBS Dax again and again, and Dax goes to a corner. The fans rally and Okada storms up, but Dax CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Okada sputters! Dax CHOPS again, then bumps Okada off buckles. Dax CHOPS, then brings Okada out. Okada headlocks, Dax powers up and out, but Okada runs him over! Things keep moving, Dax sets up but Okada stops himself. Okada then POSTS Dax!

Dax flops to the apron while Okada grins, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Okada goes outside, brings Dax from the apron and RAMS him into railing! Dax hobbles, Okada ROCKS him with a forearm, then follows him around the way. Dax CHOPS back! And ROCKS Okada! Okada knees low, POSTS him, and then puts Dax in the ring. Okada talks smack on the fans, goes back into the ring, and he brings Dax up. Okada wrenches and slips around Dax for a modified abdominal stretch. Dax endures, but Okada shifts around to turn Dax, into a NECKBREAKER! Dax sits up and clutches the back of his head, but Okada pushes him down for a cocky cover. ONE, and Dax gets up to CHOP!

Okada eggs Dax on, he and Dax shove, and then Dax CHPOS! Okada gets in Dax’s face, Dax fires forearms! Dax then gets in Okada’s face, so Okada fires forearms in return! Okada then reels Dax in for a DDT! Okada sits up, chest red from those chops, and Dax kicks from below! Okada grabs that leg to knee it in the thigh! And knee it again! Okada paces, soaks up the heat from the fans, then stalks Dax to a corner. Okada knees low, UPPERCUTS Dax, then follows him to another corner. Okada throws elbows, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Okada whips corner to corner. Okada runs in, but Dax dodges! Dax then JABS, JABS and JABS!

Okada KNEES low, whips to ropes, but Dax reverses. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges but runs into the SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down and the fans rally up! The standing count starts, both men go to corners. Okada stands, Dax runs up, but Okada puts him up top! Okada DROPKICKS Dax down to the floor! The fans fire up, Okada takes a moment before going outside to fetch Dax. Dax sits in a corner of the barriers, and Okada runs up to BOOT him! The fans boo but Okada just soaks it up. Okada leaves Dax behind, the count passes 5 of 10, but then Okada slides back out. Okada grins, but Dax CHOPS! Okada and Dax fire forearms back and forth!

Okada UPPERCUTS Dax, then reels him in, puts him on the barriers, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Okada grins and laughs at Dax while the ref checks him. Dax is somehow okay to continue, which annoys Okada. Okada rolls into the ring, Dax drags himself up the steel steps, and the ring count reaches 5 of 10! The fans rally, but Dax flops off the apron at 7! Dax writhes, Okada smirks, but Dax springs back up at 9! Dax slides in safe at 9.9! Okada is amused and he drags Dax up into the waistlock. Dax is a ragdoll, so Okada just lets him down. The ref checks, Dax is still in this somehow, so Okada gets Dax back up.

Okada ripcords, but Dax ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Okada fights the third, switches, but Dax elbows free! Dax runs, into a BOOT! Dax rebounds, blocks a boto but the UPPERCUT hits! Dax ROCKS Okada with a right! Okada UPPERCUTS but Dax catches the arm! Dax wants the backslide, Okada spins free, only for Dax to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Okada sits up in a daze then flops over! The fans are thunderous while both men are down! A standing count starts, Dax crawls his way to Okada, “This is Awesome!” as both men stand.

Dax goes to whip but Okada blocks. Dax CHOPS, then whips, but Okada reverses to ROCK Dax! Both men keep the wristlock, and Okada laughs! Dax CHOPS, Okada ROCKS Dax! Dax ROCKS Okada, Okada ROCKS Dax, so Dax CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dax whips, Okada reverses but Dax deflects the dropkick! Dax gets the legs again but Okada kicks him away! Dax falls into buckles hard! Okada gets Dax up, but Dax fights the gut wrench! Okada CLUBS away on Dax, runs, but Dax ELBOWS! Dax reels Okada in, but Okada fights the lift to Alabama and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO?!? Dax survives and shocks everyone!

The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Okada goes up a corner, but Dax springs to life! Dax ROCKS Okada, shoves him back, and then climbs up to the very top! Dax stands Okada up, the fans fire up, and Dax hits a SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both men are down from the landing and the fans are thunderous again! A standing count begins again and the fans rally up. The count reaches 5 of 10, Dax snarls as he crawls over to Okada. They junkyard dog headbutt back and forth, then they fire forearms! Dax ROCKS Okada, Okada ROCKS Dax! Okada brings Dax up but Dax ROCKS him back!

Dax CHOPS Okada, and Okada drops to his knees! The fans fire up, Dax whips, Okada reverses, but Dax reverses back, to short arm- NO, Okada ducks the lariat! DISCUS- LARIAT from Dax!! Dax gets Okada up, reels him in, and SLINGSHOT POWER- RANA from Okada! Dax sunset flips it! Okada rolls through, jackknife, but Dax pops through to a prawn hold!! TWO!!! Okada escapes, but Dax trips him! Okada kicks Dax away again! Dax flounders up, Okada gets him for a gut wrench! Dax kicks and turns that around! TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!!! Okada survives and shocks Dax! The fans fire up while both men are down again.

Dax goes to a corner, climbs up, and DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS as Okada moves! The fans rally again and Okada drags Dax up. Okada ripcords, RAIN- NO, Dax gets around and he ripcords! Dax trips Okada again, steps through, and has the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous as Okada endures and fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Dax lets go more from exhaustion than in frustration, and Okada bails out. Dax pursues, but Okada grabs the belt! Dax keeps Okada from fleeing and throws him into the ring! But Okada throws the belt away, so the ref has to hurry after it. Okada KICKS the ropes to jam Dax up!!

The fans boo as Okada ripcords, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (still AEW Continental Champion)

And now that the ringside ban is lifted, The Elite rush out here just to beat Dax down! They want to take another piece off the board while they still can! But then here comes Cash and Bryan! They brawl with The Elite but that’s still 4v3 total! Where’s Team AEW’s fourth man!? IT’S DARBY ALLIN!?! The Relentless One slides in from the crowd to CRACK Nick with the skateboard! And he JAMS Matt! And he brawls with Jack! The fans are losing their minds as Darby brawls with Jack, Bryan has Okada, and FTR are after The Bucks! They’re all in corners, Okada and Nick bail out, but that leaves FTR to mug Matt and Bryan to help Darby with Jack!

FTR TOSS Matt, Darby JAMS Jack with the skateboard! The Elite is sent running, will Darby use Anarchy in the Arena to avenge The Icon?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Dynamite here, but there was something about the second hour that just felt odd. As always, lots of promos, and the promos were all well done, but I’m very thankful they chose to do Ospreay and Roddy confronting each other as a backstage segment and not something on stage or in the ring. There was no time for them to have entrances for everybody. Great contract signing segment with Willow and Mone, and the table spot was definitely proof Mone is healthy to get in a match or they wouldn’t have done that. However, it also felt very go-home, so with Willow standing tall, I guess Mone does win the title. It’d make them even in the bigger picture of their history, and then maybe they can have a rematch in June on the road to Forbidden Door.

Really good promo from Toni Storm ahead of her match with Harley, and it was a clever move to have a ringside ban on the usual suspects, only for Deeb to appear on stage. Storm VS Harley was still a very good match even with Deeb distracting more the cameras than anything. Still hard to say if Deeb gets the title, though. And great move with Edge’s segment to turn into a beatdown rather than a promo. Good save attempt by Kyle, and while Edge got wrecked, he’s obviously going to still make it to Double or Nothing. Maybe we get a match of Edge & Kyle VS Brody & Buddy for the go-home? And good promo from Malakai to establish the raised stakes, but I fear if Malakai wins the title and forces Edge to join The House of Black, it’ll become a little too Early Judgment Day with Edge in charge…

Great promo from Swerve to lead into his great match with Brian Cage. Swerve won, of course, but we of course saw him get beat down by The Patriarchy. My only gripe is that Swerve wasn’t just bleeding hard way, he was gushing hard way! That stream from his eyebrow…! Granted, it works in story because Swerve made Nick bleed, and Christian smeared the blood on Swerve’s family picture. I just hope AEW tones down the blood, that’s still some risky stuff. But in the end, Swerve is of course still winning, this is just upping how he’s on the other end of being targeted and beat down after doing it to others before.

Good stuff from Hook with Jericho, and I do like that Hook himself said a squash match win wasn’t good enough. Shibata stepping up because he also wants after Jericho is good stuff, and Joe also had a good part in the backstage promo. Shibata bringing up the floral print was hilarious, I loved it. There was nothing on what kind of qualifying match is happening for Collision, but Hook VS Shibata VS Joe would be some amazing stuff. Great opening tag match with BCC beating the United Empire Callis Family hybrid, and that is clearly a faction feud that can happen past Double or Nothing. Though, obviously Konosuke Takeshita is losing to Moxley in an IWGP World Championship match, Moxley still has to deal with Evil and the House of Torture in NJPW.

And from there, great stuff with The Elite. I would think Eddie’s injury is kayfabe, but he’s also apparently busy being part of Renee Paquette’s new YouTube show, A Match & A Meal. Bucks beating Daniels & Sydal to then “fire” Daniels definitely adds more heat, and we got an awesome main event from Okada and Dax. Darby returning to be the new fourth man is great, because Darby knows how to go wild in that ring, even in normal matches. Anarchy in the Arena is right up his alley after all the Street Fights and what not alongside Sting, and Darby might be the deciding factor in this match now. Darby can have a great feud with Jack Perry, maybe even go after Okada and the Continental Championship, this is good stuff.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/11/24)

The Virtuosa is on a Rampage!

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Will Deonna Purrazzo avoid getting Frostbite?

While she has issues with the Thunder, Deonna Purrazzo first takes on the Frost! Will she be more than ready for La Mera Mera after firing back up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Trent Beretta VS Dalton Castle; Trent wins.
  • Bryan Keith VS JD Drake; Keith wins.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Lady Frost; Deonna wins.
  • PAC VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Collision bleeds over into Rampage.

After their incredible TNT Championship match, Adam “Edge” Copeland is the winner, but he helps Kyle O’Reilly to his feet and shows him respect with a handshake and hug. The fans cheer that, and Edge even raises Kyle’s hand in victory. Kyle wants to go but Edge doesn’t let go. Edge finally does let go, and even he isn’t sure what that was just now. Edge takes his title and leaves, will he have no choice but to face Malakai Black to exorcise this darkness?

 

Backstage interview with Claudio Castagnoli.

Lexy Nair catches the Swiss Superman on his way out, and congratulates him on his win alongside Bryan Danielson on Collision. But while Bryan had words to say after, Claudio decided to leave on his own. What happened? Claudio says Anarchy in the Arena. He heard the match be made, and then Bryan tonight defending AEW, Claudio gets it. And he also gets wanting to beat the crap out of The Elite. But Bryan and Eddie teaming up again in that same match? The last time they were on the same team for Anarchy in the Arena, that was almost the end of Bryan’s wrestling career. Claudio had to replace Bryan against Zack Sabre Jr. for Forbidden Door.

Claudio says we didn’t know if Bryan would ever wrestle again, all because of Eddie Kingston. Eddie is swearing to be a changed man, but he could go back to his old self at a moment’s notice. Claudio knows Eddie better than anyone else does. And we also know Bryan is on his last year as a wrestler. Bryan can do whatever he wants, that’s fine, and Claudio supports that. They went to Mexico, to Japan, wherever. But this one? Claudio wants Bryan to retire healthy. And he doesn’t want to have anything to do with this Anarchy in the Arena business. He cannot be there for Bryan. He just doesn’t want to see Bryan get hurt.

Claudio leaves, clearly conflicted, but are his concerns perhaps justified?

 

Trent Beretta VS Dalton Castle!

It is very clear that from now on, it’s not about Best Friends, it’s about #JustTrent. However, will he really be able to make the most of things now that it is all up to Trent? Or will The Peacock strut all over this selfish traitor?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Castle puts Trent on ropes. The ref backs Castle up, he and Trent reset. Castle gets a single leg takedown but Trent scrambles to ropes. Castle lets off, but Trent SMACKS him! The fans boo, but Castle gets around to waistlock and SLAM! The fans fire up as Castle waistlocks and gator rolls Trent around. Castle gut wrenches, brings Trent up, and he throws Trent around! Trent gets free, swings, but Castle blocks to counter ELBOW! Trent staggers away, Castle storms up, but Trent HOTSHOTS Castle away! Trent goes up the corner but Castle sweeps the legs!

Castle goes to the apron, runs side to side and KNEES Trent to the floor! The fans fire up and Castle flexes. Castle goes after Trent at the ramp, drags him up and puts him in the ring, then stalks Trent to the far side. Castle waistlocks, Trent throws elbows, but Castle still lifts! Trent fights more, gets free, but Castle scoops! Trent slips free to go to the other side of the corner, and Trent HEADBUTTS Castle in the back of the head! Trent then brings Castle through the corner, for a DRAPING APRON DDT!! The fans boo but Trent just soaks it up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Trent paces around while Castle sits up in a daze. Trent drags Castle off the apron, then LARIATS! Trent leaves Castle behind and waits on the count. Castle staggers up to his feet, walks off the pain, and then goes to the apron at 5 of 10. But Trent attacks Castle in the ropes! Trent brings Castle in to knee low, then CHOP to the corner! Castle falls over, Trent paces, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Trent lets off, and Trent stalks Castle to a corner. Trent stands Castle up but Castle ROCKS him! Castle BOOTS from the corner, goes up, but Trent YANKS Castle down into a SAIDO! Trent hurries to cover, TWO!

Castle hangs tough, seeing as how he’s a former ROH World Champion. Trent snarls, storms up on Castle, then brings him around. Trent reels Castle in, but Castle fights the suplex to cradle! TWO! Trent runs up to ELBOW Castle down! Trent soaks up the heat while Castle flounders. Trent stalks Castle to ropes, but Castle throws elbows. Trent CLUBS Castle, Castle ROCKS Trent! Trent CHOPS Castle, then puts him up top. Trent fires forearms, climbs up after Castle, and Rampage returns to single picture. The fans boo as Trent goes up to SUPER STEINER, but Castle sunset flips it! TWO and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!

The fans fire up as both men stir. Castle flops around to ropes, Trent rises at center. Trent runs up but Castle shoots around to EXPLODER! The fans fire up with Castle as he rises again! Castle runs up to get up and under for another EXPLODER! The fans are thunderous as The Peacock is roaring! Castle storms over to Trent, waistlocks, but Trent elbows free! Trent boots but Castle blocks, reels Trent in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Trent stays in this, but Castle stays on him with a gut wrench. The fans rally, Castle brings Trent up, but Trent throws body shots. But Castle Alabama Lifts! Trent grabs ropes to stop that!

Castle pulls, he gets Trent loose, but Trent uses the momentum to reel Castle in! PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Castle survives and Trent scowls. The fans rally for Castle but Trent stalks him to a corner. Trent hauls Castle up for the TORNADO- NO, Castle blocks the DDT and pops Trent around to GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up and Castle rises! Trent bails out but Castle pursues! Castle storms over but Trent has the chair! The ref stops that, but Trent CLAWS Castle’s face! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Trent lets off. Trent has Castle in the corner, and YANKS Castle into the crossbar!! Castle writhes and sputters, Trent storms in.

Trent mockingly calls for the hug, only to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent then steps over, and reels Castle into the SNAKEBITE!! Castle endures, flails, but he’s fading! Castle is OUT, Trent wins!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by submission

Trent’s a snake, so of course he’d use a move like that to win! Trent gives a mocking thumbs up, then mockingly gives well wishes to Chuck Taylor, the man he forced into early retirement! What is going on inside Trent’s twisted mind?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Wow, Thunder Rosa, welcome back to work! We haven’t seen you in two weeks. Are you dodging me? Congratulations on your victory, I was watching. And tonight, I hope you’ll pay me the same respect. Because when I’m meticulously picking apart Lady Frost’s arm, I’m going to be thinking about you. When you stepped into my business, when you blamed me for your shortcomings, you made this personal. And it’s about time we end it. A wise man once told me to keep my front towards enemy so when my enemy sees me coming, they know their fate.” The Virtuosa has issued her warning, but is she overlooking her opponent here tonight?

 

Rush speaks.

“The American fans don’t understand what true greatness is. You fear all that is different. You all have fear because El Toro Blanco, Rush, will squash you and step on you. I will destroy you, I will spit on you, I will walk all over you! And now, everyone in AEW, they’re going to find out why I kick them all in the face. And I plan to do that to anyone who gets in my way. Just remember, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns!”

 

Bryan Keith VS JD Drake!

The Bounty Hunter is still in search of his prize, but he’s ready to go on a Rampage if it’ll bring him one step closer. Will Keith get what he wants? Or will the Workhorseman put him through the wringer?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Keith headlocks but JD powers out. They RAM shoulders, and JD doesn’t budge. Keith CHOPS, then tries to scoop! JD CLUBS Keith, BELL CLAPS him, then swings. Keith ducks the chop to BOOT JD right outta the ring! The fans fire up and Keith goes out after JD. Keith storms up to CHOP! JD felt that one and the fans fire up again. But then JD shoves, swings, only for Keith to dodge! But then JD pops Keith up to the apron to CLOBBER him! JD puts Keith in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up. JD reels Keith in and suplexes, but Keith slips free! Keith waistlocks, but JD bucks the O’Conner!

JD runs up to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! Keith survives that, but JD drags him back up. JD bumps Keith off buckles, then CHOPS! The fans fire up hearing that one! JD stands Keith up to CHOP again! Keith just fires up to fire CHOP after CHOP in return! JD knees low, whips, but Keith ducks ‘n’ dodges and repeat, to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! JD gets up, and Keith scoops and SLAMS! The fans fire up, Keith runs in, and he GAMANGIRIS! JD wobbles, Keith gets around and reels him in, DIAMOND DUST! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

The Bounty Hunter brings down the Blue Collar Badass and is ready to keep going! Will Keith have a golden opportunity waiting for him on the other side of Double or Nothing?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland speaks.

He stands on the other side of chain link fence, barbed wire woven throughout. Edge says, “I just survived a war with Kyle O’Reilly. But I have more ideas. Malakai Black! I’ve already taken out Buddy Matthews, I’ve already taken out Brody King. So now, now it’s your turn. You want evil? You want my darkest side? It’s starting to come out, Malakai, and I don’t think you want it. But I think I do. So I have a challenge for you. At Double or Nothing, Las Vegas, Malakai Black VS Cope The Rated R Superstar, in a BARBED WIRE STEEL CAGE MATCH for the TNT Championship!! If you’re man enough, I want to see you in Everett this Wednesday on Dynamite to accept my challenge.”

Edge rattles the cage, will he make The Dark Father regret ever rattling his?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Lady Frost!

The Virtuosa gave La Mera Mera her warning, and now she’s going to make good on it. Will she melt the ice in Frost’s veins? Or will Deonna have to be careful not to lose her arms to Frostbite?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Deonna puts Frost in a corner, then shoves her around. The ref counts, Deonna lets off, and Frost comes back. Deonna headlocks to hit the takeover. Frost keeps her shoulders up, stands up and throws body shots. Frost powers out but Deonna runs her over! Frost kips up! Deonna kicks low! Deonna whips, drops down, but Frost rolls under the lariat to handspring and headscissor! But Deonna blocks that to stomp Frost’s fingers! Deonna stalks Frost to a corner, CHOPS Frost, then stalks her to another corner. Frost CHOPS back! Deonna kicks low, whips corner to corner, but Frost slips out to the apron!

Frost blocks a shot to ROCK Deonna, then she goes up and up to HANDSPRING RANA! The fans fire up as Deonna tumbles out of the ring! Frost takes aim from the apron, but handsprings over the lariat! But Deonna blocks the kick to YANK Frost down! The fans boo but Deonna soaks it all up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deonna rolls into the ring, drags Frost up, and wrenches to CLUB the arm. Frost goes to a corner, and Deonna pulls the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Deonna lets off, and then she wrenches Frost to YANK the arm. And YANK it again! Deonna wrenches but Frost fires body shots! Deonna wrenches to WRING the arm out! Deonna soaks up more heat, then drags Frost around to drop a leg on the arm! Deonna leg scissors the arm but Frost endures. Deonna drops a leg on the arm again, then drops a knee on the elbow! Frost endures but Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she storms up on Frost.

Frost throws body shots but Deonna ROCKS her. Deonna puts Frost in a corner to whip corner to corner, then she runs in. Frost BOOTS Deonna away, then handsprings up and over to SHOTGUN from behind! Cover, TWO! Deonna is still in this but Frost brings her up. Frost whips, Deonna reverses, then Deonna ELBOWS Frost down! Deonna huffs and puffs and stalks Frost, then drags her by an arm. Deonna digs a knee into the shoulder, then gets the other arm. Deonna bends those fingers back, then pulls the arm! Deonna flips Frost into a cover, TWO! Deonna keeps on Frost with a knee to the back and a chinlock on top!

Frost endures, Deonna CLUBS her in the chest, then keeps on the chinlock. Frost fights around, stands, throws body shots, and breaks free to KNEE low! Frost fires more shots as Rampage returns to single picture, but Deonna ROCKS Frost back! Deonna whips Frost to a corner, but Frost ELBOWS her away! Deonna runs in again, but Frost dodges to then SCREW HIGH KICK! But Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans fire up while both women stir. Deonna goes to ropes, the fans cheer on Frost, and Frost runs up to LARIAT! And then wrench, and LARIAT! Frost fires up, Deonna ducks a roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK!

Deonna goes to a corner, Frost runs up to SHINING WIZARD! Frost sits Deonna down then goes corner to corner for the handspring CANNONBALL! Frost drags Deonna to the cover, ROPEBREAK! Frost miscalculated but she drags Deonna back up. But Deonna SOBATS! Deonna runs to KNEE LIFT and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Then a roll through into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Frost endures, reaches out, but Deonna pushes way back on the arm! Frost still fights around, makes her way over, ROPEBREAK! Deonna lets go in frustration and she stomps away on Frost! Frost goes to the apron, Deonna runs up but Frost RAMS into her!

Frost ROUNDHOUSES, then goes up top! Frost aims, leaps, TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and shocks Frost! But Frost hurries to put Deonna back in the drop zone! Frost goes up but Deonna CLUBS her first! Deonna waisltocks but Frost holds ropes! Frost elbows Deonna away, then mule kicks! Frost adjusts, but Deonna trips her! Deonna throws Frost into the Tree of Woe, to run in and TACKLE Frost! Cover, Deonna wins!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

Just as Rosa proved she can win by submission, Deonna proved she can win by sudden impact! But speaking of sudden, here comes Rosa with a chair! Deonna bails out and runs away into the crowd! Rosa wants to pursue but security gets in the way! The Virtuosa flees into the night but Rosa looks where she can find her! When and where will La Mera Mera get her chance to tear into Deonna?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

After The Outcasts bullied her protege, Mariah May, the leading lady is coming for revenge! Toni Storm will take on Harley Cameron in a “grudge match,” but who will watch out for the shoe? And then, with Kazuchika Okada wanting his 1v1 with Dax Harwood, the stakes have now been raised, because it will be an AEW Continental Championship match! Perhaps a move by Tony Khan or Kenny Omega? No Cash or Bucks allowed ringside, who will make it reign in Everett?

 

The Acclaimed debut a brand new music video!

They say it couldn’t be done~! Ey yo, why you say that? They say we could never make it~! You sound so dumb! Hey yo yo yo yo, listen! New legends, like the news said it, I’ma turn it to 11, send the haters to the heavens. New new, new new. Who knew who knew? Not you, not you! You lose, you lose! Broke ceilings and hit walls, here to tag like graffiti. Here to drop bombs on the whole world, you’d think we at Tuskegee. At war with the world again, hats off, we’ll be burnin’ them, hurtin’ them, even when the situation got harrier than a Persian man. Every dollar, we earnin’ ’em.

We don’t care ’bout your Bucks. We don’t need our initials, either. Swear to God, we give no WHOA! People love me and Bowens a lot. Billy Gunn took us over the top. Merch numbers, they going to cop. Big bubble, we gonna pop. Who winning the most? Us. Who did all they goals? Us! Who comin’ for more? US! Who spinning these hoes? US! New new, new new. Who knew who knew? Who’s next who’s next? Better hope it’s not you.

Platinum Max has sent a message to the top guys of the tag division, but will he and the Five Tool Player soon replace them as the elite team of AEW?

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

“Yes, I was hurt. And yes, I’m better than ever now. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness comes the light. Where most people see an injury as a step back, I saw this as a step forward. But I had tough days. I struggled like normal people do. Now, I choose to believe. If you put one foot in front of the other, every step takes you closer to your destination. It’s all about faith. And if you don’t have it, that’s okay. I’m here for you. Because together, the Sky’s the limit.” Will this return finally be the one that takes Scorpio to the top of AEW?

 

PROGRAMMING ALERT for next Saturday!

It’ll be another THREE HOUR BLOCK for AEW as Collision & Rampage go back to back again, but it’ll be back to TNT!

 

PAC VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Bastard has been looking for trouble, and trouble keeps finding him. Will the Man Gravity Forgot show that it’s not about being TV Ready, but about being ready for a fight?

The bell rings and Johnny pulls out a Canucks jersey from the back of his pants. He shows it off, just to floss it between his legs! The fans boo, but then Pac BOOTS Johnny down! The fans cheer as Pac stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Pac digs his boots in, but Pac still lets off at 4. Pac drags Johnny up, bumps him off buckles, then stalks Johnny to another corner. The fans rally for Pac, he stomps Johnny more, but lets off as the ref counts. Pac drags Johnny up to bump him off more buckles! Johnny falls back, Pac goes up the corner, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Johnny tumbles all the way out of the ring!

Pac goes to the apron, KICKS Johnny, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Johnny! The fans fire up and Pac stalks Johnny. Pac drags Johnny up and into the ring, then storms in after him. Taya gets on the apron to shout at Pac, but then she backs away as Pac storms over. Johnny CLAWS Pac’s eyes! Johnny ROCKS Pac, ELBOWS and ROUNDHOUSES, then runs, to CALF KICK! Johnny hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR, covers, TWO! Johnny keeps on Pac and throws down elbows as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Johnny digs his elbow into Pac’s shoulder, then brings Pac around to kick low. Johnny TOSSES Pac out, then KICKS him in the back. Johnny grins while he paces around Pac, then talks some trash on the fans. Johnny hauls Pac up to FLAPJACK off the apron! Taya applauds but she’s the only one. Johnny steps into the ring, argues with the ref, and Taya CHOKES Pac! Taya gets away with all that, Johnny waits on Pac to get in, and then he SWITCH KICKS! Johnny BOOTS Pac to ropes, CHOKES him on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Johnny drags Pac into a cravat and snapmares. Johnny keeps Pac down with a neck wrench, but Pac endures.

Pac fights up, throws body shots, but Johnny throws him down by his hair! Johnny then SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Johnny rains down forearms, goes for the arm but Pac clasps hands to fight off the armbar. Pac moves around, ROPEBREAK! Johnny lets go but then CLUBS Pac in the corner. Johnny drags Pac around to have another cravat neck wrench. Pac endures, Taya taunts the fans, and Johnny leans on the hold. Pac fights up, even as Johnny adjusts his angle, and Rampage returns to single picture. Pac fights body shots but Johnny knees low! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And then Johnny can’t help but go over to Taya for a big kiss!

The fans boo because public displays of affection are gross. Johnny and Taya still flirt even as Johnny goes back into the ring. Pac CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Pac whips, Johnny reverses but Pac CLOBBERS him a third time! The fans fire up with Pac and he stalks Johnny. Pac brings Johnny up to SOBAT! KICK! SOBAT! Pac runs, but Taya trips him up! The fans boo but Taya scurries away. Pac pursues! Taya says he is not about to, but then Johnny runs in! TORNILLO! Down goes Pac, and Johnny puts him back in. MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives but Johnny drags him to a drop zone.

Johnny stomps Pac, then goes up the corner. STARSHIP- NO, Pac moves and Johnny lands out! Pac rolls Johnny, Johnny rolls through, but Pac dodges him to SNAP GERMAN! Pac roars, the fans fire up, and he runs in, but into a BOOT! Johnny aims again, goes up, and the fans boo the STARSHIP- FLOP!! Pac goes up while Johnny crash lands! The fans are thunderous but Taya gets on the apron! Everyone is distracted and that allows Johnny to get away! Taya takes a swing, but Pac blocks! Johnny runs up, but is sent into his wife!! Pac jumps on, BRUTALIZER!!! Johnny drops to a knee, tries to power up, but he falls to the mat! Johnny taps, Pac wins!!

Winner: PAC, by submission

That’s what you get for picking a fight with a Bastard! Mr. & Mrs. TV will have to regroup and rethink their plan for stardom, but then Bang Bang Gang is here via the tron! They want “Pac-man” to pay attention! Pac won his match, huh? Yeah, just did. But as good as White did against Rocky Romero? Nope! But he at least took White’s advice about it. Then wait, Pac won? Yes. After that embarrassment against Okada, are things finally looking up for ol’ Pac? Well let’s not get carried away. Pac, that is great. The fans are happy, good to see you back in action after vacation. But if you stick your nose in Bang Bang Gang business again, they will put you on the shelf permanently.

But until then, everyone in Vancouver can help them finish this one. If you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP!! Pac scowls at the arrogant World Trios Champions, but are they the ones playing with fire?


My Thoughts:

Very good episode for Rampage, but like, can we stop these three hour blocks? I know it’s because of actual sports like NBA and NHL, not something AEW really wants to do, but all the more reason they need to just fold Rampage and focus on Collision. This was still great stuff but it just seems like if AEW can’t guarantee Rampage gets to be on its own night or something, it just gets to be a lot to do on a weekend. Good bit of stuff from Collision, with Edge being all strange after his TNT title match with Kyle. But him wanting a barbed wire cage match for the blowoff with Malakai, that is gonna be awesome stuff.

Really good match from Trent and Dalton Castle, but Castle having more and more substitute Boys just reminds me that they stupidly released THE Boys, Brandon & Brent Tate. But either way, of course Trent wins and does it with some Heelish savagery. No response from Orange Cassidy but maybe that’ll be on Wednesday. Really good match from Bryan Keith and JD Drake, but much like Garcia on Collision, this win was filler to keep Bryan in a holding pattern until titles are freed up after Double or Nothing. Really good music video from Acclaimed, as hard as it is to keep up with Caster even with DVR powers. But clearly, Caster & Bowens are going back for the World Tag titles, that should be a good build as we go into the Summer.

Good promo from Claudio to explain leaving Bryan behind on Collision, and he did a great job referencing Anarchy in the Arena 2022. With Bryan about to retire from wrestling and Wheeler Yuta still out hurt, I feel like Blackpool Combat Club is one Heel turn away from breaking up. Good promo from Rush and he’ll be back in action soon. If only there was an indication La Faccion Ingobernable was coming back with him so that they could go after factions like The Undisputed Kingdom, Bullet Club Gold or even The Elite at some point. Also good promo from Scorpio Sky in what is his third return or so. A shame he got hurt while trying to get going in ROH, and that makes me wonder where in the hecc did Ethan Page go. But hopefully Scorpio stays healthy enough to really do something as a singles wrestler.

Good promo from Deonna before her really good match with Lady Frost. Deonna of course won, and I like that Rosa came out after her since she was still in the building. Their rematch should really be something big, like a Last Woman Standing match. Basically, something more than just another standard match given the animosity that’s been building. And good promo from Johnny & Taya on Collision leads to a really good main event match here, but of course Pac won out. Bullet Club Gold sending a message to Pac makes me wonder if Pac really will change his mind and reunite Death Triangle, or he finds a new duo who has beef with the Bang Bang Gang. And even then, I don’t see Pac’s team taking the titles, White & The Gunns only just “unified” them and haven’t even faced a trio from ROH.

My Score: 8.7/10


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